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Wolf News Roundup 2/19/2019 (posted 2/19/19)
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE - Game & Fish personnel from both the Jackson and Pinedale regions joined University of Wyoming researchers to recapture Wyoming Range mule deer as part of an ongoing study looking at the relationship between animal body condition and various environmental factors over time. This seminal research was initiated in March, 2013 with the capture and collaring of 70 doe deer and these animals have been recaptured to evaluate body condition, among other things, both pre- and post-winter.
New this year, the study was expanded to include the capture and collaring of some bucks. It has been well-documented that buck deer both behave and utilize the landscape differently than does throughout the year. This research will answer questions as to whether bucks follow the same migration routes, and timing, as the does. Plus, it is no secret that the Wyoming Range is known for its trophy-class bucks and there is great interest in all aspects of their ecology. Given that, researchers and managers decided this new "value-added" information to the study could be captured relatively easily. Stay tuned for the results of this exciting new phase to this landmark research being done.
https://wgfd.wyo.gov Wyoming Game & Fish
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE - In April of 2017, following some legal challenges, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department resumed management authority over wolves in Wyoming, outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. A large part of management is monitoring wolf numbers, distribution, survival and overall demographics of the population to inform management decisions.
One tool the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Large Carnivore Section employs in monitoring is the capturing and radio-marking of wolves. Ideally, the objective is to have at least one wolf collared in every known pack, but wolves can be difficult to find and capture, even with a helicopter. In addition, the Department’s Large Carnivore biologists also put on boots, skis or snowshoes and follow-up on reported sitings to help gain accurate counts of wolves, as well as assist with aerial captures.
Recently, several wolves were captured by a helicopter capture crew in those areas where the Game and Fish Department is responsible for monitoring and managing the state's wolf population. Most of the captures are handled in the field away from people by a contracted professional wildlife capture crew. The crew will typically net-gun the animals, collect blood and other biological samples, fit it with a GPS collar and release it on-site. The battery life will allow the GPS collar to record the animals' travels for approximately 2-3 years.
The hope is to put out as many as 40 additional radio collars on wolves over the course of the winter to evaluate new packs and changing distributions, and to derive an accurate count for wolves in the trophy game management area.
https://wgfd.wyo.gov Wyoming Game & Fish
Wolf Watch By Cat Urbigkit
The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has issued a "Stern Wyoming Avalanche Advisory" for the mountains of western Wyoming. 10-14 inches of new snow fell on Wednesday,, February 13th, up to 9 inches on Togwotee Pass, and 7 inches on Blind Bull Summit and Commissary Ridge in the Greys River area of the Wyoming Range. Southwest to west winds at 30 to 50 with gusts from 45 to 75 miles per hour have caused substantial drifting. A slide ran onto the highway south of Jackson around 12:30 PM on Wednesday. One vehicle was hit, however no one was injured. Another slide released on a southeast aspect above Jackson and temporarily blocked the flow of Flat Creek.
Heavy snowfall is forecast to resume on Thursday evening. Forecast snowfall totals for the next 24 hours are 10 to 20 inches in the mountains and 4 to 8 inches in the valleys of western Wyoming. Southwest winds will also continue at speeds of 30 with gusts to 50 miles per hour. Temperatures will be on the increase and will rise into the upper 20s in the mountains and well into the 30s in the valleys.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche warning effective until 5 PM Thursday evening. This warning may be extended or discontinued as conditions warrant. The warning is in effect for all three of our forecast zones and includes the valleys in those areas.
Strong winds, warming temperatures and heavy snowfall have created very dangerous conditions at all elevations. Natural avalanche activity may become widespread, especially during the overnight hours. Large avalanches could impact roadways in the river canyons, on Teton Pass and beneath buttes and steep hillsides. Steep hillsides, steep banks and road cuts have and are likely to slide. Slides are possible on steep slopes that may not normally slide. The general avalanche hazard is high at all elevations. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.
www.jhavalanche.org Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center
Restoring a Pinedale icon
The fundraising campaign to purchase the building for the historic Skyline Theatre in Pinedale has officially begun.
The theater showed movies in Pinedale for more than forty years, from 1940 into the 1980s. There are great stories of locals playing bit parts in several movies filmed in the area, helping out, and contributing livestock. There are also many great stories of people who used to work in the theater and those who went there to see movies. After it closed, the building was used by Walt’s Plumbing & Heating for their business operations.
Some of the old theater equipment and decorations are still around, including the old film projector, film reels, the iconic silhouettes, and the popcorn machine. The building is currently unused and is located in Pinedale’s Historic District at 14 N Franklin Avenue.
A group of local citizens is now working to purchase the building and then hope to restore it, and operate it as a non-profit community theater to hold live stage performances, show movies, and host community functions. The group has started a fundraising campaign to raise $170,000 by mid-June, 2019. The initial objective is to raise $160,000 to purchase the property and $10,000 which will be used to write grants for the renovation. The project is working under the umbrella of the non-profit Sublette Group for Community Initiative, a tax-exempt public charity.
