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:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 AM MST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM MST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE ACROSS SOUTHERN FREMONT COUNTY THIS
  EVENING THEN TAPER OFF WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOWFALL...SNOWFALL OF 2 TO LOCALLY 5 INCHES IN THE LOWER
  ELEVATIONS WITH AROUND 8 INCHES IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS.

* WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH
  HIGHER GUSTS WILL CAUSE SOME DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITY WILL BE
  BELOW A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* MAIN IMPACT...ROADS ACROSS SOUTHERN FREMONT COUNTY WILL BECOME
  SLICK SNOW PACKED AND ICY...INCLUDING HIGHWAY 287 FROM MUDDY
  GAP TO BEAVER RIM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

For your local forecast, click here. 

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Fremont County Prevention Management Organization provides suicide intervention resources

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Wyoming Prevention Management Organization in Fremont County wants to remind the community of resources available to those contemplating suicide or those who might know someone who needs help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

A number of local organizations also help those who need someone to talk to. Fremont Counseling Service provides 24-hour emergency access. In the Lander area call 332-4233 and in the Riverton area call 332-1500.

Charles Aragon, the Native American Patient Advocate for both the Lander and Riverton hospitals, provides suicide prevention/intervention. He can be reached at 857-3535 or 438-1341.

The Northern Arapaho Meth/Suicide Prevention Initiative’s Elk Sage can be reach for 24-hour services by calling 840-3797.

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health and Prevention Management Organization also provide referral and assistance in accessing mental health care & substance abuse, mental/behavioral health issues; individual, family, and group. Suicide prevention crisis awareness services and information available to individuals, and families are also available from both. Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health’s Glenda Mitchell can be reached at 332-4758 or 438-1238.  PMO’s Kelly Rees can be reached at 307-463-0622, and Tauna Groomsmith can be reached at 349-4495.

For loved ones, the following cues and warning signs might help you identify someone who needs help. The information was provided by Prevention Management Organization.

Behavioral Cues

? Lack of concern about personal welfare

? Changes in social patterns

? A decline in school achievement

? Concentration and clear thinking difficulties

? Altered patterns of eating and sleeping

? Attempts to put personal affairs in order or to make amends

? Use or abuse of alcohol or drugs

? Unusual interest in how others are feeling

? Preoccupation with death and violence themes

? Sudden improvement after a period of depression

? Sudden or increased promiscuity

? Threats to hurt or kill him or herself

? Current talk of suicide/making a plan

? Anxious and depressed, not sleeping

? Feeling trapped with no way out

? Withdrawing from friends, family and society

? Anger, irritability, engaging in high risk behavior apparently without thinking

? Statements of hopelessness and despair

Examples of Verbal Cues

? “You won’t be seeing me around for my appointment on Monday.”

? “I’m going home.”

? “I thought about something I’m afraid to tell anyone about.”

? “I’m tired.”

? “I wonder what death is like.”

? “She’ll be sorry about how she treated me.”

? “I’m tired of life, I just can’t go on.”

? “My family would be better off without me.”

? “Who cares if I’m dead anyway.”

? “I just want out.”

? “I won’t be around much longer.”

? “Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me.”

Direct Verbal Warning Signs:

? “I’ve decided to kill myself.”

? “I wish I were dead.”

? “I’m going to commit suicide.”

? “I’m going to end it all.”

? “If (such and such) doesn’t happen, I’ll kill myself.”

What To Do When You Suspect Someone May Be at Risk for Suicide – Take it Seriously!

? 50% to 75% of all people who attempt suicide tell someone about their intention.

? If someone you know shows the warning signs above, the time to act is now.

Ask Questions

? Begin by telling the suicidal person you are concerned about them.

? Tell them specifically what they have said or done that makes you feel concerned about suicide.

? Don’t be afraid to ask whether the person is considering suicide, and whether they have a particular plan or method in mind. These questions will not push them toward suicide if they were not considering it.

? Ask if they are seeing a clinician or are taking medication so the treating person can be contacted.

? Do not try to argue someone out of suicide. Instead, let them know that you care, that they are not alone and that they can get help. Avoid pleading and preaching to them with statements such as, “You have so much to live for,” or “Your suicide will hurt your family.”

? Encourage Professional Help

? Actively encourage the person to see a physician or mental health professional immediately.

? People considering suicide often believe they cannot be helped. If you can, assist them to identify a professional and schedule an appointment. If they will let you, go to the appointment with them.

Take Action

? If the person is threatening, talking about, or making specific plans for suicide, this is a crisis requiring immediate attention. Do not leave the person alone.

? Remove any firearms, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used for suicide from the area.

? Take the person to a walk-in mental health clinic, a psychiatric hospital or a hospital emergency room.

? If these options are not available, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for assistance.

 

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Wyoming Unemployment Rate fell to 4.2% in February 2014; Lincoln, Johnson and Fremont counties with highest rates

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Monday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.3% in January to 4.2% in February. Wyoming’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point since December 2008, when it was 3.9%. Unemployment remained well below its year-ago level of 4.8% and was significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased, rising by 1,639 individuals (0.6%) from January to February.

 

Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased slightly from January to February. In Wyoming, during a typical year, almost all county unemployment rates peak in January, and then decline through the spring and summer months, reaching their lowest point in August or September. The largest over-the-month unemployment rate decreases were seen in Platte (down from 5.5% to 5.0%), Weston (down from 4.7% to 4.3%), and Park (down from 6.2% to 5.9%) counties.

 

Compared to a year earlier, unemployment rates fell in every county, perhaps indicating continued economic recovery. The largest declines were reported in Sheridan (down from 7.1% to 5.7%), Teton (down from 5.5% to 4.4%), and Sublette (down from 4.5% to 3.4%) counties.

 

The highest unemployment rates were found in Lincoln (6.9%), Johnson (6.5%), and Fremont (6.4%) counties. Sublette and Converse counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate (3.4%) and they were followed by Campbell (3.7%), Niobrara (3.8%), and Albany (3.9%) counties.

 

Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) rose from  281,000 in February 2013 to 284,000 in February 2014, a gain of 3,000 jobs (1.1%).

In Fremont County, thre were 1,277 unemployed workers this past February, compared with 1,304 unemployed in January and 1,426 in February one year ago. Fremont County’s current workforce totals 19,951 workers, up from 19,803 in January and 19,877 one year ago February. 

In Sweetwater County, there were 1,084 unemployed workers in February, compared with 1,108 in January and 1,184 one year ago in February. 

Sweetwater County’s current workforce totals 15,823 workers compared with 25,803 in January and 25,431 a year ago February. 

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Large manhole and pipe being placed east of Federal Boulevard in Riverton to handle future storm water runoff

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Subcontractor Archer Construction is continuing excavation of sanitary sewer and water lines along Federal Boulevard Monday, and storm sewer near Fremont Glass (see pictures). A large manhole is currently being installed behind Fremont Glass where future storm water will flow and run into the Big Bend Ditch.

For real-time project updates on Facebook hit “like” at this link.
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Riverton council to act Tuesday night on second reading ordinances, liquor license transfer, citywide concrete repair bid and WAM resolutions

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

In action items Tuesday night, the Riverton City Council will vote on second reading on ordinances that eliminate certain business license requirements and rezone a lot in the Brentwood Addition, along with a liquor license transfer from the Back Bar to MIss Ginney’s Roost-Riverton. 

A proposed master plan for the Honor Farm property will be discussed in a public hearing and presentations are scheduled to former city council member John “Lars” Baker, former Public Services Director Bill Urbigkit and Lands Division Manager Paul Throckmartin. 

The council is also scheduled to award a bid for concrete projects around town funded by the optional one cent sales tax and approve the makeup of a task force to look into infrastructure and air service needs at Riverton Regional Airport. 

Councilors will also be asked to approve submitting six resolutions to the Wyoming Association of Municipalities annual convention. If approved by WAM, the resolutions would be included in the organizations legislative agenda for 2015. 

Miss Ginny’s Roost-Riverton, will be opening in the former location of Archers in the 400 block of North Broadway. The restaurant has been undergoing a remodeling project for the past several months as the popular Pavillion eatery is expanding into Riverton. 

