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Preliminary Hearing held for Brian McDonald (posted 7/22/14)
McDonald bound over for further court proceedings (posted 7/22/14)
Town of Pinedale launches new website (posted 7/23/14)
Grizzly Bear relocated from north of Pinedale (posted 7//23/14)
Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show Reception July 22 (posted 7/20/14)
Republican Meet & Greets July 30 & 31st (posted 7/20/14)
Sublette County Fair Art Show & Sale July 19-26th (posted 7/20/14)
White Pine season lift passes on sale (posted 7/20/14)
BLM sets PAPA annual planning meeting for air, water and socioeconomics Aug. 5th (posted 7/14/14)
Muddy and clear (posted 7/10/14)
Porcupine Trail impassable due to avalanche (posted 7/8/14)
Fremont Lake Campground & Upper Boat Site reconstruction update (posted 7/4/14)
SERC works to develop county-wide strategic plan (posted 7/1/14)
Music in the Courtyard in July (posted 7/1/14)

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July 19-26: Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show & Sale - Hosted by Mixed Media Artists Group of Sublette County. The Art Show is open to participants 16 years of age and up. There are no entry or show fees and no donations are asked of the artists. All ales go entirely to the artists. The Art Show & Sale will hang from July 19 through July 26th in the Community Hall at the Fairgrounds. Hours are 10AM to 7PM. There will be a "Paint Out Auction" on Thursday, July 24th at 4PM. The public is cordially invited. For more information contact Charmian McLellan at 307-537-5488 or email aspens@wyoming.com.
July 24: Music in the Courtyard - At the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, 6:30PM. Tonight’s performer is Karin Loya – Cello. www.sublettecountylibrary.org
July 26: Sublette County Fire Training Facility Open House - In Marbleton, 1506 E 5th Street starting at 11AM. Hamburgers and hot dogs served until 1PM. Facility tours, fire truck rides, fire extinguisher demonstrations, fire prevention booth, raffles. Free-will donation. Come learn how you can help train a firefighter. Hosted by Sublette County firefighters. www.SubletteCountyFirefighters.com
July 26: Sublette County Fair Concert: Love and Theft - Saturday evening, 8PM. Featuring opening act JT Hodges. At the Sublette County Fairgrounds. In the Ag Center. Tickets $25 available online at www.sublettecountyfair.com, at the Fair Office, at Office Outlet stores in Pinedale and Big Piney, and at the door.

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Preliminary Hearing held for Brian McDonald (posted 7/22/14)
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office media release
Brian James McDonald was in Sublette County Circuit Court this afternoon for a preliminary hearing to establish probable cause on the charges filed against him last week. Judge Curt Haws heard arguments from Sublette County Attorney Neal Stelting and public defender Elisabeth Trefonas. Evidence was also presented pertaining to a glove found at the crime scene in 2010 that matched a DNA sample provided by the defendant during the course of a recent assault investigation.

Judge Haws ruled that the State had satisfied the burden of proof requirements for probable cause for each of the five charges filed. The charges will be bound over to the Ninth District Court for trial.

Authority: Sheriff Dave Lankford
Stephen Smith, Public Information Officer


McDonald bound over for further court proceedings (posted 7/22/14)
July 22 Preliminary Hearing for charges related to 2010 attack against Pinedale woman
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
Pinedale resident, Brian James McDonald appeared for a preliminary hearing in Sublette County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 2014. The courtroom was filled with citizens interested in hearing the case which involved a brutal attack against Jacie Rose in 2010 as she slept in her bed. McDonald is charged with five felony counts: Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent, and Aggravated Burglary. McDonald was arrested on July 10th, four years after the assault.

Judge Curt Haws presided over the hearing. Sublette County District Attorney Neal Stelting presented the facts for the State. Attorney for the Defendant was Public Defender Elisabeth Trefonas. The only witness called and questioned was Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lance Gehlhausen.

Stelting presented evidence to establish probable cause regarding the charges against McDonald. The State’s most compelling evidence is a DNA match on a bloody glove found in the victim’s room. This case has similarities to three other attacks on females in Pinedale, in 2010, 2012 and 2014. McDonald had a suspicious injury he received the night of the most recent attack on a Pinedale woman in May of 2014 which led to his coming to the attention of authorities, a connection made tying him to the Jacie Rose assault, and his ultimate arrest.

