Vote for Wyoming's Most Significant Artifacts (posted 6/30/15)
University of Wyoming
The Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts program has been launched by the Wyoming State Historical Society in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries in celebration of 125 years of Wyoming Statehood. Its purpose is to provide recognition to the cultural institutions throughout Wyoming that preserve and provide access to collections that enhance our enjoyment and understanding of Wyoming’s heritage and provide ongoing learning and research opportunities.
This effort will identify some of our state’s most treasured artifacts. An artifact is defined as an artistic or historic item (or related group of items) and may include a wide variety of items such as documents, books, photographs, recordings, artwork, and 3 dimensional items. It does not include structures or buildings.
Representatives of Wyoming’s archives, historical societies, libraries and museums across the state will be allowed to nominate one item from their collection that they believe has significance to Wyoming’ s history. An independent panel of judges will review the initial nominations and select twenty-five candidates. The public will then be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artifact.
The Most Significant Artifacts campaign highlights the importance of our historic and cultural heritage and the role that artifacts play in telling the story of Wyoming. It also engages the general public in building awareness of collections held in trust by Wyoming's cultural heritage organizations. Representatives of Wyoming’s public archives, historical societies, libraries and museums nominated one item from their collection that they believed was significant to Wyoming’s history. The public is invited to pick their top ten choices from the list of 25 below at Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts. Artifacts are included from both the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale and the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney. Vote Here
Vote for the Top 10 of Wyoming's Most Significant Artifacts
Select 10 artifacts from the list below. Artifacts are listed in order of the display of the "Top 25 Entries". Vote for 10 items that you feel are most worthy of being Wyoming's Most Significant Artifacts for 2015.
Ted Sower's 1939 Report of the Wyoming Archaeological
Survey -- Rare, Typescript Manuscript / Central Wyoming College Library
OW Branding Irons / Trail End State Historic Site
Sheepwagon made by Frank George in Gillette, Wyoming / Campbell County Rockpile Museum
Original painting of the Wyoming State Flag / Wyoming State Museum
"Dee" Mammoth Image / Tate Geological Museum
Western Bridle Made of Multi-Color Hitched Horsehair / Little Snake River Musem
Timber Framed, 10 Stamp California Quartz Mill / South Pass City State Historic Site
Surveying Transit Instrument Made by Buff and Berger, Boston, 1890s / Park County Archives
Original Wyoming Flag / Natrona County Public Library
First Edition 1894 Book "Banditti of the Plains" by Asa Shinn Mercer, About the Johnson County War / Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum
Dragon Eyes - Part of a 140 foot-long Dragon Effigy / Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Early history of the Cowboy Bar and its Brands / Green River Valley Museum
Joss House Panels / Evanston Chinese Joss House Museum
Book - House Journals 1869-'71-'73-'75-'77-'82 Territory of Wyoming - Describes the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wyoming convened in Cheyenne, October 12, 1869 / Wyoming State Law Library
Corbett Tunnel Tags 1906-1908 / Homesteader Museum
Caspar Collins Vest / Fort Caspar Museum
Four Clovis Projectile Points - Excavations Conducted at the Colby Site / University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository
Colors of Wyoming's National Guard Cavalry - 115th Cavalry Regiment National / Wyoming National Guard Museum
Map - Generally Known as the Bridger-Collins Map, 1863 Map of What Would Become Wyoming / American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
Specimen UW-15556 is a 60% Complete Skeleton of an Apatosaurus Excelsus (formerly known as Brontosaurus) / University of Wyoming Geological Museum
Photo - Two very rare glass plate stereoscopic views c. 1859 taken by Albert Bierstadt. "#88 Emigrant Train on the Big Sandy River, Oregon." / Museum of the Mountain Man
Peacekeeper is an Intercontinental Ballistic missile on exhibit at the front gate of F. E. Warren AFB and can be seen from I-25 as people drive by the Pershing Exit / Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum
Speech - March 26, 1890 speech by Hon. Joseph M. Carey, Wyoming Territorial Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, arguing for Wyoming’s admission to the Union. / Wyoming State Library
Eighteen ration tickets are made from paper and are marked in ink, The were used in 1905, and bear the names of the Arapaho families on the Wind River to whom they were distributed. / Plains Indian Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Painting - An oil painting on canvas by Albert Bierstadt titled "The Last of the Buffalo" painted in 1889. / Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Game and Fish to begin trapping in Greys River drainage to monitor black bear population (posted 6/30/15)
Public reminded to observe warning signs
Wyoming Game & Fish
As part of an upcoming effort to monitor black bear populations in Wyoming, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department will conduct trapping operations in the Greys River drainage of northwest Wyoming beginning July 6 and potentially continuing through August.
