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Big road trip this weekend for Lander hoops teams

Jan 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Lander Tigers and Cody Broncs have emerged as two of the top contenders in the Class 3-A West basketball conference.
The two teams collide Friday night ... [more]

Watts, Campbell top performers for RHS at Spearfish indoor meet

Jan 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Sean Watts and Shepp Campbell each earned a third-place finish for the Riverton Wolverines Saturday at the Stadium Grill High School Open indoor track meet in ... [more]

River Rats off to 9-1-1 start to hockey season

Jan 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  That's the most wins of any team in Wyoming's high school age bracket for the sport.

The Riverton River Rats high-school-age hockey team has jumped ... [more]

Today

Jan 30, 2014 - Staff:  Clarifications
In Wednesday's Ranger, the page one story "WRTA passenger numbers up; wreck reduces bus fleet by one" should have said the Wind River ... [more]

BBB warns of 'one ring' phone scam

Jan 30, 2014 - From staff reports:  If residents receive a call on their cellphones preceded by just one or two rings, chances are it is part of a new "one ring" phone scam spreading quickly ... [more]

Final defendant in Hudson homicides pleads guilty

Jan 30, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Jude Blackburn will spend at least 20 years behind bars for his role in the 2011 murders.

The last defendant in the case of a 2011 double homicide in ... [more]

Lander school could be Riverton model

Jan 30, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  If the existing design could be used for Riverton's new K-3 school, months of planning time and expense could be saved.

Riverton School District 25 ... [more]

Hill worries state dragging its feet on restoring past duties

Jan 30, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill said she is looking forward to returning to her post at the head of the Wyoming Department of Education, ... [more]

Digest

Jan 30, 2014 - The Associated Press:  One dead, one hurt in wreck
GILLETTE -- Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a crash involving a pickup and a ... [more]

Five in the 500

Jan 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It was a very good year

Many readers followed along during 2013 as we imagined making a $500 investment in something called an "index fund" based on ... [more]

City entity working to turn 300-acre plot into commercial zone

Jan 30, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The state-owned lot lies just south of the Wyoming Honor Farm and has been the subject of discussions among state and local leaders since 2006.

The ... [more]

D.C. gridlock undermines the SOTU address

Jan 30, 2014 - By The Miami Herald:  Nearly seven years after the onset of the Big Recession, the state of the union is improving on most fronts. The state of the federal government? Not so ... [more]

Event for writers was well done and well received

Jan 30, 2014 - Carol Deering, Riverton:  Editor:
I'd like to say how much I enjoyed reading at the Westword Writers "Winter Gathering of Words" at the Riverton Branch Library on Jan. 23.
I believe ... [more]

Decapitated body stymies Park County cops

Jan 30, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The discovery of an unidentified murder victim's headless body nearly three weeks ago on a remote, dead-end dirt road in Wyoming has stymied ... [more]

From The Hulk to Mommy

Jan 30, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Yes, the twins -- Jameson and Rowan -- have arrived

As I have the peculiar opportunity to use this column for routine countywide announcements. I ... [more]

Former council member adds name to list for vacancy consideration

Jan 30, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Betty Malicki has been added to the list for Ward 1, Riverton residents interested in filling the vacant Riverton city council seat this year.
Malicki is a ... [more]

Medallion found on vacant lot in downtown Riverton

Jan 30, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Decades of annual searching finally were rewarded Wednesday when Betty Faden found the Wild West Winter Carnival Medallion.
The Riverton resident found the ... [more]

Small-school grapplers win titles

Jan 29, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Wind River Cougars wrestling team made its biggest improvements of the season Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational tournament.
Keanan Pfisterer at 113 ... [more]

Riverton matmen score points in Chadron

Jan 29, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Gavin Wilson put himself in position to challenge for the top spot Friday and Saturday for the Riverton Wolverines at the Chadron Invitational wrestling ... [more]

RHS hosting Casper Natrona teams Thursday night at Wolverine Gym

Jan 29, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Updated: Times for the girls and boys games are 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Casper Natrona Fillies and Mustangs make their annual Class ... [more]

Wolverine swim boys defeat Natrona but downed by Kelly Walsh

Jan 29, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  The Riverton Wolverine boys swim team hits the water at the Riverton Aquatic Center for a home meet one final time Thursday, hosting the Lander Tigers. The ... [more]

Today

Jan 29, 2014 - Staff:  Births
DURAN

A son was born to Shanell LaRae Limpy, of Riverton, and Antonio Thomas Duran, of Arapahoe, at 7:44 a.m. Nov. 6, 2013, at Riverton ... [more]

Why cheer on Super Bowl Sunday?

