Dispatch: Woman arrested after allegedly taking cat; Powell man charged with stalking

(Park County, Wyo.) – Here is the Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, recap of law enforcement activity in the Cody area. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Cody Police Department

Arrests:

Lindsy Dawe, Cody, 31, Arrested for Warrant.

Jack Carr, Powell, 36, Arrested for Stalking and Breach of Peace. At 8:55 p.m. on Saturday, a caller on 12th Street reported that someone who had been trespassed from her home was now sending harassing messages. Carr was subsequently arrested.

Local firefighter remembered a year after his death

Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of volunteer firefighter Bruce Ellyson. Ellyson died from injuries sustained in a tragic hunting accident.

According to his obituary published last November, the 39-year-old was a journeyman electrician but his true love was as a volunteer fireman with Park County Fire District 2.

This morning, a fellow firefighter got on the radio and asked the department and other agencies to take a moment to remember Bruce and contributions not only to the fire district but to the community as well.

Wyoming loses Brandon Carlisle, punk rock drummer for Teenage Bottlerocket

(Wyoming) — Wyoming’s punk rock scene has suffered a heavy loss, as Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle passed away after being found in a coma early this week.

Carlisle was a mainstay of the Wyoming punk scene for over a decade and lived part of his life in Casper and Laramie. Carlisle was found in a coma early this week and put on life support.

A Gofundme page set up by bandmates raised over $35,000 for medical costs, with contributions from around 970 people over two days.

Colorado State keeps The Boot; Defeated Wyoming 26-7 Saturday afternoon

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Colorado State scored three touchdowns and one field goal on the first four times they touched the ball Saturday at War Memorial Stadium and won the battle for the Bronze Boot for the third consecutive year 26-7 in front of 18,682. The Rams (4-5 and 2-3 in the MW) scored 17 first quarter points and broke the game open early. Wyoming (1-9, 1-4 in the MW) had a another sub-par offensive game. The Pokes’ avoided a shutout with a late touchdown with only 2:25 left in the game on a four-yard run by Brian Hill.

UW designated as Bicycle Friendly University

It’s no secret that Wyoming is known for its outdoor recreation, and statewide there have been recent efforts to improve the way people get around in their own communities. And now, the University of Wyoming has joined the club: the League of American Bicyclists has recognized UW as a Bicycle Friendly University.

UW received the league’s bronze award to join more than 100 colleges and universities in 42 states that have “transformed their campuses and the communities around them.”

High School Football Championships set; Several upsets marked Semi-Final games

The Wyoming High School Football Finals have been set.

Following Friday’s night’s action, here are the teams to battle for the state championship in their respective divisions this Friday and Saturday at War Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

Class 4A – Sheridan vs. Gillette – 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14

Class 3A- Star Valley vs. Green River – 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Class 2A – Wheatland vs. Glenrock – 12 Noon, Friday, Nov. 13

Class 1A-11 Man: Upton-Sundance vs. Tongue River – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Wyoming’s congressional delegation upset with Keystone Pipeline rejection

In what many consider a blow to the energy industry, President Barack Obama announced that his administration would block the Canada to Mexico Keystone XL Pipeline. While the pipeline would not have come through Wyoming, it could potentially have played a role in more quickly moving Wyoming-drilled crude elsewhere.

The rejection of the pipeline was a long-time coming, with most votes on the matter falling along party lines. The President’s decision, and Wyoming’s representatives’ statements, are no exception.

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is not happy with the administration’s announcement.

BREAKING: Sheriff announces there will be no charges in shooting of combat K9 Michael

POWELL – The Park County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday evening. They also released this Final Case Summary.

The investigation into the shooting of a retired military service dog on October 10, 2015 in rural Park County has been completed with no charges being filed. The dog, named Michael belonged to Matthew Bessler, age 43 of Powell. Michael was shot and killed after he attacked a local resident who was bicycling past Mr. Bessler’s residence.

Highway shooting near Big Horn sends one to the hospital; Officials seeking information on gunman

(Big Horn, Wyo.) — A male driver was shot from another vehicle on Saturday night near Big Horn at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

The Sheridan County Sheriffs Office responded to the shooting incident Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. The incident occurred near milepost 8 on HWY 335.

According to information reported to the Sheriff’s Office, a gun was fired from a unknown vehicle while passing another vehicle following a driving-related confrontation on HWY 335.

The male driver of the vehicle being passed was struck in the neck, and subsequently transported to the Sheridan Hospital by Rocky Mountain Ambulance, where he was treated and expected to recover.

BREAKING: WINhealth exiting Wyoming market

UPDATE at 10:15 a.m.: The following has been provided by the Department of Insurance.

