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|Weather update, Sunday, Nov. 29, 10:15PM: Pinedale temp -8F as of the time of this update, already colder than predicted. Reports of water pipes freezing. Reminder for residents on Town water system to keep a bleeder running in one of your faucets through the winter, about a pencil width stream of water flowing through pipes to prevent freeze-up.|
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White Pine Ski Area opens Dec. 3 for the 2015/2016 Winter Season (posted 11/25/15)
4th graders can get free 2015 Christmas Tree permits (posted 11/24/15)
‘See ya later refrigerator’ program stalls (posted 11/24/15)
White Pine Ski Resort hopes to open soon, with their tentative opening day on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. The final decision will be made on Monday, November 23rd. White Pine’s General Manager Tim Scott indicated the storm at the end of last week brought 14" of snowfall and another storm is fast moving in from the Pacific to add to their base. They will begin with running Little Spirit lift. Great Spirit lift will open as soon as they have sufficient snow cover.
Fall mowing and clean up by community volunteers in early November allowed for great snow cover on the lower mountain. Early grooming and packing immediately following the recent storm has provided a solid base ready for the next snowfall. "Another 6 inches and we’ll fire up Little Spirit lift," said Scott. The decision on opening the rest of the mountain will be made in conjunction with White Pine lead ski patroller Gary Wilson with safety and adequate snow cover the primary considerations.
White Pine held lift evacuation training over the weekend of Nov. 21 & 22. Over 40 emergency response personnel from EMS, Search and Rescue, Ski Patrol volunteers and employees met at White Pine to attend the annual training/refresher course on how to evacuate skiers caught on the chair lift in the unlikely event of a major power shutdown.
"In the event of a malfunction or breakdown with skiers on both lifts, we would involve all Sublette County emergency response personnel, so it was crucial that they attended the refresher," said Gary Wilson. "White Pine has returning staff and a lot of new faces – everyone would be called upon to assist if there was an emergency – so all employees learn how to belay and perform the rescue. We went through the evacuation numbers of times, so every person had the opportunity to be familiarized with all aspects of the evacuation." Fortunately it has been a number of seasons since anyone needed to be evacuated. Lift evacuation is just one of the many functions that Wilson and his ski patrol team assist guests with on the mountain.
White Pine’s new Tubing Hill scheduled to open mid-December. The tubing run is on the west of the Great Spirit on Competition run. The Tubing Hill opening is still awaiting a little more snow to create a safe run out at the base.
White Pine is located 10 miles northeast of Pinedale, Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It has 25 runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding and is adjacent to 35K of looping Nordic ski trails for all skill levels. Two lifts service groomed downhill runs and the terrain park offers jumps and slides. Fortification Mountain rises to an elevation of 9,500 feet and offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Wind River Mountains, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Fremont Lake, as well as the nearby Wyoming Mountain Range.
Once they begin their regular Winter hours, they will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9AM to 4PM. White Pine is open all of Christmas break and most holidays. Adult full day lift tickets are $48/day, half day adult lift ticket is $36/day. Junior/Student/Senior full day lift tickets are $35/day, half day $28. Child (5 and under) lift ticket for full and half day is $6. Discount rates are available for schools and groups. There is no charge to cross-country ski on the nearby Nordic trails.
White Pine offers several large slope-side condo cabins for rent that can accommodate up to six people. The cabins typically have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths (one with a jetted tub), well-equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances, a large walk-around deck, washer/dryer, living room with fireplace, and a BBQ on the deck. Cabins are non-smoking and pets are not allowed, except for service animals. White Pine Lodge offers food services and a bar.
Additional lodging and dining services are available in nearby Pinedale, a small community with a population around 2,000. Jackson Hole is located 88 miles to the north, and Rock Springs is 110 miles to the south. For more information about Pinedale visit www.visitpinedale.org.
For more information about White Pine Ski Resort call 307-367-6606, or go online to www.whitepineski.com.
PAPO seeks public comments on 2015 Pronghorn Annual Report (posted 11/20/15)
BTNF seeks public comment on Middle Piney Dam Project (posted 11/20/15)
Christmas Tree permits available from BLM (posted 11/20/15)
Wyoming Highway Patrol
A traffic stop on Tuesday, November 17th west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80 has resulted in 130 pounds of marijuana seized by Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) Troopers. The traffic stop occurred on the 17th at 9:50 p.m. on I-80 at mile post 348 eastbound approximately ten miles west of Cheyenne.
Loc T. Nguyen, a 43-year old female resident of Oakland, California was stopped by a WHP Trooper for speeding, lane use and an unsafe lane change. Nguyen was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion at the time of the stop.
Upon making contact with Nguyen, the Trooper could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car prompting a search. In the cab and trunk areas of the Ford, Troopers located the 130 pounds of marijuana.
