By Victoria Fregoso and Ernie Over
(Riverton) - A crowd gathered on Federal Boulevard across from City Hall in Riverton Thursday morning to break ground for the new McDonald’s restaurant. “We are officially starting a new store location for McDonald’s,” said Bob Luck, Owner of the McDonald’s in Riverton. The new store is expected to open by August. Watch the video below to see the ground breaking and hear from Bob Luck.
“We’ll have a state-of-the-art store at our North Federal location,” said Luck. ”We’ll have all the newest bells and whistles from McDonald’s plus a PlayPlace that will include a toddler section and an older kid section with four levels,” Luck said. “Our store decor will be modern and bold and I think people will really like it. The outside of the building will be really sharp.”
Luck said the new store is a 45-87, meaning it will be 45 feet wide and 87 feet long, not including the play land area out front. It’s McDonald’s latest design for a store, he said.
Luck said the new store will also have more employees that the present store on West Main, which will be closed and ultimately razed. “We have close to 50 employees now including workers and supervisors, and we’ll be adding between 10 and 20 new positions,” Luck said. The new store will feature a two lane drive through, similar to the Lander store.
The new design of McDonald’s restaurants will be visible both inside and outside of the store, with the interior design and ordering process reflecting the future of McDonald’s Restaurants worldwide and the latest in food preparation and cooking equipment. “Our new low-oil fryers will use 50 percent less oil and will be frequently filtered throughout the day for a fresher and cleaner tasting product,” Luck said. He also noted the restaurant will have the McCafe brands along with blended ice products and smoothies in addition to the regular McDonald’s fare.
“I’m really excited about this new store, it’s in a highly visible area, we’ll have better ingress and egress for cars and parking and I think it will work out well,” he said. Luck noted that the new location will have state-of-the-art security and camera systems inside and out and that an Energy Management System would reduce the restaurant’s energy consumption.
After the new restaurant opens, on the site of the former V-1 gas and propane station across the street from Riverton City Hall, Luck said the old restaurant will be “de arched” and any resemblance to a McDonald’s restaurant will be removed. “We’ll remove all the equipment from the store and most likely will demolish the site and sell the property.”
General contractor for the project is Epic Construction of Centennial, Colo, a firm that erects new McDonald’s buildings around the region. “We will be using local sub-contractors as much as possible,” Luck said.
“Of course we’ll have a big grand opening when the restaurant is finished, with prizes and giveaways and such,” Luck said.
Riverton City and McDonald’s officials were present for the groundbreaking, including Mayor Ron Warpness and McDonald’s Riverton store manager Alicia McKee and Luck’s area supervisor Jim Matthews. Representatives with Central Wyoming College and the Department of Workforce Services were also there to show support.
According to his wishes cremation will take place and a memorial will be placed in the Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Alaska.
Duane Eldon Carson was born in Mission Hill, S.D., on Sunday, Dec. 27, 1931, the son of Frank Seburne Carson and Hazel (Johnson) Carson. He attended high school in Aberdeen, WA, graduating from Weatherwax High School in 1950.
Mr. Carson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. In 1960, he graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He worked as a structural engineer for Boeing, as a structural designer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and worked for the Bureau of Land Management in construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, as the field representative.
On June 18, 1954, he married Judith Dickens in Boulder City, NV.
The couple lived in Nevada during his Air Force tour, and then Washington and Utah, and finally moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1963 where they spent the remainder of their lives together. Mr. Carson had been with his son in Riverton since Feb. 5, 2012.
He was a member of the Rose Street Church of Christ in Anchorage, Alaska and belonged to the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association.
His family said Mr. Carson enjoyed flying his personal airplane, woodworking, making furniture, carving, do-it-yourself projects, camping and spending time with his family.
Mr. Carson is survived by his sons, Dean Boucher Carson and his wife Diane of Riverton, and Paul Andrew Carson and his wife Sherry Timmerman of Gallup, NM; a daughter, Catherine Anne Foster and husband Alfonso of Oceanside, CA; several grandchildren, Shauna Carson, Ian Carson, Lynette Carson, Kendra Carson, Sierra Wagner and husband Brian, and Javada Chambliss and husband Keith; three great grandchildren, Aurora and Maddox Wagner, and Janessa Chambliss; brothers, Eugene Carson, Glen Carson and his companion Jerry Lee, and Franklin Carson and his wife Ellie; sisters, Dolores Black, LaVerla Butterfield and husband Dave, and Linda Skinner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judith Carson on March 23, 2011; a brother, Virgil on August 3, 2002, and two twin great grandchildren, Davis and Elia Wagner.
