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Funeral Services for Connie Binning May 3 in Pinedale (posted 4/28/16)
Town elections, board openings, public input sought on KOA campground land
Town of Pinedale
As most of you already know, the Town of Pinedale Municipal Election will take place Tuesday, May 3 at the Wrangler Gym.
The election is to fill three open seats on the Town Council. Remember, only residents of the Town of Pinedale (that is residing inside the Town limits) may vote in this election. The polls will open at the Wrangler Gym at 8 AM and remain open until 7 PM.
Again, voting will take place at the Wrangler Gym.
Absentee voting is open, ballots must be received at 69 Pinedale South Road by 5:00 PM on May 2, 2016.
As Americans it is not only our right, but our privilege to have the opportunity to vote. So please, don’t waste an opportunity to participate in your community. Vote- your opinion matters.
Aside from the election, the Pinedale Travel and Tourism Commission will soon have an open seat. If you are involved in the tourism industry in Pinedale, you may be a good fit. For more information on the commission or what is involved in serving, please contact the Town Hall at 307-367-4136, or simply submit a letter of interest.
Other important happenings are about to begin. Keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement of a workshop to determine use(s) of the former KOA Campground. The Town Council will want to hear your ideas and concerns for the future of the nearly 5 acres in the center of one of our largest residential areas.
If it sounds like we have a lot going on here in beautiful Pinedale,,, we do. Don’t wait to be asked, vote, volunteer, or get involved any way you can.
www.townofpinedale.us Town of Pinedale website
Wind River Brewing Company of Pinedale will be expanding their brewing operations to Evanston, Wyoming. They will be moving into the historic Roundhouse building, built in the early 1900s to service railroad locomotives used by the Union Pacific Railroad. The unique building is now owned by the City of Evanston and one section of the building has been restored and is being used as a meeting and convention center. It is a big attraction in the town. Three other sections of the Roundhouse remain unrestored, but provide a huge expanse of floor and high ceiling space for potential future use. Wind River Brewing will take two of those open sections for their new brewing operations.
The City of Evanston recently received news that the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) has awarded them $3 million in a community development grant towards completing the restoration of the historic Roundhouse. The grant will be used to complete the masonry, windows and doors for the outside façade of the remainder of the Roundhouse. Wind River Brewing will build a larger brewery, have a restaurant, tasting room and gift shop in their space. They plan to keep their brewery and restaurant in Pinedale as well.
Click on the links below for more information.
Wind River Brewing facebook page
Wind River Brewing Company
Roundhouse Restoration Inc. A non-profit organization whose mission is to foster support for the Historic Evanston Wyoming Roundhouse and Railyards.
Andrew Zook, owner of Wyoming Athlete Development in Pinedale, put on the First Annual ‘Battle of the Gyms’ in Pinedale on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Five teams of six athletes each from Wyoming participated in the competition. Team Iron Kitchen from Alpine, Two teams from GYM22 in Jackson, and Team PAC and Team Wyoming Athlete Development from Pinedale competed in Powerlifting, Strongman and Endurance events.
Bright blue skies greeted competitors Saturday morning, but a low dark line of roiling storm clouds threatened from the western horizon. The building wind added extra swing to the pony-tail on the back of Kendall Brunette’s head as she did high-kicking warm-ups in the parking lot.
The booming tunes provided by DJ Ben Davis welcomed participants into the gym and made toddlers and athletes break out spontaneously with their dance moves. The music seemed to make the building walls pulsate. Ben gave the photographer his best DJ pose. "I lift to stay in shape and stay active and so my wife won’t leave me," he said. "I’ve been working out over 10 years. I work out at the high school gym…drop by sometime. We’ve got a pretty good bunch of guys over there."
Metal plates clanged as they were slid onto bars; hands were thrust deep into the talc bucket labeled ‘puke bucket’ and then clapped together creating great white clouds as they knocked off the extra. Athletes got set and then dramatically lifted impossible weights over their heads and then dropped them with great crashes that shook the floor.
Outside on a sprint course, athletes picked up either 75 or 100 pound beer kegs, large welding tanks weighing 130 pounds each, one in each hand for a total of 260 pounds, and great barbells loaded with well over 100 pounds each.
As the sky turned black and the first few raindrops appeared, the teams of six took turns with each of the three devices and made their way down the course and back as fast as they could. Unlucky for Team PAC and Codie Bush, one of her male teammates took off jogging with her 75 pound keg, so she had to carry the 100 pound keg, which equaled her own body weight, down the course. But it worked out okay because the photographer got some really great face agony shots.
A large iron sled weighing a minimum of 110 pounds was loaded with more weight for successive runs until it weighed 235 pounds. Each team had to push the ever increasingly weighted sled the length of the skating rink in the west parking lot until everyone had their turn. There was a bit of vomiting or a serious threat of vomiting after a few of those killer pushes.
