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Pinedale Online News - March 2006

(2 pictures) Still Plenty of Snow (March 31, 2006)
There's still plenty of snow to be found for cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and having snowball fights! ... FULL STORY
Why We Love Pinedale-Visitor Comment (March 30, 2006)
We often get e-mails from folks writing to tell us about their trips to the area and answering our question of, “Why I love Pinedale”. Here are excerpts from a lengthy one that came in on Tuesday from some folks in Illinois who belong to the High Altitude Spec ... FULL STORY
Governor: Resolve Appeals before continuing B-T leasing (March 30, 2006)
Gov. Freudenthal requests April 4 BLM O&G lease sale with 19,000+ acres in Wyoming Range be suspended until Dec. appeals resolved
by Office of Governor Freudenthal
(Cheyenne) Offering additional oil and gas leasing prior to the resolution of existing appeals on the Bridger-Teton National Forest raises several concerns, Gov. Dave Freudenthal wrote to federal officials this week. ... FULL STORY
Citizens warned of Big Piney phone scam (March 29, 2006)
Big Piney Middle School fake fundraiser
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Sheriff Wayne "Bardy" Bardin, have sent out an alert to Sublette County citizens of a recent phone scam targeting the Big Piney area. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Snowboarding at White Pine (March 29, 2006)
White Pine Ski Area reported getting 7 inches of new snow Wednesday night, bringing their total depth to 79 inches. Runs are powder and packed powder for skiing and snowboarding. ... FULL STORY
2006 For the Health Of It! April 8 in Big Piney (March 27, 2006)
Big Piney will be holding their annual Health Fair on Saturday, April 8, at the Big Piney High School Gymnasium from 9 am-1 pm. ... FULL STORY
College Students: Jobs in Pinedale (March 27, 2006)
College Students: It’s not too early to be searching for your summer job in Pinedale for after school gets out. Fortunately, there are many good-paying jobs available in the county, and no one who is interested in working should have any trouble finding a job ... FULL STORY
Teton Park Road open for Spring (March 27, 2006)
Non-motorized activities in Grand Teton National Park
The Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park has been plowed and is now open to non-motorized activities such as hiking, biking, and inline skating from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain. Rotary plows are still working on the Jenny Lake scenic l ... FULL STORY
I-80 reopens to travel (March 27, 2006)
Interstate 80 opened again Monday morning for travel in both directions in Wyoming. Approximately 150 miles of the interstate was closed Sunday and early Monday morning between Rock Springs and Cheyenne due to extremely hazardous winter driving conditions and ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) 22-vehicle crash on I-80 near Elk Mtn kills 6 (March 27, 2006)
(Elk Mountain) Troopers continue to investigate the events that led up to a 22-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 early Sunday afternoon 9 miles east of Elk Mountain. The crash took six lives and left at least a dozen injured. ... FULL STORY
Multi-vehicle crash closes I-80 west of Laramie (March 26, 2006)
(Elk Mountain) 3/26/06, 9:30 PM Update: According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP), a full road closure by WYDOT on Interstate 80 remains in effect from Cheyenne to Rawlins on both the westbound and eastbound lanes due to a multi-vehicle crash 9 miles east ... FULL STORY
BLM hears comments on Split Estate Issues (March 25, 2006)
Public comment accepted by e-mail until April 1
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held two listening sessions in Casper on Friday, March 24, on how to manage the "split-estate" issue, the situation of managing federal mineral resources that lie beneath private land. ... FULL STORY
(86 pictures) Caroline Classic Giant Slalom 2006 (March 25, 2006)
4th annual Ski and Snowboard Race at White Pine Ski Area
The 4th annual Caroline Classic GS ski race was held on Saturday, March 25th at White Pine Ski area. The event is organized by the Sublette County Ski and Snowboard Club. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Grizzly Bear Season officially kicks off (March 24, 2006)
