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Weather update, Tuesday, April 24: 7:20AM: A little bit more wintery weather with some snow showers early in the day today around Pinedale, then the sun will peek out again later and should be sunny through the rest of the week for western Wyoming. Little to no snow accumulation expected at valley floor level. Daytime temperatures in the 40Fs around Pinedale today, tomorrow could get into the 60Fs! Nighttime lows in the 20Fs. Click on this link for more weather and road condition information.  
Cassin's Finch. Photo by Dave Bell.
A Beautiful Spring Weekend Dave Bell posted a new photo album with spring pictures of the Upper Green River Valley. The snow is mostly gone down low and spring birds are starting to return. Pictured here is a colorful Cassin's Finch. Click on this link for more pictures: A Beautiful Spring Weekend Photo by Dave Bell.
Spring snow squall. Photo by Dave Bell.
Spring Snow Squall Click on this link for more pictures: A Beautiful Spring Weekend Photo by Dave Bell.
Children's Art Exhibit. Photo by Terry Allen.
Children's Art Exhibit Seventy-one first graders from Pinedale Elementary School are the featured artists at the Sublette County Library this month. The title of the exhibit is: "What do I want to be when I grow up?" It was designed by Adult Program Coordinator, Judi Boyce to compliment the Smithsonian exhibit in the Lovatt Room, "The Way We Worked." The exhibit runs through May 5th, so make sure to check it out. Pictured here are Levi and Lauryn. Click on this link for more pictures: Milk & Cookies Art Exhibit & Reception Photo by Terry Allen.
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April 28: Spring Fair & Rummage Sale at the Sublette County Fairgrounds - Concessions, home-made crafts, local businesses, vendors, bouncy houses for the kids, treats, more. Free admission. Vendor booth space available. Call Brianne at 307-759-3546 for more information.
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June 23: Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County - Fundraiser to help support families in Sublette County struggling with cancer. Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. Doors open at 5PM. Drawing/Auction 7PM. Tickets are $100, only 500 tickets will be sold. Grand Prize winner gets choice of 5 difference packages. Need not be present to win. 50 chances at $100. 100 chances at $50. Can win multiple times on the same ticket. Tickets on sale now. www.kickincancer.org
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July 12-15, 2018: Green River Rendezvous in Pinedale - Celebrating the legacy of the Mountain Men! Join us in Pinedale for 4 days of fun and frolic of the Green River Rendezvous! Living history programs and demonstrations at the Museum of the Mountain Man, street fair, Trader's Row, rodeos, Green River Rendezvous Pageant, many events every day. More info
July 20-22: 2nd Annual Wind River Mountain Festival - 3 days of adventure festivities in Pinedale. Live music, entertainment, booths, outdoor activities, more, culminating with the Surly Pika Adventure Race on Sunday. www.windrivermtfest.com More info 307-367-2440. Laura & Josh Hattan, laura@greatoutdoorshop.com
September 22: Pinedale Half Marathon - Half Marathon, 10K and 1-Mile race, which take runners & walkers of all ages from the center of downtown Pinedale to the banks of beautiful Fremont Lake. www.pinedalehalfmarathon.com

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SCSD 1 considers phone free school environments (posted 4/24/18)
Jay Harnack, Superintendent, Sublette County School District 1
As more research emerges regarding the impact of smartphones on the lives of adults and teenagers, Sublette County School District 1 is considering a partnership with Yondr, a company that creates phone free learning environments for schools.

While smartphones have great utility, their use has increasingly become a source of distraction and conflict, both at home and in learning environments. In 2017, the University of Texas concluded that "the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity." In addition, inappropriate cell phone use is increasingly becoming a discipline issue for schools.

Schools that have implemented Yondr have noted significant improvements to school culture and climate. Allison Silvestri, principal for East Bay High School, said "The changes have already been profound...Kids are more focused and engaged during class, and student journals suggest the high schoolers are feeling less anxious and more relaxed." East Bay students also noted improvements in performance and the teachers noticed reductions in discipline referrals.

The way Yondr works is simple. When students come to school, they place their phones in an assigned Yondr cell phone pouch. The pouch locks and the student keeps their pouch with them. Students maintain possession of their cell-phones throughout the day, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the day.

