Mayor handed out honors to RPD, Parks and City Clerk

At Tuesday night’s Riverton City Council meeting Mayor Richard Gard handed out certificates of appreciation to city workers who he said were caught in the process of doing good works. The honors were presented to two Riverton Police Officers, the new Parks Maintenance Director and the City Clerk. Officer Peter McCall was given a certificate for something the Mayor saw in May at East Third and Main where a group of children were jumping up and down and being joyful. In the middle of the group was Officer McCall who was entertaining the kids. Gard captured a few seconds of […]

Village Drive work approved Tuesday night.

In action items at Tuesday night’s Riverton City Council meeting, Councilors approved another optional one-cent tax funded street improvement project. The Village Drive Surface Improvement Project was awarded to Dave’s Asphalt Company in the amount of $627,922.00. Three bids were received for the project and Dave’s Asphalt was the lowest, according to Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield. The Council also approved a contract agreement between the City of Riverton and Jviation, Inc. relating to engineering services provided at Riverton Regional Airport for one full year with an option to renew the contract four times.

Mayor: Smith’s Fueling Station coming this year

Riverton Mayor Richard Gard last night delivered some good news at the city council meeting. He and Community Development Director Eric Carr said the city had received a letter from Smith’s Food and Drug officials indicating the company will move on building a gasoline station adjacent to their West Main store this year, instead of next year. The site is the vacant land where the McDonald’s restaurant used to sit before it moved to North Federal.  The property fronts on West Main Street.

Informational meeting tonight at Great Plains Hall

The Northern Arapaho Business Council will hold an informational meeting tonight at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe. Two items are on the agenda, including an update on the Tribe’s Legal Representation and and update on the casino. Dinner will be served at 5:30. All Tribal members 18 years of age and older are welcome. Children will not be allowed.

New Scam hitting Riverton

There’s a new scam in town that the Riverton Police Department wants you to be aware of. Individuals are getting calls from Verizon saying their accounts have been frozen and to push 1 to speak to a Verizon Representative. Its a scam, don’t press 1 and speak to anyone. The RPD, via its Facebook page, said they talked with Verizon on Monday and they are getting several calls about this. Remember, never give out personal information or send money to anyone. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam.

County’s Preliminary Budget Hearing this morning

The Fremont County Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 will be the topic of a preliminary budget hearing this morning at 9:30 during the county commission’s regular Tuesday meeting. The board will also hear an update from Public Nursing Supervisor Kathleen Laidlaw, conduct interviews for the county museum board and interview for the position of Board of Equalization Hearing Officer. In the afternoon, budget discussions will be held with the Treasurer’s office and the Wind River Visitors Council. This morning’s meeting convenes at 9 a.m. with a public comment period at 9:15 a.m.

Wet afternoons, then dry is Wyoming Weather Situation

The Monday Wyoming Situation Report from the National Weather Service indicates the wet pattern will continue through tomorrow, then turn drier. The synopsis is copied below: • Wet pattern in place through Tuesday with daily afternoon showers and thunderstorms likely. The weather pattern then turns drier. A few storms may be strong to severe this afternoon and evening. • Flooding concerns persist as numerous rivers are currently running at or just below Action Flood Stage. • Odds favor below average temperatures and above average precipitation for late June. The Wind River Basin Forecast:

Stripe Out planned for Wyoming’s home opener

A first-time event in the history of War Memorial Stadium is being planned for Wyoming’s 2019 season opener versus Missouri on Aug. 31.  Wyoming Athletics is asking all Cowboy fans to participate in the “Stripe Out” of War Memorial Stadium by wearing Brown or Gold t-shirts based on their seat location.  The goal is to have alternating sections of the stadium be Brown and Gold. Missouri Only the Second SEC Team to Ever Play in War Memorial StadiumThe Aug. 31 season opener vs. Missouri will feature only the second appearance by a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team in Wyoming Football history.  The opportunity […]

Statewide gasoline prices dropped again, same locally

Wyoming gas prices have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.79/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Gas prices in Wyoming are 4.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 8.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. In Riverton and in Lander, the Monday morning unleaded regular price was $2.89, Ten cents higher than the state average. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming is priced at $2.37/g today while the most expensive is $3.40/g, a difference of $1.03/g. The national average price of gasoline […]

