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Aug 28, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Auditor Cloud to run again
CHEYENNE -- State Auditor Cynthia Cloud says that if she is re-elected in 2014, she wants to continue improving a website ... [more]

Sheridan suspect gets new sentence hearing

Aug 28, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SHERIDAN -- A Sheridan teenager involved in the 2009 home invasion slaying of a businessman is getting a new sentencing hearing.
Wyatt Bear Cloud originally ... [more]

Man gets more than 12 years in wind fraud

Aug 28, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CASPER -- A Utah man who defrauded investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota ... [more]

Firefighters called twice to scene of same incident

Aug 28, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton firefighters were called twice Saturday to a fire involving a tractor-trailer combination at a local truck stop.
The initial call came in at about ... [more]

When possible, local engineers preferred on 1 percent projects

Aug 28, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Conditions on state and federal grants would prevent the county from prioritizing Fremont County consultants for projects using those sources of funds. ... [more]

Meth suspect faces life sentence under new federal charges

Aug 28, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Timothy Pitt faces stiffer potential penalties after his case moved to the federal court system. The Hudson man accused of leading a methamphetamine ... [more]

Justice Voigt to leave Wyoming Supreme Court

Aug 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Justice Barton Voigt says he's planning to retire in January from the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Voigt is 64 and says the timing seems right to retire. ... [more]

Today

Aug 27, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
ALCANTAR DE VARGAS

Marcela Alcantar de Vargas, 58, of Riverton, died Friday, Aug. 23, in Fruita, Colo. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ... [more]

Digest

Aug 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Moisture helps hay production
CHEYENNE -- Hay production in Wyoming is improved over last year thanks to early snows, moderate temperatures and a ... [more]

Rain slows fires in Yellowstone

Aug 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Another day of scattered thunderstorms is expected in Yellowstone National Park, helping keep a lid on five wildfires burning in ... [more]

City settles on overlay paving using money from 1 percent

Aug 27, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council has approved the recommendations from the Fix Our Roads Citizens Committee on pavement overlay projects on Watt Court to Dave's ... [more]

County backs off Pitt meth case after federal prosecutors intervene

Aug 27, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Federal prosecutors have taken over the case against Timothy Pitt, the Hudson man accused of leading a ring of methamphetamine dealers.
"He's being ... [more]

City crews work to keep plants green

Aug 27, 2013 - Staff:  Roy Clyde of the Riverton parks department gave a planter in downtown Riverton a drink on a hot August day. The planters have a mix of flowers and grasses ... [more]

Riverton students return for school year

Aug 27, 2013 - Staff:  Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder, right, and principal Curt Collins gave students, teachers and parents the go-ahead to enter ... [more]

Griz seen at elk refuge for first time since 1994

Aug 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- A grizzly has been spotted at the National Elk Refuge for the first time in nearly 20 years.
A sow, with three cubs, was seen on Aug. 20 feeding on ... [more]

State to get $53 million in mineral payments after all

Aug 27, 2013 - By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press:  The Interior Department had defended the cuts by saying they had no choice in the matter under budget rules now in place, but a months-long legal review of ... [more]

Atlantic City Historical Society to celebrate 30 years next

Aug 25, 2013 - Staff:  The Atlantic City Historical Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 31, with a day of historic tours and a Dutch-oven lunch. 
The day will ... [more]

Countywide disaster drill is Tuesday

Aug 25, 2013 - Staff:  Fremont County emergency management personnel will participate in a county-wide disaster drill at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The training involves several first ... [more]

Local tribal member wins U.S. pageant

Aug 25, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Pageant winner Sarah Ortegon said she never prepared an acceptance speech because she didn't anticipate being crowned Miss Native American USA 2013.
But when ... [more]

More beets, less sucrose

Aug 25, 2013 - By Eric Blom Staff Writer:  Fremont County farmers produced 38,000 tons of sugar beets last year, recently released statistics show. That is the most in three years.
The percentage of ... [more]

