Promulgating regulations is the next step towards getting wolves in Wyoming removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in Wyoming. Last August, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached an agreement to move forward with delisting. Under the agreement, Wyoming will maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation. The current Trophy Game Management Area in northwest Wyoming will extend about 50 miles to the south from its current location near the Wyoming/Idaho border. Wolves in this seasonal expansion area will
be managed as trophy game from Oct. 15 to the last day of February. During the rest of the year, wolves in this seasonal expansion area will be designated as predators.
In September 2011, after a public comment period, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved changes to its Gray Wolf Management Plan that incorporated the elements of the agreement. Subsequently, in October, the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register of their intent to delist wolves in Wyoming. The Wyoming Legislature recently made changes to the statutes, which allow Wyoming to move forward with its management plan.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will consider the proposed regulations governing gray wolf management and gray wolf hunting in Wyoming at its April 25-26 meeting in Casper. These regulations incorporate elements of the agreement between Governor Mead and Interior Secretary Salazar, recently passed legislation pertaining to gray wolves within Wyoming, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s Gray Wolf Management Plan. The regulations specify the Trophy Game Management Area boundary; the department’s process for collecting genetic material to monitor genetic connectivity within the northern Rocky Mountains; rules for lethal take of gray wolves; options for non-lethal gray wolf control; population management goals; hunt areas; and seasons and bag limits for a potential 2012 gray wolf hunting season.
The draft regulations will be presented at the following public meetings:
Sheridan: April 3, Sheridan College Whitney Bldg. CTEL Room, 7:00 pm
Casper: April 4, Casper WGFD Office, 7:00 pm
Afton: April 5, Afton Civic Center, 7:00 pm
Pinedale: April 9, Pinedale Library, 7:00 pm
Green River: April 10, Green River WGFD Office, 7:00 pm
Jackson: April 10, Snow King Resort Teton Room, 7:00 pm
Lander: April 11, Lander WGFD Office, 6:00 pm
Public comments regarding Chapter 21, Gray Wolf Management and Chapter 47, Gray Wolf Hunting Seasons will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2012. Written comments may be submitted to:
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
ATTN: Wolf Regulation Comments
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604
Comments will also be accepted at the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper, April 25-26.
WGFD Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik said, “The proposed gray wolf management and hunting regulations represent a measured and scientifically sound approach to managing and hunting gray wolves which complies with the Commission’s approved wolf management plan and Wyoming’s new wolf statute. The provisions of Wyoming wolf management statutes and Commission regulations cannot be implemented until gray wolves are removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species, which we hope will occur this fall.”
At the end of 2011, there were an estimated minimum of 224 wolves in Wyoming outside Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. Biologists estimate that only about 27 wolves are currently in areas outside the designated Trophy Game Area.
- WGFD -
By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com
(Riverton) – Fremont County residents, along with the rest of Wyoming have another date on the calendar they can use to honor veterans and give them the recognition they deserve.
Governor Matt Mead has declared March 30th as “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.”
“There has been many veterans and many people who felt that both the veterans from Korea and Vietnam really did not receive a welcome home they should have received. And subsequently, other areas of conflict, the same situation has arisen,” said Patty Lawson, District 9 Commissioner of the Wyoming Veterans’ Commission.
The actual date it’s self has a huge significance.
“That is the day America took it’s last foot print out of Vietnam and came home. So this is for all veterans, not specifically Vietnam, not specifically Korea. Specifically to recognize and thank and honor them all and bring them home as we should have.”
With Fremont County having the largest veteran population in the state, several celebrations took place. On the reservation, an honor sweat was held. This welcome home day in Riverton is celebrated in a family style environment.
“To bring the people together as if they were coming home to the family. With the punch, with the coffee, water, soft drinks, home made cookies. A time to sit and visit and know each other.”
Also showing support for veterans in Fremont County is the veterans assistance group which is made up of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans and the Marine Corps League.
“Those four commanders come together and we work in a unit for all veterans, for all funerals, for all the events here and from any dedication or money we get, it’s kept in Fremont County, to take care of emergent needs of our veterans.”
Some of the funds go towards medicine, food, gas and funeral expenses. For the second year in a row, Riverton Memorial Hospital donated money to the veterans assistance group, this year the check
was worth $500.
“This year they called and said, “we’d like to come again, can we come for the 30th?” I said “sure.” It was double the amount of money!” Lawson said with excitment. “And that money goes a long way, it really does.”
While the support for veterans in Fremont County is strong, the veterans organizations are looking to grow, and are looking for younger service members returning home.
“The problem with our veterans is when they come home, they go to work. They don’t pat themselves on the back. And I think that’s part of our heritage of Wyoming, we do our job and we go back to doing our job.”
(Lander) – A moose was spotted enjoying the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River just east of Lander Friday evening. The moose stood by while many motorists stopped to enjoy the sight. The location is across highway 789 from the entrance to the Lander Valley Sportsmen’s Rifle Range, just east of the Wyopo corner. County10.com Photo by Ernie Over.
