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Pinedale Online News - March 2005

Pig & Lamb Sale April 2 (March 30, 2005)
This weekend the Classic 4-H Masters Livestock Club and Pinedale FFA will host the 2005 Rocky Mountain West Premium Pig & Lamb Sale at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. ... FULL STORY
Crash kills Alpine woman near Hoback Junction (March 27, 2005)
Heidi Issler, 41, of Alpine, Wyoming, was killed in an accident two miles south of Hoback Junction on Thursday, March 24th. Her passenger, 10-year old Haylee Issler, was sent to St. John’s Hospital in Jackson with injuries. Genevon M. Hinset of Nampa, Idaho, d ... FULL STORY
Open Meetings and Executive Sessions (March 26, 2005)
House Bill 337
by Dawn Ballou, Editor, Pinedale Online
One of the things the media closely watches is the way public boards conduct public business and handle taxpayer dollars. There are many laws on the books that guide public boards in the way they must conduct business in order to be accountable to the public. ... FULL STORY
Snow Advisory for Monday/Tuesday (March 28, 2005)
Major early spring storm to bring more snow
A major early spring storm is expected to arrive in western Wyoming Monday bringing snowfall amounts of 6-12 inches of new snow to the mountains. The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Snow Advisory for western Wyoming. Valleys are likely to see ... FULL STORY
Strutting Sage Grouse watching trips in GTNP (March 26, 2005)
Watch spring-time mating dance at lek strutting area
by Grand Teton National Park
To help celebrate the upcoming National Park Week, Grand Teton National Park park rangers will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their spring-time mating dance on a traditional lek (strutting arena) located just off the ... FULL STORY
I-80 tunnel blocked by crashes Friday (March 25, 2005)
At least 13 injured
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
At least 13 people were injured in a series of motor vehicle crashes in the Green River tunnels on Interstate 80 earlier today (Friday). The crashes blocked both tunnels, forcing the closure of I-80, with traffic being detoured through the town of Green Rive ... FULL STORY
Too many Mule Deer licenses issued in 2004 (March 25, 2005)
Over 400 non-resident mule deer licenses were mistakenly issued by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department during last fall’s hunting season for two western Wyoming mule deer herds. The excess mule deer licenses were for Region G of the Wyoming Range and Region H o ... FULL STORY
Road construction planned for Hwy 189 (March 25, 2005)
Near Fontenelle Reservoir
Travelers are alerted to a road construction project that will begin in early April on Hwy 189 near Fontenelle Reservoir and continue through the summer. Nearly nine miles of the highway will be reconstructed and widened, according to the Wyoming Department of ... FULL STORY
24th Aniel Daniel Chili Cookoff April 2 (March 25, 2005)
Red, Green and All-Around categories
The 24th Aniel Daniel Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the historic Daniel Schoolhouse. This is an extremely popular and fun annual event in Daniel. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Bill Griffin to help with medical expenses. Categori ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Wyoming Wolf lawsuit rejected (March 22, 2005)
A federal judge in Cheyenne rejected Wyoming’s lawsuit against the federal government over its decision to reject Wyoming’s state plan for wolf management. The judge denied Wyoming’s claims that the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act when t ... FULL STORY
Air quality monitoring in Pinedale (March 22, 2005)
Shell, in voluntary cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ) joined forces to install the first air monitoring station in the Pinedale Anticline field. The purpose is to provide better data collection and monitoring of air emis ... FULL STORY
Wyoming Artists Association Annual Convention (March 22, 2005)
The upcoming Wyoming Artists Association Annual Convention will be held at the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale April 29-May 1st. This convention features an art exhibit at the Pinedale Ice Arena and a quick draw at the Museum of the Mountain Man. Both ar ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Middle Schoolers go X-C Skiing (March 24, 2005)
Pinedale Middle School 6th graders in Ken Hartwig’s PE class spent all Thursday morning skiing on the cross country ski trails at White Pine Ski Area. ... FULL STORY
Snow Advisory (March 24, 2005)
Three storms lined up to bring more snow!
