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|Weather update, Thursday, May 16, 7:05AM: 40% chance of showers and afternoon thunderstorms today around Pinedale, high of 66F degrees. The weather will change to cloudy and breezy for the rest of the week and into the weekend, getting cooler during the day and with a possible chance of some snow showers. Daytime temperatures will drop into the 40Fs and will be a bit blustery, nighttime lows in the 20Fs and 30Fs into Monday. (Gardeners, it is still a bit too early to put plants outside yet around Pinedale - it’s usually safe by Father’s Day in June.)|
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Skyline Fuels Reduction Project work resumes (posted 5/16/19)
Forest Service requests public assistance identifying a person of interest in the Roosevelt Fire investigation (posted 5/15/19)
Wyoming Department of Health
As Wyoming’s warmer days approach, avoiding ticks when spending time outdoors can also mean escaping some potentially serious diseases, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Diseases sometimes passed on by infected ticks in Wyoming include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Colorado tick fever (CTF). Lyme and Powasssan diseases can be a concern during travel to other states, but are not known to be spread by Wyoming ticks.
"When we walk through, play or sit in brushy and grassy areas, or handle certain animals we can be exposed to ticks," said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. "Ticks can be active in Wyoming most of the year, but spring and summer are typically the peak seasons when we see related illnesses."
Tularemia symptoms include fever, swollen and painful lymph glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat, mouth sores, skin ulcers and diarrhea. If the bacteria are inhaled, symptoms can include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough and progressive weakness and pneumonia. Colorado tick fever usually causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and, occasionally, a rash. Initial RMSF symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, lack of appetite and severe headache. Later signs and symptoms may include rash, abdominal pain, joint pain and diarrhea. RMSF and tularemia patients often require hospitalization.
General recommendations to help avoid tick-related diseases include:
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks crawling on clothing.
- Tuck pant legs into socks.
- Apply insect repellents such as those containing 20 percent or more DEET and/or picaradin.
- Upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, search yourself and children for ticks and remove if found.
- Check pets for ticks; use tick control products recommended by veterinarians.
Tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever" or "deer fly fever," frequently affects rabbits, hares and rodents and has been associated with rabbit die-offs. People may acquire tularemia when bit by infected ticks, deer flies or horse flies. It can also be transmitted by handling infected animals, or through ingestion or contact with untreated, contaminated water or insufficiently cooked meat.
Learn more about Colorado tick fever, including how to remove ticks, at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/colorado-tick-fever/.
Information about RMSF is available at
More details about tularemia are available online at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/tularemia/.
Museum of the Mountain Man
The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale will host their annual Living History Days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 14-16, 2019 with members of the American Mountain Men Association (AMM) on hand to give living history talks and demonstrations.
There will be a special evening program on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00pm as part of the annual Living History Days programming. Sharp Knife (Kris Swanson) will tell the story of Marie Dorion who accompanied the Astor Expedition (1811-1812) and was one of the first women to cross the continent to settle in Oregon. A mixed-breed Iowa Indian, Marie has been called the female "revenant" for her heroics. Sharp Knife will also share more general insights on the lives of Native American women. This is the final program of the Sublette County Library’s "Wyoming Women: Then and Now" series. The event is free and open to the public.
Living History Days brings hundreds of school children from southwestern Wyoming to the Museum to learn about the fur trade era from members of the American Mountain Men. Demonstrations on black powder firearms and fire building, Native American sign language, beaver skinning, tipi living, clothing and blacksmithing help the students understand the challenges of daily living in the 1800’s. Programs are free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsorship by Sublette BOCES, Sweetwater BOCES and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation. The talks and demonstrations May 14-16 will be from 9 am to approximately 2 pm. The public is welcome to visit with the American Mountain Men at their encampment on the north lawn in the afternoon hours as well. The Museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily.
The American Mountain Men organization was formed in 1973 by a group of mountain man enthusiasts who wanted to learn the life of mountain men by living it. They all have regular jobs, but live and learn the mountain man ways as a hobby. All told, there are approximately 600 members throughout the United States.
The Museum of the Mountain Man was opened in 1990 and is operated by the Sublette County Historical Society, the oldest historical society in Wyoming. The Historical Society holds over 20,000 artifacts ranging from pre-historic to the settlement era and was originally established in 1935 for the preservation of historic sites of the fur trade and rendezvous, marking of settler graves and trails, and to collect all records, documents and items pertaining to the historical background of Sublette County.
