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Eclipse viewing info (posted 8/18/17)
Between now and Monday, August 21st, the U.S. Postal Service is offering special postmarks at post offices along the path of the solar eclipse totality.
The Bondurant post office gets to be one of the few offering the special postmark. They are located at 13884 US Hwy 191 (south of Bondurant near the Branding Iron Cafe). Any item bearing current first-class postage stamps will be postmarked at no charge. Sheets of the special forever stamps will also be available.
The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp was issued on June 20, 2017 and is a special one-of-a-kind forever stamp. It is heat sensitive and transforms the solar eclipse image into the moon from the heat of a finger. Once cooled, the image reverts back to the eclipse. The stamps are sold in panes of 16 forever stamps and are available at post offices nationwide and online at usps.com/shop.
A bit of history
Wyohistory.org is a history website project of the Wyoming State Historical Society with many stories about Wyoming history. They have an interesting story about historical solar eclipses as seen from Wyoming. The story was written by Rebecca Hein. "Three total solar eclipses have crossed Wyoming since territorial times—in 1878, 1889 and 1918. Two in particular drew prominent astronomers and scientific discoveries."
The solar eclipse of 1878 crossed Wyoming in a diagonal from northwest to southeast, at somewhat of a sharper angle than this year’s eclipse will do. Pinedale, Jackson and Yellowstone Park were in the pathway of totality in that one. Noted astronomers from around the country came via the transcontinental railroad and set up scientific equipment at viewing stations about 14 miles west of Rawlins.
The 1889 solar eclipse just clipped the northwest corner of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming didn’t play a big part in the viewing hoopla since the eclipse was more easily viewed from other more accessible locations.
The 1918 solar eclipse crossed the southeast corner of Wyoming including Green River and Rock Springs on a path similar to this year’s, but shifted a bit more southerly. At least six well-known astronomers, plus many spectators, visited Wyoming for this eclipse bringing "gigantic cameras and spectrographs," mirrors and other equipment for viewing and taking measurements.
Click on this link to read the full story on eclipse history in Wyoming on wyohistory.org: Moon Shadows over Wyoming: The Solar Eclipses of 1878, 1889 and 1918
Eclipseblog May 10, 2017
The Solar Eclipses of 1878, 1889 and 1918 More graphics of historic eclipse paths here
Yellowstone Park to see just a partial eclipse on August 21 (posted 8/16/17)
Every Year Since 1970
Little Shay Paravicini and I had a discussion about pirates during the Pinedale Boat Club's Annual Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake.
"They go, Aarrgghhh," she said. "We have a pirate boat and I'm a pirate girl and pirate girls go, Aarrgghhh! Daddie's a pirate and he likes to eat fish and drink beer and rum, but he isn't racing today, Jason is the only pirate in today's race."
Lucky for me, Jason "The Pirate" Essington had invited me a year ago to come along for this year’s race, the 47th. They have held this race every year since 1970. His boat is named, Opa's Dream. Opa is German for "Grandpa." "I bought Burt Reno's old boat," he said. "He brought sailing to Fremont Lake and I bought it to make sure we still have sailing here." "He weighs about 5000 pounds and the next heaviest boat in this race weighs about 2000 pounds. It takes more wind to get us going, but it is real good in the unpredictable squalls that kick up here."
While I was waiting for the race to start I talked to a few other racers. David Pendell sails Rosie. "I used to sail Nirvana, but used to spend too much time upside down, bailing and other situations, so we got Rosie, who is more understanding of older gentlemen. Oh yeah, at last year’s race we saw a funnel cloud."
I got a news tip from Allan and Sharon Holmes who summer at the cabins in Sylvan Bay, telling me about Richard and Peggy Krebill who have summered at Sylvan Bay for 50 years. "They are in the 80's, and they sail a boat with a frowny face on it," Allan said.