Bruce Edward Dannaldson was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, June 25, 1949, to Ralph and Opal (Prettyman) Dannaldson. He grew up in Southern California.
Mr. Dannaldson served with the U.S. Navy for six years, stationed in Hawaii. He was a machinist, engineer and fisherman by trade, running a commercial fishing boat off the California coast. He also lived in Indiana, Nevada, and came to Wyoming to be near his family.
His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mining.
Survivors include his wife, Katie of Shoshoni; son, Paul and family of Missouri; daughter, Sara Roth and family of Indiana; step-daughter, Frances of California; sister, Susan Dannaldson-Arland and husband Ronald of Riverton; aunt, Mary Jo Prettyman of Fresno, Calif., and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Edward, and his parents.
No services are planned.
New line will serve Job Corps Center, western subdivisions along Riverview
By Ernie Over, County10.com Managing Editor
(Riverton) — The largest water transmission line in the City of Riverton’s utility infrastructure is taking place along Cooper Road north of the city. “This line is nearly a mile long and features the largest diameter pipe, 24 inches, in our entire system,” Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit said. “When completed, this line will give us a lot of flexibility to our operations.”
The new line starts at the city’s water treatment plant behind Central Wyoming College, extends north to Cooper Road, then west to Griffey Hill where it will connect with a soon-to-be-constructed million gallon water tank. The stored water will serve the new Wind River Job Corps site, but the line will also be extended further west to eventually serve the Raintree and Mountain View subdivisions and hook up with an existing water main along Riverview Road.
“This is a big, big project,” Urbigkit said. “The cost is projected at $9.2 million overall. This first phase of the work is budgeted at $1.1 million and involves installation of 5,000 feet of pipe.” Jerry Bornhoff Construction is the contractor on this first phase.
The Riverton Water Supply Project is being funded 66 percent by the Wyoming Water Development Commission, 10 percent of the total is a loan from the WWDC to the city, and the remaining 24 percent is the city’s responsibility.
Subsequent phases will include construction of the million gallon tank and a pump station to get the water from the treatment plant up the hill. “The beauty of this design is that the water flow can be reversed. We can use water from the hillside tank and redirect it back to the treatment plant so we can perform maintenance in other parts of the system,” the public works director said. When completed, the line will will create a loop which Urbigkit said will convey water to the city’s projected growth area.
“There are a lot of economic development plans in the works, from the Moneta Divide Natural Gas project, to the various Gas Hills and Jeffrey City uranium projects, the Wind River Job Corps Center and others,” he said. “By putting this line in place now, we’ll be able to serve growth needs in the area that we expect the city to grow. We’re looking down the road and putting ourselves in the best possible position. If all of these projects come to fruition, we’ll be ready for it. That’s a better situation than trying to react to growth.” Urbigkit said the city is taking the “long view.”
The current project reached a big milestone this week when the water line was tunneled under a major Riverton Valley Irrigation canal. “We were shooting to get the line done before April first, because when that canal is charged with water, it’ll be too late to dig there. The self imposed deadline was accomplished, a week ahead of schedule.
Urbigkit noted that in the last calendar year, the city invested $5.5 million in city utility infrastructure projects. “We may get close to that number again this year,” he said. Urbigkit said the city took advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment money (stimulus funds) to fund much of the recent work. “We were able to keep our local contractors busy while taking advantage of lower construction costs by utilizing those funds and getting lots of needed work done. It was a great boost to the city.”
Another project the city is working on is a new building next to the airport for the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. “The bids for that came in much higher than we had anticipated, so we are doing some ‘value engineering’ to bring the building back into our budget,” he said. “For instance, they’ll have a gravel parking lot initially,” he said.
Ed2go makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses, according to CWC Outreach Coordinator Michele Burdick. Participants in this course learn how to utilize the Premier Contractor Edition of QuickBooks 2012 to create custom contract estimates, track time and materials, generate powerful reports, and maximize efficiencies.
She said participants are delivered clear lessons and step-by-step instructions as well as guidance and hands-on practice.
This course is part of CWC’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses that can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection, Burdick said.
To learn more, call the Dubois Outreach Office for CWC at 455-2625 or visit www.ed2go.com/cwc
Riverton Police Department
Two arrests were reported in the past 24 hour period ending at 7 a.m. Friday. Captain C. T. Smith said the arrests included: Aloysius C’Hair, 41, Arapahoe, on a municipal warrant and Casey Keierleber, 31, Riverton, for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Smith said officers have not completed a report on a property damage collision that occurred at 12:21 p.m. Thursday at 1700 North Federal Boulevard. There were no injuries.
Smith also cautioned shoppers to pay attention to their handbags while shopping and to not leave purses unattended or unsecured in shopping carts. The subject came up on the report of a purse theft at Kmart Thursday afternoon at 2:36 p.m.
