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Arsenic and Old Lace. Photo by Terry Allen.
Don't drink that! The Pinedale High School Drama Department put on a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace March 12th & 13th. Click on this link for more pictures: Arsenic and Old Lace Photo by Terry Allen.
Tie him up! Photo by Terry Allen.
Tie him up! Click on this link for more pictures from the Pinedale High School play: Arsenic and Old Lace Photo by Terry Allen.
Marry me quick! Photo by Terry Allen.
Marry me quick! Click on this link for more pictures from the Pinedale High School production of the play: Arsenic and Old Lace Photo by Terry Allen.
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The Pinedale High School Drama Department put on a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace March 12th & 13th. Photo by Terry Allen.
The Pinedale High School Drama Department put on a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace March 12th & 13th. Photo by Terry Allen.
Arsenic and Old Lace (posted 3/15/18)
A Pinedale High School Play
Terry Allen
On Monday March 12, 2018 at 1:30 in the afternoon, The Pinedale High School Drama Department put on a matinee performance of Arsenic and Old Lace (also evening performances on the 12th & 13th… remember those numbers).

Mr. Smith, Mr. Allen and all the student actors, makeup artists, and stage managers kindly agreed to let me stage a lot of my photos before the play began. Because of this, they may not be in their actual costumes or full makeup in all the photographs. In fact, for all three performances, the actors played different roles.

On Monday noon, a young woman might be the starring love interest and in the evening she might be in the role of a policewoman…and so on. I also wanted to illustrate the part our imaginations play, by showing what is behind various stage doors, etc., like the door to the cellar where the bodies are buried.

Speaking of bodies…
Two sweet old Aunties live well in a stately Victorian home next door to a graveyard. On Sundays they place flowers on some of the graves. On the other side of the graveyard is a grand old church administered by a respected man of the cloth. Life appears to have gone well for them.

The Aunties adopted and raised their nephew Mortimer, who became a successful bachelor and a big time New York drama critic. In the afternoon or evenings, the Aunties might entertain friends…or lonely old widowers…with tea, or their own very special elderberry wine.

Mortimer has an adorable girlfriend who he has no intention of marrying. The part is cast and played so well I’m sure everyone in the audience wonders what’s wrong with Mortimer. From that point on, we are introduced to oddity after family oddity. Mortimer’s uncle Teddy also lives in the home and he is either rambunctiously pulling out his saber and charging up San Juan Hill (stairs) or descending into the cellar to dig the Panama Canal. Yes, Teddy thinks he is Roosevelt before he became The Prez.

Mortimer takes a breather on the window seat to contemplate life and for some reason opens it…and finds a body inside. This sends him into a frantic state that lasts throughout the play…but it just gets worse. He confronts the Aunties and they are matter of fact about it, rationalize it; and Teddy comes and drags the body off to the Panama Canal.

Mortimer takes stock and realizes there are 3 crazies to his 1 in his family. That is when his long lost brother appears. Jonathan had disappeared into a bad life years earlier and Mortimer had been happy he’d gone away. Unfortunately, Jonathan came back with his own "personal" doctor who was also a plastic surgeon who kept changing Jonathan’s appearance…using the faces of people he killed to stay one step ahead of the law. Now, it was 4 crazies to 1, and Mortimer appears to think he has the same insane murder gene and his own crime spree is just around the corner…so he suddenly insists on immediately getting married to the innocent Elaine… presumably before she finds out he is crazy and won’t.

He also recognizes the medicinal value of alcohol and decides it’s time he starts drinking… the very special elderberry wine. When the Aunties won’t let him drink and he learns the reason why is the 12 bodies buried in the cellar (who’s wealth presumably supports his family), he decides to invest in a cover up, a compassionate framing of his Uncle Teddy… and maybe a murder of his own… before going off on his honeymoon.

I won’t be a spoiler and tell you all the ending. Our library has the Movie starring Cary Grant.

I don’t know why no one has done a musical version of this play before. I have found myself making up and singing the most delightful little murder ballad. Next time you see me, ask me to sing you the tune… and you can try my delicious elderberry wine, too.

