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Big surprise for Kay
Big surprise for Kay Kay Buston, owner and manager of Stockman’s Club Bar, in Pinedale, was notified late in July that she was the winner of Sysco’s Ingredients For Success Sweepstakes. She was selected from tens of thousands of people who entered the sweepstakes. Pictured here, representatives from Sysco came and surprised her with the presentation (this happened in July), which included being given a $10,000 credit check into her Sysco account by President of Sysco Intermountain Lisa Gough. The sweepstakes award also included a personal visit by Food Network celebrity Chef Robert Irvine who came to Pinedale on November 20th to meet Kay and spend time with her, her staff and her customers. Click here for photos and video of Kay being surprised with news of the award in July and the visit by Chef Robert Irvine last week: Kay Buston, Stockman’s Club Bar, winner of Sysco’s Ingredients For Success Sweepstakes (39 pictures) Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Kay Buston wins Sysco Sweepstakes
Kay Buston wins Sysco Sweepstakes Chef Robert Irvine got the honor of meeting Kay Buston, owner of Stockman’s Restaurant at a special reception on Thursday, Nov. 20th. Back in July, Kay was selected as the winner of Sysco’s "Ingredients For Success" Sweepstakes. Kay has owned and operated Stockman’s since 1958. They have been using Sysco as their supplier for more than 15 years. Kay was selected as the winner over tens of thousands of people who entered. In addition to $10,000 on her account with the company, Sysco brought Chef Robert Irvine, who has been the host of cooking and restaurant-related shows on The Food Network, to Pinedale on Thursday to meet Kay and her employees and put on a reception for invited guests at the restaurant. Tasty appetizers were specially prepared for the event, which lasted from 3:30PM until 5PM. Click here for photos: Kay Buston, Stockman’s Club Bar, winner of Sysco’s Ingredients For Success Sweepstakes (39 pictures) Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
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Nordic ski trail grooming report – November 18, 2014
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November 22: Pinedale Sings The Best of Broadway - Fundraising concert. Lovatt Room at the Pinedale Library starting at 6:30PM. The performance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Tickets will be available at Office Outlet, the Cowboy Shop and Rock Rabbit. They will also be available at the PFAC office.
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BLM offers Christmas tree permits for sale (posted 11/24/14)
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now offering Christmas tree permits for sale.

Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. from any BLM Wyoming field office. The cost for a permit ranges from $5 to $10 per tree depending on the location and the size of tree. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use on BLM-administered lands.

A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at your local Forest Service office and at some BLM offices.

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area, or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.

Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for your Christmas tree.

It is the purchaser’s responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure you’re cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information call your local BLM office:
Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1100
Casper Field Office (307) 261-7600
Kemmerer Field Office (307) 828-4500
Lander Field Office (307) 332-8400
Newcastle Field Office (307) 746-6600
Pinedale Field Office (307) 367-5300
Rawlins Field Office (307) 328-4200
Rock Springs Field Office (307) 352-5100
Wyoming State Office (307) 775-6314

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits Nov. 13, 2014


Update on QEP spill (posted 11/23/14)
The Casper Star-Tribune posted a story with updated information on the produced water spill that occurred near Pinedale on October 26th. The story states the amount of the spill was 500 barrels and that the company will enter the states Voluntary Remediation Program for the incident. Click on this link to read their story: QEP Resources spills 500 barrels of produced water near Pinedale By Benjamin Storrow, Casper Star-Tribune Nov. 23, 2014

Related Links:
Leak cleanup continues By Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online, November 10, 2014 (16 photos)


Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits (posted 11/22/14)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now offering Christmas tree permits for sale.

Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. from any BLM Wyoming field office. The cost for a permit ranges from $5 to $10 per tree depending on the location and the size of tree. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use on BLM-administered lands.

A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at your local Forest Service office and at some BLM offices.

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area, or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.

Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for your Christmas tree.

