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|Weather Alert Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4:15PM: Winter Storm Watch in effect Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening for western Wyoming. Heavy snow expected: 8-16 inches with winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Travel could become very difficult to impossible in some places. Blowing snow can significantly reduce visibility for drivers. Lots of black ice warnings out. I-80 has restrictions for lightweight and high profile vehicles on the east side of the state as of the time of this report. Monitor road condition reports and allow more time to reach your destination – closures can last 24 hours or more at times due to winter conditions along the interstate. Daytime temperatures in the 20-30Fs around Pinedale this week, nighttime lows in the single digits. For current Wyoming road condition information, call WYDOT toll free at 1-888-996-7623 (or 511 in Wyoming), or go online to www.wyoroad.info for maps and info for specific routes.
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Senator Baldwin announces retirement from Legislature, thanks Senate District 14 (posted 2/28/2024)
Yellowstone National Park’s winter season wraps up (posted 2/28/2024)
Youth invited to Wyoming 4-H free Virtual Career Fair March 19 (posted 2/28/2024)
Sublette County Unified Fire
PINEDALE, WYOMING - At approximately 9:52 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Sublette County Unified Fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of Boulder Basin Road near The Place. The reporting party saw 80-foot flames coming from a single-family home. No one appeared home at the time the fire was discovered. The initial fire involved structure was a total loss but multiple buildings on the property were protected.
At approximately 12:12 PM on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Sublette County Unified Fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Jack Creek and Haley Draw area. A bunk house suffered a fire and resulting in partial collapse. There were no reported injuries.
At approximately 3:59 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2024, Sublette County Unified Fire units were dispatched to a fire involving dog kennels in the Daniel Merna area. Thirteen dogs were saved and one dog, unfortunately, did succumb to exposure to smoke from the fire.
Multiple fire units from Battalion 1 (Pinedale), Battalion 2 (Big Piney/Marbleton), Battalion 3 (Bondurant), Battalion 5 (Daniel), and Battalion 6 (Kendall Valley) responded to these incidents.
Fire fighters arriving on scene were challenged with limited access due to normal winter conditions. First arriving fire units made initial assessments and protected other buildings from the fires. Water shuttling operations were utilized to provide sufficient water for fireground operations. This included running close to 2000 feet of supply hose, temporarily closing the northbound lane on Hwy 352 for fire suppression operations near The Place. As other fire crews arrived, they assisted where needed in either the water shuttle operations or with fire suppression activities.
Thanks to the preparedness, training, quick response, and coordination of the responding firefighters, the fires were contained to the buildings of origin and extinguished. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.
Once the scene of the fire(s) are stabilized, salvage and overhaul begin to ensure there is no re-ignition of materials once fire crews leave. Fire crews then rehab their equipment and apparatus back at their respective stations before being done with each response to be ready for the next incident. Responding to multiple fires involving structures require much manpower, resources and time from our local (mostly volunteer) fire fighters.
The fires are still currently under investigation.
Winter is still with us so please use caution when using any type of warming aids for animal water and food and home water piping. Extension cords, heat trace, heat lamps and etc. are a necessary part of our lives. Don’t overload outlets as the power required to run heating equipment can exceed the circuit(s) ratings and result in an excess buildup of heat. Check heating lamps often to make sure they are secured and clear of combustible material. Heated food and water feeders for animals also have a high-power need so ensure that the power is supplied from an appropriate source. Electric heat tracing should not be turned on for the winter and left without periodic inspection. Having an electrical professional inspect or install the correct equipment can make a significant improvement to the integrity of these essential power circuits and possibly prevent the start and loss incurred by a fire. Stay warm and stay safe, warmer weather should be around the corner.
Sublette County Unified Fire Chief
US & Wyoming flags lowered statewide on Friday, March 1, 2024
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
CHEYENNE, WYOMING – Governor Gordon has ordered both the U.S and Wyoming flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide on Friday, March 1 from sunrise to sunset in honor and memory of Sergeant Nevada Krinkee of the Sheridan Police Department. Sergeant Krinkee was killed in the line of duty on February 13. He will be interred on March 1 in Sheridan.
