Brucellosis Symposium to be held September 17-18 in Jackson
Wyoming G&F news release
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will host the second national symposium
on brucellosis in bison and elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area at the
Snow King Resort in Jackson Sept. 17-18. The two-day event is sponsored
by the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee. The GYIBC
was formed in 1995 with the purpose of protecting and sustaining the
existing free-ranging elk and bison in the Yellowstone area and protecting
public interests and the economic
viability of the livestock industry in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Brucellosis
is a contagious bacterial disease infecting domestic animals, wildlife
and humans worldwide.
"Although public and media attention is increasingly
focused on chronic wasting disease, brucellosis is still a very significant
disease in Wyoming elk and bison and in the rest of the Greater Yellowstone
Area," said Tom Thorne, G&F acting director. "The recent
case of an infected cattle herd in Idaho only highlights the importance
of remaining vigilant in our efforts to eradicate the disease."
Full registration, including a copy of the proceedings,
is $75 before Aug. 15 and $100 following. A $25 registration is available
for individuals wishing only to attend the discussions, but do want
the proceedings. For more information contact Becky Russell at (307)
766-5616 or email@example.com.
Country Sheriff's Office Deputies man the road block at the Merna Horse
Creek Road junction due to the Mule Fire. Photo by Pinedale
Mule Fire has burned approximately 3,400 acres since it began last Thursday
in north Horse Creek in the Wyoming Range. No structures are threatened
by this fire. The Horse Creek/Merna road is closed to the public at
the forest boundary. Fire danger has been raised to Very High and partial
fire restrictions go into effect on Thursday, July 18th.
Click on photo for a larger view. Photo by Pinedale Online.
and area closures
The Forest Service has implemented road and area closures
in the northern Wyoming Range due to the Mule fire which is burning
in Horse and Dry Beaver Creek drainages. The Sublette County Sheriff's
Office will be manning the road block at the Merna Junction allowing
only local residents and people on fire business through. So far the
fire, which has grown to approximately 3,400 acres, is not threatening
any private structures. For public safety reasons, area closures are
in effect for Horse Creek, North & South Beaver, Dry Beaver and
Lead Creek, and their associated access routes.
burning in western Wyoming
is in full swing and the Bridger-Teton National Forest has already had
several large fires to contend with. Fire restrictions will go into
effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National
Park on Thursday, July 18th. Fire danger is Very High.
Two new small lightning-caused fires (less than 1
acre) are burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, one near Bondurant
and the other in the upper Green River area 1 mile south of Whiskey
Grove Campround. The latest fire, the Mule Fire, is burning in North
Horse Creek in the Wyoming Range on the Big Piney Ranger District. Several
fires are now also burning in Yellowstone National Park as well as on
the east side of the Continental Divide. The Cow Camp fire, which began
in late June in the Wind River Mountains, is completely contained. To
keep you informed about the latest fire status, we post frequent updates
on our Fire page. You can also get more information
from the Teton Fires web site
for wild fires in Grand Teton National Park and the northern portion
of the Bridger-Teton National Park. These web sites also have links
to other web sites that can provide more information about fires in
our area. Please report any new smoke columns that you see to the Sublette
County Sheriff's office or to the nearest Forest Service Ranger District
A debriefing process will be held on Wednesday, July
17th, for children, teens and adults who were in the parade or sidelines
on Saturday when the accident happened. The confidential sessions are
open to all age groups and will be held at 3:00 pm and again at 4:30
pm at the Pinedale Elementary School. Please call the Counseling Center
at 367-2111 for further information, or just plan on attending the meeting.
Service for Caroline Grassell
Memorial services for 5-year old Caroline Grassell,
who died Saturday during the Rendezvous Parade, will be held on Thursday,
July 18th at 10:00 am at the Loomis Park Ranch. The family encourages
children to attend, and suggests attendees "dress for outdoor Wyoming
summer weather-ranch wear attire". People are also welcome to bring
a blanket or lawn chair. Directions to the Loomis Park Ranch: Take Hwy
191 north of Daniel almost to the Rim. Turn east at the Flying A Ranch
Road and follow the flowers approximately 5.5 miles from the mailboxes.
A Prayer Vigil for the Grassell family will be held
at 7 pm Wednesday, July 17th at St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal
Church in Pinedale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Caroline Lambert Grassell Memorial Scholarship Fund care of the Bank
of Pinedale, Box 1510, Pinedale, Wyoming, 82941.