It is the purchaser’s responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure you’re cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information call your local BLM office:
Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1100
Casper Field Office (307) 261-7600
Kemmerer Field Office (307) 828-4500
Lander Field Office (307) 332-8400
Newcastle Field Office (307) 746-6600
Pinedale Field Office (307) 367-5300
Rawlins Field Office (307) 328-4200
Rock Springs Field Office (307) 352-5100
Wyoming State Office (307) 775-6314

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits Nov. 13, 2014


McDonald changes plea to Guilty to attacks on 3 Pinedale women (posted 11/21/14)
Assaults in 2010, 2012 and 2014 where assailant entered homes and viciously beat women while they slept
Pinedale Online!
Brian James McDonald appeared in District Court in Pinedale on Thursday, November 20th for a Change of Plea hearing. An agreement was reached between McDonald and the Sublette County Prosecuting Attorney’s office on October 31st in which he agreed to plead guilty to three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree in exchange for 12 other felony counts being dismissed.

McDonald is accused of entering the homes of three women as they slept and viciously beating them. The first attack occurred in 2010. The second in 2012, and the last in May of 2014. Each of the women sustained serious injuries in the assaults. In August, McDonald pled Not Guilty to all 15 charges against him and the case was set to go to trial in January 2015. Later, DNA evidence came back linking McDonald to the scene of two of the three unsolved cases.

McDonald was facing 15 felony charges stemming from brutal beatings of three women in Pinedale as they slept, causing serious injuries. Charges dropped were 3 sets of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Possession of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent an Aggravated Burglary. As part of the agreement, the parties agree to recommend he serve from 50-70 years in prison.

The plea agreement is not final until it is accepted by the court. If accepted, there will be a sentencing hearing at a later date.

Related Links:
Assault victim sues SAFV for 2012 attack Pinedale Online, Nov. 3, 2014
New charges filed in Pinedale serial assault cases Pinedale Online, August 28, 2014
McDonald case to go to trial Pinedale Online, August 6, 2014
McDonald bound over for further court proceedings Pinedale Online, July 22, 2014
Suspect charged with five counts related to 2010 attack on Pinedale woman Pinedale Online, July 14, 2014
Arrest made in 2010 assault case July 11, 2014
$10,000 Reward offered for info about May 28th violent attack Pinedale Online, June 3, 2014
Do you recognize this T-Ball bat? Pinedale Online, May 29, 2014
Assailant still at large in attack on Pinedale woman Pinedale Online, May 28, 2014
Pinedale woman assaulted in her home Pinedale Online, July 26, 2010


Wyoming senators denounce President Obama’s action on executive amnesty for 4+ million illegal immigrants (posted 11/20/14)
Unilateral action without a single vote in Congress
Below are two press releases issued today by Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso on President Obama’s announcement to issue unilateral executive orders to grant amnesty to over 4 million people in the United States illegally.
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Sidestepping Congress on immigration erodes the very foundation of our country, form of government
Senator Mike Enzi media release

Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced unilateral changes to America’s immigration policies today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) by use of executive orders. These orders will grant amnesty to at least 4 million people without a single vote in Congress.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed previous attempts at providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the president’s plan and said the president is acting outside of his authority.

"By circumventing Congress on immigration and instituting his will through executive actions, President Obama is eroding the very foundation of our country and form of government," said Enzi. "This sets a dangerous precedent where future presidents can flout any law they happen to disagree with and alter the law without going through Congress. Each branch of government is to act as a check against the others and not sit idly by as one exercises authority it does not have. A constitutional law professor should know that."

Sidestepping the constitution should be an issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree is not in the best interests of the nation, according to Enzi.

"The new Republican majority the American people just elected should not stand idle. I am an opponent of amnesty, but this is part of a much larger fight. We’ve seen the damage done over the past six years because of Obamacare and rogue agencies like the IRS and EPA. I will continue to fight executive overreach, including amnesty by executive order, whether by targeting rampant, unaccountable federal spending, working to reverse illegal executive orders with legitimate federal laws, or using the Congressional Review Act to reject the President’s actions. I will be looking closely at every option," said Enzi.
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Barrasso Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Executive Amnesty
"In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."
Senator Barrasso media release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) , U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty:

"President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty flies in the face of his promises to follow the law, deliver ‘fairness’ and help jobless Americans. His reckless and unlawful decision makes it even harder for Washington to solve our immigration challenges.