Major Equipment is the apparent low bidder for miscellaneous concrete street and gutter repair work around the city. The Fix Our Roads Citizens Committee said Major’s bid of $944,083 was the lowest of four submitted bids for the work, which will begin this spring. Other bidders were Dave’s Asphalt ($992,049), DePatco of Idaho Falls ($1,147,230) and 71 Construction (1,445,801.10). 

The resolutions up for adoption include increasing the tax on beer to the national average of 28 cents per gallon, allowing voters in each municipality in the state to impose optional sales and  use taxes on themselves, rather than have approval come from an entire county; The right to protest benefit charges for reimbursable based employers; More local control over liquor licenses, abolishing Wyoming Retirement System rules for elected officials and making the distribution of Recreation dollars more equitable across the state. 

Tonight’s meeting is open the public and will be televised locally on Cable Channel 11, the city’s public access channel on local cable television. 

(See the agenda at left) 

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Veterans Welcome Home Day drew several dozen to Veterans Hall in Riverton Saturday; Testimony given on individual experiences

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Several dozen veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Middle East conflicts attended Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day Saturday at Veterans Hall in Riverton.

A letter from U.S. Senator John Barrasso and a copy of the Governor’s proclamation were read at the event and two special awards were presented.

The first acknowledgement was to Warren Hess, the Commander of the Riverton American Legion Post for his support of the Riverton VFW Post Home and the establishment of Veterans Hall. The second honor was bestowed upon County10.com, “For all the work you do on behalf of the Fremont County Veterans.” County10’s Fremont County Content Manger Ernie Over, who was covering the event, was called up to accept the award, which was presented by VFW Post 3628 Commander Gary Letchworth on behalf of all county veterans.

In remarks to those in attendance, Letchworth said the new Veterans Hall “Is a great resource for all vets,” and he thanked the 40&8, VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League and the Disabled American Veterans for working together to make the Veterans Hall possible.

At the conclusion of the formal program, and in keeping with the theme of the “welcome home” ceremony, several veterans relayed their coming home stories.

Merlin Bianco, a Vietnam Veteran who recently moved to Riverton, said he’d never forget July 3, 1968 when he returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area. He said a woman hiding behind some saffron robed Krishna’s at the airport jumped out from behind them, got into his face and called him a “baby killer” and a “liar.” When he returned to his girlfriend’s home in Palo Alto, she would not let him in the house wearing his uniform.
“It goes without saying that the relationship ended right there. We couldn’t go anywhere in our uniforms without being yelled at,” he said.

Another veteran shared that he was hitchhiking across the country when he arrived in Wyoming and was treated with respect and friendliness in Riverton. “That’s why I moved here, people were friendly and helpful here, not like in other places I was at.”

Jim Arndt remembers that a member of the Red Cross, a lady who insisted that he have a donut and milk, greeted him in San Francisco. “I wasn’t used to fresh milk and even though I said I didn’t want any, she wouldn’t take no for an answer, so I drank the milk and it promptly came right back up through my nose all over her and me,” he said. “I told you I didn’t want any,” he said, embarrassed at the time.

Arndt said he didn’t adjust well to civilian life and reenlisted and made the Army a career, until he was medically discharged. “I had six tumors resulting from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam removed while I was in the service, and another seven after they pushed me out for medical reasons,” he said. “That’s why I’m here today to help our current vets. PTSD is real and this is what Veterans Hall is all about, Vets helping Vets.”

Don Ryan from the DAV urged the group to not only work for veterans, but also for their families. “We need to do more for and with them,” he said.

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In formal ceremonies around the state Governor Matt Mead traveled to Torrington, Buffalo and Jackson to thank veterans for their service, and he welcomed home veterans who did not receive a proper reception after serving, including those from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and other veterans who were not properly recognized upon their return home.

This is the fourth annual celebration of “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.” The day of welcoming was added to state law in 2011 during the 61st legislative session. The Wyoming Veterans Commission and the Wyoming National Guard helps to commemorate the occasion.

Military personnel, surviving spouses of veterans and family members also participated.