I never did find a frowny face anywhere, but I did find Rich and Peggy Krebill who have sailed this race for about seventeen years. Turns out they live in a home they built themselves with lumber they had cut at the old mill that used to be out in Daniel. "We don't have hot water in the cabin," said Peggy. "We use a solar shower. If we get a sunny day we get a pretty hot shower right out of the bag. If we don't get a sunny day, then we warm up some water on the wood stove. That is the stove we cook our food on, too. That stove used to belong to the American Legion and my Mom bought it for us when the Legion got a new one."
Jason gave me a heads up to go to the head if I needed to because it might not be easy out there. Once I got in the boat he gave me three spots I was allowed to be in and told me not to be offended if he yelled at me. I'm used to this advice as I get the same advice from cowboys when I do rodeo and branding stories. So far I ain't walkin' funny, so I'll keep listening.
The start of the race is sort of like Musical Chairs for boats. You get a five minute blow on an air horn and in that five minutes all the boats run all over the place close to the orange mark buoy and try to be right at it when the start horn blows. It gets pretty tight and it's a little like bumper cars, but no one yelled at anyone too bad. I couldn't tell exactly where the line was but everyone seemed to know who got across the start line first and that's when the beer came out and the trash talking started. We were in the doldrums just like Magellan and the insults were creative. Jason opened a beer for me with his wedding ring. "Titaniun," he said. "Gold ain't much good for opening beer."
We were looking for "texture" in the surface which indicates wind, but it took a long time coming. Every time a dark front with a little lightning moved in, we thought we'd get going. But it didn't happen...until it happened suddenly. One minute we were commenting on David Payne's big fat toes and the next we were grabbing at anything with an edge so we wouldn't go over the side. Someone turned cowboy music up loud and there were cowboy whoops and "yeehaw's" all over the fleet as the wind almost threw everyone off their feet. I crashed into one side of the cabin or the other until I learned to anticipate the changes, but I cracked a few body parts pretty good in the process.
Luckily, my camera has never left my hands in spite of all the spills I've taken over the years, so I just kept shooting as I scrambled. Unfortunately, I must have bumped my head so I can't remember how I ended up leaving my camera in the cabin and joining Jason and David pulling sail lines. It ain't easy pulling on those little skinny twiney things. As I pulled my line I watched my camera roll around the cabin floor and then it was joined by my camera bag...which spilled out all the lens's, batteries, filters and mixed together on the floor with beer bottles, radios, life jackets, Cheetos, bikini bottoms and lake spray. Damn, I was missing some good shots...so I scampered down there and got back to work.
Jason and David were shouting Viking songs into the wind as they stood at 90 degrees off level or is it 45? Hope you like that shot. Somehow, in spite of the waves coming over the front of the boat, they kept their eyes on the second marker and kept steering toward it...tho Dave did ask me to clean his glasses at least once.
After awhile we looked around us and it seemed a few boats were giving up and dropping their sails or trying to. It felt good to be in Jason's boat. He and David worked together like they'd been handling this stuff all their lives, so I felt totally secure. Never had a moments misgiving. I was a little disappointed that we turned around, too...until I realized we had capsized boats and people overboard in the race.
Riley Bennett had flipped and his mast was pointed toward the bottom of the lake. Riley Wilson on his little Butterfly was nowhere to be seen; Howard Bartlett had been thrown overboard and had been in the cold water twenty minutes since he'd last been seen. We also were unable to raise the boat with the Merman and his Mermaids from New York on the radio. Every boat that could get underway joined to the search and rescue.
Jason was on the radio trying to account for everyone but I couldn't figure out a single word that came thru that radio. It sounded like a heavy metal song mixed together with sounds of someone getting murdered and finger nails on a chalk board.
Eventually everyone was accounted for; Riley was able to get his boat halfway up with the help of two boats pulling on opposite ends and then dragging him to Sandy Beach. Monte Bolgiano said they were so far over water was coming into the cockpit. I was glad we headed in when we did. I found myself pretty focused on weighing my barfing options...a small plastic bag or crowd Jason and heave over the side. Then I'd look at the horizon and try to take my mind off it. Stepping onto dry land got me on the road to recovery, but I needed something more.