"It didn’t have to be this way. Republicans have made it clear that we support responsible immigration reform that would secure our borders and modernize our broken system.

"Instead of reaching across the aisle after the election, President Obama has shut down the opportunity for common ground. In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."

Related Links:
Cloward–Piven strategy Wikipedia


Natural gas explosion at AmeriGas in Jackson (posted 11/20/14)
Jackson Hole Fire EMS – Teton County, Wyoming
Wednesday, November 20, 2014, 5:30PM
JACKSON, WYOMING - A natural gas explosion and fire occurred at AmeriGas on Gregory Lane off of High School Road while a propane truck was offloading. All AmeriGas employees as well as all civilians within the involved area were able to escape without major injury. A resultant fire structure spread to adjacent structures and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Grand Teton National Park dispatched a total of 12 apparatus and 50 personnel to respond. Also supporting were Jackson Police Department , Teton County Sheriff Office & Dispatch and Teton County Emergency Management.

At this time the fire is 100% contained, responders have conducted searches of all potentially affected structures, and the Evacuation order has been lifted. The Incident Commander reports that all roads are open except for High School Road from Highway 8 to Gregory Lane. Gas is anticipated to be restored to Eagle Village residential units by 7:00 PM.

Smith’s Grocery store is reopened at this time.

All businesses in Smith’s Plaza and Gregory Lane are expected to open as usual tomorrow as well as all Teton County School District Schools.
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Editor’s Note: This incident occurred around 12:45PM. Teton County Emergency Management issued an evacuation order for Smiths, Bell Fitness, the Flat Creek Business Center, and Jackson Hole Community School. All students in Colter Elementary School, Jackson Hole High School and Jackson Hole Middle School were in lockdown mode. No injuries were reported.

Related Links:
AmeriGas blast engulfed the area Jackson Hole News and Guide, Nov. 20, 2014
AmeriGas fire diminishing, danger continues Jackson Hole News and Guide, Nov. 20, 2014
Fire at Amerigas facility in Wyoming causes evacuations By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof, KSL.com, Nov. 20, 2014


ALCO
ALCO
ALCO to liquidate assets (posted 11/19/14)
Pinedale Online!
ALCO stores will begin their "going out of business" process as of today’s word from the bankruptcy court that their assets have been purchased by their stalking horse liquidator. The company, ALCO Stores Inc, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on October 12th.

The company operates 198 stores in 23 states throughout the U.S., including four in Wyoming. One of the stores is located south of Pinedale. That store opened in May of 2012. The company owns five of the store locations and leases the remaining 193 locations. The company’s stores are located in smaller markets not served by other regional or national broad line retail chains.

Pinedale Store Manager Jason Abercrombie posted on the Pinedale ALCO store Facebook page, "In short, even though your Pinedale ALCO has been a positive contributor to the company’s bottom line and we fill many needs of our Sublette community, we are part of one whole. We will be starting a "going out of business" or similarly themed event in the next couple days as we begin the liquidation process."

Changes were put in effect immediately at the stores as the result of the sale of the company to the liquidator. Customers will no longer accumulate points towards rewards coupons. The Pinedale store is still honoring all coupons that customers may have. There will be no more rain checks, special orders or layaways. The stores will conduct closing sales and liquidate the assets. According to the bankruptcy documents, the company needs to have their store sales complete and vacate the premises of each store by January 31, 2015.

Abercrombie said, "Having worked more than 18 years within several retail settings, I can truly say that this has been the best staff and the best community I have had the honor to be part of. Thank you for the wonderful time that we have had together."

