News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
May 12, 2013 - From staff reports
4-H anniversary committee seeks help
Members of the 4-H 100th anniversary committee are asking former members or volunteers to help tell the story of the past century of 4-H in Wyoming counties and communities. 4-H is the largest youth organization in Wyoming.
"We are asking for copies of identified pictures, articles, events and people or whatever you think will tell the story of 4-H," said Kay Moyer, of Cheyenne, a member of the committee. "We also want to identify long-time, multi-generational 4-H families in your communities. We would like to spotlight them along with other 4-H alumni on our Wall of Fame."
Each county will have a display listing former and current 4-H'ers and volunteers at its fair. All the county walls then will be shown together at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.
Those wanting to contribute and share information can do so at http://bit.ly/4hcentennial. The page has various fields in which information can be typed.
Those wanting to contribute photographs are asked to contact their local UW Extension offices or the Wyoming State 4-H Program office on the UW campus at 4-H@uwyo.edu. A digital copy will be made of the original so those submitting photos can retain the originals.
Grizzly bear relocated near Dubois
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated an adult male grizzly bear Monday.
The bear was captured for killing livestock on private land west of Cody. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Shoshone National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Long Creek drainage, north of Highway 26, roughly 18 miles northwest of Dubois. The release site is located in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.
Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded bear management personnel to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzlies. The decision to relocate and the selection of a relocation site is made taking into consideration the age, sex and type of conflict the bear was involved in.
Because grizzly bears are listed as "Threatened"under the Endangered Species Act, consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate land management agency is also made to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzlies.
Bears are relocated in accordance with federal law and regulation. When selecting a relocation site, the department makes every consideration to minimize potential conflicts with livestock and people.
Bears can create conflicts after they have obtained food rewards. The department continues to stress the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, horse feeds, bird seed and others) unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants reduces human-bear conflicts.
Shakespeare coming to Lander
The University of Wyoming Fine Arts Outreach office, in conjunction with UW's Department of Theatre and Dance, will launch the inaugural "Shakespeare in a Trunk" tour Monday.
The "Shakespeare in a Trunk" program is led by Professor John O'Hagan and is a free performance and residency opportunity for Wyoming communities and schools.
"Shakespeare in a Trunk" is dynamic and engaging, providing an action-filled Shakespearian production by UW Theatre and Dance actors.
The project's goal is to expose Wyoming High School students and community members to Shakespearian text, language and story through performance and workshops.
This year's production is "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet."
The tour will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Carnegie Room of the Lander Library.
All performances are free and open to the public.
For more information, e-mail Janelle Fletcher-Kilmer, director of Fine Arts Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power company to inspect lines
Rocky Mountain Power will conduct routine power line inspections by helicopter in central and northern Wyoming, and into southern Montana. The inspections will take place Monday to Thursday, weather permitting.
Inspections will take place over Casper, Glenrock, Douglas, Glendo, Buffalo, Gillette, Sheridan, Cody, Worland, Thermopolis, Riverton and Billings, Mont.
"Helicopter surveys of power lines are performed periodically," said Jon Andersen, Rocky Mountain Power line patrolman. "The work may require the helicopter to hover near the lines. Residents can be assured this is a normal procedure, proper safety precautions are followed and there is no cause for concern."
Sage grouse team to meet in county
Wyoming's Sage Grouse Implementation Team will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pronghorn Motel in Lander
Agenda items are numerous. The complete agenda is available at wgfd.wyo.gov.
Public comments will be taken immediately after the meeting introductions and during the meeting per the chairman's discretion.
The team was formed by Gov. Matt Mead to address issues that come up with the implementation of the Sage Grouse Executive Order.