Four things that can help with retirement

(Riverton, Wyo.) – If you think back to your math classes in high school or college, you may remember that many of the problems involved the use of variables. Changing these variables around in any fashion would change the outcome of the problem. Similar situations occur in life all the time. To illustrate: If you look at the need to manage your retirement income so that you can’t outlive it as a “problem” to be solved, you will need to adjust some variables to arrive at the solution you seek. That’s why it’s so important you be aware of the key variables involved in your retirement income planning.

David Brock, 22, was wanted as a person of interest in  the child abduction case.

BREAKING: Suspect in child abduction identified, photo released.

UPDATE: The Riverton Police Department is looking for David Brock ,  22 year-old male from Riverton and is wanted for questioning in the child abduction case from this weekend.  Please contact Captain Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department if you have any information on the whereabouts of David Brock. Please call 307-856-4891. 

The remains of the Miner's Delight Mine. (From the collection of Jean Mathisen Haugen)

A Little Bit Of Local History: Searching for Gold at Miner’s Delight

By Jean Mathisen Haugen, Lander Historian
(Lander, Wyo.) – Miner’s Delight, Wyoming came into being in early 1868 as one of three gold rush towns on South Pass.  it was originally named Hamilton City, but since the Miner’s Delight mine proved to be the richest of the mines in Spring Gulch, the name of the mine ultimately became the name of the town.
While South Pass City and Atlantic City were both bustling and booming somewhat, Miner’s Delight was quieter.  James Chisholm, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune, described it as a quiet little place tucked into the aspen trees when he visited the town and took up residence there for a time in the summer of 1868.    Chisholm kept a journal that was later published as the book ‘SOUTH PASS, 1868″
 Major Noyes Baldwin of the 1st Nevada Volunteer Cavalry at Ft. Bridger led a prospecting party of 40 men to area the summer of 1865.    The miners returned each year and the Miner’s Delight lode was located along with a number of placer claims in September, 1867.  The actual discoverer of the Miner’s Delight Lode may have been by Jonathan Pugh or Frank McGovern.  By June, 1868 the first notice of a town at the site was noted in the “Sweetwater Mines” newspaper.  “Hamilton City is growing apace and some 30 buildings are up in Spring Gulch.”
Ernest and Mart Hornecker, along with James Laird and Jake Frey arrived on August 6, 1869.   Mart and Ernest ended up working for James Kime who owned a store at Miner’s Delight for many years–mostly cutting hay at Lovell Meadows.  Miner’s Delight had a reputation of being peaceful, but on the first night there, one fellow who was a trouble maker and drunk as could be started taking potshots at another fellow.  Both of them were so drunk they couldn’t hit anything, but Ernest and Mart dived under a wagon for cover.
By 1872 the Miner’s Delight mines were dying out.  The richest strikes at the Carissa South Pass City and Atlantic City continued, but. Miner’s Delight  became a ghost town. It may likely resemble the quiet little camp James Chisholm first saw in 1868.  Rich gold never did quite “pan” out at Miner’s Delight.
The Festival of the Cowboys Ranch Rodeo at Crowheart. (Wyoming's Wind River Country)

It’s Official: July 26th declared National Day of the American Cowboy

(Washington, D.C.) – For the tenth year in a row, the U.S. Senate has declared a National Day of the American Cowboy. This year the day falls on July 26. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced the resolution that the Senate passed unanimously Thursday evening.

The Community Room at the Riverton Branch Library is used for a variety of events, including recitals and meetings, such as the one pictured above, and tonight a free Reggae music concernt. (File photo)

Fremont County Library Foundation grants $20k for Riverton Community Room updates

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Library Foundation at its July 10th Board of Director’s meeting, approved  a grant to the Riverton branch library for $20,000.00 to assist in the Community Library Room Project.   This grant is specifically for Audio- Visual equipment improvements; updating the current installation that has been in  place since the building’s inception.  The grant was made outside of the usual mission of the foundation, due in part, to the Fremont County Board of Commissioner’s recent commitment to fund the roof replacement of the Riverton Library.
Foundation President, John Angst, said “The Community Room is a vital asset to the Riverton branch and while the Foundation does not supplant  phyiscal plant funding that is the responsibility of the County; we saw a critical need to kickstart the project.  The Foundation did the same for Lander with the Carnegie Project.”The Fremont County Library Foundation operates an endowment to assist the branch libraries in Dubois, Lander and Riverton and community partner libraries throughout the county.Tax deductible contributions can be made to the Foundation and will be matched, one to one, by the State Foundation Match program as enacted by the Legislature.

