The Green River Fire Department responded to a call behind Pamida yesterday morning when Sgt. Mark McDonald of the Green River Police Department spotted some juveniles lighting a fire. The call was at about 8:30 a.m. as McDonald was making his usual rounds and saw four boys running from the area then saw smoke. They had apparently used a cigarette lighter to ignite some weeds and trash in a back corner of Pamida’s property along the alley. The four boys, ages 13-14, were later apprehended and charged.
Around 9:45 Last night , The Green River Fire department received a call to respond to a fire at Smiths Grocery. Arriving just minutes later, I saw flames leaping over the roof of the building as firefighters hosed down A Large late model SUV engulfed in smoke and flames.
A state legislative panel has endorsed a proposed bill that would allow silencers to be used while hunting any type of game in Wyoming. The Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted to sponsor the proposal at a public meeting in Jackson recently. Current Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulations bar silencers, also known as suppressors. The bill also includes stiffer penalties for anyone who uses a silencer to poach or take wildlife in violation of Game and Fish regulations. Critics say the silencer provision is too broad and would compromise the safety of hunters in the field because the sound of gunfire lets hunters know where other hunters are located.
Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt is set to begin today (Monday). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last month it would entrust Wyoming with managing wolf numbers and endorsed a plan that allows for the animals to be shot on sight in most of the state, while keeping them permanently protected in designated areas like Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming Game and Fish spokesman Eric Keszler says that through Friday afternoon, Wyoming had sold 2,236 wolf licenses. Park County led sales with 562. Hunters in Fremont County bought 327, while Teton County followed with 324, Sublette with 228 and Natrona with 117. Governor Matt Mead has called the hunt "scientifically sound."
A trial is set to begin Tuesday for a Lander man accused of driving recklessly when he struck and killed an 11-year-old girl who was leaving her school bus east of Crowheart William Dean Barnes has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated vehicular homicide. He also denied misdemeanor charges of homicide by vehicle, driving too fast in foggy conditions, passing a stopped school bus that was flashing its red lights and failing to exercise due care as a driver.
Green River's Harry Holler had a goal this year. He wanted to increase the amount of Christmas Cards he sends to troops stationed overseas from the amount he sent last year. Lori Hastert, a 6th grade teacher at Monroe Intermediate School in Green River, says that Harry knew just where to turn to reach that goal. The kids, parents and teachers at area schools in Green River and Rock Springs stepped up to help out Harry. In the end, not only was Harry's goal of 6,000 cards reached, but, in fact... that number was doubled. This year, Harry will be shipping out 12,074 Christmas Cards to our troops.
A new conservation easement will help protect 153 acres on a dude ranch near Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Land Trust says the land conserved on the Red Rock Ranch will help protect habitat for bald eagles, elk, mule deer, antelope, moose and cutthroat trout. A conservation easement restricts future development. Nonprofit groups buy conservation easements or sometimes landowners donate them. The Red Rock Ranch deal capped a year in which the land trust protected almost 440 acres through conservation easements.