UW designated as Bicycle Friendly University

It’s no secret that Wyoming is known for its outdoor recreation, and statewide there have been recent efforts to improve the way people get around in their own communities. And now, the University of Wyoming has joined the club: the League of American Bicyclists has recognized UW as a Bicycle Friendly University.

UW received the league’s bronze award to join more than 100 colleges and universities in 42 states that have “transformed their campuses and the communities around them.”

“In its fourth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program reach an exciting level of growth and momentum, as more and more campuses support bicycling in new and innovative ways,” says Amelia Neptune, the BFU program manager. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard of what a bicycle-friendly campus looks like.”

UW encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and offers programming including Bike to UW Day, complimentary bike lights provided by the UW Police Department for individuals who register their bikes, increased curb cuts, added bike lanes and bike parking options, and a new bike repair stand near the Classroom Building.

“While it is great to be recognized as a bike-friendly campus, we also recognize that there is more work to be done,” says Dan McCoy, Campus Recreation assistant director and chair of the UW Bike and Pedestrian Safety Committee. “In the next few weeks, our committee will review the feedback and see where we can improve.”

Colorado State keeps The Boot; Defeated Wyoming 26-7 Saturday afternoon

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Colorado State scored three touchdowns and one field goal on the first four times they touched the ball Saturday at War Memorial Stadium and won the battle for the Bronze Boot for the third consecutive year 26-7 in front of 18,682. The Rams (4-5 and 2-3 in the MW) scored 17 first quarter points and broke the game open early. Wyoming (1-9, 1-4 in the MW) had a another sub-par offensive game. The Pokes’ avoided a shutout with a late touchdown with only 2:25 left in the game on a four-yard run by Brian Hill.

In the battle of the border war, the Cowboys and Rams have fought for the Bronze Boot 48 times since the traveling trophy was established in 1968. The series is now tied at 24 wins apiece.

“I think Colorado State did a great job creating turnovers,” said Wyoming Coach Craig Bohl after the game. “They did a great job neutralizing our rushing game and we had a hard time protecting Nick (Smith). I was pleased with the second half. We did generate a touchdown, but it was too little too late. With a game like this, we needed to start well.”

CSU Head Coach Mike Bobo said his defense was outstanding. “They did a great job of setting the edges and gang tackling Mr. (Brian) Hill, who is a really good running back. They played hard all night.”

If there was one thing that upset Bobo was the number of penalties committed by the rams, 10 for 101 yards. “Penalties are definitely a concern, I’ve got to go back and look at them.”

There were some bright spots for the Cowboys, though. Eddie Yarbrough tied for first all-time with tackles for loss when he sacked Rams quarterback Nick Stevens in the third quarter. He now has 36 tackles for loss, tying John Fletcher (2005-09). Sophomore running Back Brian Hill moved into second place all-time in rushing for a season with his 65 yards on the day for a total this year of 1,327 yards. He now trails Ryan Christopherson by 128 yards. It was the fourth time this season that Hill was held under 100 yards.

“It’s all about your mentality”, Yarbrough said. “It’s not about what happens in life. It’s about what you do in life. The way I was raised, it’s not over until it’s over… You just have to persevere and keep moving forward.”

True freshman Kellen Overstreet had a career high 31 yards today and the longest run of the day on this burst down the right sideline for 16 yards.
True freshman Kellen Overstreet (#29) had a career high 31 yards today and the longest run of the day for Wyoming on this burst down the right sideline for 16 yards. (pitchenginecommunities)

Another bright spot was the rushing of true freshman Kellen Overstreet, who rushed for a career-high 31 yards on two carries. His runs were 15 and 16 yards, both the longest of his career and the longest runs for Wyoming on the day.

Wyoming Quarterback Nick Smith, subbing for the injured Cameron Coffman, summed it up when he said, “It was just tough to get anything going today. Offensively, we had mistake after mistake with penalties or missed assignments,” he said. “We want to represent the state as best as we can, and we want to make the Wyoming citizens proud. We are just as upset and disappointed.”

Defensively, Redshirt freshman free safety Marcus Epps tied a career-high with 13 total tackles, including 11 solo stops. Junior linebacker Lucas Wacha posted 12 total tackles, just one shy of his career high. Freshman free safety Andrew Wingard had 11 total tackles and he made his first career interception.

