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Green River Lakes. Photo by Dave Bell.
Green River Lakes Local photographer Dave Bell posted new pictures from his outing up to Green River Lakes last weekend. "Probably the last trip of 2018-altho there is not yet much snow. It is an easy drive into the Lakes. It was a great sunrise-not a lot of color, but just being in that beautiful place with encroaching winter, and not a soul around was pretty darn cool." Click on this link to see photos from his The 5:10 to the Upper Green album. Photo by Dave Bell.
Sparkly Ice. Photo by Dave Bell.
Sparkly Ice Winter is starting to get a grip on the Green River. Click on this link to see more photos from Dave Bell's outing to Green River Lakes: The 5:10 to the Upper Green album. Photo by Dave Bell.
Pinedale. Photo by Dave Bell.
Pinedale Click on this link to see photos from Dave Bell's outing last weekend: The 5:10 to the Upper Green album. Photo by Dave Bell.
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Book signing for Paul Jensen Nov. 14th
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Pinedale Turkey Trot 5000 Nov. 22
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November 22: 28th Annual Pinedale Turkey Trot 5000 - On Thanksgiving morning starting at the Sheppard's house, 22 Sportsmans Loop in Pinedale. This is a 3-mile fun run, walk or trot - all levels of fitness are welcomed. Everyone needs to register, however there is no charge to enter. Registration starts at 8:30AM. The Turkey trot starts at 9AM. For more information call 307-367-4654 or email
November 24: Sublette County Small Business Saturday Poker Run - Sponsored by the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce. Participants are encouraged to visit many shops across Sublette County and those who stay to shop are rewarded. The poker run will start at 9AM and end with the last card drawn at JAK's at 2PM. Winners will be announced at 3:30PM at the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce. More info
November 30: Sublette County Battle of the Badge's Dodgeball - An event to help raise funds for recovery efforts for the victims of the Roosevelt Fire. Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sublette County Sheriff's Office vs. Sublette County Unified Fire and Sublette County EMS. 7:00PM in the Wrangler Gym in Pinedale. 50/50 Raffle. FFA will be selling food and concessions. Early Bird tickets are $10/each, Family of 4 for $30, until 6PM on November 25th. Full price tickets the week of the event and at the door are $15/single, $45 for family of 4. Tickets available online (note there is a small processing fee). More info on the Sublette County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
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December 7: Museum of the Mountain Man annual Holiday Wreath & Chocolate Auction - Fundraiser for the Museum. Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. Food, beer and wine available, sponsored by First Bank. Social starts at 6PM. Live auction starts at 7PM. Auctioneer Jay Fear. All proceeds raised go to help fund 2019 programs and projects for the Museum of the Mountain Man.
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BLM replaces damaged culvert, reopens Bird Canyon Road (posted 11/12/18)
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) replaced a collapsed culvert and reopened the access road in Bird Canyon in Sublette County, Nov. 7. The culvert was badly damaged and compromised the safety of vehicles traveling on the road. For public safety, the BLM immediately closed the road, Oct. 24.

Contractors for Urban Oil and Gas Group, LLC completed the repairs on Oct. 28, including replacing the damaged culvert and re-contouring the road surface. BLM personnel inspected the repairs and reopened the road for public use. As always the general public and industry personnel are advised to use caution when traveling in the back country.

The culvert is located on a main road at an ephemeral stream crossing up Bird Canyon on the east side of the Upper Green River on BLM Rock Springs Field Office managed land. The damage was discovered in October 2018 during an inventory for the BLM Pinedale Field Office watershed restoration project in the LaBarge project area.

The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and safe for public use. Please call the BLM Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256 to report damaged roads or other hazards on public land in the area. To learn more about BLM Wyoming, visit

Sublette County General Election results (posted 11/7/18)
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Below are results for contested races.

Sublette County Rural Health Care Board results:
(4-year term, 3 seats)
Tonia Hoffman (1673)
Marti Seipp (1221)
Mike Pompy (1204)

Sam Bixler (1100)
Scott Scherbel (1041)
Laura Clark (983)

Sublette County Rural Health Care Board (2-year term, 1 seat)
Bill Johnson (1736)

John Godfrey (1052)

The new RHCD people need to take their oath of office within 10 days of the County Canvass.

