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|Morning Fog advisory, Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30AM: Morning commuters should be alert for patches of dense fog with rapidly changing visibilities in places in western Wyoming. Visibilities could be under 1/4 mile for short distances. Slow down, use low beam headlights for visibility, and watch for slower moving vehicles (and school buses) ahead of you. The fog will begin to lift and dissipate between 9 and 10 am this morning. Click here for current views from area webcams.|
|Pinedale Wrangler Homecoming, Friday, Sept. 30: Parade at 10AM down Pine Street (note traffic will be detoured from US 191 through town during the parade). Volleyball games at 2:00/3:00/4:00PM. Tailgate party 5-7PM. Football game at 7:00PM vs. Big Piney Punchers. The football game will be broadcast live on KPIN 101.1 FM Radio. Pre-game 6:30PM.|
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Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management Kemmerer and Pinedale Field Offices advise that the water system at the Fontenelle Creek and Warren Bridge Campgrounds will be winterized and out of service for the season.
During this time the Fontenelle Creek Campground remains open free of charge, but the Warren Bridge Campground will close for the season today.
Campers should bring plenty of drinking and washing water. Potable water will be unavailable until next spring.
The Fontenelle Creek Campground is located approximately 35 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming, next to the Fontenelle Reservoir, and is a popular weekend destination.
The Warren Bridge Campground is located approximately 20 miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming, along the Green River and is a popular camping area.
For updates on the water situation, please contact either Blaine Potts, Kemmerer Field Office at 307-828-4503 or Joel Klosterman Pinedale Field Office at 307-367-5388.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead media release
Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to President Barack Obama’s Proclamation as a mark of respect for Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, has ordered the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds immediately and until sunset on September 30, 2016.
Senators press for answers from DOJ, HHS on potential multimillion dollar Obamacare insurance bailout (posted 9/27/16)
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council is proud to present an exhibit/lecture and reception for Laramie, Wyoming artist June Glasson on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Sublette County Library (Pinedale) Lovatt Room. This event is free to the public and wine and appetizers will be served. Glasson will be presenting a body of work created in Quink, a water-based media that she will be sharing with Pinedale High School and Middle School students.
An artist and designer living in Laramie, June Glasson uses portraiture and found objects to create work that explores gender and ideas about the "American West." Through drawing, painting, and installation, her work often deploys iconic "western" imagery—buffalo, weaponry, truck nutz, etc.—to investigate dominant narratives about the region, narratives that often ignore its complicated history. Simultaneously, this work also reflects her personal relationship with the landscape, people, and culture of Wyoming - a place that is both exotic and home to her.
June’s paintings have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Nature Morte Gallery in Berlin and various New York and stateside galleries and museums. Glasson’s work has also appeared in New American Paintings, the Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, GuernicaVersal, People as well as the film "My Idiot Brother" starring Paul Rudd.
Glasson will also be spending a week in residence with Pinedale High School and Middle School art students Oct. 3-7. The residency will focus on the Quink media.
The Oct. 7 evening reception will feature Glasson presenting a slide show lecture accompanied by a small exhibit of her work as well as completed works by Pinedale Middle and High School students during her week-in-residence.
June Glasson’s reception and residency are presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support from Sublette BOCES, Wyoming Arts Council and Sublette County School District No. 1.
Please visit www.pinedalefinearts.com for more information.
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
For those who enjoy watching the local area wildlife, here’s a heads up that pronghorn (antelope) are on the move again and moving across the Trapper’s Point wildlife overpass in greater numbers now. Movement activity has picked up the past two weeks after being very slow during May through August. Pronghorn can regularly be seen moving across the overpass fairly frequently now, typically groups coming several times an hour. Herds can move through very quickly, sometimes taking just a couple minutes to go from horizon to horizon when they are on the move.
In the fall, most herds are moving south, but an occasional herd moves north across the overpass and terrain. Very few deer cross on the overpass. Of course, the timing of herds moving through is completely unpredictable, so keep checking back to catch a herd crossing. Watch carefully for a shimmy of white moving dots in the distance to see herds approaching.
The Trapper’s Point Wildlife Overpass webcam is positioned on the wildlife overpass over US 191 near the Cora junction about five miles west of Pinedale. It does continuous video monitoring of the views and does a patrol every three minutes looking several directions and taking still photos. Webcam administrators monitor the camera view and at times may go in and manually control the camera to follow herd movements as they approach and see paths they take to leave the Trapper’s Point area. The web camera has pan, zoom and tilt capabilities.
