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News
11:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton

Credit Wyoming's Wind River Country

An organization that's working to end tribal sovereignty hosted a national conference in Riverton this weekend. The group is protesting the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that the city of Riverton falls within Wind River reservation boundaries. That has led to tensions between tribal members, the state, and Riverton.   The group--known as Citizens Equal Rights Alliance—posted on their website that it isn't fair that tribal members receive special status because it threatens the individual rights of all Americans.  

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News
9:33 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns

The Eastern Shoshone tribal liaison has stepped down from her position, saying the governor and legislature were disrespectful to her, both as a woman and tribal member. But the Governor's office says she wasn't fulfilling her responsibility to mediate between the tribes and the state. 

Tensions have been mounting between the governor’s office and the Wind River Indian tribes for months. The Environmental Protection Agency recently ruled that the city of Riverton falls within reservation boundaries, setting the state and tribes at odds.

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Open Spaces
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School

Graduates at Riverton High School line up to receive their diplomas.
Credit Aaron Schrank

Graduation season is here. Commencement ceremonies around the state mark the start of a new chapter for many of Wyoming’s high school seniors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank caught up with the class of 2014 to see how they feel about the big day—and the future.

It’s the last hurrah for graduating seniors at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School. The Casper Events Center is packed, and the graduates are in high spirits.

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Open Spaces
3:44 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education

It’s been a few months since we’ve had Governor Matt Mead on the program.  He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss a dispute over boundaries in Riverton and Education.

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Open Spaces
3:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Negotiation Vs. Litigation: A Look At The Reservation Borders Decision

The governments of Riverton, Fremont County, the state, and of the two tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation are arguing, again, over the reservation’s borders.

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Signal Improvement
1:59 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Lander/Riverton and the Wind River Reservation Received Stronger Wyoming Public Radio Service

Wyoming Public Radio is now heard on 90.9 in the Wind River corridor.   Classical Wyoming, WPM’s classical music service, is now heard on 91.9.  

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) changed frequencies in the Lander/Riverton area.

“The stronger KUWW 90.0 ensures an improved signal and has a broader reach.  The new signal represents a power increase from 10 watts to 8,000 watts,” says Shane Toven, WPM Director of Engineering.

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Topic of the Week
3:43 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

What do you think of the EPA’s decision to include Riverton as part of the Wind River Reservation?

What do you think of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision that includes Riverton as part of the  Wind River Reservation?

WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules

News
7:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

State to appeal reservation boundary decision

Governor Matt Mead is unhappy with the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent drawing of the Wind River Indian Reservation’s boundary and is appealing the ruling.

The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes asked the EPA for state-like status for the purpose of air monitoring, and the EPA gave them that. But as part of the decision, the agency also drew the reservation’s borders to include Riverton.

Wyoming has long considered Riverton to be outside of the reservation’s borders and a Wyoming Supreme Court case affirmed the state’s stance in 2008.

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Wyoming Stories
10:23 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings - Riverton

Wyoming Public Media will be recording Riverton's Wyoming Stories on Thur. Oct. 24 and Fri. Oct. 25 at the Intertribal Education and Community Center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

Nothing captures the flavor of Wyoming like a well-told story!  Wyoming Stories was created to capture the history of Wyoming, through the memories of those who live here, often through generations.

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News
6:33 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New report says contaminated uranium site more complex than previously thought

Credit US Department of Energy

The Department of Energy says that the high levels of uranium at a contaminated site on Wind River Reservation might not flush out of the groundwater naturally in 100 years, like they previously thought.  

Tailings from a uranium mill that functioned at the Riverton Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act site in the 1960s left the area’s groundwater with high levels of uranium and the DOE took over management of the site in the late ‘80s.

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Circuit Court
4:39 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Fremont County waiting on SLIB decision to replace unsafe courthouse

The Riverton Circuit Court is stationed in a small, pre-fab building with thin walls. After a bullet was shot from outside the building into the courtroom last summer, Fremont County stationed industrial shipping containers around the building to protect it. The Fremont County Board of Commissioners has requested funding from the State Loan and Investments Board to build a new circuit court facility.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / Wyoming Public Media

The Fremont County Board of Commissioners is hoping the State Loan and Investments Board will approve its application for a $2.6 million dollar grant to build a Riverton justice center.

It would cover half the cost of a new building to house offices for the sheriff and county attorneys, as well as a circuit court.

Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts says the small pre-fab building they’re currently using has long been insufficient.

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Best of Wyoming
4:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Rendezvous Balloon Festival – Riverton

Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Festival

A burst of color hits the sky at dawn when hot air balloons inflate and loft off !! Spectators at the launch site witness the event as the balloons drift upwards around them. A fantastic event you don't want to miss.

The Hot Air Balloon Rally is the third weekend in July. They try to take off at dawn if the weather permits.

For more information visit http://www.rivertonchamber.org/visit .

Open Spaces
4:18 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Riverton tries again to tackle its drinking problem

For years some in Fremont County have been concerned about the populations rate of alcohol consumption.  In most categories the county ranks at or higher than most counties in the state in areas of concern such as alcohol related arrests or binge drinking.  The county is tops in the state in alcohol related crashes and ranks a solid fifth in alcohol related crimes.   Over the years community leaders in Riverton have periodically tried to address some of these problems.  Since spring a new effort is under way.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.

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News
5:45 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

More groundwater testing for uranium-contaminated Riverton site

The U.S. Department of Energy will run additional groundwater tests at a Riverton site contaminated with uranium. The Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act site was contaminated after hosting a uranium mill there in the 1960’s.  

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News
4:46 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Central Wyoming College will launch an innovative education program

Central Wyoming College will be getting over a million dollars from the Department of Labor to launch an innovative program to help young adults who have been in the Juvenile Justice system.

The one-point-two million dollar grant will enable the college to set up the Second Wind Project that will help former juvenile offenders between the ages of 18 and 21 to develop life and work skills with the goal of keeping them out of the criminal justice system. 

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News
7:23 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Riverton adopts drought plan

Concerns about possible water shortages have lead the Riverton City Council to adopt a drought plan and implement mild restrictions. Under the plan’s level green, there are no restrictions. The current yellow level asks residents to conserve water voluntarily. Voluntary water conservation measures include fixing leaks and avoiding watering lawns during the hottest parts of the day.

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News
8:45 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Pit bulls blamed for killing sheep in Riverton

Pit bulls are blamed for killing sheep in Riverton.

Farm owner Bill Jennings says he has found over 50 sheep dead in the last few months. He says he's found dogs in with the sheep twice and has put down three dogs.

Capt. Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said a lot of people seem to be allowing their dogs to run free. However, he says owners can be criminally and civilly responsible for any damage they cause to livestock.

The Farm Bureau is offering a reward of over $2,000 for information on the sheep attacks.