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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
Governor Gordon, pursuant to President Donald Trump's proclamation, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide from 12:00 AM until sunset on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 as a mark of respect for the memory of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
John Paul Stevens Wikipedia
Slide Fire burning in North Fork Fisherman Creek Area (posted 7/20/19)
Colorado River Conferences (posted 7/19/19)
Sublette County Unified Fire
Commitment. Dedication. Sacrifice. These are some of the core values of Sublette County Unified Fire and they were on full display in our firefighters last week.
As many of you know, Sublette County Unified Fire (SCUF) fought two significant and devastating structure fires last week. Both fires had 30+ firefighters respond, but what you may not know is that SCUF firefighters responded to 7 other calls for service last week - some were vehicle accidents, some were suspected gas leaks, and some were what we call "good intent" calls. But no matter what the call was, volunteer firefighters left their jobs, families and recreational activities to respond.
The dedication and commitment of our firefighters did not end there. Several firefighters spent parts of their Rendezvous weekend manning a fire prevention and education booth, and another group of firefighters helped line up the parade on Saturday before driving several trucks in the parade. Another 15 firefighters attended a specialized 20 hour vehicle extrication class over the weekend. Some of these firefighters had hardly slept in the last two nights, but they still showed up to class to improve their skills in providing vehicle extrication to the residents and visitors of Sublette County. In between all of this, firefighters have been stopping by their stations checking gear and trucks to make sure everything is ready to go for the next call.
The work of a volunteer fire department often goes unseen except when on a call. However, there are 80+ firefighters throughout Sublette County always working to make sure they are ready to respond to the next call for service. When that call comes, they leave their lives behind and respond to help our neighbors in their darkest hours. So the next time you see one of our county’s volunteer firefighters, let them know you appreciate their commitment, dedication and sacrifice. It makes our community a better place to live.
Sublette County Unified Fire
White Pine Resort
Despite the fire which engulfed the lodge at White Pine Resort last week, the business is still operating with the main phone line now forwarded to a cell and being answered 24/7.
In the last few days both Great Spirit lift, which serves the top of the mountain, and Little Spirit have been tested and appear to be fully operational. Doppelmayr, who lead the annual extensive lift maintenance service, will be on site next week to check and test all electrical circuits.
CEO, Alan Blackburn and GM Katie Lane agree that the lifts at White Pine will operate this winter. "Skiers will purchase day passes from a temporary dwelling. Season Passes continue to be available on-line and are at their lowest rate until the end of the month," said Lane. The message at the top of the White Pine website posted the day after the fire advises "the fire may have destroyed our lodge but not the ski lifts. We will be open for skiing this winter!"
Plans are to meet with USFS next week as the Resort operates on a permit issued by the Forest Service. Sean McGuiness, Mountain Resorts Coordinator BTNF and Pinedale’s District Ranger Rob Hoelscher will assist with deciding on the best option for a temporary dwelling, where it might be sited as well as ensuring construction and wiring conform with code.
"We are planning on providing our loyal supporters with a great level of service and support," said Blackburn. "Rossignol have been in touch asking how they might help replace the thousands of dollars of skis and snowboards that were lost in the fire."
At this stage it appears that the fire was contained to the lodge, built in 1998/9 and whilst the cause and origin are still under investigation, initial predictions are that the fire may have been the result of a lightning strike. Spectators at the Pinedale rodeo last Thursday evening report seeing lighting and a storm passing through the mountains in the area. White Pine has faced lightning strikes previously with hits on the lift towers, fuse boxes and other buried electrical lines.
Horses in the corrals at White Pine were not injured in the fire but have been moved to alternative pasture. The White Pine summer horse riding program continues to operate with trail rides, gear drops and pack trips available. There is still time to sign up for the Basic Trail Riding Skills camp next week. The three day course focuses on basic day riding, loading and unloading, how to read a trail map as well as trail safety. There is another horse camp scheduled for August.
