Support for Your Children During Stressful Times

With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) impacting many aspects of daily life, the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) wants residents to remember children and parents need additional support and understanding during times of increased stress.  “Increased stress causes people to focus more on the negative,” according to Ed Heimer, field administrator and licensed clinical social worker with DFS.  “If you assume the worst in a situation, you’re liable to provoke negative behavior from other people. This can potentially keep a negative behavior cycle going.”   To combat a negative thought and behavior cycle, Heimer suggests switching off disturbing media and instead […]

Black Hills Energy donated to Covid-19 relief efforts

Black Hills Energy announced plans on Wednesday to donate $375,000 to coronavirus relief efforts across its service area. This investment is supported by their electric and gas subsidiaries as well as the Black Hills Corporation Foundation, the charitable arm of Black Hills Energy. As the impact of the coronavirus grows, Black Hills Energy’s number one priority is the continued safety of its customers, employees and communities. After assessing the growing needs in communities across an eight-state footprint, Black Hills Energy designated $375,000 for immediate relief efforts in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. “Our hearts go […]

Generous Pizza Patron left big tip for staff at Tony’s

From Tony Pizza’s Facebook Page I don’t believe that there is such a thing as too much gratitude. We are immensely grateful for our community and our customers. I am grateful for my amazing staff who have each been working very long hours beside me to put out a consistently, excellent product. We are all very grateful for the opportunity to serve you. We will continue to deliver only excellent quality because anything less is simply unacceptable. We believe that Tony’s should do more than simply nourish your body but instead be something that brings a sincere smile to your […]

A “Feel Good” Recovery Story

From Oregon Public Radio and NPR via Instagram Bill Lapschies lived through the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression and served in the Army during WWII. Now, at 104, he may also be the oldest known survivor of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Lapschies’ family carried balloons, cake and signs outside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home in Lebanon, Oregon, to celebrate his 104th birthday. Everyone who attended spaced out 6-feet to maintain social distancing.

Lander Police Chief asks for community cooperation

To the Citizens of Lander: I would like to pass on a few thoughts and express some concerns in this uncertain time. I am very thankful to the citizens who have been adhering to the Fremont County Public Health and Governor Gordon’s orders for social distancing, reducing gatherings and trying to keep our citizens healthy. I know these are trying times and we want to have our freedoms to gather and interact as a community, run your businesses and help out as much as you can. As Lander’s Chief of Police, I would like to request all citizens to comply […]

An Update from Wind River Family and Community Health Care

Important Updates from Wind River Family and Community Healthcare Medical Services We are continuing to see patients during this trying time. If you have a cough, SOB (shortness of breath), and a fever, call 307.855.2966 or 307.857.9489 BEFORE coming to the clinic. A nurse will triage you over the phone. They will ask questions regarding symptoms and recent travel. You can also reach us at .856.9281. Telehealth Appointments Our medical providers and behavioral specialists are reaching out to our patients to follow up and discuss any concerns you might have. We are working hard to help meet our patient’s medical […]

WDH Advice on Potential Coronavirus Illnesses

As reported coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to go up and because not everyone who may be ill can be tested, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official is offering advice on what residents who are sick with a respiratory illness should do. “Most reported cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming so far can describe a likely source of infection, such as contact with a known case,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “But there are others with an unknown source of infection and there are likely more illnesses than we have been able […]

A Letter to the Community from Sehnert Systems, Inc. and Mark’s Supply

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, all of us here at Sehnert Systems, Inc. and Mark’s Supply are concerned about the safety and well being of our families, customers, partners, and the many friends who make up our family. Our hearts are with those who have been affected personally by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID 19) as well as the many communities around the world that are facing extreme measures in the attempt to slow its spread. We are monitoring the situation each day to ensure the safety of our employees, subcontractors and partners. It is our intention to remain […]

Friday Night Cruise to Take over Fremont County Roadways

Last Friday night marked the first Friday night cruise. The idea behind the cruise was to get out of the house and see your neighbors, without having to break social distancing guidelines. The nostalgic throwback of “running a main,” will be taking place again this Friday at 7pm in Riverton starting on Main Street. Some businesses will be offering curbside services. See updates on the Social Distancing Together-Fremont County Facebook group.

