April 27, 2001 Update - Spring?
Lake opens May 10
lakes starting to melt off
Deer & Antelope Hunting
in Sublette County
Take:The Feeding Frenzy is Here
weather this week has swung from gorgeous blue skies with temperatures
in the 60s, to dark clouds moving in with snow/lightning storms that
deposit 3" of wet snow in just a couple of hours, back to blue
skies and 'wear shorts weather'. Every bit of this late spring snow
is very much needed in the high country right now. The Green River valley
is only at 71% of the basin-wide average of maximum snowpack this year
and we've already started to get some fires. So the kids are enjoying
being able to make snowmen in the morning and put shorts on in the afternoon.
The county ranchers are hoping fire season won't be too bad and trying
to sneak in some spring burning. And a few die-hard souls are still
at the gate up at White Pine at 7:30 am every morning so they can hike
up the slopes and get in a few runs on great end of the season snow.
Those less athletic are getting their thrills doing the Pinedale main
street slalom through the ever-changing road construction orange lane
Lake opens May 10th
fishermen are anxiously awaiting the opening of Soda Lake on May 10th.
Presently the roads are all dry to get in and the gates on the main
road are open, but the lake still has a thin skim of ice except for
a thin strip just near the shoreline. The roads around the lake are
still closed to unauthorized human presence until May 1st in order to
protect wildlife, however the main road to Willow Lake is open to public
travel. Hopefully the road construction will be mostly done on the west
end of town by the time of the lake opening. For now, visitors have
to take a couple of block detour from the main highway to get to the
Soda Lake road. For more information and pictures of the lake, please
visit our Soda Lake page.
lakes starting to melt off
is definitely making headway and many of the lower areas are opening
up and access roads are clear and dry. The roads around the lower end
of Fremont Lake and the CCC ponds are open, with some patches of snow
in the campground area. The roads to Half Moon and Willow Lakes are
also clear. The mesa roads are open with some muddy spots on lesser
used roads. While we know folks are itching to get out and explore as
the weather warms up, outdoor users are asked to not drive on roads
that are still wet which can result in deep ruts and road damage that
is expensive to repair. Below are pictures of Fremont, Half Moon, and
Soda Lakes (archive photo). The lakes aren't
quite ready yet, but now is a good time to get your boat in to have
a spring tune up and get your boat license renewed.
County lake & stream fishing:
Burnt Lake: Opens May 1st
Fall Creek: Opens July 1 (see regulations)
Green River Lakes: open year round
Half Moon Lake: open year round
Meadow Lake: opens July 1st
Fremont Lake: open year round
Soda Lake: opens May 10th
Elk, Deer & Antelope Period May 1 - 31
Game & Fish
residents begin applying for 2001 elk, deer and antelope applications,
they are alerted to the $3 application fee for each license and adult
deer licenses going up to $25. Applications must be received at the
Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. May 31.
Although this is the first year of a resident application
fee, nonresidents have been paying $10 since 1997 and $5 for many
years before that.
Tom Rowe, the G&F's license draw manager, encourages hunters to
apply for doe/fawn deer and antelope licenses in the drawing. "With
fewer doe/fawn antelope tags this year, there may not be any licenses
available after the draw and the drawing may be your only shot in
some areas," Rowe said.
The antelope quota was reduced by about 25 percent statewide. Hunters
can check season dates and quotas before applying by calling (800)
842-1934 or by picking up a "summary map" for deer, elk
or antelope at license agents or G&F offices.
Applications are available at the same outlets. Resident hunters can
purchase general elk and deer licenses from license agents through
the end of the season. There is no application fee when buying licenses
over the counter. WY G&F Release
Bridger-Teton National Forest reminds Forest users that soggy spring
conditions leave land and water resources in a vulnerable condition.
Vehicle use on saturated trails, roads and hillside areas can easily
damage the land causing permanent ruts, bog holes and erosion. Erosion
can impact water quality by increasing the amount of sediment in spring
run-off, which can create unhealthy conditions for fish populations.
Ruts and bogs create additional maintenance needs that are costly
to repair. Specific activities that particularly contribute to this
type of resource damage are vehicle or ATV use on wet or muddy roads,
bicycle use on muddy trails, and crossing open muddy slopes by any
means, even foot traffic. And while the scheduled May 1st re-opening
of closed winter range has everyone thinking about the big antler
hunt, the Forest urges visitors to the Bridger-Teton National Forest
to be responsible by avoiding trails and roads that appear very wet
and muddy. To prevent road damage, the Bridger-Teton will be closing
Granite Road to vehicular access on April 24th. Road conditions will
be checked weekly and the gate will be opened as soon as the road
surface dries out enough to handle traffic. Limited access will be
allowed to private landowners in the area.
in Sublette County
looking for a job in Sublette County long distance finds out pretty
quickly that it just isn't easy to get information about who's hiring.