One of the more beneficial aspects of cell phones in the learning environment is their ability to provide assistance and communication during times of emergency. Each classroom and office would be equipped with an unlock station that would allow students to quickly unlock their phones in the event of an emergency.

SCSD 1 has successfully piloted the Yondr program at Skyline Academy and will be giving consideration to implementing the program in grades 6-12 its regularly scheduled meeting in May. The proposal is in alignment with the district’s current strategic plan, which includes a focus on increasing student engagement. If approved, full implementation would take place next year with possible field testing at PMS and PHS later this year as time allows.

More information on the how Yondr works can be accessed at www.overyondr.com.

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www.sub1.org Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming


Wyoming revises Move Over law (posted 4/24/18)
Wyoming Department of Transportation
Motorists will soon have to move over for maintenance, construction and utilities workers and vehicles when traveling on Wyoming’s interstates and highways.

Starting July 1, 2018, Wyoming’s Move Over law will now include those workers in addition to emergency responders such as the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The state Legislature approved the changes to the Move Over law during this past legislative session.

"The Move Over bill is an important piece of legislation that will help protect our maintenance, construction and utility crews that work alongside Wyoming’s highways," said Gregg Fredrick, Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) chief engineer. "This will help to provide a safe place to work so that they can return home to their families every day."

The new Move Over law requires motorists to do what they currently do when encountering an emergency vehicle that has pulled over.

When a construction, maintenance or utility vehicle is stopped on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction, motorists must move to the farthest lane away from the stopped vehicle.

On a two-lane road where speeds are 45 mph or greater, motorists must slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit. Motorists can be fined $200 for failure to move over. WYDOT is currently making signs about the new requirements as a way to help educate the public.

Tony Avila, area foreman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, knows firsthand how vital the new Move Over law is for WYDOT workers who help keep the roads safe for the traveling public.

Over the course of his 37 and a half years at WYDOT, Avila and his crew have experienced around 40 incidents where their WYDOT vehicles were sideswiped, mirrors were damaged or vehicles rear ended. WYDOT has advanced signs alerting motorists of upcoming construction, changes in traffic patterns and reduced speed limits.

Out of the 40 incidents, 10 required medical attention for Avila’s crew members and one person never returned but did not sustain life threatening injuries.

"There were a lot of near misses where I had to move quickly into the ditch or they had to," Avila said.

One near miss occurred during a past winter when Avila was helping a motorist who slid off the road into the ditch. The two were standing behind Avila’s plow truck. Avila was getting information to relay to Patrol when another car lost control. The other vehicle ended up rear ending Avila’s plow truck.

"I had to grab the guy’s arm and yank him off the road," Avila said. "The vehicle would have crushed us. After the incident, the vehicle never stopped and went on its way."

Avila, who testified before the legislature about enhancing the Move Over law, said he’s pleased it passed.

"We now have to educate people about the importance of moving over," Avila said. "It’s hard when you have to call the families of crew members who were taken to the hospital for injuries. My worst nightmare is calling a family and telling them it’s much worse. I want all my workers to go home safe."

Although the law has always covered emergency responders, Patrol has still experienced collisions from inattentive drivers who failed to move over.

Since 2016, vehicles have hit 12 patrol cars stopped at the roadside. As a way to help remind the public about the importance of moving over, some Patrol cars have a decal on the rear window that says "Save a Life, Move Over."

"Moving over for emergency responders and construction, maintenance and utility workers is so vital," said WHP Sgt. Momen Elazizi. "It’s just a common courtesy to move over for anyone stopped at the side of the road. It ensures everyone gets home safely."

Often times, driving distracted could be the reason people don’t see emergency responders or workers on the side of the road. Motorists need to put all distractions away, especially cell phones, and just concentrate on driving.

"If you’re a passenger in a vehicle and the driver is not moving over, please remind them to move over," Elazizi said.


Meetings planned to discuss proposed 2019 fishing regulation changes (posted 4/24/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish
Fish managers for the Pinedale and Jackson regions of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are inviting anglers to join them at their upcoming meetings to discuss proposed 2019 fishing regulation changes, along with other regional fisheries topics.

