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Wyoming news briefs for June 15

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UW event to explore anti-racist education

The University of Wyoming Black Studies Center will hold a virtual symposium July 2 called “What to the Slave’s Children is the Fourth of July?” focused on anti-racist education and the national debate around teaching critical race theory in American schools. ... more

 

Liz Cheney: ‘I don’ t feel any real downside ’ to losing chair position

If there’s one thing Liz Cheney never expected, it was to be called a RINO.... more

 

Legislature revives tourism improvement district discussions

The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions committee may provide an additional source of funding for the state’s tourism industry.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 14

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Lawmakers mull major election changes

Wyoming lawmakers are weighing a significant overhaul of the state’s elections.... more

 

Expert: Reactor will be safe; Nuclear proposal incorporates molten sodium technology

After the recent announcement that Wyoming would be getting a nuclear power plant, many Wyomingites had a similar question. Is it safe? ... more

 

Creating a more resilient landscape; Officials outline objectives of fire management plan

Officials from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the city of Cheyenne spoke favorably Wednesday about a 15-year forest management plan that covers much of southeastern Wyoming. ... more

 

CDC awards state $38M; Money is to be used to bridge pandemic health disparities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded Wyoming $38.3 million to address health disparities in the state’s pandemic response.... more

 

Pot advocates introduce ballot initiatives

A number of cannabis advocates and members of the Libertarian Party made history Friday as they submitted two marijuana-related ballot initiatives, kicking off a campaign that will last until next November. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 11

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Improved conditions may not replenish hay supply

While last summer's drought conditions created difficulty for many Johnson County hay producers — cutting the crop for some to as little as one-third of the normal yield — hay conditions are so far improved.... more

 

Bill would limit vaccine mandates

A bill that forbids employers from requiring staff to show proof of vaccination in most cases gained near-unanimous support from a Wyoming legislative committee Thursday.... more

 

Officials predict “fairly significant” fire season

For the second half of July and all of August, an above-normal fire season is expected.... more

 

Gillette residents help reunite lost dog with Nebraska owner

Losing a pet can leave a hopeless feeling. It brings about a surge of adrenaline in those first few moments of searching, which turns to a dull ache as the hours stretch into days. ... more

Group encourages use of lead-free ammo, tackle

A new Wyoming hunting group wants to prove the value of switching ammo and tackle to local sportsmen and women. They know success won’t come easy, but the journey will be worth it if they can keep poison off your plate.... more

 

Documentary focuses on runner following deer migration route

A documentary combining outdoor adventure and mule deer migration is now available for viewing online.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 10

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Legislators clash over election bill pledge

An interim meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee became the unexpected venue for a discussion of ethics on Monday.... more

 

Mental evaluation ordered for Torrington murder suspect

A case against a former Park County resident accused of murdering a Torrington woman has been put on hold, after questions were raised about his competency.... more

 

Confession rejected as evidence in murder trial

A woman’s murder confession will not be allowed in evidence because she was not granted an attorney during her police interview after requesting one.... more

 

Groups pursue pot initiatives for election

The state and national Libertarian Party as well as Wyoming community leaders will deliver two marijuana ballot initiatives to the Wyoming secretary of state Friday.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 9

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Budget casualties: Mental health and substance abuse services

After 15 years serving adults living with severe mental illness and homelessness, a supervised group home in Campbell County has closed its doors because of state-level budget reductions.... more

 

Barrasso bill would protect 14% of study areas as wilderness

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso’s proposed legislation to protect 20,381 acres of wilderness in four Wyoming counties disappoints conservationists who say its official designation of about 14 percent of eligible areas it addresses is flawed.... more

 

Autonomous buses debut in Yellowstone

Even in the twilight years of life, Walt McMahon isn’t one to eschew a technological innovation when he sees one.... more

 

Converse Co. officials weigh possibility of nuke plant

Will Bill Gates’ Natrium modular nuclear reactor find a home in PacifiCorps’ soon-to-be-retired Dave Johnston coal-fired power plant? ... more

 

Wyoming youth vaccination rate trails nation

Wyoming youth have at least one thing in common with their parents; they are among the least vaccinated groups in the nation.... more

 

Supreme Court allows tribal law enforcement to search non-tribal members

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that tribal law enforcement officers can search non-tribal offenders on public roadways that pass through Indian reservations.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 8

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JBS Foods cyber attack highlights need for more local processing capacity

JBS controls 25 percent of the meat processing in the U.S. so a prolonged shutdown can have far-reaching impacts on producers. ... more

 

Strengthening stockgrowers: Lummis speaks at WSGA conference in Sheridan

Farming has long played a key role in Wyoming’s history, and it remains one of the driving forces of the state’s economy and culture. ... more

 

Voting changes gain support

A state legislative committee voted Monday to pursue two bills that would significantly change the way Wyoming’s statewide elections are run as soon as next year. ... more

 

Nuclear announcement expands state's reputation as energy capitol of the nation

A prototype nuclear facility promises to bolster Wyoming’s status as the nation’s leader in energy production even as the state’s once-dominant thermal coal mines continue a prolonged meltdown.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 7

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Grassroots and global players: The crowded campaign to oust Cheney

In a Cheyenne strip-mall banquet hall, Scott Presler — a nationally recognized conservative activist and Donald Trump loyalist best known for organizing post-protest community cleanups in liberal cities — whipped up the crowd.... more

 

Inside the campaign-finance ‘end run’ that earned GOP an FEC fine

The Wyoming Republican Party secretly supported a 2016 Trump campaign “end run” around donation limitations without securing requisite authorization, according to a former official involved in the matter.... more

 

Life sentence issued in boy’s murder

Christopher James Nielsen has been sentenced to life in prison without parole on first-degree murder charges for the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care.... more

 

Schools begin planning to spend COVID relief money

Wyoming school districts have begun receiving much-needed federal pandemic relief dollars, and are planning how to spend promised dollars not yet received.... more

 

Special legislative session plans canceled

In an unexpected turn, there will not be a special legislative session in mid-July, Gov. Mark Gordon and statehouse leaders announced in a joint statement Friday. ... more

 

Laramie rancher sues over COVID recovery program

Leisl Carpenter, a sixth-generation rancher and owner of the Flying Heart Ranch in the Big Laramie Valley, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, claiming the $4 billion American Rescue Plan Section 1005, which targets “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers, violates equal protection laws under the U.S. Constitution and blatantly discriminates against white farmers and ranchers.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 4

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Upper Wind River tributaries proposed for instream flow rights

Wyoming fisheries managers are taking steps to ensure that water remains in a handful of Wind River tributaries that provide crucial habitat for the watershed’s struggling native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.... more

 