In her closing statements, Trefonas said the State had very little to go on. She questioned if the DNA was processed properly, said there were no fingerprints, and noted the suspect ID was for a shorter man wearing a hoodie.

Judge Haws ruled that the State had satisfied the burden of proof requirements for probable cause for each of the five counts filed. All charges against the Defendant will be bound over to the Ninth District Court for further proceedings.

McDonald remains in custody in the Sublette County Jail on a million dollar cash bond due to the severity of the case. His next court appearance will be an arraignment in District Court in Pinedale at a date and time still to be determined.

Persons suspected of a crime are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Related Links:
Pinedale woman assaulted in her home Pinedale Online, July 26, 2010
Assailant still at large in attack on Pinedale woman Pinedale Online, May 28, 2014
Be vigilant Pinedale Online, June 14, 2014
$10,000 Reward offered for info about May 28th violent attack Pinedale Online, June 3, 2014
Do you recognize this T-Ball bat? Pinedale Online, May 29, 2014


Town of Pinedale launches new website (posted 7/23/14)
The Town of Pinedale invites the public to check out their new website. It’s at the same domain address, www.townofpinedale.us. Online information includes contact information for Town staff, a calendar of events with dates of upcoming meetings for the Town Council and boards, licensing requirements, Planning & Zoning permits and regulations, parks & recreation information, Town code, online bill pay, links to other useful information, and more. It is still a bit of a work in progress as they add to the document center, agendas, meeting minutes and a few other places. All content will ultimately be searchable.

The annual fee for the website is $4,340 which includes 24/7, 365-day tech support, secure off-site hosting, use of software for local access to update the pages, and a free redesign after five years. The Town welcomes comments and suggestions to make the website more useful.


Grizzly Bear relocated from north of Pinedale (posted 7//23/14)
Wyoming Game and Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated an adult male grizzly bear on July 12, 2014.

The bear was captured for killing cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment north of Pinedale, WY. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Shoshone National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Fivemile Creek drainage approximately four miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park within the North Fork of the Shoshone River drainage west of Cody. The release site is located in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.

Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded bear management personnel to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzlies. The decision to relocate and the selection of a relocation site is made taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in. Since grizzly bears are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate land management agency is also made to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzlies. Bears are relocated in accordance with federal law and regulation. When selecting a relocation site, the department makes every consideration to minimize potential conflicts with livestock and people.

Bears can create conflicts after they have obtained food rewards. The department continues to stress the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, horse feeds, bird seed, and others) unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants reduces human-bear conflicts.


Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show Reception July 22 (posted 7/20/14)
Sublette County Fair Art Show & Sale July 19-26th
Mixed Media art group will hold a reception on Tuesday, July 22nd as part of the Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show & Sale. The reception will be at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Community Hall at 5:00PM. The public is cordially invited.

The Art Show is open to participants 16 years of age and up. The Art Show opened to the public on Saturday, July 19th as part of the Sublette County Fair festivities. There are no entry or show fees and no donations are asked of the artists. All ales go entirely to the artists. The Art Show & Sale will hang from July 19 through July 26th in the Community Hall at the Fairgrounds. Hours are 10AM to 7PM.

There will be a "Paint Out Auction" on Thursday, July 24th at 4PM.

For more information contact Charmian McLellan at 307-537-5488 or email aspens@wyoming.com.


Republican Meet & Greets July 30 & 31st (posted 7/20/14)
The Sublette County Republican Party will be holding two Meet and Greets in July. The first will be Wednesday, July 30th at the Marbleton Senior Center, 111 Rakestraw Ave., in Marbleton from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The second will be Thursday, July 31st in the Lovett Room at the Sublette County Library, 155 S. Tyler Ave., in Pinedale from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. All state and local Republican candidates have been invited. These are opportunities for the community to meet and visit with the candidates.


Sublette County Fair Art Show & Sale July 19-26th (posted 7/20/14)
Mixed Media art group will hold a reception on Tuesday, July 22nd as part of the Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show & Sale. The reception will be at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Community Hall at 5:00PM. The public is cordially invited.

