Avoid pushing snow into state highways-It’s the law

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder that it is a violation of state law to place snow on state roadways. WYDOT has received many reports this month across central and northwest Wyoming of people pushing snow into the traffic lanes of state highways.“Shoveling or plowing snow into the roadway where it will obstruct traffic and make it dangerous to pass is illegal in Wyoming,” according to Riverton Maintenance Foreman Shane Pugh. State statute 36-10-401 stipulates that anyone who obstructs a public road or highway, common street or alley, public bridge or navigable river in a way that […]

Brooks Lake had most local snow

That strong late November winter storm brought widespread snowfall across Wyoming. Here are the number from this event as reported by the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport.

Pingree Sworn In

Ms. W. Kay Pingree was sworn in Monday morning as the new Eastern Shoshone Tribe election judge by Wind River Tribal Court Judge Bruce Groesbeck. She now joins other election judges Terah Ute and Candace Washakie. Congratulations! –Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Cancer Awareness Event Coming to Fort Washakie

UW Research led to de-listing of endangered plant

Research by University of Wyoming scientists has contributed to the removal of federal protection for a plant found in southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska. The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at UW has led monitoring of the Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis) — listed in 2000 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act — at F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne. In 2018, WYNDD scientists heralded a new peak in population numbers at F.E. Warren, where almost 15,000 Colorado butterfly plants were tallied, the highest total in 32 years of monitoring. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

BLM Prescribed burns include Ferris Mountains

The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District plans to conduct prescribed fires on public lands managed by the Rawlins Field Office this fall and winter. The treatments are contingent upon fuel moisture and weather meeting optimal burn conditions. The Methodist Creek Timber Sale pile burn project is approximately 15 miles southwest of Saratoga along the northeast slope of the Sierra Madre Mountains, where mature and standing dead lodgepole pine has been harvested over the last two years. Slash piles left from processing will be burned to remove the excess material. The remainder of the project area is scheduled to […]

Loop Road closures set for December 2nd

The Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest will close both the southern and northern ends of the Loop Road, FSR 300, to motorized travel on Monday, December 2nd. The gates at South Pass and the Worthen Meadow junction are scheduled to close for the season on Monday, December 2nd. The gate near Bruce’s Parking Lot will remain open, pending winter weather, to allow for the harvest Christmas trees; this gate will close when conditions inhibit safe ravel. The annual closure of the Loop Road, also known as Louis Lake Road, helps ensure resource damage in the area remains […]

Five tips to Keep Holiday Turkey Dinners Safe and Delicious

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is sharing five tips to help prevent foodborne illness from ruining holiday meals that feature turkey as a star attraction.    Tiffany Greenlee, an epidemiologist with WDH, said mistakes with holiday dinners can sometimes lead to unfortunate illnesses. “Foodborne illness is something that can be avoided with good practices and habits,” she said. “These steps can be especially important when we have large holiday gatherings that are spread over more time than our everyday meals.” Greenlee suggests the following guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a safe holiday turkey meal: Tip 1: […]

Flu Shots urged ASAP to limit spread of influenza locally

To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, SageWest Health Care is encouraging all employees, medical personnel and community members to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older, with any age-appropriate flu vaccine. If you are considering a nasal spray flu vaccine, it is important to know that this option is approved by the CDC for use in non-pregnant individuals, ages two through 49, and that there is a precaution against this option for those with certain underlying medical conditions. […]

Wyoming had second fastest growth in US in Second Qtr

According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Wyoming experienced the second-fastest growth in GDP in the second quarter of 2019, with a 4.2 percent increase – just behind Texas (4.7) and ahead of Alaska (4.1) and New Mexico (4.1). The BEA cited natural resource development as the leading contributor to the economic growth in Wyoming, as well as in Texas, Alaska, and New Mexico as reported in a news release from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. “This report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis confirms what we already know here in Wyoming,” said Pete Obermueller, President of the […]

Commission sets nine 2020 Legal Holidays in County

The Fremont County Commissioners on Tuesday set the legal holiday and courthouse closure dates for for 2020. The dates are: New Years Day, Jan.1 President’s Day, Feb.17 Memorial Day, May 25 Independence Day, July 3 Labor Day, Sept. 7 Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 Christmas Day, Dec. 25 The courthouse is also scheduled to be closed to the public on: Primary Election Day, Aug. 18 Columbus Day, Oct. 12 and General Election Day, Nov. 3

Return radio collars to Game and Fish Personnel

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging anyone who finds or harvests an animal with a radio collar or transmitter to return that collar as soon as possible to any Game and Fish office or employee. “Many animals from deer to moose are fitted with collars that collect data, which are important to wildlife research,” said Tim Woolley, statewide wildlife and habitat management supervisor. “You can still harvest an animal that is wearing a collar. We just need the collars returned so we can use them again and know the animal we were tracking was harvested.” Throughout Wyoming, people […]

It’s coming: Cold, Snow, Wind & Travel Advisories

Riverton, Wyo. – Snow will quickly break out across much of the region this morning according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton. . The  heaviest snow will occur between 10 AM and 9 PM with the heaviest snow over  central and southern areas. The Lander area is under a winter storm warning while areas east including Riverton are under a winter weather advisory (see below). Strong winds will occur across much of the area with the windiest areas  over N. Bighorn  Basin, Johnson County, South Pass, S. Lincoln, and much of  Sweetwater County. Whiteout or near whiteout […]

Stag Arms Announces Wyoming as Its New Home

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced today that firearms manufacturing company Stag Arms LLC will be relocating to Cheyenne, Wyoming by the end of the year. The relocation is the latest move by a firearm company opting to take advantage of Wyoming’s business-friendly environment. Stag’s decision to relocate to the state follows similar recent moves by other firearms companies, including Weatherby, which relocated to Sheridan from California in 2018, and Magpul, which moved from Colorado to Cheyenne in 2014. “I am pleased to welcome Stag Arms to Wyoming and to know that our state came out on top of a […]

Shoshone General Council meeting to be rescheduled

Wyoming has a new State Archaeologist

Dr. Spencer Pelton, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming, has been named the new Wyoming State Archaeologist. Dr. Pelton is a native of East Tennessee and moved west in 2009 to pursue a career in archaeology working in California, Nevada and Colorado before moving to Wyoming in 2013. He has maintained a varied career in government, private and academic sectors bringing a breadth of experience to the position of Wyoming State Archaeologist. “I’m honored to have been chosen as a leader in one of the finest communities of archaeologists in the nation,” Dr. Pelton said. “Wyoming’s past […]

A bit warmer and dry through Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service station at Riverton Regional Airport said today there will be slightly warmer temperatures and dry conditions. Similar conditions are also expectedTuesday. However, a cold front will arrive Tuesday night, bringing much colder temperatures and widespread snow to the area on Wednesday. Wind River Basin Forecast:

No new leads in search for missing autistic boy

An ongoing search for a missing autistic 16-year-old boy east of Casper has not yielded any clues. The youth went missing over a week ago near Highway 253 (Six Hat Road) south and east of Casper. On Friday, a Fremont County canine and handler helped in the search, but no new leads were generated. One day after the boy went missing, the Wyoming the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) commenced an aerial search near Wagner and Bayer Reservoir extending up near I-25. According to a news release, the CAP tasked a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar) equipped aircraft from Pinedale with […]