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Little Wind River bridge traffic delays expected

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  Steel bridge girders are scheduled to be erected over the Little Wind River Wednesday on the 3.32-mile highway improvement project directly south of Riverton on Wyoming 789, and Wyoming 789 traffic delays are expected.   Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Robert Scheidemantel of Riverton said steel bridge girders are scheduled to be erected on the west side of the current bridge throughout most of the day on Wednesday, May 6. While the girders are being unloaded and installed, one-lane traffic will be controlled with flaggers across the Little Wind River bridge, and traffic delays of up to 10 minutes are expected. The steel bridge girders on the east side of the current Little Wind River bridge are scheduled to be erected on May 13, and similar traffic delays are expected. … Read entire article »

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Law professors side with Wyoming tribes in boundary dispute

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Law professors from around the country are seeking to get involved in a legal dispute over whether Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The state of Wyoming is appealing a recent decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Riverton and surrounding lands kept its legal status as Indian Country despite congressional action 100 years ago opening the area to settlement by non-Indians. Wyoming officials have said that a final determination in court that the disputed lands are Indian Country would affect provision of state services to non-Indian residents. Eight professors who specialize in Indian law have asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow … Read entire article »

State awards public relations contract in Capitol project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The firm handling communications for the Wyoming Capitol’s $292 million renovation will be paid less than $200,000 for work that runs through 2018. The state agreed to pay Rachel Girt and her Cheyenne-based firm no more than $199,050 to keep the public informed of the project’s progress. Maureen Bader with the Wyoming Liberty Group said this just makes an expensive project even more costly. Girt says she’ll be updating the project website, reaching out to the community through social media and holding public meetings so residents can stay current on project developments. … Read entire article »

Bear spray available for rent, purchase at Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Bear Aware is making its pepper power spray available for purchase or rent at Yellowstone National Park starting May 23. The pepper spray-like product is being sold in 9.2 oz cans for $49.99, but can be rented for a day at $9.25 or seven days for $28. UDAP Pepper Power Magnum Bear Spray is available at the Canyon Village Visitor Center. People can drop off cans in Mammoth and Old Faithful service station bins. … Read entire article »

Bridger-Teton Forest seeks comment on Greys River plan

AFTON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials on the Bridger-Teton National Forest are seeking public comment on what projects to address in the Greys River area. Greys River District Ranger Richard Raione says the agency’s busy field season will start soon. Raione says the agency wants to hear from the general public what projects they want to see accomplished this year. He says primary programs in the district include recreation, wildlife, water quality, grazing, timber sales and road maintenance. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist with projects should contact the Greys River Ranger District office. … Read entire article »

Man killed in rollover crash in E Wyoming town of Douglas

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a 42-year-old Casper man was killed when he rolled his pickup truck in the small eastern Wyoming town of Douglas. Jerald Arlin McCormick was the only one in his truck when he crashed at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not said what caused the crash. … Read entire article »

Workers hurt in oil facility explosion in stable condition

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two workers are in stable condition after sustaining injuries in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County. The two Susquehanna Services employees were in stable condition Monday after sustaining burns on 29 percent and 20 percent of their bodies, respectively. The names of the two men were not disclosed. The blast happened just before noon Friday at the Chesapeake Energy facility about 4 miles north of Douglas. Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services says the two contractors were pumping an unknown fluid out of containers when the blast occurred. The site remains closed while the explosion is under investigation. The area around Douglas has seen heavy oil drilling in … Read entire article »

Woman killed, child injured in rollover crash near Sheridan

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash near Sheridan that killed a 33-year-old woman and injured an 8-year-old child. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Ashley Peterson, of Ranchester, was driving on Interstate 90 about eight miles east of Sheridan when her vehicle drifted off the side of the road just before 9 p.m. Saturday. She overcorrected, and the vehicle went into the median and rolled multiple times. Peterson, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The child who was buckled in the back seat suffered minor injuries. Investigators are trying to determine if distracted driving or alcohol played a role in the crash. … Read entire article »

Possible human remains found in Natrona County

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Natrona County say hikers found what are believed to be human remains southwest of Casper. Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Shatto said the bones were found Sunday along Wolf Creek and had been there for a while. An investigation is underway. … Read entire article »

Riverton man killed on motorcycle

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  The Fremont County Sheriffs Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle wreck that occurred along 8 Mile Road west of Riverton early Saturday morning. 54 year old Eli Holliman of Riverton was found deceased early Saturday morning by a passerby near the intersection of 8 Mile Road and Peterson Road. Investigators believe the crash occurred early Saturday morning about 5 hours prior to being discovered. Holliman was north bound on 8 Mile Road riding a 2007 Yamaha Motorcycle. The motorcycle left the west paved portion of the road and began to slide sideways down the borrow ditch for approximately 460 feet before coming to rest in the fence line. Holliman was thrown from the motorcycle approximately … Read entire article »