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|Ozone Action Day update, Friday, March 22, 2019: The Town of Pinedale is asking Pinedale residents to do their part to minimize any ozone precursor emissions during Ozone Action Days. They will be strongly enforcing the Wyoming no-idling laws on these days. They ask that residents consolidate trips in vehicles, limit the idling of vehicles and machinery, and eliminate the unnecessary use of wood burning stoves. See related stories below for more information.|
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Update on high ozone levels near Boulder (posted 3/22/19)
Residents asked to minimize ozone precursor emissions
Town of Pinedale media release
Attention Pinedale Residents: We would like to call attention to the Ozone Action Days that have been recently instituted by the Air Quality Division of Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality. The Town of Pinedale is doing our part by limiting vehicular activities such as plowing and grading to a minimum in order to reduce any precursor emissions. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate resident understanding and cooperation. Additionally, the Town of Pinedale will be more strongly enforcing the Wyoming no-idling law (§31-5-509) during Ozone Action Days, which states that no vehicle shall remain idling, while parked, for more than 20 minutes.
Ozone is a type of air pollutant created by dangerous levels of volatile organic particles and nitrogen oxide emissions in the air. These pollutants become compounded with weather conditions such as strong temperature inversions, low winds, high amounts of snow cover, and bright sunlight. It can cause many respiratory issues in vulnerable populations, specifically children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory issues. It is advised that activities involving long durations of outdoor exposure and/or strenuous activity be limited, particularly towards afternoon and evening.
We also ask that Pinedale residents do their part in decreasing these dangerous Ozone emissions where possible by consolidating trips in vehicles, limiting the idling of vehicles & machinery, and eliminating the unnecessary use of wood burning stoves.
www.townofpinedale.us Town of Pinedale website
Update on high ozone levels near Boulder Pinedale Online! March 22, 2019
Enzi, Barrasso statements on federal judge halting new oil and gas drilling in Wyoming (posted 3/22/19)
Wolf News Roundup 3/21/2019 (posted 3/21/19)
Big Sandy Enlargement Meeting March 26th (posted 3/17/19)
Wolf delisting proposed (posted 3/17/19)
G&F invites the public to discuss proposed 2019 hunting seasons (posted 3/17/19)
BLM offers new incentives to encourage more adoptions of wild horses and burros (posted 3/12/19)
2019 civilian firearms training offered in Rock Springs (posted 3/12/19)
Governor signs temporary executive order to expedite propane deliveries (posted 3/12/19)
Wolf News Roundup 3/11/2019 (posted 3/11/19)
The Pinedale Lions Club hosted the 2019 Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 2019. The two-day fishing event featured over $7,000 in cash and prizes. 248 participants enjoyed their time on the lake, even if the catching was slow. Over 65% of registrants were from out of town, providing a nice little boost to the local economy.
Saturday’s $1,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Yeti, was won by Matt Letsinger with a 40" lake trout that weighed in at 21.6#.
First Bank donated the $400 2nd place prize which went to Daniel Racich with a 35" and 11# lake trout – he also received a $100 hourly prize due to the limited number of fish turned in. Mike Jackson’s 20" rainbow trout weighed just 2.4 pounds, but earned him $200 for 3rd biggest fish, $200 for largest rainbow and a $100 hourly prize for a total of $500! Fourth place honors went to Javier Reyes and his 18-1/2", 2.4# rainbow. Shane Cooper turned in the largest brown trout, an 18-½" and 2.0 pound entry.
Hourly prizes of $100 were also won by Terry Eaton and Gary Ondrisko.
In the Youth division, Mason Kleeman reeled in a 25" 3.2# fish for the Grand Prize of $100 and Jayce Borghi turned in a 21 ¼" 1.8# fish to win a rod donated by A to Z Hardware.
Because Wyoming Game & Fish regulations limit the number of big fish in possession at any one time, the Pinedale Lions Club provided a fish cleaning and cooking station, complete with warm running water and heated with a wood stove. Saturday’s two largest fish were happily consumed by around 35 participants, allowing those lucky anglers to participate again the next day.
