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“We have utilized Always Best Care for about 10 months . We wanted the best care possible for my dad. We met Lisa when she was sent to my parents home, and we knew instantly she was a perfect fit. She is outstanding and always takes excellent care of my dad. It is truly a blessing to have her. Thank you Lisa and Always Beat Care for being there when we needed it the most”

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“I have worked for Always Best Care since 2022. It is an amazing company with high quality services for seniors.”

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“What a great and mind easing experience. Carrie was very informative and was able to answer all my questions and give us direction on our Dad. I highly recommend Always Best and of course Carrie! Thank you!”

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“Always Best care has provided me with a kind, musical and caring person. She does an exceptional job! I am very thankful for her being a part of my daily care. Thank you Irene Dinkins and thank you Always Best Care”

Walter J.

“My caregiver Andrea Salido I believe is one of the best worker they have! Great services.”

William B.

“Fantastic staff and care provider, Tiffany Gardner goes above and beyond, works really hard and a great cook too!!thank you abc and Tiffany!!!”

Angel K.

“A great company and dependable. All the workers are very pleasant and works well. Shelly is my regular person and is a great person to be around. She's very efficient and easy going which is good. I might mention I'm not the easiest person to get along with. Tell her to keep up the good work.”

Dennis C.

“I am a very happy client with Always best care for many years. Don't know what I would do without my caregiver, Kara, she has been with me for about 3years now and she is so wonderful in every way! Joann pope”

Kara H.

“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for 4 years for my Mom's in home care. The staff are caring and helpful, and take great care in providing for her needs. Minda Geir has been instrumental in keeping the scheduling department working, despite the changes that are needed when doctors appointments and other changes are needed. It is not an easy job and we appreciate the efforts she takes to communicate with us. Minda has been a gem! I also want to recommend working with Kathee Grgich. She is in a different department at Always Best Care. She is helping us find a future assisted living facility for my Mom as she may want to move this year. Kathee has spent many hours looking for different places and even going with us on tours of these places. Her recommendations have been invaluable, saving us time and giving us incites we would never have known otherwise. This service is provided free of charge, and I cannot express how important Kathee's help has been. Always Best Care provides other valuable senior services, and I would highly recommend considering their services.”

Nina A.

“I work here currently. I LOVE Katie the scheduler. She is always on top of her job and gets things handled.”

Amber K.

“This post is from my brother Charles…I look forward to Alex Isley‘s weekly visits! We are relaxed around each other; he is very willing to help me with many things to make my life easier. He encourages me to go outside for fresh air and activities but reminds me to sit down and rest when I need to. It is a pleasure to have him in my home. Thank you Alex!”

Janet H.

“I highly recommend always best care , I work with them for many years and I’m very pleased with their service , if you or your loved one needs help do not hesitate to reach out to Allways best care”

Miha J.

“Rinah has been very carrying and supportive.”

Lyle S.

“My wife love the way she cleaned but one that sold her on using her was her name Isabel.”

Gary C.

“Tori Burke has been great. She's doing a awesome job helping my mother with all her needs. Tori has a very special personality that makes my mom feel very comfortable. Thank you for sending Tori to us.”

Mary L.

“Nina Thao was my Fathers caregiver and she always went above and beyond. We were so blessed to have such a hard working, empathetic, and dependable person who helped my Father live as comfortably as possible past 100 years old! I would Highly recommend Nina Thao from Always Best Care to help your family when in need. Sincerely, Cynthia Coopee”

Cynthia C.

“I am writing to praise the caregiving and support that Shristi provides to my brother, Sgt Michael Iwanaga for the last year. Shristi is always friendly, has a great attitude, is extremely helpful and always willing to go the “extra mile”. My brother could not be happier with the care and companionship that Shristi has provided to him. He was initially reluctant to have a care giver but since having Shristi’s care and support he does not know how he would be able to do without her. He would be extremely bereft should Shristi no longer be able to provide him with the care. I would also like to commend your administrative staff for their responsiveness, support and positive attitude. We could not be happier with the care that your organization has been able to provide to my brother. In fact, I have referred your organization to my cousin, Lucille Irby for assistance due to the excellent care and responsiveness of your organization. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. With appreciation, Tami Pereira”

Tami P.

“We have been with Always Best Care for 2 years. My dad is 91 and has enjoyed all of the caregivers. Victoria is his favorite. They get along beautifully. They work with the veterans and are somewhat flexible with scheduling. I would recommend Always Best Care for your caregiving needs.”

