By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
BRIDGER VALLEY – The turn of the year has a tendency to make people reflect on the previous year and think about what the future holds in store.
For Valley residents that means many different interpretations due to the differences in people’s priorities. Everyone has their personal priorities, and as they reflect on the events around them.
In trying to get a grasp on the past year and the impact it has had on the residents of the Valley, the drought had a major impact. Although the Valley didn’t suffer the massive fires that flared in other areas, the drought did impact the Valley. Those involved in agricultural know what it did to their bottom line and what it could do to their future if a severe drought would continue. Also, other businesses most likely felt a pinch in their businesses as fewer travellers crossed the area due to both the economy and the fire bans placed throughout the state. Recreational activities also took a hit due to restrictions placed on the area.
A second event that impacted the area was the oil rig south of Lyman. Numerous landowners signed on the line to lease their property to get a chance for future exploration. When following the story, all indications were the well would prove out. Work on the well included fracking by some guys brought in from Houston, Tex. One of the men said his crew was going to “shoot and frack” the well. They came, they went. Employees of another company said their company had the contract to haul from the well after a meeting in Rock Springs. Then the site came to a standstill. But, the site was equipped with a Christmas tree and accouterments giving the impression the site is ready to produce.
A third story was American Veterans Travelling Tribute, aka The Wall, displayed at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site in Sept. 26.30. This was the first time The Wall had ever been displayed in southwest Wyoming and had been a project-in-the-making for three years. The Wall represented statistics from every war/conflict that the USA has been involved in. Special sections include a series of World War II panels, Korean War, Vietnam War, historical documents and other accouterments.
A couple of sports stories brought some recognition to the Valley. One was the Lyman football team turning in an undefeated season and earning the state championship. They earned a notch in the district’s history as they were the school’s first undefeated football team.
Another sports story was the culmination of one girl’s work throughout many years in which she was tapped as a member of a world team. Julia Long, a wrestler for Mountain View High School earned a slot on the Women’s World cadet team USA and spent a good share of the summer wrestling throughout the United States and competing at the World Tournament at Baku, Azerbaijan.
Two other events brought national attention to the Valley. As usual, the Fort Bridger Rendezvous brings in thousands of visitors yearly. It is the second largest visitor event in Wyoming. The only one that draws more visitors is Cheyenne Frontier Days. A second event is the Intermountain Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled Race. For the complete article see the 12-28-2012 issue.
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