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Cowboys and partners forever

It is bittersweet but fitting that when the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2023 inductees, the list includes Dru and Tawny Roberts of Daniel.

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Sublette welcomes UW Extension’s new 4-H educator

Prior to joining UW Extension last month, Bevilacqua taught family and consumer sciences at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisc. She served as an instructor for both career preparation courses and food science classes.

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RANCH Act reintroduced

“Livestock grazing plays a critical role in Wyoming to maintain rangeland health and supporting ranchers’ livelihoods,” said Barrasso. “The RANCH Act promotes robust rangeland for Wyoming’s livestock and creates healthy habitats for Wyoming’s wildlife. This bill will provide critical assistance to ranchers during natural disasters, so they can continue working. It also gives our ranching communities the certainty and stability they need by extending permits and preserving grazing rights.”

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Seed specialist training

“This is an excellent opportunity for Wyoming reclamation and restoration professionals to gain practical knowledge and learn proven practices associated with establishing native plant communities from seed, says Josh Oakleaf, AML project manager and vegetation coordinator for Wyoming DEQ. “Restoring native plant communities can be crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems and promoting biodiversity.”

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Wyoming BLM decision removes 60 percent of wild horses

“The overall goal of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program is to ensure that healthy wild horses and burros thrive on healthy public rangelands,” according to BLM. “This amendment addresses the issues and concerns raised during scoping and will resolve wild horse management conflicts within the planning area while promoting balanced multiple use goals and objectives.”

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Diggin’ this hay!

Feeding loose hay – unbound grass hay mowed down into swathes by horse teams or an old tractor in late summer, then dried and stacked by a crew of strong hands into overstuffed “loaves” for the winter into spring – uses all three techniques.

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Springtime in Hoback Basin – finally!

People ask, “Is the snow dropping in Bondurant?” Yes, thankfully, it is! Or they ask, “Is there still a lot of snow in Bondurant?” and the answer is again, yes, thankfully!

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Pinedale FFA Labor Auction May 5

This year’s auction is coming up on Friday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sublette County School District 1 Boardroom, 665 N. Tyler Ave., in Pinedale.

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Ranchers – Will the new ‘Grassland CRP’ work for you?

The “catch” is that these acres cannot be developed or plowed into new cropland for 10 or 15 years – the federal government is realizing how important these working ranches are to helping keep wildlife habitat on the land.

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The perfect range management tool

Now, what is an STM? In 2011, the USDA stated that STMs describe changes in plant communities and associated dynamic soil properties that can occur on an ecological site. Why is this so important? Well, because it is a visualization of what might be going on in terms of landscape health, on your land, your neighbor’s land, or all our public lands here in Sublette County. A manager could use this tool to make the best management decision for the desired outcome of the ecological site.

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Ready, set, garden!

Dozens of gardeners of all ages and experiences attended from across and beyond Sublette County. For events, news and membership, visit www.sageandsnowgardenclub.org.

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Calf milkshakes on ice

People often wonder why ranchers breed their cows to calve at a time when it is so severely cold. The answer may define an old saying, “On the horns of a dilemma.” The pastures grow hay required for winter feeding, so cattle must be moved off it quickly in the spring so it can grow as lush as possible. In June, the new calves, mothers and bulls drift along a historic 70-mile cattle trail — the Green River Drift — running north into the mountain forests to graze on leased allotments. The calves need a good 30 days of conditioning before they can survive such a long journey. Before they head north, they also have to be rounded up and branded, and given other attention as needed. If the ranchers wait until more comfortable weather for calving, they will lose some of both pasture hay and summer feeding time in the forest. Lastly, the forests are full of hungry grizzly bear and wolf.

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Earth Day – prep for pollinators!

The presentation will follow at 6:30 and will feature herbs and flowers, including many native flowers, that grow well in Sublette County and attract pollinators. Planting and growing instructions will also be shared, including flowers that grow well in containers. A handout will be given to each participant. The public is welcome to attend. This event is a special way to kick off Earth Day celebrations in our community.

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Speak up about new ‘Product of USA’ label

The proposal allows the voluntary “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” claim to be used only on FSIS-regulated products that are derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered, and processed in the United States. FSIS extended the comment period in response to requests from an industry association and a foreign country for more time to form comments on the proposed regulations’ impact.

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Timely dead-animal compost seminars

During each seminar, Caitlin Youngquist with the University of Wyoming Washakie County Extension Office will provide participants with the basics of how to successfully compost whole animals, offal or viscera. DEQ will also discuss solid waste permitting requirements and funding opportunities. In the afternoon participants will gain hands-on experience constructing a compost windrow.

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USDA, others fund big-game corridor mitigation

“Private landowners and Tribal partners provide important habitat for wildlife,” said WYldlife Fund President Chris McBarnes. “We’re proud this new effort can accelerate their stewardship efforts, which keeps working lands working and Wyoming’s proud wildlife heritage intact.”

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Centennial Farm and Ranch applications

Each year, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and its program partners host a celebration to honor these families. More than 300 families have been honored through the program since it was reestablished in 2006. An annual yearbook is published and features the histories and photos of the Centennial families.

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Earth Day – prep for pollinators!

Planting for Pollinators begins on April 20 at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments, courtesy of the Sublette County Library, and a seed swap. Participants are encouraged to bring garden seeds and gardening equipment to swap and share with others – all for free.

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Encourage Wyoming’s native plants

The Governor’s Proclamation says, “Native plants are essential for healthy, diverse and sustainable ecosystems and are critical for cleaning air, filtering water and stabilizing soils.” It states, “Wyoming is home to more than 2,500 native plant species, which include large shade trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and wildflowers. Native plants provide essential food including nectar, pollen, seeds and foliage for native birds, insects and other wildlife in ways that non-native plants cannot.”

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Which eartags will you clip on this year’s calves?

Those who feel strongly about this pending rule can take advantage of this federal reprieve to both read the document and submit comments at https://www.regulations.gov/document/APHIS-2021-0020-0001.

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Ask Flora – March 2023

According to local growers, June 15 is generally considered to be the last frost date for the spring and early to mid-August is when we should start watching the forecast for cold temperatures. Over the past few gardening seasons, Sublette gardens have been fortunate to enjoy 50 to 60 frost-free growing days.

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Snow, sunshine, springtime gardens – and COOL

The USDA’s 60-day comment period, through May 12, on “Voluntary Labeling of FSIS-Regulated Products with U.S.-Origin Claims” opened with March 13 publication in the Federal Register. To read and comment, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/03/13/2023-04815/voluntary-labeling-of-fsis-regulated-products-with-us-origin-claims.

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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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