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Eyes wide open

Aug 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Soon enough, Internet crimes will be less amusing and more troubling

We quote from The Associated Press:
"A judge has set an Oct. 9 trial date for a ... [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]

Charles R. "Chappy" Heider

Aug 22, 2013 - Staff:  Charles R. "Chappy" Heider died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander. He was 99 years old.
Per the request of the family, ... [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]

Practice opens for RHS volleyball; McNamee in sixth season as coach

Aug 21, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Riverton High School volleyball players hope the optimism of a new season will trump the bitter memories of last year's Class 4-A West regional tournament ... [more]

Wolverine golfers confident heading into 2013 season

Aug 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The Riverton High School Wolverines climbed all the way into the third spot last year at the Class 4-A state golf tournament.
Now, the Wolverines are looking ... [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]

Today

Aug 21, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
PARRILL

Bruce A. Parrill, 73, formerly of Lander, died Monday, Aug. 12, at his home in Laramie. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, ... [more]

County man sentenced for wedding night beating

Aug 21, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CASPER -- A 37-year-old Wyoming man is headed back to prison for beating his new wife hours after their wedding.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ... [more]

Working cow horse contest Saturday

Aug 21, 2013 - From staff reports:  The Cowboy State Stock Horse Association will have the final two shows of its summer series this weekend at the Pavillion outdoor arena. The shows begin at 9 ... [more]

Man faces third sexual assault charge

Aug 21, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Lander man who already faced two first-degree sexual assault charges now faces a third. Lander Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt bound over the new ... [more]

Man's life was worth more than a four-month sentence

Aug 21, 2013 - The Whiteplume, Dewey and Crazythunder families:  Editor:
On July 28, 2011, our brother, nephew and grandson, Alvin Lee Talks Different, was hit by a man in a truck and was killed. He lay just outside of ... [more]

Mexico right in wanting to open oil industry to investors

Aug 21, 2013 - By The Dallas Morning News:  Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto still needs to fill in details about his intriguing proposal to open up more of Mexico's energy industry to foreign ... [more]

What everyone 'knows' of Wyoming

Aug 21, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Not very much, judging by an online search.

Many Americans couldn't find Wyoming on a map.
Most likely, few of our fellow citizens around the ... [more]

Critics carrying the day

Aug 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If there are supporters of a single director for the county museums, they are keeping quiet.

On the single-director concept for the county's museum ... [more]

Digest

Aug 21, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Road near fire open again
Yellowstone National Park officials have reopened a road closed by a wildfire but tell visitors at the tail end of the park's ... [more]

Hill's and state's attorneys questioned by high court

Aug 21, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- It would be a "train wreck" if the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the superintendent of public instruction has authority over the Legislature to ... [more]

Woman in high speed chase on the lam again after Salt Lake hospital allowed her to go

Aug 21, 2013 - From staff and wire reports:  A woman who led police on a high-speed chase that ended with a damaging wreck in Riverton is at large again after being released mistakenly from a Salt Lake ... [more]

Gunshot death investigated at trailer park in Riverton

Aug 21, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Officials are investigating a shooting death that took place overnight at the Cozy Mobile Home Park in Riverton.
The victim's name and age were not available ... [more]

Parents, caregivers line up to oppose cuts in Medicaid waiver program

Aug 21, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  An audience of 100 parents, caregivers and caseworkers expressed their concerns Monday evening over changes in the waiver system that provides respite care and ... [more]

No suspects in custody yet for armed robbery and break-in last month

Aug 21, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Two men have been identified as suspects, but detectives don't have enough evidence against the individuals to obtain an arrest warrant.

Local police ... [more]

Bruce A. Parrill

Aug 21, 2013 - Staff:  Bruce A. Parrill, formerly of Lander, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home in Laramie. He was 73 years old.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, ... [more]

Lander triathlon introduced new competitors to the sport

Aug 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  High school students won both the men's and women's divisions.

The 2013 Lander Sprint Triathlon drew 38 first-timers to the event on Saturday.
The ... [more]

Don't ask why coaches do it -- just be glad they do

Aug 20, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  As dusk was turning into night Monday evening at Riverton High School, the dozen or so coaches of the Wolverine football team and Lady Wolverine volleyball ... [more]

New coach greets 80 at RHS grid practice

Aug 20, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  The public can see the team this Saturday at the annual intrasquad scrimmage.

If you look closely at first-year football coach Pat Patterson's ... [more]

Today

Aug 20, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
LOPEZ

Jody Lopez, 56, of Riverton, died Sunday, Aug. 18, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Per her request, cremation has taken place. The family ... [more]

Three years out, Cruz is a 2016 force

Aug 20, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Ted Cruz is on a roll.
The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the ... [more]

Victims didn't get a plea deal

Aug 20, 2013 - Bernard Beatty, Riverton:  Editor:
Well, it looks like the last one of the five people in the "Hudson homicide" case where the two innocent people were killed in their trailer home is ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Still the season
No, last week's day or two of cooler, damper weather didn't mean summer was over. This week's hot, dry, smoky weather proves it's ... [more]

Digest

Aug 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Obesity rate holds steady
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming residents aren't getting any fatter, according to a national study.
The Trust For America's Health says ... [more]

Powell tables further talk of smoking ban

Aug 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  POWELL -- The Powell City Council has abandoned further discussion of a possible city-wide smoking ban.
The issue was before the council for two months. On ... [more]

Huge B-1 plane down near border

Aug 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  The crash site is within the Powder River Training Complex, an 8,300-square-mile block of airspace centered just northwest of where South Dakota, Wyoming ... [more]

Wyoming Supreme Court spends an hour on superintendent suit

Aug 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Cindy Hill's lawsuit challenges a new law stripping the superintendent's office of many of its powers and duties.

CHEYENNE -- It is now up to the ... [more]