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Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race
When Anny Malo crossed the finish line in Driggs, Wyoming she became the first person in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race’s history to win five consecutive times. Although she had a solid 25 minutes lead on her nearest competitor, it took a combination of skill and luck to maintain her position given the challenges of today’s course. And she did it. Her time was 2:07:47, a more than respectable 13.6 mph average. She was followed by Liz Thompson 90 seconds later, who was a mere 19 seconds ahead of Cathy Rivest in third place. Alix Crittenden and Laura Bontrager completed the top five finishers. For complete times including Cumulative Overall Time, go to https://www.wyomingstagestop.org/stage_commentary/final-standings-and-banquet-in-driggs-idaho/
This stage is notorious for its seven mile climb, and even more treacherous descent, tough for the most prepared teams, especially on the seventh consecutive day of effort. Temperatures remained nicely below freezing. The trail was much better than feared and a nice breeze kept the dogs cool. All 16 teams finished with smiles, "thumbs up," and "high fives" making it a memorable seventh and final stage to this historic event.
Watch video highlights of Stage Seven at https://youtu.be/1ZPisKO8nCw
Stage Stops in Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton January 30 and 31
The 2023 Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race begins Friday, January 27th with the ceremonial start in Jackson Wyoming. The race is limited to 30 teams who compete each day in a loop stage race in different towns around western Wyoming each day for a week. Each loop race is around 30-35 miles. Several of the stage towns will host a public Meet & Greet dinner or banquet for the public to get to meet the mushers and their handlers the night before their race.
Races start each day at 9AM at their starting lines. Teams typically are back in by 3PM-ish and then travel to their next stage town. The final day of the race is Saturday, February 4th for Stage 7 and the Final Banquet in Driggs, Idaho. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the teams at the race start/finish line at each stage. Dress warm, please don’t bring your dogs. Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton are long-time host towns and stage stops for this sled dog race.
The race has a $165,000 purse. Prize money payout is listed on the race website. Besides day money and overall purse, an additional $80,000.00 is available through the Musher Support Program by generous contributions from Pedigree Brand and Mars Petcare. The race can be followed online at www.wyomingstagestop.org.
Friday, January 27: Ceremonial Start – Jackson, Wyoming
Saturday, January 28: Stage One – Teton County, Wyoming / Lander Meet & Greet 5:30PM
Sunday, January 29: Stage Two – Lander, Wyoming / Pinedale Meet & Greet 4-6PM
Monday, January 30: Stage Three – Pinedale, Wyoming / Marbleton Meet & Greet 6PM
Tuesday, January 31: Stage Four – Big Piney / Marbleton, Wyoming
Wednesday, February 1: Stage Five – Kemmerer, Wyoming
Thursday, February 2: Travel Day
Friday, February 3: Stage Six – Alpine, Wyoming
Saturday, February 4: Stage Seven & Final Banquet – Driggs, Idaho
CCC Ponds Trail Bridge Replacement (posted 1/26/2023)
Wyoming challenges new Federal Labor Rule allowing asset managers to direct their clients’ retirement money to ESG Investments (posted 1/26/2023)
Closed from January 1 to May 1 to protect wintering big game wildlife
Wyoming Game & Fish
Many sections of public lands in western and southern Wyoming are now closed for shed antler and horn hunting. The annual closure for sections of public land, state land and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission wildlife habitat management areas in Wyoming became effective at midnight on Jan. 1. The shed collection closure is meant to protect wintering big game.
A Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulation prohibits anyone from collecting shed antlers or horns on public land, such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, state lands and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-owned or administered lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin and some land west of Laramie, from Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. May 1 of each year. A map of the closure area is available online and the boundaries are detailed within the regulation.
"The annual shed antler and horn collection closure is to minimize the disturbance and stress to big game on winter ranges," said Rick King, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife. "It’s critical that our big game animals do not experience undue stress during the winter months."
Collect means to search for, locate, stockpile or possess shed antlers and horns of big game animals on public land or attempt to search for, locate, stockpile or possess shed antlers and horns of big game animals on public or state land during the closed season. A violation of this regulation carries the same potential penalties, including fines, forfeiture of seized shed antler and horns and loss of hunting and fishing privileges, as many other Game and Fish violations.
"Shed antler enthusiasts can help wildlife by obeying the shed antler and horn hunting regulations and other winter range closures statewide," King said. "And, all wildlife enthusiasts can help big game by giving them space over the winter and early spring."
It is illegal to enter the private property of any person to collect antlers or horns without the permission of the owner of the property or the person in charge of the property, regardless of the time of the year.
For questions contact the Laramie, Green River, Pinedale and Jackson regional offices. To report shed antler or horn collection violations call the STOP Poaching Hotline at 1-877-943-3847 (1-877-WGFD-TIP) or text the keyword WGFD to TIP411 (847-411). Violations may also be reported online at the Game and Fish website.
