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Big Piney hears some 2023-’24 budget requests

The Big Piney Town Council had a lengthy agenda for its May 16 meeting, with high-school summer-job applicants, upcoming events and next year’s budget requests.

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Outstanding students recognized

Faculty at Big Piney Elementary School (BPES) nominated two students for the May award. Teacher Megan Kershner presented Clay Lozier as the May Student of the Month for demonstrating an extraordinary work ethic.

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Marbleton proclaims Arbor Day

Marbleton staff dug a hole and planted the town’s Arbor Day tree on May 17 right before the rainstorm came!

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Examiner’s Galbreath named ‘Contributor of the Year’

“No one is more deserving of this award than Robert. He cares about the kids he covers in both school districts as if they are his own. He cheers them on in all of their endeavors, celebrates their successes and mourns the tough losses with them.”

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Snowmelt renders Reardon Draw impassable

BLM crews expect to complete repairs and reopen the road by midsummer.

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BLM plans prescribed fires in Sublette, Lincoln counties

Prescribed burns will take place in two distinct project sites. The Burdick prescribed fire project is located about 13 miles west of La Barge on the east face of Miller Mountain, south of the La Barge Creek drainage. Within this area, 470 acres of slash and standing conifer are targeted to burn. The Deadline Ridge prescribed fire project is located approximately 12 miles northwest of La Barge, on the east face of Deadline Ridge. The BLM has targeted 396 acres of slash and standing conifer to burn on this ridge.

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Congratulations to these nurses!

The Sublette County Hospital District Board of Trustees congratulated Vicky Marshall, RN, left, and Kristy Bartlett, RN, for completing a bachelor of nursing program at the April 26 board meeting. Marshall serves as director of nursing while Bartlett is director of quality.

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Public health offers additional Bivalent COVID-19 booster

Sublette County Public Health offers bivalent doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at the COVID Vaccine Clinics held at the Marbleton office every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., and in Pinedale every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

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Ricketts paves new paths

Ricketts addressed the quiet crowd, saying of his agricultural holdings on the very rural Upper Hoback Road, “Whatever’s done there, there’s going to be people for it, there’s going to be people against it.”

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Snow handy for BTNF controlled burns

Burning started May 2 and will carry on through this month or June, depending on weather, access and fuel conditions, according to BTNF’s Evan Guzik. The slash piles – branches, limbs and trunks – are products of mechanical or hand thinning, timber sales and other projects piled and left to cure so the slash is completely burned.

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SGWG to meet in Sublette County

The Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Working group — one of eight regional groups in Wyoming — plans to meet in Pinedale on Monday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., to discuss the allocation of funds for projects to implement the sage-grouse conservation plan.

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Report: air quality worsens in many Wyoming counties, including Sublette

Sublette County maintained its F grade, and Weston County was the only county to report a slight improvement in ozone pollution. Campbell, Fremont, Sublette, Sweetwater and Teton counties each experienced more unhealthy short-term particle pollution days, on average, compared with last year’s report.

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Dancing the night away!

Revelers find their groove at BPHS’s 2023 prom, ‘Under the Moonlight,’ on Saturday, April 22, at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton.

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2023 BPHS Prom Royalty

Big Piney High School hosted Prom 2023 on Saturday, April 22 at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton

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Sublette students receive 4-H Foundation scholarships

Two Sublette County students are among those chosen by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation to receive scholarship funds for academic year 2023-2024.

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Commissioners award three scholarships

The scholarships were awarded as part of a long-standing tradition and in accordance with Wyoming State Statute 21-17-105, which sets forth that “tuition shall be as nearly free as possible.”

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Support HEAR at Nested West, April 30

Sunday, April 30, is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and Nested West and Happy Endings Animal Rescue are partnering to celebrate pet adopters, volunteers and fosters. Everyone is invited to visit Nested West, 231 W. Pine St., Pinedale on Sunday, April 30, from 1-3 p.m. for food, drinks, raffles and treats.

