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Celebration of Life for George Ditton July 31 (posted 7/30/2021)
Everyone is invited to bring their dog for a day of friendly competition and fun from 10AM to Noon at the American Legion Park in Pinedale. Registration is at 9:45AM. The event is a fundraiser for Bridges Out of Poverty of Sublette County. Please make sure your dog is friendly and up-to-date on their shots.
Competition Classes are:
Looks Most like Owner
Registration costs for each dog and handler:
$7.00 for initial registration and first class
$5.00 for each additional class
$45.00 to enter all 10 classes
Other fun activities include carnival games, vendor booths, raffles sponsored by local businesses, and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Dog Carnival Games:
Ball Pit: Dogs dig around balls in a kiddie pool to find a special treat.
Bobbing for Tennis Balls: Dogs try to grab a tennis ball floating in a kiddie pool.
Selfie Booth: Selfie props will be at a booth for owners to use to take pictures of dogs and/or themselves with their phones.
Dog Treat Catch: Dogs will try to catch as many treats in a row as they can.
Temptation Tower: The owner has one minute to build a tower of tasty treats while the dog watches.
More information at Bridges Out of Poverty Facebook page:
Free Movie at the Green River Valley Museum August 4 (posted 7/30/2021)
PFAC Summer Soundcheck concert
Pinedale Fine Arts Council and the Big Piney/Marbleton Community Development present Soundcheck in Big Piney on Saturday, August 7th with live music featuring The Lonesome Heroes. The free concert will be in the Centennial Park across from Burney’s store. Music starts at 6:00PM. Food will be available onsite. For more information see www.pinedalefinearts.com.
Improvements planned in August for Green River Public Access Area near Daniel (posted 7/27/2021)
Pinedale anglers encouraged to adjust fishing practices in high heat, drought (posted 7/27/2021)
New book by photographer Dave Bell just released
Local photographer Dave Bell is excited to have his new book in hand, 'COVID Through the Lens - 2020 Photography Yearbook.'
"This book is a photographic journal of my wanderings during the year 2020. Even though most of the United States has been locked down, we have enjoyed exploring remote areas. I photographed throughout the year and produced nearly 100,000 images from this year of exploring. This book contains about 200 of those images including wildlife, the four seasons, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and astrophotography."
About the Author
Dave Bell is an avid hiker, mountaineer and explorer who can be found most anytime on the hiking trails of western Wyoming. He has spent his lifetime exploring the scenery and mountains of the western United States and Canada. He is a renowned landscape and wildlife photographer. He resides with his wife Peggy in Pinedale, Wyoming and uses his Area 51 as his base of operations. Many of Dave’s photos from his outings over the years can be found on his photo gallery on Pinedale Online.
• This is a hard-back book with 222 pages.
• Cost is $75.00
• ISBN-10: ý 1662910304
• ISBN-13: ý 978-1662910302
• Item Weight: ý 2.21 pounds
• Dimensions: ý 11 x 0.69 x 8.5 inches
‘COVID Through The Lens – 2020 Photography Yearbook’ can be found locally in Pinedale at Office Outlet, the Cowboy Shop and 307 Mercantile. It is also available for order on Amazon, or by contacting Dave through his Facebook page.
Message from Pinedale Mayor Matt Murdock (posted 7/23/2021)
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
Rocky Mountain Communications Systems (RMCS) out of Casper, WY, along with Sublette County emergency services employees (Fire, Law and EMS) will be conducting coverage testing beginning Monday, July 26th, extending over the next week-and-a-half in to August. There will be two RMCS service trucks, and one red Ford F250 (see attached photos) that will be covering approximately 6,000 established zones or sectors within Sublette County. Our goal is to use as many public roadways as practical to complete this testing. If we should have to travel on to a private road, a call from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office to the land owner will be made to ask for permission.
The coverage testing is to ensure there aren’t any "dead spots" in critical radio communication between Sublette County dispatch and first responders on our Sublette County Interoperable Radio System (SIRS).
