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All schools but Dubois in 'snow day'
Apr 9, 2013 - By Christina George and Katie Roenigk, Staff Writers
Nearly every school district in Fremont County, as well as Central Wyoming College, canceled classes Tuesday due to the weather.
Only Dubois schools remained open, with only 3 inches of snow on the ground after Monday's storm.
But in Riverton, where more than a foot of snow had fallen, officials decided it would be best to cancel school.
After-school activities also were called off for Tuesday in Riverton, and no classes were held at Trinity Lutheran School, St. Margaret's Catholic School and Child Development Services.
Fremont County School District 25 executive assistant Candace McCue said in her memory school hasn't been canceled for about 15 years in Riverton prior to Tuesday.
"We were talking about that," she said Tuesday. "It was somewhere between 1995 and 2000. It's been a long time."
She guessed that the community is unique in its ability to get kids to class despite the snow.
"We just have good people that make it easier to get here," she said. "We've had times when it was kind of rough, but we made it. But today, for the safety of everyone, we decided to cancel."
CWC officials also had safety in mind when they canceled Tuesday classes and events on the main Riverton campus and at outreach sites in Lander and at the Sinks Canyon Center. Information about the cancellation was posted at cwc.edu, stating that faculty members were not expected to come to their offices Tuesday unless they thought it was absolutely necessary.
CWC officials were not available for additional comment on Tuesday, but the college is scheduled to be open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. According to reports, crews will be working Tuesday to clear roadways, parking lots and pathways in preparation for the anticipated reopening.
The storm also impacted several county facilities and other local services. Those closed on Tuesday included all Fremont County libraries and the Museum of the American West in Lander.
Wind River Transit Authority did not run buses Tuesday, but officials said they plan to be back in operation Wednesday if weather permits.
"We got a couple (of buses) out, and a couple got stuck," WRTA dispatcher Bert King said. "We decided we'd rather be safe than sorry and called it a snow day."
The county courthouse and other museum in Lander did not change any schedules due to weather this week.
Lander schools superintendent Mike Bowman said school bus drivers all completed their routes successfully on Monday, though he said the road through Red Canyon was "pretty tough" due to snow. He and other officials made the decision to cancel school early Tuesday.
"A few of us go out around 4:30 a.m. to check roads and streets in the area," he said. "I also check the weather forecast and the road report. ... Factoring in all the data, we try to determine whether the buses can run their routes, (whether) parents and high school students will be able to drive safely, (and whether) students will be able to walk to school without problems."