A Peek at the Past: When This was Buffalo Country

In the Wyoming State Museum at Cheyenne, an old buffalo gun rests from it’s ventures. Once owned by Mart Hornecker and later by his brother Ernest, it is a Sharps Carbine repurposed after use in the Civil War. Years later Ernest told of going on a buffalo hunt near the Birdseye area in the winter of 1871-72, on the other side of Lysite.  The boys had gone down country from Miner’s Delight to a warmer climate and left town in the fall of 1871 and came back in the spring of 1872. One day a herd of about 15 buffalo […]

WyomingPBS Nominated for Six Regional Emmy ® Honors

WyomingPBS was nominated for six Heartland Regional Emmy ® awards this year. The nominees include “The Art of Home: A Wind River Story” in the Cultural Documentary category; “The State of Equality: Wyoming Women Get the Vote,” a co-production of WyomingPBS and Caldera Productions, in the Historical Documentary and Musical Composition/Arrangement categories; “Farm to Fork Wyoming: Food Sovereignty in Indian Country” in the Human Interest/Special Programs category; “Farm to Fork Wyoming: Working Dogs” in the Public/Current Community Affairs category; and “Our Wyoming: Audra Draper Master Blacksmith” in the Short Format category. All six programs first aired on WyomingPBS in 2019. […]

A Cautionary Tale: Discard outdtated Pesticides

The 80-something Wyoming man walked into his house and his wife asked, “Why are you naked?” Warmish, June temperatures had nothing to do with the answer, but the explanation is the take-away message University of Wyoming Extension pesticide safety education program coordinator Jeff Edwards wants to get out to those applying pesticides. Don’t use, and please properly dispose of, old pesticides that have been in sheds and garages for a long time, and using those removed from the market is not recommended. Or you, too, could have your significant other asking about your wardrobe choice. Pesticides don’t have an expiration […]

Move-In Day at U. Wyoming Features Staggered Schedule

The University of Wyoming Residence Life and Dining Services Move-In Day for new and returning students attending classes on campus this fall will follow a staggered schedule to reduce large crowds and to allow for physical distancing. New students will move into residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 19-Friday, Aug. 21. Returning UW students will move in Saturday, Aug. 22. The Washakie Dining Center will open Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. for students with meal plans. All students will receive an email with their move-in date and time along with their housing assignment beginning July 17, says Rian Rabideau, UW Residence […]

Have Gas Prices Hit a Wall?

Wyoming unleaded regular gas prices have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.09/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Gas prices in Wyoming are 10.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 62.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. Prices in Riverton range between $1.94.9 a gallon and $1.99.9 per gallon. In Lander the prices have now surpassed $2 per gallon. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.17/g today. One year ago, Wyoming’s average price was $2.71/g. […]

CWC Alum O’Donahue Script is Semi-Finalist in National Competition

A Central Wyoming College Alumna has reached the semi-finalist stage of the annual Humanitas Prize for film and television writing promoting human dignity, meaning and freedom, according to its website. Copied below is their announcement. HUMANITAS is thrilled to announce the 2020-2021 semi-finalists for our prestigious Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Screenwriting Fellowship. Each year, we receive submissions from college and graduate students around the world and are truly honored by the opportunity to read such amazing and diverse work. Narrowing the field from so many quality projects is never easy. In the end, one winner will be chosen to receive […]

Smart Start Guidance For Fall School Reopenings released

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow released the Smart Start guidance document Wednesday at a joint press conference with the Governor. The guidance provides requirements, recommendations, and considerations based on three tiers of possible reopening and operating scenarios schools may face this fall. 

