Applications accepted for Wyoming Girls State (posted 1/21/19)
The 2019 Wyoming Girls State Session will be held at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming from Sunday, June 9 to Saturday, June 15, 2019. Any female student in the Junior Class, attending school in Wyoming, is eligible to participate, providing she is selected as a Delegate and is sponsored by an American Legion Auxiliary Department of Wyoming Unit. This includes students who are being home schooled if the local School District has approved their curriculum and classifies them as a member of the Junior Class.
The American Legion Auxiliary Wyoming Girls State program is a week-long session of learning about our government - on the city, county, and state levels. It is practical application of Americanism and good citizenship. It was developed from the idea that our youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of our government, and that the individual, being an integral part of the government, is ultimately responsible for the character and success of the government. The American Legion Auxiliary organized the Girls State program in 1941.
For additional information, contact your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit Chairman; Girls State Director, Shareen Johnson, P O Box 1321, Lander, WY 82520, (307) 332-4931, (e-mail email@example.com); or visit the Web Site http://www.wylegionaux.org/girls_state.html or the Wyoming Girls State Facebook page.
Nominations sought for 2019 Honorees to Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame (posted 1/19/19)
Nominations sought for the 2019 Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame
Nominations accepted until Feb. 28, 2019
Wyoming -- where cattle first wintered over in 1852 and more than 600,000 grazed by 1882 – is The Cowboy State. The livestock industry is the reason many of your ancestors have a history on the prairies between the Sweetwater and the Yellowstone, the Platte and the Powder, the Green and the Missouri.
This is the season to honor that heritage by nominating cowboys and cowgirls you believe are eligible and worthy of induction with the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Nominations close the last day of February 2019.
Anyone may put forth any nominee. Clear instructions for nominating are outlined at the WCHF website, and photos may be submitted along with each nomination. The website is www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.com. Only online nominations submitted by the end of February 2019 can be accepted.
The link for nomination forms is http://www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.com/nomination/
When nominations close, forms will be sorted and sent to regions in which the nominees reside. A person may possibly be nominated by more than one person, in which case all completed nominations will be forwarded together to the Regional Committees.
A wealth of knowledge about Wyoming’s significant cowboy culture exists across the state, and cowboys and cowgirls are best known by those they live and work among. Therefore, Regional Committees will first review nominations of potential honorees in their region. Selected nominees will then be submitted to the WCHF board of directors for final selection in May.
Regional committees will also identify nominees they wish to recognize at the local level, independent from that nominee’s consideration by WCHF for induction. While the WCHF may induct a small number of nominees each year, Regions are welcome and encouraged to honor local cowboys and cowgirls in the number and manner they choose.
All correctly completed nomination forms will be kept in a pool for future selection, if not selected the first year nominated. Both WCHF and the Regional Committees may choose the number of inductees to be honored, with no minimum or maximum set.
Inductees to the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame will be publicized state-wide and honored at an Induction Ceremony in September.
Your participation in nominating worthy candidates for WCHF is important to the Cowboy State’s ongoing heritage. Please take the brief time necessary to fill out and submit those nominations as soon as possible.
Auction open for 2019 Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioners License (posted 1/18/19)
Proceeds to benefit the Wyoming Stock Growers Environmental Stewardship Tour in summer 2019
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
CHEYENNE, WYOMING – The Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioners License is now open for bidding and ends Tuesday, March 31, 2019. License is good for elk, deer, or antelope in the state of Wyoming. Opening minimum bid starts at $12,000 with no option for a ‘Buy Now’ price. All proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) Environmental Stewardship Tour in the summer of 2019.
"Wyoming Stock Growers is grateful to Commissioner Mark Anselmi for once again providing a Commissioners License to enable us to celebrate the resource stewardship of Wyoming ranchers through our annual Environmental Stewardship Tour," states Executive Vice President, Jim Magagna.
All interested bidders are the contact the WSGA office and place bids with Olivia Sanchez by phone or email – (307) 638-3942 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bids will be updated regularly on the WSGA website and Facebook page, www.wysga.org. once the first bid has been made.
