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Submitted by Newsroom on August 4, 2011 – 7:26 amNo Comment

Aug. 4 – Thursday

UPDATE: Body found near Split Rock

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The Coroner’s Office of Natrona County has released the name of the man found dead last month near the Split Rock National Historic Site in Fremont County.

Coroner Connie Jacobson said it was 20-year-old Kolton M. Stoner who was found dead near the historic site southeast of Jeffrey City. The coroner’s docket does not say where he was from, but declares the death a suicide.

The site sits along US 287/Wyoming 789, about 10 miles northwest of Muddy Gap. Authorities say the body was found by a tourist who was walking through the area.

Both the coroners from Fremont and Natrona worked the case because the man’s body was just across the county line into Natrona by about 190 feet.

first broadcast July 27


All-State Cody football player killed in wreck

CODY, Wyo. — We now know the teen who died early Monday morning in a crash north of Thermopolis was an All-State football player from Cody. 18-year-old Travis Calkin died at the scene after being ejected from his pickup as it rolled several times, hitting him as it rolled. Authorities do not know what caused him to drift off the roadway.

Highway Patrol Trooper Susan Wilson said the teen was not wearing a seatbelt when his pickup crashed off Wyoming 120. She went on to say he’d earned a scholarship to play football in the fall for Chadron State College in Nebraska. He was a defensive lineman who earned All-State and All-Conference honors and played in the annual Shrine Bowl game.

From information provided by The Associated Press


KTAK broadcasts from Plains Tire

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – On a final note, KTAK will be broadcasting live Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10:30 in the morning until 12:30 in the afternoon from Plains Tire in Riverton. That’s at 1175 North Federal Boulevard.

Marketing consultant Darla Mason and Sports Director Chuck Sebastian will be on site with Rusty Barton back at the station manning the boards.

The remote is part of the company’s 70th anniversary celebration, which will continue through the end of the month. From now (Thursday, Aug. 4) to then, (Saturday, Aug. 6), Plains Tire will be serving a hot dog and drink for only 70 cents.

You can also register to win a 46-inch flat screened TV, with no purchase required. The winner will be announced on Aug. 31.


Paving crews working near Lander

LANDER, Wyo. – An asphalt paving crew with the Wyoming Department of Transportation is working south of Lander this week, and plans to work closer to Lander next week.

Photo of grader by Leslie Stratmoen

They’re repaving Wyoming 28, south of Lander this week, then next week will move to Wyoming 789, weather permitting.

Transportation officials say the paving operation involves the crew, a roller operator and numerous trucks hauling the hot asphalt.

Paving foreman Shawn Coggins says drivers traveling through the area should expect delays and is asking travelers to obey the posted speed limits and the flaggers who are there to director the traffic.

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