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Pinedale Online News - December 2005

Storm brings 5-8 inches new snow (December 29, 2005)
White Pine got 5 inches, Wyoming Range 8 inches
The latest storm brought another round of fresh snow to the mountains of western Wyoming. The Blind Bull SNOTEL in the Wyoming Range registered 8 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours. For a change, the Farson and Big Sandy area got a bit more snow, report ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) CDT Snowmobiling (December 31, 2005)
The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail through the Upper Green River country goes through designated grizzly bear habitat. During the winter, bears are hibernating in remote locations and the area is open for snowmobile use. Snowmobilers must abide by winter ... FULL STORY
Winter Storm Warning through Sunday (December 31, 2005)
8-18 inches new snow possible overnight
A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for western Wyoming and the Upper Green River Basin, including Pinedale, for Saturday through Sunday morning. A Pacific storm system over northern California and southern Oregon will continue to bring snowfall into wester ... FULL STORY
Wyoming declared free of Vesicular Stomatitis (December 29, 2005)
Border bans lifted for Wyoming livestock
According to a press release from the Wyoming State Livestock Board today, Wyoming has been declared free of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). All animals in the final premise under VS quarantine in the state were found healthy and subsequently released from quaranti ... FULL STORY
Green River Rondy this weekend! (December 29, 2005)
Calcutta on Friday, 8 pm, Bottoms Up
The Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race will bring in the New Year this weekend! The last Green River Rondy was held in 2001. The race is back for a special 2006 celebration held on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The course is on Bridger-Teton National Forest, ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Cross-Country Skiing (December 29, 2005)
Arnold Brokling and his daughter Kimberly went cross-country skiing on the trail out of Elkhart Park Wednesday afternoon taking advantage of the fresh powder in the mountains. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) We're melting! (December 29, 2005)
What a change a couple of weeks make! Two weeks ago we had temperatures of minus 30 and 40 below zero. Now we're in a heat wave and melting. Temperatures yesterday and today were in the high 30s and 40s causing a lot of snow to melt in the lower valley. Rondy ... FULL STORY
Oops, LA Times misquotes WYO Governor (December 28, 2005)
Quotes Freudenthal saying wolf is a ‘federal dog’ not worthy of protection
A Los Angeles Times article on Tuesday on wolf delisting wrongly attributed a quote to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal in a front page story. The story quoted Freudenthal as saying Wyoming "now considers the wolf as a federal dog," unworthy of protection. T ... FULL STORY
Head-on car accident claims Alvin Davison (December 27, 2005)
Pinedale resident Patricia Gajewski injured
A head-on collision near Daniel on Monday, December 19th, has claimed the life of Alvin "Bud" Davison of Pinedale. Davison, 72, died Thursday at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a result of injuries he received in the crash. ... FULL STORY
Storm brings fresh snow to mountains (December 27, 2005)
3-6 inches of fresh powder to Winds and Wyoming Range
The latest storm brought from 3-6 inches of fresh snow to the Winds and Wyoming Range mountains over the Christmas weekend. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Snow flurries all week (December 26, 2005)
2-4 inches in valleys; 3-6 inches in mountains
Expect snow showers to increase across western Wyoming with Monday night, with the possibility of several inches of new snow in the valleys and mountains of western Wyoming by Tuesday. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Skiing at White Pine (December 26, 2005)
Skiers and snowboarders flocked to the slopes of White Pine Ski Area on Monday, the day after Christmas, as shown by the web cam near the top of the Great Spirit Lift. White Pine currently has 28" total depth with 22 of 25 trails open. Both lifts operate from ... FULL STORY
White Pine Torchlight Parade Dec. 31 (December 22, 2005)
White Pine Ski Area will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Saturday, December 31st. White Pine is located just 10 miles from Pinedale, in the Wind River Mountain Range. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) The Pinedale Books are HERE! (December 22, 2005)
by Dawn Ballou
Books can be purchased at Office Outlet, Cowboy Shop, Faler's or on the Museum website, www.museumofthemountainman.com. ... FULL STORY
Yellowstone Park roads open for winter season (December 21, 2005)
Winter season begins Wednesday, December 21 for oversnow vehicles
(Yellowstone National Park) Yellowstone National Park roads are scheduled to open for the winter season to oversnow vehicles (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, provided sufficient snow has accumulated to allow for safe ... FULL STORY
Snowmobiles have little impact on wildlife (December 21, 2005)
New study says wildlife unfazed by snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
A new study indicates that wildlife are unfazed by the presence of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. The study was commissioned by the National Park Service and was done by park researchers and Montana State University. Researchers observed more than 2 ... FULL STORY