Bears are emerging from their dens
by Wyoming Game & Fish
A recent grizzly bear sighting in the upper North Fork Shoshone River valley west of Cody is a clear indication that bears are emerging from their dens. ... FULL STORY
Wyoming Range parcels will remain in O&G sale (March 24, 2006)
19,000+ acres in Horse & Beaver Creek areas set for oil and gas leasing April 4th
The announcement Thursday of a new agreement between the State of Wyoming and the Forest Service to halt new oil and gas leasing in roadless areas on the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests will not change the status of 19,000+ acres in the Wyoming Ran ... FULL STORY
Overland Pass Pipeline Project (March 24, 2006)
750-mile long pipeline from Opal to Kansas
The Bureau of Land Management’s Rawlins Field Office issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) on Friday to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is conducting scoping for the Overland Pass Pipeline. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Jackson Snowmobile Hill Climb (March 24, 2006)
Right, Kelly Winters heads over the top during the Jackson Hill Climb on Friday, March 24. Winters did make it over the top in the Masters class, however he was disqualified for missing a gate further down the mountain. ... FULL STORY
New agreement stops leasing in FS Roadless Areas (March 23, 2006)
Protects roadless areas in Bridger-Teton & Shoshone National Forests
A new agreement has been reached by Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal and U.S. Forest Service officials to protect roadless areas in Wyoming set for oil and gas leasing. This agreement protects designated roadless areas for near-term oil and gas leasing in the ... FULL STORY
Wyoming Range Oil/Gas leases offered in BLM sale (March 23, 2006)
Horse Ck-Beaver Ck areas on Bridger-Teton Nation Forest lands to be auctioned off April 4
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold the next Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale on Tuesday, April 4th in Cheyenne. The sale involves land in the states of Wyoming and Nebraska, including parcels in Sublette County. The sale includes significant acrea ... FULL STORY
PES Principal Pat Morgan Retires (March 22, 2006)
7 Years as Principal at Pinedale Elementary School
(Pinedale) Pat Morgan announced her retirement as Principal at Pinedale Elementary School, effective the end of her current contract on June 19, 2006. Morgan has been the principal at Pinedale Elementary for the past seven years. ... FULL STORY
Multi-vehicle crash temporarily closes I-80 (March 22, 2006)
One fatality, several injuries, 2 groups of crashes
by Wyoming Highway Patrol
(Rawlins) Interstate 80 eleven miles east of Wamsutter is open after an early morning crash temporarily closed the westbound lanes of the Interstate. ... FULL STORY
Brigid Flanigan passes away (March 22, 2006)
Brigid Snow Flanigan passed away on Thursday, March 16, in New York. She was a summer resident of the Big Sandy Ranch, as well as a member of the local Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. She was a generous donor and Jim Bridger League member of the Museum of t ... FULL STORY
Pinedale Town Elections May 2 (March 21, 2006)
Filing for Mayor & 2 Town Council positions March 27-April 10
The Town of Pinedale will be holding municipal elections on Tuesday, May 2nd to elect a Mayor and two Town Council positions. Anyone interested in running can pick up filing forms as the Pinedale Town Hall beginning Monday, March 27. Forms must be returned to ... FULL STORY
New listings on the Job Board (March 21, 2006)
We have six new listings on the Pinedale Online Job Board, in addition to earlier listings. There are currently many jobs available in a wide variety of fields to fit just about anyone’s work experience and time needs. Positions are open for carpenters, CNAs, ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) PMS musicians at District Interschool Clinic (March 21, 2006)
Pinedale Middle School
by Craig Sheppard
On Saturday, March 18th, nineteen Pinedale middle school musicians traveled to Evanston 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 ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale Drift Newsletter (March 20, 2006)
What’s happening in Pinedale right now?
by Dawn Ballou, Editor, Pinedale Online!
