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Tannerite Fire update, Sunday, 8:00PM, Notice of lifting of some evacuations: Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reports as of 8pm August 18th, the following evacuations have been lifted for the Tannerite Fire: Boulder Lake (County Road 23-125), Boulder Lake Country Estates, Boulder Lake Campground, Boulder Lake residents off of the Burnt Lake road BLM Road 5106. The Burnt lake Road above the Boulder Lake Dam road will remain closed. Those residents who choose to return home are still in the SET stage. Current information is being posted on the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SubletteSheriff/. Additional info and photos here:Tannerite Fire updates and photos   
BREAKING NEWS Sunday, Aug. 18, 1:54PM: Sublette County Sheriff's Office reports the vehicle reportedly driven by missing person Aubree Corona has been found on a non-traveled road in the Leeds Creek area in Fremont County (in the mountains NW of Dubois). Still no sign of Aubree Corona. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378. See related story below for more info.  
Tannerite Fire at night. Photo courtesy Rebecca Mulanix
Tannerite Fire at night The Tannerite Fire started on Saturday, August 17th, burning southeast of Pinedale near Boulder Lake. The BLM and Forest Service did quick response with ground and air resources and were able to get the fire considerably reduced by Sunday. This photo submitted by Rebecca Mulanix is of the fire on Saturday night as seen from the west end of Pinedale. See this link for more pictures and info Photo by Rebecca Mulanix.
Tannernite Fire perimeter map on Sunday, August 18. Map by Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Tannerite Fire perimeter As of Sunday, August 18, the fire is reported to be approximately 1340 acres and 20% contained. Updates are being posted to the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page as well as Sublette County Emergency Management Facebook page. Additional information can be found on the Bridger-Teton National Forest Facebook page. For more pictures and the timeline, see our Pinedale Online Tannerite Fire page Photo by Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Evacuation Area. Teton County Incident Management
Tannerite Fire Evacuation Area Map courtesy Teton County Incident Management (with additional text labels by Pinedale Online). Click on this link for more pictures and fire info. Photo by Teton County Incident Management.
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August 24: 'Pounds for Paws' - a Fundraiser for Axel - Axel is a rescue dog that got hit by a car and injured in late June. He underwent surgery and has intensive recovery to help heal his underside and loss of his tail. Happy Endings Animal Rescue is partnering with The Garage and Ela Photography to do a 5K Run/Walk and a pet photo session. Preregister for the 5K by August 16th, $15. Late registration $20. The registration, 5K and photos at The Garage Gym, 230 S Cole Ave in Pinedale. Starts at 8AM. The Pet Photo Session is with Ela Photography - photo session packages by donation. Unable to make the day? Donate at www.happyendingsar.org. For more information call 307-360-6382.
August 24: Open House at the Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout - Located in the Wyoming Range on Deadline Ridge (takes about 45 minutes to get there from Big Piney). Take Calpet Road south of Big Piney and follow the signs. 11AM to 2PM. The lookout has been restored. Cookies and lemonade refreshments, bring your own bigger lunch. Parking limited, carpooling strongly suggested. Bring a folding chair if you want to be more comfortable. Smokey Bear, Forest Service, and historical community people will be on hand to talk about the project. More related info and directions
September 1: Sommers Homestead Living History Museum Open House & honoring the 2018 Sublette County inductees into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame - Open House from 10AM to 3PM. Free lunch of roast beef, potatoes, beans, salad, delicious homemade desserts. Lunch starts at 11:30AM (don't be late). Live music by Jared Rogerson. Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame program starts at 1PM. Call the Sublette County Historical Society for more info (Museum of the Mountain Man 307-367-4101).
September 6-7: Wyoming State Historical Society Annual Meeting in Pinedale - Hosted by the Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man. Click here for registration form.

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Progress made on Tannerite Fire (posted 8/19/19)
1340 acres, 20% contained
Bridger-Teton National Forest
PINEDALE, WYOMING, August, 19, 2019 – Despite high winds and red flag conditions, crews made good progress on the Tannerite fire yesterday (Sunday, August 18) and no new growth was reported. The fire held within the retardant lines and firefighters focused on holding and securing those lines and knocking down active flare ups inside containment lines.

