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Deputy says he'll vie to replace Varn as county attorney

Jan 30, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Shortly after Fremont County attorney Brian Varn submitted his letter of resignation to commissioners Tuesday, deputy county attorney Pat LeBrun announced he ... [more]

County attorney Varn to resign next month

Jan 29, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn is resigning effective Feb. 28 after serving in the position for nearly four years.
"After I retired from the Air Force, I ... [more]

Fish stories: Ice anglers seize the day at Wild West Winter

Jan 27, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  She was not going to win, but at least one little girl out on the lake was ecstatic about her catch in the Wild West Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Derby.
She ... [more]

Basin snow pack stands at 90 percent of average

Jan 27, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Levels at higher elevations are down from last year.

Early indicators of whether this year's precipitation will be better or worse than 2012 are ... [more]

The way it was: War effort -- 1944

Jan 27, 2013 - Staff:  News of World War II dominated Fremont County's front pages in 1944. With virtually every man aged 19-26 in military service, there always was war news of ... [more]

Stage Stop dog sled race to start Friday

Jan 24, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The mushers arrive in Lander on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

"Mush!" will once again echo through the mountains of western Wyoming. The International Pedigree ... [more]

No injuries or toxic spills from train derailment near Bonneville

Jan 24, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Cars carrying molten sulfur did not leave the tracks.

Two locomotives belonging to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company were derailed ... [more]

WWWC medallion hunt now under way

Jan 22, 2013 - Staff:  The busiest part of the 28th annual Wild West Winter Carnival is approaching, and Tuesday marks the beginning of the WWWC Medallion Treasure Hunt.
A $500 ... [more]

The way it was: Hospital anniversary -- 1994

Jan 20, 2013 - Staff:  Fremont County's two "new" hospitals were constructed within a year of each other. Riverton Memorial Hospital opened in 1983, with Lander Valley Medical Center ... [more]

Inn adds second scotch tasting

Jan 20, 2013 - From staff reports:  Miner's Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast in Atlantic City hosted its 54th consecutive Second Saturday Scotch Sipping at Six in December 2012.
The Saturday ... [more]

Angler catches record crappie at Boysen on New Year's Eve

Jan 20, 2013 - From staff reports:  Wyoming's black crappie state record has been broken for the first time since 1997. The new record black crappie was caught out of Boysen Reservoir on New ... [more]

Achievers

Jan 18, 2013 - From staff reports:  Residents make UW honor roll
The University of Wyoming lists the following students from Fremont County on the 2012 fall semester president's honor ... [more]

Tourism funding

Jan 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's good reason to spare it from the state budget cleaver

Is now the time to cut tourism promotional funding from the state budget? It's one of ... [more]

The way it was: Bank construction -- 1962

Jan 14, 2013 - Staff:  Mid-January typically isn't the time of year that comes to mind for a building project, but organizers of the new American National Bank of Riverton were eager ... [more]

Hotel added to National Register of Historic Places

Jan 14, 2013 - From staff reports:  The Carpenter Hotel Historic District in Atlantic City became Wyoming's latest addition to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 12, 2012. The ... [more]

Solid waste meeting dates changing to third Monday

Jan 14, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District Board of Directors has amended its bylaws to move meetings to the third Monday of each month.
It was also ... [more]

Rez dancers invited to inauguration parade in D.C.

Jan 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The traditional U.S. Presidential Inauguration parade will be Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., to honor the newly sworn in president and vice president. Military ... [more]

The PIT count

Jan 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The objective is to enumerate the homeless in Fremont County

Winter is a poignant time to count the homeless. At no other time of year is their ... [more]

Fremont Fiber Arts Guild hosts Spin-In/Fiber-Fest

Jan 9, 2013 - Staff:  Rachel Bundschuh of Riverton grinned as she spun yarn using a drop spindle at the Spin-In/Fiber-Fest on Saturday in the Heritage Hall at the Fremont County ... [more]

Agencies to make count of homeless population

Jan 9, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  A point-in-time count will be held Jan. 24 in Fremont County so sheltered and unsheltered homeless people can be counted and added to national data.
The PIT ... [more]

