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Grand Teton park to outshine bigger Yellowstone for eclipse

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park sits in the shadow of its world-renowned neighbor, Yellowstone National Park.

Thanks to Monday's solar eclipse, Teton is expected to outshine even Yellowstone for at least a day. Grand Teton is directly in the path of totality. The park is expecting its busiest day ever for the eclipse, with congestion and traffic that's regularly seen in Yellowstone.

Grand Teton is one of two U.S. national parks and 21 National Park Service-operated sites nationwide that the total eclipse will pass over. Grand Teton has prepared detailed plans for the eclipse and brought in about 10 additional rangers from elsewhere, including some from Yellowstone.


The Latest: Deal reached on Yellowstone wildlife protections

JARDINE, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian mining company and a pair of conservation groups have finalized agreements they say will protect two tributaries of the Yellowstone River and part of a crucial migration corridor for thousands of elk from Yellowstone National Park.

Kinross Gold President J. Paul Rollinson signed the agreements yesterday with representatives of Trout Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The Toronto-based mining company donated 549 acres and its water rights for two Yellowstone River tributaries near the company's former Mineral Hill Mine site in Montana. The mine closed more than a decade ago and has undergone a major restoration.



New research facility dedicated at University of Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has officially dedicated its new state-of-the-art research facility on the Laramie campus. The $68 million High Bay Research Facility was built to for oil and gas research.

Gov. Matt Mead was among those who attended the dedication ceremony Yesterday. Mead says the facility represents a commitment to maintaining Wyoming's leadership role in energy research.

UW President Laurie Nichols says UW researchers and students will be able to expand cutting-edge oil and gas research that benefits the state, as well as other engineering research important to industries in the state and region.


Wyoming ACT scores dip slightly

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's eleventh-grade ACT scores dipped slightly compared with the previous year although education officials say the difference was statistically insignificant. Students who took the ACT last spring had a composite score of 19.7 statewide. In 2016, the statewide composite score was 20.0.

All Wyoming 11th graders must take the ACT, which tests knowledge on English, reading, math and science. While none of the results showed increases in any of the subjects, Wyoming Education Department spokeswoman Kari Eakins says the differences were not statistically significant.

Park County School District No. 16 had Wyoming’s highest average, at 22.1.  The average composite score of 20 has Wyoming ranked 11th in nation. State Education Superintendent Jillian Balow said when it comes to determining how Wyoming did compared to other states it’s hard to say. All Wyoming students take the ACT exam. In some states, only college bound students take the test, which can elevate scores.

Fremont District 14 and 21 had the lowest average scores in the 15 point range. Balow said the results of these tests will be used to identify schools that need additional support. That specific analysis has yet to be released but should be out in the coming weeks.

The Wyoming Readiness Report and ACT Profile Report can be found at:

Leave the burning to the sun: Fire bans in effect for eclipse week in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

(LANDER, Wyo.)  The Wind River Eclipse should be the only fiery show in town this week, and even the moon is keeping that flame to a minimum on Aug. 21. We should all do the same here on Earth in Wind River Country/Fremont County to ensure travelers and locals alike can enjoy a safe eclipse week. 

August is peak fire season in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, and a wet spring produced tall grasses that are ripe to start a wildfire. The Fremont County Fire Warden, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department have instituted a countywide fire ban for this reason. As always, fires are not allowed on Wyoming State Lands. 

Fireworks will not be permitted.

Campfires are only allowed in existing, established fire rings or portable fire pits with screens or spark arresters, except on Game and Fish lands, in which case they are not permitted at all.

All legal campfires must be extinguished completely—travel with extra water to put out your campfire entirely.

Take extra care to extinguish your cigarettes, ash and butts.

Do not park a hot car in high grass. 

Let the sun and moon take center stage this week, and leave the sparks for the 4th of July. 

For more travel and safety information during the eclipse week, visit http://www.windrivereclipse.org/planningyourtrip/. Find all our Wind River Eclipse information at WindRiverEclipse.org

Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 8/16/2017


23 year old Mykle Johnson of Riverton – Probation Revocation


10:20am -  An emergency device was activated in the back country, however this device had a two way radio and the person was alright.

1:15pm -  A load of hay dumped on the road by Industrial Park near Lander.

4:10pm -  A person was bitten by a dog in Kinnear.

4:30pm -  A violation of protection order took place in Hudson.

5:50pm -  A woman requested an ambulance in Pavillion because she was bleeding from the nose and eyes.

10pm -  A man was seen in a pasture on Irwin Ln. in Lander, and the resident was concerned because their horses tails had been cut in the past.

11:30pm -  A two vehicle accident occurred in Shoshoni.

11:50pm -  Two people were seen pulling fences down and entering yards in Cozy Court in Riverton.

