By June Bonasera, County1o.com
(Dubois) – You’ve undoubtedly seen his work if you read National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Wyoming Wildlife, National Wildlife, Nature’s Best, BBC Wildlife, or the New York Times. Those great images that tourists see in the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s Wyoming Travelers’ Journal most likely have come from his camera. And if you’ve ever flown on or seen the artwork adorning the tails of the Frontier Airline’s fleet, yep, it’s him again.
What you probably don’t know about Jeff Vanuga is that his educational background is in wildlife management-his photographic skills are self taught. A graduate of Utah State University’s Wildlife Management program, Vanuga resided briefly in Utah before relocating to Dubois in the early 1980’s. He was drawn to the Dubois area as an outdoor, wildlife and nature enthusiast, and the town’s proximity to the national parks and forests that surround it.
His appreciation for the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes surrounding him led to his interest in photography, and ignited a passion to document that beauty. “With photography, having a passion for what you do comes first” he said, “especially with nature photography”. So much time, preparation and effort is required to capture a fleeting moment that you may or may not find”.
Vanuga specializes in both advertising and editorial media and his photographic images have been awarded some of the most prestigious honors a nature photographer can collect. Recent awards include first place in the National Wildlife Photography competition, first place in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year competition, and first place in Nature’s Best and in Outdoor Writers Association competitions. His photographs appear in the 2011 Fodor’s Compass Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, which was awarded a silver medal from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked with internationally reknowned photographers John Shaw, Darrell Gulin, John Sexton and Jeff Foott.
If you’ve dreamed of learning how to photograph remarkable images there’s GREAT news. Jeff leads tours and photographic workshops around the world for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, including a tour in Shell, Wyo. titled “Horses & Icons of the Wild West.” It will be held this year on Sept. 30 –Oct. 6. He also has tours in Yellowstone National Park, Nambia, The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Jeff is also an instructor for FirstLight Workshops which this year will include a workshop at Absaroka Ranch in Dubois, July 1-7.
When asked for words of wisdom for amateur photographers who aspire to capture natural beauty, Jeff quietly offered “It’s all about patience, determination and a passion for capturing the beauty of what one observes in the natural world”.
(Lander) — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed water flood program and new oil and gas wells on public land approximately 20 miles south of Sweetwater Station, Wyo.
Richardson Operating Company has submitted a proposal which includes the implementation of a secondary water flood program in the new West Bison Basin Unit to enhance the recovery of oil in the area. Also proposed are five water injection wells and one new oil well in the West Bison Basin Unit, three new oil wells in the existing Bison Basin Unit and one exploratory gas well in the North Bison Basin Unit. A production facility will also be expanded to accommodate the installation of the secondary recovery water flood program. The anticipated life of the proposed project is approximately 20 years.
The Lander Field Office will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. Information, including a map of the area, can be found on the website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/
Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EA. Comments should be submitted by March 5, 2012, and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; please include “Bison Basin” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Andrew Gibbs, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.
Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information, please contact BLM Natural Resource Specialist Andrew Gibbs at 307-332-8400.
–BLM, Lander Field Office
Riverton Police Department
The RPD reported two arrests for the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Taken into custody were Eldon Antelope, 47, Riverton for pubic intoxication and Jason Stevenson, 32, Fort Washakie, on a municipal warrant.
Fremont County Sheriff
One arrest was reported overnight, that of Ashlee Bojaj, 27, Lander, on a probation revocation.
The Sheriff’s office responded to several search and rescue calls Tuesday, along the Crooks Gap Road south of Jeffrey City and for a search for two men missing overnight on Union Pass. (See separate stories on this site for details)
Fremont County Fire Protection District
Firefighters from the Fort Washakie Battalion were called out at 11:28 a.m. Tuesday for a traffic wreck on the Blue Sky Highway.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming
United States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced Wednesday that Beau Thomas Chavez, 26, of Ft. Washakie was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on February 17, for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do harm. Chavez received 30 in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,317.19 and to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to a news release, the charges lodged against Chavez were in connection with an assault in which he kicked in the victim’s door on the Wind River Indian Reservation and entered the victim’s home with a metal bar, intending to harm the victim. The victim was able to escape from the home without injury. Chavez continued to chase the victim with various weapons, and caused damage to the victim’s pickup truck, the release said.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Wind River Police Department.
