Lillian M. (Zednick) Barnett

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 Hudsons 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.

Lillian was born Mar. 12, 1933 in Wilber, NE to Frank A. and Anna B. (Shestak) Zednick.  She graduated in 1950 from Wilber High School and pursued a teaching degree from Peru State College in Peru, NE.  She took a grade school teaching position in Greybull, WY and taught that position for one year before getting married to cattle rancher Wayne F. Barnett on June 12, 1953 in Lincoln, NE.  From that union, a son Fred and a daughter Judy Ann was born.  Lillian and Wayne divorced in 1971, but came to be friends in the early 1980’s until his death in September of 2013.  A year after her divorce, she and Judy moved to Chadron, NE to start a new life and she obtained a Bachelors degree in elementary education in May of 1975 at 42 years of age.

Lillian and Judy moved to Lander in August of 1976 when she took a teaching position at Ft. Washakie Elementary School.  She taught there 21 years and retired the end of May in 1997.  Her family says she greatly enjoyed her 19 1/2 years on the ranch in Shell Lillian M. (Zednick) Barnett Valley despite dealing with moderate to severe asthma and allergies.  Her favorite memories are moving cattle on her favorite horses, raising bum calves on a bucket, raising a large garden, helping Fred with his 4H steers, Judy with her barrel racing and pole bending on Judy’s first horse, Sorrel and going with Fred in the old Willy’s jeep working his trap lines and hunting deer.  She also liked hunting deer and elk with her 243 rifle and got the nickname “deadeye Lil” because she hardly ever missed a shot.

During the 1980’s and 90’s Lillian and Judy rode their horses in the mountains and BLM land in and around Fremont County.  Those outings were her passion enjoying every minute on her most loved  horse Junior.  She also enjoyed traveling with Judy on an annual trip to various places such as Alaska, the Oregon Coast, San Juan mountains of CO, Glacier National Park, airshows, the Grand Canyon, up to the ranch in Shell Valley to visit Fred and Jan, and to Nebraska to go antiquing with the Shestak cousins and then on to Iowa to visit a Zednick cousin and her husband where they would take Lillian and Judy on tours of western Iowa.

Judy credited her mom on her horse showing accomplishments winning Grand and Reserve championships in Amateur and Open Showmanship at Halter for ten years in a row at local open horse shows.  Lillian would play the “judge” while Judy and her late horse Mr. Royal Invester would practice their maneuvers and skills in the various patterns around orange cones placed in certain places in the arena.  Lillian loved going to horse shows with Judy and Royal and when she wasn’t able to anymore with Judy and her new horse Good Classy Wrapper she was heart broken!  She however made it a point to still go travel with Judy to feed the horses, goats and barn cats.

In the last couple years, as Lillian’s health deteriorated and it started to limit her activities, she called friends and family on the phone or wrote cards and letters, did puzzles, and watched her favorite tv shows and movies.  Thru all her surgeries and illnesses, she always had a positive attitude with a great sense of humor and always showed kindness to other people.

The staff at Westward Heights told Judy that no matter how much pain she was in, she was a joy to have around and they got a kick out of her wit and sense of humor.  Judy was her caregiver and advocate thru all her health issues and she will always be thankful to God for helping her mom beat the odds many, many times.  Along with some tough memories, there are a lot of wonderful ones that Lillian and Judy shared thru sickness and health.

Lillian is survived by son Fred and wife Jan of Greybull, daughter Judy and husband Forrest of Lander, two step grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, and numerous Shestak side cousins and Zednick side cousins.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, brother in-law Pearl H. Hines, sister Irene A. Hines, her parents and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and by her beloved horses, dogs, cats and goats.

Memorials in Lillian’s memory may be made to the Lander Pet Connection in care of Hudson’s Funeral Home, 680 Mount Hope Dr., Lander, WY  82520


Preparedness: Five things to know for winter weather

The snow has started to fly and it’s time to review what it takes to be prepared and to be safe in winter weather. The National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport has compiled a list for Winter Weather Safety Week.

1. Car Kit Items (not inclusive)

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2. If you MUST drive during Winter Weather…

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3. Large Animal Safety

     • Provide a shelter (and/or a blanket for more vulnerable horses).
     • Provide plenty of dry bedding (Dry bedding insulates vulnerable body parts 
like udders and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds.
     • Windbreaks help lessen the impact of wind.
     • Plenty of food and water.
     • Observation. Look for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold 
injuries and death primarily occur in very young or already debilitated animals. 
Animals suffering from frostbite often don't exhibit Pain. It may be a week 
or two before the injury becomes evident.

