Capt. Eric Murphy said those arrested included Adam Lujan, 29, Ethete for Driving While Under the Influence; Phoebe Soundingsides, 26, Riverton for Contempt of Court, and Ernest Oldman, 28, Riverton, also for Contempt of Court.
(Laramie) — University of Wyoming senior linebacker Brian Hendricks was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.Hendricks, playing in his last regular-season game for the Cowboys, led Wyoming with nine tackles, including one tackle for a loss as the UW captured a 22-19 road win at Colorado State. Hendricks’ nine tackles included a critical play right before halftime. CSU quarterback Garret Grayson scrambled out of the pocket from the Wyoming 18-yard line and it appeared Grayson would score, but Hendricks didn’t give up on the play and tackled Grayson at the two-yard line with under a minute to go. That touchdown-saving tackle would lead to a Wyoming interception in the end zone three plays later, that ended the drive and preserved a 14-6 Wyoming halftime lead on way to a 22-19 victory.It was Hendricks first MW Player of the Week honor this season and the second of his career.Hendricks will enter the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl with 296 career tackles to rank 12th in school history. He needs seven tackles to tie Brian Brown (303 career tackles from 1996-98) for 11th place in school history, and needs 15 to tie Bruce Mowry (311 tackles from 1981-84) for 10th place.Photo by U.W. Sports Information
Calvin H. Walthers died at his home in Riverton on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at the age of 77.
Memorial services are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Riverton with Pastor Mike Smith officiating. VFW military honors will be presented. Cremation has taken place.
Calvin H. Walthers was born in Burwell, Neb., on Thursday, May 31, 1934, the son of Harold I. Walthers and Ione V. (Loghry) Walthers. He grew up in the Morton area and attended the Morton School. He lived his life-time in the Riverton and Lander area, except for a few years working out of state.
He served in Germany with the U.S. Army.
He married Patricia E. Barrett on May 29, 1959, in Lander.
Mr. Walthers was engaged in the upholstery business, owning Town and Country in Riverton. He had worked in construction, mining, on oil rigs, for gas stations, and in farming, and for QuickSet Lock in Anaheim, Calif.
His family said he loved to fish, hunt, go camping, being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, tinkering as a jack-of-all-trades, going to garage sales, and being with his family.
Mr. Walthers was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Riverton.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patricia Walthers of Riverton; a son, David Walthers; daughters, Edie Muggelberg and husband Nick of Hudson, and Patsy Flahaut and husband Brian, Eva “Babe” Martel and husband J.C., and Robin Hamilton and husband Kelly, all of Riverton; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Delores Walthers Choeskie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Melvin Walthers; brothers, Carroll Walthers, Russell Walthers, and Darrell Walthers; sisters, Gladyce Walthers Bray and Victoria Walthers Barrett; a grandson, Tony Ingwerson, and a great grandson, Robert Miska.
Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences for may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Beulah M. Conley of Dubois died at the home of her daughter in Shoshoni on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. She was 91.
Cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Beulah Marie Landen was born in Monarch, Wyo., near Sheridan on July 3, 1920, the daughter of William Orville Landen and Elizabeth (Potter) Landen.
She was a homemaker who married Jack Dolan Conley in Hardin, Mont., on June 14, 1941. Her family said she “worked side by side with her husband throughout his career.”
Mr. Conley started working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 1942, at which time the family moved from Big Horn to Daniel. They first moved to Dubois in 1946, then lived in Boulder from 1954 to 1956, returning to Dubois in 1956. Mrs. Conley made her home in Dubois until 2010 when she moved to Shoshoni to live with her daughter.
She was baptized at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dubois and taught a church youth group when their daughter was young.
She was also a 4-H leader in Dubois and was involved with the school activities of her daughter and friends. Mrs. Conley served as the Dubois correspondent for the Riverton Ranger in the 1960s and 70s.
Her family said she loved to play bridge, fish, and hunt.
Mrs. Conley is survived by her daughter, Jackie Hill and her husband Gary of Shoshoni; grandchildren, Jack, Eddie Ann, Billie, Jennie, and Lea; great grandchildren, Corrina, John C, Brandy, Tiffany, Shane, John. Sonya, Christina, Misty, Shandell, Derrick, and Darrien; 15 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Orville Landen of Dubois, and Gerald Landen of Lafayette, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jack; her parents and two brothers.
Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, the High Country Senior Center in Dubois, or a charity of the donor’s choice 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.
Former Riverton resident Randy Grasmick died in Bellsfield, N.D., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at the age of 57.
His Memorial Service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Shepherd Montana.
Randy Ray Grasmick was born in Greeley, Colo., on March 30, 1954. He grew up in Riverton and attended school here, but following graduation from high school he went to work in the oil fields where he made his career.
He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Shirley Grasmick of Riverton and Arla Lee Kline of Billings, Mont.; one brother, Byron of Lander; three sisters, Vicky Davis of Miles City, Mont., Cindy Knight of Cypress, Texas, and Sandra Johnson of Billings, Mont.; a close friend, Shirley Fillman of Riverton.
Clifford L. “Speed” Fry died in his home in Riverton on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. He was 91.
A Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Military committal rites will follow at Mountain View Cemetery conducted by Friday-Truan Detachment 683 Marine Corp League and Veterans.
Clifford Leslie Fry was born on June 16, 1920, in a school house as his parents, Earl Vincent Fry and Grace Elizabeth (Drew) Fry, were trying to get to the hospital in Wheatland. He grew up on Slater Flats and was graduated from Chugwater High School, where he met and courted his wife of 60 years, Doris L. Hancock. After graduation he studied welding at and also graduated from the Aviation Institute of Denver in 1942.
Mr. Fry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, and married Doris in May of 1943, just before being shipped out to the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945 as a Sergeant, and with two bronze stars and a presidential citation.
Mr. and Mrs. Fry lived in Greybull until the end of the spring school term of 1946, where Mrs. Fry was teaching, then moved back to Chugwater briefly. They then moved to Pavillion after the death of her father, purchasing the farm from her brothers. In 1949, Morrison and Knutsen Construction Co. set up their shop across the road from the Fry place. The company had been hired to build the second and third divisions of the Wyoming Canal. Mr. Fry worked for the company as a carpenter and cement truck driver.
The couple began running their farm as a dairy farm with registered Brown Swiss dairy cows, often showing them at the Wyoming State Fair. In the early 1950′s they began selling milk to the Morning Star Dairy in Riverton.
During this time, Mr. Fry also served on the Pavillion School board from 1951 to 1959. After 27 years of raising hay, grain, and corn silage to feed the ever-increasing dairy herd, they retired and moved to Riverton. Mr. Fry then bought sharpening equipment from Clarence Kobel and began Riverton Sharpening Shop. After 18 years of running that business he finally retired.
His family said that after retirement, Mr. Fry enjoyed gardening, drinking coffee at the Trailhead Restaurant, and working on various projects around his house.
Mr. Fry was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; his wife Doris; a grand nephew, and recently, his brother-in-law, Ed Hancock.
He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Osborne and husband Kelly; niece, Audrey Rodeman and husband Royce; four grandchildren, Hannah, Thomas and Hank Osborne, Mary Smith and husband Levi; grand nieces, Naomi Raymond and husband John, Rebecca Lewis and many other nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Services 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.
Boyd D. Sebade of Lander died at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander on Saturday morning, Nov. 26, 2011. He was 88.
Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held.
Boyd Delos Sebade was born in Wall, S.D., on Monday, July 30, 1923, the son of Herman and Eva (Huddleston) Sebade.
He grew up in Wall, S.D. and graduated high school. He was given a scholarship to play football and basketball at Huron, S.D. playing one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Sebade served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, aboard the Alexander Dallas Destroyer.
Following military services, he was a rural route carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in New Jersey and then in Rapid City, S.D. for 30 years.
He married Helen Margaret Sproha on July 16, 1944, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wharton, N.J.
He had lived in Lander for 31 years, moving there from Rapid City, S.D., where he had lived for some 30 years. Prior to that he had lived in Wall, S.D. and Wharton, N.J.
Mr. Sebade was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
His family said he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, grandchildren, and other friends.
Mr. Sebade also worked as a carpenter, building houses in Lander and Rapid City.