KC Lehr, Sublette County Sheriff
Sublette County Recreation Board
Update: *Due to the generosity of Doug and Lynda Vickrey, the reward is now $1000. Original post: The Sublette County Recreation Board is offering a *$500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for vandalizing the pathway bench along Pine Creek at Tranquility Crossing. The bench was one of six recently installed as a donation from the late Don Tegeler in appreciation of our community pathways. Contact Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378 with any information.
Bondurant Heritage Sale August 14 (posted 7/22/2021)
Sage & Snow Garden Club
July 9, 2021 - Julie Early and Barney Snyder, 40 Hay Meadow Drive, near Pinedale, are the Sage and Snow Garden Club’s second Garden of Beauty Award for 2021. Julie grew up on the Swain Ranch on the Green River. Most of her beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees were transplanted from her childhood home and her mother, Edna Swain’s flower gardens. Scattered about her large landscaped yard are oriental poppies, lupine, lilies, delphiniums, cattails, tansy, Wood’s rose, flax, iris (including a beautiful white variety), Maltese cross, dames’ rocket, and Billy Wood’s flowers (named by Billy Wood who homesteaded the ranch). Julie and Barney transplanted gooseberries, honeysuckles, and chokecherries from the home place. Most of the trees came from the ranch as well: poplars, lodgepole pines, spruce, aspen, cottonwoods, and willows. The ranch washtub is full of violas and marigolds. Water troughs are filled with radishes, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, onions, zucchini, beets, and garlic. Julie’s greenhouse is full of mineral lick tubs and other containers growing tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers, peas, climbing beans, roses, and her mother’s geraniums. The greenhouse is surrounded by pots of flowers, as well as a sunflower patch planted by her granddaughter, Daisy Early. Over the years, Julie and Barney have transformed a barren hay meadow into a beautiful botanical paradise.
July 16, 2021 - Dorothy and Wayne Fornstrom The Sage and Snow Garden Club has selected Dorothy and Wayne Fornstrom’s beautiful gardens at 39 Granite Lane as this week’s Garden of Beauty. Their grandsons, Danner and Dayson, enjoy playing in their beautiful and spacious backyard. Dorothy is a "little bit of everything" gardener. She has an herb garden in a wheelbarrow, lick tubs of cucumbers and potatoes, stock tanks with flowers and shrubs, and islands of trees. A border of sagebrush and potentillas, sprinkled with poppies, rhubarb, columbine, delphiniums, daisies, salvia, and iris surround the yard. Pots of colorful petunias, verbena, and geraniums adorn the shaded seating areas. Dorothy has an outdoor propagation station where she grows many native plants from seed to add to her gardens. However, many of the trees, shrubs, and flowers are seeded by the birds that visit her feeders and nest in the trees. The Garden Club has selected Dorothy and Wayne’s beautiful yard for the final stop on their Annual Garden Tour and Dinner, planned for Saturday, August 14.
July 23, 2021 - Michele and Bill Doyle The colorful array of flowers adorning the large deck and patio at 120 Fox Willow Drive in Pinedale earned the Sage and Snow Garden of Beauty Award for the week for gardeners Michele and Bill Doyle. They have created a spectacular display of container gardens, featuring marigolds, petunias, pansies, alyssum, lobelia, verbena, geraniums, daisies, and salvia. But even more noteworthy is their inclusion of some unusual flowers for our area: cannas, begonias, fuchsias, dahlias, geraniums, and mallow. The flowers are big and beautiful; and Michele attributes the growth to Black Gold potting soil, Miracle Grow fertilizer, plenty of water, and lots of love and care. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies to their gardens, much to the enjoyment of the Doyles and their neighbors.
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A Celebration of Life for Kaeden Samson will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, August 1st, 2021 in the Lovatt Room of the Sublette County Library in Pinedale. For Zoom link info contact Paul Samson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signings for Homestead & Ranching book (posted 7/19/2021)
Exhibit of new work by 22 local artists
Big Piney artist and art show director Sharon Schell is pleased to announce the return of the Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show. Because of continued Covid concerns, there will be no reception, Quick Draw, or auction this year. However, fair goers can anticipate and enjoy a vibrant exhibit of new work by 22 local artists.
