Food Basket Grand Re-Opening and Silent Auction July 13
Pinedale Community Food Basket. Photo by Terry Allen.
The Pinedale Community Food Basket is hosting a Grand Re-Opening & Silent Auction to raise funds for a much needed covered drop off shed.
Time: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2 PM - 6 PM
Location: 104 N. Bridger Ave, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941
We have harsh and unpredictable weather in this area. When people drop off donations, it is often after hours, raining, snowing, or blowing dust. Being able to protect donations preserves their value for sale. Additionally, sometimes the public doesn't realize they can't just load up donated items after hours and take them. The enclosure will help address that problem.
I took a tour of the Silent Auction items and was amazed at the western tack, antiques, game mounts, precious jewelry, and exotic clothing.
I took a few pictures of the Auction items, and the links I provided have a few more photos. I also included a photo or two of items I have purchased there in the past.
The Pinedale Community Food Basket provides services to those in need in our community. Food, clothing, housing utilities and other items may also be provided.
Regular business hours are Monday thru Saturday 9 to 5.
Sandy regularly posts interesting items for sale on their Facebook page.
Food Basket: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PinedaleFoodBasket/about/?ref=page_internal
Silent auction: https://www.facebook.com/events/843720362485068/
Click on this link for more pictures
Pinedale’s Wind River Mountain Festival July 20-22 (posted 7/11/18)
Wind River Mountain Festival July 20-22
Music Fest, Adventure Race
Pinedale’s Wind River Mountain Festival returns July 20-22 for a weekend celebration of the Wind River Mountain Range highlighted by two nights of live music and day-long adventure race.
Again boasting over 50 event sponsors including a who’s-who’s of outdoor product companies (Patagonia, North Face, et al.), The Wind River Mountain Festival will feature everything from live music and gear demos to kids events and a craft beer festival. Fun vendor booths, outdoor contests and floats down Pine Creek are also part of the festival with many activities taking place at American Legion Park.
The Surly Pika Adventure Race is not a triathlon or relay. It is a team-based adventure race in the front-country of the largest mountain range in the state, the Wind River Range. Team members (Pikas) must navigate with map and compass to track down checkpoints via bike, foot, and boat. There are two race divisions: a six and a twelve-hour option. The Surly Pika will be held Sunday, July 22 and online sign-ups are available at www.windrivermtfest.com
Headlining the music portion of the two-night festival will be Utah’s "Cowboy from the Crypt" Timmy the Teeth and his full band on Friday night and Phoenix Indie-Rockers Jared & the Mill on Saturday night. Music will kick off at American Legion Park at 4:00 p.m. on both nights.
Friday Night Full Music Lineup:
4:00 PM: Jason Tyler Burton
5:30 PM: Whippoorwill
6:45 PM: Timmy The Teeth
Saturday Night Music Lineup:
4:00 PM: Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine
5:30 PM: The 502s
6:45 PM: Jared & The Mill
Music for the Wind River Mountain Festival is presented by The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) as part of their 11th Annual Soundcheck Summer Music Series.
Home to over 140 miles of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), the Wind River Range is one of Wyoming’s most sought-after destinations.
In February of 2016, Pinedale was officially accepted as Wyoming’s first CDT Community – a designation reserved for communities in close proximity to the Trail that apply through the CDT Coalition and promise to promote good stewardship and, among other things, plan a corresponding event, which has blossomed into the 3-day festival.
For a full schedule of WRMF events visit www.windrivermtfest.com.
For information about the music line-up, please see the Pinedale Fine Arts Council website, www.pinedalefinearts.com
Garden Of Beauty July 6, 2018 - Doris & Paul Woodbury (posted 7/9/18)
Sage & Snow Garden Club Garden Of Beauty July 6, 2018 - Doris & Paul Woodbury
Sage & Snow Garden Club
This week, the Sage and Snow Garden Club recognizes Paul and Doris Woodbury on South Bench Road as the recipient of the Garden of Beauty Award. The Woodburys built a large hoop house a few years ago, and, recently, it was wrecked by the wind. This spring they rebuilt it stronger and better and have filled it to the brim with rows of vegetables growing in in-ground beds. The large hoop house garden is watered with an efficient drip irrigation system. Their beautifully landscaped yard is eye-catching with the vibrant colors of daisies, catmint, hostas, currants, nine bark, and many other varieties of plants and shrubs. Ranch lick tubs are overflowing with tomatoes, carrots, beets, and salad greens. Their love of herbs is evident in all their gardens, including a "barrel" of horseradish. The Woodburys are adventurous gardeners, always willing to try new things in our challenging growing environment.
Sage & Snow Garden Club
Rendezvous at the Pinedale Library (posted 7/9/18)
Rendezvous is approaching and the Sublette County Libraries have several events this coming weekend to include in your festivities.