Jobs with the state of Wyoming are listed on the State web site: http://personnel.state.wy.us/stjobs/index.htm.
The Wyoming Job Bank, http://onestop.state.wy.us/appview/wjn_home.asp,
lists jobs from the state Department of Employment. The Superintendent's
office takes job applications on file for local school district positions.
best way to find out about local jobs available is to get a copy of
the latest newspaper, either the Pinedale Roundup (307-367-2123)
or the new Sublette Examiner (307-367-3203), and check the
ads and classifieds.
Here are jobs available we found listed this week:
School District #1 for 2001/2002 school year, open until filled, 307-367-2139:
Special Education Teachers (2), K-5th grade, and 6th-8th grades
School Social Studies Teacher or Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher
Pinedale Preschool, Director/teacher, 307-367-2666 or 307-367-2875
Museum of the Mountain Man, Museum Director, 307-367-4101
Sublette Center, 307-367-4161: Afternoon shift dietary aide,
PM dietary aide, Cold prep
Multi-purpose person, and Part-time receptionist
66, convenience store clerk, 307-367-6717
Wagon Wheel Motel, housekeeper, 307-367-2871
Pine Creek Inn, housekeeper, 307-367-2191
Patio Grill, 307-367-4611
Big Js, secretary, 307-367-4320
Davis Painting, painter, 307-367-6461
Sublette Co. Road & Bridge, summer roller operators & water
truck drivers, 307-367-6390 or 307-367-3827
Sublette Co. Weed & Pest, summer help, 307-367-4728
7-Mile Ranch, assistant kitchen manager, 307-859-8854
T & J Plumbing, plumber, 307-367-7220
Rocky Mountain Home Center, sales & customer service, 307-367-6711
Children's Discovery Center, (2) camp counselor positions, 307-367-6272
Town of Pinedale, summer help, 307-367-4136
Big Piney Home Economics Teacher, high & middle school, 307-276-3322
Town of Big Piney, summer help, 307-276-3554
Town of Marbleton, Summer landscaping supervisor & high school
age summer help, 307-276-3815
Meadowlarks are back!
Take - Feeding
feeding frenzy has started in Pinedale. Three restaurants are going
to be opening up in the next couple of weeks. Lakeside Lodge will
be open and kicking off their season with Prom Night. There are a
couple of new things on the pasta menu but most of it is the same.
The Patio Grill is opening back up after being closed for a while.
Billy's arm is getting better and Annette is ready and rearin' to
go. Their menu is the same tried and true food. King Kone/Trapper's
Tidbits/Sugar Shack is opening this weekend. There are a few new things
on the menu and a lot of the same from last year. Tommy is always
being creative and trying to bring a bit of the unusual to our mundane
exhistance. The real trick will be to see how close you can get to
these establishments via the orange cones and the wet cement. Summer
is almost here - bring on the tourists!
5: The Town is still replacing
waterlines across the highway. WYDOT is moving to the south side of
the highway working on redoing the 'dips'. Two-way traffic is being
maintained through Pinedale during entire project with no significant
delays. Some cross streets are blocked as road crews work on widening
the cross dips and town crews replace water pipes.
See WYDOT web site for more
road construction info
year in early spring, sage grouse gather on breeding grounds, called
leks, to perform their mating rituals.
At first morning light, the males perform a magnificent strutting display,
inflating their breast sacs, erecting their tails, and emitting a resonant
plopping sound. Occasionally there is fighting between males as a pecking
order is established to determine a master cock who then performs the
majority of the breeding. Because of abundant habitat, Wyoming has some
of the best sage grouse hunting in the world, with this year's season
being September 22-October 7. Photos by Cris Paravicini.
April 20, 2001 Update - Fire Season Begins
Center has lots going on
Service & BLM Update
season started early in Sublette County this year when several spring
burns got out of control of local landowners who began their seasonal
controlled burns earlier this week. A fire was reported in the Silver
Creek area Monday. On Tuesday, one fire was reported south of Daniel,
one on South Cottonwood Creek, and one near Cora. Landowners and ranchers
typically do controlled burns in the early spring to get rid of debris
and brush in irrigation ditches, to remove overgrown dead
grass in fields that might pose a fire hazard later in the year, and
to put nutrients back into the soil enhancing summer grass growth. This
year the fuel moisture is extremely low and it only took a shift of
the wind to turn these controlled burns into rapidly moving brush fires.