Even before COVID-19 shuttered colleges and universities around the nation, many higher education institutions were debating whether or not to require ACT or SAT test score results as an admission decider. School closures due to COVID-19 forced instruction to move to online learning and made it impossible for students to gather for formal test taking.
Pandemic-caused school closures caused many institutions to be very concerned about the impact on their schools’ finances and enrollment. As a result, many institutions made the decision to make the ACT and SAT tests optional through the high school class of 2024 and some to 2025.
But even before the COVID-19 pandemic many institutions were already considering dropping these tests as part of their admission requirements. Test-optional and test-blind admissions had already begun to gain momentum even before COVID hit. Test blind means whether or not a student decides to send their test scores, they won't be considered as part of the application evaluation. Test optional means it is optional whether or not students send in their test results when applying for admission.
When the pandemic made it difficult to safely administer the tests, the test-optional option became available for high school seniors to apply to most colleges without submitting a score. Those advocating removing ACT/SAT testing requirements argue in part that the tests themselves hurt the odds of those who traditionally don’t do as well on tests. Those include students whose first language isn’t English, Black and Hispanic students, immigrant students, students whose families can’t afford expensive test prep programs, students who are academically, physically or fiscally disadvantaged. Another argument is that some students are disadvantaged just by the stress and sacrifice to their physical and mental health in taking the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.
With the pandemic now over and the return to in-person classroom learning, some institutions of higher education have gone back to requiring a score for admission application, but others have adopted test-optional or test-blind policies permanently.
If test scores aren’t a determining factor for admission to a prestigious university, what is? Admission counselors continue to stress that grade performance does still matter, and advise students to keep working on getting good grades in high school. Other submission factors include references by counselors and teachers, extra-curricular activities, employment, community service, essays, and a "compelling life story." Many institutions say they are moving to more "holistic" review processes to evaluate college applicants. Using gender and race in the process is not allowed at public colleges, but at private colleges it will often be a factor, although the Supreme Court is hearing cases on the issue. Race is among factors intentionally considered in the admissions process at colleges with affirmative action policies.
Harvard states, "Consistent with Harvard’s whole-person admissions process, standardized tests are only one factor among many. Accomplishments in and out of the classroom during the high school years – including community involvement, employment, and help given to students’ families are considered as part of our process."
Yale says, "For applicants without scores, the Admissions Committee places greater weight on other parts of the application, such as high school transcripts, recommendation letters, and essays. Competitive candidates with or without scores are those whose applications clearly demonstrate a high degree of academic preparedness, a consistent record of scholastic success, and genuine intellectual curiosity."
Columbia University says, "We will continue to evaluate all submitted information within the holistic and contextual review process that considers individual circumstances shaping each applicant’s journey."
Princeton: "We will not require the submission of standardized test scores for falls 2023, 2024, and 2025 application cycles; this includes transfer applicants."
Click on the links below for related stories.
Harvard says it won't require SAT or ACT scores through 2026 By Aimee Picchi, CBS News Moneywatch, December 17, 2021
Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests By Janet Lorin, www.bloomberg.com, March 14, 2022
Harvard, Yale and 5 other Ivy League schools will not require SATs or ACTs for admissions next year www.cnbc.com, Jun 17, 2020
Inside the vast national experiment in test-optional college admissions By Erin Einhorn, NBCNews.com, April 10, 2022
National Center for Education Statistics
How Much Does an Ivy League Education Cost? By Christy Rakoczy, www.thebalancemoney.com, September 27, 2022
Call it a Ponzi Scheme Heather MacDonald, www.city-journal.org, April 10, 2020
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Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present ‘The World of Musicals’ Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheppard (Pinedale) Auditorium.
The World of Musicals in Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists who exquisitely perform classic hits, fused with emotive ballads, big-screen anthems and iconic show tunes.
From the best of "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables" to "We will Rock You, "Sister Act" and many more, the World of Musicals delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound – from the opening song to the final medley of classics.
"ALL THE HIT SONGS IN ONE SHOW " that is the quintessential takeaway from this musical concert gala.
The World of the Musicals concert is a show that is tailored for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and much-loved musical songs in one unforgettable evening. Secure your seats today to a show inspired by many, but unlike any other.
Tickets for The World of Musicals are available online at pinedalefinearts.com and locally at Nested West, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlets, The Big Piney Library and at the door the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students.
This event is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art, Sublette BOCES #1, the Sublette County Recreation Board, Pinedale Travel & Tourism, the Wyoming Community Foundation - Sublette, Tegeler & Associates, Jonah Energy, Purewest, The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and Jackson Fork Ranch.
For more information, please visit www.pinedalefinearts.com or call 307-367-7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram!
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