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|Health Care talks continue Tuesday, Feb. 18: The Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Sublette Center, Sublette County Commissioners, and Towns have been having several meetings and discussions recently continuing talks about the Critical Access Hospital and future of health care in the county. The Commissioners will have the topic on their agenda at 11:00AM at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18th in the Commissioners meeting room of the Sublette County Courthouse in Pinedale. They will elaborate more about their contribution offers to the process as discussions move forward with a proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the SCRHCD and Sublette Center and the desire to build a Critical Access Hospital. It will be about ½ hour time slot on the agenda and there will be opportunity for public comment. Meeting Agenda|
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Anny Malo, from Quebec, Canada, is the champion of the 25th edition of the Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. She was also the winner of the 2019 race. Second Place winner was Lina Streeper, herself a two-time champion of the race. Malo six of the seven stages in this year’s race. Alix Crittenden of Bondurant, took 3rd place. Crittenden also won 3rd place last year. She has been running dogs out of race founder Frank Teasley’s Jackson Hole Iditarod Kennel in Hoback Canyon. Click on this link for more details of the final results of the 2020 Pedigree Stage Stop Race
www.wyomingstagestop.org Pedigree Stage Stop Race
2020 Finishing Banquet Feb. 8, 2020 at the Jackson Conference Centre
Pinedale Stage Stop
Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stop
White Pine Ski Area put up for sale (posted 2/7/2020)
Wolf News Roundup 2/07/2020 (posted 2/7/2020)
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council brought the Peking Acrobats to Pinedale on Wednesday, February 5th for a breathtaking performance by acrobatic athletes from China. Their performance began with live musicians entertaining the audience with playing traditional Chinese musical instruments.
The main performance involved male and female acrobats who performed graceful and daring maneuvers including amazing balancing feats, precision tumbling and back flips, juggling, graceful gymnastic maneuvers suspended high above the stage floor from ribbons and hoops, multi-level stacked human balancing formations, and death-defying balancing feats on a moving bicycle. One of the most amazing feats was a daring man building and climbing a tall tower of precariously stacked chairs and balancing himself high atop in graceful gymnastic positions, all without a safety line.
The troupe also gave a special performance the day before to students in Big Piney. PFAC gives special thanks to the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation, Tegeler & Associates, Don Kendall, Sublette BOCES #1, Wyoming Arts Council, Sublette County Recreation Board, and the Town of Pinedale Lodging Tax in helping support this program.
Peking Acrobats Facebook page
www.pinedalefinearts.com Pinedale Fine Arts Council
Yellowstone recruits for 2020 Youth Conservation Corps program (posted 2/6/2020)
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
On February 4th 2020, Sublette County Sheriff K.C Lehr, Undersheriff Lance Gehlhausen, Lieutenant Dave Siefkes, and Sergeant Travis Bingham attended the Wyoming Special Olympics Winter Games Opening Ceremonies held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The day started with a 4 mile Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) which was comprised of law enforcement officers and athletes from Wyoming and South Dakota. This is the third year the LETR has been incorporated in to the opening ceremonies for the Wyoming Special Olympics Winter Games.
The torch run begins at the Jackson Hole Visitor’s Center then rallies at the town square, where Jackson vice-mayor, Hailey Morton Levinson, welcomed athletes with a proclamation. The relay then continues through the streets of Jackson Hole before meeting up with highway 189/191 and eventually ending at Jackson Hole High School. That evening at the Jackson Hole High School auditorium the torch was ushered in by Jackson Hole athlete Gary Endecott and the Special Olympic flame was lit to officially open the 2020 Special Olympic Winter Games.
Sublette County was represented by local Big Piney athlete Ian Jones who is competing in Cross Country Skiing. Twenty-seven teams with more than 200 athletes from all across Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, and Montana gather to compete this week in various locations throughout Jackson Hole. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office wishes all the athletes the best of luck this year!
