The Rev. Douglas Tuck, 78, died at his home near Pavillion on Friday afternoon, May 4, 2012.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Community Church in Rockingham, N.C. Pastor Jon Martin officiates. Interment will be at the Northam Cemetery in Rockingham. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Carter Funeral Home in Rockingham.
Herman Douglas Tuck was born in Rockingham, N.C., on April 5, 1934, the son of Herman and Blennie (Snead) Tuck. He attended five years of college.
He married Joan Martin in Detroit, Mich., on June 11, 1955.
Rev. Tuck had worked for the CSX railroad and as a minister.
He held credentials through the Church of the Nazarene and served 12 years in the Nazarene pastorate. The remainder of his ministry was at the non-denominational Community Church in Rockingham, N.C. He spent a total of 44 years in the ministry.
Upon completion of high school, he had served as an apprentice with the Fisher Body/Chrysler and was a Journeyman Tool and Dye maker. When he was 22 years old, he was called into the Christian ministry.
The family had lived in the Pavillion area for the past six and a half to seven years. Prior to retirement they lived in Rockingham, N.C. He had served pastorates in Nebraska, Washington state, Michigan, and North Carolina.
His family said Rev. Tuck enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, woodworking, and was an avid reader.
Rev. Tuck is survived by his wife, Joan Elizabeth (Martin) Tuck of Pavillion; a son, Jon Douglas Tuck of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Jamie Elizabeth Tuck Johnston of North Richland Hills, TX.; four grandchildren, Ryan Douglas Turner, Joan Elizabeth Turner, Jess M. Johnston IV, and Austin M. Johnston. Several nieces and nephews, and a sister, Virginia Kime of Sunset Beach, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Douglas Tuck Sr. and Blennie Mae (Snead) Tuck.
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Dubois is one busy town the rest of this week with over 125 guests from the region here to help kick off the spring tourism season.
The Dubois Museum is hosting the 2012 Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) Conference and annual meeting beginning Thursday, May 10th through Saturday May 12th. Workshops, classes, lectures, tours and special events are scheduled to take place at various locations throughout town beginning Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. with three pre-conference workshops and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with most of the classes being held at the Headwaters Arts & Conference Center. Workshops include a gamut of topics from ‘The Why and How of Museum Blogging’ to technical presentations such as ‘Specialized Care for Culturally Sensitive and Sacred Objects.’
Each year a different town volunteers to host the conference and meeting. “The Dubois Museum signed up two years ago to host the conference,” said Museum Curator Melinda Bobo. “We volunteered to host the event for a number of reasons. We wanted to show other small CWAM Museums that they could successfully host the annual meeting, that it didn’t require a huge hotel/conference center and we wanted to help Dubois get an economic boost early in the tourist season to kick things off for the summer.” According to Bobo, 125 guests have registered for the conference, with some guests bringing family members along and some extending their stay in Dubois afterwards.
An opening reception was held Thursday evening at the historic CM Ranch featured live entertainment, fine dining catered by Paya Deli and Catering and the opportunity to experience a ranch tour. Other events scheduled to take place during the conference include a Wyoming Luau at The Dennison Lodge Friday evening featuring dinner prepared by Wind River Meats and Anita Thatcher and a Banquet and Live Auction Saturday evening catered by Paya Deli and Catering.
Post conference tours will take place on Sunday and will include tours of the Fremont County Pioneer Museum, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, a Bighorn Sheep Wildlife Tour lead by the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center, and a Torrey Basin Petroglyph Trek lead by Dubois Museum Educational Director Sally Wulbrecht.
Activities Director Keith Bauder Resigns
After 18 years of working for Fremont County School District 25, Keith Bauder will have his official last day of serving as Activities Director on Monday May 14th. The board received a letter of resignation from Bauder this past Friday. During an interview, Superintendent Dr. Terry Snyder said Bauder’s reason for resignation comes from health and personal family issues. “Keith worked very hard for Riverton public schools, he put in incredible hours to make sure all the activities and athletic events went smooth,” Snyder said. Bauder first worked as the automotive shop teacher in 1994 and became the activities director in 2003. Snyder said the district wishes him well in the future. They will start advertising the position this week, Snyder said he is confident they will get a good variety of candidates. Assistant Activities Director Tim Bells will fill in for the remaining part of the school year.