Wyoming committed four turnovers in the game, two of which led to CSU scores, and lost the time of possession by 15 minutes as CSU kept the ball in play. The Cowboys only converted 2 of 9 third downs, while the Rams played 37 minutes in the game as the visitors chewed up the yardage and the clock. CSU ran 70 plays to Wyoming’s 55 and rang up 348 yards of total offense to Wyoming’s 239.

CSU’s Dalyn Dalkins carried the ball 25 times for 140 yards. The Rams’ Izzy Matthews scored two touchdowns and CSU quarterback Nick Stevens completed 11 passes for 120 yards and ran for one score.

Wyoming’s Nick Smith completed 10 of 21 throws for 109 yards with one interception.

Wyoming's Brian Hill was held to 65 yards on 21 carries with the Rams Defense holding him at bay most of the game. (pitchenginecommunities)
Wyoming’s Brian Hill was held to 65 yards on 21 carries with the Rams Defense holding him at bay most of the game. (pitchenginecommunities)

Colorado St.    17   6   3   0   –   26

Wyoming          0   0   0   7   –     7

In other MW Games today, the Air Force defeated Army 20-3; New Mexico upset Utah State 14-13 and UNLV defeated Hawai’i 27-20. On Thursday Nevada beat Fresno State 30-16; On Friday BYU upended San Jose State 17-16.

Raw Travel TV show features local Wind River Country this weekend

Fremont County, WY – Executive Producer & Host of Raw Travel, Robert Rose and crew head off the tourist trail to lesser-known, yet equally breathtaking alternative spots in this largely rural state of Wyoming. Maybe this is why Wyoming is becoming North America’s go-to travel destination for those looking to get away from it all.

“This was my first visit to Wyoming and it far exceeded all expectations. The wide open spaces of Wyoming were awe inspiring but it was the friendly people I’ll always remember… that and kissing my first trout, that was pretty intense as well. I think I’m in love with Wyoming… and that trout.” Rob Rose.

During this episode of Raw Travel Rob and crew visited the Eastern Shoshone Powwow at Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation where he talked with powwow participants and visitors. Then he went fly fishing with George Hunker of Sweetwater Fishing Expeditions where “I caught (and kissed) my first trout (Gertrude).”

Rob hung around Lander for a couple of nights just getting to know the “City of Bronze”, so there are a few shots featuring Lander and the general area that local folks will recognize. He also visited the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) with Andy Blair and went searching for bigfoot with expert John Mioncynzski,

Raw Travel is a grass roots, independently produced syndicated television series that is currently in its 2nd Season and can be viewed in the United States on over 115 broadcast affiliates in over 100 million U.S. homes and in a variety of countries internationally. The show currently ranks as the #1 rated authentic travel show on commercial TV in the United States in many major demographics.

“Raw Travel – Why Wyoming?” this weekend 11/7-11/8/15. This episode will premiere in over 140 cities and 102 million homes, including Casper on KFNB Fox 20 Sunday night @ 12:30 AM and Cheyenne-Scottsbluff on KLWY Fox 27 Sunday morning @ 6 AM and KFCTH Fox 22 Sunday @ 9 AM and Sunday night @ 12:30 AM, and on KFNE Channel 9 at 12:30 am on Monday morning. Please check your local listings for accuracy.

EPISODE INFO: http://rawtravel.tv/episode/episode-306-wyoming/

SHORT PREVIEW VIDEO CLIP: http://rawtravel.tv/video/raw-travel-306-wyoming-web-intro-preview/

Today’s Obituaries: Gray


Grant_Gray_photoGrant Wendell Gray, 93, of Lander, Wyoming passed away November 4, 2015 at Kindred Wind River nursing home in Riverton, Wyoming. His health had declined after breaking a hip in late August and suffering a bout of pneumonia in September. No services are planned.

Read the complete obituary here.




High School Football Championships set; Several upsets marked Semi-Final games

The Wyoming High School Football Finals have been set.