Grizzly Bear Relocated after Cattle Killed in Upper Green

Story from: Range Writing Natural Resource News Just days after cattle entered their Bridger-Teton National Forest Upper Green grazing allotments north of Pinedale, livestock depredations by grizzly bears began. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WG&F) reports today that at the direction of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, WG&F captured and relocated a sub-adult female grizzly bear on July 1. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Fall River drainage approximately 25 miles northwest of Moran, WY. Grizzly bears in the region are granted federally protected status as a […]

3D Mammography Imaging now at Sage West Riverton

SageWest Health Care announced the addition of 3D mammography services to its SageWest Riverton campus. The advanced technology captures images of the breast from multiple angles to ensure a more complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this state-of-the-art technology and further enhance the high quality care we provide to the women in our community” says John Ferrelli, chief executive officer at SageWest Health Care. “Our 3D mammography service will help make […]

Museums hope to capture revenue with more visitation

A post from Central Director Scott Goetz of the Fremont County Museums on how the museum system plans to respond to a 21 percent reduction in its overall budget: “Fremont County Museums are grateful for the efforts of everyone involved in the budget process. Unfortunately, the Museums will see a significant decrease in the General Fund portion of our budget. We will see a 21% decrease to our General Fund Budget, which includes the loss of about 30% of our part time staff at each museum. “The silver lining is a bit of a double edge sword. While we will […]

Fremont County’s Website: New and Improved

Fremont County Government’s new website is now up and running at www.fremontcountywy.gov/. Check it out and update your computer with the new address.

Worland Man Named to State Transportation Commission

Gov. Mark Gordon appointed Greg Venable to the Wyoming Transportation Commission to replace retiring Commissioner Louie Pfrangle. Venable, of Worland, will represent Commission District 5, which includes Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties. Pfrangle, of Worland, retired in February. “We’re pleased to have Greg on the board representing the residents in the northwestern part of the state,” said WYDOT Director K. Luke Reiner. “Greg brings experience in the transportation industry and he will be an asset to the commission. He will help us continue our efforts of making WYDOT a cutting-edge agency.” Transportation Commission Chairman Rick Newton agreed. […]

Fund Raising Launched for Riverton Man seriously injured in Haul Truck Crash

The family of Neil Ward has established a Go-Fund-Me page to help with expenses after a rollover crash this past week that nearly killed him. Details of the incident are on the family’s page, copied below: “Neil Ward- was in an accident while he was at work in the Gas Hills doing mine reclamation. It’s believed that the embankment gave way to his haul truck causing it to roll down the embankment. He was ejected and has sustained several severe injuries. He was flown to Denver, CO to receive care for those injuries. His injuries are a fractured skull behind the right […]

St. John’s CEO to Retire; New Trustee named in Jackson

Leadership transition at St. John’s Health is on the horizon, following announcements that the CEO will retire from his role and the board has appointed a new trustee. At the June 29 public board meeting, Paul Beaupré, MD, announced that he will depart his role as St. John’s Health Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 31, 2021. Beaupré has served at the administrative helm of the organization since September 2016. “This decision came after much deliberation and soul-searching,” said Beaupré. “My time with St. John’s has been some of the most enjoyable of my entire career. St. John’s is a […]

George Wells retiring from BIA Forestry Warehouse

It’s been a long run for George Wells in the fire service on the Wind River Reservation. Well’s last official last day is tomorrow (6-30-2020). He first worked for BIA Forestry & Fire Management at the Wind River Agency in 1984 on a Sho Rap crew. He’s been a full time employee for 30 some years. At a luncheon last Friday, Wells was honored and draped with a blanket that was inscribed for his years of service. Congratulations on your retirement George from Wyotoday.com and the Wind River Radio Network. Wyotoday.com photos by Ron Wempen

Riverton Council to hold Special Meeting Tuesday

The Riverton City Council will meet in special session Tuesday with a number of items on the agenda, including the year-end closeout of the FY 2019-20 budget, Consideration of open container permits for the Riverton Happy Days Celebration on July 11, a bid on a snow removal truck and equipment for the City’s Public Works Department and an agreement with the Wyoming Department of Health on wastewater sampling. The meeting is at 12-Noon at the Riverton City Hall Council Chambers. The agenda is copied below:

County Budget Hearing Held, Adoption Today

Fremont County Government’s 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget was the subject of a public hearing Monday evening at the courthouse in Lander. Any amendments would be made this morning and then the budget is set to be adopted at 10 a.m. today, as per state statute. The agenda for today’s meeting (June 30) is copied below:

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