Mary L.

“Sandra Benton is terrific, kind, professional and takes such good care of us!”

Semmy M.

“Kirsten Hellar has been my care-giver for over 2 years She has always helped me in the shower and drying me off and helping me to get dressed. I feel very comfortable with her taking care of me on mon wed & Friday.”

Kirsten H.

“Jaquay has been a wonderful helper.”

Danelle G.

“I think that Jhanai B. Is great, she is a very pleasant person to be with, she does everything I ask and makes me smile and also helps me up and down, such an amazing company.”

Eilene G.

“Jennifer! Hope you are doing great! John and I are so thankful for all the help from the wonderful team at Always Best Care! We are fortunate to know such talented and compassionate people! Please share our appreciation with everyone!”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Pilot Hill, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Pilot Hill, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Pilot Hill, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Pilot Hill,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Sacramento sees the ‘wettest New Year’s Eve on record.’ Here’s how much rain, snow fell

Impressive amounts of rain were recorded in the Sacramento region after a fierce winter storm swept through Northern California in what the National Weather Service called “one of the wettest New Yea...

Impressive amounts of rain were recorded in the Sacramento region after a fierce winter storm swept through Northern California in what the National Weather Service called “one of the wettest New Year’s Eves on record.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Rowe said downtown Sacramento saw 2.79 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending 7 a.m. Sunday while Sacramento Executive Airport saw 2.12 inches and Sacramento International Airport received 1.89 inches for a 24-hour total. The rainfall at Sacramento Executive Airport tied a record from 2005, according to Rowe.

“There was a solid 2 to 3 inches of rain across much of the metro area,” Rowe said.

Authorities and residents were still navigating flood conditions in southern Sacramento County, including the closure of Highway 99 at Dillard Road, where upwards of four dozen motorists were rescued from floodwaters. Upstream along the Cosumnes River, two levees failed after being overtopped by the deluge.

In Sacramento County, a gauge near Rancho Murieta received 4.29 inches of precipitation through 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Natomas, Folsom, Elk Grove and Orangevale all received 3.5 inches or more in the same period.

In Placer County, most locations received more than 2 inches of rain including Auburn Airport, which got 3.54 inches, and Loomis, which saw 3.04 inches of rain. Roseville, Blue Canyon and areas north of Rocklin all saw significant rainfall totals.

In El Dorado County, most locations saw 2 inches or more of precipitation. Georgetown received 3.98 inches through Sunday morning while Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Pilot Hill and Rescue saw more than 3 inches in the 24-hour period.

Davis received the most rain in Yolo County, according to meteorologists, netting 1.85 inches of rain in the 24-hour ending 7:30 a.m.

The storm didn’t let up in the Sierra, blanketing the region in snow.

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Tahoe reported 29.9 inches of new snow over a 24-hour period ending at 9 a.m. Scientists at the station said snow fell at a rate of 7.5 inches per hour between 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday. Since Friday, the lab has received nearly 34 inches of powder.

Ski resorts in the area posted additional impressive snowfall totals: Tahoe Donner recorded 39 inches of new snow Sunday morning and Sugar Bowl got 34 inches, as most North Tahoe ski spots saw 2 to 4 feet of snow from the 24-hour period. For the season, the basin has received upwards of 16 feet of snow.

The National Weather Service is expected to release more overnight snow totals for the Sierra region later Sunday.

Another major winter storm is expected to hit the Sacramento region on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing with it significant rain, heavy snow in the Sierra and wind gusts reaching 50 mph.

After a sunny Sunday and some rain Monday, there will likely be “some clouds and maybe a light drizzle here or there Tuesday,” said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

By Wednesday afternoon, conditions will begin to worsen.

The heaviest rain of the next storm will hit the region Wednesday night through Thursday morning, Chandler-Cooley said.

For now, the forecast is calling for wind gusts of between 40 and 45 mph, but that could change as the forecast models develop and predicted gusts could be more in the 50-mph range, according to Chandler-Cooley.

Travelers planning to head to the mountains should plan to leave no later than Wednesday morning. Heavy snow is expected above 4,500 feet, with snow levels dropping on Thursday.

This story was originally published January 1, 2023, 12:37 PM.

