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|Weather and Road update, Monday, April 19, 8:30PM: 25F degrees in Pinedale as of the time of this report. WINTER STORM WARNINGS and WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES remain in effect for northern and central Wyoming as a strong cold front moves through bringing another round of snow and cold air. Snow flurries possible tonight in the Upper Green River Valley, but minimal accumulation at valley level. Tuesday through Thursday expected to be sunny with daytime temperatures in the 40Fs then climbing into the 50Fs. Nighttime temps in the teens around Pinedale. May be some fog during the early morning hours. Lots of black ice warnings out. WY 28 over South Pass has CHAIN LAW LEVEL 2 in effect. Portions of I-80 closed in Wyoming due to winter conditions and rolling closures as of the time of this report. Travelers should check road conditions for their routes. Wyoming road reports available by calling 511 or toll-free 1-888-996-7623 or go online to www.wyoroad.info.|
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Until sunset April 20th
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Joe Biden's Proclamation in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide until sunset April 20.
The Presidential Proclamation follows:
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other Facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR
Editor’s Note: On Thursday, April 15, a man opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, killing at least eight people and wounding at least five more. The gunman opened fire at the facility which is near the city’s airport. He died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
COVID-19 Incident Briefing April 16, 2021 (posted 4/16/2021)
Game and Fish proposing antelope license reductions for 2021 (posted 4/16/2021)
Wyoming extends statewide public health orders to April 30 (posted 4/13/2021)
Game and Fish launching moss ball take-back program (posted 4/12/2021)
Real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors and public safety agencies
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has become the first Law Enforcement agency in Wyoming to join Neighbors by Ring. This app enables users in our community to share and discuss crime and safety issues specific to your neighborhood (up to 5-mile radius of your home). It also integrates with any RING device you may have to allow users, if they choose, to share critical surveillance video and pictures with our agency including safety concerns and or crimes. Users can also share information with fellow residents regarding: crime, safety, unexpected activity, lost pets, and neighborly moments. The Neighbors app is free and having a Ring device is not required to use the service.
The SCSO will use this new feature to connect with residents in a new way as part of our effort to reach all audiences in our community. We may also request helpful information from residents and their Ring devices (if they chose to share) to assist in protecting our communities.
Key Neighbors Features
- Stay Informed: Millions of residents in communities across the U.S. have joined Neighbors and use it to receive real-time, hyper-local safety updates from fellow neighbors and the public safety agencies that serve them.
- Share Safety Updates: Share safety-related updates with your community by creating a new post or commenting on existing posts in your local Neighbors feed.
- Customize Your Experience: Select your neighborhood area of interest and adjust your settings to see only the types of updates you wish to receive and how often you would like to receive them.
- Helpful Safety Services: In some neighborhoods, public safety agencies use Neighbors to connect with residents and share hyper-local safety updates in the communities they serve. Visit Ring’s Active Agency Map to see if your local public safety agency is on Neighbors.
- User Privacy & Control: When using Neighbors, police and other public safety agencies can only view what residents have posted publicly to Neighbors or what they have shared in response to a video request. Police and other public safety agencies do not have access to users’ Ring devices, live streams or personal information when using Neighbors.
How to Join Neighbors For Residents:
Download the Neighbors App for free on iOS, Android and FireOS devices. You do not need to own a Ring device or any home security system in order to participate on Neighbors.
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SUBLETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Sheriff K.C. Lehr
P.O. Box 701
35 ½ S. Tyler Ave.
Pinedale, WY 82941
Pinedale Office: (307) 367-4378
Pinedale Fax: (307) 367-4360
Marbleton Office: (307) 276-5448
Marbleton Fax (307) 276-5446
2021 US production expected to remain flat with single digit to low double-digit growth in 2022
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City posted the results of their 2021 first quarter energy survey. It indicates that Tenth District energy activity continued to increase moderately from levels one year ago, and that expectations are for it to continue to increase.
This quarter firms were asked what oil and natural gas prices were needed for drilling to remain profitable on average across the fields in which they are active. The average oil price needed was $53 per barrel, with a range of $35 to $80. This average was higher than prices needed to remain profitable in Q3 2020, but still lower than prices for the past several years. The average natural gas price needed was $2.94 per million Btu, with responses ranging from $0.75 to $5.00.
