A Wyoming Army National Guard HIMARS rocket launcher from the Lander Armory was transported to Cheyenne Tuesday for a "hot panel" fire mission. The HIMARS will be returned to Fremont County    Thursday morning about 10 a.m. at Riverton Regional Airport by an Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. (Kevin Lee photo)

HIMARS Rocket Launcher from Lander in “hot panel fire mission” at Cheyenne air base

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Soldiers of the Wyoming Army National Guard 115th Field  Artillery, and a combination of Wyoming Air National Guard 153rd Airlift Wing and 187th Airlift Squadron worked together to complete a rocket launcher drill Tuesday at the Air Guard’s airbase.
A crew of Air Guard pilots and loadmasters flew from the Wyoming Air National Guard base to the Riverton Regional Airport Tuesday, touching down shortly after sunrise.
Four soldiers drove the High Mobility Artillery Rockets System (HIMARS) launcher from the Lander Armory onto the tarmac and prepared to load. The vehicle rocket system was then checked by two advanced party airmen, ensuring the dimensions of the launcher fit on the plane, before instructing Spec. Zachary Sutherlin to start backing up the machine.
With the help of the loadmasters, Sutherlin was able to wedge the 32,000 pound vehicle into the cargo hold. When it was in place there was only one inch of room to spare at the top and very little on either side—a tight fit.
Capt. Casey Henry, commander of Bravo Battery, 2-300 Field Artillery Battalion, said this is the first time in Wyoming National Guard history the unit has flown a HIMARS launcher to Cheyenne. Also, this was the first time a hot panel fire mission was rehearsed with an actual debarkation from the aircraft.
A hot panel shoot, Henry explained, begins with loading a fire mission for the rocket system into a panel on the launcher before embarking on the aircraft. From there, the crew must maintain their fire systems, so when the aircraft lands the crew can pull out, fire their mission and reload within minutes.
“It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen,” said Henry. “Even though there wasn’t smoke and a real round going down range, it was a huge triumph for the Wyoming National Guard.”
“I’d love to see more missions like this,” said Henry. “I’d like to see the state of  Wyoming coordinate it so we can shoot live fire missions at Camp Guernsey.”

An aerial view taken in early June of the Wind River Job Corps Site. Substantial progress at the site has occurred since the photo was taken and it is estimated the six buildings on the campus will be ready for interior work in September. (US Dept. of Labor photo)

Deadline extended for Wind River Job Corps Center operator RFP solicitation

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the Request For Proposal deadline in the process of choosing an operator for the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton to Tuesday, August 12th. The RFP, which was originally published on May 9th, has subsequently undergone five changes, necessitating the deadline for potential operators to reply be extended. The latest amended RFP was posted on the DOL’s website today (Wednesday).


With a month to go, only seven county retailers have been approved for WyoLotto todate

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – With one month to go before WyoLotto begins play, only seven Fremont County retailers have signed up to be a lottery outlet to date. Other applications are expected. Lottery tickets go on sale on August 24th around the state. Wyoming Powerball tickets will cost $2 with the jackpots starting at $40-million and drawings every Wednesday and Saturday. Wyoming Mega Millions tickets are $1 each with jackpots starting at $15-million with drawings every Tuesday and Friday.

Deanna Reach at 130 East Sunset has the Yard of the Month as chosen by the Riverton Garden Club.

East Sunset residence chosen by Garden Club as Riverton’s Yard of the Month

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton Garden Club promotes, recognizes and encourages Riverton residents to beautify and take pride in our community.  Each June, July & August, the RGC awards a “Yard of the Month” to a deserving gardener. July’s recipient is Deanna Reach at 130 East Sunset Drive.
To be considered, residents must meet the following criteria:
• Yards must have drive-by street appeal.
• Yards must have diversified landscaping.  These need not only be gardens.  Professionally landscaped yards may be considered after three years from installation and must be maintained by the individual.
• Yards selected may not have been recipients in the last five years.
Reach also received a gift certificate courtesy of Sweetwater Garden Center for beautifying Sunset Drive.
Because we can only choose one yard each month, we also send post cards to other homeowners who have beautified their landscape and our community!  Be watching your mailbox.
–Provided by the Riverton Garden Club
A male greater sage grouse arrives at the lek in the predawn . Photo by Robert L Kothenbeutel/Shutterstock.

Sage Grouse Implementation Team set to meet in Lander next month

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Sage Grouse Implementation Team is scheduled to meet on August 12 in Lander. The meeting will be held at the Wyoming Life Resource Center – Rothwell Training Center, 8204 Highway 789, Lander, WY 82520. Meetings are open to the public. An agenda will be available prior to the meeting date.