In honor of the day, the Avenue of Flags was on display in Riverton.

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Fremont County Police Blotter: Arrests; Coroner and law enforcement investigating two deaths; Horse dies in trailer wreck

(Lander, Wyo.) –

Here is the weekend’s recap of law enforcement activity across Fremont County from the past 24 hours. All those cited or arrested are presumed innoncent until convicted in a court of law. 

Fremont County Coroner

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said his office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are jointly investigating the death of an infant on the Wind River Reservation. See separate story by clicking here.

McAuslan also said his office and the Riverton Police Department are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Riverton man, whose body was found in a driveway in the Country Club Estates area Sunday morning around 5 a.m. McAuslan said a handgun was found at the scene. An autopsy is planned in Loveland, Colo. today. 

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests:

Ashley Laforme, 25, Riverton, two Probation Revocation warrants.

Skyver Magee, 21, Mills, Driving Under the Influence, Speeding, and Driving Roadways Laned for Traffic. Magee was arrested after a 9:13 p.m., Friday traffic stop on Highway 26 in Dubois.

Calls:

At 10:14 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to a business on Pebble Drive near Riverton for a report of an ex-employee who refused to leave. The person was gone when deputies arrived.

A report of property destruction in the Kinnear area is under investigation.

A report of fraud in the Riverton area is under investigation.

At 3:24 p.m., deputies were called to the 1600 block of North Smith Road near Riverton for a report of a man who threw rocks at the caller’s dogs. The caller said the man walks by the dogs on a daily basis.

At 5:31 p.m., deputies were called to Kinnear for a report of a calf that was stolen. Deputies later learned that the calf returned on its own.

A single vehicle rollover was reported at 10 p.m. on Warm Spring Drive in Dubois. The report was handled by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and additional information was not readily available.

At 1:26 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital for a report of a woman who said she was assaulted sometime in the last week. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the alleged victim refused to cooperate with deputies.

A hit and run report where a vehicle reportedly struck a building in Dubois is under investigation. Lt. Bill Braddock said sometime overnight a vehicle appeared to have struck a support column of an awning of a building on East Ramshorn. Damage was reported to the column and to the awning.

At 4:26 p.m., deputies were called to Lysite Moneta Road for a report of a horse trailer that rolled. The Sheriff’s Office reports that a 19-year-old man was driving when the horse trailer came loose from the towing vehicle and rolled. One horse reportedly died from injuries.

At 7:49 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to an address on the 11600 block of Highway 26 in Kinnear for a report of a man who asked for a ride. The man also reportedly said he was scared of something. The man was gone when deputies arrived.

A suspicious package found along Highway 287 outside of Lander and reported at 12:29 p.m. on Sunday. Braddock said a letter written in pencil on white paper was found to have been in the elements for quite some time. The author and intended recipient were unknown.

A burglary reported in the Riverton area is under investigation.

 

Lander Police Department

No LPD representatives were available to go over the weekend’s calls. Information will be added as it comes available.

Riverton Police Department

Arrests/Citations:

Rodney Jealous Of Him, 51, Ethete, Public Intoxication

Charles Hereford, 28, Fort Washakie, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)

Aloysious Piper, 46, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication

Theodore Goggles, 72, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Thunder LittleThunder, 23, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Wade Hargreaves, 39, Sioux Falls, SD, DWUI

Chauncey Friday, 47, Ethete, Public Intoxication

Diamond Baca, 21, Riverton, Contempt of Court

Jason Moon, 38, Ethete, Public Intoxication and Urinating in Public. 

Calls:

The weekend report from the RPD was delayed this morning. The calls will be added as soon as they become available. 

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Fremont County Firefighters responded to 16 calls for service this past weekend

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Fremont County Firefighters responded to 16 calls for service over the weekend, and the dispatch center was notified of another 12 controlled burns that did not require fire department help. 

The Fort Washakie Fire Battalion responded to two calls, including a fire at the Fort Washakie refuse transfer station and a grass fire on the Ethete Road. Both were minor and quickly estinguished according to Fremont County Fire District’s Dan Oakley. 