Survivors include a son, Michael Sebade and his wife Leann of Lander; a daughter, Susan Downham and her husband Jim of Lander; a daughter-in-law, Marla Sebade of Rapid City, S.D.; 10 grandchildren, Christa Drab and her husband Steve, Chad Sebade and his wife Brook, Matthew Sebade, Brian Sebade and wife Marie, Andrew Downham and his wife Ashlee, Kathryn Downham, Amy Schwanz and her husband Mark, and Christopher Downham; four great grandchildren, Hailey Drab, Christian Drab, Brynn Schwanz, and Kyra Schwanz; a brother-in-law, Bob Sproha of Mountain Lake, N.J.; brother-in-law, Emery Sabo of Rapid City; sister, Myrnaloy Smith and husband Guy of Rapid City; numerous nieces and nephews in Rapid City.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helen; a son, Dave Sebade, his parents, Herman and Eva and a sister, Arla Sabo.
Memorials can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line obituaries are available and condolences may be made at: the DavisFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Services are pending for Donald Lewis Knifer of Riverton, Wyoming passed away November 23, 2011 at his home in Riverton after a long illness. Don was born on November 24, 1929 in Denver, Colorado to Lewis G. Knifer and Corinne E. Glasgow Knifer. He met his future wife, Dorothy V. Dunning of Riverton and they were married on July 23, 1950 in Riverton, Wyoming.
They resided in Denver, Colorado until 1963, where all five of their children were born. Don was a communications engineer for Mountain Bell Telephone Company for 32 years, retiring in Lander, Wyoming in 1979. He then worked at the Wyoming State Training School for 2 years as a mechanic. After leaving the State School, Don and Dottie sold their home in Lander and began their travels in their 5th wheel trailer. They traveled the West spending winters in Quartzite, Arizona and summers near Libby, Montana on the Koocanusa Reservoir as camp ground hosts for the Forest Service. They traveled for 8 years finally buying a home in Payson, Arizona, later moving to Thermopolis, Wyoming. They then moved home to Riverton in 1997.
Don graduated from North High School in Denver in 1947. He attended numerous technical schools over the 32 years he worked for Mountain Bell Telephone.
Don loved fishing, hunting and just being in the outdoors. He enjoyed having coffee with his buddies each day at 789 in Riverton. One of his favorite things was camping with his wife and five children while they were growing up. He was an avid mechanic and wood worker, and his special talent was that he could fix or build anything. One of his special loves was riding his motorcycle into the desert while in Arizona and communing with nature.
Don was a Christian and a member of Lifeline Christian Church. While in Lander he was a fireman for the Lander Volunteer Fire Department. He was a charter member of the Lander Elks Club and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dottie Knifer of Riverton. He is also survived by 5 children including, Patrick Knifer of Berwyn, Illinois; Larry Knifer and wife Tracey Mahoney of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Constance “Connie” Clarady of Wichita, Kansas; LeAnn Atkin and husband Mark of Lander, Wyoming; and Jennifer C. Knifer of Arvada, Colorado. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a special niece Marilyn Knifer Hathaway of Castaic, California and several cousins including Rod Knifer of Fleming, Colorado.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, in laws Alvah and Viola Good, and father- in- law Charles Dunning.
It is requested by the family that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don’s memory to Amedisys Hospice Services of 514 E. Pershing, Riverton, Wyoming.
Just in time for the holidays, the Riverton and Lander police departments issued scam alerts in their respective cities, both with countywide implications.
“We have had several calls for service about unknown callers who will phone local people and claim to be their grandchild stating that they are out of the country and they need money because they are in the hospital or have been arrested,” said RPD Capt. Eric Murphy.
The scam goes like this: Usually the person who calls will wait for the resident on this end of the phone to ask “Is this Shawn? Or Tommy? Or whatever their grandchild’s name is. Then the unknown caller will say yes this is ….(whatever the name is) and then they will convince the local person to send them money.“
Murphy said that this scam is a very common fraud and people need to be aware that it is still occurring,” Murphy said.
In Lander, Police Chief Fred Cox said the LPD has also received a number of complaints about fraud attempts. “If you are contacted by anyone requesting money for any reason, especially if they inform that you they need money or to get a relative out of jail in Mexico, these are scams and you should not respond,” Cox said. He also said a Publishers Clearing House scam is going on.
“As the holiday season gets closer we expect to see more scams such as these, so please be careful,” Cox said.
Any local resident with questions should call their respective police departments in either Riverton or Lander.
The Alumni Association invites all Rustler fans to the games to mingle, reconnect with former classmates and support the Rustler basketball teams. There will also be a drawling for prizes awarded at half time of the men’s game.The President of the CWC Alumni Association is Brian Rohrbacher of Lander.##
One of Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness’ stated goals in his administration is to foster open communications with Riverton residents. To fulfill that goal, which has also been adopted by the City Council, the cityis hosting an open house event at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 7 p.m.