Western Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team, Jon Ziegler - Incident Commander, assumed control of the fire at seven o’clock this morning. An Incident Command Post (ICP) has been set up at the Burnt Lake Elk Feedgrounds.

Evacuations have been lifted for the Boulder Lake Estates, Boulder Lake Campground and trailhead. Those residents who choose to return home are still in the SET stage. The road closures for Boulder Lake have also been lifted. The Burnt lake Road above the Boulder Lake Dam road will remain closed.

The weather will be of concern to firefighters again today with the third straight day of red flag warning conditions of high temperatures, low single digit relative humidity, and strong westerly winds.

The fire is currently 1,340 acres with 20% contained. Over one hundred personnel are assigned to this fire.

The primary objective for this incident is to ensure the safety of firefighters and the public. Protection of structures and private property is also a key objective. Homes and other structures are threatened but as of this morning, no primary residences have been burned.

The Tannerite Fire started Saturday, Aug. 17 burning on multiple jurisdictions and is under unified command. The fire is located between Burnt and Boulder Lakes south of Pinedale, Wyoming. This human-caused fire is currently under investigation.

For more information visit www.tetonfires.com or Sublette Wyo at: www.sublettewyo.com/480/Current-Incidents
Information is also being posted on Facebook pages;
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office; www.facebook.com/SubletteSheriff/
Sublette County Emergency Management; www.facebook.com/SubletteEMA/.


Some evacuations lifted for Tannerite Fire (posted 8/18/19)
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
The following evacuations have been lifted on the Tannerite Fire:
As of 8pm August 18th, the following evacuations have been lifted for the Tannerite Fire:
-Boulder Lake (County Road 23-125)
-Boulder Lake Country Estates
-Boulder Lake Campground
-Boulder Lake residents off of the Burnt Lake road BLM Road 5106

The Burnt lake Road above the Boulder Lake Dam road will remain closed. Those residents who choose to return home are still in the SET stage.


Aubrey Corona is still missing. The truck she was driving was found in the Leeds Creek area in Fremont County.
Aubrey Corona is still missing. The truck she was driving was found in the Leeds Creek area in Fremont County.
Vehicle found in missing person case (posted 8/18/19)
Still no sign of Aubree Corona
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
Today, August 18, 2019, investigators from Sublette and Fremont County have responded to the Leeds Creek area in Fremont County. The vehicle Aubree Corona was reported to be driving when she went missing was located on a non-traveled road in that area.

At the time of this release, we have no indication of Aubree’s location. However, detectives are now actively working the scene for clues and we will release more information as it becomes available.

Miss Corona is still listed as a missing person. This new discovery is a step towards finding Aubree, however until she is found we are urging the public to come forward if you have any information regarding her whereabouts. Please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378

Related Links:
Investigation continues in the search for missing woman Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 29, 2019
Investigation continues for missing woman Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 18, 2019
Search suspended for missing woman Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 17, 2019
MISSING PERSON: Aubree Shanae Corona Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, July 16, 2019


Tannerite Fire update Aug 18 (posted 9/18/19)
Size is estimated at 1340 acres, no primary residences burned
Bridger-Teton National Forest
PINEDALE, WYOMING August 18, 2019 - The Tannerite Fire, burning near Boulder Lake south of Pinedale, started Saturday, Aug. 17 at 12:52 pm on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The fire is human caused and is under investigation at this time.

The primary objective for this incident is to ensure the safety of firefighters and the public. Protection of structures and private property is also a key objective. Homes and other structures are threatened but as of this morning, no primary residences have been burned.

A Western Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team is shadowing current leadership and will be assuming command of the fire by tomorrow morning. The fire has burned on multiple jurisdictions and is under unified command with the BLM as lead agency. Sublette County stood up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Sublette County Emergency Management office, 307-367-3378.

Current fire size is estimated to be 1,340 acres burning in sage, grass and timber.

