County 10™ http://county10.com Community News Stream Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:30:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://typeshift.co/?v=4.1.1 Over 50 vehicles involved in this morning’s I-80 crash, injuring over 20, one confirmed dead http://county10.com/2015/04/20/over-50-vehicles-involved-in-this-mornings-i-80-crash-injuring-over-20-one-confirmed-dead/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/over-50-vehicles-involved-in-this-mornings-i-80-crash-injuring-over-20-one-confirmed-dead/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:30:56 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100364 (Laramie, Wyo.) – 59 vehicles have been confirmed to be involved in this morning’s crash with the potential of another four to six more. The large fire that ensued from...

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(Laramie, Wyo.) – 59 vehicles have been confirmed to be involved in this morning’s crash with the potential of another four to six more. The large fire that ensued from the crash delayed the investigation efforts for an extended period. Wyoming Highway Patrol Crash Team Members and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are still continuing to work through the crash scene. 

An estimated 20 – 25 motorists were transported to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyoming. 10 were transported to the hospital by ambulance and the remainder were brought in either by school bus or personal transport. Of those who were seen by the hospital, three were admitted to I.M.H. and one was transferred to University Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Still only one confirmed fatality has been reported so far. 

The tanker hauling hazardous materials in the crash did catch fire but did not bleve so the hazardous material was not released into the open. 

One arrest has been made from the crash at this time. 45 year old Alex Dragaytsev, from Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, has been arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. Mr. Dragaytsev has been transported to the Albany County Detention Center in Laramie. 

A digital message sign 19 miles before the crash site had been advising westbound motorists of “Reduced Visibility, Black Ice and Reduce Speed” since 5:57 a.m. that morning.  

Interstate 80 remains closed  between Laramie and Sinclair. Westbound traffic from Laramie has been rerouted on US 30 to Walcott Junction. The extensive investigation and cleanup will keep that stretch of I 80 closed for some time. Motorists can check www.wyoroad.info or call 1-888-WYO-ROAD for updates on the closure. 

- Provided by Wyoming Highway Patrol

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Crude oil tanker trailer separates from truck, causes road damage on Hwy 28 http://county10.com/2015/04/20/crude-oil-tanker-trailer-separates-from-truck-causes-road-damage-on-hwy-28/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/crude-oil-tanker-trailer-separates-from-truck-causes-road-damage-on-hwy-28/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:57:49 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100358 This morning Wyoming Highway Patrol was called out to South Pass where a crude oil tanker trailer became separated from its Peterbuilt hauler. WHP Lt. Tom Adams said at  about...

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This morning Wyoming Highway Patrol was called out to South Pass where a crude oil tanker trailer became separated from its Peterbuilt hauler.

WHP Lt. Tom Adams said at  about 11:40 a.m. the two separated for unknown reasons, and the tanker trailer kept moving forward for a couple hundred yards after it separated. The tanker did not crack open, so the crude stayed inside. The highway did sustain significant damage, Adams said. No wrecks occurred due to the incident, and there were no injuries.

Photo by Jim Moore

Photo by Jim Moore

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Riverton Wrestlers have strong showing WAWA tournament http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-wrestlers-have-strong-showing-wawa-tournament/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-wrestlers-have-strong-showing-wawa-tournament/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:51:08 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100353 The Riverton USA Team had 31 wrestlers participate at the WAWA Kids/Cadet State tournament this weekend. Below are the results of those that placed.  Not all kids did all three...

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The Riverton USA Team had 31 wrestlers participate at the WAWA Kids/Cadet State tournament this weekend. Below are the results of those that placed.  Not all kids did all three tournaments. See how Shoshoni’s club performed here.

FreeStyle:
Mason Spoonhunter-1st
Elijah Hernandez-5th
Trayton Hyatt-2nd
Dino Baldes-1st

Folkstyle:
Mason Spoonhunter-2nd
Paxton Rees-6th
Elijah Hernandez-3rd
Trayton Hyatt-2nd
Ezekiel King-6th
Peyton Rees-5th
Dino Baldes-1st

Greco:
Elijah Hernandez-4th
Dino Baldes-1st

–Thanks to Kelly Rees for sharing

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New Meeting Rooms, Food Court at Wind River Hotel & Casino nearing completion http://county10.com/2015/04/20/new-meeting-rooms-food-court-at-wind-river-hotel-casino-nearing-completion/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/new-meeting-rooms-food-court-at-wind-river-hotel-casino-nearing-completion/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:35:28 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100088 (Riverton, Wyo.) – The food court and new meeting rooms at the Wind River Hotel and Casino are expected to open in May, the date for the soft opening is not yet...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – The food court and new meeting rooms at the Wind River Hotel and Casino are expected to open in May, the date for the soft opening is not yet set, but some 70 workers are installing kitchen and dining equipment and beginning the finish work at the site. The kitchen equipment in a massive new food preparation area will serve a the food court and the casino’s current Red Willow Restaurant and conference catering.

General Manager Jim Conrad and Marketing Director Jackie Dorothy gave County10.com an exclusive tour of the new addition this past week.

The expansion includes new loading and unloading bays with trash compaction and recycling capabilities, which Conrad said would reduce the trash stream leaving the casino by “more than half.”  A new dry storage area has also been added, and coolers that serve the present food service operation that were outside have been moved inside the new addition.

Being added are two new meeting rooms, the larger Cottonwood Room and a smaller Alpine Room and an executive board room known as the Cedar Room adjacent to the new food court. The Cottonwood Room will feed 175 people and it is right off of  the new kitchen area. The Cedar Room will feature large executive chairs and a central table.

The Grand Opening for the new addition is set for Tuesday, June 12th.

–The Wind River Hotel and Casino is a County10.com Community Partner

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Riverton council to award two contracts on Tuesday night; act on latest FORCC recommendations http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-council-to-award-two-contracts-on-tuesday-night-act-on-latest-forcc-recommendations/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-council-to-award-two-contracts-on-tuesday-night-act-on-latest-forcc-recommendations/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:39:52 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100339 (Riverton, Wyo.) – A contract to provide gasoline for the City of Riverton’s fleet of vehicles for the next two years is on tap for approval at Tuesday night’s regular...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – A contract to provide gasoline for the City of Riverton’s fleet of vehicles for the next two years is on tap for approval at Tuesday night’s regular council meeting at city hall. Bailey Enterprises was the only firm bidding on the city’s RFP (request for proposals).

