(Lander, Wyo.) – Shelly Marie Dunivant, of Lander, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. She was 53 years old. Born Oct. 5, 1960, in Sacramento, Calif., she called Lander home for a large part of her life.
She is survived by her brother, cousins, and two daughters, Meagan and Melissa. She is preceded in death by her mother and father.
Shelly was vibrant, so full of life and love. She loved spending time with her friends, laughing, dancing, listening to music, and having a good time. She also loved shooting guns, and as her friends will attest, wearing short shorts to show off her nice legs! Shelly was a true shining star with a heart of gold and she will be missed greatly by her many friends. “From the bottom of our hearts, we will always love you, Shelly.”
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at the Maverick Lounge.
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Governor Matt Mead has selected Brian Christensen as the new Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District, which serves Natrona County. Christensen will fill the seat vacated by Judge Michael Huber who is retiring.
Christensen went to high school in Casper, has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming, and has served as Assistant District Attorney in the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office for the last 29 years.
“Brian has strong roots in Wyoming and in Casper. That background, teamed with his knowledge of the law and care for justice, make him a good fit to take on this judgeship. He has considerable trial experience and this means he understands the inner workings of the courtroom and respects the role of the judge,” Governor Mead said.
“This is a high honor and I appreciate the confidence Governor Mead and the Judicial Nominating Commission have placed in me. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Natrona County in this new capacity,” Christensen said.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Gabriel Drennen. The motion has yet to be approved by Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young.
Drennen was serving a life sentence for the first degree murder conviction regarding the 2010 shooting death of Leroy Hoster. He was convicted in 2011 by a jury, but the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned the conviction this October due to prosecutorial misconduct and sent it back to Fremont County for a new trial. Drennen was charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault and Battery. Earlier this week, an amended information charged him with Possession, Manufacture, or Disposition of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent.
“Since this (Supreme Court) decision, my office has renewed the legal analysis of this entire matter,” Bennett wrote in a release. “This review shows a prosecution based on disregard for the evidence, the law, and this office’s commitment to justice.”
The heart of the matter, Bennett said in an interview, is that based on additional forensic evidence he believes Drennen acted in self defense. The new evidence of burn patterns on Hoster’s skin show him to be closer to Drennen than originally stated in trial and an analysis of the ejection patterns of the bullet casings gave a more clear picture of the scene. Bennett also said a national study on gun shot numbers in self-defense cases show that the amount of bullets fired doesn’t necessarily equate to malice. Drennen was shot four times.
He said the Supreme Court’s decision, along with the evidence, shows that Drennen lawfully possessed the firearm when he went to the crime scene, and that he was lawful in attempting to post a no trespassing sign.
“Justice demands the law be applied equally to all citizens,” Bennett said. “The law regarding self-defense is clear, requiring the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Gabriel Drennen did not act in self-defense. A prosecutor may only bring those cases to trial that he reasonably believes will prevail. If, as the Supreme Court indicates, Gabriel Drennen’s actions leading up to the shooting were lawful then it is unethical to paint them as illegal. The State cannot bend the evidence in a case to punish lawful behavior and deny a person the full protections of the law.”
When asked why he declined to let the case go to trial and have a jury decide Drennen’s fate, Bennett said he could not ethically ask the jury to disregard the law and base their decisions on sympathy and emotions.
“My office has the obligation to ensure justice is available to all citizens,” he continued in his statement. “To that end, the law and the evidence in this case support Mr. Drennen’s actions under self-defense. While he may be condemned in the court of public opinion for his decisions, the same will not be true for his actions in a court of law.”
Kami Spencer, the mother of Hoster’s child, said she and other members of the victim’s family, along with Mike Adams who was present at the shooting, met with Bennett this afternoon.
“I’m totally pissed off,” she said of Bennett’s decision. “I don’t see how he thinks he can’t get a conviction.”
She said the family was very upset about his decision to dismiss the charges, and Spencer said she told Bennett that “he was full of s***.”
Spencer said the family has not had a chance to decide how they might continue to fight the case.
Bennett said his decision to drop the charges does not equate to a license to kill for the county.
