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Submitted by Newsroom on May 15, 2013 – 7:56 amNo Comment


Written, Produced, Broadcast by Leslie Stratmoen

HEADLINES: Riverton’s market stays on Broadway … Game department starts wolf trapping near Dubois … Road department starts work west of Riverton … Commission appoints Green as district court clerk

Riverton’s market stays on Broadway

RIVERTON – Riverton’s weekly farmers market will stay downtown. The Riverton City Council has endorsed market organizer Sherry Shelley’s plea to keep the Wednesday market on Broadway after some Main Street business owners tried to get it moved out of the downtown area. The update’s coming from our news partner The market is expected to open this month, on Wednesday, May 22.

The endorsement came after a meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. A motion was on the table, at one point, to move the market to Riverton’s City Park at the east of Main Street where it Ts with Federal Boulevard, which is the north, south corridor through town. But that failed on a 3-3 vote because council member Eric Heiser was there to break the tie. The second motion to leave the market where it’s been running on North Broadway was approved on a 4-2 vote.

In her plea to the council, Shelley said her group wanted to be downtown to bring shoppers to the area, and she said many downtown business owners support their efforts. She said there were 35 vendors at the height of the market last summer, which she said drew an average of 200-300 shoppers to the downtown area. But, she said, Kusel’s furniture and appliance store objects to having the market continue as a next-door neighbor.

It was Councilor Rich Gard who made the plea to move the market to City Park because he said the location offered more visibility and parking, along with shaded areas and restrooms. Furthermore, he said, street parking along the park would not take up business lots and Federal currently has 22,000 vehicles pass by per day, which is far more than passing Broadway. He also noted that the market will be kicked off Broadway by next summer by the state transportation department when it launches into its re-construction of Federal because, he said, Broadway will be used as a detour.

Game department starts wolf trapping near Dubois

DUBOIS – Hikers and hunters heading into the Wind River Mountains north and west of Dubois any time soon will want to watch for government signs warning of wolf trappings. The state’s Game and Fish department plans to begin its wolf population monitoring project as early as May 20 and might continue through the end of August.

Rene Schell of the game department’s field office in Lander issued the warning. She said the project is part of an ongoing effort required under the terms of delisting gray wolves in northwest Wyoming. After trapping, the wolves are immobilized and processed, then released on site. So, she said, for the safety of everyone, it’s critical that all members of the public heed the warning signs and stay clear of the trapping areas.

The scientific trapping operations will be conducted through both the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges, in the areas of both East and Wiggins forks, the Horse, Warm Springs and Geyser creeks and the Little Warm Springs drainages and tributaries.

The game specialist said that monitoring the number, distribution and other activities of gray wolves is vital to the ongoing recovery effort in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Road department starts work west of Riverton

RIVERTON – Road work is set to begin this week west of Riverton. Robert Scheidemantel of the Wyoming Department of Transportation says paving of U.S. 26 that was damaged from flooding will begin Thursday.  So, speeds through the area will be reduced to 30 mph.

More specifically, he said the paving project begins just east of the Big Wind River bridge, between Diversion Dam and Kinnear, in an area where the highway was closed to traffic for several weeks back in 2011.

The prime contractor hired to do the work is 71 Construction, at a cost of just over $432,000. On Thursday, the crew is scheduled to start asphalt pavement grinding and removal of the road shoulder. As soon as they’re finished with the paving project, the engineer said the state’s maintenance crews will complete patching work. That should be by early next month.

Commission appoints Green as district court clerk

LANDER – The Fremont County Commission has appointed Kristi Green as the new clerk of district court to replace Katie Meredith who resigned. The update’s coming from our news partner The appointment is a step up into the head spot because Green has been serving as Meredith’s deputy clerk from the beginning, 18 years ago. She was chosen over Jennifer Clymer, who is the Chief Clerk for the Riverton Circuit Court. Green will be sworn into office on July 1 and take over management of the department the same day.

Commissioners praised both candidates during Tuesday’s selection process, saying the decision was a tough one. The only hold out to a unanimous decision was Commissioner Keja Whiteman who explained that she did not vote against Green, just voted no because she couldn’t make up her mind. Green told commissioners she plans to run for election when the current seat choice comes before voters in November of 2014.

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