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Funeral Service for Curtis Hendricks April 21 in Big Piney (posted 4/15/2024)
D.A.R. announces Davey Jackson Chapter 2024 History Essay contest award recipients (posted 4/9/2024)
Cat Urbigkit announces candidacy for House District 20 (posted 4/7/2024)
Sublette County Health receives $62,212 grant to purchase ultrasound equipment (posted 3/27/2024)
Spring bird report (posted 3/20/2024)
Fall and spring wildlife migration closures around Fremont Lake (posted 3/20/2024)

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April 15: Tax Day - For most taxpayers, the deadline to file their personal federal tax return, pay any tax owed or request an extension to file is Monday, April 15, 2024. This is also the deadline for C Corporations and Sole Proprietors Using a Calendar Year: Partnerships, LLCs and S Corporations using a calendar year had their taxes due on March 15, 2024.
April 16: ’Read with Smokey’ - Tuesday, at the Pinedale Library from 5 to 7 pm. Smokey Bear himself will be in attendance and fans young and old are encouraged to read selections from some of his favorite story books. Hot cocoa and s’mores will be provided. Hosted by the Bridger-Teton National Forest in celebration of Smokey Bear's 80th birthday.
April 19: High Altitude Market - Friday, 2-6PM, Lovatt Room, Pinedale Library. Sponsored by Main Street Pinedale.
April 20: Grand Opening of Pinedale Hotel & Suites Restaurant - Watch for more details. (307) 367-8300,
info@pinedalehotel.com, www.pinedalehotel.com

April 20: Open House at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Pinedale - Everyone welcome to see the remodeled building. 10:30AM to Noon, 1 Hawken Lane (near Cora Junction on US 191).
April 26: High Altitude Market - Friday, 2-6PM, Lovatt Room, Pinedale Library. Sponsored by Main Street Pinedale.

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Curtis Hendricks
Funeral Service for Curtis Hendricks April 21 in Big Piney (posted 4/15/2024)
Covill Funeral Home
Curtis Hendricks, 70, of Big Piney passed away in Riverton, WY April 8, 2024. A funeral service will be held Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Truth Ministries Church in Big Piney. A viewing will be held prior to the service at the church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow services in the Plainview Cemetery.

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Obituary – Curtis Hendricks, November 15, 1953 - April 8, 2024 Covill Funeral Home, Pinedale, Wyoming

D.A.R. announces Davey Jackson Chapter 2024 History Essay contest award recipients (posted 4/9/2024)
Three Pinedale Middle School 8th grade students have been awarded essay contest honors by the Davey Jackson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.).

The American History Essay Contest (AHEC) competition (for students in grades 5 to 8), comprised of specific rules including but not limited to essay length, topic, historical accuracy, grammar and originality. This year's AHEC topic was: "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Essays must focus on how a reporter during that time would cover the life of John Phillip Sousa and the song he created.

Aylen Mills placed first and was awarded $100, a bronze medal and a certificate for her essay. Aylen’s essay will advance to the state level against ten other DAR chapters within Wyoming. The Wyoming state winner will then advance to the National level.

Naomi Gaffney took first place in the State Level "Excellence in American History" state award. Naomi was awarded $75, a bronze medal and a book. Paxton Loveday took 2nd place and was awarded $50, a bronze medal and a book.

American History Participation Certificates were awarded to Jesus Angeles, Teagan Flidey, Oakley Francis, Hannah Green, Taggert Harber, Jocei Helm, Bailey Henn, London Jensen, Broden Joswiak, Taivyn Odom and Jackson Streeter.

Mr. Beau Youtz, Social Studies Teacher at Pinedale Middle School, is recognized for his support for this essay contest.

The Davey Jackson Chapter is very proud of the accomplishments of all these students.

The D.A.R. promotes annual essay contests to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and to learn about history in a new light. More information is available at www.dar.org or contact Lynne McDowell, Regent/President at lmcdowelldar@gmail.com.

We welcome you to learn more about the amazing history of DAR and what members are doing today to continue that legacy. The Davey Jackson Chapter welcomes your interest!

Cat Urbigkit
Cat Urbigkit announces candidacy for House District 20 (posted 4/7/2024)
Cat Urbigkit media release
With Albert Sommers’s decision not to seek re-election to House District 20, Boulder rancher and writer Cat Urbigkit announced on Friday, April 4, 2024 that she will be seeking the Republican nomination to represent the citizens of Sublette County and LaBarge in the Wyoming Legislature.

"I’d consider it an absolute honor to be elected to represent Sublette County and LaBarge in the Wyoming Legislature," she said. "I’ve been involved in policy and political issues for decades and believe that this district should continue to have a strong voice in Cheyenne."

Urbigkit is a rancher and writer based in the Big Sandy area who has spent most of her life in Sublette County. She started her career in journalism writing for the Pinedale Roundup before partnering with three dear friends to establish the Sublette Examiner. Urbigkit later left the newspaper business to write nonfiction books but has continued as a weekly columnist for Cowboy State Daily and was the owner and editor of a national sheep industry magazine until earlier this year.

