Artist Tom Lucas (Wyoming's Wind River Country)

Artist Tom Lucas to receive a 2014 Governor’s Arts Award; Gala set Feb. 27th in Cheyenne

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) –  The Wyoming Arts Council has announced that Governor Matthew H. Mead has selected Jim Wilcox of Jackson, Tom Lucas of Dubois and Zachary Pullen of Casper as the recipients of the 2014 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Awards.  They will be honored at the annual Governor’s Arts Awards Gala on February 27, at Little America in Cheyenne.

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James D. Mockler

James David (Jim) Mockler was born March 9, 1939 in Lander, Wyoming, the fifth child of Esther Heyne Mockler and Frank Carpenter Mockler from Wisner and Omaha, Nebraska respectively.  The Mocklers were cattle ranchers in the mountains of Dubois, Wyoming, 80 miles up the road. Jim died early Monday morning November 24, 2014 in Helena.

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DNA evidence in Cub Creek bear fatality reveals presence of four bears

(Lander, Wyo.)  – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has finished an analysis of DNA collected at the scene of the fatal bear encounter northwest of Dubois. The incident occurred September 4th near Cub Creek in Fremont County. The Game and Fish also completed an extensive investigation at the scene of the incident and surrounding vicinity and has worked closely with the Fremont County Coroner, Sheriff and Search and Rescue.

Lander Game and Fish Regional Office

Utah man’s death ruled accidental in encounter with bear; G&F to release more details today

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 31-year-old Utah man’s death in the Teton Wilderness Area of the Shoshone National Forest has been ruled accidental due to a bear encounter, Chief Deputy Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said today. Cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma.

Wiggins Fork closure. Wyoming Game & Fish photo.

G&F closes Wiggins Fork campground due to high run-off issues

(Dubois, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has closed the Wiggins Fork dispersed campground site and a portion of the access road on the Inberg/Roy Wildlife Habitat Management Area outside of Dubois. The closure follows a major channel movement of the Wiggins Fork River into the road due to exceptionally high run-off this summer. The goal is to prevent damage to the area that could be caused by vehicles and recreationists traveling on flooded roads and surrounding areas.