Terry Allen:

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The Utah Shakespeare Festival Company will perform The Tempest on Thursday, March 22 in the Sheppard Auditorium in Pinedale. Pinedale Fine Arts Council presentation.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival Company will perform The Tempest on Thursday, March 22 in the Sheppard Auditorium in Pinedale. Pinedale Fine Arts Council presentation.
PFAC presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest March 22 (posted 3/15/18)
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheppard (Pinedale) Auditorium. The play will be performed in its entirety by The Utah Shakespeare Festival Company.

Teeming with fairies, monsters, shipwrecks, and magic, The Tempest is Shakespeare's last and most mature romance. The deposed Duke Prospero and his lovely daughter, Miranda, are shipwrecked on a small island where nothing is quite as it seems. But as they separate fantasy from authenticity, they eventually discover a "brave new world" of love, harmony, and redemption.

Considered one of the premiere Shakespeare companies in the world, The Utah Shakespeare Festival Company presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as their cornerstone.

The Tempest performance is part of Utah Shakespeare’s Education Company which, in addition to the evening performance, will perform an abridged version of The Tempest in both the Pinedale and Big Piney Schools.

Tickets for The Tempest are available online at and at Pine Coffee Supply, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlets, The Big Piney Library and at the door the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students / $2 extra at the door.

The Tempest live in Pinedale is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art, Sublette BOCES #1, Western Sublette BOCES #9, the Sublette County Recreation Board, the Wyoming Community Foundation - Sublette, Tegeler & Associates, Ultra, Andeavor, and Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.

For more information please visit or call 307-367-7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook!

Public Meeting scheduled for Porcupine Landslide March 14 (posted 3/14/18)
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest will hold a public meeting to answer questions on the Porcupine landslide which is affecting the Greys River Road, (FS Road 10138). The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Alpine Civic Center located at 121 US-89, in Alpine, Wyoming.

The landslide occurred on February 8, 2018 approximately 17-miles up the Greys River Road near Alpine, Wyoming. The quarter-mile long landslide has buckled the road and created large crevices and undulations. It has constricted portions of the Wild and Scenic Greys River where the earthen debris has reached the river and some pooling and backing up of water is occurring in the flood plain. A closure order is in place for the 17-mile corridor from Alpine to the landslide area.

Greys River corridor closed for public safety (posted 3/14/18)
Landslide slumping into the Greys River
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest has closed the Greys River Road (FS Road 10138) to all activity until further notice, from the parking lot in Alpine, Wyoming through the Porcupine Road as a result of the Porcupine Landslide which began in February, 2018.

"We have finished analyzing the modeling that has been completed on a potential flooding scenario," said Greys River District Ranger Justin Laycock. "While the model shows that the flooding risk to homes or property in Alpine, Wyoming is considered 'low' and limited to two structures, the risks in the corridor itself are much different," he explained. "The model looked at a 40-foot high natural dam completely occluding the Greys River. In the model, if the dam was to back up water to the point it breeched the natural dam or the natural dam gave way, the low lying areas of the Greys River corridor could experience up to a 10-foot wall of water," he said. "Given the uncertainty of when or if the scenario could take place, and the fact that the ability to notify and clear the acres of affected area in the modeled scenario would take longer than the 4 hours we would have to act, we must close the area to human presence until the situation stabilizes," he said.

The landslide is a quarter of a mile wide and is still slumping towards the Greys River. The Forest worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on modeling the flood scenario should the landslide create a natural dam in the Greys River. "The predicted rain and warm up that is characteristic of the beginning of spring runoff has reached one of our established trigger points and is the reason for my decision to close the corridor immediately" Laycock said.

With the closure order, two of the Forest's Guard Stations which are usually available to rent, the McCain and Deer Creek Guard Stations, will be unavailable for reservations until further notice.

Although the Alpine access and the Greys River Corridor is closed through Porcupine Road, visitors still may access the Forest beyond the closure by three other routes.
(1) either by the Smith’s Fork, Forest Service Road 10072, road located South of Afton or
(2) through forest service access from Big Piney, WY (proceed to Ryegrass Junction to Forest Service Road 10125, also known as N. Cottonwood, then over McDougal Gap to Greys River Road) and
(3) The La Barge Road accessed from the town of La Barge, Wyoming.

"There is quite a bit of country still open and accessible upstream of the landslide but the area downstream is going to remain closed until further notice," he said.