Following Friday’s night’s action, here are the teams to battle for the state championship in their respective divisions this Friday and Saturday at War Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

Class 4A – Sheridan vs. Gillette – 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14

Class 3A- Star Valley vs. Green River – 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Class 2A – Wheatland vs. Glenrock – 12 Noon, Friday, Nov. 13

Class 1A-11 Man: Upton-Sundance vs. Tongue River – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Class 1A-Six Man: Kaycee vs. Meeteetse – 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14th


Friday night’s semi-final scores:

Class 4A

Gillette 61, Cheyenne East 6

Sheridan 35, Casper Natrona 10

Class 3A

Star Valley 42, Torrington 27

Green River 24,  Jackson Hole 15

Class 2A

Wheatland 40, Greybull 0

Glenrock 13, Lovell 10

Class 1A – 11 Man

Upton-Sundance 26, Southeast 14

Tongue River 28, Lingle-Ft. Laramie 9

Class 1A – Six Man

Kaycee 51, Little Snake River 14

Meeteetse 68, Hulett 36

Snapped: Mega Flock #2

As migrating birds will do, they show up in various locations on their flight to warmer weather. This flock was photographed by Dustin McLaughlin in Hudson this week. Thanks for sharing with our County10.com readers, Dustin!


UW Researchers Advance Understanding of Mountain Watersheds

University of Wyoming geoscientists have discovered that the underground water-holding capacity of mountain watersheds may be controlled by stresses in the earth’s crust. The results, which may have important ramifications for understanding streamflow and aquifer systems in upland watersheds, appears Oct. 30 in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals.

The scientists conducted geophysical surveys to estimate the volume of open pore space in the subsurface at three sites around the country. Computer models of the state of stress at those sites showed remarkable agreement with the geophysical images. The surprising implication, says Steve Holbrook, a UW professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, is that scientists may be able to predict the distribution of pore space in the subsurface of mountain watersheds by looking at the state of stress in the earth’s crust. That state of stress controls where subsurface fractures are opening up — which, in turn, creates the space for water to reside in the subsurface, he says.

“I think this paper is important because it proposes a new theoretical framework for understanding the large-scale porosity structure of watersheds, especially in areas with crystalline bedrock (such as granite or gneiss),” Holbrook says. “This has important implications for understanding runoff in streams, aquifer recharge and the long-term evolution of landscapes.”

James St. Clair, a UW doctoral student, is the lead author on a Science paper that discovers the distribution of porosity in the subsurface of mountain watersheds can be determined by looking at the state of stress in the earth’s crust. (Steve Holbrook/pitchenginecommunities)
James St. Clair, a UW doctoral student, is the lead author on a Science paper that discovers the distribution of porosity in the subsurface of mountain watersheds can be determined by looking at the state of stress in the earth’s crust. (Steve Holbrook/pitchenginecommunities)

James St. Clair, a UW doctoral student, is lead author of the paper, titled “Geophysical Imaging Reveals Topographic Stress Control of Bedrock Weathering.” Holbrook, Cliff Riebe, a UW associate professor of geology and geophysics; and Brad Carr, a research scientist in geology and geophysics; are co-authors of the paper.

Researchers from MIT, UCLA, the University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University and the Colorado School of Mines also contributed.

Weathered bedrock and soil together make up the life-sustaining layer at Earth’s surface commonly referred to as the “critical zone.” Two of the three study sites were part of the national Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) network — Gordon Gulch in Boulder Creek, Colo., and Calhoun Experimental Forest, S.C. The third study site was Pond Branch, Md., near Baltimore.

“The paper provides a new framework for understanding the distribution of permeable fractures in the critical zone (CZ). This is important because it provides a means for predicting where in the subsurface there are likely to be fractures capable of storing water and/or supporting groundwater flow,” St. Clair says. “Since we cannot see into the subsurface without drilling holes or performing geophysical surveys, our results provide the means for making first order predictions about CZ structure as a function of the local topography and knowledge (or an estimate) of the regional tectonic stress conditions.”

The research included a combination of geophysical imaging of the subsurface — conducted by UW’s Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG) — and numerical models of the stress distribution in the subsurface, work that was done at MIT and the University of Hawaii, Holbrook says.

The team performed seismic refraction and electrical resistivity surveys to determine the depth of bedrock at the three sites, which were chosen due to varying topography and ambient tectonic stress. At the two East Coast sites, the bedrock showed a surprising mirror-image relationship to topography; at the Rocky Mountain site, the bedrock was parallel to topography. In each case, the stress models successfully predicted the bedrock pattern.

“We found a remarkable agreement between the predictions of those stress models and the images of the porosity in the subsurface with geophysics at a large scale, at the landscape scale,” Holbrook says. “It’s the first time anyone’s really looked at this at the landscape scale.”

