Friesth and Stroh rack up nice wins
LARAMIE, Wyo. (Jan. 9, 2014) A valiant effort from several competitors wasn’t enough for the University of Wyoming wrestling team Thursday night, as the Cowboys lost to the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 33-9.
A crowd of 1,098 in Arena-Auditorium watched as UW (1-5 overall) cut the deficit to 12-9 after five matches, but the Sooners (6-0) were victorious the rest of the way with two pins and three decisions. A talented OU squad featured a lineup with six returning All-America honorees and two NCAA champions.
Since November, the Pokes have faced four top-10 squads and all six opponents have been featured in the top-25 polls at some point.
“This dual, facing a team like Oklahoma, is the end of a long stretch that we’ve had,” Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. “I thought we came out and fought hard tonight but we gave up pins and you can’t do that. We didn’t do the little things that we needed to do. To make something special happen, you’ve got to do everything right and we weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination.”
After two OU wins to begin the dual, junior Dakota Friesth got the Pokes on the scoreboard. He controlled his match at 165 pounds and narrowly missed a bonus-point win in a 10-4 decision. The Sooners scored a pin at 174, but redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh gave UW six team points with a nifty fall at the 3:41 mark of his match at 184 to draw within three points.
In the night’s only matchup of top-10 wrestlers, UW junior Tyler Cox couldn’t rally from a 3-0 deficit and lost to fifth-ranked Jarrod Patterson, 4-2.
Wyoming begins its Western Wrestling Conference slate Jan. 19 with a neutral-site contest versus South Dakota State in Gillette, Wyo. The Cowboys will seek a fifth-straight conference title this season.
“We’ve got to show some maturity and bounce back from this,” Branch said. “We need to get ready for conference season and keep our heads up.”
149: #4/2/4 Kendric Maple (OU) Brandon Richardson, 9-2 / Oklahoma 3, Wyoming 0
157: Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. #18/15/NR Andy McCulley, 5-3 / Oklahoma 6, Wyoming 0
165: #NR/NR/19 Dakota Friesth dec. Clark Glass (OU), 10-4 / Oklahoma 6, Wyoming 3
174: #1/1/1 Andrew Howe (OU) fall (3:35) Jace Jensen / Oklahoma 12, Wyoming 3
184: #NR/14/20 Benjamin Stroh fall (3:41) Danny Chaid (OU) / Oklahoma 12, Wyoming 9
197: #3/2/2 Travis Rutt (OU) dec. Shane Woods, 6-0 / Oklahoma 15, Wyoming 9
285: #14/14/14 Ross Larson (OU) fall (5:33) Leland Pfeifer / Oklahoma 21, Wyoming 9
125: #5/5/5 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. #8/9/NR Tyler Cox, 4-2 / Oklahoma 24, Wyoming 9
133: No. 8/8/8 Cody Brewer (OU) fall (1:52) Gunnar Woodburn / Oklahoma 30, Wyoming 9
141: #12/20/14 Nick Lester (OU) dec. Cole Mendenhall, 6-2 / Oklahoma 33, Wyoming 9
(Rankings based on InterMat/Amateur Wrestling News/D1CollegeWrestling.netpolls.)
–UW Sports Information Office
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Central Wyoming College Head Volleyball Coach Tiffany Stauffenberg, left, presented Thursday a $500 check to Teresa Nirider of the Tough Enough Cancer Fund and Orion Morris from Help for Health from an October 2013 fundraiser.
With her were players Kendra Falslev and Kiara Skinner.
The money was raised during the team’s “Central Wants a Cure” home game against Sheridan College on Oct. 18, 2013. CWC won 3-2.
Photo provided by Stauffenberg.
Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Upon assuming office as the new president of Wyoming Catholic College earlier this year, Dr. Kevin Roberts expressed his great excitement for the task ahead, exhorting his listeners to “harness the holy audacity that this College has always represented, and fuel it with the holy zeal that only God’s apostles can possess. …Our mission, therefore, is nothing less than following the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola: ‘Go forth and set the world on fire!’”
In response to this exhortation, a group of friends challenged the College with several large gifts totaling $500,000, asking that the College seek to double their gifts through a matching gift campaign in the three months from October through December, 2013.
Inspired by Dr. Roberts’ metaphor, the matching gift campaign was named “Igniting the Fire,” and the College’s advancement staff reached out to many throughout Wyoming and the nation to help meet or exceed the goal of raising $1,000,000 over the last three months of the year.