Gillette officials excited about nuclear power plant

Gillette's potential as a site for a new nuclear power plant excites local officials.... more

 

Gun rights group sues state officials

Wyoming Gun Owners filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Attorney General Bridget Hill claiming that Wyoming’s electioneering communications law is unconstitutionally vague under the First Amendment. ... more

 

Albany County sheriff’s officer resigns

A short, straight-forward news release from the Albany County Sheriff ’s Office early Thursday morning came as a welcome sigh of relief for many members of the Laramie community.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 3

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Treasurer seeks delay in monthly ad valorem payments

Newly passed legislation appears to be causing headaches for county treasurers throughout Wyoming before it has even taken effect.... more

 

Hotels, motels short of workers

For owner Brenda O’Shea, a good summer at A Western Rose Motel requires a certain factor no matter how many customers she gets: employees.... more

 

Wyoming towns eager to host nuclear plant

Four Wyoming communities are in the running to play host to a new nuclear reactor coming to the state.... more

 

Albany commissioners take up wind project

After five hours of sometimes heated testimony regarding the proposed Rail Tie Wind Project, the Albany County Board of Commissioners closed the public hearing Tuesday night without making a decision.... more

 

Demo nuclear plant to be built in Wyoming

Wyoming will become the site of a novel nuclear energy plant in a move announced Wednesday by Gov. Mark Gordon that could diversify the state’s economy and put the nation on a path toward a carbon-free electricity grid by 2035.... more

Wyoming’s own Tyrannosaurus: Lee Rex may be the first specimen of its kind to stay in state

Next to the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College, there’s an unassuming garage.... more

Artist turns recycled pallets into a whimsical sculpture in Jackson Hole

Where once there were pebbles, now sits an enormous troll.... more

Graduating senior reconnects with police officer present at her birth after almost 18 years

Rachel Rasse and Dan Stroup had met once before, but don’t know each other. Not really.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 2

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Wyoming holding course despite lagging vaccination rate

Wyoming’s Covid-19 vaccination rate remains among the lowest in the nation, yet the state has declined to set quantifiable goals, offer incentives or otherwise modify its approach to address the underperformance.... more

 

Barrasso bill aims to resolve in-limbo wilderness study areas

A statewide effort to reach a consensus about what to do with Wyoming’s wilderness study areas is being revived legislatively more than two years after it ended with an outcome that left many conservationists disgruntled.... more

 

Casper police shooting facts still in dispute

The city of Casper is trying to end a years-long lawsuit over a police shooting that killed a man walking down 15th Street in 2018.... more

 

Laramie County School District sued over public meetings access

A group of Laramie County residents, including a state lawmaker from Cheyenne, is suing Laramie County School District 1, its Board of Trustees, the superintendent and assistant superintendent for allegedly holding school board meetings that were not compliant with state public meetings law.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for June 1

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Wyoming’s infrastructure wishlist

Wyoming, like the rest of the country, has an infrastructure problem.... more

 

No zebra mussels detected in Wyoming waters

Although a highly invasive and harmful mussel was unexpectedly found in aquarium decorations at Wyoming pet stores earlier this year, wildlife officials say they have not yet detected the zebra mussels in state waters.... more

 

State board considers name change for the ‘Squaw Teats’

Although Park County commissioners want a pair of local buttes to continue to be known as “Squaw Teats,” a state board may not.... more

 

Influencers get a legislative hand on federal lands filming

New legislation spearheaded by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso proposes to do away with permit fees for small film crews and social media influencers shooting video on most federal land.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 31

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Judge sides with Game and Fish, limits grizzly-killed livestock award

A judge decided Monday to reduce by $205,483 an arbitration panel’s award to a Hot Springs County rancher for cattle lost to grizzly bears.... more

 

Outdoor onslaught: Officials brace for huge summer crowds

Campsites, trailhead parking spots and outdoor reservations in Wyoming will likely be harder than ever to snag this summer as public land managers expect an even larger flood of visitation than 2020’s. ... more

 

Man accused in eye gouging moved to State Hospital

Lander Circuit Court Judge Robert Denhardt prepared and released the file on Patrick Rose, born 1967.... more

 

Unemployment rate rises slightly

Wyoming’s unemployment rate rose slightly from 5.3 percent to 5.4 percent in April, according to new numbers by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. ... more

 

Construction companies deal with low material supply

Excalibur Construction used to order its building materials on a per-house basis. This year, they’re ordering per semi-truck.... more

 

Jackson startup brings wearable technology to beef industry

In Melissa Brandao’s vision, every cow in Wyoming will soon sport a new high-tech earring, transferring real-time data via Bluetooth on the animal’s location and biometrics.... more

 

Cam-Plex prepares for international ‘Camporee’

Of all the multi-million dollar facilities at Cam-plex, ones costing about $600 have generated the most interest recently.... more

Man saves friend who had COVID-19

Ray Maple found his friend John Treese lying naked on the floor nearly unresponsive.... more

Powell company makes history with sage grouse hatching

Locked away in a small, isolated room in the back of a shop at Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds, a sleep-deprived Karl Bear watched history being made. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 28

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Jackson fireworks become flashpoint in ongoing funding debate

Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter caused a stir in the last week after he sent a snappy email to the Teton Board of Realtors, saying he wouldn’t support giving it $12,000 in town and county funds.... more

 

Committee revives controversial gun bill in surprise vote

The Joint Agriculture Committee Tuesday revived a controversial gun rights bill on a split-second, unannounced vote moments before the committee adjourned in a move lambasted by critics for its lack of transparency.... more

 

UW athletes learn about brand building

With name, image and likeness legislation becoming more prevalent around the country, the University of Wyoming has teamed up with one of its own to start preparing its student-athletes accordingly.... more

 

Woman avoids prison in $400K embezzlement

Moments after pleading guilty to nearly half a million dollars in thefts, Laura Burleson was sentenced Wednesday morning to probation, with a suspended prison term of five and-a-half to seven years.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 27

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Wyoming just got $500M from Biden’s rescue plan. Now what?