If you would like to be placed on the free Pinedale Drift newsletter e-mail list, send an e-mail to saying you would like to receive the Pinedale Drift newsletter and the specific e-mail address/es where you would like the newsletter ... FULL STORY
Bears are awake again (March 20, 2006)
Bear activity resumes in Yellowstone National Park
by Yellowstone National Park
It may still look and feel like winter, but some of Yellowstone’s bears think spring is just around the corner. The first bear sighting of the year occurred Monday. A grizzly bear was observed scavenging a winter-killed bison carcass in Yellowstone National Pa ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale Jazz Band at NW Jazz Festival (March 20, 2006)
by Craig Sheppard
The Pinedale Jazz Band I traveled to Powell last weekend for the 23rd 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 there were over ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) New Sage Grouse Seed Mix Brochure available (March 20, 2006)
The Upper Green River Basin Local Sage Grouse Working Group has recently printed a seed mix brochure that will be helpful to anyone wishing to do plantings that are beneficial to sage grouse, mule deer, antelope and associated sage steppe wildlife species. ... FULL STORY
More snow on tap for mid-week (March 20, 2006)
A storm system is expected to move onshore Monday night, possibly bringing significant show to western Wyoming Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. The next big storm system is expected Saturday night and Sunday, with the potential to bring significant sno ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Haliburton Hotel (March 20, 2006)
Workers start framing on the third floor of the new motel on the west end of Pinedale, across from County Lane. The 100-room motel has been leased to Haliburton, which will use it to provide housing for their oil and gas field employees for the next five years ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Moving Cows (March 20, 2006)
Cowboys from the Mickelson Ranch in Big Piney move cows from winter pasture to the home ranch for calving on Monday. ... FULL STORY
New Socioeconomic website now online (March 17, 2006)
Sublette County Demographics and current research
Looking for current demographic statistics and research information for Sublette County? A new website is now online which provides a wealth of information about Sublette County. The new site is ... FULL STORY
Ask the Game & Fish: Fish Stocking (March 17, 2006)
by Wyoming Game & Fish
Q. "How soon do you start stocking fish after ice out?" ... FULL STORY
Winter vs. Big Game 2006 (March 17, 2006)
Generally mild winter, some deer & antelope quotas may be increased
by Wyoming Game & Fish
Like the last few years, this winter has been predominately mild on Wyoming's basins and plains, but unlike the last few years, our mountain ranges are blessed with better snow pack. The exception to the open winter in basins is the Jackson/Pinedale areas wher ... FULL STORY
More snow on the way for the weekend (March 17, 2006)
A major winter storm is brewing for western and central Wyoming for this weekend, according to the National Weather Service out of Riverton. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit by Saturday night and continue through Sunday night. Initially areas may get ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Paradise Zone Change denied by P&Z (March 16, 2006)
The Sublette County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanamously on Thursday to recommend denial of a rezone request for a 280-acre parcel on the southern end of Paradise Road that contains a portion of the Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail. ... FULL STORY
Jonah Infill Drilling Project approved by BLM (March 15, 2006)
State of Wyoming and Federal Employees to staff interagency office
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the 30,000-acre Jonah Infill Drilling Project in Sublette County, approximately 32 miles south of Pinedale. As part of the project approval, the BLM will create an interagency office to monitor and mitigate envi ... FULL STORY
BLM has money for Rural Fire Departments (March 15, 2006)
by Bureau of Land Management
The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management is once again making money available for rural fire departments (RFD). The Rural Fire Assistance Program has approximately $500,000.00 available to enhance the fire protection capabilities of rural fire departments which p ... FULL STORY
BLM plans South Pass celebrations (March 15, 2006)
Rock Springs BLM Celebrates the Antiquities Act Centennial in South Pass Area
by Bureau of Land Management
As part of the Antiquities Act Centennial Celebration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Rock Springs will observe three distinctive events. The first is a study of the National Historic Trails in the South Pass area. This will be a joint effort between t ... FULL STORY
Annual Snow Plowing Begins on Teton Park Road (March 15, 2006)
Annual snow plowing operations began on the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park on Monday, March 13. ... FULL STORY
(13 pictures) Sheriff's Meth Forum (Original post March 15, 2006 | Updated January 8, 2014)
by Pinedale Online!
Editor's Update, October 26, 2010: We've updated the Related Links section at the end of this article to add in a new link. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Big-Time Broadway Musical comes to Pinedale! (March 13, 2006)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes April 5
by Pinedale Fine Arts Council
(Pinedale) The Pinedale Fine Arts Council presents ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ on Wednesday, April 5th in the Pinedale Auditorium at 7:30 pm. This zany musical follows the mad-cap adventures of chorus girl Lorelei Lee, a role made famous on Broadway by Carol Ch ... FULL STORY
Sheriff’s Office handles suicides, murder cases (March 13, 2006)
Three separate incidents over the weekend
Man found dead near Granite Creek ... FULL STORY
Fairgrounds Open House March 21 (March 12, 2006)
The Sublette County Fairgrounds will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 21st. The purpose is to allow the public to find out what is new with the facilities and projects, and to get input to improve usage of the fairgrounds. Organizers also will discus ... FULL STORY
Pinedale Boys Basketball (March 12, 2006)
Boys State 3A Championships
The Pinedale Wranglers played in the Boys 3A State Basketball Championships in Casper this past weekend, ultimately taking the 5th place spot. ... FULL STORY
Mark Caton killed in auto accident March 6 (March 12, 2006)
Mark Newton Caton, 37, of Rock Springs, Wyoming died in Southern Colorado in an automobile accident on Monday, March 6, 2006. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Mesa Wildlife Winter Range (March 11, 2006)
While some people are alarmed about declining number counts of deer and antelope within the heart of the Jonah Gas Field and Pinedale Anticline, others believe numbers aren't decreasing, rather the herds are just being displaced along the perimeter of the busy ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Drilling in the Jonah Field (March 11, 2006)
Two of many operating drill rigs in the Jonah Field on Saturday, March 11th. The Jonah Field was discovered in 1993 and is one of the largest natural gas fields in North America. The Jonah Field is located approximately 30 miles south of Pinedale and 20 miles ... FULL STORY
(6 pictures) Pinedale Snow Birds, where are you? (March 10, 2006)
Each year, many of our local residents "snow bird" to warmer climates to spend the cold winter months and avoid the Wyoming winter. We are happy to see them return each spring after the snow melts and temperatures warm up. ... FULL STORY
RMEF Banquet April 22 (March 10, 2006)
Get your tickets early!