On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Local arrangements are by the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Funeral services for Ruby P. Miller, 82 of Arapahoe, are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. The Rev. Dale Adams officiates and interment follows at the Collins Cemetery.
Viewing is from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, preceding the funeral service.
Mrs. Miller died at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the age of 82.
Ruby Pearl Bunner was born in Newcastle on Oct. 8, 1929, the daughter of William Newton Bunner and Lillie Dell (Worthington) Bunner, who were from Virginia. She grew up and went to school near Ocean Lake and, with her sister and brothers, would walk across the frozen lake to attend church.
Mrs. Miller was a housewife, having married Joseph Edward Miller at the courthouse in Lander on Nov 7, 1946. When they were first married, they lived in a railroad car near Shoshoni, before moving to Arapahoe. At Arapahoe they made their home and raised their children. In the early 50s, they build the house in which Mrs. Miller still lived. The county named the road past their house “Miller Lane” in later years.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Her family said Mrs. Miller loved to crochet, making afghans and gifts for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and others. They said she loved angels, wind chimes, gnomes, listening to music, growing flowers and plants, loved birds and used to raise doves until her health worsened.
Mrs. Miller worked at the Arapaho cannery early in life. Then she worked as a dishwasher at various places, including the Teton, Choppings, and the Airport Café.
Survivors include sons, Milton Edward “Butch” Miller and wife Debbie of Riverton, and Lawrence “Larry” Miller and wife Valene of Arapahoe; daughters, Iris Pearl Lawrence and husband Glen of Riverton, Betty Jo Spencer and Lewis of Rexburg, Idaho, and Patricia “Patti” Lopez of Riverton; 11 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; a brother, Raymond “Pat” Bunner and his wife Renee of Glenrock.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Miller; parents, William Newton Bunner and Lillie Dell (Worthinton) Bunner; brothers, John, George, Preston, and Billy Bunner; sisters, Lois Bunner, Maedean Waring, Hattie Rittenhouse, Ester Miller, and Opal Schumacher, and one granddaughter,
Memorials may be made to the Wind River Dialysis Center in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Memorial services are at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with Pastor Doug Hill officiating. Inurnment follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
Richard Norman Skinner was born in Roberts, Mont., on Tues., June 19, 1934, the son of Ford and Hattie (Newcomb) Skinner. He grew up in Roberts and went to school there, playing basketball. He then attended College in Bozeman and Billings, Montana.
Mr. Skinner married Dorothy Ann Cunningham at the United Methodist Church of Riverton on Sept. 4, 1955.
He worked as an operator at the Lucky Mc Mine in the Gas Hills of Fremont County for 10 years. He also sold motorcycles as Skinner’s Yamaha and Bike Shop, operated B&R Enterprises cleaning services, worked at Napa Motor Parts for many years and was janitor at the Masonic Temple building.
He lived in the Gas Hills for 5 years and in Riverton for his remaining life.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Mr. Skinner was a past member of the Eagles Lodge in Riverton.
His family said Mr. Skinner liked motorcycle racing, liked writing programs for computers, made his own HO train set, did woodworking, making children’s furniture and cradles, used to bowl and enjoyed talking around the world on his CB radio, and enjoyed his dog, Crissy.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Skinner of Riverton; a son, William Ford “Bill” Skinner and his wife Mary of Deeth, Nevada; daughters, Becky Broderick and husband Mark of Casper; six grandchildren, Jared Skinner, Haley Skinner, Richard McComsey, Donovan Self, Jeffrey Self, and Kelli Broderick; two great grandchildren, Aiden Skinner and Justin Skinner; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter, Nicole Ann Skinner on April 22, 2009.
On-line condolences may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Funeral services for Margaret L. “Peggy” Hixson, 72 of Pavillion, are at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at “Peggy’s Farm”, 105 West Pavillion Road, Pavillion. Her six daughters will give the eulogy.
Cremation has taken place.
Mrs. Hixson died at the Lander Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 5, at the age of 72.
Margaret Leona Bohannon was born in Richmond, Ind., on Dec. 7, 1939, the daughter of Phillip Frank Bohannon and Genevieve (Suttmiller) Bohannon. She grew up in Batesville, Ind.
She completed her high school education and then served with the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1960, when she received an honorable discharge. While in the Air Force she was in the intelligence division.
She married Edwin James Hixson on March 12, 1960, at Stewart Air Force Base in New York.