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Community blood draws taking place

Sublette County Public Health announced that a variety of blood screenings would be offered to the public at discounted rates from 6 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center, 429 East 1st St., in Marbleton.

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Historic preservation board moves ahead

Big Sandy Lodge, located at the southern end of Mud Lake at the base of the Wind River Range, marks the spot where adventurer Finis Mitchell pitched his fishing camp in 1930. The land with a lodge, guest cabins, sheds, corrals and working structures is owned by the Forest Service and DeWitt Morris and family now operate the special-use permits that come with the resort.

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UW Symphony Orchestra to perform in Sublette County

The event is free and open to the public.

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SAFV receives donation from RMP Foundation

SAFV appreciates the continued support. The organization provides refuge, assistance and support to individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and is committed to ending violence in Sublette County through prevention. Other services include crisis intervention, personal and legal advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, support groups, financial assistance and development of life skills.

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Governor plans Pinedale Town Hall to discuss wildlife impacted by severe weather

The forum's focus is to provide an update on the status of Wyoming wildlife impacted by the extreme winter weather and obtain residents' input.

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AQD: Ozone Outlook through Wednesday

AQD’s previous Ozone Outlooks this winter included Feb. 16-18, March 7-10 and March 12-14. Ozone Action Days were declared on March 7-8 and March 19.

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Community blood draw planned in April

A variety of blood screenings will be offered to the public at discounted rates from 6 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center, 429 East 1st St., in Marbleton.

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PureWest pledges to help local energy customers

“We gave all of this as credits to 32 customers for an average of $156 each,” Shute said. “Most of these were single women on fixed incomes. Some were widows and the rest were families where the major breadwinner was not employed due to illness or injury. One was raising a brother’s three kids and was between jobs.”

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Happy 100th birthday, Betty Jean!

To celebrate her 100th birthday, Betty Jean Carpenter Pfaff would like to invite anyone who can to join her March 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South Lincoln Training & Events Center, 215 Wyoming Highway in Kemmerer. Refreshments will be served.

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Art of the Winds seeks ‘eARTh Day’ entries

Art of the Winds Gallery is accepting artwork of any and all media through April 1 for its upcoming eARTh-Postcard Art Show, with a special Earth Day reception on April 22, from 2-5 p.m. The idea is to come up with creative ways to show how “Earth” inspires the postcard or perhaps something slightly larger!

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PFAC presents The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before.

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Local communications center now RapidSOS ready

To ensure data privacy, information is directly associated with an individual’s phone number and is only made available to first responders when a 911 call is placed from the associated phone number. To learn more and create a free emergency health profile, visit www.emergencyprofile.org.

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Homeowner, dogs recover after Daniel fire

Upon arrival, Sublette County Unified Fire (SCUF) Battalions 1, 2, 5 and 6 observed the barn was fully engulfed in flames with a partial roof collapse.

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LBES Spelling Bee winners

Third-grader Ezra Howard, left, captured the school championship. Fifth-grader Alexys Moceika, right, earned second place. Both spellers advance to compete at the Wyoming State Spelling Bee in Rock Springs on April 1.

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BPES Spelling Bee winners

Fifth-grader Gage Jones, center, earned the school championship. Fourth-grader Elias Tautimer, right, snagged second place and fifth-grader Landon Griffin, left, took third place. All three students qualify for the Wyoming State Spelling Bee in Rock Springs on April 1.

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A very Bondurant Thanksgiving

Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Bondurant Community Club invites any and all to celebrate friendships and family at St. Hubert the Hunter Episcopal Church. The club prepares turkey and ham and everyone brings a dessert, salad, stuffing or sweets to enjoy with the fixings. After, the traditional game of Bingo begins with white elephant prizes.