All areas where trapping is conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs. It is critical that all members of the public take note of these signs.
Similar to monitoring elk or deer populations, the monitoring of black bears in Wyoming is vital to their ongoing management. To attract and capture bears, biologists utilize natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk. Trapped animals are immobilized, processed, released on site, and then monitored in accordance with strict protocols developed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
When bear trapping activities are conducted for monitoring purposes, the vicinity of the site will be posted with warning signs to inform the public of these activities. The signs will be posted along the major access points to the trapping site. It is important that the public observe these signs and not venture into posted areas.
For more information regarding black bear trapping efforts, please call the Large Carnivore Section of the Game and Fish at 307-332-2688.
Bridger-Teton National Forest Jackson land under contract (posted 6/23/15)
Bridger Teton National Forest
The Bridger Teton National Forest announced Wednesday, June 3, 2015 that it is under contract with The Jackson Hole Preserve LLC for the sale of its 10-acre parcel in the Town of Jackson. The Jackson Hole Preserve is owned and managed by Jackson resident Mike Halpin and national investor, builder and developer Trident Partners, LLC along with its Managing Partner, John Shelton who also lives in Jackson. Trident has a long track record of success in multiple product types and has owned or developed over 8 million square feet of commercial space. Halpin also brings significant development experience to the table along with deep ties to the community. Trident and Halpin combine to bring a shared ethos that is aligned with the Jackson community’s own sensibility - to ensure quality development and a sense of stewardship of the largest undeveloped parcel in the Town of Jackson. The purchase price for the property is the same as the prior contract at $12 million dollars. "This sale will also allow the Bridger-Teton to continue with our plans for the retained parcel and provide the updated facilities for our administrative needs," said Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor.
Halpin expressed concerns about the zoning process and the time it could take to get the zoning necessary for an economically viable development. This concern was cited in part due to the previous buyer’s withdrawal from the transaction; however, given his relationship with Trident and their nationwide development expertise, combined with his prior development experience in Teton and Lincoln Counties and his relationship with the Forest Service, Halpin is hopeful the Town can act quickly and meaningfully. Trident and Halpin both stressed that the Town’s cooperation and expeditious approval of necessary zoning is key to this project’s success. Supporting this optimistic outlook, Halpin noted recent comments from Jackson’s Mayor Flitner, that "we are very interested in working with a potential buyer or any landowner at that site because we view it as a real possibility to put a dent in some of our housing needs."
Halpin noted that Shelton and he view this as an uncommon opportunity for a win-win. Shelton and Halpin both understand Teton County, have deep roots in the valley and national development expertise and sensitivity to the community’s housing needs. They will approach this project not just from the standpoint of financial upside but because it will work for the community and help to chip away at the vexing housing issue. Halpin added: "for us it’s a unique opportunity that checks two key boxes: with proper zoning it’s financially viable but also contributes to the greater good. We’d be able to do what we’re uniquely good at doing and give back to the community at the same time".
Shelton and Halpin look to move forward in collaboration with Teton County, the Town of Jackson and the Forest Service to zone and plan the property to allow for expeditious closure of this important and unique opportunity.
For more information contact Christopher Hawks at the Jackson Hole Preserve at email@example.com or 307-733-9437.
Drawings held for resident elk, and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses (posted 6/22/15)
Wyoming Game & Fish
The 2015 drawings for resident elk as well as for resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books. Hunters can check their results on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website or by calling (307) 777-4600.
Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings for those who were successful in the drawings.
