Local News 5/19/17


(Lander) – If you shoot, fish, hike, bike, climb or generally enjoy the outdoors, the Third Annual Wyoming Outdoor Weekend and Expo today (Friday) and tomorrow in Lander should be a great kickoff to the summer.

The free event celebrates different ways to get outside and have fun offering a chance to try activities like fly casting, archery, mountain biking and many others without having to buy the equipment first.

As you’re in Lander for the Wyoming Outdoor Weekend, save your receipts as you shop locally to earn raffle tickets for prizes that will be given away including Maven binoculars, a spotting scope, a backpack and a fat bike.

A happy hour with free beer, food and live music begins at 5 at the Lander Community Center.

Saturday, start the day with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast, enjoy scheduled activities at the Lander Rodeo Grounds, the Community Center and the CWC Field Station then round out the day with a barbeque at Lander’s Jaycee Park.



(Riverton) – The first Bureau of Land Management wild horse and burro adoption of the year begins with an auction preview today (Friday) at the Wyoming Honor Farm north of Riverton.

On Saturday, 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.

Keep in mind there are conditions to adopting wild horses and restrictions against the possession of firearms, alcohol and other items on the Honor Farm property.



(Jackson) – The Jackson Hole News and Guide says famous grizzly bear 399 has been spotted with two cubs in Grand Teton National Park.

A park service bear management specialist says Bear 399 has come back to her usual territory and appears healthy.

The cubs look about three months old and probably weigh close to 50 pounds.



(Cheyenne) – Wi-Fi is now available at three rest areas along Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Casper.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says Wi-Fi will soon be available at the Independence Rock rest area southwest of Casper on Wyoming 220 and at the Bitter Creek rest areas on I-80 east of Rock Springs.

WYDOT says it would like to get Wi-Fi to all of its rest areas as access becomes available.

Wi-Fi is already offered at the Southeast Welcome Center on I-25 as well as at the Northeast Welcome Center and Sheridan Information Center, both on I-90.



(Cheyenne) – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Dawnessa Snyder to be Second Judicial District Court Judge in Carbon County.

Snyder will replace Judge Wade Waldrip who is retiring on July 7 and says she is humbled by the appointment.