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March, 2001
Below are the updates from earlier Pinedale Online front pages for
those of you who would like to know what's been happening in our area.
Road Construction Begins
Road construction work begins in Pinedale
Road construction crews have begun work to resurface and improve drainage through downtown Pinedale. Construction will last until mid-May. (more)

March 2001 Updates:
March 25 - Road Construction Underway
March 20 - Sheep Eater Presentation
March 10 - Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race
March 2 - Alpine Ski Tournament

February 2001 Updates
January 2001 Updates
[2001 Updates] [2000 Updates] [1999 Updates]

Sunday, March 25, 2001 Update

Pinedale Road Construction Under Way
Another Paper in Town?
G&F Proposes to Cut Antelope Licenses
Boulder Llama Outfitter in The Wall Street Journal
Trudy's Take: Spring

Pinedale Road Construction Under Way
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has begun a 2-month long road construction project to upgrade 1.3 miles of US 191 (Pine Street) through Pinedale. The project involves resurfacing and improving road drainage and will last from March through mid-May. The project plans call for milling the existing pavement and then placing a new layer of new asphalt. To improve surface water drainage, concrete “valley pans” will be replaced at five intersections and “slotted drain” storm sewer inlets will be installed at two sites. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times during the project and no significant through traffic delays are expected during the project. There will be some short times when all traffic will be forced onto one side and to two lanes as things are paved, but all businesses will have safe and continuous access at all times. Construction should be completed and the road paved by May 14th, before the peak tourist season arrives.

   "We will do everything we can to be done before tourist season. At no time will people not be able to travel through town. There will be 2-way traffic at all times," stated Pinedale Mayor Rose Skinner.
   For more details and a road construction map, please click here: Road Construction Info

Another Paper in Town?
The Sublette Examiner
It's being called the Sublette Examiner and will focus on Sublette County as a community newspaper. "We chose the name because of the Big Piney Examiner," said Sheri Nolan, one of the four owners. Former Pinedale Roundup staff members, Rhonda Swain, Deanne Swain, Cat Urbigkit and Sheri Nolan have teamed together to start the fledgling newspaper. "We'll cover sports, kids, school activities, oilfield information, ag information, and more. We won't have two sections, one for Pinedale and one for Big Piney. It will be Sublette County as a one-section newspaper. Jim Carble will cover south county, Marbleton, Big Piney, LaBarge, and county-wide school events, sports, sheriff's beat and crime. Cat will focus on county, Town Council and environmental issues. We'll have other columnists including Ethelyne Worl'sDeana Swain, Sherry Nolan and Rhonda Swain column from the Sublette Center, and "From the Hip" by Dan Abernathy." 
   Three high school interns: Kate Neely, Tara Bolgiano and Tiffany Swain, will help with ad design, photography and writing stories. The first issue of the paper is tentatively scheduled to come out Thursday, April 5th, with 1,500 papers being printed. Regular publishing day will be Thursdays and the paper will sell for $.50.
    The Pinedale Roundup was purchased earlier last month by Rob Shaul, former editor of the competing Sublette County Journal. The Journal ceased publication and the two newspapers combined, with some staff reduction.
   The Sublette Examiner office is located next to the Patio Grill in the old Delgado Oil Building at 47 West Pine. The phone number is 307-367-3203, fax: 307-367-3209. Notices deadline is Friday at 5 pm, advertising & classified deadline is Monday, 5 pm. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 am-5 pm, but the public is asked to be understanding if they are closed sometimes during those Sublette Examinerhours since they are still very short handed and available people still need to go out to do stories and get advertising. The paper will be closed on Wednesdays for production.
   Subscription rates are: In County-$23/year, Out of County-$29/year, and Migrators-$26/year. "Since we are short staffed, we're asking everyone from Girl Scout troops to other organizations to take a picture and bring in the information. We're more than happy to print it. We just don't have enough reporters to attend every event," Nolan added. 
   "We're still trying to get all the details ironed out. This has only been in the works for a couple of weeks, so we've done some fast hustling. We appreciate everyone's support. The advertisers are all really great. People who want to show their support for what we are doing can do so by placing ads and subscribing."

