Responsible Recreation Encouraged at String Lake

Beginning this holiday weekend, Grand Teton National Park staff will implement measures to promote the health and safety of visitors, employees and volunteers at String Lake by encouraging social distancing and appropriate food storage practices. String Lake is one of the most popular areas in the park for gathering and recreation. During peak summer visitation, designated parking spots are filled between mid-morning and late afternoon, and overflow parking occurs along nearby roadsides. The lake shoreline also quickly fills with visitors and their picnic supplies and recreation equipment. Social distancing to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is more difficult at String […]

June: Drier and Warmer Local Weather Observed

June had a mix of below and above normal values across our climate sites according to NOAA’s National Weather Service Station in Riverton. Greybull did have their second wettest June since records were started in 1998. There were a variety of new temperature and rainfall records set in June. Lander and Riverton were drier and warmer than normal, including both reporting stations in Riverton. See the graphic below:

Wyoming’s Largest Drug Bust = 20 years in Prison

Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced ARNOLD DEVONNE BUTLER, 54, Wednesday in Casper. Butler was convicted on January 17, 2020 after a 4-day jury trial and found guilty on all counts, including possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Butler received two hundred forty months of imprisonment, to be followed by one hundred twenty months of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $500.00 special assessment. Butler was initially stopped for a commercial vehicle inspection by the Wyoming Highway Patrol on Interstate 80 in Laramie County on May 15, […]

Wyoming Passed Montana in Census Response Rate

Wyomingites have one more reason to celebrate this July 4th weekend – we officially surpassed Montana’s statewide self-response rate for the 2020 Census!  Wyoming now boasts a 55.9 percent statewide self-response rate, compared to Montana’s 55.5 percent statewide rate.  This equates to more than 160,000 households in Wyoming that have self-responded, a large majority of people choosing the new online version of the questionnaire. If Wyoming continues this self-response momentum over the holiday weekend, there is a distinct possibility of surpassing states like Texas and Oklahoma in the coming days and weeks ahead. Nationally, to date, more than 91.4 million or 61.8% […]

Yellowstone Employees Test Negative for Coronavirus

In the fourth round of surveillance testing on Yellowstone employees, all tests came back negative. On June 17 and 18, National Park Service (NPS) employees, with assistance from local and state health officials, tested 190 employees from the NPS and concession companies operating in the park.   Initially, one concession employee tested positive and was immediately isolated. The employee was retested twice more, and both tests came back negative. The state health office described the initial test as a “false positive” and the employee has returned to work. According to the county health officer, a small percentage of “false positives” […]

Fish Kill at Louis Lake Explained

In early June the Wyoming Game and Fish Department investigated a reported fish kill at Louis Lake in the Shoshone National Forest outside of Lander, Wyoming. Some fish that died in this event are still surfacing.  On the June 25th Let’s Talk Fremont program on the Wind River Radio Network, Wyoming Game and Fish Education Specialist Rene Schell of Lander explained what happened. You can hear that program here. Schell’s comments begin at 2:39 mark. On June 8, Fisheries Technician Autumn Ruskell visited Louis Lake and found dead white suckers along the grassy shoreline between the boat launch and the […]

Woman Gored by YNP Bison

Always stay more than 25 yards away from bison  Here’s what we know from the National Park Service Report of the incident: After a 72-year-old woman from California approached within 10 feet of a bison multiple times to take its photo, the animal gored her. The incident occurred on the evening of June 25, 2020, at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground. Rangers provided immediate medical care to the woman who sustained multiple goring wounds. She was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. “The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison […]

Lander’s July 4th “Pirate Parade” details released

No Candy. No Water Balloons, No Fireworks Permitted State Senator Cale Case of Lander said today some rules have been established for the July 4th “Pirate Parade” in Lander. “As you probably know, in order to avoid the dangers and chaos of a “pirate parade”, we have convinced  the pirate organizers to agree to a permitted Independence Day Parade,” Case said Monday. “Safety is paramount and an authorized parade allows Main Street to be closed so that spectators and participants (including children) will not be exposed to hazards from oncoming and cross traffic.” According to the State Senator, law enforcement “can […]

Interstate Highway System born Monday in 1956

Today’s tidbit from Twitter from Michael Beschloss: “President Eisenhower (on June 29) in 1956 signed act creating Interstate Highway System, called largest public works project in history.”

