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Jun 25, 2013 - The Associated Press:  UP upgrading rail line
Union Pacific Railroad says it is spending $15 million to improve its rail line between Rawlins and near Rock Springs this ... [more]

Man dies after being swept away by North Platte River

Jun 25, 2013 - The Associated Press:  RAWLINS -- Authorities say a 32-year-old Denver man died after he was swept away by the North Platte River in southern Wyoming's Carbon County.
The sheriff's ... [more]

Inspiration Point at Yellowstone shut for safety reasons

Jun 25, 2013 - The Associated Press:  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The popular Inspiration Point in Yellowstone National Park has been closed temporarily because of safety concerns about the ... [more]

Have grizzly bears really recovered? Some say they are just counted more often

Jun 25, 2013 - The Associated Press:  BILLINGS, Mont. -- Flaws in how the government measures Yellowstone's grizzly bear population raise questions about whether the animals have recovered ... [more]

Teen dies of injuries from wreck near Lander

Jun 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The other Wisconsin teen involved in a fatal accident June 12 near Lander died Monday afternoon in Colorado, according to local officials.
"The Arapaho County ... [more]

Hill fires back at impeachment speculation by state lawmakers

Jun 25, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  She said the push to oust her is part of a move to 'federalize' education in Wyoming.

Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau of Campbell County has ... [more]

Tractor engine catches fire after jump-start attempt

Jun 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Jerry Bornhoft said he was trying to jump-start his tractor Monday morning when the machine started smoking in the 200 block of South Hill Street in ... [more]

Commissioners diverting money from road funds

Jun 25, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Commission on June 18 decided to divert money from the road construction fund, freeing money to cover increased health insurance costs and a ... [more]

County has an extra $1 million after whittling down budgets

Jun 25, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The commissioners have proposed using the funds for raising salaries and covering health insurance costs.

After whittling down budget requests at its ... [more]

Runners participate in second annual Fast and Furriest

Jun 23, 2013 - Staff:  Runners, strollers, and dogs left the starting line, top, of the second annual Fast and Furriest 5K/1K walk-run Saturday morning from the Robert A. Peck Arts ... [more]

In 5K event, I kept up with my walk partner -- my mom

Jun 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Fast & Furriest.
That is the name of the 5k walk I did Saturday morning with my mother in Riverton.
That name is one of the reasons I have done the walk ... [more]

Smithbaker on traveling team this summer

Jun 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Spencer Smithbaker had an eye-opening experience on the baseball diamond this month in Omaha, Neb.
The Lander 13-year-old played on the Casper Crush Under-13 ... [more]

Big motocross field in town for two-day competition on track

Jun 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Jake Lemley is one of the best riders in the High Plains Motocross Association.
The Riverton rider is holding his own in the outlaw division of the HPMA. ... [more]

A Swiss farm boy in the New World

Jun 23, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  My grandfather amazed me as one of the smartest and strongest men I ever met.

The connections that we make in our feeble attempts to understand the ... [more]

Pay raises for commissioners and department heads don't feel right

Jun 23, 2013 - Dennis Slinger, Lander:  Editor:
I don't think I could ever be a county commissioner or county head of a department because I could not sleep at night if I voted myself a nice pay ... [more]

Open meetings

Jun 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Solid waste board ought to have kept the doors open to the public

Rarely do members of a public board say, or even think, "Hey, let's have a secret ... [more]

Digest

Jun 23, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Power line document expected
DENVER -- The company behind a proposed $3 billion power line that would run through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Nevada ... [more]

Casper lifts smoking ban in local bars

Jun 23, 2013 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months after prohibiting it, Casper is now telling smokers that it's OK to light up in ... [more]

Thomson to be buried at Arlington National

Jun 23, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  The former Wyoming Secretary of State had the longest tenure of any statewide elected official in Wyoming history.

CHEYENNE -- One speaker at former ... [more]

Sharon Kaye Harold Vogel

Jun 23, 2013 - Staff:  Sharon Kaye Harold Vogel, formerly of Fremont County, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
She was ... [more]

James Chapin Downey

Jun 23, 2013 - Staff:  James Chapin Downey, formerly of Riverton, died Thursday, June 20, 2013. He was 82 years old.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Rigby LDS Stake ... [more]

The way it was: Simpson Award -- 1987

Jun 23, 2013 - Staff:  One of the best high school athletes ever to run the tracks and hardwood floors of Fremont County was honored in the early days of summer 1987 with Wyoming's ... [more]

Asphalt milling work under way on U.S. Highway 287

Jun 23, 2013 - From staff reports:  Asphalt milling started Tuesday on a $4.4 million highway improvement project east of Lander on U.S. 287, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of ... [more]

Official cautions drivers: 'Critters graze roadside' this time of year

Jun 23, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Large carnivore conflict coordinator Brian DeBolt said he knows the bears that were sighted earlier this month on U.S. Highway 26 near Dubois.
"We haven't ... [more]

Some skeptical of Wyoming-EPA fracking study deal

Jun 23, 2013 - By Ben Neary and Mead Gruver, Associated Press:  Gov. Matt Mead said Friday that the EPA has recognized that Wyoming is best positioned to act, not the federal agency.

People who have been living ... [more]

Deal between tribes, feds reinstates water sampling on the rez

Jun 23, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The agreement requires the U.S. Department of Energy to provide information on the groundwater testing being performed.

The Eastern Shoshone and ... [more]

Young adult fiction author signing books Saturday

Jun 23, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  Patrick M. Harris, author of history/mystery/adventure trilogy "The Waterman Chronicles," will be signing books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Books and ... [more]

RMH to host discounted health fair, lab screening

Jun 23, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  The Riverton Memorial Hospital will host a discounted health fair and lab screenings 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 8 through July 12 at the Fremont Center of the ... [more]

Report critical of Hill includes account of an 'uncomfortable' birthday party

Jun 23, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  Responding to a state report accusing her of mismanagement of the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill said ... [more]

Four sentenced for moose killings near Hudson that enraged residents

Jun 23, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Four defendants on pleaded guilty Friday to three of seven charges for poaching the four moose killed near Hudson in October.
The incident, which was termed ... [more]