Firms were again asked what they expected oil and natural gas prices to be in six months, one year, two years, and five years. Overall, expected oil and natural gas prices were higher than previous price expectations in 2020. The average expected WTI prices were $62, $65, $67, and $70 per barrel, respectively. The average expected Henry Hub natural gas prices were $2.72, $2.94, $3.14, and $3.50 per million Btu, respectively.
Firms were also asked about the crude oil supply gap. Around 42% of firms indicated there would be a supply gap beyond 2021, with 37% of firms reporting no gap would exist after this year.
Selected Energy Comments
"Full time employment is way down, will continue to be down, and will be replaced with more contract/part time workers."
"We anticipate 2021 US production to remain flat with single digit to low double-digit growth in 2022. Policy and fuel switching concerns are generally over-estimated in light of the practical and physical realities of the energy mix. Oil and gas will become cleaner and continue to secure its role as the primary fuel source for several decades to come."
"A tremendous amount of uncertainty will exist on both the demand side and politically during the next 12 to 24 months. Conquering Covid-19 and returning to normal market demand will be the first step. US policy change will then provide the next tailwind or headwind depending upon direction and balance."
"Production in the US was expected to move consistently upward. That is over. Now the question is how quickly it will fall and stay below 10mmbd."
"It appears that US shale producers are less likely to immediately respond with increased drilling/completion rates when oil price increases provide them with increased cashflow."
"Capital markets are demanding E&P companies to generate cash flow in excess of their capital investment, or in other words generate free cash flow. With the upward price movement public E&Ps so far have not raised capital investment."
"The years of over-spending by shale drillers will limit the survivors’ opportunities to fund drilling programs. The oil markets will become more dependent on the actions of OPEC producers as they regain market share. This will become more obvious once investors realize many of the horizontal plays have been over-drilled and billions were wasted on wells that did not need to be drilled."
"We have lost many employees that left when the price fell apart last spring. It has been difficult to hire appropriately skilled labor."
"Investor sentiment has changed from growth to value. A more cautious approach to growth will be the focus for the next 12 to 24 months as demand recovery occurs. Demand will drive decisions long-term."
Click on this link to read the full report and see all the charts and graphs: Tenth District Energy Activity Continued to Increase Moderately April 9, 2021
Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be available soon (posted 4/9/2021)
Grand Teton Park roads open to motorized travel May 1 (posted 4/7/2021)
To monitor seasonal movements of Sublette herd
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE, WYOMING - This winter a Game and Fish-contracted wildlife capture crew deployed 75 GPS collars on doe pronghorn in the Sublette herd, which covers much of southwest Wyoming north of Interstate-80. This was in addition to 19 collars that were deployed last winter in an effort to fill in ‘holes’ in an existing dataset.
The Sublette pronghorn herd is among the Cowboy State’s largest, currently numbering some 35,000 animals with a herd population objective of 48,000. In multiple studies between 2004 and 2017, nearly 600 individual pronghorn from the Sublette herd were fitted with GPS satellite tracking collars, bringing to light one of the longest intact big game migration corridors in North America. It was discovered that some pronghorn in the Sublette herd seasonally move nearly 200 miles between summer ranges in Grand Teton National Park and winter ranges north of Rock Springs.
With the large number of animals that have been collared over the years, the dataset for the Sublette herd is very robust. However, wildlife managers and researchers realized there were still important portions of the herd where no pronghorn had been collared.
These newly-collared animals will provide the fine-scale location data needed to not only delineate migration routes, but also reveal important stopover areas where animals stock up on nutrients along the way. The data will also inform managers on where to locate local conservation measures such as fence modifications and improved highway wildlife crossings.
The Department is currently reviewing this large dataset and following the steps outlined in the Governor's Executive Order 2020-1 to evaluate the Sublette pronghorn herd's seasonal movements for potential identification or designation as a migration corridor.
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE, WYOMING - The year 2020 is one many of us will remember. The year will certainly be remembered for many things, but will it be remembered as the "glory days" of fishing on the upper Green River in Wyoming? Recent assessments of the Green River trout fishery by Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists in Pinedale indicate the trout population is at or near an all-time high.