“As I continue to remain a staunch proponent of the Second Amendment, I must urge all gun owners to acknowledge the tremendous responsibility that comes with possessing firearms,” he said. “While the Constitution guarantees this right, the use of a firearm demands a heightened level of scrutiny under the law. Allegations of criminal activity, whether by use of firearm or otherwise, will continue to be carefully analyzed by my office and charging decisions will be made accordingly, based on the facts of each case and the law.”
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The public health nursing offices in Riverton and Lander are receiving calls related to stomach ailments. ”We do not believe we have a certain organism causing the increased numbers of GI illness so to speak, but most likely a common virus that makes its way around the community often,” said Fremont County Public Health Nurse Teresa Nirder. To help answer questions that the public may have, Nirider offered the following article:
Stomach Flu or Food Poisoning?
Many times during this time of year, it is common to see an increase in gastro-intestinal (GI) illnesses. It may be due to more close contact exposures due to school and cold weather, or it may be due to more socializing and holiday get togethers. Whatever the case may be, it is important to know the difference between short duration illnesses versus something more serious such as food poisoning.
Gastroenteritis is a general term that usually means an upset stomach. Some people may also refer to this as the “stomach flu”. However, it is not the flu, as in influenza. The illness is usually short lived and symptoms improve or resolve in 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms of gastroenteritis are abdominal cramps, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes a headache, and possible dehydration. Symptoms usually come on suddenly and may disappear just as quickly as they started. It is important to get plenty of rest and make sure you do not become dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid.
Food poisoning on the other hand, is caused by eating foods that have harmful germs in them. These germs are mostly found in raw or undercooked meat, chicken, fish and eggs but can spread to any type of food. These same germs can also grow on food (such as left over turkey) that is left out on counters or outdoors and is not stored properly. Food poisoning can also happen when people do not wash their hands before they touch your food. If you are a food handler, whether it is in your home or your place of work, it is important that you wash your hands with warm soapy water before handling any food products or eating utensils. It is also critical if you are ill with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea you should not be preparing food or working until you have been without symptoms for 48 hours. Many times food poisoning is not caused by undercooked or contaminated foods, it is caused because the person that prepared or served your food is ill themselves.
Symptoms of food poisoning will occur 24 to 72 hours AFTER the food has been ingested. Symptoms are much like that of viral gastroenteritis with abdominal cramps, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea. However, many times food poisoning is also accompanied by a fever and symptoms lasting longer than 48 hours. Some types of food poisoning can be serious and a follow up by your doctor is recommended.
Symptoms that require medical attention are vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours, blood in vomit or stools, fever that is over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and dehydration.
Dehydration is occurring when your mouth and lips are very dry. You may also experience light headedness, eyes may appear dull or sunken and decreased urination. Babies will have dry diapers for several hours, little to no tears when crying and may also have a sunken fontanel (soft spot) at the top of their head. If these symptoms are occurring, contact your medical provider as soon as possible.
You can prevent dehydration by sipping small amounts of caffeine free clear liquids frequently, as well as sucking on ice chips or frozen popsicles. Drinking too much too fast can cause vomiting. Electrolytes should also be replaced, especially if vomiting or diarrhea last longer than 24 hours. Sports drinks, which contain a mix of salt, sugar and minerals, may help replace electrolytes.
When you feel like eating, start with mild foods, such as dry toast, yogurt, applesauce, bananas and rice. Also known as the BRAT diet ( bland foods/bananas, rice, applesauce and toast). Avoid spicy, hot or high fat foods, and do not drink alcohol or caffeine for a day or two. Do not drink milk or eat ice cream or other dairy foods until you are feeling better.
Prevention is the key to keeping this from spreading through your home, work or school.Proper food handling techniques should be followed. Wash hands after using the restroom with warm soapy water. Disinfect surfaces with a bleach solution or disinfectant spray. If you are ill, stay home. Avoid going to public places, shaking hands, going to work/school or preparing someone else’s food. If symptoms do not improve after 24 hours, please contact your doctor.
Keep your family safer from food poisoning by using , “Check your steps holiday food safety tips” at www.foodsafety.gov.