For more information, visit the Forest Website at For additional information, contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest at (307) 739-5500.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest will hold a public meeting to answer questions on the Porcupine landslide which is affecting the Greys River Road, (FS Road 10138). The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Alpine Civic Center located at 121 US-89, in Alpine, Wyoming.

Fall hunt season meetings in Thayne, Jackson and Pinedale (posted 3/14/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department invites the public to participate in the 2018 big game season setting process. This year's regional season setting public meetings will be held in Thayne, Jackson and Pinedale.

Local Game and Fish biologists and wardens will be at all meetings to discuss big game population data collected this winter and any resulting season changes being proposed for next fall. Local wildlife managers say they are likely to be proposing big game hunting seasons similar to last year in most cases. Wildlife managers also will be available to discuss small game, game birds and waterfowl seasons.

This year, the Jackson will meeting will also be an open-house style meeting as managers believe it to be a more productive format. "Often attendees are only interested in a certain few hunting seasons and an open house style format allows them to discuss those with us without having to sit through presentations on all the other seasons," said Jackson Region Wildlife Supervisor, Brad Hovinga. "We just feel it will be a better use of everyone’s time."

The public is encouraged to attend one of the public meetings held in each Game and Fish region to discuss the proposals.
Wednesday, March 21: 6PM, Thayne, Elementary School
Thursday, March 22: 6PM, Jackson, Teton County Library
Thursday, March 22: 6PM, Pinedale, Game and Fish Regional Office

To accommodate those who can’t attend a meeting in person, online commenting forms and other related information can be found under the public meetings tab at: Written comments may be submitted at the meetings, online or mailed to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Written comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. April 4, 2018 and are provided to field personnel and the Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners prior to their April 24-25 meeting in Lander.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring additional or auxiliary aids should contact the Jackson Region office at 307-733-2321 or the Pinedale Region office at 307-367-4353. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.

1st Annual Winter Golf Tournament. Photo by Terry Allen.
1st Annual Winter Golf Tournament. Photo by Terry Allen.
1st Annual Winter Golf Tournament (posted 3/13/18)
Lions Club and Children's Discovery Center
Terry Allen
I’d heard of orange golf balls being used on snowy courses in the winter, but didn’t know the players were going to use bright yellow tennis balls for The Lions Club, and Children’s Discovery Center 1st Annual Winter Golf Tournament Fundraiser held Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The first thing I did when I walked into the clubhouse of Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course was go over to the bar to talk to some of the competitors getting fueled up. Lisa the bartender said Bloody Marys were the official drink of the tournament and she also wondered if I knew they were named after Mary, Queen of Scots? Okay, golf and Scotland go together well. Amy was sipping and listening and told me Mary was really English and the reason for the Bloody Mary name was because she didn’t give the King a male child so she was beheaded…which does sound pretty bloody. But, before she was beheaded, she was imprisoned in a Scottish castle for 19 years for plotting against the throne. During those 19 years, she invented espionage and was responsible for spilling the blood of a few others.

Mindi and Allison got everyone’s attention and recited some rules, and Mike Harker said, "Baby, let’s do it" and everyone grabbed their sleds full of balls, clubs and beers and pulled them out the doors and to four different starting T’s. There was a stiff crosswind of about 20 mph and pretty much everyone sliced dramatically right, except when the wind stopped abruptly during someone’s wind compensated swing and they hooked it into the next county. It was sort of like surprising a club carrying covey of Quail…they just scattered everywhere. Allison seemed to find a solid technique for the day. "I’m feeling pretty solid with my 5 iron," she said. "I’m hitting a pretty consistent Ice Worm Burner."
Monte used his Snow Wedge and dropped his ball right onto the Tan #4 Green.

I followed some Quail into the Warming Hut or as Jeff call’s it…The Dog House. There folks could get warm and replenish their refreshment stocks and listen to a few of Jeff’s 18,000 jokes. Jeff’s phone buzzed and he said it was from Mindi and she said I was missing a shot out on the course. I stuck my head out the flap and sure enough, Troy, Ray, Fred and Jeff were all stuck in a Snow Trap smoking Eastwood’s and dancing to Reggae.

I watched Julie swing away on her new Titanium and Porcelain hip and she said she was feeling no pain. Seemingly out of nowhere, her son Aaron ran up to a tennis ball and did what I learned later is called a Happy Gilmore. It’s like a game of golf where the rules say you can’t stop…you just have to keep moving. It’s a fast version of the game. While my mouth was still hanging open, someone said we were 100 yards away from BBQ beef sandwiches.

