Thursday will be warm, gusty winds, critical fire weather

A combination of very warm temperatures, low humidity and a gusty wind will bring critical fire weather across most of western and central Wyoming this afternoon. Today’s highs will be 88°F in Shoshoni and Worland, 87°F in Thermopolis, 85°F in Riverton, 84°F in Lander, 82°F in Jeffrey City and 73°F in Dubois. Advertisement

New remote fire detected in the southeast corner of Yellowstone

The National Park Service has reported a potential fire start in the backcountry near Heart Lake. Here’s what we know today: At about 11:45 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2020, a ranger on a backcountry patrol in the Heart Lake area (southeast corner of Yellowstone) detected the new Hancock Fire.  The 0.1-acre fire is believed to be lightning-ignited, since a strike was seen very close to that location a few days prior.   The tree that is on fire is smoldering, with no open flame. Since the fire has low spread potential and is located in a remote area, several miles from a trail, fire staff will monitor […]

Local Materials Stockpiling included in WYDOT Contracts

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will pave 13 miles of Interstate 80 between Rock Springs and Rawlins to improve the surface. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded Interstate Highway Construction Inc., of Englewood, Colorado, a $20.8 million contract for the work in Sweetwater County. The commission awarded that and six other projects totaling $62.7 million at its meeting in September. For the I-80 work, crews will mill the existing asphalt surface and replace it with concrete, which typically lasts longer. Crews will also replace the Baxter Interchange near Rock Springs by reconstructing the underneath portion of the structure.  The contract […]

Rangeland Fire Alert Monday Afternoon

A combination of breezy conditions and low humidity will bring elevated fire conditions to portions of the area this afternoon. Advertisement Advertisement

ThunderSnow captured on Togwotee Pass Saturday

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service Station in Riverton Saturday captured an image and sound of ThunderSnow. Watch and listen below: Advertisement Advertisement

GasBuddy: Local Fuel Costs match state average

Wyoming gas prices are unchanged  in the past week, averaging $2.16/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Gas prices in Wyoming are 0.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 48.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. In Riverton, unleaded regular prices this mroning ranged from $2.14/gallon to $2.21/gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming is priced at $1.79/g today while the most expensive is $2.79/g, a difference of 100.0 cents per gallon. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the last […]

COVID Cases in UW College of Law Prompt Closure, Other Actions

September 18, 2020 Six cases of COVID-19 have been detected among students in the University of Wyoming’s College of Law in the last week, prompting the university to take action to limit the spread of the virus in that group of students, faculty and staff and the broader community. Effective immediately and through Friday, Sept. 25, all College of Law classes will be delivered online; faculty and staff members are required to work remotely where possible; and enhanced cleaning measures are being taken at College of Law facilities. Additionally, all College of Law students and employees are encouraged to shelter […]

Smoky, Developing Showers for Saturday, Sunday

It will be smoky again today and Sunday across the Cowboy State according to the National Weather Service Station in Riverton. A front will bring cooler temperatures and increased winds. Rain and isolated thunderstorms will develop across the west and south through the day. Eastern areas have a Red Flag Warning in effect. Advertisement Saturday’s high temperatures are predicted to reach 80 in Worland, 78°F in Thermopolis and Shoshoni, 77°F in Jeffrey City, 75°F in Riverton, 71°F in Lander and 61°F in Dubois. Advertisement

Potential Athletics Return at UW in the works

September 17, 2020 – University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel has issued the following statement regarding the fall intercollegiate athletics season: “Due to recent advances in COVID-19 testing technology, and in light of the decision by the Big Ten Conference to return to competition in October, I am hopeful that we will find a safe path forward to get our athletics program back in business. Our coaches and players have done a phenomenal job of preparing in this difficult period. They have done every single thing asked of them, and I couldn’t be more proud of their work ethic — […]

BLM to begin Red Desert wild horse gather in October

Media release In support of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) mission to sustainably manage wild horses and burros on public rangelands, the BLM Rawlins and Lander field offices plan to begin gathering and removing wild horses on or after Oct. 6, 2020, from the Red Desert Wild Horse Complex in southwestern Wyoming. This continues a gather that initially began in August 2018 but concluded early when off-range corrals reached maximum capacity. The Red Desert Complex, which includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek herd management areas, is located in Sweetwater, Fremont, Carbon and […]

