(Riverton, Wyo.) – It took the Riverton City Council only two minutes to override a mayoral veto Tuesday night and approve a change order for construction of a new building for the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation at Riverton Regional Airport.
The action taken by the council was a repeat of action taken one week ago, but due to conflicting start times for last week’s meeting, the mayor and council scheduled a special meeting to make the action legal.
Mayor Ron Warpness had vetoed approval of the change order, effecting killing the project, citing potential costs to the city, but the veto did not stand.
The City of Riverton had received a loan from the Wyoming Department of Aeronautics of $375,000 for the 3,500 square foot structure, and the city pledged some $30,000 in architectural design and engineering costs and $54,000 in in kind and other costs.
The facility will be located in the Airport Industrial Park.
Sehnert Systems is the contractor on the project.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Deputy Fremont County Clerk Margy Irvine issued a reminder today that filing for elective state, county and municipal elected offices closes tomorrow, Friday, June 1. Irvine said the Clerk’s office in Riverton is open from 9-1 and the Lander office is open from all day until 5pm.
“We have received very few precinct committee people filings and they have the same deadline as county commissioners and municipal office filings,” Irvine said.
As of Wednesday night, the following candidates have filed for the August primary election:
Lander City Council, Ward 1
John Boulette (incumbent), Sollie Cadman and Dan Hahn
Lander City Council, Ward 2
Cade Maestas (incumbent) and Ken Stroh
Lander City Council, Ward 3
Riverton City Councl Ward 1
Jonathan Faubion, Diana Mahoney (Incumbent)
Riverton City Council, Ward 2
Sarah Kalbach, Lee Martinez and Todd E. Smith
Riverton City Council, Ward 3
John R. “Lars” Baker (Incumbent)
David A. Bennett and Rick L. Lee
Mike Anderson and Sherry L. Oler
Darla Keever, Gary Weisz, Brandy Hague
Fremont County Commissioner District 2
Dennis Christensen (R) (Incumbent) and Tim Salazar (R)
Fremont County Commissioner District 4
Patrick Hickerson (Incumbent) (R)
Fremont County Commissioner District 5
Red Fyler (R), Jennifer McCarty (R), Douglas Thompson (R) (Incumbent)
Wyoming Congressional District One
Republican Cynthia M. Lummis has filed for her third term, Democrat Chris Henrichsen from Casper
United States Senator
Republican Thomas Bleming from Lusk filed for United States Senator
Democrat Al Hamburg from Torrington has filed for United States Senator
Republican Gerald E. Geis from Worland has filed for Senate District 20
Incumbent Eli D. Bebout (R) from Riverton has filled for Senate District 26
House District 28
Republican Nathan Winters from Thermopolis, Democrat Carl Leyba from Theremopolis, Republican Echo Renner from Meeteetse, Democrat Connie Skates from Thermopolis
House District 33
Incumbent Patrick Goggles (D) from Ethete, Republican Daniel Cardenas from Saint Stephens
House District 34
Republican Rita Campbell from Shoshoni, Republican Lois Herbst from Shoshoni
House District 54
Democrat Bruce Palmer from Lander, Democrat Michelle L. Hoffman from Lander, Republican Lloyd Charles Larsen from Lander, Republican Andrew Gramlich from Lander, Republican Eileen Oakley from Lander
House Distirct 55
Republican David R. Miller from Riverton, Democrat Sherry Shelley from Riverton
Diseases such as cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are commonly passed on from person to person due to swimming in pools contaminated with the waterborne parasites. Symptoms of these diseases in humans can occur days to weeks after exposure and include active diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea and loss of appetite.
“Basically, these illnesses are caused by germs found in the places where we swim so we want to prevent the spread of those germs,” said Kelly Weidenbach, an epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. “Most recreation water illnesses are caused by contamination with fecal matter. That’s why we strongly encourage people to shower before entering pools or hot tubs.”
Normal pool disinfection measures may not fully kill the parasites, which are also found in untreated water sources such as lakes, rivers and ponds.
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture inspects public pools in Wyoming. Together, the agencies monitor recreational water illness (RWI) linked with public pools, hot tubs and hot springs across the state.
“We also work with pool operators to encourage healthy standards and practices that are important to maintain healthy swimming environments,” said Dean Finkenbinder, consumer health services manager with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.
Simple steps swimmers can take to help protect themselves and others from RWIs include:
- Don’t swim on days when experiencing diarrhea. Germs can spread in the water and make others sick.
- Don’t swallow pool water. Avoid getting water in the mouth.
- Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on the body end up in the water.
- Parents of young children should remember to:
- Wash children before swimming (especially rear ends).
- Check diapers every 30–60 minutes. Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can spread in and around the pool.
