Competition isn’t always
about agony and athletes aren’t always acutely
intense. The annual 2019 Wyoming Senior
Winter Games makes sure its competitors –
from 50 years old on up – completely enjoy
themselves and their good health.
More than 100 participants started checking
in Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, at the Pinedale Aquatic
Center for challenges that range from speed
skating to giant slalom to pickleball, a swim
meet – and an inner tube race?
These Wyoming Winter Games athletes
are competitive and intense – but they also
enjoy the camaraderie around these contests
hosted at White Pine Ski Resort, the PAC and
Sublette County Ice Arena.
As the grand finale, the 2019 Wyoming
Senior Winter Games Banquet starts Saturday
night at with a BYOB happy hour from 5:30
p.m. at Rendezvous Pointe and entertainment.
Dinner is at 6 p.m. with a guest speaker and a
slide show of highlights. Athletes and guests
Doorn introduced as new interim administrative director
MARBLETON – The Sublette County
Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees
introduced Dave Doorn as the district’s new interim
administrative director at a special meeting
conducted in Marbleton on Feb. 6.
Trustees Wendy Boman, Bill Johnson,
Marti Seipp, Tonia Hoffman and Mike Pompy
were all present at the meeting. Several district
EMTs, practitioners and staff members were
also in attendance.
Doorn briefly spoke to the audience and
thanked the board for the “opportunity.” Doorn
stated that he lived in Pinedale for nine years
and “ran the Sublette Center” during that time.
He then returned to the center as a consultant.
Doorn told the assembly that district staff
and practitioners were “very welcoming” and
added, “Right now I’m listening and learning.”
He urged people with concerns or questions
to contact him, and provided his work email:
“I really want to talk to people, and hear
what people think,” he said.
With Executive Director of Finance Lorraine
Gatzke leaving her position on Feb. 8,
Pompy asked Doorn and the board whether
anyone was overseeing the district’s finances
in the interim period. Doorn stated that he was
working with Gatzke and other staff members
to ensure a “smooth transition.”
The board also approved a new six-month
lease with Sublette County. Boman announced
that the county approached the health care district
with “a very generous and gracious” offer
to provide a rent-free lease for the next six
months. This will save the health care district
approximately $72,000, she added.
The board unanimously passed a motion to
approve the rent-free six-month lease agreement
with Sublette County.
The board discussed interviewing applicants
for the new finance manager position. Boman
told the board that three people had submitted
applications. The board agreed to schedule
interviews to coincide with the regular board
meeting scheduled on Feb. 20.
The board then passed a motion to go into
a closed executive session to discuss personnel
and legal issues. Doorn and attorney Clay Kainer
remained in the executive session.
When the board reconvened for regular session,
Boman announced that attorney Doug
Mason was leaving as the district’s legal counsel
on Feb. 10.
The board unanimously passed a motion to
extend a contract with Clay Kainer to serve as
the district’s legal counsel. Boman said that the
board will sign the contract with Kainer at the
Feb. 20 regular meeting. In the period between
Mason’s last day on Feb. 10 and the signing of
the contract on Feb. 20, Kainer will serve as
“interim” legal counsel, Boman said.
The board passed a motion to enter into a
second closed executive session to discuss
further legal and personnel issues. Following
the second executive session, Boman stated
that the board would not take any action at that
time on issues discussed in the second executive
By Robert Galbreath
Other actions taken by the commission include:
• Woods Environmental was selected and
approved as the grant writer to assist Hoback
Ranches Homeowners Association apply for
Federal Emergency Management Agency
grants. Emergency Management Coordinator
Jim Mitchell said he had four requests for
proposals submitted but the people working for
Woods Environmental had helped the county
develop a hazards mitigation plan two years
ago. Once the grants are received, a contract
will be needed for a grant manager.
• The board passed a motion to rezone property
in the Knori Minor Subdivision near Bondurant
Ranch into a “minor subdivision” where
residential development will be permitted. Ten
acres are now designated as rural residential 10,
where a 10-acre minimum parcel is required,
with 30 acres designated as rural residential 20,
where the minimum is 20 acres. The proposal
was presented by Dennis Fornstrom from the
planning and zoning department on behalf of
property owner Michael Knori.
• Fornstrom presented a proposal to create a
new layer on the county's geographic information
systems (GIS) map with information on
snow loads. Fornstrom said that this will act as
a general reference to help builders design safe
roofs based on a projection of how much snow
and ice might accumulate. Fornstrom proposed
working with Jorgensen Associates of Pinedale
to collect the needed data. He told the commissioners
that the proposal fee will “not exceed
$6,300.” The board did not take any formal action
on the proposal, but expressed interest in
moving forward with the project.
• The board passed a motion to act on a mineral
royalties grant with the Wyoming State
Loan and Investment Board in the amount of
$360,000 to cover part of the cost of a new
vehicle for Sublette County Unified Fire. The
board also passed a motion to authorize Fire
Chief Shad Cooper to proceed and solicit
quotes for the vehicle.
• The board approved a notice of award with
Premier Site Development for $290,000 worth
of exterior upgrades at the Pinedale Fire Station.
• The board passed a motion to approve
an agreement between Sublette County and
Flow Right Plumbing to provide materials for
interior work on the fire Station not to exceed
By Joy Ufford
are invited; extra tickets are available at registration.
Friday, Feb. 8
• Pinedale Aquatic Center: 8 a.m. – Onemile
walk starts at the PAC through Saturday
with timers, 535 N. Tyler.
• White Pine: 9 a.m. – snowshoe sprints,
Nordic classic and freestyle, slalom and giant
slalom, 10 miles from Pinedale at 74 White
• PAC: 2:30 p.m. – Swim meet and relays,
535 N. Tyler.
Saturday, Feb. 9
• Sublette County Ice Arena: 7:30 a.m. –
speed skating, hockey shoot, 1219 W. Washington
• White Pine: 9:30 a.m. – citizens’ Nordic
ski race, snowshoe and giant slalom.
• PAC: 2 p.m., Mixed doubles pickleball,
535 N. Tyler.
• Rendezvous Pointe: 5:30 p.m. – BYOB
cocktail hour for athletes and guests, 6 p.m.
dinner and guest speaker, 425 E. Magnolia St.,
For a complete schedule, visit the Pinedale
Aquatic Center or www.pinedaleaquatic.com.