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Burn projects planned on southern end of Shoshone National Forest

LANDER, Wyo., October 2017 –  The Washakie and Wind River districts of the Shoshone National Forest plan to burn slash piles, both hand-constructed and machine-built, and implement prescribed fire projects as weather and fuel conditions allow this fall.

Piles to be burnt are the result of timber sales, fuel reduction work, and community “fire wise” projects. These piles are located in Upper Wind River, Horse Creek, Upper Little Warm Springs, South Pass, Sinks Canyon, and various locations along Louis Lake Road (FSR 300). There are also two community piles to be burnt, one is located in the Pass Creek Subdivision south of Lander and the other is near the Union Pass subdivision outside of Dubois.

Prescribed fire projects will be implemented to boost aspen regeneration and improve forage for wildlife while also reducing hazardous fuels which should decrease the intensity of future wildfires in the area. Prescribed fire projects are planned in the following areas:

•             400 acres northeast of Dubois in the Charlie Creek area of the Wiggins Fork

•             1100 acres southwest of Lander in Maxon Basin

•             55 acres southwest of Lander along Louis Lake Road (FSR 300) near the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River

 Smoke generated from these projects may be visible throughout the Wind River Basin, Sinks Canyon, and the South Pass area along Wyoming Highway 28. The duration of these projects will vary with weather conditions and may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

For more information, contact the Washakie Ranger District at 307-332-5460 or the Wind River Ranger District at 307-455-2466, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone, follow us on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or like us on Facebook (US Forest Service – Shoshone National Forest).




Wyoming woman gets probation for giving pot gummy to child

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman will serve four years of probation for giving a marijuana gummy to her daughter.

Vanessa Smith was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in July to delivery of marijuana to a minor and child endangerment with methamphetamine, both felonies.

Smith was sentenced to four to five years imprisonment on the two felonies, with those sentences suspended. If she successfully completes probation, she won't have to go to prison.

Court documents say police alleged Smith returned from Colorado with marijuana edibles from a dispensary. After noticing Smith's daughter seemed out of sorts, Smith's sister asked about the child. Smith's boyfriend told the sister Smith had given the girl a marijuana gummy "to calm (the child) down.

Smith initially pleaded not guilty.


Wyoming officials see revenue stream in Yellowstone vehicles

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming wants to ensure those who live and work in Yellowstone register their vehicles in the state.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation, at the request of Gov. Matt Mead and members of Wyoming's congressional delegation, is pushing to get more Yellowstone residents and workers to follow state law and purchase Wyoming registrations and driver's licenses.

State and federal officials say they don't know how many of the about 550 permanent and more than 3,000 seasonal employees working for the National Park Service and Yellowstone's concessionaire, Xanterra Parks & Resorts need to get Wyoming plates. But with an average vehicle registration costing a couple hundred dollars, the state could theoretically be losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees each year.


UW research recognized by animal welfare organization

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A national animal welfare organization has recognized University of Wyoming researchers for finding non-invasive ways to study sage grouse.

The Animal Welfare Institute selected the UW research team as one of the winners of the institute's Christine Stevens Wildlife Award this year.

Established in 2006, the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award provides grants of up to $10,000 to help fund studies on innovative and humane strategies for resolving wildlife conflicts and studying wildlife.

UW's research project is headed by Beth Fitzpatrick, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Fitzpatrick says the UW project will guide researchers, biologists and policymakers on how to reduce invasive sampling techniques and use.


"Welcome to Wyoming" signs auctioned off by state

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Fans of the Cowboy State have paid about $33,000 for five "Welcome to Wyoming" signs that were auctioned off by state transportation officials.

The money raised in the auction will be used to pay for road improvements.

Transportation officials say the old signs are replaced every eight years when new license plates are issued. In the past the old signs were recycled.

Among those who successfully bid on the signs was Rick Mollner of Appleton, Wisconsin, who bought two during the recent auction.

He says he considers the eight-by-four-foot signs to be western art and is considering putting one in his driveway and the other in his garage.


Men make up majority of UW doctorates, STEM faculty

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The vast majority of Ph.D. students in a science, technology, engineering and math at the University of Wyoming are male.

A National Science Foundation survey found 38.8 percent of doctorates awarded in Wyoming in 2015 went to women. Only Alaska and Utah scored lower.

For comparison, 43.6 percent of doctorates went to women in Colorado and 45.3 percent in Montana.

UW Chief Diversity Officer Emily Monago says she's been meeting with various constituencies on campus and further developing and supporting initiatives around campus that focus on recruitment, hiring and retention of diverse faculty and staff.

The university also holds an annual Women in STEM Conference, which is attended by more than 500 Wyoming middle and high school students each year.

Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/13-10/15/2017


44 year old Shawn Antelope of Arapahoe – Contempt of Court/probation revocation.

40 year old Leo Barnaby of Fort Washakie – Probation revocation

45 year old Justin Colvin of Mussellshell, Montana – Possession of stolen property possession of meth

Calls on 10/13

8:45am -  A vehicle hit three deer on Riverview Rd in Riverton

9:15am -  Deputies performed a welfare ck on a resident in South Pass.

1pm -  Road rage on Hwy 789 near Riverton.  A man was flipping another driver off and swerving and swearing. 

1:30pm -  Game and Fish were called to Peterson Rd for a deer that was hung up in a fence with a broken leg.

2:50pm -  It was reported that a group of four hunters in a Jeep in the Dunior area were shooting from their jeep at deer.

7:20pm -  Dogs were shot on Rendezvous Rd.

10pm -  A non injury crash was reported on Boulder Flats Rd.

Calls on 10/14

8:20am -  A vehicle went off the road and took out some airport fence in Riverton.

