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Ryon Marie Countryman Services

Funeral services have been set for Ryon Marie Countryman. Ryon was born August 10, 1997 in Lander, WY Ryon was a fan and supported her older brother and sisters. She danced to the warm up music at the basketball, volleyball, and soccer games. She sat with the wrestling team during meets and her older brother held her until he had to warm up for his match. She was passed to the next wrestler’s open/welcoming arms. She supported her younger brother with encouraging words from the stand and at home. Ryon always had a smile on her face and took pride in all of her endeavors. She wanted things to be perfect. When she would become discouraged, we would remind her that true greatness doesn’t come easy. She would buckle down and press … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Supreme Court: OK to charge to see public records

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court says public agencies may charge fees to allow inspection of certain electronic records. The court issued a 3-2 split decision Wednesday denying an appeal from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper. The newspaper had sued Laramie County School District No. 1 after the district in 2014 refused to turn over copies of email communications from school board members unless the newspaper paid to compile them on a disc. The court’s majority opinion holds that state law allows public records custodians to charge reasonable fees if complying with an inspection request requires them to copy an electronic record. Justices Michael Davis and Kate Fox filed a dissenting opinion, saying they believe state law prohibits charging fees for inspection of electronic records. … Read entire article »

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Last weekend’s traffic fatalities identified

(LANDER, Wyo.) Last weekends traffic fatalities from Fremont County have been identified. The accident that happened in bad weather near Medicine Bow Saturday claimed the life of 19 year old Hudson resident Ryon Countryman. She was a passenger in a Kia Spectra that had crossed the center line of travel trying to avoid other vehicles that were spinning out of control, however the Kia ran head on into an F-250.  She died at the scene.  The 18 year old driver and a 16 year old passenger survived the crash with minor injuries.  The two occupants in the F-250 were not injured. The accident that occurred at the intersection of Left Hand Ditch road and 17 mile roads on Saturday claimed the lives of husband and wife Sarah and Lyle Black, both 70 … Read entire article »

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UW Study for Fremont County Shows Sportsmen Inject Millions

(LANDER, Wyo.) A University of Wyoming (UW) study for Fremont County on the economic impacts of hunting and fishing has revealed a trend politicians and stakeholders are starting to take notice of across the state. Hunters and anglers significantly contribute to the Wyoming economy each year when they take to the field or lakes and streams to participate in their sport. In 2015, Fremont County spending by hunters and anglers amounted to $22.5 million dollars. Hunters spent an estimated $12.3 million and anglers spent $10.2 million. In addition, a total of 17,769 fishing licenses were sold in Fremont County in 2015. Tex Taylor, economist with UW’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, author of the report said “Hunting and fishing as economic contributions becomes particularly important during times of economic downturn … Read entire article »

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Woman gets 3 to 6 years in prison for starving child

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette woman has been sentenced to three to six years in prison for starving and abusing her boyfriend’s 4-year-old daughter. The father, Dale L. Roberts, received a four-year probationary sentence on Monday. Roberts and Dee Jurisch were charged with felony child abuse in April after Roberts’ daughter was found to be severely underweight with bruises on her body. A pediatrician said if the girl had remained in the condition she was in, she would have died within a few weeks. Public defender Andrew Johnson argued that the girl’s father had a greater responsibility and that Jurisch didn’t deserve the harsher sentence. District Judge Thomas Rumpke said Jurisch was the girl’s primary caregiver and bore a greater responsibility. Jurisch also was on probation for a drug conviction. … Read entire article »

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Hundreds of mourners attend funeral for homeless veteran

EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at the Wyoming Veterans Cemetery for the funeral of a homeless U.S. Navy veteran that most of them had never met. There was standing room only at the chapel in Evansville Tuesday for the funeral of 63-year-old Stephen Carl Reiman. Reiman, who had recently moved to Wyoming from California, died on Nov. 17 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson had difficulty finding any family and asked people from the community to attend Reiman’s funeral. Jacobson eventually located Reiman’s sister, Diane, who attended the service. Jacobson says Reiman served in Vietnam and told a Veterans Affairs doctor he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and alcoholism exacerbated by the death of his only son in combat in Iraq. … Read entire article »

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Man pleads guilty to role in Pierce woman’s death

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to his role in the death of a woman who investigators say was killed by a former town board member from Pierce, Colorado and a group of bikers. Scott Hanchett pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the September 2015 death of 34-year-old Tera Lewandowski, whose remains were found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Hanchett faces 45 to 55 years in prison. According to court documents, former Pierce Town Board member Daniel Meyer told authorities he killed Lewandowski after a hit was approved by his biker gang leader over an argument about drugs. The documents also show Lewandowski texted her mother the night before her disappearance, saying “stay by your phone, something might happen tonight.” Seven people have been arrested in connection with … Read entire article »

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Stretch of road in Big Horn Mountains closes for winter

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed a scenic road in the Big Horn Mountains early for the winter season due to snowy weather. U.S. 14A was closed to traffic between Lovell in north-central Wyoming and Burgess Junction on Tuesday. Last year, the road’s seasonal closure took place on Dec. 1, the end of the fall hunting season. This year’s hunting season wraps up Wednesday. The department’s Jason Fleming says in a news release that winter weather and slick roads are causing safety concerns for motorists on the highway. The 22-mile stretch of road typically reopens by Memorial Day weekend. … Read entire article »

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Former union local president pleads guilty to theft of funds

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former union official in Wyoming has pleaded guilty to theft of union funds. Harold Giberson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal felony charge of taking over $179,000 from the Utility Workers Union of America Local 127. The local represents workers who staff three PacifiCorp power plants and associated transmission lines in Wyoming. The 63-year-old Giberson told U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal of Cheyenne that he filed false union expense reports and charged personal items to a union credit card between 2011 and 2015. Giberson had served as local president from 2002 until 2015. He worked at a power plant near Rock Springs. Freudenthal said federal prosecutors have said they won’t request prison time for Giberson. She said a presentence report would recommend restitution. She set sentencing for Feb. 7. … Read entire article »

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Survey: Illnesses common as well leak gassed Wyoming school

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Dozens of students and teachers at a school in a small Wyoming town say they fell ill with a variety of symptoms while they breathed gases from a leaky oil well last spring. The K-12 school in Midwest has been closed since May 25 after testing showed benzene levels more than 200 times the safe limit. Many students and staff in a recent Wyoming Department of Health survey say they got headaches, nausea and runny noses during the leak. The symptoms lessened after they began being bused to schools in Casper. The leaking benzene and carbon dioxide tapered off after a petroleum company re-plugged the problem well in one of the nation’s oldest oil fields. Plans for a ventilation system could enable the school to reopen next school year.   … Read entire article »

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