"Over the last year, I’ve had so many people encouraging me to run for office and with my family’s blessing, I’ve decided to do it. Throughout my journalism career, I’ve been an advocate for the principles of good governance, of government in sunshine," Urbigkit said, "I have a history of researching and reporting on the facts, holding public officials accountable, and challenging governments to improve flawed programs – and I’d love to continue those efforts as a representative of House District 20 in the Wyoming Legislature."

"A few basic principles would guide my decision making as a legislator. First and foremost is adhering to the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions," Urbigkit said. "Beyond that, I would weigh whether legislation helps or harms our citizens, whether it protects or suppresses individual liberties, whether it reflects the proper role of government, and whether it is structured in a way that promotes the principles of good government.

"I’m a limited government Republican," Urbigkit said. "That means that I don’t believe the government should be sticking itself into every facet of our lives and limiting our liberties. I advocate for ‘Mind Your Own Business’ when it comes to government intrusion," she said. "Rather than imposing statewide mandates, I favor empowering local governments with the ability to respond to local needs.

"We need elected leaders whose priorities include doing the hard work of ensuring quality education for our children and strengthening our communities and economy. We need a representative who will quell government overreach and advance good governance principles such as transparency and accountability," she said.

"I have the strength for the fight and the heart to serve the people of House District 20," she said, adding that she looks forward to visiting with citizens throughout the district during the campaign. Learn more about Cat on her website at www.caturbigkit307.com.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Sublette County Health receives $62,212 grant to purchase ultrasound equipment (posted 3/27/2024)
Sublette County Hospital District
MARBLETON, WYOMING — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $62,212 to the Sublette County Health Foundation to purchase a new Sonosite Point of Care Ultrasound for the Marbleton Medical Clinic as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state.

Board chair Tonia Hoffman writes, "The Sublette County Hospital District extends sincere gratitude for the generosity of the Helmsley Charitable Trust and for their sizable investment in our communities. Access to care is a priority for our organization, and this gift will help us in our mission to provide the best care we can to our friends and neighbors. The Helmsley family has impacted generations in rural America, and I am so thankful for the good work they do."

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. This safe, cost-effective tool supports other clinical information to help providers make timely diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment. Foundation Board Chair Sid Stanfill notes, "The Foundation is pleased to provide this important piece of equipment to the Marbleton Clinic."

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the grants will help improve access to quality medical treatment for all Wyoming residents, whether they live in the heart of Cheyenne or Casper or in a smaller rural community.

"Our hospitals and health centers need to stay current with rapidly advancing technology so they can continue to provide top-notch healthcare close to home," Panzirer said. "These grants help ensure that facilities across Wyoming have the latest and greatest ultrasound equipment and training."

The grants were announced Thursday during a statewide news conference.

About two-thirds (97) of the 143 devices purchased through the $12.3 million in equipment grants are POCUS machines, which are used by providers at the bed or tableside for immediate assessment of a patient to quickly determine a course of action. The grants will also provide 26 general ultrasound systems and 20 cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which aid in imaging of the heart.

The initiative also includes nearly $1.6 million for the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training Initiative, which aims to enhance patient care across the state by both broadening the scope of training in specialty ultrasound and bolstering access to quality POCUS services.

Spring bird report (posted 3/20/2024)
Pinedale Online!
Mindi Crabb reports seeing/hearing robins, bluebirds, meadowlarks and sandhill cranes this past weekend (March 16/17, 2024). Last year’s first robin report was April 1st.

Related Links:
First robin of 2023 Pinedale Online! April 1, 2023
Reports on spring sightings-2022 Pinedale Online! March 22, 2022

Fall and spring wildlife migration closures around Fremont Lake (posted 3/20/2024)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
PINEDALE, WY—The Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest would like to remind the public of a recent decision regarding a seasonal recreational closure near the outlet of Fremont Lake. The purpose of the seasonal closure is to minimize human disturbance to migrating mule deer in the spring and fall. In collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Pinedale Ranger District made the decision to implement a no human presence closure from November 1 through November 30 and from April 1 through April 30, in a crucial area along the Sublette Mule Deer Migration Route which was designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Data indicates that deer using this migration route travel farther than any other mule deer migration ever documented, passing through many potentially life-threatening obstacles along the way. The closure area represents an important portion of the migration route, known as the "Fremont Bottleneck." This bottleneck is a top concern for mule deer managers, as this narrow segment of the migration route is critical for the passage of thousands of mule deer each fall and spring. In addition to the narrowness of the migration bottleneck which is bordered by residential development to the south and by Fremont Lake to the north, a major concern with this area is the high level of activity associated with human presence that deer must contend with as they cross Pine Creek or swim the outlet, move past the marina and multi-use trails at CCC Ponds area, and cross the paved FS 111 and CR 154 roads.

Recent efforts to eliminate the obstacle of non-wildlife friendly fencing in the area has already been accomplished, as well as the acquisition by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department of the Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area, located just west of the proposed closure area. Signs will be posted at key entrances to the area to remind public of the seasonal closure. For more information, please contact Rusty Kaiser, USFS Wildlife Biologist, Pinedale Ranger District, 307-231-5980.

For other news, events and information please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf or follow the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Facebook @BridgerTetonNF or on Twitter @BridgerTetonNF.

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