9:50am -  A vehicle slid off the road and hit a post in the Dubois area.

12:30pm -  Game and Fish were called after a carcass was found skinned and beheaded.   The reporting party couldn’t tell if it was a dog or a deer.

12:40pm -  A trailer house at Cozy Court was spray painted.

3:45pm -  A man was moving cows on Bee Rd. and apparently that made somebody mad.

4:05pm -  A stolen vehicle was recovered in the Arapahoe area.

5pm -  A landlord on Riverview Rd. set up game camera’s around the house, some of them pointing in the living room window.

6pm -  A man and women were fighting in Cozy Court.

6:20pm -  A man and woman in a white Ford left the Pronghorn Lodge in Lander and were reportedly drunk and stoned.

9:15pm -  A painted rock was stolen from a home on Missouri Ave. in Hudson.

10:45pm -  A pregnant woman in the Riverton area was assaulted.  The attacker was gone upon deputies arriving.  Investigation was forwarded to the county prosecutor.

Calls on 10/15

2am -  A man and woman were fighting on Eileen St. in Riverton.

2pm -  Wood was falling out of a truck in the Lander area.

2:20pm -  A vehicle passed another vehicle in Hudson.

6pm -  A blue corvette was driving fast on Baldwin Creek Rd.

7:40pm -  A deer was hit in the Crowheart area.

7:45pm -  A man was walking down S. 3rd East in Riverton limping, staggering and yelling.

11:27pm -  A stolen vehicle out of Sweetwater county was recovered after a traffic stop on E. Monroe.  Justin Colvin was arrested for possession of stolen property and was charged with possession of meth.


November 1 deadline for Enzi U.S. Senate page application

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging Wyoming high school juniors to apply to be a Senate page for the spring session in Washington, D.C.

There are 30 page positions in the U.S. Senate each session. One of those positions is reserved for Enzi to sponsor a student from Wyoming to serve as a page. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

“Along with allowing students a front row seat during debates in the Senate, pages have the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and interact with students from across the country,” Enzi said. “The program provides good experiences that participants will carry with them forever.” 

Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Senate. Duties consist primarily of delivering correspondence and legislative material within the congressional complex. Other duties include preparing the chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the appropriate people on the Senate floor.

Pages attend classes at the U.S. Senate Page School until 9:45 a.m. and then work until 4 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day. The Senate Page School provides the necessary requirements for a junior year course of study.

Spring page eligibility is limited to juniors in high school who will be 16 or 17 years old by the date of appointment. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. 

Pages live in Webster Hall located near the Capitol and receive a stipend to cover the cost of the residence. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily.

The spring session runs from Jan. 29 to June 8, 2018. Applications and additional information can be found here. Further questions can be directed to Dianne Kirkbride in Senator Enzi’s Cheyenne office at 307-772-2477 or Dianne_Kirkbride@enzi.senate.gov.

Riverton Native is serving on a submarine

SANTA RITA, Guam – A 2002 Riverton High School graduate and Riverton, Wyoming, native is serving in the U.S. Navy’s silent service submarine community on the island of Guam as part of the staff of Submarine Squadron 15.
Petty Officer 1st Class Camron Burton is a sonar technician (submarine) serving aboard U.S. Naval Base Guam, supporting Virginia and Los Angeles class fast-attack submarines. 
As a Navy sonar technician stationed with Submarine Squadron 15, Burton teaches sonar courses for junior Sailors so they can do their job when stationed on a submarine.
“I like the close knit group of guys that we have at this command,” said Burton. “Being on a small submarine for months at a time, we are a lot closer than other commands and the camaraderie is strong.”
The Los Angeles-class measures 360 feet long and weighs approximately 6,900 tons while the Virginia-class measures 377 feet long and weighs approximately 7,800 tons. These nuclear-powered propulsion system helps push the submarines through the water at nearly 30 mph.
Attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare.  Their primary tactical advantage is stealth, operating undetected under the sea for long periods of time.
“Petty Officer Burton, along with the rest of my staff, does and outstanding job ensuring our homeported units and all submarines operating forward in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility are prepared to answer the nation’s call whenever necessary,” said Capt. David Schappert, commander, Submarine Squadron 15. “We are first responders out here at the tip of the spear; and our Sailors are the best in the fleet.”
According to Navy officials, submariners are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical, and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain, and repair every system or piece of equipment on board.  Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the sub works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.
This is especially true for Sailors assigned to Submarine Squadron 15 because Guam Sailors are located at our nation’s most strategically important forward-deployed submarine base, and the missions they conduct are at the tip of the spear of our forward readiness. These Sailors are the forward deployed, first line of defense in the Pacific.
“Getting to the point where I am in a supervisory role is a great accomplishment for me in my career,” said Burton. “Teaching junior Sailors wasn’t something I wanted to do, but looking back I realize how rewarding it is. I get a chance to teach them the right way to do things and give them valuable skills that would have helped me as a junior Sailor.”  
Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a submarine, challenging submarine living conditions actually build strong fellowship among the crew. The crews are highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches and drills.
“There is a lot of opportunity to travel, get education, and take on new responsibilities,” said Burton. “And then there are so many opportunities after your service in the civilian world to apply what you have been trained to do. I enjoy the camaraderie and knowing that the nation is depending on me, it’s quite an honor.”   

Enzi: National Retirement Security Week is about a secure future for all Americans

Senate passes Enzi resolution supporting goals and ideals of National Retirement Security Week

Washington, D.C. –  In a national effort to help workers focus on their financial needs for retirement, the U.S. Senate has designated October 15–21 as National Retirement Security Week.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced the bipartisan resolution to designate the week, which the Senate passed last month without any opposition. Enzi said he hoped National Retirement Security Week would encourage Americans to learn more about what they can do now to ensure they have a secure retirement plan for the future. 

