Pinedale Wrangler Homecoming (posted 10/1/14)
Pinedale Homecoming is Sept 29th - Oct 4th. The community is invited to all events.
Monday, Sept. 29: JV Football hosts Lyman, 4PM
Monday, Sept: 29: Bonfire, Pinedale Self Storage – South of Town, 7PM
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Powder Puff Football and Buff Puff Volleyball, 6:30PM
Friday, Oct. 3 Homecoming Parade, 10AM along Pine Street
Friday, Oct. 3: Volleyball Teams host Jackson Broncs, 2PM
Friday, Oct. 3: Wrangler Football Tailgate, 4-7PM. Game starts at 7 pm vs Mountain View Buffaloes. (Wear your green and get free hot dog or hamburger)
Saturday, Oct. 4: Girls Swim Meet, 11AM
Saturday, Oct. 4: Volleyball Teams host the Big Piney Punchers, Noon
Saturday, Oct. 4: Homecoming Dance, 8-11PM
Public Health Flu Clinic Oct. 6th (posted 10/1/14)
Sublette County Public Health will be holding a Flu Clinic at Rendezvous Pointe in Pinedale on Monday, Oct 6th from 10AM-1PM and 3PM-6PM. Cost for the shot is $20. Medicare can be billed.
Martin Place Conservation Easement completed (posted 10/1/14)
Sublette County ranch conserved for agricultural production in perpetuity
Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust completed the Martin Place project conserving 840 acres of productive rangeland in Sublette County. The Martin Place conservation easement, which closed on September 26, complements 14 conservation easements in Sublette County held by the Stock Growers Land Trust and results in a new total of 38,312 acres under easement in that county. This total includes three easements already completed by landowner Maggie Miller as part of the Sommers Grindstone project. As with the others, the Martin Place conservation easement will ensure the ranch’s compatibility with agriculture and prevents the ranch from being converted to non-agricultural uses in the future.
The Martin Place has a rich variety of plant and animal diversity as it lies between Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Green River. South Beaver Creek and its tributaries provide abundant riparian habitat for a number of nesting songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and shore birds. The surrounding uplands provide terrestrial habitat for a number of sage brush obligate species including Greater Sage Grouse. The eastern portion of the ranch is encompassed by the Daniel Sage Grouse Core Area and has been determined by the Wyoming Game and Fish department to provide suitable spring, summer and fall habitat for elk and winter-yearlong habitat for moose.
This project was made possible by funding from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with an in-kind donation from the land owner. Bob Budd, Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, said, "This is another great example of a long-time Wyoming ranch conserving important wildlife habitat, while at the same time assuring a future for Wyoming agriculture. Hats off to Maggie and the Stock Growers Land Trust for completing this deal."
State Conservationist, and current administrator of NRCS easement programs in Wyoming, Ron Alvarado said, "The Natural Resources Conservation Service is pleased to partner with the Stock Growers Land Trust in the conservation of important agricultural land in Wyoming. We appreciate the continued work with our partners and private landowners as we work together through the Farm Bill program administration and review process. We thank Ms. Miller for her commitment to conserve land in critically important sage grouse habitat."
Following Friday’s closing in Pinedale, Maggie Miller said, "Again, I have a tremendous amount of gratitude to Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, WWNRTF and NRCS for supporting the Martin Place conservation easement. It's gratifying to know that the Martin Place lands will always be in agriculture and conservation for generations to come."
Stock Growers Land Trust Executive Director Pamela Dewell said, "We thank Maggie Miller for her choice to conserve land in critical sage grouse habitat. We are also very grateful to DC- and Oregon-based staff for recognizing the importance of this project. Finally, we are very appreciative of the patience of landowners whose projects have been delayed due to reviews of Farm Bill program administration and look forward to closing several other projects in the very near future."
About the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust
The Stock Growers Land Trust is dedicated to conservation through ranching. Based in Cheyenne, the non-profit organization serves the entire state and is Wyoming’s only agricultural land trust. Through partnerships with ranch families, the Stock Growers Land Trust holds and stewards conservation easements on more than 202,000 acres of land on ranches and farms throughout Wyoming. Founded in 2000 by the 140-year-old Wyoming Stock Growers Association, it is one of the largest among the 1,659 regional land trusts in the United States. For more information, visit www.wsgalt.org.
PAC construction project update (posted 10/1/14)
Pinedale Aquatic Center
PAC is pleased to be enhancing the facility with a nearly 8000 square foot addition on the south side of our gymnasium. This addition will be at all three PAC levels. Basement space includes freight entry, file storage, 2 offices and equipment storage. At the gymnasium level, there will be a vestibule with south-side egress that will include restrooms, a water fountain and much needed storage space for PAC supplies and equipment. Opening off of the track at PAC’s second level, there will be a large studio room, capable of being divided into two functional spaces. There will also be a small fitness equipment storage room adjacent to this second story activity space. We anticipate being able to occupy these new spaces by late winter/early spring.