- Take children to the bathroom every 30–60 minutes. Waiting to hear ”I have to go” may mean it’s too late.
For more information about healthy swimming, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/.
Lander Police Department
54-year-old Gerald Anderson of Riverton was arrested on a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Wednesday. More details to come on this case. Sergeant John Cunningham with the Lander Police Department took Anderson into custody. His arraignment is set for 1:30 Thursday afternoon. Specifics on this case are not yet being released, but Detective Sergeant Julie Matthews with the Riverton Police Department says it is a large embezzlement case involving criminal charges.
Riverton Police Department
Reuben Wentz, 33 from Riverton, Arrested for Disorderly Conduct.
Amber Smith, 23 years old female from Riverton was Arrested for Driving While Under the Influence.
A male advised he had been assaulted by two males but was unable to give any description of the attackers or where the assault took place. The victim was transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Treatment Center.
Captain Eric Murphy reported a relatively quiet 24 hour period. He said there was a minor fender bender in the Walmart parking lot Wednesday at 3:45 where two vehicles backed into each other, causing minor damage to one of the vehicles fenders. One of the drivers left the scene, the other filed a police report.
Updating a traffic mishap first reported yesterday, Murphy said a 37-year-old Riverton woman was treated and released from Riverton Memorial Hospital after her 2001 Ford Excursion crashed into the VFW Post Home at 1400 West Main Street Wednesday owning at 8:15 a.m. Murphy said the woman was westbound when she apparently suffered a medical problem, “and she veered off the roadway and hit the VFW building. The vehicle came to rest after it bounced off of a Blue Star Memorial planter in front of the building, bounced off the foundation of the building several times and struck and severed a two-inch natural gas line serving the VFW building.” Murphy said the club is assessing damage to the structure, which is unknown at this point, if any.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Chato Lyday, 34, from Fort Washakie was arrested on a Warrant for Assault and Reckless Endangering.
The Sheriffs Department is investigating the reported misuse of a school computer at Wind River Elementary School. According to a report filed at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday, school officials reported a fifth grade student who had access to a laptop, and permission to use the computer at school and at home, apparently had accessed what was termed “inappropriate sites” using the school owned computer. On advice of the school district attorney, according to the report, the parents of the student and law enforcement were contacted.
Deputies were advised of the apparent theft of tools and equipment from a residence east of Dubois that was recently discovered. The reporting party said a lift was removed and taken from a pickup truck at the site and that a fence was damaged. An investigation has been launched.
A rural resident near Lander filed a complaint with the sheriff over incidents of alleged mail theft, which was reported as a reoccurring problem.
A rancher in the Dubois area called the 911 center for assistance Wednesday afternoon at 2:50 when he apparently became dizzy and nauseous while out in the field. The Classic Lifeguard helicopter based in Riverton was called into action and with the assistance of others who know the location of the ranch, landed at the site and transported the man to the hospital.
Deputies in the Lander area were advised of a deer spotted off of North Second Street walking next to the river with an arrow in its side.
Fremont County Coroner
Deputy Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen Thursday reported further lab and toxicology tests would be required to determine the cause and manner of death of a 42-year-old Riverton man found dead in his trailer home on May 27th. An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Loveland, Colorado. Stratmoen said the results should be available in four to six weeks.
How do Riverton Middle School 8th graders celebrate the end of the year??? With foam! This photo of the day for Thursday May 31st comes from Jacob Wildcat, the foam party took place Wednesday afternoon at Jaycee Park. About 180 8th graders took part in the celebration which also included a cookout. The Fire Department stopped by this end of the year party to provide the foam. Thank you for the pictures Jacob, sure does look like fun!
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Gorman Funeral Home in Douglas. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery. Pastor Tom Strock of the First Baptist Church of Lusk will officiate.
A reception will follow the services at the American Legion in Douglas.
There will be a viewing from noon until 1 p.m. preceding the service on Saturday.
Irene Janette Stinson was born in Douglas on Monday, Dec. 20, 1926, the daughter of John and Lillian Stinson. She grew up in Douglas.
She married William T. Baker in Douglas on May 22, 1946.
The family lived in Douglas, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. After retiring in 1988, the couple made their home at Pavillion.
Mrs. Baker was involved in the agriculture industry as a farmer. Her family said she enjoyed her hobby farm where she raised sheep. They said she was well known for being a hard worker who also enjoyed her garden, flowers, yard, and animals, especially her sheep. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her sons, Tom Baker and wife Sue of Casper; Kirk Baker and wife Donna of Casper, and Kenny Baker of Pavillion; daughters, Darlene Krause of Kinnear, Roxanne Binek and husband Harley of Dunn Center, N.D., and Sherri Klatt and husband Clint of Mandan, N.D.; 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Stinson, Richard Stinson, and Raymond Stinson, and a sister, Mary Luptak.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William on Dec. 15, 1992; a son, Steve; a son-in-law, Ronald “Babe” Krause; a sister, Ruth Bateman, and brothers, Dave Harold, Grover, and Carl.