Bailey’s submitted two bids in two alternates. City Staff is recommending the council accept Alternative #2 that would use the WEX card system, presently in use by the city, over an in-house card that would be good only a Bailey’s locations. Total cost of that alternate would be $202,813.

The city council will also act on approving the project management contract for the reconstruction of the west end of the main runway at Riverton Regional Airport this spring, summer and fall. The city’s current  airport consultant, Jviation of Denver, was the low bidder in both staff hours required and costs. City staff recommends the council accept the Jviation bid of $1.3 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pick up about $1.2 million of the cost, the State of Wyoming Aeronautics Division through WYDOT will be responsible for $50,000 of the total and the city’s share of the cost is $33,500.

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(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend law enforcement report from around the county. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests/Citations

Misti Hereford, 34, Lander, on a Failure To Appear warrant

Tana Papse, 41, Lander, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Calls:

There were 123 calls for service over the weekend

A house burglary was reported in the Riverton area on Friday at 8:19 a.m. The break-in is under investigation; no other information was released.

A report of two Great Danes attacking a pot bellied pig was made from windy Flat Drive near Kinnear.

Deputies were called to Tumbleweed Drive near Lander for a reported Juvenile female out of control.

Deputies responded to the Wind River Casino where a belligerent customer was reported. No BIA officers were immediately available. Deputies were unable to find the suspect.

A woman was rushed to SageWest Health Care in Lander after students at the CWC Sinks Canyon Center called to report a woman passed out in a vehicle . A FCSO report indicated the woman had a drug overdose. No other information was reported.

A resident on Elder Lane reported that she went to bed with a bag tied to her containing her medication and money and that when she awoke, she told deputies someone had cut the bag off of her. No further information was provided.

A complaint was received that horses were not being cared for at a residence on East Monroe in Riverton. The call sheet indicates law enforcement is working with the animal’s owner to correct the situation.

A report from David’s Way indicated dogs had gotten into the reporting party’s chickens and were chasing horses.

 

Lander Police Department

Arrests/Citations

Danny Genereaux, 31, Lander, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Genereaux was found to have a warrant when the Department of Family Services was conducting a welfare check at his residence.

Anthony Long, 19, Lander on a Lander Police warrant

Calls:

There were 32 calls for service over the weekend

A home break-in reported on Friday morning is being investigated as possible retaliation to an incident on April 15th.

The report of a missing child apparently was the result of a miscommunication. The child stayed the night at a friend’s house, and he apparently had permission from his father to do so.

A minor hit and run was reported at 9:25 p.m. at North 1st and Main Street when a black Ford pickup side swiped a Lincoln Navigator. A side mirror on the Lincoln was damaged.

 

Riverton Police Department

Arrests/Citations

Clowry Means, 48, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication (.268% BAC)

Houston Headley, 46, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant

A 63-year-old Riverton man was cited for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign that resulted in a minor traffic collision.

Brian SunRhodes, 30, Ethete, Unlawful Contact (.434% BAC) For unlawfully and temporarily detaining a 9-year-old boy. See that story here.

Erika Antelope, 24, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant. (.188% BAC)

Isaiah Apodaca, 31, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence that resulted in a vehicle crash. He was not injured. Over $1,000 in damage reported.

Chauncey Friday, 48, Riverton, Pedestrian Under the Influence (.211% BAC)

Alexandra Sinclair, 20, Riverton, on a Probation Violation

Roy Reignier, 47, Riverton, DUI, No Drivers Licence. (.19% BAC)

Benjamin Antelope, 46, Riverton, on a Failure to Pay Fines warrant and Simple Assault

Benjamin Piper, 47, Riverton, Public Intoxication (.307% BAC)

Virgil Mcleod, 19, Riverton on a Failure to Appear warrant and Minor Under the Influence (.151% BAC)

David L. Burt, 24, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, Driving While Under Suspension, and Possession of Marijuana. He was contacted by police following a REDDI report at the South Federal Maverik.

17-year-old Juvenile female from Riverton, FTA, to group home in Lander

23-year-old Riverton male cited for having a Dog At Large on Comanche St.

Patrick Little, 33, Riverton, on a Park County warrant

A 17-year-old Riverton female cited for possession of marijuana

Calls:

There were 44 calls for service on Thursday

The RPD received one call on Thursday of someone else filing an income tax return in the reporting party’s name.

A woman reported her vehicle was taken from the 900 block of Forest Drive. The vehicle was found and some $20 to $30 in change inside the car was reported to be missing. Police are continuing their investigation.

A rental car, a silver Ford Focus from Hertz, was not returned on time, prompting a call to police. The BIA Wind River Police Department assisted in locating the vehicle and it was returned to the rental car agency.

A local resident called to report that some $591 in charges were made to their credit card without their knowledge from a location in the state of Illinois. The card was cancelled and police made a report for the credit card company.

Police received a REDDI report at 1:57 p.m. in the 800 block of West Monroe. Upon contacting the elderly female driver, it was determined she had not been drinking.

A man called police to complain that his former wife had discarded what he alleged was $5,000 worth of sporting goods that he had not yet pickup up from his former residence. Police determined the complain was a civil and not a criminal matter.

Some juveniles were spotted on the roof of the gazebo at Teter Park and told to get down from there.

A resident reported the theft of a Chicago brand electric welder and a Chicago brand winch. The two items were valued at nearly $300. The items were taken from a garage in the 900 block of East Roosevelt sometime this year.

There were 38 calls for service on Friday

Police were called for a report after a local resident found a $186 charge on a credit card account from the state of Pennsylvania that she did not make.

The Department of Family Services contacted police with a concern that an elderly man’s son was using his father’s debit card. A total of some $500 was spent with the card. Police are investigating.

A report of two men and four dogs fighting behind the Holiday Inn turned out to be a dogfight and the owners were trying to separate the animals. There were no injuries.