Southern end of Loop Road is now open to Louis Lake

The Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest has opened the Loop Road, FSR 300, from South Pass to Louis Lake. Known locally as the Loop Road, Louis Lake Road is also open on the northern end up to Worthen Meadow. Additionally, FSR 326, which is the road from Limestone to Wolf Point, is also now open. The middle portion of the Loop Road remains closed to mitigate damage to resources while the remaining snow melts. The status of this section of the road is being assessed daily, and it will be opened as soon as conditions allow. For […]

GTNP road work on US 89, Gros Ventre Road Sat-Sun

Weekend road work has been scheduled for this coming weekend, June 15-16, on U.S. Highway 89 as part of Grand Teton National Park’s pavement preservation plan. Work will take place between the park’s southern boundary and the Jackson Hole Airport. Travelers should expect up to 15-minute delays as chip seal activities are underway and the highway is reduced to one lane of travel. Road work will take place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., weather and temperature dependent. Additionally, travelers are advised to drive slowly and maintain the recommended speed limit on chip seal pavement to reduce the risk of […]

Webbwood Road closed Friday morning for pavement milling

Milling of existing pavement on Webbwood Road, east of North Federal Boulevard, will force a six-hour closure between Pure Gas Road and North Federal on Friday morning, June 14. Webbwood Road is scheduled for closure between 6 a.m. and noon Friday.The closure will impact the southern entrance to Walmart off Webbwood Road. Trucks and traffic will still be able to access Walmart off North Federal Boulevard during Friday morning’s closure. Webbwood Road, east of North Federal Boulevard, is scheduled for asphalt paving on June 18-19, with highway striping scheduled for June 19, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer […]

Convicted murderess Alice Uden has died; Connected to death of three in Pavillion

The Wyoming Department of Corrections has reported the death of 80-year-old Alice Uden, who died Wednesday at a hospital in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Uden, and her husband Gerald, were convicted of four murders, Alice for a former husband, and Gerald for the killing of his wife and her two children near Pavillion. After 40 years and many leads, the cold case gained new life after the remains of Alice’s former husband was recovered from a mine shaft filled with trash on a ranch near Cheyenne. The discovery capped decades of investigation by numerous law enforcement agencies. Gerald is being held in […]

Local man gets 3.3 years for Abusive Sexual Contact

A Fort Washakie man Wednesday was sentenced to serve a 40-month-long prison term upon his conviction of Abusive Sexual Contact. The sentence was handed down to Kyle James Ferris, 35, by Chief U.S. District Judge Scott Skvahahl in Casper. He was also sentenced to serve 10 years of supervised release and he was ordered to pay a special assessment of $400. He is further required to register as a sex offender. Ferris pleaded guilty to four counts of Abusive Sexual Contact on March 20th of this year. The convictions stem from multiple incidents between August 2012 and November of 2013, […]

Commission supports WRTA; Appointments made

At Tuesday’s Fremont County Commission meeting in  Lander, a letter to Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Transportation was approved in support of  continuing the Wind River Transportation Authority services in Fremont County. WRTA operates  the county’s public bus system. The  commissioners also renewed a scholarship presented to Silas Goetz of Lander, who is attending the University of Wyoming. The board reappointed Tom Jones to the a three year term on the Fremont County Planning Commission and Sherry Moore and Kass Harrell were re=appointed to three year terms on the Fremont County Planning Commission.

Commissioners Support Staff over alleged voting problems

The Fremont County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday issued a letter of support for the County Clerk and Elections Department over allegations that some Wind River Reservation residents were the victims of voter suppression in the 2018 elections. A complaint filed by the state’s Democratic Party over the issue was investigated by County Attorney Patrick LeBrun who found no wrongdoing. He came to the same conclusion as the Secretary of State’s Office after they looked into the matter. The commissioner’s letter is copied below:

Concrete pour began on North Federal Project

S&S Construction of Gillette began the concrete pour for the second phase of the North Federal Reconstruction Project this morning at the intersection with Webbwood Road.

Chamber of Commerce has new Executive Director

The Riverton Chamber of Commerce has a new Executive Director. She is Lander native Ashley Strickland. Her first day on the job is set for June 17th. Chamber President Victor Robbins said Strickland had lived in the county for 22 years before taking a hotel management job in Colorado several years ago. She was formerly affiliated with the Hampton Inn and Suites in Riverton. Robbins said the Chamber would be hosting an open house for the new Executive Director in the very near future. Strickland replaces Jim Davis.