For more information or to schedule a school or home school group to be a part of Living History Days, please call the Museum at 307-367-4101.
www.mmmuseum.com Museum of the Mountain Man
BLM Wyoming seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Council (posted 5/6/19)
Update on the Marbleton tornado (posted 5/1/19)
Measles vaccination remains important for Wyoming residents (posted 5/1/19)
Reported tornado touches down in Marbleton (posted 4/26/19)
Updated study will inform broader resource plan development
Rocky Mountain Power
SALT LAKE CITY, April 25, 2019 — PacifiCorp has released an updated economic study of its coal fleet that will inform how the company meets the long-term customer energy needs of its customers. PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.
The study was conducted as part of the company’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, which is still under development and anticipated to be completed in August. The IRP, which is updated every two years, identifies actions the company anticipates taking over the next 20 years to provide reliable and least-cost electricity to customers.
Informed by the earlier analysis of 22 coal units, the study reviewed coal units that are part of PacifiCorp’s broader resource mix to determine if customers would benefit from closing a unit or combination of units earlier than currently planned. Most of the company’s coal units will reach the end of their depreciable lives at different points over the next 20 years.
While no resource decision will be made ahead of completion of the 2019 IRP, the study identified potential benefits for customers through early retirement of some coal units.
"We continuously examine the costs and benefits of how the company generates electricity to ensure we are making the best decisions for customers," said Rick Link, PacifiCorp vice president of resource planning and acquisitions. "The study reflects the ongoing changing economics for coal driven by market forces."
For purposes of the study, the company examined whether customers would benefit if units are retired as early as 2022 and replaced with other resources. The timing and sequencing of any actual coal unit closures will ultimately be determined by a range of factors that also include workforce and community transition considerations.
The units the study identifies as being less economic to operate beyond 2022 than alternatives and are candidates for early retirement are:
• Naughton Units 1 and 2 in Wyoming.
• Jim Bridger Units 1 and 2 in Wyoming. PacifiCorp is a majority owner and the operator of these units.
Next steps. The company anticipates issuing a preferred portfolio for input from regulators and stakeholders before submitting a final plan to state regulators in August.
The company will also work to ensure communities and employees that would be affected by the potential early plant closures are informed and involved in the process.
"We understand the impact of these resource decisions on customers, employees and communities and are committed to ensuring these impacts are known and planned for," said Link.
The completed coal unit analysis can be seen through the following link
Winter wildlife closures end May 1, 2019 (posted 4/25/19)
Wyoming property tax refund available (posted 4/21/19)
Great Outdoor Shop mentioned as place to stock up on gear
Outside magazine posted an article online on April 15th listing "The 50 Best Hikes in the U.S.," calling it a bucket-list-worthy, best-of-the-best guide. The magazine polled their writers and editors to come up with what they feel are the very best hike in each of the states of the nation.
Here is what they had to say about Wyoming:
The Cirque of the Towers Trail
The granite spires that make up the Cirque of the Towers, in the heart of Wyoming’s Wind River range, contain some of the finest rock climbing in the country. But the range is also a hiker’s dream: lake, rivers, fishing, views, wildflowers, you name it. The 18-mile out and back Cirque of the Towers Trail gets you right into the business. And don’t forget to stock up at the Great Outdoor Shop in nearby Pinedale before launching off into the backcountry.
Click on this link to read the full article: THE 50 BEST HIKES IN THE U.S.
Rocky Mountain Power warning customers about latest phone scams
Rocky Mountain Power
A number of customers have reported receiving fraudulent calls from scammers posing as utility representatives. The caller insists that the customer is behind on their bill and then threatens that, without an immediate payment, service will be disconnected.
This week the reported scam calls have primarily been targeted to business customers. Some insist on the victim obtain a prepaid card and share the code while one customer was even asked to meet the scammer at a specific location.
Customers can protect themselves from these types of schemes by being aware of the following tips:
If the caller asks for your credit card number or advises you to purchase a pre-paid card from a store and to call back with the code. Rocky Mountain Power will never ask for payment via prepaid credit card. We offer a variety of ways to pay a bill, including accepting payments online or by phone. However, payment via prepaid card will never be demanded
If the caller claims your electric service will be disconnected if you don’t make a payment immediately, particularly if you haven’t received any prior notice about late payments or a potential disconnection. We don’t threaten our customers and work with customers who are behind on their payments to help them get back on track. Generally, notices about past due bills are sent to customers in the mail or delivered to their home, or they receive an automated phone message.
If the caller says he is with the "Rocky Mountain Power Disconnection Department." No such department exists.
If you receive one of these calls, ask the caller to state your account number and compare it with the number listed on your bill. Rocky Mountain Power customer service employees will always have your account number.
Remember, if you still have concerns about the legitimacy of a call, you can always call back at our published customer service number, 1-888-221-7070. Rocky Mountain Power is asking customers to report any scam calls received, including the phone number the person is calling from and any information that may help to track down the crooks.
About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information at www.rockymountainpower.net.