On-line condolences may be posted at: www.theDavisFuneralHome.com and www.gormanfh.com.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton and services are under the direction of the Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel.
(Lander, Wyoming) – Rocky Mountain Oncology (RMOC) will be hosting their first annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration in their newly expanded clinic on Tuesday, June 19th from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. This free event will take place at the RMOC facility, located at 15 Shrine Club Road in Lander.
RMOC will provide complimentary food and drinks, and there will also be a hair cutting event for “Locks of Love”. Rocky Mountain Oncology is asking for the community’s support at this very special celebration of life and survival. “Cancer Survivor Day fosters a real sense of encouragement and camaraderie among survivors, their loved ones and our medical staff who have played an integral role in patients’ lives,” said RMOC Medical Oncologist Joseph Rosen, M.D. “It is our way of recognizing the physical and emotional challenges people face when confronted with cancer, and honoring the strength, courage and resilience required to be a cancer survivor.”
Rocky Mountain Oncology is a world-class cancer treatment facility located in Casper and Lander, Wyoming. The facility offers comprehensive cancer care including diagnostics, treatment and patient wellness. For more information on RMOC, visit www.rockymountainoncology.com or call 307-332-0324 or 307-233-4718.
-Rocky Mountain Oncology
A celebration of his life will follow the graveside at the Dubois VFW Club.
Mr. Peterson died at the Hospice Home in Riverton on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at the age of 94.
Charles Frederick Peterson was born in South Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday, March 5, 1917, the son of Charles Victor Peterson and Bessie Mae (Clark) Peterson. He moved from Virginia to California in 1935.
On May 20, 1945, he married Shirley Louise Baker in San Diego, Calif.
Mr. Peterson was a career military man, serving in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, including duty during World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer, having joined the U.S. Navy on June 12, 1936, when he was 19 years old.
The family moved from California to Wyoming in 1968, settling first in Deaver, then moving to Dubois in 1969.
Mr. Peterson was a maintenance machine shop technician in Long Beach from 1958 to 1968. After moving to Dubois, he drove school bus for Fremont County District 2, 1981-1992, retiring in 1992 to care for his wife who died in 1997.
He was one of the first EMT’s serving the Dubois area, a position he filled for five years.
Mr. Peterson belonged to the Dubois Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fleet Reserve Association.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He served as a Scoutmaster in Long Beach from 1957 to 1968.
Survivors include his son, Charles Richard Peterson and his wife Brigitte of Virginia Beach, Virginia; daughters, Joyce Peterson Rector and her husband Herb of Valentines, Virginia, and Cheryl Ann Adams and husband Bruce of Alpine; close family friends and caregiver, Marcy and Kenny Leseberg of Dubois; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter; a sister, Nettie Elliott; brothers, Clarence A. Peterson, Carl A. Peterson, and Thomas B. Peterson; daughter-in-law, Barbara Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Shirley on May 2, 1997; a son, Donald Gene “Pete” Peterson; granddaughter, Shawna Lynne Adams; three brothers, and one sister.
Memorials may be made to the Dubois V.F.W. in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Ruth Ann Ahrens was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on July 20, 1949, the daughter of Raymond W. and Thelma (Sauer) Ahrens. She was graduated from Riverton High School and attended Central Wyoming College for two years.
Mrs. Vogelsang was a housewife, having married Greg Vogelsang in Riverton on July 4, 1984.
She worked for eight years as a CNA for Wind River Healthcare and as a teacher’s aide prior to that.
She was a member of the Riverton Christian Church.
She had lived in Riverton for 62 years and her family said she enjoyed reading, watching television, and painting.
Survivors include a daughter, Candice Jessie Burns; a granddaughter, Breesha Ray Summerlin; her father, Ray Ahrens, and a brother, Danny Lee Ahrens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Greg Vogelsang; her mother, Thelma Ahrens, and grandparents, Fred and Lydia Sauer, Wayne and Jessie Ahrens.
On-line condolences may be posted at: www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Father Carlito Saballo officiates and interment follows at the Spoonhunter Cemetery.
Rosary and viewing are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. A rosary and wake are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the John Addison residence, 327 Great Plains Road, Arapahoe.
Southernman Virgil Addison was born in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 12, 1976, the son of John Baptist Addison and Celina Marie (Vigil) Addison. He attended the Arapahoe Elementary School and was graduated from the Wyoming Indian High School.
He lived most of his 35 years on the Wind River Reservations, with a few years in Tesuque Pueblo, N.M.
Mr. Addison was of the Catholic faith, a member of the Native American Church, and St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.