As stated on the Wyoming Game & Fish website, "…All big game licenses authorized under this section are valid for a specific region or hunt area as designated by the license holder at the time of application…" All hunters and sportsmen in and out of the state of Wyoming are welcome to bid and support a great program with over 20 years of recognizing landowners for their stewardship and conservation practices.
For more information, contact Olivia Sanchez at the WSGA office at 307-638-3942, email@example.com or visit www.wysga.org.
2019 Special Olympics Area II Games in Pinedale Jan. 25 (posted 1/18/19)
PINEDALE, WYOMING - On Friday, January 25, 2019 Special Olympics Wyoming athletes from Wyoming’s southwestern communities of Big Piney, Evanston, Jackson, Park City Utah, Pinedale and Star Valley will compete at Area II Winter Games at White Pine Ski Resort.
This competition is in preparation for the State Winter Games that will be held in Jackson, Wyoming on February 5-7, 2019. State Winter Games is one of the four main Special Olympics Wyoming competition events held each year. Athletes compete in Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snowboarding.
The 2019 Area II Winter Games schedule for Friday, January 25th at White Pines Ski Resort is as follows:
• 9:00 AM Registration
• 10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
• 10:30 AM Competition Begins
• 12:00 Lunch (or as athletes are able)
• 1:00 PM Competition Resumes
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to support and cheer on local athletes as they qualify for upcoming statewide competition. If you have questions about Area II Games, please visit www.sowy.org or call Dan Lang at the Special Olympics Wyoming office at (307) 235-3062.
Special Olympics Wyoming is a not-for-profit organization providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities; offering them continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Special Olympics Wyoming changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.
Visit Special Olympics Wyoming at www.specialolympicswy.org.
Wyoming State Winter Games
www.whitepineski.com White Pine Ski Area
www.visitpinedale.org Pinedale, Wyoming visitor website
2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race Jan. 25 – Feb 2 (posted 1/17/19)
Pedigree Sled Dog Race
The 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race will be held January 25th through February 2. Twenty-six competitors will participate in this year’s race, which is done in daily stages. There is $165,000 in total prize money that will be awarded. Participating communities are Jackson, Alpine, Pinedale, Kemmerer, Big Piney/Marbleton, Lander, Driggs Idaho, Teton County.
Friday, January 25: Opening Ceremonies — Jackson, Wyoming
Saturday, January 26: Stage One — Alpine, Wyoming (30 miles)
Sunday, January 27: Stage Two — Pinedale, Wyoming (34 miles)
Monday, January 28: Stage Three — Kemmerer, Wyoming (34 miles)
Tuesday, January 29: Stage Four — Big Piney/Marbleton, Wyoming (35 miles)
Wednesday, January 30: Stage Five — Lander, Wyoming (35 miles)
Thursday, January 31: Travel day February 1 — Stage Six— Driggs, Idaho (32 miles)
Friday, February 2: Stage Seven — Teton County, Wyoming (30 miles)
Austin Forney from Leadville, Colorado
Alix Crittenden from Bondurant, Wyoming
Dan Phillips from Snowmass Village, Colorado
Linda Pierce from Okanagen, Washington
Justin Fortier from Saint-Raymond, Québec, Canada
Alexandra Rochat from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
JR Anderson from Buyck, Minnesota
Fernando Ramirez from Peoa, Utah
Laura Daugereau from Port Gamble, Washington
Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana
Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska
Allan Berge from Glenrock, Wyoming
Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Michigan
Tom Thurston from Oak Creek, Colorado
Erick Laforce from Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada
Katherine Scheck from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada
Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Monica Magnusson from Cheboygan, Michigan
Dennis LaBoda from Hovland, Minnesota
David Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana
Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada
Rachel Courtney from Caliento, Manitoba, Canada
Tommy Bird from Southend, Saskatchewan, Canada
Doug Butler from Middlebury, Vermont
Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado
Jake Golton from L'Amable, Ontario, Canada
Dan Carter, Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dianna Lehn Pedigree® Stage Stop Assistant Race Director, email@example.com
Media Support: Roger Carpenter Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Media Director at (307) 343-6130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedigree Stage Stop Race
P.O. Box 13443
Jackson, WY 83002
Wyoming fishing and hunting license changes (posted 1/17/19)
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department has changed their licensing so that no matter when you buy a fishing, small game, game bird or furbearers license as well as conservation stamp, it will be valid for 12 months from the purchase date. If you buy a fishing license on July 4, you can fish through July 4 of the next year, instead of our previous system where the license was only good through the calendar year. With these new changes, expiration dates for license and stamps will be printed on the licenses to easily keep track of when you need to purchase next. And, if you renew early, the start date for the new license will begin the day after your current license expires.