For more information, please contact Fremont County Public Health in Lander or Riverton.
–Fremont County Public Health
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Dale Smith. Photo provided.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Rebecca Kaminsky Smith has made a $5,000 donation to the Lander Community Center construction in the name of her late husband and “Voice of the Tigers” Dale Smith.
Smith was the longtime broadcaster who broadcast the Lander Valley High School football and basketball games.
“It is with love and devotion that I would like to donate to the Lander Community Center a check specifically for the Lander Tiger conference room soon to be built,” she wrote in a statement. “He would have loved to be there for the ribbon cutting ceremony but his spirit will always be there. I plan on being there with my grandsons on the special day to know that his legacy will live on in Lander.”
Dale Smith, also known as Danny O’Day, was inducted into the Wyoming Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009. He passed away in 2011.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To clarify, Mayor Ron Warpness did vote in the affirmative to pass the door-to-door solicitation ordinance when it came up for a final vote on second reading. The nay vote he cast was for the amendment that was offered by Council member Lars Baker.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The door-to-door solicitation ordinance up for second reading approval Tuesday night before the Riverton City Council was approved, but not before the text of the ordinance was totally deleted. In one of his last acts as a council member, Lars Baker proposed an amendment to cut out all the language in the ordinance and replaced it with wording that placed the responsibility on each resident in the city. Baker suggested, and the rest of the council agreed with him, that residents who do not want to be solicited at home, should put up a no solicitation sign. Period. Bakers amendment would also allow “door hangers” where information is simply placed on a door handle and the resident is not contacted. Only Mayor Ron Warpness voted no on the amendment.
“This does away with the administrative burden on the city and places the responsibility on the homeowner,” Baker said. “This solves our problem (with issuing permits) and it gives homeowners a solution. And it’s not a complicated piece of legislation,” he said.
Police Chief Mike Broadhead said he thought the amended ordinance would work. “I think it’s a good compromise and we can tell the public how to protect themselves. It’s certainly workable,” he said.
When Mary Ellen Christensen asked it the signs would apply to non profit groups, such as the boy and girl scouts, Baker said yes. “If people don’t want to be solicited, that would apply to anybody, and to the scouts. This will be regulated by people who would call the police if there is someone knocking on their door if they have a no solicitation sign. If it’s the scouts and they want to buy cookies or popcorn, they won’t call.”
Christensen also asked what kind of penalty would apply. Broadhead said it would be the same as any other violation of a city ordinance. A fine up to $750.
Councilor Eric Heiser, who was also attending his last meeting, said asking residents to put up a no solicitation sign “is not a huge burden to ask.” To illustrate, he pulled up a web site on his iPad offering what he called “attractive and tasteful” no solicitor signs for $10. “You don’t have to have a big neon orange sign on your house if you don’t want to,” he said.
Rocky Mountain Power officials expressed concern about the way the proposed ordinance was first worded, because under their utility contract, they contact residents when work is to be done in their neighborhood as a courtesy. “We don’t sell, we don’t collect money, we don’t solicit. We just leave notices encouraging customers to contact us or make them aware of something we need to do,” said Larry Elcock, Rocky Mountain Power’s customer and community manager in Riverton. When asked about Baker’s amendment, all three Rocky Mountain Power representatives in attendance flashed “thumbs up.”
Richard Gard was happy with the change. “This is a positive step, it helps people who have legitimate reasons to have this option. People take responsibility at their own door, and we already have no trespass ordinances on the book.”
The amendment passed 5-1 and on second reading the ordinance was approved 6-0. The ordinance will come up for third reading, and final approval, in Janaury.
To read about the first reading discussion on the ordinance, click here.
Council member Jonathan Faubion was absent and excused from Tuesday’s meeting.
Mark Soldier Wolf, left, Nico O’Neal Holt, right. Photo provided by CWC.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A student graduating from Central Wyoming College’s Western American Studies program this fall was honored at a special ceremony attended by Arapaho tribal members, fellow students and staff.