Hosted by the Pinedale Lions Club
The Pinedale Lions Club will be hosting the 2024 Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 2024. The two-day ice fishing event will feature over $7,000 in cash and prizes. There is a $1,000 Grand Prize for the largest fish turned in each day. The tournament pays four places each day as well as $100 for the biggest fish each hour and $200 for the biggest rainbow and brown brought in each day. Entry fee is $40.
There will be a youth division for anglers under 14 years of age. Youth participants must be fishing with a licensed adult participant. Entries in the free Youth division are not eligible for prizes in the Big Fish division, but youths are welcome to enter the main tournament instead.
Online pre-registration is available; visit the Pinedale Lions Club Facebook page for a link or click here: https://form.jotform.com/240246145974156. In person pre- registration will take place at Mallard’s Restaurant at Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course in Pinedale on Friday, March 1 from 6:00 – 9:00pm and at Lakeside Lodge after 6am Saturday. IN PERSON CHECK IN IS NOT REQUIRED. No pets or passenger vehicles will be allowed on the ice. Parking is always a challenge, so carpooling is strongly encouraged.
This event is based out of Lakeside Lodge, four miles north of Pinedale and is operating under a special use permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Pinedale Ranger District.
White Pine finds buyer to keep ski resort open and invest in its future (posted 2/22/2024)
Wyoming gets a big win in Court for coal (posted 2/21/2024)
Sublette County man killed in crash near Jackson, Wyoming (posted 2/16/2024)
Senator John Barrasso media release
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA – This week, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) visited with members of the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing in Africa. They are assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.
The Wyoming Air National Guard has more than 100 service members currently serving with the 75th EAS in Djibouti. They help provide tactical airlift support to various units in East Africa using their C-130H Hercules aircraft, all under the operation of the Wyoming Air National Guard.
"Wyoming is proud of the sacrifice and service of our brave men and women in uniform around the world. We have Wyoming service members from all across our great state stationed ten time zones away from home in East Africa," said Senator Barrasso. "Every day, these men and women face increasing threats from our enemies abroad. Their dedication to protecting our freedoms, allies and national security does not go unnoticed. I made sure each and every one of them knows Wyoming is always thinking of them and how grateful we are for their service."
The service members Barrasso visited with are from Alpine, Carpenter, Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Laramie, and Lingle.
During his visit, Senator Barrasso toured the base and received a briefing from military officials on the security situation and challenges in the region.
Text-to-911 now available in Sublette County (posted 2/9/2024)
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present International Guitar Night live at the Sheppard Auditorium on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
Join us for the 24th Annual North American Tour of International Guitar Night, a celebration of the world's most innovative and diverse guitar talents featuring:
Luca Stricagnoli: Mesmerizing Italian Guitarist
Luca Stricagnoli is a world-renowned guitarist known for his innovative fingerstyle techniques and genre-blending musical arrangements. Hailing from Italy, but now based in Nashville, Luca's mesmerizing performances have earned him a massive social media following and critical acclaim from fellow musicians and critics alike worldwide. He performs songs from contemporary rock, film scores and mind-bending originals with double and triple neck guitars he himself designed. His website is LucaStricagnoli.com.
Thu Le: Vietnamese Classical Guitarist
Thu Le, an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, started her love affair with the guitar at the age of four. An award-winning artist, she became the youngest ever student admitted to the National Conservatory of Music, Hanoi, at the age of seven. Thu Le's passion for the guitar has taken her around the world, hosting successful master classes and performing solo. Regularly featured in prestigious festivals, she remains close to her cultural roots, performing regularly in her native Vietnam. Learn more at ThuLeGuitarist.com.
Marco Pereira: Brazilian Composer and Guitarist
Marco Pereira is a brilliant solo guitarist who has collaborated with top Brazilian singers and composers. Influenced by jazz, Latin-American, and Brazilian music, Marco's compositions have won international acclaim. His compositions, published globally, have been played and recorded by countless guitarists, including Yamandu Costa and the Assad Brothers. Marco is a professor emeritus at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. You can learn more about him at MarcoPereira.com.br.