1am -  A 22 year old man was cited for possession of marijuana on Sunset Dr. in Riverton.


Lander Police Calls from 8/16/2017

12:30pm -  Bike parts were stolen from an address in the 300 blk of Market St.

1pm -  A resident on Cascade St. was watering the neighbors lawn and was getting their motorcycle wet.  Cops said it was an ongoing feud between neighbors.

2:20pm -  An area Lander resident was receiving harassing phone calls.

4:40pm -  A parent called the cops because they believed their son was smoking pot. 

5:50pm -  A motorist leaving Mr. D’s was called in as a REDDI.  Cops said it wasn’t.

9:50pm -  A family fight occurred in the 800 blk of N. 6th.  Cops told them to settle down.



Union to adds Fiber Optic Service to Lander/Hudson

(LANDER, Wyo.)  The Lander Economic Development Association (LEDA) and Union Wireless Company will host an open house celebrating the joining of Union’s fiber optic cable network from Rawlins to Lander. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 30th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the new LEDA Enterprise Park, located directly south of the Lander Central Wyoming College Campus on Leedy Boulevard.

Enterprise Park was developed by LEDA to encourage existing businesses from across the United States to relocate in the community as well as an incubator for new startups. 

Union’s new fiber optic network will provide the high-speed data capacity necessary to conduct business in today’s fast-paced environment.”

Union has installed three underground conduits into Lander and Hudson. One conduit currently holds 48 fiber optic strands into Lander. Two of these strands will be “lit-up” to provide immediate expanded local services while the other strands will be available for future use as the need arises. The two empty conduits will be available for future expansion by installing additional fiber strands or through leasing the conduit to additional broadband providers.

Union will make excess capacity available to other broadband providers for purchase to provide increased speed and redundant services to the community. Union has stated that several current internet/phone providers have communicated interest in acquiring the expanded broadband capacity when it is complete.


Ideas coming out of Wyoming economic diversity effort

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says he's hearing new ideas from an initiative on how Wyoming can diversify its economy beyond fossil fuels.

The ENDOW Executive Council met in Jackson and hosted an advisory committee of national and international business leaders.

Mead says one new idea he heard being discussed was starting a pre-approval process for industrial parks that could house facilities like power plants and how to build on the state's tourism industry.

ENDOW was formed to develop a 20-year strategy to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy in Wyoming. It is charged with presenting three reports to the governor and Legislature over the next year.


2 Wyoming men accused of abandoning horses

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Two brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges that they abandoned three horses in northern Wyoming last winter.

Brad and David Flint, of Park County, entered their pleas Tuesday to misdemeanor charges in Park County Circuit Court. They have been released on $3,000 bail each, and a Dec. 21 trial date has been set.

The two are accused of "cruelly abandoning" three horses in the Shoshone National Forest last winter. Two of the horses were eventually rescued, while the third apparently died.

Forest Service Law Enforcement officer Ron Ostrum says the horses were lost during a hunt in the Meeteetse (meh-TEET'-see) area last September.

The two surviving horses were found by the horn hunter in April.


Wyoming couple indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Wyoming couple on charges of bankruptcy fraud.

The Internal Revenue Service accuses 41-year-olds James Edward Knight II and Ashley Elizabeth Knight of lying on an application for bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying back taxes.

James Knight is also facing a charge of making a false statement under oath. If found guilty, each of the two charges could result in five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Knight's attorney declined comment.

Ashley Knight faces the same charges as well as 12 counts of laundering of monetary instruments. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison for each count. Her attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.


Wyoming QB Allen up for Manning Award

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has been named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List.

The award is presented by the Sugar Bowl to the nation's top college quarterback after the postseason.

Allen is one of 30 initial nominees for the award.

As a sophomore in 2016, Allen ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 20 in the NCAA with 28 touchdown passes.


Fugitive sought for dumping radioactive oilfield waste

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials say a fugitive who escaped custody in Wyoming four years ago is being sought for the illegal dumping of radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that James Kenneth Ward is considered violent and dangerous and should not be approached.

Ward was indicted in April in U.S. District Court in Montana on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say he was paid by a company to dispose of hundreds of pieces of radioactive oil field waste known as filter socks, which are used to strain the sometimes-radioactive fluids produced during oil and gas exploration.

Instead of bringing the socks to a licensed landfill, prosecutors say Ward dumped them inside an abandoned North Dakota gas station.


Judge blocks 176 million ton coal mine expansion in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has blocked a proposed 176 million-ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of an underground coal mine in central Montana because federal officials did not consider its climate change impacts.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said that officials inflated the economic benefits of the 11-square mile (28-square kilometer) expansion of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain coal mine while ignoring its environmental impacts.

