Pre-Season Basketball Rankings

Coaches and Media turned in their first ballots of the 2011-12 basketball season. Last year, only two of the eight teams that were #1 in the first poll actually won the state title. They were the Little Snake River boys and the Lovell girls. This year has both of those teams on top of their divisions once again to start the year.

Northern Arapaho artist, Robert Martinez, receives fellowship

The First Peoples Fund, a Rapid City-based national nonprofit organization supporting the work of indigenous artists nationwide, has honored a Northern Arapaho artist as one of 10 recipients of its 2012 Artist in Business Leadership Fellows.
Receiving the honor is Robert Martinez of Riverton.
The Artist in Business Leadership is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant.  Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF’s individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.
Honorees include:
2012 Artist in Business Leadership Fellows:
·        Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho), a mixed media artist from Riverton, WY
·        Joseph Allen (Sicangu Lakota), a photographer from Ogema, MN
·        Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), a basket weaver from Princeton, ME
·        Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo/Potawatomi), a clay/ceramics artist from Norman, OK
·        Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota), a mixed media artist from White River, SD
·        Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota), a Hip-Hop artist from Chicago, IL
·        Ken Metoxen (On^yote?a*ka), a potter/sculpter from Oneida, WI
·        Wade Fernandes (Menominee), a musician from Keshena, WI
·        Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet), a writer/videoographer from Suquamish, WA
·        Sondra Simone Segundo  (Haida), a watercolor artist from Seattle, WA
Martinez ( is a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist. Bring him to your community through an Arts Across Wyoming grant. FMI:

For further information about First Peoples Fund or to apply for support through one of its programs, visit, or contact them at First Peoples Fund, P.O. Box 2977, Rapid City, SD 57709-2977.
–First Peoples Fund 

WYDOT – Safety improvements in downtown Lander

(Lander) – Main Street, aka US Highway 287, recently was upgraded for pedestrian and vehicle safety. “Countdown” clocks were added on downtown intersections to let pedestrians know how much time remains before a traffic light changes, and inlaid vulcanized crosswalks were refreshed to make them more visible. At the Intersection of Highways 287 and 789, a flashing yellow left turn signal was installed.

Community meets growing food bank need

“I’m just thankful to be in a community that is so generous to us so we can be generous to others,” said Audrey Eaton at Lander’s Care and Share Food Bank. “People have been great; this is the time of the year when we receive the most donations because people are thinking of others for the holidays.”

Expanded natural gas play could mean more local jobs

(Riverton) – More jobs for Fremont County could be the result of a major natural gas field expansion now in the Environmental Impact Study phase. EnCana Oil and Gas recently outlined plans for the continued development of its Moneta Divide Field, formerly known as Frenchie Draw, located between Moneta and Hiland in Fremont and Natrona counties north of US Highway 20-26. The EIS could take at least a year or more to complete.