Today, Wyoming Catholic College is pleased to announce that this “Igniting the Fire” campaign has been a resounding success, exceeding its goal by over 50%. During the past three months, donors have contributed over $1,500,000, allowing the College to begin the New Year with the holy zeal that comes from knowing that many people believe in its mission and are eager to support it.
“We are exceptionally grateful to our many friends,” said Dr. Roberts, “and for all who continue to believe so very strongly in the importance of Wyoming Catholic College and in our mission of forming young men and women as exceptional leaders—through our rigorous and integrated academic program, our Outdoor Leadership and Horsemanship Programs, and our supportive community and spiritual life. Together, we are ‘Igniting the Fire’ for a new generation—as we school the whole person in all three dimensions—body, mind, and spirit.”
Gifts for the matching gift campaign can still be made at: www.wyomingcatholiccollege.com/support.
–Wyoming Catholic College
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The United State Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne Thursday released the results of five sentences handed down earlier this month.
The cases are listed below:
Jose Alonso Bedolla-Vasquez, 22, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 6, 2014, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Bedolla-Vasquez was arrested in Jackson, Wyoming. He received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mariano Flores-Sosa, 27, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 6, 2014, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Flores-Sosa was arrested in Jackson, Wyoming. He received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jose Enrique De Lara, 33, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 6, 2014, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. De Lara was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 12 months plus one day imprisonment, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Justin J. Sadler, 27, of Gillette, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 6, 2014, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sadler was arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. He received 120 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $900.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Jonathon D. Wright, 32, of Laramie, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 3, 2014, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 112 grams of methamphetamine. Wright was arrested in Laramie, Wyoming. He received 70 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $400.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
USGS Wind River Reservation Boundary map showing the boundaries as the EPA (pre-1905) sees them.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – With several articles beginning to circulate nationally about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act ruling putting Riverton within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation, we thought we’d lay out some of the basic facts.
In a very small nutshell, the EPA ruled in December that the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation have “state status” for the purposes of air quality monitoring within their borders, and they also have an opportunity to comment on projects within 50 miles of the exterior boundaries of the reservation.
In its ruling, the EPA put Riverton, Kinnear and Pavillion inside the reservation’s boundaries, despite 1905 congressional action designating the borders and past court rulings to the contrary.
The ruling’s Federal Register listing is at this link, and from there hundreds of documents used in coming to the decision, including the boundary issue, can be found.
Below is a list of County10.com articles on the topic in chronological order, from oldest to most recent.
Rothwell Hall at the current Wyoming Life Resource Center. (Joshua Scheer photo)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee is meeting today and tomorrow in Cheyenne and one of the topics on tomorrow’s agenda is draft legislation to replace the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander.
The bill, 14LSO0233.C1, is sponsored by the Interim Committee and it calls on the Wyoming State Building Commission to perform a Level I Reconnaissance study and a Level II feasibility study for the construction of a new facility to replace the Wyoming Life Resource Center. The draft legislation indicated the legislature has determined the need for the project. It directs the commission “to analyze appropriate, available sites at Lander (Wyoming) for the new facility.” The draft bill indicates the project could be funded by the current sale of the present WLRC, which sits on the eastern bluff above the Popo Agie River overlooking Lander.
The bill would also “assumes Wyoming statutory law is changed to allow eligibility for services at the life resource center to be conditioned on Medicaid and private pay qualification.”
Lander St. Rep. Lloyd Larsen is a member of the Interim Committee. The bill is expected to be discussed by the committee during Friday’s session in Cheyenne.
In addition to a new facility, the bill also calls for the studies to determine what services would be provided at the center and what populations would be eligible to receive services there.
The study is proposed to be completed by June 30, 2015.
Several of the classes involve realistic training scenarios with live fire and smoke at the Wyoming Fire Academy, as pictured here from the 2013 school. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – This weekend will be a busy one in and around Riverton with the annual Mid Winter Fire School taking place at various locations around the city with about 500 people expected to attend. Captain Scott Walters of the Riverton Volunteer Fire Deparatment is in his fourth year as chairman of this big event, which involves firefighters from across the state, and neighboring states. The event is hosted by the RFD and the Wyoming State Firemen’s Association.
“We have 400 students pre-registered, mostly from Wyoming but also from montana, Colorado and Utah. We even have a Connecticut registration this year,” he said. “We’ll also have about 60 instructors coming from around the state and country, and I think we have some 40 vendors lined up.”
The events are happening at the Wyoming Fire Academy on Smith Road, RFD Station #1, Central Wyoming College and the Elks Lodge #1693. Thirty-Five different classes will be taught this year, including wild land, structural and live fires, ventilation techniques, automobile extrication, combined space rescue, pumper truck instruction, fire cause origin, HazMat and leadership classes, Walters said.
