Local News 5/16/17


(Riverton) – Another strong spring storm is expected to hit much of Western and Central Wyoming this week with significant precipitation including mountain snow.

The National Weather Service says, by Thursday, the temperature could actually become cold enough for the rain to turn into snow across lower elevations of Fremont, Natrona and Johnson counties.

Snowmelt runoff will be minimal but excess rainfall across lower elevations east of the Continental Divide will cause creeks and rivers to continue to rise.

Up to an inch-and-a-half of precipitation is expected.



(Riverton) – Work to rebuild North Federal Boulevard in Riverton is expected to begin this summer but not until after the August 21 solar eclipse.

North Federal will be rebuilt in two phases over the next three years with one phase being the area between East Washington and Forest Drive and the other being from Forest Drive to the north approach to Burger King.

The pre-bid engineering estimate is 12.6 million dollars and the bid letting will be in July.

After a bid is awarded, a preconstruction conference and public meeting with the contractor will be held in early August.



(Jackson) – The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports a group calling itself Protect the Wolves is asking that a ‘sacred resource safety zone’ be established in northwest Wyoming to protect the species from being killed in areas outside Yellowstone National Park.

Protect the Wolves is described as a Native American Advocacy group that is calling for a 31-mile no-hunting zone.

The group is also asking the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to impose a temporary suspension on wolf hunting altogether.

A spokesperson for the Game and Fish says the request may be difficult to establish at this time.



(Lander) – A 34-year-old Riverton man was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault Saturday after allegedly threatening a man with a revolver during an argument outside Pavillion.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says Talon Cooper is accused of arriving at man’s residence and starting a verbal argument then pulling a gun from his waistband and pointing it at the victim’s chest.

Cooper then apparently left the area but was later contacted by law enforcement.

Cooper was one of the 22 people booked into the Fremont County Detention Center for various offenses over the weekend.



(Riverton) – GasBuddy says retail gasoline prices in Wyoming have fallen a little more than a penny on average over the past week.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the state is now at $2.27, which compares to a national average of $2.33.

Around the region, gas is selling for $2.24 in Fort Collins, $2.32 in Billings and $2.42 in Ogden.



(Cheyenne) – Governor Matt Mead has named Tom Forslund as Director of the Department of Family Services.

Forslund is currently the Director of the Wyoming Department of Health and will continue to lead that agency as well.

The governor says Forslund is an extraordinary administrator and is well able to manage both agencies while the state assesses the best long-term approach for the agency.