The Art Show is open to participants 16 years of age and up. The Art Show opened to the public on Saturday, July 19th as part of the Sublette County Fair festivities. There are no entry or show fees and no donations are asked of the artists. All ales go entirely to the artists. The Art Show & Sale will hang from July 19 through July 26th in the Community Hall at the Fairgrounds. Hours are 10AM to 7PM.

There will be a "Paint Out Auction" on Thursday, July 24th at 4PM.

For more information contact Charmian McLellan at 307-537-5488 or email aspens@wyoming.com.


White Pine season lift passes on sale (posted 7/20/14)
White Pine Resort
Lift passes for winter 2014/15 at White Pine Resort are now on sale. Priced at $245 for an adult (18-69 years old), pre-season lift purchases in July represent a 45% saving on the price of a season pass on opening day. The early discount continues through to July 31st. Student (13-18) and Senior (70+) season passes are $195.00, Junior (6-12) are $145.00 and child (5 and under) is $40.00.

To help promote the early discounts, White Pine Resort will be holding "Funday Sundays" on July 27th and August 24 at the resort, offering complimentary hamburgers and hot dogs with live musical entertainment. Additionally the lifts will be operating for mountain bike enthusiasts and hikers wanting to enjoy a free ride up to the top of Fortification Mountain and make their own way down. "We are looking forward to meeting our local skiing population and we wanted to tempt them with some great pre-season prices. Purchase early and enjoy the savings" says new co-owner Roy DeWitt.

New for 2014/15 is a cancellation waiver priced at $10.00. "Purchase your season pass now and if for any reason, you are unable to ski this season, we will provide a full refund. People get transferred, injured or simply change their mind. If a season-pass holder buys the waiver and contacts White Pine before November 30, 2014 requesting a refund, they will receive their money back, no questions asked" says co-owner Alan Blackburn.

White Pine Resort will also be offering ski rental season packages. "As parents of young children, we know how quickly our children outgrow their shoes and at White Pine we want to cater to that need by making equipment changes available throughout the winter with seasonal equipment packages" says DeWitt. "We will have a shipment of skis and snowboards arriving in the fall and we will have skis and snowboards available for rent for all age groups" promises DeWitt. Ski rental season packages start at $99.00.

And for those who are tired of lugging gear up to the mountain, White Pine will be offering a number of 6’ ski lockers available for rent. Priced at $110 for the winter, it will mean somewhere to pick up or leave skis and poles close to the lifts.

Full details on pricing can be found on the "White Pine Season Passes 2014-15" mail-in form available at Rock Rabbit and Office Outlet in Pinedale. Phone 307-367-6606 or email skiinfo@whitepineski.com to request a copy of the mail-in form.

Discounted lift tickets will be available up to opening day, however the pre-season price increases at the beginning of each month.

For more information contact Robyn Blackburn, 307-360-6272, robyn@goark.com.

Related Links:
www.whitepineski.com


BLM sets PAPA annual planning meeting for air, water and socioeconomics Aug. 5th (posted 7/14/14)
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office will host the annual planning meeting (APM) for air, water and socioeconomic topics at 8 a.m. on August 5 at 1625 W. Pine St. in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Air topics will include a U.S. Forest Service discussion on the IMPROVE air monitoring station, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, lake chemistry and tri-state air quality; a BLM update on general conformity, the Ozone Compliance Plan and other air quality issues; a Department of Environmental Quality presentation on air quality rule making and proposed changes to nonattainment rules; and an operator report on air quality in the Anticline.

Water topics will include a Sublette County Conservation District presentation on 2012 surface and groundwater sampling; an operator report on water use; and a BLM update on the Final Groundwater Monitoring Plan.

Socioeconomic topics will include operator development forecasts and planned operations based on current commodities.

The meeting is open to the public who will have opportunities to comment. An agenda is available at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/anticline/airwatermtg.html. Agenda items and times are subject to change.

An APM is required by the 2008 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA). To more fully address topics of community interest, the PFO has subdivided the original APM into three annual meetings focused on development, wildlife, and air, water and socioeconomics. This is the fourth APM for air, water and socioeconomics.

For more information, please contact Janet Bellis at 307-367-5316.


