Welcome to Bondurant. Located in the heart of the Hoback Basin, northwest Sublette County, Bondurant is a place apart from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns. You call it paradise, we call it home.

Heritage Days - Saturday August 8, 2015

Mark your calendars!

An annual favorite, Bondurant's Heritage Days feature a valley-wide yard sale, picnic lunch, bake sale, book sale, and lots of great company!

Drop off your re-sale-able items at the Church for sorting, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ONLY, 9:00am - 1:00 pm. Please, no TVs nor other electronics!

Sale starts at 9:00 am, Saturday August 8. Sale ends at 3:00! Come for coffee and baked treats, stay for lunch, and hang around for the $1-bags at noon AND the raffle drawing at 2:05 pm!!

BCC Benefit Raffle 2015

Raffle winners will be announced at Heritage Days, Saturday August 8!
Buckaroo

Folks look forward to their chance to purchase raffle tickets like... well, like their chance to win something wonderful!

Tickets are 6 for $5, or $1 each. Need not be present to win.

Don't miss your chance for one of these wonders:

"Buckaroo"
A perennial favorite of the annual Raffle is a hand-stitched quilt by Hoback Ranch's resident textile artist, Claudia Roberts.

This year's creation, "Buckaroo", right, is a lively adaptation of a traditional "tumbling blocks" pattern. In bold black, white and red, 61" x 74", the quilt will be a beautiful addition to any western decor!

"Wyoming Icons"

This year's high quality, framed and matted print by Mrs. Eileen Dockham's features Wyoming's official state icons: Bison, Indian Paintbrush, and the Meadowlark.

In addition to being a fun-fact display, the prints are lovely in their own right, photo left.

This item is made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Mrs. Dockham.

Proceeds of the BCC's annual Raffle go to fund the Bondurant Community Club's expenses and charitable donations.


BBQ 2015

74th Annual Bondurant BBQ: Sunday, June 28th
12:00 noon at the Church/Library grounds

Celebrate summer with your friends, family and neighbors at this year's BBQ.

$10 for adults and $5 for kids (12 & under) gets you a beef sandwich, potato and slaw salad, beans, a beverage and dessert. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon.

Everyone is welcome! Proceeds go to support the Bondurant Community Club's many community service programs.

The Modern Day Homesteader

MOVIE NIGHT: Saturday, June 13th
7:00 p.m. at St. Hubert's

The 2013 autobiographical documentary, The Modern Day Homesteader, shares Wyoming poet/musician Miss V's 14 years as a caretaker on a remote homestead ranch in the Wyoming Rockies, where cooking on woodstoves, driving teams, and hauling water were the order of the day.

This is the life many of us imagined living in Wyoming. What's it really like for those who put up hay, build an outhouse, can their own elk, make soap and dandelion wine?

Join your friends and neighbors for a look at an unusual life, lived authentically.

See you at the movies!

The Gypsy Cowbelle

CONCERT: Sunday, June 14th
2:00 p.m. at St. Hubert's

Embark upon a journey through lifestyles and eras with The Gypsy Cowbelle’s unique and heartfelt concert performance.

Drawing from two decades of exploring America, “V” writes timeless songs about characters and walks of life often unfamiliar and always intriguing to listeners of all ages.

Incorporating humor, keen perception and anecdotal charm, a Gypsy Cowbelle concert is not simply a selecton of songs, but rather an odyssey which unbridles the imagination and transports the audience to a fascinating cross-section of experiences.

Dandelion Wine Workshop

Part I Wednesday June 10 (9 am - 4 p.m.)
Part II Wednesday June 17 (9 am - 1 p.m.)
At St. Hubert's

The common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has long been cultivated for food, herbs and tea, but most Americans consider them weeds and collectively spend an enormous amount of time and money to eradicate them.