The Pinedale meeting will be held Monday, April 30, at the Pinedale Game and Fish office, starting at 6 p.m.

The Jackson meeting will be held Monday, May 14, at the Jackson Game and Fish office, also starting at 6 p.m.

There are very few changes being proposed to fishing regulations in the Pinedale Region. The biggest change is a proposal to remove the current regulation for streams allowing only one (1) cutthroat trout over 12 inches. Managers are instead opting for the statewide stream regulation of three (3) trout, and no more than one (1) shall exceed sixteen (16) inches. In addition to discussing proposed regulation changes, Pinedale fish managers will provide a brief update on planned field activities for 2018 and the New Fork River restoration project at "Gas Wells", a cooperative project with the Bureau of Land Management.

There are a few changes being proposed for the Jackson Region. Like Pinedale, the Jackson Region is also proposing to remove the current regulation for streams of only one (1) cutthroat trout over 12 inches. However, the cutthroat regulation would still apply for waters in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Parkway. Another possible change is a proposed seasonal closure of December 1-July 31 that would apply to Glade Creek in the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, to protect spawning Snake River cutthroat trout. One other proposed change is to allow bait fish to be used in Grand Teton National Park. These and other possible changes will be discussed.

The purpose of these meetings is to have an open discussion with those who use the fisheries resource Game and Fish manages, hear anglers concerns, inform them on current management activities and possible future plans for their local rivers and lakes.

Written comments shall be accepted through 5 p.m. June 4 at public meetings, mailing: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604 or online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov . Copies of the proposed regulations are available on the Game and Fish website and at the address above in accordance with Chapter 1 Regulation Governing Access to Public Records. Written comments shall be presented to the Game and Fish Commission prior to the public hearing at their July 10-11 meeting in Laramie at the Game and Fish Office.

The Game and Fish supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the respective Game and Fish office at 307-367-4353 (Pinedale) and 307-733-2321 (Jackson).


WG&F proposes wolf harvest of 58 (posted 4/22/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish Department
The population of gray wolves in Wyoming continues to be healthy and exceed all criteria established to show that the species is recovered. As part of the management of wolves Wyoming uses hunting as it does with many other species. The draft regulation for the 2018 wolf hunting regulation is now available for public comment.

The total minimum population of wolves in Wyoming living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation at the end of 2017 was 238, with 198 in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area. The proposed mortality limit for 2018 is expected to result in an end of year population of around 160 wolves in the trophy game area, similar to the 2017 wolf hunting season.

"The primary change for the 2018 wolf hunting season proposal is adjustment of the wolf mortality limit, which was increased to 58. We calculate mortality limits annually based on the best available population and mortality data for wolves and packs present in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area to be sure harvest levels are appropriate and ascribe to our commitment to manage for a recovered wolf population," says Ken Mills, Game and Fish’s large carnivore biologist who focuses on wolves. "This proposal is the result of a data-driven approach based on measured wolf population dynamics."

Game and Fish’s proposal is available for review and comment online and the proposal includes the allocation of higher hunt area quotas in those areas where wolf conflicts with livestock are high or in areas where wolves are impacting big game populations.

Public meetings on these regulation changes and others will occur at the following times and locations:

April 30: 6 p.m. Sheridan Game and Fish Office

May 2: 6 p.m. Laramie Game and Fish Office

May 8: 6 p.m. Cody Park County Library

May 9: 6 p.m. Casper Game and Fish Office

May 10: 6 p.m. Dubois Headwaters Arts & Conference
Center

May 16: 6 p.m. Pinedale Game and Fish Office

May 17: 6 p.m. Jackson Teton County Auditorium

May 22: 6 p.m. Evanston BEAR Center Pavilion

May 23: 6 p.m. Kemmerer South Lincoln Events Center

May 24: 6 p.m. Green River Game and Fish Office

Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. June 4 at public meetings, by mailing:
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Regulations
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604
or online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov.
Copies of the proposed regulations are available on the Game and Fish website and at the address above.