“Although the cost of retirement is significantly increasing, far too few workers are saving,” Enzi said. “Retirement security is not talked about often enough. Regardless of your age, it is never too early to look at options that can help provide the financial security you will need in the future. Knowing the best way to save for retirement can reap huge rewards down the road.” 

The goals for National Retirement Security Week include increasing public awareness of the various options for saving and educating workers about the importance of retirement planning. Enzi introduced this resolution in 2015 and 2016, which both passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

Prosecutors consider death penalty in child homicide case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming prosecutors are considering bringing the death penalty to the table in the case against a man accused of sexually abusing and killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

John Barrett pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of child abuse and first-degree murder in commission of a felony. A judge in Cheyenne gave prosecutors with the Laramie County District Attorney's Office until the end of this month to decide if they intend to seek the death penalty.

Barrett was charged in the killing of a 2-year-old boy in May. Authorities say his girlfriend left the child in Barrett's care while she was at work.

Autopsy findings indicated the death was a homicide, and the medical examiner found that the child had bruising on his body and injuries to several internal organs.


House fire in northern Wyoming claims woman's life

DEAVER, Wyo. (AP) — A 79-year-old woman has died in a house fire in northern Wyoming.

Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn identified the victim as Dorothy Creed.

The fire occurred Tuesday afternoon near the town of Deaver.

Deaver-Frannie fire chief Nick Loftus says when firefighters arrived they tried to enter the house but were forced to back out because of the quickly spreading flames.

Loftus says some pet dogs may have also died in the fire.


Court upholds conviction of man accused of injuring officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Cheyenne man accused of kicking and injuring a police officer during a fight.

The court stated Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence to convict Michael Flores of felony interference with a peace officer.

Flores was sentenced in November 2016 to at least three years in prison after he was convicted of intentionally injuring a Cheyenne Police officer by kicking him near the solar plexus in 2015.

Flores appealed, asking whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he committed the act.


Dead climber directs recovery team to girlfriend's body

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — An accomplished climber who took his own life after his girlfriend died in a southwestern Montana avalanche left directions to lead a recovery team to her body.

The parents of 27-year-old Hayden Kennedy of Carbondale, Colorado said he survived Saturday's avalanche, but "not the unbearable loss of his partner in life," 23-year-old Inge Perkins of Bozeman.

Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says Kennedy did not call 911 to report the slide. His body was found Sunday in Bozeman.

Chabot says Kennedy left an "incredibly detailed and well-thought-out note" that included the GPS coordinates of where the slide happened.

Just two weeks earlier, Kennedy had written on a climbing blog that he had watched too many friends die in the mountains over the last few years.


Yellowstone lookout project would hurt views at Mt. Washburn

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say telecommunications towers proposed for the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout would detract from views at the historic site and popular hiking destination.

The park is proposing to erect a three-sided mounting structure with 40-foot towers around the lookout. It's part of a broader effort to improve Yellowstone's wireless infrastructure, including cell service in developed areas.

Spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said park officials will consult with Wyoming's historic preservation office on ways to minimize or offset the equipment's visual impact.

The finding that the project would have an "adverse effect" was included in a letter from Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

The advocacy group says the proposed communications improvements undermine the park's status as a refuge from a linked-in world.


Zinke to visit Grand Canyon to discuss harassment survey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service says it will announce results Friday of an employee survey on harassment, discrimination and intimidation.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and acting Park Service Director Mike Reynolds will be at Grand Canyon National Park to discuss efforts to combat the problems.

Widespread reports of misconduct have tarnished the image of the Park Service and the Interior Department.

A sexual harassment scandal forced the retirement of a Grand Canyon superintendent in May 2016 and led the park to abolish its river district. Investigators also have uncovered problems at many of the nation's premier parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Canaveral National Seashore and Florida's De Soto National Memorial.

The 22,000 Park Service employees were surveyed earlier this year.

Zinke and Reynolds will meet with Grand Canyon employees during the visit.


Top Haunted House attraction in Wyoming is in Cheyenne

(LANDER, Wyo.)  Nightmare on 17th Street in Cheyenne is the top haunt in all of Wyoming for the third year in a row, according to FrightFind, a national horror publication that connects fans with all things scary

Spawned in 1989 by members of an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias, the attraction terrifies 2,500 to 3,000 victims every year. Featuring 15 scenes so shocking, you’ll have to leave pregnant women and young children at home. And on one exceedingly creepy night, guests are welcome to wander the haunted halls in complete darkness.

It’s called Nightmare on 17th St, and you can find it in Cheyenne.

312 1/2 w. 17th street, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA

FrightFind is the fastest growing website in the haunt industry spearheaded by cutting edge digital marketing technology. For more information, visit FrightFind's website at https://frightfind.com/

Lander Police Calls from 10/11/ - 10/12/2017

12:35pm -  When a dog was found at Safeway, Elizabeth Krause of Lander was cited for 3rd offense Dog At Large and Dog License and Rabies vaccination required.  The dog was impounded.

12:50pm -  After a two vehicle collision by the Popo Agie One Stop, Amber Grogan of Lander was cited for turning left in an intersection.

12:55pm -  Road Rage occurred over the ally’s one way access between 2nd and 3rd just of Main.  No citations were issued.

3pm -  A man at the hospital became enraged and wouldn’t calm down, so officers were called.  The 28 year old man had fallen earlier and had cut his head and was transported by friends to the hospital.  Officers told him to calm down, go home and sleep it off.