Sublette County Commissioner (4 year term, 2 seats):
Doug Vickrey (2263)
Joel Bousman (2120)

Courtney Skinner (1185)

The Commissioners and the other elected officials take office on the first Monday of January. They will be sworn in on Monday, January 7th at 9 a.m. in the District Court

SCSD#1 West (1 seat):
Charles Prior (645)

Maureen Dempsey (530)
Lori Joyner (524).

SCSD#9 At Large (2 seats, includes votes from Sublette & Lincoln County):
Alan Vickrey (482S+243L=725)
John Fear (597S+119L=716)

Greg Clark (272S+66L=338)

House District #22 (includes votes from Sublette, Lincoln & Teton Counties):
Jim Roscoe (179S+935L+1381T=2495)

Marti Halverson (204S+1269L+510T=1983)

Results are not official until certified by canvassing board at 3PM on Thursday, November 8th. The Sublette County Canvass Board will be meeting in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Sublette County Courthouse at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018.There will be no results released for the School District #1, Pinedale East race until the Canvass Board meets on Thursday.

BTNF extends office hours & Christmas tree permit sales (posted 11/7/18)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is extending some office hours and offering Christmas Tree permit sales in locations other than Forest Offices over the next several weeks. The additional times and locations are provided in an effort to make permits available as easily as possible for the communities surrounding the Forest. A permit is required to cut Christmas Trees on the Forest. Christmas Trees up to 20-feet in height require a $15.00 permit. This year there is one permit and one price for trees up to the 20-foot limit.

The Big Piney District office will be sending Forest employees to the Town Hall in LaBarge, Wyoming to sell Christmas Tree permits to the community. Employees will be available to sell the permits at 228 S LaBarge Street on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Big Piney will be open until 6pm on Monday, November 19, 26 and December 3 for Christmas tree permit sales. The Big Piney Ranger District address is 10418 S US Highway 189 in Big Piney, Wyoming.

The Pinedale District Office will be open Saturday, December 1, 2018 and Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9am-4pm for Christmas tree permit sales. The Pinedale Office is located at 29 East Fremont Lake Road in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Christmas Tree Permits on sale at Bridger-Teton National Forest Offices (posted 11/5/18)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is selling Christmas tree permits from any of the Bridger-Teton National Forest District Offices which include the Kemmerer, Big Piney, Pinedale, Greys River (Afton), Jackson and Blackrock Ranger Stations and the Interagency visitor center on Cache Street in Jackson.

A permit is required to cut Christmas trees or fire wood on the Forest. Christmas trees up to 20-feet in height require a $15.00 permit. This year there is one permit and one price for trees up to the 20-foot limit. Permits for cutting evergreen boughs can be purchased at $0.20 per pound at a $20.00 minimum.

Firewood permits are still available on the Forest for personal use for a price of $7.00 per cord with a 5 cord minimum purchase. When gathering firewood, permits allow for the harvest of down or standing dead wood only. All wood gathered must be kept to a length of 8-feet or less.

Cutting or removal of forest products is prohibited in campgrounds, summer home sites, administrative sites (guard stations), ski areas, Cache Creek Canyon near Jackson, the Snake River Canyon, designated Wilderness or Wilderness Study Areas, and elk feed grounds.

These permit fees are used for funding projects through the National Forest Foundation including funding the salaries of Timber & Forest Health Specialists, reducing residual slash build-up from firewood cutting, and maintaining popular firewood cutting roads. The majority of the revenue collected for these permits remains on the forest for the continued operation, visitor services, maps, and law enforcement while issuing and enforcing Christmas tree permits.

"It is important to provide families an opportunity to get out into the woods and cut their own Christmas tree," said Forest Supervisor Tricia O'Connor. "A unified price for Christmas trees will provide the public greater flexibility in finding the right size tree for their home. We look forward to continuing to offer this traditional recreational opportunity on the Bridger-Teton National Forest," O'Connor said.

The Bridger-Teton would like to remind everyone that you must have the permit in your possession at the time of cutting any Forest product. Additionally, everyone is asked to please follow the travel restrictions that are in place on the Forest. Motor Vehicle use maps are available online at

Terry Meador’s unoccupied blue 2013 Chevrolet was found stuck just north of Pine Mountain. Photo courtesy Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.
Terry Meador’s unoccupied blue 2013 Chevrolet was found stuck just north of Pine Mountain. Photo courtesy Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.
Missing Rock Springs hunter still unfound (posted 11/5/18)
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office put out a call for volunteers to help with the search of a 74-year old Rock Springs man who did not return from a solo hunting outing. Ground units, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopter searches on and around Pine Mountain by county deputies, Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, and family members and friends on October 26, 27, and 28 were unsuccessful, and ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches on the 29th and 30th also produced negative results.

Another expansive search was done on Saturday, November 2nd with over 150 volunteers was also unsuccessful. Participating were sheriff's deputies, the volunteers, canine teams, (including Capital City Canine Search & Rescue of Cheyenne), Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, a team from Tip Top Search & Rescue of Pinedale, and a helicopter provided by University of Utah Air Med.

Terry Meador went missing in the Pine Mountain area south of Rock Springs on Thursday, October 25th. His unoccupied vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was found badly stuck approximately 2-3/4 miles north of the summit of Pine Mountain.

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that people will wish to conduct searches of their own, but cautions that weather and ground conditions will now become steadily worse, creating potential danger. "If you do choose to search on your own, make it a careful, well-thought-out decision and plan accordingly," Sheriff Mike Lowell said. "Be properly equipped and, equally important, let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return."

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: (307) 922-5316, (307) 872-3866, or (307) 922-5305.

Search continues for missing Rock Springs hunter (posted 11/3/18)
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office
Over 150 volunteers searched the Pine Mountain area Saturday, November 3rd, for missing Rock Springs hunter Terry Meador.

Meador, 74, was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on October 25 after he did not return from a solo hunting trip. His unoccupied vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was found badly stuck just north of Pine Mountain, south of Rock Springs.

A subsequent three-day search by ground and air units was unsuccessful, as was Saturday’s search.

Sheriff Mike Lowell said that search teams were deployed following a 7:00 AM briefing at the Sheriff’s Office. Participating were sheriff’s deputies, the volunteers, Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, a team from Tip Top Search & Rescue of Pinedale, and a helicopter provided by University of Utah Air Med.

Lowell said the Sheriff’s Office will issue a follow-up release on Sunday.

Nearly all entrances and roads close in Yellowstone Monday, Nov. 5 (posted 11/2/18)
November 3-4, 2018, provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in Yellowstone National Park. The West, South, and East Entrances and all roads, with one exception, will close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. Monday, November 5, so the park can prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Saturday, December 15.

The one exception is the road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana. This road is open all year, weather permitting. Travel east of Cooke City (via the Beartooth Highway) is not possible from late fall to late spring.

If you plan to drive to and in the park during the fall and winter, please have flexible travel plans and prepare for changing weather conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. Visit the park roads page for the status of Yellowstone roads. Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).

Extensive information for planning a winter visit in Yellowstone, including information about lodging, camping, services, and activities, is available on the park’s website.

All communities near Yellowstone are open year-round, with local businesses offering a wide range of fall and winter recreation opportunities. For information about communities in Montana (Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cooke City, and Silver Gate), visit For information about Wyoming communities (Cody and Jackson), visit And if your travel plans to the park take you through Idaho, visit

Terry Meador, 74, of Rock Springs, was reported missing on October 25. He is believed to have gone hunting alone and his unoccupied pickup, a blue 2013 Chevrolet, was found badly stuck just north of Pine Mountain, south of Rock Springs.
Terry Meador, 74, of Rock Springs, was reported missing on October 25. He is believed to have gone hunting alone and his unoccupied pickup, a blue 2013 Chevrolet, was found badly stuck just north of Pine Mountain, south of Rock Springs.
Sweetwater Co. Sheriff asking for search volunteers in Terry Meador case (posted 11/1/18)
74-year old hunter missing since Oct. 25th south of Rock Springs
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING - October 31, 2018 - Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell is putting out a call for volunteer searchers in the Terry Meador case.

The search will be conducted in the Pine Mountain area on Saturday, November 3.

Meador, 74, of Rock Springs, was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on October 25. He is believed to have gone hunting alone and his unoccupied pickup, a blue 2013 Chevrolet, was found badly stuck just north of Pine Mountain, south of Rock Springs.

Ground units, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopter searches on and around Pine Mountain by county deputies, Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, and family members and friends on October 26, 27, and 28 were unsuccessful, and ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches Monday and Tuesday produced negative results.

Those interested in volunteering for the search are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: (307) 922-5316, (307) 872-3866, or (307) 922-5305.

"Volunteers will need to dress and be otherwise prepared for cold weather," said Lowell, "and we are asking that people call in to the numbers we’ve provided rather than texting or messaging. It’s important that we have an accurate tally of searchers, their contact information, and personally-owned search resources they have available, such as ATVs or horses."

Searchers will meet at 7:00 AM on Saturday at the Sheriff’s Office on U.S. Highway 191 South, south of Exit 99 on Interstate 80, for a briefing.

While deer and antelope hunting seasons in the Pine Mountain area will be closed by November 3, there will be late-season elk hunters in the area, so volunteers are encouraged to wear orange as a safety precaution.

"University of Utah Air Med has, once again, offered to make a helicopter available, and we have also been in touch with Tip Top Search & Rescue in Pinedale, which has indicated a willingness to send a team down on Saturday," Lowell said.

On Thursday, November 1, a helicopter from the University of Wyoming will be in the general Pine Mountain - Potter Mountain - Brown’s Park region capturing collared mule deer for study, so authorities are asking that people refrain from flying their drones in the Pine Mountain area that day and, as a helicopter will likely be involved in Saturday’s search, also request that people not deploy drones that day, as well.

Anyone who may be in possession of information concerning Mr. Meador is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Wolf News Roundup - Oct. 28, 2018 (posted 10/29/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Wyoming Hunt
The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming opened Sept. 1. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 22 wolves have been harvested as of Oct. 26. The agency set a total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves. The hunting season remains open until Dec. 31 or until hunt-area quotas are reached. There have also been 27 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone so far in 2018.

On Friday, Oct. 26, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized department staff to lethally remove the remaining two wolves from a pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle while occupying the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.

On Sept. 28 the department initiated an evaluation period to determine whether removing two wolves from the OPT pack last month has changed the pack’s behavior and reduced the potential for recurrent wolf depredations on livestock.The Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the department’s protocol indicate that a post-removal evaluation period should consider any depredations that take place after one or more wolves are removed from a pack.

The department documented two wolf depredations to calves found in the allotment between Oct. 5-7, and determined that the depredation by the OPT on Oct. 5 likely occurred after the removal period.

That incident would have supported a decision to remove more wolves at that time, but the Director sustained the evaluation period to consider the details and complexities of the situation in the field.

The U.S. Forest Service allotment where the affected producer grazes his livestock is large and lies entirely within the territory of the OPT pack. After the Oct. 5 depredation, the department took additional steps to document the range-riding operation on the allotment to make sure it is as effective as it can be. However, the department documented another wolf depredation to livestock on Oct. 23, bringing the total to 16 wolf depredations by the OPT pack.

The affected producer was scheduled to remove his livestock from the U.S. Forest Service allotment by Oct.15. In practice, about 90 percent of the livestock are usually removed by that date. Due to the dense timber and rugged terrain, it may take several weeks longer to round up all the cattle on the allotment.

The producer is transporting a portion of his cattle to private grazing lands west of the Kettle Crest and another portion out of state. The private grazing lands west of the Kettle Crest are within the OPT pack territory, although they are at a lower elevations and on the periphery of the pack territory, which may reduce the likelihood of wolf depredations in these areas this winter.

There are also several other allotments with cattle within the OPT that are in a similar situation in terms of removing them from Forest Service grazing allotments. The livestock producer who owns the affected livestock has continued to employ non-lethal methods to deter wolves from preying on his herd. Strategies used include contracting range riders to monitor his herd, removing or securing livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and removing known sick and injured livestock from the grazing area until they are healed.

Related Links:
Wyoming hunt - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Washington - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!

Foster Friess offers financial assistance to Roosevelt Fire victims (posted 10/26/18)
Jackson, Wyoming philanthropists Lynn and Foster Friess recently announced they would match contributions to the Roosevelt Fire recovery fund, up to $100,000. The generous donation is offered as a challenge grant by the Lynn and Foster Friess Family Foundation to match other donations for the cause.

The wildfire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming in late September/early October consumed more than 61,000 acres and destroyed 55 homes in the Hoback Ranches area between Daniel and Bondurant. At its height, it was the #1 fire in the country for fire-fighting resources and more than 1,000 personnel were working on the blaze.