During the eating, prizes were awarded. The Eastwood’s won, but someone won a bottle of Cowboy Country Vodka, someone else won 3 bottles of wine, and someone won Arnie Brokling’s amazing Pine Creek photograph with the special $100 frame, and there were more donated prizes awarded.

Lined up outside were Limousines and Chauffeur’s…or as we say around here: pickup’s and designated drivers.

On the serious side of things, here are a few words from my sponsors: Mindi Crabb and Allison Long:

I asked Mindi Crabb where the idea for the tournament came from. "So the golf tournament was actually my idea as a fundraiser for the Lions Club, but we needed Allison’s golf and tournament planning expertise so decided to make it a partnership. I had seen an article in our national Lions magazine about a club in Minnesota that did an ice golf tourney and thought it might work for us. I have since heard of a Lions Club in Walden, CO that does an ice golf tourney that fills all the motels in the area and that is my goal for our future! Our local Pinedale Lions Club has been donating to all four of the major childcare facilities for a number of years; early childhood education is one of our focus areas and we know that it is impossible for them to make it on tuition alone. We also do what we can to encourage business in our community, so this event could develop into a huge win-win for everyone!"

I might be the only person in the county that didn't know The Children's Discovery Center also puts on a golf tournament fundraiser every summer, but Allsion straightened me out. "This was our first year putting on this Winter Golf Tournament. We were thankful to partner with the Lion's Club of Pinedale for this fun event. We were all a little unsure of how it would turn out, but with the help of the Lion's members, we were able to set the course and host a great tournament! We were thankful to also have Mike Looney groom our course; he really takes pride in his grooming. Next year we hope to have more teams, and make this a fun community event (even for non-golfers) by doing a costume contest. We look forward to doing it next year!"

"The Children's Discovery Center serves 41 families, 26 kids on average daily, along with 5 amazing teachers, and myself. We strive to host events that are community related, and to spread the word on how important it is to support early childhood education. Our school believes that nature is an integral, joyful part of learning and with these funds, we will be able to improve and sustain our school and its mission."

Terry Allen:
If you'd like to buy some photos, I give half the money to the Lions and Children's Discovery Center.

Click on this link for more pictures: 1st Annual Winter Golf Tournament

Related Links: Children’s Discovery Center, Pinedale, Wyoming
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First bear sightings of the year in Yellowstone National Park (posted 3/13/18)
National Park Service
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYOMING - The first grizzly bear sightings of 2018 occurred in Yellowstone National Park last week. On Tuesday, March 6, staff observed an 11-year-old male grizzly bear wearing a radio collar in the west-central part of the park. On Wednesday, March 7, employees reported seeing a grizzly bear in the east-central part of the park.

Male grizzlies come out of hibernation in mid-to-late March. Females with cubs emerge later, in April to early May. When bears emerge from hibernation, they look for food and often feed on elk and bison that died over the winter. Sometimes, bears will react aggressively while feeding on carcasses.

All of Yellowstone National Park is bear country: from the deepest backcountry to the boardwalks around Old Faithful. Your safety cannot be guaranteed, but you can play an active role in protecting yourself and the bears people come here to enjoy by following these guidelines:
• Prepare for a bear encounter.
• Carry bear spray, know how to use it, and make sure it’s accessible.
• Stay alert.
• Hike or ski in groups of three or more, stay on maintained trails, and make noise. Avoid hiking at dusk, dawn, or at night.
• Do not run if you encounter a bear.
• Stay 100 yards away from black and grizzly bears. Use binoculars, a telescope, or telephoto lens to get a closer look.
• Store food, garbage, barbecue grills, and other attractants in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes.
• Report bear sightings and encounters to a park ranger immediately.
• Learn more about bear safety (

"Many Yellowstone visitors are deeply passionate about the conservation of park bears," says Kerry Gunther, the park’s bear management specialist. "Reducing human-bear conflicts by preventing bears from obtaining food and garbage, hiking in groups of three or more people, carrying bear spray, and making noise in blind spots on the trail are the best way for visitors to protect bears while recreating in the park."

While firearms are allowed in the park, the discharge of a firearm by visitors is a violation of park regulations. Bear spray has proven effective in deterring bears defending cubs and food sources. It can also reduce the number of bears killed by people in self-defense.