February SNAP Benefits to be issued early (posted 1/14/19)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP
Wyoming Department of Family Services
Due to the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has requested states provide an early issuance of February SNAP benefits in order to utilize available funding. Wyoming families eligible for SNAP will receive their February benefit by January 20, 2019, which means the Department of Family Services (DFS) needs to process January recertification paperwork by January 15, 2019.
This is NOT an additional benefit for SNAP recipients; families who receive the early issuance will not receive another issuance in the month of February.
As allowed by federal regulation, DFS has granted an extension to families who were set to renew SNAP benefits in January for February, in order to ensure they receive February benefits. These families will be required to renew benefits in February. Those families will need to turn in an application in February to determine ongoing eligibility. Any new eligible applications received in January will receive January benefits but are at risk for not receiving a February benefit. The DFS eligibility staff will be working diligently to get as many cases processed as possible.
If a family is eligible for February benefits, they will receive their February monthly benefit on the following dates:
Last Name Date
A-D January 16, 2019
E-K January 17, 2019
L-R January 18, 2019
S-Z January 19, 2019
DFS does not anticipate there will be any more SNAP funding available after the February issuance until the shutdown ends. DFS is encouraging people to donate funds, food, or volunteer at local food banks and similar organizations that may see an increase of customers if the shutdown continues.
Reminder: February SNAP benefits will be added in the middle of January this year. This means recipients will not have SNAP benefits added in February.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact your local DFS office found here, http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/home/contact-us.
Wyoming Senior Winter Games in Pinedale Feb 7-9 (posted 1/14/19)
Ready for this year’s WYOMING SENIOR WINTER GAMES?!
Did you know that Pinedale started the Wyoming Senior Winter Games in 2008, and has been its host site frequently since then? On February 7-9, 2019 our enthusiastic, capable team of volunteers look forward to hosting participants from 50 years old to the most "senior seniors" to alpine and Nordic ski, ice skate, snowshoe, swim, play pickleball, and ride a fat tire bike with other like-minded active, mature adults.
Pinedale boasts some of the finest Nordic Ski trails in the Rocky Mountain west, a fabulous Alpine Ski venue in the White Pine Ski Resort, perfectly groomed ice at the Sublette County Ice Arena, and an 82,000 sq. ft. recreation center, the Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC), for the always-popular swim meet and pickleball competitions.
Fun events include the 1-mile walk on PAC’s indoor track; and new this year will be the Fat Bike race. Participants can enjoy a soak in PAC’s hot tub after an exhilarating ski, skate, or snowshoe.
Our local senior center, Rendezvous Pointe, hosts the culminating Banquet for the Games. Saturday night, Feb. 9th, starting at 5:30pm, participants and their guests can enjoy (BYOB) happy hour, a slideshow of all events, fabulous food, and entertainment by Pinedale’s own local artist, Jason Tyler Burton. Our Banquet speaker is Miekka Zanders, Executive Director of Legacy Lodge in Jackson Hole. Come hear Ms. Zanders explore what it means to be a senior adult, as we strive to increase our quality of life by identifying the dimensions of wellness that support stronger physical health while creating a model for active, engaged and meaningful super-senior years.
Please find regularly updated information, and registration online at: www.wyseniorolympics.com. The $50 registration fee for the 3-day Winter Games event covers most all competitions you choose to enter. There is an option to purchase additional banquet tickets for guests for $20.
