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Man's sentencing complicated by deportation

May 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  About four years ago, at age 17, Erik Jovanny Ochoa-Pena moved to Lander after running away from Mexico to escape domestic violence inflicted on his mother at ... [more]

Cheers, warm words for RHS grads

May 29, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  There have been tailgate parties, homecoming dances, football games and harsh sunburns after long track meets.
These are just a few memories senior Kayla ... [more]

Former Riverton couple killed on way to Casper

May 29, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Two former Riverton residents were killed in a fiery, two-vehicle, head-on collision early Sunday morning while returning home to Casper after visiting friends ... [more]

Commissioners echo worries of residents on new trash hours

May 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  Fremont County commissioners plan to send a letter to the solid waste district outlining their concerns with the severely limited hours of operation approved ... [more]

Enzi leads effort on bison as 'national mammal'

May 27, 2012 - The Associated Press:  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Western lawmakers want to elevate the Plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle with legislation to declare the ... [more]

William, Emma top baby names in state last year

May 27, 2012 - Staff:  "William" zoomed to the top of the list for Wyoming's most popular boy baby names in 2011, joined by "Emma" as the number one choice for girls, according to ... [more]

Explore the Red Desert on a guided day-long tour this summer

May 27, 2012 - Staff:  The Red Desert may seem boring to some just driving by on the highway in southwestern Wyoming.
John Mionczynski, who lives in Atlantic City, wants to change ... [more]

Dubois gets grant to clean up sawmill

May 27, 2012 - Staff:  The Town of Dubois is receiving a $200,000 U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency grant to clean the Dubois Sawmill site on Absaroka Drive.
The agency on May ... [more]

Attention on new school in Shoshoni

May 27, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  A group of Shoshoni residents are holding an informational meeting next week concerning the progress of the new school building.
Dawn Marie Thacker said many ... [more]

Tribal college graduates get cultural degrees

May 27, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  Karen Smith decided to enrolled at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete to learn about the Northern Arapaho's rich culture.
"I started taking Arapaho ... [more]

Digest

May 27, 2012 - Staff:  Togwotee work takes holiday
Construction on the Togwotee Trail corridor stopped at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May ... [more]

Bid awarded on next phase of bleachers for RHS field

May 27, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer:  Mid-Valley Construction of Riverton was the lowest bidder on construction of the new concession stand and restroom facility under the bleachers at Wolverine ... [more]

17 Mile Road improvement project more than $2M short

May 27, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Commission is concerned about a shortfall of more than $2 million needed for the 17 Mile Road reconstruction project.
Commissioners heard ... [more]

Cooking up a life together

May 27, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  Blind couple finds love and unity in the kitchen

Jared Bears has never seen his wife.
But he thinks she is pretty, even beautiful, and amazing.
He ... [more]

At cemetery, volunteers place flags for the fallen

May 27, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  Gary Letchworth showed up early Saturday morning to place American flags on the graves of fallen soldiers because he loves his country.
The post commander for ... [more]

RPD sets Tuesday forum on public intoxication in city

May 27, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  My goal for the discussion is to get a dialogue started... In five years I hope we aren't still doing the same thing, because we need a change in the ... [more]

Today

May 25, 2012 - Staff:  Clarification
An editing decision affected the meaning of the lead paragraph in Thursday's story about the sentencing of Gerardo Rico-Holguin in a plea ... [more]

Digest

May 25, 2012 - The Associated Press:  Deaths called murder-suicide
CASPER -- Police have confirmed that a Casper man fatally shot his wife with a .38-caliber revolver before killing ... [more]

Cheney daughter's house buy sparks speculation about political prospects

May 25, 2012 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Liz Cheney and her husband have bought a house in Jackson Hole, a move likely to fuel speculation that the daughter of former Vice President Dick ... [more]

Drought map shows stress areas in state

May 25, 2012 - Staff and wire reports:  Drought conditions were beginning to show up in parts of Wyoming before the wet weather this week improved the situation.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map ... [more]

Annual Riverton gun show loads up for 50th year

May 25, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  At the first Riverton Gun Show, roughly 30 exhibitors displayed about 300 guns, including a 16th-century Persian rifle, in the First National Bank's basement ... [more]

No opposition at hearing on Bunker Road closure

May 25, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  Fremont County commissioners on Tuesday heard unanimous support from the public attending a hearing concerning a proposed seasonal closure of Bunker Road in ... [more]

Hickerson files for new county commission term

May 25, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Fremont County commission vice chairman Pat Hickerson submitted his application on Friday for re-election to the District 4 seat.
Hickerson joins newcomer ... [more]

Council overrides mayor, but action 'null and void'

May 25, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council will reconsider an action deemed illegal that the board took at a special meeting Wednesday night regarding the bid award for a ... [more]

Today

May 24, 2012 - Staff:  CORRECTION

In Wednesday's Ranger, the page-one story "Fiddler on the Roof" should have said Riverton High School students and children are ... [more]

Acid bombs detonated by robots

May 24, 2012 - The Associated Press:  ROCK SPRINGS (AP) -- Bomb technicians have used robots to detonate explosive devices found just outside Rock Springs, near White Mountain.
Sweetwater County ... [more]

New official hired to take charge of work safety

May 24, 2012 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Wednesday the state is hiring a veteran public health official from New Mexico to continue the push to reduce ... [more]

Digest

May 24, 2012 - Associated Press:  Ranch deal to be discussed
CHEYENNE (AP) -- The University of Wyoming and Colorado State University presidents intend to meet soon to talk about plans ... [more]

Man who endured tragedy speaks Thursday night

May 24, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  When Ridley Barron and his family of four loaded their car to return home to Broxton, Ga., from vacationing in Hilton Head, S.C., no one dreamed their lives ... [more]

Driver fell asleep before fatal wreck, says patrol

May 24, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported Thursday morning that a driver fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in last week's one-vehicle rollover near Shoshoni that ... [more]