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Public warned of cyanobacterial blooms in waters around Wyoming (posted 8/2/2021)
Sublette County Public Health Briefing: July 30, 2021 (posted 7/30/2021)
Wednesday, July 28, 7:30AM: This fire was reported around 3PM on Tuesday, July 27th and was around two acres in size at that time. The fire is about 40 acres this morning and actively burning in the South Cottonwood Creek drainage near Soda Lake in the Wyoming Range. The fire is burning on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest about three miles west inside the National Forest boundary. Multiple resources are threatened, including gas wells, and a full-suppression effort is underway.
The public is asked to please stay out of the area to allow ground and aviation resources the space they need to operate safely. Please do not fly drones in the area.
Updates on this fire are being posted on the Bridger-Teton National Forest Facebook page. #SodaLakeFire
Weather is expected to be a little cooler this week in the 70Fs and 80Fs in the Upper Green River Valley. Moisture is moving in from the south which will cause thunderstorms to build up in the afternoons with lightning, strong downburst wind gusts, and heavy rainfall possible near these storms.
Fire danger is rated Very High in northwest Wyoming and Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. No campfires are allowed except for in developed campgrounds.
People are asked to be very careful when recreating outdoors. Be responsible with any possible ignition sources (cigarettes, hot exhaust from motor vehicles, chainsaw sparks).
Former US Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming died Monday, July 26th, following a bike accident several days earlier that left him seriously injured. He was 77.
On Friday evening, July 23rd, Enzi was riding a bike near his home in Gillette, Wyoming, when something went awry and he had an accident in which he was badly injured. He was Life Flighted from Gillette to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. The family reported he passed away peacefully Monday surrounded by his family.
A Fox News report indicates Enzi fell for some reason and was found unresponsive on by his bike on a road near his home. There apparently were no indications of anyone else nearby or an accident. He remained unconscious with a broken neck and broken ribs, according to their report.
Enzi served four terms in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1977. He opted not to run in 2020. He was replaced by former Rep. Cynthia Lummis. A Celebration of Life is planned at a later date.
Immediately until further notice
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
CHEYENNE, WYOMING – Governor Mark Gordon and all of Wyoming mourn the loss of former United States Senator Mike Enzi, who passed away last night from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident in Gillette.
The Governor has ordered both the U.S and Wyoming flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff. They will remain at half-staff until sundown at the day of interment. Once that date has been established, the Governor's office will send out another notification to advise when the flags will be returned to full-staff.
Enzi was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1997 and served until his retirement in 2020. He previously served as mayor of Gillette from 1975 to 1982.
The Governor has issued the following statement:
"Mike was a friend and a dedicated public servant who cared deeply about Wyoming and its people. His leadership in the Senate was tireless and productive. He was a strong advocate for the state’s interests and was always committed to finding consensus where possible. He understood what is important for America.
We are all heartbroken by this terrible loss. Jennie and I join the thousands offering their prayers and well wishes for Diana and the Enzi family. God Bless you Mike. Thank you for your service, and Godspeed."
Barrasso Statement on Mike Enzi (posted 7/27/2021)
Governor signs Temporary Executive Order to help alleviate fuel shortages (posted 7/20/2021)
Governor Gordon calls for volunteers to serve on the Sublette Mule Deer Migration Corridor Working Group (posted 7/15/2021)
Public meetings on elk feedground management (posted 7/14/2021)
Restrictions on campfires and smoking
Bridger-Teton National Forest
WESTERN WYOMING—Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect for Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and National Elk Refuge beginning 12:01 a.m. Thursday. July 1, 2021.
Stage 1 fire restrictions apply primarily to campfires and smoking. The restrictions are based in part on the very high fire danger and predictions of continued warm and dry weather. Other factors include current regional and national fire activity. Several geographic areas are experiencing major incidents which have the potential to exhaust all agency fire resources.
"The limited number of available fire resources due to the national fire situation and the increased traffic may limit our ability to respond to fires in a timely fashion," said Josh Erickson, assistant fire management officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. "We want people to take the danger seriously and obey the restrictions that are in place."
Fire managers study the moisture content of various fuel types, track current and expected weather conditions, and monitor available fire-fighting resources, as well as the occurrence of human-caused fires, to determine when fire restrictions need to be applied to public lands.
The Teton Interagency Dispatch Center has recorded 62 unattended campfires so far this summer.
Stage 1 fire restrictions include:
• Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed only at designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or picnic areas. Use of portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, or use of a fully enclosed sheepherder type stove with a spark arrester screen is permitted.
• Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, building (unless otherwise prohibited), developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (i.e. parking lots, developed campsites, or locations surrounded by water).
The following restrictions exist year-round:
• Operating a chainsaw is prohibited in national parks and on the wildlife refuge. Operating a chainsaw on national forest lands is permitted only when equipped with a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester that is properly installed and in effective working order. Operators must also carry a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
• Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives requiring blasting caps are prohibited.
• Charcoal burning fires are only allowed in official campgrounds and picnic areas.
• Stoves and grills that burn contained fuel sources that can be turned off and on are allowed. Stoves and grills must be attended to all times and be setup on hardened surfaces devoid of vegetation at least three feet in diameter.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.
Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildfires, and it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave their site. Visitors should NEVER leave a fire unattended and should prepare for the unexpected by having a water bucket and shovel on hand and ready to use. The fine for an abandoned campfire as well as campfires in unapproved areas is up to $5000 or 6-months in jail, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
Additional information on restrictions and allowable stoves is available at TetonFires.com to learn more about fire safety and what fire regulations may be in place. To report a fire or smoke in the immediate area, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.