Deputy recovering from accident
According to a Sublette County Sheriff's Office news
release, Deputy Greg Garner was injured as the result of an accident
during a suspicious persons call early Monday morning, July 15th. Deputy
Garner responded to a call on 40 Rod Road north of Daniel. While responding
to the call, he lost control of his Sheriff's vehicle. It traveled through
a fence, hit a ditch, and traveled out into a field. His vehicle was
totaled as a result of the accident and the Deputy was taken by ambulance
to the Pinedale Clinic and then transported to Jackson Hospital for
further treatment. The vehicle did not roll, but the air bags deployed.
Garner is expected to fully recover.
Other officers responded to the call and took four
juveniles into custody, three males and one female, who had been the
object of the original call. The juveniles had pulled into a driveway,
then took off with the reporting party following them. The matter is
under investigation and criminal charges may be filed against the four
fall kills man in Wind River Mountains
A man was reportedly killed as the result of a climbing
fall over the weekend in the Big Sandy area of the southern Wind River
Mountains. The man had been doing a night climb of Pingora Peak with
a companion when a rope became stuck. The victim was attempting to climb
down and free the rope when he slipped and fell about 200 feet, landing
in rocks below. Other climbers in the area heard the fall and went to
assist the victim who had died as a result of the fall. The companion
was taken to Big Sandy Lodge by other climbers and treated for shock
and extreme dehydration. Fremont County Sheriff's Office was contacted
about the accident and performed the recovery of the victim.
Bell spotted this bear while hiking in the Sawtooths last weekend.
Click on photo for a larger view. Photo
by Dave Bell.
accident claims life of 5 year old during Rendezvous Parade in Pinedale
The Rendezvous Parade turned tragic when a young child,
5-year old Caroline Grassell of Pinedale, came off a float during the
parade and was struck by the float trailer. An ambulance quickly responded
to the scene and took her to the Pinedale Clinic, but she was pronounced
dead from massive head trauma. Caroline was the daughter of Chopper
and Lynn Grassell of Pinedale. The Sublette County Sheriff's office
and Wyoming Highway Patrol are conducting an investigation. See local
papers on Thursday for more information.
Ambulance crews respond to an accident that resulted in the death of
5-year old Caroline Grassell during the Rendezvous Parade on Saturday.
County Sheriff's Office News Release:
On July 13th at 1031 am, Sheriff's deputies, Wyoming
Highway Patrol and Pinedale ambulance service responded to the 100 block
of East Pine Street in Pinedale during the Rendezvous pageant parade.
Five-year old Caroline Grassell of Pinedale came off
a float in the parade and was struck by the float trailer. She was taken
to the Pinedale Clinic by ambulance and pronounced dead. She appeard
to have died of massive head trauma.
Sublette County Sheriff's office and Wyoming Highway
Patrol are conducting an investigation. More information will be released
on this matter later.
Sublette County Sheriff
July 11-14, 2002 Schedule
Green River Rendezvous will be held Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14th in
Pinedale. Visitors will once again be able to attend the Renezvous Pageant
on Saturday at no charge due to a generous grant from the McMurry Foundation.
This year's pageant will be the last one.
The Museum of the Mountain Man will be offering special
Historian in Residence programs by Dr. Fred Gowans, professor of fur
trade history, talking about "Hoback, Robinson & Reznor"
on Thursday evening, and then hosting a field trip to Union Pass on
Friday. Anyone wishing to attend the field trip must call the Museum
at 307-367-4101 to reserve a seat (cost is $30/person). The 9th Annual
Buffalo Feast will take place Friday evening at 5 pm at the Museum.
Tickets are $12/adults and $5 for children under 12.
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council will be sponsoring
Native American Historian Michael "Bad Hand" Terry for Living
History presentations throughout the weekend. Art Historian Arthur Amiotte
will be giving programs on Traditional Tribal Arts at the Sublette County
Library on Thursday and Friday. Children's programs will be offered
in the morning and afternoon on Friday. All programs are free to the
public. See the schedule for exact times and locations of presentations.
The Pinedale Chamber of Commerce will once again be
sponsoring the Mountain Man Traders Row set up next to the Chamber Hut
in downtown Pinedale. Vendors will be offering many items for sale that
are representative of goods used by mountain men and native americans
who lived in this area in the early to mid-1800s. Typical items for
sale include furs, knives, trade goods, beads and clothing. In addition,
many vendor booths will be set up all along Pine Street offering many
kinds of goods and refreshments for visitors.
