Local News 3/20/17


(Riverton) – Wyoming has had the wettest winter in 123 years!

The National Weather Service says updated water year precipitation and snowfall totals through February 2017 show that, overall, this has been the wettest winter since the late 1800s.

Depending on location, February precipitation totals in the Wind River Basin were two-to-three times the normal amount and well above normal in December and January.

Average temperatures were also three-to-six degrees below normal for the period.



(Riverton) – This time of year, people start using fire to clear ditches and so on but the National Weather Service says to Learn Before You Burn!

Tim Troutman of the Weather Service says calm mornings frequently become windy afternoons so get an up-to-date wind forecast before you drop the match.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation agrees with the reminder a property owner is responsible for what happens on their land and can be held liable for damage to state property or if a fire causes a traffic accident.

Call the Weather Service for a wind forecast or get the information online at weather.gov/riverton before the burn.



(Lander) – Due to community needs, the location has been changed for the Shoshone National Forest’s upcoming travel management public meeting in Lander.

Tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) meeting will now be held between 5:50 and 7:30 p.m. in the War Bonnet Room at The Inn at Lander

During the meeting, Shoshone National Forest officials will explain why there has been a pause in the process, present an updated timeline and describe the next steps in developing a minimum road system.

A similar session will be held Wednesday at the Headwaters Art and Convention Center in Dubois from 6 until 8 p.m.



(Riverton) – SageWest Health Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Lawrence Roberts has joined it staff to offer general surgery services to patients throughout Fremont County.

SageWest interim CEO Tracie Stratton says general surgery is a need in our community, and Dr. Roberts maintains expertise in a wide range of procedures.

Dr. Roberts graduated from George Washington University School of Health Services in Washington, DC, completed a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care.

He will also be seeing new patients at Wind River Clinic in Riverton.