4. Generator Safety.

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5. If a power outage is planned, be prepared. 

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Today’s Obituaries: Snyder

fadeflagColonel Warren DeLand Snyder, a former Lander resident passed away November 7, 2015 in Georgia. A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will take place at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

A full obituary will follow.

LVHS Students to be out Thursday evening seeking Thanksgiving Food Basket items

The Lander Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) are partnering on the school’s 2015 Thanksgiving Turkey Basket project.

On Thursday, November 12th, the groups will kickoff the project with a canned food drive in which members of both clubs will be out around Lander neighborhoods from 6-8 pm knocking on doors and seeking contributions to the project.  Any non-perishable food products are accepted.

LVHS FFA President Mark McConnell had this to say “According to the FFA creed by E.M Tiffany, ‘I believe …In less need for charity, and more of it when needed…’ The students of the two clubs want to play a role in benefiting the community.”

The FBLA and FFA students from Lander Valley High are planning a non-perishable food drive Thursday evening for their annual Thanksgiving Basket Giving Program.
The FBLA and FFA students from Lander Valley High are planning a non-perishable food drive Thursday evening for their annual Thanksgiving Basket Giving Program.

The Week Ahead: UW Helios Trio Concert tonight in Lander; Veteran’s Day Events Listed; Fremont Symphony

There’s a Lander Community Concerts Association program featuring the UW Helios Trio tonight at the Lander Valley High School Auditorium that will kick off a week full of events.



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Image by Dyann DIercks Photography/Pitchengine Communities

LANDER – Lander Community Concerts Association presents the University of Wyoming Helios Trio at the LVHS auditorium at 7 p.m.  The trio’s classical music performance is performed on a piano, cello, and violin.


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 – 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.

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.

Wyoming needs more Pita Pits; Who wants to open one?

The Pita Pit franchise is on the search for franchisees in Wyoming. With one restaurant open in Laramie, they’d like to expand to towns across the state. When looking at the state of Wyoming for the development of the franchise brand, Vice President of Franchise Development, Bill Wilfong sees, “incredible potential for an untapped market.” With over 240 restaurants nationally and a corporate team headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Pita Pit’s growth has flourished throughout the Northwest and Midwest regions.

According to Pita Pit President, Corey Bowman, “Many smaller markets haven’t yet been tapped by new concepts like Pita Pit, even though the trend toward more health-conscious behavior is prevailing in those communities.”  People are changing the way they eat. They want it fresh, healthy and they want it now! Pita Pit is the future of this quick and casual foodservice.

Why not become part of a concept that people of all ages enjoy?

“We have a screening process in place to help ensure only the right franchisees are accepted into our system. Especially in smaller markets, a franchisee’s success relies, in part, on having an individual owner that wants to work in their restaurant, get involved in the community, and has a love for the product,” Wilfong said. All franchisees are trained to efficiently own and operate a Pita Pit. The training program is a six to seven-day course presented by a qualified, trained instructor who covers the essential topics for operating and maintaining a Pita Pit restaurant to corporate standards.

For more information on the Pita Pit and franchising opportunities in Wyoming, click here. Provide your contact information, and you will be contacted by the Development Team to discuss the possibility of opening your own Pita Pit restaurant.


Jump on the Pita bandwagon!

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Lander Council to review change orders on two projects, consider a change in a liquor dispensing room and seeking an assessment for a assisted living center

The regular meeting of the Lander City Council will be Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at City Hall with six action items and two resolutions up for approval.

The action items include a change of the dispensing room at the former location of Old Town Coffee from the south end of the building to the north end, reducing the size of the dispensing area from 44 x 40 feet to a 5 x 10 foot room.

The council also has change orders to consider from Wilson Brothers for the Lander Streets and Utilities Project and for Patrick Construction for the High Pressure Water System Upgrade. A pay request for Patrick is also up for approval in the amount of $192,500. Concerning the high pressure water line, the council will consider adoption of Resolutation 1085 authorizing submission of a loan to the State Loan and Investment Board  for Phase II of the project.

The city’s Bills and Claims are also up for approval.

An application for a needs assessment for a potential assisted living center is also up for approval.

