McQuiston new SNF Cody District Ranger

The Clarks Fork, Wapiti and Greybull Districts of the Shoshone National Forest will have a new District Ranger starting September 27, 2020, Casey McQuiston. “I am really looking forward to taking on this leadership position on the Shoshone,” said Casey McQuiston. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with our communities, all of our partners, and the district staff to manage the land for multiple use in such a phenomenal area and surrounded by strong communities.” Casey was born and raised in north central Minnesota. After graduating with a degree in biology, he began working for the U.S Forest […]

Cheney Supports Legislation Aiding Tribal Communities

Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) spoke on the House floor Monday in support of multiple pieces of legislation that aid tribal communities including grants for school health insurance, child protection programs, and business incubators for tribal startups. Video clips and transcripts of her remarks follows: H.R. 895, Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act: REP. LIZ CHENEY: I rise in support of H.R. 895. As it was just described, this bill would enable tribal grant school employees to participate in the Federal Health Benefits program. Under current law, Bureau of Indian Education employees and tribally-managed schools […]

Congressional Award honors 92 Wyoming Youth

The Wyoming Congressional Award Council announced that 92 outstanding Wyoming youth earned bronze, silver and gold Congressional Awards in 2020. The awardees included two youth from Lander. This year, 38 youth received gold medals and 54 earned bronze and silver medals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person ceremonies were canceled in 2020. The 2020 Gold Medal Ceremony will be held during a Sept. 26 live-stream event. Each medalist achieved a set of challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/ exploration. Participants in the Wyoming Congressional Awards program logged over 48,400 hours in […]

Good Sportsmanship Award presented to RHS Footballer

Riverton Schools Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Andre-Flanagan Tuesday night was all smiles as she presented a Wyoming High School Activities Association Good Sportsmanship Award to Brandon Kautz. A football player for the Wolverines, Flanagan said the nomination came from Athletic Director at Powell High School following Riverton’s opening game on the road several weeks ago. “He said Brandon’s consistent positive encouragement of his team and support for his teammates throughout the game was what earned him the nomination,” Flanagan said, reading from the nomination form. Powell won the game 37-7. “It’s not that easy to be so positive when things are […]

Virtual book talk Saturday by Heart Mountain Author

In conjunction with the publication of Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation chair Shirley Ann Higuchi’s new book, Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will host a virtual book talk on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Higuchi’s mother, Setsuko, was one of over 14,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated at the Heart Mountain camp located between Cody and Powell during World War II. In Setsuko’s Secret, Higuchi follows her mother’s story and explores the long-lasting impact of incarceration on later generations of Japanese Americans. Saturday’s virtual book talk will feature Higuchi, in conversation […]

UW Records Smaller Enrollment Decrease

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant decrease in enrollment of out-of-state freshmen at the University of Wyoming this fall, but an increase in graduate/professional students and relatively strong numbers of in-state students have kept UW’s overall enrollment decline to a small percentage. According to census data collected on the 18th day of classes, 11,829 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the university, compared to 12,249 last fall. That’s a decrease of 420 students, or 3.4 percent. But it’s a much smaller drop than had been anticipated earlier in the summer as the pandemic impacted students and their […]

Thacker’s New Bach Trumpet picked up Saturday in Casper

Saturday was such a special day for Shoshoni’s Keegan Thacker. A few weeks ago, Keegan won a new trumpet from the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Hill Music Company in a statewide competition. Always the proud Mum, Dawn Marie Connell Thacker said the photo above is not all that it seems. On her Facebook page, she wrote: “You’ll see two educators that share a love of music and their musical gifts with others. Encouraging, challenging, supporting, believing in and sharing their knowledge with their students. One has been a part of K’s musical journey only a short time, but has made […]

Tiger muskie’s you can keep at Shoshoni area pond

This fall, fishing at Badwater Pond for tiger muskie might land you some fish you can take home. Tiger muskie have been stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the Pond since 2015, and finally, some are large enough to keep.  Badwater Pond, located 3.5 miles north of the town of Shoshoni, has been stocked with close to 750 tiger muskie since 2015.  The fish are a sterile hybrid cross between northern pike and muskellunge.  They were stocked in the Pond to reduce the numbers of juvenile carp and to create a fun fishing opportunity.   Trend data for […]

University of Wyoming Athletic Dorm reunions end after a ride of 63 years

From Dave Bonner at the Powell Tribune (Lander, Wyo.) – Summer gatherings of University of Wyoming athletes who lived together years ago in the Athletic Dorm at UW have come to the end of the trail. The last of the Athletic Dorm reunions was celebrated Aug. 2-4, 2019, at Lander. The events had become every-other-year reunions of athletes who attended UW from 1957 until the end of the athlete-only housing on campus at Laramie. Advertisement Lander became the host city under the faithful organizing efforts of “the Lander Crew”: George and Linda Johnstone, Ray (Bugs) and Mary DiFelici and Peggy […]