At 8:37 p.m. a woman called police to report that her downstairs apartment neighbor was “cooking ham and beans and ham and cabbage” and she didn’t like the smell. The downstairs neighbor told police the woman often complains of his cooking by screaming at him from the hallway and he considered such behavior harassment. The woman told the police dispatcher she could no longer stand the smell and she left the apartment before officers arrived.

A gas grill and a gasoline generator being prepared for an auction was stolen from a fenced area in the 4600 block of Riverview Road. The two stolen items were valued at $300 each. The thief cut off a lock to gain entry to where the items were located.

A newspaper delivery person reported finding numerous vehicles with their doors open and items from inside the vehicles stacked neatly outside on the street. In each of three instances in the West Bend and Big Bend areas, the owners of the vehicle reported nothing missing from their unlocked vehicles, despite them being ransacked.

There were 29 calls on Saturday

A caller in the 1400 block of Aspen Drive reported a “small German Shepherd” at loose in the area. Police found a Chihuahua at that location, and it was taken to PAWS.

Power tools worth about $600 and a wallet containing $80 cash and credit cards were taken from an unlocked Dodge Ram pickup in the 1600 block of West Main.

Seven horses that apparently escaped from the Riverton Livestock Auction were rounded up and the owner contacted. The horses never made it to the busy South Federal Boulevard.

There were 23 calls on Sunday

Police and a county EMS ambulance was called to Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods after a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were locked in a gun safe in an apparent prank by other youngsters. The two were in the store with their parents, a police report indicated. Apparently the juveniles who closed the door on the safe attempted numerous times to unlock the safe, but a safety mechanism inside the lock reset itself and the two kids spent about 15 minutes locked up until the safe could be opened again. It was not an airtight safe. When they were finally released, EMS personnel looked them over and found them to be okay. No charges were filed.

Police were called to Valley View Road for a vehicle there being driven by a child. Police found a grandfather teaching his 10-year-old grandson how to drive. No law enforcement action was taken.

 

Fremont County Emergency Medical Services

County ambulances were called out 41 times since Friday, nine times in the Lander area, 14 times to locations on the Wind River Indian Reservation, 16 times in and around Riverton, and twice in Dubois

 

Fremont County Fire Departments

There were eight calls to county fire departments since Friday, The Crowheart and Dubois Fire Departments answered a structure fire call in Dubois, The Fort Washakie Fire Battalion responded to an outside fire on the Ethete Road, the Morton/Kinnear Fire Battalion was called to investigate an odor on Missouri Valley Road, the Lander Volunteer Fire Department was called out on a smoke investigation and the Riverton Fire Department answered four calls, for a vehicle fire at Walmart, an outside fire on Rendezvous Road, a suspicious circumstance on West Monroe and a fire alarm on Henry Road.

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How to Be an “Environmental” Investor http://county10.com/2015/04/20/how-to-be-an-environmental-investor/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/how-to-be-an-environmental-investor/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:44:41 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100336 Next week, we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired millions of people to take action to improve the environment. But...

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Next week, we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired millions of people to take action to improve the environment. But the lessons of environmentalism can also be applied to other areas of life — such as investing. Specifically, as an investor, you may well want to follow the “three Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Let’s see how these environmental themes can be applied to your investment habits:

  • Reduce — Many of us probably own more things than we really need. In fact, if all the other people on Earth used as much “stuff” as we do in the United States, the planet would need to have three to five times more space just to hold and sustain everybody, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. So from an environmental standpoint, it might be smart for all of us to “streamline” our possessions. And the same could be true for our investments — it’s not always a case of “the more, the merrier.” It’s particularly important not to own too many of the same type of investments, because you could suffer a setback in a market downturn that primarily affects those assets.
  • Reuse — One way of being environmentally conscious is to repair, rather than replace, durable goods such as bicycles, washers, dryers, etc. After all, “new” is not always better. Many investors are also prone to tossing out the old and bringing in the new — and not always with the best results. For example, some investors switch their overall strategy every so often in attempts to capitalize on some trend they have heard about. But you’re almost certainly better off by sticking with a long-term strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Of course, within your strategy you can make adjustments as your circumstances change over time, but there’s probably no need to toss your entire approach overboard. As you invest, though, always be aware that the value of your investments will fluctuate, and there are no guarantees that you won’t lose value.
  • Recycle — Aluminum cans become airplane parts, old phone books are transformed into textbooks and plastic beverage containers may end up as the carpeting on your floors. It’s truly amazing how recycling can give new life to old, unwanted products. In a way, you can also “recycle” investments that no longer meet your needs, either because your circumstances have changed or because the investments themselves have become fundamentally altered — as is the case when a company in which you invested has shifted its focus or taken its business in a new direction. Instead of just liquidating the investment and using the cash to buy, say, an ultra-high-definition television with all the bells and whistles, you could find a new use for the proceeds in your investment portfolio. To name one possibility, you could use the money to help save for a child’s college education. Or you might use it to help fill other gaps in your portfolio.

By following the “reduce, reuse and recycle” philosophy, you can help make the world a “greener” place to live. And by applying the same principles to the way you invest, you can create a healthier environment in which to pursue your important financial goals.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Riverton Police investigating possible attempted vehicle arsons http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-police-investigating-possible-attempted-vehicle-arsons/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/riverton-police-investigating-possible-attempted-vehicle-arsons/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:41:30 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100327 (Riverton, Wyo.) – There was one vehicle fire in Riverton over the weekend and two apparently attempted vehicle arson attempts, which Sgt. Scott Komrs said are under further investigation. “We...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – There was one vehicle fire in Riverton over the weekend and two apparently attempted vehicle arson attempts, which Sgt. Scott Komrs said are under further investigation.

“We have not ruled out, at this time, any connection between the three,” he said Monday.

The two alleged arson attempts were reported in the 200 block of West 17th Street and in the 100 block of West Monroe.

In the first instance, Komrs said evidence was found outside of a silver Chevrolet pickup “that looked like someone had tried to start a fire. The gas door was open and there was other evidence,” he said.