Finally, the council will be asked to authorize Mayor McOmie to sign a certificate of a State-Grant-In-Aid for $206,878 for the purchase of new snow removal equipment at Hunt Field Airport.

The agenda is copied below:

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Get Your Affairs in Order for an Orderly Estate

You may be quite willing to plan an investment strategy for your retirement years. After all, it can be enjoyable to think about traveling the world, pursuing your hobbies or participating in any of the activities you’ve associated with an active retirement. However, once you do retire, you’ll need to “shift gears” somewhat to focus on your legacy. Specifically, to protect your loved ones and ensure your intentions are clear and carried out, you’ll need to do some more planning – and you’ll need to share your thoughts with your family.

Here are some moves to consider:

  • List your assets and debts. Your family needs to be aware of your assets and debts, so share this information with them while you are alive and well.
  • Create a durable power of attorney. Give a trusted friend or family member a durable power of attorney to pay bills and make financial choices on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
  • Choose an executor. An executor is the person or entity you name in your will to carry out your wishes. An executor has a variety of responsibilities, so pick someone who is honest and capable of dealing with legal and financial matters. Talk with an attorney about how best to name your executor.
  • Update your will. You might have written a will many years ago, but, over time, many aspects of your life may have changed. Review your will with your attorney to ensure it reflects your current wishes.
  • Review benefits of a living trust. A simple will may not be enough to accommodate your estate-planning needs. You might want to consider establishing a living trust, which provides you with significant flexibility in distributing your assets and can help you avoid the time-consuming, expensive and public process of probate. To create a trust or other estate-planning documents, you will need to work with a qualified legal professional.
  • Review your beneficiary designations. The beneficiary designations on your financial accounts (401(k), IRA, etc.) and your insurance policies can even supersede the directions on your will, so it’s essential that you update these designations to reflect events such as divorce and remarriage. And make sure your beneficiaries have the facts they need to claim their benefits.
  • Share location of your legal documents. Your loved ones should know where you keep documents such as your birth certificate, will and living trust. If you keep these items in a safe deposit box, tell your family where you keep the key.
  • Encourage two-way communication. It’s obviously necessary to communicate your final wishes to your family members – but listen to their wishes and concerns, too. For example, ask your children to agree on who gets those objects of special concern to them, such as furniture, mementos and heirlooms.

As you can see, you’ll need to take several steps to fulfill your intentions – and the above list is certainly not exhaustive. So plan carefully, engage the appropriate team – financial advisor, attorney, tax professional – and put your plans in motion. By being proactive, you can greatly ease the burden on your loved ones in the future.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Ph: (307) 332-3800
175 S Fifth Street
LanderWY   82520

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Riverton School Trustees to hear Willow Creek Update; Engineering for new school site, and more on Tuesday

The Riverton School Board will begin this week’s regular meeting with a work session to decide on what resolutions they will support at the upcoming Wyoming School Boards Association fall meeting. That work session begins at 6 p.m.

On the 7 p.m. regular session agenda, the board will receive an update on the construction of the Willow Creek School, and vote approve a contract with Inberg-Miller Consulting Engineers to do geotechnical, boundary and topographic surveying for the potential land purchase for a new elementary school in future years.

The board will also be asked to offer a contract to Chris Collins as the Riverton High School Boys Swim Team Coach.

The board will also discuss the annual evaluation of Supt. Terry Snyder.

The meeting will be held in the Central Office Board Room on North 5th West adjacent to the Tonkin Activities Center and the Frontier Academy. See the agenda below:

Willow Creek Construction (Pitchengine Communities)
Willow Creek Construction during the last week. (Pitchengine Communities)

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News regarding your Sanitation, Yard Waste and Curbside Recycling in Riverton

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, the City of Riverton will be closed in recognition of Veteran’s Day.

If your Sanitation, Yard Waste or Recycling is normally picked up on Wednesday, it will be picked up on Thursday, November 12th. Please remember that your containers must be out by 7 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call the Public Services Department at 307-856-3687.

Snapped: Jumping a fence

Thanks to Amy Raymond who sent in this snap of a buck mule deer jumping over a fence. What a colorful photo it is, too. Thanks Amy.

To submit a photo for Snapped, click here.

Town of Shoshoni launches new site for residents

Shoshoni, Wyo– The Town of Shoshoni unveiled its new website Friday, October 30,

The website is designed to allow easy access to general Town information, schedules, calendars and topics specific to Shoshoni’s various departments as well as local community events and activities. Shoshoni residents may sign up to electronically to receive meeting notices, minutes and agendas and notification of local events. With the new website the Town of Shoshoni will be able to increase its community engagement and enhance the communication between residents and the local government.

