Another Pacific storm system brought more snow and wind to the Cowboy State Friday and Saturday. Snow has tapered off across most of the region and winds will continue to settle down this afternoon and evening. A ridge of high pressure will build across the region Sunday and Monday, keeping conditions dry and cool across most of the state.
Current Forecast Synopsis: The Pacific storm system that impacted the state Friday through Saturday morning has moved off into the central plains. Windy conditions are likely to persist through the afternoon, then settle down after sunset. Cooler temperatures are in store for the region tonight as a ridge of high pressure builds in across the region leaving mostly clear skies and dry conditions. Dry conditions should last through Sunday and Monday.
Local snowfall received in the graph below is recorded in inches:
|Fremont||Burroughs Creek Snotel||
|Fremont||Brooks Lake Lodge||
|Fremont||10 miles NNE Riverton||
|Fremont||Little Warm Snotel||
|Fremont||9 miles SW Shoshoni||
|Fremont||Castle Creek Snotel||
|Fremont||31 miles WSW Thermopolis||
|Fremont||Deer Park Snotel||
|Fremont||Hobbs Park Snotel||
|Fremont||2 miles SE Riverton||
|Hot Springs||Owl Creek Snotel||
Have a great 2012!
The number of animals killed due to vehicle collisions in GTNP continues to rise. In 2010 more than 150 animals were killed on park roads. During the past three years, 64 percent of wildlife fatalities occurred on this section of highway. Throughout the park, 55 percent of fatalities occurred at night. In order to protect the public and to preserve wildlife populations, park officials reduced night time speed limits to give drivers and animals more reaction time. The reduced speed only adds six minutes to your trip along this section of highway, according to GTNP officials.
Please obey the new night time speed limit to help us improve safety and protect wildlife.
“The revenues from this program go into the Business Enterprise Program which is used for people with disabilities to assist them start their own businesses,” Iverson said. “The money is used to match other loans and resources. It’s a way to help people with start-up costs.”
The Division’s web site explained the program this way: “Vocational Rehabilitation collaborates in self-employment for clients. In Wyoming, the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) assists clients in researching opportunities for self-employment and business planning. BEP funds come from a portion of the sales from vending machines located in State buildings.”
Iverson was initially unable to cite the amount of funds collected through the program, although she said she would research the request.
The specific buildings where the vending machines are located are: WYDOT offices in Dubois, Riverton, Cody and Jackson, The Wyoming Honor Farm and Wyoming Fire Academy in Riverton, the Wyoming Division of Workforces Services office in Lander plus WYDOT Drivers Services offices in Cody and Pinedale, and the Frannie Port of Entry.
A Riverton Police Department School Resource Officer said he will accept a nomination to be Interim Director of the Region 8 Division of the National School Resource Officers Association (NSRO).
Cody Myers was informed of the nomination this past month. Myers is the SRO for Riverton Middle School. He is also an instructor for Fremont County BOCES Military Science program at Riverton High School. Myers will retain his position in Riverton, although he said he may have to cut back in other outside activities.
Myers is no stranger to Region 8 as he was named the SRO of the year in that region in 2010. The Region 8 area is comprised of 10 states, including: Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado,, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
“He was also awarded the WREN Solutions Scholarship,” said RPD Captain Eric Murphy. “Officer Myers’ dedication to the Riverton Police Department and the kids of the community continue to be recognized by NASRO.”
Myers said he would serve in the interim position through July, at which time he would decide if he would seek election to the post.
The NASRO is a not-for-profit organization for school based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals. Its members work as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff and the schools they attend. According to its website, there are over 6,000 members of the group.
Mrs. Prosser died in a vehicle accident north of Shoshoni on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. She was 48.
Alice May Wurtz was born in Seattle, Wash., on June 29, 1963, the daughter of Donal Lee Wurtz and Jessie Gene (Hunt). She grew up in Seattle, Wash., during which time she often visited family in Thermopolis and Casper.
She later moved to Casper, lived at various times in Kirby and Thermopolis, and had been a Thermopolis resident since 1999.
On Aug. 17, 2008, she married Leon Eugene Prosser at the State Park in Thermopolis.
She worked as an independent circulation contractor for the Casper Star-Tribune for three years. Prior to that, she had been the Quick Mart store manager in Thermopolis for seven years.
Her family said that in the past she enjoyed crocheting blankets.