The second alleged arson attempt involved a 1999 Suburban where there was an interior fire inside the vehicle “and evidence that would indicate a possible arson,” Komrs said.

The Sgt. said a fire investigator has been called in to review the evidence in each case.

 

 

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Another crash has closed I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie; Fatality reported http://county10.com/2015/04/20/oh-oh-another-crash-has-closed-i-80-between-rawlins-and-laramie/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/oh-oh-another-crash-has-closed-i-80-between-rawlins-and-laramie/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:38:04 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100329 (Laramie, Wyoming) – WYDOT has closed I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie again due to a crash. For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due...

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(Laramie, Wyoming) – WYDOT has closed I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie again due to a crash.

For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292.

Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the trucks to jackknife in both lanes of I 80 westbound. After the jackknife, the chain reaction of crashes began as multiple westbound vehicles crashed into the jackknifed truck and each other.

Very preliminary information has approximately 21 – 40 vehicles involved. Multiple injuries and one fatality have been confirmed. The investigation and cleanup has been hampered due to a large fire that is still burning from the crash with a 22,000 gallon tanker of Butyl Cellosolve (hazardous material) involved in the fire.

We ask that motorists waiting at the road closed gates be patient and check www.wyoroad.info or call 1-888-WYO-ROAD for updates when the interstate will reopen.

Do NOT drive around the barriers, you will be caught and subject to at least a $750 fine if not Jailed.

A Red Cross shelter will be opening at 1st Christian Church in Laramie for folks affected by the closure of I-80.–WYDOT is a County10.com Community Partner

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(Jackson, Wyo.) – Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded to a large structure fire engulfed several businesses at 850 West Broadway near downtown Jackson during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 19.      

The fire was reported to Jackson Police officers who were in the area at approximately 2:00 a.m. Reports of a significant fire led to the immediate evacuation of guests and employees of The Lodge at Jackson Hole.  Some residents of the nearby Virginian Apartment Building were also evacuated. 

Due to quick response and the ability of fire crews to gain control of the fire, residents were allowed back in their apartments at approximately 2:40 a.m.  Hotel guests were provided lodging at another lodging property due to the amount of smoke in the immediate area.  The Lodge at Jackson Hole was not damaged by the fire and is operational today.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Battalion Chief and Incident Commander Brian Coe stated, “I am pleased with our crews’ quick response which lead to the fire being quickly brought under control, avoiding damage to neighboring structures and having no injuries reported.  while this is a devastating event, it could have been worse.  Our community can be proud of their volunteer and paid firefighters.”  

This incident and the resulting evacuations is a reminder to be prepared for the unexpected.  Teton County Emergency Management Coordination commented, “This incident, and other recent events demonstrates that emergencies causing evacuations can and do happen in Jackson Hole. This is a good time to make sure you have an emergency plan and a go-kit that you and your family can quickly enact and grab.  For ideas of what to include in your kit visit: www.ready.gov.”

The cause of the fire is currently still under investigation. At approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS crews responded to a structure fire at 850 West Broadway.

Initial attack was successful with crews knocking down the fire by approximately 2:30 a.m.  Over 30 personnel and 10 apparatus were on scene until 6:30 a.m. Crews worked to save as much of the structure and property within the businesses as possible, however significant damage was sustained by several businesses.

The public is asked to avoid the immediate area of the fire which include Habitat for Humanity, Chinatown Restaurant, 4A Engraving, Broadway Laundry, Teton Arms and El Metate.  Other businesses in the Grand Teton Plaza, Gun Barrel Steakhouse and The Lodge at Jackson Hole were unaffected by the fire and will be able to operate under normal business hours.  

The State Fire Marshal is traveling to Jackson and will work with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel to conduct an investigation to the cause of the blaze.

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Away from your phone/desktop this weekend? Here’s what you missed http://county10.com/2015/04/20/away-from-your-phonedesktop-this-weekend-heres-what-you-missed-21/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/away-from-your-phonedesktop-this-weekend-heres-what-you-missed-21/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:54:28 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100314 (Fremont County, Wyo.) – In the order County 10 readers viewed these stories (starting with the most popular from this weekend). Click the story to read more:

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – Spring is a time of transition, when late-season snowstorms can impact travel and afternoon thunderstorms bring the threat of hail, tornadoes, and lightning. The National Weather Service is asking Wyoming residents to use Wyoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 20 through 24, to plan and prepare for the varied weather that strikes the state.

“Everyone seems to have several ways in which they receive warnings. Smartphone apps, wireless emergency alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, the emergency alert system broadcasts over TV and radio, just to name a few. Having several ways in which you receive warnings increases the likelihood that you take action,” said Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton NWS office. “Our focus this week is on increasing preparedness and taking action to keep you and your family safe when hazardous weather threatens.”

Chad Hahn, warning coordination meteorologist at the Cheyenne NWS office, added that severe weather is more than just tornadoes, wind, and hail. “Certainly, people should practice a family tornado drill once each year and they should always take shelter indoors when thunderstorms approach,” said Hahn. He added, “Flash floods and wildfires are also dangerous, and people need to be ready to take action when they threaten.”

The NWS advises that people understand which weather hazards are most likely to affect them and then put together an emergency plan. Knowing ahead of time where you plan to shelter saves valuable time when hazardous weather strikes. Jones and Hahn both agree that sharing your preparedness activities with others is critical in building a weather-ready nation.

A test Tornado Warning will be issued by the NWS for the entire state on Wednesday, April 22, at 1030 am to ensure statewide emergency communications and alerting capabilities are ready for the thunderstorm season. Broadcasters and public safety alerting points across Wyoming will be participating in the test. Schools, health care and continuing-care facilities, and other large venues are encouraged to use the drill to test internal emergency procedures.

For more information about severe weather safety and preparedness, visit the NWS website at: http://www.weather.gov/riw/severe_weather_awareness_week_main

–National Weather Service Forecast Office, Riverton 

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Plains Tire in Riverton is giving away money! http://county10.com/2015/04/20/plains-tire-in-riverton-is-giving-away-money-2/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/plains-tire-in-riverton-is-giving-away-money-2/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:00:57 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100163 Mitch and his team would love to help you stay safe on the road with a new set of tires. The Spring Spectacular Sale is still happening at Plains Tire...