But for those with an adventurous spirit and derring-do - and dandelions to spare - the humble yellow flower will take on new life! For those who do not yet know, wine is made from the flower petals only. Pick the flowerheads mid- to late-morning, sit in the shade and pull the petals off the flowers, and make some magic!

Join Miss V in making authentic Dandelion Wine, and taste summer all year long.

This spring's workshop is limited to 12 participants - sign up FAST at the Post Office or call Margy B.

BCC Meeting

May 5

Due to the remodel going on behind-the-scenes at St. Hubert's, 2015's first BCC meeting of the summer will be held at the Fire Department conference room.

All members are encouraged to attend, to find out what's on tap for this summer and share your thoughts.

St. Hubert's Bathroom and Kitchen Remodel

April 12 - May 30

Selfless volunteers, led by Dennis Johnson and Brian Nystrom, will soon begin improvements to the Church bathroom.

It's been a long time in the planning - which is always good news! Work is slated to include removing non-functioning fixtures, replacing worn flooring and lighting, and installing grab-bars and widening the doorways to allow ADA access to the facilities. Also planned is an infant's fold-down changing table.

Dennis is upbeat as always: "We will proceed as efficiently as possible. It should take approx 6 weeks to complete and will include work on the kitchen as well." But he cautions the community, "Use of the facility will be limited during this time."

In other words, go before you go.

Fair enough. That's a small price to pay for improved facilities!

Thanks, Dennis, Brian, and the other volunteers for another successful collaboration between the Wyoming Diocese of the Episcopal Church and Bondurant's own BCC Building Committee.

Joyful Spring!

Easter Celebration

Sunday, April 5th
11:15 a.m.

Easter Sunday welcomes everyone back to St. Hubert's at the first service of 2015. Service will begin at 11:15 a.m. All are welcome!

Potluck brunch after the service. Please bring a side dish or desert to share! Then stay for the Easter Egg Hunt to follow.

Contact the Easter Bunny's assistant, Stacy, to let her know how many children you will bring.

Everyone is welcome!


Friends of the Library Kick-Off Meeting

Sunday, June 14th
1:00 p.m.

"It's been a long haul since the Library restoration began in 2010, but it looks like 2015 will be a banner year for the Bondurant Library - and its Friends!

"At our first Friends meeting in October 2014, we came up with some ideas for projects, programs, fundraisers and additions to the Library Collection - but we need all of you Friends to bring your ideas for the Library and to help implement them so this organization will truly be a community effort!

"The purpose of the Friends group is to promote and support the programming and operations of the Library as well as its restoration work. The Library is committed to providing cultural and educational programs for our community. The Friends will raise funds, welcome visitors, train new volunteers and help our librarian, Luanne Freeman, whenever needed.

"We have planned our first meeting for June 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the Church. This meeting will be organizational to:

"Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information as spring rolls around. I'm excited to meet with all of you and get your ideas to help make our Bondurant Library a valuable and useful asset of our community."

Sincerely,
Christina Rizzo, Friends Officer


Santa and the Bondurant Christmas Program

Friday, December 19th
6:00pm

Celebrate this Christmas with an international flair !

On Friday, the Bondurant Elementary School present Christmas Around the World, including songs from:

Bring your good cheer and appetite for a lovely time, and sandwiches to feed your family.

Also, if you want to, bring Cookies - or other foods from any of these countries - to share!

Best of all - Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there! Bring your kiddos and cameras!

May your days be Merry and Bright - And may all your Christmases be white.




20 degrees below 0 on November 11

Is anybody ready?!?


BCC Benefit Raffle 2014

Raffle winners announced at Heritage Days, Saturday August 9!

Folks look forward to their chance to purchase raffle tickets like... well, like their chance to win something wonderful!

Memories Tickets can be purchased from June S. and from other enthusiastic folks throughout the summer, at the annual Bondurant BBQ, at any BCC meeting or event, and - last chance! - right up until the drawing at Heritage Days!

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for 6. Winning tickets are drawn at Heritage Days, promptly at 2:00 pm. (need not be present to win).