4:40pm -  13 and 14 year old brothers of Lander were being harassed by a 17 year old female after school.  Officers advised the parents to contact the school resources officer at the school.

5:20pm -  After two women were reported to be slurring their words and stumbling at the Popo Agie One Stop, officers cited Stephanie Williams of Hudson for no valid drivers license and arrested her passenger, Sarah Griego of Hudson on a warrant.

6:55pm -  A 13 year old in a car in the 1000 blk of Main smelled like pot.  Officers cited the 13 year old Douglas boy for no valid drivers license.

8pm -  A man in Pizza Hut had a few beers, then got behind the wheel with kids in the car.  When approached he became belligerent and cops were called.  Caleb Sanchez Roman of Lander was cited for no valid driver’s license and window tint violation.

9:05pm -  A 50 year old man from Riverton was assisted with a ride home after a complaint he was standing in the road.

11pm -  Things got unruly at a home on N. 6th when someone tried to get their stuff from the home to move out.  Officers were able have the parties come to an agreement that their things would be packed and returned the next day.  Officers told the parties to stay away from each other and hold a civil tongue.

Calls on 10/12

12am -  A white Tahoe was called in as a REDDI at 3rd and Main.  UTL.

12:20am -  Two officers responded to the hospital to assist RPD when two unruly prisoners from Riverton were causing problems.

9:40am – Littering was reported on Main in front of the Ox Bow.  Turns out it was 15 bags of rabbit pellets and the street department removed the debris.

9:50am -  A girl on her bike was clipped by a red mini van by Baldwin Creek Elementary School.  Under investigation.

11:30am -  A supervisor found a loaded hand gun in a staff members purse at a business on Hwy 789 within city limits.  The supervisor took it and locked it in their office.  Officers responded with no citations, no violations and no arrests.

1:50pm -  Patrick Bunker of Riverton was found passed out in the alley next to Loaf and Jug.  He was cited for public intoxication and open container, and arrested on a warrant.

2pm -  A bike owner’s sister who’s bicycle was stolen two weeks ago, saw it being rode in an alley behind NAPA by a girl.  Officers were able to recover the bike.  No arrests or citations.

2:15pm -  No arrests or citations occurred after a prank went wrong at the LVHS parking lot.  A 17 year old male from Fort Washakie caused minor damage to another students vehicle. 

2:40pm -  Stalking was reported from an address on S. 4th.  The result of the unsolicited attention and gifts resulted in a verbal and written no trespassing order and extra patrol was ordered.

3:05pm -  Two neighbors got into it on Washakie St. after one of the neighbors dogs crapped on their lawn.  The reporting party could not be found, so no action was taken.

3:25pm -  An individual reported they broke their leg at 7th and Jefferson.  Officers helped EMS load the patient into an ambulance.

4pm -  A resident in the 400 blk of Jefferson had their computer broken into which resulted in their credit cards and bank account being compromised.  Under investigation.

4:35pm -  A resident stopped into the police station to report their credit card had been compromised from a purchase on Ebay.  Under investigation.

5:20pm -  Sun glare caused a minor accident in the Safeway parking lot.  The driver was warned.

7:35pm -  Shawn Murray was arrested on a warrant at the fire hall.

8:35pm -  A 36 year old Lander man at the Lander Bar was contemplating suicide.  He told cops he would go home and sleep it off.

9:50pm -  A resident on Baldwin Dr. complained they had an alarm going off in their home and couldn’t figure out what it was.  Officers said it was their Ipad.

1am -  Tessia Grant of Fort Washakie was arrested for D.U.I. at the sewer ponds and cited for open container, no proof of insurance, expired registration, and no valid drivers license.  Melanie Oldman of Riverton was arrested for trespassing and cited for open container.


Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/12/2017


68 year old Antonio Martinez of Riverton – D.U.I.


7:30am -  A resident on Mountain Rd. in Dubois saw a hunter shoot a deer in the subdivision.  Deputies said their were no violations and the hunter shot in a safe direction.

11:50am -  A blue semi with a flat bed passed on a blind corner and was going faster than the speed limit on Hwy 789 near Lander.  UTL.

2:35pm -  A grass fire was reported on two Valley Rd.

3:20pm -  A two vehicle accident was reported at Crowheart.

5:15pm -  Two pit bulls chased a person at Cozy Court.

6:05pm -  A 59 year old Green River man was cited for possession of marijuana at the Wind River Casino Hotel after he stunk up the halls from his smoking in the room.

7:05pm -  A man in a black hoodie was seen sending his dogs out to attack cats at Cozy Court.

7:10pm -  A deer was hit one mile out of Hudson.

1:25am -  A resident on Escarpment Rd. reported a family fight.  A female was trying to break camper windows.  They were separated.


Trump signs order similar to Enzi bill to provide better health care options for employees of small businesses

Executive Order would follow Enzi’s small business health plan legislation to allow small businesses to work together to negotiate better health care for employees

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., applauded President Trump’s attempt today to create a path for Americans to have more affordable health care choices through increased flexibility and competition. 

The executive order paves the way for a change similar to Enzi’s Small Businesses Health Plans Act introduced earlier this year that would allow small businesses better opportunities to provide affordable health care for their employees. 

Under the modification, more small businesses could join together as Association Health Plans (AHP) based on common industry or geography. This would allow more small employers to join together when negotiating health care options for their employees, potentially providing them with advantages that large businesses now enjoy. 

“I appreciate President Trump taking action to provide relief to Americans struggling under the failures of Obamacare,” Enzi said. “This could lead to multiple small businesses being able to pool their employees, across multiple states, for the purpose of purchasing health insurance coverage. I have long heard from small businesses regarding the need for greater flexibility and more options for providing health insurance coverage to their employees. That is why I introduced a bill earlier this year to take similar action and have been working on this issue for more than a decade.” 

