Celebration, cowboy style

Windy Noble, on behalf of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Dawn Ballou, speaking for the Sublette County Historical Society, thank those who attended the annual barbecue and celebration at the Sommers Ranch on Sunday.

End of season get-together at Sommers Ranch

Several hundred

people made their ways to the Sommers

Ranch on Sunday, Sept. 1, for annual

end-of-season celebration of the summer

and the cowboy way of life. The annual

community barbecue not only gives neigh-

PINEDALE  – The Bridger-Teton National

Forest is making progress on replacement

of 3 bridges in the Pinedale area. Crews

are scheduled to begin work on the Sweeney

and Half Moon bridges on the Half Moon

Lake road in early September.

The Union Pass road and Tosi bridge are

open to vehicle traffic, and the Tosi bridge replacement

is expected to be complete in mid-

September.

Construction crews will soon be mobilizing

to the Half Moon Lake road for the replacement

of the Sweeney and Half Moon

bridges. Both the project manager and Pinedale

Ranger District personnel have been in

contact with local land owners in the area,

with the goal of mitigating access impacts.

The Half Moon Lake road is scheduled to

close for approximately two to three hours

on Sept. 5 to unload and pre-stage the bridge

components. The Half Moon Lake road

below the campground close beginning Sept.

9, when the contractor will begin excavation

at the Sweeney bridge site. Once the new

Sweeney bridge is constructed, the contractor

is scheduled to mobilize to the Half Moon

bridge site on Sept. 16.

As part of the mobilization to the Half

Moon bridge site, the Half Moon Lake road

will be closed at the junction with Skyline

Drive. No access will be permitted through

the construction sites to ensure the safety of

the workers and the public. Full closures of

the Half Moon Lake road are scheduled to

end by Sept. 27.

Hazardous conditions associated with construction

of the new bridge abutments on the

Tosi bridge had forced a closure of the Union

Pass road to through vehicular traffic during

the month of August. Though the road is now

open, travelers can expect to experience short

intermittent closures of up to two hours at the

Tosi bridge. Longer delays will occur when

crews are setting the new bridge deck with a

crane and building the roadway approaches.

The existing bridge will be used for travel

until the new bridge is finalized. Travelers are

urged to use caution as they proceed through

the construction zone, both for their safety

and for the safety of the construction workers.

WYOMING  – The Wyoming Department

of Workforce Services reported

the state’s seasonally adjusted

unemployment rate rose slightly from

3.5 percent in June to 3.6 percent in July.

Wyoming’s unemployment rate was

lower than its July 2018 level of 4.1 percent

and slightly lower than the current

U.S. unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

Sublette County was one eight counties

that saw increases in unemployment.

From July 2018 to July 2019, unemployment

fell in 13 counties, rose in eight

counties, and remained unchanged in

two counties. Unemployment increased

in Campbell (up from 4.1 percent to 5.7

percent), Crook (up from 2.9 percent to

3.6 percent), Sublette (up from 3.6 percent

to 4.1 percent), and Washakie (up

from 3.9 percent to 4.4 percent) counties.

The largest jobless rate decreases

were seen in Converse (down from 3.7

percent to 2.9 percent), Fremont (down

from 5.2 percent to 4.6 percent), and

Natrona (down from 4.4 percent to 3.9

percent) counties.

Most county unemployment rates fell

slightly or stayed the same from June to

July. The largest decreases occurred in

Niobrara (down from 3.3 percent to 2.9

percent), Uinta (down from 4.3 percent

to 4.0 percent), Teton (down from 2.3

percent to 2.0 percent), Natrona (down

from 4.2 percent to 3.9 percent), Goshen

(down from 4.1 percent to 3.8 percent),

and Converse (down from 3.2 percent to

2.9 percent) counties. Unemployment

increased in Campbell County (up from

3.7 percent to 5.7 percent) and Crook

County (up from 3.0 percent to 3.6 percent).

Campbell County had the highest unemployment

rate in July at 5.7 percent. It

was followed by Fremont County at 4.6

percent, Big Horn County at 4.4 percent,

and Washakie County at 4.4 percent. The

lowest unemployment rates were found

in Teton County at 2.0 percent, Niobrara

County at 2.9 percent, and Converse

County at 2.9 percent.

bors a chance to visit and laugh and take a

final tour of the Living History Museum, it

also gives families and friends an opportunity

to honor the men and women inducted

into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Saturday’s good times started with a delicious

roast beef dinner and fixings with

Jared Rogerson performing for the crowd

and desserts awaiting ice cream, then

moved to recognition of those inducted

into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame’s

Class of 2018.

From Region 10, those were Elbert

and Hazel Walker, Charles Noble, Mary

“Mickey” Thoman, Joe Chrisman and Sidney

Skiver. Their inductions took place one

year ago in September at the statewide ceremony

in Casper. On Sept. 22, the Class

of 2019 will be inducted in Casper – Gene

Pearson, Bob Beard, William Carr, Billie

Sherman and Wells Beck. And they and

their families will be honored again locally

at the 2020 fall celebration at Sommers

Ranch.

For more about the Sommers Homestead

Living History Museum and Sublette

County Historical Society, visit www.museumofthemountainman.

com.

For more about the Wyoming Cowboy

Hall of Fame, go to www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.

com. See page 3 for additional

photos.

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