Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference scheduled at CWC this week

(Riverton, Wyo.) –  Central Wyoming College English Professor Buck Tilton has once again organized a special opportunity for writers – The Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference. This conference features two days of inspirational guest lectures from bloggers, editors, publishers and authors combined with workshops and conversations around outdoor writing. The conference is scheduled to take place at CWC’s Sinks Canyon Center Field Station in Lander, Wyoming May 29 and 30. For writers just starting out, to professionals looking for inspiration this conference provides a venue to gather, converse and enhance writing skills among highly accomplished professionals.

Thermopolis WYDOT Employee caught in huge canyon slide, he escaped by a whisker

NOTE: was given access to the Wind River Canyon Monday afternoon for a first hand look at the devastation from dozens of mud and rock slides that crashed down on Highway 20/789 and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail line. The Wind River Canyon highway is closed indefinitely as WYDOT engineers assess the damage from the numerous slides and continue to work at clearing the highway of debris, which had been eight feet deep in some locations.

Sophia Raye Archer

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A Memorial service for Sophia Raye Archer, 7, will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at St. Margaret’s Gymnasium with Father Phil Wagner officiating. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Lillian “Lilly” Owen

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Lillian “Lilly” Owen, 89, of Riverton, died on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Jackson, MS. A viewing will be held the morning of the service from 9:00 am until the service begins. The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 10:00 am at Davis Funeral Home. Reverend Mark Rader will officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Jeanette Joyce Baltes

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Jeanette Joyce Baltes, 83, of Riverton, Wyoming died of natural causes May 23, 2015 with family by her side at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton, WY. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., in the Trinity Lutheran Church. A Reception will follow in the church basement. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Mud and Rockslides bury railroad tracks in several locations in Wind River Canyon

UPDATE at 7:03 a.m. has confirmed the railroad cars were empty cars parked along a siding and not from a moving freight train. The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that no train traffic is being allowed through the canyon at this point (obviously). The HSCSO also indicated the BNSF has dispatched crews and equipment to begin clearing the tracks.