Powell War Hero & His Combat-turned-Service Dog Continue Making National Headlines; Former Texas Gov Rick Perry Personally Offers Help

(Powell, Wyo.) – A few weeks back, Basin Reboot shared a story about a heroic local war hero – Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Bessler of Powell – and his extremely special partnership with combat-turned-service dog Mike. The story focused on an in-depth piece the Washington Post published about Bessler and Mike entitled “A soldier and his combat dog both returned from Iraq with PTSD – and found support in each other.” Click HERE for Reboot’s previous story on Bessler and Mike.

A dream come true for Morning Star resident

(Ft. Washakie, Wyo.) – Monday was a great day at Morning Star Care Center. Through a pilot program run by David Meyers, the staff was able to help one of their residents, Ernie McGill, accomplish something he didn’t think he would ever be able to do again. For the entire staff at Morning Star, it was a true blessing to watch him enjoy the experience.

Steel frame went up on new Hudson Fire Battalion Hall Monday and Tuesday

(Hudson, Wyo.) – The new Hudson Fire Station is beginning to take shape just east of the 700 block of South Oklahoma Street. Sehnert Systems Inc. is the general contractor on the nearly $1-million project. The steel framework for the new fire hall went up on Monday and Tuesday. The new fire station is similar in design to new fire halls built in the past two years at North Portal and Midvale, where three drive-through bays are located along with offices, a kitchen, meeting room, restrooms and an exercise and storage area.

Zoning change approved at 400 North 9th Street; Pay request postponed for sewer pond work

(Lander, Wyo.) – A public hearing at Tuesday night’s Lander City Council meeting on a re-zoing request generated three opposing comments from surrounding homeowners in the 400 block of North 9th Street. Karleen Moore is seeking to change the zoning of the property, a former church, from R-2 Single & Two Family Residential to R-3 Single & Multi-Family residential.

Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling Program Set to Join Big 12 Conference this fall

(Laramie, Wyo.) – The University of Wyoming wrestling program will have a new home beginning next season as the Big 12 Conference announced the addition of six affiliate members to the league. The Big 12 will now feature 10 teams as the four current members of the conference in Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia will be joined by the Cowboys, Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Utah Valley.

West Nile Virus found in mosquitos trapped in Riverton; Precautions urged

(Lander, Wyo.) – It finally arrived. “We got our first positive West Nile Virus test in Fremont County today,” Weed and Pest Assistant Supervisor Nancy Pieropan said Tuesday. “The pool of Culex mosquitoes collected from the three traps in Riverton tested positive indicating that WNV is in the area. People need to do all they can to prevent themselves and their families from getting bit by mosquitoes,” she said in a news release.