Sunday’s action wasn’t any faster, but there was a bigger fish. Cory White’s 21.8 pound, 39-½" lake trout was the largest of the weekend and earned him the $1,000 Grand Prize donated by Enviremedial Services Inc. Charlie Kleeman brought in a 32-¼" and 10.6# lake trout for 2nd place’s $400 sponsored by Bighorn Construction. Rebel Auto donated the 3rd place prizes both days – Sunday’s $200 was won by Joey Majhanovich and his 6.6# 29.75# fish. Dave Pape rounded out the prize list with his 24" and 2.8# trout, good enough for $150 from Rider Property Management.
Those fishermen and women who stuck around for the awards presentation on Sunday afternoon were rewarded with numerous door prizes, including cash from the hourly slots when no fish were turned in. Youth prizes were in abundance, and there was even a special award for the oldest fisherman (who shall remain nameless, but was in his 7th decade…). A big shout out to youth participant Jayce Borghi for being the only fisherman to turn in fish both days of the derby!
Grand Prize $1,000 Rocky Mtn Yeti Matt Letsinger 21.6# 40" Lake
2nd $400 First Bank Daniel Racich 11# 35" Lake
3rd $200 Rebel Auto Mike Jackson 2.4# 20" Rainbow
4th $150 Bucky’s Javier Reyes 2.4# 18 ½" Rainbow
Brown $200 Best of the West Outfitters Shane Cooper 2.0# 18 ½" Brown
Rainbow $200 Green River ValleyProgram of JHLT Mike Jackson 2.4# 20" Rainbow
Youth Grand $100 Gannett Sports Mason Kleeman 3.2# 25"
Youth 2nd Rod A to Z Hardware Jayce Borghi 1.8# 21 ¼"
Grand Prize $1,000 Enviremedial Services Inc. Cory White 21.8# 39.5" Lake
2nd $400 Bighorn Construction Charlee Kleeman 10.6# 32.1/4"
3rd $200 Rebel Auto Joey Majhanovich 6.6# 29.75" Lake
4th $150 Rider Property Management David Pape 2.8# 24" Lake
Brown $200 Benchmark Plumbing
Rainbow $200 Bridger Speed n Sport
Youth Grand $100 Square Top Consulting Jayce Borghi 2.4# 21 ¾"
Youth 2nd Rod Bridger Smith 1.8# 19"
A portion of proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Fishing for the Fight in memory of Lion Charles Stough, to benefit cancer patients in our community.
The Lions would like to thank Lakeside Lodge and J.M. Horn’s at Lakeside for allowing us to take over their beautiful facility, the Town of Pinedale for all their plowing and support, the Pinedale Travel & Tourism Commission for advertising dollars, JuLieta from Overland Diaries for the fabulous photography, special volunteers Terri & Bruce Bartley, and Joseph and Chauncey from Fishing for the Fight.
Cash and Prizes were generously donated by Rocky Mountain Yeti, Enviremedial Services Inc., First Bank, Rebel Auto, A to Z Hardware, Benchmark Plumbing, Best of the West Outfitters, Bighorn Construction, Bridger Speed ‘n’ Sport, Bucky’s Outdoors, Clayton Wallace Construction, Country Lane Gas & Groceries, Country Lane Liquor, Cowboy Shop, Dave’s Last Stand, Design Electric, Doug Vickrey, Elevation Tax & Accounting, FlowRight Plumbing, Gannett Sports, Green River Gear, Green River Valley Program of JHLT, Hampton Inn & Suites, High Country Suites, John & Jackie Godfrey, Lakeside Lodge, Mason Law, Office Outlet, Pinedale Properties, Richard & Sheila Duginski, Rider Property Management, Ridley’s Ace Hardware, Specialty Sheetrock, Square Top Consulting, Sublette Communications, VFW Post 4801 and Winsupply.
This event was based out of Lakeside Lodge, four miles north of Pinedale and operates under a special use permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Pinedale Ranger District.
