(Riverton) — Central Wyoming College and two state partners have been awarded a sizeable federal grant to educate Wyoming workers seeking careers in health care.
The $5 million grant was awarded to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and its partners CWC and the CLIMB Wyoming program.
Awarded through a competitive process, the grant was announced by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis on Wednesday. It will allow training of 1,410 Wyoming workers over the next four years in occupations such as nursing, medical records technician, health information and dental assistant.
Lynne McAuliffe, dean of Workforce and Community Education at CWC, said the timing of the grant announcement is ideal. “It’s very timely in that we will begin construction on our new Allied Health and Science Center in May, and this grant will allow us a rapid expansion of our allied health offerings, which will help ease our shortage of skilled health care workers for the state of Wyoming,” she said.
McAuliffe said CWC will target recruitment of low-income single mothers with children at home, Native Americans, veterans and eligible spouses, unemployed workers, low-skilled workers, and those requiring training/education to advance into the health care field.
Central receives $2.5 million to provide the training, though McAuliffe said the college is prepared to sustain the career pathways program beyond the grant period.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this training in collaboration with an outstanding group of employer partners, as well as Central Wyoming College and CLIMB Wyoming,” DWS Director Joan Evans said. “This training will provide exciting opportunities for Wyoming workers in emerging health care occupations.”
CLIMB Wyoming is a non-profit organization that has helped more than 1,300 women enter higher-paying careers.
–CWC Public Information Office
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
Two arrests were reported in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. Friday morning, including Amber Donovan. 27, Riverton, failure to appear; and Terence Hanway, 22, Lander, on a Drug Court violation.
Deputies called out to several vehicles off of the road due to slick highway conditions, no injuries were reported.
Riverton Police Department
The RPD reported seven arrests overnight, including: Jason Moon, 36, Ethete, public intoxication; William Topaum, 34, Ethete, municipal warrants; Steven Amos, 40, Ethete, public intoxication; Jesse Walthers, 23, Riverton, municipal warrant; Alfred Redman, 36, Ethete, public intoxication; James Oldman, 47, Ethete, municipal warrant; and Jeramie Lewis, 26, Riverton, on a felony warrant from California via National Crime Information Center data base.
26 yr old male from Riverton, Fremont County Warrant, Felony
Warrant from California (NCIC)
Joe Geraud, who has served as the Foundation’s president for the past ten years, was honored at the WACCT’s annual Awards and Legislative Reception in Cheyenne for his service as a college volunteer. He was selected above six other nominees from each of the state’s community colleges.
Geraud began serving on the CWC Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1993 and was appointed as president in 2001. In this role, he has actively promoted the college while pursuing external resources to build the Foundation’s assets.
Each year, the state’s seven community colleges nominate outstanding staff members, trustees and foundation volunteers who are honored at the WACCT Awards and Legislative reception.
Also nominated from CWC were Senior Information Technologies Technician Craig Kucera for the professional staff award, Enrollment Services assistant Brenda Barlow for the classified staff award, and English instructor Buck Tilton for the faculty award. Kelli Niemeyer was nominated from CWC for the student leadership award.
–CWC Public Information Office
A new Leadership Class at Riverton High School this year has been helping 9th grade class members, the freshmen, ease their transition from middle school to high school culture and get the students involved earlier in community service groups.
Handpicked by the RHS staff for their leadership abilities, some 30 juniors and seniors meet with the freshmen in their homerooms once a week.
“We ask them if they are having any difficulties in school and we engage them in some teambuilding games and such,” said senior class member Drew Leach. “We try to find out if anyone is having a problem and work with them to solve it.”
Brady Beers, also a senior, said the games serve a useful purpose. “They all have a message and serve to let the freshmen know how to find resources in the school and overcome difficulties,” he said. “Mostly we help the younger kids get involved in school activities and clubs and such. Most 9th graders don’t know how to do that at first. We don’t have to deal with many issues, just helping them learn the ropes to be more successful students. “
But they do deal with some serious issues.
“After we’ve gotten to know the new high school students, that barrier between upper and under classmen eases up a bit,” Leach said. “One freshman came up to me and asked what to do about his getting bullied. I told him to join some activities or sports and be more active with his peer group, and he’s doing okay now.”
Beers said there are instances of bullying at RHS that he’s seen or heard of through the class. “It’s not too rampant, and it’s mostly verbal, kids nit-picking each other. Some kids know how to use words to manipulate others.” He said. “And the number of fights is way down this year, I think because the new students are becoming acclimated sooner and are more involved in things, they have less time to hang around and get in trouble.”
Beers, who is the Leadership Classes’ Media Outreach Committee Leader, and Leach both said they feel the class has been successful. “For instance, in years past, it’s always been the upper classes who win the spirit contest at our pep rallies with the best competition between the juniors and seniors. The sophomores usually just stand and freshmen just used to sit there. But now, the freshmen class is winning every time, they out-yell everyone, and I think it’s because they are more involved in activities earlier and lose that fear of high school,” he said.
The class has been good to the seniors, too.
“We’re learning how to be better role models and leaders through the interactions we have,” Leach said. “I think the class has been successful and now, in the second semester, we’re seeing the younger kids coming up to us and asking for advice and such, that didn’t happen before.” Beers agreed, “I think we’ve proven that this is a good class and that it should continue.”
The class meets every day during fourth period under the leadership of teachers Kristy Richmond and Elly Talbott, the two said. “It’s our job to figure out what needs to be done and they are there to help as needed,” Beers said.
