Worland Area News 12-13-18

Written by on December 13, 2018

A house fire in central Wyoming over the weekend has left two Fremont County residents dead.
Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen tells The Ranger that a 57-year-old woman and her 64-year-old husband died in the fire, which occurred about 6:20 a.m. Sunday at their home in Shoshoni. The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Fremont County Fire Protection District chief Craig Haslam says a neighbor smelled and saw smoke coming from the roof of the house and called for firefighters.
Haslam says one victim was found in the front room of the home, while the other was in a hallway. The house was a total loss.
Haslam said the Wyoming State Fire Marshal’s office will investigate the cause of the fire.

The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports that the Washakie County Fairboard met on Monday where they discussed and passed a motion to eliminate gate fees for the fair, in favor of fees for individual events such as the rodeo and music acts.
With a vote of 3-2, the board effectively alleviated a problem that had received several complaints in past years from fairgoers.
Per the article, quote, “Now, you’ll only pay to go to special events and not the fair itself,” end quote, noted Fair Board President David Doyle.
After the 2018 fair, the board recognized that, although there have been complaints, the entrance fee at the fair may need to be looked at, but noted that the fee covered all events inside the fair, where other fairs require a separate fee for rodeos, music and special events. The board ultimately decided that event-only admission was the better idea.
The board also agreed on Monday to work more closely with the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce in planning and promotion of the 2019 fair.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, December 15, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for motorized oversnow travel. Winter is here!
Visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the West and South Entrances. Visitors who have proper permits can also participate in the non-commercially guided snowmobile trips.
Travel between the North Entrance and Swan Lake Flat will be limited to commercially-guided snowcoaches. This section will remain closed to visitor snowmobile use until more snow accumulates on the road. Plan accordingly and stay informed.
Travel from the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin Friday, December 22, weather dependent.
The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City, Montana, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year.
Are you planning a winter trip to the park? Weather is extremely unpredictable and road closures or delays can occur with little or no warning. Please come prepared. Carry personal emergency survival equipment and dress appropriately for outside activities in extremely cold weather.

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