I found Howard "twenty minutes in the water" Bartlett all bundled up in the lodge and he admitted he was hypothermic. "One boat came close and I held up my hand in the waves, but there was so much rain, hail and wind they didn't see me as they went by," he said. So just like the movies I went up to the bar and brought us both down a Jameson Whiskey. I know, Kenna Tanner...I forgot. Whiskey isn't a good way to fight if off since it will pull the cool blood from your extremities into your core, further lowering your body temp. That is why we have people like you who train and train and train...so they won't make things worse for their friends like I just did. But, we liked it anyway, didn't we Howard?
So guess who won the race?
Eighty-one year old Richard Krebill and his buddy, seventy-year old Charlie Kulp. I sat with them and Peggy and told them of my high time on the lake and asked them what their secret was. "Well, we didn't have any beer," said Richard.
I'll just leave that there, since I didn't pursue it with Richard either. Some topics we just can't entertain.
Thank you Dawn Ballou of Pinedale Online for sponsoring this grand adventure. Thanks to all the racers and volunteers and Lakeside staff who were so kind to me. Jason, I can't thank you enough. Best time of my life. You all are free to use these low-rez images for personal use. I do sell hi-rez images which helps me replace camera gear who give their lives in pursuit of a good story. I have a lot more photos, but I just can't post them all. Terry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on this link for more of Terry’s pictures of the sailing regatta: Fremont Lake Sailing Regatta 2017
2017 Sailing Regatta results (PDF)
www.lakesidelodge.com Lakeside Lodge
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
In anticipation of Wyoming’s total solar eclipse, a number of Pinedale organizations will host a four-day celebration August 18-21 which will feature everything from live music to solar-based kids’ activities to lectures on the phenomena of solar eclipses.
The Pinedale Eclipse Festival kicks off Friday, August 18 with all events taking place at the Museum of the Mountain Man. Astronomy historian Kevin Schindler from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona will give two lectures (see schedule below) on the phenomena of solar eclipses as well as other celestial events throughout recorded history.
A jam-packed Saturday, August 19 will see all events take place at American Legion Park in Pinedale beginning with science stations for kids, an inflatable star lab with ongoing demonstrations, and a solar oven cook-off.
Saturday night will see a huge line-up of live music at American Legion Park featuring The Deer, The Lonesome Heroes and Whippoorwill. All three bands are based out of Austin, Texas and will perform as part of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series. Music starts at 5 pm.
Following music in the park, both the Lonesome Heroes and Whippoorwill will keep the party going by playing a very special after-party at Wind River Brewing Company in downtown Pinedale.
On Sunday, August 20 the festival will wind down with an evening outdoor screening of Guardians of the Galaxy at the American Legion Park at 9 p.m.The screening is part of Pinedale’s ongoing Park After Dark film series.
The Total Solar Eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21 and much of the Pinedale area lies in the path of totality. For more information on the Pinedale Eclipse Festival visit visitpinedale.org and sublettechamber.com.
