The Nation’s Christmas Tree has been escorted through Wyoming

On November 9th, the US Capitol Christmas Tree entered Wyoming on Interstate 90 and was escorted to Sheridan by Troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol. As the trailer used to haul the tree measured out to 80 feet in length, it made a quick stop at the Sheridan-Dietz Port of Entry to purchase an oversize load permit. With the help of the Sheridan Police Department, the US Forest Service, and WHP Dispatch and Troopers, the tree exited into Sheridan where it spent the night.

The US Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested this year from the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska. The tree left Alaska on October 27th and will arrive at our nation’s capitol on November 20th.

This morning (Nov. 10th) the tree, Santa Clause and Smokey the Bear were on display in Sheridan allowing people to take photos and sign the tarp that was securing the tree. The tree left Sheridan with a WHP escort just before noon today destined for Rapid City, South Dakota where it will take part in a Veterans Day parade Wednesday morning.

h/t Wyoming Highway Patrol

Today’s Obituaries: Lillian M. (Zednick) Barnett


unnamed(Lander, Wyo.) – Lillian M. (Zednick) Barnett, 82, of Lander WY passed on to her heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander.  She had been a resident there since February of this year and succumbed to complications from pneumonia, COPD, and end stage rheumatoid arthritis.  The first funeral service will be held on Sat. Nov. 14 in Lander, WY at Hudson’s Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with viewing and visitation one hour before the service.  The second service will be held on Sat. Nov. 21 in Wilber, NE at Kuncel Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with viewing and visitation one hour before the service. Burial will follow in the Wilber Cemetery next to her parents.

Read the complete obituary here.

Winter Weather Advisory posted for Southern Fremont County tonight

The National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Southern Fremont County and points east for this afternoon through tomorrow morning:









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High Speed Pursuit along I-80 covered 185 miles before stolen car stopped

A pursuit that spanned three counties and 185 miles on Interstate 80 ended safely Monday west of Laramie, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Around 12:21 p.m. on November 9th, Wyoming law enforcement received information that a stolen 2009 Kia Optima was traveling east on I-80 near Rock Springs. At 12:36 p.m., a Sweetwater County Deputy Sheriff initially spotted the stolen car near mile post 120 on I-80 approximately 11 miles east of Rock Springs. Upon the arrival of backup, an initial traffic stop was initiated, but the car never stopped and accelerated up to 130 mph.

The pursuit of the stolen Kia continued east into Carbon County Wyoming on I-80. After exiting and reentering the interstate multiple times, stop stick tire deflating devices were utilized at mile posts 173, 189 and 201.

Near mile post 222, the stolen car took a median crossover and began traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-80 until it exited at mile post 228 at the Fort Steele rest area. Once off the interstate, the stolen Kia briefly continued east on a gravel road before crashing through the right-of-way fence back onto Interstate 80 east in the eastbound lanes.

Stop sticks were deployed once again at mile posts 236, 290 and 297. By mile post  303, all four tires were disabled on the stolen Kia. The pursuit ended at mile post 305, approximately five miles west of Laramie, Wyoming.

Joshua C. Law, a 28 year old resident of Morehead, Kentucky, was taken into custody without incident. He has been transported to the Albany County Detention Center in Laramie by Troopers and booked for eluding and multiple warrants for identity theft and burglary. Charges in Carbon and Sweetwater Counties from the pursuit and vehicle theft are pending.

Agencies involved and assisting in the pursuit include Sweetwater, Carbon and Albany County Sheriff’s Offices as well as the Rawlins, Sinclair and Laramie Police Departments. Troopers from Rock Springs, Rawlins, Elk Mountain, Laramie and Cheyenne all responded. No injuries were sustained in the 1 hour and 46 minute long pursuit.

This stolen car was the subject of a nearly two hour-long pursuit along Interstate 80 on Monday before the driver finally stopped.
This stolen car was the subject of a nearly two hour-long pursuit along Interstate 80 on Monday before the driver finally stopped. (Wyoming Highway Patrol / Pitchengine Communities)

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps today; Veterans Day activities planned tomorrow

It’s the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps today and the Fremont County Marine Corps League Ball is tonight in Riverton. Semper Fi!

Veterans Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, and a whole host of events are on tap, including a morning breakfast, an evening catfish fry and school programs in between.

