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Bert Raynes at the premiere of Far Afield at the Center for the Arts in Jackson on Nov. 6. (David Swift)

Bert feels the love

At the premier of the documentary Far Afield in Jackson two weeks ago, photographer David Swift photographed the film’s subject, Bert Raynes in the stage lights.
Wyoming rockers Ray Carlisle (far left), Kody Templeman, Brandon Carlisle, and Miguel Chen, of Teenage Bottlerocket in Denver in April 2011 during a WyoFile interview. Earlier this week we learned Brandon was in a coma and fighting for his life. Thousands of friends from Wyoming and from around the world were hoping for Brandon to pull through. He lost the battle and died on Saturday. (Brad Christensen/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

RIP Brandon Carlisle

The outpouring of support from Wyoming and from around the world reveals how many lives Brandon and his bandmates have touched.
At left, Florence Owens Thompson's "Migrant Mother" from 1936. At right, portrait of a mother and her children by WyoFile contributor Matthew Copeland, captured on the Wind River Indian Reservation in 2015.

Some things never change

Copeland's photo is featured in Tuesday's article, Pure Poverty, part of our series on the state of childhood health on the reservation.