‘Violent incident’ suspect found dead in river


The body of a man suspected of being involved in a Dec. 12 violent incident in Pilot Hill was recovered from the South Fork of the American River Wednesday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

The decedent has been identified as Bruce Oscar Gordon, 33, a man local authorities have been searching for since the December incident that sent two victims to the hospital with “significant injuries” after being allegedly attacked with an axe, according to information made available from the investigation. The two victims and Gordon knew each other, detectives say. Sheriff’s officials warned that Gordon was considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Heard over radio traffic, Gordon’s body was initially sighted on the river Monday with search and rescue teams on scene at about 3:40 p.m. A call to dispatchers indicated a person was seen in the river tied to a rope. Shortly afterward dispatch logs show that responding officers had advised Gordon was likely deceased.

The cause and manner of Gordon’s death are under investigation, according to a Facebook post from EDSO.

New fires threaten homes in Northern California’s El Dorado County, taxing firefighter resources

Reporting from Sacramento —New brush fires, including one threatening homes in El Dorado County, broke out Wednesday, further straining the efforts of overloaded firefighters who are trying to keep up.The Omega fire was one of three in burning in the Sierra foothills that sparked evacuations. It had burned more than 30 acres near Pilot Hill, and officials were hitting it with water-dropping aircraft.The Sunset fire in Placer County was also raging, consuming more than 1,000 acres.AdvertisementAnother ...

Reporting from Sacramento —

New brush fires, including one threatening homes in El Dorado County, broke out Wednesday, further straining the efforts of overloaded firefighters who are trying to keep up.

The Omega fire was one of three in burning in the Sierra foothills that sparked evacuations. It had burned more than 30 acres near Pilot Hill, and officials were hitting it with water-dropping aircraft.

The Sunset fire in Placer County was also raging, consuming more than 1,000 acres.


Another fire was burning in northern Mendocino County, about nine miles east of Covelo. The Eel fire, as it is being called, was uncontained after burning 865 acres as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire is traveling through quick-burning grass and oak in a rural area of rolling hills that can become steep and difficult to access, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said.

“It’s going to keep growing, hopefully not very much more, but we’ll find out,” McLean said Wednesday morning.

The largest and deadliest of the wildfires burning in California is the Carr fire, which as of Wednesday afternoon had burned 115,538 acres and was 35% contained.

Fire crews have been battling the blaze in triple-digit heat. On Wednesday, however, forecasters said temperatures will return to normal, or close to it, by this weekend. Temperatures will reach the high 90s and humidity will hover around 20%, said Roy Skinner, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

“Any break in the weather is appreciated — we’re at 35% containment,” he said. “However, we don’t want people to be complacent, or on edge. But the fact is, this fire was started by just one little spark off a vehicle.”


Still, as a low-pressure system approaches from the west, the area could see shifting winds and gusts of up 30 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Dang said.

“This fire has a very unique personality,” said Jason Shanley, a spokesman for the Carr fire incident response. It’s been active at night, while a stubborn inversion layer has kept smoke low to the ground and hindered air support during the day. Conditions also spawned a fire tornado that ripped through parts of Redding. “Every day there’s a new challenge.”

The fire is now mostly burning on its western flank. On the eastern end, more and more of the 38,000 fire evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes — or what is left of them — in and around Redding.

The Carr fire has claimed six lives so far — those of a Redding fire inspector, a private bulldozer contractor and four civilians. It has also destroyed more than 1,500 structures, becoming the sixth most destructive wildfire in recorded California history.

Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters that large, destructive fires would probably continue and cost the state billions of dollars over the next decade.

“The more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they’re now occurring in real time,” Brown said at a news conference at the state’s emergency operations center outside Sacramento.

State officials said more than 13,000 firefighters are on duty fighting 16 large fires that have burned a total of 320,000 acres and displaced more than 32,000 residents. Seventeen states have offered assistance to California during the last week, sending help from as far away as Maine and Florida. Though the state has the resources now to combat the large wildfires, fighting them and keeping people safe will become harder, Brown said.

“Things will get much tighter in the next five years as the business cycle turns negative and the fires continue,” Brown said.

Myers reported from Sacramento, Cosgrove from Yosemite, and Kohli and Tchekmedyian from Los Angeles.

Paraglider survives crash near Pilot Hill


The paraglider suffered moderate, non-life threatening injuries and was treated by El Dorado County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire medics before being transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Hospital by a California Highway Patrol helicopter, according to a spokesperson with CHP Valley Division Air Operations.

CHP officials said they think the pilot may have been paragliding with a friend but the paraglider’s identity, launch point and destination will not be made public.

