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Wyoming Special Olympics. Photo by Terry Allen.
Wyoming Special Olympics The Area II Winter Games of the 2018 Wyoming Special Olympics was held Friday, January 19 at the White Pine ski area. Approximately 100 athletes participated in events including Giant Slalom, Slalom, Snowshoe racing, Nordic racing and Snowboarding. The winners will go to Jackson for the State Championships in two weeks. Pictured here is the start of the 1500 meter Nordic ski race. Click on this link for more pictures: Wyoming Special Olympics 2018 Photo by Terry Allen.
Pinedale Indoor Triathlon winners. Photo by Karen Rule.
Pinedale Indoor Triathlon David Rule placed 1st in the Pinedale Indoor Triathlon held on Saturday, January 20th. This is the 3rd year in a row David has placed 1st in this event held by the Pinedale Aquatic Center. Athletes could participate as individuals, pairs, or 3-person relay teams. Participants did a 15 minute swim, 20 minutes of biking, and 15 minute run for the event. David was first place overall and in his age division. Michael Lutz from Jackson came in 2nd place overall and Larry Proud got 3rd place. Photo by Karen Rule.
Ram. Photo by Dave Bell.
Ram Dave Bell has posted pictures from mid-January in western Wyoming – scenery, wildlife, pictures of winter snow. Click on this link to see his latest gallery: Late January 2018 – Mid Winter Weather Album Photo by Dave Bell.
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Wyoming Legislature update
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Special Olympics Giant Slalom skiers. Photo by Terry Allen.
Special Olympics Giant Slalom skiers. Photo by Terry Allen.
Special Olympics Wyoming 2018 (posted 1/22/18)
Area II Winter Games
Terry Allen
The Area II Winter Games of the 2018 Wyoming Special Olympics was held Friday, January 19 at the White Pine ski area.

Chandler and Ian led the assembled competitors in a rousing recitation of the Athlete Oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

When the cheering ended, approximately 100 athletes dashed off to the first sport on their list. Sports included: Giant Slalom, Slalom, Snowshoe racing, Nordic racing and Snowboarding.

Jase and Jesse were tuning skis for the athletes and they said the athletes from Lander had been coming over every week to train. They had two requests. Make them fast and they wanted the same skis they had every week. Turns out, they had kept a log of the ski numbers and so each athlete was happy.

A Uinta County Sheriff Office employee was helping with medals and I learned law enforcement has the reputation as being a backbone of the Special Olympics. I didn't know that...but recalled three years ago that Deputy Lance Gehlausen had walked with athletes in those opening ceremonies.

Up on the ski hill Sublette County Sheriff KC Lehr and Casey Manning were recording times of the athletes as they ran thru the slalom gates. I recognized Zac Knudsen from three years ago when I last covered this event and met him as he crossed the finish line. "It felt wonderful," he exclaimed when I asked him how his run went.

Doc Johnston and I fought over the same door as I tried to go in the lodge and he tried to come out. "This is by far my favorite event of the year," he said. "I wouldn't miss it for anything."

I went in the lower level of the lodge and Slalom athlete Jax was sitting there eating a peanut butter and strawberry sandwich on a hotdog bun. "I'm doing a frozen food review," he cracked. "It got cold in my pocket."

I ran into old friend and Multi-Olympian Amy Linn, (who prefers to be called "Turbo" when she is on the track) and we caught up with each other. I learned Amy has been competing in athletics for about 25 years and in the Special Olympics for 10 years. A while later I took a photo of her as she took off on her Nordic skis for a 1500 meter race. Her closest competitor was Robbie and he beat her off the start and finished just ahead of her at the finish for the Gold, but Amy was pleased with her Silver medal.

I found White Pine owner Alan Blackburn in the lodge and he was pleased with the event. "I'm delighted that this has become an annual event. Our staff and the Olympians enjoy this day and we enjoy having them here."