Participating organizations include The Pinedale Fine Arts Council, The Museum of the Mountain Man, Sublette B.O.C.E.S, The Town of Pinedale and Wind River Brewing Company.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 - ALL EVENTS AT MUSEUM OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN
1:00 - 5:00 PM: Solar Eclipse Presentations by Kevin Schindler
Presented by Museum of the Mountain Man
1:00 pm – 1:45 PM: Lecture by Mr. Schindler
2:00 pm – 2:45 PM: Telescope viewing of the sun
3:00 pm – 3:45 PM: Lecture by Mr. Schindler
4:00 pm – 4:45 PM: Telescope viewing of the sun
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 - ALL EVENTS AT THE AMERICAN LEGION PARK
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Solar Science Stations for Kids
Presented by the Museum of the Mountain Man
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Inflatable Star Lab
Presented by Sublette BOCES
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Solar Oven Cook-off
Presented by Sublette BOCES
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Soundcheck Summer Music Series (free)
Presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council and the Town of Pinedale
5:30 PM: Whippoorwill (Austin, TX)
6:30 PM: The Lonesome Heroes (Austin, TX)
7:30 PM: The Deer (Austin, TX)
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM: Soundcheck After-Party with Live Music
@ Wind River Brewing Company (feat. Lonesome Heroes)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 - ALL EVENTS AT AMERICAN LEGION PARK
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Movie Night at the Park (free)
Presented by Sublette BOCES and the Great Outdoor Shop
www.mmmuseum.org Museum of the Mountain Man
www.subletteboces.com Sublette Board of Cooperative Education Services
www.greatoutdoorshop.com Great Outdoor Shop
www.pinedalefinearts.com Pinedale Fine Arts Council
www.townofpinedale.us Town of Pinedale
Saturday, August 19th during the Pinedale Eclipse Festival
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council will conclude the 10th Annual Soundcheck Summer Music Series this Saturday, August 19 with a trio of Austin, Texas-based bands at American Legion Park with music slated to start at 4 p.m. The final Soundcheck will be held in conjunction with Pinedale’s Eclipse Festival which hosts a weekend of activities leading up to the much anticipated total solar eclipse on August 21.
Headliners The Deer encompasses the innovation of the modern indie-folk revival and the cross-pollination of Austin’s diverse music scene. Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer create psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop.
Playing middle bill, and certainly no stranger to Pinedale, Austin’s The Lonesome Heroes return after a two hiatus from playing Sublette County. Austin's KUTX describes them as "the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths."
Opening Saturday night’s show will be the Ft. Collins/Austin-based Whippoorwill. Featuring members of The Patti Fiasco and Von Stomper, Whippoorwill is cathartic, experiential alt-folk written by boots-in-the-dirt, partner-in-crime country girls and delivered across drummer Tobias Bank's vast percussive landscape.
Following the music in the park, both The Lonesome Heroes and Whippoorwill will play a special after-party at Wind River Brewing Company which kicks off at 9 p.m.
For more information on Eclipse Fest activities and a full schedule please visit visitpinedale.org.
www.pinedalefinearts.com Pinedale Fine Arts Council
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect
Sublette County Unified Fire
SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYOMING - Effective Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Sublette County has enacted fire restrictions that limit fires within the county. The Sublette County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously via conference call to enact fire restrictions following the recommendations of Fire Chief Shad Cooper. Fire restrictions have also been implemented for Teton County, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, the Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming State Forestry administered lands.
The restrictions were enacted due to the current high fire danger and prediction for warmer and drier weather. Additionally, increased visitation for the upcoming total solar eclipse could potentially see several new fire starts in the area. The increased fire activity may limit the number of available fire resources and personnel available to respond to the additional fires.
The Sublette County Fire Restrictions prohibit all outdoor fires, incendiary devices, and the discharge of fireworks within the county. The following exceptions are allowed if the fire activity is controlled in a cleared area at least 10’ in radius, and a fire extinguisher is immediately available: campfires contained within an established fire ring; trash or refuse fires within containers provided with spark arresters between 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM; charcoal fires within enclosed grills; acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders; and fire branding activities.
Additional fire restrictions have also been enacted on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming State Lands and Parks. These additional fire restrictions apply primarily to restricting campfires and smoking on state and federal lands, in addition to the normal year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on fireworks, incendiary ammunition, burning of hazardous materials, and operating off-road vehicles/chainsaws without properly installed spark arresters.
For specific information about fire restrictions on public land, please see the following:
Approved: Shad Cooper
Sublette County Fire Chief/Warden
Rocky Mountain Power offers free onsite energy assessment for small businesses in Wyoming (posted 8/15/17)
WESTERN WYOMING — Stage 1 fire restrictions will be go into effect for Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District and National Elk Refuge beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 15.