Mrs. Hixson was of the Roman Catholic faith. She taught C.C.D. classes in Casper in the late 60s and early 70s. She and her daughters helped build the monument for St. Edward’s Catholic Church at Kinnear.
She was active in the Meadow Acres Riding Club, Casper Jaycettes and Girl Scouts of Casper before moving to their farm near Pavillion.
Mrs. Hixson was engaged in farming until her health prevented it.
Her family said that in addition to loving the life on their farm, Mrs. Hixson helped many people, repaired Kirby vacuums in Casper and worked with Family Services there.
She had lived on the Pavillion farm for 40 years. Prior to that she lived on a Casper Meadow Acres farm for five or six years.
Survivors include her daughters, Shareen, Nadine, and Dawn, all of Pavillion, Fransisca of Riverton, Christal of Casper and Bernadette Neal and her husband Jim of Tonasket, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, Therisa Siek, Iris Siek, August Siek, Zacheriah Siek, Brian Sisneros, Lindy Sisneros, Elizabeth Sisneros, Sarah Stowe, Autumn Richards, Khemo Neal, Gabrial Brewbaker, and Iva Brewbaker; 16 great grandchildren, and a sister, Pat Noah and husband Kieth of Brooksville, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; her mother, Genevieve; father, William; granddaughters, Kimiko and Misty Dawn.
On-line condolences may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Memorial services are at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at the United Methodist Church of Riverton with the Rev. Mark Thurman officiating. Cremation has taken place.
William Frederick Lamming was born in Riverton on Friday, Sept. 28, 1928, the son of Harry Lamming, who came to Riverton from England in 1908, and Flora (Duntsch) Lamming. He lived his entire life in Riverton and was graduated from Riverton High School in 1946.
He worked for Morrison Knudsen when they were building Boysen Dam, worked for honey producer for George Krause, Sr., and was a power lineman for the Riverton Valley Electric Association (now High Plains Power) for 36 years.
Mr. Lamming was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, took his basic training at Camp Cook in California, shipped to Japan for occupation duty, and shipped to Korea in January of 1952.
Following discharge from military service in 1952, he continued his work for the RVEA until retirement in 1988.
He married Mary K. (Winchell) Finch in 1955 and helped her raise her two sons, Gary R. Finch and Martin E. Finch and two of their own, Frederick N. Lamming and William L. Lamming.
His family said Mr. Lamming enjoyed woodworking where he was an accomplished furniture and small project craftsman, often creating and building his own designs, loved fishing and snowmobiling, and spending as much time as possible at their mountain cabin near Brooks Lake.
He was active in the United Methodist Church of Riverton.
Mr. Lamming is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Gary R. Finch and his wife Sue of Casper, Martin E. Finch and his wife Cecelia of Sherman, Texas, Fred N. Lamming of Jackson, and William L. Lamming and wife Marlene of Casper; nieces, Teresa Gillette and Sheryl McKenny; seven grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Flora; father, Harry; sister Arlene Echelberger and her husband Leslie.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Mitchell P. Moss, 33, of Arapahoe died on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.
Traditional American Indian services are at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe with burial following at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen’s.
A rosary is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Great Plains Hall followed by a wake at the family home, #44 C’Hair Lane on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Mitchell Patrick Moss was born in Riverton on Jan. 12, 1979, the son of Medrick Herman Moss, Sr., and Wilma Rose (C’Hair) Moss. He was graduated from St. Stephen’s High School.
Mr. Moss had lived at Arapahoe and in St. Paul, Minn.
He worked as a laborer in the Northern Arapaho Wood Program and for the Northern Arapaho Tribe and at Wal-Mart.
He was of the Catholic faith.
His family said Mr. Moss enjoyed being with his daughter, his father and with his companion Eileen, his brothers, and friends and also enjoyed playing video games and watching movies.
