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Suspect leads Sheriff’s Deputies on high-speed chase
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
PINEDALE, WYOMING – February 24th, 2018
Late last night on February 23rd, Sublette County Dispatch was contacted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in regard to an attempt to locate on a subject out of Idaho. Lincoln County informed us that Bonneville County Idaho had contacted them about a male subject they were looking for in reference to a warrant. The suspect, 51-year-old Robert Richey from Idaho Falls, had an active warrant out of Bonneville County for sexual assault involving a minor.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to ping the suspects cell phone and get GPS coordinates. The cell phone was located near a cell tower in the Bondurant area. Two Sublette County Deputies were notified and responded to Bondurant where the phone was last located. At approximately 10pm a Sublette County Deputy located the described vehicle parked at the Branding Iron Grill in Bondurant. He attempted to make contact with the suspect while other Deputies were responding. The suspect saw the Deputy and sped off initiating a high-speed pursuit. At approximately 10:10pm the suspect crashed his vehicle near the entrance to the Hoback Canyon. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot holding a handgun.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers arrived on scene along with other Sublette County Deputies and immediately set up a perimeter. Sublette County Sheriff’s Office activated the Reverse 9-1-1 alert system in the Bondurant area for residents to shelter in place while the search to find the suspect commenced.
Members of the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office were staging with night vision equipment to aid in locating the fugitive. And trackers were on hand to follow the suspects footprints in the snow. At approximately 1:40am the suspect walked out into the pull out at the mouth of the Hoback Canyon and was taken into custody. The suspect was very cold and had been exposed in the snow and elements for approximately 3 hours. Temperatures in the area at the time were between -12 and -16 degrees Fahrenheit. Sublette County EMS checked out the suspect and transported him to St Johns Medical Center in Jackson from the scene.
Early this morning the suspect was discharged from St Johns Medical Center and transported to the Sublette County Jail for booking. Along with the Warrant from Idaho, he has been charged locally with Fugitive from Justice, Driving under the influence, reckless driving, open container, attempting to elude a Peace Officer, and speeding. Bond has not been set as of the time of this release.
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Sublette County EMS on the joint effort that led to this arrest.
ALERT: Armed Fugitive in the Bondurant area! Pinedale Online! Feb. 23, 2018
ALERT: Armed Fugitive in the Bondurant area! (posted 2/23/18)
Update on Pinedale Elementary School phone threat (posted 2/23/18)
Eight vie for Wyoming Secretary of State appointment (posted 2/22/18)
Dish Network phone scam circulating (posted 2/22/18)
U.S. Senate pages wanted for summer 2018 (posted 2/22/18)
Route around Greys River Road landslide identified for recreationists (posted 2/22/18)
Deadline to enter is February 25th
Is a summer marathon not challenging enough for you? How about one in the middle of winter?! Adventure seekers are invited to test their endurance in the first-ever Drift 100 Adventure Race to be held on Saturday, March 3rd. Ski, bike or run 28 miles in the remote Upper Green and see if you have the endurance to survive a marathon in the snow and winter conditions.
The course takes participants into the Wind River Mountains of the scenic Upper Green on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This is not a triathlon. This is strictly an individual, human-powered race. Contestants must choose to travel on foot, bike or ski. You must declare your division at the mandatory pre-race meeting Friday night before the race. This gives racers a chance to decide on or change their discipline based on current trail conditions.
Unlike the Surly Pika summer race, this is an individual race on a mapped race course. You do not need to gather punches, or find flags. Sorry, no dogs. Although your entourage may cheer you on out on the course, racers are not permitted to have pacers or anyone who follows or otherwise assists you. You may accept help from another racer, if needed, or provide help to another racer in need.
Participants should arrive in Pinedale by Friday evening to be ready for the race and attend the mandatory evening pre-race meeting, which will be from 6:30 to 8:00PM in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library.
Saturday’s race is in the Upper Green to Green River Lakes and comes back down the Moose-Gypsum Road finishing at Kendall Valley Lodge. There are mandatory checkpoints along the way to ensure the safety of the participants.
Racers are expected to be self-sufficient for safety, food, water and major medical needs. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Expect everything from ice, bare ground, hero snow and drifts, great or ugly weather, and plan accordingly. This race is on a groomed snowmobile trail, but there are hills and some sections may not be bikable depending on the conditions, so plan to have to do some fatbike pushing. Snowshoes might be helpful for the runners, or plan on the possibility of punching through the snow in some places. There will be other users on the trail. If you bring headphones, you can only use one earpiece. You must be able to hear snowmachines, other racers, and other trail traffic during the event. Note that we are over 7100 feet in elevation, so some folks coming from lower altitudes should be aware this is a high-elevation event.
