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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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SCHD expresses gratitude to Boman

Boman described the past six years as a “rollercoaster ride” with difficult transitions and “bumps in the road.”

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Public Health is moved; one more vaccine clinic

Also, Public Health is now working from its new Pinedale location at 380 Faler Ave. and Hennick Street, east of the Pinedale Middle School near the Sublette Center and Ridley’s.

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Big Piney mulls alcohol events at rec center

Although past after-hours events at the Big Piney Rec Center have not allowed serving alcoholic beverages, the request came before the Big Piney Town Council at its Oct. 18 meeting.

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County proclaims October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’

The proclamation notes that one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, which can include physical, emotional, sexual and psychological forms of abuse. At the local level, SAFV served 42 clients in the 2021-22 fiscal year, including one male, plus 57 children. Now a quarter of the way through the current fiscal year, SAFV has helped 28 clients, including one male, plus 41 youth, and has provided 76 nights of shelter. If the current trend of 28 clients per quarter continues, SAFV is on track to more than double its client numbers from the previous fiscal year.

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Tips for hotter, safer, less smoky fires

The less efficient the fire, the more wood-smoke pollution is produced and the more potential for creosote to build up. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a leading factor contributing to fires from home heating is a dirty chimney (i.e., creosote build-up). The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers the following tips.

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‘Dear Sirs’ filmmakers applaud the local audience

“When we received a grant this year from the Wyoming Humanities Council to take our latest film ‘Dear Sirs’ to eight towns around Wyoming, we knew that Pinedale had to be on the list. The screening Thursday night (Oct. 6) was our 35th screening in the U.S. and Europe and of those, the seventh in Wyoming. “Of all of the places we have taken the film, this screening was one of the best in terms of impact, audience reception and overall quality of the evening.”

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Circuit Court roundup Oct. 10 to Oct. 16

Several new charges were filed and sentences imposed in Sublette County Circuit Court from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16, 2022.

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Taylor Construction winds first in small business cybersecurity competition

“In 2021 I found our emails to be the target of phishing scams. My email alone could reach 10 email spoofing or phishing emails a day. I was very nervous that I or one of my team members would believe one of these to be legit, click a link, and our whole system would be exposed to a virus,” said Connors. The webinar is still available at https://www.wyomingwomen.org/training.

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Pinedale Library hosts 'Words from the Wild'

“Words for the Wild,” a literary reading featuring regional writers from the journal Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, will set up camp on Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale. Event is free and followed by a book signing. Refreshments will be served.

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Hoback Watershed Level I Study

The Sublette County Conservation District, Teton County Conservation District, Star Valley Conservation District and Wyoming Water Development Office are holding a public informational meeting for the Hoback River Watershed Level I Study at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 The meeting will be held at the Bondurant Fire Department located at mile marker 142.7 on U.S. Highway 189/191.

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Trap-release training

More than 20 people attended the hands-on class, where participants learned the mechanics of furbearer and predator traps, such as footholds, snares and conibear body restraints, baiting methods and how to release a stuck dog.

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Developing a passion

To make a pediatric appointment with Juli Forrester, FNP, APRN, contact either the Marbleton-Big Piney Clinic at 307-276-3306 or the Pinedale Clinic at 307-367-4133.

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Wyoming film ‘Dear Sirs’ here on Oct. 6

The screening will be held in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 with a special filmmaker Q&A following at 8:15 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a light reception and meet-and-greet with the filmmakers before the event begins.

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The senior class gives a pull during the tug-of-war contest at the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday. Pictured, from left, are Faizel Adhyaksa, Brandon Jones, James McCormick, Hannah Runyan, Shelby Guest and Hampton Jones.

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Big Piney Homecoming Parade

The Big Piney High School Pep Band marches down Piney Ave., part of the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 23.

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Homecoming royalty

The 2022 Big Piney High School Homecoming Royalty.

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Public Health slated to relocate in late October

The existing Public Health building, now owned by the SCHD, is scheduled for demolition to make way for the construction of a new critical access hospital and long-term care facility.

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Public Health offers drive-thru vaccine clinics

Drive-thru flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic schedules Big Piney/Marbleton: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon High-Dose Flu (65+ years only), Sublette County Fair Grounds, Marbleton Tuesday, Oct. 4 , 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Sublette County Fair Grounds, Marbleton Pinedale: Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon High-Dose Flu (65+ years only), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale Thursday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale

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State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission to meet in Pinedale

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on September 14, and at 8 a.m. on September 15.

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United Way of Southwest Wyoming seeks grant applications for emergency food and shelter programs

The application and additional information are available online at swunitedway.org/efsp. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21.

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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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