Jan 29, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Because it's good for you, that's why.

Very likely Peyton Manning couldn't find Riverton or Lander on a map.
No matter on Super Bowl Sunday.
My ... [more]

Question to a reckless driver

Jan 29, 2014 - Kim Rogers, Pavillion:  Editor:
This is an open invitation to the driver of the white Ford pickup that was heading east on Highway 26 before turning left on Airport Road at around 7 ... [more]

Seeger raised a voice for people, peace and justice

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steve Paul, McClatchy Newspapers:  Fifty years ago, school rooms, churches and countless open-air assemblies around the country resounded with words arranged and adapted by Pete Seeger.
"We ... [more]

'Hill Bill' struck down

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The embattled superintendent has confounded her foes again

From the start, the enemies of Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill ... [more]

Digest

Jan 29, 2014 - The Associated Press:  Feed halted after factory death
The Western Sugar Cooperative is recalling 3,700 tons of animal feed distributed by a Lovell sugar beet factory where ... [more]

Legislator Sue Wallis died Tuesday at 56

Jan 29, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, a fiery debater known for sticking up for individual rights and the state's agricultural community, died Tuesday. She ... [more]

Dissenters say majority got it wrong in striking down SF104

Jan 29, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Two judges voted against Tuesday's Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that a law redefining the duties of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction is ... [more]

WRTA passenger numbers up; wreck reduces bus fleet by one

Jan 29, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Wind River Transportation Authority officials say bus ridership saw an increase in December.
Transportation manager Benjamin Eastmond reported a 45 percent ... [more]

Districts OK 'wash' plan to pay for dual-enrollment services with college

Jan 29, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  Both Fort Washakie and Lander have adopted the model under which school districts are reimbursed for their expenses.

The Fremont County School Board ... [more]

Warpness garners support for tax hike on beer purchases

Jan 29, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Before the Wyoming Legislature convenes in February, Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness is giving an extra push to his state beer tax proposal.
Warpness updated ... [more]

Austin's medal helps Tiger skiers to second in Casper

Jan 28, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Lander Tigers fell a little short of winning the girls team title on Saturday at the Casper Invitational Nordic ski meet.
Lander scored 82.5 points in ... [more]

Joseph A. Secrist

Jan 28, 2014 - Staff:  Joseph A. Secrist, formerly of Pavillion, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at his home in Thermopolis after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
Funeral ... [more]

Charles R. Adams

Jan 28, 2014 - Staff:  Charles R. Adams, formerly of Fremont County, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Payson, Ariz. He was 81 years old.
Services are pending.
Charles R. Adams was ... [more]

Stranded air traveler helped by 'exceptional young people'

Jan 28, 2014 - Beverly Higgs, Riverton:  Editor:
Recently I was scheduled to take a plane from Denver to Riverton. The flight was canceled by Great Lakes Airlines, which left us unable to leave until ... [more]

Wranglers wrestle to tourney title

Jan 28, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Three Shoshoni Wranglers wrestlers won individual titles to help their team win the Dogger Invitational championship Saturday at Lingle-Fort Laramie High ... [more]

Riverton, Lander health care facilities to merge

Jan 28, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  In order to keep roughly 100 years of combined service in the county, Western Family Care of Riverton and Lander Medical Clinic of Lander are ... [more]

President has some persuading to do on NSA

Jan 28, 2014 - By Bruce Ackerman, For MCT News Service:  Civil libertarians in both the Democratic and Republican parties ought to make surveillance a key issue of the 2014 elections.

President Obama's ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Court sides with Hill
There was thunder from the chambers of the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. Senate File 104, the hurriedly passed and ... [more]