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TODAY’S HEADLINES: Five teens escape serious injury in car crash … Forest managers want public comment on ski area … Commissioners hear plans for forest service projects, Riverton court security … Authorities arrest two more people connected to Lander game brawl … Local gas price rises, while national price goes down … Jumpers rally for polar plunge …..

Noon News 1

Five teens escape serious injury in car crash

LANDER — Five people from Lander escaped serious injury Friday night when their vehicle slid off the roadway into the borrow ditch in Lander. Fremont County Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said the driver was 18-year-old Kimberly Smith. The captain said Smith lost control of the 1992 Toyota Tacoma at the intersection of Squaw Creek and Baldwin Creek roads, sliding into the borrow ditch and traveling some distance before crossing the roadway and hitting a guardrail. Smith was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Two of the four passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. All were teen-agers, but none were named in the report.

Forest managers want public comment on ski area

CODY – The managers of the Shoshone National Forest that runs through Fremont County are asking for the public’s comments on a proposed revision of the environmental assessment for development projects in the Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Cody.

The proposed special uses include the construction of a zip line course within the existing ski area footprint for summer use and the construction of a tubing hill on the western edge of skiable terrain. The proposal would also delay/close specific areas to ensure compliance with the grizzly bear conservation strategy. The proposal would permanently close the Blackwater Picnic Area and about 1/3 mile of the end of the Blackwater Road to motor vehicle use; close four sites adjacent to Newton Creek and its campground each year until July 1 and delay the opening of Three Mile Campground until July 1.

The environmental assessment proposal is available for review at the Wapiti Ranger District in Cody or online at Written comments can be submitted by regular mail to the district on Yellowstone Avenue in Cody.

Commissioners hear plans for forest service projects, Riverton court security

LANDER – As part of their regularly scheduled meetings, the Fremont County Commissioners will hear a report Tuesday morning about projects being planned by the U.S. Forest Service in the Washakie District. That will be presented at 10:30 by district rangers Steve Schacht and Rick Metzger.

The commissioners will also receive an overview on the proposed Riverton court security plan presented at 11:15 by Reilly Johnson Architecture. After the lunch break, the commissioners will receive an update on a property encroachment issue for the Emergency Medical Services in Dubois, by Director Lauri Wempen. Other issues will be presented throughout the day, from 9 to 4. The public is welcome to attend.

Noon News 2

Authorities arrest two more people connected to Lander game brawl

LANDER — Two more people have been arrested in connection with the brawl that happened during last month’s regional basketball tournament in Lander.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with assault and battery and a 40-year-old woman, identified by authorities as Agnes Spoonhunter, was cited for disturbing the peace. Both are from Riverton.

Police had already arrested two others from Riverton – Bryan Brown and Ladeena Bell, on suspicion of assault.

The fight broke out on Feb. 21 during the Class 1-A West regional tournament at Lander Valley High School.  Little Snake River defeated St. Stephen’s 77-66 to win the game.

Local gas price rises, while national price goes down

RIVERTON — The gas tracking company says the average retail gasoline price in Wyoming has gone up, while the national price has gone down.

While nationally the average has fallen by 2.8 cents a gallon in the past week to $3.70, Wyoming’s price has risen by 4.6 cents, averaging $3.26 a gallon yesterday. That’s comparing 494 outlets in the state.

But that makes the lowest price of $3.27 a gallon in Fremont County recorded overnight, a penny higher than the state’s average. That price can be found at the Loaf ‘N Jug in Riverton and Safeway in Lander. The Riverton prices go as high as $3.43 a gallon, which is still 27 cents lower than the national average. No prices were reported for Dubois.

Jumpers rally for polar plunge

RIVERTON — Our news partner says 18 jumpers showed up for the Riverton Police Department’s polar plunge, known as the Jackalope Jump. The jumpers leeps into a 3,000-gallon inflatable tank of cold water raised more than $1,600 for the state’s Special Olympics organization.

Winning the award for the largest group was the Fremont County Fire Protection District’s Battalion 1 of Riverton who brought 11 jumpers, all clad in toy red and pink fire helmets and turnout gear. But the best costume award went to the duo of Roland Hancock and Elise Geier for coming as Tweetie Bird and Sylvester. As for money raised, Hancock brought in the most for a single individual and Sherry Hawk for the individual Special Olympics athlete. It was the Riverton Special Olympics organization that brought in the most money, totally.

County10’s reporter said water splashed around the tank in the parking lot outside City Hall as each contestant took their jump, sometimes traveling up to 20-feet around the perimeter and delighting the kids by dousing the crowd. Riverton’s Police Chief Mike Broadhead was the master of ceremonies for the day, with the help of the department’s Explorer cadets.


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