The race is capped at 50 racers. Deadline to register is Sunday, February 25th.
There will be an after-party Saturday night at Wind River Brewing Company.
This event is being put on by the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale under a special use permit by the U.S. Forest Service with support from the Pinedale Travel and Tourism Commission.
For more information go to www.thedrift100.com, or call 307-367-2440, or contact Race Directors Laura & Josh Hattan at the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale, Wyoming, email@example.com.
SCSD #1 receives telephone threat (posted 2/21/18)
The 3rd annual Pinedale Winter Carnival was held this past weekend, February 16, 17 & 18th. I went out to the Bloomfield property by the elementary school where the Harber family had donated use of land to construct a ski-joring course. John Haide was out there with working from Teletractors and Harber Construction. John competes on a ski-joring circuit in the winter so he knows a little about building jumps. Kate Dahl, the Main Street Pinedale program manager, told me they brought in 27 belly dumps of snow to build a good solid base for the horses, skiers and snowmobiles to run on.
Saturday started off with a hearty breakfast at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church which consisted of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juices. You’ve got to have a hearty breakfast to ski behind a horse while going over jumps at 40 mph.
Bryanna Wackerman and her Dad Bernie were both going to ski behind a horse and rider. Bryanna said she woke up the night before from dreaming about the race. "I was weaving in and out and making good jumps," she said. "I was doing great, but then I dreamed I skied over to make a big jump on the big course and I woke up. But I’ll be okay. Chewy is going to pull me and Dad is the rider."
Jared Sare raced off down the track pulling his daughter Evelyn and I saw her jerking her head up several times trying to get Jared to go faster.
John Haide rode his Dad’s horse for the last time and then is retiring him. John asked if I’d take a picture or two of them together because his Dad is in the hospital and it might cheer him up a bit. No problem. It’s a beautiful horse and those reasons are too.
Darren Hull who is putting together the Drift 100 winter adventure race in the Upper Green for this March, was skiing behind John and lost his grip. "I was a bit surprised at the pull," he said. "But now I’ve got these real grippy rubber gloves so I think I can hold on."
I went by the bar on wheels and asked the bartender where I could get a martini. "Not around here," he growled. "You can try New York City." I love it when people fall for my jokes.
Alexander Hatfield, a relative of the famous Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, was all splattered up with chocolate and I wondered if a McCoy had done that to him. "Nah, I was blowing bubbles and I guess I got on more than I could get off."
Klaire said hi and introduced me to her brother Karson who was wearing a fresh penguin hat. Klaire was wearing a fresh Sublette County coyote hat and was pleased that I had noticed.
Debbie Woicesjes (Wojo) said about 8 dozen volunteers had worked to get the whole weekend together.
Up at White Pine Ski Resort for the Cardboard Classic on Sunday, I found Grace and McKenzie in an odd looking green craft that looked a lot like a dill pickle. "No, said Grace. "It was supposed to be an eagle but it turned out to be a chicken." Sure enough, there was a beak on the pickle.
A six-pack of rather giddy folks dressed as bottles of Bud Lite beer said their craft was a joint effort between the Schambers, Blankenships and Swains. Let me know what you think of the shot I got of them coming down the ski hill.
I got a slight case of whiplash when caught sight of a bearded Daisy Duke out of the corner of my eye. "She" gave me a cute little Vanna White move and pointed at the boys in the big orange General Lee. One of the guys was twisting his moustache in a sinister manner so I decided to go talk to the 5 year olds flying a black helicopter.
I can’t describe the race any better than my pictures can, so I’ll leave you to it. I’m told the results of the various other competitions will also be up on the Main Street Pinedale website and Facebook soon.
Thanks to Dawn Ballou for sponsoring this story and thanks to all the folks who took the time to pose for photos and help embellish a few tall tales.
Terry Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Very cold temperatures finally arrived this winter in Pinedale, making it feel more like January than mid-February. Overnight lows dipped to -26F degrees in Pinedale last night, according to the National Weather Service. Daytime weather will have some sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to get up to the teens this week (12F to 21F), with a slight chance of some snow. Nighttime lows will drop to -18F degrees this week.
Below are the top 10 coldest overnight temperatures by county in addition to airports and other notable locations for Monday night, February 19, 2018 ending at 530 AM Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - from the National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming
Location, Temp, Time/Date, Elevation (ft.)
