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State population growth outpaced national rate during 2013

Jan 2, 2014 - Staff:  Wyoming remains the least-populated state in the nation as 2014 arrives, but the state did grow faster than the national average last year.
The U.S. Census ... [more]

Hill blasts lawmakers over hearing rules

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming legislative committee plans a three-day hearing next week on Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill's administration of the state ... [more]

Digest

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  Flu on the rise statewide
CHEYENNE -- Influenza is on the rise across Wyoming, with 460 cases reported so far this season, state officials and clinicians ... [more]

State on alert as pot goes on sale nearby

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  LARAMIE -- Wyoming law officers expect an increase in marijuana arrests now that recreational use of the drug is legal in neighboring Colorado.
Shops opened ... [more]

Fremont County Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013 - Staff:  January

2 -- Central Wyoming College experienced a decrease in students since reporting record-high enrollment for the 2010-11 school year.
The record head ... [more]

Today

Dec 31, 2013 - Staff:  Births
SMITH

A son was born to Megan Mitchell-Smith and Kevin Smith, of Lander, at 7:59 a.m. Nov. 4, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 ... [more]

2013: Uden, EPA ruling, Job Corps top news of year

Dec 31, 2013 - From staff reports:  After carrying the knowledge for 33 years, Gerald Uden finally came clean in November, confessing to killing his ex-wife and their two young boys. The saga of ... [more]

DNA leads to arrest in 2006 case

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press:  POWELL -- Authorities say DNA testing has led to the arrest of a Worland man in connection with a 2006 assault on a Powell woman in her apartment.
39-year-old ... [more]

No change in Wyoming rig count; U.S. tally down 11

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press:  HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 11 this week to 1,757.
The ... [more]

Two killed in national forest avalanches with two hours of each other in state

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Both avalanches occurred in the early afternoon, when the avalanche center had warned that slides were most likely.

JACKSON -- An Idaho man died in ... [more]

Hunters must apply online

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  Beginning in January, hunters will be required to use an online application process to apply to hunt in Wyoming.
License section manager Jennifer Doering said ... [more]

Grants available for budding Wyoming historians

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  The state historical society is offering cash to individuals pursuing research on the state's history.

The Wyoming State Historical Society is again ... [more]

WGFD combines publications

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize budget and staffing efficiencies, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will merge two of its publications.
For the ... [more]

Contractor asks for help with Riverview project

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  Citizens are reminded that it is a violation of state and federal laws to tamper with orange barrels and cones inside of a roadway construction work zone.
The ... [more]

District 21 gets a 'clean opinion' in yearly audit

Dec 30, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  Fremont Count School District 21 recently received a "clean opinion" during the school's annual audit.
During the Fort Washakie board of trustees meeting ... [more]

Feds show sage grouse plan favoring middle ground on protections

Dec 30, 2013 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service favor a middle path among the options they're considering for protecting habitat for the greater ... [more]

City public works director fighting back from tumor, stroke

Dec 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  An important recovery process has taken over the daily life of a longtime Riverton municipal official.
Bill Urbigkit was diagnosed earlier in the year with a ... [more]

Shop ruined, chickens safe after rural fire

Dec 30, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  No one was injured, and the incident does not appear to be
suspicious -- although it was unusual.


Firefighters were surrounded by chickens Thursday ... [more]

Access changes at Boysen State Park draw fire

Dec 30, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Boysen State Park is developing a master plan that calls for new restrictions on recreation, and that plan took criticism at a public meeting this ... [more]

Today

Dec 27, 2013 - From staff reports:  Births
MORTON

A daughter was born to Abigail and Tyler Morton, of Riverton, at 1:01 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 ... [more]

Digest

Dec 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Mother sues over son's death
CHEYENNE -- The mother of a 16-year-old boy who was paralyzed after breaking two vertebrae during high school wrestling ... [more]

Snowboarder killed by avalanche

Dec 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- An avalanche has killed a snowboarder just outside the boundary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Resort officials say the avalanche happened around ... [more]

Cheyenne refinery tries injection well

Dec 27, 2013 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A well being drilled at the HollyFrontier Corp. refinery in Cheyenne will assess whether the company will be able to dispose of selenium-tainted ... [more]

Four hurt in near head-on wreck Monday

Dec 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Three Shoshoni women were transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital at about 6 p.m. Monday after being involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 20/26 ... [more]

Psychological evaluation requested for man accused of making online threats

Dec 27, 2013 - From staff reports:  Attorneys have requested a psychological evaluation for a Hudson man accused of making online threats against law enforcement and government officials in ... [more]

Fremont County clerk to run as Republican in '14

Dec 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese has decided to return to her political party of origin.
She issued a press release this week stating her intention to run as ... [more]

Two-vehicle crash sends three to hospital

Dec 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Three people were taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident at West Sunset and Flag drives.
Officials said no one ... [more]

Auditing firm finds no major problems with county's books

Dec 27, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  An independent audit of Fremont County's books from last fiscal year found no major problems. Accounting firm Decoria, Maichel & Teague returned an ... [more]

Today

Dec 26, 2013 - Staff:  Births
MOORE

A daughter was born to Taylor Moore, of Shoshoni, at 8:05 p.m. Nov. 1, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 10.2 ... [more]

Digest

Dec 26, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Antelope linger on elk refuge
JACKSON -- About an eighth of the Teton Valley's pronghorn antelope could end up spending the winter there, facing ... [more]

Sweetwater County had most DUI deaths in 2012

Dec 26, 2013 - The Associated Press:  ROCK SPRINGS -- Sweetwater County had the highest number of fatal crashes involving alcohol in 2012, followed by Campbell County.
A report from the Wyoming ... [more]

Hunting 'super tags' to be offered

Dec 26, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is launching a new "super tag" raffle that will allow hunters in Wyoming to draw a license for any of 10 ... [more]

Now a westerner, Apollo astronaut who shot iconic space photo recalls the day

Dec 26, 2013 - By Zach Benoit, The Associated Press:  BILLINGS, Mont. -- On Christmas Eve of 1968, three men captivated the American public as they became the first humans to orbit the moon and snapped what would ... [more]

Job training, placement target of extra $2M in new request to lawmakers

Dec 26, 2013 - By Trevor Brown, MCT News Service:  Hundreds of additional Wyoming residents could be eligible for workplace training and other job-placement programs if lawmakers approve a $4 million budget ... [more]

Flash fire at compressor injures man on Christmas

Dec 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  A Riverton man was injured Wednesday in a flash fire explosion at a compressor station south of town.
David Crichton, 36, was flown to the University of Utah ... [more]

County's finances 'wonderful,' leaders told

Dec 26, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Fremont County netted $1.3 million in fiscal year 2013.

Financial reports released at year's end show Fremont County is in a "wonderful financial ... [more]

Man credits seatbelt for saving life in scary accident

Dec 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  A local man says his seatbelt saved his life Tuesday morning when he lost control of his vehicle near Hudson.
John Keller, 75, of Lander, was driving a 2006 ... [more]

Water line break in residence hall sent students scrambling

Dec 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Finals week was particularly stressful this year for students living in Mote Hall at Central Wyoming College.
A water line burst the evening Dec. 15 at the ... [more]

CWC tuition to rise 5 percent in 2014-15

Dec 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Cost per credit hour will be $83

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees approves of a recent decision to raise tuition rates for students ... [more]

Dear Santa ...

Dec 24, 2013 - Santa letter writers:  KIRRA LOVED
THE PRESENTS
Dear Santa Claus:
I Loved the presents Last year. This year I would like: my daddy, a real moneky, friends cuddles my giggly ... [more]