Volunteer fire department personnel from all over the county were out
responding to the calls. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported
in any of these fires, but it served as an early warning of what may
be to come this summer with extremely dry conditions already. Landowners
are reminded to call the Sheriff's Office to notify them of a burn before
beginning controlled burns.
Wednesday, April 25th, the Pinedale Fine Arts Council presents the Colorado
Children's Chorale. The 36-member chorale, ages 7 to 14, will be performing
such works as "Getting to Know You" from The King and I,
"It's the Hard-Knowck Life" from Annie, "Do Re
Mi" from The Sound of Music, "The Baseball Game"
from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, "Tales from the Vienna
Woods" by Johann Strauss, "America the Beautiful" and
much more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $30 for
families. Tickets are available in Pinedale at the Cowboy Shop, Moosely
Books, Moose Creek Trading Company and Office Outlet. The performance
will be at 7:30 pm at the Pinedale High School Auditorium.
Center has lots going on
Sublette County Ag Center has many activities on tap for the year. Earlier
this month they held an Easter Egg hunt for the little ones and an Easter
Team Roping event. On Saturday, April 28th, there will be a Horsemanship
Clinic from 10 am-3 pm. Barrel races will be held on Sunday, April 29th.
Events next month include a Horse Show on May 19, Cutting May 25-28,
and the Pat Wyse Clinic May 30-June 2nd. The new Ag Center is located
just north of Marbleton at the Fairgrounds. For more information about
Sublette County Ag Center events, please visit their web site at: http://www.sublette.com/agcenter/
Game & Fish
afternoons may be warm and the outboard ready to roar -- but the water,
which isn't much warmer than the ice that recently left, can be a subtle
yet insidious killer of unprepared early season boaters.
Due to the frigid water and fewer boaters out, spring
boaters are urged by Russ Pollard, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
(G&F) boating safety officer, to use utmost caution.
"The frigid water of spring can quickly kill
boaters who fall in the water," Pollard said. "Boaters can
also easily be stricken with hypothermia just from the spray off the
Pollard believes the 50 degree and colder water makes
it doubly important to have your life jacket strapped on. "Cold
water quickly zaps your body's motor skills and can make you disoriented,
making it very difficult to find or even fasten a life vest after being
thrown in the water," he said.
He also advises spring boaters to wear rain gear or
waterproof garments to keep dry from waves spraying into the boat and
to boat in "teams."
"With just some simple precaution we can avoid the tragedy of four
years ago in Saratoga," said Pollard, of the accident that killed
a 16-year-old boy.
On May 1, 1997, the canoe two Rawlins teenage boys
were paddling capsized on Saratoga Lake. One boy was rescued by a G&F
biologist and the other drowned in 40 degree water. No life jackets
were worn or on board.
The G&F offers a free home study "Safe Boating
Course." The course, which qualifies boaters for a discount with
some insurance companies, is available by calling (800) 842-1934 or
(307) 777-4600 in Cheyenne or out of state.
Service & BLM Update
into the high country and all major trailheads is expected to be open
by the 1st of July, reports Hank Williams of the Pinedale Ranger District.
Right now Elkhart still has about 38"-40" of snow and isn't
expected to be accessible until about mid-June. Green River Lakes road
should open up around the 1st of June. While commenting that everything
depends on the weather, Williams said "We expect all our campgrounds
to be open by Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, except for Trails
End at Elkhart and Big Sandy." Visitors are strongly encouraged
to stop by the local District office before venturing into the high
country to get the latest information on trail conditions, advisories,
and updates on any bear activity for the areas in which they plan to
The BLM Warren Bridge/Upper Green campground will
be open June 1st with a campground host on site. No reservations are
required for this campground located on the Green River crossing of
Hwy 191 between Pinedale and Bondurant. The BLM also reported that they
had no news updates regarding the killing of the wild horses on the
Mesa north of Rock Springs.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department is interested in all observations of
the Common Loon, especially new nesting sites in the Bridger-Teton,
Shoshone and Targhee National Forests to determine breeding range, nesting
status, and nesting success in Wyoming. Common Loons can occur across
Wyoming during spring and autumn migration, but nesting loons are restricted
to specific habitats, most often at elevations between 6,000 and 8,000
feet. Loons are typically found on secluded lakes that do not receive
a lot of human activity. Their mournful call is symbolic of the backcountry
away from the disturbances of man. Anyone observing a Common Loon nesting
site on the Bridger-Teton National Forest is asked to contact the Wyoming
Game and Fish Department in Lander, Wyoming at 1-800-654-7862 and ask
for Bob Oakleaf, Nongame Coordinator, or Andrea Cerovski, Nongame Bird
Spring weather is keeping us on our toes. Today brought cooler temperatures
and several squalls with lightning, thunder, snow/hail, and slushy rain.
