Signs of the Covid-19 Times

A photo essay from Riverton and Lander… photos by Kirk Baxter and Ernie Over

Lookin’ Up: Venus in Conjunction with the Pleiades tonight

From Sierra Magazine Gazing into space reminds us just how alone–and connected–we really are. Astronomy, like few other human pursuits, allows us to reflect on that fundamental cosmic isolation. At the same time, we know that we are sharing the same sky as everybody else on Earth. And April’s night skies bring brightness to dark times. The highlight of the month happens Tonight, on April 3, when Venus is in conjunction with the Pleiades. The “Seven Sisters” are special to stargazers because of how bright they are and their importance in mythology. And for a few nights, they gain an […]

Coroner: Unclaimed Body Notice

From the Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen: This release serves as Public Notice that the remains of the following individual of Riverton, Wyoming, have not been claimed by next of kin for disposition, or no next of kin have been found: Robert Sweeney, DOB 02/08/1954 (Age 66) The date of death of this individual was 03/25/2020. Per Wyoming Statute 7-4-207(a), the time frame of five days since the discovery of the death has passed on 03/31/2020. On that day, without claimant, and per that statute, the Coroner of Fremont County has started the process to see to the disposition as […]

Update: Friday Covid-19 Local Community Digest

Updated 12:30 p.m. Friday 4/3/20 To read the complete articles, go to the news stream • Here is the latest information as of 12:30 on Friday, April 3rd concerning the local Coronavirus, or COCIS-19, status in Fremont County from the Emergency Incident Command Management Team: Fremont County positives for COVID-19 – 27                   15 Lander                    1 Riverton                   11 Wind River Indian Reservation Reporting from Fremont County Clinics April 2  (previous 24 hr. period):                                                                             Tested    Seen  Isolated           LMC / WFC                                                                30       10       8 Community Health                                                 1          3          3 FC Peds                                                                                  Dubois Comm Health                                             1          1          1 […]

WBC Hosting Webinar for Local Businesses Friday

The Wyoming Business Council is encouraging Wyoming businesses to participate in a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 3 on how to respond to the Covid-19 challenges. This forum will focus on responding to COVID-19 issues by providing Wyoming private businesses with information, and the opportunity to ask questions, make comments and suggestions, and share any best practices or success stories. Information from the businesses will help inform Governor Gordon’s Business and Financial Task Force led by Auditor Kristi Racines. The format will be:– What we know about the CARES Act at this point.– Hear from […]

Potential UW Students have more time to confirm intent

Students considering attending the University of Wyoming in the fall 2020 semester now have more time to confirm their intent to enroll. Due to concerns related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, UW will allow students who need additional time to confirm the opportunity to request an extension of the enrollment deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1. “During this time, high school seniors are adjusting to massive disruptions in their lives, well beyond the typical considerations about where to go to college. COVID-19 also has altered most, if not all, of their current routines. Students are navigating uncharted waters […]

Survey Shows Deep Covid-19 Concern

Nearly one-third of Wyomingites say they or immediate family members have been laid off or lost their jobs due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to a new survey by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) released today, April 2, 2020. And, more than half of the state’s residents or their immediate family members have seen reductions in work hours or pay because of the pandemic, with nearly three-quarters expressing deep concern about the impact of coronavirus on the economy. The survey, conducted Monday, is the first of multiple surveys WYSAC plans to measure public opinion […]

UW Announces $2 Million Agenda for Student Needs

In response to student hardships caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19, the University of Wyoming is taking extraordinary steps to provide financial security for students for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Those steps include: — A decision to pay the university’s 2,200 student employees, many of whom no longer have access to their positions, through the end of the semester. This is estimated to cost $1.5 million. — The launch of a $250,000 matching program, Pokes Make the Difference, by the UW Foundation’s Board of Directors to create an emergency fund of at least $500,000 for students in need. […]

Earthquake shook Central Idaho; Magnitude 6.5

The United States Geological Survey reported a 6.5 magnitude earthquake overnight, at 11:52 p.m. Northeast of Boise near Challis, Idaho. The Quake was felt as far west as Teton County in Wyoming, as far north as Alberta, Canada and as far south as the Wasatch Front of Utah. There were no initial reports of significant damage or injuries.

