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Construction, maintenance jobs scheduled for airport

May 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Riverton Regional Airport will see increased activity this summer beginning May 16 as it participates in the Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics ... [more]

Angered by gun-control bills in Colorado, gun equipment maker moving to Laramie

May 3, 2013 - The Associated Press:  A company that makes gun sights and other firearms accessories says it's pulling its core operations from Colorado following recent gun control measures there ... [more]

This isn't 'Hoosiers'

May 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  District 25 must ask and answer why the high school football crisis got as far as it did

Wednesday brought a conclusion to an uncomfortable situation ... [more]

Feds demand state give back $200K paid by Forest Service

May 3, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them.
Yet the agency set off alarms in Wyoming and state capitols ... [more]

'I wish I could change it,' says Riverton man who shot neighbor

May 3, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Dustin Dean Nickelson will never forget the evening of Sept. 13, 2012.
"I am sorry for shooting Lucas; at the time I never knew who he was," Nickelson said. ... [more]

Man will not press charges after finding missing items

May 3, 2013 - From staff reports:  Officials said a man chose not to press charges Wednesday against a subject who took some items from his vehicle in Riverton.
Law enforcement responded at ... [more]

Shoshoni pride

May 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The shovels and wheelbarrows were out early Saturday as families, organizations and school clubs got together to renovate Shoshoni's Travis Park playground. ... [more]

Obama still frustrated by Guantanamo Bay

May 3, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  In one of his first actions as president, Obama issued an executive order that called for the facility to be shuttered within a year -- but that still hasn't ... [more]

Jackson bank robber convicted

May 3, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A federal jury took just over an hour Thursday to convict an Australian man who said he robbed a bank in Wyoming so he could give money to the ... [more]

Boys play at 5 p.m. Friday - league title on the line

May 3, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  With renewed hope for a Class 4-A West conference championship at stake, the Riverton Wolverines will try to claw their way to the league title with their ... [more]

Two state wrestling champions for Riverton at USA tournament

May 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Two Riverton USA wrestlers won individual state titles at the Casper Events Center in the folkstyle and freestyle brackets.
Wesley Briggs took the top ... [more]

Ten more teams in Riverton Little League this year

May 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Mother Nature postponed the first pitch of the season Wednesday night in the Riverton Little League baseball when another spring snowstorm hit Fremont County. ... [more]

Ashley 'Ash' Norse

May 2, 2013 - Staff:  Ashley "Ash" Norse, of Riverton, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was 24 years old.
A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, ... [more]

Today

May 2, 2013 - Staff:  Births
FRIDAY

A daughter was born to Elizabeth and Winslow Friday, of Ethete, at 5:46 p.m. April 7, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital. She weighed 9 ... [more]

Ranger news making appearance on Riverton-based radio station

May 2, 2013 - From staff reports:  News from The Ranger now can be heard daily on a Riverton-based radio station as well.
FM station KTUG, which goes by the nickname 105.1 The Pulse, has ... [more]

Smiths facility, merchandise get a makeover

May 2, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The store's director said most of the construction work will take place overnight.

Smith's Food and Drug store director James Kraft says customers ... [more]

If higher tax on beer could ease public drunkenness, let's try it

May 2, 2013 - Jason Dixon, Riverton:  Editor:
If they can jack up the tax on a pack or carton of cigarettes so that it costs something like 10 times more money to smoke a cigarette now than it did ... [more]

Lives cut short remind us to love

May 2, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'd hoped to really tune in to spring in this column; to mention the flowering almond branch I brought inside to watch pink blossoms and shiny green leaves pop ... [more]

News on the radio

May 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Ranger stories now can be heard daily on KTUG radio as well

The Ranger makes a low-key entry into the world of radio newscasting with the debut of ... [more]

Digest

May 2, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Sweetwater Co. searches for man
ROCK SPRINGS -- Sweetwater County's search and rescue team has joined the search for a fisherman from Jackson missing ... [more]