The Mid Winter Fire School has been a local tradition since 1972 and over 20,000 firefighters have attended. “We have everything from basic firefighting training to advanced, and I think we have some of the best instructors in the nation that come here every year,” Walters said.
Registration begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. with various associations and groups with business meetings on Friday with classes on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The Riverton Elks Lodge #1693 will be hosting a Taco Bar dinner at the lodge for the fire school participants on Saturday night, with entertainment to follow (This event is for participants only, it is not open to the public).
Craig Haslam, Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief, is also the president this year of the Wyoming Fire Chiefs Association. That association is paying the tuition for the volunteer and volunteer and combination department firefighters to attend thanks to a Wyoming Firefighters Recruitment and Retention Grant.
Wyoming State Fire Marshall Lanny Applegate, formerly of Lander, said firefighters would “have the opportunity to experience some of the best educational fire training available with professional instructors” at this year’s event.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Recent Lander resident Steve Jones died suddenly January 5th at his home in Jackson. Donations in Steve’s memory to the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Wyoming Outdoor Council are encouraged. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held this summer, somewhere in the mountains of Wyoming. Read the complete obituary here.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Wayne Nelson, 84, passed away at his home in Cheyenne on January 5, 2014. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, with services following at 2 p.m., at Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Uinta St, in Evanston, Wyoming. Read the complete obituary here.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Recent Lander resident Steve Jones died suddenly January 5th at his home in Jackson. His friends and family provided the following.
Born Dec. 22nd, 1950, and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Cyrus and Francina Jones, Steve moved west shortly after graduating in 1974 from the University of Nebraska. Steve received his law degree in 1977 from the University of Oregon School of Law. Steve’s first legal jobs were for Southeast Nebraska Legal Services and then Wind River Legal Services. In 1980 Steve moved to Cheyenne and began what became a lifelong career working to defend Wyoming’s environment. Apart from a brief interlude in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska, Steve spent 10 years working for the people of Wyoming as Senior Assistant Attorney General zealously prosecuting polluters. When a new governor sought to rein in the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s enforcement activities, Steve —unwilling to compromise his values— decided he had had enough and went to work for the Wyoming Outdoor Council. As Watershed Protection Attorney, Steve worked at WOC for eleven years to preserve and to restore Wyoming’s wild rivers and streams. Most recently, Steve had opened Jones and Maxon Law Office in Jackson, with an associated office in Lander.
Steve was a passionate and dedicated environmentalist who rode his bicycle or walked to work in all seasons regardless of the weather. Whether he was recycling, composting, buying pre-owned clothing, shopping at the local farmers’ market, or using public transportation, he conducted his life in a way to minimize his impact on the earth.
Steve was a loyal and dedicated friend to many. He would go out of his way and drive great distances just to spend time with friends or to help those that expressed need. He had the ability to laugh at himself and take his personal circumstances lightly, but give others his full attention. He was renowned for his frugalness, but was generous to causes he believed in; and when called on, he came through.
Steve was a passionate outdoor enthusiast who loved nothing more than going on two-week backpack trips into the Wind River Mountains or long hikes in canyon country. He had a wonderfully positive outlook on life, a great sense of humor with an infectious laugh, and was treasured for his kindness and caring.
Steve is survived by two sisters, Betty Jones of Sunnyvale, California, and Janis Wuertz of Statesville, North Carolina, a nephew, David Wuertz of Asheville, North Carolina, twin nieces, Karen Bhaskar of Loves Park, Illinois and Kim Rabago of Woodbridge, Virginia and an extensive network of friends and colleagues in Wyoming and across the Rocky Mountain West who loved Steve and respected his professional accomplishments. His work made the world a better place.
Donations in Steve’s memory to the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Wyoming Outdoor Council are encouraged. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held this summer, somewhere in the mountains of Wyoming. Online condolences may be posted at https://www.facebook.com/rememberingstevejones. Details about his memorial arrangements will be posted there when made.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Wayne Nelson, 84, passed away at his home in Cheyenne on January 5, 2014.
He was born January 26, 1929, in Coalville, Utah, to Henry and Emma Morton Nelson. When he was young the family moved to Evanston, Wyo., to attend school. He graduated from Evanston High School in 1947. He excelled in sports and music, and was named the Best All Around Boy of his senior class.
