Local man killed in vehicle roll-over (posted 11/18/18)
Jared Sare victim of injuries
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
PINEDALE - Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Sublette County Unified Fire and Sublette County EMS respond to a fatal vehicle crash on State Highway 352.
Early this morning, November 18th 2018, at approximately 2:45am, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received an OnStar collision activation call near mile marker 11 on State Highway 352. Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputies, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Sublette County EMS and Sublette County Unified Fire were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputies found the vehicle off the road and down a hill and had appeared to have rolled over and the driver had not been wearing a seatbelt. Unfortunately the driver, identified as Jared Sare of Pinedale was deceased on scene as a result of injuries from the accident. Wyoming Highway Patrol has taken over the ongoing investigation into the crash.
The Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the Sare family in this difficult time.
Editor's Note; A GoFundMe account has been set up hoping to raise $50,000 for the Sare family. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/jared-sare?member=114944
Red Steagall visits Museum of the Mountain Man (posted 11/18/17)
TV personality Red Steagall was at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale to film an episode of his program on RFDTV called 'Somewhere West of Wall Street.' Photo courtesy Museum of the Mountain Man.
To film for program ‘Somewhere West of Wall Street’
On Friday, November 16th, Red Steagall visited the Museum of the Mountain Man (MMM) in Pinedale along with his TV film crew. Steagall is an actor, singer, songwriter, poet, cowboy, radio and TV host. He came to profile the MMM for an episode of his history TV program ‘Somewhere West of Wall Street.’ His show focuses on museums and historic sites that present and perpetuate the image and lifestyle of the American West. He and his crew have been traveling through Montana and Wyoming visiting museums and historical sites upcoming shows.
He met with Executive Director Clint Gilchrist to film some talking sessions staged in front of three different museum displays and toured through the Museum taking pictures of displays for filler shots.
The episode will run on the RFDTV station sometime in 2019. ‘Somewhere West of Wall Street’ airs Mondays - 9:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM CT, 7:30 PM MT, 6:30 PM PT.
Raised in the cow country of the Texas Panhandle with a passion for the western lifestyle, Red Steagall competed in rodeos as a youth and learned to play the guitar and mandolin. After college, Steagall traveled to California to share western traditions and values with the rest of the world through songs, poems, books, television and movies. Although Red Steagall is best known for his Texas swing dance music, he is also highly respected by Texas cowboys for the lyrical way in which he writes about the western way of life. He was honored as the Poet Laureate of Texas in 2006, received the prestigious Charles Goodnight Award in 2006, and was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City in 2003.
The Museum of the Mountain Man is located in Pinedale, Wyoming. Built in 1990, it interprets the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Era of the 1820s to 1840s. It also includes displays about early Sublette County and Pinedale history. It works in close association with members of the American Mountain Men Association on displays, artifact interpretation, and living history programs. The Museum is open daily from 9AM to 5PM from May through October, and by appointment during the winter season. The big events of the year for the Museum are Living History Days in May and Green River Rendezvous Days in July. The Museum can be reached at 307-367-4101, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on their Facebook page.
Click on this link for more pictures.
Somewhere West of Wall Street TV program on RFDTV
Red Steagall Facebook page
www.mmmuseum.com Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
Museum of the Mountain Man Facebook page
Watch for migrating elk south of Jackson (posted 11/18/18)
The Wyoming Game & Fish and Wyoming Department of Transportation are working to build new wildlife fencing along the highway south of Jackson to help direct migrating elk and deer to safe road crossings. Photo courtesy Mark Gocke, Wyoming Game & Fish Department.
Wyoming Game & Fish Department
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming Department of Transportation are asking motorists to be especially alert for wildlife when traveling through the construction zone on Wyoming Highway 89 south of Jackson. Construction crews are building a wildlife-proof fence designed to force wildlife to use established underpasses to safely cross under the highway, but the fence is currently not complete and some animals, primarily elk, are finding their way into the highway right-of-way and they may not easily find one of the openings allowing them back out.
Mobile electronic signs have been placed at both ends of the construction zone warning motorists to be alert for animals on the highway. Also, personnel from both the Wyoming Game and Fish and Wyoming Highway Patrol have been doing their best to help elk out of the right-of-way whenever possible, but motorists are asked to be especially careful in this area for the next few weeks while elk are migrating to their wintering areas.