Game & Fish Proposes to Cut Antelope Licenses
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department plans to cut antelope licenses by nearly 25% for the 2001 hunting season according to a recent press release. The also recommend continued liberal elk hunting and deer hunting to remain similar to the 2000 seasons but with increases to doe/fawn licenses in some private land areas. Hunters and anyone else interested in the upcoming seasons are encouraged to attend a season-setting meeting where the proposals will be presented or mail a comment to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The G&F is suggesting cutting 9,500 antelope licenses, including 5,000 doe/fawn tags. Last year there were 38,400 antelope licenses sold in Wyoming. 
    Comments about the proposed hunting seasons will also be accepted through April 5 by writing: Regulations, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of specific season proposals are available by writing the same address. Mettings will be held April 2 at the Green River Green River G&F Office and April 3 in Jackson at Snow King, as well as other locations around the state.
    All comments presented at meetings and received by mail will be presented to the G&F Commission before they establish 2001 hunting seasons at their April 16-17 meeting in Casper. The commission will also accept public comments at their meeting.

Boulder Llama Outfitter featured in article in The Wall Street Journal
Boulder llama breeder and outfitter, Robert Pauly, of High Plains Llamas, was featured in an article in the March 19, 2001 edition of The Wall Street Journal, a leading business and financial newspaper. The story entitled, "Trail Buddies", appeared in the Encore section and was written by Ellen E. Schultz, a staff reporter in the New York Bureau of The Wall Street Journal. Last summer Ms. Schultz took a 3 day, 30-mile trek into the Bridger Wilderness near Mount Lester using two of Mr. Pauly's llamas, Casper & Omar.
   "Like most backpackers, I have always tended to view people who relyTwo of Mr. Pauly's llamas. Photo from the High Plains Llamas web site. on pack animals as wimps; this isn't real backpacking, I thought. For their part, horse and mule packers view backpackers as idiots; why carry all that stuff when you don't have to. In recent years, though, bad backs, bike accidents, trick knees, asthma, old age, Lyme disease and parenthood have made backpacking impossible for a growing number of family and friends. Suddenly, carrying a 50-pound pack over 11,000 foot passes seemed less like fun than it used to be." she writes. "Llamas don't bite, rarely kick and are so easy to handle that one quick lesson is all it takes to prepare for a wilderness trip" were the claims she had read from dozens of web sites from outfitters from Alaska to the Adirondacks hyping the advantages of using llamas over horses or mules. She decided to put those claims to the test on familiar trails on the western slopes of the Wind River Range near Pinedale and called up Bob Pauly and High Plains Llamas. 
   "The first surprise was that there was no tugging. You go, they go. You stop, they stop. They were less trouble to walk than a 10-pound poodle. The llamas were also surprisingly quiet. Several times I turned around to make sure they were still there. Their feet--padded, not hooved--made almost no impact on the trail. In contrast, each step of a horse or mule takes is like whacking the ground with a sledgehammer." At the end of the article, Ms. Schultz writes, "I have been spoiled. I would definitely take llamas again, as long as I'm wearing a hat." 
   High Plains Llamas is located out of Boulder, Wyoming, approximately 11 miles south of Pinedale, and can be reached at 307-537-5292 or by e-mail at: hpllamas@wyoming.com. Their web site is www.hpllamas.com.

"Officially, by the calendar, it is spring.  The really, really strange thing that is happening in Pinedale, is that it actually feels like spring. 
   With calving beginning, we should be knee deep in mud or snow.  The snow is disappearing at a rather rapid clip and the mud is just in puddles and not entire ground cover.  The only thing we can figure out is that sometime while we were sleeping we were transported to another climate. Then again someone could be lulling us into a false sense of security and WHAM we will be shoveling four feet of snow. 
   If that is going to be the case then someone had better tell the feathered friends that are arriving daily.  The red wing black birds have been here for a few weeks and a blue heron was spotted on Wednesday.  Can the robins be far behind?  Whatever the reasons there are those of us (myself being one) that are enjoying every moment and soaking up every ray of sunshine warmth that we can 'cause, you just never know........"