The judge's order, issued Monday, bars Signal Peak from mining in the proposed expansion area pending further studies.

Molloy says the Office of Surface Mining must consider the environmental effects of shipping the fuel to customers in Asia and pollution generated in burning the fuel.

Signal Peak Vice President Joseph Farinelli says the company is reviewing the ruling and it will not immediately affect operations. The mine near Roundup employs more than 250 people.

Lander Police Calls for 8/15/2017

9:30am -  30 year old Michael Kornder was served warrants at the jail.

12:11pm -  A small boy was found wandering around alone in the 800 block of Cascade.  Officers were finally able to locate the house and the mother was home.  DFS did a walk through and to visit with the mother.

1:05pm -  Report of a stolen vehicle was made by a resident in the 500 blk of N. 1st.  Said when he woke up, his vehicle was gone.  However it was learned that a family member had it.

1:05pm -  A counterfeit $100 bill was passed to a business on Main.  Police are reviewing security video.

1:10pm -  30 year old Tara Snyder of Fort Washakie was picked up in the 600 blk of Main St. and transported to city court to pay a $475 bond.

4:50pm -  A female employee at the Scream Shack on Main was approached by a man who invited her to go play pokemon Go and to go feed the monster.  UTL.

11:55pm -  3 13 year old’s were cited for curfew violation on Smith St.

4:50am -  42 year old Julius Lajeunesse of Riverton was served a warrant at the jail.


Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 8/15/2017


32 year old Leah Bache of Fort Hall Id. -  Failure to Appear.

36 year old Charles Black of Arapahoe -  Contempt of Court

25 year old Brian Melber of Riverton – Probation Revocation.

19 year old Alissa Yellowrobe of Arapahoe -  Failure to Appear

25 year old Bobby York of Riverton – Probation Revocation


7:20am -  Someone hit a deer on Warm Springs Creek in Dubois.

10:45am -  An ambulance was sent to Kelsy St. in Dubois for a woman who was unresponsive.

11:25am -  An investigation was opened for an assault in the Dubois area.

4:10pm -  A report was made of someone playing loud music at Cozy Mobile Home park.

4:30pm -  A resident on Mazet Rd in Riverton reported 6 pigs were in their yard.

5pm -  It was reported that a drunk woman was outside yelling at Cozy Mobile Home park in Riverton.

5:15pm -  It was reported a vehicle on Hwy 789 near Riverton was trying to run other vehicles off the road.

5:50pm -  A parent called the cops because their 12 year old was throwing items out of a truck window at Worthen Meadows and hit his grandmother in the nose.

6:40pm -  Tribal Game and Fish were called to the river in the area of Gas Hills Rd because 2 people were floating a raft down the river shooting pelicans with shot guns.

10:35pm -  A pickup left the roadway on 17 mile rd and the driver called for help.

11:25pm -  REDDI on a white chevy Malibu traveling on Sunset in Riverton.


South Pass City State Historic Site

Catch the Night Shift:  Lantern Tours & Beer Tasting

August 19th at 6:30 pm

Contact Joe Ellis 307-332-3684- or joe.ellis@wyo.gov


Take a tour of hand crafted beers with your guide Kirk Billings then tour South Pass City and the Carissa Mine.  Historically the Carissa Mill ran 24 hours a day.  Miners would go off to work at the mine and follow up their day’s labor with a libation in the many saloons in South Pass City.  Follow in their footsteps and enjoy an evening of fine brews and a see the Carissa as a night miner saw it!

Add it to your eclipse weekend plans!

Tickets are $40 & include the tasting, hors d'oeuvres & tour of the Carissa.  

All proceeds benefit the Friends of South Pass.  The Friends of South Pass are 501C3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of South Pass City State Historic Site.

Call 307-332-3684 for tickets.

Lyman to command Wyo. Air National Guard 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Col. Paul Lyman, the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing commander, was chosen to become the next Wyoming Air National Guard commander. He will assume command in November. 

Lyman will succeed Brig. Gen. Steve Rader, who will retire. Rader has served as the assistant adjutant general since 2015. 

"Col. Lyman will continue in his predecessor's footsteps in leading the Wyoming Air Guard," said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general. 

"It's an honor to be selected as the next Wyoming Air National Guard commander," Lyman said. "I'm looking forward to tackling future challenges, including operational contingencies and manning concerns." 

Lyman has served as the wing commander since February 2016. Prior assignments have included serving as the Wyoming Air Guard including 153rd Airlift Wing vice wing commander, 153rd Mission Support Group commander and Wyoming Air Guard Headquarters liaison officer.