Big Horn County
13 NE Ten Sleep, -27 F, 0510AM, 02/20, 8038
5 NW Granite Pass, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9350
Greybull Airport, -19 F, 0524AM, 02/20, 3935
Basin, -18 F, 0440AM, 02/20, 3897
Lovell, -18 F, 0518AM, 02/20, 3830
Cowley Airport, -18 F, 0435AM, 02/20, 4090
30 E Greybull, -17 F, 0958PM, 02/19, 8898
17 E Shell, -17 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9580
Bald Mtn., -16 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 9380
5 ENE Hyattville, -13 F, 0452AM, 02/20, 5670
14 ENE Dubois, -34 F, 0415AM, 02/20, 7365
17 NE Dubois, -27 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8400
11 N Dubois, -22 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 8750
Crowheart, -19 F, 0522AM, 02/20, 6099
6 NW Dubois, -19 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 7189
10 N Dubois, -19 F, 0157AM, 02/20, 8085
13 W Fort Washakie, -19 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 8620
10 SE Crowheart, -18 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5654
10 W Dubois, -18 F, 0106AM, 02/20, 8432
12 SW Lander, -18 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8700
Riverton Airport, -17 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5525
Jeffrey City, -11 F, 0419AM, 02/20, 6374
Lander Airport, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5586
3 NNW Hudson, -10 F, 0446AM, 02/20, 5555
South Pass, -9 F, 0355AM, 02/20, 8556
Hot Springs County
9 WNW Thermopolis, -23 F, 0450AM, 02/20, 4902
Thermopolis, -17 F, 0525AM, 02/20, 4426
Kirby, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 4350
10 S Meeteetse, -16 F, 0342AM, 02/20, 7127
22 WSW Hamilton Dome, -14 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8975
18 WNW Buffalo, -24 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 8580
Cloud Peak, -23 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9860
20 SW Echeta, -20 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4068
15 W Buffalo, -18 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8720
15 WSW Buffalo, -17 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8360
18 NW Buffalo, -17 F, 0747PM, 02/19, 8604
14 WNW Mayoworth, -16 F, 1000PM, 02/19, 8200
Powder River Pass, -16 F, 0900PM, 02/19, 9480
14 WNW Mayoworth, -15 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8200
Kaycee, -15 F, 0504AM, 02/20, 4681
2 NW Mayoworth, -15 F, 1149PM, 02/19, 5404
25 ESE Buffalo, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4657
7 NE Buffalo, -11 F, 0427AM, 02/20, 4370
Buffalo Airport, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4970
6 WNW Granger, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6359
Kemmerer, -19 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6980
4 E Opal, -18 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 6589
4 W Kemmerer, -17 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 6989
Blind Bull Summit, -12 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 9000
13 W Kemmerer, -12 F, 0145AM, 02/20, 6718
Deadman Mtn, -11 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 10350
Box Y Ranch, -10 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 6650
3 E Sage Junction, -10 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 6378
15 NE Cokeville, -9 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8180
Cokeville, -9 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6194
Thayne, -6 F, 1258AM, 02/20, 5928
Etna, -1 F, 0127AM, 02/20, 5823
Casper Airport, -21 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5320
Natrona, -20 F, 1125PM, 02/19, 5589
8 S Casper, -19 F, 0252AM, 02/20, 7740
Casper Mtn, -19 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 7850
Casper, -19 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 5399
28 N Waltman, -17 F, 0700PM, 02/19, 8550
2 SE Hiland, -17 F, 1035PM, 02/19, 6134
20 N Casper, -17 F, 0346AM, 02/20, 5677
8 SE Evansville, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5592
22 SE Casper, -16 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8500
Independence Rock, -16 F, 0415AM, 02/20, 5920
Casper Outer Drive, -15 F, 0511AM, 02/20, 5463
Midwest, -14 F, 0522AM, 02/20, 4865
Pathfinder Reservoir, -11 F, 0430AM, 02/20, 5858
9 E Tower Junction, -29 F, 0215AM, 02/20, 7266
NE Entrance Yellowstone, -29 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 7360
9 W Canyon, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7686
6 SSW Mammoth, -27 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7382
1 WSW Canyon, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7830
5 ENE Tower Junction, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 6312
4 W Pahaska, -27 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7120
1 SW Canyon, -26 F, 0449AM, 02/20, 7900
Sylvan Lake, -26 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8420
Tower Falls, -25 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 6266
2 N Frannie, -22 F, 0453AM, 02/20, 4275
Beartooth Lake, -20 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 9275
Pahaska, -20 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 6800
Cody Airport, -19 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5100
20 SW Cody, -19 F, 0410AM, 02/20, 5843
