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-
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
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
For more about the Sommers Homestead
Living History Museum and Sublette
County Historical Society, visit www.museumofthemountainman.
For more about the Wyoming Cowboy
Hall of Fame, go to www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.
com. See page 3 for additional