“This will give city residents an opportunity, in an informal manner, to ask myself, senior city staff and city council members any questions they may have or concerns they want to voice,” Warpness said Thursday morning. “The invitation is open to all, including Tribal representatives.”
The event will be held at the City Council Chambers at Riverton City Hall, 816 North Federal Boulevard.
Congratulations to Lander’s “Buffalo Bill” Boycott who captured two awards at the just concluded Western Music Association’s Showcase and Awards Show held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Boycott was named “Yodeler of the Year” and with his partner Dr. Jo, the pair was honored with “Harmony Duo of the Year” Award.
This year’s show celebrated the 100th birthday anniversary of the late Roy Rogers, who was a fixture at the Lander One Shot Antelope Hunt during his long television career.
“Cole has been a key player in making some very significant wildlife poaching cases over his tenure with the Game and Fish Department,” said Lander Region Wildlife Supervisor, Jason Hunter. “Cole’s passion for his profession, not just law enforcement, but also public relations and damage prevention, have made him an exemplary wildlife officer.”
Thompson is a native of Jackson and a 1969 graduate of Jackson Hole High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming. Thompson was awarded the prestigious Shikar-Safari Club’s 1996 Wildlife Officer of the Year for the state of Wyoming.
Brian Baker has been selected as the new game warden in Dubois. He has served as the Game Warden in Evanston since 2005. He began his career for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Pinedale in 2001, working with the elk feedground program. Baker started his enforcement career the following summer on the Lander reservoir crew and then performed a variety of enforcement and biological duties in the Cody and Green River Regions, and then in Gillette.
“Brian brings a great variety of job experience to the Dubois Game Warden position,” says Hunter. “We are confident he will serve that community and its fish and wildlife resource well.”
Baker, 36, is a Littleton, Colorado native and earned a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming in 1998.
To report a Game and Fish violation please call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if a conviction is made.
Association (RCDA) will be held this coming Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 AM at
the Riverton Holiday Inn.The Wind River Casino is applying the finishing touches to a brand new 90 unit
hotel. The casino presently employees 611 people and is the largest
employer in the county, and plans on employing even more people when the hotel opens.
organization. Come and listen as Jim discusses the challenges, goals, and
prospects facing Fremont County’s most diverse self-funded economic and
community development project.
Featured groups will be the Handbell Choir, the Collegiate Chorale, and the vocal ensemble CWC JAZZMAGIC.
The performance includes familiar and not-so-familiar holiday music, with selected readings about the Christmas season. Admission to this performance is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken to support the Fremont County Good Samaritan Center and the Lander Care And Share Food Bank.
“Last year, this performance raised over $1000 for these two worthwhile charities in Fremont County,” said Robert Hussa, one of the producers of the concert. “We are always happy that we have a generous audience to help those in need.”
The Handbell Choir is directed by Sharon Dalton, and the performance will include some trumpet work from former CWC staff member Kelly Dehnert.
The performance also includes audience participation. “We hope to see many of our friends there, and help us celebrate the season,” Hussa said. “Our groups are excited to perform this show once again.”
There is limited seating in the church, and the performance is often completely full. Audience members will be able to get into the church sanctuary beginning at 2:30 p.m
One Fremont County Project was included: Highway Improvement of Harrisburg, S.D., was awarded a $284,000 contract for crack sealing to extend the life of pavement on nearly nine miles of US 26 northwest of Riverton. Completion date of the contract is Aug. 31, 2012.
Wallace was sentenced on April 17, 2008 by District Court Judge Norman Young in Fremont County for two crimes to be served concurrently. He was sentenced to 13 and a half to 15 years for attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree, and six to 10 years for interference with a peace officer.
Wallace was born on March 30, 1953, in Pocatello, Idaho.
As per departmental policy an autopsy has been ordered.
–Wyoming Department of Corrections
On a positve note, Lee said the county saturation patrol to find drunk drivers resulted in no arrests being made. He credited the lack of arrests to the widely publicized campaign, which involved the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies in the county, including the police departments in Lander and Riverton, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Wind River Police Department on the Wind River Reservation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Lee said multiple motorists were stopped during the saturation patrol, with motor vehicle violations, but none for DUI. The saturation patrol will be repeated on selected dates throughout the winter months.