RHS Band Wins Awards During Trip to Chicago
Riverton High School Band Director Aric Hageman showed board members the two awards they received during a recent trip to Chicago from the Heritage Music Festival. They won first place for their division and received the Outstanding Band trophy. 57 students went on the trip, Hageman said there were bands from all over the nation and one group from Canada. Heritage Festivals are festivals held in big cities through out the United States. The band students also had the opportunity to do some sight seeing and see shows like the Blue Man Group, Medieval Times and a dinner show called Tommy Gun’s Garage, which is set back in the 1920′s.
Foreign Exchange Student Program at RHS Recognized
The Education First Foundation for Foreign Study has recognized Riverton High School for their dedication to the program. Stacey Peranteaux was at the meeting to present the board with the Global Education Excellence Award. “We are creating a lot of unique opportunities for our students to learn,” Peranteaux said. On average, Riverton High School has between three to six students a year. Some of this year’s students are from Germany, Finland and Spain, they will return home next month. Peranteaux said the program allows the foreign exchange students to experience high school events like pep rallys and prom.
Board Accepts Over $600,000 in Grant Award Money
The school board accepted $474,402 from the Wyoming Department of Education for the Bridges Grant. This grant money supports summer school and after school programs for credit recovery. The other grant was the Indian Education Grant worth $192,246.
RHS Entrance to be Remodeled
The board also approved a work order for the Riverton High School Entrance Renovation Project. The limit for the renovation is $500,000, once the renovation is complete, the doors will lock after the school day begins and it will be designed so visitors will need to get face to face approval to enter the building.
Juniors and Seniors in Science Classes To Travel to Costa Rica Next Year
Science Instructor Chad Fallin asked the school board for the go-ahead to begin planning for a trip to Costa Rica next year. Juniors and Seniors with at least a C average in the class would be eligible to go, Fallin said so far about six students have showed interest in the trip. Students would be able to apply some of the things they learn in the classroom and the trip would also expose them to another culture.
(Lander, Wyo.) – A hospital administrator serving in an interim role at International Falls, Minnesota, has been named the new CEO of Lander Regional Hospital. The appointment of Stephen M. Erixon, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of concentrated healthcare experience, was announced Wednesday afternoon. Erixon is slated to assume his duties in Lander effective June 4th.
“I’d like to thank Rebecca Brewer for her service to Lander Regional Hospital over the past six months. Her commitment to helping our hospital manage this period of transition with such tremendous success is commendable,” said Joe Quiroz, chairman of LRH’s Board of Trustees. “I’d also like to welcome Steve Erixon, who I am confident will be a wonderful addition to both our hospital and community.”
Quiroz said that since Erixon’s graduate work in health administration at Duke University in 1980, he has had quite a few high level positions giving him a fund of experience that is enviable in the industry. “He has a great track record in building community confidence, staff morale and effectiveness plus physician satisfaction,” he said.
Erixon replaces Rebecca Brewer, who has served the hospital as interim CEO since November. “We are fortunate to have someone of Steve’s caliber of experience and expertise leading Lander Regional Hospital into the future,” said Don Bivacca, president of the National Division of LifePoint Hospitals® of which LRH is a part. “He has a proven track record of success in driving quality improvement, building strong relationships with physicians and staff, expanding service lines, and growing market share.”
Erixon comes to Lander Regional Hospital from Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Minnesota, where he has served as interim CEO since January 2011. Previously, he was president and CEO of Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Missouri from 2006 to 2009; president and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas from 1998 to 2006; CEO of Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine, Texas from 1996 to 1998; and CEO of Columbia Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1993 to 1996. He was also a hospital administrator for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) from 1987- 1993.
Erixon holds a Master of Health Administration degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Lander Regional Hospital is an 89-bed facility that opened in its present location in 1983. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Wyoming and approved for the acceptance of Medicare patients. Lander Regional Hospital features a full-time Level IV Emergency Room, a Level II Nursery and a Behavioral Health Program. State-of-the-art medical equipment includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Digital Mammography.
The hospital has a number of physicians specializing in Otolaryngology (ENT), General Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Neurology. Lander Regional Hospital is the first hospital in the state to be approved as a provider under the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 55 hospital campuses in 18 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found on its Web site, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Hospitals,” or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.