The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Snow Advisory for southwest Wyoming until noon on Thursday. This is a strong winter storm system that is expected to be moderate to locally heavy snowfall. From 3-6 inches of new snow is possibly by noon Th ... FULL STORY
VFW Blood Drive March 31 (March 25, 2005)
VFW Post 4801 in Pinedale will be holding a blood drive on Thursday, March 31st at the VFW from 11 am-5:30 pm. This has been incorrectly advertised as a benefit for Gary Lankford. All that is happening is the blood drive. Some of the blood donated is hoped to ... FULL STORY
Free Fun Day March 30th (March 25, 2005)
Spring break is almost here and on Thursday, March 30th, kids can see movies, bowl and play arcade games for FREE at the Pinedale Entertainment Center! Free Fun Day is from noon to 5 pm. The Free Fun Day for kids is made possibly by the generosity of VFW Post ... FULL STORY
Funeral Services for Floyd Bousman March 29 (March 25, 2005)
Funeral services for Floyd Bousman will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 pm at the Boulder Community Center. ... FULL STORY
New Forest Service Planning Direction (March 22, 2005)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service issued the proposed administrative policy for implementing its new planning regulation on Thursday, March 17th. The new rule governs the 155 national forests and 20 grasslands. The public will have 90 days to c ... FULL STORY
WY Driver’s licenses get new look (March 22, 2005)
Beginning March 21, Wyoming will begin issuing driver licenses, permits and identification cards with a new look and additional security features. This makes Wyoming the first state to meet the standards recommended by the American Association of Motor Vehicle ... FULL STORY
Yellowstone NP seeks fisheries input (March 20, 2005)
Yellowstone National Park will hold five public meetings in April to seek public input about fisheries issues in the park. Topics to be discussed include the status of native cutthroat trout species and proposed changes in existing fishing regulations schedule ... FULL STORY
Pitchfork Fondue featured on ‘Taste of America’ April 5 (March 22, 2005)
On the Travel Channel
by Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
Pitchfork Fondue will be featured on "Taste of America" shown on the Travel Channel, Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at 8 pm MST, according to a news release by the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) PMS Musicians attend District Interschool Clinic (March 22, 2005)
by Craig Sheppard
On Saturday, March 19, twenty two Pinedale middle school musicians traveled to Lyman to perform in the Wyoming Southwest District Middle School Interschool Music Clinic. They were selected from nine school music programs in the area by the recommendations of ... FULL STORY
Overdorff leaves as SCSO Jail Administor (March 22, 2005)
Lieutenant Brandon Overdorff, Sublette County Sheriff’s office Jail Administrator, has left the department for the private sector, according to a news release by Sheriff Hank Ruland. Brandon worked for the SCSO for eight years and helped plan and manage the bu ... FULL STORY
Schmidt steps down as Undersheriff (March 17, 2005)
Sheriff Ruland to retire June 30th
Sublette County Undersheriff Henry Schmidt has stepped down from his position with the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) effective March 16th, according to a news release from the SCSO. He has served as Undersheriff for ten years. ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) Jazz Band performs at NW Jazz Festival (March 22, 2005)
by Craig Sheppard
The Pinedale Jazz Band I traveled to Powell last weekend for the 22nd annual Northwest Jazz Festival. The Pinedale band, coming from one of the smallest schools at the festival, has been involved in all of these festivals except one. This year the bands and ch ... FULL STORY
More Snow on the way (March 20, 2005)
More snow is expected to fall in Wyoming from a series of winter storm systems moving through the area this week. Over the weekend, snow showers brought several inches of new snow to the mountains and valleys. White Pine Ski Area picked up about 7 inches of ne ... FULL STORY
2005 Hunting Season Meeting March 28 (March 18, 2005)
Season changes proposed for next fall
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department invites the public to participate in the 2005 big game season setting process by attending one of the public meetings scheduled throughout the region. Game and Fish biologists and wardens will be on hand to discuss data co ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Motocross and Snocross track in Cora? (March 17, 2005)
Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club Request
The Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club put in a request to the Sublette County Recreation Board Tuesday night for funding to make improvements at their 80-acre track facility in Cora to build a MotoCross/SnoCross track. Currently, the facility is being us ... FULL STORY
Scab Creek Recreation Site Update (March 17, 2005)
BLM proposes improved facilities
The Pinedale Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing substantial changes to the Scab Creek campground and trailhead access facility. The Scab Creek Campground and trailhead are located approximately 15 miles east of Boulder, southeast ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) BLM seeks Campground Host (March 16, 2005)
The Pinedale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office is seeking applications for people interested in serving as the Campground Hosts this summer for Warren Bridge Campground. This is a volunteer position that pays a stipend of $12/person/day and requires a com ... FULL STORY
Snow-High Wind Advisory (March 17, 2005)
The National Weather Service out of Riverton has issued a Snow Advisory for western Wyoming mountains and valleys until 5 pm today. There is also a High Wind Warning in effect across most of Sweetwater County and the Green Mountains today. ... FULL STORY
Tourism Board approves grants (March 17, 2005)
The Sublette County Joint Tourism Promotion Board approved over $6,000 in grant money to four Sublette County groups at their grant hearing on Tuesday. Groups receiving $1,500 grants were the Pinedale Half Marathon, Pinedale Sage & Snow Garden Club and the Roc ... FULL STORY
Wyoming Outfitters to meet in Pinedale (March 16, 2005)
March 31-April 2, 2005
The Wyoming State Outfitters and Guides Association will have its annual Spring Convention of 2005 in Pinedale from Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2nd. Pinedale was selected to host this year’s event which will bring 75-100 Wyoming outfitters and ... FULL STORY
Sechrist resigns from Tourism Board & Chamber (March 17, 2005)
At the regular meeting of the Sublette County Joint Tourism Promotion Board on Tuesday night in Big Piney, Kathy Sechrist submitted a letter of resignation as Director of the Tourism Board. She told the Board she was also resigning from her position as Directo ... FULL STORY
Halfway Post Office Project (March 11, 2005)
Still seeking postmarks from old local post offices
Local historian Jonita Sommers is working on a project with the Green River Valley Museum researching the historic post offices in Sublette County. She is asking the public for help in finding postmarks from many of the small area post offices from old letters ... FULL STORY
(12 pictures) Free-Style Jumping at White Pine (March 20, 2005)
Sunday was Family-Fun Day at White Pine Ski Area. While many participated in the Sublette County Ski and Snowboard Club Dual Slalom races, more daring skiers and snowboarders made practice runs on the competition free-style aerial jump hill. ... FULL STORY
(18 pictures) Caroline Classic GS Ski Race (March 19, 2005)
Photo Gallery
The 3rd annual Caroline Classic GS Ski Race was held on Saturday, March 19, at White Pine Ski Area. The race was sponsored by the Sublette County Ski and Snowboard Club. Below is a photo gallery of some of the highlights of Saturday's race and fun. ... FULL STORY
2005 Hunting Season Meeting March 28 (March 18, 2005)
Season changes proposed for next fall
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department invites the public to participate in the 2005 big game season setting process by attending one of the public meetings scheduled throughout the region. Game and Fish biologists and wardens will be on hand to discuss data co ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) McKenzie Volleyball Tourney (March 16, 2005)
Fundraiser and tribute to McKenzie Hartwig
by Shelly McAdams
Saturday, March 12, 2005, the McKenzie Hartwig Meningitis Foundation Annual Volleyball Tournament was held at the Pinedale Middle School. The tournament attracted teams from central and western Wyoming, and one very special team from South Dakota. This was no ... FULL STORY
Caroline Classic GS March 19 (March 13, 2005)
Sublette County Ski Club event
The 3rd annual Caroline Classic GS Ski Race will take place Saturday, March 19, at White Pine Ski Area near Pinedale. The race starts at 10:30 am. Lifts start running at 9 am. Race headquarters will be White Pine lodge, with awards being given out on the lodge ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Wyoming Snowpack 80% of normal (March 13, 2005)
Green River Basin 74-108% of average
Overall, Wyoming snowpack is currently about 80% of average for March, according to the March 1, 2005 Wyoming Basin Outlook Report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In general, snow water equivalent (SWE) across Wyoming is well below averag ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale gets 1 inch new snow (March 13, 2005)