Nico O’Neal Holt spent two years studying archaeology and history at CWC and is transferring to the University of Wyoming. He was congratulated by students, faculty, mentors and tribal elders, including Mark Soldier Wolf who spoke about his own struggles to attend college after service in the Korean War. Following a smudging ceremony, Soldier Wolf advised Holt to continue his hard work.
“Nico is a trail blazer,” said Professor Todd Guenther. “His graduation is a big deal. I’m really happy and proud to see him succeed as a student and friend.” Guenther said one of the goals of the Western American Studies program is to provide the knowledge and skills for tribal members to take “possession and control of their own heritage.”
Holt has turned his academic experiences into a paying job working as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management, Guenther said.
To understand the complexities of how people thousands of years ago lived in various environments, Holt also studied environmental science at CWC. He plans to major in both anthropology and environmental science at UW.
“Nico has been a delight to have as a member of our undergraduate research team,” said Jacki Klancher, who teaches environmental science for CWC’s Environment, Health and Safety program. “He excels at field and lab work, is a natural leader, and can accomplish all, and everything, upon which he sets his sights.”
Students in training. Photo provided by CWC.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Central Wyoming College’s Sinks Canyon Center is offering a 72-hour Wilderness First Responder course that includes CPR for the healthcare provider.
The course, recognized as the industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain and river guides and ski patrol, is offered Jan. 6-10 and Jan. 13-17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The curriculum covers standards of care for urban situations yet provides additional protocols for remote situations, said instructor Jacob Urban, a Jackson area outdoor educator.
Special topics include CPR, wilderness wound and burn management, head trauma and up-to-date information on environmental emergencies as well as common medical problems. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making.
Certifications upon completion include: Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) Wilderness First Responder and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR.
The cost is $859 for non-credit students though a four college credit option is also available. To register, call the CWC Lander Outreach Center at307-332-3394.
A burbot surgically implanted with a small radio-transmitter before being released back into the Green River, near LaBarge. Photo provided by WG&F.
(Pinedale, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has teamed up with researchers from the University of Idaho and Trout Unlimited to learn more about an illegally introduced population of burbot in the Green River drainage in southwest Wyoming. Ultimately, fish managers hope to use the information to more efficiently implement control actions on the non-native invasive fish species that is impacting native fish populations.
Burbot, also known as “ling”, are a species of fish in the cod family with a native range that extends into portions of north-central Wyoming, including the Wind and Bighorn River drainages. While most members of the cod family reside in the ocean, this specialized fish has adapted to the cold, freshwater environments of Asia, Europe, Alaska, Canada and the Northern United States.
Sometime during the late 20th century, burbot, not native to the Green River, were illegally introduced, likely forever altering this renowned river system. Burbot are a voracious predator as adults and prey almost exclusively on other fish or crayfish. Upon their introduction, burbot have almost immediately begun having impacts on important native and recreational fisheries of the Green River.
Flaming Gorge, Fontenelle, and Big Sandy reservoirs have seen dramatic changes to some sport fish and important forage fish populations, especially smallmouth bass, which appear especially susceptible to burbot predation. Native populations of some imperiled fish species also saw drastic changes as burbot became established and began preying on some of these rare species. In particular, recruitment of juvenile bluehead and flannelmouth suckers has not occurred in some streams since burbot became established.
Burbot have rapidly expanded and established themselves throughout the Green River drainage. To date, they have successfully pioneered the Green and New Fork rivers above Fontenelle Reservoir, and may likely make their way into the popular “Finger Lakes” along the Wind River front in the Upper Green River drainage. Data collected in 2013 shows that burbot have now become established in the Green River just below the town of Daniel, approximately 35 miles upstream of where they had previously been found.
Extensive work has been conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to identify effective capture methods in lakes and reservoirs and to study their ecology and feeding habits in standing waters. Intensified sampling in the “Finger Lakes” has yet to yield any burbot, but with little standing in their way they are expected to soon become established there.
Burbot living in large rivers and streams have received far less management attention. Burbot have occasionally been captured by biologists during routine sampling on the Green and New Fork rivers, but little is known about the effectiveness of capture methods in flowing water or how burbot are using these habitats.