Prizes this year are (drum roll, please):

"Memories"
A perennial favorite of the annual Raffle is a hand-stitched quilt by Hoback Ranch's resident textile artist, Claudia Roberts.

This year's creation, "Memories", right, demonstrates creative use of the traditional nine-square quilt pattern. Dark and light shades cascade across the face of the quilt adding a modern touch to the traditional fabrics and patterns. The quilt is approximately 6' x 5' - an oversized lap quilt. A title and signature block adorn the contrasting back.

"Dandelions"
This fine quality, framed print features one of Mrs. Eileen Dockham's carefully rendered scenes: Dandelions in the field, left.

Mrs. Dockham's parents homesteaded in Bondurant, and Eileen grew up and raised her family in the Basin. She loved art and became well-known for her work in oils and watercolors. Her favorite topic was the western scenery that she loved. Her landscapes, wildflower and wildlife portraits are widely collected. This item is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Dockham's family.

Proceeds of the BCC's annual Raffle go to fund the Bondurant Community Club's expenses and charitable donations.


Barnyards and Backyards

Have livestock such as horses on your acreage? This is the time of year to consider how you are going to manage the grazing of your livestock in the season to come.

Check out Managing Grazing on Small Acreages, a series of ten videos published on YouTube by our friends at the University of Wyoming Extension agency. This video series addresses the challenges and opportunities of managing grazing on your property (and for those of you struggling to recall what summer looks like you’ll see quite a bit of green!)

For those of us with gardens, yards, or a general interest in making the most of our efforts, UWyoExtension is a treasure trove of useful information! To subscribe to their periodic email listserve, visit Barnyards and Backyards. You'll receive infrequent but timely tips, workshop schedules and updates on cutting edge research.

Summer is short - let's make the most of it!

Jackie

Jackie Thursday, March 6, 2014. Bondurant's own Jackie Lee Duarte passed away Thursday at age 70, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Jackie was born to the late Thomas Emanuel and Connie May Melton on April 19, 1943 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She married Frank Duarte in 1963 and raised their three children in California and Missouri, while she worked as a medical assistant and later a medical transcriptionist.

A woman of true grit, Jackie moved to Wyoming after her first bout of cancer, and there she found her heart and home. She loved riding, going for walks, watching sunrises over the snow, painting; she was skilled with dog agility and team penning; she enjoyed woodworking, kittens, M&M peanuts, ice cream, Mexican food, and her miniature donkeys.

Jackie is survived by her children: Mark, Kathy, and John; by her dog, Gypsy, and her horse, Satin.

Although her smile, love, laugh, and spitfire spirit will be missed, it is comforting to know that her soul is at peace and roaming the mountains of Wyoming.

A celebration of Jackie's life will be held in early summer of 2014.

- Lovingly prepared by Kathleen Duarte

Spring is coming... or so they say

In 2014, spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT. Here’s more information about the equinox and signs of spring:

" The Vernal Equinox - Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna.

"The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

"At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)"

There you have it. If the Old Farmer's Almanac says it, it must be so!


Christmas Party, All Are Welcome

Friday, December 20. Make it a traditional Christmas complete with a visit from Santa Claus, and little kids joyfully singing.

Bondurant moms predict a great Christmas program presented by the kids. Come and join the fun, meet Santa, and wish your neighbors a joyful season!

Bring sandwiches for your family, and COOKIES to share.

Be sure to let Santa's elves (a.k.a. Meghan or Stacy) know if you'll be bringing children to the party.

5:30 pm at St. Hubert The Hunter church in mid-town Bondurant. All are welcome!

Merry Christmas, and a Happy and joyful New Year to you and yours!


Fire Department Open House

Engine #1 Sunday, August 18, noon. You know you always wanted to be a fireman - or at least wanted to hang out at the fire station. Now is your chance!

