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The third stop on the XMR Vintage Snowmobile Racing Tour was held in Pinedale, Wyoming this past Saturday (January 20, 2018). There are four events in Colorado and two in Wyoming. About two-dozen vintage sleds competed in 12 different classes from Juniors all the way to Outlaws. Vintage means 1985 and older leaf spring sleds (stock, super stock, and modified.) The event was hosted by the Pinedale Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Inc.
The track is very near the historic town of Cora, Wyoming. The track is bordered by historic log cabins and historic beef cattle range. In fact, according to Gary Neeley and Mike Carrillo, one of the old log cabins used to be the Bronx Schoolhouse out at Forty Rod, and the other was a cookhouse. That leaves one cabin a mystery. If you know, let me know and I'll update this account.
Gary Neeley said there used to be 126 different snowmobile brands in America until the recession in the 1980's. By the time the dust settled, there were only four companies remaining. That leaves a lot of interesting snowmobiles for vintage racing.
The course is an oval. About half of it is a huge banked turn and the other half is a flat turn. The driving adjustments make it fun to watch. This year due to the light snow pack, it's also fun or painful to listen to. Since we live on top of gravel from the ice age, that means racers just have to deal with rocks...going thru the track tunnel and their tracks taking what they find in there...out with them when they leave...at about 100 miles an hour.
Tom Barnard from Colorado learned it better than anyone. He was on the tail of someone and caught a rock right between the eyes. One inch gash and a broken nose. I went down to the pits to check on him and he was on his phone. I could tell by the way he talked he was talking to a girl, so I knew he'd be alright. Sure enough, when his class came up, he shoe-horned his swollen nose into his helmet and finished the race.
I talked with Tip Top Rescue and they said his googles did just what they were supposed to do...not shatter and not let the rock thru the polycarbonate...though there was a star right between his eyes.
Speaking of stars, Tom said he definitely saw them. "I saw a lot of stars and gushed a lot of blood," he said. "I couldn't get my helmet off fast enough. I didn't see the rock that got me but it sure went POW! and hurt like a bitch! They took real good care of me in the ambulance, in fact it was a toss-up whether to stay in there with the cute nurse or get back on the track."
Robert Jaskolski was flagging the finish line and we talked about how they'd prepared the track for the race. "We packed it down with our pickup trucks after we knocked down all the badger hole dirt piles." A young woman was with Robert and she was doing the hard work writing down finish numbers with cold fingers. About the time I was noticing she had a nice smile, a voice down in the turn called out. "Hey honey, if you get cold you can go to the trailer and warm up." I asked the young woman if they were newlyweds and she laughed and said, "No, I think he's just trying to get me to heat up the soup and make him a sandwich."
Jerry Jeff and Amanda are friends of mine and back when she was expecting...I just assumed there would be one baby, but there turned out to be two. Henry and Pearson. Jerry Jeff bought them their first snowmobile Saturday and they had been racing it up and down the parking lot all day. But because of the stage of life they are in, in between runs with Dad, they had to check in with Mom, and that included a hello kiss and a goodbye kiss.
As an old bobsled coach, I'm built to look for racing secrets. This kissing before a race thing sounds sort of interesting. I might try to track the twins racing success and see if I can find a correlation. This could be big, folks!
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XMR 2018 Racing Schedule
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Area II Winter Games
The Area II Winter Games of the 2018 Wyoming Special Olympics was held Friday, January 19 at the White Pine ski area.
Chandler and Ian led the assembled competitors in a rousing recitation of the Athlete Oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
When the cheering ended, approximately 100 athletes dashed off to the first sport on their list. Sports included: Giant Slalom, Slalom, Snowshoe racing, Nordic racing and Snowboarding.
Jase and Jesse were tuning skis for the athletes and they said the athletes from Lander had been coming over every week to train. They had two requests. Make them fast and they wanted the same skis they had every week. Turns out, they had kept a log of the ski numbers and so each athlete was happy.
A Uinta County Sheriff Office employee was helping with medals and I learned law enforcement has the reputation as being a backbone of the Special Olympics. I didn't know that...but recalled three years ago that Deputy Lance Gehlausen had walked with athletes in those opening ceremonies.
Up on the ski hill Sublette County Sheriff KC Lehr and Casey Manning were recording times of the athletes as they ran thru the slalom gates. I recognized Zac Knudsen from three years ago when I last covered this event and met him as he crossed the finish line. "It felt wonderful," he exclaimed when I asked him how his run went.