As I was writing this story I sent a text to area organizer Gail Hamner. "We are looking forward to going to Jackson for the State Championships in two weeks. It is rewarding being involved in the Special Olympics. If anyone would like to be involved, contact me: ghamner@gmail.com"

Click on this link for more pictures: Wyoming Special Olympics 2018

Terry Allen: txpartisan@gmail.com

Related Links:
www.specialolympicswy.org Wyoming Special Olympics


Critical Access Hospital to be called Sublette County Medical Center (posted 1/22/18)
Sublette County Rural Health Care District
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees approved a name for the future critical access hospital (CAH) in Pinedale, Wyoming — Sublette County Medical Center. The new name was the most popular in the voting and shows the intent of the District to create a medical campus with the new hospital, a physicians clinic and future ambulance. The goal of the District with the construction of the hospital is to reduce the financial dependence of the District on tax revenues while improving access to healthcare for the citizens of the county.

"We appreciate the community’s involvement, patience, and support, and we’re excited to move ahead to a hospital as the focal point of county-wide health care." said District Board Chair Scott Scherbel, adding, "Sublette County Medical Center will be a valuable community resource. Our shared goal is to help keep healthcare local, provide jobs, and preserve and improve health care services as we move into the future."

Community meetings to help communicate project progress are being planned; dates and details will soon be announced.


Wolf News Roundup 1/17/2018 (posted 1/17/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Wyoming Hunt
Wolf hunting in Wyoming’s trophy game zone concluded with the start of the new year. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reports that the total quota of 44 animals was met. Although some hunt areas were under quota, and some were over, the total number of wolves harvested was 44, which was the agency’s goal for 2017. In addition, there were 32 wolves killed in the state’s predator zone in 2017.

Oregon
Members of the Rogue wolf pack in southwestern Oregon have repeatedly killed cattle on a ranch since the start of the year. Tracking collars place members of the pack near the scene. State officials were installing wolf-deterrent devices on the ranch when the most recent kill was discovered. In other Oregon wolf news, at least two wolves are confirmed to be roaming the Mount Hood area in the northern Cascades.

Minnesota wolf versus car
A wolf was hit and killed in a collision with a car in west-central Minnesota this week, in an area not know to harbor the species.

Wisconsin debate
Debate has heated up in Wisconsin over a bill that would limit state efforts to manage wolves while the animals remain under federal protection. If enacted, the law would prohibit local law enforcement officials from investigating wolf killings. Those supporting the law assert that it is an attempt to have the federal government take more responsibility for the program, since federal officials have repeatedly failed to have wolves removed from federal protection. But on the other side, opponents argue that the bill is a reflection of negative sentiments about wolves dating to a century ago. Check out the Associated Press article in the StarTribune for more details on this
issue.

Wolf roams Belgium
For the first time in 100 years, a wolf has been detected in Belgium. The radio-collared wolf originated in Germany, but has also roamed in the Netherlands. The wolf has reportedly traveled 300 miles in 10 days.


Related Links:
Oregon wolves - OregonLive
Minnesota - Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Wisconsin - StarTribune
Belgium - Phys.org
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Sublette Examiner
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Charges dropped against 4 arrested for alleged marijuana-growing operation (posted 1/16/18)
The Sublette Examiner posted an article saying all charges have been dropped against four people arrested on August 25, 2017 for allegedly being involved in a large-scale marijuana growing operation at ‘Wyomatoes’ greenhouses near Big Piney, Wyoming. On Jan. 5, Sublette County Attorney Clay Kainer submitted four requests to dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges against the defendants. No explanation has been given for why the charges were dropped. Possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana are illegal in Wyoming. Possession of under three ounces of cannabis is a misdemeanor that can be punished with up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine; possession of over three ounces is a felony in Wyoming. Click on this link to read the full story: All pot bust charges are dismissed By Joy Ufford, Sublette Examiner, January 16, 2018.