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Big Piney holds Christmas Bazaar

Both gyms and the hallway at the Big Piney Rec Center were filled with vendors and shoppers on Saturday, Nov. 20, at one of the county’s social events. There was something for everyone with many local crafters selling everything from Christmas decorations to bath bombs to sweet treats – and real estate.

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SCSD9 trial set for January 2023

The civil rights lawsuit filed against Sublette County School District No. 9 and Big Piney school officials by anonymous parties “Jane, James and Mary Doe” is set for trial starting Jan. 9, 2023.

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County projects face standstills

The Sublette County Board of Commissioners crammed updates and multiple executive sessions into a meeting that lasted over 4 hours on Nov. 16 inside Marbleton Town Hall.

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Another Sublette resident dies of COVID as cases steady

At least one county resident has died of the novel coronavirus each week since the week of Oct. 8 to 15.

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Hospital District faces decisions with vaccine mandate looming

Deadlines for health-care facilities to comply with vaccine mandates imposed by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are forcing clinics and hospitals to weigh tough decisions.

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BPHS students perform 'Oklahoma!'

Students at Big Piney High School performed "Oklahoma!" last week.

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Wyoming joins lawsuit against vaccine requirements for health-care workers

The State of Wyoming is further fighting the Biden administration and its vaccine requirements with a third lawsuit, joining a group of states that have filed a suit to prevent enforcing the mandate on health-care workers.

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Big Piney celebrates Veterans Day with multiple events

The county celebrated Veterans Day in a myriad of ways.

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Commissioners updated on Centennial schedule

The Sublette County Board of Commissioners was presented with 100 years of history at its Nov. 2 meeting inside the board’s chambers of the county courthouse.

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CWD confirmed in Pinedale Region bull elk

Wyoming Game and Fish confirmed three new positive tests for chronic wasting disease in hunter-harvest bull elk, one in the Pinedale Region and two in the Sheridan Region.

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Lummis questions big tech regulations

Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis was busy last week, cosponsoring or speaking on multiple items that came through Congress.

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All fun at the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree

The invitation went out to Marbleton’s new version of the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree and Pumpkin Walk and dozens of locals came to check it out on Friday evening.

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Swain bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed by voice vote a bill by U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis, Chris Van Hoolen, John Barrasso and Ben Cardin that would honor women’s rights pioneer Louisa Swain.

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Crowd gathers for 3rd annual Power in Pink 5K

The third annual Power in Pink – Jen Taylor Memorial 5K Fun Run and Walk was a resounding success.

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County remains in ‘very high’ transmission range

Sublette County once again stayed above 50 active weekly cases of COVID-19, according to data presented by Sublette County Public Health. In its latest update, Public Health confirmed 52 active cases while Wyoming Department of Health reported 72 new cases in the county.

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Hospital District creates naming contest

The Sublette County Hospital District announced a new naming competition while it awaits a decision from the USDA regarding its loan for a critical access hospital.

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Sublette economy recovering slower than most of Wyoming

Wyoming’s economy continued to rebound in the second fiscal quarter of 2021 but at a slower pace than the majority of the United States, according to an economic summary report released earlier this week.

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Tanners to celebrate 65 years together

John and Shirley Tanner have been lifelong residents of Big Piney and will be celebrating their 65th anniversary on Oct. 29.

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BPHS Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

The Big Piney Hall of Fame Class of 2021 poses with their awards.

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WYDOT prepares for Dry Piney winter-range connections

With almost $18 million in funding gathered, Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Dry Piney project to connect wildlife with their critical winter ranges on each side of Highway 189 is ready to roll.

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Sublette EMS given wreath at 9/11 ceremony

Dani Long and Shondel Bennett drove a Sublette County EMS ambulance to Cheyenne to represent western Wyoming in the ceremony at the State Capitol to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks.

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Authorities find body matching Petito's description

The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed in a press conference outside Jackson on Sept. 19 that a search of Bridger-Teton National Forest found human remains consistent with that of missing person Gabby Petito.