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Mitch and his team would love to help you stay safe on the road with a new set of tires. The Spring Spectacular Sale is still happening at Plains Tire and you can take advantage of all kinds of discounts and deals designed to get you out the door with incredible value.

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High Pressure to result in Mostly Sunny skies and dry today in the Wind River Basin http://county10.com/2015/04/20/high-pressure-to-result-in-mostly-sunny-skies-and-dry-today-in-the-wind-river-basin/ http://county10.com/2015/04/20/high-pressure-to-result-in-mostly-sunny-skies-and-dry-today-in-the-wind-river-basin/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:59:42 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100309 (Riverton, Wyo.) – It will be mostly sunny in the Wind River Basin today with calm winds and warmer with temperatures reaching near 60. For Western and Central Wyoming, partly...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – It will be mostly sunny in the Wind River Basin today with calm winds and warmer with temperatures reaching near 60.

For Western and Central Wyoming, partly cloudy skies and warming temperatures will prevail today as high pressure builds across the region. This mostly dry and warm weather pattern will continue through Wednesday before the next Pacific Storm System brings a chance of rain showers and widely scattered thunderstorms to the Cowboy State.

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G&F Commission to set hunting season and quotas April 22-23 in Casper http://county10.com/2015/04/19/gf-commission-to-set-hunting-season-and-quotas-april-22-23-in-casper/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/gf-commission-to-set-hunting-season-and-quotas-april-22-23-in-casper/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:08:59 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100282 Setting hunting seasons and quotas for big game for the coming fall will be the focus of the April 22-23 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper. The Commission...

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Setting hunting seasons and quotas for big game for the coming fall will be the focus of the April 22-23 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper. The Commission will establish 2015 seasons and license quotas for all big game species including wild bison. In addition, the Commission will also set seasons for upland and early migratory birds and small game as well as turkey seasons for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 hunts.

The Game and Fish Department reminds the public that this meeting comes after many public meetings across the state and a comment period. The public is welcome to attend the Commission meeting at the McMurry Training Center, 2220 Bryan Stock Trail in Casper. A complete agenda can be found online at:wgfd.wyo.gov. The open meeting session begins at 9:00 am on April 22.

The Commission will also receive an update on the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative and the current evaluation of the Governor’s Sage Grouse Executive Order and sage grouse core area boundaries.

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AAAs Via magazine features Lander http://county10.com/2015/04/19/aaas-via-magazine-feature-lander/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/aaas-via-magazine-feature-lander/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:34:26 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100298 AAA’s Via magazine, Spring 2015 MountainWest issue, highlights Lander as a travel destination in their piece, “Where Cowboys do Brunch“. Local contributor (full disclosure: And past County 10 contributor) Kelsey...

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AAA’s Via magazine, Spring 2015 MountainWest issue, highlights Lander as a travel destination in their piece, “Where Cowboys do Brunch“. Local contributor (full disclosure: And past County 10 contributor) Kelsey Dayton authored the piece with photography provided by Nicole Morgenthau.

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Armed robbery suspect bound over to higher court http://county10.com/2015/04/19/armed-robbery-suspect-bound-over-to-higher-court/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/armed-robbery-suspect-bound-over-to-higher-court/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:30:52 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100284 (Lander, Wyo.) – Aggravated Robbery suspect John Michael Dick, 27, of Riverton, has been bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District on charges related to an armed incident at a Lander motel...

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(Lander, Wyo.) – Aggravated Robbery suspect John Michael Dick, 27, of Riverton, has been bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District on charges related to an armed incident at a Lander motel in early March.

He is facing charges of Aggravated Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana after he allegedly attempted to rob the owner of the Maverick Motel at gunpoint. Dick is currently being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond. In convicted, he could be facing upwards of 25 years in prison.

A date for an arraignment hearing, where Dick will enter a plea to the charges, has not yet been set. Read more background on the case here.

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Early morning fire destroys Jackson businesses http://county10.com/2015/04/19/early-morning-fire-destroys-damages-jackson-businesses/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/early-morning-fire-destroys-damages-jackson-businesses/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:54:40 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100294 According to our friends at SweetwaterNow.com, At approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS crews responded to a structure fire at 850 West Broadway. Initial attack was successful with...

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According to our friends at SweetwaterNow.com, At approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS crews responded to a structure fire at 850 West Broadway.

Initial attack was successful with crews knocking down the fire by approximately 2:30 a.m.  Over 30 personnel and 10 apparatus were on scene until 6:30 a.m. Crews worked to save as much of the structure and property within the businesses as possible, however significant damage was sustained by several businesses.

The public is asked to avoid the immediate area of the fire which include Habitat for Humanity, Chinatown Restaurant, 4A Engraving, Broadway Laundry, Teton Arms and El Metate.

Read more here. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.

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Linnan leads Shoshoni Wrestling Club with Undefeated season http://county10.com/2015/04/19/linnan-leads-shoshoni-wrestling-club-with-undefeated-season/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/linnan-leads-shoshoni-wrestling-club-with-undefeated-season/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:23:28 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100291 (Shoshoni, Wyo.) – The Shoshoni Shooters Wrestling Club announced the results of its participation in the state club meet. Results below are for Freestyle and Folkstyle wrestling Kellen Linnan- 1st, 1st...

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(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – The Shoshoni Shooters Wrestling Club announced the results of its participation in the state club meet.

Results below are for Freestyle and Folkstyle wrestling

Kellen Linnan- 1st, 1st  (Undefeated in Freestlye and Folkstyle for season 2015)

Branson Thompson- 2nd, 2nd

Brooke Calvert- 2nd (Female) 2nd (Female)  6th, 6th

Cannon Campbell- 3rd, 2nd

Stavin Pierson- 6th, 2nd

Bodie Jensen- Participant Participant

Preston Hence- Participant Participant

–Shoshoni Shooters Wrestling Club

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Lander Woman’s 104th Birthday celebrated Sunday at Westward Heights http://county10.com/2015/04/19/lander-womans-104th-birthday-celebrated-sunday-at-westward-heights/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/lander-womans-104th-birthday-celebrated-sunday-at-westward-heights/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:05:24 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100286 (Lander, Wyo.) – Ruth McKee’s birthday was actually several days ago, on April 16th, but her church family and her daughter Alitia gathered Sunday to sing hymns and share birthday...

