RPD: Three arrests overnight

The Riverton Police Department reported a generallly quiet 24 hour period from Monday through Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. with three arrests, one alcohol-related and two on outstanding warrants.

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.

‘Pokes Hendricks is MWC Defensive Player of the Week

(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

Randy Ray Grasmick

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

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.

Donald Lewis Knifer

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.

Coroner: Preliminary autopsy results inconclusive

Preliminary autopsy results on a 24-year-old man found dead in a vehicle last week were inconclusive, Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Dec. 5. George Wallowingbull IV’s body was found in a vehicle near a home off of 17-Mile Road in the Ethete area last wee. There was no obvious cause of death, McAuslan said. The coroner said additional tissue and toxicolgy tests would be required to perhaps identify a cause of death. Those tests will take a month or more to complete, he said.

Hoops ‘n Hot Dogs at CWC Wednesday night

 When the Central Wyoming College Rustlers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams meet Northwest College of Powell on Wed. Dec. 7 in Riverton, fans will be treated by the CWC Alumni Association. What’s the treat? In its second annual incarnation,Hoops and Hot Dogs pretty much says it all. Come to the games between 6 and 7:30 p.m. and enjoy a free large hot dog, chips, a drink and a cookie. And a bright orange Rustler bandana while supplies last.
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.#


Thompson retires, Baker new Dubois game warden

Long-time Dubois Game Warden Cole Thompson has decided to call it a career after serving 36 years for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Thompson began his lengthy Game and Fish career as a field technician in Jackson. He also trucked hay to elk feedgrounds before becoming a game warden trainee in Casper. His first warden district was in Cheyenne. Thompson transferred to Worland in 1979 and then to Dubois in 1992. Prior to his Game and Fish service he also worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

“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.”

RECDA to hear from casino CEO

The next meeting of the Riverton Economic and Community Development
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.

The Casino also oversees the Ethete Grocery Store, Blue Sky Laundry, Black Mountain
Embroidery and the 789 Smoke Shop, truck stop and fueling station in addition to
two other smaller casinos, one south of Riverton and the other at Ethete.Jim Conrad is the Chief Executive Officer who has built up this impressive
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.

Workers began updating the large Wind River Casino sign last week to add the words Hotel & Casino. The new Wind River Hotel's 90 room expansion is scheduled to open in January.

G&F’s Ryder promoted to Cheyenne

CHEYENNE – Tom Ryder, a 28-year Game and Fish Department veteran and former wildlife management coordinator in Lander, has been promoted to the agency’s Wildlife Assistant Division Chief over biological operations.
“Tom has tremendous talents and a long list of qualifications,” said Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik. “Tom’s experience with the department coupled with his experiences leading The Wildlife Society and leading community organizations will suit him well in his new role. I look forward to Tom’s leadership in his new position.”
Ryder, 55, began his G&F career as a special projects biologist in Lander in June 1983. After several years of temporary jobs and numerous moves, he was promoted to be the Newcastle wildlife biologist in June 1986. He transferred to the North Lander Biologist District in June 1988 and then to the South Lander District in January 1996. Ryder was promoted to wildlife management coordinator supervising the region’s terrestrial wildlife programs in July 2004.
In addition to Game and Fish service, Ryder has been very active in The Wildlife Society for 30 years and was installed as the organization’s president in October 2011. He received the society’s Jim McDonough Award in 2000 for “Outstanding Contributions to Wildlife Management.”
“This is a privilege serving in such an important position in such a wildlife-rich state,” Ryder said. “We certainly are not without our wildlife challenges with wolves, grizzlies, mule deer population declines, and many other issues – but great coworkers and an engaged public make the job something to look forward to every day.”
Ryder’s new position oversees terrestrial biology, including game species and season setting, nongame, large predators, and habitat enhancement. He takes over for Bill Rudd, who retired Oct. 1. Prior to Rudd, the position was held by noteworthy biologists John Emmerich and Harry Harju.
Ryder was raised in Dubuque, Iowa, graduating from Wahlert High School in 1974. He attended Loras College in Dubuque before earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management with honors from the University of Wyoming. In 1983, he earned a master’s degree from UW researching Pronghorn Winter Habitat Selection in the Red Rim Area of South-Central Wyoming. In Laramie, he also assisted with zoology research, instructed biology classes, and helped with the zoology museum and laboratory maintenance.
He and his wife Lisa have two grown sons, Colin and Sean. In his spare time, Ryder enjoys Wyoming history, hunting, and fishing. He is a past member of the Fremont County School District No. 1Board of Trustees.
Tom Ryder

Festival of Carols presented by CWC at Riverton Church

The Central Wyoming College Music Department presents its annual Festival of Carols on Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m. at the Riverton United Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave.
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
-Central Wyoming College

Crack seal project on U.S. 26 north of Riverton awarded

Contracts totaling more than $35 million for 10 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its November meeting in Cheyenne.
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.


State prison inmate from county died Friday

Kevin B. Wallace, a Wyoming State Penitentiary inmate, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., after a lengthy illness.

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.

Jail adds 41 inmates; No arrests made in drunk driving patrols Saturday

It was a busy weekend across Fremont County with 127 calls of service taken at the Sheriff’s Department since Friday morning. Included in the calls were 45 for the county ambulance and 12 calls for county fire departments, mostly for controlled burns that went out of control.The county detention center in Lander was a beehive of activity over the past 72 hours with 41 new inmates booked into the facility. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said the arrests included five for Driving While Under the Influence of alcohol, two other alcohol-related charges and 34 people booked on a total of 55 felony  and  23 misdemanor charges. The detention center is currently responsible for 175 inmates, including 143 in the Lander jail, 16 in substance abuse treatment programs, four on home detention and 12 inmates being housed outside of the county.

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.