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Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to President Donald Trump's Proclamation today (Friday, May 18, 2018), has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide beginning immediately until sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 as a mark of respect for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
From the President of the United States...
Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP
A 17-year old man opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, May 18th killing nine students and one adult. The man was a junior at the school, which is located south of Houston. The gunman was taken into custody by police. Also on Friday, two people were shot and one person killed following a shooting at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia.
BLM to conduct prescribed fires in Sublette and Lincoln Counties (posted 5/14/18)
Ultra Petroleum announces 2018 1st quarter financial and operating results (posted 5/11/18)
Pinedale High School hosted a fun night of Donkey Basketball on Monday evening, May 7th in the Wrangler gym. The event raised money for the National Honor Society scholarship.
Jeff Pittsinger is a Donkey Wrangler from Oregon. I asked him what town and he said central Oregon. His last stop on the Donkey Basketball tour was in Ammon, Idaho. After he leaves Pinedale, he goes to Hulett, Wyoming. There are 80 games on the circuit before he gets to go back home to get his nails done. That’s what his wife does for a living; and he wouldn’t answer me when I asked, so I’m taking that as a yes. I just know if I had been hauling 9 donkey’s around the country for three months, I’d just want to sit down and have a beer and if she wanted to do my nails, I’d let her.
The average donkey lives to 27 years of age. Some live to be 40 if their genetics are good, they are well cared for and they don’t live in grizzly country. Jeff’s donkeys were all between the age of 6 and 18, so I’m going to estimate they were about 18 to 45.
As I was looking at the donkeys, I started to think a couple of them or so looked a lot like burros. Jeff said there isn’t much difference and I waited for him to give a bigger answer but he didn’t. Jeff has been a Donkey Wrangler for 8 years, so I wondered if the donkeys have rubbed off on him and that is why he was reluctant to say much. You know, donkeys having a reputation for being stubborn and all.
But just about then he started to talk and told me all kinds of stuff. The donkey shoes are made out of boot heels, and they don’t get saddled up, they just wear bareback pads, and they just have the reins gathered under the chin and don’t use a bit of any kind.
Finally all the riders showed up and Jeff gave them the rules of donkey basketball and donkey handling. The only part I remember is "don’t pull on the tails and ears and don’t beat them…just expect them not to cooperate…because that’s just part of the fun," he said.
Doc Sare was a rider in a colorful shirt and he said his daughter Evelyn had dressed him for the event. Urie was doing a cheek to cheek cuddle with a donkey and a burro and she said it was her first time to meet donkeys.
Finally Jeff said: "Okay everybody, grab whatever donkey you want." There was a rush for donkeys as if they had all been picking out their favorite the whole time.
The game: It mostly consisted of slow walking donkeys following each other no matter what the riders wanted. The donkeys did know to go up and down the court, but I think it was only because there were doors at both ends and they were trying to make their get-away. Anyway, as they passed from end to end, riders tried to throw the ball in the basket as the donkeys headed for the doors. Quite often balls went out of bounds and riders had to dismount and chase the ball. Chase isn’t the right word. Try to drag a donkey with all your might…is the correct phrase. Seriously, the riders pulled so hard they were almost horizontal to the floor. The rule is, you can't let go of the donkey.
There was a lot of slipping and falling because of this and that’s when I noticed the riders wore all kinds of shoes and boots on their feet. No city school would ever let anyone on a court floor like we do and I think that’s a nice thing. In fact, I think that question should be on all job applications for administrators and teachers, that way nobody will ever change the rules. I’ve been to courts in big cities and they make you walk around in socks, and at the end of games you have to sort thru 1000 shoes to find your own.
Well, the teachers won the Pinedale World Championship of Donkey Basketball and Jeff said he was impressed with all the good riders and shooters we had; and he really liked how all the kids came out to pet the donkeys at every break and halftime.
I asked Jeff if he knew where the food called Burritos came from and he didn’t answer me.
Thank you Dawn Ballou at Pinedale Online for sponsoring this story. I always wanted to see a donkey basketball game.
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Multiple fire incidents keep firefighters busy (posted 5/10/18)
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Cabin rental reservations being taken for meetings and overnight accommodations
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Pinedale Ranger District will soon begin accepting reservations for day or overnight accommodations at the Green River Lakes Lodge, a two-bedroom cabin located 50 miles north of Pinedale on the northwest shore of Green River Lake. After overwhelming public support, this lodge has formally been accepted into the U.S. Forest Service’s public cabin rental program.