While the president’s executive order could provide much needed relief for the health care market, according to Enzi, it clearly does not signal the end to our nation’s health care discussion. 

“Obamacare caused massive upheaval to our health care system and it could take a long time to right the ship,” Enzi said. “Congress still has a responsibility to find better alternatives to America’s current health care fiasco.” 

Enzi said he will continue to work with small businesses to ensure they have the flexibility they need to provide affordable health care options for their employees.

US government halts Wyoming wild horse roundup amid dispute

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government is halting a Wyoming wild horse roundup amid a legal dispute over whether it should count foals toward the roundup quota.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed Tuesday to stop once it had rounded up 1,560 horses of all ages, a number the agency was on track to reach Wednesday.

The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and two photographers have sued to contest the roundup. They say that by not counting rounded-up foals, the BLM was about to top its limit by some 300 horses. A judge will decide soon whether to allow the roundup to proceed.

BLM officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The BLM rounds up wild horses to keep them from overpopulating rangelands. Some are adopted by the public. Others go to sanctuaries.


Yellowstone visitation down during snowy September

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An early shot of winter weather depressed recreational visits in Yellowstone National Park during the month of September.

The National Park Service reports just over 640,000 people visited Yellowstone in September.

The visitation was down about 8.8 percent from September 2016, when the park recorded more than 700,000 recreational visits.

Snowy weather during the middle of last month closed some roads within and just outside the park for days.

Still, the Park Service says Yellowstone saw its third busiest September on record in the park.

So far this year, the park has hosted more than 3.8 million recreational visitors, down about 2.5 percent from the same period in 2016.


Professor from Kentucky found dead in Wyoming backcountry

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a University of Louisville geography and geosciences professor has died on a hiking trip in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says 62-year-old Carol Hanchette of Louisville, Kentucky, died from hypothermia.

Authorities say she and 67-year-old Richard Cornelius of Billings, Montana, entered a wilderness area last Friday and made camp. While hiking Saturday, they separated when Cornelius decided to head back to camp on his own.

However, he got lost and never reached the camp. He eventually found his way out Monday and met others who contacted authorities.

A search for Hanchette began Monday evening.

Her body was found the next day. She had left the camp apparently to seek help and was hiking out with her gear in a snow storm.

Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/11/2017


55 year old David Dobson of Dubois – D.U.I.

46 year old Sarah Griego of Hudson – Failure to Appear


11:30am -  A dispute between neighbors over a fence install prompted a deputy to go to the Pavillion area.

2:25pm -  A man on 8 mile road with only pants on was seen on the side of the road.  The RP said it looked like he was trying to take his pants off.  UTL.

4:40pm -  The fence was cut and posts were knocked down along E. Monroe.

5:20pm -  Two women who had slurred speech were reported at the Popo Agie One Stop in Lander. 


















Walrath chosen to lead the 153rd Airlift Wing 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Col. Justin Walrath, a Thermopolis native, was chosen as the next commander of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlfit Wing. 

He assumes command from Col. Paul Lyman on Nov. 4. Currently Walrath serves as the wing's 153rd Operations Group commander, overseeing flight operations of the wing's eight C-130s and more than half the wing's 1,100 personnel. 

"It's a great honor to be chosen to lead the wing," Walrath said. "I look forward to ensuring they excel at their missions and remain assets to Wyoming and the nation." 

Walrath has been a member of the Wyoming Air Guard since 2000. He joined after serving 10 years on active duty. He has deployed nine times in support of the nation's various combat operations as a C-130 pilot.

Walrath is on a military leave of absence from American Airlines where he works as a first officer.

3 reach plea deals in Wyoming bar fight case

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Three men have entered guilty pleas in a case stemming from a bar fight in Wyoming over a rival gang member's vest with patches that identify the gang to which he belonged.

Cory Rutherford, Matthew Wedgewood, and Nicholas Hanson pleaded guilty in Sweetwater County District Court last week in plea agreements with prosecutors.

The three are members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle club.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to the robbery and intimidation charges in exchange for a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery being dismissed.

Wedgewood pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A charge of conspiracy to commit robbery was dismissed.

Hanson pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A conspiracy to commit robbery charge was dismissed.


Two Idaho residents die in crash

(LANDER, Wyo.)  On October 9th, (2017) a fatal crash occurred at milepost 40 on Interstate 80 near Lyman in a one-vehicle rollover.

A 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on an icy bridge deck. The Dodge went down an embankment where it rolled two and one-half times. The exact time of the crash is unknown because the crash was not discovered until approximately 7:00 a.m. on October 9th.

The driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts and both were ejected. Both the driver and passenger succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash.  They were identified as Eden Idaho residents 54- Alan Peterson and 58-year-old Silvia Peterson.


Wyoming delegation, Mead welcome EPA move on emissions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's congressional delegation and Gov. Matt Mead are applauding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney say the Clean Power Plan initiated by the Obama administration is burdensome and illegal.

The Republicans say the plan would essentially stop new coal power plants from being constructed as well as force most existing plants to close in the coming years.

Enzi says the federal government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the marketplace, and Barrasso says the plan would have harmed the state's economy.

Cheney says Pruitt's decision is a necessary step toward reversing the harmful Obama-era policies that strangled the economy.

Mead says the Obama plan usurped state regulatory authority.


LCCC quarantines horses following unknown illnesses

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two horses at a Wyoming community college have been euthanized because of an unidentified illness.

The horses at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne had private owners.

LCCC equine studies instructor Lanae McDonald says the owners agreed with the decision to euthanize them.