Tuesday, July 10th - Sandy Beach Picnic
11 am, Sandy Beach, Fremont Lake - It’s our annual fun-in-the-sun outing at Fremont Lake’s Sandy Beach... bring your sunscreen and best beach toys! Also, help us reduce waste by bringing your own favorite beverages. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. The Library is not responsible for transportation.
Wednesday, July 11th - Book Club
12 noon, The Pinedale Library Western Americana Room
If you've read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover stop in to Book Club on Wednesday to share your thoughts. Book Club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 12 noon in the Western Americana Room. This club welcomes new participants.
Thursday, July 12th at 6:30 pm: In Pinedale Library's courtyard there will be a brief dedication ceremony of the bronze statue "Journeys of the Imagination" by Utah sculptor Gary Lee Price. It has been placed in memory of Sublette County Library Director Daphne Platts, 1940-2017. Following will be Music is the Courtyard with Bob McCarty and Chandra Stough on guitar and fiddle. And following Music in the Courtyard there will be a "30 Minute Sneak Peak" of the Rendezvous Book Sale.
Friday & Saturday, July 13th & 14th: 10 am - 5 pm: Rendezvous Book Sale. Gently used best sellers, mysteries, biography, travel books, children's books and DVDs and much more will be for sale at rock bottom prices.
Wednesday, July 18th - Musicians Gathering
Beginning at 5 pm, The Pinedale Library Courtyard
Do you play the guitar or other stringed instrument? This second gathering is designed to give local musicians a chance to get together informally, to play music, share skills, expand your own skills, or even learn to play. Bring your instrument. In case of bad weather, meet in the Lovatt Room.
Thursday, July 19th - Sue Warren Exhibit Opening Reception
5 pm, The Pinedale Library
View original paintings and ceramics by Pinedale Artist Sue Warren, most of which have been loaned by area residents for this exhibit. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, July 19th at 5 pm; the exhibit will be on display through the end of July.
Events at the Big Piney Library:
Tuesday, July 10th - Picnic and Percussion!
12 pm, The Big Piney Library
We continue to have fun with all the ways that "Libraries Rock!" this summer. On Tuesday the 10th come join us for a picnic in the park and explore the rockin’ world of percussion. We will have some instruments to try and a craft to make as well.
Tuesday, July 10th - Teen Jewelry Making
12 - 4 pm, The Big Piney Library
Teens and tweens, stop in for this DIY workshop. Bring your ideas for a cool design and go home with an awesome piece. Sign up at the library.
Thursdays until August 16th - Summer Music and Movement for Preschoolers
10:30 am, The Big Piney Library
Introducing a new drop-in weekly program for our littlest library lovers... Music & Movement! Bring your preschool aged child to the library for Thursday morning play, singing, dance and movement led by Amy Loughry.
2nd meetup Tuesday, July 17th - Big Piney Teen Film Club
3 pm at Flicks n' Pins in Marbleton
Teens and tweens, join our Big Piney Film Club taking place at Flicks N' Pins this summer — take a critical look at acclaimed movies along with free admission! Sign up at the library. The Tuesday, July 17th movie is Spirited Away (PG).
More at the Big Piney Library:
• Adult Summer Reading Race: Now through the end of September
• Spanish English Conversation Club: Tuesdays 6 - 7 pm
• Magic Game Night: Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:30 pm
• Yoga at the Library: Thursdays until August 16th at 8 am
• Basic Computer Instruction: One-on-one help available by appointment
www.sublettecountylibrary.org Sublette County Library
PAC Youth Sports to include 6th Grade athletes (posted 7/9/18)
The Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC) has finalized plans for the inclusion of 6th grade Pinedale athletes into PAC’s current youth sports programs. The programs will begin in August 2018 for football and volleyball, with basketball beginning in January 2019.
PAC is currently working on further expanding their track options before next spring season. Slight modifications have been made to the programs to accommodate the inclusion of 6th graders, most predominantly the restructuring of age groups. For the fall seasons, the sports will be structured as follows:
• Flag Football: K-1 grade, 2-3 grade
• Tackle Football (8-man): 4-6 grade
• Volleyball: 3-4 grade, 5-6 grade; watch for details about a 2nd grade clinic option
The football and volleyball seasons will begin August 13 and August 27, respectively. Flag football will begin the same date as volleyball. Registration for the programs are currently open by stopping by PAC to register and for more information. Scholarships are available to assist with registration fees for qualifying participants.
PAC’s youth sports programs are focused on offering opportunity for player development and fun. PAC wants athletes leaving their programs to look forward to continuing the sport at the middle school level and have the fundamental foundation to build on.