"The fence and crossing structures are all new for the migrating elk this fall and until the fence is complete and functioning properly, we’re all going to have to work together to try and avoid collisions with wildlife," said South Jackson Game Warden Kyle Lash.
When complete, likely next spring, the fence will force animals to safely cross by using the underpasses. And for the few animals that do find their way into the highway right-of-way, there will be wildlife "jumps" installed in the fenceline that allow animals to jump from a ledge out of the right-of-way, but not back in. "It will likely be a bit of a learning process for the animals for a year or two," said Lash. "But as they figure out the safe crossings, it’s going to be a great thing for wildlife, and motorists."
Click on this link for more on this story: Watch for elk crossing highway south of Jackson
Wolf News Roundup 11/16/2018 (posted 11/16/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Nationwide wolf delisting
McClatchy news reports that Congress is scheduled to consider a bill that would result in the nationwide removal of wolves from federal protections, while one activist group has just filed a lawsuit seeking a new national wolf recovery plan.
WA cattle depredations
According to the Capital Press, wolves drove the Washington’s largest domestic sheep producer off the national forest, and the question is whether the same will occur with the state’s largest cattle producer. Click on the link below to read about the wolf problems experienced by the Diamond M ranch.
WA lethal removal
On Nov. 13, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind paused action seeking to lethally remove the two remaining wolves from a pack that repeatedly preyed on cattle while occupying the old Profanity Territory (OPT) in Ferry County. However, the agency has not moved into a formal evaluation period.
On Sept. 12, Susewind authorized the initial incremental removal of OPT pack members after WDFW field staff confirmed that the pack had killed one calf and injured five others during the previous eight days on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment in the Kettle Range.
The Director’s action was consistent with both the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the department’s Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol, which allows WDFW to use lethal means to reduce future livestock depredations if the department documents three depredations by a pack on livestock within 30 days, or four within ten months.
Previously, on Sept. 28, WDFW had suspended the use of lethal measures after removing two wolves (a juvenile wolf and an adult female) from the pack, and initiated an evaluation period to determine whether that action would change the pack’s behavior.
However, by Oct. 23, the department documented six more depredations by the pack during the evaluation period for a total of 16 depredations (13 injured and three killed livestock) by the pack in under two months. The additional depredations prompted Susewind to reauthorize the removal operation. Using aircraft, WDFW staff attempted to remove the remaining two pack members (a collared adult male and an uncollared juvenile wolf) multiple times over a two-week period. Staff were unable to locate the uncollared wolf due to the dense forest canopy.
The proactive non-lethal deterrents deployed in the area are described in the wolf updates on Sept. 28, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26. By Nov. 9, the producer had removed all but a few of the 198 pairs from the grazing allotment.
Director Susewind is assessing the situation before considering any further action.
On Nov. 8, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) marksman shot and killed an adult male member of the Smackout wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on cattle on private grazing lands in Stevens County.
At that time, the pack included four to five adult wolves and no known pups. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind authorized the incremental removal of one to two members of the Smackout pack after WDFW field staff confirmed that the pack preyed on five cattle since Aug. 20.
The affected livestock producers had several proactive non-lethal wolf deterrent measures in place while livestock were on the range, including calving outside of known wolf territory, containment of livestock in fenced pastures, human presence around livestock, range riders, Fox lights and radio-activated guard (RAG) boxes in specific pastures, hazing wolves with nonlethal munitions, fladry, and the removal and/or confinement of sick and injured livestock and livestock carcasses (see wolf update on Nov. 6 for details for each producer).
After moving their cattle to private pastures, the producers also maintained human presence around livestock, deployed range riders and fladry, and observed approved sanitation practices place.
Four heifers were killed and one calf was injured in those depredation incidents, meeting the criteria for considering lethal action under WDFW's wolf-livestock interaction protocol. Under that policy, WDFW can lethally remove wolves if department staff documents three depredations by wolves on livestock within 30 days, or four within ten months, and depredations are expected to continue.
Because the most recent depredations involved larger cattle located on private pastures, WDFW wildlife managers expected the pattern of livestock depredation by wolves in this area to continue, leading to the recommendation of lethal removal.
After WDFW staff reported removing the adult male wolf, Susewind suspended removal operations and initiated an evaluation period to determine if that action will disrupt the pack’s pattern of depredating livestock.
