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Aug 2, 2012 - The Associated Press:  'American Idol' auditions in Casper
CASPER -- "American Idol" will be holding auditions in Casper next week as part of its "Small Town Audition Bus ... [more]

Fire burns through area where bighorns released

Aug 2, 2012 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A 3,700-acre wildfire burned through an area of south-central Wyoming where bighorn sheep had been reintroduced, and while there's no evidence any ... [more]

Fire risk now highest of the season

Aug 2, 2012 - The Associated Press:  Wildfire experts say states across Wyoming and the West are now at the highest risk of the season for wildfires as hot weather patterns continue to dry out ... [more]

Historic library set for wiring, other upgrades

Aug 2, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  Upgrades described as timely and necessary are being planned for the historic Carnegie Library in Lander.
Fremont County Library Systems director Matt Nojonen ... [more]

City moves toward plan to put park in vacant lot

Aug 2, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  Riverton city administrator Steven Weaver plans to recommend that council members proceed with making the former Daisy Cleaners property at 420 E. Main St. ... [more]

Poultry show full of entries, enthusiasm

Aug 2, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  Nervous anticipation flooded Michael Davis, 14, as he prepared to show his barred rock chicken Ducky and his Polish top notch Kevin on Wednesday at the 2012 ... [more]

Man died in remote area before rescue team could arrive

Aug 2, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Search and Rescue launched a mission Wednesday evening at Lake Louise near Dubois for a 65-year-old man who died, perhaps from a heart ... [more]

Fair exhibitor: Event is all about braids

Aug 2, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  MaKayla McPherson, 10, was up to date on the latest fair hair fashion.
"It is all about braids," McPherson said. "The more unusual braid your hair is in, the ... [more]

Mead tours state wildfire sites

Aug 1, 2012 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead toured wildfire sites in Weston and Albany counties on Tuesday and praised firefighters for their work.
Mead toured the 62,000-acre ... [more]

Digest

Aug 1, 2012 - The Associated Press:  Rough landing for helicopter
CODY -- Four people suffered minor scrapes and bruises when a malfunction caused a helicopter to make a rough landing in a ... [more]

Utah man pleads not guilty to Wyoming bank robberies

Aug 1, 2012 - The Associated Press:  POWELL -- A Utah man suspected of robbing banks in his home state as well as Wyoming, Oklahoma and Montana has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in ... [more]

Lightning on South Pass causes fire

Aug 1, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  About three acres of forest was charred Tuesday morning after lightning struck an area near South Pass.  
According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office ... [more]

Driver escapes wreck, car fire without injury

Aug 1, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Officials say a woman involved in a vehicle fire near Ethete escaped the fiery crash without injuries.
"The car was in the ditch fully engulfed in flames when ... [more]

'Bedazzled Bra' contest shares proceeds

Aug 1, 2012 - Staff:  Amid cans of peaches, baked bread, and homemade quilts at the Fremont County fair this year is a new exhibit, "bedazzled bras."
The display for public judging ... [more]

Busy with bees: Arlie Colva has brought buzzers to the fair for 40-plus years

Aug 1, 2012 - By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer:  As he bent over his buzzing box of brightly-colored bees, Fremont County beekeeper Arlie Colva said he has been bringing his honey-making insects to the ... [more]

TV crew arrives to start show on 2004 homicide

Aug 1, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  A television show produced for the Investigation Discovery cable channel will focus on the 2004 murder of Wyoming Honor Farm nurse Tammy Sue Watts.
Staff with ... [more]

In Drennen appeal hearing, expert calls shooting 'justified'

Aug 1, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  A criminal investigations expert with 44 years of experience testified on Tuesday afternoon that a Riverton man acted in self-defense in his case that resulted ... [more]

Fourth place for Riverton rower Brett Newlin in London

Aug 1, 2012 - Staff:  The United States 8-man rowing team with Riverton's Brett Newlin finished in fourth place behind Germany, Canada and Great Britain in Wednesday's gold medal ... [more]

Today

Jul 31, 2012 - Staff:  Correction
In Thursday's Ranger, the page one caption with the story "Interior secretary: Grizzly delisting expected by 2014" misidentified the bears ... [more]

Digest

Jul 31, 2012 - The Associated Press:  New wildfires in Wyoming
CHEYENNE -- Firefighters quickly attacked a new wildfire in Grand Teton National Park on Monday afternoon as they contained ... [more]

Study touts scooper planes for fires; forest chief differs

Jul 31, 2012 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A think tank says the U.S. Forest Service should pursue a much different strategy for using airplanes to fight wildfires, one that relies more ... [more]

Mountain lion seen in Pavillion

Jul 31, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Deer in town likely attracted the cougar, which has not been aggressive toward humans.