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Pilot Hill Project Is Nearly Ready To Open To The Public

The Pilot Hill Project started in 2017 when rancher Doug Samuelson approached Albany County with a proposition. They could have first dibs on his almost 5,500 acres of land just East of Laramie - it was already land where people liked to recreate in the past - but they had to raise the ten million dollars to purchase it within a year. Since then, it's blossomed into a community-wide project.Three years later, it's nearly ready to open to the public. The official closing date is expected to be in early August. Until then, it's still pr...

The Pilot Hill Project started in 2017 when rancher Doug Samuelson approached Albany County with a proposition. They could have first dibs on his almost 5,500 acres of land just East of Laramie - it was already land where people liked to recreate in the past - but they had to raise the ten million dollars to purchase it within a year. Since then, it's blossomed into a community-wide project.

Three years later, it's nearly ready to open to the public. The official closing date is expected to be in early August. Until then, it's still private property. In the meantime, I got a sneak peek with Pilot Hill's Sarah Brown Matthews.

The top half of the property is mostly wooded. As you move down the slope, it starts to become more open with exposed limestone areas that are important for refilling the Casper Aquifer.

"You can also see interesting geologic features. These uplifts over here of limestone. You can see this upper one has a neat cave in it, and one of our trails will allow you to get close to the cave," Brown Matthews said.

The two-track we're on is an old ranch road. Most of the roads like this one will be converted into trails or allowed to weather away, but some will be maintained as easements and for emergency access.

"There are some that are truly impassable. And there are some roads that are shown on maps that don't even exist," explained Brown Matthews.

The Pilot Hill property will eventually be crisscrossed by nearly 44 miles of multi-use trails for nonmotorized recreation, built in three phases. The Northern half of the property, where the bulk of the trails will be, will support a wide variety of user groups including mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders.

"We got people who are interested in coming here and they'll say, 'is there trail riding around where you are?' Well, no we don't really have anything that people can directly access without getting in their horse trailers and going up to the Happy Jack Area or going out to the Snowies," said Diane Kempson, owner of Nightengale Stables in Laramie.

Kempson wouldn't be surprised if the proximity to trails encouraged some overnight guests to stay longer and that could help Laramie's economy.

Outdoor recreation is one of the largest industries in Wyoming, accounting for $1.6 billion in revenue in 2017. It helps that the state's vast spaces include nearly 98,000 square miles of public land. And Laramie's proximity to mountains and trails already makes it a hub.

Lindsay Olson, the owner of the outdoor gear store Atmosphere Mountainworks, also thinks the property will encourage people to visit and stay in Laramie.

"For customers, it makes sense. There's more reasons for people to jump off the interstate and come and spend time here instead of just blowing through and heading out to Yellowstone or Jackson or wherever they're heading to," Olson said.

She thinks it will also incentivize new graduates to remain in Laramie.

"We have a lot of students, but I'm always afraid that we're going to lose students after they graduate because, well, there's a lack of jobs maybe. But if there's these valuable recreation opportunities, maybe now in this new world, working remotely in Laramie is an opportunity," Olson said.

Easy access to trails may also encourage people to try a new outdoor activity, like mountain biking. Cindy Dywan is president of BikeNet, a nonprofit group that built the Schoolyard trails, a system on state land next to the proposed park.

"Even before the pandemic, we had a good increase in the number of people getting into mountain biking," said Dywan. "We've had some families where parents had no interest in mountain biking and their kids discovered it for one reason or another, and it kind of brings the whole family in, which is just super fun to see."

BikeNet is one of the many organizations that helped with planning for Pilot Hill. An incorporated group raised money from the community to buy the land, and the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments made the final purchase from Doug Samuelson. Albany County will take over the management of it this fall.

But Pilot Hill won't be just Samuleson's ranch. University of Wyoming and Bureau of Land Management owned lands will also be a part of the area, and BikeNet plans to turn their lease on the Schoolyard trails over to become part of the parcel too.

It'll be managed by a board of directors that will oversee management of the property for Albany County.

They won't just be managing for outdoor recreation. The Southern half of the land will protect critical wildlife habitat and winter range for deer, elk, and pronghorn. The hope is that hunting will eventually be allowed under Game and Fish guidance.

"It's certainly a consideration that we want to think about seriously and make sure that not only are we doing the right thing for the land and for the elk and deer herds up here, but also that we're being good stewards of the opportunity for our citizens who love to hunt and rely on that meat for their families," said Sarah Brown Matthews.

Pilot Hill trail construction will start this fall and will be completed in about a decade. After the property is officially purchased, people will be able to start enjoying it.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Ivy Engel, at iengel@uwyo.edu.


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