The next event was the truck pull. The truck turned out to be a big bobtail water tanker attached to an arm sized rope. The first team to try to pull the truck across the finish line was the PAC team. Andrew yelled ‘go’ and pulled the trigger on his stop watch and the team gave the rope a mighty tug…then about 3 or 4 successively mightier tugs, but the truck didn’t budge. Finally, someone got with the driver Mike and they figured out the air brake release hadn’t been pushed in all the way. Problem solved, Team PAC put their backs into it and hand over hand dragged the big truck across the finish line.
Back inside, a steady line of athletes took turns climbing the rope tied off on a high metal beam. When they got to the top, they gave the beam a quick slap and took the elevator down.
The finale of the day’s event was The Death March. A quarter mile course was laid out in the large dirt lot to the west of the skating rink. The teams pulled and dragged the iron sled, carried or rolled the 90 pound Atlas stone and carried or dragged the 110 pound anvil around the now muddy course. Every 15 seconds the athletes had to drop or stop their weighted items and drop into the dirt, mud and a suspicious white spill, and do push-ups, jumping jacks, and burpee’s for 15 seconds. Then get back up and start pushing and carrying their burdens.
The far end of the course had 6 or 8 dirt berms, approximately 3 feet high that they had to drag, push, roll or carry all the weight over…while slipping in the mud created by the now freezing rain and snow blizzard.
Sopping wet, frozen, and gasping in exhaustion; each muddy and bloody team collapsed into the weeds across the finish line...to the delight of the also soaked and frozen photographer whose main goal was to capture the essence of their struggle.
Not one to make anything easy, event host Andrew Zook only awarded one prize; and that went to champions GYM22 of Jackson. "The battle of the gyms proved to be one of the most extreme team competitions I have ever put on," Andrew said. "I was impressed with how hard these teams were able to push through the pain and agony of these events just to be crowned champions. Not one team bowed out or gave minimal effort. Because of the nature of this event the athletes could only prepare so much until they had to just let the mind take over and go beyond what the body could do. This was a great event to host in Pinedale and just the beginning of what Wyoming Athlete Development plans to bring to this great community."
Kendall Brunette of Team PAC was wet and bloodied but enthusiastic as ever. "This competition provided an awesome opportunity to showcase the strength and dedication of local athletes. Thanks to the Zooks for putting the event together -- I hope it is the first of many!"
Doug Wellemeyer, who at first glance one might take for being one of the most dangerous looking of the athletes, also turned out to be one of the most polite. He regularly tried not to cross in front of the photographer as he was shooting, and said ‘excuse me’ a lot. But he also knew the value of looking right into the lens when the camera was turned on him. As a result, we got some great images. "I’ve been competing like this for 8 years," said Doug. "This event is a tune-up for The Strongman event in July at Rendezvous."
Unable to run down the author of the following quote before posting this story, it will nevertheless be included. A member of the Jackson GYM22 team, a Marine, is rumored to have said that this event was tougher than anything he’d ever seen in the Marines.
Click on this link for more pictures: Battle of the Gyms (79 photos)
For comments, corrections or to purchase high-rez images, contact Terry Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Zuback sent in this photo of a moose spotted in the Town Park in Pinedale oon Monday, April 25th.
Endangered Species delisting issues (posted 4/26/16)
Funeral Mass for Rose Dickie April 30 (posted 4/25/16)
Video features the Rivera Lodge in Pinedale
Brooks Mitchell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming, has submitted a short movie about the Rivera Lodge in Pinedale in the Wyoming Short Film Contest by the Wyoming Film Office. The 10 entries that receive the most "likes" will move on to the final judging for first place. Voting ends this week for videos to get into the finals, so people have to vote soon.
Here are instructions on how to vote:
Following are a set of instructions which might help.
Step 1: Go to: https://vimeo.com/groups/thatswyfilms/page:1/sort:date Brooks Mitchell’s video on the Rivera Lodge is on page 3.
Step 2: Go to page on the web site and find the icon which says, "A Stay at the Rivera Lodge"
Step 3: Vote in the upper right-hand corner. All you have to do is click the heart symbol. It will then ask you if you want to login via Facebook or vimeo. If you have Facebook, just click that button and it will let you vote. If you click the vimeo button, it will ask you for an email address and a password (it’s free).
Here is the promotion for the film contest:
It’s no secret that Wyoming is an ideal setting for adventure. And the greatest adventures often begin by asking one question: "Why?" This year, the Wyoming Short Film Contest asks entrants to submit film concepts inspired by the question "WY am I here?" There are endless ways to explore the theme, and a $25,000 Grand Prize for use toward the winner's next shot-in-Wyoming project is on the line. Entries will first go through a public voting round, so encourage your friends and family to like and share your video. After that the ten best-rated entries will go before a panel of judges. Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner.
Wyoming Legislature update – April 25, 2016 (posted 4/25/16)
Babysitting services offered for Dancing with the Sublette Stars attendees (posted 4/24/16)
At the Boulder Community Center
Range Solar & Wind LLC is a renewable energy company out of Casper, Wyoming. They will host an informal Meet & Greet at 11:00AM on Saturday, April 30th at the Boulder Community Center in Boulder, Wyoming. This should be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about wind or solar powered products and technology. They do site evaluations, system designs, product installations, service & maintenance, education about renewable energy products, energy independence & self-sufficiency. They do grid-tied, off-grid, and off-grid with battery backup. They have installed many Skystream wind turbines and offer free site visits. Get more info at www.rangesolar.us/, 307-262-4647.