(Duobis) – Fremont County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ryan Lee said this morning two men missing overnight in the Union Pass area were located safe this morning and that they are being taken out of the area and back to Dubois by Search and Rescue Crews. Lee said in a news release that no injuries were reported, and he said it is assumed at this point that last night’s winter storm in the area caused the two men to become stranded.
The two failed to arrived at a rendezvous location west of Dubois last night after embarking on foot on a day trip. The search began Tuesday night just after 9 p.m. and resumed this morning. Both men are believed to be in their 30s, one is believed to be a Fremont County resident and the other is presumed to be from Johnson County.
Meanwhile, a search and rescue mission mounted on the Crooks Gap Road between Jeffrey City and Wamsutter for a Shoshoni man whose vehicle had become stuck in a snowdrift Tuesday yielded unanticipated results. FCSD Captain Ryan Lee reported the man had called authorities seeking help after getting stuck about 22 miles south of Jeffrey City and was unable to free his vehicle. Lee said the Crooks Gap road is often utilized as a back road or a short cut between I-80 at Wamsutter and Highway 287 at Jeffrey City. However the road is not maintained in the winter. Lee said Jeffrey City area deputy Jay Dee Darnell and a Fremont County Roads Department employee utilized a county road grader to reach the stranded man. While doing so, they also located four other vehicles that were also stuck in snow drifts along the route and ended up rescuing a total of six people. Lee said all of the vehicles and the men were freed from their respective predicaments and went along their way.
The Crooks Gap Road has been posted as closed in Fremont County.
The rescues were the ninth of the year involving motorists taking non-maintained winter roads and becoming stuck, all in Eastern Fremont County. The previous four rescues included three along the Ore Road north of Jeffrey City and one along the Gas Hills Road where it intersects with Highway 20/26 at Waltman.
(Lander) – Fremont County Republicans from Lander and Hudson area precincts gave a close straw-poll victory to Rick Santorum for President Tuesday night. Meeting at the Fremont County Courthouse, the GOP Caucus participants, numbering 55, voted Mitt Romney second with 18, Ron Paul third with 9 and Newt Gingrich fourth with 8. It was the county party’s first Presidential Straw Poll vote. Dubois, Shoshoni and Riverton caucuses will be held tonight and the results will be reported after all the precincts have called in their results, said County Party Chairman John Birbari.
“The turnout last night in Lander was the best in modern memory,” Birbari said of the 55 Republicans who showed up. “There were lots of new faces, even in Jeffrey City where eight party members caucused.” Birbari said he expects a similar large turnout in Riverton. “The race is undecided and it could to down to the wire to the August national convention,” he said. “A lot will depend on the Michigan primary and then on Super Tuesday.”
Birbari said the total state straw poll results would be released by the state party in the coming week or weeks.
Lander and Hudson area straw poll results:
Funeral services for Bernard T. McCoy of Riverton are at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Riverton with the Rev. Father John Gaffney officiating. Interment follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
A rosary is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with visitation one hour prior to the rosary.
Mr. McCoy died at Riverton Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. He was 91.
Bernard Thomas McCoy was born on May 16, 1920 in Mitchell, Neb., the son of William and Ida (McDowd) McCoy. He attended the first through sixth grades of school in Torrington, until the family moved to Riverton in 1933 to homestead in Paradise Valley. He then attended seventh through 12th in Riverton, being graduated in 1939.
On June 12, 1941, he married Frances Lillian Downey at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Riverton.
The couple farmed in Paradise Valley for many years before selling the farm in 1965. They kept the house and a few acres for pasture. Mr. McCoy worked as a carpet layer for several businesses, including Stylhomes, Plains Furniture and Floor Covering, and Sears. He also did private contract work for various individuals, and laid carpet in the Jackson Lake Lodge. Later he bought the franchise for Service Master, and had this business for six years. In 1979, he and his wife opened their waterbed store, Sweet Dreams, and operated that until 1995.
His family said Mr. McCoy enjoyed playing pinochle at Sertoma and bridge in the community.
He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus-4th degree. He also served as a Senior Companion and hospice volunteer.