Survivors include his companion, Eileen Black; a son, Blasé James Moss; a daughter, Cetara Rose Moss; nieces, Brandi Moss and Cierra White; a grandson, Kaiden; nephews, Dylan Moss, Joshua Moss, Jaymes Moss, John Montoya, and Brandon White Wolf; his father Medrick Moss, Sr.; brothers, Medrick Moss, Jr, Byson White Wolf, and Ronnie White, and a sister, Johnna Moss; aunts and uncles, Rochell C’Hair, Vera C’Hair, Sadie and Duane Bell, Sr., Emma and Nelson Moss, Susanna and Jerome Oldman, Rosella Moss, Ursula and Robert Aragon, Maxine Moss, Anita Carrier, Gloria Wheeler, Frances Ann Moss Heidenberger, Julie Quiver Whiteman, Joyce Duran, Jude, Gary and John Jr. C’Hair, Mitchell and Vicki C’Hair, Leonard and Alice Moss, Donald and Linda Moss, Duane Friday, Claude Duran, Sr., Alonzo Moss, Sr., Pat Moss, William “Porky” C’Hair, and Raymond Charles C’Hair.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John C’Hair, Amelia C’Hair, Herman Joseph Moss, Sr., Rosie B. Moss, Eileen Moss; sons, Bradley Nathaniel Moss; companion, Oliva Black; his mother, Wilma Rose (C’Hair) Moss; brothers, Neil Blass C’Hair, Mitchell J. C’Hair, Jr,; uncles, Kendall J. Moss, Sr. Pfc. Weldon D. Moss, Paul M. Moss, Norman Moss, Raphael “Sugar Ray” Moss, Herman “Joe Joe” Moss, Jr., Richard Moss, Charles Moss; cousins, David Moss, Sr, Weldon H. Moss, Wendall G. Moss, Curtis Wheeler, Rodney Jorgenson, Mary J. Blackbird, L.Cpl. Amanda Carrier; aunts, Alberta Duran, Mary C’Hair Duran, and Julie Moss Brown; grandfather, Joseph C’Hair; brother, Dakota Duran; and Jerry Moss, Dean Moss, Lucy Moss-Addison, Lyle Black, Jr., Trina Dullknife, Cindi Bell, Vicky Moss Friday, Delores Moss, Kathleen Moss, Tekawitha Moss SunRhodes, Eileen Moss C’Bearing, Michelle Moss, Johanna Moss, and Deanna Moss.
On-line condolences may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
(Riverton) – There’s something new and something blue on Fremont County highways this month. The new fleet of Wind River Transportation Authority buses is now in use, running the bus service’s daily contract and route schedules.
“These new buses are 10 percent larger than the previous ones, which were starting to wear out,” said new WRTA Manager Ben Eastmond. “The new buses hold 31 passengers and are equipped with the latest safety features. We traded in six of our old buses on these new ones.” Eastmond said the old fleet was at least 10 years old. “Tney were starting to fall apart,” he said. Four of the new buses are now in service and the remaining two will be arriving in the next week or two.
Each bus cost roughly $200,000 and was financed through grants from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Eastmond said. “We replaced most of our old full-sized fleet. We only have two of the older style buses left in inventory,” he said. Eastmond said he is looking at perhaps converting the two older buses to run on natural gas, but that decision has yet to be made.
The new buses also have a distinctive look from the front with a changeable sign on the roof informing potential riders of the eventual destination of the bus.
“We’ll be using those signs more to let people know about our destinations and routes,” Eastmond said.
The new buses are powered by Freightliner.
The WRTA Bus Lines is headquartered just off of the Airport Road in Riverton at the top of Griffey Hill.
Riverton Police Department
UPDATE: The 5-year-old boy that was injured by a semi-truck on Tuesday afternoon was life flighted to Salt Lake City. According to Captain Eric Murphy, the child was on his bicycle, racing a friend who was also on a bike. They were both traveling south on South 5th East when the boy was unable to stop and hit the right rear tire of a semi-truck that was traveling west on East Monroe. The boy suffered a broken arm, fractured cheek and eye socket, bruised lungs, broken ribs, lacerated spleen and several cuts.
Just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a 47-year-old woman from Lander entered the lobby of the Riverton Police Department to report being abused by her boyfriend. She told officers that after taking a friend home near Honor Farm Road, her boyfriend punched her right arm. After telling him to stop, the woman said he continued to hit her and grabbed her left arm and hand. The alleged victim said she grabbed a flashlight and hit him in the face to get him to stop and kicked him out of the vehicle. Police officers were unable to locate the 44-year-old man, who is also from Lander.
There were six arrests reported, these include:
32-year-old Loveda Bell from Lander was arrested for public intoxication.
Kincaid Duran, 42, from Riverton was arrested on warrants for failure to appear.
Cheryl Eagle, 30, from Riverton was also arrested on warrants for failure to appear.
The following three individuals were approached by officers at Jaycee Park for smashing beer bottles in the playground area while intoxicated:
Vernaldo Dodge, 35, from Lander and Theodore Bell, 29, from Arapahoe were arrested for interference and warrants failure to appear. Francis Addision, 33, from Riverton was arrested on warrants out of Hot Springs County.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department made three arrests, these include:
Jake Anderson, 24, of Lander-Warrant Arrest for Felony DWUI
Hayes Goggles, 46, of Riverton-Fail to Appear
Linh Nguyen, 23, Araphoe-Posession of Controlled Substance w/Intent to Deliver
The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 170 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 155 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, 13 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, and two are on home detention out of the facility.