Anticipated programming includes:
Second Run Films (the window between when a film is a 1st run and comes out on DVD)
Independent and Foreign Films
Old films (after films have been released on DVD)
Small Performances (small stage, there is no backstage area for large plays)
Live Televised Events
Support has been received to date from the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Main Street, Jorgensen Associates, Paul Rock Appraisals, High Mountain Real Estate, Greenwood Law/Bing Law P.C., the Sublette County Historical Society, Pinedale Online, Office Outlet, and property owners Joe and Annie Sondgeroth who have been gracious and patient throughout.
Donation boxes have been placed around Pinedale for the fundraising campaign. Donations can also be made online through a crowdfunding website at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Skylinetheatrewy. Donations can also be made out by check to SGCI: Skyline Theatre and mailed to:
SGCI: Skyline Theatre
P.O. BOX 753
Pinedale, WY 82941
Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, go to the project website: http://www.skylinetheatrewy.com, on Facebook at Skyline Theatre Project, or email email@example.com.
Latest history of the Skyline Theatre By Joy Ufford, Pinedale Roundup, Dec. 13, 2018
Skyline Theater project off to a reel-ly good start Nov. 30, 2018
Main Street Pinedale launches Skyline Movie Theater project in Pinedale Pinedale Online, Oct. 17, 2018
Skyline Theater By Katherine Kasckow, Alliance for Historic Wyoming, Dec. 13, 2017
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present A Night of Cabaret with special guest Nicole Madison on Thursday February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sublette County Library Lovatt Room. The show is free and wine/apps will be served!
What is love? What is loving? The answer to these and related questions will be explored when Jackson Hole’s Nicole Madison will premiere her one-woman Cabaret on the subject of love.
Nicole delivers a narrative that explores relationships and loving from a deeply personal point of view. Although personal and intimate, it is a universal message tied together with a carefully curated selection of songs written by such luminaries as Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, and Bob Dylan.
Nicole will be joined by Jackson-based pianist Pam Drews Phillips who will accompany her through the evening of cabaret, which will run 45 minutes.
Cabaret Night is free to the public and PFAC will be providing wine and apps!
www.pinedalefinearts.com Pinedale Fine Arts Council
WAC grant writing workshops offered (posted 2/13/19)
Pinedale Aquatic Center
PAC started the 2019 year off with a milestone achievement -- our ONE MILLIONTH VISITOR! Congratulations to PAC patron Gabriel Becerril for earning the honor!
What does it take to make it to a million visits? A whole lot of visitors, a community dedicated to youth services and an active lifestyle, and a staff with endless creativity, dedication, and passion for recreation.
In the 10 years, 10 months, and 25 days it took to achieve the millionth visitor, PAC provided more than 3,700 days of recreational service to the residents and visitors of Sublette County!
During this time PAC welcomed over 300,000 adult visits, 100,000 senior visits (60+), 160,000 youth visits, and 22,000 out-of-county or guest visits. Additionally, PAC provided services for over 100,000 SCSD#1 student and staff visits including hosting dozens of swim meets, offering facility space and instruction for physical education classes, welcoming award parties, and providing a practice venue for many athletic teams.
The ten plus years also included a wide variety of programs, classes, and special events accommodating over 220,000 participants. From exercise specific classes and adult leagues to toddler programs, youth clubs, outdoor programs, and summer day camp, PAC has aimed to meet the recreational needs of the full community. Since February 2008, PAC has shared the importance of water safety with nearly 4,000 participants in our learn-to-swim lessons and has been proud to introduce over 1,700 young athletes, along with their parents, to the excitement of traditional sports.
This milestone, the visits, the programs, and the events, were all possible because of the support of our community. In fiscal year 2017-2018 alone, PAC’s programs were made possible by 192 volunteers who donated 1214 hours to the sharing of fitness and sport, much of which was focused around youth sports. Over the past 10 years, it is estimated that over 1,000 volunteers have been a part of PAC’s success, donating over 10,000 hours of service to recreation in the community. Coupled with the commitment for providing access to youth and the adoption of free youth, the community has shown its belief in promoting and living an active lifestyle.
PAC staff are a dedicated crew, with the current staff bringing a combined 204 years of PAC service to the community. It is our honor and privilege to serve Sublette County. We enjoy the creativity of recreation, the positive impacts of being active, the excitement and challenges of introducing new things, and the daily opportunity to inspire others. But more than anything, we enjoy seeing each of our patrons. Thank you to all of our visitors, from one to one-million. Thank you for choosing PAC! We look forward to the next million visits.
www.pinedaleaquatic.com Pinedale Aquatic Center
Pinedale Natural Gas rates to increase (posted 2/8/19)
Public Meetings on proposed migration corridors for mule deer and pronghorn (posted 2/7/19)