Governor: Have beer or wine with your take-out

Governor Mark Gordon has signed an Executive Order (EO) permitting restaurants and bars and grills with a Wyoming liquor license to sell malt beverages and wine with take-out and curbside food orders. The expanded privileges, effective immediately, will help businesses supplement sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The social distancing measures we have implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been extremely challenging for the restaurant industry,” Governor Gordon. “This Executive Order provides an opportunity for an additional source of revenue for these businesses.” The EO limits sales and includes several requirements for businesses who intend to sell alcohol. Conditions […]

UW Team Creating Surgical Masks for Cheyenne Medical Center

The University of Wyoming’s Tyler Kerr never thought he and his team would be on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. With the nationwide spread of the coronavirus the last several weeks, medical supplies have become dangerously low, especially the demand for medical masks used by professionals to guard against the spread and protect against the virus. Wyoming is not immune from COVID-19, with the number of confirmed cases increasing significantly in recent days. Already, some medical facilities in the state are facing medical supply shortages. One of those facilities is Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC), whose medical workers […]

Shoshone National Forest Campgrounds Closed TFN

The Shoshone National Forest will begin closing all campgrounds March 27, 2020, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Campgrounds will be closed until at least April 30, at which point they will be reevaluated.  The Shoshone National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and reservation policies through Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages of any changes affecting their reservation. In the event of delayed openings of some, part or all of the campgrounds and cabins to ensure safe social distancing, a […]

Spring burning? Plan ahead, Avoid State Rights-of-Way

Many ranchers, farmers and other people are beginning their annual agricultural weed burning, and resources are available to help people make good decisions when planning these burns. Each year, as spring burning season increases, at least a few of these burns get out of control. “Frequently, our calm mornings turn breezy to windy during the afternoon,” said Tim Troutman of the National Weather Service Riverton office. “Having an up-to-date wind speed and direction forecast can help you decide whether or not dropping the match is worth the risk.” Troutman said federal and state land management agencies routinely obtain weather forecasts […]

WDH: Protecting Mental Health During This Time

With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) now affecting many aspects of daily life, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives want residents to recognize the need to take care of their mental health along with protecting themselves from disease. “We know this outbreak is likely stressful for people for many different reasons,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “The fears and worry we may experience can be at times overwhelming.” Matt Petry, Behavioral Health Division senior administrator with WDH, said “Experts tell us that our individual responses to stress caused by the outbreak are affected by […]

Atlantic City had snowfall totaling 8 inches Tuesday

A storm system brought snow bands across Western and Central Wyoming Tuesday afternoon and continued overnight into early Wednesday morning. Most of the snow fell across southern parts of the region, but some high amounts fell across portions of Fremont and Natrona counties, as well as in the Bighorn Mountaind and Salt and Wind River Ranges. Here are the snow totals as reported to the National Weather Service:

Downtown Shoshoni missing a building this morning

The Country Store at the southeast intersection of Highways 20 and 26 in Shoshoni is no more. Demolition crews removed the structure this week.

Grace period for expired drivers licenses ordered

Governor Mark Gordon has signed an Executive Order (EO) that provides a grace period for expired driver licenses and identification cards, suspends non-commercial driving tests and continues commercial driving tests by appointment. The goal of the EO is to help protect the public and the state workforce by limiting interaction with state employees and at governmental offices. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are already implementing social distancing measures by limiting the number of people who can be in a Driver Services Office at one time.

 “As a part of our overall efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, and recognizing […]

Third Closure Order issued: Non-Essential Personal Services

Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have issued a third statewide order, closing non-essential personal services. The order goes into effect today, March 25, and extends through April 3. The order is focused on businesses where appropriate social distancing measures are not practical.  The closure applies to nail salons, hair salons and barber shops; cosmetology, electrology and esthetic services; massage parlors; and tattoo, body art and piercing shops. Medically necessary services such as physical therapy providers may remain open. “While I understand the impact and sympathize with those most affected by these measures, especially small business […]