Because this is a new class, Beers and Leach said they want to start spreading awareness about it to the current crop of eighth graders. “I think it would be helpful to let the incoming class know about this so they are more prepared to accept us. At first, the freshmen were pretty reluctant to trust us, so we need to start building that bridge before they get here,” Beers said. “Yes, so the break-in period for them isn’t so long after school starts,” Leach said.
Lander — Saturday – Elise Wilkinson’s Roots, Rock, Reggae Against Cancer Benefit Concert. The benefit show will feature the music of the Chanman Roots Band. February 25, 2012 at 8 pm at the Lander Bar/ Gannett Grill. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to the benefit of victims of cancer and their families. Cancer is a Big Big Tree, but Together We Are A Small Axe…
Lander–Saturday–The Wyoming State Winter Fair’s Livestock Show at the Old Timers Indoor Arena next to Lander Rodeo Grounds on Capitol Hill. The livestock show starts at 9:30 in the morning with steer hip height. Weigh-ins start at 10:30 a.m. The events start at 1:00 p.m. The WSWF livestock sale follows at 7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to give your business exposure to the agricultural community throughout the state. Each purchaser at the sale is provided a certificate to display in their business to recognize their support of our youth and the agricultural segment of the economy.
(Lander) – The Rotary Club of Lander is celebrating its 75th anniversary of service to Fremont County, and doing so with an Irish flair. “Lander’s Shamrock Shindig 2012” is being hosted by the Lander Rotary club as a community-wide celebration of the milestone achievement.
To be held March 17, 2012 at the Lander Community Center, Rotary organizers are planning a fun evening for all. “Our goal is to simply throw a really fun party on St. Patrick’s Day and hopefully also raise a few dollars to support Rotary programs for the community,” explained club president, Mark Randall. The event is open to everyone and should have something to appeal to all tastes.
A special highlight of the event will be a visit from Gov. Matt Mead, who will speak at the event. Rotary organizers say the governor was pleased to attend this milestone event and help the community celebrate.
Two live bands will perform: The Johnsons, a local group that plays Irish/folk music, and Roaring Fork, a Lander favorite that will play a wide variety of dance tunes later in the evening. Appetizers and a pulled-pork dinner will be served, and a full bar, featuring complimentary beer and wine will be available.
A live auction will feature a few, quite extraordinary items including a custom-built children’s playhouse and an inaugural case of Wyoming Whiskey.
The “Shamrock Raffle” honors the club’s 75 year anniversary: only 750 raffle tickets will be sold and a total of 75 prizes will be awarded. The grand prize is a trip for two to Ireland; other prizes include a hunting rifle and cash. Event organizers encourage people who may not want to come to the Shindig party to still buy a raffle ticket for $20. “With odds of winning a prize at 1 in 10, this is a great deal,” commented Randall.
The full event ticket price is only $35 and includes all food, beer/wine, entertainment and 1 ticket for the Shamrock Raffle. Tickets may be purchased online at www.landerrotary.org. An early-bird discount is being offered: $5 off if purchased by March 1.
Lander Rotary supports a wide variety of community projects and programs, including literacy in the schools through several reading and dictionary distribution programs; sponsorship of the LVHS Interact Club; scholarships for LVHS Seniors and CWC Sophomores; monthly fund raising for 12 separate non-profits; and the Lander Community Foundation, to mention a few. This year’s Rotary club project is restoration of the old Hornecker Blacksmith cabin at the Pioneer Village of the Museum of the American West.
UPDATED from Tuesday night:
(Lander) – Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum gathered the most votes in Fremont County’s straw poll held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, according to Republican Fremont County Party Chairman John Birbari. A total of 150 party members attended the caucuses, held in Dubois, Jeffrey City, Riverton and Shoshoni.
Mitt Romney was the runner-up, Ron Paul finished third by one vote and Newt Gingrich was fourth.
Birbari said the turnout was the best anyone in the party could remember for a county caucus, “for at least several decades.” It was the first time the state’s GOP has a presidential preference straw poll, which accounted for the better than usual turnout. “The race is still undecided, and that was a factor as well. We saw a lot of new faces at the caucuses, even in Jeffrey City,” he said.
After releasing the results of the Lander caucus Tuesday night, won by Santorum by two votes over Romney, Birbari declined to give individual results for the other three locations, but instead complied a total county report, which he released Wednesday night.
Here are the results from Fremont County.
Rick Santorum 55
Mitt Romney 46
Ron Paul 25
Newt Gingrich 24
During the caucuses, Republican Party members also worked on their county platform planks and elected delegates to the county convention.
from June Bonasera, County10.com, in Dubois…
14 people were in attendance for the combined District 7-1 and 19-1 Fremont County Republican Party Caucus Wednesday evening in Dubois. The meeting was led by Precinct committee chair Budd Betts, Precinct committeemen Pat Moore and John Angst and Precinct committeewoman Pam Buline.
Additional agenda items for the meeting included the nomination of delegates and alternate delegates to the County Convention to be held March 10th in Riverton. Dubois was working to nominate up to 30 delegates and alternate delegates, and Crowheart 3 of each.
Former District 7-1 Committee Chair Pat Moore was elected as a delegate to the County Platform Planks and Resolutions Committee.
Two Resolutions from the floor were voted to be brought to the Fremont County Republican Convention for consideration. One resolution was to provide no Tribal Police nor BIA employees the authority to enforce Wyoming state law, the other a resolution to prohibit tax on mineral rights retained with the sale of property.
The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Unofficially, with 13 of the state’s 23 counties reporting results, the cumulative straw poll gives the edge to Romney:
Statewide, 13 of 23 counties