Related Links:
https://cases.primeclerk.com/alco/ ALCO bankruptcy court documents
Pinedale ALCO Facebook page
Court decision expected soon on ALCO bankruptcy Pinedale Online, Nov. 18, 2014
www.alcostores.com
Stalking Horse offers Wikipedia


Halliburton to buy Baker-Hughes for $34.6 billion (posted 11/17/14)
If approved by regulators, deal would close in late 2015
Pinedale Online!
Halliburton (HAL), the second-largest oil services provider in the United States, said on Monday (Nov. 17, 2014) it would acquire its smaller rival Baker Hughes (BHI) in a deal valued at $34.6 billion. The two firms will combine forces in a stock-and-cash deal expected to close in the second half of 2015. The deal comes after weeks of discussions and was approved unanimously by both boards. Under the terms of the agreement, stockholders of Baker Hughes will receive, for each Baker Hughes share, a fixed exchange ratio of 1.12 Halliburton shares plus $19.00 in cash, according to the company press release.

The combined company will maintain the Halliburton name and continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HAL." The company will be headquartered in Houston, Texas. Dave Lesar will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Following the completion of the transaction, the combined company’s Board of Directors is expected to expand to 15 members, three of whom will come from the Board of Baker Hughes.

The merger is subject to regulatory approvals and could face antitrust questions. The two companies are the second- and third-biggest oil services companies in the U.S. The industry leader is Schlumberger. If required by regulators, Halliburton has agreed to divest businesses that generate up to $7.5 billion in revenues, although Halliburton believes that the divestitures required will be significantly less. If the deal is terminated due to the failure to get antitrust approvals, Halliburton has agreed to pay a fee of $3.5 billion.

It is expected to see more companies in the energy sector to negotiate similar deals as they look to make their businesses more efficient and competitive in an increasingly difficult business environment due to the combination of slipping demand caused by economic weakness abroad and abundant supply resulting from a sharp rise in crude production in the U.S. The proposed merger includes massive cost savings as the companies strip out redundancies. The transaction combines two highly complementary suites of products and services into a comprehensive offering to oil and natural gas customers.

Halliburton was founded in 1919, and is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 80,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in over 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir - from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. www.halliburton.com

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 61,000 employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. www.bakerhughes.com

Click here to read the full Halliburton press release: http://www.halliburton.com/public/news/pubsdata/press_release/2014/HAL-BHI-Joint-Announcement-Press-Release.pdf


Public comments sought on Pinedale Anticline 2013-2014 Greater Sage-Grouse Annual Report (posted 11/13/14)
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) are seeking public comments on the 2013/2014 Greater Sage-Grouse Annual Report for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA).

The report is available online at www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/index.htm.

Public comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2014. Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale WY 82941; emailed to egdecker@blm.gov; or faxed to 307-367-5329. All comments will be considered for possible inclusion in a revised report; however, the PAPO will not be responding to comments on an individual basis.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact PAPO Coordinator Eric Decker at 307-367-5386.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual above during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.


Encana to complete transformative acquisition of Athlon Energy to establish premier position in oil-rich Permian Basin (posted 11/13/14)
Encana Corporation media release
Encana Corporation announced today (Thursday, November 13, 2014) that the cash tender offer made by Alenco Acquisition Company Inc., Encana's indirect, wholly owned subsidiary to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Athlon Energy Inc. expired at midnight, New York City time on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. All shares that were validly tendered into the Offer and not validly withdrawn have been accepted for payment. Promptly following consummation of the Offer, Alenco Acquisition will be merged with and into Athlon, and Athlon will become an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Encana. Encana expects to complete the Offer and the merger today.

The completion of the previously announced US$7.1 billion acquisition of Texas-based Athlon gives the company a premier 140,000 net acre position in the oil-rich Permian Basin.