What's new "On the Ranch" with Wyoming Cowgirl?
Calving season has begun and spring has sprung. Read about the daily life on a working ranch each week with Wyoming Cowgirl, Cris Paravicini, and life on their ranch just west of Daniel. She writes about her daily experiences with their cattle, horses, cow dogs, working machinery, doctoring, haying, and much more. There's always something that needs to be done, and Cris describes it from her unique perspective. You don't get more real than this.

On the Ranch
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Snowbirds: More rain, snow melting fast. Robins and killdeers are back, yards losing last of snow. Heard someone complain about DUST on main street the other day! Street sweeper working on it. Pat: click here (Snow is almost gone. Is the fudge ready yet?) 

Tuesday, March 20, 2001 Update

Museum of the Mountain Man
Museum of the Mountain Man
The Museum of the Mountain Man will be sponsoring a slide presentation about Sheep Eater Indians and the Sheep Eater Bow, Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm (more)

Sheep Eater Indian Presentation
Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
Midget Hockey Team Places 3rd in State
Bike Path EA Released by BLM
Game & Fish Updates
Forest Service Updates
Museum Advertises for New Director
Trudy's Take - Terry Grant

Sheep Eater Indian Presentation
The Museum of the Mountain Man is sponsoring a slide presentation by Dr. Larry Loendorf on the Sheep Eater Indians and the sheep horn bow on Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm at the Museum. Dr. Loendorf is an independent researcher and a Professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, whose research focuses on the Great Plains, the US Southwest ethnography and rock art. He maintains an active research interest in the basins and mountains of Wyoming and Montana. Dr. Loendorf has produced video programs on the hunting traps of the Sheep Eater Shoshone Indians and the making of a horn bow from bighorn sheep horns.
   For this program, the Museum has brought out for display a rare Sheep Eater bow. These bows, made out of Mountain Sheep horn, were commonly made and used by the Sheep Eater Shoshone tribe in this area more than 300 years ago. The bow was found on the Hidden Valley Ranch, or Gros Ventre Ranch, on the Green River by Phillip Norton about 1950. According to Museum Director, Laurie Latta, Mr. Norton was riding on horseback and saw a small piece of the bow sticking out of a bog and recognized it for what it was, when others might have thought it to be just a stick. It has been examined by Dr. George Frison, Archaeologist from the University of Wyoming, and determined to be from the late 1600s-early 1700s.
   The public is invited to attend this program. There will also be a preview of the new Sublette County exhibits in the lower gallery. For more information about the Museum of the Mountain Man, please click here.

Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
The annual Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race was held March 10-11 in the scenic Upper Green River area north of Cora, Wyoming. Mushers drove 6-dog teams from the Forest Service parking lot on a loop that crossed the Green River, then returned downstream again crossing the Green near Elk Ridge Lodge. The race was run both Saturday and Sunday, with the lowest combined time for both days determining the winner. Twelve teams from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming competed. June Davies of Victor, Idaho, finished the race in 1st place with an overall time of 0:53:29. Pinedale's Barrie Raper came in 6th. Click here for more pictures and information about the race.

