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Sweetwater Scam Alert
SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING - August 17, 2018: Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and Sweetwater Scam Alert issued a warning Friday about card skimmer rip-offs.
Card skimmers are small devices - actually tiny computers - concealed by criminals inside payment slots were people routinely swipe their credit or debit cards, including ATM machines, gas pumps, and payment machines at stores. The skimmer reads your card number, which can then be utilized later to create counterfeit cards or used online.
The skimmers store the information for the thieves to retrieve later; some skimmers are so sophisticated that they transmit the stolen information wirelessly, saving thieves the risk of returning to physically recover the skimmer.
Lowell described a number of things people can do to protect themselves from card skimmer theft:
- At a gas pump, closely examine the card reader itself. If it looks different than the card readers at other pumps, be very suspicious.
- Try to wiggle the card reader before putting your card in. If it moves, report it to the store and use another pump.
- If you use a debit card at a gas pump, consider running it as a credit card instead. That way you avoid entering your PIN. (Using this approach, your PIN is safe and the money isn’t immediately deducted from your bank account. Criminals sometimes install tiny pinhole cameras in the keypad area to record PIN entries.)
- Don't accept "help" from strangers standing conveniently nearby. If you get an offer of help from someone at an ATM, refuse the offer and leave. (The most common line thieves use is that they, too, were having trouble with the machine and you need only enter your PIN again to solve the problem.)
If your credit or debit card has been compromised, report it immediately to your bank or the institution that issued it. While federal law limits your degree of liability if your credit or debit card is stolen, your liability may rely directly on how swiftly you reported the theft.
"Card skimmers are nothing new, but it’s always good to stay alert for them," Lowell said.
Sublette County Unified Fire
Sublette County Unified Fire (SCUF) responded to the report of a structure fire belonging to the Moulton Family on Fayette Pole Creek Road in Pinedale yesterday (Wednesday, August 15, 2018). Fire units arrived on scene to three fully involved structures and two separate hay stacks that were on fire. There were no injuries and although there were some spot fires in the adjacent hay meadow there was no extension to neighboring properties.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The response included approximately 46 personnel from Unified Fire, Sublette County Sherriff’s Office, Sublette County operated water trucks, Red Cross, Sublette County EMS, Wyoming Highway Patrol and BTNF E671 Fire Engine and crew.
Due to the wind-driven conditions of the fire (gusts between 20 and 30 MPH and sustained winds of 15 MPH as recorded from the NWS during the time of the fire), SCUF fire apparatus and personnel set up in defensive positions to contain the fire to protect adjacent properties. Fayette Pole Creek Road was also closed to thru traffic for a brief time while crews worked the fire.
SCUF would like to extend their gratitude to Subway in Pinedale for also preparing and donating 45 box meals for all the responders on the scene on such a short order.
Click on the links below for more pictures.
Family home, buildings and two haystacks lost in fire August 16, 2018
Fire on Pole Creek Road August 15, 2018
The Pinedale Sailboat Club held the 49th annual Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th. The event is always held the second weekend in August. Eighteen total teams participated in the sailing event.
The Regatta started in the late 1960’s as the "Little America’s Cup," named after the original sponsor, Holding’s Little America Hotels. The club later renamed it the Fremont Lake Sailing Regatta to avoid legal issues with the more well-known version by that name. The story goes that there were people with big money and expensive boats who were annoyed that Pinedale’s little annual race in the mountains of Wyoming was getting higher Google ranking than their multi-billion dollar event.
According to long-time sailing enthusiast Jason Essington, "Most sailors in the western states have come to know that the second weekend of August is the annual pilgrimage to Fremont Lake near Pinedale Wyoming to fellowship with other nautical types, commiserate about the trials of a 3 month sailing season, tell sailing lies, and occasionally sail their craft in a circle on one of the most spectacular sailing venues in the country … All in an effort to gain a coveted Regatta Burgee (triangle shaped flag) that can only be had by placing in the top 3 places in this event (or alternately by finishing all races and still managing to come in dead last)."
Saturday provided teams with what they affectionately call "Regatta Wind", which is to say the races were an all-out drift with teams working their very hardest to will their craft around the (shortened) course in the 90 minutes allotted for a race. The craft at the back of the fleet were cheering the teams at the front of the fleet hoping that the lead boat would complete the course in 90 minutes which would provide the following boats an additional 30 minutes of "grace" to finish.
With 90F degree temperatures and near zero wind, these are some of the harshest conditions to race in. Any movement made on the boat, or any small adjustment of the sail away from perfect trim threatens to bring the craft to a dead stop, which then allows any wake or wave on the water to force the boat off its desired heading, causing the need to travel even further to complete the race. The complete attention of the crew must be focused on maintaining every little bit of boat speed they can muster which renders them unable to properly hydrate or reapply sunscreen at appropriate intervals. According to Jason Essington, "Saturday’s conditions were truly brutal. Crazy Tom Haigh described Saturday’s Yacht racing as, ‘Like watching grass grow, only a lot more expensive.’"
