Governor Matt Mead has named Del McOmie as interim director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS). Mr. McOmie is currently Chief Engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). He will work with current DWS Director Joan Evans, who recently announced her resignation, to ensure a smooth transition until a permanent director is named.
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-
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.
Division ‘K’ Trooper Lee Pence has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant today by Interim Colonel Shannon Ratliff. Lt. Pence is the new Division ‘I’ supervisor that covers Fremont County.
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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:
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.
Wyoming has a new gizzard shad record thanks to the efforts of 15-year-old Torrington area angler Dawson Reifschneider. He caught his record fish out of the North Platte River near Torrington on June 25.
Eastern Shoshone tribal Chairman Darwin St. Clair Jr. announced today that the tribe has received a significant grant to improve surveillance systems at Shoshone Rose Casino.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 30-year-old Riverton man is being investigated after being caught in a suspicious situation with a 17-year-old girl in Shoshoni.
Dubois Search and Rescue Crews were assisted by Sublette County Search and Rescue Friday afternoon on Whiskey Mountain with a rescue operation for a female subject who had been bucked off. The woman sustained spinal injuries as a result of accident. The victim was stabilized and then extracted from the accident site to a near by landing zone.
Public Work Director Lance Hopkin reported this evening that repairs on one of the city’s main transmission lines was successful.
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.
The Lander Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team fell to Belle Fourche yesterday afternoon in the Rock Springs State Tournament, earning them fourth place overall.
Department of Workforce Services Director Joan Evans has announced plans to resign from her position effective July 10th. Governor Mead highlighted Director Evans’ role in his streamlining initiative.
Repairs on the broken water transmission line are on-going, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Shane White said this morning. The line, bringing water from the plant to town, was discovered broken at around 5 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Sinks Canyon Road and Mortimore Lane.
Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Shane White is asking Lander residents to conserve as much water as possible in light of a recent major water line break.
At the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) in Incline Village, Nevada, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has been elected as Chairman of the WGA for the coming year. Governor Mead succeeds Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who served as Chairman for the past year. Montana Governor Steve Bullock will serve as Vice Chairman.
The annual Wyoming Highway Patrol Association Awards Banquet was help last Friday in Sundance to recognize members of Patrol for individual and group achievements and actions in 2014. Recognition given at the banquet consisted of awards from both the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Strategic Plan.