Every year, biologists monitor the status of the fishery by completing an electrofishing assessment within a designated reach of the river. Darren Rhea, a Fisheries Biologist in Pinedale, directs all of the work conducted on the Green River. "We maintain a fairly rigorous monitoring strategy for the Green River," said Rhea. "It’s an extremely valuable resource in the region and supports a lot of angler use."
"It’s important that we keep a close eye on the fishery to ensure that it is not being over-utilized, or impacted from other factors," he continued. In the upper Green River (above Fontenelle Reservoir), six different reaches are monitored on a three-year rotation, with two reaches monitored each year to maintain a robust dataset going back several decades.
The process can be fairly complex. Large rafts and drift boats, specifically designed to carry generators and other specialized sampling equipment, will carry a crew of 2-3 people down the river producing an electrical field in the water, which allows for the effective capture of adult trout. The process is repeated over a period of 3-4 days to generate an estimate of the total number of fish in the river based on a mathematical model that uses the number of captured and re-captured fish over the course of the sampling event. The resulting population estimate, along with size-structure and species composition, provides managers with empirical data to evaluate the current status of the fish population and compare to previous years to monitor trends or long-term changes.
The effort in 2020 focused on two areas of the river, including one reach of the river near the Daniel Fish Hatchery and Forty-Rod Creek, and another below the Five-Mile Bridge area near Big Piney. Both areas have been sampled regularly for a period of 25+ years, and provide a good baseline for monitoring changes over time.
Work conducted within the "Forty-Rod" reach in September, 2020, generated an estimate of trout greater than any estimate ever obtained within this section of the river. A total of 719 trout/mile were estimated to inhabit the river with brown trout accounting for over 80% of the population. Rainbow trout made up the majority of the remaining population. This was the first time in over 20 years that the number of trout in the Green River exceeded 700/mile in this section.
Historical data, dating back 30+ years, indicates that more trout used to inhabit similar areas of the Green, though most of them were small rainbow trout (< 9 inches) that were the result of widespread stocking which has since been discontinued. Wild trout now make up the vast majority of fish in the river and their numbers have never been higher.
This section of the river continues to be popular among anglers and supports some of the highest angler-use in the region. Recent monitoring data indicates that fishing pressure, especially boat-angler pressure, has been increasing on the Upper Green. "It’s encouraging to see such a robust population of wild trout persisting within this section of the river," says Rhea, "especially considering all of the angling use the river supports right now."
One reassuring phenomenon Rhea has witnessed over the course of his career is a strong shift in voluntary catch-and-release angling on the Green and other popular river fisheries. "During the summers of 2019 and 2020, we interviewed over 300 anglers fishing the Green River and not a single angler reported harvesting a trout, despite catching and releasing hundreds of fish."
Similarly, the portion of the river sampled near Big Piney smashed historic records. Trout numbers were estimated at a fairly pedestrian 560/mile. "We have seen estimates of trout numbers higher in this reach," says Rhea, "but we have never seen a biomass estimate (the total number of pounds of fish) anywhere near what we recorded in 2020." Biomass estimates account for the total pounds of fish in the water. Despite similar numbers of fish in the river compared to previous years, greater biomass estimates indicate that the trout population is comprised of much larger individuals than years past.
By all accounts, 2020 may well have been the "glory days" of fishing on the Green River. Unfortunately, Rhea doesn’t expect the phenomenon to persist. "2020 was among the most ideal conditions for sampling trout in the Green River. Lower than average flows added to our capture efficiency and contributed to very precise estimates." However, persistent drought conditions and low flows do not bode well for fish populations in the future.
Lower than average discharge means less over-winter habitat and reduced survival for many fish in the river. "I suspect we will see a drop in overall fish numbers in 2021, and without significant snowfall during the winter, we may see dramatic impacts that will last for a period of years." Despite the current circumstances and short-term prospects of the river fishery, Rhea says he is largely encouraged by the outcome from the 2020 sampling effort. "It indicates, that overall, the river is healthy and resilient to annual changes in climate and flow."
"For close to 20 years, I have witnessed the ups and downs in the river fishery as a result of dry and wet periods, but if we continue to care for our water and land, and make the best use of our resources, I am certain the Green River fishery will persist for many generations to enjoy."
Antler hunting season begins May 1 (posted 3/23/2021)