Judge grants delay in trial of suspect in Jackson bank heist

May 2, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  A judge on Wednesday granted a one-day delay in the bank robbery trial of an Australian man who claims he gave much of the money to the homeless.
The delay ... [more]

Storm leaves Wyoming, smacks neighbor states

May 2, 2013 - The Associated Press:  DENVER -- People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets, hats and umbrellas out of the closet again Wednesday for another round of wet spring ... [more]

Toddler found wandering in roadway; mother cited for child endangerment

May 2, 2013 - From staff reports:  A 21-year-old Riverton mother was cited for child endangerment Wednesday after her 3-year-old daughter reportedly was found unattended in a roadway north of ... [more]

RHS head football coach resigns

May 2, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Riverton High School's head football coach Jeremy McCormick has resigned under pressure according to officials at a press conference Wednesday evening.
"He ... [more]

Arapahoe trailer home lost in fire

May 2, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  An Arapahoe trailer home was destroyed in a fire Wednesday after someone reportedly left a greasy pan on top of a hot stove.
Riverton fire administrator Jeff ... [more]

Wind River Basin snowpack stands at 96 percent of normal

May 2, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A water supply specialist said irrigators will have a better supply this year.

This week's snowstorm brought local snowpack within sight of average, ... [more]

Today

May 1, 2013 - Staff:  Births
BROWN

A son was born to Colleen H. Brown, of Riverton, at 3:54 p.m. April 11, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds, 4 ... [more]

Vance Reed

May 1, 2013 - Staff:  Vance Reed, of Riverton, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 44 years old.
Cremation has taken place. The family will have a ... [more]

Anna Blair

May 1, 2013 - Staff:  Anna Blair, longtime resident of Riverton, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the home of her family in Springville, Utah. She was 85 years old.
A memorial ... [more]

Clarinda 'Karen' Nichols

May 1, 2013 - Staff:  Clarinda "Karen" Nichols, of Lander, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home. She was 72 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial ... [more]

As always, the barbs were sharp at the White House correspondents dinner

May 1, 2013 - By Bradley Clapper, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree ... [more]

Problems with the football team aren't all one-sided

May 1, 2013 - Mike Marshall, Riverton:  Editor:
It is obvious that the old adage is correct. There are two things that everybody is an expert on -- politics and athletics. We see expert advice daily ... [more]

City Park not the right place to consider a recreation center

May 1, 2013 - Kerri Hitchenberk, Riverton:  Editor:
Some people are suggesting building a big recreation center in Riverton City Park? There are lots of other places to build it that wouldn't take away ... [more]

May Day

May 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Its wintry arrival in 2013 is not quite the stuff of poetry

Sir Thomas Malory had a thing about May. On our snowy May Day following a wintry April, ... [more]

Digest

May 1, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Smoke from field burn causes crash
POWELL -- Thick smoke from a controlled burn caused a woman to crash her car into a ditch in the Powell area.
Park ... [more]

Shepard's mother touched by athlete's tribute

May 1, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The mother of a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed and beaten to death in 1998 says she finds it touching that NBA veteran Jason ... [more]

Late-season snow piles up again

May 1, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk and Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  April officially became Riverton's third-snowiest on record Tuesday night due to a late spring storm that dropped more than 6 inches of snow on parts of the ... [more]

Officials investigate Monday dog attack on sheep in Riverton

May 1, 2013 - From staff reports:  Officials are investigating a report of two black border collies attacking and killing at least one sheep Monday in the 1600 block of North Smith Road in ... [more]

Two in race so far for Clerk of Court seat

May 1, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Republican Party on Thursday opened the replacement process for the clerk of district court seat being vacated by Katie Brodie ... [more]

Chief justice and corrections boss endorse Riverton justice center plan

May 1, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Wyoming's chief justice and the Wyoming Department of Corrections director have thrown their weight behind the construction of a Riverton justice center.
The ... [more]