Join the intrepid men and women of the Bondurant Volunteer Fire Department at their annual Open House. You can meet the volunteers, see the trucks up-close (so cool!) and maybe even be inspired to serve your community by joining the department.

If somehow that doesn't tempt you, lunch at the picnic grounds - featuring fried chicken and homemade ice cream - surely will! Fun for all, and all are welcome.

At the Fire Department next door to the Church, South Hwy 191.

Heritage Days and BCC Benefit Raffle

Sunday, August 11, 2013: This morning a gleeful June Sweede, Heritage Days Mastermind and Raffle coordinator, reported that "between the luscious bake sale, raffle tickets, lunch and rummage sale, the [Bondurant Community] Club made close to $3,400 at this year's Heritage Days!"

This year's Raffle prize winners are (drum roll, please):

Tom Foreman, a visitor who bought the winning ticket from his friends Tom and Ginger Rooks, won Claudia's unique and colorful "Summer Breeze" quilt (left). The quilt is another delightful example of Claudia's amazing design and sewing skills, and Tom will surely treasure it as a reminder of his visit to Bondurant.

Once again, Pauline Robertson sold a winning ticket - this year to Barbara Pape of Daniel Junction. Barbara will enjoy the charming "Wildlife Family" print donated by the family of the late Eileen Dockham - see a photo of the framed art print here.

Proceeds of the annual events go to meet the Bondurant Community Club's expenses and charitable donations. As June reminds us, "Everyone who came and made the day a success, from the donors to helpers to crafters - you are all winners!"


Calendar of Events

Call or email Pat to add or comment on an event:

Use KeepandShare.com online calendar
and Monthly Calendars


Speaking of Calendars: A Few 2013 Bondurant Calendars Are Still Available!

Mr. October

It's a fact that every single person in Bondurant is talented and interesting and noteworthy (and all the children are above average). Yet somehow we narrowed the field down to just 12 photos!

Month by month, the 2013 Bondurant calendar depicts Library supporters ranging from life-long residents with well-known faces to new neighbors bursting with enthusiasm for community activities. See Mr. October and Mr. October (aka Tom and Kevin), left.

Calendars sell for $20 each, or $15 each for more than one.
SALE!! Now only $15 for one calendar. Only $10 each for two or more. Get 'em while they're hot (and it's still 2013)!!

Get your calendar at the Post Office. Or, call or email Arlene (733-8539). Or mail your check to the Library Fund at PO Box 152, Bondurant WY 82922 (include $1 each for postage).

All proceeds go toward the restoration of our historic Bondurant Library.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support of our community Library!


POST Plan for Bondurant

October 19, 2012: Bondurant is one of approximately 80 rural Wyoming post offices under scrutiny of the POST Plan, to be either discontinued or have their hours cut. At Friday's community meeting, Gary Sims, Manager of Post Office Operations in Wyoming, presented the Service's plans.

Gary told us that of 190 surveys sent to Bondurant postal patrons, 123 surveys were returned. 99% of respondents requested "realignment of hours" of operation, as opposed to closing the post office completely. Therefore, said Gary, reduced retail hours for the location will likely be:

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch from 12:00 - 12:30) Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday

The change will become effective 30 days from posting notice - check the post office bulletin board for times.

Gary emphasized that income from rural post offices will greatly influence any future plans concerning the service. So - buy your stamps and post your packages from Bondurant whenever you have a chance - instead of from Pinedale or Jackson! Every dollar will count toward keeping our local post office alive. Send any additional questions or comments to Gary Sims.

Thanks to those who responded to their surveys and to those who attended the meeting. Keep those cards and letters, um, going!

Speed Limit to Remain Unchanged

Friday, October 5, 2012: WyDOT announced that the speed limit through Bondurant will remain unchanged.
Thanks to everyone who acted decisively to help keep our street safe!