Visitors are encouraged to make their motel room reservations
well in advance if you plan to come for Rendezvous as rooms fill up
River Rendezvous Highlights
July 11-14, 2002 Full Schedule
Rodeo Grounds, 7 pm
Traditional Tribal Arts as Inspiration for Modern Indian Art,
Arthur Amiotte, 7-9 pm
Led by Dr. Fred Gowans, Museum of the Mountain
The Horse in Plains Indian Culture, Michael
PFAC, 10 am-noon
Children's Programs, PFAC, 10 am
- noon, 1-3 pm
Evolution of Traditional Tribal Art of the
Amiotte, PFAC, 1-3 pm
Buffalo Hide Tipis, Michael
PFAC, 3-5 pm
Pelt & Plew Social/Buffalo Feast,
Museum of the Mountain Man, 5 pm
Quick Draw Live Auction, 7 pm
Rodeo, Pinedale Rodeo Grounds, 7
Rendezvous Parade, downtown Pinedale,
Green River Rendezvous Pageant, Pinedale
Rodeo Grounds, 1 pm
Variations in Tribal Clothing & Hair Styles,
PFAC, 2-3:30 pm
Women and Children: Their Roles & Importance,
PFAC, 4-5:30 pm
Beard Cutting FUNdraising Event
Rodeo, Pinedale Rodeo Grounds, 7
Evening Tour of Plains Indian Village, Michael
Terry & B. Gutierrez,
PFAC, 8-10:30 pm
The Evolution of Weapons Amongst Plains Indians,
PFAC, 11 am-12:30 pm
DeSmet Monument near
Golf Scramble, Rendezvous Meadows
World View of the Plains Indians, Michael
PFAC, 1-2:30 pm
annual Pinedale 4th of July Town Picnic at the Town Park drew a big
crowd to enjoy the socializing and the free food. Live entertainment
was provided by the Bearfoot and Bluegrass band. The Pinedale Volunteer
Fire Department hosts the annual fireworks display at dusk.
Click on photo for a larger view. Photo by Josh Wilson for Pinedale
Deer, Antelope Lottery conducted; Licenses being mailed
The toughest part of the hunt is over for some hunters drawing
the license. The 2002 resident and nonresident deer and antelope license
drawings and the resident elk drawing were conducted June 22-23, and
the Game and Fish Department started mailing the 93,300 licenses June
24. License Draw Manager Tom Rowe reports all 44,160 refund checks should
be mailed by July 5.
Rowe credits the early drawing to his staff working
10-to 12-hour days since June 3. We receive nearly 70 percent
of the resident applications the last week of the month-long application
period, which makes the drawing preparation tough because most of the
work comes all at one time, he said. To the extent practical,
we contact applicants who submit invalid applications, Rowe said.
But with the increased number of late resident applications this
year, to try and reach everyone we would have had to delay the draws
several days. So, a greater number of applicants who submitted invalid
applications did not have an opportunity to draw.
Eighty-seven different types of elk licenses are leftover
in 67 areas. The majority of the licenses are for antlerless elk, although
eight areas are offering any elk tags and 11 areas with
archery-only antlered tags. Twelve areas and five nonresident regions
(B, C, J, M and T) have left-over deer licenses. Any antelope
licenses are available in 26 hunt areas.
Rowe alerts hunters that leftover licenses for both
residents and nonresidents -- except doe/fawn deer and antelope, and
cow/calf elk-- will be issued in a second drawing. The application period
for the second drawing is July 10-20 and the drawing is scheduled for
Applications are being sent with refunds and are available at license
agents and G&F offices. Any licenses remaining after the second
drawing will be sold as processed through the G&Fs
Cheyenne office. Leftover doe/fawn antelope and deer, and cow/calf elk
licenses will be sold first-come, first-served, at license agents in
or near the respective hunt areas beginning Aug. 15.
For more information about 2002 big game licenses
call the G&F at (800) 842-1934 or (307) 777-4600 outside Wyoming.
& Motorcycle Operators:
motor vehicles, including MOTORCYCLES and ATVs, operating on Bridger-Teton
National Forest roads, must adhere to all Wyoming State motor vehicle
statues as well as BTNF Travel Management Regulations (available at
local District Ranger Stations. Wyoming statutes require motorcycle
& ATV operators have:
valid state driver's license with Class M Endorsement
license plate properly attached to the vehicle
taillight, brake light, reflectors, left mirror, horn
under 18 are required to wear a helmet.
vehicles allowed ONLY on numbered or white arrow roads on BTNF
ingress and egress permitted to temporary campsites for firewood
gathering or game retrieval, within 300 feet of open roads provided
the ground is dry or rock, no vegetation is damaged or destroyed,
and no streams or meadows are crossed.
of July Pinedale Town Picnic