Lander Police Department
There was one arrest reported by the Lander PD: 25-year-old Ronald Goggles of Lander was arrested for public intoxication.
(Lander) – The Lander City Council approved most of their Tuesday regular meeting agenda, but set one housekeeping item aside and will look into updating the city’s ordinance regarding the riding of bicycles in the downtown business district.
The latter topic generated the most discussion Tuesday night after Chisolm’s Jewelry owner Eric Olson complained about bicycle riders on the sidewalk. “People are nearly run over by these guys, it’s not good for business and most businesses think it’s a problem,” he testified. “We even walk our customers to their car now to protect them.”
Police Chief Jim Carey said the city’s present ordinance dealing with bicycle riding in the commercial district of the city needs to be updated because it’s too general, and he said the city lacks current signage that would advise bicyclists of the rules when riding downtown. Additionally, Carey said, the Wyoming Department of Transportation has jurisdiction on Main Street signage since the street is also U.S. Highway 287, and they are somewhat reluctant to populate the street with number of signs that would be required.
Carey also said he didn’t want to be in a situation where tickets that officers write for bicycle violations would not be prosecuted because of the vagueness of the city ordinance. “It’s not good business to write tickets that prosecutors won’t enforce,” he said. “We’ve done extensive education over the years about bicycle safety and how to ride in the commercial district.”
Olson agreed with the Chief about the education benefits, noting the problem wasn’t with younger kids, but with mid-20′s to 40′s men. “The kids walk their bikes down the sidewalk like they’ve been taught, it’s the older ones giving us the problem.”
While Olsen claimed he witnesses up to 15 to 17 bicyclists a day in front of his business, Chief Carey said a camera installed by his department in the 200 block of Main Street on three consecutive days took 7,000 photographs, and that only a few bicycles were photographed. “We had three on April 3rd, 4 on April 4th and 5 on April fifth, and four of those were children,” he said. “Of course that’s just one side of the street, so you could probably double those numbers.”
The issue will be further studied by the LPD and the issue brought back to the council at a later time.
Major items addressed, and approved, Tuesday included submitting a $50,000 grant application to the Wyoming Cultural Trust Grant Fund to assist in the planning and design of what is being called an innovative community collaboration center of the arts. The grant, if approved, would be matched with $50,000, including $17,678 in local in-kind matches and $32,322 in cash matches from a variety of sources to be provided by the completion of the project.
A second resolution approved Tuesday night gave the city’s support, for a second time, to a countywide vote in November for a general purpose one cent optional sales tax for local infrastructure needs. Specifically, funds generated by the tax would only be used by the county’s municipalities for streets, roads, bridges, water and sewer utilities. The council had earlier approved the resolution, but changes were made to the official document by the county commission, and it was necessary to review the proposal a second time. The city has cited need for street repairs and construction as a major use of the additional funds if the tax is approved by voters.
The council also approved the following agenda items:
– Appointed Tiffany Hartpence and reappoint Misty Atnip to four year terms on the Parks and Recreation Commission;
– Authorized a new hangar space land lease agreement for Ironman Aircraft Hangars, LLC, transferring lease from Steve Osborn;
– Approved a livestock permit from Otis Jones to keep calves on eight acres along a portion of Fremont Street;
– Approved a catering permit from the Hitching Rack to cater the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet on the community center on April 21st;
– Approved a catering permit from The Forge to cater an event, “Forges Birthday Bash” on May 19th, at 202 Main Street;
– Approved the Phase II of the Lander Outdoor Theater Project;
– Accepted a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation for a new skate park, and authorize Council President Nancy Webber to sign the grant agreement;
– Adopted Resolution 998 exempting a portion of North Second Street from the Open Container ordinance for an event;
– Tabled until a later meeting the City’s official voting delegate for the 2012 Wyoming Association of Municipalities Convention;
– Approved a pay request (#5) from Shepard Construction for the CDS Remodel project in the amount of $45,874.80;
– Approved signing Notice of Award for Lander Safe Routes to School;
– Approved Contractors Agreement for Lander Safe Routes to School;
– Approved change order #1 for the Lander Safe Routes to School project, decreasing the cost by $21,931.
– Authorized payment of Bills and Claims.
By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com
(Riverton) - The National Weather Service held their annual severe weather spotter training in Riverton this week, 14 volunteers came forward to learn how to spot severe weather and how to properly report it.
