The photo of the day for Friday May 25th comes from Paul Branham of Riverton. Paul sent us this picture of a Rainbow Trout he caught during last year’s opening weekend of Loop Road. Today is the first day Loop Road is open for the season, thank you for the picture Paul!
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(Lander, Wyoming) Despite the cold, wet weather, the Forest Service opened Louis Lake Road, or better known as Loop Road this morning. Even though the road is open, Barb Gustin with the Shoshone National Forest District Office in Lander said it’s not advised to go up. Gustin said it will be extremely wet and messy. But if you decide to make the trip, she also asks to use caution and stay out of the mud. Activities like “mud bogging” or driving through wet meadows could cause resource damage.
For information about road conditions you can call the Lander District Office at 307.332.5460.
Wyoming Congressional District One
Democrat Chris Henrichsen from Casper has filed for United States Representative
Democrat Sherry Shelley from Riverton has filed for House District 55
Incumbent Patrick Hickerson (R) from Lander has filed for Commissioner District 4
Shoshoni Municipal District
Darla Keever has filed for Shoshoni Council
Voter registration closes and the pre primary is set to take place on August 7, 2012. The primary election will be held on August 21st. The deadline for independent candidates is on August 27th. Voter registration and the pre general is set for October 23, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.
Listed below are candidates that filed prior to today:
Lander City Ward 1
Lander City Ward 2
Cade Maestas filed for Ward 2 Council Member
Ken Stroh filed for Ward 2 Council Member
Lander City Ward 3
Wyoming Congressional District One
Republican Cynthia M. Lummis has filed for her third term in office for United States Representative.
Riverton City Ward 1
Jonathan L. Faubion filed for Ward 1 Council Member
Riverton City Ward 2
Lee Martinez filed for Ward 2 Council Member
Riverton City Ward 3
John Lars Baker filed for Ward 3 Council Member
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
Republican Nathan Winters from Thermopolis filed for House District 28
Democrat Carl Leyba from Theremopolis filed for House District 28
Republican Echo Renner from Meeteetse filed for House District 28
Democrat Connie Skates from Thermopolis filed for House District 28
Incumbent Patrick Goggles (D) from Ethete has filed for House District 33
Republican Daniel Cardenas from Saint Stephens has filed for House District 33
Republican Rita Campbell from Shoshoni has filed for House District 34
Republican Lois Herbst from Shoshoni has filed for House District 34
Democrat Bruce Palmer from Lander filed for House District 54
Democrat Michelle L. Hoffman from Lander has filed for House District 54
Republican Lloyd Charles Larsen from Lander filed for House District 54
Republican Andrew Gramlich from Lander filed for House District 54
Republican Eileen Oakley from Lander filed for House District 54
Republican David R. Miller from Riverton has filed for House District 55
Republican Red Fyler from Lander has filed for Commissioner District 5
Republican Jennifer McCarty from Lander has filed for Commissioner District 5
Incumbent Douglas L. Thompson (R) from Lander, filed for Fremont County Commissioner in District 5
Incumbent Dennis Christensen from Riverton has filed for Commissioner District 2
Tim Salazar, Republican from Dubois, filed for Commissioner District 2
Republican Debbie Scheler from Lander filed for Commissioner District 4
(Cheyenne, Wyoming) – Five Wyoming Troopers from across the State have successfully completed a 40 hour course of instruction to become “Alive At 25” instructors. The Troopers were presented their certificates by Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel John Butler during a short awards ceremony held this morning in Cheyenne. “Their dedication and passion to save lives was evident throughout the training” said Wyoming Highway Patrol instructor Sergeant Duane Ellis.
The graduating Troopers will now be able to provide a 4½ hour driver education course to young drivers age 14 – 24 that will provide new direction for those drivers that incur traffic violations or those that are interested in attending the course.
