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Casper man killed in rollover crash north of Wheatland

WHEATLAND, Wyo. (AP) ” The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a 62-year-old Casper man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash north of Wheatland. Sgt. David Wagener says Brad Cool was driving south on Interstate 25 on Tuesday morning when he lost control of his car, which went into the median and rolled 1 ½ times. Cool, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. Investigators say speed and distracted or fatigued driving might have played a role in the crash. … Read entire article »


Yellowstone bison gore woman, injure teen in latest run-ins

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) ” Bison gored a woman and tossed a teenager into the air in Yellowstone National Park, the latest run-ins with the massive animals during tourist season in the popular landmark. The National Park Service says a bison gored a 68-year-old woman Wednesday on a trail near Yellowstone Lake. She was taken to a hospital, but her condition wasn’t immediately known. On June 23, a bison tossed a 19-year-old off-duty park concession employee who was off trail. She was treated and released from a hospital for minor injuries. In other encounters, the animals have gored a 16-year-old girl and tossed an Australian tourist in the air. Both suffered serious injuries. Yellowstone prohibits people from getting … Read entire article »

Patagonia founder, others, sue over Grand Teton road paving

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and a well-known wildlife photographer are suing over plans to pave a road in Grand Teton National Park. The gravel road provides access to a subdivision next to the park. Property owners there include Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard (EE’-von SHIN’-ard) and photographer Tom Mangelsen. Chouinard and Mangelsen are among seven people who recently sued National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela in Wyoming federal court. They allege park officials neglected to do an environmental analysis of plans by the subdivision to pave a mile of the private road where it crosses through the park. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs declined to comment on … Read entire article »

Jackson mayor says she’s pushing anti-discrimination measure

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ” The mayor of Jackson says she’s pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks. Jackson Mayor Sara Flitner said Friday she plans to hold a public workshop to allow town councilors and the public to speak to the issue. Flitner it’s clear to her that Jackson residents and visitors want fairness and said she expects the ordinance will pass. Flitner says she’s modeling the ordinance on one the Laramie City Council passed in May. Laramie became the first Wyoming municipality to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access … Read entire article »

Laramie officials want to retain grads with technology park

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) ” Laramie officials want to keep University of Wyoming graduates local and say a new technology park will help make that happen. Underwriters Laboratories broke ground on the first building at Cirrus Sky Technology Park, an area that’s planned to serve as the hub for a growing technology industry in Laramie. City manager Janine Jordan says the park will allow the city to capitalize on the graduates coming out of UW. Underwriters Laboratories representative Randal Six says the company is starting construction at a time when hiring is on the upswing. He said the new facility will mean more jobs. Six of the laboratory’s 11 employees are UW graduates. A combination of sources is funding the project, … Read entire article »

Riding groups booted from Frontier Days pre-rodeo show

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ” In an effort to retain customers, Frontier Days officials are swapping out local riding groups with educational videos in their pre-rodeo show this year. Frontier Days chief executive Tom Hirsig says the decision was made in January but a communication break-down had local groups finding out in mid-June. Hirsig said new data shows rodeo attendees are often first-timers and many don’t intend to return for three or four years. He said the videos are intended to explain the rules of rodeo to engage people and encourage them to come back. Anita LaFond of the Saddle Tramps says local groups in the pre-show are part of the rodeo’s tradition and should have been allowed to … Read entire article »

Bruce Lynn Gresly obituary

Bruce Lynn Gresly, passed away on June 28, 2015. Funeral Services for will take place Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Lander Valley High School Field House in Lander, Wyoming. Funeral services are under the direction of Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander, Wyoming.   Bruce Lynn Gresly (November 26, 1944- June 28, 2015) was born in Battle Creek, Michigan the baby of 5 kids.  Bruce was raised in a family of swimmers and divers and was an All-American diver in high school.  He continued his diving career at the University of Wyoming where he was a WAC champion diver (1965-1968), and graduated with a BS in 1968 and a MS in Health and Physical Education in 1969.  He … Read entire article »

Aspen restoration project begins near South Pass on Shoshone National Forest

Lander, Wyo. (July 2, 2015) – A large habitat enhancement project kicked off this week in the South Pass area near Atlantic City, Wyo. The primary focus is restoring aging aspen stands where conifers are replacing aspen through natural forest succession. By shading aspen and competing for sunlight, moisture and nutrients, conifers crowd out this important component of wildlife habitat. Other goals of the project include reducing wildfire risk through removal of fuels, and improving shrub, riparian, and stream communities to benefit wildlife. The work is a collaborative effort between Wyoming Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Fremont County Firewise, Popo Agie Conservation District, and private landowners. Nearly $500,000 … Read entire article »

Edna Toponce obituary

Edna Toponce, of Lander, died Tuesday, June 30, surrounded by her family after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was 71 years old. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 653 Cascade St., in Lander. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. Edna Toponce was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Heber City, Utah, the daughter of Henry and Fawn Kohler. She was raised in Midway, Utah, with her sisters Joyce Corson of Riverton, Kim Ercanbrack of Payson, Utah, Kaye Davies of Sandy, Utah, Karla Johnson of Kanab, Utah, and Connie Pickett of Midway, Utah. On … Read entire article »

Harold Davis obituary

Harold Davis died Tuesday, June 2, surrounded by family. He was 92 years old. Per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, at Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander and interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. Harold Davis was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Pawnee, Okla., the son of Robert Davis Sr. and Katie “Jennie” (Weeks) Davis. He was a member of the Skidi Band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He grew up with his siblings on the family farm outside of Pawnee, Okla., and he attended grade school and high school in Pawnee where he excelled in sports.   He was a member of the championship … Read entire article »