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Sublette County feels impacts of one man’s bad decisions

In this still image from leaked footage, Cody Roberts, 42, of Daniel, kisses the dying female wolf he ran over with his snowmobile and brought to the Green River Bar as the two lay on the tavern floor.
One week after photos and videos of Roberts interacting with the brutalized animal, shown with its muzzle bound by duct tape and wearing at least one shock collar, went viral online, local organizations, businesses, ranchers, hunters and other community members are still grappling with the aftermath. 

Pinedale middle schooler wins state native plant poster contest

Pinedale Middle School student Isla Blair’s drawing focuses on the theme ‘Help Wildlife: Grow Native Plants,” and illustrates the critical relationship between Wyoming’s flora and fauna. Created with the help of her teacher, Kandase Youtz, Blair’s drawing was one of four winners selected in the statewide contest.
Pinedale Middle School student Isla Blair was among the winners selected by the Wyoming Native Plant Society for its poster contest celebrating April 2024 as Wyoming Native Plant Month. The contest, open to all sixth through eighth-grade students in Wyoming, invited youth to create a poster around the theme: “Help Wildlife: Grow Native Plants,” illustrating the essential role Wyoming native plants play in supporting wildlife.

Prevention coalition partners with AgriSafe for forums on rural mental health

Oliva Bury, a representative from AgriSafe, speaks to participants during the Conversations on Access to Lethal Means forum at the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room on April 10. Bury traveled to Sublette County to join the local prevention coalition in hosting a series of forums focused on promoting mental well-being in rural communities.
SUBLETTE COUNTY — The Sublette Prevention Coalition hosted AgriSafe representative Olivia Bury to share valuable resources about mental health during a series of forums held April 9-11 in …

Casper comes together in grief to mourn Bobby

A mourner looks at photos of Bobby Maher prior to a vigil in his memory Thursday in Casper.
CASPER — He was known by friends and neighbors as Bobby, a familiar face on the basketball court and recognized by his dashing mop of curly brown hair and boyishly charming smirk. He’s …

Daniel man unleashes global outrage after torturing live wolf

Cody Roberts, 42, of Daniel, holding a beer and grinning, poses with a female yearling wolf whom he allegedly tortured. The father of four is accused of chasing down the wolf on his snowmobile, running her over to immobilize her, duct-taping her mouth shut, having his hunting dogs take turns attacking her and bringing her into the Green River Bar before shooting her. Although other media outlets reported this photo as taken inside the bar, upon inspection the Roundup believes it was taken inside the mudroom of a residence rather than the bar. No reproduction without written permission.
For comparison, a minor in possession of alcohol paid a larger court fine that week than Roberts did, and Roberts wasn’t even required to appear. Not even Sublette County Sherif KC Lehr knew what had occurred on Feb. 29 until recently. Roberts’ case was marked “closed” in circuit court, but the shockwaves are far from over.

Homestead Resort receives approval to build industrial parking garage

A car emerges from the subterranean parking garage in this architectural rendering of The Homestead Resort’s welcome center and parking facility. Jackson Fork Ranch’s agents say the grassy Ridgeline behind the welcome center and above the parking industrial parking garage is intended to further mitigate the unsightly obtrusion in the rural Hoback Basin.
After more than three hours of presentations and public comments, and with the Lovatt Room packed full of their constituents, Sublette County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the controversial conditional use permit (CUP) requested by Jackson Fork Ranch (JFR) for an industrial parking facility to service the luxury Homestead Resort in the remote Hoback Basin. The CUP includes conditions that there be no construction activity before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and that there be dust mitigation during the construction of the road and the parking facility. Commissioners Dave Stephens and Doug Vickrey cast the two dissenting votes while Chairman Sam White, and Commissioners Tom Noble and Mack Bradley supported the CUP. Some folks called for Bradley to recuse himself after learning about his daughter’s upcoming wedding plans at Jackson Fork Ranch. Instead of abstaining from the vote, Bradley eventually made the motion to approve the CUP, first saying, “If it comes down to a conflict, that wedding won’t be there because I feel this vote is more important to this county than that wedding is to be there (at JFR).”

SCSO warns residents to ‘lock up’ valuables amid recent thefts

A black Motobecane fat tire bike that looks just like this one was stolen from a home in the Redstone Subdivision of Pinedale on March 18. It’s one of at least five incidents of theft in Sublette County between March 18 and March 22. Anyone with any information or sightings should contact the SCSO at 307-367-4378.
Thefts are on the rise around Sublette County and the Sheriff’s Office is urging folks to secure their valuables and lock their doors. At least four thefts and one burglary were reported within five days from March 18 to March 22.