McDonald said the horses were euthanized earlier this month and veterinarians are trying to determine what illness inflicted the horses. She hopes for results by mid-November.

McDonald says one of the horses was 12 years old and the other 20. Both had high fevers and had stopped eating, drinking or moving around much.

A third horse also has become sick and has been quarantined.

As a result of the situation, LCCC is postponing this month's Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo.

Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/10/2017

No arrests.

7am -  A car hit a deer near Dubois on Hwy 26.

7:11am -  Somebody broke out a back window of a car on S. 3rd in Dubois.

11:30am -  A home was broken into in Atlantic City.  No report/under investigation.

2pm -  A large grass fire was reported at Major and Monroe in Riverton.

4:30pm -  A vehicle drove over a plate of steel with spikes on Hwy 789 near Twin Creek.

4:30pm -  Dogs were attacking horses along Sinks Canyon Rd.

4:40pm -  A garage fire was reported on Hancock Dr. in Lander.

5:50pm -  A daughter took off in the car and left their parent standing on the side of the Haymaker Rd.

6:20pm -  It was reported that a man is living in a vehicle in the Atlantic City area for the past two weeks.

6:35pm -  A family fight occurred at a residence along E. Monroe.  Family members would not cooperate with the investigation.

7:40pm -  Children were yelling the “F” word across from the Union Bar in Hudson.

7:50pm -  Mailboxes were run over on Delfelder Rd.

8:30pm – A woman in Hudson reported that she was assaulted by another woman in Crowheart.  Under Investigation.

11:20pm -  A motorist hit a cow on the highway in Hudson.


Lander Police Calls from 10/10/2017

10:30am -  A car parked in a Handicap space at the Lander Medical Clinic with no placard.  The owner was advised to use their placard.

10:40am -  A bike was stolen from the 200 blk of N. 3rd.

1:30 pm -  36 year old Jacob Lujan of Lander was served a warrant at the jail.

4:05pm – Charter Communications tools were stolen of a work truck on Four Seasons Drive.  Under Investigation.

6:05pm -  Two men ages 23 and 44 were told to go home and stay there after they stood in the middle of Popo Agie Street drunk, yelling at people.

6:40pm -  A 36 year old Lander man reported that someone had left a trailer house on his property on North Side Dr.  He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for non – payment of child support.

10:20pm -  A homeowner on Sweetwater St. reported a strange vehicle parked in front of their home and lights were on in the house.  Officers found out that the home was vacant and was being remodeled.  No arrests or citations.

2:05am -  A 84 year old Lander man fell in his residence on Washington St.  Officers assisted EMS to pick the man up to be transported to the hospital.

4:30am -  A 33 year old Billings man was deemed to be a vagrant.  He was given a room at the Holiday Lodge until funds are received from family members for him to return to Montana.


Traffic accident kills 4 bison in Grand Teton National Park

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park rangers are investigating a traffic accident that left four bison dead in northwest Wyoming.

The accident occurred Oct. 2 in the park on a foggy night on U.S. 26/89/191 when a pickup truck hit one bison on the highway, rolled and then struck and killed three more nearby bison.

The National Park Service says the Casper woman who was driving alone escaped with minor injuries. Her name hasn't been released.

Park spokesman Andrew White said a citation has not been issued but isn't out of the question if it's determined the motorist was traveling too fast for the conditions.

Wildlife-vehicle collisions are common on the highway, which has posted speed limit of 45 mph (72 kph) at night.


Teacher: I did not write 'shooting at Trump' quiz answer

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming high school teacher says she did not write the multiple-choice quiz that included "shooting at Trump" as an answer.

Jackson Hole High School English teacher Carin Aufderheide said while she didn’t write the quiz questions and answers, it was her responsibility to proofread it.  She said had she done so she wouldn’t have distributed the quiz without first changing the offensive answer.

Teton County School District No. 1, which previously confirmed the quiz was administered Thursday in Aufderheide's sophomore English class, will not say who wrote it.

The district won't confirm whether Aufderheide is on leave or if any disciplinary action will be taken. Sources say Aufderheide was not at school Monday.


Wyoming man pleads no contest in radio host's death

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has pleaded no contest to a charge of negligent homicide in a motorcycle crash that killed a morning radio host in Montana a year ago.

A change of plea order filed Wednesday says William Michael Spicer, of Casper, entered a no contest plea to the felony negligent homicide charge and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of daytime speeding in the crash that killed K2 Radio host Brian Scott Gamroth.

Spicer's sentencing is set for Nov. 13.

Spicer is released on his own recognizance and is required to appear for his sentencing.

Spicer was charged and pleaded not guilty in March. Court records say the accident happened Sept. 18, 2016.


K-12 standards to include Native American history

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Revised Wyoming K-12 education standards with a new Native American history component could be ready for State Board of Education review in January or February.

Laurie Hernandez is division director of standards and assessment for the Department of Education.

Hernandez says a committee is being formed to develop the new social studies standards over the next couple of months, followed by review from the state education board.

She said public comment was taken during the summer about what should be included in the standards.

And teachers are being surveyed about which standards they thought could be updated and if they have any classroom practices that might be beneficial.

The Education Department also is conducting reviews of the math standards and extended science standards.


Wyoming man to be sentenced in connection with 2 deaths

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — A Green River man who is accused of crashing into a home and killing a 62-year-old woman and her 1-year-old great-granddaughter is awaiting sentencing after changing his plea.

George Eluid Maestas pleaded no contest to three charges on Friday.

Under a no-contest plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors may have enough evidence to convict.

Maestas faces up to 50 years in prison and $25,000 in fines, extra court and treatment fees for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 12.