Submit Wilderness Check-In form before going into backcountry (posted 6/29/2021)
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
Pinedale’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series returns this summer with an incredible lineup featuring high profile acts like Sierra Ferrell, Jackie Venson and The Vandoliers.
Presented by The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC), the Soundcheck Series consists of six free concerts at American Legion Park in downtown Pinedale. Shows start at 5 pm and are kid/pet friendly with food/beverage vendors set up directly outside of the park. More info at soundcheckpinedale.com
Sunday July 4: National Park Radio
With special guests Carolina Story, Jason Tyler Burton
NATIONAL PARK RADIO
With compelling songwriting, enthusiastic energy, and moving vocals, National Park Radio delivers a unique blend of folk, country, bluegrass, and pop, bringing a fresh but familiar sound reminiscent of The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers.
Blending folk intimacy, country grit, and alt-rock muscle, Carolina Story’s resilient new album, Dandelion, is an ode to survival in the face of struggle, a full-throated tribute to the power of hope and the unbreakable bonds of family.
JASON TYLR BURTON
Jason Tyler Burton is a wanderer, a soul-searching adventurer who writes songs about the journey. His songs and stories are heart felt, reflecting a search for meaning and home, with a voice and lyrics that invite you to lean in a little, and really listen.
Friday July 16: Jackie Venson
With special guests A.J. Fullerton, The Boom & the Bust
Jackie Venson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter known far and wide for her beautifully complex music and blazing guitar skills. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie has traveled the world playing to massive crowds both as a headliner and as support for major acts such as Gary Clark Jr, Aloe Blacc, and Citizen Cope, to name a few.
A.J. Fullerton is a Roots, Rock, & Blues artist originally from Montrose, CO. He grew up listening to by artists like; Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, T Model Ford, Albert Collins, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, The Black Keys, Patrick Sweany, North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Belfour, and many more. Since picking up the guitar as a teenager, A.J. has become known for his signature style of fingerpicking & bottleneck slide guitar..
THE BOOM & THE BUST
The Boom and the Bust, an alt-country duo based in Pinedale, are story tellers who delve deep into the roots of the dirty south and untamed west.
Saturday July 17: Goodnight, Texas With special guests Pixies & the Partygrass Boys, Companion
Goodnight, Texas is the transcontinental garage Appalachian collaboration of San Francisco’s Avi Vinocur (formerly of The Stone Foxes) and North Carolina’s Patrick Dyer Wolf. The music is the product of their travels, their whispers and roars, their sounds made with steel and wood, and the echo of our country's past.
PIXIE & THE PARTYGRASS BOYS
Partygrass isn't exactly bluegrass, or newgrass, or pop, or punk, or rock and roll. They fall somewhere in between it all, and that’s exactly how they like it. Drawing influence from the bluegrass roots of Appalachia and transporting it straight to the western edge of the Rockies, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys create a uniquely American sound. Inspired by landscapes from coast to coast, the group combines classical training with jazz, Broadway, pop-punk, and an unabashed love for having a damn good time.
Imagine if Simon & Garfunkel were combined with Phoebe Bridgers and turned into identical twin sisters. That’s Companion.
Saturday July 24: Fox Royale
With special guest Abby Webster
Fox Royale make anthemic, jangly indie-rock that sparkles with the same energy as acts like Cold War Kids, Cage the Elephant and Vampire Weekend. Their debut single, "Don’t Call Me When You’re Lonely," is about a seemingly isolating phenomenon: loneliness, particularly the kind that affects traveling musicians (or traveling workers of any kind) and their partners. So why does the song sound so big, so full? Because Fox Royale have the ability to make music about things like emotional insecurities, breakups and family breakdowns sound almost joyful.
Abby Webster is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Filled with metaphor and dark humor, her songs are just as whimsical as they are visceral.
Friday, August 6: Sierra Ferrell
With special guests The Lonesome Heroes
With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sound, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in West Virginia, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist got her start belting out Shania Twain songs in a local bar at the age of seven, and left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of wandering musicians.
THE LONESOME HEROES
Austin’s Lonesome Heroes reside at the cosmic junction of indie rock and country. Led by frontman Rich Russell’s never-ending call of the road, the group have toured extensively behind two acclaimed albums across continents on both sides of the world, while never straying too far from their "Cosmic Americana" roots. The Lonesome Heroes draw as much from Seventies pop as they do from a potpourri of country rock.
Saturday, August 14: Vandoliers
With special guest Rachel Baiman
Vandoliers are the next wave of Texas music. The six-piece Dallas-Fort Worth group channels all that makes this vast state unique: tradition, modernity, audacity, grit, and—of course—size. Forever puts it all together for an enthralling ride down a fresh Lone Star highway.
Rachel Baiman has spent the last decade working as a musician in a wide variety of roles, from session musician (Molly Tuttle, Kelsey Waldon, Caroline Spence), to live sidewoman (Kacey Musgraves, Amy Ray), to bandmate and producer. She is known in the bluegrass and old time world for her work with progressive acoustic duo 10 String Symphony.
The Soundcheck Summer Music Series is supported by the Town of Pinedale, The Pinedale Lodging Tax, The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Sublette County Recreation Board. For more information, visit soundcheckpinedale.com