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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.
The County Commissioners Tuesday have action items planned in the morning along with an afternoon work session with the county’s state legislative delegation.
In morning agenda items, commissioners will hear from Public Health Nursing Manager Julie Twist on a Family Planning Grant at 9:15 a.m. followed at 9:30 by a report from County Transporation Department Superintendent Dave Pendleton. At 9:45 p.m. an executive session of the board is planned with Fremont County Emergency Services Director Lauri Wempen to discuss potential property acquisition and personnel.
Following a break, at 10:30 a.m. the commission will hear from County Planner Ray Price on three subdivision issues and then receive County Coroner Ed McAuslan for a discussion on Indigent Veteran Burial issues.
The Commisson’s second executive session on Tuesday morning is set to occur at 11 a.m. with a personnel discussion planned with the Fremont County Museum Board.
After lunch the commissioners will meet with the county’s state lawmakers.
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.
“At this point, all the available time slots to meet with our local legislators have been filled,” said Scott Goetz, director of the Lander Chamber. Lawmakers who are scheduled for the Lander session include St. Sens. Cale Case of Lander and Eli Bebout of Riverton, and State Reps. Del McOmie of Lander, Patrick Goggles of Ethete and Rita Campbell of Missouri Valley.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Davis Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
William Travis Richardson was born in Sherman, Texas, on Aug. 28, 1914, the son of William Harrell Richardson and Hattie (Henderson) Richardson. He married S. Madeline Reed in Texas on Dec. 23, 1937. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Richardson lived in Oregon for many years before moving to the Lander/Riverton area to be closer to family. He was of the Protestant faith.
Mr. Richardson was a millwright who worked at the Lander sawmill. His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and family gatherings.
Survivors include sons, Don Kenneth Richardson and Jimmy D. Richardson, both of Riverton; a daughter, Linda A. King of Lander; five grandchildren, and a brother, Wayland Richardson
He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Richardson; his parents, Harrell and Hattie Richardson; brothers, Welton, Glen, Wayne, and Gordon.
Memorials may be made to the Riverton Senior Citizens’ Center, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
The Central Wyoming Brass Quintet performed a Christmas program this past week at the Rotary Club of Lander’s weekly meeting. Members of the quintet are: Carla Forbis, French Horn; Garold Whisler, Trumpet; Tom Duncan, Tuba; Jim Massman, Trombone and Kelly Dehnert, Trumpet. We Wish you a Merry Christmas!
(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.
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.
In an interview with County10.com News Tuesday, Miller confirmed the arrangement. “I’ve joined their board of directors and sold some leases I’ve held in the Powder River Basin for years to them, he said.” The Riverton lawmaker said the sale price was $200,000, that he received some stock options and a three percent royalty on any coal the firm may ultimately produce, “up to a certain amount.”
Miller said the Australian company “is quite aggressive,” and he credited Wyoming’s regulatory environment as a reason the firm wants to develop the leases here. “You know, Australia has some great natural resources itself, there’s a lot of opportunity there, so I was puzzled why they wanted to come to Wyoming,” Miller said. “They indicated that it is difficult to develop projects in Australia and they found a better opportunity here in Wyoming.”
Miller said the deal is a result of being an independent geologist. “I have various holdings in coal, oil and gas, granite and gold around the country and it’s the nature of the business that I make money on some and not on others,” he said. “This particular one worked out. Holding mineral leases is a hit and miss deal, from feast to famine and back again.”
The newspaper quotes Miller as saying he would recuse himself from any legislative votes that would be a direct conflict with County Coal projects.
Miller retains his position as CEO of Strathmore Resources USA, which is located in the Central Wyoming College Technical Park. Miller was first elected to the Wyoming legislature in 2001. He serves on the Revenue and the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions committees and he is a member of the legislature’s Energy Council.
Eight folks ran afoul of the law in Riverton over the weekend and ended up in the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander awaiting a court hearing. Those arrested were: Clowry Means, 45, Riverton, Public Intoxication; Eleanor Maldonada, 44, Riverton, Failure to Appear warrant; William Keeler, 43, Riverton, Failure to Appear warrant; Bud Perry, 28, Ft. Washakie, outstanding warrant and Resisting Arrest; Kristopher Florence, 26, Riverton, Probation Revocation; Eldred Lee, 31, Riverton, Public Intoxication; and Cecilia Warren, 19, Riverton, Contempt of Court warrant.
FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF
Arrests logged by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department were: Weston Addison, 25, Lander, Contempt of Court; Gene Kurpis, 25, Lander, Probabion Revocation; Lyle Peterson, 62, Riverton, Breach of Peace; Gale Rose, 45, Dubois, Driving While Under the Inflluence and Steven Hays, 57, Riverton, was arrested on two counts of Simple Assault in a domestic violence incident. In the latter incident, deputies reported a household member was allegedly strangled and pushed into a wall by Hays before officers arrived.
Deputies were called out Friday afternoon south of Riverton where a vehicle was reported off of the road and through the ice. Upon investigation, deputies reported the driver of a sports utility vehicle was driving along the riverbank of the Little Wind River when the vehicle rolled over and slid onto the ice ending up in the center of the River. The vehicle did not break through the ice. The unidentified driver’s use of alcohol is suspected as a cause of the mishap.
Deputies also reported a property damage crash on Friday afternoon between a deer and a vehicle on US 287/WYO 789, mile post 21.
A school bus from Laramie County School District 1 was involved in a property damage crash Saturday afternoon north of Riverton. None of the 16 students on the bus was injured in the collision with a 2007 model Jeep Grand Cherokee on WYO 789 near Haymaker Road. A deputy’s preliminary report indicated the driver of the school bus reportedly was changing lanes when the crash occurred. The incident remains under investigation.
WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle rollover near Moneta early Sunday morning. A motorist reported two men walking along the highway at 1:50 a.m. The WHP was dispatched and learned of the rollover.
The Lander Police Department was dispatched to 77 calls for service over the week. Of the 77 calls 5 involved the use of alcohol and 2 arrests were made.
The Lander Police Department completed compliance checks of local business which serve alcohol in the community. Off the 15 businesses checked 4 sold alcohol to a minor. Citations were issued to Pizza Hut, Maverick gas station, Mr. D’s and Safeway for the violation.
The Lander Police Department is asking for information of a stolen black briefcase from the Safeway parking lot Thursday afternoon. The briefcase contains a stenograph machine. At this time there is a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the recovery of the equipment.
24 year old Jason Beebe was arrested Friday night for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and assault and battery after he got into a physical confrontation with an ex-girlfriend.
45 year old Ronald Bowstring was arrested Wednesday night for active warrants and interfering with Police after a confrontation with the Lander police. Officer Ryder conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations. Upon contacting Ronald, a passenger in the vehicle, he became uncooperative. Ronald then lied to Police about his identity. Through an investigation it was learned that Ronald had active warrants for his arrest. When Ronald was requested to step from the vehicle, he refused and a scuffle between Ronald and Police took place, the subject was taserd to gain compliance and transported to Fremont County Jail.
Additionally, the Lander Police Department would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.
“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.”
Onufer, who won the 2010 RTOC 165-pound title, went 4-0 on Sunday and beat third-seeded and 20th-ranked Dallas Bailey of Oklahoma State in the title match to take the 165-pound crown. Onufer proved he was worthy of the top seed in the weight class by defeating Bailey in a 7-4 decision in the championship match, and had one fall and one major decision Sunday. The senior now is 15-1 on the season.
“Onufer had a tough match in the finals and he wrestled his rear off and got the job done,” Branch said.
Senior Michael Martinez, ranked 17th and seeded second, finished fourth in the 125-pound bracket, earning a 4-2 overall mark. Martinez made it to the semifinals but fell to Ladd Rupp of Oklahoma State. He dropped down to the consolation brackets and beat teammate Kasey Garnhart to get to the third-place match, but lost to Mitchell Lofstedt of Southern Oregon in a 3-2 decision.
Garnhart, a junior, was fifth, beating Air Force’s Greg Rinker in the fifth-place match in a 10-2 major decision. Garnhart tallied a 4-2 record with one fall and one major decision.
Redshirt freshman Zach Zehner was second in the 133-pound bracket, grinding out a 4-1 mark. Zehner, ranked 17th and seeded second, suffered his lone loss of the event in the title bout versus No. 1-ranked Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State, a match in which Oliver pinned him at the 1:32 mark. “Zehner showed a lot of maturity throughout the day,” Branch said. “(In the title match), he wrestled one of the most dominant kids in the nation at any weight. But other than that he showed a lot of poise and toughness.”
Wyoming’s Patrick Martinez (174 pounds) finished fourth, losing in the consolation final to Lance Bryson of West Virginia in a 4-2 decision. Martinez went 4-2 for the tournament with one fall and one major decision.
In the 184-pound title tilt, senior Joe LeBlanc lost his first match of the season when Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry, ranked seventh, defeated him in a 3-2 decision. LeBlanc, ranked third and seeded first, finished second overall and now is 15-1 on the year.
