Former Crook County resident to hold program at library

Mark Newman and BrodyMark Newman, former Crook County resident and doctor, will be featured at a public program and book signing on Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at Crook County Library in Sundance.

Mark Newman is a writer and photographer of natural history subjects. His work has appeared in both national and international publications for three decades. His photographs have been featured on the covers of such magazines as AUDUBON and NATIONAL WILDLIFE. Newman’s published print books include BEARS OF THE WORLD; KANGAROOS: THE MARVELOUS MOB; and ANIMALS OF THE ALASKA ZOO. He also spent nine weeks on location working on a project entitled THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SIBERIA.

Newman served as a doctor to the residents of Crook County for four years, from 1977 to 1981, during which time he worked with Bruce Gattis and then Jeri Villano. Prior to coming to Sundance he had been living in Hawaii and started his photographic career while working in the ER in Honolulu and in Kaiser medical clinics on Oahu and Maui. In early 1977 he hooked up with HSRI (Health System Research Institute) in Salt Lake City, a locum tenens organization, and they sent him to Sundance. While living in Sundance he was able to photograph wildlife in Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse refuge on the Wyoming/Montana border. He bought an Arabian gelding and entered various endurance horse races for a few years. He currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, and spends half the year traveling on various photo and writing projects around the world.

His time spent with horses and Wyoming locations led to the book, GOLDEN. GOLDEN is a young adult novel set in modern times, about the life of a wild horse in western Wyoming beginning with his birth on the Red Desert north of Rock Springs. There is plenty of action as the horse grows up amongst his wild herd, is captured, abused, escapes and has various encounters with cowboys, a young girl, her veterinarian father, park rangers in Yellowstone, grizzlies, bison, moose, wolves and waterfalls. There is as well a life and death run through a raging forest fire and a rescue of the horse by helicopter using a sling and involving a flight over Yellowstone Park. Copies of this book will be available for purchase following the program.