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Sugar Silos, by Richard Bowden/

Wyoming OSHA Proposes $194,000 in Fines to Western Sugar Cooperative 

(Cheyenne, Wyo.)  — The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative for a total of 39 violations stemming from follow-up inspections at its Torrington and Lovell facilities. The two February OSHA inspections resulted in proposed penalties totaling $194,000.

Sunday's balloon launch was cancelled shortly after 7 a.m., but not before the silhouettes of several spectators were captured  from inside Cloud Kisser III. (Ernie Over photo)

Sunday’s balloon launch cancelled due to stronger than desired ground breeze

(Riverton, Wyo.) – It was another beautiful morning in the Wind River Country, but the morning clearance breezes were too much for the 24 aeronauts in this years 34th Annual Riverton Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally. Balloonmeister Pat Newlin cancelled the morning flight just after 7 a.m. when the breeze failed to die down. Even with that, one pilot did take off, at his own risk, and that was Colin Graham, the pilot of the special shape balloon, Bud E. Beaver. After inflating and standing up the big balloon, Graham decided to take it up. Two other balloons stood up for a time so the Sunday Morning crowd could take photos. Those were the host balloon Cloud Kisser III and Humpty Dumpty, another special shape  balloon.

The 13-14 year-old Riverton All Stars won the Wyoming State Championship July 19th in Torrington and were treated to a parade on a fire truck when they returned home. (Ernie Over photo)

State Champions! Riverton rolls to 13-14 Babe Ruth Title; On to the Pacific NW tournament

(Torrington, Wyo.) – The Riverton 13-14 Year-Old Babe Ruth All Stars went on an offensive rampage and went undefeated at the state tournament in Torrington and will now represent Wyoming at the Pacific Northwest Regionals in Whitefish, Mont., beginning July 29th. The team received the traditional ride on the Riverton Fire Department’s Ladder Truck around town with the siren blaring after their arrival Saturday night just before 8 p.m. The parade included a caravan of happy family members and friends, honking their vehicle horns all along the route.

The balloon glow and candlesticks after dark. (Ernie Over photo)

Photo Gallery: Balloon Glow, Candlesticks and Fireworks: Saturday night shows drew thousands

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The lawn at the Central Wyoming College Activity Field was full of camp chairs, coolers and lots of fire Saturday night. The annual Riverton Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally’s night glow and candlestick saw two of this year’s participating balloons inflate for the show, with six others doing the candlestick before an appreciate audience.


Car and Bike show, Auto-cross and Red Neck BBQ drew large crowd Saturday at CWC

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Rocky Mountain Rebels Car and Bike Show at Central Wyoming College keeps getting bigger each year. This year was no exception. The car and bike show was paired with the PAWS For Life Red Neck BBQ and Rugrats Carnival, Other events included a burnout and, for the first time, a auto-cross.

Gary Shoop had the honors to cut the fire hose dedicating the new fire hall at Midvale Saturday. (Ernie Over photo)

Battalion #8 Fire Hall at Midvale dedicated Saturday; State Fire Marshall attended

(Midvale, Wyo.) – The dedication and open house at the new nearly 10,000 square foot, almost $1 million Midvale Battalion 8 Fire Hall was held today, with a nice turnout from the community. Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief Craig Haslam acknowledged the community efforts that led to the establishment of the fire hall here over 40 years ago. Current Battalion 8 Chief Rocky McWilliams recognized current and past firefighters and Wyoming State Fire Marshall Lanny Applegate extended his congratulations to the fire district for its continued upgrade of county fire battalions.