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Nordic ski trail grooming report – Dec. 14, 2018 (posted 12/14/18)
Cowboy Country Distilling tasting Dec. 14 (posted 12/13/18)
Nordic ski trail grooming report – Dec. 13, 2018 (posted 12/13/18)
RFP – Rebuilding Pinedale Airport Storage Building (posted 12/13/18)
Upper Green Snowmobile Trail grooming report (posted 12/13/18)
Kiln Opening Trunk Show Dec 15 (posted 12/12/18)
Mountain Man Christmas in Pinedale (posted 12/12/18)
Taking applications for Soroptomists Live Your Dream Award (posted 12/11/18)
New shuttle bus to White Pine Ski Area (posted 12/9/18)
25th Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction (posted 12/9/18)
Request For Proposal - Grant Writing (posted 12/9/18)

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December 14: Holiday Tasting - Cowboy Country Distilling invites every (age 21 and up) to Ridley's Outfitter Liquor in Pinedale from 5-7PM. Stop by for free samples of all CCD products and warm up with their signature Hot Buttered Rum and "Big Bull" cocktail. www.cowboycountrydistilling.com 
December 14: Cups4Cups - Visit Pine Coffee Supply today and on the 14th of every month through 2018 to help support breast cancer programs across Wyoming. They will donate a portion of proceeds from the day to the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative. Open Monday-Friday from 7AM to 5PM and Saturday from 8AM to 5PM.
December 14: Cowpokes for Christmas Concert - With singer/songwriter Brenn Hill and cowboy poet/humorist Andy Nelson. Friday at 7:30PM in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. Tickets are $20 each, $50 for immediate family, available at the door.
December 15: Rita Donham's kiln opening Open House at Painted Dreams Art Gallery - Rita has a fresh batch of pottery coming out of the kiln and will have them at Painted Dreams Gallery in Pinedale on Saturday, Dec. 15th. Open House from 10AM to 6PM, refreshments will be served. Lots of new pots, mugs, bowls, vases, ornaments and more. Lots of ox blood reds, high-fired stoneware and porcelain, There will be discounts on some of Rita's pottery (Celadon River Ceramics) - great gift ideas! Also, see the other paintings and artwork by many local artists on display in the gallery. Painted Dreams is on North Tyler Avenue across from the Visitor Center.
December 15: Drawing for Sublette County Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Hula Bucks event - Make a purchase at a participating store and acquire a ticket. Keep the ticket stub for each of the drawings announced live on KPIN 101.1FM Radio at 11:00AM on November 24, December 1, 8 & 15th. Must be 18 or older to participate. Must be in a participating business at time of drawing to present ticket and win. Winners win Holiday Hula Bucks which can only be used in participating stores. Call the Chamber at 307-367-2242 for more info.

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Map courtesy Sublette County Recreation Board
Map courtesy Sublette County Recreation Board
Nordic ski trail grooming report – Dec. 14, 2018 (posted 12/14/18)
Mike Looney, Groomer, Sublette County Recreation Board
Friday, December 14, 9:20AM report:
Groomed the Golf Course this morning. Chilly right now, -3F degrees. The trails up above should be in good shape.

This Nordic Ski Trail grooming report is courtesy of the Sublette County Recreation Board.

Related Links:
X-C Ski Trail Map - (356K PDF)
Road and Weather links
www.visitpinedale.org Pinedale tourism website (links to lodging, dining, area information)
www.whitepineski.com White Pine Resort, 307-367-6606, (Nearby alpine skiing, food services, restroom)
www.greatoutdoorshop.com The Great Outdoor Shop, 307-367-2440
www.sublettechamber.com Local businesses & services, 307-367-2242
www.golfpinedale.com Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course (Additional Nordic ski trails, food services, restroom)


Hot Buttered Rum recipe
Hot Buttered Rum recipe
Cowboy Country Distilling tasting Dec. 14 (posted 12/13/18)
At Ridley's Outfitter Liquor
Cowboy Country Distilling, Pinedale's local distillery, invites the community, ages 21 and up, to a free Holiday Tasting event at Ridley's Outfitter Liquor store in Pinedale on Friday, December 14, from 5-7 pm. Stop by for free samples of all CCD products and warm up with Cowboy Country Distilling's signature Hot Buttered Rum, and "Big Bull" cocktail made with CCD's Rooster Rum and Gold Spur Whiskey.

