UW Names Anthropology Building for Late Worland Archaeologist George Frison

The University of Wyoming’s Anthropology Building now bears the name of George Frison, a Worland native and UW graduate who achieved international acclaim as an archaeologist during a lengthy career as a UW faculty member. UW’s Board of Trustees voted today (Friday) to name the building in Frison’s honor, at the request of UW’s Department of Anthropology, the university’s Naming Committee chaired by Provost Kevin Carman, and President Ed Seidel. The George C. Frison Building, a 53,000-square-foot facility that was completed in 2007, houses the Department of Anthropology, the State Archaeologist’s Office, the cultural records section of the State Historic [...]

Legislation establishes process for discovery of historic human remains

Imagine digging in your yard when you unearth what appear to be human bones. What’s your next step? Of course, law enforcement is your first call, but legislation enacted in 2019 provides a process for what happens next. Senate file 78 outlines how human remains are addressed when found on private and state property in Wyoming. In a typical case, law enforcement is contacted by the discoverer(s) to secure the area, the county coroner determines if the remains are relevant to an ongoing criminal case, and the Wyoming State Archaeologist is called in if the remains are historical in nature. [...]

CWC Board to meet Jan. 19; 2022-23 College Calendar up for approval

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Wednesday evening, January 19, at the Intertribal Education and Community Center on Campus. The meeting will be available on Zoom as the college is still following Covid protocols and only the trustees and senior staff will gather in person.  In addition to routine reports from the college students, staff and president, the Trustees will review the academic calendar for the 2022-23 academic year.  The agenda is copied below:

Migration of Wyoming’s Burrowing Owls Event at The Lander Library

Learn how biologists trap and track Burrowing Owls to identify their migration routes and wintering areas using satellite transmitters! Time: 7PM Location: Fremont County Public Library, Carnegie Room in Lander Speaker: Andre Orabona

Wyoming St. Parks reminds the public about ice safety

With ice forming on lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds anglers of potential dangers on the ice. Ice fishing and other ice-related activities are a great way to enjoy Wyoming’s state parks and sites in the winter. However, ice is always in a state of flux, so anglers and other recreationists are reminded that driving any kind of motorized vehicle, and in some instances even walking on the ice, is risky.             Pressure ridges can cause thin patches in the ice that cannot support a car, pickup, ATV or possibly human body [...]

UW Adjusts COVID Approach to Management; Eliminates Mass Testing Requirement

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant -- and the need to move from attempting to contain COVID-19 to managing the virus -- have prompted changes in the University of Wyoming’s plans for the spring semester. Instead of requiring all students and employees to be tested for COVID-19 Jan. 12-16, UW will offer voluntary testing for members of the campus community on those days -- with plans to resume weekly random-sample testing of 3 percent of the campus community Jan. 18. “There’s already good reason to believe that the virus, particularly the Omicron variant, is widespread in our community. Positivity [...]

Cowboy Hall of Fame seeking nominations for 2022

Nominations are now being accepted for induction into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame for the Class of 2022. Nomination applications may be made until February 28, 2022. All nominations must include biographical information and photographs of each nominee. The WCHF recognizes individuals who have spent a minimum time of 45 years working – for a livelihood – in the saddle. Thepredominant part of nominee’s work should have involved riding horseback and working livestock. The minimum age for a living inductee is 65. Special circumstances can be considered. Inductees also may be honored posthumously. Cowboy means cowgirl, too. Nominees do [...]

UW Research Project Seeks Input on Community Needs Through Pictures

The University of Wyoming’s “Profiles in Wyoming Resilience” research project is gathering citizen input to help obtain a better picture -- documented through submitted photographs -- of the opportunities and barriers the Cowboy State’s residents face in the areas of academic attainment, employment opportunities and community resilience, as related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Jean Garrison and Assistant Professor Jason McConnell -- both in the UW School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies -- head the project, sponsored by UW’s Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program. “Our project team cordially invites Wyomingites to provide photos along with short descriptions [...]

Dust Suppression approved for nine county roads

The Fremont County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $262,416 agreement wit the Wyoming Department of Transportation for dust suppression on nine county roads.  The roads are: Union Pass from Mile Post (MP0 00 to 5.45 Lost Cabin from MP 00 to 2.20 Lysite Creek Road from MP 00 to 4.70 Badwater Road from MP 25.50 to 27.50 Badwater  Road from MP 31.94 to 41.06 Bridger Creek Road from MP 00 to 10.17 Atlantic City Road from MP 0.93 to 4.40 South Pass Road from MP 00 to 1.90 Tunnel Hill Road from MP 4.19 to 8.45 Winter Access Road from [...]