“Spotters are a crucial element in weather forecasting for spotting things at ground truth,” said Bill Murrell, a Lead Forecaster with the National Weather Service. Murrell was the instructor for Tuesday night’s spotter course, “all of our instrumentation can only see so much and the spotters add to what our doppler radar capabilities can’t show us.”
The training session lasts for two hours and is usually held in April or May. The most common types of severe weather in Fremont County includes flash flooding, lightening and strong wind gusts. Murrell’s presentation included video and pictures of severe weather so the volunteers know what they are looking for. “Anyone that has a desire in weather can be a volunteer for the National Weather Service.”
Watch the video below to learn more about the National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter training.
(Lander) — The Lander Veterans of Foreign Wars presented its annual awards to area public safety officers Wednesday night. Honored as the Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was Shawn McRae; Firefighter of the Year is the Lander Volunteer Fire Department’s Danny Logue, and the Peace Officer of the Year is Sheriff’s Deputy John Applegate. Two of the local honorees, McRae and Logue, will also be honored at the state VFW Conference in Cheyenne this coming June as Wyoming’s EMT and Firefighters of the Year.
The awards were announced by Lander VFW Post Commander JayDee Darnell of Jeffrey City. The three honorees were feted at a dinner and presentation Wednesday night at the VFW home on Tweed Lane.
By June Bonasera, County10.com
(Dubois) — Ten people attended Wednesday night’s regularly scheduled Town Council meeting in Dubois. The meeting began with reports from town officials and departments including some more in-depth reports from the airport and planning commission representatives.
In airport news, Dubois Municipal Airport manager Tim Schell reported that technical difficulties involving the credit card payment process for the newly installed fuel tanks had been resolved and it was working smoothly this week. Schell recounted a story about a non-resident Dubois Municipal Airport user who engaged him and Sky Aviation resident manager Dave Stinson in conversation about Dubois, the Wind River and fishing while re-fueling his plane this week, . Schell reported that he was of the opinion that this was just one new visitor that would be coming back to vacation (and fish) in Dubois. Dubois mayor and town councilmen then passed a resolution to publicly thank all the Dubois residents and businesses who donated time and funding to help make the fuel tank project happen.
Ex-Dubois mayor Bob Baker, representing the Planning Commission, reported on two items discussed at the last Planning Commission meeting. The first was news of
an application to possibly build a ‘Dollar Store’ in Dubois, with a request to have the applicant adhere to voluntary Design Guidelines approved by the Planning Commission and Town Council in 2010. Mayor Blakeman reported that the guidelines had been sent by the Town of Dubois to the project architect. The second item addressed by Baker was a letter establishing property values by two Dubois real estate agents for the abandoned school property to the north of town hall. This would be used as part of an application to apply for a grant from the WBC for removal of the structure in the future.
Fremont County Museum Board member Steve Banks and Dubois Museum director Katrina Krupicka presented an update on the Dubois Museum replacement
planning process. Soil samples were taken from three locations on the proposed site in March, with the results indicating a new structure could be supported. Lander-based architect Mike Quinn had been retained and conceptual plans were in development. It was noted that architectural plans were expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and that the new Dubois Museum would have a western flavor and would comply with the Town of Dubois Design Guidelines. A number of concepts had been presented by the architect, with the final design most likely to be a one story structure with a basement above ground or partially above ground at the rear of the building, working with the grades of the site.
Action items approved at the meeting included:
-Approval of a Large Animal/Corral Permit for 305 Valley View Drive
-Approval of payments to Stetson Engineering in the amount of $4,030.52 for the Rhoades Street Bridge Access project, payment application 10 for $165 for the Dubois
Water Supply Project and payment application 16 for $6,312.50 for the Dubois Water Supply Project.
-Approval to extend business hours for Rustic Pine Tavern and Outlaw Saloon on four 2012 dates.
-Approval to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony.
-Approval of first reading of Budget Ordinance 403 for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012.
-Approval of Town Clerk’s letter of resignation.
-Approval of March 2012 Financial Report.
-Approval of Accounts Payable list dated April 6, 2012.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 p.m.
By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com
(Lander) – The last meeting for public comment on Wyoming’s wolf management and hunting plan was held at the Game and Fish Department office in Lander Wednesday afternoon. At the end of the meeting, attendees applauded the Wyoming Game and Fish for working towards delisting wolves and creating reasonable management and hunting regulations. Specific details and documents on the plan can be found by clicking here.