There will be a special section in the show where artists will have the opportunity to display work pertinent to Sublette County’s 100th anniversary celebration.
The show will begin on July 28, 2021, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Community Hall. The Hall will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on July 28, 29, and 30. It will be open on July 31 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at which time artists may pick up their work.
The art show is dedicated to the memory of well-known local artist Lynn Thomas who was a long-standing member of Women Artists of the West; a stalwart supporter of 4-H; a signature member of Mixed Media artists; member of the Sublette County Artists’ Guild; and member, president, and Grand Wyoming Artist of the Wyoming Artists’ Ass’n. She and her husband Joe owned and operated Big Sandy Lodge for 20 years. She passed away from cancer in 2009.
Also memorialized this year is Susan Rose of Victor, Idaho, and Michigan, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Susan was very supportive of the Lynn Thomas show in past years, as well as a distinguished award-winning artist, teacher, and revered mentor.
For more information, please contact Sharon Schell at 307-749-7661.
TOP P&Z Public Hearing August 2 (posted 7/14/2021)
Sage and Snow Garden Club
July 2, 2021 – Karen and Ole Skinner of 126 Fayette Pole Creek Road, Pinedale, are the first recipients of the Sage and Snow Garden Club’s Garden of Beauty Award for 2021. Their spacious yard features a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers, including some colorful hollyhocks that return year after year. Two years ago, Ole and Karen built a large greenhouse from recycled windows and wood. In their indoor garden beds, they grow cabbages, tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets, beans, and asparagus. Karen and Ole pride themselves on repurposing materials that others have discarded. Many of their trees are castoffs from landscaping projects at large estates in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ole, the youngest son of Clem and Viola Skinner and one of six Skinner brothers, was born in Pinedale and was part of the famed Skinner Brothers Wilderness School and Outfitters for many years.
The Sublette County Conservation District is offering a series of workshops in August related to rangeland erosion. The objective of the workshops is to economically restore wet meadow habitats in sagebrush rangelands to benefit wildlife and livestock on working lands.
AUGUST 4th, 2021: Introduction to Low-Tech Wet Meadow Restoration
Webinar for Land Managers & Partners
Hosted by: NRCS, Intermountain West Joint Venture This is a virtual opportunity that will provide theory and basic instruction to lay a good foundation for the work on the ground the following week. Learn to recognize opportunities for low-tech "Zeedyk" structures (e.g., One Rock Dams, Zuni Bowls), and get introduced to beaver mimicry using Beaver Dam Analogs (BDA’s).
Virtual registration link: https://www.partnersinthesage.com/2021-zeedyk-wyoming-workshop
* Will be recorded for later viewing
AUGUST 11th & 12th, 2021: Zeedyk Structure Building Workshop in the Field
Hosted by: SCCD, NRCS, WGFD
Get on the ground to read a real landscape and learn the techniques and skills to build low-cost, low-tech stream restoration "Zeedyk" structures that will help curb erosion and stream degradation by catching sediment, raising the water table, and increasing vegetation productivity.
AUGUST 13th, 2021: Beaver Dam Analog Structure Building Workshop in the Field
Hosted by: Wyoming TNC Get on the ground in this final workshop session to learn how to use "beaver mimicry" techniques and build in-stream structures that use the engineering benefits of beavers to help restore riparian health and functioning streams.
This project is made possible with funding support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.
REGISTRATION INFORMATIONM For more information or to reserve a spot contact: Melanie Purcell, Wildlife & Habitat Program Manager Sublette County Conservation District Phone #: 307-367-2364 Email: email@example.com or Kerry Gold, Habitat Mitigation Biologist Wyoming Game & Fish Department Phone #: 307-367-4352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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