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(Lander, Wyo.) – Ruth McKee’s birthday was actually several days ago, on April 16th, but her church family and her daughter Alitia gathered Sunday to sing hymns and share birthday greetings with Lander’s Centenarian.

McKee resides at the Westward Heights Care Center.

Led by Pastor Kris Trahnstrom, a dozen or so members of Faith Lutheran Church stopped by Ruth’s room after services on Sunday to give her communion and sing her favorite songs, including Onward Christian Soldiers, Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art, among others.

Among the birthday greetings Ruth received was a letter from Governor Matt and Carol Mead. “You have led by example and it shows in the love and regard your family and friends have for you! Have a wonderful day, Ruth,” the governor wrote.

Happy Birthday Ruth!

Singalong here.

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UW study finds Pikas may be able to behaviorally buffer against temperatures changes http://county10.com/2015/04/19/uw-study-finds-pikas-may-be-able-to-behaviorally-buffer-against-temperatures-changes/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/uw-study-finds-pikas-may-be-able-to-behaviorally-buffer-against-temperatures-changes/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100276 (Laramie, Wyo.) -Pikas, those furry little mammals that scurry and skitter between rocks at high elevations, are being studied as a model organism for avoiding temperature stress by a pair...

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(Laramie, Wyo.) -Pikas, those furry little mammals that scurry and skitter between rocks at high elevations, are being studied as a model organism for avoiding temperature stress by a pair of University of Wyoming researchers.

Pikas may be more resilient than once thought.

Because they neither migrate nor hibernate like most alpine mammals, pikas have learned to adapt to extreme weather changes, which can happen daily, as well as seasonally, at Wyoming’s high elevations.

If temperatures get too hot during the summer, pikas seek shelter under the shade of rocks. When it’s cold in the winter, they use snow tunnels for insulation and forage on the hay they gathered and piled during warmer months.

“In general, they can alter their active time,” says Embere Hall, a University of Wyoming Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Zoology and Physiology.

“In the middle of summer, when it’s hot out, they may be more active in the morning or the late afternoon. What we are looking at is how they balance the time they spend looking for food and using shelter to avoid heat stress.”

For the past two and a half years, Hall has studied the American pika in three Wyoming mountain ranges – the Gros Ventre Range, the Wyoming Range and the Snake River Range — all located within the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Pikas are listed as a “species of greatest conservation need” in Wyoming.

Anna Chalfoun, a UW assistant professor of zoology, and assistant unit leader of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, is Hall’s faculty mentor.

“Pikas are fascinating on many levels. It’s maybe the only wildlife species that stays put the whole year in these alpine environments,” Chalfoun says.

“They’re particularly useful to study because they have a wide range of behaviors in response to their environmental conditions. They have a narrow thermal tolerance.”

A pika is a small mammal, with short limbs, rounded ears and no visible tail. It also is known as the “whistling hare” due to a high-pitched alarm call it emits when diving into its burrow.

“They are mistaken as rodents, but are actually related to rabbits,” Hall says. “They weigh six ounces and would fit in the palm of most people’s hand.”

Capturing pika behavior

Because they are so small, pikas are near the bottom of the food chain, and have to be aware of predators, including fox, coyotes, weasels and owls, Hall says.

To protect themselves from predators, pikas make alarm calls to alert other pikas.

Pikas are native to cold climates and most species live on rocky mountain sides, where numerous crevices are used as shelter. They are found from northern New Mexico into Canada. As herbivores, they feed on forbs, grasses, sedges, shrubs, twigs, moss and lichen.

“They can only forage when there are plants on the ground. There is no way for them to do that when there is snow on the ground,” Chalfoun says.

As a result, pikas, much like squirrels, store food during the summer in preparation for winter, Hall says.

To do this, they create large hay piles on top of rocks. During the winter, pikas live in sub-nivean tunnels, which are located in the snow between the ground’s surface and the top of the snowpack. They feed from the hay as well as use it for insulation.

Some of the plants they gather contain phenolics, which are compounds toxic to other animals.

“Pikas figured out how to co-opt that as a way to preserve their hay pile,” Hall says.

“If pikas can adjust behaviors that affect survival — such as foraging — in response to extreme temperatures, then it may signal hope for other species with similar life history characteristics.”

Through footage captured on strategically-placed trail cameras — approximately 3,500 videos to date — Hall and Chalfoun have been able to see the time of day pikas are active; the size of their food loads; and how many trips they make to their hay piles.

Perhaps the most interesting video captured occurred at night.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first evidence of pikas caching food at night,” Hall says, pointing to footage of a pika ascending a hay pile in darkness.

By surveying 199 sites in the three mountain ranges, the two also collected temperature data using small sensors placed on rock surfaces and in subterranean climates. They found pika activity at roughly 58 percent of the sites, Hall says.

“Pikas are kind of like Goldilocks,” Hall says in reference to the storybook character’s temperature preference for porridge. “They don’t like temperatures that are extremely cold and they don’t like when it gets really hot out. They like it just right.”

Based on the research, the two have concerns that climate change and less snowpack has led or will lead to more pikas moving to higher elevations to access cooler temperatures during summer months. Chalfoun’s primary concern is that high elevation soils are slow to develop and, thus, may not support enough of the plant life that pikas need. Consequently, there may be a future mismatch between the elevations that provide the temperatures that pikas require, and the food resources available to them at those elevations.

On the flip side, Hall, in what she terms her “microrefugiae hypothesis,” says less snowpack at lower elevations would provide less snow cover or insulation for pikas and create a colder environment. This could lead to pikas seeking higher elevations in winter because the snow cover there would provide warmth and more stable temperatures for the small mammals.

Hall says information generated from the study will have direct implications for species’ conservation designations and ongoing prioritization efforts, including species’ rankings in the State Wildlife Action Plan, which the Wyoming Game and Fish Department maintains and is currently revising.

