March 23 - Over Due Snowmobilers 

Around 8am this morning ACSSAR (with the help of the Snowy Range Snowmobile Club) Received a call-out for an overdue snowmobiler in the Snowy Range in the area of N French Creek. While mobilizing search teams the missing subject was located. Thanks to all those that volunteered to give up there Sunday!

Posted by Dan Hutchison Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:05:00 PM Categories: Call News

Sleuth Housnds LLC All-Breed Trailing Seminar 

June 27th - 29th 2014



June 27, 28 & 29, 2014

Laramie, Wyoming

Sleuth Hounds Mantrailing Instructors:

Marshall Thielen and Colin Thielen

Please join us for a trailing seminar with Master Trainers Marshall Thielen and Colin Thielen in and around Laramie, Wyoming.  The seminar will include both wilderness and urban sessions. Note: This seminar is limited to 6 students per instructor. It is expected to fill fairly quickly. However, if there is sufficient interest, Sleuth Hounds will bring in another instructor.

Marshall Thielen is a partner in the organization. He is a Master Police Officer with a major Police Department in the Washington, D.C. region. He has been a Police Officer since 1993, and has handled both Patrol Dogs and Mantrailing Bloodhounds since 1999. Marshall has lead over 1,700 hours of formal training of canines across the United States and Europe. He is a certified law enforcement instructor for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also been certified as an expert witness in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia numerous times on sexual assault and homicide cases. He has been featured in numerous news reports across the United States for his work with canines and training canine teams.

Colin Thielen is also a partner in the organization. She served as Chief of a very successful and highly respected search and rescue team. She also served as a SUSAR dog handler. Colin has many years of experience in training dogs of many disciplines. She had been utilized on many high profile criminal cases, disaster responses, and missing person incidents. Her areas of expertise are Human Remains Detection (Cadaver), Mantrailing, Air Scent, Gun Dog Training, and Obedience. Her record of success in the field is impressive and she is highly respected by her peers. Colin has taught Search and Rescue as well as Law Enforcement in various disciplines of canine training throughout the nation.

Mail a copy of the registration form with a check or money order payable to Albany County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, your K-9’s current shot records (Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, Bordatella vaccinations), and a signed ACSSAR Acceptance of Risk form to:

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt 
Training Officer
Albany County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue
954 N. McCue St., #21
Laramie, Wyoming 82072

Participants will receive email acknowledgement within two weeks of receipt. They will also receive instructions for check in procedures and additional information about seminar activities. Contact Cathi via email at or via phone, 307-742-6399 or 307-399-147, if you have questions.

It is recommended that participants make arrangements for lodging as earlier as possible. There are a number of tourist attractions and activities in and around Laramie in the summer months and hotels and motels have limited availability during this period.

Instructors will be staying at the Holiday Inn. We will also be using one of their conference rooms for group instruction.

We suggest making reservations for accommodations as early as possible. There are a number of tourist related activities scheduled in and around Laramie throughout the summer. Some of the hotels and motels that accept large dogs include:

Holiday Inn:  $83.00 per night plus tax at the government rate. $25.00 fee for large dogs can be waived for service dogs. Let them know that you are attending our seminar.  (307) 721-9000

AmericInn:  $83.00 per night plus tax at the government rate. No dogs over 100 lbs. $25.00 fee per dog per stay. (307) 745-0777

Quality Inn:  $83.00 per night plus tax at the government rate. Fee for dogs can be waived for service dogs. (307) 742-6665

Days Inn:  $79.00 per night plus tax at the government rate. Service dog – no charge. (307) 745-5678

Hampton Inn:  $85.00 per night plus tax at the government rate. No fee for dogs. (307)742-0125

For those who prefer camping, KOA Kampground has RV/trailer spaces at $39.37 for 50 amp service and $37.17 for 30 amp service. It also has a few cabins: 1 room for $40.00 and 2 rooms for $50.00 and there is dog walking area.  The manager says that the cabins will be reserved very quickly. (307) 742-6553

About Sleuth Hounds LLC

Posted by Dan Hutchison Sunday, March 02, 2014 8:23:00 PM Categories: News Training

Neil's Retirement from the Sheriff's Office 

With Neil recently retrieving from the Sheriff's Office the Board of Directors wanted to keep him busy and out of trouble! 550 cord bracelets seem to be all the rage right now and well we could use some extra funds, so who better to make them!



Congrats on your retirement Neil!!! Enjoy the Rope!

Posted by Dan Hutchison Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:07:00 AM Categories: Meeting News

Over Due Snowmobilers 

At 10:56 (1/25/2014 )this morning Albany County Sheriff's Search & Rescue received a request for a call-out for four lost snowmobilers overdue from a Friday ride in the Snowy Range above Albany. We responded with several teams and support personnel along with teams from the Sheriffs Office.

At approximately 1750 cell phone contact was established with the missing party. From that communication, it was established the party was near the junction of C and S trails.

At 1925 a stand down was received and all four were safe.

Thank you to those that responded!


Update: Official News Release from the Albany County Sheriff's Office.

Posted by Dan Hutchison Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:12:00 PM Categories: Call News

ACSSAR Recruting! 

Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is currently recruiting new members for the organization. The organization provides: Ground Search, 4X4, High Angle Mountain Rescue, Search K-9, Snowmobile and ATV rescue units throughout Albany County.

