Gordon plans Listening Tour in South West Wyoming

Governor Mark Gordon will embark on a listening tour of four Wyoming communities on Saturday, February 1 to share details and answer questions related to his Migration Corridor Executive Order (EO).  The tour, which is co-hosted by the Governor, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and the commissioners of the respective counties, will include stops in Rawlins, Pinedale, Kemmerer and Rock Springs. In each community he will engage with residents and local officials about the proposed Executive Order, which is intended to create a state-led approach to support conservation with multiple-use opportunities. A draft of the Order was released in December. […]

Four Grizz removed from Fremont County in 2019

 The 2019 Annual Report of Grizzly Bear Management Captures, Relocations, and Removals completed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is now available on the department website. The annual report is required by state statute and quantifies management actions by the Game and Fish in relation to grizzly bear conflict resolution in Wyoming outside the National Parks and Wind River Reservation.  Because grizzly bears remain under federal protection, Game and Fish manages grizzly bears in Wyoming under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During 2019,  Game and Fish captured 33 individual grizzly bears in an attempt to prevent or […]

Cardiac Cath Lab has arrived in Lander; Training set

The new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory arrived Tuesday on site at the SageWest Health Care’s Lander campus. The new lab was placed in a temporary location, according to Marketing Director Lindsey Anderson. “Continued training and education for our staff will take place inside the cath lab for the next couple of months,” she said. “Construction for the permanent location of the Cardiac Cath Lab is anticipated to be completed in the spring. The lab will be located adjacent to the Outpatient Surgery Center on the west side of the Lander hospital’s campus.

Snowpack in Wind Rivers, Sweetwater Basin rising

The weekly Snow Report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service indicated the snow water equivalent in the Wind River Basin sits at 103 percent of the median today, that’s a six point increase from last week. The Sweetwater River Basin  is up 12 points for 80 percent of the median and the Bighorn Basin dropped three points to 122 percent of the 30 year median. Statewide, the snowpack is at 107 percent of the median. 

Flags to half-staff on Friday

Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sunset on Friday, January 24, 2020 in honor of Wamsutter paramedic Michael Wilder, who died in the line of duty on January 11.

Body of missing girl found near Montana Rest Area

From NBC News Foul play is not suspected in the death of an American Indian teenager whose body was found Monday morning about a mile from the highway rest stop near Billings where she was last seen on New Year’s Day, according to a report from NBC News. The girl, Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, who lived on the Crow reservation near Billings with her mother, Jackie Big Hair, was last seen on New Year’s Day at a rest area on Interstate 90 between Billings and Hardin. Witnesses said Selena was seen leaving a vehicle after returning from a […]

City’s Audit on tap at Council Meeting Tonight

The Riverton City Council meets in regular session tonight at 7 p.m. at Riverton City Hall. The agenda includes the city’s annual audit report presentation, third and final reading on ordinances dealing with the heights of flag poles and flags within the city limits and franchise agreement with High Plains Power. The council will also be making citizen appointments to the Airport Board, Community Engagement Committee, the For Our Roads Citizens Committee, and the Planning Commission. Other items include selection of a consultant for the Hill Street reconstruction, the lease of the Airport Cafe to the Local Food Hub and […]

Job Fair Today for new Riverton Gordman’s

Clouds to build today, dry, seasonal temperatures

Increasing cloudiness today, but dry and seasonably cold according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport. Areas of light snow over the west tonight. Highs today include 36 at Dubois, 28 at Lander, 26 at Jeffrey City, and 22 at both Riverton and Shoshoni.

Yellowstone visits at lowest level since 2014

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – In 2019, visitation to Yellowstone National Park was at the lowest level it has been since 2014. The park recorded over 4 million visits, a 2.3 percent decrease from 2018 and a 5.6 percent decrease from the record-breaking year in 2016.   Recreation Visits by Year  2019 – 4,020,2872018 – 4,114,9992017 – 4,116,5252016 – 4,257,1772015 – 4,097,7102014 – 3,513,486  More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.

G&F Commission condemned Aerial gunning of Mtn Goats

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission condemned the National Park Service’s planned use of aerial gunning to remove mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) at their Jan. 15 meeting.   “While we recognize Grand Teton National Park’s efforts to address the expansion of mountain goats in native bighorn sheep ranges, the department has been consistent in voicing our concerns about the use of aerial lethal removal,” said Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish director. “We have communicated several times, in multiple ways, as recently as today, our recommendation to use skilled volunteer hunters to achieve their objectives to reduce mountain […]

Snow in the West Friday; Windy in the Basin

A new weather system will bring snow to Western Wyoming late Thursday night through Friday afternoon according to the National Weather Service in Riverton. Areas of strong wind gusts will occur with blowing and drifting snow. The Riverton Forecast: The Lander Forecast: The Dubois Forecast

South Pass had most snow in Monday-Tuesday storm

Snowfall Totals from Monday through Tuesday morning for the Wind River Range as reported by the National Weather Service in Riverton: LOCATION SNOWFALL FREMONT COUNTY… DEER PARK SNOTEL… 11 INCHES. SOUTH PASS SNOTEL… 11 INCHES. HOBBS PARK SNOTEL… 9 INCHES. COLD SPRINGS SNOTEL… 7 INCHES. ATLANTIC CITY… 4 INCHES. TOWNSEND CREEK SNOTEL… 4 INCHES. BROOKS LAKE… 3 INCHES. ST. LAWRENCE ALT SNOTEL… 3 INCHES. LITTLE WARM SNOTEL… 1 INCH.

WDH Announced New Behavioral Health Division Leadership

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is announcing new leadership for its Behavioral Health Division. WDH Director Michael Ceballos recently named Matt Petry as senior administrator for the Behavioral Health Division effective February 1. The Behavioral Health Division includes Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services, the Early Intervention and Education Program, the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander and the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. “We are fortunate to have someone with such depth of experience joining our team in this key role at the department,” Ceballos said. Petry has been the deputy director and chief financial officer of […]

This Just In: Wyo 28 over South Pass Closed-zero visibility

The Wyoming Department of Transportation at 1:15 pm has closed Highway 28 on the top of South Pass for a length of two miles due to high winds and zero visibility from blowing snow. The stretch impacted is on either side of the Lewis Lake Turnoff. The road will be reopened when winds subside.

Applications now accepted for WAC Writing Awards

The Wyoming Arts Council is accepting applications for the 2020 Blanchan and Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards. The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award and the Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Award are made possible through the generosity of a private donor. The Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a female writer. The Blanchan Award, also $1,000, is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. Both awards are designed to bring attention to writers in Wyoming who […]

Lander made another Top 10 list for towns over 2,000 pop.

Wyoming cities are known for their quirky, western culture, iconic rodeos, local flare, and farm to table restaurants. And, don’t get us started on their gold star median household income and blue ribbon schools. Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down 30 of Wyoming’s best places to live to just ten. In the 2020 rankings by HomeSnacks.net, Lander made the Top 10. Lander scored an 8.5 out of a total possible 10 points. What city is the best place to live in Wyoming for 2020? Well according to the US Census and FBI data HomeSnack crunched, Kemmerer […]

Top local wind gust Tuesday exceeded hurricane strength

Yes, it was windy on Tuesday. The National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton reported hurricane force winds hit Atlantic City with a peak gust of 75 miles per hour. Hurricane force winds start at 74 miles per hour. Muddy Gap had a peak gust of 73 miles per hour while Beaver Rim came in at 53. The Dubois Airport logged a gust of 45, the peak wind at Jeffrey City was 42 and Dubois had a 40 mile per hour peak gust. Today will bring Another day of high wind across the area and Periods of snow will continue in […]