This weekend will provide lots of entertainment as well, Check out the calendar listings below:


RIVERTON – Marine Corps Ball, Riverton Country Club

Wednesday, Nov. 11

RIVERTON – Veteran’s Day pancake breakfast, all are invited, 7-10 a.m., Fremont Center at the Fairgrounds

ETHETE: – Veteran’s Day Honoring and Breakfast. All veterans are invited. Hosted by Wyoming Indian Middle and Elementary Schools students and staff. Elk Redman Memorial Complex, WIMS, 9:30 TO 11:30.

LANDER: – LVHS Veteran’s Day Celebration from 1-2 p.m. at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

PAVILLION: – Wind River High School will be having a Veterans Day program, honoring all who served, on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00 in the gymnasium. All Veterans and their Families are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

RIVERTON: – The Riverton Elks Lodge will be having a Veterans Day Catfish Fry with hush puppies and cole slaw from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (or until the catfish are gone). Cost of $10 for the general public and free to all veterans. Please bring some sort of documentation of your service.

Saturday, Nov. 14

RIVERTON –  Annual Fall Foliage Run for Hospice starts at Help for Health Hospice Home at 1240 College View Drive. Registration from 8 A.M Start time at 9 A.M. Registaration fees: $15.00 individual; $ 60.00 Family (up to 5); $100.00 Group (up to 8); $5.00 to walk your dog on a leash. For more information : Call 307-856-1206, Visit

RIVERTON – Attend the Wind River Native Advocacy Center’s kick-off event on Saturday November 14th! It will be an all-day event (8:30 am to 5 pm) at the Central Wyoming College Student Center in The Little Theatre.  Lunch will be provided.  Have fun while learning and making a difference for our families and community. The agenda includes: Thanksgiving Appreciation for Elders; Plan for 2nd Annual Native Advocacy Days in Cheyenne; 2016 Every Native Vote Counts; Strategic Planning and Recycling on the WRR, Facilitated by Joe Coyne, Community Builders, Inc.; “638” Health Care, Presented by Glen Fowler; Shape Wyoming (Citizen Lobbyist Training), led by Bri Jones, Equality State Policy Center.

LANDER – A Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Don Stough Unit #33 is set for Saturday, 14 November 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lander Senior Citizens Center 205 South 10th Street. Raising money to support our Veterans! Bake sale. Venders include 31, Mary Kay, Paparazzi Accessories, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books. Tables available (rental fee $25). Information, contact Shareen Johnson at 332-4931.

LANDER – Harvest Dinner & Silent Auction at the Lander United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to attend the Lander United Methodist Church, 262 N. 3rd St., HARVEST DINNER & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 14, 11:30 am-1 pm. Enjoy either (or both if you’re really hungry!) a full turkey dinner for $12 each or chili with homemade pie for $8 each.

MISSOURI VALLEY – A spaghetti dinner at the Missouri Valley Fire Hall is a benefit fundraiser for Angela Weber who suffered a broken back in a horse accident. We are serving spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to help, you could bring a homemade dessert that will be auctioned off after the dinner. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 kids under 10 years. This family donates so much of their time to everyone else and we want to pay it forward with a dinner to help with medical costs from Angelas’s broken back.

RIVERTON – Fremont County’s 4H awards will be presented beginning at at 4 p.m. at county fairground’s Fremont Center.

LANDER – The Fremont Symphony Orchestra’s November 14th fall concert will feature Baltimore Symphony principal 2nd violinist Qing Li as soloist. The orchestra will accompany her performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor. Li presented a concert in 2012 at Lander as a Piatigorsky Foundation artist. The concert at the Lander Valley High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Qing Li frequently performs solos with the Baltimore Symphony in addition to recitals, concerti and chamber music, in the United States and abroad. The concert includes soloists Emilee Sheridan and Rebecca Whiting in a performance with the orchestra of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in a minor. The concert program also features Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and a Stokowski arrangement of Bach’s Adagio from his “Toccata and Fugue for Organ.” The Imperial (youth) orchestra will perform “Themes from the Moldau” (Smetana) and “Bahn Frei Polka” (Eduard Strauss) as part of the concert. Concert tickets available at $ 10.00 / person; $ 20.00 / family and are available at the door.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

HUDSON: Fremont County Archaeological Society program on Prehistoric Rock Art and Ruins in Utah and Colorado Presenter:  Larry Amundson, 7:15 p.m. Hudson Town Hall. Come join the Fremont County Archaeological Society as we explore prehistoric Utah and Colorado with Larry Amundson through rock art and ruin sites captured in photography.  A hike into the remote Maze District of Canyonlands National Park provided access to the Harvest Scene Pictograph Panel and to the ghostly figures in the Great Gallery of Barrier Canyon. Included will be photographs of Fremont Culture rock art sites near Vernal, Utah, Dinosaur National Monument and Mesa Verde in Colorado.  Free public program.  Students are also welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

RIVERTON – Veterans Awards to Firefighters.