Charges are pending in a domestic abuse case reported at 4:27 p.m. from an address in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue. A woman who is seven months pregnant allegedly was assaulted in the home by her partner. The man was issued a citation from an outstanding warrant from city court on an unrelated charge. The investigation is continuing, Smith said.
An off duty Riverton detective on his way home provided an agency assist to a car wreck at 386 Paradise Valley Road at 6:18 p.m. Thursday evening. The Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation into the crash. Deputies initially reported a 16-year-old male pulled out into traffic in front on oncoming traffic and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female. There were no life threatening injuries reported, however several people were taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
No arrests were reported. The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 173 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 158 are being held in the jail at Lander, 11 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, and four are on home detention out of the facility.
Lander Police Department
Five arrests were reported the LPD, including Felicia Brown, 31, Ethete, on charges of use and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), open container and no valid drivers license; Daniel Oldman, 28, Lander, open container; Nathan Martel, 20, Lander, minor in possession and minor under the influence of alcohol; Justin Backley, 18, Lander, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and Tashena Jealous, 26, Ethete, on a failure to appear warrant.
Hudson Fire Department
A grass fire was reported on Windy Ridge Road at 1:58 p.m. Thursday.
Riverton Fire Department
Two grass fires were reported, at 1:51 p.m. Thursday near the 1550 block of 17 Mile Road and at 2:21 a.m. near the 1100 block of 17 Mile Road.
Lander Fire Department
Lander firefighters were called out at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning for a leaking gas investigation at 740 East Main.
(Riverton) – The death of a 42-year-old Pavillion man who was shot in the chest by a Fremont County Sheriff’s Department Deputy has been ruled a suicide by Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan.
McAuslan said his investigation concluded that Michael Huff “put the deputy sheriff in a position to discharge his weapon in self defense.” Huff suffered a gunshot wound to his left chest, and died while enroute to Riverton Memorial Hospital. Other details of the incident are under investigation by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation. McAuslan said today he conferred with the DCI investigators in making his determination.
Officers had responded to the scene of a report of a distraught man barricaded in his home who had been threatening suicide. McAuslan said toxicology reports determined that Huff “had a fatal level of Xanax in his system, but death was due to the gunshot wound.” A verdict and case docket document released by the Coroner said Huff had a level of 1,400 ng.mL of Xanax in his system when the normal therapeutic range of the drug’s concentration should’ve been between 6 and 100 ng.mL. Toxicology also indicated the man had been smoking or ingesting cabbies (marijuna).
The “suicide by officer” marked the third of four suicides of the year in Fremont County to date. The fourth suicide occurred Thursday in Riverton when a 33-year-old man took his life in his father’s garage by a gunshot to the head. The man, a native of Riverton, had been living in Colorado, but apparently drove up to Riverton yesterday and apparently completed the suicide after his father left for work. His body was discovered when the father returned home after work.
A total of 13 suicides were reported in the county last year, the most in recent years.
While suicide ends the suffering of the victim, the family that is left behind is often left with unanswered questions and guilt, said deputy county coroner Erin Ivey, who has started an SOS group, Survivors of Suicide. The group’s first meeting last month drew 10 participants. The second meeting of the peer-led group will be held at the Fremont County Library in Lander on April 13th. “We are able to share resource materials with them, and talk with people who have endured similar circumstances, ” Ivey said Friday. The minimum age to attend the SOS group is 15. Ivey said a teen SOS group could be formed if a need was demonstrated. “I was quite happy with the turnout for our first meeting, not knowing what to expect,” she said. Information shared at the meetings is held in confidence.
(Riverton) – The National Weather Service in Riverton is seeking people interested in learning about identifying and reporting important thunderstorm characteristics during the active summer season. NWS meteorologists will present a free Severe Weather Spotter training class to certify weather spotters in Riverton and Fremont County. The two-hour long training class will take place at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in the Community Room at the Riverton Library.
The training session is complete with videos and digital images of local thunderstorms that assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. The course also teaches how various severe weather phenomena develop, proper safety actions, and reporting procedures. All course materials are provided and completion cards will be given to all volunteers. People who are currently weather spotters are encouraged to attend this session as a refresher.
“Each season, volunteer spotter reports of hail, cloud formations, and damage pay dividends,” said Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton NWS office. “We are able to compare what we are seeing on radar with what the spotter is observing from their location. This allows us to be more accurate and provide enhanced, detailed information to the public. The volunteers are an important part of our warning operations team.”
(Riverton) – A Riverton engineering firm, Inberg-Miller Engineers, has expanded its services to also provide certified Special Inspection according to the International Building Code (IBC), Chapter 17. Certifications include Structural Steel and Bolted Connections, Structural Welded Steel Connections and Structural Masonry.
According to a news release from the firm, the expanded services address a need in the building design industry to assist architects and engineers in the field with checking design requirements according to the IBC and building plans and specifications. The new services also compliment materials testing and surveying services currently offered and frequently performed together during construction on many projects.