Dispatch: Arrests; $750 fraud in Lander; Door smashed in attempted burglary; Two deaths reported over the weekend

Here is the weekend recap of law enforcement activity from across Fremont County. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Lander Police Department


Kevin Garcia, 26, Fort Washakie, a citation for Use and Possession of marijuana.


A cell phone was reported stolen on Friday at 9:51 a.m. The value of the phone was $150.

A fraud was reported when a man from the State of Mississippi purchased a cell phone from a Lander resident. The phone was sent to the buyer, but the buyer did not send payment. Information was forwarded to a police department in Mississippi for follow-up.

A deer was found dead under a tree in the 1000 block of South Second Street. A Game and Fish spokesperson told the LPD it was a natural death due to a poor diet.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 10:44 a.m. Saturday at North 6th and Lincoln. There were no injuries.

A fraud is under investigation in which the reporting party lost $750. No other details were released.

The LPD mediated a verbal dispute between a husband and wife at 7:30 p.m.

A cell phone was reported stolen on Saturday evening, but the reporting party said the theft occurred on Wednesday. The phone was returned.

A domestic abuse complaint filed at 2:39 a.m. Sunday was determined to be unfounded.

Police gave a party of revelers on Jefferson Street a warning at 3:41 a.m. where loud music had been playing and people were going in an out of a home keeping a neighbor awake.

A woman who dinged the door of another motorist also found she had a ding in her door. The two drivers exchanged insurance information.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Karla Eckhardt, 50, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Colten Lane, 26, Crowheart, Driving While Under the Influence

Latisha Mendibles, 31, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant

A citation was issued to a woman in Riverton for violation of a protection order.

A citation was issued to a 19-year-old Kinnear male for a probation violation, Possession of Marijuana.


There were 115 calls for service.

Several deputies went on a wild goose chase trying to find an out-of-county man who had gone camping Tuesday in the Jeffrey City area but failed to call in as planned. The deputies, and Undersheriff Ryan Lee, spent the better part of a day trying to find the man, whose cell phone location kept changing. The man ultimately made contact with his wife and said he was headed to Rawlins. Since the search area was now outside of the county, the effort was called off.

An injured bald eagle was reported in the vicinity of milepost 100 on Highway 789 Friday at 1:41 p.m.

A protection order violation was reported at 1:50 p.m. on Friday. A report was taken.

A reported forgery in the Riverton area is under investigation. No other details were released.

A verbal altercation between two males was reported in the 1500 block of East Monroe with one of the males allegedly smashing a television set.

A resident in the Dubois area reported a dog was chasing some cattle.

A vehicle that crashed through a fence on Blue Shale Road also damaged some irrigation pipe.  There are no suspects.

A hunting party that had become separated between Farson and South Pass was reunited some 30 minutes after the call came in at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.

The theft of some money from a residence on Cherry Street was reported Saturday evening.

A vehicle vs deer crash was reported at 11:40 a.m. Sunday near Dubois.

A sexual assault was reported at 1:08 a.m. on Monday morning. All information was redacted from the report.


Riverton Police Department


John Chavez, 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Joseph Medicinetop, 49, Billings, MT, Public intoxication (0.27% BAC)

A 20-year-old Riverton male was cited for Possession of Marijuana. Police were canvassing the neighborhood where a man had been assaulted trying to gain any information and officers spotted the man smoking a joint.

Freeman Houston, 49, Compton, CA, Driving While Under the Influence.


There were 49 calls for service on Friday

A mother called at 42 minutes past Midnight saying her son came home drunk and she didn’t feel like making him leave so she asked the police to do it for her. They did.

A woman in the 3500 block of West Main was awakened at 2:09 a.m. to the sound of breaking glass. Someone had tried to enter the home by breaking out the window in a screen door, but they failed to gain entry. Police were unable to locate anyone in the area.

A fight between two brothers in an apartment in the 800 block of East Adams was reported at 2:31 a.m., but one of the brothers left before police arrived and the other did not want to file charges.

A resident in the 300 block of East Adams found a jacket in his yard and then noticed someone had forced open his garage door. Nothing was apparently missing. Police theorized someone might’ve gone in there to sleep.

