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Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) replaced a collapsed culvert and reopened the access road in Bird Canyon in Sublette County, Nov. 7. The culvert was badly damaged and compromised the safety of vehicles traveling on the road. For public safety, the BLM immediately closed the road, Oct. 24.
Contractors for Urban Oil and Gas Group, LLC completed the repairs on Oct. 28, including replacing the damaged culvert and re-contouring the road surface. BLM personnel inspected the repairs and reopened the road for public use. As always the general public and industry personnel are advised to use caution when traveling in the back country.
The culvert is located on a main road at an ephemeral stream crossing up Bird Canyon on the east side of the Upper Green River on BLM Rock Springs Field Office managed land. The damage was discovered in October 2018 during an inventory for the BLM Pinedale Field Office watershed restoration project in the LaBarge project area.
The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and safe for public use. Please call the BLM Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256 to report damaged roads or other hazards on public land in the area. To learn more about BLM Wyoming, visit https://www.blm.gov/wyoming.
Sublette County General Election results (posted 11/7/18)
BTNF extends office hours & Christmas tree permit sales (posted 11/7/18)
Christmas Tree Permits on sale at Bridger-Teton National Forest Offices (posted 11/5/18)
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office put out a call for volunteers to help with the search of a 74-year old Rock Springs man who did not return from a solo hunting outing. Ground units, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopter searches on and around Pine Mountain by county deputies, Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, and family members and friends on October 26, 27, and 28 were unsuccessful, and ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches on the 29th and 30th also produced negative results.
Another expansive search was done on Saturday, November 2nd with over 150 volunteers was also unsuccessful. Participating were sheriff's deputies, the volunteers, canine teams, (including Capital City Canine Search & Rescue of Cheyenne), Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, a team from Tip Top Search & Rescue of Pinedale, and a helicopter provided by University of Utah Air Med.
Terry Meador went missing in the Pine Mountain area south of Rock Springs on Thursday, October 25th. His unoccupied vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was found badly stuck approximately 2-3/4 miles north of the summit of Pine Mountain.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that people will wish to conduct searches of their own, but cautions that weather and ground conditions will now become steadily worse, creating potential danger. "If you do choose to search on your own, make it a careful, well-thought-out decision and plan accordingly," Sheriff Mike Lowell said. "Be properly equipped and, equally important, let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return."
Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: (307) 922-5316, (307) 872-3866, or (307) 922-5305.
Search continues for missing Rock Springs hunter (posted 11/3/18)
Nearly all entrances and roads close in Yellowstone Monday, Nov. 5 (posted 11/2/18)
74-year old hunter missing since Oct. 25th south of Rock Springs
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING - October 31, 2018 - Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell is putting out a call for volunteer searchers in the Terry Meador case.
The search will be conducted in the Pine Mountain area on Saturday, November 3.
Meador, 74, of Rock Springs, was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on October 25. He is believed to have gone hunting alone and his unoccupied pickup, a blue 2013 Chevrolet, was found badly stuck just north of Pine Mountain, south of Rock Springs.
Ground units, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopter searches on and around Pine Mountain by county deputies, Sweetwater County Search & Rescue, and family members and friends on October 26, 27, and 28 were unsuccessful, and ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches Monday and Tuesday produced negative results.
Those interested in volunteering for the search are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: (307) 922-5316, (307) 872-3866, or (307) 922-5305.
"Volunteers will need to dress and be otherwise prepared for cold weather," said Lowell, "and we are asking that people call in to the numbers we’ve provided rather than texting or messaging. It’s important that we have an accurate tally of searchers, their contact information, and personally-owned search resources they have available, such as ATVs or horses."
Searchers will meet at 7:00 AM on Saturday at the Sheriff’s Office on U.S. Highway 191 South, south of Exit 99 on Interstate 80, for a briefing.
While deer and antelope hunting seasons in the Pine Mountain area will be closed by November 3, there will be late-season elk hunters in the area, so volunteers are encouraged to wear orange as a safety precaution.
"University of Utah Air Med has, once again, offered to make a helicopter available, and we have also been in touch with Tip Top Search & Rescue in Pinedale, which has indicated a willingness to send a team down on Saturday," Lowell said.
On Thursday, November 1, a helicopter from the University of Wyoming will be in the general Pine Mountain - Potter Mountain - Brown’s Park region capturing collared mule deer for study, so authorities are asking that people refrain from flying their drones in the Pine Mountain area that day and, as a helicopter will likely be involved in Saturday’s search, also request that people not deploy drones that day, as well.