Evacuations are in effect for the Boulder Lake Estates, Boulder Lake Campground, Burnt and Meadow Lake and associated trailheads. Red Cross has set up a shelter (at the LDS Church in Pinedale) for people with primary residences in the evacuation area, although there were no persons requiring shelter last night. No additional evacuations are foreseen.

Road closures are in place on the Boulder Lake and the Burnt Lake roads.

Resources fighting the fire include: 7 engines (both Type 4 and Type 6), 1 water tender, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 IA handcrew, 8 smokejumpers, 5 person fire module, 5 helitack crewmembers, air attack and fixed wing retardant tankers as needed.

Crews will be facing red flag conditions again today through Monday evening. High temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds will make control efforts challenging.

For more information visit www.tetonfires.com or Sublette Wyo at: www.sublettewyo.com/480/Current-Incidents. Information is also being posted on Facebook pages; Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, www.facebook.com/SubletteSheriff/, Sublette County Emergency Management; www.facebook.com/SubletteEMA/.

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Tannerite Fire updates and photos Pinedale Online!


Tip Top Search & Rescue helps rescue climbers needing medical attention in the Wind River Mountains. Photo courtesy TTSAR.
Tip Top Search & Rescue helps rescue climbers needing medical attention in the Wind River Mountains. Photo courtesy TTSAR.
Tip Top SAR keeps busy with searches and rescues (posted 8/16/19)
Kenna M. Tanner, Tip Top Search & Rescue
PINEDALE, WYOMING, August 16, 2019
As of August 16, Tip Top Search and Rescue has responded to 19 missions this calendar year, with 11 happening since July 1st.

Tip Top Search and Rescue has been busy in the Wind River Mountains the past few weeks assisting hikers and climbers. These outdoor enthusiasts were affected with altitude mountain sickness and needed assistance out of the mountains to seek medical attention. We want to remind those considering trekking into the high country to take extra time to acclimate if you have come from lower altitudes, hydrate well, rest as needed during the trip, and be alert to the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness to thwart any serious medical conditions that can ruin any adventure.

Tip Top SAR has also been helping our neighboring counties with specialty equipment and the expertise of specially-trained members. Tip Top SAR has side-scan sonar equipment that uses sonar technology to provide the trained user with visual images during underwater searches. A towfish is lowered into the water and the sonar sends out signals that reflect off objects underwater and creates visible shadows that our team uses to determine if further investigation is needed. Once enough plausible clues are gathered, Tip Top SAR can lower a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) that has a live camera, a grasping claw device, and thrusters to allow the operator to move it around. The live-feed is then analyzed on the deck of the boat via computer. Tip Top SAR’s underwater team is led by John Linn who has been a member since 1984. John has traveled the country learning about side-scan technology, teaching his fellow SAR members, and has spent the past few decades helping locate missing people in the Rocky Mountain West since.

On July 26-28, 2019 Tip Top SAR was requested to assist Wasatch County Utah SAR with the search for two missing fishermen in Strawberry Reservoir. John Linn and Gary Wilson worked with several other SAR units to locate both drowned fishermen with our sonar device. The ROV enabled dive teams to successfully retrieve the victims. Tip Top SAR is also currently helping South Lincoln County SAR with a search for a missing man who fell out of a canoe on Lake Alice on August 12. Not only is John Linn joined by fellow Tip Top members Thom Rinker, Bruce Bartley, and Sublette County Sheriff K.C. Lehr, but Lincoln SAR members have been helping get the necessary equipment into the lake that is in a remote area not accessible by motor vehicle. Sublette County’s leased Air Resources helicopter and pilot, Jason Legge, used a long-line to sling all necessary equipment to the water’s edge Thursday, August 15. The team is currently attempting to rig the equipment onto a small boat to begin the search for the canoeist despite fierce winds that have plagued our county for the past week.