Survivors include her husband, Leon Prosser of Thermopolis; sons, Andrew Tanner of Seattle, Wash., and Christopher Prosser of Thermopolis who is attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie; a daughter, Suzzanna Tanner of Thermopolis; a brother, Karl Wurtz and his wife Jackie; sisters, Lelia Burchett and Kathy Tanner.
She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Donal Hunt.
On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Yellowstone National Park will ring in the New Year by transitioning fully
to oversnow travel beginning at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31.
Rubber- and steel-tracked guided snowcoaches and snowmobiles will be
allowed to travel on all interior park roads, with the exception of the
road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction, which is restricted
to rubber-tracked guided snowcoaches only until snow conditions improve.
The East Entrance road through Sylvan Pass also remains closed due to
The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana through
Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City, Montana outside the park’s
Northeast Entrance is open to automobile travel all year.
Over the past two days, interior areas of the park have received up to 12
inches or more of heavy wet snow along with strong winds, increasing the
danger of avalanches on steep slopes. Storms and adverse winter weather
conditions throughout the park have also caused poor visibility due to
blowing and drifting snow. Visitors traveling oversnow with guides or
driving on open portions of park roadways are cautioned to remain alert for
rapidly changing road conditions and other hazards. It is also strongly
advised to carry emergency items such as drinking water, an extra blanket
or warm clothes, and remain flexible with alternate travel plans.
Park staff members will continue to closely monitor road conditions and
weather forecasts, and are working to reopen Sylvan Pass as soon as the
avalanche danger has been mitigated.
Updated park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling
Staged at Lander’s Holiday Inn Express, the youth have gathered for a “safe and healthy” New Year’s event and have heard various speakers on leadership, positive living and team building so far. The conference addresses issued faced by teens including peer pressure, pregnancy, bullying, suicide prevention and drug and alchol abuse. Co-facilitating with Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Edward Wadda is Native American and Canadian pop-recording star Inez Songsoulgirl from British Columbia. She’ll perform a public concert tonight at 6 p.m. at the Fort Washakie LDS church along with several Native American entertainers, Tito Ybarra and Arnold Thomas.
On New Year’s eve, there will be a Healthy Livestyles dance for the participants. The conference ends on New Year’s Day.
The Six Feathers of the Circle are: Traditions, Language, Humility, Teaching, Learning and Prayer.
UNITY spokesperson Layha Spoonhunter spoke with County 10 News Friday morning at the hotel. Watch the video.
Apparently, he is not alone in that opinion. Greg Beecham has won the following prestigious awards since 2008 and numerous equally prestigious awards prior to then: Prix de West, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Major General and Mrs. Donald D. Pittman Wildlife Art Award and the Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer’s Choice Award-2010, Western Visions Miniature Show: People Choice Award-National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming-September 2009, Prix de West: Major General and Mrs. John D. Pittman Wildlife Award and Jackson Hole Arts Festival: Featured Artist-2008.
Greg attributes his success in continued, steady sales during an economy that has hurt other artists to his presence and visibility at what he calls ” the two prestige shows” for western art: the Prix de West at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, and the Masters of the American West show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. He added ” participation in these two shows attaches credibility to your work, l feel so very fortunate to have earned the opportunity to exhibit in both”. He sells primarily to collectors, and while many of his clients have seen the economy affect their bottom line, they can still afford to invest in his work.
Greg grew up in rural upstate NY, and moved to Dubois from Seattle with his wife, Lu and two children, Sam and Sarah when presented with an opportunity to relocate in 1997 after Lu’s job was affected by a corporate merger. Dubois was recommended as a place to move to by one of Greg’s wildlife artist friends. ” What an incredibly beautiful place we are fortunate to live in” .
A spiritual man, Greg credits his talent and his drive to his Christian beliefs. He quietly describes himself as “an image bearer to reflect God’s glory” which was the inspiration for what he calls a coffee table/art/devotional book with that title scheduled to be published in 2012.
To learn more about this artist and see his work, visit www.gbeecham.com or visit Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Delony, Jackson, WY -307-733-4016
The Riverton and Lander police departments did not provide a report Friday morning.
The Sheriff’s Department reported 40 calls for service since 7 a.m. Thursday, including 16 ambulance calls and three fire calls.