On June 23, 2018, the Pinedale District will host an open house at Green River Lakes Lodge from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for those wishing to view the lodge and facilities. Local members of the Sublette County Historic Preservation Board CLG have provided lots of exciting historical information for the lodge, formerly known as the GP Bar Guest Ranch, which will remain on display at the lodge.
In 2018, the Lodge will be available for public rental beginning July 1 through November 15, and December 15 through April 15 each year. The Lodge will be closed for maintenance and repairs from November 15 to December 14, and April 16 to June 30 each year. These dates may vary based on the road conditions, weather, or maintenance needs. The Lodge will be available for day use events such as weddings, family reunions, or meetings for up to 50 guests at one time, or as an overnight rental for smaller groups of up to 12 guests per night. Views from the Lodge include Green River Lake and Square Top Mountain, which can be seen from the living room and master bedroom.
A fee of $100/night will be charged from July-September, when drinking water, flush toilets, and showers will be available. During the colder parts of the year, a fee of $75/night will be charged as water will not be provided. Through the Recreation Enhancement Act, 95% of proceeds collected from the lodge will be returned to the Bridger-Teton National Forest for maintenance and upkeep of this facility.
On May 14, 2019, the Pinedale District will begin accepting reservations for public rental of the lodge. This lodge will not be posted or reserved on Recreation.Gov until winter 2018. The only way to reserve this cabin for this summer and fall (July 1 – November 15, 2018) will be to call the temporary Green River Lakes Lodge Reservation Line at 307-367-5712. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and processed in the order received. The maximum stay limit for each group at the lodge is 7 days. Those wishing to make a reservation will need to leave their name, requested reservation dates, and telephone number. The Pinedale District will return calls in the order they were received. Beginning in the fall of 2018, reservations for December 15 through March 30 will be available through Recreation.Gov.
The cabin contains two flush toilets and two showers (summer only), propane and wood heat, and furnishings. The master room has a double bed and attached bathroom. The second bedroom has two twin bunk beds and an attached bathroom. A propane refrigerator and cook stove are provided. Although the cabin has these basic amenities, guests will need to provide their own food, cooking pans, plates, and utensils, sleeping bags, linens, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. Firewood may be available, but it is not guaranteed. Battery-operated lanterns will be available, however guests are advised to bring additional battery-operated lanterns and flashlights in case of emergency. No propane or liquid-fueled lanterns will be allowed inside the lodge. A cabin rental permit will be provided to each group of renters, which will require all guests to clean the cabin before leaving. Basic cleaning supplies and equipment will be provided.
The Green River Lake Campground, located near the Lodge, provides 35 single-unit campsites and 3 large group campsites, with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. The group sites within the campground can be reserved through Recreation.Gov. All other campsites in the campground are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.
Please call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 if you have questions regarding the Green River Lake Lodge cabin rental program or Open House. Please call the Green River Lake Lodge - Reservation line at 307-367-5712 for cabin reservations. No reservations will be accepted on the reservation line before May 14, 2018
For more information, visit the Forest Website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf/. For additional information, contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest at (307) 739-5500.
Green River Lakes Lodge Bridger-Teton National Forest
Looking Back at the GP Bar By Jonita Sommers, Pinedale Online! October 10, 2017
Pinedale Municipal Election results (posted 5/8/18)
and The Strolling Art Minstrels
Arlo stood in front of his artwork which was a painted map. "I want to go places," he said. On his arm was a long scary snake that his brother drew with a black marker. Bridget stood in front of her faux stained glass red rose. "I just like roses and stained glass," she said. Aylen showed off her Home Sweet Home painting. "I really like my home," she said. "So I decided to paint it." I asked Aylen if she’d play a blues tune on saxophone so I could take an artful photo and she was a great sport.
All this was happening at David Klaren’s Mystery Print Gallery. It was the first stop of our Pinedale Artwalk on May 3, held between 5 and 7 in the evening. Arlo, Bridget and Aylen are all art students across town at Mae Orm’s Pinedale Art & Crafts. Dave and Mae did a gallery wall swap thing. David put his art on Mae’s walls and Mae’s students put their stuff up on David’s walls.