Real Estate Contract at Riverton Airport Business Park to go to a RFP

The Riverton City Council last night agreed to issue a Request for Proposals for a real estate firm to sell properties in the Airport Business Park. The council was set to renew a contract with Home Source Realty, which has held the contract with several extensions, but other real estate firms came to the meeting and asked that they have a chance to bid on the contract. The Councilors agreed and instructed city staff to prepare an RFP. There was a change in the Riverton City Council Leadership last night. Mike Bailey was reelected as President, but Dean Peranteaux was [...]

Barrus & Ray to be inducted into WAB Hall of Fame

The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters have announced the Hall of Fame Inductee’s for 2022. Gene “Gabby” Barrus of Cody and Tim Ray of Grand Junction, CO will be inducted into the WAB Hall of Fame on June 11, 2022, in Cody, WY. Gene “Gabby” Barrus of Cody, started his play-by-play career for KODI AM in Cody in 1947 with the initial startup of KODI AM.  He also became KODI’s sports director. One of Gene’s friends, WAB Hall of famer, Curt Gowdy, once referred to him as “the voice of high school sports in Wyoming.”  He covered sports for KODI AM [...]

New Meet and Exercise Pen completed at PAWS for Life

The PAWS for Life Animal League has a new addition to their facility on Smith Road. It's a fenced in "Meet and Greet" and "Exercise Yard" for the shelter's dogs.  Riverton Police Department Animal Control Officer Sharon Sanderson offered the following post on Facebook when the project was done. "The PAWS meet and greet/exercise pen is done!! Yea!!! I would like to give a huge shout out to my wonderful husband Bart Sanderson for his help and use of equipment, Dustin Taylor , Kent Moss, Jeff Cooper, Sergeant Jacob Nation and his wonderful wife Mandy Apodaca-Nation and their son John! [...]

2021 wing counts indicate dip in sage grouse reproduction

Early estimates from Wyoming’s 2021 sage grouse wings indicate reproduction declined slightly in the last year. Wings from harvested chick and hen sage grouse are collected from hunters — primarily in central and southwest Wyoming — who voluntarily contribute wings by dropping them off at designated collection points during the hunting season. Hunters deposited wings from 621 chicks and 750 hens in collection barrels. In a preliminary analysis, Wyoming’s 2021 chick-to-hen ratio was 0.8 chicks/hen. It’s a decrease from two previous years where reproduction ratios held at 1.1 chicks/hen. Based on these numbers, male lek attendance is expected to be lower [...]

Scholarships available for CWC’s Farmers Training Program

by Tori Stanek Central Wyoming College is offering scholarships to students who are interested in joining the 2022 Beginning Farmer Training Program cohort.  The comprehensive program will run from May 16 to October 7. It is designed to help participants start their own farm business to feed themselves, families, and the community.  Training will focus on small-scale farm crop production and the use of biodynamic and regenerative practices to build soil health in high elevation environments with short-growing-seasons. This includes minimal or no till practices, as well as cover cropping, composting, and planting diversified crops. Additional courses include soil science, [...]

ADHD 2.0, Virtual Event with World Authority-Dr. Hallowell

The Lander Library and Fremont County School District #1 are excited to announce an event with Dr. Ned Hallowell. Dr. Hallowell is an author, psychiatrist, world authority on ADHD, and has an ADHD diagnoses himself! He will be on Zoom in the Carnegie Room of the Lander Library, talking a bit about what ADHD is and then answering questions. He is the co-author of the book ADHD 2.0, a book written with a very positive spin on the brains blessed with ADHD. ADHD brains are likened to Ferrari's with bicycle brakes. They are built with the capacity to be incredibly [...]

WDH: Support for Caregivers Important and Available in Wyoming

Because being a caregiver for loved ones who need help can be emotionally, physically and financially exhausting at the same time it is also rewarding and important, support is available for many Wyoming caregivers through the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). “Caregivers are often acting out of love,” said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program manager with WDH. “However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Oftentimes caregivers are also balancing another job, families, and their own physical and mental health needs.” Family members are often the ones providing long-term care for older relatives or for those with disabilities, frequently with [...]

Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes New Year’s Day 2022

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails’ popular First Day Hikes will be held for the 11th consecutive year this coming Saturday, January 1. “We would like to remind everyone to ring in the New Year outdoors with a festive hike at one of Wyoming’s State Parks and Historic Sites,” said Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.   First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  On New Year’s Day, people of all ages will have access to hundreds [...]

State Parks to collect Lodging Taxes on Jan. 1

As of January 1, 2022, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will begin collecting sales and lodging taxes to comply with Wyoming State Statutes 39-15-101 and 39-15-201.  Tax rates vary by county and will be collected on fees for overnight camping, annual camping permits, reservations, and overnight rental facilities such as cabins, lodges, yurts and treehouses.    “Wyoming State Parks has worked closely with the Department of Revenue to determine where taxes need to be applied to our fees in order to comply with state law,” Deputy Director Nick Neylon said.   Sales and lodging taxes help fund state and county government [...]