Stage 1 fire restrictions apply primarily to campfires and smoking. The restrictions are based in part on the current high fire danger and predictions of continued warm and dry weather. Other factors include current regional and national fire activity and increased visitation to the area during the upcoming total solar eclipse. Several geographic areas are experiencing major incidents which have the potential to exhaust all agency fire resources. "The limited number of available fire resources due to the national fire situation and the increased traffic may limit our ability to respond to fires in a timely fashion," said Mike Johnston, assistant fire management officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. "We want people to take the danger seriously and obey the restrictions that are in place."
Fire managers study the moisture content of various fuel types, track current and expected weather conditions, and monitor available fire-fighting resources, as well as the occurrence of human-caused fires, to determine when fire restrictions need to be applied to public lands. The Teton Interagency Dispatch Center has recorded over 73 unattended campfires so far this summer.
Teton and Sublette Counties will also begin fire restrictions this week. The Shoshone and Caribou-Targhee National Forests have implemented some form of ire restrictions as well. Teton Wilderness on the Blackrock Ranger District, and the Bridger Wilderness on the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, will be exempted from the stage 1 restriction order. These areas are higher in elevation and the fuels are not as dry as the rest of the forest.
Stage 1 fire restrictions include:
• Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed only at designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or picnic areas. Use of portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, or use of a fully enclosed sheepherder type stove with a spark arrester screen is permitted.
• Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, building (unless otherwise prohibited), developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (i.e. parking lots, developed campsites, or locations surrounded by water).
The following restrictions exist year round:
• Operating a chainsaw is prohibited in national parks and on the wildlife refuge. Operating a chainsaw on national forest lands is permitted only when equipped with a USDA or SAE approved sparkarrester that is properly installed and in effective working order. Operators must also carry a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
• Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives requiring blasting caps are prohibited.
• Charcoal burning fires are only allowed in official campgrounds and picnic areas.
• Stoves and grills that burn contained fuel sources that can be turned off and on are allowed. Stoves and grills must be attended to all times and be setup on hardened surfaces devoid of vegetation at least three feet in diameter.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.
Unattended or 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 should prepare for the unexpected by having a water bucket and shovel on hand and ready to use. The fine for an abandoned campfire as well as campfires in unapproved areas is up to $5000 or 6-months in jail, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
A copy of the order and additional information on allowable stoves is available on www.tetonfires.com. To report a fire or smoke on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, or National Elk Refuge, call 307-739-3630.
Lauren McKeever, Sublette County Joint Information Center
PINEDALE, WYOMING – The Sublette County, Wyoming interagency team has been working together for months to safely and efficiently manage services and operations for residents and visitors to Sublette County and the Wind River mountain area during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Agency personnel from county, state and federal agencies have been pulling together resources to respond to any incidents during the total eclipse on the morning of August 21, in order to provide emergency services, inform visitors coming from around the world, and maintain safety in the community. A Joint Information Center will be operating starting on Thursday, August 17th, across from the Hampton Inn in Pinedale.
"Totality" is the phenomenon when the moon will completely block the sun for a few minutes, depending on the vantage point. The community of Bondurant will be entirely in totality, while Pinedale, Daniel and Boulder will be minutes from the totality viewing path.
Xavior M. Jubier’s free map is excellent for learning specifics of the eclipse path: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html.
Since thousands of extra visitors are already arriving to the area, federal, state and local agencies are advising the following:
Cell phone service is expected to be overloaded, so it is possible 911 calls may not work. Plan accordingly. If you do have an emergency and cannot use 911, find agency personnel (local police, fire, or federal or state agency personnel) who will be present throughout the area on public lands. Information and emergency services will also be available at ranger stations and at the forest boundary at the end of Highway 352, known locally as the Green River Lakes Road. Information and emergency assistance will also be available at area fire halls: Pinedale, Bondurant and Kendall Valley (off of Highway 352).
Cell phone service is usually not available in the remote backcountry such as the Wind River Mountains. Plan your route in advance, pack a map and be prepared. Have a compass.
Campers on public lands are discouraged from making campfires August is peak wildfire season and a small spark can rapidly become a large fire. Be aware of local fire restrictions that are in place.