Wyoming received the first $500 million installment of its billion-dollar share of American Rescue Plan funds last week, setting the stage for a July special legislative session dedicated to appropriating the money.... more

 

Video bloggers involved in some commercial ventures now able to film in national parks without prior approval

A federal judge recently found the permit and fee requirements for filming video on National Park Service properties are unconstitutional. ... more

 

Feds weigh in against coal port

In her brief, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar argued that because the Millennium Bulk Terminal project is dead, there is no legal controversy for the nation’s highest court to consider. ... more

 

"Gotcha" exercise creates internet stir

Two self-proclaimed “First Amendment auditors” came to Sundance last week on a mission to “prove” that local law enforcement goes beyond its remit and encroaches upon citizens’ right to freedom of speech.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 26

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Wyo Business Council recruit pays $5.6M federal fraud settlement

Wyoming Business Council recruit Tungsten Heavy Powder — a California defense contractor with Laramie-based manufacturing — has agreed to pay the federal government $5.6 million to settle fraud allegations from the Department of Justice.... more

 

Officials struggle with drone harassment of bears

Policing places where wildlife and humans overlap has always been a challenge, and documents show drones adding to the increasingly tense situation on Togwotee Pass. Now law enforcement is cracking down on crowds.... more

 

Stores, shooters still dealing with ammo shortage

Despite reports that gun and ammunition manufacturers are back to running at or near full capacity, shelves at local sporting goods stores often remain bare.... more

 

UW plans return to full capacity for football games

If everything goes according to plan, Wyoming will play its home football games inside a full War Memorial Stadium this fall.... more

 

COVID hospitalizations highest since January

In Laramie County and across Wyoming, hospitalizations connected to COVID-19 have reached their highest levels since late January, though this week’s numbers remain well below the peaks seen in November and December last year.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 25

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Suit against new tribal counsel adds allegations

Keith Harper began serving the tribe as an attorney in 2019, through Atlanta-based law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton. ... more

 

Judge rules in favor of commissioners, denies motion to delay enactment of horse racing resolution

On Friday, a district judge denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against a recently passed county resolution that essentially gave 307 Horse Racing control over off-track betting within 100 miles of Gillette.... more

 

Bouchard will remain in U.S. House race

It’s unclear whether Bouchard will face repercussions in the Wyoming Legislature, but one member of legislative leadership left open the possibility. ... more

 

Group complains about gifts to Game and Fish

A cease and desist letter was sent Friday by one of the former commissioners in the group’s sights.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 24

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Jail drug smuggling operation involved deoderant, greeting cards

A drug-smuggling conspiracy involving deodorant and greeting cards was discovered last month, when jail staff found opiates glued in the stacked back paper of a card.... more

 

Committee examines fuel tax again

A fuel tax increase is again being considered by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee to address the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s structural funding deficit.... more

 

Statewide public health orders reach expected final phase

The Wyoming Department of Health on Friday announced the likely final phase for statewide public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the immediate removal of one of the two remaining orders.... more

 

Bouchard announces he impregnated, married girl as teen

U.S. House candidate Anthony Bouchard had a relationship with and impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18, he told the Casper Star-Tribune late Thursday, hours after he disclosed the relationship in a Facebook Live video to his supporters.... more

Craftsmanship shines for first graduates of gunsmithing class

Douglas Macdonald, 66, took great pride in showing off the craftsmanship of his rifles to the people who visited his table. One of them was a rifle he designed using a dark, smooth slab of English walnut wood. ... more

Eastern Wyoming College student survives horrific accident

On Saturday, March 6, Samantha Hill was headed to her parents’ house in Colorado for the weekend. However, instead of seeing her family in Colorado, they would be coming to see her in Nebraska after a life-changing accident. ... more

Rental car shortage grinds gears in Teton County

At the R Lazy S Ranch, the dude ranch sitting just below the quieter, southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park, people pay an all-inclusive weekly rate for food, lodging, horseback riding and on-ranch fishing: about $2,000 per person, on the lower end.... more

Gillette man officially becomes U.S. citizen after long delay due to COVID-19

Just after 4 p.m. May 7, 2021, Valerie Bahige realized a dream.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 21

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What does Bitcoin’s bust mean for Wyo’s cryptocurrency sector?

Cryptocurrency values plunged over the past week, with Bitcoin — the most prominent digital currency — losing roughly one-third of its value in a single month.... more

 

Saratoga housing shortage prompts affordable housing discussion

As houses seemingly fly off the market and rentals are non-existent in the Platte Valley, the topic of affordable housing appears to be ever more prevalent. ... more

 

Woman argues she was too drunk to confess to killing husband

Strock had a .144 BAC at 2 a.m. on Christmas day – hours after her husband was found dead in their home. ... more

 

Medicaid expansion would create almost 2,000 jobs, study says

The report predicts major economic gains for states that leverage a temporary federal incentive to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income residents.... more

 

Barrasso, Lummis criticize Jan. 6 commission

Cheney, who lost her GOP leadership position last week due to her ongoing criticisms of former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, was among those who backed the commission.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 20

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Getting clean: Addiction medicine program sees success in Sheridan County

He tried everything to get clean. Chris Evans attended in-patient substance abuse treatment 11 times.... more

 

Man pleads not guilty to 31 counts of aggravated child abuse

The maximum penalties for each count of aggravated child abuse is 25 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.... more

 

Report: 25 percent of state residents skeptical of COVID

A new national survey aims to answer not just whether people will accept a COVID-19 vaccine, but why they might not. ... more

 

Wyoming high court censures Cheyenne lawyer, former assistant DA

The case, which charged four people with multiple felonies related to allegedly growing marijuana on their hemp farm, was later dismissed.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 19

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Report: Coal’s decline hits Powder River Basin mines differently

Powder River Basin mines that supply lower-heating-value coals — including several operated by newcomers Eagle Specialty Materials and Navajo Transitional Energy Co. — might be at greater risk of closing sooner, according to a new report.... more

 

Forest Service moves to weaken bighorn protections in Wyo Range

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is proposing to allow domestic sheep “restocking” by amending its management plan. It is seeking input by June 7 on issues it should address.... more

 

Wyoming GOP resoundingly re-elects leadership

The Wyoming Republican Party on Saturday resoundingly re-elected Chairman Frank Eathorne to an additional term, solidifying populist conservatives’ hold on party leadership in the lead-up to what is expected to be a contentious 2022 primary season.... more

 

Parks could see busiest summer ever

Grand Teton National Park’s new superintendent felt the inflection point come the last week of April.... more

 

Companies plan 63 new wells in Converse County

Three major players in the oil industry have confirmed they are planning to drill 63 wells (cumulatively) in Converse County in 2021.... more

 

Gillette College campaign heats up

As summer begins and the August special election nears to decide the future of Gillette College, the campaigns for and against the vote to form an independent community college district in Campbell County are gathering steam.... more

 

Sheridan businesswoman to challenge Cheney

Belinskey has her own business organizing people’s homes in Sheridan, where she has lived with her four kids for roughly 30 years. ... more

 

Lawmakers discuss funding fix for emergency communications system

With money expected to run out by next summer for the state’s emergency communications system, known as WyoLink, lawmakers discussed potential ways to fund the radio system during a committee meeting Tuesday.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 18

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County ambulance prospects keep an eye on Medicaid expansion in state

Prospective ambulance contractors for Fremont County might be waiting to see if Wyoming adopts Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Expansion could make ambulance service attractive financially for an ambulance provider. ... more