Visitation to Grand Teton Park sets another record (posted 1/16/18)
National Park Service - Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park's 2017 visitation set a record for the fourth consecutive year. The park received over 4.9 million total visits, a 3 percent increase from the previous record set in 2016. Visitation reached monthly records in June, August, September, and October. August, which included the total solar eclipse viewable from throughout the park, had 65,000 more visits than the previous record August of 2015.

Year Total Visitation
2012 - 3,918,000
2013 - 4,117,000
2014 - 4,297,000*
2015 - 4,648,000*
2016 - 4,823,000*
2017 - 4,969,000*
*indicates record

The record visitation is part of a longer term upward trend which has seen park visitation increase by over 1 million visits, or 27 percent, during the past five years. The record is also part of a nationwide trend which has brought record numbers to national parks across the country.

The busy year for the park was highlighted by the total solar eclipse on August 21. The park saw a significant increase in visitation on the days leading up to the eclipse, as well as the day following the event. Park managers estimate the long weekend was the busiest period in the park's history. Park concession-operated campgrounds were near capacity, and for the first time in park history, all backcountry permits were issued for three days straight.

Visitation numbers are derived from traffic counter data. The numbers recorded by these counters are run through an algorithm to determine an estimated visitation number. The methodology has been consistent since 1992, which allows park managers to compare visitation levels from year to year.

In addition to the total visitation number, park traffic counters also calculate a "recreational visitation" statistic which excludes most traffic on U.S. Highway 26/89/191. In terms of recreational visitation, the park received 3.3 million visits in 2017, 1 percent more than the previous record number the park received in 2016.

For more information about visitation statistics and how they are calculated, visit https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park/GRTE.


Well-meaning people take working sheep dogs who are outside thinking they are abandoned. This leaves the herd unprotected from predators like coyotes and wolves. Please do not take these dogs from their environment.
Well-meaning people take working sheep dogs who are outside thinking they are abandoned. This leaves the herd unprotected from predators like coyotes and wolves. Please do not take these dogs from their environment.
Sheriff’s Office issues advisory about working sheep dogs (posted 1/16/18)
Large dogs encountered in remote areas are protecting sheep herds, do not take them
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued an updated advisory Tuesday (Jan. 16) concerning working sheep dogs.

Sheriff Mike Lowell said one male Great Pyrenees, a large breed favored by sheepherders, was recently picked up in the Jamestown area west of Green River and another north of Rock Springs in the vicinity of the Stassinos Ranch Road and brought to city animal shelters by well-meaning people who believed they had been abandoned.

As is often the case, these particular dogs were not abandoned or dumped, however; but were working sheep dogs.

County Animal Control Officer Chris Thomas explained the situation: "People pick these dogs up and bring them in with the best of intentions, but once these dogs are removed from their working environment and brought into town, they quickly lose their herding skills and their owners usually don’t want them back. It creates a serious problem."

Officials ask that people encountering large dogs in remote areas not pick them up or feed them, but note their location and notify the Sheriff’s Office. A County animal control officer can then go to the scene, assess the situation, and take appropriate action.

ACO Thomas is shown here with "Lou," a Great Pyrenees mistakenly thought to be abandoned last year and brought to the City Animal Shelter in Rock Springs. Sheriff Mike Lowell warned that such large breeds are often used as working sheep dogs; once they are brought into town, they lose their herding instincts and their sheepherder owners do not want them back. Lou was lucky; Rock Springs City Animal Shelter staff saw to it that he was neutered and received his shots and he was adopted out to a ranch family.


FWS eyes lynx delisting (posted 1/14/18)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service press release
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing the completion of a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. This recommendation is the result of an extensive review of the best available scientific information and almost 20 years of working in partnership with state, federal, tribal, industry and other land managers on the conservation of this species. As a result of this status review, the Service will begin development of a proposed rule to delist the species.

