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Manhunt underway for stabbing suspect in Riverton

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  A manhunt is underway today for an Arapahoe man who is charged with stabbing a man over the 4th of July weekend. A warrant has been issued for 35 year old Angelo Jenkins, charging him with second degree attempted murder in connection with a stabbing early last Saturday morning at a home in the 1500 block of Debbie Street in Riverton. The victim is a 27 year old Arapahoe man who was stabbed multiple times.  His condition isn’t known. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jenkins should call the police. … Read entire article »

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FBI searching for missing Wyoming man

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities looking for a missing Wyoming man last seen at the Wind River Indian Reservation in Riverton are offering up to $5,000 for information regarding his disappearance. The FBI says its investigation has concluded that Jared Little Whiteman’s disappearance was the result of criminal activity. He was last seen on June 3, and his family reported him missing on June 11. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Wind River Police Department are among the agencies aiding in the investigation. People with information on the case are asked to call the FBI at 307-335-7559 or 303-629-7171. … Read entire article »

Albany County library broken into, damaged

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials with the Albany County Public Library in Laramie report that someone broke into the library over the Fourth of July weekend. Librarian Cindy Moore says the cost of the damage far exceeded the little cash that was taken. Moore tells the Laramie Boomerang that the library generally doesn’t have much money on hand. Moore says the glass in the door to her office was shattered. She says she doesn’t yet know the cost of the damage. The library closed Thursday evening for the holiday, and the break-in could have happened anytime between close of business and Saturday morning. The incident did not disrupt the library’s normal operations. … Read entire article »

Jackson considers property deals to stop landslide

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Jackson officials are considering getting easements on some private property and buying other property outright to stop a slow-moving landslide that started in April. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Wednesday the Town Council will get estimates on the cost of buying residential property at the top of the slide. Engineers say removing soil there is critical to stopping ground movement. Officials will also look into getting easements on commercial property at the base of the slide to allow construction of permanent buttresses. The 450-foot-wide slide split a house in two and threatened other homes and businesses. Crews slowed it by piling rock along the base. Movement has slowed to a fraction of an … Read entire article »

Lake Owen wildfire 80 percent contained

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have reached 80 percent containment on a wildfire in the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie. The wildfire near Lake Owen in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned almost a square mile after it began on Monday. Firefighters on Wednesday will concentrate on securing lines and looking for any spot fires that might have been ignited in the vicinity. The Lake Owen campground and day use area remains closed. There are about 140 firefighters on the scene supported by helicopters and heavy air tankers. The cause of the fire is under investigation. … Read entire article »

Gillette replacing 50 trees amid street rebuilding

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette parks workers are replacing 50 trees along Gillette Avenue and installing a drip-irrigation system that’s expected to conserve water and keep the new trees healthier. The work is part of a reconstruction project on the street, although more than half the old trees had to be removed because of storm damage, not construction. The Gillette News-Record reported Wednesday parks officials will plant 45 new trees. Workers plan to prune the new trees in a way that helps them withstand wind and snowstorms. Parks officials say the $226,000 drip irrigation system will be better than the prior practice of hand-watering or injecting water into the roots, which stressed the old trees. … Read entire article »

2 GOP candidates acknowledge missing ’12 election

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two Republican candidates for Wyoming secretary of state have acknowledged they didn’t vote in the 2012 GOP primary and say it was because of illness or for professional reasons. The secretary of state is Wyoming’s top election official, and the two other Republican candidates said Tuesday that Ed Murray and Ed Buchanan’s absence at the polls indicates a lack of respect for the right to vote. Murray tells the Casper Star-Tribune he feels bad about missing the 2012 primary but was sick that day. Buchanan says he’s missed two primary elections in the past 25 years, and both times it was unavoidable because of medical or professional issues. The other two GOP candidates are Pete … Read entire article »

Firefighters: Avoid area of Wyoming wildfire

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are urging people to avoid a forested area in southeast Wyoming that’s a popular place to hike, camp and fish. A wildfire near Lake Owen in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned almost a square mile as of Tuesday. The fire broke out Monday, prompting the evacuation of a campground. Meanwhile, forest officials are urging residents of nearby Woods Landing, Jelm, Fox Park and Albany to stay put and keep away from the fire zone. Residents along Fox Creek Road have been advised to be prepared to leave. No injuries or structure damage are reported. A small, lightning-caused fire is being allowed to burn in Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson Hole News & Guide … Read entire article »

Campbell County hires 10 firefighters for summer

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Campbell County Fire Department has hired 10 seasonal firefighters to help fight wildfires this summer. Fire season has been relatively quiet across Wyoming so far this summer, although some small wildfires are now breaking out in the southeastern and northwestern parts of the state. The additional firefighters in Campbell County work full-time between June and Labor Day. When they’re not out fighting fires, they’re responsible for basic maintenance work. The Gillette News-Record reports eight of the seasonal firefighters are based in Gillette and the other two are in Wright. Qualified applicants need to have basic federal and state firefighting training and be able to run three miles with a 45-pound pack in less than … Read entire article »

Faulty gauge boosts release from Jackson Lake

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A faulty water level monitor has increased the release of water from Jackson Lake. The malfunction happened between Thursday and Monday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say as a result, they boosted the discharge rate from Jackson Lake Dam by almost 40 percent. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the gauge incorrectly showed that Jackson Lake had reached full capacity when in fact the lake was only 98 percent full. Employees discovered the problem Monday morning. Bureau officials say they’ll keep releasing water at the higher rate for now. They say the higher rate shouldn’t cause the water level in the lake to fall. … Read entire article »