Video by Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com
(Ethete, Wyoming) – Slam Dunk Champ Kenny Dobbs stopped by Wyoming Indian High School Wednesday afternoon to show off his slam dunk skills. Joining him was Gary Smith and Fremont County’s very own Tahnee Robinson. The three basketball stars also shared experiences from their personal life and how they were able to recover from bad decisions. Dobbs will also put on two shows this week, one Wednesday May 9th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Riverton Middle School and on Friday May 11th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arapaho Charter High School Rec Center.
By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Police Department today thanked Gannett Peak Sports for that firm’s assistance in helping restart the LPD’s bicycle patrol. “They not only helped get the program back in gear again but they donated one of the two bicycles we’re now using,” said Chief Jim Carey. “They proved their support with actions and not just words.”
The bicycles are top-of-the-line Giant model street bikes that Gannett Peak General Manger Thomas Pede said retail for about $600 each. “We think this will be helpful for the police to gain the perspective of cyclists, and it sets a good tone for the community too,” he said. “It says Lander is a more bike friendly town. I think it is a good thing for everybody.”
Lt. Chuck Carr noted that Gannett Peak Sports provided a maintenance class for the LPD to help patrol officers get up to speed and keep the bikes tuned up. Carr also said the store is putting other accessories on the bikes to allow the officers to carry some equipment needed on patrol. “They’ll be installing racks and bags on the bikes.”
Carr said officers spent 32 hours on the bikes during April, the first month of the patrols. “They’ve already put eight hours on in May, and this is only the 9th,” he said. “I have a total of eight officers interested in the bicycle patrols, so people will be seeing the bikes out in both day and night hours. When we have two vehicle patrol officers on duty we can have a third on a bike.”
Sgt. John Cunningham and Patrol Officer Colin Ryder talked to County10.com and explained how the police are using the bicycles:
Cunningham said the bike patrol is good for officers to keep them in snap and he said it is a good public relations tool for the police. “It allows us to interact with the community, and in just four hours on the bike this morning, I probably stopped and talked with five or six city residents,” he said. “It also allows us to make very quiet approaches in tactical situations.”
Ryder said he liked the community based policing aspect of the bicycle patrol. “It lets us get out and talk with folks and do education on the city’s bicycle ordinance,” he said. “I can hear and see so much more on a bicycle than I can in a patrol car, it makes me work harder and I think I’m more proactive.”
The new bicycle patrol has also formed a partnership with the Lander Cycling Club and, together, they’ll participate in a “Ride Of Silence” event later this month.
(Lander, Wyo.) — Lander Police Chief Jim Carey Wednesday reported that toxicology tests on the driver of a vehicle that struck and injured a two-year-old child last month came back negative. “As we expected, the results showed no illegal substances in the bloodstream of Pauline Fross,” Carey said. “Any time we have a fatal or serious injury crash, our policies and procedures dictate that we conduct such testing.”
The incident on April 18th occurred in the parking lot of the Teton Motel in Lander when Fross, who was driving a Child Development Services SUV, was leaving a business appointment. According to the accident report, Fross had backed out of a parking spot and was exiting the parking lot through the alley when the child ran in front of the vehicle. Neither Fross or a passenger in her vehicle, Kim Asbell, saw the child, who was struck and run over.
The child has been under treatment at a Salt Lake City hospital for injuries suffered in the mishap. No charges were filed as Police ruled the incident as an unfortunate accident.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies were involved in pursuit that began in northwest Riverton at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to Captain Ryan Lee in Riverton.
“Our agency had received an attempt to locate from the Wind River Police Department concerning a Chevrolet Avalanche vehicle early that morning,” Lee said in a news release Wednesday morning. “We had been informed that Federal Officers were attempting to locate the vehicle in reference to an alleged crime that had been committed on the Wind River Indian Reservation.”
Lee said the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen in the 300 block of Webwood Road at 12:30 p.m. stating that a Chevrolet Avalanche had rear ended her vehicle and caused a considerable amount of damage. The vehicle left the scene of the collision and was then intercepted by a Deputy Sheriff on Major Avenue a very short time later. The vehicle’s license plate and description matched that of the wanted vehicle from WRPD.