In late September, cattle herds are also beginning their drift migration south from their summer pastures in the Upper Green. Some cattle move down on their own and other herds are pushed by cowboys on horseback and taken through the wildlife underpass just west of the overpass on US 191. Cattle collect in the sorting grounds just south of the wildlife overpass. The wildlife overpass is fenced to keep cattle from using it, however antelope can easily slip through the gates and fence.
The webcam also takes a snapshot of the Trapper’s Point historical marker just southwest of the wildlife overpass. That marker tells the story of the early 1800s fur trappers that came to the Upper Green River Valley and overlooks the location of several of the Green River Rendezvous gatherings that were held in the Green River Valley at the confluence of Horse Creek and the Green River just west of Trapper’s Point.
We’ve posted video clips of some of the animal crossings for both the current fall southern movement, which picked up in mid-September, and the latter part of the spring northern movement in April when Pinedale Online became the new administrators of the camera.
The wildlife webcam was original installed in 2012 by the Wildlife Conservation Society when the wildlife overpass was built. The webcam was part of a grant for their Path of the Pronghorn wildlife interpretive project, which included putting in a new highway interpretive pullout on US 191 about a mile east of the overpass, which was dedicated in April, 2016.
The Trapper’s Point Wildlife Overpass webcam can be found at www.trapperspoint.com. It may take up to a minute for the camera to first load on your computer. It uses satellite and cell phone technology to connect, thank you for your patience! When viewing, if your screen turns black after a bit, just move your mouse a little over the picture to reconnect to the cam. The software detects non-activity from your mouse and will disconnect you to save bandwidth from idle viewers. See the Video Archive page on the website for many more video clips of interesting views this year from the webcam.
Click here for more pictures: Wildlife Watching – Pronghorn are on the move again
Pinedale Online welcomes sponsors for the Trapper’s Point Wildlife Overpass webcam. Sponsorship logos are $100/month which helps pay for the monthly cost of operating the camera so the data collection and video monitoring can continue. This information is extremely useful for wildlife biologists researching the seasonal movement patterns of antelope and deer as they migrate through the Trapper’s Point bottleneck area. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 307-360-7689 (anytime ok).
Legal battle over Wyoming's wolves (posted 9/26/16)
Jackson wolf problems (posted 9/26/16)
2017 plate will feature Green River Lakes and Squaretop Mountain
Wyoming Department of Transportation
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is temporarily putting a hold on new specialty and prestige plate applications from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 to prepare for plates that will feature a new background.
Starting in 2017, the new plate design featuring the Lower Green River Lake and Squaretop Mountain will be on the state’s 12 specialty plates, the prestige plates and the standard plates motorists receive at the county when registering their vehicles.
WYDOT will stop accepting applications for the specialty and prestige plates featuring the Tetons on Sept. 24. WYDOT will then begin processing and accepting all new applications it has for specialty and prestige plates on Oct. 1.
Per Wyoming law, license plate designs change every eight years with the new design needing to be readily distinguishable from the previous design. All designs are required to have the bucking horse logo.
"The specialty plate fee is paid each time the plate is redesigned," said Debbie Lopez, manager of Motor Vehicle Services, adding that the fee is in addition to the annual vehicle fee paid at the county.
For instance, if someone applies for a new specialty or prestige plate that has the Tetons before Sept. 24, they will need to pay the fee again in 2017 to get the new plate design.
Drivers who want a specialty plate will complete the application at WYDOT and will pay the fee for that particular specialty plate. The Disabled Veteran plate is the only one not affected. Veterans who request a Disabled Veteran plate can continue to do so because this plate is free to the requester, but they must be a disabled veteran.
"We also contact our specialty plate customers within three to six months of their plate’s expiration to remind them to reorder their specialty plate," said Shannon DeGrazio, of WYDOT’s Motor Vehicle Services program. "All current specialty plate customers who reorder in 2017 will have the option of keeping their existing plate combinations."
Although motorists will be able to start applying for specialty plates in October, they won’t be able to put the new plate on until their current registration expires unless they pay in advance at the county for the extra months of registration.
Besides a new look, the prestige plates will now have a maximum of five letters or combination of five letters, numbers and spaces. In previous years, the maximum was four.
To view the guidelines for the prestige plates or to learn more about the specialty plates, visit WYDOT’s website at www.dot.state.wy.us.
Senator Enzi accepting nominees to military academies (posted 9/24/16)
Crisis Text Line available in Wyoming (posted 9/24/16)
Fall pile burning planned on the Bridger-Teton (posted 9/24/16)