On August 10, 2019 Fremont County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with an injured climber on Pingora Peak, Cirque of Towers, in the Wind River Range. The initial request was for use of the leased Air Resources helicopter and Helicopter Manager to assist flying Fremont’s High Angle team members into the Cirque so they could help the injured. The report was the climber had fallen on Pingora at about 11,800 feet. Winds grounded any air rescue activity from both the Fremont County side as well as the Sublette County side of the Wind River Mountains. Sublette County’s Short-Haul team was placed on stand-by in case a window of opportunity opened to assist. This team is trained and specializing in rescue using Sublette County and Tip Top’s helicopter is stationed about 12 minutes away from the Cirque of Towers if conditions cooperate. When the weather was safe to operate, Tip Top SAR was requested by Fremont County to go forward and attempt a Short-Haul Rescue. A reconnaissance flight was performed to see if the helicopter could safely get rescuers in and out of the area. Tip Top SAR members Milford Lockwood, Cody Wilson, and Lesta Erickson, under the care of pilot Jason Legge, were then able to successfully able to locate, package and fly the injured 67-year-old climber off the mountain ledge. The climber was lowered to the valley floor near Lonesome Lake and due to the extent of his injuries, the injured climber was immobilized in a vacuum mattress splint and prepared for transfer of care. Due to the winds and inability of a medical helicopter to meet us in the backcountry, the Pinedale Medical Clinic was chosen as the nearest destination with clinic staff and EMS personnel awaiting our arrival. A return flight to the Cirque to retrieve equipment and remaining TTSAR members finalized the rescue of this individual. It was at this time we learned that an additional climber had fallen in the same area and had succumbed to his injuries. Tip Top SAR members attempted for two days to enter the Cirque safely, but the dangerous high winds swirling inside the Cirque denied them access to Pingora Peak and from assisting Fremont County in retrieving the deceased climber. Fremont County was able to hike into the area and bring the climber to the care of the Fremont County Coroner.

The lengthy time needed to accomplish these extensive missions are great reminders of the sacrifice the volunteer members make to help when the need arises. It is not only the dedication of the members, but also their employers and families that allow our members to drop and run when they are needed. A HUGE thanks to our neighboring counties for trusting in our skills and requesting our assistance, to our Sublette County Commissioners who support our program, and to each member that has spent countless hours training to provide the absolute best care possible.

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Wolf News Roundup 8/15/2019 (posted 8/15/19)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Wolf Attack
A wolf attacked a man who was sleeping in tent (one of four family members in the tent) at a busy campground in Canada¡¯s Banff National Park. The injured man was hospitalized with serious injuries, and nearby campers helped to scare away the wolf. Wildlife officials shot a wolf nearby the next morning, and confirmed through DNA testing that the wolf killed was the one that attacked the man.

Wolves, Lions, & Elk
A new paper in the Journal of Wildlife Management examines the effects on wolf pack size and winter conditions on elk mortality, as well as the influence of mountain lion predation on elk. Researchers monitored elk survival throughout Idaho from 2004-2016 and developed predictive models for mortality, assessing wolf pack size, winter conditions, and individual-level characteristics. They found that "chest girth had the largest effect on risk of mortality for calves followed by pack size and snow depth.

"Other than the effect of senescence in the oldest (>15 yr) individuals, pack size and snow depth had the largest effect on risk of mortality for adult females. We estimated cause©\specific mortality and predation was the dominant cause of known©\fate mortalities for adult females (35% mountain lion [Puma concolor] and 32% wolf) and calves (45% mountain lion and 28% wolf), whereas malnutrition accounted for 9% and 10% of adult female and calf mortalities, respectively. Wolves preferentially selected smaller calves and older adult females, whereas mountain lions showed little preference for calf size or age class of adult females.

"Our study indicates managers can increase elk survival by reducing wolf pack sizes on surrounding winter ranges, especially in areas where, or during years when, snow is deep. Additionally, managers interested in improving over©\winter calf survival can implement actions to increase the size of calves entering winter by increasing the nutritional quality of summer and early fall forage resources. Although our study was prompted by management questions related to wolves, mountain lions killed more elk than wolves and differences in selection of individual elk indicate mountain lions may have comparably more of an effect on elk population dynamics."

Voyageurs
The Duluth News-Tribune has an article about the wolves of Voyageurs National Park, including details about the life of wolves in this unique environment ¨C from prey encounters to social interactions.

