DEQ approved Brook Mine Coal Permit near Sheridan

LToday, July 7, 2020, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved the coal mine permit application from the Brook Mine Company LLC, Permit No. PT0841. The Brook Mine will be located approximately 8 miles northwest of Sheridan, Wyoming.  This approved permit application comes after several months of review by the Land Quality Division (LQD) staff and consideration of public input to develop the final version of the permit and conditions. “Our staff put an incredible amount of time and effort into reviewing this application and ensuring that all laws, rules and regulations were followed,” said Todd Parfitt, DEQ Director. “As a result of the […]

Laramie County Death Added to Covid-19 State Total

A Laramie County man identified previously as a laboratory-confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has died, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). The newly announced death involves an adult man with no apparent health conditions known to put patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 21 coronavirus-related deaths, 1378 lab-confirmed cases and 333 probable cases reported. WDH recommendations meant to slow and limit transmission of the virus include: ·         Staying home from work and away from others when ill unless medical care is needed ·         Maintaining physical distancing […]

Fremont County Fire Ban put in place today Until Further Notice: Red Flag Warning

The Board of Fremont County Commissioners unanimously voted to accept the Fremont County Fire Warden’s recommendation to issue a fire ban, effective at noon today until further notice.  There is an extreme danger of fire throughout Fremont County and there is a presence of an excessive amount of flammable materials and the high fire danger is aggravated by open burning and the use of incendiary devices.  Any open fire or discharge of any Class A, B and/or C fireworks is prohibited on all state and private land, including but not limited to, all lands in Fremont County or in which […]

Nearly 100 calls for service over long July 4th Holiday

Lander Police responded to 98 calls for service from Thursday through Tuesday morning, including a rash of dogs missing or running away due to the fireworks being shot off citywide on the 4th. Most of the animals eventually returned by Monday. A complaint was filed that a dog in a truck parked at the Popo Agie One Stop allegedly took a bite of hair off of a female walking by. The truck was gone upon police arrival. There were four reports of damage to personal property from fireworks on the 4th. Arrests/Citations Charles Hereford, 34, Arapahoe, Cited. Possession of a […]

The Bats are Back; Theft of Cash; Dog locked in vehicle

The RPD Animal Control Officer was called to the 300 block of East Main where an employee had captured a bat in a paper bag and wanted it picked up. A mowing business reported the theft of $2,000 from a truck parked in the 1400 block of West Main. With the temperature soaring into the high 80s yesterday afternoon, police were called about a dog left inside of a blue Subaru in the parking lot at Walmart. A theft of mail was reported on Monday. The address was redacted from the report. Arrests/Citations: Starlynn Andrews, 41, Sheridan. Arrested. Sheridan County […]

Taxidermy Fraud Reported; Alleged Poaching; Fires

Over the past 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received 58 calls for service, including 22 ambulance calls and five fire calls. One person was booked into the detention center, which today has a population of 111 inmates. Items of note from the call log: A man called with a complaint that he had left a moose head to be mounted at a taxidermist in Dubois last fall, and when he called to check on it, discovered the taxidermist was out of business. He said he had paid in full for the mounting. A […]

Red Flag Warning in Effect

Low humidity, hot temperatures and breezy to windy conditions will bring critical fire weather to portions of the area this afternoon according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport. The hot, dry and windy weather is expected to continue through Friday. The Red Flag warning is for Fremont, Hot Springs, Washakie, Natrona and Johnson counties. Today’s expected highs are predicted to reach 97° in Shoshoni, Thermopolis and Worland, 94° in Riverton, 91° in Lander and Jeffrey City and 79° in Dubois.

A Peek at the Past: When This was Buffalo Country

In the Wyoming State Museum at Cheyenne, an old buffalo gun rests from it’s ventures. Once owned by Mart Hornecker and later by his brother Ernest, it is a Sharps Carbine repurposed after use in the Civil War. Years later Ernest told of going on a buffalo hunt near the Birdseye area in the winter of 1871-72, on the other side of Lysite.  The boys had gone down country from Miner’s Delight to a warmer climate and left town in the fall of 1871 and came back in the spring of 1872. One day a herd of about 15 buffalo […]

CWC Board Approves Fee Increase for Fall 2020

In a special meeting on July 6, 2020, the CWC Board of Trustees approved a revised proposal for the 2020-21 Academic and Non-Academic Fees for Fall 2020 for the FY21 budget. “As our communities know, the college took a major economic hit in the 2016-17 school year when we had to reduce our staffing down by about 30 or so positions – down to the bone. Now to meet the state’s $1.5 billion shortfall we need to make more cuts and make some necessary fee increases,” said President Brad Tyndall. According to Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kathy Wells, […]

WyomingPBS Nominated for Six Regional Emmy ® Honors

WyomingPBS was nominated for six Heartland Regional Emmy ® awards this year. The nominees include “The Art of Home: A Wind River Story” in the Cultural Documentary category; “The State of Equality: Wyoming Women Get the Vote,” a co-production of WyomingPBS and Caldera Productions, in the Historical Documentary and Musical Composition/Arrangement categories; “Farm to Fork Wyoming: Food Sovereignty in Indian Country” in the Human Interest/Special Programs category; “Farm to Fork Wyoming: Working Dogs” in the Public/Current Community Affairs category; and “Our Wyoming: Audra Draper Master Blacksmith” in the Short Format category. All six programs first aired on WyomingPBS in 2019. […]

No signs allowed in highway Rights-of-Way: WYDOT

The Wyoming Department of Transportation today issued a reminder that advertising signs cannot be placed in the state rights-of-way. “With the upcoming elections, we’ve seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are having to remove from the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself,” said WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Brian Pittman of Basin. “Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibit placement of signs in those areas, so when our maintenance crews come through an area, they pick them up and take them to the area maintenance office. Whoever owns the sign has two weeks to claim the sign, and then we dispose of the sign if it […]

A Cautionary Tale: Discard outdtated Pesticides

The 80-something Wyoming man walked into his house and his wife asked, “Why are you naked?” Warmish, June temperatures had nothing to do with the answer, but the explanation is the take-away message University of Wyoming Extension pesticide safety education program coordinator Jeff Edwards wants to get out to those applying pesticides. Don’t use, and please properly dispose of, old pesticides that have been in sheds and garages for a long time, and using those removed from the market is not recommended. Or you, too, could have your significant other asking about your wardrobe choice. Pesticides don’t have an expiration […]