Related Links:
www.cowboycountrydistilling.com Cowboy Country Distilling, Pinedale, Wyoming


Map courtesy Sublette County Recreation Board
Map courtesy Sublette County Recreation Board
Nordic ski trail grooming report – Dec. 13, 2018 (posted 12/13/18)
Mike Looney, Groomer, Sublette County Recreation Board
Thursday, December 13, 10:05AM report:
Half Moon Tie-In, Kelly Park, Kelly Tie-In, Upper & Lower Surveyor, Tree Loop, Moose Ridge, Flat Line and Old Road Trail all groomed this morning. Also Heart Attack has been packed, but it is not recommended yet. A couple of inches of new snow. Cold this morning. 1F at the Nordic Equipment Building as of the time of this report, was -20F earlier this morning in Lower Surveyor Park.

This Nordic Ski Trail grooming report is courtesy of the Sublette County Recreation Board.

Related Links:
X-C Ski Trail Map - (356K PDF)
Road and Weather links
www.visitpinedale.org Pinedale tourism website (links to lodging, dining, area information)
www.whitepineski.com White Pine Resort, 307-367-6606, (Nearby alpine skiing, food services, restroom)
www.greatoutdoorshop.com The Great Outdoor Shop, 307-367-2440
www.sublettechamber.com Local businesses & services, 307-367-2242
www.golfpinedale.com Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course (Additional Nordic ski trails, food services, restroom)


RFP – Rebuilding Pinedale Airport Storage Building (posted 12/13/18)
Proposals due back to the Town by Dec. 18
Town of Pinedale
Editor's comment: note that the wording of this RFP has been slightly modified from our earlier posting.
PUBLIC NOTICE:
The Pinedale Airport Board requests proposals for development of a building cost estimate for the re-building of a destroyed storage building. This is not a bid for construction, rather a bid to estimate construction cost. This Proposals must include the total fee for the cost estimate and a completion date. Proposals for the development of the cost estimate must be received at the Town Hall, 69 Pinedale South Road, by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Questions should be directed to the airport manager via email at airportmanager@townofpinedale.us.


Snowmobiles on the CDT in the Upper Green. Pinedale Online file photo.
Snowmobiles on the CDT in the Upper Green. Pinedale Online file photo.
Upper Green Snowmobile Trail grooming report (posted 12/13/18)
Thursday, December 13, 6:15AM – Report provided by Jeremy Kunzman
Half of the Upper Green snowmobile trails have been groomed. The trail to GRL and the S Trail to Union Pass. Still not enough snow to groom Moose-Gyp or the CD trail to Pinyon Ridge. Snow coverage is still very low off trail, but trail riding should be very smooth.

Funding for grooming and machinery is paid for by snowmobile sticker sales and the Wyoming State Trails Program. Machine operators are provided by the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Please no wheeled vehicles on the groomed snowmobile trails.

Snowmobile trail information and maps are available at the Forest Service ranger station offices (Bridger-Teton National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf/) and from Bucky’s Outdoors and DJ. They can also be downloaded for free off of the Wyoming state trails website. The maps are geo referenced so you can use them on your smart phone even without cell service. Avenza is the phone app that runs these maps. It’s also a free download.

They will be putting in the Blind Bull connector trail from Horse Creek as soon as we get a little more snow, hopefully before Christmas.
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Information below from the Wyoming State Parks Snowmobile page. Downloadable PDFS are available for the trail systems here: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/snowmobile/snowmobile-maps-trails

Continental Divide Trail
This trail system is maintained through cooperative efforts of the Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails; the U.S. Forest Service; the Bureau of Land Management and local snowmobile clubs.