Wyoming man killed in Nebraska Panhandle collision

ANGORA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Wyoming man has been killed in a collision between his vehicle and a semitrailer in western Nebraska.

The crash was reported a little after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, just north of Angora on U.S. Highway 385. The Nebraska State Patrol says 22-year-old Braxton Fuller was headed north when his vehicle struck the southbound semi. Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene. He lived in Casper, Wyoming.

The trucker suffered minor injuries. The patrol identified him as 75-year-old Bernie Wynne, who lives in Scottsbluff.


Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/9/2017

8:15am -  A report was received of possible stolen items that were received from a Riverton area address.  Under investigation.

8:35am -  A vehicle was found slid off of Union Pass Road.  Nobody was around.

10:35am -  A residence on David’s Way was reported to have dogs left with no food and water.

3:40pm -  Some people from France got their Jeep stuck at the top of Red Canyon Road and were asking for help.

6:40pm -  A vehicle was reported to be parked at the Sweetwater Rest Area on Hwy 789 for more than 24 hours.

9:45pm -  A vehicle fled deputies south through Riverton to Goes In Lodge Road.  The driver and occupant were not located.  The vehicle was impounded.

11:25pm -  A person was trying to break into a home in Shoshoni. 


Lander Police Calls from 10/6 – 10/9/2017

Calls on 10/6

3am -  A drunk guy on McFarlane Ln. was causing a disturbance.  Cops told him to return to his room.

8:30am -  A person kept knocking on a door at a home on Four Seasons Dr. and would not leave.  Cops made them go with a warning.

10:25am -  A hit and run was reported at the Inn At Lander.  The quarter panel was scratched. 

11:50am -  A vehicle at Push Root was reported to have expired plates.  Cops said its private property and there was nothing they could do about it.

12:50pm -  A rearview mirror was clipped on Washakie St. by an unknown vehicle.

2pm -  A resident on Market St. reported Fraud from their checking account.  Cops are investigating.

2pm -  Police were called to a home on Canyon St. because of barking dogs.  The owner was warned.

3:15pm -  39 year old Cody Hollenback of Lander was arrested on a warrant.

4pm -  18 year old Ivie Ondrea was arrested on a warrant at Safeway.

4:05pm -  A known person striped a vehicle then left at a home on S. 1st. Officers said they will wait for their return.

4:05pm -  Officers captured a Bull Snake by the front door of O’Riley’s and relocated it out of town.

6:30pm -  31 year old Kenneth Shakespeare of Arapahoe was served warrants at an address on N. 3rd. 

7:45pm -  Cops were called to Mr. D’s after a person requested them because people were outside the door wanting to fight him.  57 year old Jackie Littlewhitman was arrested for possession on Meth and Tresspassing.

Calls on 10/7

1:20am  Police were requested at the bowling alley because of a verbal altercation.  Cops gave both of them a warning, then they worked it out.

1:30am -  An X-box and DVD’s were reported missing from an apartment at Custer Apts.

7:55am -  A motorist hit a parked trailer on Valley View.  No injuries or citations.

12:35am -  34 year old Tiffany Fisk of Lander was cited for D.U.S. and no insurance in the 500 blk of Market.

3:25pm -  A report was made of opening a car door that hit another car in the Ace parking lot.

8:05pm -  20 DVD’s were reported stolen from a home on Four Seasons Drive.

8:40pm -  A deer was hit in the 1000 blk of E. Main.

Calls on 10/8

2:10am -  A report was made of a stolen phone and wallet from the Maverick Lounge.  Cops will review video.

8:25am -  A family dispute was reported at a home on S. 9th.

11:25am -  A concerned person called cops to tell them they saw a driver texting while driving on Adams St.

Calls on 10/9

12:30pm -  19 year old Sebastian Hardt on New Hamp. Was cited for shoplifting $14 worth of merchandise from a business in the 100 blk of Main.

1:35pm -  A drunk guy parked his bike and gas cans in the middle of 11th.  When cops got there, he was gone.

2:25pm -  Neighbors dog on Cliff kept coming into their yard.  Contacted and warned.

9:15pm -  Check fraud was reported at Safeway.

10:30pm -  18 year old Daniel Herb Brinkerhoff of Lander was arrested on a warrant at 8th and Lincoln.


Wyoming school district apologizes for Trump answer on quiz

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some parents in Jackson Hole are upset that "shooting at (President Donald) Trump" was offered as a possible answer on a multiple-choice, online English test.

The Jackson Hole High School quiz has since been taken down.

Teton County School District officials apologized and say they take threats of any kind seriously.

The quiz involved George Orwell's 1945 novel "Animal Farm" and asked why a character in the book orders that a gun be fired.

Parent Jim McCollum says he was surprised when his son, a junior, came home and showed him a screenshot of the quiz.

McCollum says the potential answer on Trump was completely out of line.


Greybull Woman dies in wreck Saturday

(LANDER, Wyo.)  On October 7th, 2017 a fatal crash occurred on US 14/16/20 near Greybull at 4:40 p.m. 

A 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup was traveling eastbound when the vehicle drifted off the right side of the road. The driver over-corrected and lost control of her vehicle. The Toyota Tundra entered the right-of-way and rolled twice before coming to a rest on the vehicle's wheels.

The driver and a passenger were both ejected from the Toyota Tundra. The two other occupants of the Toyota Tundra were not ejected.

A passenger, who was ejected, did succumb to her injuries at the scene of the crash.  She has been identified as 53-year-old, Greybull, Wyoming resident, Rachel Harwood.  

All the occupants, except for one of the passengers, were transported by ground ambulance to South Big Horn County Hospital in Basin, Wyoming. 

The other occupants of the Toyota Tundra have been identified as 39-year-old Cesar Payano, of Greybull, Wyoming and two female juveniles, ages 15 and 17.