With the assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Nguyen was arrested and taken to the Laramie County Detention Center in Cheyenne. Nguyen has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The marijuana is believed to have originated out of Oakland, California with an unknown final destination. The street value of the marijuana is estimated to be well over $500,000. The case has been turned over DCI.
New video featuring the AMM
National Geographic has posted a video documentary by photographer David Burnett which profiles members of the American Mountain Men, a brotherhood of men dedicated to learning, living, and teaching about the lives of the mountaineers who explored, trapped and traded in the American West in the early 1800s. Burnett spent two years among the AMM photographing for his video. Many of the people shown in the video have been coming to the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale for years helping with Living History Days each year in May and giving educational talks and demonstrations during Green River Rendezvous Days in July.
The AMM is a fraternity of men who have a passion for learning the arts and skills of the daily life of the early explorers and fur trappers known today as the "Mountain Men." The AMM members endeavor to learn as historically accurately as possible about the daily lives of these men. Much of their learning is through reliving the experiences of those early adventurers by recreating and wearing the kinds of clothing the Mountain Men wore and using the tools they used in their daily lives as they ventured into untamed country as explorers and business venturers.
Members of the AMM have a deep passion for the fraternal camaraderie and thirst of knowledge to better understand and experience the independence, freedom, strength and courage of these early adventurers, and their ability to survive alone in nature using only what nature has to offer. These early frontiersmen were a uniquely American icon whose exploration and fur-trapping ventures in the early 1800s led the way for the later opening and settling of the American West in the mid- to late 1800s.
"The American Mountain Men (AMM) association strives to preserve ‘the traditions and ways of this nation’s most fearless pioneers and daring explorers’ and ‘share the fraternal concept to teach, share, and learn the skills needed and required to survive and live as the great American mountain men did.’"
Click on this link to see the National Geographic video: Photographing the Revival of the American Mountain Man
The American Mountain Men
www.MMMuseum.com Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
Museum of the Mountain Man Facebook page
Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal Annual publication of the Museum of the Mountain Man/Sublette County Historical Society
The Revanant Movie about the grizzly bear attack on mountain man Hugh Glass in 1823, coming out January 8, 2016
Revenant movie trailer
Beware classified ad scam (posted 11/17/15)
Features high-resolution images of Miller's paintings from his historic 1837 trip west with William Drummond Stewart to the Rocky Mountains and Green River Rendezvous
Ricketts Art Foundation
As part of its ongoing effort to provide innovative access to the works of important artists, The Ricketts Art Foundation has joined with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Museum of Mountain Man to launch the most extensive online collection to date of the western paintings of the great 19th-century American artist, Alfred Jacob Miller.
Called "Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue," the website features high-resolution images of Miller's paintings from his historic 1837 trip west to the Rocky Mountains, during which he captured on canvas a raw and rugged world now mostly forgotten. Also featured are essays and video vignettes about Miller, his work, and the world he painted. Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue will serve as a resource for those studying Miller, and a point of entry for people who wish to learn more about the world Miller painted.
"Miller is a leading figure in 19th-century American art history whose skills as a painter, historical recorder of the mountain man era, and special sensitivity to native people make him worthy of modern review and enjoyment," said Joe Ricketts, founder of The Ricketts Art Foundation. "It is a privilege to help bring his western work to a wider audience via the Internet."
"We were delighted to co-sponsor the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue with The Ricketts Art Foundation and the Museum of the Mountain Man," said Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. "Miller is firmly situated in the canon of American art and commands a place of honor among the many artists of his day who, through fine art, revealed and preserved the West and its complex human saga for us all. Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue blends Miller's wonderful art with essays, vignettes, and videos that will appeal to scholars and casual art lovers alike."
"The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue is an interaction of art, history and culture depicting the rich and extraordinary encounters of mountain men, Native American cultures and the landscape of the fur trade era," said Laurie Hartwig, Executive Director of the Museum of the Mountain Man. "Miller is the only artist to actually attend and document this historical time-frame with his beautiful, invaluable renditions."
The catalogue can be accessed online by pointing your browser to www.AlfredJacobMiller.com. Works by Miller and related content will be regularly added to the site. People interested in receiving updates about Fur Traders And Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue can subscribe on the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Ricketts Art Foundation
Joe Ricketts founded The Ricketts Art Foundation to enrich people's lives by providing innovative access to the works of important visual, performing, and literary artists, both current and past. The online Miller catalogue is the Foundation's first major project. The Foundation is based in Little Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an area located in the Upper Hoback Basin and referred to as "Little Jackson Hole" or "Jackson's Little Hole" since the early 19th Century.
About the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, includes five museums and a research library under one roof-the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearm Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and the McCracken Research Library.
About the Museum of the Mountain Man
Situated in the heart of the country that was once the hub of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous system, The Museum of the Mountain Man presents a visual and interpretative experience into the romantic era of the 1800s mountain man and provides a comprehensive overview of the historical significance of the fur trade in the American West. The museum sponsors the Green River Rendezvous Days every July and publishes The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, a nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed, academic publication.