Thursday, Nov. 19

RIVERTON – The Wonder Cabinet: A Collection of Art and Artifacts will open Nov. 19  through Jan. 11 at the Central Wyoming College Robert A. Peck Art Center gallery. The Wonder Cabinet exhibit also known as cabinets of curiosities is a precursor to the museums we know today. These cabinets existed in the dens of prominent medieval Europeans and our modern collection integrates nature and art from Wyoming. Imagine a cozy home library displaying found artifacts and nature-inspired art. Artists include Anne Austin, Shayla Babits, Melissa Scheer-Bender, Holly Burns, Bruce Cook, Willy Cunningham, Dannine Donaho, Susan Grinels, Lorre Hoffman, Robert Martinez and Melissa Strickler. This exhibit is a collaboration between The Lander Art Center, Wyoming Game and Fish, Promoting Arts in Lander Schools, Lander Arts and Science and through a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.


LANDER – Light Up Lander at Mr. D’s Food Center will be Saturday, December 5, 3-5 pm, on South 7th Street, between Mr. D’s and Wyoming Community Bank (between Main Street and Garfield Street). Bring the kids and have fun with Santa, games and hay rides. There will also be a collection of food for the community Christmas baskets. Bring a can of food and get one ticket for a chance to win a bike: 1 can = 1 ticket, 2 cans = 2 tickets, 3 cans = 3 tickets, etc. No limit.



LANDER – Around Town: A Native American Art Show is now on at the Lander Art Center, Middle Fork Cafe and Fremont County Library – Lander. The only show of its kind, this show gives important visibility to Native American artists in Wyoming. Around Town features traditional and contemporary work from over 30 artists in multiple disciplines including film, mixed media, photography, sculpture, beadwork and paint.

LANDER – Narcotics Anonymous. 7 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 860 South 3rd Street, Lander (meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.)

RIVERTON – On Monday each week: Gambler’s Anonymous. Many thousands of people throughout the world who have created problems due to excessive gambling have found the strength to quit by joining Gamblers Anonymous. If gambling is destroying you or someone you care about, you are welcome to attend: 6 p.m., Church of Christ, 39 Gas Hills Road, Riverton.

Promote Your Fremont County Business for 2017 Eclipse Now – Create a Package or Event to Pre-Sell

(Lander, WY) – On August 21, 2017, Fremont County, Wyoming, should have some of the most visible and photogenic sightings of the “Great American Eclipse.” The sun will be eclipsed by our moon creating a path of totality (meaning total darkness) so it will suddenly become midnight-dark in the middle of the day for several minutes!

The Wind River Visitors Council and the Wyoming Office of Tourism are looking for Eclipse Packages, Events and Deals to pre-sell starting in January, 2016, to national and international tour operators. These include the 2016 American Bus Association events, National Tour Association, Receptive Tour Operator Tradeshow, Go West Summit International Trade Show, IPW (International Trade Show), ITB (International Tradeshow held in Germany), United Kingdom Sales Mission, Travel Alliance Partner Summit (Domestic Tradeshow), Rocky Mountain International RoundUp and any other trade events they attend.

 Photo Credit NASA Barcroft
Photo Credit NASA Barcroft

Make sure your business or organization is able to take advantage of this rare earthly phenomena, and create a unique Eclipse Experience, Package or Deal now to pre-sell.

Eclipse experts tell us that if our Fremont County communities prepare, they can expect to generate significant tourism traffic over several days from curious travelers from around the world who will choose our unique location as their prime viewing choice. The hundreds, or thousands, of eclipse viewers that could show up all over Fremont County beginning Friday, August 18, 2017, will look for interesting events to attend during the time they are here. Ultimately they’ll be seeking a great viewing location for the big show on the morning of Monday, Aug. 21. Many may choose to stay afterwards, too. The Wind River Visitors Council, the Wyoming Office of Tourism, and other WY communities like Casper and Jackson Hole have already started to promote this astronomical event for these 2017 eclipse travelers and the early response is exciting!