The Continental Divide Area follows the Wind River Range and includes trail systems in the Lander, Pinedale, Dubois, Togwotee Pass and Gros Ventre areas. The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST) runs from Lander (the southeast end) to West Yellowstone (the northwest end). It generally parallels the Continental Divide and actually crosses the divide four times. The variety of terrain, trail, snow and scenery is unequaled anywhere else.

You have two options for travel in this area. One option is to proceed west into Idaho, and then north to West Yellowstone, Montana. This section of the trail is 95 miles, making the total distance between Lander, Wyoming and West Yellowstone, Montana a total of 365 miles. Or, you can proceed north through Yellowstone National Park via Old Faithful and into West Yellowstone. This route is 74 miles.

The Lander area has 75 miles of trails through scenic-forested mountains. Excellent ice fishing can be enjoyed in beautiful mountain lakes along the trails. Average snow depth runs from three to six feet. Complete services and facilities are available in Lander and gas, food and lodging are available in the South Pass area.

The trail between Lander and Pinedale is extremely varied. Expect high mountains with scenic views. Visibility up to 150 miles is possible. Dense forest trails with snow-covered trees take riders from one huge open play area to another with six to eight feet of snow depth. The trail from Irish Canyon Trailhead to Pinedale (approximately 30 miles) is in the highway right-of-way, but even this section is beautiful and fun to ride. Low snow conditions are possible in the Boulder to Pinedale section. It is another 12 miles into Pinedale. The longest stretch between fuel stops is between the Lander trailheads and Boulder (approximately 90 miles). Snowmobiling is allowed in Pinedale with the restriction that you can cross Main Street but cannot ride down the street.

From Pinedale north to the Upper Green River Trailhead, the CDST is in the highway right-of-way again for about 30 miles. The Pinedale area trail system has 135 miles of trail through some of the most scenic country in the West. The snow at the higher elevations can be six to eight feet deep. All services are available in Pinedale and gas, food, lodging, rentals and guides are found close to the Upper Green River Trailhead.

The Dubois area boasts of some of the best and most scenic riding in the world on 150 miles of beautiful trails and thousands of acres of off-trail riding. Snow conditions are good with a snow depth of from one to ten feet and one of the longest seasons. All services can be found in Dubois as well as gas, food, lodging, rentals and guides along the CDST north of Dubois.

The Gros Ventre area has approximately 70 miles of groomed trail and is located just east of the Tetons. This trail system provides easy access to the Togwotee, Dubois and Pinedale areas from Jackson. The parking area at Lower Slide Lake is 20 miles from Jackson. Snowmobiling is restricted to the trail in most places because this is a very sensitive wildlife area. Please note and obey restrictions as posted on the trail. The Gros Ventre Valley is very special with spectacular views of the Tetons and the possibility of seeing elk, moose, deer, mountain sheep, coyotes and bobcats. The lower end of the trail can experience low snow conditions. At higher elevations, it can reach five feet.

Wyoming Range Trails
The Wyoming Range trail system is maintained through cooperative efforts of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources/Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Lincoln County and local snowmobile clubs.

The Wyoming Range is the area between Alpine and Kemmerer. This area has approximately 337 miles of trails. The main trails are groomed every week and the secondary trails are groomed every other week or as needed. Snowmobiling is allowed in Alpine, Afton and Kemmerer, Pinedale, Big Piney and LaBarge all offer access to trailheads on the east side of the range. This area offers deep snow, beautiful scenery and fantastic off-trail riding. Rentals are available in Pinedale, Alpine and Thayne. Snow depths run from 3 feet to 12 feet.
Elevations: 6,000 feet to 10,000 feet

Season: December 15 through March 15: WEATHER PERMITTING
Season temperatures: +30 degrees F to -30 degrees F

Related Links:
Wyoming State Snowmobile Trail program
Snow Depth info NRCS SNOTEL website with interactive map
www.visitpinedale.org Visitor information for Pinedale area


