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Fremont County Year in Review: October
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
2 - Riverton's 2010 population was bigger than reported initially by the U.S. Census Bureau. The figure now is 10,749, up from 10,615.
2 - Local government agencies teamed up with area school districts to offer educational services for juveniles arrested for misdemeanor offenses.
3 - The Riverton City Council voted to close local parks after sundown every evening.
4 - Though Riverton Middle School has struggled to meet Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, principal Cheryl Mowry said student learning has improved in recent years.
4 - Officials investigated an old airplane tail section found Oct. 3 in the Willow Creek drainage area near Jeffrey City.
5 - The Riverton Police Department began investigating the death of 21-year-old Sterling Blackburn who was underneath a pickup truck at the Cedar Bar in downtown Riverton when the vehicle's owner attempted to drive away.
7 - The City of Riverton invited members of the public to attend a work session to discuss priorities for road work in town.
9 -- Preliminary autopsy results for 21-year-old Sterling Blackburn of Riverton were inconclusive. He died Oct. 11 when he was discovered underneath a pickup truck at the Cedar Bar.
10 - A Riverton judge bound the state's second-degree murder case against Dustin Nickelson over to district court in Lander. Nickelson was arrested Sept. 13 in connection with the shooting death of Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton.
11 -- State Sen. Eli Bebout said the Wyoming Legislature will consider two bills in 2013 that should help cities and counties tackle solid waste problems.
11 -- Officials installed 14 Conex boxes around Riverton's court facility after commissioners approved placement of the temporary barriers. The security measures follow an incident in July when a bullet penetrated the facility's exterior.
12 -- In Fremont County, more people are at work, fewer people are out of work, and the unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is down from both a month and a year earlier. The county has the highest jobless rate in Wyoming, however.
12 -- County officials approved plans to pursue options to fix the Harris Bridge Road near Pavillion that was closed in spring when a culvert failed.
14 - The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District anticipated finalizing transfer station schedules later in October.
14 - Property and liability insurance coverage for Central Wyoming College employees will cost 8 percent, or about $15,200, more, according to a report by Ron Granger, CWC's vice president for administrative services.
16 - The county coroner says homicide cases in the county remain well below the 2011's record-breaking year when 15 cases were reported. There had been five homicides so far this year.
16 - Riverton residents who attended a town hall meeting with members of Fremont County government were overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of a convention center in northwest Riverton.
17 - Every population center in Fremont County has grown since the 2010 U.S. Census, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
18 -- A judge has concluded Gabriel R. Drennen, a Riverton man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in 2010, failed to demonstrate he had ineffective assistance of counsel during his trial.
18 - County officials working to bring the Wind River Job Corps to Riverton received an updated timeline from the Department of Labor in September that indicates the facility should be completed by the end of 2015.
19 - Revenue problems that have plagued the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District in recent years are "kind of turning around," according to county officials.
21 - Officials reviewed jail statistics in an effort to determine patterns in pre-sentencing of inmates at the Fremont County Detention Center. According to the report, of the 175 inmates in custody last month, 122 had not been sentenced.
21 - Central Wyoming College staff approached the City of Riverton to request help addressing safety issues at the intersection of Main and Hill streets.
23 - Wyoming's Republican Party State Central Committee met in Riverton to select three candidates for state treasurer. The committee's recommendations were sent to Gov. Matt Mead.
23 - Central Wyoming College employees will see a 4.5 percent decrease in monthly health insurance rates in 2013 partly because of the federal Affordable Care Act.
24 - A newly approved schedule allows each of the county's seven trash transfer stations to have operation hours on one set day each week.
24 - The Wyoming Department of Education released its final Adequate Yearly Progress results for 2012. Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton was not identified for district improvement.
25 - A judge denied a request to transfer the case against Jude Blackburn, 16, of Riverton, to juvenile court. Blackburn is the youngest of five suspects charged in the 2011 murders of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and girlfriend Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, at Likes' trailer house in Hudson, and a subsequent robbery and arson at the residence.
25 - Central Wyoming College must forfeit all of its women's volleyball victories for the past three seasons and will not be permitted to play in this year's Region IX 2012 volleyball tournament after it was discovered the team had used an ineligible player or players.
25 - Four suspects are under investigation for poaching four moose near Hudson on Oct. 15.
26 - The Fremont County Commission agreed unanimously to lift the fire ban that had been in place since the first week of July.
26 - The Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of board member Marissa Root, who moved to Sheridan with her family.
28 - The Air Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality found that air around natural gas wells and compression stations near Pavillion is safe.
30 - Ryan Blake Hanway (Myers), 23, of Riverton, said he intended to plead guilty to one of the charges against him in exchange for a lower prison sentence. He is one of five individuals charged in connection with the Nov. 15, 2011, murders of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and Likes' girlfriend Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, at Likes' trailer house in Hudson.
30 - The decision to terminate Curtis Condie's employment at Central Wyoming College came Oct. 29 when officials said he was "separated" from the college staff. He had been the head coach of the CWC men's basketball team.
31 - Riverton's kindergarten through second-grade teachers said they enjoyed the smaller class sizes they experienced this year because of the relocation of all local third-graders to Rendezvous Elementary School.
31 - The Riverton City Council recruited a University of Wyoming intern to determine the best use for the city's recently acquired property at 422 E. Main St.