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Promoter sues regulator to bar imposing rules on bare-knuckle

May 22, 2015 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  A bare-knuckle fight promoter has sued the Association of Boxing Commissions and its president, saying the body is wrongly encouraging the City of Riverton to ... [more]

College chief, VP get raises comparable to CWC staff

May 22, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees approved changes to administrative compensation at its meeting Wednesday.
CWC president Dr. Cristobal Valdez and ... [more]

Rising health costs drive bigger library budget request

May 22, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Library System is asking to bump up its budget in the coming fiscal year.
System director Tracy Cook told Fremont County Commissioners that ... [more]

Second charge for Lander stabbing suspect, but judge lowers man's bond to $5,000

May 22, 2015 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  The man charged with stabbing two people in Lander now faces a second count of aggravated assault and battery.
Luis Manuel Varba, 23, waived his preliminary ... [more]

Cemetery rites, gun show among Memorial Day weekend events

May 22, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  Volunteers are invited to help place more than 1,400 flags on graves at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mountain View Cemetery.
The grave of every veteran will be adorned ... [more]

Stressed Saratoga nursing home to be managed by 'turnaround' expert

May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  SARATOGA -- The Montana company taking over a nursing home in southern Wyoming specializes in turning around troubled facilities, but the Saratoga facility ... [more]

Woman who would not drop knife shot to death by officers

May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  GILLETTE -- Officers in northeast Wyoming shot and killed a 39-year-old woman armed with a knife after other means to stop her, including a stun gun, ... [more]


May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Counterfeiters plead guilty
CASPER -- A man and a woman have pleaded guilty to counterfeiting-related charges in federal court in Casper.
The ... [more]

City OKs $200K to help lure new airline to service Riverton Regional Airport

May 21, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council earmarked $200,000 during its meeting Tuesday that may be needed to help recruit a new airline to Riverton Regional Airport. ... [more]


May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Man guilty in pipe bomb plot
LARAMIE -- A jury has found a Laramie man guilty of plotting to use a homemade pipe bomb to kill the man his wife was ... [more]

Fleeing man killed himself during chase with police

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  WORLAND -- The Washakie County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a Colorado man killed himself after a high-speed chase.
Deputy Mike Oberth attempted to ... [more]

Park might reintroduce cutthroat

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Public comments are due by June 19.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and ... [more]

Job losses for CWC as grants end, college eyes costs

May 21, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Central Wyoming College is losing more than $500,000 in grant funding this year, and administrators say the change will have an impact on staffing.
During a ... [more]

Ambulance boss fired amid money challenges faced by department

May 21, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Emergency Medical Services director Joseph Zillmer has been fired.
Fremont County Commissioners voted Tuesday to terminate Zillmer, but they ... [more]

Ranger Sports

Talented pro field headlines annual Saltwater Classic

May 22, 2015 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  New Riverton Country Club golf pro Bernie Blan has kept the annual Saltwater Classic one of the elite golf tournaments in the region.
The golfers open the ... [more]

Parrish leaps to Class 2-A long jump title

May 22, 2015 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  CASPER -- Shoshoni junior Triston Parrish put the heat on himself with a pair of faults on this first two jumps in the long jump preliminaries.  On his third ... [more]

AAU volleyball team to play in Las Vegas

May 22, 2015 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The first two days are pool-play format, with bracket play on Monday.

Slam-N-Jam, an AAU volleyball team based in Riverton, is off to Las Vegas this ... [more]

Kelly Walsh ends season for RHS girls

May 22, 2015 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  ROCK SPRINGS -- The Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans soccer team scored one first half goal but poured on four more after halftime to end the Riverton Lady Wolverines ... [more]

Pinedale golfer wins Open regional round; Paxton 1-under at 71

May 21, 2015 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  When Pinedale High School junior Jordan Costello rolled in back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3, he felt good about his U.S. Open regional qualifying round ... [more]

Ranger Opinion / Community

RHS rakes in awards at annual art symposium

May 22, 2015 - By Andee Novotny, Staff Writer:  The talent of Riverton High School art students was demonstrated in their success at the 47th annual state high school art symposium April 23 to April 25 at ... [more]

Thoren, O'Connor to marry

May 22, 2015 - Staff:  Bruce and Sabrina Thoren of Shoshoni and Pat and Shelley O'Connor of Torrington are pleased to announce the engagement of Cortney Thoren and Ryan O'Connor, ... [more]

BLM reminds residents to be careful with fire during holiday

May 22, 2015 - From staff reports:  Sunshine and blue skies make this time of year perfect for camping and outdoor activities.
With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Bureau of Land ... [more]


May 22, 2015 - From staff reports:  Riverton student on dean's list
Michael Jones of Riverton has been named to the dean's list at Simpson University for the spring 2015 semester.
Jones ... [more]

Who's listening?

May 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  National Security Agency phone spying hard to package politically

It's now been more than two weeks since a federal court ruled that the federal ... [more]

Could cloud seeding be causing this?

May 22, 2015 - Dan Steigler, Riverton:  Editor:
Who needs cloud seeding when it rains every day? I am not old-time Wyoming like some people, but I have been in the state for 19 years in one place or ... [more]

Religious apps allow users to have greater understanding of Bible

May 22, 2015 - By Eric Depew, Riverton Ministerial Association:  Having smartphone, tablets and other mobile devices around has made information, opinions and our ability to work closer at hand. This is mostly a good thing. ... [more]

Catholic college offering distance learning courses

May 22, 2015 - Staff:  Wyoming Catholic College has launched a new Center for Distance Learning, which will offer a six-session course beginning June 2.
Courses will be taught by ... [more]

Col. John Butler retiring as head of Wyoming Highway Patrol

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The head of the Wyoming Highway Patrol is retiring.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Col. John Butler announced he will retire on June 1. He's been ... [more]