Anyone who may be in possession of information concerning Mr. Meador is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Wolf News Roundup - Oct. 28, 2018 (posted 10/29/18)
Foster Friess offers financial assistance to Roosevelt Fire victims (posted 10/26/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE, WYOMING - Pinedale fisheries managers for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have begun the final phase of the Dollar Lake restoration project, stocking fish.
Last week approximately 2000 rainbow trout and 250 tiger trout were stocked into the lake that had to be cleaned out this past August as it had become dominated by non-native white suckers. The fish stocked were 6-8 inches in length. The plan is to stock the same number and size of fish each year beginning next May. With little competition, managers expect the fish just stocked to double in size by next summer. Dollar Lake is adjacent to the Green River approximately 35 miles north of Pinedale.
The non-native and invasive white sucker has a history of taking over many fish populations by out-competing other fish, in this case rainbow trout. In 2007, Pinedale fish biologists first discovered white suckers in Dollar Lake. Since then, white sucker numbers had grown exponentially to where they accounted for 99 percent of the fish population in the lake.
The best means of dealing with such a situation is to completely eradicate the suckers through the application of a fish toxicant, such as rotenone, that will remove all the fish. Rotenone has been successfully used by fish managers for decades to remove undesirable fish species in many places. While rotenone is toxic to fish, it is not harmful to humans or other wildlife.
In addition to restocking rainbow trout, tiger trout, a brown trout – brook trout hybrid, have been introduced into the lake this time. Tiger trout are known to prey on other fish and will be used to prevent the future establishment of another white sucker population. The rainbow trout that have been stocked in Dollar Lake are too large for most tiger trout to eat.
Given the popularity of suckers as a live baitfish in other parts of the state, it is suspected that the white suckers may have been introduced into Dollar Lake by illegal bait fisherman. Anglers are reminded that the dumping of bait buckets or the intentional translocation of fish is strictly prohibited for this reason.
For more information please contact the Pinedale Regional Office at 307-367-4353.
Northeast of LaBarge
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has discovered that a collapsed culvert along the access road in Bird Canyon in Sublette County is badly damaged, and compromises the integrity of the road. For the safety of all motorists and to prevent damage to vehicles traveling over that area, it is necessary to temporarily close the road for repairs
The damage is located on a main road at an ephemeral stream crossing up Bird Canyon on the east side of the Upper Green River on BLM Rock Springs Field Office managed land. It is approximately 380 feet from the Big Canyon 1-23 well pad entrance (see map). Cautionary flags and safety cones are in place near the crossing to help identify the area for motorists. The Rock Springs Field Office will notify the public when a repair timeline is determined.
The collapsed culvert was found during a culvert inventory for the BLM Pinedale Field Office watershed restoration project in the LaBarge project area. The extensive damage and lack of structural support for vehicles is not noticeable from the road. Motorists are warned to not attempt to cross the damaged section of the road or travel off-road to bypass the damaged area. Please drive cautiously in the area and on all BLM roads, and report any hazardous road conditions immediately.
The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and safe for public use. For more information on this road closure, please contact the BLM Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256.
To learn more about BLM Wyoming, visit https://www.blm.gov/wyoming.
Wyoming adopts Military Spouse Licensing Rule (posted 10/25/18)
Main Street Pinedale is pursuing the purchase, renovation, and operation of the historic Skyline Theater at 14 N Franklin Avenue in Pinedale (currently Walt's Plumbing). Main Street Pinedale would like to revive the Skyline Theater into a multi-entertainment theater showing second run films, film festivals, documentaries and independent films, outdoor adventure films, live music, speakers, performing arts and more. The Skyline movie theater operated from 1940 into the 1980’s, when it closed. Walt’s Plumbing operated out of the building ever since. The building is a candidate to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is centrally located in the historic and Main Street districts of downtown Pinedale close to restaurants, shopping, and hotel accommodations.
Organizers are hoping for two things to start moving the project forward. They are looking for more interested community members with skills to serve on their theater committee to help with fundraising, grant writing, event planning, public relations, developing programming, and project management/construction for this multi-year project. And secondly, they are looking for funding to raise the $170,000 to purchase the property. Main Street Pinedale already has an Intent to Purchase contract, a draft business plan, preliminary budget, and initial fundraising video and donation form ready to go. They need to have the $170,000 to purchase the property by June 28, 2019.
Once the property is purchased, they expect it will take $1.1 million more to renovate the property so it can open.