Delisting - McClatchy DC Bureau
WA wolves - Capital Press
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Blind Bull Road reopens (posted 11/14/18)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger Teton National Forest has been given the green light from Central Federal Lands Highway Division to reopen the Blind Bull Road to vehicle traffic effective Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
The road was initially closed in June 2017 due to a large spring landslide that removed a section of the road.
Since then, a winter snowmobile route was made available beginning in the 2017-2018 season to provide alternative access to the winter warming hut at the top of the range. Over the winter however, another even larger slide removed a section of the main Greys River Road near Porcupine Creek.
While repairs on the Greys River Road took precedence, additional mid-season movement of the Porcupine landslide allowed contractors a window to switch their efforts to working on the Blind Bull Road. Work there seemed complete by fall, until seasonal moisture arrived and it quickly became clear that additional drainage structures were needed to provide for safety.
Opening Blind Bull Road even this late in the fall will allow public access for elk hunters holding a cow license in Area 90. Other recreationists, from photographers to Christmas tree gatherers, will also be able to benefit from this November opportunity. Winter users will appreciate the restoration of the original route, which provides a much more direct connection with a very popular Horse Creek Trailhead on the neighboring Big Piney Ranger District into the heart of Greys River.
The main Greys River Road closes seasonally on December 1 to wheeled traffic in order to allow a solid snow base to establish for winter over-snow vehicles.
For information on current conditions across the Bridger-Teton, contact the Forest at 307-739-5500.
Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue review case of missing hunter (posted 11/14/18)
Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue review case of missing hunter
Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell convened a conference Tuesday morning (November 13, 2018) with Sheriff’s Office command staff, County Search & Rescue, and Sweetwater County Emergency Management to review and evaluate the Terry Meador case.
The 74-year-old Meador, a retired Rock Springs teacher, was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on October 25 after he did not return from a solo hunting trip south of Rock Springs. His unoccupied vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was found badly stuck approximately 2-3/4 miles north of the summit of Pine Mountain. He has not been seen since, nor has there then been any cell phone or financial resources activity connected with him.
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 26th, 27th, and 28th were unsuccessful, and ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches on the 29th and 30th also produced negative results.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office mounted a major search operation on November 3 to stay ahead of the weather, predicted to worsen over the following days. Participating were sheriff's deputies, over 150 volunteers, canine teams, (including local teams and 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.
Unfortunately, this search, too, proved unsuccessful.
All in all, well over 60 square miles have now been searched by teams on foot and on horseback, canine teams, people with ATVs, four-wheel-drives, drones, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft on and around Pine Mountain. All structures within the search areas have been checked.
Lowell said low temperatures and adverse weather conditions have now compelled a suspension of official search-and-recovery operations.
"And while we realize that people may wish to conduct their own searches," Sheriff Lowell went on to say, "winter conditions can make such efforts risky. If you do choose to search on your own, be properly equipped and, equally important, leave word where you will be and when you plan to return."
Authorities continue to ask that anyone with information on the Meador case contact the Sheriff’s Office, (307) 872-3870.
BLM proposes to offer 144 parcels in March 2019 oil and gas lease sale (posted 11/14/18)
Bureau of Land Management
In keeping with the Administration’s goal of strengthening America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming is proposing to offer 144 oil and gas lease parcels totaling about 158,048 acres at its March 2019 quarterly lease sale. These parcels are located across the state, within every BLM Wyoming field office except the Cody Field Office.
The lease sale’s environmental assessment, lists and maps of the parcels, and the attached stipulations are online at https://go.usa.gov/xPpEv.
Today also kicks off a 30-day comment period, which will close Dec. 13, 2018. Please submit comments on our ePlanning website at the link above. The BLM will review and consider every comment received before preparing a final decision, but the most useful comments are specific and address distinct parcels or concerns.
BLM Wyoming plans to issue the lease sale notice on Jan 17, 2019. The lease sale is slated for March 19-20, 2019, and will be conducted online via www.energynet.com.
Wyoming is one of the country’s top energy producers on public lands. The state of Wyoming receives about 50 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale. The last BLM Wyoming lease sale, held in September, raised about $61 million.
JIO, PAPO Boards of Directors meet in Cheyenne in December (posted 11/14/18)
Bureau of Land Management
The Jonah Interagency Office (JIO) and Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) Boards of Directors are scheduled to meet at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Office in Cheyenne, Dec. 12.