Muddy Hoback River flows into the Snake. Photo taken July 10, 2014. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
Muddy Hoback River flows into the Snake. Photo taken Thursday, July 10, 2014. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
Muddy and clear (posted 7/10/14)
The Hoback River is running very muddy as it flows into the clear water of the Snake River. According to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the source of the sediment is a mudslide at Jamb Creek, one of the tributaries at the Hoback River’s headwaters. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio, taken on Thursday, July 10th.


Porcupine Trail impassable due to avalanche (posted 7/8/14)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Porcupine Trail on the Pinedale Ranger District, located on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF), is obstructed by an avalanche of snow and debris. The affected area is three miles south of the Shirley Lake Trail junction (T38N R108W S31).

The avalanche consists of a mixture of debris, heavily compacted snow, with Porcupine Creek running underneath. Porcupine Trail is impassable for three fourths of a mile going south. Travel by foot or stock is not advised due to hazardous conditions. There is signage warning visitors of conditions at the Green River Lakes and New Fork trailheads. Recommended alternate routes for those interested in recreating in the area include Highline Trail, New Fork Trail or Clark Creek Trail.

Pinedale Ranger District advises wilderness visitors to be particularly cautious this season to lingering snow pack and very high water levels, making river crossings very dangerous. Prior to backcountry travel always notify someone of your itinerary and expected time of return.

Further information regarding the Porcupine Trail and backcountry conditions is available at the Pinedale Ranger District, 29 E. Fremont Lake Road, 307-367-4326 and online at www.fs.usda.gov/btnf under "Alerts & Notices."


Fremont Lake Campground & Upper Boat Site reconstruction update (posted 7/4/14)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Fremont Lake Campground, located on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) five miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming, is anticipated to be completed in mid to late summer of this year. The Fremont Lake Upper Boat Ramp reconstruction project is currently out for bid and will remain closed until construction is completed.

Fremont Campground improvements include new restrooms, new tables and fire rings, reconstructed parking spurs, an overflow parking lot, a new group site, and two-way access to the boat site.

The Lower Fremont boat ramp, located on the southwest shore of Fremont Lake, will remain open to boaters throughout the summer and fall. The Forest Service and Wyoming Game and Fish are working in partnership to reconstruct the Upper Fremont boat ramp and dock.

"The Fremont Campground reconstruction project is really starting to come together," John Moore, Pinedale District Ranger said. "We recognize the campground closure is inconvenient for the public and are as eager as the public to see this campground completed and open".

Reservations will not be accepted for the Fremont Campground until the reconstruction project is completed. Campers will be redirected to other available sites on the Pinedale Ranger District, including campgrounds at Half Moon Lake, Elkhart Park, New Fork Lake, and Boulder Lake.

Further information regarding construction plans and progress updates regarding these two projects is available at the Pinedale Ranger District, 29 E. Fremont Lake Road, 307-367-4326.


SERC works to develop county-wide strategic plan (posted 7/1/14)
To address economic development needs
Sublette County, in partnership with Sublette Economic Resource Council (SERC), is developing a countywide strategic plan that will address the economic development needs of Pinedale, Big Piney, Marbleton and the unincorporated areas of Sublette County. This plan will help identify effective ways to strengthen, stabilize, and grow the county’s economy, including specific projects and programs for each community in the county.

SERC has retained Community Builders, Inc. (CBI), a Wyoming consulting firm, to assist with development of the strategic plan. As part of the planning process, the team is conducting an online survey of stakeholders in Sublette County.

This survey is a first step in the planning process. As a stakeholder, your input on this survey is very important. (There is another survey being circulated for the general public). We ask that you please click on the following link and take this survey: Community Member Survey

The survey will close on August 1, 2014. CBI will then compile all results and present them to the Sublette County Commissioners, SERC and the municipalities in Sublette County. The planning team will then begin evaluating specific development projects, facilities, and scenarios for each community in Sublette County. The completed economic development strategy and implementation plan should be completed by early 2015.


Music in the Courtyard in July (posted 7/1/14)
The Sublette County Library will be hosting Music in the Courtyard, an hour of family entertainment on Thursday evenings in July at 6:30 pm.

Performers:
July 10: Michelle Humber and Samantha Rise - guitar & vocals
July 17: Chandra Stough and Bob McCarty - fiddle and guitar
July 24: Karin Loya - Cello
July 31: Mary Simbarcelos – drums

Related Links:
www.pinedalelibrary.org Sublette County Library



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