Local News 5/17/17


(Riverton) – There are multiple winter storm advisories and flood watches in effect through tomorrow (Thursday) as a strong late-season winter storm moves into areas east of the Continental Divide.

The National Weather Service says up to an inch-and-a-half of liquid precipitation in the form of rain mixed with snow should be expected in the Wind River Basin affecting Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, Dubois and Jeffrey City.

Flood watches are in effect for the Big Horn Basin, Johnson and Natrona counties.

Significant precipitation could bring elevated flooding to areas where many streams and rivers are already at bank-full levels.



(Lander) – A woman who wasn’t wanted by law enforcement, 23-year-old Misti Duran, ended up arrested after she gave the name of person who was wanted to officers over the weekend.

The woman who was wanted but wasn’t arrested, 25-year-old Charmayne C’Hair, called the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office saying media reports of her arrest were incorrect.

C’Hair was asked to come in to verify her identity, which she did, and then she was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Duran, who wasn’t wanted but was arrested, is still under arrest charged with interference for providing a false name.

(Confusing, isn’t it?)



(Riverton) – This Saturday 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.



(Riverton) – Hay stocks on Wyoming farms and ranches as of May First totaled 360-thousand tons, down 31 percent from the 525-thousand tons on hand at the same time last year.

The Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports just over a million tons of hay were used from December 2016 through May First, compared to about 775-thousand tons over the same period the year before.

The increase in hay consumption is attributed to harsh winter that lingered well into spring this year compared to last.



(Riverton) – Riverton is one of the best places in the state to have a 401(k) retirement plan, based on a performance study by the investment technology firm SmartAsset.

SmartAsset lists Riverton as Number Three on its list of the best areas for 401 (k) performance in Wyoming based on the employer contribution percentage and other factors.

Gillette is at the top of the list while Lander rounds out the top ten.