 

After six months, Cheyenne Police Department civilian review board members have gained insight, seek improvements

According to law enforcement officials, it was the first agency in Wyoming to include citizens on a use-of-force review board.... more

 

Wrongful arrest case may head to jury

The case of a man who says he was wrongfully arrested when Casper police came to his work looking for another man may be heading to a jury, recent court filings suggest. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 17

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Medicaid expansion revived despite flood of misinformation

If adopted by the full Legislature, the bill would take advantage of $120 million in new funding over the next two years from the Biden Administration to establish the program, and provide insurance to an estimated 24,000 individuals in Wyoming who lack it.... more

 

Restoring the ancients; native Wyo fish reclaim some waters

Wyoming’s Powder, Bighorn and North Platte rivers serve as headwaters of the Missouri River. ... more

 

Cheney’s ouster mirrors battles within Wyoming’s GOP

Many of those in Wyoming loyal to Trump, including her opponents in the 2022 election, reveled in her removal and touted their ongoing support of the former president, who is now considered by many to be the de facto leader of the Republican Party. ... more

 

Campbell commissioners sued over horse racing

The lawsuit accuses the commissioners of playing favorites.... more

 

Wind River tribes look at legalizing marijuana

Meanwhile the Northern Arapaho Tribe voted last weekend in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.... more

 

Barrasso encouraged after infrastructure bill meeting

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., was among a handful of GOP senators who met at the White House on Thursday to discuss President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, and he was encouraged that the president could be willing to scale down his spending package.... more

 

Students excel on Mars and at sea; Gilman’s art classes are far beyond art

This year, the Powell High School senior art class did some double duty because, after COVID-19 closed school after spring break last year, there was still a project to complete. ... more

 

Scientists strive to map global migrations before they’re gone

Matt Kauffman was at an Italian conference and talking over coffee with fellow ecologists when he got to thinking that the challenges facing Wyoming’s migratory deer, elk and pronghorn are shared by wildlife around the world.... more

Stimulation technology helps Overman fight Parkinson's

While he has both good and bad days, the treatment has allowed him to live a little more normally again. ... more

 

Legislature approves voter ID bill

A bill requiring Wyoming citizens to present specific forms of photo identification when casting their ballots in elections sailed through the Senate on Thursday and will now head to the governor’s desk for review.... more

 

Gordon signs supplemental budget bill

After the Wyoming Legislature gave its final approval earlier this week to a supplemental budget that includes roughly $430 million in cuts, Gov. Mark Gordon signed the budget bill into law Thursday evening, largely commending state lawmakers for their work on it.... more

 

College board discusses future

A lot of things still have to happen before Gillette College can become its own college district, but the Gillette College Advisory Board has started thinking about what’s next for the institution.... more

Gillette fifth grader among 155 selected nationwide for recognition by NASA

“Imagine you’re in NASA’s spacecraft for three days straight, with nothing to do but think about traveling to the moon.”... more

 

Women on a mission: Sheridan-made quilts spread needed message around the world

You hear the quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church before you see them, before you’ve descended the stairs to the church basement. You hear pieces of conversation, favorite old stories and lots of laughter. Laughter most of all. ... more

Back Country horsemen train next generation

While Cole Rutherford guided his white mule through a maze of obstacles set out for training purposes, his mom, Megan, was beaming with pride as she watched from the shadows of the Silver Spur Arena. At 8, her youngest of three boys was confident in his commands.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 1

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Yellowstone proposes installing fiber optic cable

Yellowstone National Park’s telecommunications system currently consists of an array of outdated antennas and dishes scattered across the park’s backcountry and developed areas.... more

 

Bill for new college district wins final House OK

A bill proposing the formation of the Gillette Community College District in Campbell County passed its third reading in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.... more

 

Seat belt legislation dies

A missed procedural deadline last week marked the end for a bill that would have allowed law enforcement to pull over drivers solely for not wearing a seat belt.... more

 

All over 16 now eligible for COVID vaccine

Any Wyomingite age 16 or older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced Wednesday.... more

 

Senate committee kills Medicaid expansion

After clearing the House in a historic vote last week, a bill authorizing the expansion of Medicaid coverage to an estimated 24,000 residents in Wyoming was defeated by a Senate committee Wednesday morning.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 31

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Lawmakers tackle ed funding, Medicaid, net metering and more

The Wyoming House and Senate are close to a final deal on the supplemental budget, leaving just two major issues for lawmakers to resolve before the session adjourns April 7 — capital construction and the state’s education budget.... more

 

Legislature strips Game and Fish of elk feedground closure power

The Wyoming Legislature on Monday passed a bill that strips the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission of the authority to close any of Wyoming’s 22 winter elk feedgrounds and gives that power to the governor.... more

 

Republicans accuse Wyoming GOP of election fraud

Jon Conrad was done with sitting on the sidelines.... more

 

Workplace death blamed on carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed a man who worked at Chiller Ice and Matt’s Custom Meats, according to investigators.... more

 

Legislature strikes budget deal

Wyoming’s 66th Legislature began its final full week of the 2021 general session by agreeing on a supplemental budget.... more

 

I-80 tolling bill tabled by House committee

A bill that would have authorized a long-term plan to set up an Interstate 80 tolling program was tabled by a legislative committee Tuesday, meaning the proposal will not be considered on the House floor during the remainder of the Legislature’s general session.... more

 

Wyoming’s economic recovery slowed by mining decline

Wyoming’s economy is rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic better than previously anticipated, but much of the economic recovery has been slowed by a significant decline in the mining industry, according to Wyoming Economic Analysis Division Chief Economist Wenlin Liu.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 30

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Elk feeding on refuge ends two weeks early

The National Elk Refuge’s big rigs spewed out alfalfa pellets for the last time in 2021 on Monday, marking the end of a feeding season that has been abridged by about two weeks to meet management goals.... more

 

Pandemic adds to stress for college students

Already dealing with a barrage of stressors – moving somewhere new, away from friends and families, paying for school, often navigating what it’s like to be on their own for the first time – college students are struggling more with anxiety and depression, and the pandemic has only made it worse.... more

 

Bill creating legal defense fund for coal passes first Senate hurdle

A proposal to set aside over a million dollars in funding for Wyoming to sue other states divesting from coal cleared an initial vote in the Senate on Monday afternoon.... more

 

Sales tax increase removed from school funding bill

A proposal to address a $300 million shortfall to Wyoming’s K-12 education funding model is headed to the Senate floor, but a sales tax hike won’t be a part of the possible solution.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 29

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Lawmakers leave dozens of bills to wither on the vine

Dead bills are a fact of life in the Wyoming Legislature.... more

 

