Vital Statistics

Girl - to Jennifer and Danny Lamb, of Worland, Nov. 18

Nov. 19 Herman Jake Kraft, 84, of Thornton, Colorado, formerly of Worland

None reported

None reported

Nov. 21 6:07 a.m. 622 S 8th St.

None reported

Worland temperatures: High 34, Low 5 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: A slight chance of rain and snow between 11am and 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. South southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West southwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 5. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest in the morning.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south in the evening.
Sunset tonight: 4:35 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:14 a.m.

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DAILY NEWS photo by Lee Lockhart
University of Wyoming Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist visits with Richard Schlenker of Otto during Thursday afternoon’s Meet & Greet hosted by the Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors. Youngquist began her work as extension educator in August. She brings a wealth of knowledge about soils and composting to the position.

Man faces drug charge after pulling out in front of Trooper

By Bob Vines

WORLAND – A man faces felony drug charges after pulling out in front of a Wyoming Highway Patrol Officer in Worland Thursday night.
Justin Peterson, 36, made his initial appearance in Fifth Judicial Court in Worland Friday. He provided authorities with a paper Montana driver’s license. He is facing charges of possession of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.
At approximately 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Wyoming Trooper Daniel Smith witnessed a red minivan pull out from the Little Chief Bar parking lot on US Highway 20 N. According to the affidavit, Smith was forced to step on his brakes and come to a complete stop so he wouldn’t hit the vehicle being driven by Peterson. He then pulled him over.
Smith stated that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle along with a “heavy air freshener smell.”
When confronted, Peterson told Smith that he had smoked a joint earlier.
A search of the van yielded a package of high-grade marijuana that weighed 7.9 grams including packaging, a plastic bag weighing 5.8 grams including packaging with suspected methamphetamines and a marijuana joint. Officers also found a blue bag with a small lock on it in the glove box that contained $2,200 and another $900 was found on Peterson.
The affidavit said that due to the felony amount of methamphetamines and the large amount of money, the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation was called to assist. According to the affidavit, Peterson told the DCI agent that the drugs were his but he refused to talk any further about an alleged trip to Utah he was returning from.
Peterson pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors but did not enter a plea for the felony possession charge.
The felony charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Man killed by bear likely
came across feeding

By Bob Moen
Associated Press
CHEYENNE (AP) — A panel of wildlife experts has concluded that a Utah man mauled to death in a remote area of northwest Wyoming in September likely happened upon a bear feeding on a deer.
“We think the attack was a combination of two things — that the bear was on a carcass and the bear was surprised at close range,” Chris Servheen, grizzly recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a member of the panel, said Friday. “Either one of those types of encounters can provoke a charge and an attack by the bear.”
The panel found evidence of both grizzly bears and black bears at the site where Adam Stewart, 31, of Virgin, Utah, was killed on Sept. 4. In addition, the area where the attack occurred is forested and hilly, and Stewart may not have seen the bear until he was 15 to 20 feet away, it said.
“It’s not real easy to see in that area,” Servheen said.
They can’t determine what kind of bear killed him because of the condition of his body and the presence of both kinds of bears in the area, Servheen said. Stewart’s body wasn’t found until eight days after the mauling in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bears had fed on his body and his remains were mixed in with deer remains.
Stewart was employed by a Boise, Idaho, company, Nature’s Capital, which the U.S. Forest Service had hired to conduct vegetation surveys.
He was working alone and didn’t have bear spray or a firearm with him.
While it’s impossible to know whether bear spray would have prevented the attack, Servheen said he was surprised that Stewart didn’t have bear spray with him in an area known to be grizzly bear habitat.
“We recommend to everybody that they carry bear spray and we also recommend that people don’t hike alone,” he said.
It is believed that Stewart was an experienced backcountry hiker.
Investigators determined that Stewart was attacked and killed on the day he hiked into the forest. Evidence, which includes a time stamped photograph from Stewart’s camera, indicates he had set up camp and was hiking to a research plot site 3 miles away when the encounter with the bear occurred.

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