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Submitted by Newsroom on March 7, 2013 – 7:29 amNo Comment


Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

TODAY’S HEADLINES: Local authorities follow new leads in Bechtel case … RECAP: International Women’s Day proclamation stirs controversy … Parks department wants public input on concessions … Hatch Academy brings magic and music to kids …..

Local authorities follow new leads in Bechtel case

LANDER – Local authorities will actively be working a 16-year-old cold case this spring based on news leads. They’ll be searching a specific area on the Loop Road above Lander for the body of Amy Wroe Bechtel, the 24-year-old runner who disappeared in that area on a July afternoon in 1997. The update’s coming from our news partner

Amy Wroe Bechtel

In an interview with Managing Editor Ernie Over, Det. John Zerga of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said they’d searched the area in October based on tips from psychics, but the ground was too frozen. Zerga said he doesn’t believe in psychic ability, but his department is following every lead they get.

According to the report, another lead, pointing to the area that surfaced recently is that convicted murderer Dale Wayne Eaton who’s on death row for the 1989 killing of Lisa Marie Kimmell was in the area.

Zerga said Eaton’s brother told authorities Eaton camping in the area at the time of Bechtel’s disappearance. According to the brother, Eaton had told his family he was going fishing at some beaver ponds in the Wind Rivers where they always set up their elk camp in Burnt Gulch. Eaton wasn’t convicted and sent to prison on the Kimmell case until 2002. That’s referred to as the “Lil Miss” case because that was the license plate moniker on Kimmell’s car, which was found buried on Eaton’s property in Fremont County near Moneta after DNA connected him to the brutal rape and murder of Kimmell.

Zerga said their also following up on a couple of other tips received after the January airing of the Bechtel case on the national television show Investigation Discovery. Bechtel was a star track athlete at the University of Wyoming who was waiting tables at the former Sweetwater Grill in Lander at the time of her disappearance.

RECAP: International Women’s Day proclamation stirs controversy — CLICK HERE

Parks department wants public input on concessions

THERMOPOLIS — The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is asking the public for help in developing a master plan for statewide concessions.

Parks managers say the people of Wyoming will have the opportunity to provide input regarding what they would like to see improved, enhanced or removed from the state parks and historic sites. The public is also invited to tell the division what new visitor services they would like to see added or introduced.

Comments can be made online at or at a series of public meetings to be held this month, the closest in Thermopolis. Details, dates and times are available on line or by calling 777-6323.

Hatch Academy brings magic and music to kids

LANDER — The Lander Children’s Museum and Promoting Arts in Lander Schools organization known as PALS have partnered to bring the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music to Lander for a series of school events, a public performance, a magic class, and a book signing.

The Hatch Academy describes itself as a combination of Hogwarts and Julliard, offering instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin performance. They’ll be in Lander March 14-16.

On Thursday, March 14th, the trio will give assembly performances featuring magic and music from around the world at Gannett Peak Elementary at 10 a.m. and at Baldwin Creek Elementary at 1:30 p.m.

On Friday morning at 8, Richard Hatch will give a lecture on the Psychology of Deception to the Lander Valley High School Sociology class. On Friday afternoon at 2:20, the trio will perform at the Lander Middle School.           

On Friday evening at 7 o’clock, the Hatches will give a 75-minute ensemble performance in the newly remodeled Carnegie Room of Lander Library (451 North 2nd St). Tickets to the performance are $5 each, with limited seating.


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