Laramie, Wyoming


While we would like to tell you about every mission we participate in, we are unable to do so unless the Albany County Sheriff's Office releases information.



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

ACSAR Meeting 25 Feb 2014

Meeting start, we will be doing photos for ID’s during this meeting. This is only for the new people and anybody who hasn’t previously gotten one.

Please remember that every meetings minutes are online and all are welcome to review and post comments. Vicki began to read the financial report, she also transferred $4,000 to cover the purchase of the vests. There were no substantial incomes for this month.

Matt reviewed the board meeting minutes with everyone; every officer position as well as 3 board member positions are available. Cathi brings up that even if a person doesn’t want to take the position right away, it would be good to shadow a position to learn about it. Matt continued to review the board minutes.

Cathi discusses training; A civilian participated in a dog shoe=w and won, she expressed interest in donating the money won from the Laramie Boomerang to the SAR K9 unit. Cathi is following up with the person. The wilderness first aid class is tentatively scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd, this will be an overnight class and instruction will last a minimum of 16 hours.

Travis mentioned that an ICS 300 class will be held in Cheyenne 3rd 4th and 5th of March, this will be free.

Anybody else who is interested in purchasing a vest please contact Travis or Justin, price is $125. We’re looking to set up a buyback program if you decide to leave and do not want to keep your vest.

The regulations will start to take effect on January 1st 2015, so members who still need training or required equipment have time to meet standards.

Matt explained which positions are available and Justin explained what each position entails as far as time in position and duty requirements.

Training for this meeting is Introduction to Search and Rescue with Cathi

Harold moves to adjourn, Matt 2nd’s and motion carries.

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!

ACSSAR Meeting 28 January 28, 2014

1917 Meeting start, Brian Fritzen gives a debrief of the call out and search from the previous weekend

1920 Vicki gives out the financial report for the previous 2 months (no meeting was held on December).

The tags for the 4 place trailer are due for renewal, we are going to hold off for now.

Cathi begins discussing the training schedule for 2014 and hands out copies. CRP is still scheduled for the 1st of February; First Aid certification will take place on the 8th and then the 22nd. Reminder that K9 training is being held twice a week in Laramie, for further details contact Cathi. We will have a K9 seminar this year as well by some respected K9 workers. We will need assistants during that time (non-K9 personnel). Cathi asks if anyone has any spare vehicles that they could loan ACSSAR for the personnel coming in for the training so we can save money from a rental.

Since we have so many new people at the meeting we conducted more introductions with everyone.

Official SAR vests are discussed; Brenda brought one as an example. We would require orange over any other color but there are 2 different styles available. The vest is passed around for everyone to check out. The vests can be found at

Justin talked about the NIMS 700 certification and other classes/tests that are required and that can be taken online.

For new business: we have elections coming up soon. We would like to set up a nomination committee. If anyone would like to help out with the organization we strongly encourage. Matt and Cathi volunteer to spearhead the committee.

We also have a fundraising letter coming up in April. We use these fundraisers to help maintain and acquire new equipment and training. We need to make sure that the letter gets out in April, timing is everything.

We would like to purchase a new CD in March so we have a CD coming up every quarter.

Some of the Board members are getting to together to come up with better plans of keeping records of training. Cathi has started a spreadsheet and explains how the system would work. This would also be available online so anyone can check their records.

Matt says that the collection jars set up around town have brought in about $65 in a month. The state SAR fund and donation is discussed and explained to some of the new members.

Dan presents Neil Matheson with a retirement gift from ACSSAR.

Dan also goes over the tracking class for later in the year along with passing out applications for the class.

Justin explained the meeting with the Sheriff about SAR (further details in the Jan 21st Board meeting minutes).

2008 Meeting is adjourned Harold moves (carries)


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.

ACSSAR Board Meeting 21-Jan-14

Meeting started at 1900, Dan handed out the agenda and we began with old business. We discussed uniforms; vests were quoted at $125. We would have to do a 20 minimum order in order to get a discount. We are hoping to get at least 12 people to volunteer to pay for their own. Dan is going to get some quotes for prices (bulk) Kurt moved for a vote to get the quote, motion carried.