Lee said the vehicle refused to yield to the Deputy and was subsequently pursued down Major Avenue to West Adams, at speeds up to 40 MPH. The Riverton Police Department closed at least one intersection during the chase to prevent a second crash and to clear streets for the emergency vehicles, RPD Captain C.T. Smith said.
Lee said the pursued vehicle turned south on Federal Boulevard and picked up speed as it left the city limits. The vehicle continued approximately two miles down Rendezvous Road, where the driver, 31 year old Misti Hereford of Lander, eventually stopped and everyone was taken into custody. The vehicle was also occupied by three other adult male subjects and two children ages 5 and 2. The children were not injured.
“We notified WRPD that we had detained the vehicle, and they along with the FBI arrived and took custody of the driver, occupants, and their vehicle” Lee said.
No injuries were reported, however considerable damage was done to the victim’s vehicle and a roadside structure on Webbwood Road by the suspect vehicle during the hit and run incident.
“State charges will be filed by the prosecutor in the near future, but for the time being all those involved are locked up in the Fort Washakie jail on tribal charges for now,” Lee said.
Robert Behan, 19, Riverton, Fail to appear
Christopher Bobo, 24, Dubois, was arrested for probation revocation.
Paul Cady, 45, from Riverton, was arrested for driving while under the influence, interference with police, notice required of driver.
Steven Hays, 58, Riverton, was arrested on a warrant for a simple assault, aggravated assault and strangulation of a household member.
Trista Mitchell, 26, from Riverton was arrested for contempt of court and probation revocation.
Riverton Police Department
No arrests were reported over the past 24 hours.
There was a report of a vandalism and simple assault that took place on Tuesday at Riverton City Park. According to Captain C.T. Smith with the Riverton Police Department this incident is still under investigation. Witnesses saw a a vehicle pull up to an individual and began kicking him on the ground. During the incident, a car had it’s windows broken but it isn’t clear who broke the windows. The victim was intoxicated and the other two men involved in the alleged assault took off. No arrests were made.
There was one report of vandalism on Tuesday, a rock was thrown through a sliding glass door at the College Hill Apartments. The rock caused an estimated $300 in damage.
Lander Police Department
No arrests were reported over the past 24 hours.
Fremont County Coroner
A bone that was found along the Wind River late last month has been identified as a deer bone. The bone was examined by Dr. Rick Weatherman from the University of Wyoming Anthropology Department.
Riverton Fire District
A fire was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning at a 2 bedroom home on the 800 block of North Broadway in Riverton. The cause is under investigation by Fire Department investigators David Woolery and Matt Lee. During an interview over the phone, Woolery said the fire started in the kitchen. The home was not occupied and there were no injuries reported. The structure is stable but the interior received major damage. Firefighters were on the scene for two hours with 15 crew members and two fire trucks. The home was empty and renters were scheduled to move in at the end of this week. Woolery said they should know the cause in the next couple of days.
(Lander, Wyo.) — Bruce Palmer has announced that he intends to run for the Wyoming Legislature representing House District 54. Palmer, 55, a Democrat and 22-year resident of Lander, currently serves on the Fremont County School District 1 board of education. He has served for six years as a board member with two of the years as the board president.
“I went to the legislature in February to observe what goes on there and I spoke with current Rep. Del McOmie , and then followed up with him after the session. I found him to be super helpful so over the last month I talked with a variety of folks, including St. Rep. Patrick Goggles of Ethete who represents HD33. After a month of exploration, I decided to run,” Palmer said.
He explained his decision to County10.com:
Palmer is the Admission and Marketing Director at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He is a member of the six-person senior leadership team responsible for the overall direction and planning for the school. NOLS is one of Fremont County’s largest employers and boasts an operating budget of more than 30 million dollars each year.
“I am running for the legislature because I believe in, and love Wyoming,” said Palmer. “As a state we are doing so many things right and there are big issues in front of us. State revenue is falling due to declining natural gas prices, we are investing lots of money in education and the results are not yet what we would like to see and there are numerous health and infrastructure issues that need to be addressed. As a school board member I have long appreciated Representative Del McOmie’s leadership on education issues. I look forward to tackling these and other issues in a thoughtful and positive way.”
