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May 22, 2015 - Staff:  Deaths
BRUNNER

June Marie Brunner, 87, of Lander, died Thursday, May 21, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander with her children at her side. A ... [more]

Digest

May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Counterfeiters plead guilty
CASPER -- A man and a woman have pleaded guilty to counterfeiting-related charges in federal court in Casper.
The ... [more]

Woman who would not drop knife shot to death by officers

May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  GILLETTE -- Officers in northeast Wyoming shot and killed a 39-year-old woman armed with a knife after other means to stop her, including a stun gun, ... [more]

Stressed Saratoga nursing home to be managed by 'turnaround' expert

May 22, 2015 - The Associated Press:  SARATOGA -- The Montana company taking over a nursing home in southern Wyoming specializes in turning around troubled facilities, but the Saratoga facility ... [more]

Cemetery rites, gun show among Memorial Day weekend events

May 22, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  Volunteers are invited to help place more than 1,400 flags on graves at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mountain View Cemetery.
The grave of every veteran will be adorned ... [more]

Second charge for Lander stabbing suspect, but judge lowers man's bond to $5,000

May 22, 2015 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  The man charged with stabbing two people in Lander now faces a second count of aggravated assault and battery.
Luis Manuel Varba, 23, waived his preliminary ... [more]

Rising health costs drive bigger library budget request

May 22, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Library System is asking to bump up its budget in the coming fiscal year.
System director Tracy Cook told Fremont County Commissioners that ... [more]

College chief, VP get raises comparable to CWC staff

May 22, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees approved changes to administrative compensation at its meeting Wednesday.
CWC president Dr. Cristobal Valdez and ... [more]

Promoter sues regulator to bar imposing rules on bare-knuckle

May 22, 2015 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  A bare-knuckle fight promoter has sued the Association of Boxing Commissions and its president, saying the body is wrongly encouraging the City of Riverton to ... [more]

Ambulance boss fired amid money challenges faced by department

May 21, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Emergency Medical Services director Joseph Zillmer has been fired.
Fremont County Commissioners voted Tuesday to terminate Zillmer, but they ... [more]

Job losses for CWC as grants end, college eyes costs

May 21, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Central Wyoming College is losing more than $500,000 in grant funding this year, and administrators say the change will have an impact on staffing.
During a ... [more]

Park might reintroduce cutthroat

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Public comments are due by June 19.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and ... [more]

Fleeing man killed himself during chase with police

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  WORLAND -- The Washakie County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a Colorado man killed himself after a high-speed chase.
Deputy Mike Oberth attempted to ... [more]

Digest

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Man guilty in pipe bomb plot
LARAMIE -- A jury has found a Laramie man guilty of plotting to use a homemade pipe bomb to kill the man his wife was ... [more]

City OKs $200K to help lure new airline to service Riverton Regional Airport

May 21, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council earmarked $200,000 during its meeting Tuesday that may be needed to help recruit a new airline to Riverton Regional Airport. ... [more]

Cody school board hears hot debate about new public reading curriculum

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  The reading materials in question are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

CODY -- Proposed new reading materials for students in Cody schools ... [more]

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May 21, 2015 - Staff:  Corrections
In Wednesday's Ranger, the page six story "Good RHS contingent to state track" should have said Jared Kobbe qualified with a fourth-place ... [more]

Hip-hop artist helps stricken driver on the way to Riverton

May 21, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Authorities have confirmed that a man having a medical emergency while driving alone in Wyoming was helped by Grammy Award winning Layzie Bone of the group ... [more]

Oil drilling dips in Laramie County amid price slouch

May 21, 2015 - Tribune News Service:  CHEYENNE -- Low oil prices could be causing a slowdown in drilling activity in Laramie County after a long period of surging production.
Almost 1.37 million ... [more]

Panel to discuss Wyoming Food Freedom Act on Thursday

May 21, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  The bill allows for the sale and consumption of homemade foods.

A panel will meet to answer questions surrounding the Wyoming Food Freedom Act from 6 ... [more]

Today

May 20, 2015 - Staff:  Deaths
ROBERTS

Mary Elisabeth "Marybeth" Roberts, 76, died Friday, May 15. A private ceremony will be at a later date.

Community ... [more]

Digest

May 20, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Temp found for nursing homes
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The state of Kansas has temporarily taken over a Topeka nursing home after its owners couldn't make payroll ... [more]

Killer avalanche only inches deep

May 20, 2015 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- An avalanche in northwest Wyoming that killed one man and injured two others involved snow only a few inches deep.
The avalanche on Sunday streamed ... [more]

Mead shifts focus of coal mission to Oregon

May 20, 2015 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead continued his trade mission to the Northwest on Tuesday, emphasizing to the governor of Oregon that the future of Wyoming's ... [more]

Feds show fire plan to protect sage grouse

May 20, 2015 - By Keith Ridler and Matt Volz, The Associated Press:  A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as ... [more]

Autopsy shows man killed on motorcycle was intoxicated

May 20, 2015 - From staff reports:  A Riverton man who died this month in a motorcycle accident was intoxicated at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report.
Eiley R. Holliman Jr., ... [more]

Woman accused of felony theft from realty board via unauthorized use of debit card

May 20, 2015 - From staff reports:  A series of shoplifting incidents also is alleged.

A Riverton woman was arrested Monday, accused of making about $4,600 in unauthorized charges on a ... [more]

Commissioners order EMS chief not to speak with media; 'cohesive message' cited for move

May 20, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Commissioners have instructed Fremont County Emergency Medical Services director Joseph Zillmer not to talk to the media.
"I am not to speak ... [more]

Wet spell gives another boost to snowpack, soil moisture

May 20, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Two more weather systems are expected to drop continued precipitation on the Wind River Basin through May 26.
The Riverton area saw more than 1 inch of ... [more]

Wyoming oil, gas rig count drops by two

May 19, 2015 - The Associated Press:  HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to ... [more]