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In State of the Judiciary speech, chief justice defends closing Dubois court

Jan 9, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- State Chief Justice Marilyn Kite says Wyoming's court system is working to cut costs as best it can because of predictions of flat state ... [more]

Man returns home, finds intruder sleeping on couch

Jan 9, 2013 - From staff reports:  The Fremont County Sheriff's Office is investigating an unusual break-in that was discovered early Sunday in the 7200 block of Riverview Road.
According to ... [more]

Today

Jan 9, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
CHAVEZ

Patrick L. Chavez, 37, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with the Davis Funeral ... [more]

Digest

Jan 9, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Lummis to chair subcommittee
CHEYENNE -- Rep. Cynthia Lummis has been appointed chairman of a U.S. House subcommittee.
She will chair the energy ... [more]

Jackson chamber blasts tourism budget plans

Jan 9, 2013 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- Gov. Matt Mead's proposal to cut about $1 million from the state tourism budget is drawing opposition from some people in Jackson Hole.
Jackson ... [more]

Flu surging in state

Jan 9, 2013 - The Associated Press:  The number of flu cases is higher than at any point during the bad flu season of 2009-2010.

CHEYENNE -- State health officials are reporting a surge ... [more]

Smoke leads to Shoshoni school evacuation; cause uncertain

Jan 9, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Students in Shoshoni were evacuated from their school for about 40 minutes Tuesday while firefighters investigated reports of smoke in a classroom.
A source ... [more]

Agencies to make count of homeless population

Jan 9, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  A point-in-time count will be held Jan. 24 in Fremont County so sheltered and unsheltered homeless people can be counted and added to national data.
The PIT ... [more]

Firefighters kept hopping in blazes tied to ashes, wiring

Jan 9, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton Volunteer Fire Department chief Ralph Estell said residents should be careful when disposing of hot ashes from wood stoves.
"Have a designated place ... [more]

Mead delivers State of the State talk

Jan 9, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead emphasized in his State of the State address Wednesday that Wyoming is in good shape overall, but it's time for immediate action on a ... [more]

Committee addresses high infant death rate on rez

Jan 8, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Fremont County has the second highest figure in Wyoming, according to reports.

The alarmingly high number of infant deaths on the Wind River Indian ... [more]

Digest

Jan 8, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Past mayor, legislator a suicide
CASPER -- A former Casper mayor and state legislator facing felony child pornography charges has been found ... [more]

Court upholds plan to let bison roam freely in large region near Yellowstone

Jan 8, 2013 - The Associated Press:  BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana's decision to let migrating bison roam freely across 70,000 acres outside Yellowstone National Park was upheld by a court ruling ... [more]

Noon start in Cheyenne for Wyoming Legislature

Jan 8, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Legislature is set to convene at noon Tuesday for the first day of its general session, set to run through early March.
The Legislature ... [more]

Information sought about trail of blood on snowmobile path

Jan 8, 2013 - From staff reports:  A trail of blood was discovered Sunday afternoon along the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail near Union Pass, but investigators don't know where it came ... [more]

CWC details need for better Jackson setup

Jan 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Nursing and culinary arts facilities both fall short at the satellite campus.

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees has approved a master ... [more]

Thousands in dark after truck collides with a power pole

Jan 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Thousands of Rocky Mountain Power customers went without electricity for almost an hour Tuesday after a vehicle struck a power pole on Sunset Drive.
No one ... [more]

Gas tax, G&F tag fees high on list for lawmakers

Jan 8, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Wyoming Legislature's 2013 session begins Tuesday, and Lander's two legislators agree one bill they will keep an eye on involves increasing the state's ... [more]

Legislature gets going: Revenue issues key, Speaker says

Jan 8, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  Leaders of both houses in the Wyoming Legislature say lawmakers face four major issues in the session that kicks off Tuesday: crafting a supplemental state ... [more]

Preventing cold and flu season in the workplace

Jan 8, 2013 - From staff reports:  With cold and flu season upon us, the transfer of germs and illness in the workplace increases. Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming ... [more]