We need information about your Eclipse Experience, Event, Package or Deal by Friday, November 20, 2015, so we can get it to Wyoming Office of Tourism in time for their travel trade shows in early 2016.

Once you’ve created your special eclipse package deal, put it on your own website and the WY Office of Tourism website. The Wind River Visitors Council will post it on the website as well.

Eclipse followers who come to Fremont County for this phenomena will be looking for lodging, meals, educational and cultural programs, and souvenirs to help them enjoy and remember the event. These travelers will want to know scenic places to witness the eclipse and take photographs (using special camera lens filters made for eclipse photography). Visitors will expect to buy specially approved eyewear for safely viewing the eclipse, as well as eclipse mementos. Just google the 2017 Great American Eclipse to learn of all the cool items being produced now to commemorate the historic event. We have heard that eclipse product producers expect to fall short of demand and are producing around the clock, so take advantage of early discount deals offered now before their supply runs out

The red line on the map indicates optimal viewing for a total eclipse.
The red line on the map indicates optimal viewing for a total eclipse.

As local business owners and organizations in this lucky path, you can offer lodging packages, eclipse programs, organized tours to a prime viewing location, and other entertainment that will convince travelers that Wind River Country truly is the best place to witness “midnight at noon.” Your eclipse package deals can offer you exceptional opportunities. Read more about this cosmic wonder! Send us your package deals by Nov. 20, 2015, for maximum exposure even though we’ll continue to accept them right up until the eclipse. We will confirm that we receive what you send us via email.

Feeling excited – but a little stuck? Not a problem. Just contact the Wind River Visitors Council to bounce your thoughts off us. We have lots of samples and resources that can help get you started. We’re eager to hear about your eclipse lodging and event ideas to help you create your special package deals. Please email or call us at: or 332-5546.

Related Links: Lander Chamber of CommerceRiverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of CommerceDestination Dubois

For a complete calendar of events go to, or to request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233.

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Monster Bull Moose harvested by young Lander hunter near Pinedale

A 17-year-old young lady from Lander harvested a monster bull moose near Pinedale. Kimberlee Carey, a seasoned young hunter, drew her first bull moose tag and got lucky with a great bull. The bull has initially scored 149 2/8 points in Boone and Crockett, making it a record book entry. Congratulations Kimberlee!

h/t Jim Carey / Pitchengine Communities
h/t Jim Carey / Pitchengine Communities

Attn. Farmers and Ranchers; Stotz Winter Inspection Program now available

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with equipment repairs and replacements at the peak of farming season. That’s why it’s extremely important not to neglect your farm equipment before winter hits! Stotz Equipment is now offering the Winter Inspection Program for all farm and ranch equipment.

During the inspection, Stotz Service Department will be able to catch any issues your machine might have, issues that will be very expensive to repair if they are ignored. Thus, every system on your machine will be inspected and tested to make sure each part is working correctly.  Having your equipment inspected annually will also increase resale value because Stotz keeps all inspections on file so that they can be referenced during a trade.

If you can schedule an inspection the at the same time as your neighbor, you can share group trucking! Remember, a $330 tractor inspection could save you thousands in repairs.

Click here to view Stotz Winter Inspection pricing.

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stotz Equipment
10801 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY 82501
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Child playing with lighter starts house fire; Damage limited to closet, bedroom

A four-year-old child playing with a lighter started a house fire in a closet on Monday in a single family home just north of Pavillion. The fire was reported at 9:30 a.m. and it was quickly extinguished without any injuries and only minor damage.

“The smoke detectors in the house went off and a 20-year-old man in the house got the kids out, then ran back inside and closed all the doors containing the damage to the one bedroom,” said Ron Wempen, Fremont County Firewise Coordinator. “One of the boys in the home got ahold of a lighter somewhere in the house and began playing with it. We believe he started some clothing on fire in a closet.”

