Wyoming digest

Jul 9, 2017 From wire reports

Monday's 'Hot Notes' in Riverton

features WyoJazz and Willie Wright

Hot Notes/Cool Nites Concerts in the Park performs at Riverton City Park at 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, beginning with the Central Wyoming College Community Band and concluding with a guest ensemble. Admission is free.

Kelly Dehnert, leader of WyoJazz, said he formed the group in the 1990s when he was professor of instrumental music at Central Wyoming College. "We brought jazz artists together from Fremont County and the rest of the state to perform special events," he said.

The group has performed history of Jazz shows for schools, for the International Climbers Festival, and at several Hot Notes/Cool Nites concerts.

Dehnert, who plays keyboard for the group, is joined Monday by Willie Wright (saxophones), Chad Rose (trombone), Sarah Trembly (vocalist), Feike van Dijk (Latin percussion), Sean Francis (bass), and Ian McFarland (drums).

"Willie Wright has performed with the group before as a Riverton native," Dehnert said. "He has performed professionally for a number of years including performing on cruise ships."

The concerts are sponsored in part by the Lander and Riverton recreation boards, The Comfort Inn, Wyoming Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Ranger, and Wyoming Community Bank.

Dehnert says the community band is always seeking new members, "young or old." The band rehearses before the concerts at 5:30 pm and will be fed dinner by the DOES this week. Interested musicians should call Sarah Trembly at 855-2214 for information.

BLM manager retires

Rick Vander Voet, field manager of Lander's Bureau of Land Management office, retired last week after heading that office since 2011.

Before coming to Lander, Vander Voet had spent the bulk of his BLM career in Idaho.

He was honored in 2015 by the Public Lands Foundation for his work on the nationally significant Lander Resource Management Plan.

In 2014, his office was also presented the Stewardship Award from the National Outdoor Leadership School for its "exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment."

Vander Voet's last day was Friday, July 7.

Dates, places set for veteran services

A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout July, including Fremont County.

Lori Crump is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA health care. Crump also can help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request health care.

Her office is located at 324 E. Washington Ave. in Riverton.

She plans outreach visits this month at the following locations and times:

- Lander: Monday, July 17, at Lander City Hall, 240 Lincoln St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Dubois: Thursday, July 20, at the High Country Senior Citizens Center, 504 Hays St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Riverton: Most other weekdays by appointment at 324 E. Washington Ave.

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