He worked at the Showboat Retirement Center.
His family said Mr. Addison enjoyed singing at pow-wows and with his brothers, spending time with his family, friends, nieces, and nephews.
He is survived by his son, Jared Tyler: daughters, Rebecca Joyce Tyler, Celina Seminole, Isabella Addison, and Kalin Addison; his parents, John Addison; adopted parents, Arvey and Ron Foote, Linda Pete, Roy Pete, and Jerome Oldman, Sr., and Suzanna Oldman; many grandchildren; brothers, Yellowstone “Stoney” Addison, Lonestar Addison, Jr. Oldman, Dewayne Oldman, Thomas Oldman, Leland “Fonzy” Vigil, Lorean Shakespeare, Gary Lincoln, Dominc Arthur, James Arthur, Jose Lockwood, Gary Oldman, Lance Oldman, Edward Behan, Jay Bird Oldman, Stephen Seminole, Burdick Seminole, Mervin Black, Charley Black, Sterling Black, Merlin Black, Leminole Black, Dominc Gebo, Charley Gebo, Glenn Oldman, Wallace Oldman, Jr., and others; sisters, Fatima Seminole and husband Justin, Naomi Farrier, Yvonne Yellowhair, Aletea Yellowhair, Johnetta Seminole, Suzette Seminole, Teri Seminole, Serna Gardner, Bridget Oldman, Alberta Oldman, Robbie Behan, Sharon Behan, Stephnie Behan, Volinda Swallow, Melanie Black, Janelle Vigil, Leslie “Hisei” Oldman, Mallory Oldman, Julisa Martinez, Malena Oldman, and Summer Oldman; nieces, Kalin Celina Addison, Celina Justine Seminole, Isabella A. Addison, Rayannen Behan, Jennifer Shakespeare, Johnetta Shakespear, Josette Limpy, Tumsy Limpy, Burdette Seminole, Darlyn Seminole, Birdie Lou Spoonhunter, Costance Spoonhunter, Latasha Bell, Eldesha Behan, Stephnie Behan, Janessa Tofoya, Jocelyn Tofoya, Jaleen Tofoya, Rayna Oldman, Beauty Rose Oldman, Christin Oldman, and many more; nephews, Kyle Villa, Elan Villa, Cylis Tofoya, Kevin Dorme, Jeremy Means, Cody Eagle, Corey Shakespeare, Burdick Seminole, Jr., Quvan Spoonhunter, Nathal Spoonhunter, Adam Spoonhunter, Shane Spoonhunter, Quin Duran, Maurice Duran, Jonnathan Limpy, Zione Limpy, Jareth Limpy, Nikoa Seminole, Cordell Seminole, and Marlin Oldman; uncles, Ignacio Vigil, Manuel Archuleta, Jerome Oldman, Sr., Wallace Oldman, Sr., and Dim Blackwolf; aunts, Rosina Oldman, Evelyn Archuleta, Pauline Vigil, Carla Gebo, Roberta Eagle, Percilla Ybarra, Suzanna Oldman, Rose Oldman, Lucy Arthur, Madline Spoonhunter, and Margret Washington.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Celina Addison; a sister, Leah Addison; grandparents, John Oldman, Pearl Friday, Ignacio Vigil, Sr., Alicia Vigil, Fransis Behan, Leo Addison, Hank Standingelk, Beno Standingelk, Latoya Means, Nancy Spoonhunter, Alvin Spoonhunter, Taylo Yellowfox, and Godmother, Shirley Duran.
On-line condolences may be posted at: wwwTheDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected to become the next administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).
Butler, a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran, is being promoted to the rank of colonel. He officially began his new duties Tuesday, becoming the 12th person to head the Patrol since its formation in 1933.
“John’s leadership has been of proven quality, and he brings a focused, progressive mindset to his new assignment. He steps into his service as the Patrol’s commanding officer with my unreserved support and confidence,” WYDOT Director John Cox said in announcing Butler’s selection.
Butler replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at end of 2011. Butler had served as interim Patrol administrator since Oyler’s retirement.
A formal pinning ceremony to mark’s Butler’s promotion will be scheduled for June.
“I am extremely humbled and proud to be appointed the next commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which has a longstanding tradition of professionalism, and I will continue to demand this of myself and each member,” Butler said.
He added that the Patrol will remain committed to highway safety, using education and enforcement to accomplish that goal, and continue its effort to interdict drug trafficking and other criminal activity which occurs on or along the state’s highways.
“Our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and safety-minded groups will provide the additional resources necessary for continued success,” he said.
Butler, who was born in Douglas, is a 1978 graduate of Sheridan High School, and he subsequently attended the University of Wyoming.