The Pinedale Lions Club and the Bondurant Community Club launched the Roosevelt Fire recovery fund campaign in October to raise money for recovery efforts. Only donations made to the Pinedale Lion’s Club will be matched. Donations are tax deductible and involve no administrative costs. All money donated will go toward wildfire victims as prioritized by a specially-appointed nine-person committee.

People wishing to help can send financial donations to:
Lions of Wyoming Foundation
224 Talon Ct.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Donors are urged to make checks out to "Lions of Wyoming Foundation" and include "Roosevelt Fire" in the memo.

Donations can also be made online here (there is a small processing fee):

For more information email or call Lion Mindi Crabb, Pinedale Lions Club, (307) 231-0942; or Chris Lacinak with the Bondurant Community Club, (917) 548-8632.

Restocking Dollar Lake. Photos courtesy Wyoming Game & Fish.
Restocking Dollar Lake. Photos courtesy Wyoming Game & Fish.
Dollar Lake restocked with new fish (posted 10/25/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE, WYOMING - Pinedale fisheries managers for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have begun the final phase of the Dollar Lake restoration project, stocking fish.

Last week approximately 2000 rainbow trout and 250 tiger trout were stocked into the lake that had to be cleaned out this past August as it had become dominated by non-native white suckers. The fish stocked were 6-8 inches in length. The plan is to stock the same number and size of fish each year beginning next May. With little competition, managers expect the fish just stocked to double in size by next summer. Dollar Lake is adjacent to the Green River approximately 35 miles north of Pinedale.

The non-native and invasive white sucker has a history of taking over many fish populations by out-competing other fish, in this case rainbow trout. In 2007, Pinedale fish biologists first discovered white suckers in Dollar Lake. Since then, white sucker numbers had grown exponentially to where they accounted for 99 percent of the fish population in the lake.

The best means of dealing with such a situation is to completely eradicate the suckers through the application of a fish toxicant, such as rotenone, that will remove all the fish. Rotenone has been successfully used by fish managers for decades to remove undesirable fish species in many places. While rotenone is toxic to fish, it is not harmful to humans or other wildlife.

In addition to restocking rainbow trout, tiger trout, a brown trout – brook trout hybrid, have been introduced into the lake this time. Tiger trout are known to prey on other fish and will be used to prevent the future establishment of another white sucker population. The rainbow trout that have been stocked in Dollar Lake are too large for most tiger trout to eat.

Given the popularity of suckers as a live baitfish in other parts of the state, it is suspected that the white suckers may have been introduced into Dollar Lake by illegal bait fisherman. Anglers are reminded that the dumping of bait buckets or the intentional translocation of fish is strictly prohibited for this reason.

For more information please contact the Pinedale Regional Office at 307-367-4353.

Map showing location of damaged culvert northeast of LaBarge in Bird Canyon.
Map showing location of damaged culvert northeast of LaBarge in Bird Canyon.
Damaged culvert causes road closure in Bird Canyon for emergency repairs (posted 10/25/18)
Northeast of LaBarge
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has discovered that a collapsed culvert along the access road in Bird Canyon in Sublette County is badly damaged, and compromises the integrity of the road. For the safety of all motorists and to prevent damage to vehicles traveling over that area, it is necessary to temporarily close the road for repairs

The damage is located on a main road at an ephemeral stream crossing up Bird Canyon on the east side of the Upper Green River on BLM Rock Springs Field Office managed land. It is approximately 380 feet from the Big Canyon 1-23 well pad entrance (see map). Cautionary flags and safety cones are in place near the crossing to help identify the area for motorists. The Rock Springs Field Office will notify the public when a repair timeline is determined.

The collapsed culvert was found during a culvert inventory for the BLM Pinedale Field Office watershed restoration project in the LaBarge project area. The extensive damage and lack of structural support for vehicles is not noticeable from the road. Motorists are warned to not attempt to cross the damaged section of the road or travel off-road to bypass the damaged area. Please drive cautiously in the area and on all BLM roads, and report any hazardous road conditions immediately.

The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and safe for public use. For more information on this road closure, please contact the BLM Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256.

To learn more about BLM Wyoming, visit

Wyoming adopts Military Spouse Licensing Rule (posted 10/25/18)
Wyoming State Bar
CHEYENNE - The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that it has joined 31 other states in implementing a military spouse licensing rule. Effective October 1, 2018, military spouses and domestic partners may apply for admission to practice law without examination, and their temporary license will last for as long as the servicemember’s orders keep the family in Wyoming.