St. Clair says he was fortunate to work with a talented group of scientists with an extensive amount of research experience. He adds the experience improved his ability to work with a group of people with diverse backgrounds and improve his writing.

“Our results may be important to hydrologists, geomorphologists and geophysicists,” St. Clair says. “Hydrologists, because it provides a means for identifying where water may be stored or where the flow rates are likely to be high; geomorphologists, because our results predict where chemical weathering rates are likely to be accelerated due to increased fluid flow along permeable fractures; and geophysicists, because it points out the potential influence of shallow stress fields on the seismic response of the CZ.”

Despite the discovery, Holbrook says there is still much work to be done to test this model in different environments.

“But, now we have a theoretical framework to guide that work, as well as unique geophysical data to suggest that the hypothesis has merit,” he says.

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) EPSCoR program, the U.S. Army Research Office and the NSF Critical Zone Observatory Network.

Rendezvous Elementary Students treated with a drive-in movie.

Rendezvous Elementary students in Riverton participated in a “Drive-In” Movie reward Thursday. Students who earned A’s and B’s on their report card were provided with supplies to make their own cars and “drive-in” to the gym for a movie and snacks!

We want to showcase the great and creative students we have at Rendezvous School.

h/t Nicole Bebout Schoening

UW Presidential Search has moved to the next stage; Semifinalists determined

The search for a new University of Wyoming president has moved to the next stage, as the first committee involved in the search has approved a list of semifinalists to advance to the second search committee.

The first committee completed its work in a full-day meeting today (Friday). The second committee is scheduled to begin considering the list of semifinalists Thursday, Nov. 12.

The meetings are closed to the public, consistent with the UW Board of Trustees’ plan to keep the names of candidates confidential until the list of finalists is released.

“I express my appreciation to the members of the first committee for their time and dedication in helping the Board of Trustees identify the best possible person to lead the university,” says Trustee Jeff Marsh, who chaired the first committee. “We are forwarding a strong group of candidates to the second committee and are excited to pass the torch in the selection process.”

In addition to Marsh, of Torrington, members of the first committee are trustees Dave True, of Casper, Mike Massie, of Laramie, Michelle Sullivan, of Sheridan, and Mel Baldwin, of Afton; Associate Professor Deborah McGriff, of the College of Education; Law Professor Jacquelyn Bridgeman, who has served as interim dean of the College of Law; Noah Hull, doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Susan Manown, who’s pursuing law and Master of Business Administration degrees at UW; Kelly Wiseman, business manager in the School of Energy Resources; Mark Gunnerson, control specialist in the UW Physical Plant; UW Foundation board member April Brimmer Kunz; Susan Stubson, of Casper; and John Turner, of Moose.

The second committee is charged with interviewing candidates forwarded by the first committee and selecting finalists. Finalists will be identified publicly by the Board of Trustees and come to campus for public forums.

As part of the selection process, stakeholders will have an opportunity to meet with the finalists and provide feedback to the Board of Trustees. The full board will conduct separate interviews with each finalist, consider the input from constituents and then fulfill its responsibility of selecting the next president. That could happen as early as late December.

Members of the second committee are trustees Dave Bostrom, of Worland (chair), John McKinley, of Cheyenne, Dick Scarlett, of Jackson, John MacPherson, of Saratoga, and Wava Tully, of Lusk; Professor Cynthia Weinig of the departments of Botany and Molecular Biology, and the Program in Ecology; Professor Jason Shogren of the Department of Economics and Finance; law student Joel Defebaugh, a former president of the Associated Students of UW (ASUW); Brian Schueler, current ASUW president; Josh Decker, manager of UW Real Estate Operations; Rachel Stevens, data and communications manager in the School of Pharmacy; UW Foundation board member Greg Hill; Lynne Cheney, of Jackson; and Lynne Boomgaarden, of Cheyenne.

Weekend Wind River Basin Weather Outlook is for Cool Temperatures, Sunny Skies

The weekend ahead looks to be cooler, but dry and a bit breezy in the afternoons, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport.

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The forecast as of Friday afternoon:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 43. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 51. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west in the morning.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. South southwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Monday Night: A slight chance of rain before 11pm, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: A chance of snow before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


CWC Wonder Cabinet opens later this month

The Wonder Cabinet: A Collection of Art and Artifacts will open Nov. 19 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.

The exhibit will be from Nov. 19 through Jan. 11.

Grant Wendell Gray

Grant Wendell Gray, 93, of Lander, Wyoming passed away November 4, 2015 at Kindred Wind River nursing home in Riverton, Wyoming. His health had declined after breaking a hip in late August and suffering a bout of pneumonia in September.

Grant Gray was born on a dairy farm near Rockbridge, Wisconsin on September 29, 1922. He was the oldest of five children (three boys and two girls) born to Roy Archie Gray and Daisy Veva (McCann) Gray. In the late 1920’s, the family left Wisconsin in search of a warmer climate to bolster Roy Gray’s health. They moved first to Oklahoma and then to New Mexico, where Roy worked odd jobs in many small rural farming communities. (In retrospect, moving to Oklahoma just before the dust bowl wasn’t the most prescient choice, but none of us truly knows the future.) The family settled more permanently in Ute Park, New Mexico in 1934, where Roy was employed carrying railroad ties at the end of the railroad line.

Growing up in Ute Park was the source of many memories of a full but hard life. The family cabin had no electricity or running water (unless you count the nearby Cimarron River). The community had no high school. When Grant finished 8th grade at age 13, he started high school in Cimarron, 12 miles away. There was no school bus, so his parents arranged for him to stay in a room in a parsonage garage in Cimarron that had a bed and stove and an outside toilet. He could usually get a ride home with the mailman Saturday mornings, then return to Cimarron on Sunday when his parents went to church. The following year, his sister was ready for high school, so Grant, at almost 14 years old, began driving to school each day with his sister and three other children he picked up along the way. Grant graduated from Cimarron High School in 1939 at age 16.

After high school, Grant ran his own service station for a time, and later worked stringing telegraph wire in New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served until 1945, first on the Alaskan island of Attu, and then on a troop transport ship in the Pacific. His ship carried troops to some famous locations, such as Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Guam, Midway, and Eniwetok.

After the war, Grant attended the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now New Mexico State University) under the GI Bill. He always valued education and said that the GI Bill changed his life. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. It was at A & M that he met and fell in love with his first wife, Phyllis Lane, originally from Iowa. She already had her bachelor’s degree and was working for the college, running a nursery school associated with the Home Economics department. The couple met on Labor Day weekend, and after a whirlwind romance they were married on homecoming weekend in early November of the same year, 1947. After graduation, Grant pursued a solid engineering career in the nuclear weapons industry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at ACF Industries and Kirtland Air Force Base. The couple raised three daughters, who have all earned college degrees, had successful careers, and enjoy happy marriages.

In her 40’s, Phyllis became ill with multiple sclerosis. Before her death in 1982, Grant became adept at cleaning and making minor repairs to wheelchairs, and voluntarily performed that service for other MS patients.

Grant had always hoped to return to Ute Park in retirement. As luck would have it, he met a woman who was familiar with Ute Park and liked the area. Grant and Ruth Stanford married and moved to Ute Park in 1983.

A few years ago, life in the tiny village of Ute Park was getting a bit challenging for someone in his 80’s, so the couple moved to Lander, Wyoming, where Ruth’s two sons lived.

Grant enjoyed square dancing, reading, and working crossword puzzles. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, and trout fishing. He enjoyed planting and grafting fruit trees, and he loved making his own wine from grapes, plums, or any other fruit he could find. Grant had a deep bass voice and loved singing in church choirs and barbershop quartets and choruses. He was a long-time member of the Methodist church in Cimarron, New Mexico. Grant was interested in investing and spent many hours researching stocks and keeping track of personal finances in detailed penciled ledgers in his own consistent but definitely non-standard format. He loved telling stories of the old days in Ute Park in the 30’s and 40’s, such as pointing out the exact former locations of the unpaved highway and railroad tracks and relating adventures about driving fuel trucks on the old primitive mountain roads to Baldy Town and Red River.

Grant was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Reilman, brother Robert Gray, and first wife Phyllis Gray. He is survived by his wife Ruth Gray of 31 years; sister Myrtie Dora Waterfield; brother Roy Augustus (Gus) Gray; daughters Judy Johnson and her husband Mike Johnson, Jody Gray and her husband Donn Hubler, and Glynda Wilson and her husband Jim Wilson; stepsons Jeffrey Stanford and Brian Stanford; grandchildren Matthew Johnson, Jaclynn Johnson Pratt, and William Stanford Knudsen; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander, Wyoming.