Fortunately, Wempen said the house was equipped with smoke detectors, which assisted in the rapid response. Initially, he said Fremont County Fire District Battalions from Riverton, Morton-Kinnear, Midvale, Missouri Valley and Pavillion were summoned, but Pavillion firefighters got there and used only 25 gallons of water to put out the fire. Damage was limited to minor fire damage in the closet and smoke damage. “The home can be repaired easily in a few days allowing the family to move back in,” he said. Wempen noted that sheet rock enclosed the closet and the fire didn’t have a chance to spread into the attic.

“We did some small counseling with the boy, who was sobbing the whole time,” Wempen said. “I think he learned an important lesson. I also think he was afraid of all the firefighters in their gear.”


Community Members Invited to provide Input on Agricultural Plan for Wind River Reservation

A series of meetings to describe the community-based Wind River Indian Reservation Agricultural Resource Management Plan, and to seek input from residents about agricultural issues and solutions in their region of the reservation, are planned in four Fremont County communities.

The Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) Tribal Water Engineer’s Office and the Water Resource Control Board, collaborating with the University of Wyoming, will hold meetings to describe the community-based Agricultural Resource Management Plan. Food and refreshments will be served at the following meetings:

Ethete, Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. at Wyoming Indian High School Tech Center.

Arapahoe, Friday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. at Arapahoe School, Administrative Building.

Crowheart, Monday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at Big Wind Community Hall.

Fort Washakie, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at Frank B. Wise Center.

“The intent of the meetings is to inform the public about the agricultural plan, the process to create it and the time frame in which to complete the plan,” says Bill Gribb, head of the UW Department of Geography and the project’s principal investigator. “The plan is community-based and needs input from the local citizens about their agricultural-related concerns and issues and, more importantly, their suggestions for solutions to the issues and problems.”

The Agricultural Resource Management Plan’s vision is a “viable, self-directed and sustainable agricultural economy that enhances the education, health, natural resources, traditions and culture of the Native people, and provides direction for agricultural development for now and into the future,” according to the plan’s narrative.

Gribb says planning includes using community input throughout the process to: determine the major issues on the Wind River Indian Reservation regarding agriculture; organize issues into topics and determine what broad statements can be made about the topics, and create methods to address the issues; identify agricultural policy options to solve the issues; analyze the policy options to determine their feasibility; and select feasible policies for agricultural development.

Among topics covered in the agriculture plan are land management; land leasing; land productivity; irrigation systems; water storage and distribution; cropland productivity; grazing leases; agricultural product marketing; food production for home and for market; traditional crops and plants; and future farmers and sustainability.

“The project is to develop a 20-year Agricultural Resource Management Plan for the reservation, which will provide the direction to make agriculture a viable economic development activity,” Gribb says.

The project is a collaboration among the WRIR Office of the Tribal Water Engineer, the Eastern Shoshone Business Council, the Northern Arapaho Business Council, UW HPAIRI (High Plains American Indian Research Institute), EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) – WyCEHG (Wyoming Center for Hydrology and Geophysics), UW College of Arts and Sciences, and the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

BREAKING: Double Fatal reported on the Reservation this morning

A single-vehicle rollover has resulted in the death of two people and the injury to another on Plunkett Road. The crash, which was reported around 11 a.m., resulted in the ejection of all three occupants of the vehicle. The two who died were apparently killed instantly. The third was rushed to SageWest Health Care Hospital in Lander, according to reports from the scene.

Plunkett Road has been closed in both directions which the investigation begins. The Fremont County Coroner’s office has arrived at the scene.

More details when they become available.


Dispatch: Arrests; Dogs cause fawn’s death; Firearm stolen from vehicle; Two more school bus fly-bys reported; Information sought on runaway

Here is Tuesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around Fremont County. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Lander Police Department


John Chavez Jr., 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication and Trespassing


There were 16 calls for service on Monday

An injured fawn was reportedly attacked by dogs and was left in the middle of one of the baseball fields at Lander City Park. The fawns injuries were serious enough that the deer had to be put down by the Game and Fish Department.

Police received another call of an injured deer that was not walking well in the 900 block of Dabich. The Game and Fish Department was notified.

A case of littering and theft of services is under investigation. According to a police report, an individual left a large amount of their trash in someone else’s dumpster.

A theft of $450 from a credit card was reported on Monday from an address on Cliff Street. A man reported that he son took a credit card, rang up the charges and he later found needles and spoons in the truck. Police are following up.

A squirrel was dispatched at South Second and Cliff Streets. The squirrel was sick.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Nicholas Fuqua, 20, Lander, Pedestrian Under the Influence, Underage consumption of Alcohol.