The recommendation was informed by a recently completed, peer-reviewed Species Status Assessment for the lynx, which compiled and evaluated the best available scientific information on the historical, current and possible future conditions for the Canada lynx. Over a two-year process, the Service worked closely with federal, state and academic subject matter experts to evaluate relevant scientific information on snowshoe hare population dynamics, climate change, forest ecology and other issues. Although climate change remains an important factor for the conservation of the Canada lynx, neither the Service nor the experts we consulted conclude that the lynx is at risk of extinction from climate change within the foreseeable future.

The Canada lynx was listed as threatened in 2000 largely due to a lack of regulatory mechanisms on federal public lands, which is where a majority of the habitat for Canada lynx was believed to be located in the lower 48 states. Since receiving ESA protection, federal land managers throughout the lynx’s range have formally amended their management plans and implemented conservation measures to conserve the species. For example, all U.S. Forest Service land management plans in the Rocky Mountain region have been amended to include conservation measures for the Canada lynx. In addition, in Maine, private landowners have voluntarily supported working woodland easements that protect nearly 2.5 million acres of forest, benefitting the Canada lynx and other species.A cousin of the more common bobcat, the Canada lynx is similar in size but can be distinguished by its black-tipped tail, long tufts of black hair at the tips of its ears, and long legs with large, furry paws for hunting snowshoe hares in deep snow. In the contiguous U.S., Canada lynx populations are found in Maine, northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Montana, northeastern Idaho, north-central Washington and western Colorado.

Providing the Canada lynx protection under the ESA also prompted an increase in scientific understanding of lynx biology. Research, monitoring and conservation efforts conducted by state and federal agencies, tribes and academic institutions, helped refine biologists’ understanding of habitat needs, distributions, population characteristics and potential stressors.

Given the outcome of this analysis, the Service will not at this time be completing a recovery plan for the Canada lynx. Today’s recommendation does not remove or negate the Endangered Species Act protections currently in place for the Canada lynx. To delist a species, the Service must follow a process similar to what is used in considering whether to list species. The next step is for the Service to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register, receive public comments, review and analyze those comments, conduct a peer review, and then announce a final decision.

{Editor’s Note: The status assessment for lynx in the Greater Yellowstone region notes: "Recent surveys and research-related trapping efforts have failed to detect lynx in this unit after 2010 … it is uncertain whether this unit historically supported a small but persistent resident population that was recently extirpated, or if it historically and recently supported resident lynx only intermittently. Given the protected conservation status of millions of acres in this unit, its apparent recent inability to support resident lynx may be a reflection of naturally marginal and patchy habitats and relatively low hare abundance in much of the unit, resulting in only an intermittent ability of this unit to support resident lynx."}

Related Links:
Lynx information - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Sunset reflections on the ice on the shore of Fremont Lake. Photo by Dave Bell.
Sunset reflections on the ice on the shore of Fremont Lake. Photo by Dave Bell.
Will Fremont Lake freeze over? (posted 1/16/18)
Last time it didn’t freeze over was in 1981
Pinedale Online!
It looks like this might be another rare year when the surface of Fremont Lake might not freeze over. We usually get several weeks of sub-zero weather during December and January that are cold enough to freeze over our area lakes, but so far that hasn’t happened this winter, much to the disappointment of ice fishermen. The last time Fremont Lake didn’t freeze over was in 1981. We know this because each year the Pinedale Boat Club has a barrel drop guess contest, putting a barrel out in the middle of the lake and then recording the exact time when the ice melts and it falls through. The one who guesses the closest day and time wins the $500 prize that year (must be a Boat Club member to participate). Those times can be found here: http://www.pinedaleonline.com/boatclub/

Pictured here are some photos by Dave Bell of the ice formations around the edge of Fremont Lake. Click here to see more of Dave’s photos of the ice formations: Newly Formed Ice on Fremont Lake


Groups ask court to reinstate grizzly protections (posted 1/10/18)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Tribal and environmental groups have asked a federal judge to invalidate a government decision to strip the Yellowstone region’s grizzly bears of endangered species protections and to return the Yellowstone grizzly bear population to federal protection.