Minnie Marks: Australian Blues Slide Guitarist & Singer
Minnie Marks is more than just an electrifying guitarist; she is a triple threat - singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Armed with an old Goldtop and a revolutionary Farmer Foot Drum, Marks consistently pushes musical limits with her mind-blowing guitar wizardry and a powerful voice. From winning prestigious competitions to creating bone-shaking grooves with her Foot Drum kit, Minnie Marks is a force to be reckoned with. Explore her world at MinnieMarks.com.
Tickets for International Guitar Night are available online at pinedalefinearts.com and locally at Nested West, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlet, The Big Piney Office Outlet and at the door the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students.
This event is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art, Sublette BOCES #1, the Sublette County Recreation Board, Pinedale Travel & Tourism, the Wyoming Community Foundation - Sublette, Tegeler & Associates, Jonah Energy, Purewest, The Western States Arts Federation and The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.
For more information please visit pinedalefinearts.com or call 307-367-7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram!
Governor Gordon issues emergency relief order for heating fuel delivery (posted 1/22/2024)
Bridger-Teton releases Draft Decision for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (posted 1/13/2024)
WSGS publishes annual Uranium, Oil and Gas Summary Reports (posted 1/10/2024)
Funding will be used for an overpass, several underpasses and fencing along a 30-mile stretch of US 189 south of Kemmerer
Wyoming Department of Transportation
The Wyoming Department of Transportation will receive a $24.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete a wildlife crossing project south of Kemmerer, Wyoming.
The grant will be used for the Kemmerer Wildlife Crossing Project on U.S. Highway 189 in southwest Wyoming. The project will consist of five underpasses, one overpass and fencing improvements along a 30-mile stretch between Evanston and Kemmerer.
The project will provide motorists with a safer means of travel while ensuring wildlife can continue to migrate between seasonal ranges. Along U.S. 189, an average of 80 deer-vehicle collisions are reported annually — although this number is likely underreported. Traffic is expected to increase on this stretch of road in the coming years as a nuclear power facility will be constructed near Kemmerer. Once completed, this project is anticipated to eliminate 80-90% of wildlife-vehicle collisions.
The Kemmerer project will help the Wyoming Range and Uinta deer herds, as well the Carter Lease pronghorn herd.
The Federal Highway Administration award is part of the $350 million available through the federal wildlife crossing pilot program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Approximately $112 million was allocated during this first round of awards, with WYDOT receiving more than 20% of the available funding for the Kemmerer project.
The total cost of this project is expected to be $37.4 million. In addition to the federal grant and $4.2 million in WYDOT formula funds, the Wyoming Transportation Commission, Game and Fish Commission, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust and partners contributed $8.8 million to fully fund the project. The project will go out to bid in early 2024 and is expected to take 2-3 construction seasons to complete.
This project would not be possible without the support from public, private and nonprofit partners including the WYldlife Fund, Transportation Commission, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, the Wyoming Legislature and Wyoming’s Congressional delegation.
The following donors helped accrue nearly $1 million to help fund this project:
• Genesis Alkali Wyoming
• SOS Well Services
• Supporters of the annual Golf For Wildlife Outing
• Spire Storage
• The WYldlife Fund
• Williams Energy
• Wyoming Wildlife Federation
• Knobloch Family Foundation
• Mule Deer Foundation
• Muley Fanatic Foundation Blue Ridge Chapter
• Muley Fanatic Foundation Headquarters
• NextEra Energy Foundation
• Project West
• Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
Early successes of wildlife crossings in Wyoming have made it clear that WYDOT, Game and Fish and partners could cooperatively address the issues of roads and wildlife. In 2017, stakeholders partnered to host a summit to find solutions to wildlife-vehicle collisions in Wyoming. During the summit, the group identified 240 locations statewide to reduce such collisions. Since then, momentum on wildlife crossing projects has continued to build. In 2018, the Wyoming Legislature approved a specialized conservation license plate. Proceeds from the license plates help fund wildlife crossing projects to prevent vehicle/animal collisions. Nearly 3,000 conservation license plates have been sold.
Source: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/News/WYDOT-receives-%2424-3-million-federal-grant-for-Kem, Wyoming Game & Fish, Dec. 4, 2023
Wyoming funds investment to expand high-speed internet access in the state (posted 12/13/2023)