Got 3" of heavy, wet snow in about 2 hours. Later, blue skies.
Enjoy your palm trees and basking on sunny beaches. We're getting our
snowmachines and skis back out for the best spring fun ever!
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23-27: The Town is still
replacing waterlines across the highway. WYDOT is working on redoing
the 'dips'. Two-way traffic is being maintained through Pinedale during
entire project with no significant delays. Some cross streets are blocked
as road crews work on widening the cross dips and town crews replace
WYDOT web site for more road construction
which lane you should be in
road through Pinedale is under major construction, and the big challenge
from day to day is figuring out which lane your supposed to be in as
they move sections being worked on from place to place. But highway
crews are doing a great job of keeping us on track with cones and lane
markers with no delays.
April 13, 2001 Update - Where can we go now?
on Road Construction
can we get into the mountains?
the Paved Road
Take: Help, Pat!
who went up skiing at White Pine Ski Area this week said these spring
made the skiing the best all season. The ski area closes this weekend,
so now is your last chance to go up! Also, the snowmobilers in-the-know
report that the sledding up Horse Creek is fantastic with this fresh
snow. What's better is that so many folks have put up their sleds thinking
the season is done that you can drive right up to the parking lot and
have it mostly to yourself. "Don't give up yet. There's still some
great sledding to be had." according to Big
J's Snowmobile Rentals and Performance Tech folks.
on Road Construction
The Town is currently in
the process of replacing waterlines in
four locations across Highway 191 which means tearing up the street
two lanes at a time. Traffic flow will be maintained through town at
all times. The challenge is just figuring out which two lanes at any
given time will be the open ones. It's all going very smoothly considering
the major equipment that is operating downtown and there is access to
all streets and businesses.
Visitors should be aware
that road construction will begin on Highway 191 between Pinedale and
Jackson begining April 16th as the Wyoming Department of Transportation
(WYDOT) replaces seven bridges. The work will be between milepost 127
at the Rim to milepost 157 at Stinking Springs at the north end of Hoback
Canyon. Repair work will take place throughout the summer construction
season. The bridges are being retrofitted to withstand seismic activity,
have essential surface maintenance done, and be brought up to current
safety standards. Visitors can expect one-lane traffic with possible
delays of from 20-30 minutes in those areas. Current road construction
information is available at the WYDOT homepage: http://wydotweb.state.wy.us.
can we get into the mountains?
We're getting more inquiries
from folks wanting to know the current conditions and whether or not
the mountains will be open for trips they are planning for May and June.
Of course, it's anyone's guess what the weather will do, but so far
things are similar to last year. Snowpack in the mountains is about
68% of average, which means once it warms up more consistently, it won't
take too long for the higher country to start melting off quickly. This
month has been 'potluck' on weather, with the only guarantee being it
will probably be different 30 minutes from what it is now. Snow squalls
pass through bringing near white out conditions, then blue sky and sunshine
melt it all off within the hour. Anyone planning outdoor recreation
activities this time of year should bring warm clothing to layer for
a variety of conditions, from rain to snow. To get a general idea of
when things opened up last year by comparison, click to our archive
pages of front page updates:
April, 2000 | May, 2000 | June,
2000 | July, 2000 |
Last year's Update Archives
the Paved Road"
James Rogers: outdoorsman, rancher, cow dog
trainer, bull breeder, hunting guide, cowboy, real estate agent, husband
and father. In this new column for Pinedale Online, James shares his
insights into Sublette County outdoors, ranching in the Green River
Valley, what is in Pinedale and what makes life here so great, and the
ebbs and flows of real estate here in the real west. James offers wonderful
glimpses into our Sublette County lifestyle, "off the paved road".
Sponsored by Pinedale Online. www.offthepavedroad.com
folks have written concerned that Cris didn't update her diary on Wyoming
Cowgirl last week and wanted to know if everything is ok with her. Everything's
fine! She has her hands full being in the middle of calving season and
taking care of all the newborns at the ranch. Thanks to all of you who
wrote. Keep those e-mails coming to Cris! See the pictures and read
her latest update at www.wyomingcowgirl.com!