The coalition cited the recent reopening of public comment on the Yellowstone grizzly delisting rule as evidence the government did not complete its homework before removing protections for this population of bears. In particular, the government failed to consider the impacts of its delisting decision on the opportunity for a broader recovery of grizzly bears in the lower-48 states.

"The time for taking public comment and considering all issues surrounding the removal of federal protections for Yellowstone grizzlies was before those protections were removed – not after the decision was finalized," said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso, who is representing the coalition.

The summary judgment request was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and National Parks Conservation Association.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized the Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting rule in June 2017, and the tribal/environmental coalition filed a lawsuit soon afterwards. In December, the Service began soliciting public comment on the impact of a recent court ruling that overturned a similar government effort to withdraw federal protections from the Western Great Lakes wolf population without addressing broader recovery of the species.


Wyoming Senior Winter Games in Pinedale Feb 8-10, 2018
Wyoming Senior Winter Games in Pinedale Feb 8-10, 2018
2018 Wyoming Senior Olympic Games in Pinedale Feb. 8-10 (posted 1/10/18)
The Wyoming Senior Games will be held in Pinedale Thursday through Saturday, February 8-10th. Anyone over the age of 50 is invited to participate. Events include Alpine skiing, Slalom and Giant Slalom, snowshoe, Nordic skiing – Classic and Freestyle, hockey, pickleball, swim meet, racquetball, speed skating, indoor walking, a climbing competition and more.

General Regulations
- Any person turning 50 years of age ON OR BEFORE December 31, 2017 is eligible to participate.
- Registration fee is $50. Register online at https://wyoming.nsga.com/registration
-To request a paper registration form by mail, contact Amber Anderson at 307-367-2832 ext. 6248.

For more information visit www.wyseniorolympics.com.


WGFD talks mule deer management (posted 1/10/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish Department
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) invites members of the public to join them in discussions about the management of mule deer and their habitat in the Jackson and Pinedale regions. Since 2010, the WGFD has worked collaboratively with the public to develop the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Initiative, a long term management plan which outlined a number of actions to benefit mule deer and their habitat. With that plan now well underway, the WGFD has expanded that effort to include the adjacent Sublette mule deer herd, which basically encompasses the west slope of the Wind River Range and west to the Wyoming Range.

As in the past, these public meetings will involve presentations focusing on three major themes that emerged in the making of the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Initiative: 1) Habitat Management, 2) Population Management, and 3) Research. Local experts on each topic will present what is currently being done and what is planned for the future. In addition, local Game and Fish personnel responsible for management of the Wyoming Range and Sublette mule deer herds will be recapping the 2017 hunting seasons.

There will be opportunity for the public to provide their comments on these topics or other aspects pertaining to the management of these two mule deer herds. One of the main thrusts of Wyoming’s Mule Deer Initiative is to maintain an ongoing, open dialogue with those interested in mule deer management in the state.

Public meetings will be held:
January 17, 6 pm, Pinedale Game and Fish office (432 East Mill Street)
January 18, 6 pm, Marbleton Town Hall (10700 Highway 189)
January 22, 6 pm, Kemmerer, South Lincoln Events Center (215 WY-233)
January 23, 6 pm, Green River Game and Fish office (351 Astle)
January 23, 6 pm, Jackson, Teton County Commission Chambers (200 S. Willow Street)
January 24, 6 pm, Thayne Town Hall (115 Petersen Parkway)

The Wyoming Range Mule Deer Initiative was approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission in 2010. The plan was designed to be a working document that could be amended if priorities should change or new opportunities arise to benefit the mule deer herd.

