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Jan 24, 2014 - From staff reports
Lorimer honored for handcart work
Scott Lorimer of Riverton was honored in November for his work acquiring land and developing historic sites related to Mormon handcart expeditions in Wyoming.
The Mormon Historic Sites Foundation gave Lorimer the 2013 Junius F. Wells Award during a dinner Nov. 14 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.
According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lorimer was president of the LDS stake in Riverton in 1991 when he initiated the "Second Rescue," an effort to complete the temple work of the James G. Willie and Edward Martin handcart companies.
The pioneers were on their way to Utah in October 1856 when they were caught by storms on the plains of Wyoming. The group became the subject of rescue efforts by LDS church members, who left Salt Lake City for Wyoming with wagons and relief supplies.
Members of Lorimer's stake completed more than 4,000 temple ordinances for members of the Willie and Martin handcart companies. In 1992, Lorimer helped the church purchase property in Wyoming at Rock Creek, followed by the purchase of the Sun Ranch next to Martin's Cove in 1995-1996. The Martin's Cove Visitor's Center is now located at Sun Ranch.
Members of Lorimer's stake also helped develop and construct bridges, trails, handcarts and improvements at both locations, including the Veil Crossing Bridge.
All State Band includes county teens
All State Music Groups met this week in Laramie, with students from Fremont County included in the choir; orchestra; and band, wind and percussion groups.
Riverton High School students made up much of the All State Band this year -- a contingent of 18 was included in the list: Thomas Beasley, second year, euphonium, band; Baylor Beers, second year, tuba, band; Jesse Cassity, second year, trombone, band 2; Ryan Childers, second year, French horn, band 2; McKenna Christopherson, flute, band 2; Jeri Dege, flute, band 1; Taylor DeVries, second year, tuba, band; Meghan DeVries, flute, band 2; Gillian Fahey, clarinet, band 3; Avery Hatfield, second year, tenor sax, band; Chance Hinkle, second year, trumpets, band 2; Amanda Johnston, bassoon, orchestra 1; Michaela Kechter, percussion, band; McKenna Lipson, second year, alto sax, band 2; Sarah McDonald, second year, trumpets, band 2; Zachary Miller, fourth year, trumpets, orchestra 1; Ryan Stortroen, bass clarinet, band; and Kathryn Thayer, fourth year, oboe, orchestra 1 and EH.
Band students from Lander Valley High School were: Andrew Gramlich, fourth year, French horn, orchestra 1; Haley Mele, tenor sax, band; Nicholas Nerli, bassoon, band 2; and Sam Poitras, third year, trombone, band 1.
LVHS also sent Kevin Baldwin for his second year singing tenor 1 in All State Choir, and Courtney Olson from RHS went as a soprano 2 for her second year.
Emily Schimelpfenig from LVHS went for her third year playing violin 2 in the All State Orchestra.
UW announces president's honor roll
The University of Wyoming lists 23 students from Fremont County on the 2013 fall semester president's honor roll.
The president's honor roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates who earned a 4.0 ("A") grade point average for the semester.
To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades.
Dubois: Nicole Janea Polmanteer
Lander: Joshua D. Green, Paige N. Hammer, Matthew J. Hurlock, Devin C. Irene, Derek R. Peil, Beau J. Pitt, Austin L. Roberts, Nicholas Thomas Robinson, Cody Mitchell Sorenson, Aaron Charles Spurlock, Kelly Nicole Spurlock, Sarah M. Trembly and Lucas M. Watkins.
Riverton: Kayla M. Baldwin, Will Flagg, Rachel Marie Howerton, Amy Elizabeth Miller, Kelli Charlene Niemeyer, Hailey J. Reiter, Joseph S. Roseno and Lisa M. Zirbel.
Shoshoni: Brittani Gardner