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Rails to Trails killer finishes work camp, seeks reduction

May 10, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A convicted killer is asking a judge to reduce his sentence to allow him out on probation.
Santana Mendoza, 17, is serving a sentence of 12 to 18 years in ... [more]

WyDOT cautioning motorcyclists about highway construction

May 10, 2015 - From staff reports:  All drivers should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes.

Asphalt milling is scheduled to begin Monday on a highway and bridge improvement ... [more]

Teen artist's work now on display at college

May 10, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  A new version of the Wyoming bucking horse and rider is on display at Central Wyoming College.
The iconic image, however, now includes a war bonnet.
The ... [more]

CWC, NWS hosting Men in Science Conference on Tuesday

May 10, 2015 - From staff reports:  Young men from the region's middle and high schools will converge Tuesday at Central Wyoming College to participate in workshops presented by men involved in ... [more]

City approves money from reserves to buy pothole machine

May 10, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council has voted to purchase a pothole-filling machine, despite worries over how the city would pay for it.
Riverton had been renting the ... [more]

Museums present kid friendly activities

May 10, 2015 - From staff reports:  Children ages 7 to 14 years old can play pioneer games and learn to make a hide painting during events Friday and Saturday at two Fremont County museums.
The ... [more]

Plea deal expected in death of UW student

May 10, 2015 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  LARAMIE -- The suspect in the death of a University of Wyoming student from Lander is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter next month in exchange for a ... [more]

CWC grads married while in school; both got associate diplomas Friday

May 10, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Central Wyoming College graduated 215 students this year, and many of them celebrated the achievement Friday night at the school's commencement.
For one ... [more]


May 10, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Two killed when SUV rolls into creek
SMOOT -- Authorities are investigating after an SUV rolled into a creek, killing two men near the small western ... [more]

Found body identified as missing man from Kansas

May 8, 2015 - The Associated Press:  CASPER -- Authorities have identified human remains found this past week in central Wyoming as a Kansas man who disappeared six years ago.
Natrona County ... [more]

Neighbors put out fire at house as firefighters neared scene

May 8, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  A group of neighbors saved a structure from substantial damage after a fire in the 800 block of Rose Marie Drive in Riverton.
Officials said the neighbors ... [more]

Dog bite incident sparks warning to vaccinate animals

May 8, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Local officials are encouraging residents to vaccinate their pets after an incident Thursday involving a 5-year-old boy who was bitten by a dog.
Police said ... [more]

Fed wildlife chief says state's plan won't prevent grouse listing

May 8, 2015 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Wyoming's conservation strategy for the greater sage grouse won't by itself be sufficient to ... [more]

Superintendent to China for education visit

May 8, 2015 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is among a delegation of eight U.S. state school superintendents traveling to China to ... [more]

Police seeking witnesses after person stabbed two on street outside bar in Lander

May 8, 2015 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  The Lander Police Department is seeking anyone with information regarding an altercation and stabbing that took place outside of the Forge Bar and Grill early ... [more]

Encana sells big Moneta Divide natural gas project

May 8, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Two investment firms finalized the purchase of the Moneta Divide natural gas development from Encana Oil and Gas (USA) on April 30.
Encana's 42 Riverton-based ... [more]

Storm blanketing state, region

May 8, 2015 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A potent spring snowstorm threatened to snarl traffic on interstate highways from Colorado to South Dakota, including a stretch of Interstate 80 ... [more]


May 8, 2015 - The Associated Press:  One dead, others hurt in head-on
CODY -- Investigators say distracted driving may have played a role in a three-car crash northeast of Cody that killed ... [more]

Graduation exercises dot calendar

May 8, 2015 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer:  Central Wyoming College's nurse pinning ceremony was Thursday.

Students from around Fremont County graduate over the next three weeks, freshly ... [more]


May 8, 2015 - Staff:  Community calendar
"Red Road Project" Presentation
is at 7 p.m. at the Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park Ave. Photographer Carlotta Cardana ... [more]

Men fined for shooting elk

May 7, 2015 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- Two Star Valley men have been fined after wounding several elk while hunting and leaving the animals to suffer through the night.
John Barton and ... [more]

Slump in oil, gas prices dampens leasing demand

May 7, 2015 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  A recent federal oil and gas lease sale netted the least amount of revenue in nearly six years.

CHEYENNE -- Low prices for oil and natural gas have ... [more]

NCAR computer a gold mine for researchers

May 7, 2015 - By James Chilton, Tribune News Service:  CHEYENNE -- To see it in operation, "glamorous" probably isn't the right word to describe the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Yellowstone ... [more]

Man charged in big theft from store 17 months after alleged offense happened

May 7, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A Riverton man is being prosecuted on burglary and shoplifting charges in the theft of $1,600 worth of electronics from Walmart in 2013. Mario Morales, 25, was ... [more]

New Shoshone National Forest management plan signed

May 7, 2015 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  It's the first new forest plan since 1986.

With a signature Wednesday, the Shoshone National Forest Land Management Plan was finalized, though it ... [more]

Damp days helping snowpack

May 7, 2015 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Precipitation will continue to fall on the Wind River Basin through the weekend in the form of both rain and snow, depending on the temperature.
The National ... [more]

Job Corps lists job openings for first time

May 7, 2015 - From staff reports:  The Management & Training Corporation has posted 24 job openings available at the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton.
MTC was named last week as the ... [more]

Ordinance would require approval for bare-knuckle fights

May 7, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Local officials entered into another round of discussions about bare-knuckle fighting in Riverton this week.
City staff -- with the guidance of Riverton ... [more]


May 7, 2015 - The Associated Press:  Suspect could face death sentence
CHEYENNE -- The man accused last month of slaying his ex-girlfriend and trying to kill her boyfriend could face the ... [more]


May 7, 2015 - Staff:  Clarifications
In Wednesday's Ranger, the page one story "Man fires rifle seven times, wrecks later" should have said a suspect discharged seven rounds ... [more]