The initial public involvement process to develop the WRMDI involved several rounds of meetings that were well received by the public. The resulting Wyoming Range Mule Deer Management Plan was the first herd-specific plan developed under the auspices of the statewide Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative. Several other similar planning efforts have since been initiated with the public for other mule deer herds in the state.

The Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative is a statewide framework designed to address declining mule deer populations, particularly over the last two decades. These declines are not unique to Wyoming, but have been seen throughout the West.

Related Links:
Learn about the mule deer initiative - WGFD


Pinedale, Wyoming beat out four other communities across the nation to be  named 'RANGER Country USA
Pinedale, Wyoming beat out four other communities across the nation to be named 'RANGER Country USA" by Polaris.
Pinedale, Wyoming wins title of Polaris ‘Ranger Country USA’ (posted 1/8/18)
Polaris® to host official ‘RANGER Country USA’ celebration and donate RANGER® vehicles
Polaris
MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 8, 2018) – After three weeks of voting, Polaris® will award Pinedale, Wyoming, with the title of "RANGER Country™ USA." Located in west-central Wyoming, the town secured the most votes to win the title. To commemorate the RANGER-lifestyle embodied by Pinedale, Polaris will host a RANGER Country USA party which will include an official naming ceremony, donation of three Polaris RANGER® vehicles to deserving organizations and a special guest appearance. Polaris also will award the other four towns that participated in the campaign by donating three Polaris RANGER vehicles to local organizations.

This past fall, Polaris rolled its one-millionth RANGER utility side-by-side vehicle off the assembly line at its manufacturing facility in its Huntsville, Alabama. To commemorate this significant milestone, Polaris began a search for "RANGER Country USA" with country music star Jake Owen. The national campaign asked consumers to visit rangercountryusa.com and vote for the town they believed was most-deserving. Video profiles devoted to each town, showcasing the beauty of the land and the authenticity of the people were featured on the site. Corning, Arkansas; Darlington, Wisconsin; Spring Creek, Nevada; and Stephenville, Texas were among the four other towns vying for the title.

"All five of these towns embody the essence and hard-working values of RANGER and represent the RANGER country lifestyle," said Kyle Duea, Marketing Vice President of Off-Road Vehicles. "In the eyes of Americans across the nation, Pinedale stood out as the town most deserving of the title ‘RANGER Country USA’ for helping us achieve our one-millionth milestone."

Everyone who casted a vote as a part of the "RANGER Country USA" campaign was automatically entered for the chance to win an all-new 2018 Polaris RANGER XP 1000.

"I’ve said it from the beginning, as a guy from a small-town, these are my people and I could not be prouder to be a part of an initiative recognizing hard-working Americans across the nation," said Owen. "All said and done, Pinedale won the title and I cannot wait to see what Polaris has in store for the celebration!"

Touted as "all the civilization you need," Pinedale has a rich "mountain man" heritage, celebrated every July at the Green River Rendezvous, where the history of early American fur traders, trappers, and Native Americans is relived. With a population of 1,895, the town serves as a gateway to Wyoming’s famed Jackson Hole area, where residents and tourist alike enjoy the breathtaking scenery, hunting, skiing and wildlife viewing that the three surrounding mountain ranges provide.

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Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1FM Radio.
Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1FM Radio.
SCRHCD chooses Bloomfield as site for future hospital in Pinedale (posted 1/5/18)
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The Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD) Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Friday, January 5th in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library to discuss the Critical Access Hospital (CAH). Approximately 25 members of the public attended.

Three topics were on the agenda for discussion and vote, and the meeting was limited to these three topics:

1. Deciding which site to purchase for the hospital

2. Deciding whether or not to include a clinic in the hospital construction

3. Deciding whether or not to include an ambulance building in the hospital construction

The Board considered three possible site locations. After evaluating merits of each site, the Board voted purchase the Bloomfield property as the location for the new hospital. The possible location in the Redstone subdivision south of the Sublette County Ice Arena was deemed less than optimal because of nearby residences and noise and traffic concerns. The other property being considered was a large vacant lot west of High Country Suites, north of US 191 on the west end of Pinedale. The Bloomfield location was approved by a vote of 4-1.