Chief Joseph Hwy, -19 F, 0531PM, 02/19, 8136
Buffalo Bill Reservoir, -18 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 5357
Meeteetse, -17 F, 0518AM, 02/20, 5797
5 WNW Clark, -17 F, 0149AM, 02/20, 4659
Mammoth, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6300
Powell Airport, -13 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5050
7 NE Pinedale, -26 F, 0426AM, 02/20, 8530
21 W Big Piney, -25 F, 0309AM, 02/20, 8200
10 E Big Sandy, -21 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9080
Snider Basin, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8060
28 WNW Big Piney, -19 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8500
6 NW Cora, -18 F, 0433AM, 02/20, 7462
Pinedale Airport, -18 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 7085
14 N Farson, -16 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6780
1 NE Pinedale, -15 F, 0512AM, 02/20, 7382
8 SE Bondurant, -15 F, 0421AM, 02/20, 7797
Pinedale, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7310
East Rim Divide, -5 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 7930
Bondurant, -3 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6650
Big Piney Airport, -3 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6974
I 80 - Mile Marker 131, -20 F, 0505AM, 02/20, 6636
20 ENE Opal, -16 F, 0501AM, 02/20, 6556
12 W Green River, -16 F, 0430AM, 02/20, 6130
Farson, -13 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6594
I 80 - Mile Marker 184, -12 F, 0516AM, 02/20, 7112
3 ENE Granger, -12 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6254
13 E Wamsutter, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7052
I 80 - Mile Marker 124, -12 F, 0516AM, 02/20, 6475
I 80 - Mile Marker 157, -12 F, 0435AM, 02/20, 6965
7 WSW Rock Springs, -12 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6238
Green River, -6 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 6091
Rock Springs Airport, -6 F, 0513AM, 02/20, 6760
1 W Grant Village, -34 F, 0330AM, 02/20, 7874
Lake Yellowstone, -30 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7835
2 S Grant Village, -30 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7980
Old Faithful, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7481
12 SE Lake, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7807
1 ESE Grant Village, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7771
Old Faithful, -26 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 7350
Lake Village, -23 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 7875
4 W South Entrance YNP, -20 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 7040
32 ESE Jackson, -19 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 8750
Togwotee Mtn Lodge, -13 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 9184
Togwotee Pass, -13 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 9850
South Entrance YNP, -12 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 6900
Summit - Jackson Resort, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 10318
Snake River At Jackson Lake, -7 F, 0330AM, 02/20, 6779
Moran Junction, -6 F, 1259AM, 02/20, 6749
7 E Moran Jct, -6 F, 0452AM, 02/20, 7251
Grand Targhee - Chief Joseph, -6 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8800
Raymer - Jackson Resort, -6 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 9360
Teton Pass, -5 F, 1035PM, 02/19, 8463
Alta, -4 F, 1030PM, 02/19, 6430
Moose, -3 F, 0510AM, 02/20, 6466
Kelly, -2 F, 0524AM, 02/20, 6653
Jackson Hole Airport, -1 F, 0456AM, 02/20, 6445
12 ENE Ten Sleep, -20 F, 0414AM, 02/20, 8202
Ten Sleep, -18 F, 0525AM, 02/20, 4470
1 NNE Worland, -18 F, 0519AM, 02/20, 4065
Worland, -17 F, 0519AM, 02/20, 4042
12 SE Big Trails, -16 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7760
Worland Airport, -16 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4245
15 SSW Big Trails, -15 F, 0740PM, 02/19, 6554
6 SE Ten Sleep, -14 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4541
10 SSE Worland, -13 F, 0517AM, 02/20, 4520
Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. The National Weather Service thanks all volunteer weather observers for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.
Spring 2018 Flood and Water Resources Outlook (posted 2/19/18)
Greetings from the 2018 Olympics from Tom and Cassie Johnston
Cassy Johnston sent in this photo from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. She has gone from Pinedale to join her husband, rancher Tom Johnston, who is the chief of race for ski events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is responsible for preparing the snow to world-class conditions at the 2018 Games. The 2018 Winter Olympics run from February 9 - 25, 2018.
We wrote an article about Tom in February 2016 about how he had already been over there for months directing a crew of Koreans on how to lay down the track with artificial snow, grooming the surface, then shaping the terrain and jumps according to World Cup standards. More information about Tom and his role as ‘master of snow’ here: Tom Johnston gains international fame as Chief of Race for ski events at the 2018 Olympics.
More information about the Olympics can be found here: https://www.olympicchannel.com.