Written comments will be presented to the Game and Fish Commission prior to the public hearing at their July 10-11 meeting in Laramie at the Game and Fish Office.

The Game and Fish Department supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the nearest Game and Fish office.

Related Links:
Proposed Hunting Regulations - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


County orders Pinedale clinic appraisal (posted 4/20/18)
Action is first step toward modifying USDA application
Holly Dabb, Pinedale Roundup
PINEDALE – Sublette County Commissioners have ordered an appraisal for the Pinedale Medical Clinic as a first step toward "putting skin in the game" and successfully meeting the demands set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development division for a critical access hospital loan application.

"This package as presented will not be approved," Lorraine Werner, USDA program director for Wyoming, told the Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board and staff last week. However, she added, they have time to modify their request as they await a final application that requires a springtime wetland assessment at the proposed site.

One reason the initial application would be denied, according to Werner’s letter to the board, was a lack of visible community support. "The district currently leases the clinics from the county and prior negotiations to expand the clinic failed," Werner said. She asked at the meeting, "Did you ever try to negotiate to buy the current site?"

Because possible alternatives, such as expanding the existing Pinedale Clinic, were not included in the current application, the existing application is targeted for denial, she said.

She gave another reason, "The proposed facility is not modest in size, design and cost." She called the proposed 12 exam rooms, four registration offices, multiple locker rooms and 13 offices "excessive" compared to the number of full-time employees. Werner encouraged the board to do some "value engineering," to determine if there are things that could be phased in or left at the current clinic.

Finance fees were also cited as excessive and she claims the board never tried to negotiate lower fees for agreements.

On April 13, Scott Scherbel, chairman of the district’s board, sent a request to county commissioners. "Will the county deed the entire 5-acre property and all buildings, etc., that are on the property to the district as a donation to the hospital project?"

Commission Chairman Andy Nelson responded in the meeting, "We are disinclined to do that."
A second question posed by the district in the letter, "If not willing to donate, will the county sell the entire property to the district? If so, what would be the selling price?"

Nelson said, "We’ve been willing all along to sell if you can come up with a fair offer for the properties."

He said the next step is to find out what the property is worth.

"We’ll get an appraisal," Nelson said. "Then we’ll have some information and share. You can certainly come with an offer."

While there is a need to do this quickly, Nelson said, "We move at the speed of government." The commission meets every two weeks and must find an appraiser familiar with medical facilities.

Scherbel said the clinic was appraised at the start of the loan process and he offered to provide the contact information.

Nelson added an older building on the clinic property houses several agencies and what to do with those agencies or that building must be discussed in any potential sale.

Scherbel’s third question asked if the county could commit funds, if the district got into financial trouble during construction, to maintain services at the clinics’ current service levels?

"We’ll address that later," Nelson said.

Holly Dabb, hdabb@pinedaleroundup.com

Related Links:
Letter: USDA to Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board re CAH loan April 11, 2018
Letter: Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board to Sublette County Commissioners re Pinedale Clinic April 13, 2018
www.pinedaleroundup.com Pinedale Roundup


Wolf hunt didn't decrease population much (posted 4/20/18)
Decline of 6%, instead of 24% predicted
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
In 2017, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department instituted a wolf hunting season with the biological objective to reduce the wolf population by approximately 24% within the trophy wolf hunt area, from 210 wolves to 160 wolves.

According to the agency’s annual wolf report for 2017, "Evaluation of the 2017 wolf hunting season data demonstrated the hunting strategy in 2017 did not reduce the wolf population as intended from ≥210 wolves to approximately 160 wolves (6% decline vs. 24% predicted decline)."

Other highlights from the report include:

• At least 347 wolves in ≥53 packs (including ≥23 breeding pairs) inhabited Wyoming on December 31, 2017. While Yellowstone National Park had 97 wolves in 11 packs, there were at least 238 wolves in 40 packs living outside the national park and the Wind River Reservation.

• Wolves were confirmed to have killed 194 head of livestock (113 cattle and 81 sheep) and 1 dog statewide in Wyoming in 2017. An additional 5 cattle were injured by wolves but survived. Of the 29 packs involved in ≥1 depredation statewide, 21 packs were involved in >2 depredations and 19 packs were involved in ≥3 depredations. Control efforts lethally removed 62 depredating wolves statewide in an effort to reduce livestock losses due to wolves. More than $500,000 was spent by agencies on wolf damage management, including control and compensation.

