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Expected to be completed by March 2025
Sublette County Hospital District
The Sublette County Hospital District is pleased to report that construction continues both on the Critical Access Hospital and the attached Skilled Nursing Facility. Representatives from USDA Rural Development were in town September 12th to review the progress to date. Glenn Pauley, Wyoming State Director of USDA Rural Development notes: "Rural Development staff across the nation have been working with the Sublette County Hospital District since the project’s inception to ensure it stays on track. We are pleased with the construction completed so far, and look forward to the day Sublette County residents can rely on a critical access hospital for their medical needs."
Nathan Pitman, Project Manager for Layton Construction, writes, "Now that the high energy compaction of the site has concluded, Layton, Teletractors and several other trades are hard at work laying out and digging the foundations of the new building footprint. Over the next 30 days Teletractors will dig all the footings and foundations for both the Critical Access Hospital and Long-Term Care Facility. Meanwhile, the concrete subcontractor will begin tying and installing rebar reinforcements and pouring the concrete footing foundations and stem walls." Once this process is complete, he notes, "Teletractors will backfill the entire building footprint to allow for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing trades to begin install of the under-slab utilities. While these items are in work, the structural steel subcontractor is also in the process of manufacturing the structural steel package in preparation for standing the steel structure in the near future."
The project remains on schedule. "We are working hard behind the scenes to keep all of the USDA paperwork current," notes SCHD Administrator Dave Doorn. "Layton’s team and Karl Lueschow, our owner’s representative, are doing a great job of managing the project."
Sublette Center Administrator Dawn Walker notes, "We are grateful to have such an experienced team helping make this vision a reality. The Center is excited to see so many local businesses involved in the project. It really is a community effort." Construction is expected to be complete in March 2025.
To learn more about the project, please visit www.sublettehospitaldistrict.org/future-plans
Wyoming Game & Fish
LA BARGE, WYOMING — The Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing Project, led by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Department of Transportation, is now complete and big game animals are actively using the underpasses. The project includes nine underpasses and 17 miles of 8-foot tall fencing on both sides of U.S. Highway 189 to encourage big game, primarily mule deer and pronghorn, to use the underpasses and avoid wildlife-vehicle collisions.
The media is invited to join WYDOT and Game and Fish for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. A virtual option will also be provided.
This section highway has one of the highest wildlife-vehicle collision rates in Wyoming. It goes through the Wyoming Range, which serves as crucial winter range for one of the largest mule deer herds in the west. WYDOT numbers show from 2018-20 an average of 68 animal carcasses are picked up by maintenance crews.
The total project cost was $15.1 million, supported by the federal BUILD grant, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Wyoming Transportation Commission. Other supporters include the public, Sublette County, conservation organizations, private donors and landowners.
Underpasses are a proven asset in reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions, increasing motorist safety and preserving wildlife resources. Seven underpasses and 8-foot-high fencing along a 13.5-mile stretch of Wyoming Highway 30 west of Kemmerer resulted in an 81% reduction in deer-vehicle collisions after three years. Another project on U.S. Highway 191 near Pinedale with underpasses, fencing and two overpasses eliminated pronghorn collisions after three years, and mule deer collisions dropped by 79%.
Wyoming has identified 240 projects statewide to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. An online map depicting high-collision sections of roads across Wyoming can be found on the Game and Fish website.
Nationwide Emergency Alert Test October 4th (posted 10/2/2023)
Governor Gordon calls for complete withdrawal of BLM’s Rock Springs RMP Draft (posted 10/1/2023)
In memory of US Senator Diane Feinstein from California
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
CHEYENNE, WYOMING - In accordance with a proclamation by the President of the United States, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff immediately until the day of interment in honor and memory of Senator Diane Feinstein. An updated flag notification will be sent out once a date has been confirmed.
The Presidential Proclamation follows:
Senator Dianne Feinstein was a pioneering American and a true trailblazer. In San Francisco, she showed enormous poise and courage in the wake of tragedy, and became a powerful voice for American values. In the United States Senate, she turned passion into purpose, and led the fight to ban assault weapons, also making her mark on everything from national security to the environment to protecting civil liberties. Senator Feinstein was a role model for so many Americans and she had an immense impact on younger female leaders for whom she generously opened doors. She was a historic figure, and our country will benefit from her legacy for generations.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Dianne Feinstein, 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, on the day of interment. 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 twenty-ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-eighth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR
Editor’s note: Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein was an American politician who served as a Democratic United States senator from California from 1992 until her death in 2023. She served as mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. She passed away at age 90 on September 29, 2023. She was the oldest sitting U.S. senator.
Prescribed burns planned for Fall on Big Piney Ranger District (posted 9/18/2023)
Prescribed burns planned for Fall on Kemmerer Ranger District (posted 9/18/2023)
TerraPower media release
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON – August 16, 2023 – TerraPower announced today the purchase of land in Kemmerer, Wyoming where the NatriumTM Reactor Demonstration Project will be built.
"This milestone purchase marks another step towards providing clean, reliable power to the grid and good-paying jobs in Wyoming," said Chris Levesque, President and CEO of TerraPower. "We have a great relationship with the community in Kemmerer, and we will continue working closely with local stakeholders and statewide officials as this project moves forward." The land was previously owned by PacifiCorp.
Wyoming and Kemmerer have a long and rich history of energy production; the Natrium technology is an advanced nuclear reactor and energy storage system and will be the first commercial reactor to be operated in the state. Sited near a retiring coal facility, the Natrium demonstration plant is the only coal-to-nuclear project under development in the world and will provide new jobs in western Wyoming for decades to come. The project is expected to have a peak workforce of 1,600 construction jobs and 250 full-time employees will be needed to support day-to-day operations when the plant comes online.
"In addition to the benefit of clean power and future jobs created, the City of Kemmerer has experienced many positive impacts since being chosen as the site of the first TerraPower Natrium advanced nuclear reactor," said City of Kemmerer Administrator Brian Muir. "The community is optimistic about our economic future. We’ve already seen increased residential and commercial real estate development."
The land purchase marks another milestone for the Natrium project. Earlier this month, TerraPower announced the first round of contracts for suppliers supporting the development of the Natrium reactor, strengthening the advanced nuclear supply chain throughout North America. In July, TerraPower announced an MOU with Centrus Energy Corp. to significantly expand their collaboration to ensure the Natrium demonstration reactor has access to high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to meet the project’s 2030 operation date.
The Natrium reactor demonstration project is a public-private partnership, and part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). The demonstration plant will validate the design, construction, and operational features of the Natrium technology. The project features a 345MW sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system.
The storage technology can boost the system’s output to 500MW of power when needed, which is equivalent to the energy required to power around 400,000 homes. The energy storage capability allows the plant to integrate seamlessly with renewable resources.
TerraPower is a leading nuclear innovation company that strives to improve the world through nuclear energy and science. Since it was founded by Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries, TerraPower has emerged as an incubator and developer of ideas and technologies that offer energy independence, environmental sustainability, medical advancement and other cutting-edge opportunities. It accepts and tackles some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Behind each of its innovations and programs, TerraPower actively works to bring together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public and private sectors to answer pressing global needs. Learn more at terrapower.com.