(sponsored by Pinedale Online)
is the time of year when we get a lot of folks inquiring about Outfitters
& Guides for their fall hunting trips. Most of our local outfitters
have their own web sites with lots of information about their services
and fees. Visitors can link to many of these businesses from our Outfitters
& Guides page.
encourage anyone who is planning on coming up in July for the Green
River Rendezvous to make their lodging reservations well in advance
as things book up early for that time of year. Local lodging includes
Bed & Breakfasts, motels,
guest ranches, and cabins.
All should be open in town by the beginning of May, and you can reserve
now with the ones that are still closed for the season by e-mailing
them. For additional lodging information, check with the Pinedale
Area Chamber of Commerce.
TAKE" - Trudy
WE NEED FUDGE!
those of you who don't know what this is about,
Pat Martin, owner of the Sun Dance motel, always has delicious, fresh,
home-made fudge in her motel gift shop during the summer. She's just
across the road from us here at Office Outlet. The motel is open May-October.
We can't wait for our Snowbirds to get back...)
Spring Break week means things have been pretty darned quiet around
here. Sandhill cranes and robins are back. Prairie dogs are out and
scampering about. Pat, see 'Trudy's Take' below for important information.
April 6, 2001 Update - Cabin Fever
Fremont Lake road is open to the Summer Home turnoff for those
who are itching to get out for an early spring drive.
Daniel Chili Cookoff this Weekend
Seeks Volunteers for Eighth Annual Western Wyoming Deer Mortality Surveys
at the Pinedale Post Office
Take: High School Plays Were Great!
Spring is definitely on its
way and for those of you who can't wait to get out of the house and
go for a scenic drive, we have this report on what's open close to Pinedale.
The road around the lower end of Fremont Lake to the boat dock is clear
and dry. The water around the boat dock area is starting to melt. The
road to the CCC ponds parking lot is completely open and dry. The path
around the ponds has some small patches of snow around the far side,
but is still a nice walk. The road to Sandy Beach and the Day Use area
is open and you can get to the picnic tables. The lower Fremont Lake
road is mostly open to the Summer Home and Forest Service Campground
junction. The outbound lane still has some patches of snow, but nothing
even a small car can't get around. The lake is still frozen over, but
getting mushy. Scroll down for more early spring pictures.
Daniel Chili Cookoff this Weekend
Don't miss the 20th Aniel
Daniel Chili Cookoff Saturday, April 7th, at the historic Daniel Schoolhouse!
This event has grown each year, with local cooks vieing to win the award
for the best chili in the Red and Green Chili categories. Admission
is $5 per person. Chili entries must be checked in by 4 pm, and judging
is at 5 pm. Dinner starts after the judging. Chili entry fee is $8 in
advance and $10 at the door.The Cook-Off tradition began in 1982 when
two Daniel locals got into a debate over who made the best chili. A
bartender at the Green River Bar suggested they have a cook-off to decide
the matter. No judges were used, bar patrons voted on which they liked
best. This led to quite the competition as entrants encouraged all their
friends and fans to come and "help" with the deciding and
determining the winner. The event grew each year and in 1986 moved from
the Green River Bar to the Daniel Community Center to accommodate the
growing crowd. Still an annual event, proceeds from the event help raise
money for maintenance costs of the Daniel Community Center throughout
& Fish Seeks Volunteers for Eighth Annual Western Wyoming Deer Mortality
You can assist mule
deer management, get a hands-on look at where Wyoming's largest deer
herd endures winter, and get some exercise to boot, by helping the Wyoming
Game and Fish Department with the eighth annual deer mortality surveys.
coordinators Gary Fralick and Tom Christiansen are seeking extra volunteers
this May. "Because the deer were widely dispersed due to a mild
winter, we need as many hikers and horseback riders as possible to adequately
cover an extremely large area of winter range," said Fralick, the
G&F's wildlife biologist in Thayne.
The goal of the surveys is to get a sample of winter
mortality on the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Herd for an indication of overall
loss and what age classes got hit the hardest by the winter conditions.
"Based on this important survey, we can offer
some predictions what the upcoming hunting season may offer to deer
hunters who hunt in the Wyoming Range and Greys River," he added.
Volunteers are alerted that this year they must fill
out and submit a volunteer form to the G&F by April 15 to participate
in the surveys. Forms are available from the G&F. Unfortunately,
volunteers can no longer participate by signing up on site the day of
The Big Piney and La Barge surveys follow the next
day. Volunteers should meet at the Big Piney High School, 9:30 a.m.
up or for more information contact Fralick at (307) 883-2998 or Doug
McWhirter at (800) 367-4532 or (307) 367-4353 out of state.
