Local News 5/18/17


(Riverton) – A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for the cities of Riverton, Shoshoni and Lander as a vigorous late-season winter storm comes together.

The National Weather Service says moderate to heavy rain changing to snow should be expected.

A total of three to six inches of snow may fall in the lower elevations with locally higher amounts in the Sinks Canyon and Red Canyon areas.

Highways may become slick and slushy with visibility down to a quarter of a mile at times due to heavy snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will primarily cause travel difficulties.



(Riverton) – Wyoming Department of Transportation workers cut through a pair of highway approaches yesterday (Wednesday), allowing snow runoff waters to drain from a pair of ponds around the old iron ore mine on South Pass.

WYDOT maintenance foreman Mike Hitshew says the cuts won’t drain the ponds but they will help to drop water levels near Wyoming 28 and keep the runoff from flowing across the highway.

Hitshew has worked on South Pass since 1987 and says he believes this past winter is the heaviest snow he has witnessed on the pass.

He says he’s seen worse winters but this winter dumped way more snow.



(Lander) – As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is conducting trapping operations now through early fall.

All areas where trapping is being conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs as well as area closure signs in the direct vicinity of trap sites.

It is critical to stay out of bear trapping areas.

When captured, bears are collared and released for monitoring in accordance with strict guidelines.



(Riverton) – A “Horses, Pastures and You!” hands-on workshop that will help participants to learn how to estimate the amount of forage a pasture may produce is being offered by the University of Wyoming Extension Service.

The workshop will also help with the evaluation and selection of hay, estimating hay needs and pasture weed management.

Extension Educator Jeremiah Vardiman says the workshop is June Sixth from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. starting at the Frank Wise building in Fort Washakie.

From there, participants will carpool to a pasture for the workshop.