On October 21, 2015, the Wyoming Department of Insurance (“DOI”) filed a petition in the First Judicial District Court in Laramie County to place WINhealth Partners (WINhealth) into a Rehabilitation/Receivership following a determination that the Wyoming insurer is financially at risk. If the Court grants the petition, the Wyoming Insurance Commissioner, Tom Glause, will become the Receiver of the insurance company and will oversee WINhealth’s rehabilitation and exit from the insurance market.

#Snapped: Driver catches glimpse of possible meteor on dash cam

Thanks to Michael Shodin for sharing this dash cam video of what appears to be a possible meteor recently on his trip through Wyoming. Shodin said this happened at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 30 while he was headed eastbound on I-80 near Wamsutter.

This is the second recent sighting of a bright light in the sky. Folks in the Cody area reported on Saturday seeing a bright green flash. When Shodin gets off the road next week, he said he could share the video directly from the dash cam.

WCC President captures video of Pope Francis blessing children

Dr. Kevin Roberts, President of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, is currently in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

“Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States represents a profound opportunity for all of us at Wyoming Catholic College to see and hear how his leadership can guide our own lives and work,” he said.

Yesterday, Dr. Roberts sent us this video of Pope Francis stopping his motorcade to bless two children. The father of infant who was blessed was standing next to Dr. Roberts.

“All of this next to Independence Hall made this a special afternoon!” he said.

Avery named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame; Ceremony set in Greybull

Morris Avery, one of Wyoming’s first helicopter pilots and a pioneer in aerial spraying, firefighting, search and rescue and mountain flying, is the 2015 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.

A ceremony to honor his accomplishments and induction is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Greybull Airport.

Born in Greeley, Colo., in 1913, Avery completed his schooling in Cody and moved to Greybull in the late 1930s. There he began taking flying lessons from Mel Christler, the 1999 Hall of Fame inductee, and earned his pilot’s license in 1946.

UW Extension grew research potatoes in Powell this year

Four types of potatoes were grown this season by University of Wyoming Research and Extension Center in Powell in collaboration with Shoshone River Farm.

UW is testing how the types of potatoes grow in this area and Scott Richard of Shoshone River Farm is promoting food Hubs in our region. Food Hubs are a regional distribution and sales vehicle for growers to reach retail and wholesale outlets for their crops. These are a couple photos of volunteers bagging up the potatoes last Thursday shared with Reboot from Elijah Cobb.

UW Presidential Search listening sessions planned throughout the Basin for Sept. 21-22

Laramie, Wyo. – September 14, 2015 — Members of the University of Wyoming community and people around Wyoming have an opportunity to voice their desired qualifications and characteristics for a new UW president Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21-22.

Presidential search listening sessions are scheduled on the Laramie campus and at UW-Casper, with video-conferencing connections to many Wyoming communities. The meetings will be led by representatives of Storbeck Pimentel, the consulting firm retained by the UW Board of Trustees to assist with the search.

Dispatch: ‘Creepy’ man reportedly followed middle school girls; family looking for missing man

(Park County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend’s dispatch report from the Cody Police Department and Park County Sheriff’s Office. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Cody Police Department Sept. 11-13

Arrests:

Brandon R. Maimone, 26, Gold Bar, Wash., Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Maintain Insurance, and Expired Registration.

Mandy R. Steggall, 39, Cody, Public Intoxication and Breach of Peace.

Edgar J. Hume, 45, Cody, Warrant Arrest.

Kate A. Bash, 26, Cody, Driving Under the Influence and Failure to Maintain Lane.

Spruce Fire in Yellowstone grows to more than 2,000 acres

The lightning-caused Spruce Fire, burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park since early September, has grown to an estimated 2,119 acres as of 1:30 pm on Sunday. Crews are actively monitoring the fire by air and from lookout points on Mount Washburn and other locations throughout the park. The Spruce fire is burning in a fire-adapted lodgepole pine forest, approximately ten miles west of Fishing Bridge and two miles south of Hayden Valley in the central portion of Yellowstone.  Smoke from the fire has been visible throughout the park and in surrounding communities; however, no facilities, trails, or roads are threatened and there are no closures in place.

Spruce Fire continues to grow in Yellowstone

The Spruce Fire burning in Yellowstone National Park has grown to an estimated 1,164 acres as of 6:00 pm on Saturday. Fueled by warm weather, low relative humidity levels, and westerly winds, the fire is actively burning in the backcountry, approximately ten miles west of Fishing Bridge and two miles south of Hayden Valley in the central portion of the park. Crews monitoring the fire by helicopter report patchy burning within the fire’s perimeter, isolated torching of single trees, and only a small amount of crowning in the late afternoon as the sun was high overhead and fire activity picked up on Saturday afternoon. This mosaic pattern of burning is typical fire behavior in a lodgepole pine forest. The lightning-caused fire continues to play its natural role in the ecosystem and is being managed for its benefits to park resources.