Pinedale High School Hockey Team Places 3rd at State WAHL Playoffs
The Pinedale High School Age Hockey team traveled to Cody last weekend for the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League (WAHL) State Playoff games and came home with 3rd Place in State to end their season. The Midget team ended the 2000-2001 season with 18 wins – 6 losses and 1 tie.  They placed 3rd at the Rock Springs tourney, first at the Gillette tourney and finally third at the State Playoffs. 
    This year’s Pinedale Midget (high school age) hockey team was composed of Steven Svalberg, Wyatt Sheppard, Travis Lanning, Jeff Ellis, Grant Golden, Casey Ingersoll, David Leniger, Mitchell Brantley, Dallas Dearden, Caleb Redden, Alan Svalberg, Bryson Hubbert, Brian Powell, Clyde Crumb, Zach Backman, Derek Moe, Jesse Ellis, and Curtis Laub. This was the last season for the four seniors, Grant Golden, Casey Ingersoll, Curtis Laub and Zach Backman. They were coached by R. Craig Sheppard and Jeff Laub.  For more information, articles about games, and pictures, please go to the Pinedale Hockey web site: http://www.sublette.com/hockey

Bike Path Plan EA Released by BLM
The Pinedale Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has released the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Pinedale Pedestrian Path for public review. The 3-1/2 mile long, 8 foot wide asphalt walking path would be for non-motorized recreation such as pedestrians, joggers, bikers, roller-bladers and cross-country skiers. The trail would be groomed for winter ski use. Horses will not be allowed, except to cross the bridge across the Highland Ditch. The purpose of the path is to provide a safer alternative for non-motorized recreationists who currently use the Fremont Lake Road for jogging, biking and walking by providing a separate travel lane and route, reducing the opportunity for vehicle related collisions. 
   The proposed route begins just north of the Pinedale Cemetery, follows the west side of the Fremont Lake road for approximately 2 miles, then turns northwest on County Road 23-101 past the Pinedale Gun Club shooting range, then up and over the Pinedale Glacial Moraine Ridge to the CCC Ponds parking lot. (See maps below) The path won't be ready for use this summer, but construction should begin around October 15 and completed by the beginning of November, 2001.
   Public comments are being accepted by the BLM until April 13, 2001. Any comments received by that date will be considered in completion of the EA and the authorization of the right-of-way across BLM land for the propsed action. Comments submitted, including names and addresses, will be available for public review. For more information, contact Doug Powell with the Pinedale BLM Field Office at 307-367-5322.

Proposed bike path map (113K)Proposed Bike Path Map (129K)

Game & Fish Updates
The Pinedale office of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department offers the following comments about current conditions:

