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Tobacco compliance sting conducted in Riverton last Sunday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police Chief Mike Broadhead said Riverton Police conducted a tobacco enforcement sting on Sunday of last week having a 17-year-old enter 13 different business locations in an attempt to purchase tobacco products. In each instance, the business refused to sell to the under age buyer. “We had 100 percent compliance, which is great,” Broadhead said.

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Autopsy inconclusive on Riverton woman; Alcohol withdrawal cause of Hurtado death

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The cause of death of 53-year-old Carlene Headley who was found unresponsive in Riverton Monday morning will wait on completion of toxicology and other tests, Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen reported Wednesday. The woman was found in a Riverton home. “The preliminary autopsy results did not reveal a cause of death. There was no overt visible cause of her death,” Stratmoen said.

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Local youth get educated on the world of climbing

(Lander, Wyo.) – The International Climbers’ Festival, which gets started next week, got a bit of an early start last week leading a climbing camp for 21 youth. For four days, children ages 5-15 learned techniques in a gym. On the final day they travelled to the Wild Iris climbing area on South Pass for experience on a real rock wall.

Jessica Beecham. Photo provided.

Beecham named new North Riverton Game Warden

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Jessica Beecham is the new North Riverton Game Warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She replaces Warden Allen Deru, who transferred to Mountain View. Wyoming game wardens are responsible for wildlife law enforcement and education, damage and damage prevention, data collection, and wildlife management duties.

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Community Engagement Announcement: Surrell and Rowe

(Lander, Wyo.) Congratulations to a Lander Valley High School graduate who is recently engaged. Levi T. Surrell Jr. of Lander and Arreana Rene Rowe of Soda Springs, Idaho, are engaged. Mr Surrell is a 1980 graduate of LVHS. The bride to be is a graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, in Glenwood Springs, Colo. A wedding date is currently being set.

Pouring concrete at the East Monroe Intersection with South Federal Boulevard. (WYDOT)

Riverton highway projects planning to shut down over July 4th weekend holiday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Department of Transportation said Wednesday a pair of Riverton highway improvement projects will shut down for the holiday weekend beginning Friday, July 4. The holiday shutdown will continue through Sunday, July 6.
Road work on the Riverview Road and South Federal/Monroe Avenue projects is scheduled to resume on Monday, July 7.
Riverview Road:
A one-day closure of Henry Road is scheduled for Monday, July 7, on the Riverview Road highway improvement project. During this closure, citizens will be required to detour to and from Riverview Road via Mary Drive.
On either Tuesday, July 8, or Wednesday, July 9, the contractor is scheduled to close Mary Drive for one day. During this time, Henry Drive will be the detour route for access to Riverview Road.
Prime contractor Jerry Bornhoft Construction, Inc., is continuing fine-grading of the roadway in anticipation of scheduled asphalt paving activities later this month.
Working hours of the prime contractor are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic is being allowed to pass through the project from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. without being stopped by flaggers. During the remainder of the work day, travelers may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes.
“Citizens are invited to attend a 1 p.m. work progress meeting every Thursday at the City of Riverton’s Public Works Building on Monroe Avenue,” said Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.
Jerry Bornhoft Construction, Inc.’s scope of work on the $2.8 million project includes grading, draining, milling existing asphalt, placing crushed gravel base, asphalt paving, chip sealing, removal of the existing Riverton Valley Irrigation District canal bridge, curb and gutter, water main replacement, sanitary sewer and electrical improvements, fencing and other work on .94 miles of Riverview Road beginning at milepost 2.16 in the City of Riverton between Rein Road and Augusta Drive.
Contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2014.
South Federal/Monroe Avenue:
Thursday’s regular 2 p.m. public work status meeting has been cancelled for this week.
Beginning Thursday, July 10, regular public meetings open to citizens and business owners will be held at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the board room of the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Citizens are reminded that all businesses remain open on South Federal Boulevard, and accesses to businesses on Federal are open and being maintained.
Prime contractor Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne completed concrete street pours this week on the east leg of the South Federal Boulevard/Monroe Avenue intersection, and subcontractor Archer Construction of Riverton is continuing to prepare the subbase of the road for additional concrete pours in the east half of the intersection.
Scheidemantel said sidewalk concrete pours are occurring this week on the east leg of the South Federal/Monroe intersection.
“The east side of this project between Washington Avenue and Monroe Avenue will be coming together in the next few weeks, then traffic will be moved to finished (new concrete) side of South Federal as roadway work begins on the west half of the intersection and roadway between Washington and Monroe,” said Scheidemantel. “Sidewalk concrete pours, reclamation and other work will be ongoing throughout the project.”
The $5.04 million Federal/Monroe project begins about 250 feet south of East Monroe Avenue and extends north, ending 0.4 miles north of theFederal/Monroe intersection near Federal Boulevard’s intersection with East Washington Avenue. Work on Monroe Avenue will extend about 250 feet each direction from Federal Boulevard.
The intersection of Monroe Avenue and South Federal Boulevard was reconstructed in 1970 with asphalt and rebuilt with concrete pavement in 1989. The new project is being built with concrete.
Drivers are reminded of the 25 mph speed limit through the work zone on South Federal Boulevard, and drivers are being asked to slow down through the work zone to protect public safety. A 10-foot width restriction is also in effect through the Federal/Monroe project.
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East Monroe Intersection Concrete being poured. (WYDOT)

East Monroe Intersection Concrete being poured. (WYDOT)