As it is written right now, wolves are classified as predators except for the wolves that can be found in Yellowstone National Park, on the Wind River Reservation and in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area. Wolves outside of these boundaries can be hunted at any time of the year, in any legal manner and a license will not be required. “There’s no established hunting seasons in the predator area, wolves will be treated as predators, much like coyotes are,” said Bob Trebelcock, Large Carnivore Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. However, the kill must be reported to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department within ten days.
According to reports published by Wyoming Game and Fish, at the end of 2011 there were just over 200 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation while about 27 of them are outside of the designated Trophy Game Management Area.
In order to hunt a wolf in the TGMA, a hunter must have a permit, which is issued at a limit of one person, per year. The license for a resident will cost $18 while a nonresident license costs $180. Hunters are allowed to take a wolf during daylight hours. The time limits will be up to half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
The season could begin as early as October 1st, depending on how soon the official rule is published. Trebelcock is hopeful the US Fish and Wildlife Service will publish the final delisting rule by the beginning of September. Thirty days after it is published, it becomes law and wolves will officially be delisted. No matter how late into the year wolves are delisted, the season will come to a close on December 31st or until the quota for that specific area is reached. There are a total of 12 different areas in the region and each of those areas has a mortality quota. Once the quota for that area is reached, the hunting season for that area will close.
If a wolf is taken in the TGMA, the hunter has 24 hours to report the kill then five days to present the skull and pelt to personnel at a Game and Fish office. The hunter is also expected to present their license number and information on when and where the wolf was killed.
Any hunter that takes a wolf with an electronic radio tracking device in or out of the TGMA, is expected to return the device to the department.
At the end of this year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes to have the wolf population down to roughly 170 wolves with 15 breeding pairs. Their most recent estimate puts wolves at a population of 192, and another 76 pups are expected to be born this season. After the wolf hunting quota of 52 is met and an expected percentage of wolves die from natural causes, the population will be decreased by 51 percent, which is equal to just under 100 wolves.
Up next, there will be a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper on April 25th and 26th where the proposed wolf management and hunting regulation will be reviewed along with public comments. Trebelcock says at the meeting, “They’ll act on them, if approved they could make changes or they could approve them in the existing form.”
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(Riverton) – Nurses at Fremont County’s Help For Health Hospice have completed national certification requirements to reinforce their commitment to excellence in patient care.
Following the lead of Christi Ogg, RN, CHPN, the Clinical Director of Help for Health Hospice, several other nurse leaders at Help For Health have taken the nationally recognized hospice and palliative care exam endorsed by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Laura Toppenberg, RN, CHPCA, passed the Hospice Administrators exam in December 2011. Certification validates an individual nurse’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care. Certification in nursing is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a standard of knowledge in the specialty. The certification examination for hospice and palliative nurses is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.
In March, three of the hospice nurse Case Managers, Katy Hanson RN, Ann Rowe-Arey RN and Cori Cox RN sat for the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Examination and passed, earning the credentials of CHPN. This is an example of how Help for Health creates an atmosphere of excellence in all that they do.
The purpose of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®) is to promote delivery of comprehensive palliative care through the certification of qualified hospice and palliative health professionals by:
• Providing a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification.
• Establishing and measuring the level of knowledge required for the certification in hospice and Palliative care.
• Formally recognizing those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the NBCHPN and pass the Certification Examination for Hospice and Palliative health professionals.
• Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of hospice and palliative care.
(Lander) — Central Wyoming College’s Lander Center is offering a pair of courses in May for aviation enthusiasts.
Flying for Cockpit Companions is offered Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Larry Hastings Terminal at the Lander Airport.
Instructor Andy Gramlich has designed the class to train non-pilots who frequently fly with friends and family members to function as cockpit crew members. The $30 course covers aircraft control, navigations and radio communications. Students will gain an understanding of flight operations and improve their enjoyment of flying.
On Saturday, May 19, Gramlich gives an introduction to Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the flight simulator controls and familiarize students with the basic options of the software. Visit all parts of the world and fly in all kinds of weather without ever leaving your seat.
The $30 course is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lander Hunt Field’s Larry Hastings Terminal.
Call the Lander Center at 332-3394 for more information or to register.
(Billings, Mont.) – As of April 1, Reclamation’s April through July runoff forecast for the Wind/Bighorn Basins predicts inflows from 92 to 96 percent of average in the Wind River Basin.
Wind River – Snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 380,000 acre-feet, which is 92 percent of the 30-year average of 412,000 acre-feet.
Bull Lake Reservoir – Snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 acre-feet, which is 96 percent of the 30-year average of 141,000 acre-feet.
