Jail Death ruled a suicide

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen has released a verdict and case docket in the death of Ty Wolfname, 31, who was found dead in his jail cell at the Fremont County Detention Center on August 31st. The cause of death was listed as “asphyxia due to self-inflicted hanging.” The death was ruled a suicide.

Lee: Staffing improving at Sheriff’s Office

Fremont County Sheriff Ryan Lee said staffing in his office is improving. In a report to the county commissioners last week, Lee said his office is currently hiring four deputies as authorized and he said there are four applicants in the background phase. He also said he is hiring one cook and one controller for the detention center as authorized. In the communications department, Lee said two dispatchers are being hired as authorized. Lee noted that in an effort to reduce the number of inmates in the detention center, which has been around 200 inmates in the last month or […]

Shipping Container vote scheduled Tuesday

The third and final reading of an ordinance that would allow steel shipping containers in residential areas, under some restrictions, is up for third reading Tuesday night at the Riverton City Council regular meeting. The measure has passed its previous two readings on 4-3 votes. Also up, but on second reading, is an ordinance that would ban large trucks from engine braking. It was approved on first reading on October 1st. The quarterly fiscal health of the city report is also on tap for the meeting, set for 7 pm at Riverton City Hall. The agenda is copied below:

Mostly Sunny today, warmer

Today’s weather conditions will become breezy with a mix of clouds and sun and warmer temperatures. Critical fire weather is likely in southern Wyoming this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton. The Wind River Basin Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

Appointments made; New LPD position authorized

Lander, Wyo. – The Lander City Council made several appointments Tuesday night and authorized a new position in the Lander Police Department. The council was also the site for a donation to the Lander Fire Department from the Rotary Club of Lander. Appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board was Patrick Mettenbrink and Owen Sweeney was named as one of the city’s representatives on the Wind River Visitors Council. Newly created is a Victim’s Advocate position in the LPD, which is being funded through a three year-long, $197,597 grant. The City also received a $25,000 grant from the Wyoming Business […]

Cold with scattered snow today; Precip chance is 40%

Some snow showers will linger across the area today according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport. Most showers will be light, but some could reduce visibility. Temperatures will be below normal with highs at or below freezing and lows tonight in the teens & single digits. Expect a few negative temps in the usual cold spots. The Wind River Basin Forecast:

Sugar Beet Harvest started, Watch for trucks on roads

The annual Sugar Beet Harvest in Fremont County has begun, and trucks loaded with the beets are unloading at the Wyoming Sugar Company’s receiving stations north of Riverton and at Midvale. The harvest began last Thursday and will continue for several more weeks. The Fremont County sugar beets will be transported to the Wyoming Sugar processing plant in Worland. The sugar beet harvest in the Big Horn Basin began about one week earlier with beets piling up at stations outside of Greybull, Powell and Lovell, in addition to Worland.

Temperatures to plunge Wednesday through Friday

Riverton, Wyo. – A significant temperature change downward is expected to begin Wednesday and continue into Friday across the area according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton. Much below normal and near record low temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday morning across the area.

In advance of cold front, take care of your trees, plants

University of Wyoming Extension horticulture experts say homeowners can counter the expected arctic cold front’s snow and single-digit temperatures with a one-two punch of their own. Knock snow from still-leafed-out trees and bushes and water vegetation. “People should worry especially if their deciduous trees have not yet dropped their leaves,” said Karen Panter, extension horticulture specialist. “Heavy snow can break limbs and topple already-weak trees. Knock snow off as much as possible.” Forecasts Tuesday morning called for blowing snow and Friday morning temperatures down to 14 for Newcastle, 12 in Riverton, 10 in Casper and Cheyenne and Evanston, and 6 […]

Susquehanna water Issue topic of UW Law event

The University of Wyoming College of Law is set to host two public events this month focusing on the timely American Indian topics of water contamination on the Wind River Indian Reservation and a Crow hunting rights case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. “At the College of Law, we strive to serve our students and the state with relevant legal information that will help them understand current events,” says Professor Jason Robison. “This knowledge helps to create an educated population that can better engage with the legal system.” Water contamination on WRIR On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Itzchak Kornfeld, […]