Wind River Hotel & Casino to host holiday Craft Fair

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Wind River Hotel and Casino Craft Fair this Saturday, November 7th in the Spring Mountain Room.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local artists will sell handmade jewelry, beaded items, health and beauty products and other quality finds.

“What you will be buying is unique because it’s one of a kind,” Entertainment Director Cheryl Marrow said. “It’s special.”

In its eighth year, the craft fairs have built a large following. For Saturday’s event, all 30 booth spaces are filled. Marrow will also host a second craft fair on December 6th. Tables are $30 and space is filling up fast. To reserve your spot, please contact Marrow at 307-851-1538.

Tiger Muskie stocked in Fremont County Reservoir; They’ll be of harvestable size in 3-4 years

Avid muskie angler, Danny Kurtilla, released the first tiger muskie in Fremont County in a move by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to improve the sport fishery in Middle Depression Reservoir and provide anglers with the opportunity to catch a novelty trophy fish.

Kurtilla is a member of Muskie Inc. and holds the record for largest catch and release of tiger muskie in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana. He is extremely excited for anglers in central Wyoming to have the opportunity to fish for tiger muskie.

The Game and Fish raises tiger muskie at Dan Speas Rearing Station for stocking in Wyoming fisheries.  Improvements made during renovation at Speas Rearing Station has increased production and made stocking tiger muskie in Middle Depression Reservoir and other waters in Wyoming possible. Not only will the addition of tiger muskie provide an opportunity for anglers, but trophy sized muskie will be beneficial to the Reservoir by controlling the large number of adult suckers and preventing bluegill from overpopulating. Stocked at 10 inches in length, it will take tiger muskie up to 3 or 4 years to reach harvestable size.

Anglers are reminded that regulations require that tiger muskie less than 30 inches in length shall be released to the water immediately. Anglers may harvest three over 30 inches, but it is recommended that anglers voluntarily limit harvest of tiger muskie in Middle Depression Reservoir to provide others the opportunity to catch a trophy sized fish, and to allow the fish to naturally control the sucker and bluegill populations.

Mark your calendars for Lander’s Guns, Boots and Brands night!

(Lander, Wyo.) – Kiwanis of Lander invites you to step into your western wear and step out for a night of fun at this year’s Guns, Boots and Brands at the beautiful Lander Community & Convention Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive.

Silent & Live auction and LIVE MUSIC.

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General ticket holders can join at 6:00 pm and prepare for a 6:30 pm sit down dinner.

Ticket prices:

  • VIP Ticket – 8 person table $500
  • General Ticket – $40 per person
  • 9:00 pm Open to the Public to enjoy the live music – $10 per person

Auction Items:

  • One day Fishing Trip on the Big Horns, donated by Jeramie Prime, and Dunoir Fishing Adventures.
  • An evening at the Wind River Casino, with room and board covered, along with $100 of chips, donated by Fremont Analysis.
  • A truck bed liner, donated by Ameri-Tech.
  • One night stay for two people at The Bunk House, donated by the Lander Llama.
  • 10 guns
  • Over 30 pieces of artwork

Tickets are on sale from any Lander Kiwanis member or they can be purchased at the Lander Chamber of Commerce. 100% of all proceeds made off the event will be donated back to the youth of Fremont County!

For event updates and more information, click here.


The Lander Pet Connection: “Meet Bear!”

(Lander, Wyo) – Bear is an earnestly, sweet little guy that loves a tummy rub and a snuggle! We think Bear is a cross between a Black and Tan Coonhound and a Coonhound. We KNOW that he’s got a nose on him! We think Bear was born around April 1st, 2015. Bear loves to go on walks and play in the run yard. He is good with kids and other dogs and is house trained, Bear is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, and his adoption fee is $85.

Brought to you by Rodney’s Custom & Collision Center.

The Lander Pet Connection
P.O. Box 854
Lander, WY 82520
(307) 330-5200

Wyoming’s congressional delegation upset with Keystone Pipeline rejection

In what many consider a blow to the energy industry, President Barack Obama announced that his administration would block the Canada to Mexico Keystone XL Pipeline. While the pipeline would not have come through Wyoming, it could potentially have played a role in more quickly moving Wyoming-drilled crude elsewhere.