The new instructors are required to either teach or co-teach a minimum of four “Alive At 25” classes each calendar year to remain certified. The goal of the Wyoming Highway Patrol is to have at least one “Alive At 25” instructor in each patrol division so that they can provide the course of instruction in every Wyoming community within that patrol district.
The “Alive At 25” course of instruction to the young drivers is designed by the National Safety Council. The course covers defensive driving, decision making and responsibility taking to the largest group of at-risk drivers using materials and topics they identify with. The young students gain awareness and develop strategies to keep them safe on the road.
As this is a law enforcement based program, the instructor course is only available to Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers who are currently sworn law enforcement officers. Additionally, Troopers who are interested in becoming certified to instruct this program should have experience enforcing motor vehicle laws and responding to and/or investigating motor vehicle crashes.
-Wyoming Highway Patrol
On Saturday May 26th at 9:30 a.m., veterans and volunteers will meet at Mountain View Cemetery to place flags on the graves of veterans.
On Monday May 28th at 10 a.m., veterans will hold the annual Memorial Day Service at the VFW Memorial. This event is coordinated by VFW 3628, Riverton’s American Legion Post 19, and the Riverton chapter of Disabled American Veterans. The Riverton VFW is located at 1409 West Main Street.
On Friday May 25th, there will be a community dinner at 6 p.m. at the VFW on 107 South 1st Street. The dinner is being held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. There will be pulled pork sandwiches along with a variety of desserts and side dishes, donations will be accepted.
On Monday May 28th there will be a Memorial Day Service at the cemetery starting at 10 a.m. The service will be held rain or shine. The VFW will hoist flags at the cemetery, coffee and donuts will be served afterwards at the VFW.
Wind River Reservation-
Saint Stephens Indian Mission will hold a Memorial Day Mass at 10 a.m. The Arapahoe Legion Post 84 will fire off rifles during the mass. If the weather is nice, it will be held outdoors at the Saint Stephens Cemetery.
Governor Matt Mead, First Lady Carol Mead and their children, Mary and Pete, will attend the annual ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park located east of Cody on U.S. Highway 14/16/20. Wyoming veterans, military, surviving spouses, family members and the general public are invited to attend as Wyoming honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our state and nation. Governor Mead will serve as the keynote speaker. Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown is also scheduled to speak. The ceremony will feature the laying of memorial wreaths by Veterans Service Organizations and other civic groups.
Lander Police Department
36-year-old Chester Friday of Fort Washakie was arrested for driving while under the influence, he was also cited for open container, theft of services and failure to obey stop sign. Friday was stopped just after 3 a.m. this morning near the intersection of North 2nd Street and Jefferson. According to reports, he also drove off with $56 in gas from Loaf and Jug.
Jarrod Piper, 23, of Lander, was arrested for simple assault. The Lander Police Department has classified it as a domestic abuse case and no other details are available at this time.
32-year-old Loretta Sunrhodes of Arapahoe was arrested on a warrant from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. She was also served two citations for shoplifting, a citation for possession of marijuana, open container, property destruction and interference. In the same call, 28-year-old Delight Sunrhodes of Riverton was cited for shoplifting and a 16-year-old female from Arapahoe was cited for interference. According to Chief Jim Carey, the three suspects left the Family Dollar store by vehicle and were stopped on Highway 789. Officers are also checking into the possibility of one or more of the individuals stealing merchandise from another store.
Riverton Police Department
Joshua Pennington, 29, from Riverton, arrested for Assault (Domestic Violence)
Melain Jenkins, 34 year old female from Arapahoe, arrested for Warrants (Courtesy Hold)
A male went into ACE Hardware store on Federal Boulevard in Riverton and attempted to charge $300.00 worth of Craftsman tools to the Wind River Casino. Employees asked to see proof that he was authorized to purchase the items on the Casino account and left the store without the tools.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Crystal Robinson, 31, from Lander, arrested for probation revocation.
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Central Wyoming College
(Riverton, Wyoming) – Take a handful of professional outdoor writers, bloggers, editors, publishers and even a physician and put them together with students, teachers and writers interested in improving their skills and you have the first Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference.