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Sublette EMS transported record 41 to hospitals

Sublette County Public Health’s weekly briefing took on an even more urgent tone last week.

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Cheney responds after Trump endorsement of Hageman

A day after a potentially momentous development in the race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat, current Rep. Liz Cheney hosted a call with Wyoming media only.

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County rescinds fire restrictions

That applies to private lands in the county and was effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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Area cowboys recognized at Sommers Ranch Homestead

Hundreds of all ages came from all over to tour the homestead, “milk” a cow and eat a beef dinner of Sublette’s top 4-H steers bought by Albert and Jonita Sommers and cooked by Scott Mackie.

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Funds and fun shared at Battle of the Badges

In total, over $2,000 were raised to help pay for medical treatment and care of Sublette County Deputy Ty Huffman.

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Sublette is 12th healthiest county in the country?

U.S. News and World Report released its 2021 Healthiest Communities list on June 29. Sublette County made the top 20, ranked the 12th in the U.S.

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Cheney intros bill to check Biden's 30x30 plan

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney introduced legislation into Congress last week that would protect property rights from potential federal overreach that could comes as part of the Biden administration’s 30x30 initiative.

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SCUF gains 10 new recruits

Fire Chief Shad Cooper presided over the ceremony at SCUF’s Marbleton training facility. Family members, close friends and veteran firefighters pinned SCUF badges onto each graduate’s chest.

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Transmission drops, 10th COVID death in Sublette

The Wyoming Department of Health confirmed the death of another Sublette County resident last week, marking the 10th COVID-related death in the county.

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BPHS Hall of Fame ceremony returning

Distinguished Alumni Mary Budd-Flitner, Dr. Jonathon Jones, Karen Budd-Falen and Tonia Hoffman will be honored at the ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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New books shed light on various historical views

Sometimes a book is about one person’s story and journey. Another might delve into people whose started small and came together as a community.

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Photos: Bondurant Heritage Days

A collection of a few photos taken by reporter Joy Ufford from Bondurant Heritage Days over the weekend.

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Sublette's active COVID-19 cases make slight drop

Active cases of COVID-19 in Sublette County dipped down last week following a steady rise for weeks.

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St. John's CEO resigns after 6 months

The CEO of St. John’s Health tendered his resignation and received a massive payout just after six months on the job and three months after withdrawing St. John’s from consideration for the Sublette County Hospital District’s management partner.

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Fair – Ultrasound contest winners

Ultrasound contest winners from the 2021 Sublette County Fair.

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Fair – Team roping results

Team roping results from the 2021 Sublette County Fair.

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Fair – Additional events

A list of additional event winners from the 2021 Sublette County Fair.

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Fair – Junior livestock auction

The 2021 Sublette County Fair junior livestock auction held on Saturday, July 31, grossed $670,563.50. The figure shattered last year’s record-breaking sale, said Jen Matosky, 4-H youth development educator. Auctioneer Colby Hales, Al Harris and Matosky officiated the event.

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Fair – Purple ribbons in equine events

Purple ribbons in equine events from the 2021 Sublette County Fair.

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Fair – barrel racing

Barrel racing results in multiple divisions from the 2021 Sublette County Fair.

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COVID's resurgence leads to 9th death in Sublette

Public Health could also confirm another death of a Sublette County resident related to COVID-19. That person, a male in his 60s, was the ninth COVID-related death of a Sublette resident. Public Health expressed condolences to his family.

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Calling all Sublette Centennial 'pioneers'

The search is on for residents of Sublette County for at least 50 years to be recognized as a “Sublette Centennial Pioneer.”

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Bell's outdoor photos chronicle 2020

One part of life that stayed just as it was during last year’s COVID-19 shutdown was the beauty of the natural landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife.

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Former Sen. Enzi fondly remembered by friends

Enzi, who worked his way from mayor of Gillette to state representative and ultimately to U.S. senator, died July 26 when he succumbed to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident suffered outside Gillette on July 23.