The city parks department turned in a bag of personal belongings that they found in the park. The bag apparently belonged to a transient. The bag was logged in at the PD.

An intoxicated man in the 600 block of North Federal was given a ride home.

Another intoxicated man, also in the 600 block of North Federal, had family members pick him up.

Two reported juvenile problems, both at Riverton High School, were called in about an hour apart. Reports on both are pending.

The Wind River Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility reported the theft of an iPad worth $500 that had gone missing after it was lent to a resident there.

A fight was reported in the 300 block of East Madison. It turned out to be a loud TV program. There was no fight.

Four males were taken to the Center of Hope alcohol detox center Friday night, one man was taken to the Eagles Nest on West Main and one intoxicated man was taken home by family members.

There were 31 calls for service on Saturday.

A reporting party called in from the 410 block of Spruce St. to report that someone had dumped a large smashed flat screen television set in the alley behind their home. There are no suspects.

A man in the 400 block of Wagon Circle called police for help because he was trying to replace the batteries in his smoke detector, but was not tall enough to reach it. Police replaced the batteries.

At 10:29 a.m. a call was received of an ex wife and ex husband fighting over a television set. Police mediated a solution.

A man called at 10:28 a.m. to report that he was having problems with his son. Police helped calm the situation.

Just before noon, police received a report of seven juveniles at the new skatepark who were yelling and cursing at another child there. Police counseled the seven about their use of abusive language. They were warned. No citations were issued.

A report was called in at at 2:22 p.m. from the 600 block of North Federal that several dogs in a truck were hanging out of the vehicle’s windows and barking at passers-by. The caller was afraid the dogs would bite someone. Police contacted the owner.

A woman accidentally locked her child in her car in the 300 block of North Federal. Police called a locksmith for the woman. The child was okay.

An intoxicated man fell into the street at North 7th East and East Jackson. He was taken to the hospital for a high blood alcohol level.

A man who apparently had been beaten up reported the assault to a store in the 600 block of North Federal, but the man was so inebriated that he had a hard time explaining what happened. The man’s face was reported bloody. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. Police are now waiting for the man to return to the station and let them know what happened to him.

A babysitter in the 300 block of South 12th East called police at 7:20 p.m. after hearing a loud crash and then hearing a vehicle speed away. A rock had been thrown through a window at the home causing some $200 in estimated damages. There are no suspects.

At 26 minutes past 10 p.m. Saturday, an intoxicated man was given a ride home.

Sunday’s calls will be reported on Tuesday as that information had not yet been been prepared. 


Fremont County Emergency Medical Services

There were 43 calls for a county ambulance over the weekend.


Fremont County Fire Departments

There were two fire calls over the weekend, for a single vehicle rollover on Left Hand Ditch Circule above Arapahoe and for a fire alarm in Riverton.


Fremont County Coroner

An autopsy was performed Saturday on a 43-year-old Riverton man who fell ill in Dubois and who was pronounced dead at the Lander Hospital on Thursday. The man was identified at Jeremy Gregory. The manner and cause of death has yet to be determined. Toxicology results will be available in 4-6 weeks.

A natural death was reported over the weekend, that of 86-year-old Donald Sherlock of Lander.

Colonel Warren DeLand Snyder

Death Notice:

fadeflagColonel Warren DeLand Snyder, a former Lander resident passed away November 7, 2015 in Georgia. A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will take place at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Today could be the warmest day of the week; Another weather system will bring colder air

Wind River Basin weather will be most sunny today and continued cool, but a weather system will increase cloudiness and result in even cooler temperatures during the week. The forecast is below.

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The Wind River Basin Forecast from the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. South southwest wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 17. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Veterans Day: Sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind 9 to 11 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 9.

 For the forecast in your area, click here.

Wyoming loses Brandon Carlisle, punk rock drummer for Teenage Bottlerocket

(Wyoming) — Wyoming’s punk rock scene has suffered a heavy loss, as Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle passed away after being found in a coma early this week.

Carlisle was a mainstay of the Wyoming punk scene for over a decade and lived part of his life in Casper and Laramie. Carlisle was found in a coma early this week and put on life support.

A Gofundme page set up by bandmates raised over $35,000 for medical costs, with contributions from around 970 people over two days.

“It is with the heaviest hearts that we have to report our beloved drummer Brandon didn’t make it. The doctors did everything they could to save him, but the MRI showed he is no longer with us. His family and loved ones are with him as they prepare to take him off life support and let him gently move on,” bandmates wrote on the page today.