He joined the Highway Patrol as a recruit patrolman in 1985 and was initially posted in Lander. In 1998, he was promoted to supervise Division “A” based in Cheyenne. In 2003, Butler was promoted again, to captain, assuming duties as commander of WHP District 1, which encompasses Albany, Laramie and Carbon counties. In 2003, he was elevated to major, and placed in charge of field operations for the entire state. He had held the rank of lieutenant colonel and has been second-in-command of the Patrol since July 2010.
Butler’s appointment was preceded by an applicant screening and interview process, in which Cox and other members of the WYDOT executive staff were assisted by Sheila Foertsch, executive director of the Wyoming Trucking Association, and Cactus Covello, a member (and former chair) of the Wyoming Transportation Commission. The process also included in-depth consultations with Gov. Matt Mead and his staff.
By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – On the 25th anniversary of the Bonneville, Utah, Cycling Club’s fund raising bike ride for the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, little old Lander, Wyoming is sending 50 participants.
“This year we have an all time record high number of participants from Lander,” said Judy Crawford of the Lander Cycling Club. “We usually send between 18 and 22 riders, but for some reason this year 50 ladies signed up, including several mother-daughter teams.”
The race raises funds for cervical and breast cancer research at the famous Utah cancer center. “The entry fee is about $65 per person, and some of our rides have raised $750 for the cause, and they are designated at Huntsman Heroes,” Crawford said.
The road race is a flat course and participants may ride as few as 18 miles or as many as 100 miles. Crawford said the event is limited to 3,500 participants and she noted that this year, the registration closed only two hours after it opened. “You have to ready to register when they open it up, and we were lucky that we got in. According to race organizers, another 1,000 people were shut out,” she said.
To make the Lander Cycling Club entry noticeable among the 3,500 riders, Crawford said the group ordered bright neon green skirts to go over their riding shorts. Each entrant also received a specially designed tee-shirt, and some of the riders ordered custom jerseys.
Crawford said the skirts include the logos for the Ladies sponsors and a special Heart LB to honor rider Lori Barney, who passed away this past year. “Lori always rode with us and this is to honor her.”
The Lander riders met Tuesday night at Gannett Peak Sports for a “send-off” reception and last minute tune up before Saturday’s event, which is scheduled about 20 miles north of Logan, Utah. “This event generates a lot of community, it’s been wonderful how the women have connected through riding. Our training began on the stationary bikes at Gannett Peak Sports this past December, and then when the weather warmed up, we hit the streets,” Crawford said.
By June Bonasera, County10.com
(Dubois) – Eagle Scouts Mitchell Baker and Jerid McCabe from Dubois Troop 4056 were honored Saturday May 26th at a Court of Honor ceremony held at the Dubois High School gymnasium. The event was a part of a national recognition ceremony to announce rank advancements earned by Eagle Scouts, with plaques presented to the two new Dubois Eagle Scouts by the Fremont County Marine Corps League.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America .
Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by an average of only 4 out of 100 scouts in the program. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes
an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the
accomplishments of the Scout.
The addition of Baker and McCabe to the Dubois Eagle Scouts ranks brings the total number of Troop 4056 Eagle Scouts to 28, nearly half of the local district’s total of approximately 60 members.
So what is it about Dubois that produces such an impressive number and quality of Eagle Scout? Scout Leader Joe Brandl stated, “There are a couple things, I think, that can attribute to the high number of Eagle Scouts from Dubois this year and throughout past years. One would be that the community of Dubois recognizes,
appreciates and honors our scouts as community leaders,” he said. “When parents see how the scouts are respected by the community it instills a commitment by those parents to encourage their children to stick with a rigorous 6 to 7 year program to attain ‘Eagle” status”.
Brandl explained that the Dubois Scout program also mixes age groups, utilizing the older 17 year old scouts to mentor the younger scouts ( age 11) and feels
the younger children benefit by seeing “ it’s cool to be an Dubois Eagle Scout” which encourages the hard work and commitment. He added that the fact that many of the scouting activities, including canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness survival training, also help to challenge and keep the scouts committed.
The Dubois Boy Scout Troop is one of the most active in all of Fremont County and perhaps the Central Wyoming Council as well.
Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney
County Attorney Brian Varn today announced the arrest of a man on embezzlement (larceny) charges. Varn said details of the case and the identity of the suspect would be released when the man is scheduled for arraignment in Fremont County Circuit Court at Riverton, perhaps as early as tomorrow afternoon.
Lander Police Department
The LPD answered 17 calls for service on Tuesday including one minor traffic mishap which occurred in the parking lot at Lander Valley High School. Minor damage and no injuries were reported.
Lander Police were called out to a small grass fire in the 800 blok of Four Seasons Drive where two small children apparently accidentally started a fire, which was minor in nature. Police Chief Jim Carey said his officers and the Lander Volunteer Fire Department investigated, but no citations were issued. There was no damage reported, other than some burned grasses.
