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Sex offender avoids prison in plea bargain

Dec 19, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A judge Thursday morning gave a man what he described as a "lenient" sentence in line with a plea agreement with prosecutors for sexually abusing a minor ... [more]

Even before Thursday storm, snowpack levels above average

Dec 19, 2013 - From staff reports:  Snowpack in the Wind River Basin continued to be above the 30-year average for the date, although fells slightly during the week following an increase as the ... [more]

Charges dropped against Drennen

Dec 19, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Man convicted of 2010 murder expected to be freed

After serving three years of a life sentence for first-degree murder, a Riverton man is expected to ... [more]

Sammey Dale Lewis

Dec 19, 2013 - Staff:  Sammey Dale Lewis, of Lander, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his home. He was 75 years old.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in the ... [more]

Eleanor 'Ellie' Lindell

Dec 19, 2013 - Staff:  Eleanor "Ellie" Lindell, of Riverton, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at her home. She was 74 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place, and there will be ... [more]

Chief boys favored in local tournament, but girls side is wide open

Dec 18, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  Most likely there won't be any surprises on the boys side of this weekend's East-West Classic at Pavillion and Ethete. Wyoming Indian, Wind River and Big ... [more]

Mountain West gets five teams in bowl games

Dec 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  If you are a college football fan, then the best time of the year is almost here with 35 football bowl games in a span of less than a month.
The postseason ... [more]

Cowgirls run past Montana

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  LARAMIE -- Kayla Woodward scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading Wyoming past Montana 79-65 on Tuesday night in Laramie.
Fallon Lewis contributed ... [more]

Wranglers get win, overtime loss in tourney at Burns

Dec 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Shoshoni boys stand 3-3 on the season.

The Shoshoni Wranglers were a layup away from going 2-1 last weekend at the Burns Classic boys basketball ... [more]

Tough opponents away RHS teams this weekend

Dec 18, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  All three games for the Wolverine boys and girls are against opponents ranked in the state's top five.

Both the Riverton High School boys and girls ... [more]


Dec 18, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths

Gertrude Trudy Brown, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Lander. Per her request, cremation has taken place, and a private family memorial ... [more]

Hill: Wyoming's citizens deserve answers on costly state investigation

Dec 18, 2013 - Cindy Hill, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction:  Editor:
On I sent the following letter to the members of the Wyoming Legislature regarding the work of the Select Investigative Committee:
Dear ... [more]

Turn vacant lot downtown into paid parking for businesses

Dec 18, 2013 - Mike Jorgus, Riverton:  Editor:
I have a suggestion for using the vacant lot at Fifth and Main in downtown Riverton that the City of Riverton owns if nothing is going to be built ... [more]

A Christmas compromise

Dec 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Congress looks poised for an actual accomplishment for once

What's this? An actual give-and-take compromise emerging from Congress on the federal ... [more]

New warden at women's prison

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  LUSK -- Virginia Pullen has taken over as the new warden of the Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk. She began the job last week.
Pullen is a 29-year veteran of the ... [more]


Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Second teen pleads guilty in killing
GREEN RIVER -- A second Rock Springs teen has pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old boy last year.
Jose Antonio ... [more]

Feds: Railroad can demand dust control on coal trains

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SEATTLE -- The federal Surface Transportation Board has decided that BNSF Railway can require coal shippers to use certain methods to reduce the amount of coal ... [more]

Lawmakers pitch county on health insurance proposal

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The legislators expressed concerns about the idea and also doubted that it would stand much chance of passage during the 20-day budget session early next ... [more]

CWC planning full study of jobs and pay compared with compensation elsewhere

Dec 18, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Employees at Central Wyoming College have voted to move forward with a comprehensive study of salaries and job classifications at the school.
The staff met ... [more]

Charges reduced in Sinks Canyon shooting

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Prosecutors have reached a new plea agreement in the case of a Jan. 31 shooting in Sinks Canyon. On Sept. 18, District Court Judge Marvin L. Tyler rejected the ... [more]

Baker must leave council seat; will reapply in January

Dec 18, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The odd circumstance will leave two vacancies at the start of 2014.

While the Riverton City Council congratulated departing council member Eric ... [more]

Richard 'Poncho' Leroy Lone Dog Jr.

Dec 18, 2013 - Staff:  Richard "Poncho" Leroy Lone Dog Jr. died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at his home in Riverton. He was 78 years old.
Traditional services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, ... [more]

Gertrude 'Trudy' Brown

Dec 18, 2013 - Staff:  Gertrude "Trudy" Brown died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Lander. She was 92 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place, and a private family ... [more]

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]


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]