Wyoming Game and Fish officials are investigating the recent ... [more]

Fremont County fair in full swing

Jul 31, 2012 - By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer:  Though no balloons could take off from the Central Wyoming College soccer fields last week, another aerial vehicle was able to land there Monday.
But this one ... [more]

Drennen makes pitch to overturn murder conviction

Jul 31, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  A Riverton man serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man during a landlord-tenant dispute in May 2010 is arguing for ... [more]

Arena gets full prep before cowboys arrive

Jul 31, 2012 - By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Fair PRCA Ram rodeo began Monday night, but not before the rodeo grounds were prepped extensively for the days to come.
Before the rodeo ... [more]

Remaining Cowboy Campfires dates called off

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports:  Due to fire concerns and restrictions, the remaining schedule of this summer's Authentic Cowboy Campfires has been canceled.
The following performances will ... [more]

Black Hawk chopper to appear at fairgrounds

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports:  Monday's Military Appreciation Night accompanying the first night of the Fremont County Fair PRCA Ram Rodeo will include an appearance by a Wyoming National ... [more]

Wyoming digest

Jul 29, 2012 - The Associated Press:  UW participates in booze safety program
LARAMIE -- Students, faculty, staff and administrators from the University of Wyoming recently participated in a ... [more]

The way it was: Bigger grandstand -- 1965

Jul 29, 2012 - Staff:  Riverton was booming in the summer of 1965, with uranium exploration and production expanding rapidly, school construction in active mode, and housing popping ... [more]

Digest

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports:  Learn about natural gas vehicles
Encana Corp. is inviting the public to attend the Riverton Natural Gas Vehicle Ride & Drive event from from 11 a.m. to ... [more]

State holding meetings to discuss drought conditions

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports:  The Wyoming Department of Agriculture will host two public meetings in central Wyoming that will address the agriculture industry and the current drought and ... [more]

Art Walk in Atlantic City puts creativity on display

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports:  Artists, crafts people and authors will display their work at several locations in Atlantic City when the community hosts its sixth annual Open House and Art ... [more]

Thompson receives award for sage-grouse protection

Jul 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  Fremont County Commission chairman Doug Thompson and other members of Gov. Matt Mead's Sage Grouse Implementation Team have received an award from U.S. ... [more]

Drive-By for Isbell's concert in Lander

Jul 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  The ex-Drive-By Truckers performer will play an outdoor show by the Lander Bar at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

When Jeff Stanbury had the chance to bring ... [more]

Tribes want feds to start regulation of Internet gaming

Jul 29, 2012 - Staff and wire reports:  With some states readying to start online gambling, Native American tribal leaders are calling on the federal government to step in as it did with ... [more]

County Fair sheep wagon show brings back vivid memories

Jul 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer:  The permit issued by the Bureau of Land Management to the Davison Brothers of the Riverton area allowed federal range crossing for 1,300 sheep from May 25-29, ... [more]

In a demanding year, irrigators find ways to cope

Jul 29, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  It wouldn't make much of a Hollywood blockbuster, but the story of this year's drought in Fremont County turns out to be one of cooperation between neighbors, ... [more]

Today

Jul 27, 2012 - Staff:  Deaths
BROWN

Walter John Brown, 42, of Arapahoe, died July 27, 2012, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, ... [more]

Shoshone National Forest to release draft forest plan

Jul 27, 2012 - Staff:  The Shoshone National Forest will be releasing its draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement on Monday, July 30.
Forest planners say eight ... [more]

Griz mauling victim says bears, people can coexist

Jul 27, 2012 - The Associated Press:  CLARK -- Three years have passed since Jerry Ruth nearly lost his life in a chance encounter with a grizzly bear while hiking through tall Wyoming sagebrush ... [more]