Of the LPD’s 17 calls Monday, one resulted in citations being issued for an alleged shoplifting incident at the Family Dollar Store, 255 Grandview in which two women were alleged to have taken two shirts valued at $14 without paying for them. Cited were:
Julia Perry, 48, Fort Washakie, shoplifting
Tana Papse, 38, Fort Washakie, shoplifting
other arrests included:
Myron Chavez, 44, Ethete, county arrest warrant
Fremont County Sheriffs Department
The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 181 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 172 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, eight are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility and one inmate is on home detention out of the facility.
Arrests recorded Tuesday:
Michael Austin, 37, Riverton-Probation Revocation
Jordan Wheeler, 33, Lander-Contempt of Court, Probation Revocation
Riverton Police Department
RPD officers responded to an early morning crash at the VFW home on West Main Street. According to a preliminary police report, an adult female driving a 2001 Ford Excursion apparently lost consciousness while westbound on West Main. The SUV shot across the eastbound lanes of the street, jumped the curb, hit the Blue Star Memorial planter in front of the VFW building, and then bounced off of the building, hitting it at least three times and severing a natural gas line leading into the building. Captain Eric Murphy, one of the first officers on the scene, said the female driver was unresponsive at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Riverton Memorial Hospital. He said gas to the building was turned off, but that West Main Street was closed for a time as officials had the gas leak stopped and cleared the scene of the crashed vehicle. No other details were immediately available.
Tommy Schatza, 37, probation revocation
Veronica Reyes, 20, Riverton, possession of marijuana
16-year-old juvenile male, possession of marijuana
Enrique Chavez, 19, Ethete, shoplifting.
Captain Eric Murphy said three juvenile females were cited for disorderly conduct after they apparently got into a fight at the Dairy Queen Restaurant, 819 N. Federal, because of Facebook posts at least one of the combatants didn’t like.
Murphy also reported that a mother declined to press charges against her 17-year-old juvenile daughter, but wanted a police report made, after the girl apparently took the mom’s debit card and racked up some $215 in charges.
Three males leaving Safeway Tuesday with a blanket covering their shopping cart made it as far as the parking lot before store personnel stopped them. Two of the males fled the scene, but Murphy said Enrique Chavez was cited for shoplifting. The merchandise in the shopping cart included $45 worth of T-bone steaks and $43 worth of strip steaks. The store recovered the stolen meat.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wondering how much moisture and/or snow fell over the Memorial Day weekend in the storm that rolled through Fremont County? In the county’s agricultural zones, farmers and ranchers were calling the moisiture “a million dollar storm” as the rainfall, up to a half-inch or more on several local farm rain gauges, came as fields have been planted, saving irrigators from ordering additional water.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton said the strong spring storm began to affect the Cowboy State last Friday. This system brought widespread mountain snow, and mainly rain across the lower elevations. Central and northern mountains generally received between 3 and 8 inches of snow. One persistent snow band over Togwotee Pass dumped at least a foot of snow there.
Beneficial rainfall between a tenth and a half an inch occurred in the lower elevations. Lander has recorded a total of 1.84 inches of precipitation so far this month, 0.24 inches below normal. In Riverton, total precipitation for the month through today is 1.05 inches.
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Choose from numerous trails ranging in length and ability.
(Lander, Wyo.) - Enjoy a local hike, bike or horseback ride in Wind River Country in honor of National Trails Day, June 2, on one of many great trails in Fremont County, depending on access due to the spring snow conditions.
For road bikers, there are a number of loops that can be made through Wind River Country ranging in length from the leisurely 13-mile Squaw-Baldwin Creek loop popular with the lunchtime crowd in Lander, to a 100-mile circuit that links Lander, Riverton, and Sweetwater Station.
Highway 287 from Togwotee Pass through Dubois and Lander and then on to Rawlins by way of Jeffrey City and the Sweetwater Rocks area is part of the TransAmerica Bike Tour Route, a 4,247-mile transcontinental bike route established for the Adventure Cycling Association’s celebration of the U.S. bicentennial. The route, which continues to be the most popular way to cross America by bicycle today, includes ocean coastline, lush forests, high deserts, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, sweeping vistas, fertile farmland, rolling hills and wide rivers. Transcontinental riders are frequently seen traversing Wind River Country along this route every summer.
For bikers who prefer dirt to pavement, many of the trails that traverse Wind River Country’s millions of acres of public land are multiple use and open for mountain biking.