Twin brother Ray Carlisle, also a member of Teenage Bottlerocket, wrote this on his Facebook page:

“Brandon and I never gave up on our punk rock dreams. We tackled those dreams. We lived those dreams with Slim Whitman, Miguel Chen, Corey Durward Nesbittand (and) Clint Carlin. We rocked the world. I’m still at a loss. We lost a sweet soul. I lost my best friend. The world lost one of the most gifted drummers.”

Money raised on the Gofundme page will go to help Carlisle’s family with medical costs and funeral expenses, according to the page.

Watch Teenage Bottlerocket perform “Headbanger.” (Note: adult lyrics)

UW Sports Recap: Pokes crown champs at Wyoming Open; VB tops AFA; Tennis wins matches in Dallas

Six Cowboys Wrestlers Win Titles at Cowboy Open 

The Cowboy Open. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities
The Cowboy Open at the Fieldhouse. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 7, 2015) – A busy Saturday in War Memorial Fieldhouse was capped with six individual championships in two divisions at the 38th annual Cowboy Open. A pair of juniors in Benjamin Stroh (174 pounds) and Drew Templeman (125 pounds) won titles at new weights for the Pokes joining senior Tanner Harms (285 pounds) and sophomore Bryce Meredith (141 pounds) with individual titles in the elite bracket.

“I need to look at the brackets to get a better feel of how we did today,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “We need to get better with a conference dual coming up next week. We really have our work cut out for us and we need to work on wrestling with a little more passion.”

In the amateur bracket, wrestling unattached freshman 125-pounder Drake Foster went 4-0 with two major decisions and a fall. Fellow freshman Dewey Krueger was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Amateur Bracket going 4-0 including a fall in the finals. See complete results here.

The Cowboys open the dual portion of the schedule facing off against Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. It will be the Pokes first dual as a member of the Big 12 Conference.


Wyoming Outlasts Air Force in Five Sets; Record 20th win of the season

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Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommnities.

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2015) – Senior Bridget Shanahan had a season-high 19 kills to lead the University of Wyoming to a 3-2 win over Air Force in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon. The win marked the fourth-straight season Wyoming has won at least 20 matches. UW (20-6, 10-4 MW) has now won five straight against the Falcons (11-17, 4-9 MW) and 23 of the last 24 matches dating back to the 2004 season.

Wyoming tied its season-high with 62 total kills Saturday afternoon against Air Force. The only other time UW had 62 kills was against Marquette during Pistol Pete’s Showdown earlier this year in September. It was also the first time this season the Cowgirls passed out 60 assists. The season’s previous high was 58, which came against New Mexico on Thursday night.

Courtney Chacon recorded the lone double-double with a season-high 31 assists and 10 digs for the Brown and Gold. It was her second-consecutive and eighth overall on the season. She also became the third Cowgirl to dish out at least 30 assists in a match. Allison Waldvogel led all players with 19 digs, while Kayla Slofkiss was the third Cowgirl to have double-figure digs with 16 on the afternoon.

See complete results here.

The Cowgirls are back in action against San Jose State (13-14, 5-9 MW) in a Saturday evening tilt. The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT in the UniWyo Sports Complex.


UW Tennis Has Solid Day at Blue and Red Challenge    

Wyoming will close out fall play tomorrow

Wyoming Tennis. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities.
Wyoming Tennis. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities.

 DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 7, 2015) – Three singles players and two doubles teams earned victories on day two of the Blue and Red Challenge in Dallas.

“This was another step in the right direction for us,” head coach Dean Clower said. “We are playing better in doubles and can now start working on getting to the next level. In singles, we definitely took more steps towards playing UW tennis. I am proud of how we competed and improved over the last two days.”

Magdalena Stencel defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-3 while Tessa van Der Ploeg won in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. The final winner in singles was Dorottya Jonas who needed three sets.

In doubles, the team of Talbert and Jonas earned a 6-2 win followed by Stencel and Tokareva beating their opponent 7-6.

The Cowgirls will wrap up the fall season today at Blue and Red Challenge.



Championshp Banner raised at the AA in Exhibition Opener; Adams led Pokes with 18 points

Pokes Fall to Fort Lewis in Exhibition

 LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 7, 2015) – After trailing by nine with five minutes left, the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team rallied to take Fort Lewis to overtime, but fell, 77-69, in the extra period in an exhibition contest on Saturday night in the Arena-Auditorium. Senior guard Josh Adams paced the Pokes with 18 points, but did not play the majority of the second half.