“We’re still working on our project,” Hall says. “We don’t have final results.”

Hall will present her research at the 3rd Conference of the North American Pika Consortium in Golden, Colo., April 17-18. Hall co-founded the group in 2010. She and Chalfoun recently submitted a paper on their research findings to the journal Ecography.

 

 

-University of Wyoming-

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Photo of the Day: Bighorn Sheep butts at the Red Rocks near Dubois http://county10.com/2015/04/19/photo-of-the-day-bighorn-sheep-butts-at-the-red-rocks-near-dubois/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/photo-of-the-day-bighorn-sheep-butts-at-the-red-rocks-near-dubois/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:00:33 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100270 (Dubois, Wyo.) – Susan Kinneman was traveling in the Dubois area when she saw a group of Bighorn Sheep at the Red Rocks. Kinneman said the sheep were more interested...

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(Dubois, Wyo.) – Susan Kinneman was traveling in the Dubois area when she saw a group of Bighorn Sheep at the Red Rocks. Kinneman said the sheep were more interested in grazing than turning around for a photo, thus the sheep butts photo. Thanks for sharing and giving us an early morning chuckle Susan!

 

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Wyoming Tennis Dominates in 4-0 Victory over CSU; Finish 1st in Mountain West http://county10.com/2015/04/19/wyoming-tennis-dominates-in-4-0-victory-over-csu-finish-1st-in-mountain-west/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/wyoming-tennis-dominates-in-4-0-victory-over-csu-finish-1st-in-mountain-west/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100267 Cowgirls on a school record eight-match winning streak LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 18, 2015) – The Wyoming tennis team finished in a tie for first place atop the Mountain West Conference after...

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Cowgirls on a school record eight-match winning streak

LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 18, 2015) – The Wyoming tennis team finished in a tie for first place atop the Mountain West Conference after a 4-0 victory over the Colorado State Rams on Saturday afternoon. The Cowgirls closed out the regular season with a 13-5 record overall and a 5-0 record in league play. It’s the first time the programs’ history that a team has gone undefeated in conference action and finished in first place.

“In my ten years of coaching I have not had more fun on any given day as today,” head coach Dean Clower said. “Watching all four seniors competing at the same time and playing our style of tennis was great. Once again, we came out professional and ready to go. We played doubles the way we know how and really executed the game plan. The team has come a long way and aren’t done yet. Thanks again to the best crowd in all the country.”

Wyoming began the day solid on the doubles side with three strong matches. Magdalena Stencel and Jessica Parizher opened up with a 6-0 victory against Maddie Buxton and Madison Porter while seniors Alma Espinosa and Christa Gecheva earned a 6-2 win over Natalie Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska. Dorottya Jonas and Silviya Zhelyazkova were up 4-2 against Mollie Cooper and Celine Voss but didn’t finish the match.

All four seniors were in the line-up and led the Cowgirls to the victory. Parizher made easy work against Laia Hernandez Soler, 6-1, 6-1, followed by Zhelyazkova in her victory, 6-1, 6-1, against Buxton. Gecheva sealed the Cowgirl win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 over Aina Hernandez Soler. Espinosa was tied in her match at a set a piece but didn’t complete the match.

Wyoming will resume play this week at the 2015 Mountain West Championships which begin on Wednesday in Albuquerque. The Cowgirls will know what time and the opponent after the bracket is released on Monday by the league office.

Wyoming (13-5, 5-0 MW) vs. Colorado State (7-12, 1-5 MW)

April 18, 2015 | Laramie, Wyo. (UW Indoor Tennis Courts)

Wyoming 4 Colorado State 0

Doubles

  1. Christa Gecheva/Alma Espinosa (WY) def. Natalie Heffron/Adriana Wojakowska (CSU), 6-2
  2. Jessica Parizher/Magdalena Stencel (WY) def. Maddie Buxton/Madison Porter (CSU), 6-0
  3. Dorottya Jonas/Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY) vs. Mollie Cooper/Celine Voss (CSU), 4-2 dnf

Singles

  1. Magdalena Stencel (WY) vs. Natalie Heffron (CSU), 1-0 dnf
  2. Nastya Tokareva (WY) vs. Adriana Wojakowska (CSU), dnp
  3. Jessica Parizher (WY) def. Laia Hernandez Soler (CSU), 6-1, 6-1
  4. Christa Gecheva (WY) def. Aina Hernandez Soler (CSU), 6-2, 6-3
  5. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY) def. Maddie Buxton (CSU), 6-1, 6-1
  6. Alma Espinosa (WY) vs. Celine Voss (CSU), 4-6, 6-3 dnf

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Partly sunny today, a bit cooler, showers expected in the West http://county10.com/2015/04/19/partly-sunny-today-a-bit-cooler-showers-expected-in-the-west/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/partly-sunny-today-a-bit-cooler-showers-expected-in-the-west/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:43:15 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100273 (Riverton, Wyo.) – High Pressure will start to build across the Central Rockies today which will bring some sunshine to Wyoming with cooler temperatures and a few light Showers possible...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – High Pressure will start to build across the Central Rockies today which will bring some sunshine to Wyoming with cooler temperatures and a few light Showers possible over the Far West this afternoon, according to today’s weather synopsis from the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport.  Partly cloudy skies and warmer weather will prevail on Monday for the Cowboy State.

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Saturday’s Misnamed Home and Garden Expo was really a craft show http://county10.com/2015/04/19/saturdays-misnamed-home-and-garden-expo-was-really-a-craft-show/ http://county10.com/2015/04/19/saturdays-misnamed-home-and-garden-expo-was-really-a-craft-show/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:12:41 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100261 (Riverton, Wyo.) – The “Home and Garden Expo” at the Riverton Holiday Inn Saturday was misnamed. More appropriately, it should have been called a craft show, as that’s what it...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – The “Home and Garden Expo” at the Riverton Holiday Inn Saturday was misnamed. More appropriately, it should have been called a craft show, as that’s what it was.

People showing up looking for home improvement, gardening and landscaping vendors were disappointed. Only one vendor was selling potted vegetable plants, the rest were a variety of other hand made and craft products, from near and far.