• Sixty-one percent of wolf packs that existed in Wyoming in 2017 were involved in livestock depredations, with most packs involved in repeated depredations.

Related Links:
Wyoming Report - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Wolf Watch by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Wolf News Roundup 4/19/2018 (posted 4/19/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Sheriff Surveys Wolf Depredations
Kittson County Sheriff Steve Porter has taken an active role in assessing wolf depredations on cattle in his northern Minnesota county. Sheriff’s department officials contacted cattle ranchers in the county in attempt to learn about cattle/wolf conflicts, learning that 118 cattle went missing from the 40 cattle ranchers surveyed.

More Deer, More Wolves
A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources biologist told the Duluth News Tribune that wolf numbers in that state have increased as the result of an increasing deer population. Although the federal recovery plan calls for a population of 1,200 to 1,400 wolves, Minnesota officials say the population is now about 2,800 wolves ¬– an increase of 25 percent from the previous year.

Oregon Wolves
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife officials have killed one of eight wolves in a pack that has made repeated depredations on calves in a private pasture in the Pine Valley area. State officials have also hazed the seven remaining members of the pack away from the ranch that has had three calves killed and another four injured, but the pack quickly returned. Oregon’s wolf population increased last year, with state officials estimating the state has a minimum population of 124 wolves.

For more information about these stories, check out the links below.

Related Links:
Kittson County, MN - Grand Forks Herald
Deer, Wolves - Duluth News Tribune
Oregon Depredation - Baker City Herald
Oregon Wolf Population Report - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Flag Half Staff notice - for former 1st Lady Barbara Bush.
Flag Half Staff notice - for former 1st Lady Barbara Bush.
Flag Half Staff notice: Former 1st Lady Barbara Bush (posted 4/18/18)
Until sunset on day of interment
Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st president of the US - George H.W. Bush - and mother of the 43rd president - George W Bush. She died on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. She was 92 years old.

President Donald J. Trump has ordered all U.S. flags to fly at half staff until sunset on the day of interment.

From the President of the United States:

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP


25 Pinedale singers to participate in Gala Concert in Teton Village May 4 (posted 4/16/18)
Twenty-five Pinedale singers will join Jackson choirs for a Gala Concert at the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village on Friday, May 4 at 7pm. Pinedale Festival Choir, Sisters of the Heart, a local women’s threshold choir and the debut of the vocal ensemble Voices 8, will be performing music of internationally-acclaimed choral composer, educator and pianist, Dan Forrest. The concert is FREE.

"Pinedale Community Theatre (PCT) actors and Pinedale Festival Choir members just can’t stop singing" says Valerie Lee, Managing Director of PCT and the director/organizer of the Pinedale choirs participating in this year’s event. "It’s fantastic!" Singers have been rehearsing since early January.

This is part of the Cathedral Voices 2018 Spring Festival, which will include four days of performances, lectures, and open rehearsals, featuring Dan Forrest, an internationally-acclaimed choral composer, educator, and pianist. For details of all events, visit www.cathedralvoices.org.

Schedule:
On May 1st a Chamber Spotlight performance by the Jackson Hole Brass Quintet, organist Ron Fabry, and a string trio from the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra performs works by Gabrielli, Strauss, and Beethoven in a one-hour recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

May 2nd there is a lunchtime Artist Talk with composer Dan Forrest in the conference room at the Center for the Arts. Come and visit with Mr. Forrest in person to hear about his inspiration, his process, why choral music. Later that afternoon, all are welcome to sit in on the Classical Academy Choir rehearsal at Walk Festival Hall, to observe the children’s choir as they work with Dan Forrest and local musicians to polish their music for the Gala Concert.

May 3rd offers another daytime discussion – "Music & Healing" – with Music Therapist Hilary Camino and Dan Forrest at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole, including a special visit from an all-volunteer Hospice Choir from Pinedale (Sisters of the Heart). That same evening, all are welcome to observe the final rehearsal of the 70-voice Festival Chorus and Orchestra, with Dan Forrest on piano.