Check out the links below for details on these stories.

Related Links:
Wolf Attack - The Western Star
Details of attack - CBC.CA
Wolves, Lions, & Elk - Journal of Wildlife Management
Voyageurs - Duluth News-Tribune
Wolf Watch - By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Roll-over accident in Hoback Canyon. Photo courtesy WYDOT.
Roll-over accident in Hoback Canyon. Photo courtesy WYDOT.
Two uninjured in crash in Hoback Canyon (posted 8/15/19)
Wyoming Department of Transportation
A crash occurred around noon on Tuesday, August 13th on US 191 near milepost 148 between Bondurant and Hoback Junction. A 2004 Chevy Silverado towing a camp trailer was heading southbound near Cliff Creek in the Hoback Canyon on Highway 191 when the driver, 76 year old Kenneth Horner from Boulder, CO, drifted off the roadway, crashing into a delineator post before attempting to get the vehicle back on the roadway. Horner's camper crashed into a tree before the truck and trailer re-entered the highway and rolled. The truck came to rest on its roof, blocking both north and southbound lanes with the camper coming to rest on its side.

Horner and his wife were both wearing their seat belts and along with their two dogs, were uninjured. A WYDOT crew was working nearby and responded to the scene and assisted in clearing the roadway.

The road was opened both directions at 1:13 p.m. Crews will be on scene most of the afternoon cleaning up the scene. Driver fatigue is being investigated as possible causes to the crash. Seat belt use is being credited for this not being a serious injury or fatal crash.


2019 Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake. Photo by Mindi Crabb.
2019 Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake. Photo by Mindi Crabb.
2019 Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake (posted 8/15/19)
The 2019 Little America’s Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake was held on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 & 11th. The regatta was organized by Jason and Cheryl Essington and hosted by Lakeside Lodge.

1st Place Winners:
Catamaran: Riley Bennett
Centerboard: Allison Bolgiano/Michelle Stauthamer
Cruisers: Randy Bick/Jon Peek
Full Results (PDF)

Click on this link for more pictures: Sailing Regatta

Related Links:
www.lakesidelodge.com Lakeside Lodge


LaBarge Creek Road will temporarily close for culvert replacement (posted 8/13/19)
One day closure in mid-August
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest will temporarily close LaBarge Creek road to complete a culvert replacement in mid-August.

As part of a multi-year project to improve road infrastructure and stream passage for native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the LaBarge Creek drainage, culvert replacement construction will occur on Little Clear Creek on the Kemmerer Ranger District. This work will connect two miles of currently inaccessible spawning and rearing habitat, as well as reduce the risk of future road failures.

A temporary road closure in the LaBarge drainage will occur during the week of August 19. During that week, LaBarge Creek Road (FS 10138) will be closed for one day, but will not remain closed overnight.

Travelers in the LaBarge headwaters should consider alternative routes, including access over Sheep Pass via the Smiths Fork Road (FS 10072) or access from the Tri-Basin area along Greys River Road (FS 10138). It is important to be aware that construction traffic throughout the week could slow travel in these areas.

The Kemmerer Ranger District would like to offer thanks in advance for cooperation during this important work. Please contact Fish Biologist, Kate Olsen, with further questions at kate.h.olsen@usda.gov or 307-367-5751.


BLM Kemmerer Field Office offering forest product permits online (posted 8/12/19)
Bureau of Land Management
KEMMERER, WYOMING – As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office has begun a pilot program offering permits for fuelwood and Christmas trees online.

"The BLM works to maintain healthy forests and woodlands that include abundant opportunities for harvest and use of forest products," said Aaron Mier, Kemmerer Field Office Manager. "We are pleased to offer this pilot program enabling members of the public to purchase fuelwood and Christmas tree permits online."

The BLM has long offered permits to members of the public for harvest of forest products from BLM-managed land. However, before the pilot program began, customers had to drive to their local BLM office – sometimes over very long distances – to buy these permits.

