Measuring and paying for success can be
tricky when successful matches for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
During last year’s budget, the Sublette County Commissioners
initially cut all funding for the program, questioning
the low numbers of children served. A last-minute appeal by
newly-hired director Lori Joyner caused commissioners to relent
and agree to pay $3,000 per match, for up to 10 matches.
At the end of the year, only two matches had been made,
providing $6,000 for the program from the county. The program
also receives funding from all three municipalities –
Pinedale, Big Piney and Marbleton – the state program for
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and United Way
of Southwest Wyoming.
Joyner again appealed to the commissioners at their July 2
meeting, asking that additional criteria be considered. All five
commissioners were in attendance including Chairman David
Burnett and commissioners Doug Vickrey, Tom Noble, Joel
Bousman and Mack Rawhouser.
She said even though she’s had only two new matches and
a third long-term match on the books, she has enrolled seven
other children who are awaiting matches. She adds she has
adult volunteers waiting, but she is trying to have quality longterm
matches, not just a match to meet the numbers.
In part, she has recruited several high-school aged students
as mentors, but is unwilling to match them with children who
have behaviorial problems, she said.
She asked that funding criteria include those children
that are served, such as providing quarterly activities for unmatched
children. She also pairs unmatched children with
other programs, such as Sublette BOCES and the Pinedale
Aquatic Center, until a permanent match can be made.
Joyner said a match is actually the very last step in the
process. Prior to matching children with an adult mentor, she
works on parenting techniques and ways to curb alcohol and
drug use among at-risk youth.
Burnett said it is late in the budgeting process with the final
budget to be approved after a July 15 hearing. Commissioners
agreed the $30,000 already in the budget could include
In other actions:
• Commissioners went into a closed executive session for
an hour and 10 minutes to discuss personnel with County Attorney
Mike Crosson and Chief Deputy County Attorney Matt
Gaffney. No action was taken following the session.
• Commissioners approved providing pit run of about 4,600
yards to place on Ryegrass Road, a secondary road typically
only graded one time a year. A property owner constructing a
home about 2 miles down the road agreed to grade and apply
the material for no cost to the county.
• Commissioners approved trading magnesium chloride
with the U.S. Forest Service for Fremont Lake
Road. Typically the Forest Service applies the
material, but the county stepped in this year
due to time constraints.
• High Meadow subdivision requested old
pipes removed during the paving of Meadowlark
Lane be given to the subdivision to
be recycled on other unpaved side roads.
• A budget amendment was approved for
$744,120.59 to take into account unanticipated
revenues and expenses.
• Commissioners approved installation of
a cooler at the golf course for beer storage.
• A motion passed to enter a contract between
the Wyoming Department of Health and Sublette
County Public Health to establish the
duties of the public health officer.
• Board appointments were approved including
Museum Board, two openings and
only one applicant, Mark Eatinger; Library
Board, two openings, Carolyn Elliott and
Bobbi Wade; Planning and Zoning, two
openings, Blake Greenhalgh and Andrew
Mackenzie; Golf Committee, two openings,
Blake Coble and Richard Duginski; Pinedale
Aquatic Center Joint Powers Board, one
opening, Brian Gray; and County Sanitarian,
Alan Huston for a four-year term.