Cabins and the Tent Village/RV areas all escaped fire damage and are all available for rental.
Perhaps most emotionally affected are the brides who had planned to celebrate their wedding day at White Pine this summer. "Calling a bride the day before her wedding was just awful," said White Pine’s wedding co-ordinator Robyn Blackburn. "Local people are so resourceful and within hours of the fire, the wedding planned for the day following the fire had been rescheduled and resited. There is a wedding planned at White Pine for this weekend thanks to Josh Criddle and Black Mountain Rentals who will be providing complimentary tents and tables.
Other brides have chosen to stay with White Pine and rather than a lodge we will be erecting a large, festive tent rented from a local company with dance floor and decorative lighting. The party will go on," Blackburn said.
The White Pine team would like to thank all the local firefighting crews who ensured that the damage was contained to one structure. Local businesses and town folk have contacted White Pine extending offers to help and assist wherever possible. "We hadn’t realized just how important White Pine is in our community – so many have contacted us, saddened by the loss and shared memories of growing up learning to ski at White Pine. We have all been deeply affected," Blackburn said.
Looking to the future, the lodge will be rebuilt. "It is impossible to predict the timeline as the insurance adjusters have only just visited the site. There is a long road ahead, but there is a new lodge at the end of the tunnel," said Blackburn.
For further information contact Robyn Blackburn, White Pine Resort, 307-367-6606, email@example.com, www.whitepineski.com.
Official search and rescue operations suspended
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
(Pinedale, Wyoming –July 18th, 2019) - Even though the official search and rescue mission has been suspended, this case continues to be an active missing persons case. Our office with the cooperation of Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol will continue to investigate until Corona is located. At this time, no new information is available in this case.
Yesterday, official search and rescue missions being conducted by Tip Top Search and Rescue and Fremont County Search and Rescue were suspended in the search for Aubree Corona. Corona (28), of Green River, Wyoming was listed as a missing person with our office when she didn’t return to her camp over the weekend. Both Tip Top and Fremont County Search and Rescue coordinated and conducted an extensive search of the area between Green River Lakes and Dubois Monday and Tuesday where Corona and the truck she was driving had been observed Saturday morning by several individuals. Neither Corona or the truck was ever located.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Miss Corona, please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378.
Search suspended for missing woman Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 17, 2019
MISSING PERSON: Aubree Shanae Corona Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 16, 2019
New book released about 100 notable Sweetwater County women, two talks, on July 18 and July 20
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - July 17, 2019) Among the women profiled in the new book, Sweetwater Women, is a Rock Springs resident who christened a ship during World War II, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River said in a media release on Wednesday.
In 1945, Eva Papich Rogers, a Union Pacific Coal Company switchboard operator in Rock Springs, was chosen when she won a special popularity contest to travel to the Oregon Shipbuilding Company along the Willamette River in Portland to christen the SS Rock Springs Victory, a 15,000-ton Victory-class cargo ship.
Victory ships were a class of World War II American cargo ships. An improved version of the earlier Liberty cargo ships, a total of over 500 Victories were built from 1944 to 1945.
The Liberty and Victory ships were instrumental in the Allied victory in World War II and were capable of carrying about 10,000 tons of cargo. They were crewed by seamen of the United States Merchant Marine, while the ships’ armament, normally a 5-inch gun, a 3-inch gun, and an assortment of 20mm and .50-caliber machine guns, was manned by sailors of the United States Navy Armed Guard.
Though the Rock Springs Victory was scrapped in 1970, several Victory ships are still afloat as museum ships, including the SS American Victory in Tampa, Florida, shown here.
Sweetwater Women, by local author Christine Alethea Williams and Sweetwater County Historical Museum Director Brigida Blasi, profiles the lives of over 100 women, past and present, who have figured prominently in Sweetwater County history. Its official release will take place at two upcoming book-signing events in Green River and Rock Springs.