Perhaps the biggest issue that will face the legislature is the state budget. Governor Matt Mead recently announced he is asking state agency heads to prepare for an eight percent reduction. “The budget challenge is significant, but I’ve had significant experience in that arena, both at NOLS and at FCSD#1. Both organizations are what you would call fiscally conservative. As a state, we’ll also need to solve the problem of providing access to all state residents for health care and also health insurance. I think the legislature’s failure to create an insurance exchange and their elimination of the Healthy Frontiers program were both mistakes. We have to be prepared and the state needs an approach.”
Palmer initiated FCSD 1’s first strategic planning process resulting in a three- year plan adopted by the board in 2009. The strategic plan lays out specific goals for the district and has been the road map for the district. The board is currently in the planning stages of its next 3-year plan.
Additionally, Palmer authored the district’s values statements and the district’s resource allocation plan. The resource allocation plan directs class sizes at the district and requires a balanced budget.
“How we utilize our resources dictates our success”, Palmer said. “The allocation plan guides the district to invest appropriately in all of our students and provides guidelines to inform decisions about when to no longer offer a class. This is an important discipline that didn’t exist before.”
During Palmer’s tenure on the board the district has re-configured to grade level campuses, built a new middle school and is constructing a new elementary school.
“The construction of the middle school was a particularly challenging situation,” Palmer acknowledged. “There were many conversations with the School Facilities Commission and they weren’t necessarily seeing things our way. Ultimately, a middle ground was found that got the project on track. In the midst of the controversy I headed up an ad hoc committee that investigated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new structure.
The end result is a fantastic building that represents Lander’s values.”
As part of his school board duties Palmer serves on the district’s curriculum coordinating committee and on the board of the Lander Valley Education Foundation.
If elected, Palmer said he would resign from the school board.
Commenting on the Pavillion water situation, Palmer said the problem has unfortunately turned into a political football. “It should be about people’s water and getting clean water for them. Water is a critical resource in this state, it always has been, and it’s sad to see politics getting in the way of a solution. Governments should be there for everybody, not just industry. I’m afraid people are being left aside in this debate.”
Palmer and his wife, Peg, a registered nurse and manager with Amedisys Home Care, have three children: Clay, a student at the University of Wyoming studying
Rangeland Ecology; Cole, a May, 2012 graduate of Casper College with Diesel Tech certification; and Loren, a May, 2012 graduate of Pathfinder High School in
Lander. Loren will be attending the University in the fall.
Palmer’s thoughts on education and other biographical information can be found on his website: oneofseven.org. A new campaign website will be available soon:
voteforpalmer.com or vote4palmer.com
Story Sponsored by: Help for Health Hospice
(Riverton, Wyo) – Whether you golf or not, this is an opportunity for you to get out on the green and win some great prizes while having fun as you support Fremont County’s only Hospice Home. Help for Health Hospice is holding its first annual golf scramble, Friday, May 18th with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.
Registrations are available at the Riverton County Club, Riverton and Lander Chambers, or can be emailed to you by request at email@example.com or by calling 856-1206. Teams can register onsite the day of the scramble but preregistration is preferred.
Each 4-person team will receive a round of golf, golf carts, a baron of beef dinner and live entertainment featuring the Kickstand String Band. Entry fees are $80 per person and all funds will stay locally to support Fremont County residents in need. Non-golfers can join the group for dinner for $30 for dinner and music. A 50/50 raffle will be held at dinner, half the donations will be awarded to the winner, and the other half will be donated to hospice care.
Generous sponsors have provided for some great prizes. For example, the first place team will receive their choice of either a foursome at Old Baldy at Saratoga (that is a big deal in the golf world) or $400 cash, second $200 cash, and third $100 cash. In addition, there are going to be hole prizes and an onsite raffle for a chance to win a quilt, a Kindle Fire and a handmade beaded coin purse.
The Hospice Home opened in 2008 and has been the final residence to some of Fremont County’s finest people. Your support is appreciated as the cost of providing services in the hospice home often exceeds reimbursement and fundraisers such as this keep the doors open for anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay for services.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The parking lot in front of Central Wyoming College’s Student Center is closed as of Monday, May 14 until a new parking area east of the present lot opens in time for the fall 2012 semester.
The lot is closed for the summer due to the construction of the new Health and Science Center which is being built south of the Student Center in an area that has been used for parking.