As is usually the case, a number of areas have licenses remaining. A total of 4,420 full price antelope licenses are available along with 5,063 reduced price doe/fawn antelope licenses. For deer, 1,178 full price licenses are available and 4,876 doe fawn licenses. Elk hunters who would still like a license should note that 1,818 full price licenses are available as well as 10,220 cow/calf licenses.
A listing of the areas with licenses remaining for each species is found on the Game and Fish website. Hunters can purchase full-price leftover licenses via home computer, automated license agents, or at Game and Fish regional offices beginning at 8 a.m. on July 8. Reduced-price licenses for cow/calf elk and doe/fawn antelope and deer will be available a week later on July 15.
Some of the areas for deer and elk have reasonable public access either through public federal and state lands or the Game and Fish hunter management and walk-in area programs. Most of the antelope licenses remaining are in hunt areas that are predominantly private lands. Hunters are advised to obtain permission from landowners before buying licenses in private land areas.
Hunters who have questions on applying for leftover licenses or public access in the different hunt areas can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.
July 1 is deadline to apply for Super Tag raffle (posted 6/22/15)
Wyoming Game & Fish
Hunters who are looking for the opportunity to hunt in the best areas in Wyoming are reminded that less than ten days remain to apply for the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles. The deadline to apply is July 1.
This is the second year the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles have been held. Winners of the inaugural 2014 raffles bagged trophy class animals including several that made record books. Both residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. Tickets are sold by species. One winner will be drawn for each of the nine species. The single Trifecta winner will have the chance to buy licenses for three of the nine species offered. There is the potential for 10 different winners, but it is possible for an individual to win more than one of the drawings.
Winners for both raffles will be able to hunt in any open hunt area for the species they select. The winner of a moose license will be able to select any moose hunting area with more than 10 licenses available; for bighorn sheep, eight licenses.
Winners of the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles will retain any preference points they may have accumulated. In addition, the five-year waiting period for moose and sheep and the once-in-a-lifetime restrictions on bison and mountain goat licenses will be waived.
In the Super Tag raffle, nine winners will receive the opportunity to buy a hunting license for one of Wyoming’s premier big and trophy game species, including:
• bighorn sheep
• mountain goat
• wild bison
• black bear
• mountain lion
Hunters select the species they wish to hunt when they purchase their raffle tickets. One license will be offered for each species which will be issued through an independent drawing.
The Super Tag Trifecta raffle is similar to the Super Tag, except there will be one winner and the successful applicant will be able to select three of the nine big and trophy game species for license issuance.
Tickets are $10 per entry for the Super Tag and $30 for the Super Tag Trifecta. There is no limit on the number of raffle tickets hunters may buy. Tickets are available through July 1 at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website. Winners will be notified by July 15 and must buy any applicable licenses and/or stamps before hunting.
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office warns of resurgent ‘delinquent taxes scam’ (posted 6/22/15)
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about a resurgent "delinquent taxes scam" circulating once again throughout the county.
Sheriff Mike Lowell said his office has been contacted by people in Rock Springs and Green River who have received telephone calls from people claiming to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service, demanding payment of delinquent income taxes.
The pattern is for the caller to insist on prompt payment through a credit or debit card or a wire transfer. If the person called refuses or begins asking questions, the caller often threatens a visit from law enforcement, arrest, arrest of a spouse, or a driver’s license revocation.
The callers use fake names and sometimes even provide a bogus IRS badge number. They may even know the last four digits of their intended victim’s Social Security number, all in an effort to make the swindle sound more convincing.
Genuine communications from the IRS begin with a letter, not a phone call. Other tipoffs that such calls are a scam include the following:
- Knowledge of the intended victim’s Social Security number or its last four digits.
- Recitation of the bogus IRS agent’s badge number.
- During the call, the sound of other, similar conversations can be heard in the background.
- The caller becomes rude and hostile and hangs up.
- Follow-up calls from a different person claiming to be an IRS agent.
Sheriff Lowell made the following recommendations to those who receive such calls: If you actually owe on your federal income taxes or think you might owe, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to speak with a genuine official about your tax issues.