Sheriff’s Office warns of two phone scams in circulation (posted 3/13/18)
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued an advisory Tuesday warning about two scams currently circulating.

Sheriff Mike Lowell said Sweetwater County residents are receiving telephone calls from swindlers soliciting donations who claim to be working on behalf of "local law enforcement donations." The calls are from Arkansas area code.

"These calls are bogus; no one from the Sheriff’s Office is making calls to solicit funds, and never will," said Lowell. "What these callers are after is your credit card information."

The second swindle involves callers using an 800 number claiming to be from the phone service provider Verizon, who tell their intended victim that "their phone is in jeopardy" and waste no time in requesting personal and financial information in order to solve the non-existent "problem."

Officials emphasize that you should NEVER provide such a caller with any personal or financial information.

For more information on this and many other fraud schemes, law enforcement officials recommend the FBI website at

Grizzly Bear hunt proposed (posted 3/11/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish Department
A draft of a new regulation is out for public comment. The regulation is for grizzly bear hunting seasons and adds to an existing regulation that was passed in 2017 to establish grizzly bear management regulations. The comment period will also include a number of public meetings across the state and a final recommendation will be presented to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission at a public meeting on May 23, 2018 in Lander.

The Commission directed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to draft this regulation after a series of public meetings this fall and winter when people had the chance to talk about all components of Wyoming’s Grizzly Bear Management Plan, which includes research, education, population monitoring, conflict management and hunting.

The new draft regulation is available for review online now and comments can be submitted at meetings, online or by mail at:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Hunting Season/Regulation Comments
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604

Comments are being taken through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website where all meetings and hunting season and regulation proposals are also posted. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. April 30, 2018.

"This draft was shaped by public input we received this fall and winter and the best available science. It contains proposed regulations that would ensure Wyoming will meet its commitment to manage for a healthy and viable population of grizzly bears inside the demographic monitoring area in northwest Wyoming," said Brian Nesvik the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s chief game warden and chief of the wildlife division. "We believe this proposal reflects the public support for using hunting as a component of grizzly bear management and has many provisions that will recognize this opportunity and keep the grizzly bear population recovered for generations to come." He added that management for the other three large carnivores in Wyoming (mountain lions, gray wolves and black bears) contains an element of hunting.

The draft quota inside the demographic monitoring area, which is the area experts deemed as suitable habitat is 12 bears with a very conservative 2 bear female sub-quota. Allowable mortality limits are developed using a pre-set formula outlined in a cooperative agreement between the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Input the public suggested this winter in this proposal includes mandatory education for grizzly bear hunters, hunt areas and regulations to direct harvest to areas with higher potential for grizzly bear/human conflicts, a closed portion of a hunt area next to Grand Teton National Park to support the wildlife viewing tourism economy and a prohibition against hunting grizzly bears near highways.

The cost of grizzly bear licenses was previously set in law by the Wyoming Legislature.

Date Time City/Town Location
March 22, 2018: 6:00 PM Casper Game and Fish Office
March 27, 2018: 6:00 PM Dubois Headwaters Arts & Conference Center
April 2, 2018: 7:00 PM Sheridan Game and Fish Office
April 2, 2018: 6:00 PM Laramie UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center
April 3, 2018: 6:00 PM Green River Game and Fish Office
April 10, 2018: 6:00 PM Cody Holiday Inn
April 12, 2018: 6:00 PM Pinedale Game and Fish Office
April 17, 2018: 6:00 PM Jackson National Museum of Wildlife Art

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Grizzly bear regulation details - Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Wyoming State Science Fair Winners (posted 3/9/18)
Sublette County School District #1
The Wyoming State Science Fair was held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming March 4-6, 2018.

(Winners from Pinedale)
Senior Division:
1st Place Engineering Science : Nicholas Primanis-Erickson, Pinedale High School, "Polarized Headlamps: A Novel Solution to Nighttime Snow Blindness Affecting Human Drivers and Autonomous Vehicles"
Special Awards:
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronauts
University of Wyoming English Department
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist: Nicholas Primanis-Erickson
Nick will be representing Wyoming at the 2018 International Science Fair (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-18, 2018)

Junior Division:
Animal & Plant Sciences
2nd place: Claire & Zane Hayward, Pinedale Middle School, "Trail of Deers"
3rd place: Katie LaBuda & Alena Mika, Pinedale Middle School, "A Furry Felony"

Behavioral & Social Sciences
2nd place: Riley Mason, Pinedale Middle School, "Are You Scared?"