Firefighters kept hopping in blazes tied to ashes, wiring

Jan 9, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton Volunteer Fire Department chief Ralph Estell said residents should be careful when disposing of hot ashes from wood stoves.
"Have a designated place ... [more]

2012 will be recalled as 'the year of the fire'

Jan 6, 2013 - Linda Deibe, Riverton:  Editor:
I enjoyed reading the end-of-the-year issue. The Top 10 news of the year always interests me. I suppose it depends a lot on who you are and where you ... [more]

Trail groomer has lonely job -- and likes it

Jan 6, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The sun had not yet peaked over the mountains or broken through the clouds, but a bright orange tractor was already chugging over the snow in the darkness on a ... [more]

Man led cops on car chase, then left road and passed out

Jan 2, 2013 - From staff reports:  Matthew G. Snyder, 32, of Alliance, Ohio, remains in custody in Fremont County after he led a local Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on a 59-mile chase Saturday ... [more]

Nearly $55,000 spent on Bunker Road work

Jan 2, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Fremont County spent nearly $55,000 on improvements to Bunker Road since work began on the controversial roadway 15 months ago. 
That figure was one Fremont ... [more]

2012: Hudson five top story of the year

Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports:  The bizarre, ongoing saga of a crime in Hudson that started as a simple burglary and ended up a murder conspiracy has been voted the top Fremont County news ... [more]

County ties all-time suicide record; one still to be determined

Dec 28, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Highest suicide
totals on record
in Fremont County

1985 -- 18
2006 -- 18
2012 -- 18*
* total could rise pending
further investigation



The ... [more]

One year after 11-year-old girl's death, both sides of case praise jury's verdict

Dec 28, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  A year after the death of a girl on a rural highway, Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn said he is satisfied with the verdict rendered by a jury in the case of ... [more]

Residents can donate trees to fish habitat

Dec 28, 2012 - From staff reports:  Fremont County residents don't have to let their Christmas trees go to waste after the holidays. They can drop them off to be used as fish habitat ... [more]

Man's frozen body found near South Pass

Dec 26, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy planned for Wednesday afternoon to determine the cause of death of a 42-year-old man whose frozen body was ... [more]

Spin-In to feature fiber arts vendors and artists

Dec 26, 2012 - From staff reports:  A variety of fiber arts vendors and artists from throughout the state will give demonstrations at the Spin-In, Fiber-Fest on Saturday, Jan. 5, in Riverton. ... [more]

Solid waste disposal staff awarded safety bonuses

Dec 21, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District Board unanimously approved $11,456 in safety award bonuses for district employees.
Each of the waste disposal ... [more]

Churches plan busy Christmas lineups

Dec 21, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner sponsored is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day at St. Margaret's Catholic Church Gym on East Park ... [more]

Encana gives $4,000 to American Red Cross of Wyoming

Dec 20, 2012 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. granted the American Red Cross of Wyoming $4,000 to provide disaster relief services to victims of man-made or natural disasters in ... [more]

County to fill fair, waste and animal board positions Tuesday

Dec 18, 2012 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Commission interviewed 13 candidates for open positions on the Solid Waste Disposal District, Fair and Predatory Animal boards.
The ... [more]

Quilt guild crafts placemats for senior Christmas meal deliveries

Dec 14, 2012 - From staff reports:  Five women quilted and donated 218 mats.

There will be a nice surprise in the meals delivered to Fremont County senior citizens during their ... [more]

Burns, logging planned for 8,000 acres on Loop Road

Dec 13, 2012 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Shoshone National Forest Washakie District ranger Steve Schacht says the Forest Service is planning a fuel reduction and habitat improvement project along the ... [more]

Digest

Dec 9, 2012 - From staff reports:  Crack-seal project under way
A $991,000 project to crack-seal highways is under way throughout Central and Northwest Wyoming, and work will continue ... [more]

Unemployment down again across Fremont County

Dec 9, 2012 - From staff reports:  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.
That's ... [more]

Two workers suffer minor burns in oil tank blaze

Dec 6, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Two people suffered minor burns Wednesday afternoon when one or more oil tanks reportedly caught fire off of Muskrat Road east of Riverton.
County fire ... [more]