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Fremont County Year in Review: June
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
1 -- Eddie Wadda, 42, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's liaison to Gov. Matt Mead's office and a former teacher at Wyoming Indian Elementary School, died in a car crash May 31 or early June 1 while returning home to Fort Washakie from Gillette.
1 - State government officials said residents east of Pavillion affected by poor-quality drinking water containing potentially harmful substances could get a cistern system paid for and installed using Wyoming funds.
1 - A judge set bond at $250,000 cash for Gerald "Gary" Emil Anderson Jr., 54, the former bookkeeper of Star-Tech Inc. and Precision Analysis who faced nine felonies alleging embezzlement totaling more than $2.5 million.
3 - The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported that Fort Washakie's Edward L. Wadda, 42, who worked as the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's liaison to Gov. Matt Mead's office, died in a rollover crash when he swerved to avoid a deer on the highway between Buffalo and Casper on May 31. Diana K. Soundingsides died later of injuries she suffered in the crash.
3 - A construction advisory committee agreed on a location for a new school north of Shoshoni.
5 - The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District superintendent proposed adding a day of operation each month at some trash transfer stations amid concerns over new limited hours.
6 - The charges against Joseph Jude Jenkins and Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr. in the Hudson double homicide case will advance to Lander District Court after the two waived their hearings. The men are among five accused in the November killings of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and girlfriend Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, and the subsequent robbery and arson at the couple's trailer house in Hudson.
7 -- The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District met with law enforcement to discuss changes to hours of operation at rural waste transfer stations.
8 - For the second time in recent memory, a grizzly bear was sighted in the southern Wind River Mountains northwest of Lander.
8 - About 50 people attended a meeting to complain about the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District's decision to limit access to a trash site near Atlantic City.
12 - The Fremont County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy, later identified as Joshua Hurtado of Fort Washakie, whose body was recovered in the North Fork River. Officials said the child was on a family outing in the area.
12 - Trash transfer stations in Hudson and Missouri Valley became the targets of criminal activity less than two weeks after strictly limited service hours started at the various sites.
12 - A merger will combine the Florence, Italy-based Seac Banche, which specializes in creating check-scanner equipment for the banking industry, with the Riverton company Pertech Resources Inc. that manufactures printers for financial transactions.
13 - The response has been a trickle after state officials offered to install taxpayer-funded cisterns at households with poor water quality near Pavillion. Groups are working to determine whether hydraulic fracturing used in the energy field owned by Encana Corp. is contaminating groundwater there.
14 - The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District board's decision to reject a proposal concerning Wind River Indian Reservation trash management got harsh criticism from tribal representatives.
15 - A federal judge ordered Michelle Crispin, 32, of Ethete to serve two years in prison for being the intoxicated driver during a fatal rollover crash on 17 Mile Road that killed Mitchell James C'Hair Jr, 27, of Ethete, on Jan. 2.
19 - To address complaints about decreased operations at trash transfer stations, the county solid waste board approved a new schedule that opens each affected site roughly every seven days.
19 - Aiden Gabriel EagleRoad, 5, of Lander, died and four adults were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in South Dakota.
19 - County commissioners ratified a memorandum of understanding with affected landowners after years of work to establish Bunker Road as a public route.
22 - State and county transportation officials met to discuss how to cover a $2.15 million shortfall on 17 Mile Road's final section rebuild.
24 - Seven percent more crime has been reported over the past two years on the Wind River Indian Reservation, but officials says that's a sign of improvement after an influx of law enforcement officers since 2010.
24 -- The Riverton City Council voted to advance the local alcohol crisis center $22,000 for payroll with the stipulation that $22,000 would be deducted from the agency's regular funds for the 2013 fiscal year.
27 - Weather officials said the smoke that hovered above Fremont County was from the Fontenelle Fire that scorched 12,000 acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Other active fires nearby are the Cato Fire near Buffalo, the Otter Creek Fire by Ten Sleep and the Russell's Camp Fire near Glenrock.
28 - A Northern Arapaho government attorney disputed the actions by the tribe's Election Committee that gave notice removing Business Council chairman Jim Shakespeare from office last week. The attorney said election judges didn't have the authority to remove Shakespeare.
28 - A jury in Lander determined that Riverton doctor Stephen Rotholz did not commit malpractice in the 2008 delivery of baby Kyra Kaye Rodriguez who sustained permanent injuries that prevent her from raising her left arm above her shoulder.
28 - Jeremy Hill was hired as assistant principal and activities director at Riverton High School to succeed Keith Bauder who resigned from the position in May. Sheryl Esposito was hired for the new position of assistant principal at Rendezvous Elementary School.
29 - A fire destroyed the Lander Community Center on June 28.
29 - Stephanie Whitman, 19, of Riverton, faces charges in connection with a recent rash of at least 17 residential burglaries in the Riverton area since April.
29 - Central Wyoming College officials on June 20 laid out payment problems regarding the health and science center and hinted at possible legal action against the Wyoming Community College Commission, explaining that they were having trouble with WCCC staff reimbursing construction costs.