Drone team critical in safely locating two missing Sublette County women

The SCSO drone footage depicts a missing young woman as she ambles through snow-covered sagebrush in the darkness, far from any homes or roads during the night of Feb. 19. Her shoulders and head appear red in the thermal images from her body’s heat signature, a stark and undeniable contrast to the wildlife, namely mule deer, also visible in the darkness.
The drone footage depicts the young woman, her hair over her left shoulder, as she ambles through snow-covered sage in the darkness. She squats down into the snow and seems to struggle as she stands back up. At one point, she takes off running. Her shoulders and head appear red from her body’s heat signature, a stark and undeniable contrast to the wildlife also visible in the darkness surrounding her.

Grandfather sentenced for sexual assaults of granddaughter, Sunday-school student

Kaisha Simpson, then age 7, stands with her maternal grandfather and abuser Robert Wayne McCutchan in this undated fishing trip photo she provided to the Pinedale Roundup. On Feb. 27, McCutchan was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting Simpson beginning from the time she was 6 years old.
*Editor’s note: This article discusses the sexual assaults of minors and may be disturbing to some readers, however, these survivors have expressed the importance of speaking out against their abuser in hopes of encouraging others in similar situations to do the same. To quote one of them, “We have to talk about things that are very painful.”

Suspended: Wyoming P.A. Jason Ray banned from practice by State medical board courtesy image
A screenshot from the Wyoming Board of Medicine’s official website shows ‘suspended’ as the status of Jason Ray’s Physician’s Assistant license. The board banned Ray from practicing medicine as of Feb. 15, one month after he was terminated from the Sublette County Hospital District. 
Inset, Pinedale Roundup file photo of Jason Ray
As reported by the Pinedale Roundup last month, Ray was terminated by the Sublette County Hospital District (SCHD) on Jan. 15. “There was a complaint lodged with the district the weekend before last weekend, a complaint of a very serious nature,” SCHD board chair Tonia Hoffman said at the time. “The claims were investigated internally and substantiated.” Ray’s termination was based on that complaint. Hoffman declined to comment following the news of Ray’s suspended license, stating in a Feb. 20 email, “As he is not presently our employee, it’s no longer in my purview.” With the WYBOM filing, more information has been made public than what any SCHD representative could say on the record. Continue reading...

Billionaire bucks buy White Pine: Joe Ricketts acquires Pinedale’s beloved ski hill

Skiers and snowboarders ride the lift at White Pine Ski Resort in this Pinedale Roundup file photo. One of Wyoming’s oldest ski areas, White Pine Ski and Summer Resort was recently purchased by Joe Ricketts.
After four years on the market, White Pine Ski Resort just north of Pinedale has been sold to billionaire Joe Ricketts by longtime owners Alan and Robyn Blackburn. The news was announced on Thursday, Feb. 22, with Ricketts taking ownership of the 363-acre property in April at the end of the 2024 Ski Season. 

Wind River Skate Club fills bag with trophy, medals at competition

Skaters from the Wind River Skate Club and their coaches pose together with medals around their necks after sweeping the competition at the Cody Spring Classic/Cowboy State Games April 12-14. Back Row: Coach Ellen Ramsey, Hanne Bailly, Calida Rivezzo, Kate Morris, Scout Holmes, Josie Harmon, Katya Gordei, Tynlee Smith, Katherine Peterson and Coach Tiffany Lindley. Front Row: Charlotte Peterson, Emery Blaha, Molly Jean Walker, Lina Pfundstein, Coach Ruthee Willson, Lida Gordei and Saoirse Scanlon.
The Wind River Skate Club returned from the Cody Spring Classic/Cowboy State Games with one trophy and a combined 57 medals — 13 gold, 30 silver and 14 bronze.