The week culminates with the final Gala Performance on May 4th, 7pm, at Walk Festival Hall. Six choruses from Jackson and Pinedale take the stage, along with a 15-piece chamber orchestra of local musicians. A celebratory reception will follow the concert.

Best of all – all of these events are FREE and non-ticketed. "We are committed to vocal music as a unique and powerful art form," commented Laura Huckin, Artistic Director of the Festival. "Making the Festival completely free was a priority, to ensure everyone can be part of the experience, first-hand."

Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, Center of Wonder/Town and County Arts for All, Cathedral Voices Season Sponsors, and the Festival’s Premier Sponsors: Bank of Jackson Hole and Teton Thai.


BTNF seeks trail maintenance volunteers (posted 4/15/18)
Volunteer meeting May 1st
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is inviting the public to join them at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Jackson, Wyoming or Pinedale District Office in Pinedale, Wyoming on May 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to learn more about the National Trails Stewardship Act and how to become more involved in helping maintain trails within four priority Forests in Wyoming, including the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

This year, the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which established America’s system of national, scenic, historic and recreation trails. With over 158,000 miles of trails, the Forest Service manages the largest trail system in the country. Current Forest Service records and audits have identified that only 25% of trails on National Forest lands meet Agency standards for safety and quality recreation experiences, and Forest Service funding for trail maintenance continues to decrease annually.

The 2016 National Trails Stewardship Act places emphasis on developing and implementing a strategy to significantly increase the role of communities, partners and volunteers in trail maintenance on National Forests throughout the country. In 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue selected 15 Priority Areas on various National Forests throughout the country to begin implementation of the National Trails Stewardship Act. Included in these 15 selected Priority Areas is the Wyoming Forest Gateway Community Priority Area, which includes Forest System Trails within the Bighorn, Medicine Bow, Shoshone, and Bridger-Teton National Forests.

The Forest Service and State of Wyoming Parks and Recreation will be hosting this State-wide kick-off meeting to provide information on selected trails within the Wyoming Forest Community Priority Area and how interested partners and volunteers can get involved in helping maintain National Forest trails in these selected priority areas. This meeting will be broadcast live simultaneously at several Forest Service offices including Pinedale, Jackson, Lander, Cody, Laramie, Sheridan, Greybull, and Buffalo.

For more information, please contact: Cindy Stein, Recreation Manager at 307-367-5717. Information on the Bridger-Teton National Forest can also be obtained at http://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf


Library adult programming person Judi Boyce speaks during the opening reception of
Library adult programming person Judi Boyce speaks during the opening reception of "The Way We Worked." Photo by Mindi Crabb.
The Way We Worked (posted 4/8/18)
On Thursday, April 5th, the Sublette County Library in Pinedale kicked off the opening celebration for their newest exhibit, "The Way We Worked."

During the month of April, the Pinedale Library will host The Way We Worked, a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit will be on display at the Pinedale Library from April 5th until May 5th. It comes to Sublette County through the Wyoming Humanities Council, is funded by the U.S. Congress, and is based on an exhibition created by the National Archives.

To correspond with this exhibit, the Pinedale and Big Piney Libraries have collaborated with several local agencies and businesses to bring related lectures, lunches, history and how-to workshops and other events in both Pinedale and Big Piney. The Big Piney Library will host a companion exhibit focusing on the way we worked right here in Sublette County and featuring historic area photographs and recordings from local seniors talking about their first jobs. The mini exhibit will be available for viewing at the Big Piney Library from April 5th until May 5th.

Schedule of Events

Pinedale Library Exhibit: The Way We Worked in Sublette County
April 5th - May 5th


Big Piney Library Mini Exhibit: The Way We Worked in Sublette County
April 5th - May 5th

Big Piney Library
Enjoy this companion exhibit at the Big Piney Library focusing on the way we worked right here in Sublette County and featuring historic area photographs and recordings from local seniors talking about their first jobs. This exhibit will be available for viewing at the Big Piney Library from April 5th until May 5th.