Inberg-Miller Engineers assists contractors to meet special inspection, materials testing and surveying needs. The Riverton office of the firm is located at 124 Main Street in Riverton or on the web at: inberg-miller.com
–Inberg Miller Engineers
(Lander) — In the spirit of giving back to the community, the International Climbers’ Festival and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides sponsors two Fremont County teenagers on a guided climb of the Grand Teton each summer. Open to individuals between grades 8 and 11, the scholarships are intended to promote climbing and mountaineering in our community.
The application process for this exciting and life-changing oppurtunity is now avaliable on the International Climbers’ Festival wesite. Applications are due by May 1st, 2012.
About the International Climber’ Festival
The International Climbers’ Festival is the longest-running climbing festival in the world, now in it’s 19th year. Started by legendary climber Todd Skinner with the purpose of celebrating climbing, it’s reach has expanded to bring new awareness to this unique sport. Current projects fund local teens on guided trips up the Grand Teton to foster problem-solving skills through climbing while others bring films and art exhibitions to Lander’s world-wide climbing community. The festival takes place this year in Lander, WY from July 11-15, 2012.
About Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides lead desert and mountain adventures in the Western U.S. Discover the vertical world with some of America’s most experienced mountain guides. People of all ages who seek outdoor adventure can find a JHMG program appropriate for their ambitions. Come explore our mountains, desert, and vertical world.
–International Climbers Festival, July 11-5, Lander
(Riverton) – The Riverton Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the year Ag Appreciation Awards Banquet to be held on May 12th. Chamber Executive Director Jim Davis said nominations are being sought for Ag Man, Ag Woman and Ag Young Person of the year, plus the Agricultural Business of the Year and an award for Agricultural Service.
“The criteria for the Ag Man and Ag Woman awards is based on a lifetime of contributions to the local agricultural industry as well as to the Fremont County Community while for those under age 50, the Ag Young Person of the year should be an individual who has made contributions to both the local agricultural community and the county,” Davis said. “The Ag Business award is based on a firm that has made significant contributions to both communities and the Ag Service Award can be either a business or an individual who has been a continuous supporter of the agricultural industry.”
Individuals who have been previously honored are not eligible for the award, Davis said.
Application forms are available at the Chamber office, 213 West Main St. Deadline to submit nominations is April 15th.
Wyoming hurdlers set season-best marks
AUSTIN, Texas (March 29, 2012) Two University of Wyoming hurdlers finished with top-30 performances Thursday at the 8th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Junior Diana Long was 17th in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a season-best time of 1:00.89. Sophomore Taylor Gardner was third in her heat in the 400-meter hurdles and was 29th overall with a season-best time of 1:02.27.
Live results can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.texassports.com/
Action continues Friday and runs through Saturday at the Texas Relays for several more UW tracksters.
UW’s Juanita Rico selected MWC Golfer of the Month
Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 29, 2012) – The University of Wyoming’s Juanita Rico has been named the Mountain West Women’s Golfer of the Month for March, the conference office announced today. The award is the first for Rico and first for a Cowgirl since 2000.
“This award is great public recognition of Juanita’s hard work and dedication that I see every day,” UW head coach Josey Stender said. “It’s rare to get this award with how strong our conference is, so this is another great building block for Juanita’s resume for all-conference honors this spring.”
Rico notched exceptional performances in Wyoming’s four tournaments during March, including top-20 individual finishes in each and two top-five showings. She opened the month with a 155 (+11) effort to tie for 18th at the NAU Red Rocks Invitational on March 3-4, while the Cowgirls finished sixth as a team at 634 (+58). Rico followed with a fourth-place finish at the Fresno State Lexus Classic on March 12-13 after a three-round total of 221 (+5) to help UW claim fifth for its third top-five team finish of the season, the program’s most since 2008-09.
Rico collected her second top-five individual finish of the month at the Bison Challenge at Paiute on March 15-17. Battling windy conditions that cancelled the tournament’s third round, she posted a 154 (+10) to tie for fifth. She closed out the month tying for 13th individually in a strong field at the MountainView Collegiate on March 23-24. Rico shot two rounds under par for a 218 (+2) to tie the fourth-lowest individual event score in program history. As a team, Wyoming tied for the third-lowest event team score in program history with a 900 (+36).
Rico has recorded five rounds at par or better in 21 rounds this season, while her 75.14 stroke average ranks fifth in the MW. Jessi Santesson was UW’s previous honoree, as she was named MW Golfer of the Week on March 16, 2000.
– UW Sports Information Office
Laramie, Wyo. (March 28, 2012) – After three days of limited contact to begin spring practice, the Wyoming Cowboys donned full pads for the first time this spring on Wednesday. Wednesday’s practice was also the first practice of spring that included live scrimmaging. The Pokes finished Wednesday’s practice with approximately 60 plays from scrimmage.
Fourth-year head coach Dave Christensen had been looking forward to putting his team in more competitive and physical situations with the start of full-padded practices.