Eclipse Exhibit up at the Riverton Museum: Focusing on the Solar Eclipse of 1918 

In connection to the Great American Eclipse that will be seen on August 21 st, the Riverton Museum has created an Eclipse Exhibit that focuses on a similar solar eclipse that occurred almost 100 years ago in 1918, which traveled roughly along the same path as the one we will see in August. While photographs of the eclipse from that time are not part of the Riverton Museum's photograph collection, there is a great selection of photographs of Riverton from that time period that gives visitors a brief glimpse into Riverton's past. 

"What is great about this exhibit is that it gives a comparison of the solar event 99 years ago to today. Visitors will be able to view the photographs that we have on display and see how Riverton looked almost 100 years ago when the total solar eclipse crossed through the state of Wyoming. While the 1918 eclipse was only partially viewed in Riverton, compared to the 100% totality that will be seen in August, there was still a great excitement from everyone within Wyoming and the Riverton community," said Karline Stetler, curator at the Riverton Museum.  

The photograph exhibit focuses on how Riverton looked in 1918, showcasing significant businesses, buildings, and agricultural activities, with articles from Wyoming newspapers that talked about the solar event. The Eclipse Exhibit will run from August through the first of September while the eclipse is in full swing. For more information, or to purchase a pair of eclipse viewing glasses you can contact the Riverton Museum at 307-856-2665 or visit them at their location at 700 East Park Avenue. 

Google, UC Berkely team choose Dubois for Megamovie Photo Shoot 

Dubois, Wyoming, is going to be Googled next week, in an even newer sense of the new verb. 

In the days leading up to the Wind River Eclipse, a team of 20 Google and UC Berkeley researchers and videographers will descend on Dubois for a significant undertaking. 

“We’re the team behind Eclipse Megamovie, a citizen science project to study the sun's corona by recruiting over 1,000 volunteers from across the country to photograph the total eclipse as it passes overhead. The photos will be stitched into a continuous look at the sun over the course of the hour and a half it takes the eclipse to cross the country,” said Calvin Johnson of Making & Science at Google. 

The public is invited to participate in the Megamovie project across Wyoming’s Wind River Country, Wyoming, and the nation as the eclipse makes its way from west coast to east coast.

In addition to shooting photos for the Megamovie, some team members will be shooting 360-degree videos for Google Expeditions.

Thanks to Google, UC Berkeley, other universities, and amateur astronomy groups coordinating their eclipse efforts, part of the Megamovie team and their family members get to enjoy Dubois for a few days. With such a strong Google presence, maybe Dubois, Wyoming will see an uptick in Google hits.

Use #windrivercountry and  #windrivereclipse to share your photos. 

August declared Agent Orange Awareness Month to support Vietnam vets 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead have designated August as Agent Orange Awareness Month.  Mead has also signed a proclamation supporting this work. 

Agent Orange was a toxic chemical used to clear foliage and vegetation in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Veterans may also have been exposed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, at Thai air force bases, or while working or flying on C-123 aircraft.

The primary goals of this awareness month is to ensure Wyoming Vietnam veterans have enrolled in the VA's Agent Orange Registry and have completed the health exam with the VA.

The VA continues to connect various illnesses and diseases based on exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange. Registering with the VA will ensure Wyoming Vietnam veterans are notified when new illnesses and diseases are identified. 

Vietnam veterans in Northern Wyoming should call: 

Kathy Swank, Sheridan VA Medical Center, 307-675-3458 Vietnam Veterans in Southern Wyoming should call:

Jeanette Drayton, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, 307-779-7580

You can learn more about the VA's Agent Orange registry and health exam at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/.

The Wyoming Veterans Commission encourages family members and friends to encourage Vietnam veterans to register and complete the health exam with the VA. 

"I encourage all Vietnam veterans to enroll with the VA's Agent Orange Registry and get the VA's health exam," Commission Chairman Keith Davidson said. "The VA is considering adding more medical conditions to the already long list of conditions caused by Agent Orange exposure, registering with the VA will help them notify you of the changes." 

The commission regularly assists Vietnam veterans to coordinate VA healthcare enrollment, state and federal benefits and VA disability claims.  For assistance, call the commission's hotline at 1-800-833-5987.


Lander Police Department urges businesses to be vigilant

Lander, Wyoming - The Lander Police Department (LPD) was called to a local business today (08/15/2017) in regards to a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill. The business advised that a person or persons passed the one hundred dollar bill yesterday. The LPD was made aware of other towns in Wyoming that have reported counterfeit money being passed in the last few days.

 LPD Dectove Thomas Shroyer wanted to remind all Lander area businesses of a business training that will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16th at the Lander Community Center. The training will take place from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and the focus will be on counterfeit money, underage drinking and shoplifting.