RHS, CWC Alumnus nominated for National Officer Candidacy of FFA

In 2020, Dayne Bradley became the first Central Wyoming College alumnus to be selected for a National Future Farmers of America Officer candidacy by the Wyoming FFA Association. The announcement of his nomination came on June 11 and for Bradley, this nomination follows many years of service. “I first zipped up my FFA jacket as a freshman at Riverton High School,” he said. “Since then, FFA has been an opportunity for me to grow in ways I could never imagine.” While in FFA, Bradley’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) included market hogs, equine entrepreneurship and equine placement. He also competed in […]

Week-long Paving Project Under Way in Thermopolis

Paving is under way on a $3.3 million highway improvement project through the Town of Thermopolis on US20/WY789. Prime contractor is McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland. Once paving is complete on the southbound lanes of the highway, the northbound lanes will be paved. “We’re expecting one week of paving, depending on favorable weather,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer Jordan Erz of Worland. “Traffic conditions will be difficult at first, with no left turns through the area where paving is being done. Please be aware that we could have closures on the side streets of up to an hour as paving […]

Admiral Beverage partnered with First Lady’s Initiative

Worland, Wyo. – First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative has partnered with Admiral Beverage in Worland to provide a refrigerated truck for Star Valley Meat Block, a participating processor in the newly launched Food from the Field program. As a part of the program, all donated deer, elk, and moose will undergo appropriate ChronicWasting Disease testing to ensure safety prior to entering the food bank system. Cold storage is necessary to store carcasses until participating processors are notified of the Chronic Wasting Disease test results. Most processors are extremely busy during hunting season and lack additional cold storage during […]

RHS Homecoming Court named Wednesday

Congratulations to the Riverton High School’s 2020 Homecoming Court. The ceremony was live-streamed on Homecoming King and Queen: Aquilo Friday and Anna Hutchison Advertisement 1st Attendants: Damon DeVries and Jocelyn Toso 2nd Attendants: Isaac Almejo-Ponce and Taliana Shaw Advertisement

CWC Rustler 500 Fundraiser going virtual this year

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Rustler 500 which was scheduled to happen in March had to be postponed. Due to current restrictions and safety protocols, the CWC Booster Board along with the Athletic Department, have decided to host a virtual drawing for all ticket buyers. The drawing will take place in early December (date TBA). On behalf of the Booster Board, Athletic Director, staff and coaches, we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket and for your continued support of Rustler Athletics. Advertisement Thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated […]

Local Weather Station earns National Education Honor

The National Weather Association’s “Public Education Award” has been presented to the Outreach Team at Riverton’s National Weather Service Station led by WCM Tim Troutman for outstanding severe weather safety & public education efforts involving the Wyoming Weather-Ready Nation Weather School Project in central & western Wyoming. Advertisement Congrats! Advertisement

Wind River Job Corps 5 Year Anniversary Celebrated

     Five years ago local community and business leaders, the U.S. Secretary of Labor and other government officials, and the new managing center contractor gathered together at the amphitheater of the country’s newest U.S. Job Corps, atop Airport Hill in Riverton. It was a celebration to open the new vocational school that had been in the planning stages for more than ten years. Thanks to the political finesse of Senator Mike Enzi, and the vision and perseverance of Fremont County BOCE’s director Sandy Barton, Wyoming students would have new options to train and start careers in various trades not typically […]

Asphalt paving begins on US20/WY789 project through Thermopolis

Paving is under way on a $3.3 million highway improvement project through the Town of Thermopolis on US20/WY789. Prime contractor is McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland. Some paving is currently happening near the Hot Springs State Park headquarters on the north end of Thermopolis, between Mondell and Washakie streets, and near WYDOT on the south end of Thermopolis. Wednesday, mainline paving is scheduled to begin at WYDOT and the operation will work its way north in the southbound lanes of US20/WY789. Once paving is complete on the southbound lanes of the highway, the northbound lanes will be paved. “We’re expecting one week of […]

WGFCommission recognizes section of Pilot Hill as critical wildlife habitat

Lander Region employees recognized (Thermopolis, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met this week in Thermopolis to make several decisions for wildlife conservation in Wyoming. The Commission approved a lease to manage 3,076 acres within the Pilot Hill land project. Pilot Hill is a community-driven effort that worked collaboratively with the Office of State Lands and Investments and Albany County to acquire 7,086 acres of land for recreation, habitat conservation and aquifer protection. The new Game and Fish lease will create an additional wildlife habitat management area (WHMA) in Albany County that provides critical habitat for elk, mule […]