PXP Sells Leases

October 5, 2012: Today, Citizens For the Wyoming Range announced that PXP has agreed to accept an offer to purchase their leases in the Wyoming Range. This means that the company will abandon all plans to drill in the Upper Hoback, for their part in the $8.5 million deal.

Contact Dan for more information or to help buy out the leases, one acre at a time.

Meet the Author: Flo Krall

August 29, 2012, Flo Shepard read from and discussed her new book Sometimes Creek to the delight of a full house. Books were purchased and autographed, and neighbors visited over cookies and coffee.

Thanks to Flo for sharing a wonderful evening, and for donating the proceeds from the evening's sales of Sometimes Creek to Bondurant Library's ongoing restoration.

If you mow it, they will come...

August 22, 2011: It was a beautiful day for a ball game!

Despite the haze of smoke from distant wildland fires, enthusiastic sports fans gathered at the River Bend Ranch for a pot luck tail-gate supper right, then retired to the field for some fun...

Batter up!

Left, Gloria braces for a swing...

Right Tanner (June's grandson) lunges for the ball as a runner approaches base...

Thanks to Bill, Martha, Tony and Stacey for the field. Thanks to Jay Sweede for the pics.

Electrifying Birds Take Flight

June 6, 2012. Children's colorful artwork adorns the new LVE station. You can admire six "fine feathered friends" on the new station behind Bondurant's Post Office.

Thanks to Arlene and Missy and the Bondurant Elementary School art class.

Bondurant Fire Department Battles Middle Piney Creek Fire

Bondurant Fire Fighters July 8, 2012. Bondurant fire fighters responded valiantly to the BIG blowout at the summer homes in Middle Piney Creek last week. Above, Richard Thomas and Tam Halling pause in full gear before threatened homes.

Bondurant volunteers have been working on the this local fire since June 24th, and continue to work with Federal resources to contain and protect assets located in the area. The prep work done by firefighters saved all of the summer cabins from the fire as it moved north through the Wyoming Range.

This is living proof that "Firewise" homes CAN withstand a forest fire with a bit of help from resources on hand.

Visit the Bondurant Fire Department Open House (August 19 - see article left) and contact Fire Chief Richard for more information on Grant funding available in Sublette County to make your home FIREWISE.

- Gloria Thomas

Bondurant Library Has A New Look!

Library staining party Sunday , June 8, 2012: Following a warming lunch of chili and cookies, community members cleaned and dusted all the new and old logs of the Bondurant Library.

Monday, June 9, 2012: The next day, hearty souls donned plastic gloves and big smiles for a day of staining the newly-restored building. In the early afternoon, everyone took a break to sing and eat cake in honor of Jim Brinkerhoff's birthday. Work was resumed, and the job completed by mid-afternoon.

The stain color was chosen as the lightest color available - it shows paler on the new wood and darker on aged wood. The stain will protect the logs from deterioration brought on by UV radiation and general weathering.

If we keep up this good work, it will become easier every year. Join us each spring for ongoing maintenance coats!

Events:

Library Meeting

Thursday, July 28
10 am
Bring your ideas, input and creativity!

BCC Meeting

Tuesday, August 4
6 pm pot luck
7 pm meeting

Highway Cleanup

Ongoing
Info at the P.O.

Heritage Days Prep

Wed-Thurs-Fri
9 am - 1 pm
Take items to the Church

Heritage Days Celebration

Saturday, August 8
9 am - 3 pm
At the Church and Library

Softball in the field

t.b.a.
Riverbend Ranch
Stay tuned for more info

Blood Draw

Monday, August 31
7-9 am
Bondurant Fire Hall
Sublette County Public Health Nurse
307-367-2157

Fire Department Open House

t.b.a.
Stay tuned for more info

BCC Meeting

Tuesday, September 1
6 pm pot luck
7 pm meeting

BCC Meeting

Tuesday, October 6
6 pm pot luck
7 pm meeting

Dandelion Wine

Workshop Part III
December 10

Don't forget the finishing touch!

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