Forest trail work completed by volunteers during Int’l Climbers’ Festival

On Thursday, July 15th, volunteers assisted in the completion of 400 feet of new trail in steep, rocky terrain on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest. This trail work was accomplished as part of an annual volunteer day during the International Climbers’ Festival held in Lander, Wyo.  Twenty-four volunteers organized by Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance joined members of the Access Fund Conservation Team, the Wyoming Conservation Corps, and staff from both the Bureau of Land Management Lander Field Office and Shoshone National Forest to install 400 feet of hand-built trail, including the construction of three switchbacks. The […]

Arapahoe Artist Received Inaugural Native Art Fellowship from Arts Council

           Colleen Friday of Arapahoe is the recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s inaugural Native Art Fellowship.             The Native Art Fellowship is an award of merit open to Native artists based within Wyoming working across any artistic discipline or medium. This fellowship is designed to raise the profiles of the highly talented Native artists in Wyoming and celebrate their artistry. Friday will receive a $3,000 award and the opportunity to showcase her work publicly in the state.  Colleen Friday is a Northern Arapaho artist and ecosystem scientist from Arapahoe. She traces her first artistic influences to her mom and […]

Weekly Situation Report for Wyoming Weather: Hot, Dry

Here is the latest Wyoming Weather Situation report for the week of 07/19 to 07/22 from the National Weather Service. Overall Weather Impact Level this week: Low Here are the weather impact highlights for the upcoming week: Below-normal precipitation is expected for the northern portions of Wyoming and above-normal for central/eastern portions of Wyoming for the end of July due to possible monsoon moisture. Advertisement Above normal temperatures will cause excessive heat across the entire state of Wyoming starting this afternoon into Friday afternoon. Extreme Drought expanded across counties Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Teton, Park, and Cook. The 8 to 14 day […]

Local jobless rates showed small gain in June

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June at 5.4%. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has stayed within the narrow range of 5.1% to 5.4% in each of the past nine months and is slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.9%. Wyoming’s current unemployment rate is much lower than its year-ago level of 7.4%. In Fremont County, the jobless rate went from 5.7 percent in May to 6.1 percent in June, where 1.171 workers were without employment. Hot Springs County […]

Three COVID Cases reported at Wyoming Honor Farm

As of this past Friday, July 16th, the number of positive COVID-19 confirmed positive cases at Wyoming Correctional Institutions numbered 11. That includes three inmates cases at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton. See the total cases reported below: Advertisement

Unauthorized Guide in YNP gets jail & fines for multiple illegal activities

Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that THEODORE EUGENE GARLAND, age 60 of Edmond, Oklahoma was sentenced on seven counts of illegal activities and violations in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Garland appeared in front of Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 2, 2021, for the sentencing. Theodore Garland has a social-media page, a podcast, and a guidebook. All three have overlapping pictures and posts about his guided tours in YNP, which violated closures and other park regulations and encouraged visitors to do the same. Some of the examples included […]

Lander, Riverton students worked to identify habitable planets in Teton Science Course at UW

Twenty-five high school students from across Wyoming and one from Colorado, including three from Lander and one from Riverton, worked in teams to determine whether planets near different-colored stars could actually be habitable. To help make that determination, the students participated in an experiment using radiometers, which measure light, to record the outer and inner limits of habitability around different types of stars. The activity was part of the Teton STEM Academy taking place through July 18 on the University of Wyoming campus. The nine-day event offers hands-on activities in the interdisciplinary sciences, including life sciences, physical sciences, engineering and math, all […]

Splashpad fix continues

Rawhide Mechanical and City of Riverton crews are busy at work at the splash pad this week installing a new water service and a new wastewater connection for the facility to replace the troubled recirculating vault that has prevented consistent, safe operation. We appreciate your continued patience and ask that you avoid this area of the park, as it is a construction zone. Be advised the northeast parking lot of City Park will be closed today, July 14th and tomorrow, July 15th. During the work, the public restrooms will be closed, but portable restrooms will be available to the public […]

UW to transform academic programs to respond to budget cuts, changing higher education landscape