CLC’s Third Annual Bowling Day is a perfect strike

Big Piney’s Harper Ott uses both hands and a bright green bowling ball to knock down pins at the third annual Children’s Learning Center Bowling Day on April 13. Ott was the top scorer for the Big Piney Children’s Learning Center, with 107 points.
BIG PINEY — The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) hosted its Third Annual CLC Bowling Day at Flicks N’ Pins on Saturday, April 13. Students, staff and many program families attended …

Ask Flora — April 2024

Arlinda McLaughlin, a master gardener, teaches about gardening in containers and raised beds during a Sublette BOCES class held on Saturday, April 13.
Dear Flora, I am starting to plan for my garden space this season. I was wondering if you could tell me the advantages of raised bed gardening. Thanks, Beddy Green Dear Beddy,   …
Sublette County skiers earn gold, silver at Special Olympics State Winter Games
The Special Olympics Wyoming 2024 State Winter Games were held in Jackson Feb. 27-29. Two local athletes, Ian Jones of Big Piney and Scott Covill of Pinedale, represented Sublette County in cross-country skiing.

Registration open now for Pinedale Little League Baseball

The Pinedale Senior Little League team stands together after winning the Wyoming State Title for the first time in history in July 2023. Baseball players can register for the upcoming season between now mid-April.

PINEDALE — Registration for the 2024 little league baseball season is now open. Pinedale Little League is seeking new and returning players for the upcoming season. Available divisions include …

Pinedale’s Cody Phelps wins National Wrestling Championship

Seven of the 10 wrestlers competing earned All-American honors, with Pinedale’s own Cody Phelps, a sophomore at Western, winning an individual National Championship at 133 pounds. He was also voted the NJCAA Outstanding Wrestler of the year. National Champion Phelps said, “It’s hard to describe in words what it means to be part of this team. I accomplished my goals but I couldn’t have done it without all of my teammates, coaches, fans and supporters as well as my family. Western is an amazing place!”  Sophomore River Wardle of Heber City, Utah received the Bruce Traphagen Award, given to the wrestler with the most falls in the least amount of time.

Christopher Copenhaver takes in the view as he races through The Drift 28. The Fort Collins man is the new record holder for 28 mile men’s run.

New records set, history made at The Drift 2024 races

The Drift 100 overall winner has always been a male biker, until this year when Shalane Frost, a 35-year-old woman from Fairbanks Alaska, crossed the finish line in first place on her skies in only 23:21:36. The second-place overall finisher was male biker Edyn Teitge, who at age 14 is the youngest athlete to ever complete the marathon. The teen from Hailey, Idaho completed the race in 23:55. Pulling into third place on her bike was Ginny Robbins, from Victor, Idaho. No stranger to The Drift 100, Robbins is now the first athlete to finish the race in each of the three divisions and place first in each discipline.

Lady Wrangler trio snags All-State, All-Conference honors

A historic season for the Pinedale High School Lady Wranglers culminated with athletes picking up multiple postseason awards from the Wyoming Coaches Association.
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If men would only listen

Starting many years ago, Gar would come home from work rubbing his right shoulder. I’d ask what was wrong and he’d say he didn’t know, but his shoulder hurt. I’d say maybe he should go get it looked at and he’d say it would be better in the morning. This was a nightly conversation and did the shoulder worsen? Why yes it did. Did Gar go get it looked at? Why no he didn’t. Instead, he’d take ibuprofen and suffer. I’d like to add again, just for clarification and in case there’s a cross-examination, I knew for a fact he should go have someone look at his shoulder. 

The Intrepid Explorer: A sheep mentality

Sheep mentality, like mob mentality, is the behavior in humans where they flock like sheep subconsciously following the group wave. This is the description of how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, whether offline or online, on an emotional, rather than rational, basis.
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Sheriff's Report April 8 to April 14, 2024
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reported 166 calls from April 8 to April 14, including eight threats, a livestock problem, 10 suspicious circumstances, 20 citizen assists, two traffic accidents, five animal problems, six sets of fingerprints, 35 urinalyses and 22 vehicle identification number inspections.
Sublette County Circuit Court Roundup March 11 to March 16, 2024
Several new charges were filed and sentences imposed in Sublette County Circuit Court from March 11 to March 16, 2024.
Sheriff's Report March 11 to March 17, 2024
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reported 138 calls from March 11 to March 17, including six citizen assists, a drone deployment, six animal problems, a missing person, 12 sets of fingerprints, 34 urinalyses and 23 vehicle identification number inspections.
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Circuit Court Roundup March 4 to March 10, 2024
Several new charges were filed and sentences imposed in Sublette County Circuit Court from March 4 to March 10, 20234.
Sheriff's Report March 4 to March 10, 2024
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reported 149 calls from March 4 to March 10, including 18 citizen assists, a dead body, 4 livestock problems, a suicidal person, 6 suspicious incidents, a fire, 9 sets of fingerprints, 29 urinalyses and 22 vehicle identification number inspections.
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