“It was difficult to get a lot of evaluation out of the first two practices since we were limited to non-padded practices,” said Christensen. “On Monday, we got the guys in shoulder pads and were able to begin to evaluate a little bit better the physical nature of how our players practiced. Now that we have pads on the focus will be on competing, We’ll score each scrimmage situation, and we’ll score each of our competitive drills against one another. We want to create as many competitive situations as we can on the days we are in pads.
“We’re putting in a lot of schemes in these early practices, and we’ve got some guys playing different spots, so there is a lot of learning going on. What we have to be able to do from practice to practice as coaches is to correct mistakes with players and make sure they are learning to do things the right way.
“On Wednesday, we mixed in some live scrimmaging in the second half of practice. We got about 32 reps in the scrimmage for our No. 1s and 2s for a total of a little over 60 plays.”
One of the players who will see increased repetitions this spring is junior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard. With 2011 Mountain West Freshman of the Year Brett Smith being held out of any contact drills, Kirkegaard will have an opportunity to gain valuable experience.
“Colby (Kirkegaard) has made nice progress throughout last season and this spring,” said Christensen. “I think he has gotten better each practice. This is a very valuable time for him to get all these reps with the No. 1 offense. The live scrimmage situations will provide vital experience for him. He won’t be live in terms of the defense hitting him, but everything around him will be live. He will take all the reps with the No. 1 offense and a few of the reps with the second group.”
Another area of the offense that Christensen is looking forward to seeing develop this spring is the receiving corps, which is minus senior Chris McNeill, who is recovering from an injury. The Cowboys return their top three receivers from 2011 in sophomore Dominic Rufran (44 receptions for 402 yards), junior Robert Herron (43 catches for 379 yards) and McNeill (42 receptions for 504 yards in nine games prior to suffering a season-ending injury). The three will provide a very balanced receiving corps this coming season, but the depth will be provided by a group of young players.
“We’re playing a lot of young guys, but they continue to improve,” said Christensen. “We have a senior in James Caraway, who has moved over from cornerback and is learning the position. Eric Nzeocha is a new freshman who joined us at semester. I think those guys pick up new things each day. Rufran and (Trey) Norman are young guys who played for us last year, and they are making good progress. Robert (Herron) has had a good camp. He needs to be more of an impact player for us next year. We need him to utilize his speed and gain us yards after the catch, but he’s done well this spring. When we get Chris (McNeill) back, we will rely on him more, and then we have a couple young guys coming in this summer who we think may be able to help us next year.”
The defense had the upper hand in Wednesday’s scrimmage portion of practice, highlighted by two interceptions. Sophomore cornerback DeAndre Jones intercepted sophomore quarterback Josh Smithand returned the interception 29 yards. Junior linebacker J.J. Quinlan intercepted Kirkegaard and returned it 12 yards. The defense also recorded three sacks — one by outside linebacker Todd Knightand two by defensive end Jeff Roueche.
“The defense won the scrimmage, dominated the scrimmage today, but that is to be expected as we’re missing quite a few key offensive players,” said Christensen. “The final score was something like 40-10, but when you throw interceptions those tally up points in a hurry. It was good work. We’ll grade the film in the morning and watch it with the kids tomorrow afternoon. Then we’ll make adjustments after that.
“Defensively, we were able to get some pressure on the quarterback and force some turnovers, which was huge and we want to continue to do that.
“I thought at times Colby (Kirkegaard) did a nice job of managing the offense. We had a some breakdowns up front in a couple situations. We had three or four penalties on the No. 1 offense, which was not good. They had some good things going and then had a penalty, so we’ve got to eliminate those penalties.
“I thought there were some good performances out there. I’ll have a better idea tomorrow after we grade the film.”
One of the bright spots in the first scrimmage was the kicking game. Sophomore place-kicker Daniel Sullivan was four of five on the day, including successful kicks of 42, 38, 42 and 30 yards. His only miss was a 33-yard attempt, but that miss followed a bad snap from center. Sophomore Stuart Williamsconnected on four of five, as well, making field goals of 42, 30 and 33 yards. His only miss came from 42 yards out.
“Daniel (Sullivan) did kick the ball extremely well, I think he only missed one time today,” said Christensen. “He has been about 95 percent (successful) all spring. He went to a kicking camp over spring break and came back with a live leg. He’s a lot more consistent and a lot more confident. Stuart (Williams) is hampered a little bit right now with a pulled hamstring.”
Freshman punter Tim Gleeson also had a strong day. He punted four times for 46, 43, 42 and 78 yards.
“He (Tim Gleeson) punted well,” said Christensen. “He’s got a live leg. He’s a young man who’s got to continue to work on his fundamentals. When he gets more consistent with his drop, he’ll be more consistent as a punter. Tim certainly has the leg strength, and even on the balls where he has bad mechanics the ball still sails pretty good. I feel good about getting him in here.