The PAPO Board meeting will take place at 5400 Bishop Blvd in the Elk Room from 8:30 - 10 a.m. The JIO Board will meet immediately afterward and is expected to conclude by 11:30 a.m. Both meetings are open to the public.
Each board will review proposed budgets for 2019, receive updates on JIO/PAPO website maintenance and evaluate progress on active projects. The Board will make funding decisions necessary for wildlife monitoring and discuss the future of both JIO and PAPO.
Agendas for the JIO and PAPO Board meetings can be found at www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/whatsgoingon.htm. Additional information on the JIO/PAPO is available at www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/. For more information, please contact Kellie Roadifer at 307-367-5309 or email@example.com.
Natural gas prices reach $4 level (posted 11/14/18)
After nearly a decade of low prices, natural gas prices have recently been quietly rising, finally breaking the $4/Mcf threshold in early trading on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. This is the highest it has been since 2014. This is an interesting twist since the stock market and oil prices have been dropping to depressing lows and losses.
Conversely, natural gas prices had a more than 10% year-to-date gain at the end of October, and a more than 25% year-to-date gain through the end of mid-November 2018.
Natural gas inventories have been below normal for the past year. This is impacting the market due to the imbalance in inventory supply levels and projected upcoming demand. The demand for domestic natural gas is heavily affected by winter weather. If the upcoming winter is mild, then natural gas consumption could be low enough to restore inventories to normal levels. If weather is colder than normal, the market may tighten more, and industry reports speculate natural gas prices could reach $5/Mcf for some time.
This recent natural gas price increase could also have an impact the natural gas/coal/liquefied natural gas companies and power generation industries as they adjust to the potential implications of possible new trends in costs to produce goods and market pricing structures.
Is The Natural Gas Price Spike Sustainable? By Michael Lynch, www.forbes.com, Nov. 14, 2018
Natural-gas prices set to heat up just as temperatures start to fall By Myra P. Saefong, www.marketwatch.com, Oct. 12, 2018
U.S. Natural Gas Weekly update U.S. Energy Information Administration
NG Daily Price Index (subscriber news)
Transplanted wolf dead (posted 11/14/18)
National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) has been monitoring the wolves that were captured in Minnesota earlier this fall and transported to Isle Royale as part of a multi-year project to restore predation in the remote park. Sixteen different wolves were captured on the Grand Portage Chippewa reservation. Seven of those wolves were collared and released either on Isle Royale or at the site of capture. Young wolves were ear tagged and released. Collaring and ear tagging contribute to the Grand Portage Band’s monitoring program. Ear tags have been invaluable in determining age of wolves for the Isle Royale project and in population estimates on the mainland.
Four of the 16 wolves captured on the Grand Portage Reservation were transported to Isle Royale. The four wolves were examined by wildlife veterinarians, documented, tagged and fitted with tracking collars. The wolves selected for translocation to the park fit the requirements determined by wildlife professionals and established in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) signed by the NPS Regional Director in June 2018. They were deemed generally healthy, between the ages of two and five, and not from the same pack. Capture, health exams, translocation and release of wolves has been a team effort involving numerous agency and university personnel.
Since the wolves arrived on the island, park biologists have been tracking them using GPS technology, which allows daily monitoring of movement. The National Park Service confirmed today that one of the wolves relocated to the park this fall has died. Park staff became concerned when location data for the male wolf indicated a mortality signal, despite the fact that the collar was not functioning properly. The wolf’s collar malfunctioned from the onset of the project where it was sending a mortality signal even while game cameras provided photos of it and the collar tracked movements from the release site to the middle of the island and back.
Late last month, the collar indicated his movements appeared to be confined to a small location and the collar was in mortality mode. Because of the earlier malfunctions, park staff needed to determine whether the signal was truly a mortality signal. Isle Royale staff and partners from Grand Portage Band of Chippewa traveled to the island to find the wolf. They located it through telemetry and converged on the carcass to do a site investigation and recover it for necropsy. There was no obvious cause of death and no indication of wolf-on-wolf mortality. The wolf is being transported to the US Geological Services wildlife health lab in Madison, Wisconsin, for necropsy. Results are expected in December.
The three remaining relocated wolves are doing well and their movements are being tracked through GPS. They have occasionally been within 700 feet of each other while exploring the island. The park is continuing with this project and is planning relocation of wolves from Ontario in January.