The fire calls included a structure fire on Riverview Road west of Riverton (see separate story filed this date) and calls to the Fort Washakie and Missouri Valley rural fire stations to assist other personnel with a fight aftermath and a medical call, respectively.
Today’s jail count at the county detention center in Lander is 133. Eighteen other inmates are outside of the facility, 15 in substance abuse treatment centers, two on home detention and one inmate in a jail outside of Fremont County.
A one vehicle wreck was reported overnight, and that call came in at 10:50 Thursday morning when a pickup reportedly had slid off of an icy roadway on South Pass, Wyoming Highway 28, Milepost 46. No injuries were reported.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported on fatality Thursday as the result of a tractor-trailer/pickup head-on crash in Lincoln County, 5.5 mies south of Cokeville on U.S. Highway 30. Killed was Jeannine A. Fancher, 72, of Aberdeen, Wash. She died at the scene. Fancher was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Connie R. Langille, 50, of Pocatello, Ida. The WHP said Langille apparently lost control of of her 2007 Ford Ranger pickup on an icy roadway and crashed into a 2006 Freightliner owned by Transco, Inc. The driver of the big rig, Keith A. Peter, 53, of Greeley, Colo., was treated and released at the South Lincoln Medical Center in Kemmerer. Langille was transferred to University Hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment.
To date, there have been 131 fatalities recorded on Wyoming roadways in 2011.
The identity of the man who was burned was not released by RFD, although they said he was the lone resident of the three-bedroom, ranch style home, two people were inside at the time of the fire. The second individual was not identified. Woolery said the man was burned attempting to save his animals and some belongings. Both were transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment of his burns and smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire reportedly was a pan of bacon cooking in the kitchen that was left unattended, Woolery said. “The fire spread very fast and totally consumed the kitchen, dining room and part of the living room,” he said. “There was heavy heat and smoke damage throughout the home.”
The RFD responded with four units and 14 firefighters and Woolery said it took about 20 minutes to totally knock down and extinguish the blaze.
Snowfall totals Dec. 28-29 (in inches)
Burroughs Creek Snotel 10
Deer Park Snotel 5
Castle Creek Snotel 5
Brooks Lake Lodge 5
Little Warm Snotel 4
Cold Springs Snotel 4
Townsend Creek Snotel 2
Hobbs Park Snotel 2
Avalanche warnings are in effect today across most of Western Wyoming, including the east front of the Wind River Range from Dubois to Lander.
Maximum Wind Gusts (in mph)
Highest gust was 134 at 10,870 feet on Mount Coffin in Wyoming Range
In Fremont County:
Beaver Rim 60 at 7:56 a.m.
Dubois Airport 58 at 10:55 a.m.
Riverton Airport 54 at 12:48 p.m.
South Pass 50 at 10:01 a.m.
Lander Airport 46 at 1:46 p.m.
other high gusts:
Chief Joseph Highway 86 at 11:50 a.m.
10 mi. N of Buffalo 78 at 10 a.m.
Jackson Hole Summit 76 at 8:30 a.m.
Clark 74 at 3:06 a.m.
1st – Wyoming Indian 98, Wind River 79 (Cougars suffer first loss)
3rd – Ten Sleep 65, St. Stephen’s 53
1st – Wyoming Indian 72, Wind River 30
3rd – St. Stephen’s 64, Saratoga 50
“We talked to the team in practice that this is going to be as close to a conference game that they will play in,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “Bowling Green is very talented, they’re used to winning and it becomes a possession by possession game. You have to take advantage of every opportunity you have. I liked the way we competed tonight. We were knocking down shots early and had great movement. The game became physical and I liked the way we responded. On the flip side when it becomes physical you play on edge both defensively and offensively.
Three Cowgirls finished the evening in double-figures led by junior Ashley Sickles. She had a game high 16 points along with eight rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes of play.Chaundra Sewell recorded 13 points and a career high 14 rebounds while Kaitlyn Miletochipped in ten points and four assists. Wyoming shot 21-58 (.362) from the field but struggled going 7-16 (.438) from the free throw line.
The Falcons were led by Jessica Slagle with 16 points and six rebounds in 35 minutes of action. She was followed by Chrissy Steffen with 15 points, while Alexis Rogers brought down 12 boards. BGSU shot 19-52 (.365) from the field and out rebounded UW 42-37.