The current research being conducted by the Game and Fish Department and the University of Idaho aims to study the effectiveness of various sampling gears for capturing burbot in flowing water, learn more about how they are potentially affecting this world-class sport fishery and what actions can be taken to prevent such negative impacts. Researchers are also capturing burbot and implanting them with radio-transmitters to track their travels and learn more about their distribution and the different habitats they use.
Ironically, burbot populations throughout their native range in other parts of the world are on the decline and biologists are working hard to conserve these populations. Managers are hoping the information learned from this illegally introduced population can be applied to other native populations to help conserve them.
–Wyoming Game & Fish Department
(Riverton, Wyo.) - Poncho Lone Dog Jr. age 78, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 peacefully at his home in Riverton. Memorial services will be held Friday, December 20th at 10:00 AM at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe. Read the complete obituary here.
The passenger terminal at Riverton Regional Airport. (Ernie Over photo)
Part 1 of 2
(Riverton, Wyo.) – In a sobering reality check, an airline consultant told the Riverton City Council Tuesday night that Riverton Regional Airport was lucky to have the airline service it had, even with its problems. Nick Wangler spoke to the council via speakerphone and, through a PowerPoint presentation, spent about an hour outlining the woes of the industry which has resulted in many smaller airports, like Riverton, losing their passenger service altogether. He also said the current challenges facing the industry have resulted in a national 17 percent decline in the number of flights offered and an 11 percent decline in the number of passenger seats available.
Wangler said if Riverton wanted to improve its service, it has to decide what it wants and then go out and try to make it happen. He cited examples in Cody, Jackson, Gillette and Rock Springs where the communities guaranteed air service, agreeing to make up the difference between the cost of flying routes out of those airports and the revenue they generated. He said if Riverton wanted another carrier, even though those options are limited, they would have to do the same.
Wangler helped to create the state of Wyoming’s Air Service Enhancement Program (ASE) that is funded by the state legislature. Goal of the program was to provide airline incentives to retain and increase air travel opportunities in the state. Overall, the campaign has been very successful for the airports who participate in the program, and for the state. Riverton Regional is not one of those airports, as it bowed out of the program after only one year. Since the ASE program was established, the state has attracted two million more passenger segments than its historic average, resulting in 667,000 new travelers flying into the state. Additionally, airline fares have gone down in Wyoming, although they are still somewhat higher than the national domestic average, Wangler said.
Under the ASE program, since 2003, Wyoming’s departing seat capacity has increased 24 percent while nationally, the passenger capacity has declined by 11 percent. In fact, Wyoming ranks only behind North Dakota in growth of capacity, and Wyoming is one of only seven states to see a capacity increase.
He said the consolidation in the national airline industry has impacted smaller airports. “In 1995 14 different airlines made up 90 percent of the United States market,” he said. In 2004 the number of airlines shrank to an even dozen, and today, the change has been really profound, only five airlines control 90 percent of the market. This will not stop, we know it is happening.”
Since 2008, some 31 small airports across the country have lost their commercial service, none in Wyoming so far. And Wangler said that trend is likely to continue. “The challenge we have is this. If we lose something, the odds of getting it back are slim.” He said that when routes are dropped, the aircraft that flew those routes are dropped from service.
He also said fuel costs are a major driver in the consolidation and cutbacks. And he had an example. “In 2003, United had a fuel contract that was 94 cents per gallon and their annual cost was $2.1 billion. Today, their fuel cost is $3.12 per gallon and their cost has escalated to $6.9 billion. That’s $4.8 billion in nothing but fuel increases, and that’s why you’re seeing charges for baggage, seat selection and such. And the price of oil isn’t going down.” He said smaller airports with five flights a day are being cut back to three flights a day and air fares are rising as airlines cope with the fuel costs.
In Part 2, What can Riverton/Fremont County do?
(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – As a reward for Arapahoe Elementary School’s students reading more than 800 hours at home this semester, Principal Mike Lambert kissed a goat.
“A deal is a deal,” he said.
In total, Arapahoe’s K-5 students read more than 865 hours at home.