Isle Royale - National Park Service
Wolf Watch - By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Wolf News Roundup 11/13/2018 (posted 11/14/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming opened Sept. 1. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 27 wolves have been harvested as of November 11. 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. Currently, only one hunt area has reached its quota. There have also been 34 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone so far in 2018.
Idaho allows both hunting and trapping seasons for wolves, and in 2017, harvested more than 280 wolves. According to the state wildlife agency: "Harvest quotas (limits) were initially used for managing wolf harvest in Idaho to ensure harvest was well-distributed across the state. After 7 years of harvest, it was apparent that harvest quotas were not needed as none had been reached. Consequently, harvest quotas requirements were removed beginning 2017."
Hunters and trappers may take up to five wolves per person, per year.
A Montana law allows landowners or their agents to take up to 100 wolves a year that potentially threaten livestock, domestic dogs or human safety. The quota will be examined in four 25-wolf increments. There have been three wolves killed in 2018 under the current quota.
Montana’s general rifle season for wolves runs from Sept. 15 through March 15, 2019, while the trapping season opens Dec. 15 and runs through Feb. 28, 2019. There is no quota system in place for most of the state’s wolf management units, and hunters may take up to five wolves per person maximum. There has been one wolf harvested from the three hunt areas with quotas.
In 2017, hunters and trappers harvested 254 wolves in Montana.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind today authorized the use of lethal measures to remove wolves from two packs that have repeatedly preyed on cattle on grazing lands in northeast Washington. The two wolf packs subject to lethal action are the Smackout pack in Stevens County and the Togo pack in Ferry County.
Susewind authorized the removal of one or two members of the Smackout pack after WDFW field staff confirmed that the pack preyed on five cattle since Aug. 20. Four heifers were killed and one calf was injured in those attacks on privately owned pastures.
The pack includes four or five adult wolves and no known pups, said Donny Martorello, WDFW wolf policy lead.
Martorello said the latest depredations were confirmed in the last week, crossing the threshold for considering lethal action under WDFW's wolf-livestock interaction protocol. Under that policy, WDFW can use lethal action to deter wolves if department staff documents three predations by wolves on livestock within 30 days, or four within 10 months.
"The purpose of this action is to change the pack's behavior and deter continuing predation on livestock," Martorello said. "That strategy is consistent with the guidelines established by the state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the department's protocol."
Susewind also authorized the removal of the remaining members of the Togo pack, which has accounted for the death or injury of six cattle over the past 10 months in Ferry County.
On Sept. 2, the department removed one male wolf from the pack after documenting six depredations by the pack, then suspended that operation to determine whether it would deter further attacks.
On Nov. 1, WDFW staff confirmed another injury to a calf by the Togo pack, prompting Susewind to reauthorize removing additional wolves from the pack. The Togo pack consists of one female adult wolf and two pups.
Because the affected cattle are on private land, Susewind issued a permit to the rancher allowing him, his immediate family or his employees to kill wolves if they enter the private fenced pasture where the livestock are located.
Consistent with WDFW's wolf-livestock protocol, the ranchers whose cattle were killed or injured by the two packs have employed range riders and other non-lethal measures to deter predation by wolves, Susewind said.
"Authorizing the removal of wolves is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my professional career," he said. "Our department is committed to working with a diversity of people and interests to find new ways to reduce the loss of both wolves and livestock in our state."
As of the first of the year, the state was home to at least 122 wolves, 22 packs, and 14 successful breeding pairs, according to an annual field study conducted by state, tribal, and federal wildlife managers. That compares to 27 wolves, five packs, and three successful breeding pairs documented in 2012.
Wyoming hunt - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Idaho - Idaho Fish & Game
Montana - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Washington - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
BLM replaces damaged culvert, reopens Bird Canyon Road (posted 11/12/18)
Photo courtesy BLM
Bureau of Land Management
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 https://www.blm.gov/wyoming.
Sublette County General Election results (posted 11/7/18)
Click here for Election Results (PDF).
Click here for precinct by precinct voting results (PDF)
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 www.fs.usda.gov/btnf/
Missing Rock Springs hunter still unfound (posted 11/5/18)
Terry Meador’s unoccupied blue 2013 Chevrolet was found stuck just north of Pine Mountain. Photo courtesy Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.
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.