Aiming to better serve Wyoming, adjust to economic shifts and respond to a changing higher-education landscape, the University of Wyoming is pursuing a transformation of its academic programs to propel new and ongoing initiatives and to deal with budget cuts.   A proposal from the administration of UW President Ed Seidel to the university’s Board of Trustees, announced today (Tuesday), would reconfigure UW’s colleges; discontinue or reorganize some academic programs; build on UW’s existing Tier-1 Engineering, Science and Trustees Education initiatives; advance the new Wyoming Innovation Partnership; and launch a School of Computing, a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Wyoming […]

Hot Notes Concerts Monday night drew nice turnout

The Hot Notes and Cool nights concerts at Riverton City Park Monday evening featured the Central Wyoming College Community Band and a Bassoon Quartet led by Richard Turner. Accompaniment was provided by the Riverton Fire Department sirens, children playing and arguing, firecrackers going off in the distance, loud 18-wheelers on North Federal and a few show offs revving up their diesel pickups. Advertisement It was a perfect outdoor evening for a concert in the park. And the thunderstorm held off until the Stars and Stripes Forever concluded the evening.

Adult scholarships available at Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College is now accepting applications for the John P. Ellbogen Scholarship. CWC was selected by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation to receive $100,000 to support adult learners with the newly created Ellbogen Opportunity Scholarship: All Students Successful. This scholarship is specifically designed to re-engage adults in post-secondary education opportunities for certificates and degrees in career and technical education. There are many programs that the scholarship qualifies for at CWC, including the new Bachelor of Applied Science options. Vice President of Student Affairs Coralina Daly announced that the new Ellbogen Opportunity Scholarship application is “live and ready for eligible students […]

Photos: Paving begins downtown on Main Street

Paving has begun in downtown Riverton on the westbound lanes of Main Street. Crews from 71 Construction are putting down the first of several layers of asphalt. Advertisement

Lander Main Street Project continues with ADA improvements

Construction crews in downtown Lander on Wednesday were working on the Southwest corner of Third and Main. Another crew was working in front of Central Bank and Trust preparing to pour the sidewalk there. Advertisement

Shoshone Tribal Members to get $1,500 ARPA payment each in August

From the EST Newe News Read the guidelines here on what ARPA funds can be used for… ARPA – July Update The Shoshone Business Council is pleased to announce the authorization of distribution of funds coming from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Tribe was informed that it had been awarded approximately $22,334,506.41 based upon its enrollment data as of February, 2021. This is the first payment. A second payment based upon self certified employment data will be distributed shortly and will be considerably less than the first payment. The deadline to use the funds is December 31, 2024. […]

Senior Citizens get extension for Solar Project Payment

The Riverton City Council’s Finance Committee Tuesday night approved an extension through August 10th for the Riverton Senior Citizens Board to pay their portion of a new solar array that was installed earlier this year Riverton Finance Director Mia Harris said the reimbursement of 40 percent or $23,963 back to the endowment, was to have been paid by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, but the board had requested an extension. The Finance Committee agreed to the extension, and the payment is now due on August 10th Advertisement Read about the solar panel project here.

Summer Lander Farmers Market Highlights

Head to Lander City Park on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to peruse and purchase local produce, products and art at the Lander Valley Farmers Market. The market on July 10 takes place at last year’s location—the dirt lot on City Park Drive. Advertisement Challenge for Charities The Lander Valley Farmers Market is participating in this year’s Challenge for Charities. Donate before Saturday, July 10 to make the Farmers Market eligible for Challenge for Charities matching funds.

“Almost Elton John,” James Walker Benefit Concert THIS FRIDAY!

James Walker, a much loved team member at the Stock Doc was severely injured in an automobile accident. The Stock Doc invites you for an amazing evening of Elton John, performed by Jerred Price, one of the premier Elton John cover acts in the country. Come out on Friday night to help a remarkable person! Almost Elton John-Friday July 9th, starting at 7:00 PM @ CWC Peck Theater. Tickets are $25 per person. Advertisement Doors open at 5:30PM for the Silent Auction and Mocktails from the Social Club. and music by one of just a handful of people picked by […]

Summer Tour Extravaganza now available in Lander

Summer is in full swing and Water for Wildlife Discovery Center has joined together with four of the top attractions in Lander to bring you the Lander Summer Tour Extravaganza.  Participants can visit any one of the top attractions and pick up a punch card.  Go discover amazing things at each of the 5 attractions, then simply return the completed card to any of the five.  There will be a drawing for cool prizes at the end of the summer.  Escape the summer heat and discover some  things you may have never seen in Lander.  Visitors can see a showcase […]