The first event, Sweetwater Women's official launch and book signing, is set for 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 18, at the Tomahawk Hotel in Green River. Williams and Blasi will be there, as will a special guest speaker: historian and rancher Ann Chambers Noble of Cora.
Noble received a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and a M.A. in history from the University of Utah. She has published extensively on Wyoming history topics, and currently serves on the boards for the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Center of the West's McCracken Library, and Wyoming State Review Board for the National Register of Historic Places.
Her topic on the 18th will be "The Equality State: Wyoming Women Lead the Nation."
The second event, a book signing with Blasi and Williams, is set for Saturday, July 20th, at Sidekicks Book & Wine Bar at 507 Broadway in Rock Springs from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The authors expressed their special thanks to the Tomahawk Hotel and Sidekicks for hosting the events and their work in advancing downtown development. Williams and Blasi see the release of Sweetwater Women as their contribution to the "Year of Wyoming Women," celebrating the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in Wyoming.
Sweetwater Women is published through the Sweetwater County Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to support the museum. All proceeds from the book's sale go directly to the Foundation. It will be available at the museum on Flaming Gorge Way in Green river and online at Amazon.com.
Click on this link for more photos: Rock Springs woman christened World War II ship
https://www.sweetwatermuseum.org/ Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Aubree Corona missing since July 13
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
(Pinedale, Wyoming –July 17th, 2019) The official Search and Rescue mission has been suspended in the search for Aubree Corona, who was been missing since Saturday.
This morning (Wednesday, July 17, 2019), search and rescue operations on the Sublette County and Fremont County side of Union Pass have been suspended for missing Aubree Corona after the search yielded no leads. Search operations began Monday (July 15th) for Miss Corona who has been missing since Saturday afternoon when she didn’t arrive back to camp with friends as planned.
During the search operations, Tip Top Search and Rescue members as well as the contract helicopter were deployed to the Union Pass area in an extensive search for Miss Corona. Fremont County Search and Rescue deployed a similar response on their side of the pass in a coordinated search effort. An extensive grid search of the entire area between Green River Lakes and Dubois Wyoming were conducted over the last two days. As of Tuesday evening, the search of the entire area resulted in no signs of Miss Corona or the vehicle she was reported to be in.
The last reported contact from Miss Corona was mid-afternoon on Saturday where she made contact with her friends via text message. She reportedly informed them that she was lost on the wrong side of Union Pass and received directions from a logger in the area. Sublette County Sheriff’s Office was able to contact the logger and confirm his contact with Miss Corona. Miss Corona stated in her text that she was getting fuel and food and headed back to Sublette County. During the course of the last few days we received numerous tips from citizens who had seen her driving the vehicle on Saturday in the Union pass area. However, these sightings were early afternoon on Saturday and before her last text message to her friend’s at camp.
We have received an overwhelming response of volunteers willing to come help search. These offers are very appreciated. However, we encourage people not to self-deploy in these situations as they can interfere with the detailed grid search and can result in secondary searches for those who aren’t familiar with the area and terrain. We want to thank those who gave us valuable information to assist in the search.
Miss Corona is still listed as a missing person. If you have any information about her whereabouts please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378.
MISSING PERSON: Aubree Shanae Corona July 16, 2019
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reports that Aubree Corona, 28, of Green River has been missing since Saturday, July 13th. She was camping with friends in the New Fork Lake area and reportedly got turned around when going on an errand and ended up on the Dubois side of Union Pass. She was supposed to be returning to camp, but never arrived. She was last seen in a dark gray 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, Wyoming truck license plate 4-21717, with a motorcycle in the back. Aubree has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’8" tall, and weighs approximately 194 lbs. If you have seen her or the vehicle, or have any information about this case, please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378.
Victim of Pinedale house fire identified (posted 7/16/19)
Early morning fire destroys White Pine Ski Lodge (posted 7/12/19)
Bridger-Teton National Forest proposes campground and rental cabin fee changes (posted 7/5/19)