Wyoming to get $2.3 million for schools & roads (December 21, 2005)
Part of $380 million to be distributed to 41 states and Puerto Rico
(Washington DC) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Mike Johanns, announced on Wednesday that more than $380 million will be distributed to 41 states and Puerto Rico for improvements to public schools and roads. The money is 25% of the revenue the Forest ... FULL STORY
BLM seasonal fire positions available (December 21, 2005)
Firefighting, dispatch, engine, helitack operations
(Wyoming) The Bureau of Land Management is seeking applications for seasonal fire jobs for the summer of 2006. Numerous seasonal fire positions are now being advertised including firefighting, dispatch, engine and helitack operations. Applications for most fir ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Snow Advisory through Thursday (December 21, 2005)
PM Update: The National Weather Service out of Riverton has issued a Snow Advisory for the mountains and valleys of western Wyoming for Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Roads are expected to become very slick with wet snow accumulating on frozen road ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Snowmobiling up Horse Creek (December 21, 2005)
View from near Gunsight Pass from Horse Creek in the Wyoming Range on Wednesday. There is about two feet of snow. "You can go anywhere. It was really nice and really warm," said Arnold. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Off the Paved Road: Grizzly! (December 20, 2005)
James Rogers’ archery hunt turns into a Griz encounter
For those who have been waiting for an update to 'Off the Paved Road' by James Rogers, the latest story is up! In this edition, James tells about his encounter with a grizzly bear this hunting season while archery elk hunting on Elk Mountain. Here’s an excerpt ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) EnCana gives to Sublette County and Wyoming (December 20, 2005)
More than $900,000 in charitable contributions in 2005
Most of us don’t realize how much behind the scenes generosity is being done by the big oil and gas companies operating in Sublette County and across Wyoming. Yes, these companies are making a lot of money pulling natural gas and oil out of the ground on feder ... FULL STORY
EnCana helps Pinedale Volunteer Fire Dept (December 20, 2005)
Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Jason's friends and book donations
(Pinedale) Members of the Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department committed $1,500 of their personal funds to augment the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots annual toy drive, and Angel Tree Gifts. EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. matched the fire department’s f ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Bull Elk poached near Bondurant (December 19, 2005)
$1000 Reward offered for information
by Wyoming Game & Fish
(Jackson) The Game and Fish is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the poaching of a bull elk along Wyoming Highway 191 near Hoback Rim southeast of Bondurant. ... FULL STORY
Pacific Power files to raise rates in Wyoming (December 19, 2005)
Average Wyoming customer would see an increase of about $2.44 per month
(Cheyenne) Pacific Power filed a pass-on application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday, December 19th, to recover increased net wholesale purchased power costs for serving Wyoming customers. ... FULL STORY
(7 pictures) Wind River Archers Xmas 3-D Shoot (December 18, 2005)
The Wind River Archers held their Christmas 3-D Shoot on December 10th in Pinedale. The event was a fundraiser benefit for Toys for Tots and toys collected were given to the Pinedale Fireman’s Toy Drive. Club member Joe Zuback said, "I would like to thank ever ... FULL STORY
Richardson subdivision update (December 18, 2005)
P&Z sends zone change application to Commissioners
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
The Sublette County Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Board held a public hearing on Thursday, December 15th in Pinedale, with the major agenda item to address the rezone request by developer Jack Richardson for the proposed Pine Creek Meadows Subdivision. ... FULL STORY
Winter Range closures in effect on BTNF (December 18, 2005)
Travel restrictions Dec. 1–May 1
The Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) is advising forest users that winter range wildlife closures are in effect throughout the forest. Special travel restrictions are in effect from December 1 through May 1st of each year. Backcountry users and snowmobiler ... FULL STORY
State appeals Sublette County helium tax (December 18, 2005)
According to an online story by Joan Barron in the Casper-Star Tribune, the state of Wyoming is appealing a ruling that helium gas produced by ExxonMobil at its LaBarge well field is not taxable. ... FULL STORY
2006 Hunting Season begins (December 18, 2005)
Nonresident hunters who applied for big game licenses last year should be receiving their 2006 Wyoming big game applications in the mail soon. ... FULL STORY
Wyoming 2006 Legislature (December 18, 2005)
Introduced bills
Here is a look at some of the bills being considered in the 2006 Wyoming Legislative Session in February and March. Click on the link at the end of this article to go to the complete list of House and Senate bills for this session. ... FULL STORY
