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Backcountry Film Festival set Thursday in Lander

The Wyoming Wilderness Association and Winter Wildlands Alliance is sponsoring a film festival this Thursday, Dec. 15th at the Lander Bar.The 2011 Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival promotes the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, non-motorized winter recreation and environmental conservation and preservation.A social hour will be held at 6:00 pm and the films will begin at 7:00 pm and last until approximately 9:30pm. Tickets are $5.In addition to the films, attendees will have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for some great prizes from various Lander merchants.

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Coroner: Ft. Washakie man died of exposure; Three other deaths under investigation

A 33-year-old Fort Washakie man apparently died of exposure over the weekend trying to walk out of the Wind River Range after his vehicle became stuck in the snow.  Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan identified the man as Blaine Revere.

McAuslan said preliminary autopsy results indicated that Revere’s death was consistent with hypothermic conditions.

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Weekend Police Report: Arrests; Dogs kill more domestic animals; Thefts under investigation

It was a quiet weekend in Riverton, according to Capt. Eric Murphy. Only two arrests were logged since Friday. Arrested were Jerald Friday, 48, Riverton, for Public Intoxication and Birttney LittleWhiteman, 21, St. Stephens, on a Failure To Appear warrant.It was a little busier at the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, where four arrests occurred over the 72-hour period from Friday morning. Booked into the detention center were: Travis Hiett, 26, Riverton, for Driving While Under the Influence, Speeding and Interference with a Police Officer; Ronald Iruske, 48, Riverton on a Breach of the Peace charge; April Perry, 29, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant and Rusty Sanderson, 36, Dubois on a charge of Simple Assault.

Another report of dogs at loose killing domestic animals was logged this weekend. So far in the last month, over 50  sheep have been reportedly killed by marauding dogs in separate incidents north and west of Riverton, and this past weekend a pack of three dogs near Arapahoe apparently killed a goat in a pasture. Deputies were also advised of dogs chasing and attacking horses pastured along Squaw Creek west of Lander on Sunday afternoon.

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Dondero sworn in Friday as new BLM District Manager

The Wind River/Bighorn Basin District of the Bureau of Land Management has a new district manager today. Steve Dondero was sworn into office Friday in Worland. The Wind River/Bighorn Basin BLM district includes field offices in Lander, Cody and Worland.BLM Wyoming Associate State Director Ruth Welch administered the Oath of Office to Dondero and commented on his wide range of experience. “Steve’s extensive background in renewable resources, hardrock mining, wildlife, fire, grazing and recreation will be an excellent addition to the BLM Wyoming organization,” she said.

Dondero has worked with the BLM since 1977 in many diverse positions including wildlife biologist, range conservationist and outdoor recreation planner. He most recently served as the associate district manager for the Elko District in Nevada. As district manager of the Wind River/Bighorn Basin, Dondero oversees the management of approximately 5.7 million acres of public lands within the Lander, Cody and Worland field office areas.

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WCC pumps $3.5 million into Lander economy

First of a two-part story
Lander business leaders learned Wednesday morning that Wyoming Catholic College’s economic contribution to the local economy is estimated at $3.5 million annually, according to Mark Randall, WCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
The college, which graduated its first class this past spring, was established seven years ago. The college accepted its first students in September of 2007. Since those humble beginnings, Randall said WCC has grown from its initial 36 students to 120 on-campus students this fall.
In a presentation to LEADER Corporation Wednesday morning, Randall said the college has 16 professors, most with a doctoral degree, and 15 other full time staff members. The college is housed in a classroom building adjacent to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a Downtown Center in the 300 block of Main Street and Frassati Hall, on North Third Street (formerly the American Legion building). WCC’s annual tuition is $22,150.
“We consider ourselves a national college based in Wyoming as we have students from 40 different states,” Randall said. The two states with the greatest number of students are California with 16 and Colorado with nine. Five students call Wyoming home. Two thirds of the student enrollment comes from states west of the Mississippi River.
With an annual budget of $4.5 million, WCC offers its students a classical Liberal Arts education based on the on the Great Books from literature. Known as an “authentically Catholic” college, WCC’s curriculum includes four years of theology, Trivium (reading, writing and effective public speaking) and Latin by immersion. The college also features an outdoor leadership program, including practical and real-life skills development and a horsemanship program.

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Eastern Shoshone Indian Days makes Top 100 events list again

The 53rd Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow at Fort Washakie scheduled on June 21-24, 2012 has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA).Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to Destinations magazine, indicates that the Eastern Shoshone Indian Days offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to the ABA’s citation on the event. The Eastern Shoshone Indian Days was the top listing in the “West” region.