The Cowgirls return to action on Monday, Jan. 2. They will play their final non-conference game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The game is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, at St. Michael’s Mission at Ethete.
A viewing begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the Enos family home, 4380 Airport Road, Riverton.
Kason Kody Enos was born on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, and died at the age 77 days on Dec. 27, 2011.
His family described him as a happy baby with “an amazing smile and huge beautiful eyes.”
Survivors include his parents, Dalton Enos and Kirstyn Cota; a sister, Markia Rose Enos; maternal grandparents, Anita Lee Graham and Lennis Cota; paternal grandparents, Andrea Enos and Antone Enos; maternal great grandmother, Mary Agnes Lee; paternal great grandparents, Audrey Enos and John; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Charles Whiteman and Elabie Hereford; great grandfather, Albert Lee, Sr.,; uncles, Marcus Hereford, Ian Tillman, and Hawk Tillman.
On-line condolences may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
A viewing will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at Blue Sky Hall.
Mr. Thunder died at his home at Ethete on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at the age of 33.
William Huston Thunder was born at Ethete on Sunday, Feb. 19, 1978, the son of Elmer Sorrels, Jr., and Clara Thayer (Thunder.)
He married Andrea Willow on October 24, 2000.
Mr. Thunder was a life-long resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
He was of the Angelica Episcopal faith.
He worked in maintenance at the Lander Regional Hospital had worked at the Pizza Hut in Gillette.
His family said he enjoyed fixing electronics, fishing, cooking, barbequing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his mother, Clara Louise Thunder; his companion, Marion Brown; his wife, Andrea Willow; his children, Gabriella Thunder, Asiah Bell, Antonio Willow, Billie Thunder, and Breanna Brown; brothers, Travis Thayer and his companion Lesa Trosper, Chief Thunder, Tremayne Thunder Sr. and his wife, Annette; special nephews, Dunnie Pongah and Jay Bell; sisters, Starla Sorrels, Tammi Pongah and her companion Hayes Goggles, Sherri C’Bearing and her husband Butch, Lisa Orpeza, and Missy Hill; nieces, Raine Hill, Muriel Friday, Christina Lott, Chasity Washington, LaTasha Smith, Nikki Perry, Jade Antelope, Shanece Thunder, Cleone Guina, Chanda Hill, and Stanleda Hill; nephews, Rondell Guina , Preston Schamp, Devin Schamp, WaKiza Thayen, Toorey and Crowchief Hill, Aaron Brannan, Ryan Thunder, Tremayne Thunder Jr., Sage Thunder, and Kent Carpenter Jr.; aunts, Valene Rever and Verna Thunder; uncle, Richard Thunder; numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Cleone Iron Thunder; aunt, Grace Schamp; uncle, Bill Thunder Jr.; brothers, Thane Thunder, Tony Brannan, and William Thunder III; grandfather, Bill Thunder Sr.
On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Born and raised in Lander and an integral part of her family’s dude ranch in the Wind River Mountains, Holly said she had done it all, from guiding guests, teaching dudes how to ride horses and to fish, and being the ranch chef. She said being in the outdoors has always been a part of her life, and that is one message that she is taking to each school she visits during her reign. “It’s so important for kids to get outside and be active, and I’m promoting that during my year,” she told the Rotarians.
Participating in pageants since she was 16 and in high school, Holly was the first runner-up in the 2011 Miss Wyoming USA Pageant. “It was an honor, but I didn’t want to be second place, so I went back and this year I won the crown.”
Holly received a Business and Marketing degree from California State University-Chico where she was on the executive board of her charity. Allen said she took some time off during her college to travel around Australia, including a month-long solo backpacking trip down under.
Outside of her pageant activities, Holly recruits IT staff for major corporations nationwide.
The Miss USA Pageant is held each summer in Las Vegas. “It’s much more than the one night you see on TV,” Allen said. “We’re there for three weeks of interviews, tours and pageant activities.”
(Pageant photo courtesy of Miss Wyoming USA 2012)
The ice skating rink at Lander City Park is doing its job attracting skaters, attendant Janet Boulette said Thursday. “Today it’s not so busy because it’s so warm, but usually we have a steady stream of skaters enjoying the ice here, both recreational and hockey,” she said. “It’s been good, lots of folks are coming out.”
The ice skating rink is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday the rink’s hours are from Noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Adult hockey is played on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $1. Ice skate rentals are also available for $2.