The Morton/Kinnear and the Pavillion fire batallions responded to the intersection of Highway 26 and the Kinnear Spur Road, across the street from the Morton-Kinnear Fire Hall, for a fire of undetermined origin Saturday at 2:09 p.m. The fire pretty much consumed a wooden fenceline, Oakley said, and threatened a full propane tank. A large quantity of building materials adjacent to the fence also caught fire at the scene. “The origin is unknown and perhaps was a leak in a propane line leading into a garage,” Oakley said of the investigation that followed. 

The Riverton Fire District responded to eight calls, again mostly for grass, tree or brush fires. The Lysite Fire Battalion responded to a vehicle crash on the Lysite-Moneta Road. Of the reported controlled burns, eight were in the Lander area, one in Pavillion and one in Hidden Valley between Riverton and Shoshoni. 

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Riverton man could get 20 years for alleged kidnapping earlier this month

UPDATE: The State of Wyoming moved to dismiss the case, without prejudice. The Judge assigned to the felony case granted the dismissal in September 2014.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 25-year-old Riverton man is facing a felony kidnapping charge in connection to an alleged assault on March 4.

James Pulver has been charged with felony Kidnapping-Removal and a misdemeanor Domestic Violence Battery. If convicted, the kidnapping charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The battery charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or $750 in fines.

The affidavit in the case was written by Riverton Police Det. Scott Gardner, and much of the information is pulled from interviews with the alleged victim, a 24-year-old Riverton woman. The woman reportedly had been in an off-and-on relationship with Pulver.

According to the affidavit, the victim was at her home on the evening of March 4 when Pulver entered without her permission. Both then went outside.

“Pulver had indicated to her that he wanted her to go with him,” states the affidavit. “(The victim) stated that she did not want to leave with Pulver, turned around and walked towards the house. At that time, Pulver physically grabbed her, dragged her across the ground and forced her to get into his vehicle.”

The affidavit states that the victim’s nose was bleeding at that time, and she used a rag in Pulver’s truck to stop the bleeding.

It is then alleged that Pulver beat the victim repeatedly at another Riverton residence. On March 7, it was learned the victim had a couple facial fractures.

After search warrants were executed for both the home where the beating allegedly occurred and the vehicle in which she was allegedly taken, officers found and collected evidence of human blood in both.

Pulver is being held on a $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety bond. An arraignment hearing, where he will enter a plea in the case, has not been set. A photo of Pulver was not immediately available.

Infant death on Reservation under investigation by the FBI and County Coroner

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

UPDATED at 1:43 p.m.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday that his office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into the death of an infant on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

FBI Agent Christopher Calarco, from the Denver Office, confirmed in an email that the agency is investigating the death of an “infant that occurred on or about March 26, 2014 on the Wind River Indian Reservation.”

McAuslan said his office was notified of the death last Thursday, March 27th, but he said he would not release other details pending result of the joint investigation. The infant was reportedly from the Ethete area.

He did say that an autopsy on the infant was conducted, and that the preliminary finding is being withheld pending other tests. Calarco said toxicology results are pending.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time,” he wrote. 

“I can confirm the discovery of a child’s body on the reservation,” U.S. Attorney Spokesman John Powell said. “As the federal-Coroner investigation is on-going, I am not able to comment further.”

This post will be updated when additional information becomes available. 

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Statewide Snow Water Equivalent remains strong at 138 percent; Well above last year at this time

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

With the passage of several storms last week, Wyoming’s snow water equivalent (SWE) gained two percentage points and now sits at 138 percent of the median. In the weekly release from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman said he expected that reservoirs around the state “to fill over the course of the year.” He said, “We are doing extremely well this year in regards to the SWE.” 

The Wind River Basin held steady at 128 percent of the median, the Sweetwater River Basin gained three points to 114 percent, and the Upper Green dropped four points to 157 percent of the median while the lower green dropped just one point, to 126 percent of the median. 

Northwest and North central Wyoming continue to show excellent SWE averages, with the Yellowstone River drainage at 152 percent, the Shoshone River drainage at 152 percent, the Bighorn Basin at 154 percent, the Powder River drainage at 159 percent and the Tongue River drainage at 146 percent of the median. 