“I think it’s been good for all of our kickers to get outside these first four practices.”
Wyoming’s next practice will be Friday, March 30.
“We’ll have the same type of practice on Friday — finish up with some scrimmaging — so we’ll be able to get another good evaluation in this week,” said Christensen.
Wyoming’s three full spring scrimmages will be held on: Wednesday, April 4; Wednesday, April 11; and Saturday, April 21, and will be open to the public.
2012 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule
Wednesday, March 21 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #1)
Friday, March 23 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #2)
Monday, March 26 3:30 p.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #3)
Wednesday, March 28 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #4)
Friday, March 30 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #5)
Monday, April 2 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #6)
Wednesday, April 4 3:30 p.m. (Scrimmage #1, Practice #7)
Thursday, April 5 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #8)
EASTER BREAK: Friday, April 6 Through Sunday, April 8
Monday, April 9 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #9)
Wednesday, April 11 3:30 p.m. (Scrimmage #2, Practice #10)
Friday, April 13 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #11)
Monday, April 16 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #12)
Wednesday, April 18 3:30 p.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #13)
Friday, April 20 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #14)
Saturday, April 21 2:00 p.m. (Scrimmage #3, Practice, #15)
(Lander) — As a service to the community, the Popo Agie Conservation District is offering seedling trees proven adaptable to Wyoming conditions at a nominal cost. We are offering 22 varieties that come as bare root stock in bundles of 25 for a cost of $30. All other trees come potted; lots of 30 in Styrofoam box containers for $85; lots of 50 in small tube pots for $80; and one gallon pots of individual trees for $10 each. We have two varieties of cherries, two varieties of currents, aspens, and lilacs.
Thirty-nine species total are available this year including evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs; 14 species are native. For specific species and details, see the order form which is available on our website (popoagie.org) or at our office at 221 S. 2nd Street in Lander.
We are also offering landscape fabric and staples: landscape fabric 300’x6’ roll for $85, 300’x 4’ roll for $65; fabric staples 1000 per box of 11 gauge at $65 and 500
per box of 8 gauge at $55.
The deadline to order is April 14, 2012. We are able to accept checks and cash (no credit cards). Trees must be picked up at our office after 12:00 noon on deliver day which is April 25, 2012.
If you would like assistance in planning a wind break or choosing tree species, please call us at 332-3114 or stop by our office. A great resource is the publication “Trees and Shrubs of Lander” presented by the Lander Urban Forest Council. This little gem is no longer in print, but can be found on our website under “Trees”. This booklet describes trees and shrubs around Lander using text and pictures. It also gives addresses where you can see the size and appearance of a mature specimen.
–Popo Agie Conservation District
(Lander) — The Mendicants, a 13 member all male a cappella group, are donating their spring break to tour the Rockies. They are spending four busy days in Lander this week and will perform a free concert at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) at LVHS. The group has an extensive repertoire of classic, pop, contemporary, and jazz favorites.
They have spent most of their time here in Lander at the schools. On Tuesday, the group spent the day working with three LVHS singing groups, the LVHS Chorale, LVHS Bella Voce and LVHS Valley Singers. Wednesday, they were guests on KOVE/KDLY Radio’s Coffee Time with Joe Kenney and performed for the Rotary Club. “They were pure fun. The songs they picked and the energy just made you want to sing”, said Rotary member Mike Jones. Thursday the group is working with the LVHS Concert choir in the morning, performing at the middle school and then holding a free concern at 7 p.m. at the LVHS Auditorium. Friday they will be working with the middle school choirs and band and performing for K-12 students at Wyoming Indian Schools.
The Members are a very impressive group of Stanford University students. Max Del Real is LVHS alumnus (Class of 2007), who plans to graduate this summer with a Master’s in Management Science and Engineering. Brady Hamed, a senior from Rochester, NY studying Environmental Science, and Aidan Baker from Huntsville, AK majoring in Economics are tenors, along with Max. The two other tenors are Nick Moores, from Orange County, CA who is studying linguistics and Calvin Fernandez from Sacramento, who is majoring in computer science. Three members sing bass: Eric Hallett, from Newport Beach, CA, who plays piano
and studies Product Design, Alex Chang, who is majoring in engineering and plays drums in Stanford’s marching band and Roberto Goizueta, from Boston, who brews his own beer and studies computer science. Brady Richter from Chicago sings baritone as does Kunal Datta from New Delhi, India, who is double majoring in Environmental Engineering & Business and in Music and can play 16 different instruments.
Max Del Real’s love of singing was encouraged by Dennis Cone, an inspiring mentor and choir director at the high school when Max was a student at LVHS.
Lander is lucky to have such talented students spend their spring break with us.
And here is a link to a clip of one of their songs with LVHS alumnus Max Del Real singing lead:
More clips are available on You Tube. And more information on the group is available at their website. www.stanfordmendicants.com/
The Mendicants have been brought to Lander through a joint effort between Max Del Real’s Mom, Deirdre Rainer and Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS).