Practice "Leave No Trace" ethics while visiting Pack It In, Pack It Out. Keep a clean camp and don’t invite wildlife into your camp. It’s dangerous for you and for them.
• Plan Ahead and Prepare
• Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
• Dispose of Waste Properly
• Leave What You Find
• Respect Wildlife
• Be Considerate of Other Visitors
• Be "bear aware" https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears
• Leave gates how you found them. If they were closed, close them behind you, if they were open, leave them open.
Be aware of altitude sickness, Pinedale’s elevation is nearly 7,200 feet and most visiting areas are higher. Be familiar with the signs of altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water and rest as necessary. Arrive early to acclimate; avoid alcohol.
Finally, enjoy your time in Wyoming’s beautiful northwest mountains. Additional information is available from agency websites:
For the Pinedale, Wyoming area: http://pinedalewyeclipse.weebly.com/
https://www.blm.gov/node/11354 Bureau of Land Management
https://www.facebook.com/BridgerTetonBridger-Teton National Forest
http://www.sublettechamber.com/2017-total-solar-eclipse Sublette County Chamber of Commerce, 307-367-2242
www.visitpinedale.org Pinedale Visitor Information website
Grizzly depredations in Upper Green (posted 8/4/17)
Wolf News Roundup (posted 8/5/17)
WYDOT plans for influx of visitors; offers safety tips for travelers (posted 8/1/17)
On Bridger-Teton National Forest and National Parks in Wyoming
Teton Interagency Fire
Teton Interagency fire managers announce that the fire danger rating is high for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area. The potential for fire activity has increased due to normal summer curing of vegetation combined with hot temperatures, and dry, windy afternoons.
A high fire danger rating means that fires can start easily and spread quickly. When determining fire danger, fire managers use several indicators such as the moisture content of grasses, shrubs, and trees; projected weather conditions including temperatures and possible wind events; the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and availability of firefighting resources across the country.
As increased visitation associated with the total solar eclipse approaches, visitors and local residents alike are reminded that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires; therefore, it is important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a site. Campers and day users should have a shovel on hand and a water bucket ready for use.
Visitors have abandoned 56 campfires on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park so far this summer. Campers should be mindful that they could be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire. Local residents and area visitors are reminded to know the risks, exercise caution, and practice heightened fire safety at all times.
Fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, or in the National Elk Refuge. It is critical that everyone comply with this regulation, especially given the very dry vegetation and warm temperatures throughout the Teton Interagency Dispatch Area.
The total solar eclipse on August 21 will take place during peak fire season in Western Wyoming. Visit www.tetonfires.com and agency social media sites to learn more about fire safety and what fire regulations are in place. To report a fire or smoke in Bridger-Teton National Forest or Grand Teton National Park, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.
Wyoming Department of Health
Wyoming residents and visitors of all ages hoping to enjoy the August 21 total solar eclipse should take steps to protect their eyes, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official.
"We know many Wyoming communities will be treated to a total solar eclipse and that’s something to be excited about," said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state epidemiologist and acting state health officer with WDH. "Eye safety is very important in those specific areas and beyond because all of Wyoming will experience a solar eclipse of more than 90 percent ‘totality’ that morning."
During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the sun, covering it completely for a few minutes and darkening the sky. The last total solar eclipse in Wyoming occurred in 1918.
"While staring directly at the sun is never good, the temptation to look at the sun during the eclipse will no doubt be strong for all of us, including for children," Harrist said. "If you’re going to look at the sun from anywhere in Wyoming without protection your eyes could be damaged."
Harrist noted the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. "Ordinary sunglasses, even if they are very dark, will not allow you to safely look at the sun," she said.
Many vendors are selling eclipse glasses in stores or online and they may also be available at Wyoming eclipse-related community events. To do the job, eclipse glasses or solar viewers should:
- Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
- Display the manufacturer’s name and address
- Not be used if they have scratched or wrinkled lenses or are older than three years
"It’s also important you do not look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or similar device," Harrist said. "You also should not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or other device while also using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer. The concentrated solar rays can damage the filter and seriously injure your eyes."