A fast-moving Canadian cold front brought a bit of new snow to west and central Wyoming over the weekend. Pinedale and Boulder got about an inch of new snow Saturday night. Bondurant and Cora reported less than an inch. White Pine Ski Area reported 2 inches of ... FULL STORY
Pinedale Roundup available online (March 13, 2005)
Roughneck also online
The Pinedale Roundup has launched online editions of their two newspapers, the Pinedale Roundup and the Roughneck. The Pinedale Roundup can be found at The online edition is available through an online subscription for $40 per year. Su ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Hard Hats & Stetsons Auction March 19 (March 11, 2005)
Fundraiser for the Green River Valley Museum
The Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney will be hosting their annual Hard Hats and Stetsons Auction on Saturday, March 19th at Waterhole #3 in Marbleton. The event is the museum’s annual fundraiser. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) WAHL B Hockey Tourney March 12-13 (March 11, 2005)
Midget State Championship
Pinedale is honored to be hosting the State Championship for the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League Midget, high-school age, "B" playoff tournament. Games will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Benefit Auction for Charlie DeGraw March 12 (March 11, 2005)
To help with medical expenses
Friends and community members are holding a Benefit Auction for Charlie DeGraw to help cover medical expenses related to his cancer. The Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, March 12, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Commercial Building north of Big Pin ... FULL STORY
Sage Grouse Group to meet March 16 (March 9, 2005)
Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group
by WY G&F
The Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group will hold their next meeting Wednesday, March 16th, at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale starting at 9:00 am. The group is comprised of ten local citizens, representing groups interested in sage-grous ... FULL STORY
Bears starting to emerge for spring (March 9, 2005)
Be alert for bear activity in the backcountry
by Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone National Park Bear Management Office has started receiving reports of bear activity within Yellowstone, indicating that bears are beginning to emerge from their winter dens. Yellowstone visitors are asked to be alert for signs of bear activity ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) Alpine Ski Team takes 3rd at State (March 9, 2005)
by Ken Hartwig
Congratulations to the Men's and Women's Alpine Ski team for their 3rd place finishes at the State Championships in Jackson last weekend. ... FULL STORY
Snowmobiling Accidents (March 7, 2005)
by Dawn Ballou, Editor, Pinedale Online
In the past several weeks there have been three fatalities of snowmobilers in our area. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office released news of the death of a Lander man on Sunday, March 6th, while snowmobiling on the Horse Creek trail in the Wyoming Range. The ... FULL STORY
WYDOT issues caution on Big Piney Cutoff (March 7, 2005)
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) would like to remind motorists of the increased industrial traffic on Highway 351 or the Big Piney Cutoff and that it is illegal to litter. Residents along Highway 351 have complained about the increase in litte ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) High School Hockey Action (March 7, 2005)
by Craig Sheppard
The Pinedale high school age hockey team finished up their WAHL league action last Sunday here in Pinedale. They showed how much improvement had been made this year by losing to Riverton in the first game by only two goals and then coming back in the afternoo ... FULL STORY
Squirts play in State hockey tourney (March 7, 2005)
Take 4th Place in WAHL
by Jenifer Proud
The Sublette County squirt hockey team traveled east this past weekend, March 5-6, for the State Wyoming Amateur Hockey League (WAHL) play-offs in Cheyenne. The Glaciers were the 3rd place team out of the West and 5th overall. ... FULL STORY
(31 pictures) Big Fish Winter Derby (March 7, 2005)
Over 300 entries
by Dawn Ballou
The Pinedale Boat Club held their annual Big Fish Winter Derby this past weekend, Saturday & Sunday, March 5-6. There were 341 entries in this year's derby, with fishermen coming from all over Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. This year's derby was even bigger than las ... FULL STORY
(15 pictures) Ski Joring (March 7, 2005)
Horses, skiers and snowboarders at the Green River Valley Winter Carnival
by Pinedale Online!