Cathi handed out a new training schedule for 2014. The agenda for CPR/1st Aid has changed slightly; the class scheduled for the 1st will just cover 1st CPR. We also are required to provide each student with a CPR mask upon qualification but Red Cross no longer supplies.  CPR will take place at a later date. Dan motions to spend $200 for CPR masks, Cathi seconds and motion carries. A Wilderness 1st aid class will be tentatively scheduled for June or July.

We continue to evaluate the training schedule; the swift water class will include ropes and knots. We hope to bring in an instructor for man tracking to gain some tracking awareness for everybody. Due to complications and an increase in trainings Justin proposes breaking down the discipline trainings with the individual picking which discipline they wish to develop in.

Matt proposes having prerequisite classes before tackling specialized classes.

Still need to conduct more pack checks

New Business:

March Elections will be coming up; Cathi proposes assembling a committee for nominations.

Voting member status was discussed with a voting member being someone who 1) has attended 6 or more meetings/trainings and 2) has a successful application 3)has at least made half of their events since application approval.

Vicki wants to do another CD for March for $2000. Dan moves for approval and motion carries

A central location for hard copies of records was decided at the Sheriff’s Office. Justin will look into it.

Cathi passed out e-mails that discuss a dog team seminar; she would like to bring a trainer in. We will need extra commitment from non-k9 people as well to help support this mission.

Dan did an overview of the email newsletter and how it tracks certain statistics.

We still need member information for the website

Justin talks about fundraising options available for us. McAllister’s does sponsorship that we could do. Dominoes does something similar with an attached leaflet to their pizza boxes. We could put up brouchers that describe our mission and our trainings. The board decides to look into these further.

Justin and Dan sat down with the Sheriff and a deputy and discussed the progress over the past 2 years. They are willing to assist us in many different ways. The SO would like to see us conduct more training.

A mounted SAR team was discussed; availability would be the first hurdle. We talked about a link up with the Cheyenne team. More research will be required at this point.

The SO also brought up the idea of a mobile canteen/mess. They would be willing to reimburse costs of food stuffs purchased the day of use.

Fundraising letter needs to be started this month. Our goal last year was radios and we were successful. We also need more ideas for what to shoot for this year.

The Board and officers also reviewed several new member applications, results to be discussed further.

Meeting adjourned at 2120


In Attendance







Matt (conference call)


Attendance: Dan, Matt, Kurt, Neil, Justin

Topics of discussion:
1)    Vests
  a.    Ski Area Supply – Deluxe Vest, Orange w/black yoke, reflective 1’’ strip on chest/back, give one option and see if there are any objections and who are willing to pay
  b.    Expense – Personal vs. SAR, partial payment,
  c.    Deposit for new members could go towards vest cost
2)    January meeting – Tabletop training after meeting for lost snowmobiler, from previous search w/more than 1 lost party (Kathy, Dan, Neil)
3)    Pack Check – Lists -  after crime scene, break up into groups, board/chair member each lead a small group
4)    Donation jars- Matt/Dan
5)    Holiday Dinner – Matt - DATES AVAILABLE 6th or 13th or Thursday nights? (Old Corral – Brent and Myra Gates*), (Bernie’s – 12/6 is open $11.50/person buffet), (Altitude –)
6)    Training -  Upcoming (Justin – highangle, water/technical) Avy – Dan/Cathy, WRF – Neil, Schedule – Cathy
7)    Shed – need place for gear, rental, trailer, Dan’s house?
nistrator, display this info on the title bar.
8)  Discussion and vote of member proposed fundraiser.

ACSSAR Meeting 29-Oct-13

1900 – Meeting start, Justin and Dan discussed the board meeting topics that were brought up last week, Dan also passed out the year budget break downs. The focus next year for spending will be training, either by getting members out for training or by bringing trainers in to Albany County.

CPR training is scheduled for January 2014 (2 separate Saturdays). There is a sign up roster on the back of the sign in paper.

With several new members present, everyone introduces themselves, Dan also handed out a new member information sheet. There is a short orientation as to who we are as a group, what we do, and what the meetings consist of.

Vicki handed out and discussed the financial report

Last Saturday the Fire Dept has set up some High angle training, Neil talked about the training, along with key points and lessons learned. –Working Safely –snowmobile training –flight for life –transporting patients via 4 wheeler.