Now, customers in participating field offices can visit https://forestproducts.blm.gov to purchase fuelwood and Christmas tree permits online. (Permits for other forest products still require an in-person office visit.) Once at the web site, users can simply answer a few questions, enter payment information, and print their permit.

Participating BLM field offices include Glennallen (Alaska), Pocatello (Idaho), Albuquerque (New Mexico), Taos (New Mexico), Prineville (Oregon), and Kemmerer (Wyoming).

During the pilot, online permits will be available – depending on the office and season – for fuelwood and Christmas trees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while over-the-counter permits for these and other forest products will still be available during normal business hours.

The pilot program is intended to run for about a year, and the BLM plans to evaluate it for potential continuation and expansion over time.

For more information on the online forest products permit pilot program, visit https://forestproducts.blm.gov or contact the Kemmerer Field Office at (307) 828-4503.


Wolf News Roundup 8/11/19 (posted 8/11/19)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Mexican wolves
Conflicts involving federally protected Mexican wolves killing cattle in New Mexico and Arizona are increasing this year, with at least 88 head of cattle killed so far. The official wolf count in the region is 131 wolves. In response to a series of livestock depredations, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife lethally removed a radio-collared adult male member of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) wolf pack on July 13.

California
California Department of Fish & Game officials have found that the state’s only wolf pack now has at least three pups. The Lassen pack (which has recently been involved in livestock depredations) now consists of at least two or three adults with three pups. Although state and federal officials spent nine days in late June trapping to radio collar wolves in this pack, efforts have so far been unsuccessful. In addition to the Lassen pack, officials have confirmed at least three other wolves in the state.

Washington
In response to a series of livestock depredations, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife lethally removed a radio-collared adult male member of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) wolf pack on July 13. Since the removal, the OPT pack has been involved in seven depredation incidents (two killed and five injured livestock), and a total of 27 since Sept. 5, 2018 (depredation activity is summarized in every monthly wolf update). WDFW’s approach to incremental lethal removal consists of a period of active operations followed by an evaluation period to determine if those actions changed the pack’s behavior.

On July 31, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized WDFW staff to lethally remove wolves from the OPT pack in response to repeated depredation of cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County under the guidance of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the lethal removal provisions of the department’s wolf-livestock interaction protocol.

"The chronic livestock depredations and subsequent wolf removals are stressful and deeply concerning for all those involved," Susewind said. "The department is working very hard to try to change this pack’s behavior, while also working with a diversity of stakeholders on how to prevent the cycle from repeating."

The goal of lethal removal, as described in the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, is to manage wolf-livestock conflicts to minimize livestock losses without undermining the recovery of a sustainable wolf population. The purpose of the lethal action in the OPT pack is to change pack behavior to reduce the potential for continued depredations on livestock while continuing to promote wolf recovery.

WDFW provided one business day advance public notice before initiating lethal removal activity. That was just enough time for the Center For a Humane Economy to hurry to court to request an injunction to stop the lethal removal of wolves. After stepping down as CEO of the Humane Society of the United States amid a flurry of sexual harassment complaints, Wayne Pacelle is now president of the Center For a Humane Economy.

According to WDFW, "A King County Superior Court Commissioner has denied a motion for a temporary injunction that would have prohibited the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from lethally removing wolves from the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack in Ferry County.

"As a result, the department can remove wolves from the OPT pack as authorized July 31 by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind.

"Although it is not currently named as a petitioner, the Maryland-based Center for a Humane Economy has taken credit for seeking the injunction, through two Seattle plaintiffs, one day after the department announced Susewind’s authorization. On Aug. 1, the King County Superior Court Commissioner said the petitioners had not met the criteria for temporary injunctive relief. The court will hold a preliminary injunction hearing on Aug. 16. WDFW will provide the court with a status update on any additional depredations, wolf removals, and the producer's efforts to deter livestock depredations before the hearing."

The wolf activists filing the lawsuit have suggested that the cattle should be removed from grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

In other Washington wolf news, on Friday, August 9, Director Susewind authorized Department staff to lethally remove the two remaining wolves from the Togo pack in response to repeated depredations of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County.