Students and visitors to CWC this summer are asked to utilize the Arts Center parking lot, which is accessible from Highway 26 by turning north on Hill Street. The college is providing limited handicap parking on the traffic circle in front of campus while the Health and Science Center is under construction.
Deliveries to the CWC Food Court and mail room can be made through the north Student Center entrance in an area that has been designated for loading and unloading as well as a fire lane adjacent to the gym.
The Health and Science Center is expected to open in time for the fall 2013 semester.
–Central Wyoming College Public Information Office
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Central Wyoming College graduates a class of 17 nurses Thursday, May 10 at the 28th annual CWC Nurses’ Pinning in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. The 7 p.m. ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the nursing class one night before commencement, which is held in the Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
Following the presentation of pins, CWC Vice President for Academics Jason Wood presents awards for academic excellence, clinical excellence and the Professionalism in Nursing Award.
The graduates from the nursing program on campus are Katherine D. Abernathy, Jami L. Beesley, Jennifer I. Coughanour, Anna L. Farris, Jennifer F. Hedges, Viva K. Hetzler, Megan E. Hughes-Phillips, Willie J. Johnson, Jenny A. Knievel, Michelle E. Lutz, Ashleigh K. Mason, Jennifer M. Parsons, Elizabeth A. Peil, Michaela R. Sisneros, Courtney B. Temaat, Enedina A. Vasco and Katherine J. Woody.
Graduating from the CWC nursing program in Jackson are Amie E. Arland, Wendy H. Birt, Rebecca A. Campbell, Megan M. Dombrovski, Katherine L. Finnegan, Ali C. Kalenak, Justin G. Tattersall and Sarah G. Wilkins. These students will be honored at a separate pinning and commencement ceremony Sunday, May 13 at the Center for the Arts in Jackson at 1 p.m.
While the graduates have student RN status, they don’t officially become RNs until passing the national licensure examination, which a majority will take this summer.
–Central Wyoming College Public Information Office
By June Bonasera, County10.com
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District #2 in Dubois will be holding a public planning meeting tonight,Wednesday May 9th, concerning the remodeling of the existing Dubois K-8 School into a K-12 facility. Interested members of the community are invited to attend the meeting which will be held at the Dubois Elementary School from 5pm to 8pm.
The meeting will include a short presentation from the design team and some small group input exercises. Ideas for the new facility will be discussed by the school board
members and district staff, the design team and members of the public. The goal of tonight’s meeting is to gather input from all interested parties that will assist in the
design of the facility.
The proposed K-12 plan will be comprised of grades K-5 in the existing east wing of the facility, grades 6-8 in the north wing and the high school in the south wing. A common area and auxiliary gym with a stage and locker rooms would be the additions to the existing facility and a new parking lot would be added as well. Cost for this option has been preliminarily estimated at $12.3 million. The proposed facility has been conceptually designed to accommodate 300 students, allowing for growth within the district without outgrowing the facility in the near future. A five year enrollment projection identified the need to accommodate total of 198 students.
The public is encouraged to direct any questions regarding to the meeting to School Facilities Commission member Chris Riker at 307-455-7000.
By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council Tuesday night acknowledged the long-time volunteerism of a city commission member at its regular second Tuesday meeting. Chuck Yardas Sr. was recognized for his more than 55 years of service to the community’s parklands and recreational pursuits.
Parks and Recreation Director Sara Felix noted that Yardas had been involved with the city’s parks since before 1956, the earliest official minutes she could find of the then all-volunteer and non-city Parks Board. “Volunteers did all the work then, it was a huge undertaking for them, but they cared for the parks and raised all the funds,” she said. “When the Parks and Recreation Department came under the city’s jurisdiction in 1978, the volunteer board became a city commission under the city council and a separate Lander Recreation District was formed, and Chuck was a member of both.”
Felix said that as far as she could determine, Yardas rarely missed a meeting over that 55+ year span. She also noted that in addition to managing the city parks, “back then the board oversaw the operation of the Sinks Canyon Ski Area, plus the ice rink in the winter and the outdoor swimming pool in the summer and all of the programs.” Felix said that Yardas received a plaque back in 1962 thanking him for his service, “but I think it is time to recognize him again.”