He then joined the Army at the beginning of the Korean War. He served primarily in Kentucky, achieving the rank of Master Sargent
He married Sarah Jane Taggart in November 1950. They made their home in Lander, Wyo., and together, they had three children. She passed away in November 1962. In October 1976, he married Diane Pevic. They continued to make their home in Lander, and together, they had three children. In 2007, they relocated to Cheyenne, Wyo.
Wayne attended the University of Wyoming and earned a degree in Pharmacy in May 1956, becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He worked in Evanston, Cody and Lander before opening his own pharmacy in Lander, retiring in 2003. He was named Wyoming’s Pharmacist of the Year in 1976.
He enjoyed flying and obtained a pilot’s license shortly after high school. Other interests included helping local ranchers, caring for and working with his own horses, and supporting his children in numerous activities. He served as a councilman on the Lander City Council and was a member of the Atlantic City Federal Credit Union Board and the Lander Airport Board. He was also on the Lander Rodeo Committee and coached Lander youth baseball.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He held many positions within the church, including serving in the Bishopric, in the Stake Presidency, and was a High Councilman.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Diane; children Cindy (Jim) Hill, Mike (Kelli Jo) Nelson, Lori Nelson, Chris (Danielle) Nelson, Julie Nelson and Wendy Nelson; eleven grandchildren – Jody Graham, Bridget Hill, Kim Hill, Stacy Hood, Brenda Smith, Jonathan Nelson, Melinda Nelson, Brittany Debry, Erik Nelson, Michael Nelson and Brooke Nelson; fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sarah Jane, and his brother, Gene.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, with services following at 2 p.m., at Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Uinta St, in Evanston, Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lander Community Center rebuilding fund.
Some of the sleds in last year’s Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Expo. (Joshua Scheer photo)
(Fremont County, Wyo.) - This weekend’s events across Fremont County. For more information on these and others, visit County10.com’s events calendar here.
Friday, Jan. 10
Wyoming Women’s 5-Shot Rabbit Hunt - Entry information: 2 women per team, $80 per team entry free, 10 bullets, 1 judge. Registration, auctions, calcutta and more start at 6 p.m. at the Shoshoni Fire Hall. For more information call Joan at 850-8242, Kathy at 876-2450, or Mindy at 240-0439.
Lander Search & Rescue Fundraiser - A screening of “Into the Mind” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the LVHS auditorium. Proceeds from the $10 tickets will benefit Lander Search & Rescue. A pre-party will be held at the Coalter Loft from 5-6 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Wyoming Women’s 5-Shot Rabbit Hunt – Hunt starts at 5 a.m., followed by awards at 6 p.m. at the Shoshoni Fire Hall. For more information call Joan at 850-8242, Kathy at 876-2450, or Mindy at 240-0439.
11th annual Luckey Pond Ice Fishing Tournament - Ages 3-17 are invited to sign up for the annual tournament, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at The Good Place and Wyoming Wild Art Taxidermy. Door prizes and prizes for fish will be awarded. Limit 2 poles per person and all G&F regulations apply. Lander Kiwanis will provide lunch.
Rocky Mountain Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Expo – The exhibition at Fremont Toyota will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Spectator Entrance is Free. Exhibit/buy/sel
Nordic Ski Clinic - The Lander Valley High School Cross Country Ski Team will be conducting a ski clinic on Saturday, January 11th from 10 am – noon at the Lander Golf Course. Registration will start at 9:45 near the clubhouse. There is no set cost for the clinic but donations to help skiers attend the USSA Cross Country Junior Nationals Championships in March would be greatly appreciated. Learn more here.
Fremont Symphony Ochestra annual Fundraiser Concert – At 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at the Lander Library the Fremont Symphony Orchestra will be hosting its annual fundraiser concert. This special concert features ensemble performances by members of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. This will also be our first concert as the Fremont Symphony Orchestra (f.k.a. Fremont County Orchestra). Admission is free. Donations greatly appreciated.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Wyoming Women’s 5-Shot Rabbit Hunt – Junior Mentor Hunt (ages 12-17) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information call Joan at 850-8242, Kathy at 876-2450, or Mindy at 240-0439.
Rocky Mountain Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Ride-In - From South Pass Parking Area to Grannier Meadows, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – With the first meeting of the new year, the Riverton City Council conducted some annual business designations and, on the request of Mayor Ron Warpness, edited a previously approved set of minutes.
First, the appointments:
The city’s official depositories were listed in Resolution #1285. They are: Bank of the West, Central Bank and Trust, First Interstate Bank, U S Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The Ranger newspaper was designated as the city’s primary means of publication for official notices, minutes and such. This is a state statute requirement. Residents can also go to the city’s website for current city information.