For games’ participants, onsite registration is open until the day of each event. Registration and hospitality will be held beginning Thursday, Feb. 7th at 10am, at the PAC, 535 N. Tyler Ave., and will be open and available to all participants through Saturday, Feb. 9th.
In addition to registering for the Games, you can volunteer to help out during the event. From registration-hospitality duties at PAC, to setting up and timing at the alpine, Nordic and snowshoe events, to setting up the banquet, volunteers are needed!
Email JJ Huntley at email@example.com to be part of the volunteer team. Additional local highlights to enhance this year’s Games entertainment include the (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s) John McEuen (PFAC) concert in Pinedale’s Sheppard Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 7:00pm , and a gourmet French Cuisine International dining option offered at White Pine Friday, Feb. 8th. Tickets and reservations apply, www.whitepineski.com.
For lodging and overnight accommodations, check out www.VisitPinedale.org.
Mark your calendars now for a fun-filled weekend of active recreation in gorgeous Pinedale, Wyoming.
Wolf News Roundup 1/13/2019 (posted 1/13/19)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
A hunter shot and killed a wolf in northeastern Montana, about 300 miles from where most of the state’s wolves are known to roam, according to the Associated Press. The 70-pound female wolf was killed on the plains near Glasgow by a landowner with a wolf hunting license.
After completing the last scheduled facilitated meeting with stakeholder representatives on Monday, Jan. 8, ODFW staff are working to finalize a revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. That Plan will be presented to the Commission at its March 15 meeting in Salem for final adoption.
Last year, Commissioners decided to postpone Wolf Plan revisions and conduct additional facilitated outreach in hopes of getting more consensus from stakeholders. Professional facilitator Deb Nudelman with Kearns and West facilitated five meetings with stakeholders from late August 2018 through early January 2019.
While stakeholders representing ranching, hunting and wolf conservation came to agreement on some topics, there was no consensus on several of the most controversial issues including the number of livestock depredations that leads to consideration of lethal removal of wolves when nonlethal deterrents have not worked. Environmental group stakeholders with Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, and Defenders of Wildlife announced late last Friday, Jan. 4 that they would not attend the final meeting.
"We were disappointed these groups left the discussion and we did not have the full stakeholder group present at the final meeting," said Derek Broman, ODFW Carnivore Coordinator. "Since the drafting of the original 2005 plan, stakeholders remain very passionate so consensus is challenging to achieve."
The facilitated process was designed to create a space for stakeholders to negotiate and allow for give and take on all sides," he continued. "We thank all stakeholders for their time and attention at the meetings and for the progress made on several issues, and everyone thanks Kearns and West for their professional facilitating of these meetings."
Stakeholder groups were able to find some consensus on wolf collaring priorities, the desire to increase the use of nonlethal techniques and funding enhanced population modeling. But stakeholders remained divided on lethal take of wolves when they are killing livestock, including the number and time frame of confirmed depredations before lethal control of wolves is considered.
ODFW is responsible for investigating livestock depredations and uses a rigorous, evidence-based process to determining if a wolf or wolves was responsible. A certain number of "confirmed" livestock depredations can lead to consideration of lethal removal of wolves by the department or a landowner. Currently, the Plan allows for consideration of lethal removal after two confirmed depredations within no specific time frame, but ODFW typically authorizes lethal removal after three or more confirmed depredations. In practice, ODFW has denied more lethal removal requests for wolves than it has approved.
Since the first Wolf Conservation and Management Plan was approved in 2005, hunting of wolves has been in the Plan as a potential tool to manage wolf populations. Throughout the current review of the Wolf Plan, no proposals have been made by ODFW to begin hunting wolves. If hunting of wolves were to be proposed by staff in the future, it would have to be approved by the Commission in a public rule-making process.
As Oregon moves forward with revision of its wolf management plan, KTVL in Oregon talks with a rancher who has lost five calves and one livestock guardian dog wolves. Check out the links below for the details.
