Archives for July 2017

Man Dies in Snake River

A 60-year-old man has died after falling from a raft in the Snake River in northwestern Wyoming.
Teton County Sheriff’s department says the man was not wearing a life jacket when he fell into the water Sunday afternoon between Wilson and South Park.
Other rafters found him downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed.
The man’s name hasn’t been released. This was the third death on the Snake River in Wyoming in a month.

Wyoming Schools Ranked 5th in SAT Scores

Good news for the state’s students and their parents. Wyoming is tied for the fifth-highest median SAT score in the country.
A recent study compared public education in each state based on a variety of factors, including class sizes, dropout rates, student safety, teacher-to-student ratios and test scores
Wyoming ranked 8th nationwide for school funding and 18th in quality of education. But got low scores in student safety, ranking 44th overall, with high rates of bullying and students feeling threatened.
Massachusetts topped the rankings followed by New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hamspshire and Vermont. New Mexico’s public schools ranked last.

Mead: WY ‘ready’ for influx due to solar eclipse

Thousands will be flocking to Wyoming next month for the solar eclipse, and Governor Matt Mead says the Cowboy State is ready. Sheridan Media reports Mead says he’s been meeting with the state office of Tourism, and they’ve got a detailed plan to deal with the influx of people. Many hotels land campgrounds are already sold out for the weekend leading up to Monday, August 21. Casper and Jackson are prime viewing areas. Cellphone coverage remains an issue in some places as companies scramble to enhance coverage. Mead calls it exciting-and he says photos on social media will serve as “great advertising” for the state.

Report: WY full of jobs for HS grads

Jobs for those who didn’t complete college-Wyoming is full of them. A new report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce finds half of jobs in the state are for salaries of $35,000 or more for high school graduates. The report also showed Wyoming has four of the top 100 community colleges in the country.

Man get 75 years For Sexual Assault of Minors

A Wyoming man convicted of multiple sexual crimes will serve up to 75 years in prison.

Natrona County Sheriffs arrested Joshua McCullough on December 9 after staff at the Wyoming Medical Center reported that an 11-year-old girl had been a sexual assault victim

Court documents show McCullough described himself as a pedophile and told authorities of sexual acts he had done with girls in the previous six weeks.

Health Officials Warn of Fake Eclipse Eyewear

State health officials in Wyoming are warning the public to avoid using fake protective glasses designed for use during the total solar eclipse next month.

The American Astronomical Society website lists protective eyewear brands they are safe for viewing. You can go to ECLIPSE.AAS.ORG. to learn more. NASA says looking directly at the sun without protective eyewear is only safe during the brief “totality” phase, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s face. NASA says no one should look at the partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical devices. The concentrated rays will damage the filter and cause serious eye injury.

Search in Grand Teton for Bullinger scaled down

The search for a man wanted in connection with a triple murder in Idaho is being scaled down. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports it’s been two weeks since 60-year-old Gerald Bullinger was seen entering Grand Teton National Park-and thorough searches have turned up nothing. Bullinger is suspected of killing three women and leaving their remains in his shed. A car registered to his wife, who was one of the victims, was found at one of the park’s campgrounds.

Haystack coal mine gets new owner

A familiar names buys the abandoned Haystack coal mine. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Westmoreland Coal Company, based in Colorado, purchased the mine outside Evanston. It also operates the Kemmerer Mine in Lincoln County. The Haystack coal mine has been empty since its previous owner shut it down in 2013.

No Oversized Loads on Highways Surrounding Eclipse

The upcoming solar eclipse is good news for the Wyoming economy but it’s bad news for haulers of oversized loads. the Wyoming Highway Patrol says that the 3 days surrounding the eclipse will be off limits for the state highways. A post on their Facebook says oversized loads cannot travel through the state from Sunday Aug 20th through Tuesday the 22nd, even with a permit. Tens of thousands of sight-see-ers are expected in Casper, Jackson and other places where the effects of the eclipse are expected to be at a premium.

Residents Begin Returning to Keystone Area

Residents of the communities affected by the Keystone Fire will be able to return to their homes today.
Fire managers modified the Keystone Fire Closure for home owners in Moore’s Gulch, and Keystone after all contingency line work was completed. Power will be restored to that area Friday. Albany county officials issued evacuation orders for the communities on July 3 and they remained inaccessible until today.
The fire closure has also been lifted for Rob Roy Reservoir, the campground, Cinnabar Park and Bobbie Thomson.