Biomedical & Health Sciences
2nd place: Cody Phelps & Colton Gehlhausen, Pinedale Middle School, "The Truth is Shocking"

3rd place: Allison Gregory, Pinedale Middle School, "Dissolving Doses"

Earth & Environmental Sciences
3rd place: Janae Arne & Emmaline Vrska, Pinedale Middle School, "A Heap of Heat"

Engineering Mechanics /Material Science
2nd place: Max Shaw, Pinedale Middle School, "Beewarm"

2nd place: Sara Kunard & Mandy Majhanovich, "A Bite into Bacteria"

Special Awards:
Broadcom Masters Nomination: Cody Phelps & Colton Gehlhausen
Laramie River Conservation District: Max Shaw
NOAA- Pulse of the Planet: Janae Arne & Emmaline Vrska
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UW Department of Mathematics and Statistics: Riley Mason
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Ladies in the community were invited to Wind River Brewing for a tour of the brewing facility in celebration of National Women's Day.
Ladies in the community were invited to Wind River Brewing for a tour of the brewing facility in celebration of National Women's Day.
Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day (posted 3/8/18)
Hosted by Wind River Brewing
Terry Allen
To celebrate International Women's Day, Beer Brewer Emily Johnston and the Wind River Brewing in Pinedale invited members of the community to a tour and tasting Thursday at noon, on March 8, 2018.

Emily was in Italy studying wine making when she decided beer making might satisfy her creative side more. For about five years since then she has been brewing beer in Colorado and Montana. Emily explained the specific ingredients that go into various beers and then explained the very complicated, yet creative process to turn them into a good beer.

We all passed around the bottle that contained this year’s hops blend made especially for this year’s Pink Boots Collaboration Brew, and everyone of us was amazed at the heady and delicious aroma. The hops varieties include Palisade®, Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Citra® and Loral®. She just started the process and expects the special beer to be ready to drink in about a month; so keep your ear the ground.

As we drank Blond Ale paired with salsa and chips, artichoke and spinach dip, and a hummus dip, I did a survey of some of the women in attendance and was surprised so many preferred a little stronger beer than I would have expected. Emily likes IPA, Caitlin Tan likes the Weizen, Tiffany Biffle likes the IPA, while Liz Biffle likes the Blond Ale. Shaunna Bennett really likes a dark Stout.

I did some research and discovered that until the industrial age of the mid-1800's men the world over were the brewers in all societies. Somehow that imbalance continued until the 1970's when a handful of women jumped into the business. There is still resistance to women brewers in some corners, but women such as Jill Vaughn and Rebecca Reid have been successful at becoming top brewmasters at Anheuser-Busch, where they developed brands such as Bud Light Platinum, Shock Top and the Straw-Ber-Rita. In 2013, Sara Barton, owner and director of Brewster's Brewery, won the Brewer of the Year award.

Sometimes we wonder when a polite time to leave a party is. Well, I overheard a group of women coming up with some blushingly creative names for the beer that will be coming out in 30 days. I could tell they were having a little fun turning up the shades of red in my cheeks, so I decided to make a graceful exit and let them close out this International Women's Day event among themselves.

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Sign up to receive emergency alerts in Sublette County
Sign up to receive emergency alerts in Sublette County
Don’t miss out on Sublette emergency alerts (posted 3/8/18)
Joy Ufford, Sublette Examiner
Sublette County residents who want timely notices about bad weather, fire dangers, evacuations, pipeline explosions, tornadoes or any number of warnings and alerts can sign up for electronic notifications through the county.

However, late at night on Feb. 23, many in the Bondurant area were unaware an armed man being chased by a Sublette County deputy had jumped from his crashed vehicle near Black Powder Ranch and run into the subzero night.

With the man on the loose, the county’s public alert system was set into motion by Sublette County law enforcement and emergency management to warn nearby residents along Highway 191 of his escape.

Some people got the message – and some didn’t.

A number of people living in Bondurant were asked the next day if and when they found out about the late-night search. Several were alerted by Sublette County emergency Management’s Facebook page post or by friends who called or texted them right away.