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) will hold their 4th annual Sublette Chapter Big Game Banquet and Fundraiser in Pinedale on Saturday, April 22, at the Sublette County Ice Arena. The Dinner starts at 5:00 pm. Membership is $35/household and dinner is $ ... FULL STORY
We still have lots of snow! (March 10, 2006)
Great snowmobiling and skiing
Blind Bull SNOTEL in the Wyoming Range Mountains picked up 4 inches of new snow Thursday night, for a total of 81.3 inches. The road up to the Horse Creek snowmobile parking lot is bare and dry. The trail is groomed and is in good condition. Off-trail riding ... FULL STORY
Science Fair Results (March 10, 2006)
Middle and High School at State Science Fair in Laramie
(Pinedale) "Once again, Pinedale middle and high school students demonstrated outstanding achievement as investigative scientists," said Ellen Skinner of Sublette County School District #1. The highest awards in the both the junior and senior divisions at the ... FULL STORY
Pinedale Boys defeat Torrington 47-46, move up (March 9, 2006)
State Basketball Championships, next game Friday, March 10, 6 pm
In a nail-biter of a game, Pinedale Boys defeated Torrington 47-46 on Thursday to move up in the state championship games this weekend in Casper. The game was broadcast live on KPIN 101.1 FM radio with retired coach Gene Andrews doing the play by play. ... FULL STORY
Graveside Services for Lorinda 'Dot' Whitman March 10 (March 9, 2006)
Graveside Funeral Services for Lorinda 'Dot' Whitman will be held on Friday, March 10, at 2 pm at Plainview Cemetery in Big Piney. ... FULL STORY
Pinedale, Wyoming, in the media spotlight (March 8, 2006)
Oil & Gas, Wildlife, Big Money, Wolves
Lots of people are talking about Pinedale and the western Wyoming area. Below are links to various articles that have appeared recently in prominent publications on a variety of topics including oil and gas production, wildlife concerns, social impacts to th ... FULL STORY
Take an 'E' Field Trip on Raptors (March 8, 2006)
Visit Grand Teton National Park birds of prey online
by Wyoming Game & Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department would like to invite teachers and students across Wyoming and beyond to take an electronic field trip, eFieldTrip, to Grand Teton National Park and learn about the birds of prey that make the park their home. The eFieldTri ... FULL STORY
Job openings in Pinedale (March 8, 2006)
More new jobs posted on the Job Board
Looking for a job in Pinedale? There are a variety of new jobs openings posted right now on the Job Board. Be sure to also check the classified ads in our two local newspapers, which publish on Thursdays. The Sublette Examiner ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) National Animal Identification System (NAIS) (March 7, 2006)
By 2008, federal ID tracking program will be required for horses, cattle, sheep, bison, swine, goats, poultry, more
In an effort to secure the agricultural resources and products, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing an intensive program to identify and monitor livestock producers, locations and animal movements. The program is called the Natio ... FULL STORY
Sublette County Little League News (March 6, 2006)
Sublette County Little League will hold an organizational meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 7th at Stockman's in Pinedale. Anyone interested in helping out this season is encouraged to attend. Organizers need board members, coaches, volunteers, concessionaires ... FULL STORY
Pinedale takes 3rd in Alpine Ski Championship (March 6, 2006)
Boys and Girls Teams
Pinedale placed third in the Wyoming State High School Alpine Skiing Championships in Jackson on Saturday, March 4. Natrona County captured the boys’ title and the Jackson finished 2nd. Cody finished 4th. Laramie and Kelly Walsh finished out the boys’ standing ... FULL STORY
Lander defeats Pinedale 57-43 (March 6, 2006)
Both teams move on to State Basketball Tourney
Pinedale high school boys lost to Lander on Saturday night’s regional 3A basketball game in Kemmerer. Final score was Lander 57, Pinedale 43. During the final seconds of the game, the Pinedale team put down the ball and started shaking hands with the Lander te ... FULL STORY
More snow expected this week (March 6, 2006)
2-5 inches new snow possible in western valleys
A series of winter storms is expected to bring more new snow to the mountains and valleys of western Wyoming this week, according to the National Weather Service out of Riverton, Wyoming. ... FULL STORY