One year ago, the statewide SWE was measured this same week at 83 percent of the median. 

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Encana to sell its Jonah field operation in Wyoming for $1.8 billion; Sale announced today

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Calgary, Alberta – Encana Corporation announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., has reached an agreement with an affiliate of TPG Capital (TPG) to sell certain natural gas properties in the Jonah field located in Sublette County, Wyoming, for a purchase price of approximately US$1.8 billion. 

“This transaction is consistent with our strategy,” says Doug Suttles, Encana President & CEO. “With the divestment of Jonah, we are unlocking value from a mature, high-quality asset and allowing our teams to focus on our five core growth areas and continue with execution of our new strategy.” 

Encana’s Jonah field comprises a total productive area of about 24,000 acres and over 1,500 active wells. Estimated year-end 2013 proved reserves for Jonah totaled approximately 1,493 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). The transaction also includes over 100,000 undeveloped acres adjacent to Jonah known as the Normally Pressured Lance (NPL) area. 

“The Jonah field is a world-class, low-risk resource with long reserve life and future drilling opportunities that will be a strong platform to continue to grow a portfolio of cash flow-producing assets,” says Tom Hart, CEO of the new oil and gas platform formed by TPG to pursue this investment. 

The buyer expects to retain the employees currently working in connection with the Jonah field and plans to continue investment in the field and adjacent acreage, which will assist in supporting local employment in the area. 

“We look forward to working with the talented Encana team that has made Jonah a successful operation for many years,” says Craig Manaugh, President and COO of the new TPG oil and gas platform. “We are also pleased to announce that we will be maintaining the Jonah field office near Pinedale, Wyoming and opening a Denver office as a result of the transaction.” 

This sale of Encana’s Jonah assets is subject to satisfaction of normal closing conditions, as well as regulatory approvals,and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014 with an effective date of December 1, 2013. Evercore and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP advised Encana on this transaction. Vinson & Elkins LLP advised TPG on the transaction. 

Encana’s Corporate Guidance will be updated when the company reports its 2014 first-quarter results. 

Further information on this sale is available on Encana Corporation’s website by clicking here. 

Encana Corporation 

Encana Corporation (“Encana”) is a leading North American energy producer that is focused on growing its strong portfolio of diverse resource plays, held directly and indirectly through its subsidiaries, producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, Encana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. Encana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA. 

TPG 

TPG is a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with over $59 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne,Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. TPG has extensive experience with global public and private investments executed through leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, growth investments, joint ventures and restructurings. TPG’s new oil and gas platform will be led by a board that includes Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., President and CEO of the Dan A. Hughes Company and TPG partners Michael MacDougall and Christopher Ortega, in addition to Mssrs. Hart and Manaugh. For more information, click here.

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Lander dancers, Sheridan pianist win first place awards at Stars of Tomorrow Division contests in Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Two dancers from Lander Valley High School, and a pianist from Sheridan were named the winners of Division 10 and Division 1, respectively, during a competition Saturday at Central Wyoming College. 

Kennedy Thatch and Montana Sannes, performing a Jazz dance duet entitled “Mirror Mirror” captured the top award over four other acts on the main stage at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. The Lander duo’s energetic number topped a vocal solo performed by Ashlee Aagard of Powell and two vocal solos, one from Riverton’s Courtney Olson and the other from Alex Flom of Powell. 

Lachlan Brennan of Sheridan topped the Division 1 competition with his piano solo, “Moonlight Sonata.” Jaylen Baxter of Gillette and three Buffalo High School students who comprised a vocal/instrumental trio judged Brennan’s performance the best over a vocal/guitar solo. Also competing was another Buffalo student who performed a vocal solo. 

All of the contestants advanced to the Division event in Riverton by winning or being the runner-up at their local Stars of Tomorrow event. 

The talent show is annually sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs. Riverton Kiwanian Drew Bott served as the Master of Ceremonies in front of a good crowd that filled the center section of the theatre seating. 

The first place winners Saturday received a cash prize of $200, second place was good for $150 and third place was awarded $100. 