Some found out the next day as word spread among neighbors, with those unaware of the search wondering why they weren’t notified.

In fact, the county used its AlertSense communication system on the night of Feb. 23, making "reverse 911" calls to landlines and more commonly, electronic notifications to enrolled cell phones, landlines, computers and handheld devices.

AlertSense is free, easy to access and available at, where a click on "Sign up for Emergency Alerts" takes a person to the Citizen Emergency Notification System enrollment page.
"This service…allows fire, police and other emergency response agencies to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of events such as need for immediate evacuation, crime/imminent danger, and local area emergencies," it states.

Since many households have phased out traditional land-lines, the county "urges" Sublette residents and businesses to register their cell phone numbers with AlertSense, sign up for a variety of contact methods and choose which alerts to receive, from missing persons to dust storms.

Sheriff K.C. Lehr explained how AlertSense, with the caller ID of 307-200-4366 worked that night.

"We can draw an area to alert a specific areas without sending it out countywide," he said. "As was the case with the fugitive at the head of the (Hoback) canyon. We wanted to alert those living in and around the Black Powder Ranch and extended it to the Bondurant post office. We didn’t feel it necessary to warn all those living in the Hoback Ranches as it was too far for this guy to get to on foot and we had established a perimeter."

Sublette County emergency Management’s Jim Mitchell tends to AlertSense, as do dispatchers taking emergency calls. They can immediately pull up a county map, zoom into a location and type up an alert, he explained in the Tip Top Search and Rescue’s war room.

Mitchell showed perimeters and parameters are determined for the most effective alerts and warnings in a short time.

"For the Bondurant fugitive, we built in a 1-mile buffer," Mitchell said. "We knew he was on foot and it was really cold, so we knew he wouldn’t get far."

Around 10:50 p.m., the reverse 911 alerts went to nearby homes with landlines, a confidential feature provided by CenturyLink, Mitchell said. Then he helped the dispatcher by issuing the computerized notice to those with Internet and cell phones in the immediate vicinity.

Only 554 people in Sublette County are signed up for AlertSense, which means the general public isn’t so well prepared for emergencies.

To enroll, go to and click on "Sign Up for Emergency Alerts."


Related Links: Sublette Examiner newspaper, publishes weekly on Tuesdays

Clifford P. Hansen Memorial Scholarship available to Wyoming college students (posted 3/8/18)
$1000 Cash Scholarship recognizes an outstanding student majoring in agriculture or natural resources in Wyoming
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
The Clifford P. Hansen Memorial Scholarship is in remembrance of Clifford Hansen, who was known as a Teton county rancher, Past President of Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Governor of Wyoming and a U.S. Senator. The Memorial Scholarship was established through contributions received in memory of Senator Hansen and other departed WSGA leaders. It recognizes an outstanding college student pursuing an education related to Wyoming’s agriculture or natural resources. WSGA believes that continuing education is an important asset for youth and we are proud to announce that 2018 marks the fourth year of awarding the scholarship. The $1,000 cash scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year and sent to the scholarship winner in the Fall of 2018 semester.

"The Hansen Memorial Scholarship serves as a reminder of the dedicated leadership provided to WSGA and to the State of Wyoming by past and current leaders of our industry," Stated Executive Vice President, Jim Magagna.

To be eligible, students, parents or guardian must be a member in good standing of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. The applicant must be a sophomore, junior or senior for the Fall semester of 2018 or a senior who is graduating in the fall of 2018 and has been accepted into graduate school for the spring 2019 semester. The student must be enrolled full-time at the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Community College, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and be majoring in agriculture or a natural resource related field.

To apply for this scholarship, the applicant must submit an official transcript and essay of 500 words or less addressing the following questions:

What have you gained from your college experience?
What leadership roles have you acquired since starting college?
How have those leadership roles influenced you?
How do your post-college plans involve agriculture or natural resources?
What characteristics distinguish you as deserving this scholarship?

All applications will be due Friday, April 6, 2018 to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or to The winner will be approved by the WSGA trustees based on a recommendation from the WSGA Executive Committee. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2018 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in Riverton, Wyoming, June 6th – 9th.

Since 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has served the livestock business and families of Wyoming by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. We promote the role of the cattle industry in resource stewardship, animal care and the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious beef. Learn more at or call 307-638-3942.

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