Matt brought up that it’s always good to show off our high angle skills, and now ACSSAR has dedicated equipment so that people who do not have their own equipment can climb as well.

Next month there will be a pack check, a list of what is required is on the website. 

Cathi brought up that she and several other members are still into training K9’s in town. Trainings are usually held on the weekend and on Wednesdays.

A holiday get together is proposed for the purpose of socializing, almost all members are interested, more details to follow. Cathi brought up that this could be in conjunction with the parade.

1930 – Harold moves to adjurn, Kurt 2nd

Training tonight was Avalanche Awareness

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

ACSSAR Board Meeting 22 October 2013

1900 – Meeting start – Dan begins the meeting with the budget and handed out a yearly report that Vicki made. We went over what is predicted to spend during the next year (2014). Dan brought up that funds thus far are going to the right places (upkeep, training, equipment ect..) and that if we want to train harder it won’t be that hard to earn more. Cathi moves to approve the proposed budget, Matt 2nd and carries.

Dan proposed to do a pack check during the November meeting.

We went over the recruitment letter with Dan who also wants to put it up on the Facebook page. The training letter was approved by the Board and Dan will put it up in the next couple of days.

CPR training was discussed as some members are coming up on renewal. Travis is scheduling in January for the full course which would be a 7 hour class. Travis also will do 2 separate classes on 2 Saturdays in January. Dates that are approved; the 11th and 25th of January.

Application fees will resume for covering the cost of t-shirts. Cathi moves to approve, Dan 2nd, motion carries.

Travis is working on grants to obtain new 4 wheelers. The problem is that when we do use 4 wheelers, they are mostly personal ones that are brought by the searcher. Travis is also working on obtaining grants for training funds, this money would only cover the actual class cost and no gratuity. Dan wants to hold off on any action on our current 4 wheelers until we have more information on the grants proposal.

New members: NTR at this time

1955 Meeting adjourned


In Attendance

Dan Hutchinson

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Josh Hurt

Neil Matheson

Travis Wright

Matt Allshouse (conference call)

ACSSAR Meeting 24-Sept-2013

1900 – Meeting start, Dan to run the meeting due to Justin being Out of Service. Dan handed out the financial report for Vicki (out with illness). Matt reports that the t-shirts will be ready by tomorrow, the banner is also finished (and was brought in).

Old Business: Jelm Mountain was successful, nothing too exciting happened. There was one recovery done after the race, but was unrelated to the race.

Dan reminds everyone that cold weather is moving in, please make sure your pack in ready accordingly. Hunters are also out and about so please be prepared.

Training tonight will be search strategy and tactics

1915 – Move to Adjourn (Harold) 2nd (Kurt)

Meeting Called to Order @ 1900

Jim VanCise presented an introduction to CASIE III tot he members in Attendance. CASIE III is  Search &  Rescue Management Software Package free to Download. Jim gave a high level overview into some of the functionality.

The BOD is planning on further exploring the Software as we see it as a vital piece to improving our performance and record keeping.

There is a meeting planned Oct 1st @ 7:00 pm to further play with the software and explore its functionality. The Following board Meeting will also be utilized in learning CASIE III.

20:10 - This months meeting and training will be Search Tactics, Cathi, Neil, and Dan will be presenting.

Jelm Mtn Run is this weekend, Travis is bringing Radios and 4 wheelers. Plan to meet between 0745 and 0815 at Jelm Mountain turn.

Shirts have been ordered and should be done Monday 23rd.

There are several trainings happening Locally this fall. MBNSP is hosting and OEC Class for the Ski Patrol, it is unknown if we can participate with out becoming Ski Patrol members.Neil is going to find out for us.

OAP has an NOLS Wilderness First Aid class coming up in December for anyone interested. Also several options for Avalanche training coming up.

Radios were also a short topic of conversation. Justin is working with Jerry Hamann to determine what radios can still be used.

Board made a motion to approve 1/2 expense for Travis to attend the Grant Writing class on our behalf.

Meeting adjourned at 2100

Attendance: Neil Mathison, Dan Hutchison(b), Justin Curtright, Kurt Braisted(b), Cathi Carr-Lundfelt(b), Harold Magness, Jim Van Cise, Travis Wright(b)

(b) = Board Member