“I thought Fort Lewis really shot the ball well in critical situations and they have six seniors that have won a lot of games,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “On the other side, I really have to complement our crowd. I feel as bad as bad can be that we didn’t play a little bit better because we had a lot of students here, when really that’s the backbone of our program here.” The crowd was announced at 7,667.

In a pre game ceremony, the 2015 MW Tournament Championship banner was raised at the Arena-Auditorium. (pitchenginecommunities)
In a pre game ceremony, the 2015 MW Tournament Championship banner was raised at the Arena-Auditorium. (pitchenginecommunities)

The Cowboys raised their 2015 Mountain West championship banner prior to the game, but it was the Skyhawks flying high after that. Fort Lewis jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first six minutes. Wyoming would battle back to take a 29-28 advantage into halftime, but the Skyhawks once again went back up by nine with less than five minutes remaining in the game. That’s when junior guard Morris Marshall hit a three to spark a 13-4 run down the stretch. Freshman forward Jordan Naughton capped the spurt with two free with 26 seconds left to send the contest to overtime.

In the extra period it was all Skyhawks, though, as Fort Lewis outscored the Cowboys, 12-4, for the win. Wyoming went 0-of-6 from the field in overtime and shot just 33 percent (17-of-52) for the game. The Pokes hit 21 percent (6-of-28) beyond the arc compared to 40 percent (24-of-60) and 32 percent (12-of-37), respectively, for Fort Lewis. Wyoming was outrebounded 47-33 and trailed 17-10 in assists, but outscored Fort Lewis 20-8 in the paint and had a 9-5 advantage in steals.

Former Poke Standout Reggie Slater waved to the crowd during the pre-game ceremony.  UW’s all-time leading rebounder, Slater was the first player in WAC history to lead the league in rebounding for three straight seasons. He was the 1992 WAC Player of the Year.
Former Poke Standout Reggie Slater waved to the crowd during the pre-game ceremony. UW’s all-time leading rebounder, Slater was the first player in WAC history to lead the league in rebounding for three straight seasons. He was the 1992 WAC Player of the Year and was named to the Poke’s All Century team.

Adams’ 18 points came on 5-of-12 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line, as he added four rebounds and three steals in 23 minutes. Redshirt sophomore guard Trey Washington III added 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Hayden Dalton led Wyoming on the boards with five rebounds to go with eight points and two assists. Overall, 10 different Cowboys scored and six had at least one assist. Nine Cowboys played at least 20 minutes.

“We did get some looks at some people that stepped on to the floor for the first time,” Shyatt said. “I thought our first group was a little bit nervous, getting down 12-3 in the beginning. Then, from that point on, not a lot of surprises. We didn’t shoot the ball well. Maybe it was Fort Lewis’ defense or maybe because of a lot of wide open shots.”

Wyoming opens the regular season by hosting Bristol University (Calif.) on Nov. 13 in the Arena-Auditorium.

Sen. Enzi accepting applications for 2016 spring internship program

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging students and graduates from all backgrounds to apply for a spring internship in his Washington, D.C. office. The deadline for applications is November 20th.

“An internship in my office is rich with opportunity and provides students with firsthand knowledge and experience,” Enzi said. “Interns are an important part of the office. They also have the chance to meet some remarkable people, work on projects and experience the dynamic of living in Washington, D.C.”

The internships, which include hands-on, individualized activities, offer experience in the heart of the nation’s government. Interns are able to network, develop crucial job skills and cultivate meaningful experiences to further their education and career goals. Interns will have the opportunity to give U.S. Capitol Building tours, write policy and hearing summaries, prepare legislative memos, conduct research for legislative aides, observe floor proceedings and attend committee hearings and lectures.

Interns receive a monthly stipend to defray the cost of living in Washington, D.C. and can also coordinate receiving college credit for the internship. Priority is given to students from Wyoming, or those studying in Wyoming.

The spring 2016 internship runs from January 4th to May 20th. Applicants should have achieved at least sophomore status at an accredited university or college. Individuals interested in an internship with Senator Enzi’s office should apply online. The application is available at Select the “Students” tab and click on “Internship Information.” For additional information, contact the Internship Coordinator Dea Kollekowski at (202) 224-3424 or