Mr. McCoy is survived by his sons, Tom and his wife Carla of Riverton, Kenneth of Flagstaff, Ariz., Michael and his wife Kathy of Lysite, Wayne of Casper, Gayle and his wife, Martha of Elko, Nev., Patrick and his wife Shari of DeSoto, Kan., and Robin of Billings, Mont.; daughters, Ruth Dickman and her husband Gary of Riverton, Rita Allred and her husband Mike of Riverton, and Suzie Weinrich and her husband, JR of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; his sister, Eileen Samuelson of Ellensburg, Wash.; 24 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Mr. McCoy was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister, Marguerite Stone; six brothers, Ambrose, Art, Cecil, Cletus, Harold, and Lawrence; his son, Charles McCoy, and his grandson, Victor McCoy.
Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
(Riverton)–The Riverton Police Department is asking for the community’s help in locating Thomas Joseph Shakespeare, 29, of the Riverton area, who has been identified as the prime suspect in connection with a stabbing and aggravated assault that occurred on February 1 of this year.
Police Captain C. T. Smith said a four-count warrant for Shakespeare’s arrest has been issued by Fremont County Circuit Court in Riverton. The man has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree; two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery and one count of Battery.
Smith said the RPD was dispatched to an unknown problem at the South Federal Maverik Store at the corner of East Monroe and South Federal on February 1,2012. The reporting party said a man bleeding from his chest had entered the store. Officers arriving at the scene found two 28-year-old males had been the victim of an aggravated assault. One victim had been stabbed several times in the torso and once in the face, while the second victim suffered blunt force trauma to the head. Both victims are from the Riverton area, but Smith said names are being withheld to insure the men’s safety and to not impede the continuing investigation.
According to police reports at the time, the stabbing victim was rushed to Riverton Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment, and then taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City for specialized treatment of his wounds. He was later released after treatment and recovery there. The victim who was hit in the head was treated and released from the Riverton Memorial Hospital.
Investigators identified Shakespeare as a suspect following an investigation. The Maverik Store’s video surveillance system captured images of the attack, which occurred outside of the store.
Smith asked for the community’s help in locating the suspect. “If anyone has any information that could lead to the arrest of Thomas Joseph Shakespeare, please contact the Riverton Police Department at (307) 856-4891 or the Riverton Police Department Tip Line at (307) 857-7755. Your Tip can remain anonymous,” Smith said in a news release issued Wednesday morning.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Riverton. Pastor Mike Smith will officiate. Cremation has taken place.
John Ray Digby was born in Riverton on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1958, the son of Hurshel and Theresa P. (Gill) Digby. He graduated from Riverton High School.
Mr. Digby worked as a ranch hand and in the construction industry.
He was of the Southern Baptist faith.
His family said Mr. Digby enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and playing with his dogs, Bandy and Dusty.
Survivors include a sister, Carol Richardson of Riverton; son, Josh Paul; three nephews, two nieces, several great nieces and nephews, and one great-great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Richard Lee Digby, Hurshel Stanley Digby, Jr., and Robert Stan Digby.
On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
WOODLAND, Calif. - Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson was selected by his peers as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year after leading the Cowboys to a third-place finish at the MPSF Championships. The award is Johnson’s fourth conference Coach of the Year honor and his first in the MPSF. The Cowboys also had 10 individual student-athletes and five relay teams earn First or Second Team All-MPSF honors.
Johnson earned the honor in his team’s first year of membership. He coached three individual MPSF champions and one relay championship team. Sophomore Ethan Griffel won two individual championships (500 and 200 freestyle) and seniors Marshall Dilworth (100 backstroke) and Brandon Fischer (200 individual medley) each took home one conference title. He also coached the 800 freestyle relay team (Adam Kalms, Griffel, Ryan O’Leary and Jayce Calhoon ) to a conference championship and MPSF meet-record time (6:31.62). His Cowboys placed third in their first-ever MPSF Championship meet, totaling 556 points. At the meet they set six school records and three MPSF Championship records. Their third-place finish was the fifth-consecutive top-four placement at their respective conference championships. On the season, they compiled a 4-3 dual meet record and won the Citrus Classic meet in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 7.
The Pokes also had 10 student-athletes earn All-MPSF honors. The Cowboys had six individuals make First Team All-MPSF and one relay team, which required a top-three finish at the conference meet. Eight Cowboys and four relay teams earned second-team honors, which required a top-eight finish at the conference championships.