Sponsored by Central Wyoming College, the event is being held in the appropriate outdoor setting at CWC’s Sinks Canyon Center a few miles south of Lander, Wyo. The August 24-25 conference concludes with an inspiring presentation by author Erik Weihenmeyer, the only blind person to have climbed the seven summits; the tallest mountain on every continent.
The conference is being organized by CWC English instructor Buck Tilton who has written 43 books about surviving, as well as thriving, in the outdoors. He has written in multiple genres, including travel, nonfiction, children and young adult, cookbook and humor. He is Backpacker magazine’s Medicine Man and has written a column for more than two decades. He is the founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute and has written the definitive text on wilderness medicine.
With all these contacts in the world of outdoor writing and publishing, Tilton has assembled an extraordinary panel of presenters who are prepared to share what they know about writing, editing and publishing material about the outdoors. The $100 conference fee includes fabulous meals.
Participating teachers can earn PTSB credit and college credit is available for successful completion of the conference. There are accommodations in nearby Lander as well as more rustic lodging in Sinks Canyon Center cabins and campsites.
By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com, photos by volunteers of Project Graduation
(Lander, Wyoming) – To celebrate as a senior class one last time, eighty students from Lander Valley High School and Pathfinder took part in a “stay up all night and have fun” celebration known project graduation. “It’s just a safe fun place for the kids to spend time and say all of their good byes together,” said RaJean Strube Fossen, a volunteer at this year’s event.
Project graduation was first introduced to LVHS and Pathfinder in 1988, it was created to reduce the number of alcohol and chemical related incidents on graduation night. Since it’s introduction, there have been no arrests or car accidents involving the new graduates the night the event is held.
The celebration started at 11 o’clock on the night of Sunday
May 20th and went through the next day, wrapping up at 5 a.m. During those six hours, students took part in a wide variety of activities including carnival games, a silent auction, raffle, black jack, poker and roulette–all using monopoly money to “pay” of course!
The entire event is put on by parent volunteers from the junior and senior classes and all of the prizes given away were purchased and donated locally. Over $10,000 in cash was collected and more than $4,000 was donated in merchandise.
When the students were asked what kind of prizes they would like to win, the top answers were computers, electronics, cash and gift cards. So in return, the prizes ranged from your basic dorm package with hygiene products, to a 42-inch TV, laptops, iPads, a Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablets and an iPod Touch. Each student went home with at least $25 in merchandise.
In addition, almost $1,000 in gas cards were given away, along with $500 in Walmart gift cards and $1,500 in cash.
County 10 donated a $50 Visa gift card and a $50 iTunes card to the event. “County 10 sponsored prizes for project graduation in hopes that the graduated seniors realize how important it is to read and follow the news not only locally but nationally as well,” said Alyssa Lozier, Advertising Consultant for County10.com. “What more than a better way for them to keep in touch with their hometown news after leaving for college.”
The parent volunteers that made up the committee for this year’s project graduation began applying for grants and sending out letters to local merchants and parents in January. “It’s amazing the amount of participation we get,” Fossen said. “And for the last 24 years it’s met it’s goal. There
has not been a record of any arrests or accidents on graduation night.” Next year’s volunteers will be a whole new group of parents, Fossen is hoping they can collect just as much cash and donations as they did this year, and maybe even more.
(Riverton, Wyoming) – Art work created by clients of Community Entry Services goes on display in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Gallery at Central Wyoming College June 6th. The exhibit features the work by artists with special needs who received instruction by Riverton artist Linda Johnson. The artists worked in multiple media including painting, ceramics and metal work.
On June 7, a reception to honor the artists of the “Pathways of Expression” exhibit is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery and the public is invited. The exhibit is on display through July 10 and is open during regular college hours.
The exhibit is co-sponsored CWC, CES, the Wyoming Arts Council, the Riverton Art Guild and Walmart.
-Central Wyoming College