Lander continues to have lowest fuel price in county

Wyoming gas prices have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Gas prices in Wyoming are 0.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 29.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. Lander continues to have the lowest unleaded regular fuel cost in the county at $2.51.0/g. In Riverton the price is $2.65.0/g. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming is priced at $2.33/g today while the most expensive is $3.15/g, a difference of 82.0 cents per gallon. The lowest […]

UW & CWC to partner on Entrepreneur Program

The University of Wyoming’s College of Business and Central Wyoming College (CWC) are partnering to support Wyoming’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with the launch of a new statewide education program called Entrepreneur Essentials. The pilot program will provide educational tools to help Wyoming build a solid foundation for launching and growing successful businesses. Entrepreneur Essentials is a hybrid version of the highly successful CWC program, Start-Up Intensive, with in-person sessions and online learning. The four-week program will start Friday, Oct. 18. “Entrepreneur Essentials was developed from the 10-week Start-Up Intensive (SUI),” says Sandy Hessler, SUI instructor. “One hundred Wyomingites have graduated from […]

Outdoor Recreation Industry thriving in Wyoming

A recent report from the federal government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicates Wyoming’s Outdoor Recreation Industry is among the best in the nation in contributing to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).             For the first time, the BEA has added Outdoor Recreation to their annual Economic Analysis and what they found is that it is a major driver of the nation’s and Wyoming’s economy and employment. What the report found is Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming contributes $1.6 billion to Wyoming’s economy or 4.4 percent of the state’s overall economy. States ranking ahead of Wyoming are Hawaii at 5.4%, […]

“It’s Everyone’s Business” to prevent Domestic Violence

Lander, Wyo. – The Fremont County Commissioners this week joined other local municipalities and the Tribes of Wind River in Proclaiming October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” In the proclamation, the commission urged all citizens to recognize domestic violence as a critial issue that “is everyone’s business.” The board approve a request from the City of Riverton to de-annex a portion of the city north of Country Acres Road that includes the Vasco Addition and land owned by the Brada Living Trust. The land reverts back into county jurisdiction. In one final action, the 2019 updated Master Plan for the […]

Snake River, GTNP Visitors Center temporary closures announced for today, Friday

There will be limited access to the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park on Thursday, October 3. All river access at Deadmans Bar will be temporarily closed from approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including launch and take out.  The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park will have a delayed opening on Friday, October 4, to 12 p.m. for a special event. Visitors are encouraged to stop at the Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center in the town of Jackson or at Jenny Lake to speak to a ranger and for restroom facilities. Backcountry permits will be available at […]

Smith’s Fueling Station showing good progress

The new Smith’s Food and Drug fueling station on West Main is showing much progress. The canopy has been erected, a cashiers building is up, cement pads for the gas pumps are poured, and now curb work and access to the station are areas now under construction.

Two new local horses identified with VSV

On Sept. 26, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed (49 new vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)-affected premises in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming, with six confirmed positive and 43 suspect premises identified as reported in The Horse. Colorado – One new premises in Larimer County (cattle) and one in Park County; additional suspect premises in Jefferson and San Miguel counties; Nebraska – One new premises in Scotts Bluff County; Wyoming – One new premises in Albany County and two new premises in Fremont County; additional new suspect premises in Big Horn, Carbon, Goshen, Hot Springs, and Park counties. Since its last Situation Report […]

Riverton man has state’s best giant pumpkin

Story from KGAB Radio (see link below) Ron Hoffman was the big winner at the 2019 Wyoming Pumpkin Weigh-In in Worland this weekend. Hoffman’s largest pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,045 pounds. The Riverton resident holds the state record, which was set in 2016 with a massive 1,322-pound pumpkin. During the last decade, Hoffman has grown seven of the ten largest pumpkins in Wyoming history, including another 1,300-pounder in 2017. Read More: Riverton Man Wins Wyoming Weigh-In With 1,045 Lb. Pumpkin | https://kgab.com/riverton-man-wins-wyoming-weigh-in-with-1045-lb-pumpkin/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral