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Appreciation, gratitude – and fewer regrets

On Veterans Day, coworker Robert and editor Cali asked me to help him cover the special ceremonies at Pinedale High School and I thought, sure! First it was taking photos and when I arrived at the Sheppard Auditorium, recording speakers’ comments on my phone. Okay…I did not know this occasion would put me in a position to personally make a comment.

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‘Keeping Wyoming Wyoming’

So far, 16 families have entered 30 conservation easements with WSGLT in Sublette County.

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Sublette ranchers get boost to protect big-game corridors

The pilot is open to producers in Wyoming statewide, with several priority areas where big game migrations are prevalent, especially in Carbon, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater, Fremont and Teton counties.

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Brucellosis suspect cow in Sublette County

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that causes abortion in cattle, elk, and bison and can cause serious illness in humans in the form of undulant fever.

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Timely (and sometimes touchy) ag topics

How do you make some extra money by offering what what you do, seasonally, and educate people about your lifestyle? Whether you grow hay or corn, cattle or horses, there are interesting ideas out there. For some the downside would be that you need to be social and welcoming while you do your chores.

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I cut down my tree, now what?

***Sublette County Conservation Districts’s Planting for Conservation Seedling Tree Program will be accepting seedling tree orders beginning Nov. 1. This year’s availability list can be found on our website, sublettecd.com.

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Morris family – ‘2022 Landowners of the Year’

The DeWitt and Katherine Morris family, which owns Mountains Springs Ranch about 9 miles northeast of Boulder in Sublette County, is one of seven 2022 Landowners of the Year.

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Carvings & Reflections

Members reading on Oct. 14 in the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room shared their personal favorites from the guild’s publications, the most recent being Carvings on the Aspens and Collection of Poems in 2004.

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Water (money), water (money), everywhere

Recently, two very different water programs highlighted millions available to switch from ditches to pipelines, rebuild critical structures such as headgates, expand reservoir capacities or prevent flooding.

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Ag market report: Oct. 4, 2022

Sales take place weekly now.

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Consider winter option of bale-feeding cattle

Bale grazing is placing a certain number of bales out in a field at one time and unwrapping them for a cattle buffet. Bales are usually placed, with enough for your herd, every three days. Labor and time are saved by not unrolling the bales and not feeding every day.

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WWDO’s aging-irrigation meeting Oct. 12

The Wyoming Water Development Office (WWDO) invites all landowners, irrigators, stakeholders, and interested public to attend a project meeting concerning the assessment of critical aging irrigation infrastructure in the area. Recent failures of critical irrigation infrastructure in the State have highlighted the need to discover imminent failures before they occur. This meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room.

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Ag market report: Sept. 27, 2022

Sales take place weekly now.

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Mark your calendars –

• Sublette County 4-H Open House, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 9660 U.S. Highway 191, Pinedale. • Sublette County 4-H Open House, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Marbleton Town Hall, 10700 HWY 189 Marbleton WY 83113.

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Albert Sommers receives national conservation and stewardship award

Upon notification of the award, Sommers told the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, “I have a deep respect for this landscape that I occupy and the wildlife that coexist with it. This landscape has defined who I am and what motivates me as a rancher and legislator. We are on the cusp of change in Wyoming, and I fear that this deep respect for landscape that imbibes in those of us who have lived here for generations will disappear.”

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Ag market report: Sept. 20

This week: 605. Last sale: 466. Last year: 2,020.

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Coalitions appeal Upper Green grazing suit’s dismissal

As the season cools and leaves change colors, hundreds of bulls, cows and calves will begin moving south down the Green River Drift, coming back home before the snow flies.

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2022 Centennial Farm & Ranchers honored

To apply for the 2023 Centennial honor, call the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office at 307-777-7697 or visit https://wyoshpo.wyo.gov and look at “programs.”

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Historic dipping vat restored

Used routinely from 1936 to 1938 during outbreaks of sarcoptic scabies, the strange structure has long protruded into the skyline along Jack Creek Road, a reminder of the quarantines issued for cattle herds by the state veterinarian nearly a century ago, and the physical and financial hardships that followed.

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WSGLT conserves Dunham Ranch easement

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, in partnership with Miller Land Livestock Company, has conserved 2,004 acres of the Dunham Ranch near Big Piney through an agricultural conservation easement.

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Rangeland tools for landowners and land managers

The Sublette County Conservation District has several tools available for landowners and land managers to check out for use on natural resource projects within the county. The process is simple. There is a use agreement, waiver form and proof of insurance that need to be signed and provided for the use of any equipment the SCCD has to offer.

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Rammell's appeal could be derailed by procedure

Another delay slowed the lengthy judicial process of Wyoming veterinarian Rex F. Rammell’s appeal of his brand-inspection law convictions and his separate civil complaint that the state’s brand inspection law is unconstitutional.

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BTNF opens Dell Creek permit request for public input

The Forest Service is reviewing Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s application submitted for a one-year special use permit to continue feeding elk at the Dell Creek Feedground this coming winter.

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New 'micro-farm' insurance option available from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small, organic and specialty farms who sell locally, for example at farmers’ markets.

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Planting for conservation in Sublette County

Fall is here and that means it’s time to think trees! Yep, you heard me right! Sublette County Conservation District (SCCD) would like to remind everyone of our Seedling Tree Program that will be launching Nov. 1, 2021.