After being approached by representatives from Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN), Wyoming State Bar President Weston Graham pitched the idea to the Board of Law Examiners. President Graham and the Board members all recognized the unique mobility requirements of military families who support the defense of our nation. The proposed rule was submitted and ultimately approved by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

These applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and submit to a character investigation that is performed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

In the event that the attorney admitted pursuant to this rule is no longer married to the service member, the service member is no longer a member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, or the service member receives a permanent transfer out of Wyoming, the attorney’s license to practice law shall terminate 60 days after any or all of those occurrences.

Those seeking further information should refer to Rule 306 of the Rules and Procedures Governing Admission to the Practice of Law or call Sharon Wilkinson at (307) 432-2102.

Skyline Theater in Pinedale
Skyline Theater in Pinedale
Main Street Pinedale launches Skyline Movie Theater project in Pinedale (posted 10/17/18)
Main Street Pinedale is pursuing the purchase, renovation, and operation of the historic Skyline Theater at 14 N Franklin Avenue in Pinedale (currently Walt's Plumbing). Main Street Pinedale would like to revive the Skyline Theater into a multi-entertainment theater showing second run films, film festivals, documentaries and independent films, outdoor adventure films, live music, speakers, performing arts and more. The Skyline movie theater operated from 1940 into the 1980’s, when it closed. Walt’s Plumbing operated out of the building ever since. The building is a candidate to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is centrally located in the historic and Main Street districts of downtown Pinedale close to restaurants, shopping, and hotel accommodations.

Organizers are hoping for two things to start moving the project forward. They are looking for more interested community members with skills to serve on their theater committee to help with fundraising, grant writing, event planning, public relations, developing programming, and project management/construction for this multi-year project. And secondly, they are looking for funding to raise the $170,000 to purchase the property. Main Street Pinedale already has an Intent to Purchase contract, a draft business plan, preliminary budget, and initial fundraising video and donation form ready to go. They need to have the $170,000 to purchase the property by June 28, 2019.

Once the property is purchased, they expect it will take $1.1 million more to renovate the property so it can open.

Anyone who would like to be an early adopter of the project and donate now can make checks payable to SKYLINE THEATER and mail to:
P.O. BOX 2529
Pinedale, WY 82941

Except from Pinedale’s Historic Walking Tour Brochure from research by local historian Ann Noble:
14 North Franklin Street, originally the Patterson home, was replaced with the Skyline Theatre, which had its grand opening in September 1940. The Pinedale Roundup reported on the theater opening, "The beautiful interior is indirectly lighted from each side of the upper portion of each wall. Silhouettes depicting mountain scenery, winter sports, hunting and fishing, and other recreational facilities adjacent to Pinedale, lend local color to the interior decorations. A raised floor and comfortable furniture makes theatre going a pleasure. Acoustics are excellent, as the building was designed for sound equipment. Nothing was overlooked in designing the building, including a small lobby, a small room for caring for noisy babies." The new movie house was a great improvement from the wooden benches and folding chairs at the Wilson Hall, on east Pine Street, where movies had been shown throughout the 1930s. After two decades of being a favorite gathering place for the town’s people, the theatre closed and the building was purchased by Walt’s Plumbing and Heating, which opened in 1986. Walt’s operated out of the building until 2017.

Main Street Pinedale has spent the last year, researching the building history, developing a business plan, initial programming, and reviewing the building condition and putting together preliminary renovation and operation costs. They have been fortunate to have received support from the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Main Street, Jorgensen Associates, and the property owners Joe and Annie Sondgeroth who have been gracious and patient throughout.

The Next Step: Purchase of the property!
Main Street Pinedale needs to raise $170,000 in order to purchase the property, and begin writing grants to fund the renovation. Funds will go towards the purchase of the property, but will also be used as matching funds to apply for larger grants to fund Phase 2, the renovation.

Main Street would like to revive the Historic Skyline theater into a multi-purpose theater showing second run films, film festivals, documentaries and independent films, live music, speakers, and performing arts. In addition the facility would be available to rent out. Opening it up to different styles of entertainment will allow Main Street Pinedale to partner with many of the numerous non-profit organizations within Sublette County which will allow them to reach different target markets within the area, and provide a variety of programming.