Redshirt junior Alfonso Hernandez nabbed third place in the 197-pound bracket, beating Ryan Smith of Cal Poly in a 1-0 decision in the consolation final. Hernandez had one of his best tournaments to date, cruising to a 5-1 mark with one pin, two major decisions and one technical fall.
In the 149-pound bracket, redshirt freshman Brandon Richardson went 4-2 with one major decision and one technical fall. Dakota Friesth, a 157-pound redshirt freshman, went 5-2, but couldn’t get to the placing rounds. He had one fall and two major decisions.
Two Pokes were featured in the heavyweight bracket, including redshirt freshman Leland Pfeifer (1-2 overall) and junior L.J. Helbig (2-2 with one fall and one major decision.)
Wyoming now will turn its focus to January, a month in which it will wrestle six duals. Up next is a home dual versus No. 2 Oklahoma State on Jan. 1, and 14th-ranked Oklahoma two days later. Branch will emphasize the need for improvement, based on what he saw Sunday.
“It looked like we were trying to feel guys out and we had a lot of matches where we didn’t score the first takedown,” the coach said. “We don’t look confident. We’re getting confident results, but we’ve got to come back with a tougher attitude. We outwrestled several kids, but didn’t get our hand raised. We pushed the pace, but the bottom line is goofy things can happen. There were some positives there, but we’ve got to get better in a hurry.”
125 pounds: Senior Michael Martinez (4-2, 1 major decision) – Fourth place
125: Junior Kasey Garnhart (4-2, 1 fall, 1 major decision) – Fifth place
133: Redshirt freshman Zach Zehner (4-1, 2 major decisions) – Second place
141: Redshirt junior McCade Ford (1-2)
141: Redshirt freshman Mike Hamel (2-2)
149: Redshirt freshman Brandon Richardson (4-2, 1 major decision, 1 technical fall)
157: Redshirt freshman Dakota Friesth (5-2, 1 fall, 2 major decisions)
165: Senior Shane Onufer (4-0, 1 fall, 1 major decision) – First place
174: Sophomore Patrick Martinez (4-2, 1 fall, 1 major decision) – Fourth place
184: Senior Joe LeBlanc (3-1, 1 fall, 2 major decisions) – Second place
197: Redshirt junior Alfonso Hernandez (5-1, 1 fall, 2 major decisions, 1 technical fall) – Third place
285: Redshirt freshman Leland Pfeifer (1-2)
285: Junior L.J. Helbig (2-2, 1 fall, 1 major decision)
“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.”
Idaho was led by Ganeaya Rogers with a team high 17 points as she was 6-8 from the field. Alyssa Charlston finished with 16 points followed by Krissy Karr with 15 points and a team high seven rebounds. The Vandals were 26-54 (.481) from the field while outrebounding the Cowgirls 38-36.
It was an offensive struggle through the first several minutes as an Ashley Sickles jumper was the only basket scored through the first media timeout. After a Kayla Woodward jumper, the Vandals got on the board with a Jessica Graham three-point field goal six minutes into the game. The Cowgirls responded with six straight points from Kaitlyn Miletogiving UW a 10-3 lead. The Vandals answered back with five points from Alyssa Charlston to pull within two, 10-8.Chaundra Sewell hit a basket to end the run but a three-point play from Adrie Shiels made it 12-11. A 5-2 run from the Cowgirls would extend the lead back to four, 17-13, with 8:19 on the clock. Two baskets from Idaho even it up at 17, and after a basket from Mileto, the Vandals scored another five straight to give them their first lead of the game, 22-19. Wyoming tried to close the gap scoring four of the next six to pull within one, 24-23 with 4:23 left in the half. The two teams combined for nine points to the remainder of the half as Idaho took a 29-27 lead into the lockerroom.
Ashley Sickles hit a basket out of the halftime break to tie it up at 29. Idaho scored four straight to go ahead by four, 33-29. Kaitlyn Mileto brought the Cowgirls to within two, 33-31, but a 5-2 run gave the Vandals a five point advantage, 38-33. Wyoming tried to chip into the lead closing the margin to two, 40-38. Three different players scored six of the next eight points for Idaho giving them a six point lead, 46-40. Two baskets each from Mileto and Ashley Sickles completed a 9-0 run for the Cowgirls to help them retake the lead, 49-46. A three-point basket from Krissy Karr started a 7-2 run by the Vandals to put them ahead by five, 56-51. A three point field goal from Kayla Woodward and an old fashioned three-point play from Sickles pulled the Cowgirls to within one, 58-57. Wyoming’s comeback would fall short as a couple of key turnovers and free throws would give the Vandals the 65-59 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Wyoming will play their final game before the holiday break as they host the UC Irvine Anteaters, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.
–UW Sports Information