Harrist said other options for safe viewing include pinhole projectors or other projection techniques, certain welding hoods or specialized solar filters for telescopes.
Comprehensive information about the eclipse, including more details about safe viewing, are available from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
Information about viewing the eclipse in Wyoming, including maps and location details, is available at http://www.travelwyoming.com/Eclipse.
Notes for the solar eclipse
The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that no oversize/overweight loads will be permitted in/through Wyoming from Sunday, August 20th through Tuesday, August 22nd. Oversized loads cannot travel during that time period even with a permit in hand.
The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21st. It will start traveling through Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park around 11:35 a.m. MST and follow in a diagonal across the state. In the days ahead of the eclipse and just after, high volumes of visitor traffic are expected in Wyoming. Many lodging establishments along the viewing path have been booked well in advance for that weekend. Anyone still looking for lodging should contact the local Chamber of Commerce for updates on local availability.
Wyoming Highway Patrol encourages people to arrive early at their viewing destinations and stay late to avoid potential traffic congestion.
• Be prepared for distracted drivers
• Traffic volumes are expected to create travel congestion
• Note that cell phone reception may be limited or not available in some areas
• No parking is permitted along the highways.
Law enforcement authorities have commented they believe food and fuel may become limited during eclipse weekend along the viewing path. Residents are encouraged to fuel up the tanks of their vehicles ahead of time and stock up on the food they will want during that time as store shelves may become depleted. Ice may also become in short supply. Travelers are encouraged to have their supplies in advance before traveling through the eclipse route as some things may become out of stock at local stores in the eclipse viewing area.
Visitors who will be going into the Wyoming forests and undeveloped areas are reminded that the mountains of western Wyoming are bear county. Both grizzly and black bears inhabit many parts of the area. Campers should be bear aware, carry bear spray, and keep meticulously clean campsites. Teach kids to not leave out food, packaging wrappers, and to be aware of their surroundings. Keep pets under control at all times, and be aware they can attract bears to your campsite. Please "pack it in and pack it out" for your litter, and it is appreciated if thoughtful people would pick up the litter that may be left behind by others to keep our landscape clean. Please be very careful about fire. Keep some water by your campfire. Make sure campfires are completely doused and out before leaving them. Be careful with cigarettes. Also be aware that wildfires can be started from the exhaust of idling vehicles over dry grass. It’s a good idea to carry a shovel and a bucket in your vehicle if you’re planning on being in the back country. Have a good spare tire and working jack in your vehicle – our back roads can be rough and flat tires common if you go off the main roads. Carry a first aid kit. You may be the first responder with no cell phone coverage to reach outside help in case of emergency.
www.travelwyoming.com Wyoming Travel & Tourism
Pinedale Eclipse Fest August 18-21, 2017, Pinedale, Wyoming
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Auditions in August, Performances in October
Pinedale Community Theatre
Pinedale Community Theatre’s (PCT) Managing Director, Valerie Lee is encouraging everyone to get ready for auditions for PCT’s upcoming production of "Oliver" by Lionel Bart based on the novel "Oliver Twist" written by Charles Dickens.
The production has a cast of 28 with roles for 12 children.
PCT board members will conduct workshops for aspiring actors, singers and dancers to prepare for auditions. Workshops are scheduled on August 8 from 6 to 8PM at the Pinedale High School (PHS) auditorium for children 6 to 13 and again on August 9, from 6 to 9PM at the PHS auditorium for high school students and adults of all ages. Sessions will cover singing, dancing and acting and all participants are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to learn what happens at auditions and how to get ready to participate.
Auditions for Oliver are scheduled August 24, 25 and 26 at the PHS auditorium. Show dates for the production of Oliver are October 26, 27 and 28 in the auditorium.
Scripts and vocal scores are available at the Pinedale Fine Arts Council office in Pinedale.
Call Kari DeWitt at 307-231-3210 or email email@example.com for appointments or more information. Additional information is also on PCTs website pinedaletheatre.com.