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Smolik resigns as Riverton Memorial Hospital CEO

Feb 14, 2013 - From staff reports:  Riverton Memorial Hospital named Steve Erixon as the interim chief executive officer on Jan. 28 while a national search for a permanent CEO began.
Erixon, ... [more]

Albert 'Al' Kelsey

Feb 14, 2013 - Staff:  Albert 'Al' Kelsey, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home in Riverton. He was 90 years old.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, ... [more]

Devon makes fortune's best workplace list

Feb 14, 2013 - From staff reports:  Devon Energy announced it has again been named to Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. This marks Devon's sixth straight year to be ... [more]

RMS poets pen new verses for Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2013 - From staff reports:  Editor's note: Students in the Riverton Middle School Writers Guild submitted three poems inspired by Valentine's Day:

Winter
Oh Winter, oh ... [more]

Fremont County got biggest brunt of weekend storm

Feb 14, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The snowstorm that blanketed Wyoming with much-needed precipitation last weekend left its heaviest snow totals in Fremont County.
The National Weather Service ... [more]

Saddled up for love: Riders deliver valentines

Feb 14, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Snow falling Friday did not stay six Fremont County couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, even if it was all just for fun.
The riders ... [more]

RPD took 13,750 calls in '12; many affected by alcohol

Feb 14, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Riverton Police Department handled 13,750 calls for service in 2012. The calls varied from proactive police enforcement to shoplifting.
Riverton police ... [more]

GOP picks three for Varn vacancy

Feb 14, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Commission has the final say on who will replace the departing Fremont County Attorney.
 
The Fremont County Republican Party on ... [more]

Cowboys get hot to beat Nevada to end MWC losing streak

Feb 14, 2013 - The Associated Press:  It was what many have waited a while to see from the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.
Good defense, solid offense, some spectacular plays and a UW ... [more]

Rustlers still handle Miles

Feb 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  CWC and Casper College are now tied for second with 10-3 marks. CWC is 20-5 overall.

Paris Burns showed he belonged in the startling lineup ... [more]

Clutch shooting late in game secures 52-47 win for CWC's women

Feb 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Marissa Hogan put Central Wyoming College ahead for good with a late 3-pointer Wednesday night at Rustler Gym to seal a 52-47 victory over Miles Community ... [more]

Wolverines hosting West 4A regional wrestling tourney

Feb 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Riverton High School has aspirations of winning its first Class 4-A West wrestling title since 2003. RHS hosts the conference tournament Friday and Saturday at ... [more]

Aphrodite's got some issues

Feb 14, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And they are painfully apparent on Valentine's Day

It had occurred to me to write about St. Valentine's legacy, and how it pertains to the ... [more]

Digest

Feb 14, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Coal export deal reached
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A Wyoming mining company has signed an option agreement allowing it to ship up to 16 million tons of coal a ... [more]

Budget bill would give Legislature additional oversight of university

Feb 14, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The budget bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would require University of Wyoming trustees to propose new policies requiring more oversight on ... [more]

The L-word

Feb 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  On Valentine's Day, take Browning's advice and 'teach the world'

Some of the earliest surviving written narrative deals in love. From the ancients to ... [more]

Cowboys return home

Feb 13, 2013 - The Associated Press:  The Cowboys are back home, and not a moment too soon.
After spending the last 11 days playing three road games -- a rarity once conference play starts -- the ... [more]

Indoor track team heading for Simplot Games in Idaho

Feb 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Riverton High School indoor track coach Tawn Gopp is taking a team of 11 to the annual Simplot Games Thursday through Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho.
The meet ... [more]

Riverton-Natrona games moved to CWC gym

Feb 13, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  The venue has changed because Wolverine Gym is being prepared for the conference wrestling tournament.

Both Class 4-A West conference leaders, the ... [more]

Dubois grapplers capture two titles at big Carbon County Invitational

Feb 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Dubois High School wrestlers Sterling Baker and Cody Flynn finished their regular season Saturday, winning individual titles at the Carbon County Invitational. ... [more]

Today

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  Clarifications
In the Feb. 6 issue of The Ranger, the page one story "Library sues to get her job back in Dubois," should have said the report hearing ... [more]

Billie Jean Dillon

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  Billie Jean Dillon died Friday, Jan. 8, 2013, surrounded by her siblings. She was 70 years old.
Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Haskell ... [more]

Marion Sjostrom

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  Marian Sjostrom died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Lander. She was 84 years old.
A memorial service will be in the summer on the Diamond H Ranch.
Marian Nelson ... [more]

Evelyn L. Natzke

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  Evelyn L. Natzke died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Evergreen, Colo. She was 80 years old.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Trinity ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  "I am for districts choosing to do year-round school. I just don't think we need $3 million in incentives from the state."
-- State Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, ... [more]

How to respond to new nuclear test from North Korea isn't clear

Feb 13, 2013 - By Tom Lasseter and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers:  BEIJING -- Hours after carrying out a nuclear test in defiance of international warnings not to, North Korea warned Tuesday that it will take new unspecified ... [more]

Dispatchers do a difficult job with little recognition

Feb 13, 2013 - Brandy Hague, Riverton Police/Fire Dispatcher:  Editor:
I would like to take a moment to extend a sincere thank-you to my fellow Riverton Police Department dispatchers.
Another busy year has passed with ... [more]

Deserving a vote

Feb 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama framed the theater around guns, but it applies to much more in Congress

Time is the only teller, ultimately, of what part or parts of a ... [more]

Digest

Feb 13, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Wolves took 55 moose in three years
JACKSON -- Research shows wolves in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park have an appetite for moose during ... [more]

Bank robbery suspect says he gave stolen money to the poor

Feb 13, 2013 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- When it came to raising money for the unfortunate, accused bank robber Corey Allan Donaldson said he wanted to think outside the box.
The ... [more]

Towns changed by energy boom could get assistance

Feb 13, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers are considering creating a way to offer grants to areas affected by energy development.
The proposal, House Bill 212, has already ... [more]

More education bills pass Senate panel

Feb 13, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The Senate Education Committee endorsed two bills on Monday aimed at restarting ambitious education reform in Wyoming.
The panel approved House ... [more]

Two in the running so far to replace Brian Varn

Feb 13, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Work is under way to find a replacement for Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn, who is resigning from his post at the end of the month because of family ... [more]

With funds exhausted by lawsuit, LeClair raises irrigation rates for users

Feb 13, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Legal expenses over the past two years drained the reserves of the LeClair Irrigation District, so the district is increasing its rates to raise capital. The ... [more]

State lottery considered again by Wyoming lawmakers

Feb 13, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming residents who dream of hitting the jackpot will no longer have to drive across state lines to buy lotto tickets under a proposal advancing ... [more]

Middle school kids mix it up

Feb 13, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton Middle School students stepped out of their comfort zones at lunch Friday, when they were asked not to sit with their usual friends during the midday ... [more]

Riverton schools to explore all-year school calendar

Feb 13, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton school officials will begin studying the possibility of a year-long learning schedule after the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees on ... [more]

Woodward helps Cowgirls to an 18-4 overall record

Feb 12, 2013 - The Associated Press:  University of Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski was honest in his evaluation of sophomore forward Kayla Woodward's performance Saturday against ... [more]

Pay attention to winter stretch run for RHS sports

Feb 12, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  "And down the stretch they come," echos in our minds when we see the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and watch those amazing horses give their all ... [more]

Nationally ranked Sheridan too much for CWC women

Feb 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Rustler women host Miles Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheridan College kept in front of the pack in the Region IX women's ... [more]