Gun bills playing outsized role in already gun-friendly Wyo politics

Sen. John Kolb, a freshman Republican from Rock Springs, had something to say.... more

 

Wilderness film reviews Palisades debate, seeks resolution

A wilderness advocacy group seeks to resolve the fate of a quarter million acres of untrammeled National Forest land on the Wyoming-Idaho border, using a film to restart a stalled conversation.... more

 

Alcohol sales in Wyoming increased in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on for more than a year now, greatly disrupting lives everywhere.... more

 

UW announces fall semester will be ‘traditional’

The University of Wyoming has decided to return to on-campus learning and activities this fall semester. ... more

 

Wyoming deaths spiked in 2020

Wyoming recorded significantly more deaths in 2020 than in the prior year, new figures from the Wyoming Department of Health show.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 26

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Mother and daughter face breast cancer together

The call from the doctor didn’t shock Brenda Holden.... more

 

Yellowstone fishing license cost doubles

The cost of a day of fishing in Yellowstone National Park is more than doubling this year, partly to direct needed funds toward removing non-native lake trout and controlling the spread of aquatic invasive species.... more

Program mentors aspiring hunters

It’s doubtful that Brice Peters will ever forget harvesting his first pheasant.... more

Wyomingites restore sheep wagons

Somewhere between the lonely sheep herder and the tourist who books an Airbnb on a whim lies the mystery of the sheep wagon.... more

 

High school students dream up restaurant menu items

When you eat at your favorite fast-food restaurant, you might think of the menu items you’d create if given the opportunity to get in the restaurant’s kitchen.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 25

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Johnson County attorney seeks dismissal of health order lawsuit

Last week, Johnson County Attorney Tucker Ruby filed a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed against County Health Officer Dr. Mark Schueler, county health officers from all 23 counties and state health officials, including Dr. Alexia Harrist and Gov. Mark Gordon, seeking the elimination of all COVID-19-related health orders.... more

 

State sues over Biden leasing moratorium

Wyoming is taking its objection to President Joe Biden’s moratorium on issuing oil and gas leases on federal lands to the courts.... more

 

Education funding bill clears House

After debating for much of the afternoon, the Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill to fund K-12 education Tuesday. ... more

 

Bill protecting gun rights from federal rules passes Senate

A bill intended to exempt Wyomingites from future federal restrictions on gun rights passed the Senate floor Wednesday with a 24-6 vote.... more

 

House approves health order bill

The Wyoming House of Representatives gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill that would slightly alter the process through which public health orders are issued in the state, sending the proposal along to the Senate for possible consideration in the coming days.... more

 

Medicaid expansion bill wins final House approval

In an unprecedented vote, the Wyoming House of Representatives gave its final support Wednesday to a bill authorizing the expansion of Medicaid coverage to an estimated 24,000 low-income residents in the state, marking a level of support among lawmakers that has not been seen since the program was first offered to the state nearly a decade ago.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 24

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Grant advances stalled plans for 280-foot-high dam

Wyoming’s efforts to build a 280-foot-high dam above the Little Snake River near the border of Colorado are “picking … back up,” after backers received a $1.2 million federal grant, the director of the Wyoming Water Development Commission said last week.... more

 

Legislature eyes special session to allocate federal relief funds

What can cash-strapped Wyoming do with $1.3 billion from the federal government?... more

 

Judge tosses lawsuit over biking in Bridger-Teton

A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to the Bridger-Teton National Forest that took aim at mountain biking in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area.... more

 

UW, Laramie at odds over water bill

The City of Laramie and University of Wyoming leadership are currently engaged in a conflict regarding a piece of legislation introduced to the Wyoming House of Representatives earlier this month.... more

 

Marijuana, fuel tax, seat belt bills die in Legislature

With about a week and a half left in the Wyoming Legislature’s general session, a slew of bills addressing everything from marijuana to seat belt use failed due to them not being considered by Monday night, their swift deaths brought about by a procedural deadline.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 23

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

House kills bill for sale of ‘pure gold’ inholding

“Pure gold” is how Natrona County Rep. Steve Harshman described state lands in Teton County while explaining a proposal that doomed a potential sale of 640 acres near Kelly to the National Park Service.... more

Cody billboard leads to heated debate

A new billboard on the north side of US 14-16-20 East has exposed political and ideological tension among Cody residents and those taking an interest in the city.... more

 

Angler discovers rare winter algae bloom

Paul Langevin first noticed the unusual substance beneath the ice on Keyhole Reservoir in December.... more

 

Bills to slow coal plant closures clear House

An effort by lawmakers to defend Wyoming’s leading industry gained ground Monday after a pair of bills aimed at slowing coal plant closures cleared the House.... more

 

Medicaid expansion clears first House hurdle

A House bill to expand Medicaid in Wyoming and give an estimated 25,000 additional residents health insurance passed an initial vote Monday after lawmakers in the Senate killed a similar proposal a few hours earlier.... more

 

Historic blizzard moves needle on drought conditions

During a monthly weather briefing last week, Cheyenne National Weather Service Meteorologist Jared Allen talked about the “welcome moisture” last weekend’s record-breaking snowstorm had on Wyoming’s drought.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 22

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Legislature takes aim at foundation of Wyoming abortion law

Reproductive rights advocates worry two bills among a slate of abortion-related measures working their way through the Legislature could erode the foundation of state law regulating the practice.... more

 

Lummis touts blockchain during legislative appearance

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., addressed the Wyoming House and Senate on Friday morning, using the platform to advocate for the role the state could play in technological innovation.... more

 

Senate approves I80 toll bill

Wyoming’s Senate approved a bill on Friday morning that would allow the state to charge drivers a toll when trekking across Interstate 80. ... more

 

Gordon calls for federal carbon capture support

Wyoming’s governor urged members of Congress on Friday to back federal legislation that could help speed up carbon capture infrastructure development across the country.... more

 

Shield law proposal rejected by Senate committee

A bill to protect journalists from having to disclose their anonymous sources during lawsuits was defeated by a Senate committee Friday morning, meaning Wyoming will remain one of two states without some version of a shield law in place.... more

 

House, Senate offer competing school funding proposals

With roughly two weeks left in the Legislature’s general session, lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives have been working on proposals to address a structural funding shortfall in Wyoming’s K-12 education system, with substantial differences between the chambers’ approaches.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 19

News from across Wyoming.... more

Wyoming school funding model threatened

Annie Good and her co-teacher have made their fifth grade classroom a homey space for their 33 students.... more

 

Lawmaker suggests there were two sides to story of slavery

A freshman Wyoming legislator suggested Wednesday that there are two sides to the history of American slavery, and that Black Americans are “stuck” in a mentality he called “worse than slavery itself.”... more

