September looks to stay hot, wet

The National Weather Service climate outlook for September calls for mainly above normal precipitation, with temperatures above normal in a majority of the state, except the far northeast corner. You can find interactive maps on the CPC website: cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

BHB Farmers pre-harvest meeting set

Worland-area farmers are invited to an Aug. 20 pre-harvest meeting with Frannie Port-Of-Entry personnel; A second growers meeting set early in September in Powell A pre-harvest meeting for Big Horn Basin growers is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Worland Community Center. The Worland meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a public safety presentation will take place between 11:30 a.m. and noon, according to Barb Pierson of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Frannie Port-Of-Entry. The Worland Community Center is located at 1200 Culbertson Ave., in Worland. Pierson said agriculture trucking permits will be available for […]

FCC: Reservation Internet expansion funded

Source: News Release and Trib.com report Millions in recently awarded federal dollars will help the Northern Arapaho move forward with a broadband expansion project as both Wind River tribes work to bring speedy internet to the reservation. The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that it would give the Northern Arapaho’s tribally-owned internet provider $4.1 million to help it connect nearly 850 homes on the reservation to speedy broadband service over the next decade. Broadband service is also a priority for the Eastern Shoshone tribe. An estimated 82 percent of Americans have a broadband subscription, with only 67 percent of Native […]

After Local Business is Vandalized, Owner Receives Apology Letter

On the morning of Saturday August 10th, a local business owner on Main Street in Riverton arrived to find her storefront flowers had been vandalized. Shelle Anderson Photography found the scene Saturday morning and posted a video update on their Facebook Page with the caption ” Some jerks decided it would be fun to pull up flowers from my flower bed last night… and everyone wonders why Riverton can’t have nice things? Furious right now… ” The video of the aftermath can be seen below… What Shelle Anderson didn’t know was that initial feeling of fury would soon turn into […]

Former Tribal Judge enters Guilty Plea

According to multiple published reports, Terri Smith, the former Chief Judge of the Wind River Tribal Court at Fort Washakie has pleaded guilty to two drug distribution crimes. The pleas were made Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne. Smith pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and to distribution of cocaine. A single count of using a communication facility in commission of a felony was dismissed. The two charges Smith pleaded guilty to carry sentences of up to 40 years in prison. That’s according to Federal Sentencing guidelines. Sentencing is set for October 29th. Bond was […]

Fire Hydrant flushing underway in Lander

Hydrant Flushing and Waterline Maintenance is starting in the City of Lander. According to the city’s Facebook page, “You may notice Fire Department crews working at fire hydrants and see water running down the street. The City flushes water lines through the use of fire hydrants, which is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, the process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and allowing us to ensure the hydrants are in proper working order.” “As a result of the line flushing process, residents in […]

Yellowstone visits down in July; Year-to-Date down too

Visitation statistics for July 2019 MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – The park hosted 936,062 visits in July 2019. This is a .48 percent decrease from last July (940,563 visits).  So far in 2019, the park has hosted 2,294,690 visits, down 1.19 percent from the same period last year.  The list below shows the trend over the last five years. Year-to-date visitation in 2019 is slightly higher than five years ago in 2015.  Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through July) 2019 – 2,294,690 2018 – 2,322,270 2017 – 2,316,542 2016 – 2,427,988 2015 – 2,279,557 The continued high level of visitation in the […]

Work to begin on Fish Lake Road northwest of Dubois

DUBOIS, WYO.—The Shoshone National Forest will begin work today, Tuesday, August 13th, on a portion of National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 544 on the Wind River Ranger District. The work occurring on Fish Lake Road will be approximately two miles west of the junction with NFSR 532. This road work, which is expected to continue for several weeks, will improve safety to the traveling public by adding guardrails and turnouts to Fish Lake Road. Please expect delays of up to 30 minutes in the vicinity of the road work. For further information on this improvement work, contact the Wind River […]

Lander Council to act on two Internet franchises, major water project Tuesday night

The City of Lander has an extensive agenda for tonight’s 6 pm meeting at Lander City Hall. Among the action items include approval of two franchise agreements for companies to serve the city with Internet service; A liquor license transfer to Wyoming Catholic College Food Services; Consideration of several open container permit applications and a host of new business items. The council will be asked, among other requests, to approve a nearly $1,247 million dollar contract with Bornhoft Construction for a water infiltration system project. Other awards are also up for consideration for a new city loader and for several […]

