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Wet weather could challenge rain records for the date

Sep 12, 2013 - From staff reports:  Thursday shaped up as one of the wettest in local history for the date, with steady rainfall dousing Fremont County for much of the day following a damp ... [more]

County OKs one-director option for museum system

Sep 12, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The hiring process for the new position can proceed immediately.

The Fremont County Museums Board has approval to begin hiring a central director for ... [more]

Neither library hopeful hired; board to begin search again

Sep 12, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  The Fremont County Library Board of Trustees has issued a one-sentence press release regarding its decision to continue the search for a new director.
The ... [more]

Library board to choose director this week

Sep 10, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The spot has been vacant since former Fremont County Library System director Matt Nojonen resigned May 31.

By the end of this week, the Fremont ... [more]

Documents show ties to local meth dealers from Mexican ring

Sep 10, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Prosecutors say a group of Fremont County meth dealers had ties with an organization stretching back to the U.S.-Mexican border.
Timothy Pitt, 32, of Hudson, ... [more]

Don't abolish death penalty; accelerate it to save money

Sep 9, 2013 - John Foster, Rawlins:  Editor:
Recent newspaper articles and letters to the editor discuss the issue of Mark Eaton's death sentence. One letter to the editor was in support of ... [more]

Jail or else?

Sep 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County is wise to consider expanding justice options for young and non-violent offenders

Fremont County is taking its latest step in ... [more]

Sheep count up a bit in county; prices dip

Sep 9, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Wyoming as a whole boasts 5,000 more sheep and lambs this year than last, a difference of about 1.3 percent.

With 20,500 animals, there is about one ... [more]

County's jobless rate nudged lower; still well ahead of '12 performance

Sep 9, 2013 - From staff reports:  Unemployment in Fremont County ticked slightly higher in July, although the local jobs market continues to outperform conditions of a year ago.
The Wyoming ... [more]

Two-day high school rodeo starts Friday at Lander Old Timers arena

Sep 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  The season started last weekend in Wheatland. The Jackson rodeo is next up on Sept. 14-15.

The Lander Old Timers Arena is the site of a two-day high ... [more]

West Nile cases hit 10 in county; hot month extends biting season

Sep 6, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  At least 10 Fremont County residents have contracted West Nile Virus this season -- far more than in any other area of the state.
One man in Park County has ... [more]

County girls best finishers at Green River cross country

Sep 5, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Wyoming Indian High School and the Riverton Wolverines both opened the cross country season last Friday at the Green River Invitational to set the measuring ... [more]

More than acreage

Sep 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The sugar beet story this year is a lesson to outsiders on ag realities

Staff writer Eric Blom's recent story on sugar beet production in Fremont ... [more]

Meth bust documents tell of cash tricks by defendants

Sep 5, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  It seems in the case of Timothy Pitt, crime truly did not pay.
Court documents indicate the Hudson man accused of selling meth was chronically short on ... [more]

Emergency training

Aug 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  This week's drill was planned, but sometimes responders use a 'live' call for extra practice

You might have wondered why emergency personnel ... [more]

One conviction, two plea deals so far in nine-person meth bust

Aug 30, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Prosecutors on Thursday secured their first conviction as the result of a countywide methamphetamine bust in May.
Travis Fauque, 21, of Lander pleaded guilty ... [more]

Details emerge in fed case against meth suspects

Aug 29, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Documents reveal information on guns, cash and large quantities of drugs.

Federal prosecutors have charged a Hudson man and a Green River woman for ... [more]

Wyoming high court reverses incest conviction

Aug 28, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has reversed a Fremont County man's incest conviction.
The court ruled in June that it amounted to double jeopardy to ... [more]

County attorney addresses recent plea deals

Aug 28, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The new official has come under criticism for resolving high-profile criminal cases with agreements.

Four months after taking office, Fremont County ... [more]

Meth suspect faces life sentence under new federal charges

Aug 28, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Timothy Pitt faces stiffer potential penalties after his case moved to the federal court system. The Hudson man accused of leading a methamphetamine ... [more]

County backs off Pitt meth case after federal prosecutors intervene

Aug 27, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Federal prosecutors have taken over the case against Timothy Pitt, the Hudson man accused of leading a ring of methamphetamine dealers.
"He's being ... [more]

Bennett says his office uses plea deals fairly

Aug 22, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Despite recent criticism, Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Bennett thinks his administration uses plea agreements fairly.
"I think (plea ... [more]

Wildfires making presence known in valley

Aug 21, 2013 - Staff:  The periodic arrival of smoke from the Hardluck Fire has turned Riverton-area skies orange and changed the appearance of the sun as well. This scene greeted ... [more]

Woman in high speed chase on the lam again after Salt Lake hospital allowed her to go

Aug 21, 2013 - From staff and wire reports:  A woman who led police on a high-speed chase that ended with a damaging wreck in Riverton is at large again after being released mistakenly from a Salt Lake ... [more]

Blistering day set records in Lander, elsewhere

Aug 20, 2013 - From staff reports:  Monday was one of the hottest August days on record for much of Wyoming, and more of the same is in store for Fremont County and Wyoming after some all-time ... [more]

Trial ordered for one of nine defendants in meth ring bust

Aug 20, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Timothy Pitt is headed to trial Sept. 16 after being accused of leading a meth distribution ring in Fremont County. Prosecutors have said a cooperating witness ... [more]

Hardluck fire has 'very active' day; new flyover planned to determine acreage

Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports:  An airplane overflight planned for Friday night was called off due to mechanical problems.

Hot, dry weather in the second half of the week permitted ... [more]

Busy week in roadwork begins Monday

Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports:  A variety of road maintenance projects around Fremont County will begin Monday with some of the work continuing into September. Officials said motorists should ... [more]

Reservation school leaders urge patience by lawmakers

Aug 19, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Superintendents from Fremont County school districts updated the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Education Committee and the Select Committee on Tribal Relations ... [more]

County photographers win big in Sinks Canyon photo contest

Aug 16, 2013 - From staff reports:  Fremont County photographers pulled out the stops in the 33rd annual Sinks Canyon State Park Photo Contest. Buzzing hummingbirds, frolicking moose, children ... [more]