Some of the ideas for programming include:
Outdoor Adventure Film Series (hunting, flyfishing, skiing, snowmobiling, dirtbiking, climbing, etc.)
High Brow Film Series (films with a professor to speak about the genre, background, cinematography, interpretation of the film etc.)
Curated second run film series (Mountain Man Movies, Spaghetti Westerns, Filmed in Wyoming-including those filmed in Sublette County, like the Legend of Earl Durand, and Sweet Creek County War, Minions etc.)
Holiday Films (12 days of Christmas, Halloween, etc)
Children’s Films on in-service days
Launching a local film festival
Speakers on History
Live Music, small performances (small stage), live streaming, and group gaming.

The Mission of the Skyline Theater is to utilize a historic space as a tool to integrate Pinedale’s distinct culture, history, and artistic identity to entertain, educate and enlighten community members.

#1 Historic restoration of a historic building in Pinedale’s Historic District
#2 Act as a catalyst for downtown revitalization
-Boost Pinedale’s NIGHTLIFE, act as a complimentary attraction to drive foot traffic to the restaurant, retail, bar sectors downtown
-Boost Pinedale’s OFF-SEASON Provide an entertainment option during the off-season months to drive foot traffic to the restaurant, retail, bar sectors downtown
#3 Further support and reinforce Pinedale’s identity, by incorporating films, music, and performances that support our history, culture, and artistry to educate, entertain, and enlighten us
#4 Provide community connection, by creating opportunities for the community to come together, by providing an event space, and partnering with other organizations with mutual interests


PHASE 1: Property Investigation and Purchase. Fundraising Goal $170,000
This phase started in 2017, with an investigation of the condition of the property and building, historic research, preliminary estimates for restoration/renovation, a business plan, and a fundraising for the purchase. Organizers received funding from Wyoming Main Street, Wyoming Community Foundation, and Wyoming Arts Council to put together these documents. This phase will culminate in the purchase of the property by June 28, 2019, when the Intent to Purchase contract expires with the property owner. $160,000 will go towards the purchase of the property, and $10,000 towards grant writing for the renovation/restoration. The deadline for this phase is June 28, 2019. Organizers must have the full amount raised to purchase the property before the Intent to Purchase contract expires. Funds raised in this phase will be used as grant matches for Phase 2.

PHASE 2: Renovation. Estimated funding needed $1.1 Million
Renovation needed consists of the actual building rehabilitation and restoration, which includes architectural design, construction, and purchasing theater specific equipment. Organizers have to piece together many smaller sources of funding. The length of this phase will be highly dependent on receiving adequate funding, timing of grants, and issues encountered with the building and weather. Depending on these variables it could take multiple years to complete.

PHASE 3: Open and operational! Estimated funding needed TBD

For more details, contact Kate Dahl at , call 307-202-8880, or go online to

Forest Service plans fall pile burns (posted 10/17/18)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest will begin burning slash piles on the Pinedale and Big Piney Ranger Districts in the weeks to come.

Piles to be ignited on the Pinedale Ranger District are located:
White Pine Ski Area
New Fork Lake
Fremont Campground
Elkhart Park
Temple Creek Summer Homes
Sylvan Bay Summer Home Area
Fortification Mountain
Red Cliff Bible Camp
Mulligan Park
Half Moon Campground
Big Sandy Lodge
Union Pass
Fish Creek
Green River Lakes
Willow Creek Guard Station

Piles to be ignited on the Big Piney Ranger District are located:
Noble Pastures
Middle Piney Dam
Riling Draw
Marge’s Delight
Hoback Guard Station

The material to be burned is the result of hazardous fuels reduction projects, timber sales, fencing, and other miscellaneous project work. Slash piles are created by thinning out timber stands and removing lower limbs from trees, as well as removing dead wood and brush from the forest floor. Forest personnel and contractors place the slash in piles and leave them to cure before burning them. Most of the wood is of small diameter and the piles are designed to burn efficiently so that all material is completely consumed. Fire managers ask that the public not take wood from the piles so they will burn more effectively.

Firefighters will light piles by hand after the area has received significant moisture to provide greater security from fire creeping away from piles and to minimize negative effects to nearby trees. Ignitions will cease early in the afternoon each day to allow piles and fuels to burn down prior to evening inversions and reduce smoke impacts to the area.

Crews will patrol and monitor the pile areas to ensure they do not spread. Smoke will be visible during ignition operations and for a short time after lighting has been completed.

For more information visit or call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326.

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