  • Motorists should be aware that deer and antelope have begun their spring migrations to their spring/summer ranges and can be found in greater numbers along highways and crossing roads unexpectedly. 
  • Area rivers and streams are rising and will be high during spring snow melt season. People boating and floating the streams should make sure boats are securely tied, and all safety and first aid equipment is on board. Boaters should be on the alert for turbulent sections of water and fences and barb wire across streams.
  • With the warmer days, ice fishermen should use caution on lakes.
  • Soda Lake opens to fishing on May 10. The area is closed to human presence until then due to the nearby elk feedground. The main road through to Willow Lake will be open when the county plows it. The lake will be closed to motorized boats until April, but canoes and non-power boats are allowed. 
  • Beginning January 1, 2002, new watercraft laws and changes will go into effect.  All motorized watercraft will be required to be registered.
  • Antler hunters should respect wildlife and give them room. It is illegal to harrass wildlife with motor vehicles. It is also illegal to possess any skulls with antlers still attached, unless authorized by the Game & Fish Deparment.
  • Spring black bear general season opens May 1st. Hunters should check the 2001 regulations for limitations and laws regarding baiting.
  • Sublette County lake & stream fishing: Burnt Lake: Opens May 1st; Fall Creek: Opens July 1 (see regulations); Green River Lakes: open year round; Half Moon Lake: open year round; Meadow Lake: opens July 1st; Fremont Lake: open year round.
  • The Pinedale Game & Fish Office will hold their season Open House at the Sublette County Library on March 27, from 5 pm to 8 pm to discuss 2001 big game and game bird hunting seasons. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Forest Service Updates
Paula Johnston, Wilderness Manager for the Pinedale Ranger District, noted yesterday that while the current drought conditions may mean the Wind River Range may open up early this year, it could also mean another fire season later in the summer. The high country could open up in early June this year if we don't get more moisture. Early visitors should be prepared for wet conditions at that time, high water at trail crossings, and be alert for bear activity. "Visitors who are coming to the Winds early should be prepared for muddy trails. Staying on the trail is very important for the protection of the resources" she commented. 
    Currently, snow conditions are deteriorating, and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers should use caution when recreating in areas that may be prone to avalanches.  Black and Grizzly bears have already been seen out, and they are awakening to conditions that are less than favorable due to a limited availability of food sources at this time. Back-country users should take precautions to properly store food and keep cooking areas away from sleeping areas. Local Forest Service offices offer bear-proof backpack food containers to the public for a fee-by-donation ($2). Permitted Outfitters & Guides on the Forest can also get bear-proof panniers from the Forest Service. 
    Forest Service personnel urge visitors who are booking trips into the Bridger Wilderness or Bridger-Teton National Forest with non-local businesses to make sure they are permitted Outfitters who are authorized to operate in the Wind River Mountains and other locations on National Forest and public lands. Anyone offering trips or guided services on the National Forest must be a licensed Outfitter permitted by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Forest has already had 3 illegal snowmobiling outfitters and one illegal hiking trip organizer. None of those businesses offering the guided trips were local. Visitors are responsible for making sure their trip onto National Forest or BLM lands is being conducted by a licensed Outfitter or Guide for hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, or other for-pay trips. There are many licensed local Outfitters & Guides for the Forest, and a list of those businesses can be obtained by calling the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326. Many of those businesses also have web sites with more information about their services.
   Beginning next October, the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be participating in a year-long Recreational Survey to get statistical numbers on users and usage on the BTNF. Hikers, hunters and snowmobilers will be asked to take a few moments to voluntarily answer questions about their recreational activities, how much they are spending, and other questions. This survey, mandated by Congress, will help determine future recreational funding levels for the Forest Service. "The public is encouraged to participate, and your cooperation is appreciated," said Ms. Johnston, "Budgets will be attached to the results." This summer is year three of the 4-year long process with National Forests across the United States to collect visitor use information.
   Lastly, the Forest Service is currently taking applications for seasonal employment for this summer for trail crews, wilderness rangers, fisheries, fire, campground maintenance, timber crews and general recreation. The job season typically runs from about June 4th - September 30th, with pay scales ranging from $9-$11/hour, depending on experience. Interested persons can call 1-877-813-3476 to request an employment application packet.

Museum of the Mountain Man Advertises for a New Director
The Museum of the Mountain Man and Sublette County Historical Society have begun advertising for a full-time Director. Former Director, Laurie Latta, resigned in late February. The Director position oversees all fund-raising efforts, programs and activities, annual celebrations and events, grant writing, educational programs and public relations on local, state and national levels. The CEO works through a 17-member volunteer Board of Trustees. A Bachelor's degree is required, and candidates should have excellent oral and written skills, professional demeanor, strong organizational skills, and be willing to accept some travel. Interested candidates should send their salary expectations, experience and current references with resume to: Sublette County Historical Society, PO Box 909, Pinedale, WY 82941, Attn: Selection Committee. For more information, call the Museum at 307-367-4101 or e-mail them at museummtman@wyoming.com.

"There is a sadness hanging over our little town. Terry Grant was known to some only a short time, and others knew her most of her life. She was a vivacious lady who lived life to its fullest. Her untimely passing was a shock to all of us. You somehow don't think of a young single mom, who was very involved with her kids, as not being there to see them grown with families of their own. The shadows that surround her death add to the tragedy and intense feelings of loss. To her friends and family - we are so very sorry, and offer our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Let us know how we can help."

Saturday, March 10, 2001- Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race
Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race
Crossing the finish line
The Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race was held Saturday on
remont Lake under blue skies and great weather.

Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race
Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
Grizzly Bears are Back
Snowbird's Update
Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race Pictures

Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race
Snowmobile fans from all over western Wyoming gathered at Fremont Lake Saturday, March 10th, for the Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Races. With sled speeds reaching as high as 116 miles an hour (according to Afton racer's speedometers), teams pitted their skills against one another on the frozen surface of 11-mile long Fremont Lake. 
   The lake, turned parking lot, held vehicles,  spectators, racers and ice fishermen with no difficulty on ice measured to be more than 2 feet thick. 
   Ultimately, despite a close race, Bucky's Outdoors' team had to settle for 2nd place, getting beat out by the team from Afton's Robinson Motors. The day held races for Juniors (13-17 year olds), Ladies, Veterans (45 yrs & older), and a Dash for Cash. The main P-100 event pitted six, 3-man teams against each other for a 10 lap, 100 mile long race. 

Afton's Robinson Motors team
Afton's Robinson Motors team won the Pinedale 100 race.
Scroll down this page for more pictures from the race! (pictures)

Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
The last Sled Dog Race for the season, the 2nd annual Green River Rondy, is being held today and tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, March 10 & 11. The race will consist of an 8-mile continuous loop over and around the Green River on National Forest double wide groomed trails.
   Mushers and their teams will run the course both Saturday and Sunday, with the lowest combined time for both days determining who will win the race. 
The Drivers meeting will be at 8:30 AM, and the Race start at 9:30 AM. Entry fee is $40, $5 of which goes towards grooming Wyoming trails. Please e-mail Duene Raper for more information. This year's race is sponsored by CenturyTel. Click here for more information.

Sunday:  Race Results
Place Musher Home Town
Total Time
      14.2 miles
1 June Davies Victor, Idaho 0:26:56 0:26:33 0:53:29
2 Kevin Mahoney Jackson, Wyoming 0:25:57 0:27:49 0:53:46
3 Ray Gordon Rock Springs, Wyoming 0:27:16 0:28:12 0:55:28
4 Clint Hallam Lyman, Wyoming 0:27:27 0:28:34 0:56:01
5 Kate St. Onge Milville, Utah 0:28:06 0:28:50 0:56:56
6 Barrie Raper Pinedale, Wyoming 0:27:01 0:30:14 0:57:15
7 Janet Smith Kandiyohi, Minn. 0:27:54 0:32:02 0:59:56
8 Cole Gines Lyman, Wyoming 0:29:59 0:29:59 0:59:58
9 Jerry Bath Lander, Wyoming 0:30:36 0:31:08 1:01:44
10 Glenn Lepp Lewisville, Idaho 0:31:12 0:34:38 1:05:50
11 Scotty Cassens Edgemont, S.Dak. 0:33:47 0:33:26 1:07:13
12 Randy Brennick Sturgis, S.Dak. 0:36:39 0:36:58 1:13:37

Snowmobilers please take note: The parking lot at the end of Hwy 352 will be pretty full during the race between dog teams, handlers and snowmachiners with trailers. Parking will be a bit tricky in the lot, so be prepared for tight parking spaces if you're planning on sledding in the Upper Green area.

Grizzly Bears are Back
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reports that grizzly bears are emerging and there has already been a mauling of a cross-country skier by a grizzly in Grand Teton National Park on March 7th. Bear sightings and tracks have been reported in several locations across the state, causing Game & Fish officials to urge recreationists to use the same bear precautions now that they would use during summer months. That includes making noise to alert bears to your presence, proper care of foods and odor-causing items, and carrying commercial pepper spray bear repellant. Although the G&F recommends antler hunting be delayed in grizzly country until after spring green-up in early May, the competitive nature of the hobby has some antler hunters beginning their search in early March. Last year there were 112 human-grizzly conflicts reported in Wyoming.
   According to a Wyoming Game & Fish press release, Grizzly Bear Conflict Officer Mark Bruscino commented that it is not unusual for some bears to emerge this early. "Typically, boars emerge from their dens earlier than sows, with sows and young of the year cubs emerging in late April and early May," he said. Bears wander big game winter ranges in early spring searching for winter-killed deer and elk. This year's mild winter in northwest Wyoming will make it difficult for early emerging bears to find food and this could bring bears into conflict with people, Bruscino predicts. 