May Recap: Warmer, Drier than normal

The National Weather Service reports that Lander tied for the driest month this past May since 1891. Only .06 inches of precipitation fell during May, which was 2.14 inches below normal. Additionally Lander’s average temperature during May was 55.6 degrees, 0.8 degrees warmer than average. It was the 14th warmer May on record. For Riverton, the airport received 0.32 inches of precipitation for the the month, the third driest May there, while the average temperature of 54.5 degrees was the 12th warmest on record since 1996. Downtown Riverton recorded 0.34 inches of precipitation in May, which was 1.11 inches below […]

Mostly Cloudy; Isolated Rain, Strong Thunderstorms

This week’s weather from the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport: Mostly cloudy with widespread rain showers and isolated, possibly strong to severe thunderstorms. There will be showers and cooler temperatures through Wednesday. Drier and warmer for Thursday to the weekend. High temperatures today predicted to be 75 in Shoshoni, 72 in Thermopolis, 71 in Riverton and Worland, 70 in Lander, 69 in Jeffrey City and 54 in Dubois.

Signs now up at Murdoch’s

The two large signs indicating Murdochs Ranch and Home Supply’s location on North Federal Boulevard in Riverton went up this morning. A Casper sign company did the work. A large crane held the supports in place overnight and the sign installation then proceeded. Murdochs purchased Linton’s on Sunset this past year and after the Safeway Store closed, the home company bought the real estate. The store is now advertising for more employees and will be opening soon.

Enzi, Barrasso request regulatory relief for meat processing industry

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., joined a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday in asking U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider areas for regulatory and programmatic reform in the meat processing industry. “When high-capacity processing facilities experienced outbreaks amongst employees, operations were forced to shut-off or slow down production, leaving the rancher with livestock they could not move and the consumer with either empty grocery shelves or overpriced products,” the senators wrote in a letter. “These pitfalls can be avoided in the future if we take action today to promote a diversified food supply chain. Regulations […]

SageWest Radiology Services Expanding in Riverton

SageWest Health Care announced that it is extending its existing partnership with Medical Imaging Associates (MIA) to include radiology services at SageWest Riverton, in addition to the services already provided at SageWest Lander. This expansion of services to the Riverton campus will enable SageWest to provide a seamless patient experience across the system and also provide increased access to higher levels of specialty care at Riverton – both of which will help continue to grow healthcare services in Fremont County and surrounding areas. MIA is a 29-physician radiology group with extensive specialty treatment options in the areas of abdominal imaging, […]

Temblor shook Kelly today just after 7 a.m.

The United States Geological Survey reported a 3.6 magnitude earthquate occurred at 7:02 this morning 10 miles east of Kelly and 30 miles east-northeast of Jackson. The depth of the quake was reported at 5 kilometers. No damage was reported from the quake.

Day two: Lightning can be deadly

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COVID-19 spikes in Evanston; case numbers rise statewide

 In the past week, Wyoming has seen 124 new cases of COVID-19, a rate more than double that of the first week of June. There has been a particular spike in cases in Uinta County, which now has 87 confirmed cases, a significant increase since early June. The Wyoming Department of Health’s Statewide Dashboard has been updated to reflect the increase, with the category of “New Cases” adjusted back from “Stabilizing” to “Concerning.”  County-level COVID-19 data is available on the Wyoming Department of Health website.

Two get jail for Yellowstone Thermal Area Violations

Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Mark L Carman sentenced TARA L. DAVOLI, age 31, and SARAH A. PIOTROWSKI, age 30, both of Philadelphia for being off trail in a thermal area. The charges stemmed from a June 11, 2020 incident where both women were observed off the boardwalk walking in a thermal area, which resulted in damage to orange bacterial mats at Opal Pool in the Midway Geyser Basin. Multiple witnesses observed the two walking on the feature and confronted them in an effort to get them to stop. Davoli and Piotrowski each received a sentence of two days imprisonment […]