Look for weekly updates posted on the Director’s Blog at www.pinedaleaquatic.com to see the latest pictures of building progress.
We do not anticipate any interruptions of service for our patrons during construction. There may be some modifications made to the gym or track area during a brief time when the existing building is penetrated in order to tie in the new spaces.
PAC patrons will enjoy the new studio space for fitness activity, as well as the clutter free gym floor during all gymnasium programming! PAC Staff is excited about being able to offer more of what our patrons desire by way of days and times for favorite classes and activities, and more available open gym time for all patrons.
Should you have any questions about our new construction project, do not hesitate to visit with PAC Director, JJ Huntley.
Graveside Funeral Service for Ray Price Oct. 1 (posted 9/29/14)
Graveside Funeral Service for Ray Price will be held on Wednesday, October 1st at 1:00PM at the Daniel Cemetery.
Rendezvous Pointe’s 11th Annual Holiday and Craft Fair Nov. 7 & 8 (posted 9/27/14)
Mark your calendar. Rendezvous Pointe will host their 11th Annual Holiday and Craft Fair Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8. It will be on Friday from 5PM-8PM and on Saturday from 10AM-3PM. There will be 30+ vendors, a silent auction, raffle, and the Rendezvous Café. For more information call Beth at 307-367-2881.
Community Health Education Summit Oct. 1st (posted 9/24/14)
A free, Community Health Education Summit will be held in Pinedale on Wednesday, Oct. 1st from 10am-5pm at Sublette BOCES, 665 N Tyler Ave. This is an educational summit intended to bring health information and awareness to the community.
There will be screenings for Stroke Risk, Blood Pressure Check, ECG, and Colorectal Screening.
Organizations that will have informational booths include:
Pregnancy Resource Center
Sublette County Rural Health Care District
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services
Rural Healthcare Foundation
Wind River Yoga
Wind River Therapeutic Massage
Below is the schedule of classes for the day:
Preventive Care for Diabetics, Dr. Shannon Evans
Hug a Tree, Kenna Tanner
Concussion Management, Dr. David Kappenman
Benefits of Yoga, Darcie Peck
Dangers of Radon, Dina Porter
911: What is it for? Sgt. Scott Winer
Drug identification, Toby Terrell
Patient Empowerment: The EHR & You, Michelle Overgaag
Prescription Drug Abuse & Misuse, Kay Ryan
Nutrition Basics, Samantha Harnack
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack and Stroke: When Should I Call 911?, Wil Gay
Five Wishes: Advanced Directive, Joy Bauer
What's in your backpack?, Kenna Tanner
What is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH)? (posted 9/22/14)
Sublette County Rural Health Care District
The History behind Critical Access Hospitals
Critical Access Hospitals became popular in rural areas after legislation was enacted in 1997. The purpose of this legislation was to strengthen rural health care and provide access to needed services in rural areas. With almost one fifth of the US population living in rural areas, Critical Access Hospitals have provided vital services in rural areas across the country. The state of Wyoming is not exempt. Wyoming is home to sixteen Critical Access Hospitals. They exist in communities such as Basin, Lusk, Cody, Lovell, Wheatland and Afton. Sublette County is the only county in Wyoming without hospital services.
What is a CAH?
A Critical Access Hospital is a Medicare-participating hospital that meets special criteria to be designated as a CAH.
That criterion includes:
• Must be located more than 35 miles from any hospital or another CAH
• Must furnish 24-hour emergency care services
• Has 4 – 25 inpatient beds
• Annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less
With this limited size and short length of stay, most CAHs focus on providing care for common conditions and outpatient care, while referring other, more critical or acute conditions to larger hospitals.
What are the Benefits of having a CAH in Sublette County?
Since the development of CAHs in the late nineties, rural communities and health care facilities alike have experienced the benefits of having a Critical Access Hospital designation. These benefits include a greater focus on community needs and keeping healthcare close to home, networking with acute care hospitals for support with emergent and critical care, access to grant monies made available through rural health care legislation, opportunity for cost-based reimbursement from Medicare which has the potential to increase revenue, enhanced quality of care as Critical Access Hospitals need to meet certain licensing and survey requirements to operate and lastly, opportunity for increased jobs in the community which as the potential increase the community’s tax base.
With Sublette County being the lone county in Wyoming without these benefits, the Rural Health Care District is exploring the possibility of having a community Critical Access Hospital in addition to our current clinics and services in Pinedale and Marbleton/Big Piney.
To learn more about Critical Access Hospitals, go to:
www.sublettehealthcare.com Sublette County Rural Health Care District
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