Wyoming becomes First State With a Special Purpose Depository Institution

Governor Gordon statement on approval of the first SPDI bank charter by the Wyoming Banking Division CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has issued the following statement after the Wyoming Banking Division voted today to approve Kraken’s application to create the world’s first Special Purpose Depository Institution (SPDI). “Today Wyoming became the first U.S. state to approve a banking charter for digital assets. Wyoming’s new charter will allow those using digital assets, like cryptocurrency, to access reliable financial services, protect consumers, and allow businesses a way to hold digital assets safely. Advertisement I am proud that our state is leading the way and […]

St. Flag to Half-Staff on 17th in Teton, Fremont Counties and at St. Capitol

Governor Mark Gordon has ordered the Wyoming State Flag be flown at half-staff at the Capitol in Cheyenne and in Teton and Fremont Counties from sunrise to sunset on September 17, 2020 in honor of Grant Larson. Mr. Larson served in the Wyoming Senate from 1995-2010 representing District 17 and was President of the Senate in 2005 and 2006. For several years Larson’s Senate District extended into Fremont County around Dubois. He passed away September 11, 2020. Advertisement Please note that this notice is only for the Wyoming State Flag and only at two locations in the state – at […]

Potential Health Advisory at Shoshone Lake, Washakie Ranger District

The Wyoming Department of Health has notified the Forest Service of a potential harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB – also known as harmful algal blooms) on Shoshone Lake, Washakie Ranger District.  According to Steve Schacht, Washakie District Ranger, further samples will be collected at the lake on Friday and results should be back later next week.  “We wanted to be proactive in our communication of the harmful effects of this bloom”.  HCBs are dense concentrations of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae that pose a health risk to humans, pets, livestock, wildlife and aquatic life. Under normal conditions, cyanobacteria are present at low […]

Over 90% of Households Have Been Counted in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is now in the final stretch with counting set to end on September 30th. The U.S. Census Bureau has begun to release daily 2020 Census housing unit completion rates, including the 2020 Census self-response rate and Nonresponse Followup completion rate. According to the Census, 91.8% of housing units have been accounted for nationally in the 2020 Census as of Sept. 14, with 26% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 65.8% of housing units responding online, by phone, or by mail. Wyoming’s overall response rate has been 89.3 percent while Colorado leads the […]

Wed: Sunny, Warm, Smoke

Smoky skies will remain with the thickest smoke expected across the Bighorn Basin today. Otherwise, dry and warm according to the National Weather Service Station in Riverton. Today’s highs are expected to be 83°F in Thermopolis, 82°F in Shoshoni, 81°F in Worland and Jeffrey City, 79°F in Riverton, 76°F in Lander and 75°F in Dubois. Advertisement Advertisement

Lone Star Fire showed slow growth Monday

The Lone Star Fire in Yellowstone size Tuesday morning is 3,348 acres burned. Here’s what we know: Activity on the The Lone Star Fire has increased slightly with warm temperatures. Low relative humidity along with warm temperatures could cause the fire to become more active in the next few days. Smoke and a widespread haze may be visible in the area through the end of the week as smoke from the fire mixes with smoke from the West Coast.  The Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb is open but may be closed at any time due to […]

State Parks Fees Subject of Special Meeting Thursday

A special meeting of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission will convene Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. via Google Hangouts. Those wishing to listen in can do so by calling: Phone Number (US)+1 339-545-2239 PIN: 431 833 148# During the meeting, the Commission will review, discuss and make recommendations for new park fees for next year. The Commission has advisory responsibility for the agency which involves the planning, acquisition, development and management of all state parks, the State Trails Program, State Recreation Areas, State Historic Sites and Archaeology sites and Outdoor Recreation Office. The Commission […]

Four additional statewide Covid-19 related deaths

Additional coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed in Natrona and Sheridan counties involving Wyoming residents who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). ·         An older adult Natrona County woman with health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19 died recently. She had not been hospitalized. ·         An older adult Sheridan County man, also with higher-risk health conditions, died recently. He had been hospitalized. ·         An additional older adult Sheridan County man, also with higher-risk health conditions, died recently. He had not been hospitalized. ·         An older adult […]