Doc Johnston and I fought over the same door as I tried to go in the lodge and he tried to come out. "This is by far my favorite event of the year," he said. "I wouldn't miss it for anything."
I went in the lower level of the lodge and Slalom athlete Jax was sitting there eating a peanut butter and strawberry sandwich on a hotdog bun. "I'm doing a frozen food review," he cracked. "It got cold in my pocket."
I ran into old friend and Multi-Olympian Amy Linn, (who prefers to be called "Turbo" when she is on the track) and we caught up with each other. I learned Amy has been competing in athletics for about 25 years and in the Special Olympics for 10 years. A while later I took a photo of her as she took off on her Nordic skis for a 1500 meter race. Her closest competitor was Robbie and he beat her off the start and finished just ahead of her at the finish for the Gold, but Amy was pleased with her Silver medal.
I found White Pine owner Alan Blackburn in the lodge and he was pleased with the event. "I'm delighted that this has become an annual event. Our staff and the Olympians enjoy this day and we enjoy having them here."
As I was writing this story I sent a text to area organizer Gail Hamner. "We are looking forward to going to Jackson for the State Championships in two weeks. It is rewarding being involved in the Special Olympics. If anyone would like to be involved, contact me: email@example.com"
Click on this link for more pictures: Wyoming Special Olympics 2018
Terry Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.specialolympicswy.org Wyoming Special Olympics
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Large dogs encountered in remote areas are protecting sheep herds, do not take them
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued an updated advisory Tuesday (Jan. 16) concerning working sheep dogs.
Sheriff Mike Lowell said one male Great Pyrenees, a large breed favored by sheepherders, was recently picked up in the Jamestown area west of Green River and another north of Rock Springs in the vicinity of the Stassinos Ranch Road and brought to city animal shelters by well-meaning people who believed they had been abandoned.
As is often the case, these particular dogs were not abandoned or dumped, however; but were working sheep dogs.
County Animal Control Officer Chris Thomas explained the situation: "People pick these dogs up and bring them in with the best of intentions, but once these dogs are removed from their working environment and brought into town, they quickly lose their herding skills and their owners usually don’t want them back. It creates a serious problem."
Officials ask that people encountering large dogs in remote areas not pick them up or feed them, but note their location and notify the Sheriff’s Office. A County animal control officer can then go to the scene, assess the situation, and take appropriate action.
ACO Thomas is shown here with "Lou," a Great Pyrenees mistakenly thought to be abandoned last year and brought to the City Animal Shelter in Rock Springs. Sheriff Mike Lowell warned that such large breeds are often used as working sheep dogs; once they are brought into town, they lose their herding instincts and their sheepherder owners do not want them back. Lou was lucky; Rock Springs City Animal Shelter staff saw to it that he was neutered and received his shots and he was adopted out to a ranch family.
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Last time it didn’t freeze over was in 1981
It looks like this might be another rare year when the surface of Fremont Lake might not freeze over. We usually get several weeks of sub-zero weather during December and January that are cold enough to freeze over our area lakes, but so far that hasn’t happened this winter, much to the disappointment of ice fishermen. The last time Fremont Lake didn’t freeze over was in 1981. We know this because each year the Pinedale Boat Club has a barrel drop guess contest, putting a barrel out in the middle of the lake and then recording the exact time when the ice melts and it falls through. The one who guesses the closest day and time wins the $500 prize that year (must be a Boat Club member to participate). Those times can be found here: http://www.pinedaleonline.com/boatclub/
Pictured here are some photos by Dave Bell of the ice formations around the edge of Fremont Lake. Click here to see more of Dave’s photos of the ice formations: Newly Formed Ice on Fremont Lake
Groups ask court to reinstate grizzly protections (posted 1/10/18)
The Wyoming Senior Games will be held in Pinedale Thursday through Saturday, February 8-10th. Anyone over the age of 50 is invited to participate. Events include Alpine skiing, Slalom and Giant Slalom, snowshoe, Nordic skiing – Classic and Freestyle, hockey, pickleball, swim meet, racquetball, speed skating, indoor walking, a climbing competition and more.
- Any person turning 50 years of age ON OR BEFORE December 31, 2017 is eligible to participate.
- Registration fee is $50. Register online at https://wyoming.nsga.com/registration
-To request a paper registration form by mail, contact Amber Anderson at 307-367-2832 ext. 6248.
For more information visit www.wyseniorolympics.com.