With these goals as the guide, PAC’s programs are structured to offer the following:
• Equally divided teams based on early season skill assessments and input from coaches to allow for positive competitive play through the season
• Small teams, meaning more individual attention as well as practice and game play for all athletes
• Guaranteed equal game play time for all participants
• Consistently scheduled and communicated practice and game times allowing for 2-3 practice/game days per week
PAC works closely with varsity coaches to coordinate their programs and develop coaches manuals, providing drills and coaching strategies to their volunteers in an effort to create continuity between all levels of the programs.
For more information, visit the Pinedale Aquatic Center online at www.pinedaleaquatic.com or call 307-367-2832.
Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council update (posted 7/9/18)
Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
Hello Sublette County, last legislative session the Legislature passed a series of bills that put into policy some of the concepts that Governor Mead’s Economically Needed Diversification of Wyoming (ENDOW) Executive Committee put forward. One of these initiatives was to improve broadband in Wyoming. The Legislature passed Senate File 100 to accomplish this goal. The bill creates a broadband grant program for unserved areas of Wyoming. The bill also creates a Broadband Advisory Council and State Broadband Coordinator, who will have the tasks of developing a statewide broadband enhancement plan and a broadband mapping effort. If this state wants to diversify its economy and be relevant in the 21st century, then we need high quality, high speed, affordable broadband across the state. It is essential that the rural parts of Wyoming not be left out, because broadband has become the communication method of choice today, not just in the future.
The Broadband Advisory Council was appointed by the Governor. The Chief Information Officer for the State of Wyoming is also required by statute to sit on the Council. Further, two legislative liaisons were appointed. I was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as the House’s liaison to the Council. The Council had its first organizational meeting in Riverton June 26-27.
The Broadband Advisory Council must have a Wyoming Broadband Enhancement Plan in place by September 1, 2018, which is a short timeline. The Council heard from both Utah and Minnesota on the direction those states went with a broadband plan. We got updates from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and Wyoming Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) on broadband efforts in Wyoming. ETS operates the Wyoming Unified Network, a public/private partnership that brings broadband to all of the State’s public schools, community colleges, and state facilities. WYDOT is critical to the conversation because they have rights of way corridors throughout the state, which can be a conduit for broadband infrastructure.
How can the State of Wyoming work with its private telecommunication partners to provide better internet to Wyoming citizens and businesses? A business case, where a private internet provider makes a profit, simply does not exist in much of Wyoming to extend fiber to business areas, and fiber is key to business recruitment.
Locally, towns, county, and state representatives continue to work on an effort to improve broadband in the business corridors and create more fiber redundancy in Sublette County.
If you have input for the Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council or our local efforts, please contact me at email@example.com. Sublette Senator Dan Dockstader is my Senate counterpart on the Council, which means Sublette County is well represented. Our next in-person meeting is July 30-31 in Cheyenne.
Wyoming Legislature update 7-9-2018 (posted 7/9/18)
Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the legislative interim. The interim is that period of time between legislative sessions, when committees meet to work on the issues prioritized by the Legislature. Legislative sessions last 1 or 2 months during the winter, and legislative sessions are constitutionally capped at 60 working days for a two-year period. Sessions are where bills pass or fail, and budgets are debated. During the interim, issues are studied in depth, and committees decide whether to bring bills to the next session pertaining to the issues they study. I serve on the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC), and we met on June 11-12 in Cheyenne.
The JAC received updates from two state agencies, the Office of Homeland Security and Enterprise Technology Services. However, the bulk of our time was spent discussing three main issues: state investment of funds, revenue streams/budget process, and gambling.
The State Treasurer’s office and the Wyoming Retirement System are responsible for investing the various funds of the state. The State Retirement System manages pension plans for state employees and public school teachers, while the State Treasurer manages non-retirement financial assets and the investment portfolio for the state. In 2017, the State Treasurer managed about $20.7 billion and the Retirement System managed about $8.5 billion. Each of these entities has a different mission, and the State Treasurer must manage multiple pots of money with different financial goals. The State’s investments provide a substantial return to the state, and the Appropriations Committee was tasked with examining whether improvements could be made to the investment structure to increase those rates of return. Combined, the Treasurer’s Office and State Retirement System expend over $110 million annually on external investment firms to manage the State’s funds. Should Wyoming manage more of the investments in-house, and save some of that $110 million? Should we create an incentive-based salary structure for the investment staff? Are there any efficiencies that can be realized by combining some of the duties of the Treasurer’s office and the Retirement System? How do we maximize our investment income, while managing risk? And, how do we insulate investment decisions from the political whims of the elected? These are some of the questions we hope to answer. During this meeting, some of the best state fund managers in the nation provided us with information on their state’s investment structures. The one common theme among the states, a state needs a high quality Chief Investment Officer.