“We are excited about this national recognition.  The Powwow Committee has worked hard to make the Eastern Shoshone Indian Days fun as well as educational for our visitors.”said George Abeyta, Powwow Committee Vice-Chairman.  “Eastern Shoshone Indian Days is more than a powwow. It is nearly a weeklong celebration. While singing and dancing are the highlight, there are numerous other activities, such as the traditional Indian games including the arrow throw, tepee races, the rock throw, the moccasin races, shinny games and hand/stick games. Along with the traditional games there are modern day games as well, such as the softball tournaments, basketball tournaments, horseshoe tournaments, volleyball tournaments and fun run. For each of the past three celebrations Eastern Shoshone Indian Days has seen an increase of attendance for singers, dancers and spectators. The 53rd Annual should be the best ever!”

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CWC Men open conference play with split

The Central Wyoming College Rustler basketball teams opened conference play this past week in Riverton with games against Northwest College of Powell and Casper College. The men earned a split, falling to the NW Trappers on Thursday night but defeating the CC Thunderbirds before a big crowd Saturday night.
The Rustler women dropped both conference games.
CWC records
Men: all games 10-2, conference 1-1
Women: all games 6-2, conference 0-2
Thursday
Men
Northwest College 72, CWC 66
Women
Northwest College 49, CWC 41 (all 6-1, conf 0-1)Saturday
Men
CWC 83, Casper College 71
Women
Casper College 55, CWC 45
Next up: Tuesday, Dec. 13: CWC Men will host Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles at 7:30 p.m. at Rustler Gym on campus.
Saturday’s recap:
Men
CWC 83 CC 71
The CWC Rustlers defeated the Casper College Thunderbirds Saturday in conference action, 83-71.  This was the Rustlers first conference win of the year and it came against one of the top teams in Region IX.  With the win Central Wyoming College’s record improves to 10–2 on the year and 1–1 in conference play.

The Rustlers shot 61% from the field for the night. They also out rebounded the larger Thunderbirds by 12 to help seal the victory.

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Lander library to feature free family movies daily through Dec. 23

The Fremont County Library in Lander is celebrating the holiday season with a daily family holiday movie. There will also be a daily gift from the Library. The event is being promoted as “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Saturday, December 17th, the library will celebrate the holidays with apple cider and cookies. The dates and times of the movies
are…Saturday, December 10: 1:00 ~ 2
Monday, December 12: 4 ~ 5
Tuesday, December 13: 4 ~ 5
Wednesday, December 14: 4 ~ 5
Thursday, December 15: 4 ~ 5
Friday, December 16: 3:30 ~ 4
Saturday, December 17: 1 ~ 3
Monday, December 19: 4 ~ 5
Tuesday, December 20: 4 ~ 5:30
Wednesday, December 21: 3 ~ 4:30
Thursday, December 22: 1 ~ 3:30
Friday, December 23: 1 ~ 3:30

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BLM: Jack Morrow Hills Activity Plan report released

The Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office has released the 2011 Jack Morrow Hills Coordinated Activity Plan (JMH CAP) Annual Report.The Rock Springs Field Office  has been in the process of implementing management decisions and actions from the Jack Morrow Hills Coordinated Activity Plan since the Record of Decision was signed in 2006.  The Annual Report provides an update of implementation actions for 2011.

The Jack Morrow Hills Coordinated Activity Plan encompasses approximately 622,000 total acres, of which the BLM administers approximately 574,800 acres within the boundary of the Rock Springs Field Office.  The Jack Morrow Hills Coordinated Activity Plan area includes Steamboat Mountain, Greater Sand Dunes, White Mountain Petroglyphs, Oregon Buttes and a portion of the South Pass Historic Landscape Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.

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Hovendick is BLM’s Firefighter of the Year

Lander native Sally Hovendick has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD). The award recognizes a firefighter who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, motivation, work ethic, physical fitness and positive attitude.

“Sally is a self-starter and a leader, which makes her stand out,” said WR/BBD Fire Management Officer Chuck Russell. “She is a great example to me and to all of our employees of what a firefighter should be, and a true asset to our program.”

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Pokes end road skid, top Buffs in Boulder

Senior center Adam Waddell scored a season-high 17 points, all of them coming in the second half, to power the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team to a big 65-54 win over Colorado on Friday night in the Coors Events Center. The Cowboys (9-1) used an 18-3 run midway through the second half to claim the win over the Buffaloes (5-4) and their first on the road since Feb. 28, 2009.

“I thought our guys really stayed the course tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “We really battled well through some bad periods and that kept CU off balance. Our kids were really connected and focused throughout tonight’s game.”