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Dell Creek elk feedground permit expired, judge rules

Feeding tons of hay to wild elk wintering around the Dell Creek feedground in Bondurant – to keep them out of privately owned haystacks – might not happen this year due to a Sept. 21 court decision and an apparent Wyoming Game and Fish oversight.

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Drought leads to changes in hay transport

Citing widespread drought, low humidity and high temperatures as factors leading to a shortage of livestock feed in pastures and baled hay, Gov. Mark Gordon signed an emergency executive order Sept. 22 that is valid through Nov. 30.

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AGO enters Rex Rammel's brand-inspection appeal

Rock Springs veterinarian Rex F. Rammell again faces the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, this time in his civil appeal of a judge’s order to allow a deputy’s brand-inspection report and citations as evidence against him.

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Beard introduced into Cowboy Hall

Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Will virtual fencing come to Sublette County?

Many summers of my youth were spent building and fixing fence; now still traversing fence and no longer young, I find myself musing on fencing in the past, present and future.

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Sommers Homestead Open House this weekend

There’s a big hoopla planned for Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Sommers Ranch Homestead Museum outside Pinedale on the Green River.

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MJ Ranch conserves 600 acres of habitat

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, Mark and Renee Jones partnered with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust to place a conservation easement on 600 acres of the MJ Ranch near Boulder.

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A mother, a daughter and a family of horses

When there’s only one thing a child wants very badly, and she can’t have it, year-after-year disappointments lead to early cynicism. Of course this child is a girl, and of course the one thing she wanted desperately more than anything else in the world was a horse.

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The best of Sublette Bred and Raised Market Beef

This year’s Sublette County Bred and Raised Market Beef contest was the largest in years with 61 fluffed and buffed steers and heifers born in the county and raised by dedicated 4-Hers.

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Always ready for the Sublette County Fair

One of the best parts about our Sublette County Fair is how well it targets and celebrates the longtime tradition of not only surviving – but also thriving – with ingenuity, resourcefulness, humor and a strong dash of neighborly cooperation and competition.

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'One Rock At A Time'

The Sublette County Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming, are offering an opportunity right here in in Sublette County to learn how to use natural processes to heal erosion on rangelands.

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Traditions of ranching and family

Some of the floats created for this year’s Chuckwagon Days parade, always on July 4, reflect Sublette County’s traditions of treasuring families and lifestyles.

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Protecting the kings of the sagebrush landscape

Their springtime mating song-and-dance makes the greater sage-grouse rooster an icon of Wyoming.

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Book on Upper Green River makes history

The history book is available at local stores, the Museum of the Mountain Man and other Sublette County Historical Society locations.

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2021 Spring Expo is around the corner

The Sublette County Conservation District is excited to host its fourth Spring Expo on June 19 at the Sublette County Ice Arena!

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Maggie Miller - 2021 Ranch Woman of the Year

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles

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Susan Hoffman - 2021 Lifetime Membership Award

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles

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Glenn Millard - 2021 Friend of Agriculture

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles.

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John J Chrisman - 2021 Lifetime Membership

Green River Valley Cattlemen's Association

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Federal policy could undermine state's cattle ID legislation

The policy may erode a recent victory by Wyoming’s ranching industry that earned them more autonomy over tracking their animals, and industry groups are watching developments closely.

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Ranchers honored for stewardship

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has proclaimed July 14 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. Gov. Gordon signed the proclamation on April 28 in Cheyenne.

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Secrets of the Sagebrush Sea

Did you know that the Sublette County Conservation District has partnered with Sublette BOCES to present Conservation Conversations again this year? Well, its true!

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Oh dear, oh deer – oh dear

I imagine, like me, most people who have hit a deer or antelope, elk or moose, tell themselves it will never happen again.

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Gardeners asked to take part in new "Give A Little Extra" project

Instead of reinventing the wheel, this collaboration utilizes existing resources to create a sustainable solution to hunger.

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Wyoming, R-CALF work against required RFID tags in court

Several weeks ago, the ongoing lawsuit against the USDA’s attempt to replace a final rule for traditional livestock identification with electronic eartags scored “an important win” outside the courtroom.

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BLM opens comment portion on wild horse gathers

Public input is valuable during any analysis.

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Changing of the guard at SCCD

The Sublette County Conservation District recently had our long-term employee Sno Ann Engler retire after 16 years of service to the conservation district and the citizens of Sublette County.

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Celebrate ranchers, farmers on National Ag Day

In today’s world, people are more connected to information than they have ever been before.

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G&F's Turnbull transferred to Sheridan

Turnbull worked in Sublette County for 15 years.

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Cowbelles, GRVCA 'social' set for May 22

A smaller but very cheerful group – some on Zoom – of the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen celebrated spring with its annual meeting on Saturday, March 6, at Marbleton Town Hall.

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Rammell's jury trial set for April 28

On Feb. 17, Dr. Rex F. Rammell’s pretrial videoconference went in two diverging directions.

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Ufford: Whiskey for my friends, tears for my horses

A midday phone call, not unusual in and of itself – but another sad one.

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G&F Commission to get elk feedground update

Public input to be considered at upcoming meeting.

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Local ranch family conserves more historic land

Longtime Bar Bar E ranching family conserves another 736 acres.

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