Click on this link for more pictures: 2019 Big Fish Winter Derby
Pinedale Lions Club
Pinedale Lions Club Facebook page
www.lakesidelodge.com Lakeside Lodge, on Fremont Lake, Pinedale, Wyoming
www.VisitPinedale.org Pinedale area lodging and visitor information
Fishing for the Fight
Annual conference in Rock Springs June 18-21
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
SWEETWATER COUNTY — The U.S. Army’s groundbreaking 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy that crossed the United States from Washington, DC to San Francisco — ultimately a source of inspiration for the Interstate Highway System — passed through Sweetwater County.
The convoy’s mission was multi-faceted, but its basic goal was to test equipment and determine the feasibility of motorized cross-country travel. Eighty-one vehicles and trailers, including heavy cargo trucks, light trucks, water tankers, mobile machine shops, an "artillery wheeled tractor," cars, and motorcycles, manned by 24 officers and 258 enlisted men, covered the 3,200-plus miles from Washington to San Francisco in 62 days, sometimes at little better than a jogging pace.
Among the convoy’s officers was a future President of the United States; 29-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A century ago, road conditions west of the Mississippi were primitive. What would become the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Highway 30) and Interstate 80 in the west was often little more than series of dirt roads, rutted wagon trails, and abandoned railbeds. Breakdowns were constant, and bridges (14 in Wyoming alone) frequently had to be strengthened or repaired.
The convoy left Washington on July 7, 1919, and entered Wyoming a month later, on August 8. (In Cheyenne, the men were treated to a rodeo at Frontier Park.)
On August 13, the convoy reached Sweetwater County. As noted in its official log:
"At Creston Station a Class B truck slipped off the road and was helped back by another Class B… near Latham Station, [about 5 ½ miles west of present-day Creston Junction], Class B water tanker #80216 ran off road on abandoned railroad grade and rolled over 270 degrees, resting on left side. It was righted by 2 Class B’s, and proceeded under its own power in 20 min."
At Wamsutter, the convoy made numerous repairs and, three miles from Tipton, a mobile blacksmith vehicle sheared through a bridge’s floor planks and "narrowly averted dropping into 12′ ravine." That night the party "Camped on Red Desert, on barren, sandy plain, no inhabitants or buildings other than railroad personnel and property. Nearest natural water supply 16 miles."
The next day, the convoy "stopped for lunch at Point of Rocks," and proceeded from there to Rock Springs. The log noted that "The intensely dry air, absence of trees and green vegetation, and parched appearance of the landscape exerted depressing influence on personnel."
The night of August 14 was spent in Green River. At Granger, "a doubtful bridge about 60′ long was successfully passed by using great care." The convoy’s next stop was Fort Bridger. Three weeks later, it reached Oakland and was ferried across the Golden Gate to San Francisco.
Nearly 40 years later, as president, Eisenhower championed successful passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which created the Interstate Highway System – officially titled the "Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways." Today the system features some 50,000 miles of interstate roadways nationwide. There is little doubt that Eisenhower’s participation in the 1919 convoy was a powerful influence in shaping his views on long-distance motorized travel and transport.
This year the Lincoln Highway Association is hosting a cross-country tour to commemorate the convoy’s 100th anniversary from August 31 to September 16. In addition, the Association will hold its annual conference in Rock Springs June 18-21. For more information, go to the Association’s website at www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org.
An excellent article about the 1919 convoy by Lori Van Pelt can be found on the Wyoming State Historical Society’s website, WyoHistory.org, at
Dick Blust, Jr., Sweetwater County Historical Museum
SWEETWATER COUNTY - March 8 is International Women's Day, which has been "celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women" since 1975.
From its early days as a territory, and later, as a state, Wyoming led the way in pioneering women’s rights.
The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River is commemorating the following the following Wyoming firsts in a special timeline:
1869- Wyoming Territory becomes the first government on the planet to permanently grant women the right to vote. (The 19th Amendment granting national women’s suffrage will not be passed for another 50 years, in 1919.)
1870- Esther Hobart Morris of South Pass City (then part of Sweetwater County) is appointed the first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. In Laramie, six women become the first to serve on a jury. Martha Symons Boies Atkinson of Albany County is appointed the first woman court bailiff in the world.
1894- Estelle Reel is elected Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction; she is the first woman ever elected to statewide office.