 With the total solar eclipse next week and many visitors to our community it is good for businesses to be aware of possible criminal activity that may arise during this time.  For questions or concerns please contact LPD Detective Thomas Shroyer at (307) 322-3401.


New committee advises UW president on Native American issues

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A new committee has been established to advise University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols on Native American affairs.

Since taking over as president, Nichols has been working to improve the relationship between the state's only public, four-year university and Native Americans.

Nichols said the Advisory Committee on Native American Affairs will help reach out to prospective students on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The seven-member committee includes people who are Native American or have connections to the state's Native American population.

At one recent meeting, Nichols and the committee discussed how best to conduct the grand opening of the UW Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center.


River deaths, millions in damage during '17 Wyoming flooding

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The high water that poured down Wyoming rivers and streams from a melting record mountain snowpack this year is being blamed for several river deaths and causing millions of dollars in damage.

The full extent of the damage is still being tallied and some damage is so extensive that the repair work will stretch beyond this year.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports more than 30 locations around the state saw damage, with preliminary damage estimates around $13 million. But all major roads and highways are open so eclipse watches shouldn't have any problems getting around.

In Fremont County, the Wind River caused more $3.8 million in damage to an irrigation canal.

In northwest Wyoming, damage occurred in Grand Teton National Park and in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.


More than spectacle: Eclipses create science and so can you

WASHINGTON (AP) — Next week's stunning solar eclipse in the United States will generate as much science as oohs and aahs.

From the discovery of helium to proving Einstein right, great science often comes out of eclipses.

NASA and others will monitor next Monday's eclipse with an armada of satellites, airplanes, balloons and citizen-scientists looking up from the ground. Scientists will focus on the sun, but they will also examine what happens to Earth's weather, to space weather, and to animals and plants on Earth as the moon totally blocks out the sun.

The moon's shadow will sweep along a narrow path, from Oregon to South Carolina.


High Bay Research Facility Opening

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the University of Wyoming’s new High Bay Research Facility will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Aug. 17).
The High Bay Research Facility is located in Laramie along North 19th Street north of UW’s Animal Science/Molecular Biology Building. The ceremony will take place outside the west (main) entrance of the High Bay Research Facility.

Among those scheduled to speak are Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

 The High Bay Research Facility contains approximately 90,000 square feet of traditional and high-bay research laboratories, offices and meeting areas. The facility provides sufficient space, capacity and state-of-the-art equipment to grow niche areas of research being conducted at UW. It has been designed to be easily reconfigurable, modular and expandable as research areas grow or change over time.


Special eclipse postmarks to be offered around Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A number of post offices around Wyoming will be offering special postmarks to commemorate the Total Solar Eclipse.

The postmark is available beginning Monday, the day of the eclipse, and will be available for 30 days.

The United States Postal Service says the special postmark includes the city, date of the Eclipse, the time and duration of the totality, and the latitude and longitude of the city.

Casper Postmaster Derek Sharpe says any item bearing current first-class postage stamps will be postmarked at no charge.

Lander Police Calls from 8/9 – 8/14/2017

Calls on 8/9

11:50am -  Officers did a welfare ck at a residence on Four Seasons Dr.  Everything was ok.

1:15pm -  A resident on Popo Agie St. saw smoke and called the fire dept.

3:50pm -  It was discovered that a vehicle parked in the 1700 blk of W. Main Street (where the car dealers are located) had the sunroof and center console computer screen stolen.

4:30pm -  A person said their identity was stolen while they were in Jail.

9pm – A silver Subaru was reported to be turning off Fremont on to 9th street and almost took out three parked cars.  UTL.

10pm -  REDDI on a silver chevy pickup at McDonalds.  UTL.

10:15pm -  A neighbors TV was really loud on N. 6th and officers asked them to turn it down.

Calls on 8/10

10:10am -  19 year old Nathanial Mariotti of Lander was cited for following too close after a minor accident at 3rd and Main.

10:15am -  A resident on N. 4th said their ex roommates spouse was making them feel uncomfortable.  Police gave them options.

12:45pm -  A man went into the library with his dog and was asked to leave.  He threw a fit and started yelling at staff.  He then called back later and was calling them names.  UTL.

1pm -  A customer who was trespassed from Alco returned to the store.  Cops had to warn him not to go back.

1pm -  A person fell into their chair and wasn’t feeling good at a residence on S. 3rd and called an ambulance.

3pm -  A resident on Wind River Ave. saw someone laying in their car and called police.  UTL.

3:15pm -  23 year old Robert Gutierrez of Utah was arrested for theft after a business reported that their employee stole 2 TV’s and 2 laptop computers.

3:30pm -  A person from the school administration building reported they received a call asking what color of panties they were wearing.  Cops tried to call the number back, but no answer.