(21 pictures) Big Fish Winter Derby Results (March 6, 2006)
Pinedale Boat Club Ice Fishing Derby on Fremont Lake
The Pinedale Boat Club held their annual Big Fish Ice Fishing Derby on Fremont Lake Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, hosted by Lakeside Lodge. There were 315 anglers signed up for the event with 295 fishing on Saturday and 215 trying their luck on Sunday. The d ... FULL STORY
Nonresident Elk Draw held Feb 26 (March 5, 2006)
by Wyoming Game & Fish Department
There will be nearly 8,000 happy nonresidents when they get their mail in upcoming days. Those are the hunters who drew an elk license in the drawing conducted Feb. 26 by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. ... FULL STORY
Nonresident deer/antelope license deadline March 15 (March 5, 2006)
by Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Nonresident hunters are alerted applications for deer and antelope licenses and preference points must be received in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Cheyenne office no later than 5 pm March 15. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Museum Spring Thaw Party March 9 (March 5, 2006)
1824 T.F. Rock topic of discussion
by Dawn Ballou
The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale is busy preparing for the upcoming season. Their first program for 2006 will be a "Spring Thaw Party" on Thursday, March 9th at 6 pm at the Museum. The public is invited to see new exhibits for 2006, enjoy wine and ch ... FULL STORY
Spring plowing begins in Yellowstone National Park (March 5, 2006)
by Yellowstone National Park
With the impending arrival of spring comes the end of the winter season and over-the-snow travel in Yellowstone National Park. Park roads will begin to close to over-snow vehicles (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) in preparation for spring plowing. ... FULL STORY
3A West Basketball (March 4, 2006)
Pinedale Boys advance, Girls done
Pinedale Girls had their second loss in a row on Friday, ending their season in the 3A West Basketball tournament in Kemmerer this weekend. The score for Friday morning was Pinedale 38-Jackson 60. ... FULL STORY
McKenzie Hartwig Volleyball Tourney April 1 (March 3, 2006)
Helps with costs of meningitis vaccinations for McKenzie Meningitis Foundation
The McKenzie Hartwig Meningitis Foundation Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 1, at the Pinedale Middle School Gym, starting at 9 am. The tournament raises funds to help with the costs of the meningitis vaccinations which are given to high s ... FULL STORY
Luna Leopold receives Franklin Institute Award (March 3, 2006)
The 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science
On March 1st, the Franklin Institute named eight preeminent scientists across six scientific disciplines as the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal laureates. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Heavy snow prompts emergency elk feeding (March 3, 2006)
by Wyoming Game & Fish
(Jackson) Deep snow, and the need to keep elk away from cattle, have prompted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to initiate temporary emergency elk feeding operations in two locations north of Jackson. Although established elk feed grounds are effective in ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Jackson Elk Counted (March 3, 2006)
by Wyoming Game & Fish
(Jackson) The annual winter count and classification for Wyoming's largest elk herd was recently conducted. The total number of elk counted was slightly higher than last year at this time. This year there were 11,800 elk counted compared to last year's tota ... FULL STORY
Luna Leopold receives Franklin Institute Award (March 3, 2006)
The 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science
On March 1st, the Franklin Institute named eight preeminent scientists across six scientific disciplines as the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal laureates. ... FULL STORY
More snow on tap for the weekend (March 1, 2006)
Another Pacific storm system is expected to arrive in western Wyoming beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday, possibly bringing more snow to the area. Light snow showers and potential strong winds are possible for the next several days. ... FULL STORY

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