The Department has documented three wolf depredations in the last 30 days and four in the last 10 months. During one of those depredations, a livestock producer shot a wolf during a caught-in-the-act scenario where the producer responded to a wolf depredating his livestock. The proactive non-lethal deterrents used by the two producers in the area have not curtailed repeated depredations.

Oregon
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife officials have confirmed wolf presence in eastern Oregon. Game cameras documented the presence of two wolves together, but it does not appear that the two have pups, according to the Blue Mountain Eagle.

Michigan
An adult male wolf originating in northern Michigan traveled more than 2,000 miles in a tour of three states before being killed by a vehicle in Minnesota, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Check out the story linked below.

Bangladesh
Local villagers killed an animal in a remote village in Bangladesh after reports of livestock depredations. As it turns out, the animal they killed was a wolf – a species not officially present in the country, although there have been numerous reports of wolf presence since the late 1940s. Read the details at the link below.

Related Links:
Mexican wolves - White Mountain Independent
California - California Department of Fish & Game
Washington - Union-Bulletin
Oregon - Blue Mountain Eagle
Michigan - Duluth News Tribune
Bangladesh - Mongobay.com
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Firewood available from Skyline Fuels Reduction Work (posted 8/8/19)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
PINEDALE, WYOMING, August 7, 2019 – The Pinedale Ranger District would like to make the public aware that firewood is available to gather as a result of work recently done by Bridger-Teton National Forest fire/fuels personnel and contractors on the Skyline Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project.

Trees in several thinning units along Skyline Drive, Kelly Park, and Sweeney Creek have been felled and the slash has been stacked in piles. Larger diameter wood that was cut near roadways has been left out of piles and is available as firewood. Please leave the slash piles undisturbed so that they may be burned during the fall or winter.

Kelly Park has approximately 100-150 cords of wood available for the public. This firewood has been felled and stacked in piles of random lengths from six feet to full tree lengths. Be aware that the Kelly Park access road is rough and rocky with no pullouts in the steeper sections. High clearance vehicles with four wheel drive and high clearance trailers are recommended. Forest Service fire crews are still working in the area.

Trees from active timber sales have been decked and are not available for firewood. Timber sale decks will be marked with signs.

A valid firewood permit is required to collect the wood, and logs must be cut to lengths measuring eight feet or less prior to removal.

The Skyline Fuels Reduction project was designed to lower the risk from wildfire to homes and private property by removing hazardous fuel loads in the Wildland Urban Interface. This effort will help moderate fire behavior during a wildfire and increase firefighter and public safety.

Call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 for additional information.


Public input sought on Wyoming Air Ambulance Medicaid Waiver (posted 8/5/19)
Meetings set in Cheyenne, Riverton
Wyoming Department of Health
Residents are invited by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to offer their thoughts, ideas and perspectives on a proposed Medicaid waiver plan for Wyoming air ambulance service during two upcoming public meetings or online.

Public meetings are planned in Cheyenne on August 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Laramie County Library Willow Room and in Riverton on August 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Wyoming College in Health Sciences Room 214.

The waiver would expand Wyoming Medicaid to all state residents for the specific purpose of air ambulance transportation. Waiver goals include:
• Eliminate the surprise billing of patients
• Reduce the average cost of air ambulance flights while ensuring a set level of access and quality
• Increase price transparency for patients and employer groups

Under the plan, WDH would competitively bid for a selected network of air ambulance providers, make periodic flat payments (similar to a gym membership) to these contracted providers and then recoup the revenue needed to fund the system from the insurance plans and individuals already paying for transports.

A detailed plan presentation will be available beginning August 1 at airambulancewaiver.wyo.gov. Online comments may also be submitted using the same site.