Over at the U.S. Forest Service, our friend Meredith Malek was in charge of ancient implements of forest service history, as well as Smokey the Bear. Smokey lives in the lobby and a solid source told me he got there because he was a troublesome bear and in the process of getting to his new home at the forest service, he was discouraged from his bad ways by a rancher who peppered his butt with some bird shot or rock salt. That didn't do the trick so sterner measures were required. I don’t know who decided to send Smokey to the taxidermist, but I’m glad they did. If anyone knows more of the story, please let me know and I’ll update this post.
I worked hard to do justice to the elegant display at High Mountain Real Estate that M.G. Mitchell and Shalisa Harber worked on. You all might know M.G. as Mad Glee or Madison. Or, you just may know her as the sultry blues singer that pops up unexpectedly around town from time to time.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust/Green River Chapter hosted an exhibit by Richard Burke. He has been selected by the organization to do a four season themed project at Mountain Spring Ranch. Please go visit. You will not forget it. When I look at a Burke painting…it is like I am instantly in the scene. I feel like I am there. Since he paints scenes from this area, that may be why I feel this way.
Larry Phillips, also known as The Fall Creek Messenger was at the library entertaining people who came to admire the artwork of the Pinedale Elementary first grade class. Larry is a child of the 60’s and I’m told by local guitarist Rick Ditton that Larry knows literally thousands songs and thousands of chord progressions.
I found Sue Sommers at Tegeler Insurance where she has a painting on almost every wall in the sprawling office. "All of these were inspired from scenes around here," she said. "I like this one because it is more complex and harder to like. It’s more subtle, but that makes it more special to me." I didn’t find it hard to understand at all. I saw spring, summer and fall…and deep inside was winter, but it warmed me and I thought it also matched Sue’s smile.
I sort of bumped into The Artwalk Jazz Band outside Tegeler’s and they posed for a cute photo.
Aien and Aurick were at the entrance to Painted Dreams and gave me a great pose in their Artwalk Minstrel attire. Eli Bomba-Belton was getting some tips in pottery making from Matt Guenthner in the front yard of the ancient log cabin. Inside, Madeleine Murdock and her friend Sharon from Wisconsin were admiring some of the work produced by the ten artist co-op.
Jennifer Zook at the Chamber of Commerce, who were the official organizers of the Artwalk, greeted me with a wary smile (because she knows I like to throw curves) but she got the upper hand before I could make a quack about the ducks Richard Burke had carved out of cork and steered me over to where the wine and food was. Symon and Yulia were there eating snacks with both hands so I put my camera down and joined them. My favorite was the chocolate cigars.
Zoe White at Elevation Yoga showed me the pottery that Rita Donham had on display. "I just like art," she said. "I like filling the space with good feeling, so I just gave this space to Rita."
Delsa Allen is the person who convinced me I should do this photo story. I hadn’t thought about it before, but since she is a professional photographic artist, I tend to listen carefully to what she says. She won’t give me the exact location of where she makes her stunning photographs, but she does tell me stories of death-defying hikes, thunder storms at 14,000 feet…and wine…maybe bears. I tend to forget things after wine. Anyway, they are displayed on the walls of Pine Coffee and Supply (the photographs, not the bears).
Then there is beer. I know where that is too…Wind River Brewing Company-Brew Pub. That’s where Emily Johnston makes beer by her own recipe (definition of Art, right?). It is also the last stop on our tour. I met Chandler Weller there and discovered he is a hard-working nature photographer who builds his own frames out of 100-year-old lichen covered cattle loading chute timber. He’s also an ex-U.S. Ski Team athlete who competed in Europe, so we know some of the same people. Chandler is pretty passionate about hiking where few go...up where the Golden Trout live. We talked for three hours about Art. Art of photography, the Art of skiing, the Art in nature, the Art in other cultures, the Art of communication, the Art of music, Sebastian Junger, and Sebastião Salgado and Ansel Adams; and then the bartender came over and poured us another glass of Emily's Art.
This event is sort of related to The Way We Worked, traveling Smithsonian exhibit that celebrates the history of America’s working men and women. It is at the library for a bit yet, so try to get there…it’s well worth the visit.
Thank you Dawn Ballou at Pinedale Online who agreed to sponsor this event after I told her Delsa thought we should do this story.
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Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
Sublette County Library
The Way We Worked