Cowboy First Team All-MPSF Honorees:
Ethan Griffel (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle)
Brandon Fischer (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke)
Adam Kalms (200 freestyle)
Marshall Dilworth (100 backstroke)
Jayce Calhoon (200 backstroke)
Trevor LeValley (400 IM)
Cowboy Second Team All-MPSF Honorees:
400 medley relay (Dilworth, Fischer, Rutecki, Frey)
200 freestyle relay (Frey, Rutecki, John Dowd, Kalms)
400 freestyle relay (Kalms, Griffel, Ryan O’Leary, Frey)
Jayce Calhoon (500 freestyle, 400 IM)
Adam Kalms (200 IM, 100 freestyle)
Marshall Dilworth (200 IM, 200 backstroke)
Nick Rutecki (50 freestyle)
Derek Campbell (1-meter springboard, platform dive)
Jordan Turner (400 IM)
Trevor LeValley (200 butterfly)
Valentin Schwarz (platform dive)
– UW Sport Information
Gorrell recorded a career high 16 points.
Laramie, Wyo. (February 21, 2012) – The Wyoming basketball team lost a tough one, 68-55, against the league leading San Diego State Aztecs on Tuesday night. The Cowgirls are now 11-14 overall and 7-5 in Mountain West play while the Aztecs improve to 21-5 and 11-1 in league play.
“What a basketball game. I thought it was possession by possession, which is how we’ve been playing all year,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “With two minutes to go we are down five, at the free throw line and we come up empty. They made a play and now the lead was back to seven. With such a short amount time left on the clock, we needed to keep it to one possession. The effort by the team was tremendous. Alison Gorrell had her best night as a Cowgirl by far. To be able to go out and get 16 points, five rebounds, she kept making play after play and really kept us in the game. It was a push on the glass but we need to do a little bit better of a job. We have to make more plays against a team that is the number one team in the conference.”
Two Cowgirls finished their night in double-figures led by freshman Alison Gorrell, who recorded a career high 16 points plus five rebounds in 32 minutes of play. She shot 6-7 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Ashley Sickles followed with 11 points followed by Chaundra Sewell with nine points and a game high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 20-52 (.385) from the field and 13-16 (.813) from the free throw line.
The Aztecs were led by Courtney Clements with a game high 25 points and six boards. Malia Nahinu chipped in 12 points while Kalena Tutt and Chairese Culberson had a team high seven rebounds. SDSU shot 23-52 (.442) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 38-27.
San Diego State got on the board with two quick baskets giving them a 4-0 lead. Wyoming answered with seven straight points to earn their first lead of the game, 7-4. Malia Nahinu ended the run with a basket and two free throws from Courtney Clements put the Aztecs up one, 8-7. Allison Gorrell scored four of the next six points giving UW a one point lead, 9-8. The two teams traded the next couple of baskets as the Cowgirls maintained a 13-12 advantage through the second media timeout. They would extend that lead with four straight points making it 17-12. San Diego State responded with an 11-3 run to retake a 23-20 lead. Wyoming closed the gap to one, 25-24, and then scored five of the next seven to go ahead by two, 29-27. A three-point play by the Chairese Culberson to close out the half gave them a 30-29 advantage going into the lockerroom.
The Aztecs extended the lead to five, 36-31, out of the break with a 6-2 scoring run. Wyoming chipped away at the lead by scoring 8 of the next 12 to pull within two, 41-39. A basket by Courtney Clements would stop the run and make the score 43-39, but a three-point play on the next possession by Woodward made it 43-42. Every time the Cowgirls would seem to get within reach a basket by Courtney Clements would stop any momentum by Wyoming. With the score 53-48, a three point basket by Kayla Woodward brought the score to within two 53-51 with seven minutes left in the game. Four straight by SDSU gave them a 57-53, which was answered with two Chaundra Sewell free throws to close the gap to 57-55. Three free throws from the Aztecs extended the score back to five, 60-55. On the next possession, Sewell was fouled but missed the front end of the one and one. They would have two more chances but eight free throws down the stretch gave San Diego State the 68-55 win.
Wyoming will be on the road for the final two games beginning with Boise State, on Saturday, Feb. 25. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in Boise.
–UW Sports Information