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Submitted by Newsroom on August 9, 2011 – 6:50 amNo Comment

First News — District considers new volunteer policy — Grand Teton rangers rescue 2 hikers by helicopter — Morrison Jeep Trail opens this weekend — Traffic lights to be disconnected ….. CLICK HERE


District considers new volunteer policy

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

 LANDER, Wyo. – Anyone volunteering their services for Lander schools may soon have to undergo a background check and follow a code of conduct.

Dr. Michael Bowman, right

Lander’s new superintendent Dr. Mike Bowman said it’s all for the good of the students, he described as a way of keeping them safe. Up to this point, it’s been the building principal who has been approving volunteers without any type of background check at all.

During a recent board meeting, the superintendent suggested that requirements be put in place based on the volunteers’ contact level with the students. The check system he suggested ranged from simple disclosure forms for occasional volunteers who would always be in the presence of school district personnel, to full-blown background checks for those who are frequent volunteers or who accompany students on school or overnight trips.

He also told the trustees he believes volunteers should not be left alone with students for more than just a few minute unless they’ve been cleared through the background-check process. He told the board he’d draft a policy for them to review at their next meeting on August 16.



Grand Teton rangers rescue 2 hikers by helicopter

By The Associated Press

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Rangers say two hikers had to be rescued in separate incidents at Grand Teton National Park on Saturday.

Seventy-year-old Robert Martin of Birmingham, Ala. slipped while hiking down a snowfield in Garnet Canyon after deciding against climbing the Grand Teton. An emergency medical technician and a nurse who were nearby helped treat him and a Teton Interagency helicopter was called in for rescue.

Around that time, rangers learned that a 34-year-old hiker — Heather Hanamaikai (Hah-na-MY-ky) of Rexburg, Idaho — was descending on her own after falling ill while trying to summit the Grand Teton. She ran into the nurse who helped Martin, who advised her to wait for help. Rangers hiked with her to Garnet Canyon where she was picked up by the helicopter.

Morrison Jeep Trail opens this weekend

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

Cody, Wyo. – An official with the Shoshone National Forest says the Morrison Jeep Trail will open this weekend.

Crews are working to clear rocks and debris from the popular route, which normally opens every year on July 16.

District Ranger Terry Root said heavy snowpack and wet conditions kept the road from opening.

The ranger asks people to use caution when traveling on the Morrison Jeep Trail as equipment may still be working this weekend.

Up-to-date information on road conditions is available at the Clarks Fork Ranger District office in Cody, telephone 307-527-6921, or on the Shoshone’s website at


Traffic lights to be disconnected

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports that traffic signals at  major intersections in both Riverton and Lander will be shut down temporarily this week for re-wiring and upgrades.

In Riverton, the lights will be off for a day at three Federal Boulevard intersections as follows – today at the intersection with Sunset, Wednesday on Pershing and Thursday at Monroe.

The traffic light at the intersection of Wyoming 789 and Buena Vista in Lander will be off on Friday.

While the signals are off, traffic will be controlled by four-way stop signs, so project inspector Ron Hoffman says drivers need to slow down while driving through the work zones.

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