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Coronavirus outbreak risk remains low in Wyoming (posted 2/4/2020)
Wyoming Game & Fish Department
The 2019 Annual Report of Grizzly Bear Management Captures, Relocations, and Removals completed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is now available on the department website. The annual report is required by state statute and quantifies management actions by the Game and Fish in relation to grizzly bear conflict resolution in Wyoming outside the National Parks and Wind River Reservation.
Because grizzly bears remain under federal protection, WG&F manages grizzly bears in Wyoming under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"We have documented an increasing distribution of grizzly bears throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which leads to a higher conflict potential, especially as bears expand into more agricultural, residential and human-dominated landscapes," said Brian DeBolt, large carnivore conflict coordinator. "Game and Fish responds with proactive and responsive management strategies; this report summarizes those situations requiring an on-the-ground capture effort to reduce conflict."
There was a significant decrease in grizzly bear conflict activities and subsequent management actions by WG&F compared to 2018 due to a strong natural food year coupled with the previous year’s management actions and grizzly bear population dynamics. In 2019, there were no human injuries or fatalities due to grizzly bears.
During 2019, WG&F captured 33 individual grizzly bears in 34 capture events in an attempt to prevent or resolve conflicts; meaning 1 bear was captured twice. Most captures were adult males.
Of the 34 capture events, 20 captures were a result of bears killing livestock (primarily cattle), 10 were captures involving bears that obtained food rewards (pet, livestock food, garbage, fruit trees), or were frequenting developed sites or human populated areas unsuitable for grizzly bear occupancy. Three events were non-target captures at livestock depredation sites, and 1 bear was captured and relocated from the Cody landfill.
Of the 34 capture events, 18 (53%) were in Park County, 8 (23%) were in Sublette County, 4 (12%) were in Fremont County, 3 (9%) were in Hot Springs County and 1 (3%) was in Teton County.
Of the 34 capture events, there were 15 relocation events (Figure 2). All relocated grizzly bears were released on U.S. Forest Service lands in or adjacent to the Primary Conservation Area. Of the 15 relocation events, 9 were conducted in Park County (60%), 5 (33%) were in Teton County, and 1 (8%) was in Fremont County.
Grizzly bears are removed (lethally or through live placement in an approved facility) from the population due to a history of previous conflicts, a known history of close association with humans, or they were deemed unsuitable for release into the wild (e.g. orphaned cubs, poor physical condition, or human safety concern). Of the 33 bears captured, 18 bears were removed from the population, and 1 bear died during capture. Of these 19 human-caused mortalities associated with management captures, 10 were outside of the Demographic Monitoring Area.
For more information on grizzly bear management captures, relocations, and removals, read the entire annual report linked below.
Grizzly Bear Report 2019 - Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Notice of Vacancy
Town of Pinedale
A vacancy in the office of The Pinedale Town Council has been created by the resignation of Councilman John Paravicini. This vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Town Council. Parties interested in filling the vacancy are invited to submit a letter of interest and a list of their qualifications therefor. All letters of interests and lists of qualifications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 2, 2020, by the Town Clerk, located at 69 Pinedale South Road, Pinedale, Wyoming. Letters of interests and lists of qualifications may be mailed to Town of Pinedale, P.O. Box 709, Pinedale, WY 82941. Sufficient time should be allowed to allow receipt by the Town Clerk by the cutoff date above. Interested parties must reside within the Town limits and be a registered voter of the Town of Pinedale and the State of Wyoming to be considered eligible.
The starting time of the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting has been changed to 4:00 PM, Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Commissioner’s Room of the Sublette County Courthouse; 21 South Tyler Avenue, Pinedale, Wyoming. It is anticipated that the meeting will commence with a short executive session. Following the executive session, a public hearing will be held to interview each candidate as deemed necessary and review their qualifications. An executive session may follow the interviews. If a majority of the Council is able to agree upon a particular candidate, it shall then by resolution appoint that candidate to fill the office. Appointment shall be until the seating of officers after the next general Town election.
www.townofpinedale.us Town of Pinedale
WYDOT starts issuing new, more secure driver licenses and ID cards (posted 1/28/2020)