 

Wyoming’s longest-serving elk feeder pitches for wildlife

There’s a simple formula to the day’s start for John Fandek, the longest-serving feeder on Wyoming Game and Fish’s 22 winter elk feedgrounds.... more

 

Death penalty repeal bill killed in Senate

Lawmakers voted to defeat a bill to repeal Wyoming’s death penalty on Thursday evening, following a passionate debate on the Senate floor.... more

 

Medical marijuana report bill moves out of committee

A second Wyoming bill related to marijuana advanced out of the House Judiciary on Thursday after a 6-3 vote.... more

 

Medicaid expansion bill approved in House committee

A bill to authorize Medicaid expansion to low-income residents in Wyoming gained approval from a House committee Thursday evening, as some lawmakers push for the state to take the federal government up on its offer of new incentives to the 12 states that have declined to extend coverage over the past decade.... more

Culwell pleads not guilty to marijuana sale

A Pinedale woman charged with possessing and delivering marijuana pleaded not guilty to both at her 9th District Court arraignment on March 18.... more

Wyomingites turn to an app and their own kitchens for pandemic relief

When the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic first began to impact Wyoming last spring, Kasi Hartsoch took them in stride.... more

Community bands together to find rides for snowed-in hospital staff

Two hours after DeAnna Rose, a certified nursing assistant at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, finished her shift Saturday, she got a call that completely changed the course of the next 24 hours.... more

Friends for life: Woman travels to Cody vet to save her horse

Amir loves snow.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 18

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Feds unjustly firing Converse oilfield whistleblower, group contends

A watchdog group challenged the proposed firing of a federal environmental analyst Tuesday after he criticized plans to allow the Converse County Oil and Gas Project to degrade raptor nesting sites.... more

 

Rescuers take advantage of mental health services during tragic year

The call came in just before sunset. Lincoln County Search and Rescue needed help retrieving the body of a snowmobiler who had died in an avalanche.... more

 

Gun rights bill approved by committee

A bill intended to protect Wyoming gun owners from potential federal restrictions will be discussed on the Senate floor after passing unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.... more

 

Man leads authorities on chase through two states

A man who led deputies on a lengthy chase through Park County was apprehended in southern Montana on Tuesday morning after officers disabled his vehicle and he crashed into a tree.... more

 

I-80 tolling bill gains initial support from Senate

A bill that would set in motion a long-term plan to set up a tolling program for Interstate 80 gained initial approval from the Wyoming Senate on Wednesday afternoon, as lawmakers search for ways to remedy a funding deficit for the state’s roads and bridges.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 17

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Trustees receiving vaccinations with teachers raises eyebrows

At a Feb. 20 teacher mass vaccination clinic a few attendees spurred consternation among some.... more

 

Douglas charges $25 minimum for public records

The City of Douglas last week charged the Douglas Budget $37.60 for a copy of City Administrator Jonathan Teichert’s contract, a public document.... more

 

Storm delays vaccine shipments

Vaccines headed for Wyoming will be delayed as residents emerge from a record-setting winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the state this weekend. ... more

Budget proposals finalized in House, Senate

After two days without meeting due to the historic winter storm that hit southeast Wyoming last weekend, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol Wednesday with a divide between the House and Senate budget proposals that the bodies will attempt to resolve in the coming weeks.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs March 16

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Sales tax expansion, real estate transfer tax bills fail in committee

The House Revenue Committee was again disinterested in new taxes last week as it voted down a real estate transfer tax and an expansion of the sales tax from goods to services.... more

 

Tropical moisture fueled storm

What caused this weekend’s massive storm?... more

 

Considering the cost: Study examines trade-offs in energy development

A study conducted by the University of Wyoming found that Wyomingites are open to renewable energy and diversifying the economy.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 15

News from across Wyoming.... more

Wyoming at standstill after historic storm

Southeastern Wyoming was at a standstill Monday in the aftermath of a record-breaking storm that left 30 inches of snow on Cheyenne.... more

 

Teton goats down to 29

Aggressive efforts to hunt the Teton Range’s nonnative mountain goat population out of existence are having the desired effect: As few as 29 animals remain.... more

 

Legislature wants to use $1.2 million to help coal

A proposed bill to set aside $1.2 million for Wyoming to sue other states divesting from coal received a warm welcome from lawmakers at a committee meeting on Friday morning.... more

 

Marijuana legalization bill gains committee approval

Wyoming is one of six states where marijuana remains fully illegal without any sort of decriminalization.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 12

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Runoff bill would take effect later

A bill to transition Wyoming to a runoff election system received initial approval from a legislative committee Thursday.... more

Global conservation, COVID response defined Wallace’s Interior stint with Trump administration

Rob Wallace’s first official move in the inner circle of decision-making at the U.S. Department of the Interior was to help Mongolia protect a critically endangered species of antelope called a saiga.... more

 

After lengthy discussion, lawmakers likely to weigh hate crime legislation over the next year

After lengthy discussion of the proposal, state lawmakers decided Thursday to delay a bill aiming to combat bias-motivated crimes in Wyoming, moving to take up hate crime legislation as an interim topic later this year.... more

Special exhibitions gallery helps students engage in unique ways

It’s difficult for college instructors to break the mold (or Zoom window, rather) in the era of COVID-19, but teachers at the University of Wyoming are using a medium that wouldn’t typically be in every syllabus: art. ... more

Sleeping Giant turns a profit for first time in years

The parking lot at Sleeping Giant Ski Area has been overflowing and folks have been streaming to the mountain outside of Yellowstone National Park; they’re unloading the families anywhere they can find a spot, including out on the highway.... more

Teen turns passion for fashion into profit

In his parents’ basement on a frigid Friday afternoon, Buffalo High School senior Kollen Milmine sorted through a cardboard box he described as his college fund.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 11

News from around Wyoming.... more

 

Powell to launch virtual school

Park County School District 1 is getting ahead of the curve when it comes to virtual schools.... more

 

Bill creating new college district clears Senate

The bill proposing an independent community college district in Campbell County centered around Gillette College is headed to the House after passing the Senate.... more

 

Bill to keep fossil fuel plants open approved by committee

A bill to prevent Wyoming fossil fuel plant closures cleared a legislative committee on Wednesday, despite opposition from the public, consumer advocates and several utility companies.... more

Bill giving lawmakers health order oversight clears Senate

The Wyoming Senate gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill that would give lawmakers and locally elected bodies more authority over public health orders issued in the state, moving the proposal to the House of Representatives for further consideration.... more

 

Task force recommends more review of Jackson police interactions

A law enforcement committee made up of government officials, nonprofit leaders and residents told county commissioners on Monday that Teton County should support a continued effort to look at interactions between police, human services and people in crisis.... more