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Annual garden club tour planned later this month

With our warm days and warm nights, Sublette County gardeners are enjoying gorgeous flowers and bountiful harvests.

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Popular art show returns to county fair

Big Piney artist and art show director Sharon Schell is pleased to announce the return of the Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show. Because of continued COVID concerns, there will be no reception, quick draw or auction this year. However, fair goers can anticipate and enjoy a vibrant exhibit of new work by 22 local artists.

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Couple raises funds for veterans while biking through Wyoming

The Forest Service ranger informing the Zenonis they were in the path of a mother grizzly and her two cubs somewhere near Togwotee Pass was just another byproduct of Dean’s quest to maintain motivation.

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Roscoe: Summer Legislative Update

I hope this update finds all of you enjoying summer and family. Happy Fourth of July!

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Pair of 'spies' infiltrate Wyoming political spectrum

The Wyoming Democratic Party, chaired by Joe M. Barbuto, hosted a brief press call the afternoon of June 25 – the day the story was published – to address the situation.

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2021 Sublette County Gem & Mineral Show

Annual Rock Hounds Gem & Mineral Show hosts multiple skills.

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Fear bestowed Meadowlark Award

The Wyoming Community Foundation bestowed its Spirit of the Meadowlark Award to Betty Fear with a ceremony at the county fairgrounds on June 3. Fear, a lifelong Wyomingite, was recognized for her tireless work to build and inspire her community.

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Sorenson makes oil and gas history

A Jonah Energy reclamation specialist was recently awarded Reclamationist of the Year by the American Society of Reclamation Scientists. By doing so, he became the first recipient from the oil and gas industry in the 37-year history of the award.

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Marshall earns DAISY Award

The DAISY Award is a 12-year-old international honor bestowed upon a nurse who is recognized by her peers, as well as community, for exemplary care.

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Big Piney honors those fallen on Memorial Day

All pictures by Danielle Hendricks.

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Vaccination efforts continue in Sublette

Sublette County Public Health confirmed three active cases of COVID-19 in the county during its update the morning of June 4.

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Little Wranglers gain donation

Friends of PAC recently received a $5,000 grant to support the Pinedale Aquatic Center’s Little Wrangler Day Camp this summer.

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Big Piney Student of the Year awards

Academic awards from Big Piney High School.

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SVH breaks ground on Alpine facility

Members of Star Valley Health, North Lincoln County Hospital District and elected officials gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Alpine Health Care Facility on May 21.

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Big Piney man's sentence suspended for probation

A Big Piney man pleaded “no contest” to a felony theft charge as well as a misdemeanor of unlawful use of registration.

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BPHS distributes honors at Award Day

Outstanding students received recognition at Big Piney High School's end-of-year award ceremony on Monday, May 17. Students of the Year and Teacher's Choice Awards were given out for each class.

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Council approves fishing-pond building

In a special meeting on May 18, the Marbleton Town Council approved a bid package to install a 30-foot by 40-foot steel building with a lean-to at its community fishing pond this summer.

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Public Health shares update on masks, vaccines

The Wyoming Department of Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Sublette County since May 6, and as of a May 14 update from Sublette County Public Health, there were five active cases of COVID-19 in the county.

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Punchers dominate TEAMS competition

TEAMS stands for Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science, and is a nationwide contest challenging students to demonstrate their STEM skills.

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Sublette hosts Taxidermy State Show

The Sublette County Ice Arena hosted the annual Taxidermy State Show over the weekend.

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'Cautious optimism' for Biden's 30x30 plan

Gordon said that Biden’s plan has been met with skepticism and applause, both of which, the governor said, are warranted.

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Gray wolf population grows outside trophy-game area

Gray wolves across of Wyoming at the end of 2020 showed growth compared to the year before with higher estimates outside of the state’s trophy-game area.

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Punchers compete at state SkillsUSA

Sophomore Blade Hibbert won the manual machining category at the event.

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