The Big Sandy (Elk Mountain) mule deer mortality survey
will be Friday April 27. Enrolled volunteers should show up at 7:30
a.m. at the Green River G&F office or 8:30 a.m. at the Farson Mercantile.
It's Spring Break! Baseball field and skateboard park are clear of snow.
Roads into the forest are opening up. Lots of cute little calves in
lower Fremont Lake road is open to the junction
with the campground and summer homes.
last week my daughter and I had the opportunity to drive to Big Piney
and experience the wow of the high school drama performance. It was
appropriate for the area, it was entertaining, it was very funny, the
acting was great and the improv was creative. It felt good to laugh
so hard that your sides ached and afterward wondered what you had missed
on the sidelines. Everyone in the production was a "ham" and
did a great job. All the way home, in a rather intense snow storm, we
were singing buck, buck, buck, buckaroo, roo, roo and quoting lines
from Romeo and Juliet and reinacting parts of the fight scene amoung
other things. My only complaint was that the advertising for these productions
(and that includes Pinedale's play) didn't reach a lot of people that
would have been delighted to attend. It you need help with this I am
volunteering to help be a P.R. person for next years event. To all those
that made us laugh for a while, thank you, thank you.....(buck, buck,
buck, buckaroo, that song will be playing in my mind for quite some
time to come). "
at the Pinedale Post Office
Social Center, also known as the Pinedale Post Office, has undergone
some changes lately. The biggest change is that all mail, including
local Pinedale mail, now goes to Rock Springs and is sorted and cancelled
there automatically. "It is more cost effective to run the mail through
machines" said Danny Bennett, Postmaster for the Pinedale Post Office.
Mr. Bennett added that anyone wanting to have mail with a local post
mark can still request it and have it stamped with a Pinedale cancellation.
"What took us 2-1/2 to 3 hours to do here takes 10 minutes by machine
in Rock Springs. That means we can get the mail out to the boxes a little
earlier every day and saves us 18 hours a week just sorting mail." Some
mail still needs to be hand sorted, but it is considerably less volume
than before. Now the mail comes from Rock Springs all in order and ready
to go into each box, speeding the process up considerably. "Pinedale
has grown. The boom is going on. We're getting new home growth, new
people, and people coming here
to retire. We were almost full to the maximum on our boxes at the end
of last year. When someone left we had to rent the box out the next
day. We put in 300 new boxes in November and now we're ok again" explained
Mr. Bennett. The new boxes brings their total to a little over 1700
rented boxes out of the Pinedale Post Office.
The Post Office is considered by many to be one of
the main social centers for the town, where people go to visit with
friends, some they don't ever see anywhere else but there. Because there
is no in town mail delivery, everyone goes to the Post Office almost
every day. People chat with their friends in the parking lot, while
waiting in line, or collecting their mail, and it has become almost
a daily social ritual for many. "The
only ones here who want house delivery are the folks who move here who
are used to it from other places" explained Mr. Bennett. "The people
who live here don't want it. Jackson voted it down 2 to 1 there. In
town, we don't meet the criteria for carrier delivery. We would have
to install curbs and gutters everywhere and do snow removal to make
it safe for the carriers. Then the Post Office would install clusters
of boxes for sections of the street. We still wouldn't have individual
house delivery. I don't think people would vote for it here either though.
People like the social activity of going to the Post Office every day
and seeing their friends."
April marks the last month for Dorothy Davison who has
worked for the US Postal Service for 26 years, counting the 7 months
sick leave she has accumulated. Starting as a "Casual" at the Pinedale
Post Office many years ago, she later moved to other towns and worked.
But she came back to Pinedale and is finishing her career where she
started. She said she is looking forward to retirement and they plan
to move to Riverton where they have already bought a house and started
the garden. "The rhubarb is already a foot high and the lilacs are leafing
out" she said. Asked if she would be looking for work again, Ms. Davison
joked about what her next job might be and that it would probably involve
the words, "Welcome to K-Mart. Would you like a cart?" But her grandson
told her she wasn't near old enough yet. For more information about
changes, please read the article in the Pinedale Roundup this week.
7 Aniel Daniel Chili Cookoff, Daniel
of the Library Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast, 10 am, Ag Center
14 Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt, Pinedale
Easter Team Roping, Ag Center, 1 pm
15 Last day of season for White Pine
Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course opens
(Did you catch our special
Wind River Range and New Fork river valley.
April 2, 2001 Update
Piney/Marbleton to get Wyoming.com
Releases Grizzly Bear Draft Plan
8 Motel to Open in Pinedale
Take: Road Construction
Those of you who checked
in on Pinedale Online yesterday and earlier this morning may have been
a bit suprised to see Pinedale "OFFline!" instead of Pinedale Online!
