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Firefighters make progress on large wildfire in Wyoming

DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather conditions firefighters were able to take the offensive Thursday for the first time against a large wildfire threatening seasonal homes near Dubois. The Lava Mountain Fire in the Shoshone National Forest northwest of Dubois has burned about 19 square miles, or a little more than 12,000 acres. More than 1000 firefighters have been able to achieve 5% containment. The fire has burned up to a rural subdivision area with about 290 seasons homes, but no structures have been lost. Currently a fire line is completed around the west and north sides of Union Pass and headed north towards Hat Butte. As more line is completed, firefighters will work to reinforce it by implementing burnout operations to remove burnable fuels from the fire line area. Wind … Read entire article »

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Wyo. National Guard activated to assist Pine Bluffs residents

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -Wyoming National Guardsmen have been activated by Gov. Matt Mead to assist the residents of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, after a damaging hail storm hit the area yesterdat (Thursday). Twenty-seven Guardsmen will be in the town, which is about 40 miles east of Cheyenne. The group of soldiers and airmen will help residents board up windows and doors, with a possibility of more storms later today. The Storm on Wednesday dropped golf ball sized hail and broke windows out of homes and cars and knocked out power to at least 500 homes in the farming community of about 1,200 people. It also hurt crops, including most of the wheat supply. No one was hurt. Director of Wyoming Homeland Security … Read entire article »

Honor Farm to drill in Hostage Negotation today (FRIDAY)

(RIVERTON, Wyo.) The Wyoming Honor Farm and the Wyoming Department of Corrections Crisis Negotiation Team will be conducting a hostage negotiation drill today (Friday 7/29). It’s all part of the facilities annual training that allows the staff to practice and experience techniques, simulations and emergencies so that they can be as prepared as possible to deal with any emergency response situation. … Read entire article »

AP Newsbreak: US oil, gas applications could drop 40 percent

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say applications to drill for oil and gas on federal and Indian lands are expected to decrease 40 percent in coming years versus their historical average. The projection comes as cheap prices have curtailed domestic energy exploration, driving down state and federal revenue. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday will announce a proposal for all drilling applications to be filed online, in an effort to streamline the approval process. The move follows years of criticism from the energy sector over the Obama administration’s handling of drilling applications. Industry groups say lengthy delays drive up costs. Bureau spokeswoman Bev Winston says the move to online permitting will allow 90 percent of applications … Read entire article »

Fire near Colorado-Wyoming border burns cabin, outbuildings

WALDEN, Colo. (AP) — The largest wildfire currently burning in Colorado has scorched more than 43 square miles and destroyed a cabin and several outbuildings. Fire officials said Thursday that high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds the previous day pushed the Beaver Creek Fire in northern Colorado toward Parson’s Draw development. Wind-whipped flames forced firefighters to retreat, and one cabin and eight outbuildings were burned. In addition, three historic outbuildings were destroyed at the Mitchell Placer Mine south of Parson’s Draw. No injuries were reported. … Read entire article »

Man heads to trial for alleged kidnapping, assault in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ruled there’s enough evidence to send a man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in Casper to trial. The judge’s decision came Thursday in the case against Joshua Winters, a former carnival worker who is charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor. Authorities say Winters had lured the boy away from a bowling alley on July 18 to the North Platte River, where he sexually assaulted the child. The boy was found by a woman who drove him to the Mills Police Department. Winters’ attorney asked police Det. Anthony Stedille in court Thursday whether there’s evidence his client forced the boy to go to the river. … Read entire article »

Fremont County Commission Agenda for August 1, 2016

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ CHAMBERS FREMONT COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 450 N 2ND STREET, ROOM 205, LANDER, WY 82520 Douglas L. Thompson (Chairman), Travis Becker (Vice-Chairman), Larry Allen, Ray Price and Andrea Clifford TENTATIVE AGENDA SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME   AUGUST 1, 2016   9:00 A.M.:               MILL LEVY SETTING       AUGUST 2, 2016   PRELIMINARY:   9:00 A.M.:               A.             CALL TO ORDER QUORUM PRESENT PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OPENING PRAYER APPROVAL OF AGENDA APPROVAL OF MINUTES ACCEPTANCE OF REGULAR BILLS ACCEPTANCE OF TITLE 25 BILLS SIGNATURE FILE COMMUNICATIONS   REPORTS/APPOINTMENTS:   9:15 A.M.:              PUBLIC COMMENT   9::30 A.M.:             TRANSPORTATION SUPERINTENDENT DAVE PENDLETON STEVE BAUMANN – KINGFISHER ROAD VIEWER OATH RON RHYNE – DRIVEWAY APPROACH DEPARTMENT REPORT   10:00 A.M.:             COUNTY CORONER MARK STRATMOEN – MONTHLY UPDATE   10:20 A.M.          BREAK   10:30 A.M.:            FREMONT COUNTY LIBRARY DIRECTOR JOANN COLLINS – PERSONNEL   10:45 A.M.:            PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE SUPERVISOR JULIE TWIST – PERSONNEL AND NURSE SAFETY   12:00 P.M.:           LUNCH     NEW … Read entire article »

Lava Mountain Fire Update

Lava Mountain Fire Update Date: 7/29/16 Time: 8:00 am Fire Start: July 11, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: Shoshone NF, 20 miles west of Dubois, WY Size: 12,169 acres Containment: 5% Expected Containment: 9/1/16 Personnel: 1,085 Costs to Date: $8,704,042.00 Cooperating Agencies: Shoshone National Forest, Fremont County Fire Protection District, Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Wyoming State Forestry Division and Bureau of Land Management. Announcements: On Saturday night, July 30, the Incident Management Team will be conducting a public meeting at the Dubois High School at 7 pm to present an overview of the current status, planned actions, and activities. Yesterday’s Fire Summary: With moderated fire behavior, firefighters were able to secure the fire along the northern edge adjacent to Highway 26. They continued to locate … Read entire article »

Firefighters make progress on large wildfire in Wyoming

DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) — More favorable weather conditions helped firefighters battling two large wildfires in western Wyoming. The Lava Mountain Fire in the Shoshone National Forest northwest of Dubois had little growth yesterday (Wednesday) thanks to light winds. The fire has burned about 19 square miles and has more than 760 firefighters battling it at a cost so far of over 7 million dollars to fight. The fire yesterday (Wednesday) burned up to a rural subdivision area with about 290 seasons homes, but firefighters were able to save any homes from being burned. In neighboring Bridger-Teton National Forest, firefighters were able to make progress on fighting a fire that has burned about 37 square miles in Sublette and … Read entire article »

Poll: over 50 percent in GOP House race undecided

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A poll shows that over 52 percent of Wyoming Republican voters are undecided in the race for the state’s lone U.S. House seat. The poll was commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS and was conducted by Pulse Research of Portland, Oregon, during the second week of July. The poll interviewed 300 registered Republicans by telephone. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 5.65 percent. Of those expressing a preference for a candidate, 21 percent favored Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Tim Stubson was next with 8.7 percent, followed by Leland Christensen at 4.1 percent and Darin Smith at 2.5 percent. None of the other Republican … Read entire article »