Sunday arrived with a light breeze that gave the boats more maneuverability and made the pre-start (the 5 minutes before the race where boats compete for the most desired position on the starting line) more interesting, the racing more fun for the teams, and more exciting for the spectators. The second race had enough wind to allow the spectators to see what happens when sailing crews or craft make errors. There were a couple of unintentional gybes causing a boat to perform a pirouette-like maneuver, another boat had their Genoa sail take off up the forestay due to an improperly placed tack line. And another crew got "greedy" and decided to douse their spinnaker after the gybe mark and found themselves performing a series of broaches (capsizes). This little maneuver causes the safety boat to head in their general direction with haste, while the spectators collectively hold their breath, and the crew themselves suppress their terror while scrambling to drop the spinnaker in any way possible. A single broach is usually enough for the average sailing team, but these overachievers performed the maneuver 5 consecutive times. All-in-all a much more exciting day than Saturday.
Lakeside Lodge serves as the host for the Fremont Lake Sailing Regatta. Green River Gear provided the Burgees and safety boat. April Gibson provided most of the sides for the barbecue. Jed Duke served as cook for the burgers and dogs for everyone.
Click on this link for the series standing. (PDF)
Thank you to Jason Essington for his contribution to this story. Photos courtesy Rita Donham, www.wyomingaerophoto.com.
Click on this link for more photos: 49th Annual Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake
Dozens of wildfires are burning across western North America sending plumes of smoke across much of the United States. This has caused unhealthy air quality in parts of the West and Midwest, as well as red sunrises and sunsets. The major wildfire outbreak across portions of the western U.S. and western Canada continued to produce massive amounts of smoke with an extremely large area of varying-density smoke, which basically covered all of the southern half of Canada and a good portion of the U.S.
Click on this link for more on this story: Smoky skies
Inciweb Current wildfire activity
NIFC National Interagency Fire Center
NRCC Northern Rockies Coordination Center
www.tetonfires.com Interagency Fire Center/Bridger-Teton National Forest
www.trapperspoint.com Trappers Point Wildlife Overpass webcam
No fire restrictions at this time
Teton Interagency Fire
WESTERN WYOMING - The fire danger rating for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area has increased to very high. Conditions in the area are drying quickly and a fire may start easily, spread quickly and burn intensely. There are no fire restrictions at this time, but everyone is asked to practice heightened fire safety at all times.
Fire managers use a variety of factors to determine fire danger ratings including the moisture content of grasses, shrubs and trees, projected weather conditions (including temperatures and possible wind events), and the ability of fire to spread after ignition.
Recent hot temperatures, low humidity and lack of measurable precipitation have combined to increase the potential for fire activity across the Teton Interagency fire area.
The national fire preparedness is at the highest level. This means that firefighting resources are responding to numerous incidents across the western United States. Many Teton Interagency fire-fighting resources are available for initial response in the local area, and some resources are supporting large fires in other areas.
Teton Interagency fire personnel have extinguished almost 50 unattended or abandoned campfires this summer. Abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildfires, and it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave their site. Visitors should never leave a fire unattended and can be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
Operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are reminded that flying drones near a wildfire is prohibited, and illegal. Drones can shut down fire-fighting operations which may put firefighters, residents and property at risk. Aerial resources recently had to be stopped on a wildlife fire in Idaho due to a near-miss midair collision.
Visit the Teton Interagency Fire web site at tetonfires.com to learn more about fire safety and what fire regulations may be in place. To report a fire or smoke in the immediate area, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.
Fisheries restoration work planned for Dollar Lake (posted 8/14/18)
Videos of Sublette County 2018 primary candidate forums available online (posted 8/13/18)
Treasurer Gordon Takes Action to Make WY Funds 'Closed for Business' to Bank of West (posted 8/9/18)
Pinedale Online Job Board
We have more than 50 job openings listed on our Job Board right now. If you are serious about wanting/needing a job, there are many opportunities here in the Pinedale, Wyoming area.
Local employers are looking for CDL Drivers, Gas Field Laborers, Nurses, CNAs, LPNS, Cooks, Delivery Drivers, Cooks and Kitchen Help, Teachers, Cashiers, Golf Course Utility Workers, Wranglers/Guides, Tire Technicians, Retail Help, Sports Coaches, Waitresses, Hotel Help, Cleaning Staff, Carpenters, more….