6:15pm -  Two girls in the LVHS parking lot were fighting.  One of them wouldn’t let the other get into a car.  UTL.

6:40pm -  36 year old Lucas Sanchez of Riverton was served two warrants at the jail.

8:30pm -  A resident in the 800 blk of N. 3rd had started a fire next to a car.  Cops told them to put it out.

8:50pm -  It was reported that a van with no lights on turned by 1st Interstate bank.  UTL.

9:15pm -  A resident living in the 700 blk of N. 2nd reported finding beer bottles in her yard.

9:32 -  Cops went to the Lander Apartments on Main St. to tell a resident to turn their very loud music down.

9:55pm -  29 year old Amber Dillon of Lander and 37 year old Jared Klotz were arrested on warrants on N. 6th.

11:45pm -  A 17 year old girl was cited for possession of marijuana on Cottonwood Ln.

Calls on 8/11

9:15am -  It was reported that 4 boys were laying in the road on McDougal Dr.  UTL.

9:56am -  A person who was going over 100mph on Hwy 287 was spotted at Pit Stop.  They were gone when cops arrived.

11:35am -  A ladder was stolen from a home on Smith St.

1pm -  Kids were riding bikes in the middle of the street on Wyoming St.  UTL.

1:45pm -  Cops were asked to investigate a dog that was tied up to a car in the 1200 blk of Main St.  They said everything was ok.

3:55pm -  Cops had to tell a resident on Cottonwood Ln. to stop yelling bad words out the window.

4:30pm -  Someone ran over the no parking sign in the 300 blk of Lincoln street.

7:35pm -  53 year old Christopher Krassin was cited for unsafe backing after he backed into a parked vehicle in an alley in the 900 blk of Washakie St.

Calls on 8/12

12:40am -  Kids were warned on S. 5th St. to go home.

2:20am -  19 year old Bernie Shavehead of Lander was cited M.I.P. and 20 year old Andy Hutchinson of Ethete was cited for M.I.P. in the 300 blk of Main.

11am -  20 year old Matthew Bishop was arrested on warrants and cited for possession of a controlled substance in the 70 blk of Jefferson.

2pm -  A resident in the 200 blk of Jefferson reported theft of a gun.

Calls on 8/13

12:45am – 34 year old Amber Woody of Lander was arrested on Warrants on Four Seasons Dr.

9:50am -  Someone drew a penis on car windows in the 100 blk of Main.  Washed off ok.

1:30pm -  Someone came into a residents home on Canyon St. and stole 4 packs of cigarettes.

3:30pm -  30 year old Dallas Dresser of Fort Washakie was arrested on warrants.

10:50pm -  21 year old Terrell McNiven of Lander was arrested for D.U.I. at McDonalds.

Calls on 8/14

11am -  2 kids were cited for property destruction for spray painting the skate park.

11:20am -  A neighbor on Dupont Dr. sprayed the neighbors lawn with herbicide and killed their grass.  Civil issue.

10:40pm -  A son choked his mother in the 700 blk of Canyon, then left.  UTL, but cops are looking for him.

11:20pm -  32 year old Jason Sloan was served warrants and planned to post bond.

4:15am -  28 year old Karita Moss of Ethete was arrested on a warrant and cited for property destruction after she bloke a window in a home in the 700 blk of S. 2nd. 


Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 8/14


24 year old Hailee Lynch of Riverton -  Criminal Entry

34 year old Damon Sunrhodes of Fort Washakie -   Failure to Appear

33 year old Sharel Sunrhodes of Fort Washakie -  D.U.I.


12pm -  Sharel Sunrhodes was arrested on Hwy 287 near Lander.

2:30pm -  A grass fire was reported on Sand Draw Road.

12:50am -  Hailee Lynch was arrested at a home on Bee Rd. in Riverton after she tried to take her child from the home, but the owner of the residence wouldn’t let her because she was intoxicated.  She broke a window and made entry into the home and was still inside when deputies arrived.


Grand prize-winning teacher will take home $5,000 school grant

Green Bay, WI (August 15, 2017) – The Shopko Foundation is supporting local teachers in its communities with its first-ever Tools for Teachers contest. Now through September 3, 2017, teachers can register to receive a $500 grant to stock their classroom with new supplies for the 2017/2018 school year.

Ten teachers will be chosen randomly to receive the $500 grant. Why $500? Because teachers spend approximately $500 of their own money on school supplies each year. One special teacher will have the chance to win $5,000 to help stock every classroom in their school through a voting contest on the Shopko Facebook page beginning September 21, 2017.

“Shopko Foundation recognizes teachers and the amount of out-of-pocket money they spend on classroom supplies every year,” said Michelle Hansen, Shopko Foundation manager. “We want to help teachers and their schools improve the overall classroom experience for their students.”