Last fall representatives from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA),whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences, visited Lander. The Lander Cycling Club had been seeking to host the IMBA for years and their persistance paid off. “We were lucky to get them here. They only get to make 60 or so visits accross the country each year. We felt priviledged,” said Lander Cycling Club president Scott Van Orman. ”This year we were able to put to task the things we learned by finishing a re-route section laid out by the IMBA Trail Care Crew on the Johnny on Top mountain biking trail. The trail is now one-half mile longer and better! Everyone raves about it.”
Bikes and hikers must yeild to horses: stop, step off the trail and talk to the horse and rider in a calm voice, loud enough to be heard. The horse will recognize you as a person not as a strange speeding object that triggers the horse’s flight instinct.
Check in at Bob`s Bike Corral in Dubois, Out Sportin’ in Riverton or Gannet Peak Sports in Lander for ideas on rides. You’ll find there’s something suitable for all ability levels from easy two-track tours in the desert, to technical challenges on rocky terrain in the mountains.
If you prefer to celebrate our trails on horseback this year, there are twenty-five Dude/Guest ranches and backcountry outfitters offering all kinds of riding options from short day-trips to week-long stays. Check out the entire list available at www.windriver.org/.
There are two accredited Volksmarches in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. In the spirit of European noncompetitive hikes through gorgeous country settings, the American Volkssport Association Volkswanderung, German for “people’s walk,” began more than four decades ago to promote health and fellowship. The walks are not races, and they are designed to accommodate walkers of all athletic abilities.
There is a sanctioned Volksmarch at South Pass City State Historic Site and another at Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander. For more information, contact http://www.ava.org/
Another short hike in the Shoshone National Forest with a variety of scenery is the 4.4 miles (roundtrip) trail to Lake Louise south of Dubois. The hike begins at the Trail Lakes and Glacier Trail trailhead parking lot. This popular, moderate hike starts off in a desert-like area but quickly changes to mountain vegetation ending in a zone of granite outcrops-perfect Bighorn Sheep country. Plan to spend some relaxing time at this destination – an alpine lake framed by peaks and cliffs.
For serious and experienced backcountry hikers, The Cirque of the Towers is a remote, strenuous but impressive 16-mile hike from Big Sandy Trailhead into the heart of the southern Wind River Range and the Bridger Wilderness. There’s an option to take a shorter hike (11 miles) to Sandy Lake. The lake trail parallels the Big Sandy River so plan on fishing during your hike! If you continue on to Jackass Pass, where you will view the Cirque of the Towers, you will travel a very rocky steep trail. It will be worth it though as you enjoy one of the most spectacular alpine scenes in the US!
A fun, easy hike near Lander in the Shoshone National Forest brings you to the glorious Popo Agie Falls. The short trail, 3 miles (roundtrip) starts at the beginning of the Loop Road at Bruce Picnic Area and follows along the Middle Popo Agie River. Once you reach the falls, there are more paths to explore before you unpack your picnic.
An even easier hike, 1.4 miles (roundtrip) with big views is Blue Ridge Lookout off the Loop Road through the Shoshone National Forest. Here, at around 8000’, you can admire the southern Wind River Range, and to the east, the high Wyoming plains, plus Fiddlers Lake and the Absaroka Mountain Range.
Hikers should have a good map, sunscreen, basic first aid kit, bear spray, wear good shoes and a hat, carry water and snacks, be bear-aware and consider the elevation and weather as they travel in the Wind River Country’s high-altitude beauty. Contact the Shoshone National Forest offices in Dubois and Lander, and the Bureau of Land Management offices for maps and local information about the trails before you head out.
(Dubois, Wyo.) — Mark your summer calendar for an annual Dubois tradition—the Swedish Smorgasbord on Saturday, June 16. The buffet-style smorgasbord, featuring traditional Scandinavian food, will be served at 5 and 6 p.m. in the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center, 20 Stalnaker St., in Dubois.
The Swedish Smorgasbord celebrates the legacy of the Scandinavian tie hacks that cut cross-ties for the railroad industry for over forty years in the national forest of the Upper Wind River Valley. The ties were cut throughout the winter and gathered along creek banks awaiting the spring floods. Once the spring melt-off began, the ties were driven into the water and floated 100 miles via flume and the Wind River to the railroad terminal in Riverton. As the ties were driven down stream, the tie hacks gathered at camps along the river banks and ate traditional Scandinavian food cooked in Dutch ovens. Passers-by on the highway stopped and joined the tie hacks in these meals and turned the gatherings into celebrations.
When the railroad ceased logging in the Upper Wind River Valley, Lydia Olson (wife of Wyoming Tie and Timber Company woods boss Martin Olson), joined with members of the St. Thomas Church Guild to continue the community tradition. The community potluck featuring traditional Scandinavian food was first held in 1948 until the late 1980s. The Dubois Museum Association revived the tradition in 2004 as part of Dubois’ 90th birthday celebration.