Snowbird's Update
For our Snowbirds who are basking in 80 degree weather somewhere with palm trees, we know you are longing to get back up here to your beloved Pinedale. But, you are no doubt asking yourselves, what's it like here right now? Here's your report:

  • Faler's parking lot has melted.
  • The hockey rink still has ice, but is mooshed out on the blue lines. The kids don't care, they just hop over those spots. The rink ice won't last much longer with these warm days however.
  • Yards currently have from 2 feet of snow to bare grass, depending on where the sun shines.
  • Folks are still keeping faucet bleeders on, as night's are still cold. But days are consistently "no-coat" temperatures for the locals.
  • Still haven't seen any kids in shorts yet, but probably won't be long. Bicycles are out. 
  • Blackbirds are back, but haven't heard any Sandhill Cranes yet, or robins.
  • Town side streets are a mushy-mess right now, especially at intersections. Ok to go north-south, but east-west is dicey. Snowplow drivers are working hard to keep up with the snowmelt mess. 
  • Piles of plowed snow next to the roads range from 1 to 5 feet high. Kids use the tallest ones to make snowforts out of. No one has named them yet. Downtown sidewalks still have some snow/ice in shady places.
  • Snowmobilers who know tell us they still have another good month of sledding in the Upper Green. The Continental Divide Trail along the highway south of town is down almost to grass. 
  • Pat, the Sundance Motel parking lot is mostly melted. But the snowplow folks knew you weren't around and your entryways are still blocked with piles of road snow. It will take awhile for that to melt off so anyone can get in to your place.

  • Hope you all had a good winter! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
LOCAL FOCUS: Pictures from the Pinedale 100 Snowmobile Race

Friday, March 2, 2001 Update - Ice Fishing Derby

The new deck is ready!
White Pine Ski Area Day Lodge has finished the new deck. 
The ski area will be open 7 days a week until Easter.

Pinedale Boat Club Ice Fishing Derby
Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
CD Snowmobile Trail Update
White Pine
Wild Horse Killings Update
Green River Rendezvous
Rabies/Mountain Lion Update
Science Fair
Latta Resigns from Museum
"Trudy's Take"Moats of No Return

Ice Fishing Derby on Fremont Lake
The Pinedale Boat Club will hold their Fremont Lake Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th. Prizes will be awarded for the winning fish. The Derby begins at 7 am both mornings, and ends at 4 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Call Ron Wilson, 307-367-2442 for more information.

Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race
The last Sled Dog Race for the season, the Green River Rondy, will be held next Saturday and Sunday, March 10 & 11. The race will consist of an 8-mile continuous loop over and around the Green River on National Forest double wide groomed trails. The Drivers meeting will be at 8:30 AM, and the Race start at 9:30 AM. Entry fee is $40, $5 of which goes towards grooming Wyoming trails. Please e-mail Duene Raper for more information. This year's race is sponsored by CenturyTel. Click here for more information. 

Snowmobilers please take note: The parking lot at the end of Hwy 352 will be pretty full that weekend between dog teams, handlers and snowmachiners with trailers. Parking will be a bit tricky in the lot, so be prepared for tight parking spaces if you're planning on sledding in the Upper Green area.

Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail
The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail between Irish Canyon to The Place currently has 3"-12" base and is not being groomed. From The Place to the Upper Green River area, the Trail has 24"-36" base and is being groomed. We still have at least another month of snowmachining left, so come on up and enjoy the nice weather March brings! Local businesses offer snowmachine sales, rentals & service. Guided snowmachine trips are available through local guides. Already have your own machine and looking for a place to go away from the rest? Visit our Cabins page!  Click on links for more information.

White Pine
White Pine Ski area will be open until Easter in mid-April. They currently have a 46" base of powder and packed powder and are open 7 days a week. Food services are available inside the lodge, and the decks are now open! Come up and ski on the uncrowded slopes with almost no lift line waiting! Even if you don't ski, come on up and enjoy lunch out on the new deck. Hours 9 AM - 4 PM. Call 307-367-6606 for the latest ski conditions or visit their web site for more information,  www.whitepineski.com.

Wild Horse Killings Update
We have received a number of e-mails from you asking if there is any news about the killing of the wild horses near Rock Springs and Rawlins in January. We contacted the Wyoming BLM office and were told, "We currently have no new information on the horse killings," by Cindy Wertz, Public Affairs Specialist for the Wyoming State Office. As soon as we hear anything more, we'll post it here. For earlier reports, click here.

Green River Rendezvous
The early schedule of events is out for the Green River Rendezvous, held each year the second weekend in July. This year the dates are July 12-15. Planned events include the return of Native American Historian Michael Terry, and Museum of the Mountain Man "Historian in Residence" Dr. Fred Gowans, Professor of History at BYU. Faire Wynds will also return with "Gamboling on the Green". The Mountain Men's Trader's Row will once again be located in the County Park on Pine Street next to the old library and Chamber Hut. Click here for more information about the upcoming events. Rendezvous

Rabies/Mountain Lion Update
Love your pet? Make sure his rabies shots are up to date, says Julie Early, Animal Control Officer for the Town of Pinedale. Several cases of rabies have been reported in skunks in the Farson area. It is possible infected animals, mostly skunks and racoons, may make their way to Pinedale along waterways, putting local pets at risk if they are bitten. Julie encourages pet owners to make sure their animal's shots are current and report any encounters with animals acting strangely. 
   Julie also advises local residents that a male mountain lion has been observed on several occasions in residential areas near Pine Creek south of Hwy 191 in Pinedale. So far there haven't been any reports of attacks on domestic animals or people, but deer have been reported missing. This time of year, "Town Deer" are thought of almost as pets by many locals who look forward each day to the visits by certain deer to their yards. Julie commented that several deer have been missed by locals over the last couple of weeks.


  • Pinedale High School student Sara Maclean won the Grand Prize at last week's Southwest Wyoming District Science Fair at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs for her project, "Showing Some Backbone When You Don't Have One: Annelid Behavioral Algorithms for Autonomous Explorers". Sara also won 1st Place in the Senior Engineering Division, and was awarded a WWCC scholarship. Pinedale Middle School and High School students participated in the event and placed. Pinedale school participation in Science Fair, and strong placement, has been a tradition for many years, and is a commendation to the many hours of effort the local teachers invest into instilling an interest in science skills to Pinedale students.
  • Museum of the Mountain Man's Director Laurie Latta resigned last Wednesday at the regular meeting of the Sublette County Historical Society. The Society has formed a search and selection committee to begin the search for a new Executive Director. Ms. Latta worked for almost 10 years on behalf of the Museum and contributed greatly to its success. We thank Laurie for her dedication and hard work she invested in the Museum, and the many long hours she spent organizing the quality Museum-sponsored events and the annual Green River Rendezvous and Pageant in Pinedale. 
Trudy's Take"TRUDY'S TAKE"
Those who live here in Pinedale well know Trudy here at Office Outlet and her ability to size up situations and put her own unique spin on them. We'll be sharing her stories with you from time to time here under "Trudy's Take".
   "The Chamber of Commerce should advertise a new attraction that has occured in our fair town.  Instead of "a field of dreams" we now have "streets of nightmares." Disney Land has no ride that compares to the excitement we experience as we try to wend our vehicles through the streets. For those without the benefit of four-wheel drive, the east and west streets have "moats of no return" at the intersections.  The drastic drops when you make the transition from ice to pavement brings back memories of summer time and roller coaster rides with an added twist of that side to side motion when employing the rut avoidance technique.  It can be an exciting "white knuckler." Come on over to Pinedale, bring your favorite monster truck and have a blast. The front-end alignment guys are ready and waiting with very large smiles." 

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