Lookin’ good for a White Christmas

What are the chances for a White Christmas in Fremont County. Well, if you live along the east slope of the Wind River Range, the National Weather Service in Riverton says there is a 66 percent chance, based on historical records. If the latest seven-day forecast is any indication, the entire county could be in for a White Christmas as well.Winter officially began on Wednesday, Dec. 21st, at 10:30 p.m.Due to up slope conditons, Lander usually receives more snow than other areas of the county. Previous Christmastime snow depths recorded in the county seat included 15 inches in 1985, 13 inches in 1979 and 2007, 11 inches in 1983 and 10 inches in 1992.By the way, the NWS considers a White Christmas to be “at least one inch of snow on the ground as of 5 a.m. that morning.”

For further information: National Weather Service 

Riverton City Council to consider new McDonald’s; Co. Commission sets two executive sessions

The Lander City Council will not be meeting this week. The next regular meeting is on Dec. 27th.


At Riverton, the City Council’s finance committee will be meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in advance of the regular council meeting that starts at 6:45 p.m.Agenda items include administering the Oath of Office to new members of the Riverton Police Department, Officer Eric Smits and Animal Control Officer Amy Luton. The city’s fiscal year 2010-11 audit report will be presented at the meeting and a revision to a liquor dispensing room license for Sapore’s Restaurant will be discussed. The Riverton councilers will also  conduct the third and final reading on an ordinance provides for re-districting of the coucil wards.There are a number of planning and zoning items on the agenda, including zoning for the Spencer and B&D applications, plus a plat for a new proposed McDonald’s Restaurant on North Federal Boulevard at the site of the former V-1 Gas Company. Two other plats are to be considered as well

The Council will also discuss the future of a city-owned piece of property at 411 East Main, at the corner of fourth and Main. Various proposals for use of the property have been advanced, including using the parcel for public restrooms for downtown. The site previously was home to several businesses, including a gasoline station and a laundry and dry cleaning service.

State lawmakers meeting with public this week

Fremont County’s state legislators are using this week to meet with constituents and other elected officials in Riverton and Lander.

Today, Monday, the lawmakers are meeting the public at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce through 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the County Commissioners will meet with the legislators in an afternoon work session and on Wednesday, the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting legislators at a day-long event at the CWC Lander Center.

W. Travis Richardson

W. Travis Richardson of the Lander/Riverton area died at the Wind River Healthcare in Riverton on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the age of 97.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Davis Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.

Record number receive Christmas baskets in Lander

(Lander) –Chairman Nancy Sniffin and Co-Chairman Deanna Trumble-Green posed in front of some 308 baskets of food for the needy that were distributed in the Lander area Sunday morning by members of the Elks Club.  The event was the annual Lander Christmas Baskets for the Needy program.
The total number of baskets set an all time record this year. The last two years saw about 250 baskets distributed, but that number went up significantly this year, Sniffin said.
The baskets pictured were also stocked with toys, books, turkeys or hams  prior to distribution.

Miller joins Australian coal company

The Gillette News Record reported this past weekend that State Representative David Miller, HD-55, R-Riverton, has been hired by a coal company in Australia. According to the newspaper’s report, Miller, a geologist,  sold his Campbell County mineral rights to County Coal Limited of Sydney for cash, shares in the company and a royalty on any coal the firm plans to mine from the Powder River Basin.

Poke wrestlers 2nd at Reno tourney; Onufer champ at 165

Senior Shane Onuferwon the 165-pound weight-class title and the Wyoming wrestling team finished second overall Sunday in the Reno Tournament of Champions.Wyoming scored 115.5 team points to trail only Oklahoma State in the team standings, and seven Cowboys placed in the top five in an event dubbed the “Toughest Tournament in the U.S.A.”

“Finishing second wasn’t bad, but I definitely didn’t feel like we wrestled exceptionally,” Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. “I thought we wrestled worse than we did at Vegas (on Dec. 2-3.) You don’t like to see that. I didn’t think we had much of an attitude. I didn’t think we had a killer instinct, and in some spots, we looked soft and vulnerable.”

Cowgirls drop road game at Idaho, 65-59; face UCI Wednesday at home

Despite a career high 20 points from freshman Kaitlyn Mileto, the Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team lost a tough game, 65-59, against the Idaho Vandals on Sunday in Moscow. The Cowgirls end the road trip with a 3-7 overall mark while the Vandals improved to 4-7 on their season.”We had some turnovers at the end of the game which hurt us down the stretch,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “We were down four with a minute to go, had two possessions and we travel on the first and don’t rebound on a missed free throw. Had two opportunities we just couldn’t convert on those chances. We talked about taking advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves. What’s disheartening is that we have ten total turnovers and three of them happened in the final minute. “Three players finished the game in double-figures led by the freshman Mileto. She recorded a career high 20 points while adding three assists and two rebounds. She was 8-16 from the field and 4-9 from beyond the arc. Ashley Sickles followed with her second 18 point outing in a row, while Chaundra Sewell recorded her second double-double with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 24-65 (.369) from the field and 6-25 (.240) from beyond the arc, while committing only ten turnovers.

“Kaitlyn (Mileto) had a solid performance today with a career high 20 points,” added Legerski. “She had an outstanding night going 8-16 from the field and 4-9 from the three point line.”