 

Police won’t cite residents for obscene anti-Biden signs

The Town of Greybull will not be directing its police officers to cite residents who fly flags or post signs with obscene language, citing as the reason the protection of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.... more

 

Lawmakers to debate marijuana legalization

Supporters of a sweeping bill to legalize and regulate marijuana anticipate a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, where they hope to dispel myths and stereotypes held by resistant lawmakers.... more

 

As researchers clone ferrets, Wyoming scientists emphasize habitat

In late February, the San Diego Zoo announced news that took the endangered species world by storm: Researchers successfully cloned the first black-footed ferret.... more

 

Homeowner told to stop feeding wildlife

A longtime resident of the Solitude subdivision has been officially warned that her backyard moose feeding operation violates Teton County zoning regulations and that an enforcement case may unfold if she doesn’t stop.... more

 

Trial begins in case of man charged with killing friend

With a sworn jury and a team of attorneys, Mario Mills has begun his trial for first degree murder.... more

 

Budget to dominate legislative discussions

Learning how to balance a budget for a family can be tricky. Imagine attempting to build a budget for the entire state.... more

 

Bill limiting health orders moves to House floor

Wyoming lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would require additional approval for certain public health orders to last longer than 10 days, as the search for appropriate legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the state Capitol.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 9

News from around Wyoming... more

 

Public notice bill dies on third Senate reading

On third reading Friday, the Wyoming House defeated a bill some legislators said would limit government transparency by moving public notices out of newspapers.... more

 

Legislators offer bills to save coal

State lawmakers have unveiled more than a half dozen bills to help Wyoming’s coal sector stay afloat.... more

 

Medicaid expansion bill approved by committee

With new federal incentives being offered to the 12 states that have declined Medicaid expansion over the last decade, a bill to expand coverage in Wyoming to the state's low-income residents was advanced by a legislative committee Monday morning.... more

 

State to end mask mandate March 16

Starting next week, Wyomingites will no longer be required to wear masks in most public places and — for the first time in nearly a year — bars, restaurants and theaters will be allowed to return to normal operations.... more

 

Teton County to seek own mask requirement

Wyoming’s mask mandate and many other coronavirus restrictions will be eliminated next week, but Teton County health officials will try to put a local mask order back in effect.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 8

News from around Wyoming.... more

 

Bill to repeal death penalty in Wyoming advanced by legislative committee

A bill to repeal the death penalty in Wyoming was advanced by a Senate committee Thursday evening, setting the proposal up for debate in the chamber where it was defeated two years ago.... more

 

Western-sponsored bill looks to increase hunting access

If you’ve ever walked an extra 10 miles just to access a piece of public land while hunting, Rep. Cyrus Western, R-Big Horn, feels your pain.... more

 

Supreme Court rules search of Gillette man's home was unconstitutional

The Wyoming Supreme Court has reversed a decision against a Gillette man and remanded the case back to District Court because a search of his home violated his constitutional rights.... more

 

Zebra mussels found in Wyoming pet stores

An invasive mussel that wildlife officials have been trying to keep out of Wyoming waters has been found in four pet stores across the state, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department official said Friday. ... more

 

Suspect in toddler death held without bond in Laramie County jail

Wyatt Dean Lamb, a suspect in the death of 2-year-old Athian Rivera, appeared Thursday morning in Laramie County District Court in relation to a domestic violence incident from February 2020.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 5

News from around Wyoming.... more

 

Reluctant ranchers: Tax benefits keep landowners herding cattle, haying

Upon hearing Laura Meadows utter their names, Norman and Handy pushed off toward the Linn family’s small pasture pulling a sleigh full of hay.... more

 

Medicaid expansion is on Legislature's docket, again, but with $120M incentive

Medicaid expansion is again before the Wyoming Legislature, but this time it comes with an incentive of $120 million.... more

 

Lawmaker revives suicide prevention training bill

Freshman Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, R-Cody, is reviving a bill that requires school districts to provide suicide prevention training to students after a previous bill was defeated in February’s brief virtual session.... more

Roberts joins G&F Commission

It all started with a call from the governor.... more

Meeteetse school ‘just one big family’

If you were to walk down the halls of the Meeteetse School with a clipboard bearing the names of all 140 or so enrolled students (though only about 100 are seated within the bricks and mortar) and compared it to the names of the teachers outside each door, you would find more than a few matches.... more

Gaming pays off for communities as Legislature eyes expansion

Jodie Warlow sat in Wyoming Downs on Wednesday afternoon, watching as various symbols spun across the screen. She hoped to win big.... more

 

Film to tell story of Shoshoni actress

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors Isabel Jewell, an actress and Shoshoni native with dozens of film credits for classics including “Gone with the Wind,” “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Northwest Passage.” ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 4

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Commission: Grizzly bears have ‘more than recovered’

Wyoming’s Congressional delegation is again pushing to remove federal protections from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bear population.... more

 

Lawsuit seeks to halt health orders

A lawsuit against Park County’s public health officer and the governor seeks to immediately stop all current state COVID-19 health order restrictions.... more

 

Voter ID measure clears House

Wyoming voters may need to show a photo ID before casting their ballots in future elections.... more

 

Committee advances bill giving Legislature some authority in health order process

A proposal to give the Wyoming Legislature more oversight in the process through which statewide public health orders are issued was advanced by a legislative committee Wednesday morning.... more

 

Lawmakers push constitutional convention

It’s been 234 years since the Constitutional Convention, and some Wyoming lawmakers think that’s long enough.... more

 

Sheriffs in stand-off over Second Amendment bill

All 23 of Wyoming’s sheriffs have registered alarm at the damage a bill under consideration by the Legislature could do to policing in this state. ... more

 

Sanford's receives warning from Health Department over orders

Less than a month after publicly refusing to follow the state’s public health orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanford’s Grub and Pub has been issued a warning letter from the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 3

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Game and Fish eyes backups should courts shut elk feedgrounds

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is making contingency plans to replace winter elk feedgrounds that might be shut by a court order, the agency’s director told a legislative committee last week.... more

 

A virus hangs over the Capitol

In normal years, the first day of the legislative session in the Wyoming Capitol has certain hallmarks.... more

 

Wyoming Legislature considers repealing gun-free zones

Wyoming lawmakers will consider a new law allowing people with concealed carry permits to take guns into areas where firearms were previously prohibited, such as schools and legislative meetings.... more

 

Bill would allow removal of racist language in real estate deeds

Many real estate contracts across the country still have racial covenants, or discriminatory text barring people of color from owning or occupying houses. ... more

 

Gordon emphasizes post-COVID economic recovery, education funding in State of the State address