Today

Jan 8, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In the Dec. 23 issue of The Ranger, the page one story "Council allows chickens in city limits" reported incorrectly that the Riverton City ... [more]

Wild horse sale rules changed under Friday's federal ruling

Jan 6, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Sales of wild horses and burros in Wyoming and other states will be restricted under new rules announced Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Land ... [more]

Wyoming digest

Jan 6, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Two killed in I-80 wreck
LARAMIE -- Authorities say two people were killed and four others were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate ... [more]

The way it was: Pavillion players -- 1957

Jan 6, 2013 - Staff:  Some "hillbillies" were noticed going door to door in both downtown Lander and Riverton not long after New Year's in 1957.
They were the Pavillion Players, a ... [more]

Library director fires manager in Dubois; board upholds decision

Jan 6, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Sabatka said she bought $500 in books with library money for the local school district, which said it would reimburse the library.

On Nov. 8, Fremont ... [more]

Nominations sought for the 2013 Jefferson awards

Jan 6, 2013 - From staff reports:  ServeWyoming invites citizens to submit 2013 Wyoming Jefferson Awards nomination essays for an individual or individuals who volunteer in the state of Wyoming ... [more]

Percussion group to perform at CWC

Jan 6, 2013 - From staff reports:  A percussion ensemble that blends ethnic and contemporary sounds will be in concert Saturday, Jan. 12, at Central Wyoming College.
Arts in Action and the CWC ... [more]

CWC Lander hosting Bridges Out of Poverty workshop

Jan 6, 2013 - From staff reports:  A daylong workshop aimed at service providers, educators and business owners whose daily work connects with people living in poverty will be hosted by Central ... [more]

Jackson Dinner Theater duo to perform in Lander

Jan 6, 2013 - From staff reports:  The Jackson Dinner Theater is coming to Lander for two performances in January.
"Cooking the World," written by Bob Berky and starring Bob Berky and Jeff ... [more]

Trail groomer has lonely job -- and likes it

Jan 6, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The sun had not yet peaked over the mountains or broken through the clouds, but a bright orange tractor was already chugging over the snow in the darkness on a ... [more]

TV series features case of missing Lander jogger

Jan 6, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Amy Wroe Bechtel disappeared in 1997 while running in the mountains near Loop Road.

The ongoing investigation into the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe ... [more]

Great Plains looking to expand water line

Jan 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Great Plains Utility Organization of the Northern Arapaho Tribe has asked Fremont County Commissioners to sponsor an application for a grant to be put ... [more]

Amid new drought climate, cloud seeding to continue

Jan 6, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  It's described as the most comprehensive research-based project undertaken to determine whether cloud seeding works.

Drought conditions have posed a ... [more]

CWC eyes new emphasis on 'campus culture' in new year

Jan 6, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Administrators at Central Wyoming College say they have started to focus on campus culture this year as their goals for the future evolve and mature.
"We're ... [more]

Legislature opens Tuesday; Bebout says finances now 'very manageable'

Jan 6, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  State Sen. Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) will be especially focused on budget issues during Wyoming's coming legislative session.
After almost 20 years in the ... [more]

Laramie takes on Laramie on Friday

Jan 4, 2013 - From staff reports:  Members of the Riverton High School cheerleading squad led spectators in a cheer during a game break Thursday night during the Bill Strannigan East-West ... [more]

Lummis takes oath of office

Jan 4, 2013 - From staff reports:  Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis was sworn in to the 113th Congress in ceremonies Thursday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. From left, Speaker of the ... [more]

Today

Jan 4, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In the Dec. 27 Ranger, the page one story "Holiday food drive aims to keep kids fed during break" should have said that organizers ... [more]

Digest

Jan 4, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Contractor sues over prison project
CHEYENNE -- A Utah construction company that built a medium-security prison in Torrington is suing the Wyoming ... [more]

Drug arrests increase at UW; rapes decline

Jan 4, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The University of Wyoming Police Department is creating a full-time crime prevention officer to concentrate on making the campus safer, UW Police ... [more]