Through September 3, teachers are encouraged to visit www.facebook.com/shopko and fill out the required fields on the Tools for Teachers contest page to enter.

From September 21 through October 5, customers can visit www.facebook.com/shopko and use the “Vote Now” page to vote for the $5,000 grand prize-winning teacher.

All teachers who teach in an accredited K-12 public or private school within 25 miles of a Shopko, Shopko Hometown, Shopko Rx, or Shopko Express store are eligible for entry.


Cheyenne man pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A 20-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed two men in Cheyenne, killing one of them, during a fight over his ex-girlfriend.

Vincent A. Ramirez pleaded not guilty on Friday to second-degree murder in the death last month of 18-year-old Ian Dangler. He also pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder of 20-year-old Camilo Olivas during a hearing in Laramie County District Court.

Prosecutors say Dangler was stabbed in the heart with a pocket knife on July 12.

Ramirez remains jailed with his bail set at $500,000. His trial was set for Nov. 13.


Airbnb begins collecting lodging taxes for rooms in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials from the short-term rental online marketplace Airbnb have agreed to begin collecting lodging taxes on behalf of the state of Wyoming as part of a new tax agreement.

Prior to the agreement, Airbnb hosts were expected to collect lodging taxes from users themselves and send the funds to the state. State Department of Revenue Director Dan Noble says this was rarely carried out. Last year, the department decided to ask Airbnb to take the burden upon itself.

Noble says since Aug. 1, the company has been collecting lodging taxes from the total room cost.

The move comes just as Airbnb is expecting a large influx of new users visiting various states including Wyoming for the upcoming solar eclipse.


Wyoming opposes idea of federal subsidy for eastern coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to use federal money to help boost the coal industry in the eastern United States is raising protests from Wyoming.

Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Travis Deti says he thinks it's "misguided" to provide federal support to a particular region against another. Deti says Wyoming coal would be at a competitive disadvantage.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed using around $4.5 billion in federal funds annually to pay eastern power plants to burn coal from states in the Appalachian region.

Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producer.

Deti said he'd like to see the federal government step away from energy industries in general.

Wyoming's top elected officials, including Gov. Matt Mead and the state's congressional delegation, also oppose the idea.


Wyoming uranium producers wait out industry downturn

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Representatives of the U.S. uranium industry will meet in Casper this month for a symposium amid a downturn caused by low prices.

Topics to be discussed include how to bring older mines back online and the outlook for cheap uranium from other countries.

Economics are everything for Wyoming's uranium companies as they wait out the industry downturn.

An in-situ uranium mine operated by Energy Fuels north of Casper went from 38 employees about a year and a half ago to 27 today.

Company official Paul Goranson said the mine is just operating to fill established contracts.

Goranson is hopeful that business will increase within the next three years partly because of new nuclear power plants in Asia that will increase demand.


Pre-eclipse sales tax revenues slip in Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Summer business is down in Jackson Hole.

But the shortfall should be made up during the week of Aug. 21, when upward of 100,000 people are expected to descend upon Jackson to view the total solar eclipse.

The town's lodging occupancy was down an average of 5 percent from last year this May, June and July.

The Wyoming Department of Revenue says that sales tax income returned to Teton County was down 22 percent in June.

Part of the decrease may be explained by a 16 percent increase in average daily rate for a room, from $343 to $393.

Town officials also say last year may be hard to match because 2016 was the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.


Army: Exhumed remains don't match 19th century Indian child

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say remains unearthed at a Pennsylvania Army base don't match the Native American child thought to have been buried there after dying at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 19th century.

The U.S. Army said Friday the grave thought to contain 10-year-old Little Plume, also called Hayes Vanderbilt Friday, doesn't match his age, and in fact contains two sets of unidentified remains.

The remains of 15-year-old Little Chief, also known as Dickens Nor, and 14-year-old Horse, also called Horace Washington, do match and will be returned to a Northern Arapaho delegation Monday. They'll be reburied in Wyoming's Wind River Reservation.

The grave with Little Plume's headstone contains remains from a teenage male and another person of undetermined age or sex. They'll be reinterred at the site.


Wyoming hunting, fishing numbers stay solid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Hunting and fishing remain popular activities among Wyoming residents and visitors.

In the period between 2008 and 2016, participation in both hunting and fishing among Wyoming residents has either grown or stayed level. At last, count 18 percent of the state's inhabitants purchased a fishing license, and 13.5 percent bought a hunting license.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Renny MacKay said resident fishing licenses have grown from 97,000 in 2008 to 104,000 now.

MacKay says hunting tag sales have been relatively level but that's likely because of the overall number of licenses available has fallen off, partly because of declines in mule deer populations, MacKay said.