1920- Jackson becomes the first town in America to be governed solely by women, with a female mayor, town council, and town marshal.
1925- Nellie Tayloe Ross takes office as Governor of Wyoming, the first woman in the United States to be elected governor. Later she is appointed the first female Director of the United States Mint, a post she fills from 1933 to 1953.
1959- Harriet Elizabeth "Liz" Byrd of Cheyenne becomes the first full-time, certified African-American teacher in Wyoming when she is hired by the Laramie County School District. In 1980, she is elected and serves in the Wyoming State Legislature through 1988, and goes on to be elected to the Wyoming State Senate, where she serves until 1992, the first female African-American to achieve both offices.
Today, the statues of Esther Hobart Morris at the entrance of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne and the Hall of Columns in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC commemorate not only her, but all Wyoming’s pioneer women and the motto that dominates Wyoming’s State Seal: "Equal Rights."
Click on this link for more pictures: Wyoming led the way for women's rights
www.sweetwatermuseum.org/ Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Wyoming Department of Transportation
The new wildlife conservation plates are off to a strong start, with the public acquiring more than 500 since the Jan. 1 unveiling.
The new plate features a mule deer design as a way to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and to help protect wildlife migration routes. The state Legislature passed a statute last year creating the new plate. The Wyoming Transportation Commission then approved the design in consultation with stakeholders.
As of Feb. 27, WYDOT has issued 503 of the new plates. Out of Wyoming’s 23 counties, Laramie issued the most so far at 75, figures from the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Services program showed for Feb. 27. The other counties topping the list included Sweetwater and Fremont at 65 each, Natrona at 47, Teton at 40 and Lincoln at 35.
"The public indicated they wanted a specialty plate that supports wildlife conservation efforts," said Taylor Rossetti, WYDOT Support Services administrator. "The state Legislature then approved the new plate and WYDOT worked to get it ready and available for the public. The proceeds from the sale of this plate will go toward supporting wildlife conservation projects related to the transportation system."
Some of those projects include signage, animal crossings, fences and other related work.
The initial application fee is $180, of which $150 goes to the conservation fund and $30 toward the specialty plate fee. Then, motorists will pay $50 each year as an annual fee for the plate. For those who want an embossed plate, there is an additional $50 charge.
WYDOT issues the plates in the order received and they are issued based on demand, with no limit to the amount of plates.
However, per state statute, WYDOT will have to issue at least 1,000 plates from 2019 until Dec. 31, 2023 in order to continue to offer them after 2023.
The plate applications are available on WYDOT’s website.
"After a customer applies for the wildlife plate, WYDOT will send the license plate to the county treasurer," said Debbie Lopez, Motor Vehicle Services manager. "The county treasurer will then contact the customer and let them know it’s in. They can then come in and trade out the plate they have on their vehicle for the wildlife plate."
The wildlife conservation plate is one of 13 specialty plates offered by WYDOT. For a complete listing of plates, visit WYDOT’s website.
The conservation plate is also an outgrowth of the cooperation between WYDOT and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Over the years, both agencies have worked together to address wildlife connectivity issues. WYDOT also has an immense amount of data on wildlife and connectivity information it uses when considering highway projects.
Wyoming Roots Music Festival
Wyoming Roots Music Festival
ROCK SPRINGS — This could be the opportunity Wyoming bands have been waiting for all their lives.
The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency wants to showcase the amazing talent that exists in Wyoming at the first annual Wyoming Roots Music Festival. The event takes place at the Broadway Theater on September 14.
If selected, the band will play a 30-minute set. The band will have access to the house sound system only; any additional sound requirements must be provided by the entertainers, and it will be covered with a $300 stipend.
The festival will feature five bands.
Musicians need to send a sample of their music in digital format, CD or link, a current resume of any music performance history and references and any support materials, such as copies of show programs, reviews, newspaper/magazine articles.
Wyoming Roots Music Festival will be a part of Downtown Rock Springs ARTember event.
More information can be found on downtownrs.com or broadwayrs.com. Applicants may call the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency at 307-352-1434.
BLM issues Record of Decision for the Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline (posted 3/4/19)