Winter Use Plan and EIS for National Parks (December 18, 2005)
Public Scoping Report addresses snowmobiling, snowcoaches, snowplanes
by National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) announced that a Public Scoping Report is available for the long-term Winter Use Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway. ... FULL STORY
Pacific Power to be sold (December 18, 2005)
Public hearing on proposed $9.4 billion sale Jan. 23 in Cheyenne
The Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) sent out a public notice that they have received an application for Pacific Power to be sold to MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. The PSC will hold a public hearing on the matter on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 9 a ... FULL STORY
(13 pictures) High School Nordic Ski Meet (December 16, 2005)
by Dawn Ballou
Pinedale High School hosted their annual Nordic Ski Meet at scenic White Pine Ski Area Friday and Saturday. Boys and Girls teams from Jackson, Riverton, Cody, Laramie, Lander and Cody participated. It was a tad confusing for spectators who didn't know the kids ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Museum Full Moon (December 16, 2005)
The full moon rising behind a cloud created an impressive photo setting for the Museum of the Mountain Man last Thursday night. ... FULL STORY
Pinedale Audubon Christmas Bird Count Dec. 18 (December 15, 2005)
Wyoming’s chapters of the National Audubon Society will be holding their annual Christmas Bird Counts from December 14-January 5, 2006. All told, there will be 20 counts this year involving eight communities, including one in Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
Memorial Services for Lena M. Wright Dec. 17 (December 15, 2005)
Memorial Services for Lena M. Wright will be held on Saturday, December 17, at 10 am in the Heritage Room of the Sublette Center in Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale Book Signing (December 14, 2005)
Local historian, Ann Noble, signs copies of her new Pinedale book during the early-bird book signing at Rendezvous Pointe in Pinedale on Wednesday. The book, "Pinedale, Wyoming: A Centennial History, 1904-2004", took three years to research and has just been p ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Bald Eagle (December 14, 2005)
Arnold Brokling photographed this mature bald eagle Wednesday morning, just two miles west of Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
Forest Service puts O&G projects on fast track (December 12, 2005)
Categorical exclusions to be used to speed small surface uses on federal leases
(Washington) The USDA Forest Service announced they are proposing to implement new procedures for moving federal leases for small oil and gas exploration and development projects through the permitting process by significantly streamlining the environmental re ... FULL STORY
Sublette County generates 32.3% more sales tax in 2005 (December 12, 2005)
Use tax up by 42%+, Lodging Tax up by 11%
(Cheyenne) The State of Wyoming recently released a report detailing the total collections for sales and use taxes for fiscal year 2005 in Wyoming. Revenue hit an all-time high according to the document, "Wyoming Sales, Use and Lodging Tax Revenue Report". The ... FULL STORY
Grand Teton Park opens for winter on Dec. 21 (December 12, 2005)
Snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping
(Jackson) Activities for the 2005–06 winter season begin on Wednesday, December 21 in Grand Teton National Park. All park entrance gates and the Flagg Ranch Information Station in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway will reopen for winter operations. ... FULL STORY
2006 Hunting & Fishing licenses go on sale (December 12, 2005)
by Wyoming Game & Fish
(Cheyenne) 2006 fishing, small game/game bird and trapping licenses, plus conservation stamps will go on sale at private license agents no later than Dec. 19, reports Jean Cole, license manager for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She said the new licen ... FULL STORY
Wyoming Game and Fish Hunting Information (December 12, 2005)
2006 Nonresident Application Booklet available online
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department now has 2006 Wyoming Nonresident Hunting Information and Applications booklet available online for download. Viewers have an option of viewing the entire booklet (5 meg, 52 page PDF file) or smaller sections for easier downlo ... FULL STORY
Sublette County GIS info available online (December 12, 2005)
If you interested in finding out more about Sublette County zoning and all the subdivisions that are cropping up around the county, you can find a lot of information online from data available from the Sublette County Planning & Zoning website. ... FULL STORY
Summer Recreation Maps available online (December 12, 2005)
Hiking the Wind River Mountains, Bridger-Teton National Forest
If you are planning a vacation to the Wind River Mountains next summer, here’s where to order hiking and recreation maps to help plan your trip. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Sublette Visitor Center provides local info for visitors (December 12, 2005)
The Sublette County Visitor Center is located at 26 North Tyler, across the street from the "cattle drive mural" in downtown Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Museum of the Mountain Man Events Calendar (December 12, 2005)
Here are dates for upcoming events for the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale: ... FULL STORY
Kemmerer man killed in crash near Boulder (December 12, 2005)
