Archives for April 2017

Mountain Lion Visits City Park in Riverton

Police officers in Riverton chased off a mountain lion that had made its way into a city park.

The Ranger reports that several people reported seeing the animal early Monday.

Police believe the cat may have been attracted by the presence of mule deer grazing in nearby alfalfa fields.

The cat was last seen headed into the surrounding hills outside the city.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare. Last year a 4 year-old Idaho girl received bites and scratches after an encounter with one while camping.

Gov Mead Honored in Washington

Governor Mead is back in Wyoming today after being honored in our nation’s capital at an awards gala hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership on Wednesday.

Mead was presented with the James D. Range Conservation award, named for the organization’s co-founder.

One of the reasons Governor Mead was honored is his work to conserve the greater sage grouse population in Wyoming – where approximately 40 percent of the birds can be found in the Western U.S.

UW In Wildfire Study

The University of Wyoming is teaming up with four other regional schools for a three-point-eight million dollar study of wildfires. From 1980 to 2015, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado accounted for approximately 40 percent of the burned area in the lower 48 states. Though local impacts of smoke can be extreme, the smoke produced from these fires impacts air quality in every region in the U.S.

University of Wyoming Part of $3.8 Million Smoke Study

The University of Wyoming is teaming up with four other regional schools for a $3.8 million dollar wildfire study.

The $3.8 million grant is aimed at understanding how wildfire smoke changes chemically with time. The other universities involved are University of Wyoming, University of Montana, University of Washington, and University of Colorado Boulder.

Cheyenne Man Wins 50K in Nike Shoe Design Contest

A Cheyenne man has won a $50,000 Nike shoe design contest.

Brett Drake, is a local engineer with RESPEC Consultants.

Last fall, Drake entered a Nike design contest along with about a hundred others from across the country. The contest called for inventors to design sneakers for athletes with physical limitations.

Drake’s design was based on a snowboard boots that used a rear-entry hinge and magnet system. Not only was it the top winner and Drakes first-ever shoe design, but Nike executives called it a grand slam and an improvement over their previous try, the “FlyEase.” Drake will now work with Nike on prototype and testing phase. No release date has been set.

Mead Conservaton Honor

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead was honored in the nation’s capital at an awards gala hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership on Wednesday evening. Mead was presented with the James D. Range Conservation award, named for the organization’s co-founder. The governor is receiving the award for furthering conservation through policy, including his work to conserve the greater sage grouse population in Wyoming.

UW Cowgirl Honors

Four members of the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team, Dorottya Jonas, Elisa Koonik, Magdalena Stencel and Tessa Van Der Ploeg, were recognized on Wednesday as the Mountain West announced the 2017 All-Conference Team. The MW awards are selected by the league’s 11 head coaches. The Cowgirls, who are seeded fourth, open up the 2017 Mountain West Tournament against the fifth-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack, tomorrow at Las Vegas.

WY Drivers #2

Wyoming drivers are considered to be among the best in the country. A new report from the online insurance marketplace “EverQuote” ranked Wyoming as the second-best driving state, just behind Montana and just ahead of Alaska. EverQuote based its rankings of drivers who speed or use cell phones while behind the wheel. Rhode Island was ranked as the worst driving state in the U.S.

Lion in the City

A mountain lion wandered into the central Wyoming city of Riverton on Monday morning. There had been several sightings of the animal in a city park before it was chased off by police. It’s believed the mountain lion might have been attracted by the presence of mule deer grazing in nearby alfalfa fields. It was last seen heading into the hills outside Riverton.

Enzi Gay Apology

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is apologizing after allegedly making what many call an anti-gay statement while vising a Wyoming high school. While in Greybull, a student asked how he supports the LGBTQ community; to which Enzi allegedly replied saying any “guy who wears a tutu to the bar …is asking for it.” After that quote made national news, Enzi issued a statement, reading in part, “I regret a poor choice of words during part of my presentation No offense was intended.”