Started last year in conjunction with our ad in the April Fool's Day
issue of The Sublette County Journal, the "Pinedale OFFline"
web site is tongue in cheek, yet somewhat serious. The ad, which said,
"Pay us NOT to advertise PInedale" had a link to the Pinedale OFFline
web site. We certainly have folks who don't want us telling the world
about the Pinedale area and let us know it. We kept the Pinedale OFFline
site up all year and were surprised to have people still find it throughout
the year by word of mouth. We updated the site this year and expect
Pinedale OFFline to be an annual April Fool's Day tradition. Here are
some of the comments we received about Pinedale OFFline this year:
- "I'm not sure but what
this shouldn't be "online" more than April Fools Day. Anyhow...great."
- "What a hoot!
We visit PinedaleOnline every week. Charge our vacation dollars for
your use to: American Depress, 8888-7425-9888-2212.
- "I think this is the
best thing you could do if you insist on using the internet for luring
tourists to Pinedale. (only a very few profit). It should only be
used for local information to substitute the news paper we print.
I agree to the comment you recieved; It will only spoil it for us
and our children, there has to be somewhere left on this earth where
we can enjoy a place where humans have not changed everything.
Has some of the promoters realised why most people like it here or
are the dollar signs just to big in their heads to see what they are
doing to this great place of NATURTAL beauty."
- "Good Job. Congratulations,
your best page yet."
- I'm looking at the site
on April 2, but this is a great joke -- what a welcome laugh for a
- just great you guys
- enjoyed every nook and cranny of the site. please keep it up. so
Greg, we apologize. Happy
April Fools Day everyone. Thanks for visiting Pinedale Online! For those
of you who missed it, Pinedale OFFline can be found at www.pinedaleoffline.com.
Piney/Marbleton Areas to get Wyoming.com Internet Service Soon
Wyoming.com, a Riverton,
Wyoming based internet service provider, announced they would be extending
their service to encompass the Big Piney and Marbleton areas. "Wyoming.com
is pleased to announce that Big Piney and Marbleton will soon be joining
our state wide Internet Network. We are excited to have the opportunity
to serve these communities and provide them with a highly competitive
option for internet service." said Heather Becker, Wyoming.com Director
of Marketing. Currently only Trib.com provides internet access to that
area. The new service will be available around mid-April and will be
only their $19.95 Unlimited Plan which includes 2 free e-mail accounts
and personal web space. Customers who need assistance can call a toll-free
Support office 7-day a week until 10 pm.
has offered internet service to Pinedale, Daniel, Boulder and the Cora
areas for the past several years, but it wasn't economically feasible
to offer service to the Big Piney/Marbleton areas until now. The service
is being touted as true 56K digital lines which will tie into the Pinedale
T-1 network. Subscribers will use a Big Piney local dial-up access number
so calls will not be long distance. The limiting factor for a customer's
access speed will be the phone lines to their home or business and the
modem speed in their own computers. Anyone interested in more information
can visit the Wyoming.com web site at www.wyoming.com,
or call Wyoming.com at 1-800-996-4638. The local contact for flyers
and more information about the new service is Office Outlet in Big Piney.
& Fish Releases Draft Grizzly Bear Plan for Review and Comment
draft plan which would govern Wyoming grizzly bear management outside
of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks after the animal is removed
from the threatened species list, is now available for public review
and comment, the Game and Fish Commission announced Tuesday at its meeting
in Casper. The draft Grizzly Bear Management Plan can be reviewed at
the G&F's internet website,
Wyoming public libraries and G&F offices. Written and email comments
about the plan will be accepted through July 20.
G&F will host four open houses around the state the first week in
May to explain and answer questions about the plan. G&F employees
involved with grizzly bear management will be on hand to discuss the
plan from 6-9 p.m. in Casper * G&F Office (May 1), Riverton * Holiday
Inn (May 2), Jackson * Ranch Inn (May 3) and Cody * Holiday Inn (May
the open houses are designed for attendees to have individual conversations
with the grizzly bear personnel, written comments can also be submitted
at the gatherings. Participants are welcome to visit the open houses
any time between 6 and 9 p.m. as their schedule permits.
"Everyone interested in grizzly bears is invited to review the plan
and provide comments," said Bill Wichers, G&F deputy director of
external operations. "We hope to get lots of constructive criticism
that will help us improve the plan." He adds the plan will be revised
based on the public comments received. The revised plan will be presented
to the G&F Commission by Sept. 1 and final approval may be considered
at the Commission's Sept. 10 meeting in Riverton. The plan will then
be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who must approve
it before it can be put into action.