The front office staff at the Holiday Inn said people who came expecting garden items left disappointed. “I guess they misnamed the event,” one said.

In spite of that, the parking lot was full and vendors appeared to be busy.

 

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Lander Latin students bring home awards from Colorado competition http://county10.com/2015/04/18/lander-latin-students-bring-home-awards-from-colorado-competition/ http://county10.com/2015/04/18/lander-latin-students-bring-home-awards-from-colorado-competition/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:00:59 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100195 Last week two students representing the Lander Junior Classical League chapter won multiple prizes at the annual Colorado State Classical Convention. Marietta Mortensen and Fiachra Rottinghaus traveled to Estes Park,...

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Last week two students representing the Lander Junior Classical League chapter won multiple prizes at the annual Colorado State Classical Convention. Marietta Mortensen and Fiachra Rottinghaus traveled to Estes Park, Colorado along with just over 300 students from across Colorado. The Lander girls were the only students from Wyoming, and both finished with enough points to be named in the top 35 students overall at the two-day competition. Categories range from written academic tests to performances in Latin and English and even graphic arts with Classical themes.

Awards won by Lander included:

2nd Place- Mythology Level 1: Marietta Mortensen

2nd Place- Latin Reading Comprehension Level 4: Fiachra Rottinghaus

1st Place- Derivatives Level 1: Marietta Mortensen

3rd Place- Derivatives Level 4: Fiachra Rottinghaus

4th Place- Decathlon Level 4: Fiachra Rottinghaus

3rd Place- Latin Oratory Level 1: Marietta Mortensen

2nd Place- Latin Oratory Advanced: Fiachra Rottinghaus

2nd Place- Latin Dramatic Interpretation Level 1: Marietta Mortensen

3rd Place- Latin Dramatic Interpretation Advanced: Fiachra Rottinghaus

This is the first year of existence for the Lander chapter of the Junior Classical League. It is currently the only chapter of the national organization registered in Wyoming. The club is open to students in grades 6-12 who study Classical languages or culture. The Lander group currently has 11 members. Anyone interested in finding out more about JCL or starting a chapter in another part of Wyoming can email the State Chair at malloryannhayes@hotmail.com.

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Pro-Marijuana “Weed Walk” Rally at Riverton City Park drew several dozens Saturday http://county10.com/2015/04/18/pro-marijuana-weed-walk-rally-at-riverton-city-park-drew-several-dozens-saturday/ http://county10.com/2015/04/18/pro-marijuana-weed-walk-rally-at-riverton-city-park-drew-several-dozens-saturday/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:49:43 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100253 (Riverton, Wyo.) – The organizer of a statewide effort to get a voter initiative on the 2016 ballot to legalize marijuana use in Wyoming said a request for the petition...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – The organizer of a statewide effort to get a voter initiative on the 2016 ballot to legalize marijuana use in Wyoming said a request for the petition will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office on Monday.

IMG_0857Chris Christian of Jackson said if their petition is approved, they will have until Feb. 8th of next year to gather over 50,000 signatures. “So far we’ve had two rallies in Cheyenne, two in Casper and this one in Riverton,” Christian told County10.com. We had several others planned but they were cancelled by weather.”

Christian, in pre-event publicity, was hoping for 500 people at the Riverton Rally. Instead, about 50 folks showed up. Most rallied in the city park at the intersection of Main and Federal, holding signs and shouting their message as motorists passed by.

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Lander and State Elks busy with programs around the community http://county10.com/2015/04/18/lander-and-state-elks-busy-with-programs-around-the-community/ http://county10.com/2015/04/18/lander-and-state-elks-busy-with-programs-around-the-community/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:00:36 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100188 Lander Elks Lodge #2317 has been busy in recent weeks. In conjunction with the Wyoming State Elks Association, it has donated $1200.00 to the Lander Baseball Association. The Wyoming State Elks...

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Lander Elks Lodge #2317 has been busy in recent weeks.

In conjunction with the Wyoming State Elks Association, it has donated $1200.00 to the Lander Baseball Association. The Wyoming State Elks Association has also donated $1,200.00 to the Eastern Shoshone Boys and Girls Club and $1,000.00 to Lander’s local Back-Pack Program.  As well as donations to these groups, the Needy Youth Program of the Wyoming State Elks Association donated $7,300.00 to Lander Lodge #2317 for clothing in our area. Over $60,000.00 has been donated statewide for the youth in Wyoming through this program.

Lander Elks Lodge #2317 has also given to the Rocky Mountain Baseball Camp (being held June 2 and 3), Project Graduation, History Day, Christmas Baskets, Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunt, Scholarships, FBLA, Close Up, and many, many others.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Child Abuse is No Excuse; Family Fun Day drew big crowd today in Riverton http://county10.com/2015/04/18/photo-gallery-child-abuse-is-no-excuse-family-fun-day-drew-big-crowd-today-in-riverton/ http://county10.com/2015/04/18/photo-gallery-child-abuse-is-no-excuse-family-fun-day-drew-big-crowd-today-in-riverton/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:45:40 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100224 (Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Child Prevention hosted a Family Fun Day today at the James. H. Moore Career Center this morning and early afternoon. There were police, sheriff, fire...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Child Prevention hosted a Family Fun Day today at the James. H. Moore Career Center this morning and early afternoon. There were police, sheriff, fire officers there, and a host of agencies with information for the parents and neat stuff for the kids.

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The annual RHS Roy Peck Track Meet underway today in Riverton http://county10.com/2015/04/18/the-annual-rhs-roy-peck-track-meet-underway-today-in-riverton/ http://county10.com/2015/04/18/the-annual-rhs-roy-peck-track-meet-underway-today-in-riverton/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:10:05 +0000 http://county10.typeshift.co/?p=100221 (Riverton, Wyo.) – Teams from around the county and the region are in Riverton today at the annual Roy Peck Invitational Track Meet hosted by Riverton High School. Stop by...

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – Teams from around the county and the region are in Riverton today at the annual Roy Peck Invitational Track Meet hosted by Riverton High School. Stop by and see some good track and field competition at Wolverine Stadium.

 

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