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Submitted by Newsroom on January 23, 2013 – 7:11 amNo Comment


Internationally-known sled-dog race runs through Fremont County

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LANDER, Wyo. – A sled-dog race that draws competitors from around the world is set to run through Fremont County at the end of the month. The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race that goes from Jackson to Evanston, Wyoming, will cover 350 miles and cross into Idaho and Utah over its seven-day run from Jan. 25-Feb. 2.

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The Fremont County stop is in Lander on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29-30. The local sponsor Gannet Grill/Lander Brewing Company will host a meet and greet for the mushers on Tuesday night, starting at 6:30, enhanced by live music by the traveling band Screen Door Porch. Then racers will take off at 9 the following morning from the Louis Lake parking lot on South Pass for a 42-mile leg of the race that heads to the Big Piney/Marbleton and Kemmerer areas.

Local musher Jerry Bath of Lander who placed 7th last year is back. Others racers from Wyoming are Stacey Teasley of Jackson who placed 12th last year and Alix Pearson of Bondurant who’s racing in the event for the first time. They’ll be facing a field of 13 teams.

The race is known as the largest sled-dog race in the lower 48 states. It was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled-dog racing more accessible to the public.


Idaho woman gets 3 years for reservation stabbing

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

WIND RIVER RESERVATION, Wyo. – Now, here’s news from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne. According to a recent announcement, a woman from Idaho has been sentenced to three years and a month for a stabbing incident that happened on the Wind River Reservation in Fremont County.

30-year-old Echo Pocatilla will also be supervised for three years after release and pay restitution of $12,000 and a fine of $100. The charge carried a maximum penalty of 10 years of prison and fine of a quarter of a million dollars. She is an enrolled member of the Shoshoni-Bannock tribe from Fort Hall, Idaho.

She received her sentence on Friday in Federal District court in Cheyenne by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl. She was charged on a single count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. No details were giving about the stabbing, other than to say it happened on Sept. 23 of 2011. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs with assistance from the FBI.


Hospitals coordinate services

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Changes are in the wind for both hospitals in Fremont County. CEO Chris Smolik of the Riverton Memorial Hospital says his facility will be joining with its sister hospital, Lander Memorial, to share staff and equipment as a way to keep costs down while continuing and enhancing serves.

He talked about the consolidation and new renovations at each hospital on a recent Chit Chat show, and also how both state and federal health legislation will affect how they do business. He went on to say that both of the Fremont County hospitals are owned by Life Point Hospitals Incorporated, but up to this point have operated independently.

If you want to hear more, we’ll send you to our website – The interview with the hospital CEO is posted there on the Chit Chat page.


RECAP: Chief reports no injuries in trailer fire

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Now, here’s an update on the trailer fire that happened Monday afternoon in Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation. As reported yesterday, we did reach Battalion Chief David Peevey of Lander Rural to get details on the blaze that totally destroyed a mobile home there on Stewart Road.

He said flames were shooting about 10-15 feet above the roof of the single wide trailer when they arrived, but the person living inside got out OK.

He said about 20 firefighters were there, from his department and two other county crews, Fort Washakie and Battalion One out of Riverton, with 10 pieces of equipment. He said they were on scene for about an hour and a half before wrapping up just after 4. The trailer was totally destroyed.

He said they don’t know yet how the fire started, but believe it began in the living room area.  He said no one was injured in the blaze, but we learned from the Sheriff’s Log that an emergency medical team was on stand-by at the location.


Fitness expert offers quick-burn workout

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — If getting fit was part of your New Year’s resolution, Patti Nelson of Riverton just may have the answer. She says her Curves for Women routine is a fully-designed 30-minute workout that burns 500 calories. And the gym is easy to access. It’s moved to a new location on North Federal Boulevard and is open daily, except Sundays. We’ll fill you in later today.


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