Lambert teased the students along, saying perhaps he could kiss a picture of a goat, a stuffed animal or even one on a stick that ran around instead. Then as he was telling the K-5 students that he didn’t think they would meet the goal and that he hadn’t ordered a real, live goat, one was brought in behind.
Once lipstick was donned by both parties, Lambert puckered up and kissed goat named Sarah Belle.
After the assembly, Lamber had students coming up to him offering breath mints and telling him that he scared the goat.
(Joshua Scheer photos. Click to enlarge.)
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Wednesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
Carlos Bianas, 32, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation
Mirae Hughes, 30, Arapahoe, Driving While Under the Influence, No Valid Drivers License, Stop Sign Violation, and on an arrest warrant from Campbell County.
Lynnard Immenschuh, 18, Riverton, on two Failure to Appear warrants
Timothy Kenyon, 23, Lander, on a Failure to Appear warrant
At 10:02 a.m., deputies were called to Sage Circle in the Dubois area for a report of a pump someone mischievously turned on, causing two feet of standing water in the well house.
At 1:41 p.m., a man on Mary Anne Drive near Lander reported that someone broke into his vehicle the day before and several items were taken.
A man in Hudson at 7 p.m. reported that a sex offender had been hanging around his friend’s kids. The caller was not sure of the exact identity of the alleged sex offender. Deputies found the report to be unfounded.
A report of a possible intoxicated driving going through Hudson at 7:50 p.m. was found to not be intoxicated.
Lander Police Department
Mike Nyhus, 40, Lander, Sublette County Warrant.
Duane Moss, 44, Ethete, Driving Under the Influence and No Valid Drivers License. Alice Moss, 43, Lander, cited for Open Container. Moss was pulled over following a report of a drunken driver in the Mr. D’s parking lot, Chief Jim Carey said. He was found to have a .22 BAC; the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.
At 8:34 a.m., a woman on Popo Agie Street reported the mysterious arrival of lawn furniture set up around a makeshift table behind her home near the alley.
Police were called to Mr. D’s for a report of small baggie of marijuana found. Carey said store staff said the baggie containing about two grams was dropped by a customer in the liquor store. The marijuana was collected and taken into evidence.
A report of child abuse is under investigation.
A small amount of prescription medications were reported stolen out of a vehicle on the 500 block of Amoretti Street around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. There are no suspects at this time.
A report of someone illegally selling prescription medications in Lander is under investigation.
At 6:47 p.m., police were called about a red Gary Fischer bicycle stolen of a lawn on the 400 block of Washakie Street.
Riverton Police Department
Ivan Bear, 44, St. Stephen’s, Public Intoxication.
Hays Goggles, 47, Riverton, Public Intoxication.
Dana Eagle, 36, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.
RPD was not available to meet with media this morning. Call details will be added when they come available.
(Fremont Co., Wyo) - Fremont Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Riverton is announced today that starting in 2014 the store will be an authorized Chevrolet Corvette dealer. Shane Mathill, the General Manager of the store said, “This is the first time in five years that customers will be eligible to order
the new Corvette in Fremont County.”
Kort Kinney the store’s Sales Manager said, “The timing could not be better. With the launch of the completely redesigned new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2015 Silverado HD truck and the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, we are really excited.” The car will be available in six different configurations with the top of the line car being the all new Corvette Stingray Coupe with pricing just under $60,000. The car promises to be one of the best sports cars on the road and it will be available straight from the Chevrolet factory. It has already been named the North American Car of the Year and Automobile Magazine Automobile of the year.
The car uses actual racing technology and parts to make this a one of a kind car. There is a unique driver mode system that allow the driver to personalize the driving experience and choose up to 6 different driving modes like touring, eco, sport and track mode are just a couple. In addition, the car features new carbon fiber technology, a 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching, launch control and a new 6.2L V8 engine that tops out at 460 horsepower. Chevrolet designers explains, “The new driver mode brings all the subsystems like ABS, adjustable shock absorbers, throttle control and transmission shifts of the car to be controlled
together, as opposed to the old systems that were all controlled separately.”
To kick off the Corvette’s return to Fremont County Shane Mathill said, “We would like to say thanks to our customers for their support over the past year. To show our appreciation we are giving away four Power Wheels Corvette Stingray’s on Christmas Eve this year.” Mathill went on to say, “Our customers have been like family over the years and we would like to make a few kids Christmas just a little better when they wake up on Christmas Morning.”
On Christmas Eve the store will draw two lucky winners from the in-store entry box and two from the Fremont Chevrolet, GMC, Buick Facebook entry site. For the winners that live in Lander or Riverton the toys can be delivered that evening, so that the toys are under the tree for Christmas morning. If the winners are outside of these areas then they will be contacted and arrangements can be made for pick up at a later time. If you who would like to enter, there is no purchase necessary, and you can enter by clicking here.
Shane ended, “We wish for everyone to have a safe and Happy Holiday season and to come down and visit us before the end of the year.”
(Riverton, Wyo.) - Poncho Lone Dog Jr. age 78, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 peacefully at his home in Riverton. He was born January 1, 1936 in Rosebud, SD the son the late Richard Lone Dog Sr. and Ione Hatten.
He attended Holy Rosary Catholic boarding school. He was mentioned in the book Children Left Behind by Tim Giago who wrote about the experiences of the children who attended the boarding schools. At the age of seven he moved with his parents Ione and William Brown and grandfather Hatten where they were employed by the recent purchase of the Padlock Ranch.
They were instrumental in the first days of history being made by the purchase of the Padlock Ranch and 4,000 hereford cattle. He attended Arapahoe School before enlisting in the United State Army from 1956 to 1959. After leaving the service he toured Europe, Poland and Iceland and saw firsthand the devestation of the war. His uncle, Robert Lone Dog-Ferron stated he was a true Warrior. He was an excellent hunter, fisherman, protector, mechanic and carpenter. He would always help and assist the elderly in protecting and providing for them. His grandfathers Chief Lone Dog, Chief Standing Bear and Inkpaduta would be proud of him. He starred in the movie Far Horizon with Charleston Hesston and Betty Reed. He was adopted by Ward and Margaret Spoonhunter, Buster & Gerri Brown and Axe Brown. He was claimed by many as a brother. He worked for many years as an administrator for Tribal Enterprise for the Rosebud Reservation. He battled in the courts for the rights of tribes to manage their own resources. He was a council member of the Rosebud Tribe, police officer, game warden, tribal roads program and TERO for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. At the age of 78 he was still working as a mechanic at the Arapahoe Ranch.
He is survived by his companion, Judith Rowordeaux; sons, Richard Lone Dog III, Charles and Danelle Lone Dog, William, Steven and Charlie Lone Dog, Joseph Lambert, Matthew Thunder, Richard and Kathleen Brannan, Kevin Jenkins and Tommy and Marilyn Jenkins; daughters, Cindy and Mary Lone Dog, Elizabeth Antone and Wanda Posey; brothers, Hermus Lone Dog, Darrell Sr., William and David Lone Bear, Moose and Howard Brown, Wendall Ghost Bear, Charlie Manderson, Leo Hanway and Wayne Felter; sisters, Charlotte Lone Dog, Donna Goodman, Violet Lone Bear-Carlson, Linda Lone Bear, Melody Spoonhunter, Debra Jenkins and Rose Lone Bear; adopted daughters, Rebecca Kuka, Theresa Williams, Jodi, Marilyn, Nena and Evie Brown and Beck Lopez.
Memorial services will be held Friday, December 20th at 10:00 AM at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Wind Dancer Funeral Home
(Lander, Wyo.) – Central Bank & Trust would like to thank the Fremont County community for their participation in the Angel Tree program this year.
With your help we have successfully collected and delivered over 365 gifts for local children. Central Bank & Trust sponsored 20 of those children and donated more than $2000 dollars towards the purchase of gifts.
We are so honored and proud to be a part of this community, and we hope to see you participate again next year. Thank you, and happy holidays!
Riverton Middle School students formed an assembly line early today in the RMS Media Center for the school’s Food For Break program. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – “Isn’t this a great community we live in?” said Brant Nyberg early today at Riverton Middle School. Nyberg, RMS Assistant Principal, was one of many dozens, mostly students and some parents and grandparents, who formed an assembly line and put food bags together for students who may not have enough to eat over the holiday break. The project is called Food For Break and was a school and community partnership.