Rita Donham's Kiln Opening Trunk Show at Painted Dreams in Pinedale Dec. 15th.
Rita Donham's Kiln Opening Trunk Show at Painted Dreams in Pinedale Dec. 15th.
Kiln Opening Trunk Show Dec 15 (posted 12/12/18)
Painted Dreams Art Gallery presents Rita Donham’s latest creations out of the kiln
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
Rita Donham of Celadon River Ceramics will be hosting a Kiln Opening Trunk Show at Painted Dreams Fine Art & Gift Shop in Pinedale on Saturday, December 15th from 10AM to 6PM. The artists invite everyone to stop by and join them for snacks and beverages. Rita’s will be showcasing her latest creations from out of the kiln. There will be 10% off on selected items.

Painted Dreams is an art gallery co-op featuring paintings, pottery, hand-painted cards, bent willow furnishings, clocks and more by local artists Rita Donham (Celadon River Ceramics), Melita Snow, Laurie LaMere, Kay Meeks, Robin Sruoginis, Pat Poletti (Bent Willow Furnishings), Lisanne Fear (FearLis Art), and Matt & Bobbi Guenthner (Fallen Leaf Pottery). They are located at 26 N. Tyler Street in Pinedale, across the street from the Visitor Center. They are open Tuesdays through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Phone: 307-360-8165.

Click on this link for more pictures: Painted Dreams Gallery

Related Links:
Painted Dreams Facebook page


One of the highlights of the Mountain Man Christmas festivities in Pinedale is the nighttime holiday lighted parade down Pine Street. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
One of the highlights of the Mountain Man Christmas festivities in Pinedale is the nighttime holiday lighted parade down Pine Street.
Mountain Man Christmas in Pinedale (posted 12/12/18)
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
Pinedale held their annual Mountain Man Christmas on Saturday, December 8th. The event is the town’s kick-off for the Christmas season. Festivities were coordinated by the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce and included businesses being open late for a Shop and Stroll.

At 5:30PM was the official tree lighting at the courthouse. Sublette County Commissioner Joel Bousman, along with grandchildren, had the honor of flipping the remote switch to turn on the lights on the big trees and shrubbery on the courthouse lawn. There was a new lighting display arrangement this year, thanks to the careful design and installation work of the folks with Sublette County maintenance. After the tree lighting, there were carolers singing Christmas songs to brighten everyone’s spirits in the chilly night.

Many people came out for the event. The Sublette County Chamber of Commerce visitor center was open for a place to warm up by their wood stove and provide restrooms. In front, girls from the Wyld Dance Company had hot chocolate and snacks available for refreshments.

At 6:00PM there was the annual lighted float holiday parade down Pine Street. After the parade, there were activities for children at the Pinedale Library. Many businesses on main street stayed open late and held open houses for the event. The temperature cooperated and it was a pleasant evening for the event.

We've highlighted some of the cool things we found in some of the local stores that were open late in the evening, but we didn't have time to make it into every store. If you are looking for a unique gift for that special someone, Pinedale stores offer many very different items you won't find in the Big Box stores. Save gas money and support local businesses by shopping local stores first and for your last minute gift search. Almost all stores offer gift certificates too, if you aren't sure of the exact fit or taste in selection. Many stores also offer online shopping, for out-of-area folks who can't walk into the stores.

For more information about our local area businesses, contact the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce, 307-367-2242, www.sublettechamber.com.