The Appropriations Committee was also assigned the topic of examining Wyoming’s revenue flows and budget process. Our budget is complicated and has been ranked as one of the most complicated state budgets in the country. Wyoming is lucky to have two large permanent trust funds, but the spending policies for the income off of those accounts are convoluted to say the least. Many of the State’s revenue flows were created years ago, under a different financial picture. One example is Federal Mineral Royalties, which are split among several different agencies. Do those splits make sense today, considering our fiscal challenges could lie in another area? At this meeting we drafted a bill to eliminate the Budget Reserve Account, because it is an artifact from an earlier time, and seems to only complicate the budget picture today. How can we make the budget more transparent to the public and legislators, especially the moving parts of the various accounts?
Humans have gambled for eons. How should Wyoming regulate gambling in this era of the computer and internet? Should the state receive revenue from gambling? We heard that illegal gambling occurs all over Wyoming, and that it appears to be a low priority for local prosecutors. County prosecutors have the enforcement authority for gambling in Wyoming. Should a Statewide Gaming Commission be created to oversee gambling? What is a game of chance as opposed to a game of skill? Currently Wyoming allows legal gambling on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the State Lottery, Pari-mutuel, and charitable bingo/pulltabs. The oversight of these various forms of gambling is a mixture of local, state, and federal.
If you have any thoughts on these issues, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rendezvous Ramble July 14 (posted 7/3/18)
Rendezvous Ramble July 14
5 Mile early morning walk/run
The annual Rendezvous Ramble will be held early Saturday morning, July 14th. The event is sponsored each year by Tegeler & Associates in Pinedale. This is a scenic 5-mile walk/run to the Fremont Lake overlook and back. The $10 registration fee includes a t-shirt and 100% of proceeds goes to the Pregnancy Resource Center. The Ramble starts at Tegeler & Associates at 7AM, 8 S Tyler Ave in Pinedale. There will be pre & same-day registration. For more info call 307-367-2154.
5th Annual Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show July 23 - 28, 2018 (posted 7/2/18)
Reception & Quick Draw July 28th
5th Annual Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show July 23 - 28, 2018
Reception & Quick Draw July 28th
The 5th Annual Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show will be held during the week of July 23 - 28, 2018 from10:00AM - 7:00PM in the Sublette County Fairgrounds Community Hall.
The Quick Draw and Reception will be on Saturday, July 28 from 5:00 - 7:00PM. For more information contact Sharon Schell at 307-749-7661.
Open House at Pinedale Food Basket July 13 (posted 6/29/18)
Pinedale Community Food Basket
You may have noticed big changes around the Pinedale Community Food Basket: less clutter outside, a new sorting area, organized book shelves, a book nook for kids, a linen room, a cash register, an expanded sporting goods area, and no food! Where is the food? The food has been moved from the thrift store to the building next door at 221 E Magnolia. This building will house our Food Distribution, offices and storage.
The Food Basket will be hosting an Open House on Friday, July 13th from 2-6 p.m. Please come and see the changes and have a hot dog on us. We will be hosting our first ever Silent Auction to raise funds for a much-needed covered donation drop-off area. Check out our Facebook page for a sneak peak of the auction items. The Open House will feature our Store, our Resource Committee, and our Food Distribution.
Food Distribution is generally on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We have extended the hours to 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our clients meet the USDA income eligibility for free school meals. For more information about food distribution or to volunteer to help with distribution, contact our Food Manager, Jaime Mills at 307-367-3160 (please leave your name & phone number).
The Distribution building also has offices for our Thrift Store manager, Sandy Hinderliter. Our long time manager, Carole Smith is semi-retiring this summer. Please come to the open house to celebrate her faithful service. The Thrift Store hours have recently changed to Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The income from the Thrift Store is used for food purchases and operating expenses. For information about the store or to volunteer, contact them at 307-367-3206.
The Food Basket Resource Committee (FBRC) will have office hours in the Distribution building from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning August 16th. Our primary goal is to alleviate the short-term effects of life crises and guide our clients towards self-sufficiency. The six person committee meets twice a month to evaluate the best way to assist clients. To schedule an appointment, contact Bonnie Billeb at 307-231-2316.
The PCFB Board of Directors will also meet at this building. The Board meets bi-monthly to provide direction, maintain nonprofit status, oversee operations, and to act as a sounding board for the managers. The members of the Board are Tom Peters, president, Leah Pletcher, vice-president, Judy Vitolo, Treasure, Nylla Kunard, Jill Tegeler, and Brooke Dauwen.
The PCFB is a registered 501 (c) 3 charity. If you would like to donate to the Food Basket to purchase food or to the FBRC to assist individuals, drop off your donation at the store or mail to P.O. Box 34 Pinedale, WY 82941. To help us continue to keep the outside of the building uncluttered, please begin dropping off your donations of food, clothing, and household items on the south side of the building. We thank you for your generous donations and your faithful patronage. The Food Basket is evidence that our community supports our community!
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