The first place winners from this Division finals event will move on to the Rocky Mountain District’s Stars of Tomorrow Show in Loveland, Colo., on April 26th at the Mountain View High School Auditorium. 

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Three men charged with assault in three separate cases on the Wind River Indian Reservation

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) –

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne has filed assault charges against three men for three different cases all of which occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Charges against the three were filed on March 20 but were not announced until today.

Kevin Paul Brown, 23, was charged in an indictment with one count of assault on a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. The charge against Mr. Brown stems from an incident that occurred on November 16, 2013, on the Wind River Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Christopher Crofts said in a news release. Mr. Brown is facing a potential 20-year imprisonment and could be ordered to pay restitution, a fine, and special assessment.

Dustin James Friday, 23, has been charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury connected to a January 14, 2014, incident on the reservation. If convicted, Friday could face up to 10 years in prison.

Matthew Lawrence Antelope, 29, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. This charge stems from a stabbing incident that occurred on January 28, 2014, on the reservation, Crofts reports. For this crime, Antelope is facing up to 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

Details on all three cases were not readily available.

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Fremont County Commission to discuss libraries, museums and more in Tuesday’s meeting

(Lander, Wyo.) –

The Fremont County Commission has a lot on its plate during its April 1 regular meeting.

Among the agenda items are strategic planning for the libraries, a resolution laying out this year’s voting districts, recycling possibilities and more.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Melinda Cox will give an update on how the program is progressing, and newly named Fremont County Museums Director Scott Goetz will also give the commission an update.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., two interviews will be conducted with candidates for the Solid Waste Disposal District board. Mike McDonald and Bruce Davidson will be interviewed.

The commission’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in its chambers at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander. See the complete tentative agenda to the left.

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Lander G&F Office hosting workshops to help people apply for the online draw

(Lander, Wyo.) –

The Lander Regional Office of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering two evening workshops to help people apply for the draw online.

Shawonda Fontaine, Lander regional office manager says “This year we (Game and Fish) have gone entirely to online applications for the draw. Most regional offices now have computers at the front desk where the public can get help applying online, however we still get many frustrated people who don’t live in a regional office town or need more assistance. It seems to be one of the top complaints we hear about from license selling agents as well. We thought it would be helpful to offer an evening where people can come with all their information and we could walk them step by step through the online portion of applying for their license.”

If you would like assistance applying online, please attend one of our evening workshops from 5 pm – 7 pm on Tuesday, April 8 at the Fremont County Library in Riverton or Wednesday, April 9 at Gannet Peak Elementary in Lander. Please come with your hunt areas and species picked out, your sportsman ID or the last four of your social security number, and a credit card for online payment.

Seminars are free and open to people of all ages and skill levels. If you have questions, please contact The Lander Regional Office at 307-349-4474.

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Riverton Firefighters grab first win in county charity game Saturday night; Tough Enough Cancer Fund was the big winner

(Lander, Wyo.) –

Charlie Oldman led all scorers and helped the Riverton Fire Department earn its first win in four tries in the annual benefit basketbll game for the Tough Enough to fight Cancer Fund Saturday night in Lander. Despite fielding only six players to Lander’s 14, Riverton held five point lead at half-time before Lander’s Ian Craft tied the game at the buzzer to end the third period 34-34. 

With a game-high 29, Oldman and his five Riverton teammates outscored Lander by four points in the fourth quarater to earn a 51-47 victory at the Lander Valley High School’s Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse. The big winner of the night, however, was the local cancer fund. A total of $5,684 was raised through combination of sponsorships, ticket sales, a 50/50 drawing and a live auction at half-time. County10.com (Buckrail) was one of the game’s sponsors. 

The contest was close throughout with neither team having more than a six point advantage any one point. Riverton’s largest lead was 44-38 with 4:50 left in the game. Lander cut the margin to three points with 30.9 seconds left, but Riverton held on for the win. 

There was only one injury in the contest. With just 15.5 seconds before halftime, Lander’s Jesse Lyles drove to the basket, was fouled and landed hard in the lane, injuring a knee. 