ArtROADS: The Outdoor Art Tour

In a time where social distancing is our current reality, Fremont County community members are getting creative with finding fun activities to keep them both entertained and safe. The Riverton Chamber of Commerce Shared a map called ArtROADS: Riverton Outdoor Art Displays. Whether you prefer to walk or drive, this would make for a fun family trip on a sunny day. You can also find the map on the Riverton Chamber Facebook Page.

Monday was Doctors Day; Cities issues proclamations

Monday, March 30th, was National Doctors Day. Saluting local Physicians during this Covid-19 Pandemic seems especially appropriate. To all Health Care Workers, and especially Doctors, Thank you for what you do.

St. John’s Health, Update from the CEO: COVID-19

This has been a busy week of resource planning and other preparedness efforts at St. John’s Health. Many of our nation’s hospitals are reaching capacity taking care of COVID-19 patients. This morning, I was informed that Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls (EIRMC) and several hospitals in the Wasatch Range have made a commitment to be available for necessary transfers of St. John’s Health patients. While we are committed to being prepared to depend on local resources and capabilities to take care of our patients, this development is very welcome news. The commitment of all our staff, especially […]

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean further isolation for older adults

Social distancing is a necessary precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean communities can’t stay connected, especially with older adults, said a gerontologist with the University of Wyoming. About 11.7 percent of Wyoming is above the age 65 and about one out of three of the state’s older adult residents live by themselves. “Too much isolation was already an issue before the coronavirus situation developed,” said Bernard Steinman, in the Department of Family and Consumer Services. “We’re in a situation in which a group of people who are likely to live alone already have […]

In Her Words: Dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic

Here is a column written by Chesie Lee of the Riverton Peace Mission as she deals with self-isolation during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic: For the last 10 days I have been in voluntary social isolation to protect myself and others.  I am 75 years old and a cancer survivor and therefore one of those people considered at high risk should I get the coronavirus.  Staying at home may be the most important thing that you and I can do to help reduce the risk of the rapidly spreading highly contagious virus along with washing our hands. Fortunately I have plenty […]

Going Up: New sign erected

The new sign on North Federal Boulevard for Sutherland’s Home Improvement Center went up this morning in Riverton.

Piatigorsky Foundation Wyoming Spring Tour Canceled

The Piatigorsky Foundation has made the decision to cancel all remaining tours of the 2019-2020 season in order to comply with social distancing recommendations due to COVID-19.  This includes the tour of Wyoming originally scheduled to take place April 21-27 and feature pianist Richard Dowling. The Wyoming Arts Council, in partnership with The Piatigorsky Foundation, will work together to reschedule the events for the fall.  The Muriel & Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Trust in Sheridan makes these tours possible in Wyoming, providing free public concerts and school outreach programs. 

G&F Season setting meeting information now online

Season setting presentations and videos for the 2020 hunting season proposals are now available online. All Game and Fish season setting meetings have moved to an online forum following federal and state guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public comment period, which is open now, closes at 5 p.m., April 3. Participants will be able to view region-specific information that address:  Chapter 2, General Hunting Regulation Chapter 5, Antelope Hunting Seasons Chapter 6, Deer Hunting Seasons Chapter 7, Elk Hunting Seasons Chapter 8, Moose Hunting Seasons Chapter 9, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Hunting Seasons Chapter 11, Upland Game Bird […]

Supporting Efforts to Keep Our Community Healthy

By John Ferrelli, Chief Executive Officer of SageWest Health Care Our community – along with communities around the world – is navigating unprecedented challenges as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The cycle of our lives and neighborhoods has been altered, and we are all working to accommodate an ever-changing new normal. Fear and uncertainty complicate our collective abilities to do this.   SageWest Health Care is dedicated to helping everyone in our region navigate the COVID-19 environment in which we are all living right now. We have received many questions from our patients, partners and neighbors about how people […]