Archives for May 2016

Riverton man sentenced for breaking into post office

A Riverton man was sentenced in Federal District Court last week for burglary of a post opffice. 30 year old Allen Joseph Whiteplume was sentenced to six months after he broke into a post office in December.

Yellowstone stamp

The National Park Service’s 100th anniversary is being commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service. 16 Forever stamps will feature various parks, including Yellowstone National Park. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Yellowstone stamp is free and open to the public. It takes place this Thursday morning at 9 at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

Gas prices

Motorists found the lowest gas prices on Memorial Day in 11 years. Triple-A reports that the average price for a gallon of gasoline was two-32 nationwide down from last year’s holiday average by 42 cents. The statewide average price for regular in Wyoming is two-27 a gallon, up one cent from the week before. In Cheyenne, regular averages two-22, up two cents; and, in Casper, it’s two-11, down two cents.

Fatal crash

There have now been 22 traffic fatalities in Wyoming this year. That’s the bad news; the good news is that the number is down by more than half from last year’s total at this time of 49 fatalities. The latest person to die was 26-year-old Daniel Sims of Medicine Bow in a single-vehicle accident last Wednesday on US Highway 30 about seven miles west of Medicine Bow. A passenger was injured and taken to the hospital. Neither was wearing a seat belt and were ejected from the vehicle.

Democrat state convention

Some 300 people, some supporting Hillary Clinton and some supporting Bernie Sanders, attended this weekend’s Wyoming Democrat State Convention. The event dook place Saturday at Cheyenne’s Little America. The main purpose of the gathering was to select the 14 delegates who will go to the Democratic National Convention. Of those 14, seven are Hillary Clinton delegates and seven are Bernie Sanders delegates.

F18s over Cheyenne

It was quite a show in the skies over Cheyenne on Thursday. 10 F-18s were flying into and out of Cheyenne Regional Airport. Several squadrons were taking part in cross-country training and used the airport to refuel.

WyoLotto winner

A woman from the Johnson County town of Kaycee is the latest big winner in WyoLotto’s Cowboy Draw game. Shirley Caro’s ticket matched all five numbers in Monday’s drawing and won the jackpot of 406-thousand dollars. After 25 percent in federal taxes were taken out, Caro walked away with 305-thousand dollars. She picked up her check at WyoLotto headquarters in Cheyenne on Thursday.

Infantry graduates

Wyoming graduated 35 newly trained infantry soldiers at Camp Guernsey today. Among them is the first female non-commissioned officer to graduate an U.S. Army infantry qualifying course. The graduates will serve in the Wyoming Army National Guard’s first infantry unit in more than 100 years and will be the first soldiers to fill qualified jobs there.

Info on Harrisons sought

The FBI and law enforcement agencies in Wyoming and Utah are asking for help in obtaining first-hand information about persons of interest in the murder of a Utah Transit Authority worker. They’re mostly interested in the whereabouts of Flint Wayne Harrison, and his son, Dereck James Harrison between May 10th and 14th. The two are currently in custody charged in the kidnapping and beating of a mother and her four daughters. Investigators say after the kidnapping, the two fled to Wyoming where they might have been involved in the murder of Kay Porter Ricks in Lincoln County.

I-80 Fatal

Police say a woman was killed when she was hit by a truck on Interstate 80 east of Evanston. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Janoah McWinn, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died when she was hit by a truck after pulling over to check on a possible mechanical problem.