–Promoting Arts in Lander Schools
One arrest was reported in the past 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. in Riverton. RPD Captain C. T. Smith said Cory Treber, 34, Riverton was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance (Marijuana).
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
One arrest was noted by the FCSO Thursday morning. Vickie Jacobson, 58, Lander, was picked up on a bond revocation.
Lander Police Department
Lander Police Officers responded to 115 calls for service through the week. Of the 115 Calls 8 arrests were made.
Included in the arrests was 18-year-old Justin Rackley, 27-year-old Richard Williams, 48-year-old Marlvina Quiver and 21-year-old Lyle Ute, all for outstanding warrants.
On Saturday night Officers served a search warrant on a residence in the Lander area, searching for suspected illicit drugs. Officers entered the residence at approximately 1:00 AM to serve the warrant. Officers located 131 grams of marijuana and packaging material for distribution. The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was taken into custody and charges for possession with intent to distribute are forthcoming.
By Ernie Over, County10.com Managing Editor
(Lander) — Lander’s newest business is now open in one of the community’s longest running businesses. The Tannery FedEx Pack and Ship is now open in the South Lander Industrial Park in the building occupied by the Tannery and Rocky Mountain Dubbing.
“The Tannery has been in business for 34 years, the last 17 at its South Lander location. “Most of our business comes over the Internet and from major retailers such as Cabellas, Sports Warehouse and Gander Mountain, to name a few,” said Steve Kennerk, “and our retail space out front is the smallest slice of our business, so we were looking for something to put in there.”
That “something” came to Steve’s son Jake, who suggested a FedEx Pack and Ship. “You know, we do tons of shipping and this just made logical sense since FedEx does not have a local Pack and Ship office,” he said. There are drop off points in town, but nowhere to purchase FedEx boxes and shipping materials, the younger Kennerk said. And Steve added that the shipping had developed into a full-time endeavor, “this is not a sideline, it’s a stand-alone business.” Adding to the attractiveness of the shipping business, the elder Kennerk said he has plenty of parking. “There’s no shortage of parking spaces here, so people won’t have to drive around looking for a parking spot,” he said.
When the Kennerk’s contacted FedEx about the possibility, “they almost fell over themselves giving us information and assistance,” Steve said. “So we’re now an authorized dealer with all FedEx shipping supplies. The new Lander location will accept packages through 3 p.m. each day. “That’s when they’ll come by with a truck to pick up packages and express envelopes.
After 17 years, the front retail space of the Tannery was a bit tired, Steve Kennerk said, so the area was completely gutted and then fixed up with new paint, a new hardwood floor was installed and new counters were built. “We got the countertops from the Eggli Brothers next door,” Steve Kennerk said. “Since our walk-in retail traffic is limited, we reorganized all of our fly fishing supplies and kept only what our loyal customers like to have in stock. That gave us the space for the FedEx Pack and Ship.”
The first customer was a guest at a Lander motel, who needed to send some items back to their out-of-state home this past week. “They went to the Internet to find the nearest FedEx Pack and Ship and we had just been listed there,” Kennerk said.
The new space features plenty of counter space for customers to line up packages, or even finish their packing there. “Everything we do with FedEx is Internet based, so we have a computer and printer up front, as well as a scale and such. We have enough room to add a second shipping counter if the demand is there,” Jake Kennerk said.
Currently, there’s a small FedEx sign in the window. “We’re awaiting some signage and banners and such which should be here any day now,” Steve Kennerk said.
The Tannery FedEx Pack and Ship is located at 115 Poppy Street, right off of south highway 287 just south of Lander in the South Lander Industrial Park.
Hewitt Gleave Youtz, former state senator and one of Wyoming’s last living World War II P-38 fighter pilots, died on March 27, at Riverton Memorial Hospital at the age of 89, surrounded by his family. A long-time Riverton resident since 1964 who was an educator, businessman, avid historian, and veteran, Hewitt Youtz was always active in public service, serving one term in the Wyoming State Senate from 1980-1984, as well as State Committeeman of the Republican Party for both Park and Fremont counties. Besides his family, he was perhaps most proud of his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, April 2, at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, followed by internment and full military honors at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, with a luncheon afterward. Arrangements are through the Davis Funeral Home, with viewing scheduled for Sunday, April 1, from 3-4:30 p.m.
Youtz served on the boards of various organizations, including serving as President of the Wyoming Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Vocational Education, Chairman of the Wyoming FFA Advisory Committee, President of the Midwest Implement Dealers Association, and President of the First Fighter Group Historical Association.
Youtz was born on October 7, 1922, in San Diego, California, to H. Fletcher Youtz and Lizzie Bell (Gleave) Youtz, the third of six children of five boys and one girl. Their mother, Lizzie, who was born in England, was proud that all five boys served in various branches of military service during World War II, and all five brothers came back home alive.