Soap Making
Wednesday, April 11th

5 pm at the Big Piney Library
A history and how-to workshop with Wanda Griffin exploring the techniques that area settlers used to make their own natural bath and beauty products. Sign up at the Big Piney Library or by calling (307) 276-3515 as space is limited.

Gone Fishing: A brief history of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Sublette County
Thursday, April 12th

12 noon in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room
Free lunch provided
Presented by Greg Anderson, Senior Fish Culturist at the Daniel Fish Hatchery, this free lunch event will be held in the Pinedale Library's Lovatt Room.

The First Homes on the Range: Homesteading the Upper Green River Valley
Monday, April 16th

6 pm in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room
Local historian and author Ann Chambers Noble will read excerpts from the soon to be published book titled Homestead History of the Green River Valley that she and Jonita Sommers are collaborating on. Artifacts from the Sommers Homestead will be used to illustrate the hard work of daily chores. This event at the Pinedale Library is hosted by Green River Valley Land Trust.

Cheese Making
Wednesday, April 18th

5 pm at the Big Piney Library
A history and how-to workshop with Heather Faurenbaugh and Wanda Griffin exploring cheese making techniques. Sign up at the Big Piney Library or by calling (307) 276-3515 as space is limited.

Area Tie Hack History
Wednesday, April 18th

6 pm at the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney
With the construction of the transcontinental railroad, a large number of workers cut area timber to produce the railroad ties in work known as 'tie hacking.' Enjoy a free lecture on tie hack history at the Green River Valley Museum, 140 Front St. in Big Piney.

Archeology: Then and Now
Thursday, April 19th

12 noon in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room
Free lunch provided
Presented by Sam Drucker, BLM Cultural Specialist, this talk with focus on the region's archeological history and remains. This free lunch event will be held in the Pinedale Library's Lovatt Room.

Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West
Thursday, April 19th

6 pm, at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale
Enjoy a presentation about American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer Frederic Remington, who lived in the late 1800s. He specialized in depictions of the American Old West, especially scenes of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry. Presented by Museum of the Mountain Man Curator Betsy Watry, at the Museum, 700 E. Hennick St. in Pinedale.

"What I Want to Be When I Grow Up" Milk and Cookies Art Reception
Friday, April 20th

4:30 – 6 pm in the Pinedale Library gallery area

First graders of Pinedale Elementary are creating a companion display for our gallery space with art themed "What I Want to Be When I Grow Up." This is a collaboration with Pinedale Elementary School and with special thanks to the first grade teachers (especially Jennifer Hayward), PES librarian Grey Schouboe, and art teacher Christie Anspach. This is a drop-in reception for parents and friends to come see the children's artwork, tour the Smithsonian exhibit, and eat some treats. In the Pinedale Library gallery area.

The Skinner Brothers
Tuesday, April 24th

6 pm at Sublette BOCES in Pinedale
Free dinner provided
Enjoy a video and discussion with the Skinner Brothers about the history of the Skinner Brothers Outdoors Wilderness Camp. This event is hosted by Sublette BOCES and the Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC) and will be held at the Sublette BOCES building, 665 N. Tyler Ave, Pinedale. A free dinner is provided.

Dutch Oven Cooking
Wednesday, April 25th

5 pm at the Big Piney Library
A history and how-to workshop with Wanda Griffin illustrating time-tested techniques used to create classic Dutch oven meals. Sign up at the Big Piney Library or by calling (307) 276-3515 as space is limited.

Workplace Ergonomics with Physical Therapist Craig Rice
Thursday, April 26th

12 noon in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room
Free lunch provided
Physical Therapist Craig Rice of Winds Physical Therapy in Pinedale will speak about modern workplace ergonomics. This free lunch event will be held in the Pinedale Library's Lovatt Room.

Sourdough Cooking
Wednesday, May 2nd

5 pm at the Big Piney Library
A history and how-to workshop exploring methods used to create sourdough recipes over time. Sign up at the Big Piney Library or by calling (307) 276-3515 as space is limited.

Oil and Gas Production in Sublette County
Thursday, May 3rd

12 noon in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room
Free lunch provided
High school educator Debra Noble will speak about area oil and gas production in Sublette County. This free lunch event will be held in the Pinedale Library's Lovatt Room.