Second, the catering permits granted were:
• Lapeyre Ent. Inc, for the Wild Turkey Foundation annual banquet on January 25th at the Fremont Center
• Lapeyre Ent. Inc. for the Fremont County Fire Protection District annual banquet on January 25th at St. Margaret’s Gymnasium
Third, a business license application was also approved:
• Cougar Gulch Lawn Care (Todd Smith). Council member Smith abstained from the vote.
In other action…
Mayor Warpness asked that the minutes of the December 10th work session to changed to read as follows: “Mayor Warpness read a press release by the City that strongly disagreed with the EPA’s opinion declaring that the area surrounding Riverton is Indian Country.” Warpness said he thought the language as reported in the minutes was not clear enough to indicate the city’s opposition to the EPA decision. “The City’s press release read by Mayor Warpness expressly disagreed with that position and he feels that this formal record of our work session should be changed,” Weaver said in a memo to the council.
Warpness said during the meeting that the decision involved air quality monitoring, “and we’re all supportive of clean air, maybe this will help accomplish that.” At the same time, the mayor said the issue will be “entrenched deeply” in the legal field. “I wanted to make sure the record reflected that we support the Attorney General and State of Wyoming.” The mayor also said that the issue “makes a lot of us nervous on both sides of the river on the implications” of such a ruling. “If we can come together and reason it out, it will all work out.”
The council agreed to the change and the vote was unanimous.
Previously reported was the plan to replace two council members who resigned last month and the passage of the door-to-door solicitation ordinance. See that post by clicking here.
The holidays are over, and now it’s time to get back to work on the basketball court.
Here are the schedules and scores, for the first full week of January.
Tuesday, January 7th:
#5 Rock River 52 Glendo 22
#5 Encampment 45 Laramie Sophomores 36
Thursday, January 9th:
East-West Invitational at Riverton:
#3 Sheridan 47 Riverton 31
Laramie 45 Evanston 36 OT
#1 Douglas 52 Glenrock 33
#4 Wind River 53 Shoshoni 38
Burlington 54 Ten Sleep 29
(#2 1A) Cokeville 45 2A Big Piney 27
Friday, January 10th:
#1 Natrona 56 #2 Gillette 30
#4 Cheyenne East 58 Green River 36
#5 Cheyenne Central 39 Rock Springs 36
East-West Invitational at Riverton:
#3 Sheridan 60 Kelly Walsh 44
Riverton 48 Laramie 44
Evanston 40 Cheyenne South 29
#4 Rawlins 59 #2 Torrington 40
Cody 55 #3 Lyman 47
Newcastle 42 #5 Wheatland 33
Mountain View 22 Powell 21
Star Valley 46 Lander 26
Pinedale at Jackson – 5:45pm
#1 Lovell 60 Greybull 35
#2 Kemmerer 37 Big Piney 19
#3 Tongue River 79 Moorcroft 11
Thermopolis 44 #4 Wind River 40
#5 Burns 70 Saratoga 51
Big Horn 44 Wright 34
Southeast 38 Lusk 29
Kimball, NE 51 Pine Bluffs 44
Wyoming Indian 53 Shoshoni 31
#1 Lingle-Ft. Laramie 64 Harrison, NE Sioux County 40
#3 Upton 54 Arvada-Clearmont 25
#4 Little Snake River at Manila, UT – 4:30pm
#5 Rock River 55 H.E.M. 44
#5 Encampment at Dubois – PPD to Mon. Jan. 13
Meeteetse 43 Midwest 25
Morrill, NE 66 Guernsey 33
2A Sundance 46 1A Kaycee 23
1A Burlington 55 2A Rocky Mountain 25
Saturday, January 11th:
#4 Cheyenne East 62 Rock Springs 42
Green River 36 #5 Cheyenne Central 33
East-West Invitational at Riverton:
Riverton 56 Cheyenne South 29
#3 Sheridan 62 Evanston 44
Laramie 41 Kelly Walsh 29
#1 Douglas 51 Worland 36
#2 Torrington 41 #5 Wheatland 29
Powell 54 #3 Lyman 42
#4 Rawlins 43 Newcastle 38
Buffalo 47 Glenrock 41
Mountain View 36 Cody 33
Lander 64 Jackson 52
Star Valley 47 Pinedale 23
#1 Lovell vs. Wright (at Big Horn) – 3:30pm
Big Horn at Moorcroft – 4pm
Pine Bluffs 45 Lusk 35
Wyoming Indian 66 Riverside 17
#2 Cokeville 51 Dubois 20
#3 Upton 48 Normative Services JV 5
Hayden, CO at #5 Encampment – Noon
Midwest 58 Arvada-Clearmont 37
Hulett at Kaycee – 3:15pm
H.E.M. 30 Guernsey 29
Meeteetse at St. Stephens
Farson-Eden 52 Manila, UT 46
(#1 1A) Lingle-Ft. Laramie 59 (#5 2A) Burns 49
(#4 1A) Little Snake River at 2A Saratoga – 3:30pm
1A Burlington 48 2A Greybull 35
(Former Dubois Museum Director Katrina Krupicka Dingman spoke to the Dubois Town Council last February. (C10 File photo)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – The controversy surrounding the personnel changes and other issues at the Dubois Museum surfaced at Wednesday’s Dubois Town Council meeting.