Wyoming looks to widen carbon-capture research efforts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials say they are expanding efforts to find new ways to use coal that doesn't contribute to climate change.

State officials announced Friday they're teaming up with the Oakland, California-based Center for Carbon Removal, which is seeking out new ideas for removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and flue stacks.

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority is pledging $250,000 toward projects in cooperation with the center.

Agency Director Jason Begger says the partnership will solicit research for the University of Wyoming and a lab being built at a Gillette-area power plant. The lab will test ways to capture and potentially make use of carbon dioxide from the flue stream.

Wyoming produces more coal than any other state but coal-fired power is under growing scrutiny as a major source of greenhouse gases.


Snowstorm closes interstate in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Snow has blanketed much of southeast Wyoming and closed a 150-mile stretch of Interstate 80.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings that expired at noon Monday for an area of southeast Wyoming that includes Cheyenne and Laramie.

Cheyenne received about 5 inches of snow today.

The snow caused slick road conditions, especially along the I-80 corridor from Cheyenne to Rawlins.


Fallen Fremont Co. firefighter honored in national service

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — About a dozen Fremont County firefighters attended a ceremony in Maryland to honor a colleague who died last year after being injured in a fire.

The county's late deputy chief Clarence "Speed" Hartbank is one of 95 firefighters that was remembered at the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg on Sunday.

The 79-year-old died in January at Swedish Medical Center in Colorado. He was being treated for burns he suffered in a fire in September 2015 near Riverton.

Hartbank's name was added to the memorial on the academy's grounds. The Fremont County firefighters also received a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to give to Hartbank's widow.


Mills council opposes closure of last school in town

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Leaders in Mills are opposing a proposal to close the town's last remaining school.

The Natrona County School District announced last week that it was considering closing Mountain View Elementary School in Mills and three schools in Casper because of low enrollment and budget cuts. The Mills Town Council approved a resolution on Friday opposing the closure of Mountain View after getting emails and phone calls from angry residents in the town of about 3,400 people.

Mountain View is at less than half capacity and the district has 970 empty elementary seats.

The school district board is set to vote on the closure recommendations at its Oct. 23 meeting.


AP Source: Wyo. Senate race might see insurgent challenger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is considering a Republican primary challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate GOP leadership.

That race that could pit the party's establishment against insurgents fueled by allies of President Donald Trump.

Prince was in Wyoming this weekend to discuss a possible Senate campaign with family members and has been encouraged to run by Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist. Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

Prince, a former Navy SEAL, rose to prominence during the Iraq war when his private security company received lucrative government contracts and came under scrutiny when several Blackwater employees were involved in the shooting deaths of 14 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.


13 of 79 small Wyoming towns not audited in a decade

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The state Department of Audit says 13 of the 79 small towns in Wyoming have not been audited by the state or by an independently hired CPA in at least a decade.

Pam Robinson is the administrator for the public funds division of the Department of Audit.

Robinson said the state used to audit small-town governments at least every four years until the department's budget was cut in 1992.

Small-town governments were not audited by the department again until a budget increase in 2005 allowed the audits to resume on a limited basis.

The issue came to light when a random state audit in 2015 revealed the treasurer of the small Natrona County town of Mills had embezzled roughly $60,000 from the town.


Fremont County Sheriff Calls from 10/6 – 10/8/2017


21 year old Amanda Christiansen of Riverton – D.U.I.

25 year old Esteban Jr. Cornelio of Riverton – Warrant for drug Conspiracy

25 year old Marie Donathan of Riverton – Pedestrian Under The Influence

27 year old Matthew Fenton of Riverton – Interference with Police, Warrant out of Laramie County, Probation Revocation

40 year old Shannen Ray of Riverton – Probation Revocation

Calls on 10/6

9:50am -  A deputy was requested to meet with a family member in Pavillion.

12:10pm -  A white pit bull type dog, who the RP said it looked like it had been fighting, was reported to be aggressive and running around Middle Fork Lane in Lander.  UTL.

3:20pm -  Lost/found a metal detector in South Pass City.

5:15pm -  A man was passed out behind the wheel on Cooper Road in Riverton.  Deputies said the man was reading a book and was fine.

8:05pm -  A family fight was reported on E. Monroe.

Calls on 8/7

3:05am -  21 year old Amanda Christiansen of Riverton was arrested for D.U.I. when she showed up a a residents home on Burma stating she had rolled her car.

7:50pm -  REDDI on Cooper Road.  UTL.

Calls on 10/8

2am -  A drunk man was pounding on a residents door on E. Monroe.  UTL.

6am -  A llama was on 8 mile Road.

2:15pm -  A deer head and hide were put in a residents dumpster on Lough Dr. in Riverton.

NOTE-  You may have noticed that the report lacked “substance” today.  That is because the Sheriff’s report was heavily redacted. 


CITY OF LANDER AGENDA October 10, 2017 6:00 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance

Call to

Approval of Agenda

Oral Comments

Personal Privilege – Mayor and Council

Consent Agenda:

Regular Meeting – September 12, 2017

Work Session Meeting –September 26, 2017

Bills and Claims


Second Reading

Ordinances 1218 of ordinance amending section 12-1-3 of the Lander City Codes to set times for Regular Council Meeting and Work Sessions

New Business

Resolution 1126, AResolution Requesting Level II Assistance fromthe Wyoming Water Development Commission Level II Water Supply Project for Providing a suitable Secondary Water Source

Resolution 1127, AResolutionAmending Job Descriptions for the Deputy City Clerk, City Clerk, GIS Specialist, City Treasurer, Building Inspector, and Account Clerk Receptionist

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