Howard Jones
Howard Jones, 49 of Kemmerer, was killed on Saturday, December 10, in a one-vehicle roll-over crash about ten miles south of Boulder on US Highway 191. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pinedale Midgets win 2 in Cheyenne (December 12, 2005)
by Craig Sheppard
Last weekend, the Pinedale High School age hockey team traveled to Cheyenne and played three more games on their WAHL schedule. They were to play host Cheyenne, defending state champion Sheridan, and then Casper. This was going to be a tough weekend. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Photos around Pinedale (December 9, 2005)
Local photographers Arnold Brokling and Dave Bell shot these photos recently near Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
Baby it’s cold outside! (December 8, 2005)
Bondurant drops to -46 Thursday
A second straight day of frigid temperatures set records across the state of Wyoming Thursday. Big Piney’s low of -35 broke the old record of -27 set in 1956. Rock Springs shivered at -20, breaking their 1978 record of -13. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Gas prices and jobs (December 8, 2005)
Gas prices have dropped significantly in Sublette County, well under the $3/gallon it cost a month ago to fuel up. The oil and gas 'boom' in the county has caused a labor shortage for many businesses trying to find employees. The Mini Mart in Marbleton is adve ... FULL STORY
Frigid cold hits Wyoming (December 7, 2005)
Arctic cold front drops temps to as low as -40 degrees
An arctic cold front brought frigid temperatures to western and central Wyoming Wednesday morning. Below are the coldest reported readings from the National Weather Service as of 8 am Wednesday morning. ... FULL STORY
Sage Grouse Group meets Dec. 12 (December 6, 2005)
Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group
(Pinedale) The next regular meeting of the Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group will be held on Monday, December 12th, at the Pinedale Fire Hall at 10 am. This is a local group composed of nine local citizens representing groups interested in sage ... FULL STORY
Temperatures may reach 30 below zero! (December 6, 2005)
Arctic cold front on the way, prepare for really COLD weather
(Pinedale) An arctic cold front sweeping through western and central Wyoming this week will cause temperatures to plummet to from -10 to -30 degrees over the next couple of days. Gusty winds to create dangerous wind chill factors, and blowing and drifting snow ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) EnCana uses mats to protect wildlife habitat (December 6, 2005)
by EnCana USA
(Pinedale) EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is initiating a voluntary surface reclamation pilot project in the Jonah Field that is designed to protect wildlife habitat by decreasing disturbance by as much as 60% and hastening revegetation of disturbed ground at na ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) 3-D Archery Shoot Dec. 10 (December 6, 2005)
Benefit for Toys for Tots
Wind River Archers will be having their 2nd Annual Christmas Benefit 3-D Shoot on Saturday, December 10th from 8 am-5 pm at the Archery Range located upstairs in the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) EnCana strives for environmental stewardship (December 4, 2005)
Air Quality, Offsite Mitigation, Surface Reclamation, Low-Impact Development
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
(Pinedale) Last week, EnCana USA representatives held a community meeting in Pinedale to give information about the Jonah Infill Project and answer questions about the company’s efforts associated with the project. EnCana is one of several large natural gas pr ... FULL STORY
Spawning native cutthroat trout efforts (December 4, 2005)
Program tries to bolster Wyoming native trout populations
(Pinedale) Each June, Wyoming Game & Fish Department (G&F) biologists catch up with spawning native cutthroat trout in western Wyoming waters in an effort to collect eggs for hatcheries. ... FULL STORY
Preference Point System for Non-Resident Hunters (December 4, 2005)
Elk, Deer and Antelope hunters
(Cheyenne) The Wyoming Game & Fish Department (G&F) is reminding nonresident hunters that is especially important in 2006 for hunters to get in on the ground floor of a preference point system for Wyoming elk, deer and antelope licenses. ... FULL STORY
Moose-Gypsum DEIS meeting Dec. 6 (December 4, 2005)
Changes proposed for management of Upper Green area
(Pinedale) The Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) is proposing significant modifications to the Moose-Gypsum area of the Upper Green over the next ten years. The Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Stateme ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Sweet Harmony (December 3, 2005)
Sweet Harmony performed their 'How Can I Keep From Singing' holiday concert to a packed house on Saturday at the Pinedale Auditorium. They got two standing ovations during the show. The local vocal ensemble began in 1988 and has performed at many community eve ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Winter storm brings more snow (December 2, 2005)
Green River Valley gets 2-13 inches
(Pinedale) Below are snowfall amounts for western Wyoming from early Thursday through Friday morning from the most recent storm that passed through western Wyoming as recorded on SNOTEL machines. SNOTELs use weighted water equivalents and average temperature t ... FULL STORY

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