Archives for May 2018

Well-known grizzly in Teton Nat’l Park hasn’t made appearance yet

A grizzly bear that’s become a bit of a fixture in Grand Teton National Park hasn’t appeared this year. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the grizzly, known as number 610, is an adult that typically emerges from her den in April and spends time in sight of visitors around Jackson Lake. This year, though, park officials haven’t seen her once. Some are worried about her, but park officials say it’s not unusual that she hasn’t been seen yet and they point out that grizzlies are unpredictable and may change behavior. Meantime, other grizzlies have been active in visible areas of northern part of the park.

Another candidate enters Republican primary for Barrasso’s Senate seat

A fourth candidate jumps in the race for U.S. Senate in Wyoming. John Holtz of Laramie wants to run for Sen. John Barrasso’s seat. The 68-year-old retired U.S. Air Force veteran, attorney, and judge has never held elective office. He’s running as a Republican and tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that he’s more conservative than Barrasso and is better suited to protect national security. The primary is August 21.

Cody man who drowned in Montana kayak accident was experienced swimmer

We’re learning more about a Cody man who drowned in a kayaking accident over the holiday weekend in Montana. The Park County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office says Edward Conning was the leader of their swift-water rescue team. Conning was a 20-year member of the volunteer team and served as a mentor to new team members. He was an extremely experienced swimmer and also skilled in high-angle rope rescues.

Liberal politician switches parties in effort to win Senate seat in conservative WY

One of the most liberal politicians seeking national office in conservative Wyoming in recent years is running again but has switched parties, from Democrat to Republican. Former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy is mounting a long-shot bid against U.S. Sen. John Barrasso in the GOP primary. Hardy says he’s now an “Eisenhower Republican,” referring to Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, who warned against out-of-control military spending. The 79-year-old supports universal health coverage and a steep increase in the federal minimum wage but is now pessimistic he can be successful as a Democrat in heavily Republican Wyoming.

Tornado damages 8 homes near Federal

A tornado damages some homes in Laramie County. The funnel cloud touched down late Sunday afternoon near Federal. At least eight homes were damaged, but no people or animals were hurt. The same storm system also brought hail and flash flooding to Casper.

Man hurt in police-involved shooting in Albany Co.

A man is hurt in a police-involved shooting in southeastern Wyoming. It happened Saturday night along Forest Service Road in Albany County between Laramie and Cheyenne. Police say the officers involved were an Albany County deputy and a state Highway Patrol trooper. Details surrounding the officer-involved shooting remain sketchy.

Cody man killed in kayak accident in Montana

A Cody man dies in a kayaking accident over Memorial Day Weekend. The Carbon County coroner’s officer tells KULR-TV that 66-year-old Edward Conning drowned Sunday after his kayak became submerged under a downed tree on Rock Creek in south-central Montana. Conning was considered an experienced kayaker and was with another person who successfully navigated around the downed tree.

Fremont Co. schools apologize for casino gifts given to students

A big oops on the part of Fremont County school officials They’re apologizing for handing out casino-branded cocktail glasses and playing cards to students during an event that taught kids about local American Indian tribes’ cultures. The Ranger reports the gifts were provided by the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton. Parents complained, saying the gifts encourage gambling. School officials say they’ll now review gifts prior to them being handed out.

Trout catch could rise

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will vote later this summer on increasing the amount of trout fishermen can catch in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. A new plan would let anglers catch up to a dozen of the trophy-sized fish each day. Right now, the limit is at eight. But there’s a catch–just one of the fish caught could measure more than 28 inches.

Landslide left campers stranded in Teton Nat’l Forest

A landslide cut off a group of campers just as Memorial Day weekend was about to get underway. It blocked a road near Little Greys River. Bridger Teton-National Forest crews had to use some serious machinery to clear the rocks and debris. No one was hurt.