The Lander Art Center welcomes new Executive Director

The Lander Art Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Rattenbury as the new executive director of the Lander Art Center, beginning in July 2015. Ms. Rattenbury is returning to Lander after leaving in 2002 to teach music, performing arts and general education in Wyoming public schools. She has collaborated with University of Wyoming professors to integrate science and arts in unique stage performances (UWYO Magazine, Winter 2007) and presented at conferences including the Wyoming Department of Education Summer Camp and WyTECC (Wyoming Technology-Engagement-Curriculum Connection) Conference.

Native Arctic Grayling, Westslope Cutthroat Trout make a comeback in Yellowstone’s Grayling Creek

Grayling Creek in northwest Yellowstone National Park will once again be home to a population of its namesake – Arctic grayling. This spring, NPS crews hatched nearly 100,000 grayling eggs in the upper reaches of Grayling Creek and Native westslope cutthroat trout are also being reintroduced – nearly 700 fish and more than 10,000 eggs have been stocked already in 2015. Introductions such as these for grayling and westslope cutthroat trout will be occurring for at least three years at Grayling Creek.

Investigation continues into Friday’s severe one-vehicle crash near Lander

A 23-year-old Lander man was airlifted to Casper with life threatening injuries after being ejected during a one vehicle roll over on North Second Street Friday afternoon. The investigation into the collision is ongoing; alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor. Witnesses reported the vehicle was operating at a high rate of speed before the driver lost control and ran off the roadway. The vehicle involved was identified as a brown 2007 Chevrolet truck. Below is an excerpt from Sergeant John Zerga with respect to his investigation of the collision:

Wyoming files lawsuit with 11 other states over Waters of the United States Rule

Governor Matt Mead announced today the State of Wyoming has joined in a lawsuit filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States rule. Governor Mead has opposed this rule since it was first proposed and he will help lead a coalition of twelve states in litigation against the final rule. The final rule was published in the Federal Register today.

Lummis weighs in on bill that would suspend EPA coal plant rule

Last week, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2042: the Ratepayer Protection Act. This legislation would suspend enforcement of the EPA’s rule to force the closure of coal-fired power plants until the resolution of the numerous legal challenges to the rule. The bill would also allow state governors to opt out of the rule should the governor determine the rule would have a significant adverse effect on electricity ratepayers or the reliability of the state’s power grid.