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Harlen 'Dean' Weitzel

Dec 18, 2013 - Staff:  Harlen "Dean" Weitzel, of Sterling, Colo., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Sterling. He was 78 years old.
Memorial services were Friday, Dec. 6, at Trinity ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Nighttime thaw
One of the great weather oddities of 2013 took place Sunday night in the Riverton Valley. We set the scene: It's seasonally chilly with ... [more]

Digest

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Court to hear wolf delisting
CHEYENNE -- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is set to hear arguments from environmental groups challenging the U.S. ... [more]

Yellowstone magma two times bigger than thought, study says

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  HELENA, Mont. -- The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is two times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the ... [more]

Wyoming Association of Municipalities names new director

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CASPER -- The Wyoming Association of Municipalities has hired a new executive director.
The association has hired Shelley Simonton to succeed George Parks. He ... [more]

Man sentenced in crash that killed teens

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A Wyoming judge on Monday sentenced a Cheyenne man to up to 60 years in prison for a fatal crash in January that killed two Scottsbluff, ... [more]

False claim of assault leads to arrest of city man

Dec 17, 2013 - From staff reports:  A Riverton man was arrested Thursday after he called law enforcement to make a false claim about an assault.
Nathon Brewer, 39, of Riverton, reported the ... [more]

Leasing, insurance rules sour CWC's Jackson housing deal

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  College administrators say they would have to rent every bed in every room for 12 months out of the year to keep from losing money.

Administrators at ... [more]

WIHS planning vigil to mark shooting at sister high school in Colorado

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Last week's fatal school shooting in Centennial, Colo., held special significance for students and staff at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
For about ... [more]

After third appeal, man serving life for murder now faces lesser charge

Dec 17, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Gabriel Drennen was previously found guilty of murder for the shooting death of Leroy Hoster, 29, on May 2, 2010.

After his third appeal, a man who ... [more]

Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of our state during the holiday break

Dec 17, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Most of us know, but we often take it for granted, that our state, the great state of Wyoming, is among the most beautiful places in the world. The diversity ... [more]

UW drops game at DU

Dec 17, 2013 - From staff reports:  Junior forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a career-high 38 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds, but the University of Wyoming men's basketball team dropped ... [more]

Today

Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In Sunday's Ranger, the page one story "High-value fire on Union Pass under probe; 'not suspicious,'" should have referred to the Dubois ... [more]

Windsor meat company expands product recall

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WINDSOR, Colo. -- A Windsor meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions.
The U.S. Agriculture Department ... [more]

Kerry walks the diplomacy high wire

Dec 17, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  His success has been limited so far, but he's willing to take risks -- and he's not even a year into the job.

Has John F. Kerry turned into the ... [more]

Wyoming legislator wants a new health insurance option

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A senior Wyoming state lawmaker announced Monday he will push to change state law to allow people who are losing health care coverage that doesn't ... [more]

Funding for more public transportation 'very unlikely'

Dec 17, 2013 - Diane Watley, Riverton:  Editor:
I read the letter from the young man I take to be an exchange student of some kind from Germany. He talked about having more public transportation. ... [more]

WIHS girls win two games this weekend, looking forward to classic with Wind River

Dec 17, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  A lot of questions were answered this weekend for the Lady Chiefs of Wyoming Indian.
The team swept the Billings Tournament after a Thursday evening loss to ... [more]

Two Tigers named 'best of best' during Brave Brawls during Brave Brawls

Dec 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Two Lander Valley High School Tigers won "Best of the Best" wrestling titles on Saturday at the Brave Brawls in Afton.
Kyle Carey won his championship at 120 ... [more]

Sage grouse critics say feds are closed-minded

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  ELKO, Nev. -- An ex-state lawmaker and longtime critic of U.S. land managers says he's convinced the feds have already made up their mind to list the Greater ... [more]

Chiefs start season with success at two-day Billings tournament

Dec 17, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  Wyoming Indian boys' basketball remains unbeaten and unchallenged after a three-day opening weekend series.
The Chiefs blew past Lovell 71-39 on the road ... [more]

Stanley Wayne Bain

Dec 16, 2013 - Staff:  Stanley Wayne Bain, of Hudson, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. He was 64 years old.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Veterans of ... [more]

Dalton 'Tex' Loudermilk

Dec 16, 2013 - Staff:  Dalton "Tex" Loudermilk, of Pavillion, went to that "great range in the sky" Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. He was 67 years old.
Per his request, cremation has taken ... [more]

Marjorie J. Nichols

Dec 16, 2013 - Staff:  Marjorie J. Nichols, of Riverton, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at her son's home in Basin after a short fight with leukemia. She was 81 years old.
Per her ... [more]

Bohl, future Wyoming coach, coaches North Dakota State to FCS quarterfinal victory

Dec 16, 2013 - From staff reports:  FARGO, N.D. -- Sam Ojuri rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns as top-seeded North Dakota State crushed Coastal Carolina 48-14 in a FCS quarterfinal game ... [more]

Sheridan 'D' shackles Riverton girls in 59-31 loss Saturday on the road

Dec 16, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  The Riverton Lady Wolverines basketball team traveled to Sheridan Saturday and ran into a tough, athletic and physical Lady Bronc squad. Sheridan jumped on ... [more]

Burly Sheridan thumps Wolverine boys 75-47

Dec 16, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Riverton is 1-3 on the season heading to this weekend's Flaming Gorge tournament in Green River.

A rugged Sheridan Bronc boys basketball team ... [more]

Flanagan, Berg, Her Many Horses are fall coaches of the year

Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Lars Flanagan, Terry Berg and Chico Her Many Horses coached their Fremont County teams to state titles in golf and cross country this fall.
Each won the coach ... [more]

Lander swimmers off and running; post 22 state qualifying times

Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  An impressive 22 Class 3-A state qualifying times were achieved by the Lander Valley High School swimmers Friday night in their season opener with the Powell ... [more]

Shoshoni's fast start part of a promising wrestling year for the county

Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Shoshoni wrestling coach Tony Truempler was almost speechless after his Wranglers won the Zach Parish dual tournament on Saturday.
The Wranglers did their ... [more]