New rules keep agencies from applying for federal grant

Aug 25, 2013 - By Eric Blom Staff Writer:  New reporting requirements for applications to a federal grant program have made more than a dozen local agencies unable to apply this fiscal year though they ... [more]

Rules being developed for liquor licenses on reservation

Aug 25, 2013 - By Eric Blom Staff Writer:  Tribal and county governments are developing a memorandum of understanding about granting liquor licenses to businesses on the Wind River Indian Reservation. ... [more]

Writing for Heritage

Aug 25, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny Staff Writer:  By Andrea Novotny
Staff Writer

Shoshoni rancher Echo Klaproth's aim as Wyoming's new poet laureate extends beyond sharing the aesthetics of verse and into ... [more]

Spot secured for first CNG filling station near Jackson

Aug 23, 2013 - Associated Press:  The Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project plans to ask the state for a $744,000 grant to build the station at a gas station on South Highway ... [more]

Wyo. could get veterans cemetery

Aug 23, 2013 - Associated Press:  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking to buy land next to or within a cemetery in the Cheyenne area to establish what would ... [more]

CWC to review its free summer housing pilot

Aug 23, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  About a dozen students successfully completed the free summer housing program offered this year at Central Wyoming College.
Through the pilot program, ... [more]

City to enforce code requiring residents to maintain weeds

Aug 23, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  City staff proposed to the council that they enforce the current code because it would be "consistent and fair"
The city of Riverton is targeting pesty ... [more]

EMS staff moving to full-time ambulance staff

Aug 23, 2013 - By Eric Blom Staff Writer:  The transition of county ambulance employees to full-time status is taking shape.
Officials have been discussing the potential change since it was proposed ... [more]

Recent norovirus outbreak tied to local eatery

Aug 23, 2013 - Staff:  The Wyoming Department of Health reports that a recent outbreak of norovirus in Fremont County was associated with Svilar's Bar and Dining Room in ... [more]

Today

Aug 22, 2013 - Staff:  Community calendar
AUG. 24
Wyo State Trappers Association Trapping and Outdoor Expo
is Aug. 23 to Aug. 24 at the Heritage Hall and Little Wind Center ... [more]

No bids for federal coal tract a first

Aug 22, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- For the first time, nobody has bid on a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming after the company that initially sought to mine the location ... [more]

Digest

Aug 22, 2013 - The Associated Press:  National team taking over fires
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A national team is taking over management of the five fires burning in Yellowstone National ... [more]

Yosemite-area fire balloons overnight

Aug 22, 2013 - The Associated Press:  The blaze is among 50 major uncontained wildfires burning throughout the West.

FRESNO, Calif. -- A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park -- one of 50 ... [more]

Deputies continue to investigate shooting

Aug 22, 2013 - From staff reports:  The early morning death of a 36-year-old Riverton man at the Cozy Mobile Home Park may have been due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said ... [more]

Fire damages inside of Dubois eatery

Aug 22, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  No one was injured in the blaze, but the building's interior log walls were charred.

An accidental fire Tuesday evening left Mom's Breakfast House in ... [more]

Champion coyote caller to give demos at expo

Aug 22, 2013 - From staff reports:  Hunters, trappers and outdoor enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to gather Friday at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton for the Wyoming State ... [more]

Bennett says his office uses plea deals fairly

Aug 22, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Despite recent criticism, Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Bennett thinks his administration uses plea agreements fairly.
"I think (plea ... [more]

District 25 to begin digging into PAWS results to set goals, standards for students

Aug 22, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Local public school administrators analyze a lot of data each year from tests like the annual Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students.
Joanne Flanagan, ... [more]

Wildfires making presence known in valley

Aug 21, 2013 - Staff:  The periodic arrival of smoke from the Hardluck Fire has turned Riverton-area skies orange and changed the appearance of the sun as well. This scene greeted ... [more]

Crew in B-1 bomber crash identified; all ejected plane

Aug 21, 2013 - The Associated Press:  ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed ... [more]