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Submitted by Newsroom on February 16, 2012 – 6:50 amNo Comment


Crash kills rescuer trying to aid snowmobiler

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Wyo. — A helicopter crash in remote northwest Wyoming, just across the Fremont County line, has killed one of the three people aboard who were trying to help a snowmobiler, and sheriff’s officials say the snowmobiler also has died.

The snowmobiler’s party had called for help Wednesday. Teton County sheriff’s officials say the helicopter had reached them but was leaving to get more help when it crashed on Togwotee Pass. They say 63-year-old rescuer Ray Shriver was killed, and the pilot and another rescuer were taken to a hospital.

Stock Photo of Togwotee Pass -- By Leslie Stratmoen

Sheriff’s officials say deputies reached the snowmobilers after tending to the helicopter victims, but 53-year-old Steven Anderson of Morris, Minn., also has died. Details of what led his party to call for help weren’t immediately available.

Sheriff’s officials say the rear rotor on the helicopter may have failed.



Riverton police search for vandals

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Riverton police are still looking for the vandals responsible for shooting out a window with possibly a BB gun, marking up a skate ramp in City Park, pushing over Dumpsters, slashing a tire and spray painting graffiti on several buildings at the community college.

Riverton Police Capt. CT Smith said some of the incidents that happened over the weekend, from Friday to Tuesday, could be related. Altogether, Riverton police dealt with 14 reports.

The captain said the graffiti does not seem to be gang related. The buildings targeted at Central Wyoming College include the administration office, Wyoming Public Television station and Mote Hall, which is the newest dorm facility.



Game official says control dogs

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Wildlife specialist Lucy Wold of the state’s Game and Fish Department says people need to control their pets. She said Wyoming’s wildlife, like the deer and antelope, are very stressed right now and don’t need to be chased by dogs. Wold says …..

And, she said, no one wants to shoot a dog, but that’s what can happen, because the state’s game wardens have the authority to shoot a dog if it’s harassing wildlife.



College scholarship rewards environmentalists

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LARAMIE, Wyo. – And as reported yesterday, juniors at the University of Wyoming majoring in natural resources have just about three months to apply for a $1,200 scholarship. The deadline for the Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship is June 1 and covers the 2012-13 school year.

The scholarship honors a long-time employee of the state’s Department of Environmental quality. Beach was also instrumental in working with local conservation districts to establish a local watershed planning approach that addressed the state’s impaired water bodies.

Applicants must be at least a junior and have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5. They also must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study or related field — environmental and natural resources, rangeland ecology, water resources or watershed management.  Preference is given to students planning to live and work in Wyoming.

For applications and more information call the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation (307-778-8335) or go online to –

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