Local News 5/1/17

DAM RUNOFF

(Riverton) – With plenty of precipitation and mountain snowpack that is twice the normal amount for this time of year, water levels in Wyoming’s reservoirs are being reduced to accommodate the expected heavy runoff.

Boysen Dam in currently releasing about 5,500 cubic feet of water per second and managers plan to drop the water level by ten feet in May.

Buffalo Bill Dam is releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second in an effort to reduce the water level there by eleven feet this month.

That means the rivers below the dams are flowing much higher than usual for this time of year.

 

POTENTIAL HIGHWAY DAMAGE

(Riverton) – In addition to falling rocks, there’s another threat to the highway through Wind River Canyon.

Cody Beers of the Wyoming Department of Transportation says high water may cause problems on a slope near the first campground below Boysen Dam:

Beers says there is already some cracking in the pavement in that area.

Drivers are asked not to stop when going through the canyon.

 

WILD HORSE ADOPTION

(Riverton) – May 20 will be the date of the first Bureau of Land Management wild horse and burro adoption of the year at the Wyoming Honor Farm north of Riverton.

BLM program specialist Scott Fluer says about 30 halter and saddle-started horses and burros will be available for adoption.

Fluer adds May is a great time to adopt a gentled wild horse, with the whole summer still ahead for continued training.

There are conditions that apply to adopting the horses and burros so contact the BLM to learn more.

 

HANWAY, BLACKBURN SENTENCED

(Cheyenne) – A Riverton man will serve five years supervised probation and has been ordered to pay over $622,000 in restitution on a charge of mail fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Wyoming says Michael Jimmy Hanway, 53, received the sentence last Monday from Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal.

Garrett Blackburn of Riverton, 24, will serve five years in prison on a charge of attempted robbery.

Blackburn, who was also sentenced last Monday by Judge Freudenthal, will pay $653 in restitution as well.