MacKay chalked up the overall positive hunting and fishing trends to the state's rural nature.

Fremont County Sheriff Calls from the Weekend of 8/11/2017


24 year old William Klaproth of Riverton – Interference with a Police Officer

19 year old Triston Parrish of Casper – Interference with a Police Officer.

Calls on 8/11

8:43am -  Irrigation water keeps going over the road on Del Ray in Lander.

11:56am -  The Riverton Fire Dept. were called to the building next to the Gem Theatre for a report of smoke next to that building.

2:20pm -  A homeowner on Green St. in Riverton didn’t know if their gun was stolen or lost.

4:50pm -  A Ford Focus was passing cars in a no passing zone on Hwy. 26 near Dubois.  WHP.

4:50pm -  A man was reported to be passed out under a tree along Hwy 789 near Riverton.

5pm -  The Shoshoni Fire Dept. responded to a grass fire on Clothesline Rd.

5pm -  A drunk man was getting gas at the Country Store in Dubois and was called in as a REDDI.

5:05pm -  REDDI on a white Acura on Hwy 789 near Riverton.

5:40pm -  A man kept hiding when cars drove by on Hwy 789 near Lander.  RP thought that was suspicious.

5:40pm -  REDDI on a vehicle on 8 mile Road.

8:30pm -  A vehicle rolled over on Hwy 26 near Crowheart.  NFI.

10:30pm -  A deputy tried to pull over a vehicle on N. Federal in Riverton.  By the time the deputy caught up to the vehicle, the driver had parked and exited the vehicle.  Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the driver was identified and the vehicle was towed.

11:50pm -  A man tried to leave the Wind River Casino intoxicated.  He got into a pickup with a camper, drove into a ditch, then exited the vehicle. 

11:57pm -  On Hwy 789 and Haymaker Rd. a car passed another car on the right and hit a motorcyclist.  WHP, NFI.

Calls on 8/12

11:14am -  In the Lander area, it was reported that a vehicle passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed, and made another vehicle go into the ditch to avoid a collision.

11:37am -  A white pickup left Dubois going over 100mph.  NFI.

12:15pm -  The Fremont County Coroner was called to the Riverton area for a report of a dead body.

Calls on 8/13

5:15am -  The Fremont County Sheriff is investigating an attempted break in, in the Riverton area.  NFI.

6:15am -  The neighbors pigs got lose on 8 mile road and tore up the neighbors porch.

2:28pm -  Someone was spinning cookies on Cowboy Ln. in Riverton.

4:38pm -  A grass fire was reported on Riverview Cutoff in Riverton.

4:57pm -  REDDI on a car in Crowheart.


Riverton, Lander, Shoshoni, Powder River  Post Offices to Offer Special Postmark
Commemorating Total Solar Eclipse

Special Postmark and Total Eclipse of Sun Stamp Combine to Make a Great Collectible 

Riverton, WY – The Riverton Post Office will offer a Special Postmark commemorating the upcoming Solar Eclipse. The Postmark is available beginning August 19, and will only be available for 30 days after the eclipse at the office, located at 501 E. Main st. A second unique postmark will be available after August 21. 

The Special Postmark incorporates the City, Date of the Eclipse, the time and duration of the totality, and the latitude and longitude of Riverton.  Any item bearing current First-Class postage stamps will be postmarked at no charge, said Riverton Postmaster Regan Groathouse. 

Other local Post Offices – Lander,  Shoshoni and Powder River are joining 20 other Post Offices around the state with their own Postmarks.   

“We encourage all those in the community to come out and buy a sheet of the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamps and receive the Special Postmark,” said Groathouse. “The special postmark when combined with the Stamp will make for a great collectible.” 

The Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamp was issued June 20, 2017, and is a one-of-a-kind Forever Stamp which transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger. Once cooled, the image reverts back to the eclipse. The stamps are sold in panes of 16 Forever Stamps and are available now at Post Offices nationwide and online at usps.com/shop. 

Other Post Offices along the area of totality will also offer unique, special postmarks including Alcova, Casper, Bondurant, Douglas, Ft. Washakie, Glendo, Glenrock, Jay Em, Lander, Mills, Lusk,  Powder River, Shoshoni, Thermopolis and Wheatland. 

This stamp image is a photograph taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak of Portal, AZ, who is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on total solar eclipses with 27 under his belt.  The photograph shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. 

“A total eclipse of the Sun is simply the most beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring astronomical event you can see with the naked eye — but you’ve got to be in the 70-mile-wide path of totality,” said Espenak.

The Postal Service printed 60 million of the stamps. 

The list of offices around the state offering special Postmarks are: 

The list around the state are:






Jay Em




Powder River




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