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TODAY’S HEADLINES — State, Park Service finish second Grand Teton land sale … RECAP: City leaders start New Year with chicken talk … Fire marshals still investigating Monday fires … Still waiting for details on Wednesday’s Main Street crash …..


State, Park Service finish second Grand Teton land sale

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead is applauding the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service for finalizing the purchase of an 86-acre parcel of state land. This is the second sale of state land inside Grand Teton National Park and is part of an agreement made three years ago.

Gov. Matt Mead - Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

The $16 million from the federal government will go to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund, which can be used to purchase other land for the state.

Gov. Mead said he’s pleased to have reached this stage in exchanging all of the state parcels inside Grand Teton National Park. He went on to say that the best outcome for all involved is for the land to be part of the national park.

The governor said he appreciates the work of Secretary Ken Salazar and Director Jon Jarvis in finalizing this second sale and now looks forward to working with them to complete the final transactions.


RECAP: City leaders start New Year with chicken talk

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — As a start to the New Year, right after the new councilman is sworn-in, the Riverton City Council will be continuing their chicken talk.

They’ve already agreed to allow chickens in city limits, without setting any regulations, but the ordinance faces two more readings before becoming law. City Administrator Steven Weaver explains …..

So far, there’ve been no citizen complaints. Still, some of the council members are against the idea.

The new member weighing-in on the subject will be Jonathan Faubion who takes the place of Diana Mahoney who decided not to run for re-election in the general election.

The first meeting of the New Year is next Tuesday night, at 7, at City Hall on North Federal Boulevard. As always, the public is welcome to attend.



Fire marshals still investigating Monday fires

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. – Local fire marshals are still investigating two structural fires that happened on New Year’s Eve day. According to our news partner County 10, one of the fires totally destroyed a house on Blue Sky Highway north of Ethete and the other burned through a barn on Meadow Road west of Lander.

Investigators believe the barn fire started inside a trailer that was parked inside the 3,600-square-foot structure. As for the house fire, they’re not sure yet where that spark originated.

Chief Craig Haslam of the Fremont County Fire Protection District said his crews were called to the house fire twice that day, the first time in the afternoon to put out a small fire that was started by someone trying to thaw a frozen water pipe. They left the scene believing the fire to be out, only to be called back an hour later to find the house totally engulfed in flames.

They battled the blaze until about 8 that night, according to the chief. Fire-fighting vehicles could be scene lined up along the highway, blocking traffic at times, and an officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs was on scene directing traffic through a single lane.

The Riverton Fire Department was also called out Monday, to two structural fires.

We hope to have details on all these fires later today.


RIVERTON, Wyo. – And we still don’t have details on the car crash that happened yesterday on Riverton’s Main Street, but plan to check in with the Riverton Police Department later today.

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