People who might be particularly interested in voicing their opinions include:
• Members of the public who have had an air ambulance flight
• Medical providers who deal with air ambulance
• Hospital leadership and staff
• Air ambulance providers and staff


Union Pass road closure for Tosi Creek bridge replacement project (posted 7/30/19)
Road to Dubois will be closed for three weeks through August 21, 2019
Bridger-Teton National Forest
PINEDALE, WYOMING – The Bridger-Teton National Forest will close a short section of the Union Pass Road (FS 600) from July 31 through August 21, 2019 in order to remove and replace the current bridge over Tosi Creek, which has been determined to be deficient. The Tosi Creek bridge replacement project is located north of Pinedale. It is approximately 7 miles north of the forest boundary at the end of State Highway 352, and approximately 3.5 miles northwest of the Kendall bridge.

This closure was previously unexpected, but is necessary for public and worker safety during bridge replacement. Union Pass Road is a popular route between Dubois, Wyoming and Cora, Wyoming over Union Pass. This closure will affect through traffic along this route, and will also prevent travelers coming from the Dubois side from refueling in Cora. Contractors will make every effort to shorten the closure duration, however it is likely that all three weeks will be needed for this closure. Travelers are urged to be familiar with the location of this closure and to be prepared with plenty of fuel, water, and a map.

Please contact the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 for updates on this project, or if you have questions regarding this project or closure.


Two wildlife underpasses to go in north of LaBarge (posted 7/30/19)
The Wyoming Game & Fish has approved $1.25 million to help pay for two wildlife underpasses along US 189 north of LaBarge, Wyoming. The underpasses and associated fencing will go in along a five mile stretch of highway that has a record of vehicle collisions with mule deer. The road intersects an area where mule deer cross in the fall and spring traveling to and from their winter range habitats. The agency expects the underpasses will reduce collisions by up to 90 percent. The projects are expected to be completed by 2022.


Aubree Corona is still missing. If you have any information please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378.
Aubree Corona is still missing. If you have any information please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378.
Investigation continues in the search for missing woman (posted 7/29/19)
No new leads
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
The investigation, which first became active on July 15th in the search for missing Aubree Corona of Green River, Wyoming has yet to present any leads to her whereabouts. A two-day search and rescue mission was conducted in the Union Pass area earlier this month where she was reported to have been possibly lost. She was reported to have been last seen in the Dubois area. She had left her party who had been camping near New fork Lake and became turned around. After finding no signs of Corona in the Union Pass area the official coordinated search and rescue mission from both Sublette and Fremont County were suspended. However, the investigation into her whereabouts has not been suspended. Multiple law enforcement agencies in Sublette, Fremont, Sweetwater County, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Game and Fish have continued a coordinated investigation into the missing person case.

The investigation unfortunately has not yielded any new leads on Miss Corona’s whereabouts at this point. As any news or updates become available, we will share them as the investigation moves forward.

Miss Corona is still listed as a missing person. We are urging the public to come forward if you have any information regarding her whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office 307-367-4378.


3 Bridge replacement projects scheduled on BTNF (posted 7/28/19)
Union Pass Road & Half Moon Lake Road Bridges – some closures expected
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest has three bridge replacement projects scheduled on the Pinedale Ranger District in 2019. To mitigate future restrictions or potential closures, these bridges were selected by the regional engineer for replacement from the regional deficient bridge list. Two of these bridges are located on the Half Moon Lake Road (FS #743) and one is located on the Union Pass Road (FS #600).

Contractors have begun working on the Union Pass Road’s Tosi Creek bridge, located approximately 7 miles north of the forest boundary, approximately 3.5 miles northwest of the Kendall bridge. Work is currently being conducted on the south side of the new structure with work planned on the north side to begin the week of August 1st. Closures up to three weeks are expected for public and worker safety during construction on the north side. Actual closure dates will be published as soon as they are determined. For travel after August 1st, please contact the Pinedale Ranger District.

The Half Moon Lake Road bridges over Sweeney Creek and Half Moon Creek are scheduled to begin after Labor Day. This road provides accesses to private dwellings, Half Moon Lake Lodge, Half Moon Lake Campground, and the boat launch site. This road will be closed after Labor Day for the duration of the bridge replacement projects, up to four weeks, at which time the lodge will resume normal operations for the remainder of the fall and winter. Prior to closure for this work, an updated notice will be posted.

Please call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 if you have questions regarding this project.


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