The Stevens County Commission issued a public safety announcement last week, noting: "Recent citizen reports of wolf activity indicate that several packs have come very close to homes in several areas of Stevens County. These reports have been confirmed by our Sheriff Wildlife Specialist. While there are no reports of any dangerous activity or threatening behavior to persons an abundance of caution makes it prudent to raise the awareness for those people especially in the Orin Rice, Seigel Hill Road, Mingo Mountain, Valley Westside and Crystal Falls areas. "To all of our residents, please be aware and be cautious regarding outside pets, livestock and feed that may be a predator attractant." Wolves are a protected species in this region of Washington.
Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate the state is home to at least 905-944 wolves, living in 238 packs, for an average of 3.8 wolves per pack. Occupied wolf range in the state is estimated at about 24,000 square miles. As part of the state’s monitoring program, state officials live captured 36 wolves. The average weight of 13 live-captured adult males was 84 pounds, and the average weight of adult females was 68 pounds. According to the state’s annual wolf monitoring report, Wisconsin has 34 farms classified as chronic depredation farms.
The National Park Service has told researchers involved in the long-running wolf study on Isle Royale that they may not access the island until after the government shutdown is over, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The wolf project is believed to be the longest-running wolf research project in the world, at more than 60 years. Last fall, the Park Service began translocating mainland wolves onto the island to boost the area’s last two surviving (and severely inbred) wolves, and had planned to release additional wolves this winter. Now the monitoring of the population is on hold.
Montana wolf killed - Associated Press article
Oregon - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Oregon rancher - KTVL.com
Washington warning - Stevens County, Washington website
Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Isle Royale - Duluth News Tribune
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
2019 Big Fish Winter Derby March 2 & 3 (posted 1/13/19)
Ice fishing derby on Fremont Lake March 2 & 3, hosted by the Pinedale Lions Club.
Ice fishing derby on Fremont Lake hosted by the Pinedale Lions Club
Fishermen and women: Mark your calendar! The Pinedale Lions Club will be hosting the 2019 Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3. The two-day fishing event is based out of Lakeside Lodge, four miles from Pinedale, Wyoming.
This year they will have over $7,000 in cash and prizes for the event. There is a $1,000 Grand Prize each day. It pays four places each day. $100 for the biggest fish each hour. $200 for the biggest rainbow and brown each day.
There will be a youth division for anglers under 14 years of age. Youth participants must be fishing with a licensed adult participant. Entries in the Youth division are not eligible for prizes in the Big Fish division.
This event is operating under a special use permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Pinedale Ranger District.
More information to be announced. See links below for additional details.
Pinedale Lions Club
Pinedale Lions Club Facebook page
www.lakesidelodge.com Lakeside Lodge, on Fremont Lake, Pinedale, Wyoming
www.VisitPinedale.org Pinedale area visitor information
Price of postage stamps to go up Jan. 27th (posted 1/10/19)
Forever stamps increasing to $.55 cents each
The United States Postal Service will be adjusting prices for postage on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Some prices will increase, some will decrease. The new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.
The price changes include:
Letters (1 oz.): Current: 50 cents, New Rate: 55 cents
Letters additional ounces: Current: 21 cents, New Rate: 15 cents
Letters (metered 1 oz.): Current: 47 cents, New Rate: 50 cents
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.): Current: $1.15, New Rate: $1.15 (no change)
Domestic Postcards: Current: 35 cents, New Rate: 35 cents (no change)
The proposed domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate price changes are:
Small Flat Rate Box: Current: $7.20, New Rate: $7.90
Medium Flat Rate Box: Current: $13.65, New Rate: $14.35
Large Flat Rate Box: Current: $18.90, New Rate: $19.95
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box: Current: $17.40, New Rate: $18.45
Regular Flat Rate Envelope: Current: $6.70, New Rate: $7.35
Legal Flat Rate Envelope: Current: $7.00, New Rate: $7.65
Padded Flat Rate Envelope: Current: $7.25, New Rate: $8
First-Class Package Service, a lightweight expedited offering used primarily by businesses for fulfillment purposes, will move to zone-based pricing to better align with the cost of service and improve value based on distance. The Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery.
The Postal Service reportedly lost $3.9 billion in 2018, attributing the losses to drops in mail volume and the costs of pensions and health care. It marked the 12th year in a row the agency reported a loss despite growth in package shipping.