If you know you don’t owe any income taxes, call 1-800-366-4484 to report the caller to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
EPA says aircraft need to be regulated for greenhouse gas emissions changing climate (posted 6/11/15)
Environmental Protection Agency
WASHINGTON (June 10, 2015) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering the health and welfare of Americans. At the same time, the agency is releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for developing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for aircraft and EPA’s participation in that process. EPA is now seeking public input to inform future steps by the agency.
For the past five years, ICAO — a specialized body of the United Nations with 191 member states — has been working with the aviation industry and other stakeholders to develop coordinated, international CO2 emissions standards for aircraft. EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration, representing the United States, are participating in ICAO’s process to ensure that any standards achieve meaningful CO2 emissions reductions through policies that are equitable across national boundaries.
The ICAO standards are expected to be adopted in early 2016. The items issued today by EPA lay the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard, in accordance with U.S. law and the ICAO process.
U.S. aircraft emit roughly 11 percent of GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation sector and 29 percent of GHG emissions from all aircraft globally. In 2009, EPA determined that GHG pollution from cars and light trucks threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects. Since then, the body of science on human-induced climate change has strengthened, supporting today’s proposed finding — under a different section of the Clean Air Act — that GHGs emitted from aircraft engines contribute to pollution that causes climate change endangering public health and welfare. Today’s action supports the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution.
Today’s actions do not apply to small piston-engine planes (the type of plane often used for recreational purposes), or to military aircraft.
Once this action is published in the Federal Register, it will be open for a 60-day public comment period. Any future domestic actions toward aircraft engine standards would also be open to public comment and review before they could take effect.
For more information on the proposed contribution finding and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, visit http://epa.gov/otaq/aviation.htm.
Obamacare health insurance policy rates to increase by 18-60% in 2016 (posted 6/3/15)
Health care insurance policy premium rates are expected to go up by as much as 60% in 2016, according to recent news reports.
In 2014, the average health insurance health care insurance premium rates for a 40-year old non-smoker ranged from $200/month to more than $600/month ($2,400 to $7,200/year), depending on state and individual plans.
The "Affordable Care Act" (ACA), commonly known as "Obamacare" for being President Obama’s signature legislation, went into effect in December, 2009.
Obamacare sticker shock: Big rate hikes proposed for 2016 CNN
Health Insurance Premiums and Increases National Conference of State Legislatures
President Obama: ‘I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year.’ YouTube video, 2009
President Obama: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’YouTube video
President Obama: Your Premiums Will Go Down Under Obamacare Politifact Truth-o-Meter
Health Care Insurance Premium Rate Review healthcare.gov
Barrasso, Lummis introduce Bill to increase water storage in Fontenelle Reservoir (posted 5/18/15)
Would expand water storage capability in southwest Wyoming
Wyoming delegation media release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 12th, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., introduced legislation to approve the expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County, Wyoming.
"In Wyoming, farmers and ranchers need a reliable and plentiful supply of water in order to keep their livestock and crops healthy. After years of delay, this bill will finally help move the much needed Fontenelle Reservoir expansion project forward to allow Wyoming to continue to develop its water rights," said Barrasso. "More water storage capacity means more water for farmers, ranchers and local communities. It also provides an economic incentive for new businesses to grow and create jobs in southwestern Wyoming."
"Water is our most precious natural resource and this legislation will help Wyoming develop its water resources and enhance economic opportunities for southwestern Wyoming in the process," said Lummis. "Ranching in Wyoming all my life, I understand the need for water storage since we can’t depend solely on regular rainfall in our high plains desert state. Water storage and other water development projects are what make Wyoming and the arid west bloom, and this legislation will build on that success story with this common-sense, state-led fulfillment of Fontenelle’s storage potential."
The bill allows for the expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County. This would be accomplished by completing the "rip rap" around the reservoir. A "rip rap" is a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete connected together around the reservoir to prevent erosion.
The bill directs the State of Wyoming and the BOR to reach an agreement to allow Wyoming to complete the rip rap around the reservoir. The State of Wyoming would pay for the cost of completing this project. Wyoming would also have a right to the water that would be stored in the reservoir if the reservoir is completed by building the rip rap.
Despite multiple requests by the State of Wyoming in 2011 and 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation has not completed the needed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance in order to move forward with the expansion of the Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County.