"We are pleased to close this transformative acquisition and look forward to welcoming the Athlon team into Encana. We are delivering on the portfolio promises we made for 2017, today," says Doug Suttles, President & CEO of Encana. "Consistent with our strategy, we have built a balanced and resilient portfolio that comprises high-quality oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas opportunities. Our growth areas now include the top two resource plays in Canada, the Montney and the Duvernay, and the top two resource plays in the United States, the Eagle Ford and the Permian."

Encana expects the acquisition will add current production of about 32,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). In 2015, Encana intends to invest at least $1 billion of capital in the play and ramp up from four to at least seven horizontal rigs by year-end.

The company sees the potential for approximately 5,000 horizontal well locations with potential recoverable resource of approximately 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The Permian is expected to contribute significantly to Encana's total liquids production which is projected to approach 250,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) by 2017.

Click on this link for the full media release: Encana to complete transformative acquisition of Athlon Energy to establish premier position in oil-rich Permian Basin


BLM and WGFD move forward with $3.2 million Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project (posted 11/12/14)
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) initiated several steps as part of the first year of the eight- to ten-year Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project along the eastern front of the Wyoming Range in Sublette and Lincoln counties, Wyoming.

The nearly 30,000-acre project includes phased vegetation treatments to improve crucial winter and transition habitat for mule deer. The treatments are planned in a mosaic pattern to have maximum impact with minimum disturbance and include mowing sagebrush, bitterbrush, mountain mahogany, salt desert shrub and aspen, aeration, seeding, pitting, Plateau® herbicide, fencing, conifer thinning and prescribed burning. The vegetation treatments are intended mainly to enhance mule deer habitat but will also benefit sage-grouse, pronghorn, elk, moose and migratory bird species.

This year, $304,630 funded applying Plateau® herbicide to 69 acres, pitting 78 acres for seed, mowing 1,363 acres, mechanically preparing 2,956 acres of aspen for eventual pile burning, spraying 300 acres for cheatgrass, constructing five miles of fence to rest treated areas and conducting 5,258 acres of cultural surveys in preparation for future treatments.

In 2015, plans include aerating 1,313 acres, mowing 770 acres, mechanically preparing 591 acres of aspen, cutting and piling 22 acres of aspen, spraying 300 acres of cheatgrass, constructing five miles of fencing to ensure rest, and having two range riders temporarily push livestock from treated areas to provide rest from grazing.

The entire habitat project is estimated to cost approximately $3.2 million. Contributions so far include $500,000 from The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, $350,000 from Denbury Resources, Inc., $180,000 from the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative, $60,000 from the BLM, $30,000 from the WGFD, $25,000 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, $20,000 from the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Fund and $15,750 from ExxonMobil.

For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/wy-range.html or contact Rusty Kaiser at 307-367-5317.


Fungus affects New Fork Brown Trout (posted 11/12/14)
Wyoming Game and Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has received a number of reports from anglers noticing sick or dead brown trout in the New Fork River south of Pinedale recently.

Affected fish have been reported in the section between the confluence with Pine Creek and Highway 351.

Pinedale fish managers believe it is due to a common fungal infection called Saprolegnia. Infected fish have patches of a cotton-like growth on their skin and often are quite lethargic.

Saprolegnia is a fungus that naturally occurs in aquatic systems. A similar outbreak has recently been noted in the Big Hole River in Montana, and also has been observed locally in Pine Creek and the Green River in past years.

Brown trout are susceptible to this malady in the fall, when they can become stressed by long movements and other activities associated with spawning. The unusually warm temperatures recorded this fall may be an added stressor that has allowed the fungus to infect more fish than normal.

While such fungal infections can be treated in fish hatcheries, there is no feasible way to treat fish populations in a stream or river. Fortunately, the spawning season for brown trout is nearly finished and water temperatures should begin to drop with the onset of cooler weather, so fish managers predict the fungal outbreak will likely begin to decline soon.

Fish managers report that the number of brown trout observed with this fungus is low compared to the overall density of brown trout in the New Fork River and some fish infected with the fungus may die. However, the New Fork River should still have a healthy brown trout population next spring.

Related Links:
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