Two topics were discussed by audience members with input and questions put forth by Mayor and council members, involving granting a parcel easement to Rodger and Sandie Leseberg as a trade for work and an overview presented by former Dubois Museum director Katrina Krupicka Dingman about her tenure in that position. Dingman resigned in December 2013.
Mayor Blakeman invited Dingman to address the council by stating, “Please tell the council what you’ve been putting up with for the past 18 months”.
Dingman told the council that the Fremont County Museum Board (FCMB) had hired her to build Dubois a new museum. At the beginning, “they were 110% behind me” in those efforts utilizing funding from a Scenic ByWays Grant, “then that [funding] went away.” She said she received conflicting perspectives from the FCMB members, with different directions on “what I was to be doing. This became a very stressful situation,” she said, “I’ve always wanted the Dubois Museum to be a living breathing part of the community and was not hearing that [from FCMB].” Dingman stated that in March  the “FCMB’s focus shifted away from a new Dubois museum being built” and that she was “staking my reputation on saying something different than what I was telling the community.” She continued,“then when Steve Banks was removed with unsubstantiated allegations, that was it.”
Blakeman asked how much money the FCMB agreed to spend on planning and for the building construction cost. Dingman stated the $4 million construction budget had been pared down to a $2.5 million project. Blakeman asked, “So the County never gave you any sort of clue how much money they would put in”? Dingman responded, “No dollar amount was given.” Dingman ended by stating “It broke my heart to leave, but it was a way to gain attention.” Dingman encouraged the public to attend Thursday’s FCMB meeting in Dubois.
Later in the meeting Blakeman addressed council members, seeking authorization to write a letter of protest to the FCMB and the County Commissioners regarding recent actions of the board, which would include protesting the ‘illegal removal of Mr. Banks.” She also stated that she would protest a statement she was told that Mr. Lane [Chair –FCMB] had allegedly made that he was not going to allow any more of the planning grant to be spent on a new Dubois Museum. Council members discussed whether the transfer of museum land to the county from the Town of Dubois could be reverted as proposed by council member Pete Chimenti, “once they (Fremont County) got the land they were done [with the intention to fund a new Dubois museum]. Council member Rick Lee stated, “ Sounds like they are disgruntled down there and the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing and we need to know what they plan on doing.” Blakeman encouraged council members and the public to attend the FCMB meeting today where she would, “point blank ask them what their plans are-especially in light of Mr. Lane (allegedly) wanting to take all the planning money away.”
Action items approved at the meeting included the following:
-Council members approved the Mayor’s re-appointment of the following:
Attorney: Western Law Associates, Lander
Municipal Judge: The Hon. Robert Denhardt, Lander
Town Clerk: Sandy Hust
Airport Manager: Tim Schell
Airport Board – (5 Years) Brad Lindsey and Harold Albright
Planning Commission: (6 Years) Frank Welty and Dave Gaddis
Board of Adjustment: (3 Years) Vonna Smith, Monte Baker, Lynn Stewart
- Approval completion as recommended by Nelson Engineering on the Sewer Rehabilitation and Sawmill Water Project.
– Approval to authorize Nelson Engineering to provide engineering services for the relocation of the antenna under the Agreement for Professional Engineering Services dated July 30, 2013 and approved by the Governing Body on August 14, 2013 based on the estimate provided of $1,000.00.
- Approval to expend funds in the amount of $2,000.00 per the quote from Pinnacle Electric for the installation of exterior lighting at Town Hall stairs. Liability Insurance to be provided with the Town as Additional Insured.
- Approval of the adoption of and authorization to implement the Town of Dubois Safety and Loss Control General Safety Procedures Manual.