The 21-member Grizzly Bear Working Group representing conservation groups,
agriculture and a variety of other interests associated with grizzly
bears began construction of the plan in September and presented it to
the G&F Commission at their Feb. 12 meeting.
Revisions were made by commissioners and G&F personnel and the current
version approved for release by the Commission on March 27. The plan
can be reviewed on the G&F's website at http://gf.state.wy.us
by clicking on the "hunting page." Written comments should be mailed
to: Grizzly Bear Plan, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 5400 Bishop
Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments
must be received by 5 p.m. July 20. -WGFD
Hockey is done for the season. The kids have turned to riding bikes
now that the roads are clear. Old snowpile forts next to the roads are
almost melted down to nothing now. Parents are finding the missing hats
and gloves that were lost in them over the winter. Folks with greenhouses
are thinking about putting starts out. Green leaves are braving an appearance
in the flower gardens. Buds are beginning to swell on bushes.
are being totally entertained by the happenings on Pine Street. It is
a new adventure each time you drive down the street. Sometimes the center
lane is closed and sometimes the right lane is closed and sometimes
the left lane is closed. The neat trick is to figure out which lane
you are supposed to be in.
A general rule of thumb is if you are driving into oncoming traffic,
they are in the wrong lane. The orange barrels and cones are added
fun. Being in an area known for its barrel racers it is rather
comical to see one of those big dully diesel pickup trucks making a
turn around the barrels. Why let a little thing like a big orange
barrel stand in the way of getting where you want to go? The next
thing you know someone will be standing there with a stop watch trying
to decide who can run the barrels the fastest. The "road constriction"
is interesting to say the least. For now, anyway."
8 Motel to Open in Pinedale
will be a locally owned motel," said Lisa Doorn, manager for the new Super
8 Lodge being built on the west end of Pinedale on Highway 191. "The official
name is the Pinedale Super 8 Lodge. It will be 3 stories, have an indoor
pool and a hot tub. There will be 43 rooms, and we will be open year round.
It's going to be really nicely done."
Super 8 motels are located across the United States and in Canada and
Poland. There are currently 31 Super 8 motels in 21 cities in the state
of Wyoming. Each one is independently owned and operated. Ground work
has already begun on the Pinedale lodge, located on the south side of
Highway 191 across from Whaddya Want Rentals. "It's a great location near
the hockey rink and soon-to-be-built Pinedale Entertainment Center, which
will have a bowling alley and two movie theaters. People can see a movie,
play hockey, and spend the night. Prices will be competitive. We will
be friendly to oil & gas field workers, skiers, school groups &
teams, tourists and
just the salesman out passing through town."
Ms. Doorn commented that the local ownership was an important factor in
their wanting to be a part of helping to bring the Super 8 motel to Pinedale.
With the town's growth, the new White Pine Ski area, and the coming of
the Entertainment Center, they felt the town needed another year-round
motel that offered competitive rates and a pool. "The Entertainment Center
will come. Some people doubt that because it is taking so long, but it
takes a long time to put something like that together. You can't just
call up and say 'Yah, I'd like to order a movie theater' and have it delivered
to Pinedale the next day," laughed Ms. Doorn. "People ask me if we really
think we can be open by the end of July, and I say, Absolutely!"
"We want to be good neighbors and good hosts. Last year we estimated that
sports brought about 3,000 visitors to town between players and their
families. We currently don't have enough rooms available to accommodate
all that in Pinedale during the winter. During one weekend hockey tournament
we had folks staying in Marbleton, Boulder, Big Piney and driving all
the way from Rock Springs because there weren't enough rooms for everyone
to stay in Pinedale."
The owners are using local businesses and services as much as possible
during the construction phase and will continue that philosophy after
they open. "The contractor is out of Montana, but he has built other Super
8s before. He is hiring locally as much as possible for the different
phases of the construction. We are interested in working with local businesses.
For instance, we will be offering a continental breakfast, and if there
is anyone who is interested in supplying baked goods, we will look at
that. Come and talk with us. If someone comes to us looking for accommodations
other than what we have, we will send them to other businesses in town
that meet their needs, and I hope they will do the same for us. We will
be friendly to visiting sports teams who stay here for the schools and
for White Pine Ski Area" said Doorn.
The Pinedale Super 8 Lodge is scheduled to be completed in late July-early
August. They will be hooked up to a central reservation system through
Super 8 and will offer discounts through the Super 8 VIP membership card.
Reservations can be made on their 1-800-800-8000 phone number or online