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Fremont County Year in Review: December
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
2 - The Fremont County Recreation Board created a tentative renovation plan for the Green Mountain picnic area. The upgrade could be complete by next fall.
2 - Sean Walker was removed from the Fremont County School District 24 Board of Education after it was discovered that he was no longer residing in the area.
4 - Central Wyoming College students had the chance to express their opinions about the school during the first-ever "Let Your Voice Be Heard" event on the Riverton campus.
5 - James Moore, 20, of Lander, was apprehended after a lengthy stakeout Dec. 4 at a Lander residence. Police said they think the man is connected to an arson that occurred earlier that day.
5 - Officials released the names of the suspect and deceased victim involved in a hit-and-run accident early Dec. 3 at the Rezeride Roadhouse Saloon west of Kinnear. Michelle Littleshield, 35, of St. Stephen's, died. Alma Mosho, 33, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was arrested in connection with the incident.
6 - Strathmore applied for a permit to mine uranium in the Gas Hills Mining District on Oct. 31 with hopes of developing open pit mines on its 35,000-acre claim.
6 - Two people suffered minor burns Dec. 5 when one or more oil tanks reportedly caught fire off of Muskrat Road east of Riverton.
6 - The U.S. Department of Labor released a notice just after 1 p.m. Dec. 6 seeking sources for the future construction of the Wind River Job Corps that is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.
7 - Joseph Jude Jenkins couldn't recall much about the November 2011 killings of Eric Likes, 42 and Elva Quiver, 20, a couple he met once before stabbing them to death. Jenkins said he had consumed two fifths of Captain Morgan rum that evening.
7 - The Riverton City Council voted to eliminate the Sewer Lateral Protection Plan program that serves 1,223 homes in Riverton. City administrator Steven Weaver suggested the city sign up instead for the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program. Monthly costs could increase.
9 - Fremont County's employment picture showed improvement in October, and the unemployment rate now stands at its lowest rate in four years -- 5.5 percent.
9 - Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Dec. 7 at the intersection of Honor Farm Road and Wyoming Highway 789 north of Riverton.
11 - Three people were arrested in connection with the four moose that were found poached in October north of Hudson: Phillip "Rocky" Hurtado, 73, of Arapahoe; Sammy Edlund, 29, of Gillette; and Danielle Najera, 28, of Gillette.
11 - The Riverton City Council established the Fix Our Roads Citizen Committee.
12 - Second-degree murder suspect Dustin Nickelson, 23, entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment Dec. 11 in Lander District Court. He was arrested in connection with the Sept. 13 shooting death of Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton.
12 - Teffany Fegler was appointed to replace a board member who was recently removed from the Fremont County School District 24 Board of Education.
14 - Officials decided the 9th Circuit Court in Dubois would close ahead of schedule on Jan. 11, barring legislative intervention.
18 - A fourth and final suspect was arrested in connection with the poaching of four moose that were found dead this October. Phillip "P.J." Warren, 31, of Arapahoe, was arrested Dec. 11 for wanton destruction of game, wasting game and taking wildlife without a license.
19 - The City of Riverton's audit report showed all financial statements complied with the U.S. Government Auditing Standards.
20 - Fremont County government saw a $1.1 million increase in net assets and a $5.3 million increase in revenue in the last fiscal year.
20 - Fremont County School District 38 made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2011-12 academic year -- a first for the Arapahoe district.
21 - The Central Wyoming Skateboarding Association approached the Riverton City Council with a proposal to build a new skate park in Riverton.
23 - The Riverton City Council voted Dec. 18 to allow residents to own chickens within city limits.
26 - The Wyoming Community College Commission voted to raise tuition at the state's seven campuses by 5 percent next year. The increase represents an extra $4 per credit for Central Wyoming college students.
26 - A one-vehicle rollover on the Wind River Indian Reservation on Christmas Eve morning claimed the life of Clarence J. Armajo Jr., 18, of Lander.
26 - Officials said the frozen body of Charles Carden, 42, was found outside of a residence near South Pass on Dec. 21.
27 - An independent audit of Fremont County's financial statement and policies found few problems.
28 - The local coroner's office handled a record-tying 18 suicides in 2012, with one more death that may be attributed to suicide pending autopsy results. The last time 18 people died by suicide in Fremont County was in 2006, and the record was initially set in 1985.