“We will put together 200 bags,” said the coordinator for the project, Nichole Schoening, of the RMS Parent Advisory Committee and a Special Ed Case Manager at the school. “The United Methodist Church spent $700 and is providing packs of peaches and applesauce, boxed cereal and instant noodle cups. The Central Wyoming College Student Ambassadors did a peanut butter and jelly drive along with the UMC for us and the Neighborhood Alliance Church conducted a canned food drive.” As Schoening was explaining, the Riverton Rotary Club delivered boxes of cocoa mix and a nice selection of knit caps, and eighth grade student Jared Sonnen showed up with a large case of SpaghettiOs. “We had all this extra at home, and I don’t like them,” he said, “so I brought it here to help other kids.”
Schoening said about $1,000 in cash donations came in from the community and the PAC only had to spend $300 of its funds to fill out the bags. “We bought the bags and the tortillas, everything else was donated.”
As the school buses began to arrive just after 7:40 a.m., students began pouring into the media center. It’s a Wednesday ritual as teachers have a special planning and collaboration time each Wednesday morning. Mostly eighth grade students go to the library during that time. As the room filled, Schoening got the student’s attention, volunteers and staff lined up behind each table of foodstuffs and the assembly process was explained. “One item from each table in each bag,” she said, asking the students to volunteer to help. They did.
The tables were a cornucopia of boxed and canned goods. There was tuna fish, three long tables of canned fruits and vegetables, soups, chili, two long tables of mac and cheese and other boxed meals, one table of granola bars, fruit snacks and cheese and cracker packs, plus the other products described above. The entire room was ringed with food. It was an impressive display and many of the students coming into the media center were heard to exclaim, “Whoa!”
“We’ll distribute these Thursday after school. We’ll put the bags in each of the pods (6th, 7th and 8th grades) and let students know before they go home if they need food to get through the holidays, to go an pick up a bag. It’s as discrete as we can make it so the kids don’t get embarrassed if they need the food,” Schoening said.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Jared and Jenny Hamilton and family made a commitment of $5,000 to the Lander Community Center yesterday. Jared Hamilton is owner of Wyoming Custom Meats in Hudson.
Local fundraising for the community center is currently about $250,000 shy of the $1.5 million goal, as of a week ago.
The city is currently offering low-cost opportunities to give to the effort, such as purchasing bricks or stones with the ability to put names on them.
Above the Hamiltons, left, present a check to City Councilor Cade Maestas and Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud. (Photo provided.)
Read the latest on the project here.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council on Tuesday evening expressed interest in continuing to pursue the land acquisition for the Lander Rodeo Grounds relocation despite the fact that completing the project is no longer a priority for the state and federal government.
At the start of the month the city was informed by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration that, despite the work on the project for the last several years, funding would no longer be available to relocate the rodeo grounds to make room for additional hangar space. (Read more about the announcement here.)
Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud said that initially the city was of the understanding that the entire project’s funding was pulled. However, in statements made to the media, he said, the state made it sound like the funding to purchase the property was still available.
WyDOT Aeronautics Division Planning and Program Manager Christy Yaffa told County10.com that the remaining balance of the $2 million was still available to the city, but the estimated $6 or $7 million to rebuild the rodeo grounds and develop the hangar space would not be available. Roughly $1.4 million of the $2 million has not yet been spent.
Michaud and Councilor Cade Maestas said the $2 million were allocated by the state Legislature, and that it makes sense the funding would still be available for the project.
Maestas said former Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, had suggested the city move forward with purchasing the Shearer property and that it could be used as leverage to keep the rodeo grounds relocation on the state’s radar.
Mayor Mick Wolfe, Council President Nancy Webber, Councilor Monte Richardson and Maestas all agreed that moving forward in some way was better than letting the entire project die.
“If we can go ahead and buy the property, then we should,” Wolfe said.
Michaud was instructed to schedule a meeting with local legislators on how best to move forward.