There were 57 calls for service

A vehicle that had been parked on a Dubois street for the past six weeks was found to have what appeared to be a bullet hole in it.

A 9mm Desert Eagle pistol was reported missing from a vehicle parked on Cherry Street in Riverton. The firearm was last seen on October 27th.

A resident in the 900 block of Rendezvous Road near St. Stephens reported someone had crashed through their fence.

A warrant is pending for a subject in Riverton who did not show up for a court ordered urinalysis.

A citizen assist called in at 3:18 p.m. is Under Investigation. All other information was redacted from the report.

A vehicle parked in the Bruce’s Campground lot was reportedly struck by an unknown vehicle.

A male with a high blood alcohol count was taken to SageWest Riverton hospital from the 1500 block of East Monroe.

An ambulance was summoned to an address on Burma Road at 6:16 a.m. today where the caller reported her husband fell asleep with a lighted cigarette, that his head caught on fire and he suffered burns.


Riverton Police Department


Ormando Bell, 31, Riverton, on a Fremont County warrant

Jason Bell, who was being sought for a domestic assault in Riverton, eluded police but was caught at the Beaver Creek Housing on the Reservation by BIA Wind River Police, who requested RPD assistance as Bell reportedly was resisting. He was arrested by the BIA on unrelated outstanding charges. Local charges are pending.


There were 33 calls for service on Monday.

A Riverton business is reporting the unauthorized use of a Debit card. The RPD is investigating.

Two school bus fly-bys were reported on Monday, the first in the 900 block of East Pershing at 9:34 a.m. and the second two minutes later on East Washington. In both instances, police are reviewing video from the buses to identify the suspect vehicles.

At 1:42 p.m. in the 100 block of North 13th Street East, a woman walking down the street stopped and took of her shoes. A person thought that was suspicious and called it in.

A shoplifting incident at Walmart is under investigation. According to a police report, subjects left the store with a cart full of groceries and other merchandise. The vehicle was identified and police are following up.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 11.32.43 AMA 16-year-old juvenile girl was listed as a runaway with the RPD. Her family has appealed for information on her whereabouts and the Riverton Police are on the watch for her. The family provided the photo of their daughter at left. Anyone with information is asked to call the RPD at 856-4891.

A man called police to report that he found a BB gun and a hand gun between his screen door and the front door. Some time later a man showed up to asked for the weapons. He had placed them at the wrong house. The guns were returned.


Fremont County Emergency Medical Services

There were 18 calls for a county ambulance on Monday.


Fremont County Fire Departments 

There was one fire call on Monday, to a home on North Pavillion Road where a child had started a closet on fire with a lighter he was playing with. Minor fire damage was reported along with some smoke damage. There were no injuries.


Fremont County Coroner

There was one coroner call on Monday for a 91-year-old man who died at SageWest Health Care Hospital in Lander. The death is presumed to be natural.

Get in the Holiday Spirit – “Polar Express at the Ramkota Hotel”

The Ramkota Hotel in Casper is having their 2nd Annual Polar Express event on Saturday, November 28th!  At this holiday retreat, the family can enjoy festive activities for the kids, delightful meals and spend time with Santa himself! Why not make a weekend out of it and take advantage of Black Friday deals!

The event will begin Saturday afternoon with arts & crafts for the kids, a full course dinner on the Terrace and the Christmas Parade. After the parade, the hotel will host swimming and a kids’ movie with popcorn.

The following morning, everyone is invited to Breakfast with Santa on the Terrace from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m and you are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys For Tots. The general public can also attend the breakfast for $5/person.

Rooms will be discounted at $129/night and that includes meals and crafts for a family of four. Families with more than two children will need to pay an additional $10/child for food and crafts. Special sleeping arrangements can be made with the Ramkota guest services department.

If you would like to book a room for the Polar Express at the Ramkota Hotel, click here. Promo Code: Polar

Co-Sponsors: The Casper Star Tribune and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Ramkota Hotel
800 N Poplar St.
Casper, WY 82601

USGS: Earthquake noted Sunday evening north of Green River

(Green River, Wyo.) – If you are in southwest Wyoming and thought that you felt a little shake on Sunday evening, you’re not alone.