Click on this link for more pictures: Mountain Man Christmas in Pinedale

Related Links:
www.cowboyshop.com - Cowboy Shop, Pinedale, Wyoming, 307-367-4300 (local), toll-free 1-877-567-6336
www.greatoutdoorshop.com - Pinedale, Wyoming, 307-367-2440
www.tworiversfishing.com - Pinedale, Wyoming, 307-367-4131
Pinedale Arts & Crafts - Facebook page
www.visitpinedale.org - Pinedale, Wyoming visitor website


Taking applications for Soroptomists Live Your Dream Award (posted 12/11/18)
Applications due by Dec. 31, 2018
Soroptomists are taking applications now until December 31, 2018 for the Live Your Dream Award. Get some help with your educational dreams. This is for a female head of household that is actively pursuing further education or career skill development. The Award is $1000.00. Paper applications are at BOCES, Pinedale High School, Big Piney High School, the Discovery Center, and Big Piney Rec Center. If you would like an application emailed to you, contact Jasmine Allison jazz.allison@yahoo.com. Funds will be awarded Jan. 5th.


New shuttle bus to White Pine Ski Area (posted 12/9/18)
The non-profit organization, The White Pine Foundation, has received a generous donation in the form of a shuttle bus from Echo Transportation in Big Piney. A shuttle to the ski area is now being offered for youth 18 and under. It is a small shuttle, so reservations are required. The shuttle is free to any youth who is a White Pine Junior Snowsports Club member. To all others, the shuttle is a $2 round-trip fee.

Click on this link for the schedule: White Pine Shuttle Schedule

Related Links:
www.whitepineski.com White Pine Ski Area


25th Annual Museum of the Mountain Man Holiday Wreath & Chocolate Auction. This wreath was made by Julie Early.
25th Annual Museum of the Mountain Man Holiday Wreath & Chocolate Auction. This wreath was made by Julie Early.
25th Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction (posted 12/9/18)
Fundraiser for the Museum of the Mountain Man
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
The Museum of the Mountain Man held their annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction on Friday, December 7th in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. This year was the 25th anniversary of the event, which is a fundraiser for the Museum. Money raised goes towards next year’s programs and exhibits. The Museum is run by the Sublette County Historical Society.

Executive Director Clint Gilchrist said there were 34 hand-made wreaths that had been donated for this year’s live auction and 32 chocolate treats in the silent auction. He said over the 25 years there have been over 250 wreath donors helping the Museum. Memory books were placed on each table with newspaper articles and the advertisements through all the years of the wreath auction.

Several people were recognized for their contributions to the Wreath Auction over the years. Julie Early was closely involved with the wreath auction from the very start and has contributed a wreath every year often winning fan favorite. Auctioneer Jay Fear has been auctioneer for 18 straight years and has also donated a wreath each of those years. First Bank has sponsored the food for the Wreath Auction for the past 17 years. Prior to having their sponsorship, the Museum had charged an entry fee of $3 to $5 for admission to the event. Mark and Cheryl Eatinger of Rio Verde Engineering was recognized for being at the very first Wreath Auction and donating a wreath nearly every year since. Annette Pape has brought her delicious hand-made chocolates for close to twenty years. Sage and Snow Garden Club has donated a wreath for the past 15 years and many times has been picked as the "People’s Choice" fan favorite.

Food and punch was generously sponsored by First Bank. Moose Creek Catering provided the food.

Gilchrist said, "After 25 years, it is amazing the community support we still get. Great turn out, a lot of fun, and raised a lot of money for the Museum." He later clarified that Laurie Latta developed and spearheaded the wreath auction for the first seven years.

Click on this link to see photos of all the beautiful wreaths: 25th Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction

Related Links:
www.mmmuseum.com Museum of the Mountain Man


Request For Proposal - Grant Writing (posted 12/9/18)
Sublette County
Sublette County, Wyoming is requesting proposals for grant writing services for the submission of a HMPG grant application in cooperation with the Sublette County Commission and Hoback Ranches Service and Improvement District. The HMPG grant has a value of $425,000, and is due on April 1, 2019.

Proposals for this service will be evaluated on:
* Resume of the person/firm providing the requested services.
* List of previously produced successful applications with amounts funded.
* References.
* Fees for services.

Deadline for submission of completed proposals is 5 p.m. on December 31, 2018 to the Sublette County Clerk, P.O. Box 250, 21 South Tyler, Pinedale, WY 82941 or mary.lankford@sublettewyo.com. Sublette County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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