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Fremont County Year in Review: November

Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports

2 - A Circuit Court judge said he did not find probable cause to bind over first-degree murder charges against the man accused in the September shooting death of a Lander resident.

Judge Robert Denhardt filed an order transferring four charges against John Thomas Hereford, 24, of Lander, to District Court. Those charges were second-degree murder, kidnapping-confinement and two first-degree sexual assault counts.

6 - The Fremont County Coroner's Office released an autopsy report showing Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton, was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of his death.

Myhre died of multiple gunshot wounds at about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

6 - The Fremont County Coroner's office began investigating the death of 18-month-old Derek Meeks Jr., who died Nov. 5 after being struck by a vehicle Nov. 3 off of Gas Hills Road.

7 - Strong support in Lander and Riverton carried the day for the optional 1 percent sales tax.

There were 16,445 votes on the tax, with 8,390 for the proposition and 8,055 against it.

7 - Riverton business owner Jonathan Faubion ran unopposed and secured the Riverton City Council Ward 1 seat. In the race for Ward 2 incumbent Todd Smith won a seat on the council once again after going against Lee Martinez. The Ward 3 council seat went to Lars Baker who ran against former city employee Larry Bauman.

7 - House District 55 Rep. Dave Miller, R-Riverton, was elected to serve his seventh term in the Wyoming Legislature, having earned 2,374 votes Nov. 6 to Democratic challenger Sherry Shelley's 1,473.

7 - Voters gave incumbent Judy Pedersen another term on the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees on Nov. 6. Pedersen earned 4,564 votes in the race for the Subdistrict 2 spot on the CWC board. Challengers Nicole Schoening, Tim Payne and Chris Smolik won 3,505 votes, 3,039 votes and 1,328 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Welty did not fare as well, losing his Subdistrict 1 spot to Heather Christensen.

As representative for Subdistrict 3, Carlton Underwood will be another new face on the CWC board. He defeated David Snyder.

8 - Two newcomers will join the Fremont County Commission in 2013 after beating out incumbents in this year's primary and general elections.

Stephanie Kessler, the Independent challenger in District 4, saw 1,894 votes Nov. 6 compared to the 1,745 cast for Republican incumbent Pat Hickerson. Republican Larry Allen ran unopposed in the general election.

District 5 Republican Doug Thompson was the only incumbent to make it through the Nov. 6 election, beating Independent challenger Nathan Maxon.

8 - The next Wyoming House District 54 representative will be Lloyd Larsen after the Lander Republican resident secured nearly 57 percent of the votes cast in the general election.

According to unofficial results, Larsen collected 2,784 of the 4,898 votes cast. Democratic candidate Bruce Palmer came in second place followed by Libertarian Ryan Jones.

Larsen replaced longtime state Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, who served for 14 years.

8 - Local officials began investigating the death of 4-month-old Liam LaForme, who was

pronounced dead Nov. 3 at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Preliminary autopsy findings were inconclusive, according to Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan.

9 - Two newcomers and an incumbent were elected Nov. 6 to the Fremont County School District 24 Board of Trustees in Shoshoni.

Emily Jarvis garnered 355 votes cast, according to unofficial results.

Trustee Kelly Gardner followed with 336 votes, and Wedge Fike secured the third seat after collecting 272 votes.

9 - Attorneys representing Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr., 20, of Ethete, one of five suspects in the Hudson double-homicide case, filed a motion to change venue, claiming the defendant could not get a fair and impartial trial in Fremont County given the "great prejudice" against him.

9 - Greg Ashdown was the sole applicant to fill Marisa Root's position on the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees. The board accepted his application.

11 - A judge sentenced a Riverton man to 40 years to life in prison for second-degree attempted murder of a girl in the fall of 2011.

George William Lucas, 47, was also sentenced to 40 to 50 years for sexual assault, 18 to 20 years for sexual abuse and eight to 10 years for intimidating a witness.

13 - Ryan Blake Hanway (Myers) said he took responsibility for his actions when he agreed with others to attempt to rob a couple in Hudson in November 2011.

Under a plea agreement, Hanway pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in exchange for the dismissal of two first-degree murder charges and a lower sentence.

16 - Wyoming PBS general manager Ruby Calvert announced her intention to retire by June 30, 2013.

Calvert worked for the state's sole public television station for 31 years.

16 - Jurors determined that William Dean Barnes of Lander was not guilty of felony aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a Dec. 20, 2011, crash where he struck and killed an 11-year-old exiting a school bus while she crossed a highway to her Crowheart home.

Barnes was convicted on several lesser charges, all misdemeanors.

20 - Fremont County's 911 call center was fully staffed for the first time in five years, according to Sheriff Skip Hornecker, who announced the accomplishment Nov. 13 during a Fremont County Commission meeting.

20 - County officials began investigating the death of Robin Gilpin, 48, of Riverton, whose body was found Nov. 17 at her parents' gravesite in the Mountain View Cemetery. A preliminary autopsy was inconclusive.

25 - The Hostess Brands's Riverton distribution center shut down Nov. 16, and its three employees lost their jobs.

27 - The Wyoming Highway Patrol began investigating a one-vehicle rollover that resulted in the death of Jamie Bell, 25, of Kinnear.

Reports state Bell was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 26 at about 3:50 a.m. Nov. 24 when she lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.

27 - Fremont County sugar beet growers had a record harvest in 2012. Low sugar prices, however, meant farmers likely would not see a record income.

27 - Officials said Sterling Blackburn, 21, of Riverton, had died of mechanical asphyxia Oct. 4 when he was discovered underneath a pickup truck at the Cedar Bar, 413 E. Fremont Ave.

In Blackburn's case, Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the asphyxia was caused by the

presence of the vehicle on top of Blackburn's body.

28 - Uranium mining got one step closer to returning to Fremont County. The Bureau of Land Management Lander Field Office released a draft environmental impact study of a proposed new uranium mine in the Gas Hills Mining District.

If approved, the Cameco mine would be the first new uranium mine in Fremont County in decades.

30 - Wyoming Catholic College officials said a chaplain was fired from the Lander school amid allegations of improper conduct with students.

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