Score By Quarters

Lander     10    8   16   13   –  47

Riverton    7   16   11   17   –  51

Individual scoring:

Riverton Fire Department

Charlie Oldman 29

Cory Lewis 14

Mike Hutchison 3

Shane Ferhing 2

Scott Walters 2

Lander Fire Department

Bob Perkins 14

Mike Coyne 8

Ron Wells 5

Sean Weathers 4

Robbie Zuspan 4

Ian Kraft 3

Jeremy Bingaman 3

Rich Davey 2

Rod Wietzki 2 

Previous scores in the series

2011- Lander 38, Riverton 25

2012 – Lander 47, Riverton 29

2013 – Lander 61, Riverton 39

2014 – Riverton 51, Lander 47

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No work scheduled today on Riverview Road and Federal/Monroe projects in Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Weekend construction update from Wyoming Department of Transportation
Photos by WYDOT
Riverview Road Saturday update: No work is scheduled to occur today on the Riverview Road project; work is scheduled to resume Monday. Jerry Bornhoft Construction, Inc., is continuing to work on the irrigation box over the Riverton Valley Irrigation Canal, placing rock riprap on the south side of the box culvert structure, and concrete on the north side of the box structure. Placement of sanitary sewer is still under way on the south side of the project, east of the irrigation canal box culvert. Individual property service hookups for the sanitary sewer will continue to be placed west of the box in this coming week. Please slow down through the project work zone, and watch for workers on Riverview Road.
Federal/Monroe Saturday update: No work is scheduled to occur today; work will resume Mondaymorning. Subcontractor Archer Construction is continuing to install sanitary sewer, and excavation is currently in “very hard” bedrock near the bottom of the 14-foot trench. Excavation of bedrock is slowing the contractor’s northbound progress. Excavation is currently in the vicinity of Expressway Lube and Big O Tire on Federal Boulevard. The new water line and hookups to businesses and residences are also being installed to the south of the sanitary sewer work. Once Archer reaches Adams this coming week, storm sewer installation will begin. Replacement of an irrigation siphon will occur in the Federal/Adams intersection. Work also continues near Fremont Glass on the storm sewer line that will connect into the eastbound Big Bend ditch. All businesses are open, and all business accesses are being maintained. Please slow down through the work zone.
Real-time project updates may be viewed at Facebook by hitting “like” at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverton-FederalMonroe-and-Riverview-Projects/1424069661171631
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Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day event planned in Riverton Saturday afternoon; Open House at Veterans Hall begins at noon

(Riverton, Wyo.) –

Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day will be observed in Fremont County on Saturday with a reception at the Riverton Veteran’s Hall at 611 East Main Street. The event will begin at noon and continue through 3 p.m. Look for the light blue flag recepticle out front on the sidewalk and use that door. 

The event will be an open house with refreshments. All Veterans in Fremont County are invited to stop by and visit during the event. 

In formal ceremonies, Governor Matt Mead traveled the state today to thank veterans for their service, and he welcomed home veterans who did not receive a proper reception after serving. This is the fourth annual celebration of “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.” The day of welcoming was added to state law in 2011 during the 61st legislative session. The Wyoming Veterans Commission and the Wyoming National Guard helps to commemorate the occasion.

Ceremonies took place in Torrington, Buffalo and Jackson.  Wyoming veterans, including those from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and other veterans who were not properly recognized upon their return home, attended. Military personnel, surviving spouses of veterans and family members also participated. In honor of the day, the Avenue of Flags was on display in Riverton. 

“We all have a responsibility to thank those who stepped forward and served. Today is our chance to go around the state and say welcome home. But, every day should be Welcome Home Day. We should never miss an opportunity to thank a veteran,” Governor Mead said.

This year’s ceremonies featured remarks by Governor Matt Mead, Major General Luke Reiner, the Adjutant General of Wyoming, and Veterans Commission Chairman Al Ellefson of Hulett and Vice Chair Lee Alley, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient of the Vietnam War. Local officials and veterans from the community also spoke. In the past, “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day” events have taken place in Casper, Cheyenne, Wheatland, Gillette, Worland, Laramie, Sheridan, Riverton, Afton, Rock Springs and Cody.

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