The Youtz family moved from San Diego to a ranch near Burns, Wyoming, when Hewitt was five. He was graduated from Burns High School as valedictorian and enrolled at the University of Wyoming. Shortly after enrolling at UW and the attack on Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program and was graduated in March 1944 as a Second Lieutenant fighter pilot. After transition training with the P-39s and P-38s, he was sent overseas, serving with the First Fighter Group as a P-38 pilot. He was credited with destroying three German planes and various other targets and was awarded the Air Medal with two clusters, as well as the Mediterranean theatre of operations Battle badge with four stars. Lieutenant Youtz was part of the group that provided the fighter escort to the Yalta Conference for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Youtz returned to the states in October of 1945, went on inactive duty, and returned to the University of Wyoming, graduating the summer of 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and a teaching certificate. He taught vocational agriculture in both Albin and Lander, Wyoming, for ten years, during which time he was heavily involved with Future Farmers of America and in coaching livestock judging teams. Together with his fellow vocational agriculture teacher at Lander Valley Vocational High School, Arland “Pee Wee” Carlson, Youtz authored a textbook entitled, Judging Livestock, Dairy, Cattle, Poultry, and Crops, which was heavily used by livestock judging teams.
After teaching ten years, Youtz moved his family to Powell, Wyoming, where he served with the Soil Conservation Service and later went into the retail John Deere business. In 1963, he moved his family from Powell to Riverton after purchasing another John Deere dealership, Riverton Equipment Company, which he owned and operated in Riverton for many years. In 1969, he relocated the business to North Federal and in 1976 sold the business to his son Tom and his son-in-law Charles McFarland. Son Tom eventually sold the business and bought the local Ford franchise, known as Tom Youtz Ford.
Hewitt G. Youtz married Josephine “Jo” Brown of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, on April 6, 1944, in the chapel at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona. This union lasted 59 years, ended by Jo’s death on May 23, 2003. They had three children: Charles H. Youtz, an Executive VP with George K. Baum and Co., and his wife Lynee of Sacramento, California, and Phoenix, Arizona; Jo Anne Youtz McFarland, President of Central Wyoming College, and husband Charles of Riverton, Wyoming; and Thomas A. Youtz, former owner of Tom Youtz Ford, now retired, of Riverton. Mr. Youtz and his wife Jo traveled extensively with their family and spent many years flying throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico in their private plane. He and wife Jo also traveled the world and made numerous extended visits to Spain, which they especially enjoyed. Together Hewitt and Jo hosted many family reunions and enjoyed a large circle of friends.
He married Virginia Brown Stephens on December 12, 2004, in Riverton. In addition to his second wife Virginia and his three children, he is survived by his sister Harriet Ann Youtz Lewis and husband Howard “Bink” of Longmont, Colorado, and his brothers Roger Youtz of Worland, Wyoming, and Willard Youtz and wife Ruth of Escondido, California; and four grandchildren Shane Youtz and wife Lee of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Michelle Youtz Scannell and husband Pat of Pasadena, California; Tristan McFarland of Riverton; and Shannon McFarland Henderson and husband Casey of Evergreen, Colorado. Youtz also leaves seven great-grandchildren: Kahlo, Cassady, Lucia, Aidan, Josephine, Gabe, and Tate. Also surviving are his three step-children: Charles J. Stephens of Colorado Springs, Candace Donahue and husband James of Worland, and Julia Malm and husband Jody of Cheyenne, as well as four step-grand children, Gunnar and Kirsten Malm and James and Michael Donahue, and two step great granddaughters, Aedyn and Avery.
Hewitt Youtz was preceded in death by his wife Jo, his parents, and brothers Kenny Youtz of Torrington, Wyoming, and Donald Youtz of Pocatello, Idaho.
Hewitt described himself as a lousy, but avid golfer, as well as a solid member of the 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. coffee groups for old timers. He loved his country, enjoyed life to the fullest, and hopes no one mourns his passing, except briefly. Memorial gifts may be made to the Central Wyoming College Foundation for the Hewitt and Jo Youtz CWC Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment.
(Riverton) — The ConocoPhillips Philanthropy Committee arrived in Riverton Wednesday bearing gifts: $87,000 worth. In an annual distribution, the committee handed out checks and had photos taken with groups and organizations from Fremont, Hot Springs and Natrona counties. Most of the grants, 28, went to Fremont County groups, while four went to Natrona County and three for groups in Hot Springs County.
ConocoPhillips operates a natural gas processing plant at Lost Cabin.
Committee members handing out the checks Wednesday included Keith Farris and Dee Brown of Casper, Katrina Crimm of Arminto, Mike Bohleen of Thermopolis plus Cory Henry and Trina Batista of Riverton. Two other Riverton employees on the committee, Randy Leesberg and Karle Zach, were unable to attend the event.
In order of presentation, the awards went to:
Also receiving grants, but not able to attend the ceremony, was the Care and Share Foodbank of Lander, $500 and the Friends of the NRA, $500.