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Sublette students named in UW Dean’s list and honor roll

Twenty-two students from Sublette County secured a spot on the UW’s 2022 fall semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls by earning GPAs of 3.25 or higher and 15 students from Sublette County, who earned a GPA of 4.0, were included on the University of Wyoming 2022 fall semester President’s Honor Roll.

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School Board Appreciation Week celebrated in February

“Our school system is the heart of our community, and these board members devote countless hours to make sure our schools are helping every child learn at high levels,” said Dr. Charles Jenks, SCSD9 Superintendent. “It is a great honor and responsibility to serve on a local board of education. The trustees dedicate hours of their personal time to study and review matters pertaining to the education of our students. They make tough decisions when necessary because they want what is best for our students and staff.”

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Big Piney students well represented at Regional Science Fair

Thirteen Big Piney Middle School (BPMS) students travelled to Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs on Feb. 2, to present their research at the Regional Science Fair. Fifty-seven students from western Wyoming participated.

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Temperatures too low for Pinedale Stop in Pedigree Stage Stop

The next stage, Big Piney-Marbleton, is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at the Middle Piney Trailhead.

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Leyva charged with August pot possession

Both cases are built on Sublette County Detective Toby Terrell’s affidavit, who referred to Detective Travis Lanning’s reports of his Sept. 1 search of the home, where marijuana paraphernalia was found in a cabinet, it says.

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ExxonMobil employees’ quick actions save a driver’s life

“The successful outcome of this unfortunate event looks like it occurred solely because of the very prompt and appropriate care given by (the LaBarge) team,” the response read. “That report is completely textbook perfect! ExxonMobil’s training program is to be commended, as should the team who responded to this emergency.”

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‘Burns Night Supper’ to celebrate Scottish poet’s 264th birthday

A loose committee of local Scottish descendants jumped into help organize the celebratory return of the Burns Night Supper this year, on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room.

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Big Piney Students honored for excellence

The district estimated that only 7 or 8 percent of students who pass through the district’s schools receive the Student of the Month award, Vickrey noted, representing the “cream of the crop.”

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ExxonMobil employees’ quick actions save a driver’s life

On Jan. 8, the ops foreman at the facility discovered a delivery driver on the ground and unresponsive. He immediately activated the site’s emergency procedures via radio communications with the control room while simultaneously assessing the situation and initiating CPR. An all-call went out on the radio to ask for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) support. Facility EMR personnel and the site’s ambulance responded to the scene with the emergency medical supplies that are in “jump kits” throughout the facility, including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The control room also quickly requested an ambulance from the closest medical services facility. Sublette County EMS responded.

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Sublette mule deer trigger PAPO wildlife matrix

The Sublette Mule Deer Herd’s population in the Anticline’s winter range is an annual concern magnified this year, when comparing the 2008 baseline of 2,856 to February infrared flights showing only 1,787 animals present – a 37-percent decline, according to biologists. The Sublette Mule Deer Herd has an estimated total population of 21,802 animals, down 10 percent from the 2008 baseline of 24,165 animals. Working the numbers shows the Anticline mule deer declined a net 17-percent decline, triggering the PAPO’s wildlife mitigation matrix.

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Sublette mule deer trigger PAPO wildlife matrix

The Sublette Mule Deer Herd’s population in the Anticline’s winter range is an annual concern magnified this year, when comparing the 2008 baseline of 2,856 to February infrared flights showing only 1,787 animals present – a 37-percent decline, according to biologists. The Sublette Mule Deer Herd has an estimated total population of 21,802 animals, down 10 percent from the 2008 baseline of 24,165 animals. Working the numbers shows the Anticline mule deer declined a net 17-percent decline, triggering the PAPO’s wildlife mitigation matrix.

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Marbleton adds to student lunch money donations

Robinson also decided to challenge the towns of Big Piney and LaBarge, and before the Dec. 12 meeting, a LaBarge town employee dropped off a check for $640. Marbleton staff collected $2.538 from generous donors and after matching the first $1,000, prepared a town check for $3,538 to give SCSD9 officials to use as needed for students’ lunches. The grand total so far from the two towns is $4,178.

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Doyle Pit public hearing postponed

The DEQ public hearing for Sublette County's Doyle Gravel Pit that was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14, will be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Representatives from the DEQ are stuck in Cheyenne. A new date and time have not yet been set.

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Birth announcement: Isabella Lucia Giffen

Isabella Lucia Giffen was born on Dec. 2, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs.

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Marbleton makes lunch-money challenges

He proposed a challenge – that the town could collect financial donations before Christmas to help those students who don’t get enough to eat at school – and match the first $1,000 dropped off at Marbleton Town Hall.

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Sublette County Health recognized as Wyoming’s 'Community Star' on National Rural Health Day

Sublette County is currently the only county in the state of Wyoming without a hospital. Voters in 2020 elected to form a hospital district that would work towards building the first critical access hospital in the county. The District was recently approved for a $32.2-million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program and the Sublette County Commissioners committed another $20 million to construct an attached long-term care facility. These efforts didn’t go unnoticed and NOSORH finds the 2022 Community Star award well deserved.

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Big Piney picks up ‘school meal’ challenge

Parks and streets supervisor Kara Losik said the Christmas tree will be set up soon for decorating and she asked if she could set up some holiday decorations and inflatables along Highway 189.

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EMT course planned to address local need

This course will begin on Jan. 9, 2023, and end on May 10, 2023. The registration deadline for this class is Dec. 19. Scholarships are available for county residents through Sublette BOCES to assist with the cost of this course. For more information on applying for this scholarship, please email [email protected]

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Centennial Ranch Barn

Everyone is invited to the launch of the 2023 Sublette County Centennial Ranch Barns Calendar and photo display.

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Dry Wind LLC requests rezone, minor subdivision

John A. Sulenta of Dry Wind LLC filed the applications with the Sublette County Planning Office on Sept. 26 with a Nov. 17 public hearing before the Sublette County Planning & Zoning Commission on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Centennial committee offering free barn calendars

This high quality full color calendar features barns located on Centennial Ranches; these ranches have been in the same family for over 100 years and remain in operation. Local photographers Amanda Thompson, JuLeta Belmont, Arnold Brokling and Jonita Sommers captured the essence of these historic barns throughout the year. Historian Ann Chambers Noble dug deep and provided history tidbits for every day of the year – you will want to keep this one!

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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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