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Lucky Mc, Shirley Basin mine sites sold; new owner plans to develop for production again

Jan 3, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Despite its recent purchase by the company that opened western Wyoming's first new uranium mine in decades, the historic Lucky Mc property probably will not be ... [more]

Riverton compressor station fire that injured worker investigated

Jan 3, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the Christmas Day explosion at a compressor station south of Riverton.
David ... [more]

Woman gets probation after plea change in Pitt meth ring

Jan 3, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  A Lander woman faces five years probation in connection with the Timothy Pitt methamphetamine bust.
During a pretrial hearing in December, Shene Springfield, ... [more]

Teen defendants in bike path murder want their cases in juvenile system

Jan 3, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The two teenaged defendants in the Rails to Trails homicide case are seeking to have their cases moved to juvenile court.
The Fremont County Attorney's ... [more]

First baby of 2014 born to Fort Washakie parents

Jan 2, 2014 - Staff:  Gladys Hill and Sonny Duran, of Fort Washakie, are the parents of Chordlen Duran, the first baby of 2014 in Riverton. The 9-pound, 6-ounce boy was delivered at ... [more]

Today

Jan 2, 2014 - Staff:  Births
TILLMAN

A daughter was born to Suzanna and Robert Tillman Sr., of Fort Washakie, at 8:20 a.m. Nov. 26, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital. She ... [more]

Man charged in attack on officers; shots were fired

Jan 2, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The U.S. Attorney's office has charged a man with assault on a federal officer for punching and driving into a Wind River Police Department vehicle on Dec. 23. ... [more]

Energy issues, justice center, Drennen case among other big county stories in 2013

Jan 2, 2014 - Staff:  Other news fell short of the year's top 10 list in Fremont County as reported Tuesday but received votes from Ranger news staff members in the annual year-end ... [more]

Local residents in fatal wreck across county line

Jan 2, 2014 - From staff reports:  Three vehicles were involved in the crash that remains under investigation.

Two teens died Saturday west of Casper in a crash that involved several ... [more]

State population growth outpaced national rate during 2013

Jan 2, 2014 - Staff:  Wyoming remains the least-populated state in the nation as 2014 arrives, but the state did grow faster than the national average last year.
The U.S. Census ... [more]

Hill blasts lawmakers over hearing rules

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming legislative committee plans a three-day hearing next week on Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill's administration of the state ... [more]

Digest

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  Flu on the rise statewide
CHEYENNE -- Influenza is on the rise across Wyoming, with 460 cases reported so far this season, state officials and clinicians ... [more]

State on alert as pot goes on sale nearby

Jan 2, 2014 - The Associated Press:  LARAMIE -- Wyoming law officers expect an increase in marijuana arrests now that recreational use of the drug is legal in neighboring Colorado.
Shops opened ... [more]

Fremont County Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013 - Staff:  January

2 -- Central Wyoming College experienced a decrease in students since reporting record-high enrollment for the 2010-11 school year.
The record head ... [more]

Today

Dec 31, 2013 - Staff:  Births
SMITH

A son was born to Megan Mitchell-Smith and Kevin Smith, of Lander, at 7:59 a.m. Nov. 4, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 ... [more]

2013: Uden, EPA ruling, Job Corps top news of year

Dec 31, 2013 - From staff reports:  After carrying the knowledge for 33 years, Gerald Uden finally came clean in November, confessing to killing his ex-wife and their two young boys. The saga of ... [more]

DNA leads to arrest in 2006 case

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press:  POWELL -- Authorities say DNA testing has led to the arrest of a Worland man in connection with a 2006 assault on a Powell woman in her apartment.
39-year-old ... [more]

No change in Wyoming rig count; U.S. tally down 11

Dec 30, 2013 - 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. fell by 11 this week to 1,757.
The ... [more]

Two killed in national forest avalanches with two hours of each other in state

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Both avalanches occurred in the early afternoon, when the avalanche center had warned that slides were most likely.

JACKSON -- An Idaho man died in ... [more]

Hunters must apply online

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  Beginning in January, hunters will be required to use an online application process to apply to hunt in Wyoming.
License section manager Jennifer Doering said ... [more]

Grants available for budding Wyoming historians

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  The state historical society is offering cash to individuals pursuing research on the state's history.

The Wyoming State Historical Society is again ... [more]

WGFD combines publications

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize budget and staffing efficiencies, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will merge two of its publications.
For the ... [more]

Contractor asks for help with Riverview project

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports:  Citizens are reminded that it is a violation of state and federal laws to tamper with orange barrels and cones inside of a roadway construction work zone.
The ... [more]

District 21 gets a 'clean opinion' in yearly audit

Dec 30, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  Fremont Count School District 21 recently received a "clean opinion" during the school's annual audit.
During the Fort Washakie board of trustees meeting ... [more]

Feds show sage grouse plan favoring middle ground on protections

Dec 30, 2013 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service favor a middle path among the options they're considering for protecting habitat for the greater ... [more]

City public works director fighting back from tumor, stroke

Dec 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  An important recovery process has taken over the daily life of a longtime Riverton municipal official.
Bill Urbigkit was diagnosed earlier in the year with a ... [more]

Shop ruined, chickens safe after rural fire

Dec 30, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  No one was injured, and the incident does not appear to be
suspicious -- although it was unusual.


Firefighters were surrounded by chickens Thursday ... [more]

Access changes at Boysen State Park draw fire

Dec 30, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Boysen State Park is developing a master plan that calls for new restrictions on recreation, and that plan took criticism at a public meeting this ... [more]

Today

Dec 27, 2013 - From staff reports:  Births
MORTON

A daughter was born to Abigail and Tyler Morton, of Riverton, at 1:01 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 ... [more]

Digest

Dec 27, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Mother sues over son's death
CHEYENNE -- The mother of a 16-year-old boy who was paralyzed after breaking two vertebrae during high school wrestling ... [more]