News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Fremont County Year in Review: July
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
1 - Concerned citizens and farmers attended a three-hour meeting June 27 to discuss new rule revisions covering leafy greens, raw milk and eggs.
1 - On June 29, local officials made an emergency vote by telephone to implement fire restrictions in the county due to "an extreme danger of fire."
3 - Fire officials said an electrical malfunction on one of the Lander Community Center's front porch lights is to blame for the June 28 fire that destroyed the landmark structure.
3 - A judge in Lander sentenced Mario Legarda of Riverton to two to four years in prison as part of a massive drug bust that happened in December.
5 - A Wyoming legislative committee in Riverton called for discussion of possible reductions in fees for required public notices in printed publications.
5 - The Fremont County Commission offered to pay more than half of the funding needed to cover the roughly $2.15 million shortfall for 17 Mile Road's final section rebuild.
6 - The case against Ryan Blake Hanway, 22, of Riverton, one of the five defendants in the November Hudson double-homicide, proceeded to trial after he pleaded innocent in the killings of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20.
6 - William Dean Barnes of Lander, charged with being the driver who struck and killed Makayla Marie Strahle, 11, of Crowheart, who was exiting a school bus at her home in December, pleaded not guilty.
8 - State officials supported the wishes of Central Wyoming College administrators when ruling on the way state reimbursement should be done for CWC's health and science center construction.
8 - Firefighters battling the Bear Cub Fire, which burned 6,141 acres in remote Fremont County by July 7, got a break because the new fire was adjacent to an area that burned last year, limiting growth in that direction.
10 - Officials blame lightning for several wildfires that ignited July 9 on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The largest fire was south of Bull Lake Rim and had consumed more than 17 acres.
11 -- Carolyn B. Tyler, the senior news staff member of The Ranger and the newspaper's former editor, died July 10 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was 77 years old.
11 - Benefiting from a higher assessed valuation and $1.3 million in federal funding, county officials approved their new budget with spending at about the previous year's level.
12 - Fremont County's unemployment news continued to improve in May, with the county's jobless rate a full percentage point lower than it was a year ago thanks to strong job growth that saw more than 400 more people at work this year than last.
12 -- Gov. Matt Mead's administration pressed ahead with plans to install state-funded cisterns for residents east of Pavillion affected by poor drinking-water quality, possibly because of nearby energy development.
12 - Rodney Alex Romo of Fremont County, born in 1961, will spend the next 18 to 40 years behind bars after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 16 years old.
15 - The solid waste district's seven transfer stations, under a new restricted schedule, brought in $2,004 during their first month compared to $620 for the same period last year. Concerns remained, however, as it cost more than $6,000 to man the sites each month.
15 -- The Central Wyoming College board of trustees opted to freeze president Jo Anne McFarland's pay at $167,775 annually, while adding 10 more vacation days for a total of 41 vacation days.
17 -- The Fremont County Commission is no longer offering free land near Jaycee Park to the City of Riverton after municipal leaders demanded more than the roughly six acres initially proposed.
17 -- Riverton sidewalks, curbs and gutters in disrepair are to be fixed by ERI Engineering after the City of Riverton awarded the company a bid for $25,000 for concrete repairs.
17 -- Fire investigators determined two structure fires were intentionally set July 4-5 on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
18 - A new bar code system offers monthly discounts for people enrolled in Riverton's curbside recycling program.
19 - Fremont County farmers and ranchers affected by damages because of drought learned they could qualify for emergency federal loans and potentially other aid programs under an announced disaster declaration for the area.
19 -- Riverton Fire District investigator Matt Lee ruled a house fire May 9 on North Broadway Avenue was started intentionally.
20 - Weather conditions grounded hot-air balloon enthusiasts July 20 in the first of three scheduled Riverton Rendezvous launches.
20 -- The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees authorized advancement of an adjusted housing project that would put 24 beds at the college's Sinks Canyon Center.
22 -- Fremont County Commissioner Travis Becker said he wanted the board to decide on its intended use of a donated, 100-plus-acre parcel north of Riverton Memorial Hospital and Jaycee Park before revisiting a land offer to city leaders.
24 -- Officials investigated the death of Dawn Michelle Day, 28, of Riverton, whose body was recovered from Pilot Butte Reservoir on July 21.
24 - The Fremont County School District 25 Board of Education approved its 2012-13 budget July 18 that included nearly $36.118 million in its general fund -- an uptick from last year's $35.068 million general fund.
25 - Donovan James Shakespeare, an Ethete teen charged with crashing a stolen vehicle about 300 feet through Riverton's Walmart, will get a year in jail and probation under a plea deal filed in July.
25 -- The Fremont County Commission's decision to impose restrictions on Independence Day fireworks raised concerns about how the board should handle similar actions in the future.
26 -- Coroner's records showed that suicides are increasing, with three more happening during the first six months of the year than the same time in 2011. Officials reported 10 suicides during the first half of 2012.
27 - The Fremont County Commission supported assessor Tara Berg's determination that the non-profit Mountain Vista Retirement Residence in Lander is not exempt from property taxation.
29 - With some states readying to start online gambling, American Indian tribal leaders called on the federal government to ensure tribes get a piece of the action without having their revenue taxed and their sovereignty compromised. Wyoming's decreasing revenues have sparked calls for a re-examination of gambling options.
31 - Gabriel R. Drennen of Riverton, a man serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man during a landlord-tenant dispute in May 2010, argued for a new trial while appealing to the Wyoming Supreme Court. His appeal was on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel.