LaBarge hosting rodeo and parade in June


The LaBarge Lil’ Buckaroo

Rodeo and Fourth of July Parade is coming

up on Saturday, June 29.

The parade theme this year is “Independence

Day the Wyoming Way.” The lineup for the

floats begins at 9 a.m. on Fifth Avenue, followed

by the parade down Main Street at 10

a.m. To enter a float in the parade, contact

Jenny Brandy at 307-388-0198.

The Lil’ Buckaroo Rodeo is celebrating

its sixth year as one of the largest youth rodeos

in the area. All contestants who enter

WYOMING  – Springtime photographers,

drone pilots, pet owners and people

enjoying the outdoors should still give wildlife

space this spring. Getting too close to

animals can stress them, especially just after

winter when they are still low on fat reserves

and working to conserve energy.

“Spring is a great time to photograph

wildlife, take your dog for a hike and enjoy

the outdoors, but be respectful of the wildlife

and give them distance to avoid disturbing

them,” said John Lund, Pindale wildlife supervisor.

Getting too close to wildlife can add an

extra level of stress that can impact their

health. Spring is a critical time of year and

even minor disturbances can be significant.

Keep in mind that you are in their home or

territory and that if you get too close, you

will be perceived as threatening. A rewarding

viewing experience is one where the observers

get to see the wildlife, going about their

natural activities, without being disturbed.

“Flying drones too low, creeping too close

for photos, allowing your dog to run free or

coming up on animals when hiking can cause

a reaction from wildlife,” said Lund.

Lund recommends a common-sense strategy.

“You want to be sure that your presence

doesn’t change their behavior. Animals getting

up from their daybed and moving or running

can be extra strain they don’t need. If

you notice this, you’re too close,” said Lund.

Flying closely to wildlife with drones or

chasing an animal to get a better photo can

dangerous to humans or allowing your dog to

chase big game may be considered wildlife

harassment, which is a violation of Wyoming

law.

“We want all people to have a chance

to experience the outdoors and get a great

photo,” said Lund, “But we want you and the

wildlife both to be safe.”

PINEDALE  – Wyoming Department

of Transportation officials invite the public

to its planning meeting in Pinedale on

Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

WYDOT staff will look at the six-year

approved State Transportation Improvement

Program for Sublette County’s future

projects and issues with the public

and welcome comments, according to

spokesperson Stephanie Harsha.

The meeting will take place at the

Sublette County School District Administration

Building, at 665 N. Tyler Ave.

in Pinedale.

“Capital improvement projects are revised

and confirmed through input from

engineering studies, WYDOT officials,

the Transportation Commission and

through public communication at STIP

meetings,” Harsha said Thursday.

“The purpose of this meeting is to

collect feedback and public comment on

current and future projects in the Pinedale

area. There will be information at

the meeting about projects and issues in

Sublette County, as well as projects that

are planned district-wide.”

She said public feedback is “valuable

when planning and coordinating highway

projects.”

WYDOT will also share information

on available funding programs for local

government projects.

Harsha said WYDOT has a new online

statewide map of STIP projects

slated with simple access to details and

to submit comments. Look under “STIP

Public Comment Map” on WYDOT’s

Planning page at http://www.dot.state.

wy.us/STIP.

Jennifer Brandt photo

One of the belt buckles awarded to

the first-place champions in each

category at the LaBarge Lil’ Buckaroo

Rodeo. The buckles are donated

A bucking bronco takes a competitor for a ride at the 2018 LaBarge Lil’ Buckaroo Rodeo. Sasa Starkjohann photo by SOS Well Services.

LaBarge hosting rodeo and parade in June

will receive a T-shirt, and the first-place

winners in each category take home a belt

buckle.

The action is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

at the LaBarge rodeo ground past the town

park on Main Street. For rodeo entry forms,

contact Ashley Farenbaugh at 307-231-

0891.

Parade and rodeo-goers can kick the day

off with a free breakfast at the Latter-day

Saints Church from 7 to 9 a.m. Free snocones

and cotton candy will be provided before

and after the parade. Potter’s House in

LaBarge will have free hotdogs ready after

the parade.

Baseball will be played at the town park

at 12:30 p.m. Bounce houses are available at

noon at the rodeo grounds and the cost is $5

per child for an all-day pass.

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