Click on this link for the latest job opening list: http://www.pinedaleonline.com/jobboard
Here are openings as of Monday, August 6, 2018:
Front Desk Agents Pinedale Hampton Inn & Suites, Pinedale, Wyoming
Laborers Professional Rig Services, Inc, Pinedale, Wyoming
CDL Drivers Professional Rig Services, Pinedale, Wyoming
Gas Field Laborer B K Zerks, Daniel, Sublette County area
Shop-Hand Enviremedial Services, Inc., Pinedale, Wyoming and abroad
C.N.A's Sublette Center, Pinedale, Wyoming
Special Education Paraprofessional (Math) - High School Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming
Head Nurse Sublette Center, Pinedale, Wyoming
Cleaning Service – BEEP Sublette BOCES, Pinedale, Wyoming
Full-Time LPN, MA, or CNA Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Sublette County, Wyoming
CDL Driver, Class B, Full & Part-time All American Fuel, Pinedale and surrounding area
High School Art Teacher Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming
Cook Old Stones Smokehouse & Country Pizza, Pinedale, Wyoming
Delivery Driver Oldstones Smokehouse & Country Pizza, Pinedale, Wyoming
Waitresses Oldstones Smokehouse & Country Pizza, Pinedale, Wyoming
Wrangler/Guide Big Sandy Lodge, Big Sandy Opening
Class A CDL Driver Taylor Construction, Inc, Pinedale, Wyoming
Kitchen Help Rendezvous Pointe, Pinedale, Wyoming
Cashier/Cook The Station, Sand Draw, Boulder, Wyoming
Elementary Title I Paraprofessional (One Year Only) Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming
Special Education Paraprofessional - Elementary School Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming
Golf Course Utility Workers Wapika Ranch, Pinedale, Wyoming
Seasonal Order Assemblers/Packers Coral & Tusk, Pinedale, Wyoming
Store Cashier Boulder Store, Boulder, Wyoming
Weekend Cook Rendezvous Pointe, Pinedale, Wyoming
Preschool Inclusion Provider Children’s Learning Center, Big Piney, Wyoming
Yard Hand Pinedale Lumber, Pinedale, Wyoming
Full-time Registered Nurse Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Sublette County, Wyoming
Camp Jack/Packers Bald Mountain Outfitters, Pinedale, Wyoming
Part-time Driver Rendezvous Pointe Senior Citizen Center, Pinedale, Wyoming
Cook Sublette Center, Pinedale, Wyoming
Lube Tech/Tire Tech Auto Doc, Pinedale, Wyoming
Store Manager All American Fuels, LaBarge, Wyoming
Class A CDL Driver Black Mountain Rental, Pinedale, Wyoming
High School Assistant Boys Basketball Coach Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming
High School Head Alpine Ski Coach Sublette County School District 1, Pinedale, Wyoming
Professional Cleaner Rider Cleaning Professionals, LLC, Pinedale, Wyoming
Waitress Boulder Grill, Boulder, Wyoming
Store Assistant Manager – All American Big Piney All American Fuel, Big Piney, Wyoming
Part-Time Summer Drivers All American Fuels, Pinedale, Wyoming
Service Technician Black Mountain Rentals, Pinedale, Wyoming
Part-Time Breakfast Attendant, Part-Time Housekeeper, Full-Time Housekeeping Supervisor, Full-Time Front Desk Supervisor High Country Suites, Pinedale, Wyoming
Full-time Medical Technologist or MLT Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Pinedale, Wyoming
Part-time Bottlers, Tasting Room Sales, Distiller Trainee Cowboy Country Distilling, Pinedale, Wyoming
Experienced Carpenter Bruin Builders, LLC., Pinedale, Wyoming
Laborers Wind River Cabin Company, Pinedale and surrounding area
Servers/Bartenders Boundaries Restaurant - Boulder Lake Lodge, Next to Boulder Lake
Experienced Carpenters Wind River Cabin Company, Pinedale, Wyoming
Deli & Cashier Staff Obo's Market & Deli, Pinedale and Marbleton, Wyoming
Camp Cook, Camp Jack/Packers Bald Mountain Outfitters, Pinedale, Wyoming
Part-Time Counter Help Moosely Mailboxes, Pinedale, Wyoming
Team Member M&M Transfer, Pinedale, Wyoming
www.visitpinedale.org Pinedale visitor information
Housing availabilities Pinedale Online classified ads
USFS extends Sage Grouse EIS comment period (posted 8/5/18)
Public comment sought on Snow King upgrade EIS (posted 8/5/18)
3 grizzly bears relocated from north of Pinedale (posted 7/31/18)
Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse during West Nile virus season (posted 7/31/18)
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is alerting locals to the appearance of a counterfeit $100 bill that was turned in on Tuesday (July 24, 2018).
"Be careful when exchanging money. This type of fake bill has been circulating all across the US lately and has found its way to Sublette County!" The fake currency has pink Chinese markings on both sides.
SCSO Facebook page Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
'Suspects' contact police over counterfeit $100 bills with pink markings NBC12.com, May 9, 2018
Beware telephone Social Security number scam (posted 7/25/18)
WG&F releases report on mule deer management in Wyoming (posted 7/25/18)