Pinedale Art Walk
Thursday, May 3rd

5 - 7 pm starting at the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce in Pinedale
Stroll at your leisure to several Pinedale locations hosting art and artists. There are at least 8 locations. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and dress to be comfortable outside. Contact Jenn Burton at the Chamber with questions about this event: (307) 367-2242, email: membership@sublettechamber.com.

Daily Life of a Mountain Man
Wednesday, May 16th

6 pm at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale
The Museum of the Mountain Man has added a special evening event to their annual May 15th-17th Living History Days programming for community members to have a chance to learn about the ways of the Mountain Men. Learn more about early 1800s beaver trapping in the Upper Green River Valley, hides, black powder rifles, blacksmithing, Native American sign language, and more. This event will be held at the Museum of the Mountain Man, 700 E. Hennick St. in Pinedale. Free.

Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center Storytime Lunches
Wednesday, April 11th
Wednesday, April 18th
Wednesday, April 25th
Wednesday, May 2nd

11:30 am at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center in Marbleton.
Enjoy lunch while speakers read stories or tell their own. Lunch will be offered for $4 on these days as Western Sublette BOCES 9 will be paying for dessert. Contact the Senior Center for more pricing information, (307) 276-3249. The Senior Center is located at 429 E 1st St. in Marbleton.

Speaker schedule:
Wednesday, April 11th: Mac Rawhouser and David Burnett
Wednesday, April 18th: Deanne Bradley and Helena Linn
Wednesday, April 25th: Lora Grinestaff and Dick Kalber
Wednesday, May 2nd: Ann Barney and Brenda Hatcher

Learn more about the Smithsonian traveling exhibit:
https://museumonmainstreet.org/content/way-we-worked

Print a flyer of associated events in Pinedale:
http://sublettecountylibrary.org/PDFs/0418PinedaleSmithsonianevents.pdf

See related events occurring in the Big Piney area:
http://www.sublettecountylibrary.org/BPEvents.htm#TheWayWeWorked


BLM opens public comment period on Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline Project (posted 3/29/18)
Comment period closes May 7th
Bureau of Land Management
ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING —In support of the Administration’s priorities of energy independence and job creation, the Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline Project on March 23, 2018, opening up a 45-day public comment period.

Proposed by Denbury Green Pipeline-Riley Ridge, LLC, the project would create approximately 380 direct jobs during the two-year construction period while generating $1.7 million in state and local taxes during construction. It is expected to generate $778,000 of tax revenues during operations. The project would construct pipelines of various sizes along a 243-mile linear right-of-way through Fremont, Sublette, Sweetwater and Natrona counties.

Rights-of-way of varying width would be granted for both construction and operation of the pipelines. These rights-of-way are typically larger during the construction phase and shrink down for the permanent operation phase. The Riley Ridge Sweetening Plant, access roads, power lines, injection wells, and other small facilities are also planned as part of the project.

The Draft EIS can be reviewed online at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3a5 or at any of the following BLM field office locations:

• BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming
• BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming
• BLM Rawlins Field Office, 1300 North Third Street, Rawlins, Wyoming
• BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming
• BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming

The public comment period will close on May 7, 2018. Comments should be submitted to the BLM during the public meetings; by email: BLM_WY_RRNP@blm.gov; faxed to 307-352-0329; or mailed or delivered to the BLM, Attn: Mark Mackiewicz, 280 Hwy 191 N., Rock Springs, WY 82901.

The BLM will host public meetings on the following dates and locations. All the meetings are from 4-7 pm.

• April 9, 2018 - Ramada Plaza Riverside, 300 W F Street, Casper, Wyoming
• April 10, 2018 - Rodeway Inn Pronghorn Lodge, 150 E Main Street, Lander, Wyoming
• April 11, 2018 - Marbleton Town Hall, 10700 Highway 189, Marbleton, Wyoming
• April 12, 2018 - BLM High Desert District Office 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual listed below during normal business hours. The FRS 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.

For more information, please contact Mark Mackiewicz at 435-636-3616.


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