What do you get when you mix winter in Wyoming, horses and skiing? Ski Joring! Riders on horses pull skiers and snowboarders down a course of jumps and tight cuts in a timed race event. Jumps are made using hay bales with packed snow for ramps. Some of the mor ... FULL STORY
(9 pictures) Frozen Tundra Team Pull Event - Photo Gallery (March 6, 2005)
New event for this year’s Green River Valley Winter Carnival
by Dawn Ballou
The Frozen Tundra Team Pull was a new event for the Green River Valley Winter Carnival in Pinedale. According to Winter Carnival organizer Rob Shaul, "The team pull was a favorite event during the old Winter Carnival in Pinedale during the 1980s. We’ve wanted ... FULL STORY
Wranglers defeat Rocky Mtn at State (March 5, 2005)
Final game of State 2A High School Boys Basketball
The Pinedale Wranglers defeated the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies in their final game during the State 2A Boys High School Basketball tournament in Casper on Saturday. Rocky Mountain led during the first quarter, but Pinedale managed to pull a two point lead by hal ... FULL STORY
(19 pictures) Green River Valley Winter Carnival (March 6, 2005)
Fun for the whole family!
by Dawn Ballou
The annual Green River Valley Winter Carnival has something for just about everyone. This year was the 4th year for the event. The aim of the Winter Carnival is to "lighten up the dark depths of winter with some crazy, fun, and cabin fever-busting events". ... FULL STORY
(14 pictures) Winkie Shrinker Frozen Fishing Pond Plunge (March 6, 2005)
Green River Valley Winter Carnival - Photo Gallery
by Dawn Ballou
The 4th annual Green River Valley Winter Carnival kicked off Friday evening with the "Winkie Shrinker Frozen Fishing Pond Plunge" at the Kid’s Fishing Pond in the Town Park in Pinedale. This was the second year for this event in the Winter Carnival, 'designed ... FULL STORY
Wrangler Boys overtake Lusk 53-36 (March 4, 2005)
State 2A Boys Basketball Tourney in Casper
The Pinedale Wrangler High School Boys defeated Niobrara County 53-36 Friday morning in the State 2A Basketball tournament in Casper. The Wranglers led the Lusk Tigers throughout the game, shooting over 80% from the free throw line into the 3rd quarter. Pineda ... FULL STORY
Sublette Avenue in Pinedale to be torn up (March 3, 2005)
Meeting for businesses March 9
Businesses and the public can expect some disruption of traffic this summer on Sublette Avenue as the town begins the Sublette Avenue Sewer and Water Project. The Town of Pinedale will be holding an important meeting for business owners and residents to explai ... FULL STORY
Wranglers lose to Big Horn Rams 58-55 (March 3, 2005)
High School 2A State Boys Basketball tournament
The Pinedale Wranglers lost to the Big Horn Rams in the State 2A High School Boys Basketball Tournament played in Casper, Wyoming Thursday morning. The score went back and forth during the final minutes of the game. Ultimately, the Big Horn Rams came out on to ... FULL STORY
CDST to close for season in Grand Teton Park (March 3, 2005)
Closed as of March 2
by Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that due to a lack of adequate snow cover, the portion of the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST) that runs from Moran Junction to the park’s east boundary closed for the winter season ... FULL STORY
Jonah DEIS public meeting on March 23 (March 3, 2005)
Draft EIS for Jonah Infill Drilling Project Proposal
by Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Pinedale has scheduled two public meetings in late March to discuss its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Jonah Infill Drilling Project Proposal. Availability of the document was announced in the Federal ... FULL STORY
Frozen Pond Plunge & Drag Beauty Queens (March 3, 2005)
Winter Carnival this Friday and Saturday
by Rob Shaul, Pinedale Roundup
The fourth annual Green River Valley Winter Carnival begins this Friday night, March 4, and all day Saturday, March 5. The aim of the Winter Carnival is to lighten up the dark depths of winter with some crazy, fun, and cabin fever-busting events. ... FULL STORY
Snowmobiler killed in Upper Green (March 3, 2005)
A Pennsylvania man was killed on Monday, February 28, while snowmobiling along the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail in the Upper Green area. The man had been sledding with four friends when the accident occurred. ... FULL STORY
Highway Work to Begin South of Big Piney (March 3, 2005)
Work will continue until May
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
A highway overlay and bridge rehabilitation project is expected to begin next week south of Big Piney on Highway 189, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale Bantams State Champs (March 3, 2005)
by Larry Proud
The Pinedale Bantams traveled to Cheyenne to play in the State playoffs in the B division last weekend. The Glaciers entered the tournament in third place. ... FULL STORY

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