The rejection of the pipeline was a long-time coming, with most votes on the matter falling along party lines. The President’s decision, and Wyoming’s representatives’ statements, are no exception.

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is not happy with the administration’s announcement.

“The president’s decision will make it exceedingly more difficult to build infrastructure projects of all kinds in the future,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. “Now, whenever a group of activists decides to oppose another pipeline, road, bridge, rail or port project, they will pull out the Keystone playbook and have confidence that even public officials of the highest rank can be convinced to put politics ahead of facts.”

“After years and years of stalling President Obama has finally made his decision,” said Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. “The Keystone XL Pipeline was a golden opportunity to help increase American energy security, create jobs, and grow our economy. The President has chosen to throw it all away to buy political points for his upcoming Paris climate talks, forcing the American people to pay the price.”

“This Administration has proven itself time and time again to be the most anti-energy administration in recent memory. This announcement falls right in line with the disastrous policies they have put in place,” Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said. “With the rejection of the pipeline the Administration is rejecting the creation of tens of thousands of jobs and proving that keeping energy prices affordable for our nation is not a priority. Our country is inventive and resourceful. We can both pursue new energy sources while seeking to make traditional energy greener, but actions like this tell me this Administration would rather take the politically easy way out. There are better ways to approach energy policy and I hope more people begin to see this soon.”

UW College of Business Hosts Successful DECA Day; Riverton students participated

More than 200 students representing nine high schools recently took part in activities in the first “DECA Day,” hosted by the University of Wyoming College of Business.

Participating were students from Campbell County High School in Gillette; Central, East and South high schools, all in Cheyenne; Evanston High School; Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools, both in Casper; Laramie High School; and Riverton High School.

Club Advisor Meagen Mosbrucker said 13 RHS students made the trip. Three students, Fallyn Richmond, Ethan Aycock and Paul Wederski were top performers in the role playing events, which Mossberger said is like a mock interview.

Paul Wederski of Riverton High School is on the statewide DECA Board. (DECA/pitchenginecommunities)
Paul Wederski of RHS is on the statewide DECA Board. (DECA/pitchenginecommunities)

The entire group of students and 18 advisers first spent time in Cheyenne at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Marketing and Entrepreneurship Conference.

Wyoming DECA students then traveled to Laramie, where they attended presentations from the UW Department of Athletics and UW Office of Admissions. The students also toured the UW campus and the College of Business.

The day included a mock lecture from marketing doctoral candidate Travis Simkins and a luncheon presentation from UW College of Business Dean Sanjay Putrevu.

“It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon speaking with so many high-achieving students who are passionate about their education,” Putrevu says. “I look forward to seeing many of them walking through the halls of the College of Business in the upcoming years.”

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world. DECA students are academically prepared, demonstrating college and career readiness by pursuing challenging programs of study in high school, including career and technical education programs.

Dispatch: Arrests; Highway Pursuit ended; Juke Box shattered when punched; Police step up “cold” patrols

Here is Thursday’s recap of law enforcement activity from Monday and the last weekend. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Roland Cox, 28, Lander, Probation Violation.

Ronald Marshall, 31, Riverton, Probation Violation.


At 7:17 a.m. on Thursday, a caller on Blue Sky Highway called deputies to report that she had struck a guard rail.

A man on Burma Road told deputies on Thursday night that his wife was threatening him and telling family that he died.

Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Wind River Police Department with a vehicle pursuit on Highway 26 shortly before 9 p.m. A deputy reportedly set a spike strip at mile post 78 on Highway 26, which successfully ended the pursuit. The case is in the BIA’s jurisdiction, and no other information was released.

At 3:01 a.m., a woman on Elder Lane reported that her daughter’s boyfriend tried to hit her. A report was taken.


Lander Police Department




A caller on Sweetwater Street reported to police that it looked like someone had forced their way into the caller’s backyard. Police were not able to find any evidence of criminal activity.

At 2:12 p.m., police were called to Highway 789 for a report of a man and woman fighting, with the woman running away across the highway. Police made contact with the subjects and determined it be a verbal argument only.

A report of possible vandalism to a vehicle on the 300 block of South Seventh came in at about 3 p.m. The vehicle’s owner discovered marks on the roof. It is unknown who made the marks or when they occurred.