Albany County Wyoming consists of 4309 square miles of varying terrain with various environmental conditions. This requires members to have above average endurance and to feel comfortable in the great outdoors in extreme conditions. Searching can be very rewarding but also very draining, both physically and emotionally. Our unit is also called upon to conduct evidence searches when the need arises.

Persons interested in volunteering for the program must be able to attend related training and meetings. Volunteers are trained in many aspects of search and rescue, including search techniques, land navigation, rescue and recovery and first aid. Additional training is often offered throughout the region and costs are often subsidized for members.

Meetings and trainings are held at 7pm in the Albany County Commissioners Chambers on the last Tuesday of every month excluding December. There is an application fee of $15 refundable if you are denied membership, all in-house training is provided free of charge.

If you are interested in participating and have question please contact us!

Application to join can be downloaded here: APPLICATION

Posted by Dan Hutchison Monday, October 28, 2013 11:37:00 AM Categories: News

September 3rd 2013 Call 


0145 - Call was received from Albany County Sheriffs Office requesting ground search personnel to assist in locating a missing hunter in the Snowy Range near Centennial Wyoming. Volunteers from ACSSAR deployed as a team and were in route, around 0630 received a stand down from IC as the individual had been located and was safe back at camp after experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 9:15:00 AM Categories: Call

August 4th 2013 - Call-Out 

0933 hr  August 4th - ACSSAR  was called for a second time this week with a Stand-By request from the Albany County Sheriff's Office. Search teams were requested to prepare for a search near Laramie Peak and Friend Park. Two 25 year olds were reported as missing in the area. While Deputy Patrols were sent to the area to determine the Last Known Location, it was determined that both were in fact fine and not in any danger. A Stand Down call was received at 1041.


Sunday, August 04, 2013 8:24:00 PM Categories: Call

July 30th Call-out 

Lost Fisherman Found Safe and Sound!

2:11 am Tuesday July 30th Albany County Sheriffs Search and Rescue was requested by the Sheriff's Office to assist in a search for a overdue fisherman near Bear Lake on Libby Flats.

Briefing time was set for 5:30 at the Albany County Sheriff's Office.  6 Members reporting for the briefing with an additional 4 - 6 responding in the later morning hours if needed.

Teams from ACSSAR and ACSO  were on the on the mountain near sunrise. At approximately 7:15, the overdue subject was located moving in the general direction of his car.  ACSSAR team II escorted the subject the rest of his way to his parked car.  He was wet and cold but in good shape otherwise.

Thank you to all that responded and answer the early morning call.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:01:00 AM Categories: Call

2013 Medicine Bow Fire Restrictions 

7/19/2013 - Update: Fire restrictions have been dropped! Details
Medicine Bow News Release
Fire Restrictions to go into Effect on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Release Date: Jul 1, 2013  

Contact:  Larry Sandoval, (307) 745-2420 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323


Press Release in PDF format


(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 1, 2013 – 

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests at 12:01 a.m. on July 2, 2013. This decision, which was made in coordination with multiple agencies and counties, was prompted by a combination of factors that include rapidly drying vegetation, ongoing drought conditions, growing fire danger, and unfavorable fire weather forecasts.


                 “Despite improved snowpack and a relatively wet spring, conditions are quickly changing and forest vegetation that was recently green is now at increased risk of burning,” said Phil Cruz, Forest Supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). “Last year all but one of our four large fires was started by lightning; however, even one human-caused fire is too many and we hope to proactively reduce this risk by implementing restrictions that are now warranted.”


                 Fire restrictions are needed to help protect public safety and natural resources. They primarily limit where and what types of fires are allowed, however, all prohibitions listed below should be noted and followed. Unless noted by an exception, and until restrictions are rescinded, forest visitors cannot:


1. Build or maintain a fire, or use charcoal, except within permanent fire pits (steel fire rings) or grates provided at Forest Service developed campgrounds or picnic areas. *Note: personal and/or homemade fire pits/rings are not allowed.

Other excepted devices include:

·         Portable stoves, lanterns and heating devices that use petroleum fuels such as pressurized liquid gas or propane that can be readily controlled by a valve.

·         Fully enclosed woodstoves with a ¼” spark arrester screen.  

2. Use explosives. This includes all fireworks, which are always prohibited on National Forest lands, as well as exploding targets used for recreational shooting.

3.  Smoke cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc; except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

4.  Operate acetylene or other torch with open flame (includes welding), unless specifically authorized in writing by the Forest Service.

5.  Operate internal or external combustion engines (e.g. chainsaws, ATVs, dirtbikes, generators, etc) without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.


                Violation of these regulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both.  Anyone responsible for starting a wildland fire could also be held financially liable for fire suppression costs.


                At this time, fire restrictions are not in effect on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Conditions will be monitored throughout the summer to make future decisions on maintaining or rescinding Stage 1 restrictions, or elevating them to Stage 2, which is a complete fire ban.


                For more information contact the following Forest Service Offices, go to our website at, or you can follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG


  • Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, WY, (307) 326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, WY, (307)358-4690
  • Laramie Ranger District, 2468 Jackson Street, Laramie, WY, (307)745-2300
  • Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO, (970)870-2299
  • Parks Ranger District, 100 Main Street, Walden, CO, (970)723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO, (970)638-4516
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 8:05:00 AM Categories: Community

High Angle Training 

Saturday June 29th Members of Albany County Sheriffs Search and Rescue and Deputies with the Albany County Sheriffs office participated in High Angle Rescue training at Vedauwoo. Participants went through setting up litter raising and lowering, gear placement and safety.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 7:45:00 PM Categories: Training
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