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Preliminary timetable revealed for fourth Riverton elementary school; New building to be on West Monroe

(Riverton, Wyo.) – If all goes well, Riverton’s newest elementary school could be ready as soon as the fall of 2016. Fremont County School District #25 Superintendent Terry Snyder told the school board that date could be met if a good prototype school could be found, the legislature cooperates and funds the building, and the weather cooperates.

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Crowheart had peak wind gust of 78 MPH on Monday; See other peak wind measurements here

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Yes, it was windy alright! Peak wind gusts were reported by the National Weather Service Station in Riverton on Monday. The peak Fremont County wind gust was up at Crowheart where the peak wind was measured at 78 MPH. Dubois was also windy with a peak gust of 66 MPH. Fort Washakie had a peak gust of 56 MPH, it peaked at 55 MPH at South Pass City and 54 MPH at the Riverton Airport.

Riverton snow removal

Riverton street crews now removing windrows of snow from major streets

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Street crews from the City of Riverton continued removing windrows of snow from city streets today, this morning concentrating on North and South Broadway in the downtown area. Here a loader worked on South Broadway. City dump trucks are filled with snow by the loader and the snow is then taken to a vacant lot where it will melt. (Ernie Over photo)

FCSD#25 sign

District 25 Trustees to meet tonight in Riverton; Update on new elementary school planning on tap

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The trustees of Fremont County School District #25 will meet in regular session tonight (Tuesday) with a full agenda on tap. Trustees are expected to hear a report from Superintendent Terry Snyder on the progress of planning for a new elementary school on West Monroe, among other topics. Regular business items include out-of-state travel requests for student groups, recognition of home-based schooling programs, a contract to be offered and a retirement request, and information items.

Closeup of victim's belt buckle with horse head pattern. (PCSO)

Park County asks for help in identifying headless man found on Little Sand Coulee; Photos of belt, boots released

(Powell, Wyo.)  – The Park County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an autopsy was performed Saturday, January 11, 2014 on the dismembered body discovered Thursday along the Little Sand Coulee Road northwest of Powell.  The forensic pathologist reports that the victim was a Caucasian or very light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.  The victim was less than 35 year of age and by all indications an agricultural or ranch worker.  The victim was of a “stocky” build and appeared to be in good physical condition.

Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone, Ernie Over photo

Free Day to visit Yellowstone set for Monday; See list of other free entry dates here

The geysers at Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park. (Ernie Over photo) 
(Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.) – Yellowstone National Park is joining all National Park Service (NPS) sites across the nation in waiving admission fees on January 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday.
No matter how you choose to enter the park – by car, RV, bus, or on a guided snowmobile or snowcoach trip – the entrance fee to the park will be waived next Monday.
The NPS is waiving entrance fees on 9 days in 2014 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer.
Other fee free dates for 2014 are:
• February 15-17 for the Presidents’ Day Weekend
• April 19-20 for the opening weekend of National Park Week
• August 25 for the National Park Service’s 98th birthday
• September 27 for National Public Lands Day
• November 11 in honor of Veterans Day
The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs on to Cooke City, Montana, outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year.   Access to the interior of Yellowstone and iconic locations like Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South, and East entrances during the winter months.
At Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the dining room, the Geyser Grill, the Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center are all open for the winter season.  At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop are open for the winter season.  The Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, and the Visitor Center are open all year.   Fuel is available from 24-hour gasoline pumps all year at both Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.
A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle. More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm and http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
–National Park Service, YNP