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
“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.
“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
WYDOT will also share information
on available funding programs for local
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.
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
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-
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
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.