Financial info, Stroke Month, free school physicals
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District has posted their financial information on their website so it is fully accessible to the community. They have their annual budgets, year-end audits, copies of their annual reports and their monthly "snapshots" to get a quick look at how they are doing month-to-month. Click on this link to get to their financial information: www.sublettehealthcare.com/financial
Here are dates for upcoming health events:
Entire Month of May – Stroke Month
Free Stroke Risk Assessments for routine patients aged 50 or older at both Clinics, Pinedale and Marbleton.
May 18th & May 19th
Mountain Medical Mammovan
9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday, May 18 – Pinedale Clinic (307-367-4133)
Thursday, May 19 – Marbleton Clinic (307-276-3306)
Please call Clinics to schedule
FREE School Physicals
Wednesday, June 29th – Wrangler Gym, 8 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, July 20th – Wrangler Gym, 8 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Aug 10th – Marbleton Clinic, 8 AM to 5 PM
www.sublettehealthcare.com Sublette County Rural Health Care District
The Missoula Children’s Theatre came to Sublette County Friday night, April 15, and put on their version of Pinocchio, using child actors from our own community.
Pinocchio was written in 1883 by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. It is a story of a woodcarver named Geppetto from a small northern Italian village near Florence. Geppetto carves a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. The play follows Pinocchio as he grows into a real boy, but who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories as he learns life’s lessons along the way.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre was founded 40 years ago and this year will send out a fleet of little red trucks loaded with sets and costumes and work with 65,000 children in more than 1200 communities in all 50 states and 17 countries.
Mandy Corbett from New York and California, who was acting as the Director for this show, is an actor herself. She recently graduated from Pacific Conservatory Theatre. "I auditioned for this job because I wanted to learn the tools and strategy required to put on shows in one week," she said. "It is pretty intensive learning experience. We drive to a town and in about 14 hours of practice over several days, we are able to put on an exciting show with kids who may never have been on stage before."
Andrew Yabroff who was a working actor in Chicago for three years decided he wanted to travel with his acting. He also successfully auditioned for the job. "I switch off acting and directing duties with Mandy every two weeks," he said. "Tonight I’ll be playing both Geppetto and Stromboli. After the play, we will ask for volunteers to help pack up our truck and then in the morning we’ll hit the road and be putting on another play in a few days."
Emma Liske played a clown and said the thing she liked the most was making people smile.
Keegan Hankins acted as a street urchin and liked the face paint and the costume.
John Covill, who played Jiminy Cricket, said he liked to be able to jump around and yell a lot. "But, I didn’t agree with the makeup part," he said. "I had to wear lipstick."
Adrienne Jones, who played a Baby Doll, said she was a pro now. "I got to speak," she said. "It was a speaking role. I want to see the video."
Bridger Kaiser was in the audience and said his favorite characters were the Toys and the Foxes.
Matty Lea really enjoyed her role. I was a Tot Soldier," she said. "I was great at marching. I saluted and marched."
Hannah Kaiser ran into a few problems. I played a Baby Doll," she said. "But, the pants were too long and the bonnet choked me. But, I’m happy except for the pants."
Sidney Wise, who played Pinocchio, said she was surprised to get the part. "I just tried out for the role and did my best," she said. "I had some experience in the past because I played Peach Fuzz a gay pirate in Blackbeard. What I like most about Pinocchio was being able to do all the falling on the stage. I also met some very amazing people. I was a little nervous, but when I heard the audience laughing and clapping it made it easy and fun."
A special thanks to Arnie Brokling who for the price of a beer, allowed me to use his photo of Pinocchio.
Click on this link for more pictures: Pinocchio Comes to Town (41 photos)
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Performances April 28 & 29 in Marbleton to benefit the Children’s Learning Center
Children’s Learning Center
Dancing with the Sublette Stars, a fund-raiser for Children’s Learning Center (CLC) in Sublette County, will take place Thursday and Friday on April 28 and 29, 2016 at Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton, Wyoming.
This is the 5th year of this successful event. The evening includes a live show with be seven local "star" couples who will perform a lively dance routine. All funds raised will directly benefit the Children’s Learning Centers in Big Piney and Pinedale.
Since 1977, Children’s Learning Center has been a leader in early childhood education in Sublette County. CLC provides therapy and special education services for children birth to 5 years as well as preschool programs for all children 3 through 5 years. Approximately 100 children are served annually through these programs with an additional 200 area children receiving free developmental, hearing and vision screenings.
Tickets available now at Children’s Learning Center in Pinedale (307-367-6306), 191 South Franklin, or in Big Piney (307-276-5415), 650 Piney Drive. Join us for a night of food and fun while watching Sublette County’s Stars dance for a good cause.
Click on this link to see a video of Dancing with the Sublette Stars: https://vimeo.com/162999129
Click on this link for more information about this year’s event: http://www.SubletteStars.com
Fishing Report – April, 2016 (posted 4/17/16)
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