Yardas received two gifts from the city, an attractive desk model combination clock and plaque and, noting that he always looked forward to a bag of popcorn at the commission meetings, Felix presented him with a “Free popcorn for life” certificate from the department’s popcorn machine.
The council and audience gave Yardas an extended standing ovation as he was presented the honors. Present for the ceremony was former Parks and Recreation Director Don Reynolds and members of Yardas’ family.
Most of the time at Tuesday’s meeting was spent on the Oral Comments section of the agenda.
During the Mayor and Council’s personal privilege, Councilor John Boulette suggested creation of an ordinance that would require the city to notify all city residents within 300 feet of a planned project. “We should know when residents are impacted by our actions and be proactive about it and not just reactive,” Boulette said. His comments came not only in reference to one item that was pulled from Tuesday’s agenda, but also something he personally experienced, he said. “This is not just about the Maverick Motel and Bar, but I was shocked to discover that the alley behind the new Gannett Peak Elementary School construction site had been blocked off,” he said.
Two residents had petitioned the city to talk about the council’s approval of allowing the Maverick Motel a serving area along the sidewalk on Eighth Street. “They said they didn’t know anything about it, even though it was publicized in the media,” Boulette said. “It’s just a matter of letting people know when we’re going to do something that might impact them.”
Mayor Mick Wolfe did not disagree with Boulette’s idea, but he said city residents also have a responsibility to know what’s going on in their neighborhood. “When you buy a home in a commercial zone next to a bar and then complain of the noise, well, people need to do their own due diligence,” he said. The mayor said the complaint about the new serving area would be taken up at it’s next regular meeting.
City Treasurer Charri Lara read into the record the preliminary city budget. The budget includes General Fund $4.795 million; Enterprise Fund $2.821 million; Homeland Security $15,000; Safe Routes to School $200,000; Airport Special Revenue $1,705 million; Parks and Recreation Special Projects $108,000; Fremont County Association of Governments Project $39,000; Water line replacement $6.136 million; Lagoon upgrade $1.5 million and Lander Senior Endowment $55,000.
Lander Golf Course Board member Dave Moody presented a report to the council on activities at the golf course, including the addition of a new course superintendent and a new golf pro there, and numerous improvements made at the city’s 18-hole course since last year.
The Lander Downtown Merchants Association (LDMA), represented by Tammy Olsen of Chisolm’s Jewelry, requested city funding in the amount of $1,500 to help with start up costs for the Association’s planned downtown street event the Saturday before the 4th of July. “We’re proposing to close Main between 2nd and 4th that day,” she said. Olsen said the LDMA had reserved several “bouncy” houses, a climbing wall, and had obtained the local band Fluffy Buffalo to entertain at the event. “It will be a great family event for the whole town of Lander, but we need some funds to get started.” The request was taken under advisement.
Proclamations for National Kids to Parks Day and for the 10th annual Ride to Silence were also read.
The council adopted, on third reading, Ordinance 1170 putting into force the latest version of the National Electrical Code, and they approved on second reading, with minimal discussion, Ordinance 1171 pertaining to the riding of bicycles, scooters and skateboards on sidewalks. Councilor Buddy Spriggs had a question about defining what a scooter was, stating that he didn’t want people with disabilities who use battery operated mobility devices, also called scooters, to be prohibited from the sidewalks. The ordinance, however, does reference State Statutes, which contain the definitions Spriggs was seeking. Satisfied, the council voted and moved on.
Other items approved included:
• Authorization for the mayor to sign a project agreement with the Wyoming Water Development Commission,
• Authorization for the mayor to sign a SubGrantee Award Agreement for the proposed Lander Center for the Arts,
• Approval of a malt beverage permit for the Lander Brewfest on June 8-9 sponsored by the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce,
• Approval of a wage increases for five city employees, including a two step boost for the City Clerk, a three step increase for the Community Resource Coordinator, a two step increase for the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, and one step increases for a Water Meter Technician and the Cemetery Sexton.
• Authorization of an audit agreement with McKee, Marburger & Fagnant, P.C. of Lander,
• Approval of a lease agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for an equipment location at Hunt Field Airport, and
• Approval of Resolution 1000, adopting the Fremont County/Municipal Mulit-Hazard Mitigation Action Plan.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:39 p.m.