Anyone who would like to be an early adopter of the project and donate now can make checks payable to SKYLINE THEATER and mail to:
MAIN STREET PINEDALE
P.O. BOX 2529
Pinedale, WY 82941
Except from Pinedale’s Historic Walking Tour Brochure from research by local historian Ann Noble:
14 North Franklin Street, originally the Patterson home, was replaced with the Skyline Theatre, which had its grand opening in September 1940. The Pinedale Roundup reported on the theater opening, "The beautiful interior is indirectly lighted from each side of the upper portion of each wall. Silhouettes depicting mountain scenery, winter sports, hunting and fishing, and other recreational facilities adjacent to Pinedale, lend local color to the interior decorations. A raised floor and comfortable furniture makes theatre going a pleasure. Acoustics are excellent, as the building was designed for sound equipment. Nothing was overlooked in designing the building, including a small lobby, a small room for caring for noisy babies." The new movie house was a great improvement from the wooden benches and folding chairs at the Wilson Hall, on east Pine Street, where movies had been shown throughout the 1930s. After two decades of being a favorite gathering place for the town’s people, the theatre closed and the building was purchased by Walt’s Plumbing and Heating, which opened in 1986. Walt’s operated out of the building until 2017.
Main Street Pinedale has spent the last year, researching the building history, developing a business plan, initial programming, and reviewing the building condition and putting together preliminary renovation and operation costs. They have been fortunate to have received support from the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Main Street, Jorgensen Associates, and the property owners Joe and Annie Sondgeroth who have been gracious and patient throughout.
The Next Step: Purchase of the property!
Main Street Pinedale needs to raise $170,000 in order to purchase the property, and begin writing grants to fund the renovation. Funds will go towards the purchase of the property, but will also be used as matching funds to apply for larger grants to fund Phase 2, the renovation.
Main Street would like to revive the Historic Skyline theater into a multi-purpose theater showing second run films, film festivals, documentaries and independent films, live music, speakers, and performing arts. In addition the facility would be available to rent out. Opening it up to different styles of entertainment will allow Main Street Pinedale to partner with many of the numerous non-profit organizations within Sublette County which will allow them to reach different target markets within the area, and provide a variety of programming.
Some of the ideas for programming include:
Outdoor Adventure Film Series (hunting, flyfishing, skiing, snowmobiling, dirtbiking, climbing, etc.)
High Brow Film Series (films with a professor to speak about the genre, background, cinematography, interpretation of the film etc.)
Curated second run film series (Mountain Man Movies, Spaghetti Westerns, Filmed in Wyoming-including those filmed in Sublette County, like the Legend of Earl Durand, and Sweet Creek County War, Minions etc.)
Holiday Films (12 days of Christmas, Halloween, etc)
Children’s Films on in-service days
Launching a local film festival
Speakers on History
Live Music, small performances (small stage), live streaming, and group gaming.
The Mission of the Skyline Theater is to utilize a historic space as a tool to integrate Pinedale’s distinct culture, history, and artistic identity to entertain, educate and enlighten community members.
#1 Historic restoration of a historic building in Pinedale’s Historic District
#2 Act as a catalyst for downtown revitalization
-Boost Pinedale’s NIGHTLIFE, act as a complimentary attraction to drive foot traffic to the restaurant, retail, bar sectors downtown
-Boost Pinedale’s OFF-SEASON Provide an entertainment option during the off-season months to drive foot traffic to the restaurant, retail, bar sectors downtown
#3 Further support and reinforce Pinedale’s identity, by incorporating films, music, and performances that support our history, culture, and artistry to educate, entertain, and enlighten us
#4 Provide community connection, by creating opportunities for the community to come together, by providing an event space, and partnering with other organizations with mutual interests
PHASE 1: Property Investigation and Purchase. Fundraising Goal $170,000
This phase started in 2017, with an investigation of the condition of the property and building, historic research, preliminary estimates for restoration/renovation, a business plan, and a fundraising for the purchase. Organizers received funding from Wyoming Main Street, Wyoming Community Foundation, and Wyoming Arts Council to put together these documents. This phase will culminate in the purchase of the property by June 28, 2019, when the Intent to Purchase contract expires with the property owner. $160,000 will go towards the purchase of the property, and $10,000 towards grant writing for the renovation/restoration. The deadline for this phase is June 28, 2019. Organizers must have the full amount raised to purchase the property before the Intent to Purchase contract expires. Funds raised in this phase will be used as grant matches for Phase 2.
PHASE 2: Renovation. Estimated funding needed $1.1 Million
Renovation needed consists of the actual building rehabilitation and restoration, which includes architectural design, construction, and purchasing theater specific equipment. Organizers have to piece together many smaller sources of funding. The length of this phase will be highly dependent on receiving adequate funding, timing of grants, and issues encountered with the building and weather. Depending on these variables it could take multiple years to complete.
PHASE 3: Open and operational! Estimated funding needed TBD
For more details, contact Kate Dahl at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 307-202-8880, or go online to https://mainstreetpinedale.com/theater/.
Forest Service plans fall pile burns (posted 10/17/18)