 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake at 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 8 located 24 miles northwest of Green River, Wyoming.
According to Earthquakes Today, earthquakes 3.0 to 4.0 are often felt, but only cause minor damage.
For more information on the location of the earthquake, click here.

Fremont County Group Homes staff member chosen as Wyoming Youth Care Worker of the Year

Congratulations to Betty Porter, Program Director at Fremont County Group Homes, Inc. Who was chosen as Wyoming Youth Care Worker of the Year by W.Y.S.A. (Wyoming Youth Services Association). Betty was selected over candidates from Laramie, Gillette and Torrington. She will be honored at the annual WYSA Legislative Breakfast in Cheyenne on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 along with State Legislative award winners.

Below is the nomination of Betty written by Executive Director Jeff Verosky:

Betty Porter has been such an important piece of the excellent care that Fremont County Group Homes provides for its residents. Starting as a shift worker for the Group Home, she has worked her way up into the Program Director position, and has done this while going back to school to get her Bachelors Degree.
What makes Betty special to FCGH is her genuine care for our residents. Betty goes out of her way to learn about all of the residents who enter both of our facilities. She uses this to build a relationship with each resident to help them make better choices in their lives. She accomplishes this by meeting with each resident weekly. During this time she regularly gets the resident to open up and talk about fears or concerns they have as their time at the Group Home moves forward. With this information, Betty is able to work with that child to make their stay at our facility more pleasant and to help them transition to the next phase in their life after they depart the Group Home. This is especially apparent in the number of former residents who keep in contact with Betty. These residents call her to continue to get advice and assistance from her, but also call to let her know how they are doing and what is going on in their lives. They also let her know how she was a big help to them on getting through tough times. This is the special relationships that we want staff to try and build to reach that goal of helping the youth learn from previous bad choices and make good ones to be able to live a better life.
We all appreciate Betty here at FCGH, and we know that many youth who come through our doors have in the past and will in the future.

h/t Fremont County Group Homes

Slight chance for precipitation tonight; Mostly clear and cool the rest of the week

There’s a slight chance of rain or snow in the area tonight, otherwise the next week will be mostly sunny with continued cool temperatures, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport.

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Here’s the forecast for the Wind River Basin through Monday

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. North northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Veterans Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West northwest wind 7 to 17 mph becoming north in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 44. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 54.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.


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Snapped: Birthday Lunker caught in Ocean Lake

Russell Naef, 19, was fishing on his birthday out on Ocean Lake this weekend when he reeled in this lunker of a Northern Pike. “It goes without saying that he was pretty excited,” said Mom Jeannie on Monday morning. The Pavillion teen decided he wanted to go fishing on his birthday and caught this prize right after his birthday dinner. He reportedly expressed surprise at catching the big fish as he said he didn’t know there were Northern Pike in Ocean Lake. Happy Birthday Russell!

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Riverton Show Choirs performed well at Scottsbluff; Sixty-Six made the trip

Riverton High School Choir Director Jon Marquez reported that the school’s show choirs performed well at the the big Old West Choir Fest at Scottsbluff, competing against schools from three states.

“Both choirs received a silver rating and the 66 singers performed for a large cheering crowd!” he reported.

Didn’t go to Scottsbluff? No worries, there is a choir concert, 7:00 pm tonight at the CWC Peck Theater. The choir will be celebrating with a $5 dessert buffet following the performance.

Thermopolis youth struck, killed by train Sunday morning; Ruled an accident

A 12-year-old boy listening to an MP3 player and wearing ear buds failed to hear a train coming from behind despite blasts from the train’s air horn and wandered into the path of a BNSF locomotive in Thermopolis Sunday morning and was killed.

Police Chief Shay Steven said Gavin Jacobsen of Thermopolis was walking northbound adjacent to the train tracks at 9:38 a.m. when the train approached. “The engineer sounded the air horn, but the boy inadvertently walked into the path of the train and was struck. He died at the scene,” Steven said. “The accident occurred some 200 feet south of the intersection of Broadway and the railroad crossing there on the east side of Thermopolis.”

The police chief said a Thermopolis police officer was nearby on a dog call and heard the train horn and waving from the engineer caught her attention and she responded immediately.

The train was ordered held at the site by the BNSF Train Master, who lives in Powell, the chief said. “The train was stopped for a good period of time, I’m not sure how long, until the train master could drive down here,” he said.

Steven said he had no knowledge of any other fatal train pedestrian incident in Thermopolis.