A stolen laptop and vehicle license place was reported on the 700 block of Cascade Street on Thursday afternoon. The report is under investigation.


Riverton Police Department


A 15-year-old Riverton female was cited for Unlawful Contact following a physical tussle with a 14-year-old female at Riverton High School.

A 55-year-old resident of Parowan, Utah, was cited for Criminal Entry after he entered one of his tenant’s apartments during an eviction process.

Jeffrey Medicinehorse, 26, Ethete, Public Intoxication

Jacqueynn Roybal, 26, Cody, Driving Under the Influence and Open Container. She was stopped by a patrol officer at 1:18 a.m. in the 100 block of South 2nd West.


There were 43 calls for service on Wednesday

Police were called at 5:14 a.m. for a man sleeping in a pickup in the 1400 block of Pershing. He just arrived for a job here and crashed out in his truck. No action was taken.

A cat that was found dead in the 700 bloick of North 1st Street was sent to the State Vet Lab as the owner believed the cat had been poisoned.

A school bus fly-by reported at 10:37 a.m. in the 1400 block of Mary Ann. Video is being reviewed.

A cell phone was reported missing from the Wind River Job Corps Center.

The theft of a stolen Android Max phone and a wallet contained identification and a debit card was reported from Walmart at 2:24 p.m.

A man called to report that his wife would not stop drinking. Since she was at home, there was no law enforcement action taken.

A snowball thrown at a motorist by a 12-year-old who was on the grounds of the Riverton Middle School hit the mark, resulting in a female driver being very upset. The child was contacted, the school and his parents were notified and discipline from each is expected. No charges were filed.

Police responded to the emergency room at the hospital where a man with head injuries showed up claiming he had been beaten by a baseball bat. The incident allegedly occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the case was turned over to the BIA Wind River Police.

At 3:24 p.m. an officer was summoned to Riverton Middle School where a child failed to get on their bus and ran from staff trying to catch him. A report was pending.

At 3:33 p.m. a two-vehicle collision in the 800 block of North 8th West was reported between a 2007 white Ford and a blue 1997 Dodge Van. Over $1,000 in damage was noted.

A call was received of an on-line bank fraud. The incident is under investigation.

A resident in the 1300 block of Rose Marie reported someone had stolen a redwood picnic table bench from her residence. Value was placed at $50.

There were 35 calls for service on Thursday

A family fight was reported at 12:12 a.m. in the 100 block of North Broadway. The parties were separated for the night.

The Colorado State Patrol called the RPD asking them to contact a Riverton resident for them, but there was no one home.

A reported missing person was found… incarcerated at the Wind River Police Department Jail at Fort Washakie.

A BarNunn fire truck reported struck a truck belonging to an employee at Coke-a-Cola in the 300 block of North Federal at 8:05 p.m. The fire vehicle clipped the tail gate of the truck. It is possible the driver did not know he struck the other vehicle. The fire vehicle was reported to be a red 2003 International 8500.

Riverton High School reported two female students missing on Thursday morning. One was found sick at home where the mother forgot to call in, and the other was just late and on her way to school.

A pair of binoculars was reported taken from a parked truck on Tuesday but only reported on Thursday.

A possible adult protection case is under investigation by the Department of Family Services and the RPD.

The Lander Police asked the RPD to check on a person for them in Riverton, but that person had apparently moved from the address they had for him… two years prior.

Some punched and shattered a juke box at Bombers Sports Bar, causing $1,600 in damages. There are no suspects.

A woman who called the police department several different times from different locations was finally located at the Loaf ‘N Jug store on North Federal. Due to the cold temperature outside, the woman was seeking shelter. She was taken to her sister’s home in town. “We’ll do everything we can to get people to detox or to a family member’s home now that’s it’s turned cold,” said Captain Eric Murphy. “Our patrol officers are attuned to the transient population and we keep an eye on them during cold weather,” he said. Last year, two transients died of exposure during the winter.


Fremont County Ambulance

EMS crews were called out 19 times Thursday into Friday morning.


Fire Departments

Lander Volunteer firefighters checked out a fire alarm, and Lander Rural assisted with a small vehicle fire. No other calls were made to fire departments.


Fremont County Coroner

There were no coroner calls on Thursday