Boysen Reservoir – Wind River inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 550,000 acre-feet, which is 96 percent of the 30-year average of 574,000 acre-feet.
Big Horn Basin:
Buffalo Bill Reservoir – Shoshone River inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 700,000 acre-feet, which is 103 percent of the 30-year average of 679,000 acre-feet.
Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Reservoir) – Inflow to Yellowtail is forecast at 1,064,000 acre-feet, which is 93 percent of the 30-year average of 1,138,500 acre-feet.
An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover 1 acre (43,560 square feet) 1 foot deep (325,851 gallons or 1,233.5 cubic meters).
For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen and Bull Lake reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager, Coleman Smith Jr., at 307-261-5676.
For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager, Dan Jewell, at 406-247-7298.
(Cheyenne) – Robin Levin’s mother and grandmother didn’t have the education opportunities most girls have today. But that didn’t keep them from encouraging Levin to take advantage of such opportunities that came her way. “They rued their lack of formal education, urging me to study hard and do well; guidance I took to heart,” Levin recalls.
“As a teacher, I still go to school every day honoring my family’s wisdom and personal intellectual hunger,” Levin adds. “Perhaps my love of knowledge and of learning new concepts derives from a conviction that education is ongoing; continually revising one’s life.”
Levin is about to experience one such revision; a change that will publicly acknowledge her ranking as a top Wyoming teacher. Levin is one of only 10 teachers statewide to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. The award will be presented by Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer, during a ceremony at South High School in Cheyenne Friday morning. Joining Leer at the ceremony will be Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Wyoming’s Senior United States Senator Mike Enzi, U. S. Representative Cynthia M. Lummis, and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. This is the longest running, privately sponsored statewide teacher recognition program (12th year) in Wyoming. Teachers from the following cities will be recognized: Cheyenne, Laramie, Cody, Gillette, Fort Washakie, Sundance, Jackson and Rock Springs.
The award is even more special to Levin as she will become the first school librarian in Wyoming to receive the Arch Coal honor as a Top Wyoming Teacher.
“Robin Levin believes teachers must inspire students to venture beyond an obvious or singular approach to learning,” says Leer. “It’s clear Levin is a talented educator – she stretches students to be problem solvers for tomorrow’s challenges we can’t possibly anticipate today.”
With 31 years of experience, Levin serves as librarian as well as teacher of library and multi-cultural topics, language arts, technology and history to pre-K through 12th-grade students at the Fort Washakie School. She provides weekly instruction to 32 regularly scheduled half- hour classes and teaches special topics in the middle and high schools. “I strive to facilitate learning in all curricular areas with links to Native knowledge, here at a reservation school,” Levin said. “The ever-evolving literacy skills for discovering accurate and inspiring knowledge have been in the librarian’s realm for millennia, but the theme is consistent: When given concrete and varied input to develop their mental, emotional and corporeal acuity, then the students teach themselves. This is the ideal.”
Levin earned a bachelor’s degree at State University of New York, New Paltz, and a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has earned an additional 50 graduate and countless professional-development credits focused on Native studies, evolving information technologies, indigenous science, multicultural and Holocaust studies. Levin continues her development through coursework and practical workshops in Native American education and teachings by Native elders. She participated on the National Science Foundation Rural Systemic Initiative Steering Committee and attended a Native Science Retreat at Camp Minto in Alaska. Levin is a Native Ways of Knowing professional-development organizer. Under her tutelage, the Fort Washakie School library received a North American Giant Step “best school library” grant and recognition in the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America Program. She is the recipient of Wyoming’s first and only Smithsonian Holocaust Teacher Fellowship. Levin co-produced a 42-lesson language curriculum on video and wrote/co-produced three DVD documentaries on Native education and culture used nationwide. She also coordinates a Reading is Fundamental Program for the Wind River Reservation community.
Each Teacher Achievement Award recipient receives a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal, cash award. Nominations of the teachers are made by the public, and selection is made by a blue-ribbon panel of the teachers’ peers, all former recipients of the Arch Coal award.
The Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John’s and Loaf ‘N Jug stores are longstanding supporters of the program.
The Arch Coal Foundation also is a supporter of teacher-recognition programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.
U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is a top five global coal producer and marketer and the most diversified American coal company, with mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. Arch’s Wyoming operations – Arch of Wyoming and Thunder Basin Coal Company’s Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines – have a combined workforce of more than 1,800.
Information about each of the 10 current recipients, as well as past recipients, will be posted at archteacherawards.com after Friday’s ceremony.