Riverton Council to act on Master Plan update Tuesday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The City Council Tuesday night will hold a special meeting and a work session with adoption of the city’s new master plan the topic of discussion at both sessions. A copy of the draft Master Plan is available here: https://www.rivertonwy.gov/departments/community_dev/master_plan.php The council will also consider a request to allow fireworks at the Summer Rendezvous Games. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda is copied below:

Rabid bat bites visitor at Grand Teton Nat’l Park

MOOSE, WY- Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are reminded that wildlife can carry disease, including rabies. The risk of humans contracting rabies from wildlife is very low. This past week a park visitor was bitten by a bat that tested positive for rabies. The visitor was with an organized group near Jenny Lake when a bat fell from a tree onto the visitor’s shoulder. As the visitor tried to brush the bat off, the bat bit the individual’s hand. A leader of the group safely captured the bat in a plastic bag and contacted park rangers for assistance.   Park staff […]

Sheriff & Coroner’s reports on tap Tuesday in Lander

The Fremont County Commissioners have a rather light agenda for Tuesday’s meeting at the courthouse in Lander. A recommendation on an oil bid will be made by Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent Brad Meredith and monthly reports from Sheriff Ryan Lee and Coroner Mark Stratmoen are scheduled. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the commissioner’s chambers. The meeting agenda is copied below:

Human-caused fire at YNP’s North Entrance results in jail

Yellowstone National Park today released the following information on a human-caused fire at the North Entrance earlier this year. Suspect pleaded guilty to starting fire, sentenced to three months in jail An investigation of the human-caused fire at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park resulted in a suspect who was charged for discarding a lighted material in a hazardous manner. Curtis J Faustich, a seasonal concessionaire employee in Yellowstone, admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at a picnic table and igniting the fire.  Faustich appeared Tuesday, August 6, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark […]

Wyoming Archaeology Awareness set in September

Citing Wyoming’s “ever-growing public interest in Wyoming’s rich cultural heritage,” Gov. Mark Gordon proclaimed September Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month.  Gov. Gordon’s proclamation praised the WAAM celebration for actively engaging the public with Wyoming’s diverse archeological resources.       The centerpiece of WAAM is an annually produced award-winning poster. This year’s poster, “Exploring the Great Unknown,” celebrates the 150th Anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s Colorado River Expedition.  On May 24, 1869, nine men led by John Wesley Powell set off from Green River City in the territory of Wyoming to explore the last, large, unknown land area in the continental United States.  […]

Missile Site is state’s newest historical attraction

 A grand opening celebration weekend for the Quebec 01 State Historic Site is scheduled for August 17-18 from 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Persons wishing a “first glimpse” of the site can tour the facility beginning August 13. Admission to the facility is $6 for adults, $5 for military, $2 for children ages 12-17, and 11 and under free. The site offers exhibits on the history of the site, the Peacekeeper Missile and the end of the Cold War. Self-guided tours of the topside facility and guided tours of the capsule are available every 30 minutes.  Reservations can be made […]

Landslide Mitigation Scheduled for Togwotee Pass

Landslide mitigation project scheduled to begin Aug. 10 on the east side of Togwotee PassA $1.94 million project begins this month to fix a U.S. 26/287 landslide near the Shoshone National Forest boundary west of Dubois.The landslide mitigation work is scheduled at milepost 40.5, about 13 miles west of Dubois (or 40.5 miles east of Moran Junction).“This work is scheduled to begin Aug. 10, and a roadway detour will be in place around the slide work,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Robert Scheidemantel of Riverton. “The highway speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.”The prime contractor is […]

Wyoming Gas Prices, Down From a Month Ago

August 5, 2019) – Wyoming gas prices are unchanged  in the past week, averaging $2.69/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Gas prices in Wyoming are 5.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, yet stand 20.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming is priced at $2.38/g today while the most expensive is $3.29/g, a difference of 91.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $2.38/g while the highest is $3.29/g, a difference of 91.0 cents per gallon. The cheapest […]

West Nile Virus not Detected, Weekly Data In

Fremont County Weed and Pest conducted and released their mosquito data, noting that West Nile Virus (WNV) has yet to be detected. (using 50 units as the margin of error threshold) Fremont County weed and pest added that Riverton should be cautioned as ~40 units were detected in a pool. See the data, below.