PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (February 11, 2016)
Happy Jack Recreation Site Reopens, Informed Usage Urged
– U.S. Forest Service (USFS) staff successfully completed snow removal earlier this week at the Happy Jack Recreation Site parking lot, as well as on Forest Road 719, which accesses the day-use fee site.
The site has been reopened by the Laramie Ranger District (LRD), who temporarily closed the site last week after extreme snow accumulation and winter weather delayed plowing operations.
Happy Jack Recreation Site is a day-use fee area on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest. It is well-used by winter recreationists and provides access to trails, as well as unmaintained downhill slopes. The site is accessed off of Wyoming Highway 210.
February 4, 2016
Snow storms in Albany County during last Monday night and throughout Tuesday resulted in a total of 3 rescue missions being conducted by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, all starting on Tuesday (February 2nd).
At 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an adult male who had not checked in with family members during the evening hours on Monday.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (February 3, 2016)
Snowmobiling in the Medicine Bow NF - Key Messages from USFS
Below is key information about snowmobiling in the Medicine Bow National Forest from a local U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer.
By Officer Nadeau, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement
Snowmobiling season is in full swing on the Medicine Bow National Forest. Your public lands offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around, with deep powder and miles of groomed trails. The Medicine Bow National Forest would like to remind you of the importance of proper preparation for your next snowmobiling excursion.
Snow Accumulation, Forecasted Winds Temporarily Close Happy Jack Recreation Site
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) February 3, 2016 – Due to recent snow accumulation and forecasted winds, the Laramie Ranger District (LRD) has been unable to plow the road which accesses the Happy Jack Recreation Site parking lot. This has forced a temporary closure of Forest Road 719, and subsequently the recreation site, until conditions improve later this week.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) staff will attempt to clear the road and provide access to the recreation site as soon as possible.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (January 29, 2016)
County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System and the Code Red System
The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system and Code Red System promptly at 10:00 a.m. Friday February 5, 2016 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The outdoor warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes.
The Albany County Sheriff’s office has released the identification of the family members that were lost in the Snowy Mountain Range from Saturday January 16th to the early morning hours of Tuesday January 19th.
- Mr. Jerry Eugene Withers II - age 46, Cheyenne, WY. (father)
- Mrs. Susanne W. Withers - age 46, Cheyenne, WY. (mother) deceased
- Jerry Eugene Withers III- age 18. Cheyenne, WY. (son)
Robert J. DeBree
Albany County Sheriff’s Office
On Saturday, the 16th, of January, a family of three, a husband and wife, age 46, and their son, age 18, were snowmobiling in the Snowy Mountain Range, west of the Green Rock parking area off HWY 130. During the afternoon one of the three snowmobiles became inoperable. Due to high winds and ground blizzards the family prepared for the night by building a snow cave and starting a fire.
On Sunday morning, the 17th, the father heard another snowmobile in the area and with one of the remaining snowmobiles left camp in hopes of gaining assistance. After a period of time the snowmobile the father was operating became submerged in a body of water. The father then took the last remaining snowmobile in an attempt to find help when his handlebars broke, rendering his snowmobile useless.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (January 6, 2015)
Segments of 700 Road near Vedauwoo Temporarily Closed
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 5, 2016 –Implementation of the Pole Mountain Landscape Fuels Treatment Partnership is beginning, and as a result the Laramie Ranger District has announced that a portion of Forest Road 700 (Vedauwoo Glen Road) and the entire 700E Road have been temporarily closed to all motorized travel.
Forest visitors to the southern portion of the Pole Mountain unit, Medicine Bow National Forest, will notice a closure barricade at the junction of the 720 Road and the 700 Road. The 720 Road accesses the Vedauwoo Recreation sites. These sites are already seasonally closed.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (January 04, 2016)
Pole Mountain Winter Recreationists Need Understand Area Usage, Risks
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 4, 2016 – Public demand for winter recreation opportunities continues to grow, as does the potential for conflicting activities and risky endeavors. With that in mind, the Laramie Ranger District would like to remind users of winter recreation guidelines on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
The Pole Mountain unit is one of the most highly used recreation areas on the National Forest, and cross country skiing, fat bike riding, snow shoeing, hiking, tubing, running, and sledding are just some of the many activities enjoyed by the public in the area.
Happy Jack and Tie City day use sites are particularly well-used and provide access to miles of trails, as well as unmaintained downhill slopes.
On Tuesday December 29th, Deputies were requested to respond to the old Happy Jack ski area, east of Laramie on Hwy 210, on the report of a 21 year old male who had been sledding in the area and became airborne after striking a large bump resulting in him landing hard causing injury to his back.
Deputies arrived shortly after the call and began caring for him as best as possible. The man advised that his back was hurting and he needed assistance. Deputies did not move him in any way and awaited the arrival of the Laramie Fire Department ambulance crew to arrive.
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