The Board also voted unanimously to approve moving the Pinedale Medical Clinic to the new hospital location. There was universal support for this plan, since without it, the medical staff would be located on opposite sides of Pinedale, making it difficult for medical personnel and patients to quickly travel between the Clinic and the Hospital. This was approved by a vote of 5 to 0.

The third discussion and decision topic was what to do about the Pinedale Ambulance barn. Both the clinic and adjacent ambulance barn buildings are owned by Sublette County and leased to the SCRHCD. It was decided that it would be preferred to have the ambulance services at the new hospital site location. The Board wanted the hospital designers to try to incorporate the ambulance barn logistics when designing the building plan options. If it becomes too expensive to include with the hospital construction, that aspect would be postponed to a later time. The cost to add the ambulance barn building into the hospital complex would be about $1.7 million additional to the hospital price tag.

Cost to build the new hospital will be $25-$30 million plus an additional $25-$30 million in interest, for a total cost of about $60 million for taxpayers over the lifetime of the 40-year loan. This does not include annual operational or personnel costs.

The new hospital/clinic building will be owned and managed by the Sublette County Rural Health Care District and is expected to be built by 2020. It is not known at this time what will happen to the old Pinedale clinic and ambulance barn, which are owned by Sublette County and leased to the SCRHCD.

The Pinedale Clinic was built in 2008 and is ten years old. The Pinedale Ambulance barn opened in 2007. The Pinedale Medical Clinic emergency room is already considered out of date and would require something like $500,000 to update it to expected new regulations (also true for the Marbleton Clinic).

Next steps in the CAH process are to complete the Preliminary Architectural Report by January 31 and to get USDA Rural Development Loan approval.

Thank you to Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1FM Radio, and the Sublette County Rural Health Care District, for their contribution to this report.

Related Links:
Rural Health Care District board continues to move forward with Critical Access Hospital Pinedale Online, October 4, 2017
Pinedale Medical Clinic Construction Update Pinedale Online, May 28, 2007
Pinedale Clinic Opens Pinedale Online, January 7, 2008
Sneak preview inside the new Pinedale Medical Clinic Pinedale Online, October 3, 2007
Sand Draw Rescue Center and Ambulance Barn construction (now closed) Pinedale Online, June 1, 2007
Pinedale Ambulance Barn Pinedale Online, June 11, 2007.


WYG&F to hold open houses to discuss SW Wyoming fisheries
Management on Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
GREEN RIVER — Green River fisheries managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are holding four open houses in January and they really want input from anglers who fish in southwest Wyoming.

Green River Fisheries Supervisor Robb Keith says he encourages anglers to attend the open houses and have an open discussion about fish, fishing regulations or any fisheries topics that may be on their minds. "We will begin each open house with a short presentation highlighting what the fish crew does in southwest Wyoming, and the state of major fisheries in the area," Keith said. "We will also explain the upcoming regulation process highlighting any proposals, regional and statewide, we know about, and spend a good portion of the time discussing management on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. A key topic during the open house will be the alarming population trends for lake trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the potential consequences in the future."

Open houses will be held in the following locations:
January 12, 2018, Evanston, Wyoming, Bear River Pavilion, 76 Bear River Drive, 6 pm to 8 pm.
January 16, 2018, Kemmerer, Wyoming, Lincoln County Library, 519 Emerald Street, 6 pm to 8 pm.
January 17, Lyman, Wyoming, Lyman town Hall, Council Room, 100 E Sage Street, 6 pm to 8 pm.
January 18, Green River, Wyoming, G&F Green River Region Office, 351 Astle Ave., 6 pm to 8 pm.

The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone requiring auxiliary aids, regarding this Public Notice, or wanting more information may contact the Green River office at: 307-875-3223. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.


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