- Approval of a Temporary Catering Permit – Rustic Pine Tavern – “Soupananny” Fundraiser for the Headwaters and NOD– Headwaters, February 22, 2014
- Approval of a Malt Beverage Permit and Open Container Permit for the Dubois Chariot Races, January 11 and 12, 2014.
- Approval to authorize Mayor Blakeman to submit a letter of protest pertaining to the recent actions of the Fremont County Museum Board to the Board and to the Fremont County Commissioners.
– Approval of Accounts Payable list dated January 3, 2014.
- Approval to accept December 2013 Financial Report as presented.
Six audience members and two media representatives attended the regularly scheduled meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. before reconvening for an executive session to discuss legal and personnel issues.
Students and parents looked over materials prior to the start of Wednesday’s workshop. (Ernie Over photo)
The event was put together by Feryne McSweeny, the WyCAC College Advisor at RHS. Presenting the information last night was Kathryn DeWitt, from the financial aid office at Central Wyoming College.
The group walked through application forms and procedures needed to begin the financial aid process.
After the judging of the West Central Science Fair at CWC last year, visitors stopped and read about the science fair experiments and exhibits. (Scott Rockhold photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Central Wyoming College, which is hosting the West Central Regional Science Fair Jan. 27-29, is seeking judges to rate projects created by middle and high school students.
The judging takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in CWC’s new Health and Science Center on Jan. 27-28. The public can view the entries the morning of Jan. 29, which is followed by the award ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Health and Science Auditorium, room 100 on the west end of the main floor.
Fair Coordinator Suki Smaglik is asking prospective judges to judge anytime Monday and/or Tuesday. It is helpful if the judges have experience in science, math, technology, engineering and/or science/health.
Smaglik is also asking companies and organizations to sponsor a prize or donate small giveaway items for students.
If interested in being part of the Science Fair judging team or making donations, contact Smaglik at 855-2146 or email her at email@example.com.
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’s law enforcement recap from around the county over the weekend. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Stefan Bigmedicine, 31, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant. At 9:58 p.m., deputies were called to the 100 block of Firethorn Lane near Riverton by a man who said a man came to his house intoxicated and reported getting hit with a bat. Deputies determined that Bidmedicine, who had an outstanding warrant, had been kicked out of another house and hit with a plastic bat. He was taken into custody.
At 9:36 a.m. on Thursday, a woman on Chittim Road near Lander reported receiving a possibly fraudulent fax.
At 11:32 a.m., deputies were called to the 600 block of Mountain View Drive in Dubois for a report of a woman who was attacked by a dog. The dog was reportedly shot five times and was deceased when deputies arrived. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the dog was a bull terrier that was owned by the family involved. The mother of the adult female victim shot the dog. The reason for the attack is unknown, and the dog was up to date on its shots, Lee said. The victim reportedly had wounds to her face and was bleeding from the lip. Lee said she was treated at the clinic in Dubois.
A man on Irwin Lane near Lander reported that someone over night walked around his house.
A blue mountain bike was reported stolen from a business on the 200 block of West Ramshorn Street in Dubois.
At 4:15 p.m., a woman on the 900 block of North Sixth Street reported finding mountain lion tracks in her yard. The reported was turned over to Wyoming Game & Fish Department. G&F’s Brian DeBolt said the print was determined to be from a large dog.
Riverton Police Department
Nina Littleshield, 47, Riverton, Domestic Battery. Police were called to the 100 block of Apache Avenue in the A&T Mobile Home Park on the report of a fight. Littleshield was arrested for assaulting her 44-year-old boyfriend by hitting and slapping him. There were no serious injuries.
Kandace Louvat, 23, Riverton, Domestic Battery; Cederic Shakespeare, 27, Riverton, on a Fremont County warrant. Police were dispatched to a family fight report at 6: 23 p.m. to an apartment in the 900 block of Forrest Drive. Upon arrival, police heard a scuffle inside and upon entering, witnessed Louvat assaulting Shakespeare. She was arrested and police discovered he had an outstanding county warrant. They were separated for the night in separate jail cells at the detention center in Lander.
Jody Vanfleet, 30-year-old male, Riverton, Vandalism and Burglary. At 24 minutes past midnight on Thursday morning, police received a report of a man who had kicked in a door to an apartment in the 900 block of Forrest Drive. Police responded and discovered the door had been kicked in. Officers observed the man going through drawers in the apartment, finding a bottle of alcohol and beginning to drink it. Vanfleet was contacted and placed under arrest. The man told officers that he had slept in that apartment the night before. Unfortunately for Vanfleet, he entered the wrong apartment. An RPD report indicated alcohol was involved.
