Local News 5/2/17


(Lander) – Two motorists became stranded on Mexican Pass Road, a dirt road west of Morton that crosses the Owl Creek Mountains, due to the closure of Wind River Canyon Friday.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the road is not passable this time of year due to mud and large snow drifts.

The first person to be rescued was a woman from Montana while the second involved two out-of-state men attempting to driver a tractor-trailer combination over the pass.

A deputy was able to drive a patrol vehicle to the stranded vehicles and provide rides to Riverton.

The sheriff’s office says it generally has at least on call in this area per year regarding persons trying to navigate the road.



(Riverton) – Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley will help the Wyoming Department of Transportation in removing rocks that have fallen near the highway through Wind River Canyon.

The company is already working in the canyon on a rock removal project related to the flooding and mudslides of the 2015 Memorial Day weekend.

WYDOT says none of the rocks will be removed until things are safer and the cleanup effort will probably take a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, WYDOT crews continue to monitor the canyon for fallen rocks.



(Cheyenne) – Last week, the Wyoming Department of Education held listening sessions at tribal schools to see how the state can better serve Native American families.

Wyoming Public Media says Rob Black, the education department’s liaison to the Native American Community, met with students and adults at Arapaho and Ethete.

Black says the education department wants to know what it can do to better prepare students and what is the most important issue facing Native American students.

Before addressing specific issues, Black says the education department wants to open up a dialogue.



(Cheyenne) – The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Great Lakes Aviation is behind on its lease payments for its company headquarters in Cheyenne.

Riverton Regional Airport is served by Great Lakes, which also offers service to 12 other airports in seven states.

Apparently, the company is behind in some $80,000 in lease payments from December through April.

Great Lakes has struggled over the past several years to meet its flight schedules while dealing with a pilot shortage attributed to increased federal training requirements.