The ticket sale locations are Taylor Creek Exxon, Waterwheel Gifts & Books, Headwaters Arts & Conference Center, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, and the Dubois Museum. Tickets go on sale June 1st. Adults $12, Children under 10 $8.
Take the opportunity to enrich your Swedish Smorgasbord experience by volunteering for the event. It is the perfect chance to learn how to cook traditional Swedish dishes, or to participate in an annual community tradition. Volunteers are part of what makes this event successful year after year.
For more information about the Smorgasbord, volunteering, or ticket availability, phone the Dubois Museum at (307) 455-2284.
–Wyoming’s Wind River Country
By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com
First of two parts
(Riverton, Wyo.) — Fremont County, we have a problem. The problem is alcohol abuse. That was the overriding message delivered time and time again at an informational meeting held in Riverton Tuesday morning. The discussion was eerily similar to concerns addressed over a dozen years ago, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton. But 12 years on, the Crisis Center is facing a financial crisis of its own and the problem is still here.
“Fully 95 percent of all the crime in Fremont County is alcohol fueled,” said Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Brian Varn. “It’s not drugs. This is a huge problem.” Varn said it may take some changes in law to help address the underlying problem, but he said a community solution, involving existing community resources that will not add to the tax burden, is a needed and necessary step.
Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead called the meeting and invited area stakeholders, from area law enforcement agencies to medical, educational, Wind River Reservation and other organizations, plus the public, to begin a dialog on finding a solution.
“We cannot arrest ourselves out of this problem because it’s not just a police problem,” Broadhead said. “It’s a community problem that demands a community solution.”
Several business owners at the Tuesday meeting complained that police were not enforcing the laws that forbid intoxicated people from purchasing alcohol or ordinances that call for habitual drunkards to be arrested. “It’s not that simple,” Broadhead said. “We’re dealing with a very small population of people here, 30 or so, but they are not buying their alcohol, they’re stealing it or getting others to buy it for them,” he said. Broadhead also noted that liquor isn’t the only problem. “People are using other products with alcohol as an ingredient.” Others testified that mouthwash, hand sanitizer, and similar products are all being abused. “This is a medical problem, in my mind,” the chief said. “We need to start a dialog to begin to find solutions because what we’re doing now is not working.
Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker said he is close to not accepting intoxicated inmates at the detention center in Lander. “This is not a law enforcement issue, it is not a reservation issue, this is a community issue,” the sheriff said. “We already have enough laws in place, and our jail is full again and I’m at the point of restricting admission of public intoxication violators to the jail,” he said. Hornecker also stressed that the problem is not a Native American problem. “The detention center population runs on a daily average of a 50/50 split between Native American and other inmates,” he said. “It’s a problem in Lander, and Dubois and Pavillion and all across the county. We all share in this problem.”
Lisa Amos, director of the crisis center, noted that two full time employees and the center’s medical director had been laid off due to financial concerns and that the future of the center’s transitional housing unit, at the former Wind River Motel in Riverton, has been running in the red for two years and its future is in doubt.
Helen Warpness, a board member of the crisis center, offered a solution in the establishment of a crisis center for juveniles, “so they don’t grow up and become part of the 30,” she said. Warpness also noted the importance of a comprehensive system of care for people with an alcohol addition. She said the crisis center is just one part of the puzzle, and that treatment, recovery and transitional housing where job and life skills can be developed are other key components of the solution. “Unfortunately, we may be losing a piece of this, the transitional housing, in the near future.”
Former Riverton Mayor John Vincent told the group that “we cannot treat alcoholics like criminals because they are not criminals. It is an addiction,” he said. “In church on Sunday we learn we are to take care of the least among us. It doesn’t matter what color they are, where they live, or where they buy that is the problem. It’s the booze that is the problem, it happens here all the time and it’s time we face that reality.” Vincent also said that “assigning blame will get us nowhere. We have to learn to cooperate, and it can start again right here, right now.”
Look for part two of this series on Wednesday.
Mary Kay Baldez just stopped by the County 10 Office to share this amazing picture, it’s of a newborn elk calf she saw yesterday near Horse Creek in Dubois. Her father Clyde Winchester spotted the newborn, estimating it’s about a day old. Mary said they also saw about 75 head of elk in the area over the past weekend. Thank you Mary, it’s not everyday you see something this beautiful!
(Lander, Wyo.) – Asphalt paving crews are working this week in both Fremont and Big Horn counties.
The WYDOT paving operation consists of a paving crew, a roller operator and numerous WYDOT trucks hauling the hot asphalt. “Please obey posted speed limits during the paving operation, and obey flaggers and traffic control for safety’s sake. Drivers should expect short delays,” said Shawn Coggins, WYDOT paving foreman in Meeteetse. “In work zones, pay attention or pay the price.”