Gov. Mark Gordon emphasized better days lie ahead as Wyoming recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, while encouraging lawmakers, in his State of the State address Tuesday, to pursue ways to enhance the state’s economic recovery instead of producing “politically oriented legislation.” ... more

Gordon outlines tough decisions in State of the State

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon reflected on a turbulent year and outlined priorities in his 2021 State of the State address Tuesday.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 2

News from across Wyoming... more

 

Man faces felonies after three alleged car thefts

Three stolen vehicles, two near-miss collisions, a deployed spike strip, and one black eye later, Garret Bailey is now in custody at the Park County Detention Center.... more

 

COVID concerns delay Medicaid fraud trial

Citing the threat posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge has delayed the trial of three local men who are accused of defrauding Medicaid out of millions of dollars.... more

 

Voter ID bill wins initial House approval

A bill requiring citizens to present specific forms of photo identification when casting their ballots in elections passed its first vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday.... more

 

Committee adds sales tax increase to school funding bill

Funding for the state’s K-12 education system took center stage Monday as the House Education Committee continued to work on a school funding recalibration bill and agreed to add a conditional sales tax increase to the proposal.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 1

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Ramirez’s mother seeks to make grand jury proceedings public

Attorneys for the mother of a Laramie man slain by an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy opened a new front in their legal battle this week, asking a judge to release records from a grand jury investigation of the shooting.... more

 

Bill would regulate power grid for reliability

A new piece of legislation could give coal-fired power plants a lifeline.... more

 

UW president promises change in wake of ‘Zoom bombing’

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District was home to more Black millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. in the early 1900s. It was a neighborhood of concentrated, generational wealth for Black communities. And in 1921, it was bombed and burned to the ground by a mob of white Tulsans in an event known today as the Tulsa race massacre.... more

 

Legislature to face tough budget, education decisions

When state lawmakers gavel in at the state Capitol for their month-long session starting today, they will have a lot on their plates.... more

 

UW collaborators help transcribe early modern manuscript

If you would like to learn what food recipes and medicine were like in early modern life, now you can.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for Feb. 25

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Court cans low-impact film permits in Grand Teton, Yellowstone parks

The National Park Service has changed its permitting requirements so that commercial filmmakers no longer have to pay fees or gain clearance as long as shoots are small and not in the wilderness.... more

 

Foes claim Wyoming death penalty expensive and ineffective

As the state faces major expenditure cuts, abolishing capital punishment has resurfaced as a feasible means to cut costs. ... more

 

Cowboy State to re-examine online sports betting

People in the Cowboy State could legally place bets on a sporting event if a proposed bill gets through the Legislature.... more

 

Wyoming’s senators vote against Biden energy pick

Sen. John Barrasso cast a vote against President Joe Biden’s pick for energy secretary Thursday over concerns former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s leadership would “crush” Wyoming’s economy built on fossil fuels.... more

Disney family Jackson Hole property subject of legal battle

Trustees for two grandchildren of Walt Disney have taken the first steps leading to development on Fall Creek Road property that is the object of a legal battle.... more

Black-footed ferret kit first cloned endangered species

An endangered species has been cloned for the first time, using cells from a black-footed ferret found in Park County more than three decades ago.... more

 

Industry likely to play role in COVID vaccination

Few workers at the bentonite mine in Casper have been vaccinated against COVID-19. But Larry Madsen has. ... more

Gov. Gordon dials back more restrictive health orders

Restrictions on personal-care services completely removed.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for Feb. 25

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Gros Ventre sage grouse rescue rejected

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has again turned down local biologists’ proposal to add birds to a tiny, isolated sage grouse population that dwells up the Gros Ventre River basin in order to avert its total collapse.... more

 

Company eyes abandoning bankruptcy owing county $20 million

As a creditor called for greater oversight and the judge set hard deadlines, the lawyer for coalbed methane company US Realm Powder River wrote in a filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Wyoming, that it would be best to just call off the company's now-15-month bankruptcy altogether.... more

 

Permitting process slows rural broadband effort

Wyoming awarded TCT more than $10 million in federal CARES Act money last year for a number of projects to expand broadband access to rural areas of the Big Horn Basin.... more

 

Committee approves voter ID bill

A state legislative committee advanced a bill Wednesday to impose a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls, all but guaranteeing it will pass when it goes to the floor next month.... more

 

Panelists ponder future of state finances

With the decline in the coal, oil and natural gas industries, and Wyoming’s reliance on those industries, state lawmakers and residents will have a choice to make in the near future.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for Feb. 24

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

2020 grizzly count slips; humans involved in most deaths

The Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population fell by 10 bears from 2019 to 2020 and now numbers 727, according to new estimates from an interagency team of scientists.... more

 

Spate of deaths point to backcountry danger

Several snowboarders and snowmobilers have gone into the backcountry in western Wyoming in recent days and not come home.... more

 

Women make up growing share of prison inmates

Compared with 14 years ago, a lot more women are in prison.... more

 

NWCCD president opposes bill for new college district

As a bill that would push the creation of a new community college district in Campbell County to a public vote sits with the Legislature, previous expressions of support from the Northern Wyoming Community College District are waning.... more

 

Cheyenne police identify suspect in toddler death

Cheyenne Police have a suspect in the death of Athian Rivera, a 2-year-old found dead Friday in a dumpster in the 400 block of Desmet Drive.... more

 

Distribution of federal rent assistance begins

For months, Ruth Rubeling didn’t know she’d had COVID-19.... more

 

Report says indigenous people make up 21% of murder victims

Over the last two decades, Indigenous people have made up 21 percent of homicides in Wyoming, despite accounting for only about 2.7 percent of the state’s population, according to a new report discussed this week.... more

 

Panel speakers say voter fraud very rare

Voter fraud is exceedingly rare in the United States.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for Feb. 22

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for Feb. 23

Briefs from across Wyoming.... more

 

Racist UW incident tied to Maryland internet provider

An investigation into racist interruptions during a virtual Black History Month event last week at the University of Wyoming has found that one of the perpetrators was using a Maryland internet provider, a university official said Monday. ... more

 

Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite

The owner of a Powell area group home for troubled teenage boys is facing a criminal charge of child endangering, after one of the teens in his care reportedly suffered severe frostbite last fall. ... more

 

Cheyenne chamber CEO pushes back against state senator's claims over gun group case

Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce CEO Dale Steenbergen pushed back against claims made last week by state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, that the chamber is seeking a list of Wyoming gun owners in an ongoing case being weighed by the Wyoming Attorney General’s office.... more

 

Employment, production losses continue to chase PRB coal

As Powder River Basin coal continues to take a pounding with production down about 22 percent last year over 2019, the local industry quietly passed a milestone that represents the importance of thermal coal to the region.... more