A personal injury two vehicle crash at West Main and North 5th East was reported at 2:26 p.m. The vehicles involved were a red 1999 Cadillac and a white 2011 Ford pickup. A Fremont County ambulance transported one man to Riverton Memorial Hospital, who was treated and released.
Police were called to the 1000 block of West Main Street at 3:52 p.m. for juveniles in several trucks that were alleged to be “loitering” in the area.
An investigation is underway into a possible fraud that was reported to police Wednesday at 6:20 p.m. No details were available. A “substantial” amount of funds were allegedly involved in the fraud. No other details were available.
Lander Police Department
Police took a report of credit card fraud. There are no suspects at this time.
Two wrecks were around noon yesterday. One on Hillcrest Street resulted in more than $1,000 in damage, other other on the 400 block of Main Street was more minor, Chief Jim Carey said. Reports on both crashes were not complete as of Thursday morning.
At 2:34 p.m., police were called to the are outside of Gannett Peak Elementary School for a report of an argument between two adults, Carey said. One party was reportedly intoxicated, but upon officers’ arrival the person was no longer in the area.
At 8:21 p.m., police were called to the area of Main and Washakie streets for a report of a person stumbling around in the area. Officers were unable to locate the person.
At 12:50 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to the 700 block of Wood Street for a report of suspicious noises outside of a residence. Police arrived and found nothing out of the ordinary.
A rotary snow plow and a city dump truck worked Thursday morning to remove snow that had been windowed on East Main. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – At the conclusion of Tuesday’s night’s city council meeting, each of the councilors, in turn, praised the Riverton Streets and Alleys crews for a good job in attacking the 8-10 inch snowfall that surprised the city Friday night. Council member Richard Gard said he had been told of several slick intersections and wondered if the sanding crews had been out.
City Administrator Steven Weaver said yes, they had been out since Saturday. He also noted two of the city’s major pieces of snow removal equipment were down for repairs, leaving only a blade, dump trucks and a front end loader to get the major streets wind-rowed. “We actually had a few calls praising us for the snow removal job,” he said. “We appreciate what the crews are doing late at night and early in the morning.”
After the snowfall, the city crews began working in the overnight hours to clear North and South Federal, East and West Main and North and South Broadway, the major thoroughfares in the city.
One of the major pieces of snow removal equipment is the city’s “Kodiak” rotary snow plow which clears the streets. It’s transmission went out and other large piece of equipment had a blown hydraulic line, Weaver said. The Kodiak is back in service Thursday, and it was seen clearing East Main at mid morning (see above).
“I suggest people slow down,” Gard said, “It’s still slick out there.”
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police are searching for information on a suspect in an alleged attempted armed robbery at the Family Dollar store Wednesday afternoon. According to a police report, a man wearing several layers of clothing under a black hooded sweatshirt entered the store with a white tee shirt pulled up over the lower portion of his face. The hooded sweatshirt covered most of his face. He allegedly approached a check out station and began pulling what the clerk describes as a black firearm out of his sweatshirt pocket. When the suspect heard other people in the back of the store, he slipped the weapon back into his pocket and fled the store.
For reasons unknown, the store clerk did not call 911 but alerted the manager. It was eight minutes before the store called 911 and by that time the suspect was no where to be seen. The store is located on the 500 block of Pershing, just behind the Safeway Store and Riverton Police Department.
The suspect is identified as a male about 5’8″ tall, about 150 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, and gloves and, as mentioned before, had several layers of clothing under a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information or knowledge about the attempted robbery is asked to call the RPD at 856-4891.
Photo by RCMarx/Shutterstock.
(Jackson, Wyo.) – The Upper Snake River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group will hold a public meeting to solicit comment for their Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan update.
There will be an open house public meeting to discuss the revised plan from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, at the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Jackson (420 North Cache Street).
Interested persons can find the updated plan online at: http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/
The Upper Snake River Basin Sage-Grouse working group is one of eight local working groups statewide. Each is composed of citizens representing various stakeholder groups interested in sage-grouse conservation and associated land management issues. The group has already developed and initiated a conservation plan to benefit sage-grouse and, when feasible, other species that use sagebrush habitats.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department asked each local working group to update their sage-grouse plans to reflect new policies and information that have become available since the plans were originally completed in 2007. Chief among these are the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Executive Order(s), the BLM’s Instructional Memorandum, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2010 threatened and endangered species listing decision in 2010. The Addendum also updates details on sage-grouse conservation practices that the group has prioritized for funding via the legislature’s biennial sage-grouse conservation fund appropriation to each local working group.
–Wyoming Game & Fish Department