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Wyoming news briefs for May 7

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Closed rest stops to reopen

Nine Wyoming rest stops that were closed last year due to budget cuts will reopen later this month, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced Thursday. ... more

 

Construction resumes on wind project that has generated national attention

Construction on the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County started again for the season on April 12, and the project has generated its fair share of national attention in recent months.... more

 

Gillette students modify books for students in Guatemala

Heidi DeStefano, now an educational author after more than a decade as a kindergarten and first grade reading recovery specialist with the Campbell County School District, took a vacation with her husband to Guatemala.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 6

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B-T Forest eyes revision to allow domestic sheep to graze

Jonathan Ratner wasn’t pleased to read a public notice that the Bridger-Teton National Forest is looking to change how it protects wild bighorn sheep from catastrophic diseases spread by domestic sheep.... more

 

Park Co. declared ’Second Amendment Preservation County’

The elected officials said they were passing the resolution “to defend the rights and liberties of the citizens of Park County.”... more

 

National PAC sought challengers to Cheney

Club For Growth’s presence in the state is a signal that the race may not be limited to the current candidates facing Cheney, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper.... more

 

Physicians ask Cheyene schools to keep mask mandate

A group of local health care providers is asking Wyoming’s largest school district to keep its mask mandate in place through the end of the year.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 5

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Federal policy could undermine Wyo cattle ID legislation

The policy may erode a recent victory by Wyoming’s ranching industry that earned them more autonomy over tracking their animals, and industry groups are watching developments closely. ... more

 

Jackson, Teton County agree to spend money on housing

The final go-ahead will come when town and county budgets are approved in June.... more

 

Anti-semitic, threatening email sent to UW staffer

The identity of the sender cannot yet be confirmed, as it is still under investigation by UW police; however, it was revealed that the sender, “Miley Lucas” was in no way affiliated with the university.... more

 

Lawsuit filed over death of DOT employee

Shirley Samuelson died in August when a street sweeper she had just parked on Highway 22 in Teton County rolled downhill and ran her over. She was 62.... more

 

After hunters kill 874 sage grouse hens, Wyo’s hunt questioned

In the Southwest Wyoming region, for example, hunters dropped 294 yearling or adult female greater sage grouse wings in area barrels last year.... more

 

Drought monitor: 95% of state abnormally dry or worse

Only parts of Sheridan, Johnson, Big Horn and Park counties are at or above normal moisture levels.... more

 

Balow rejects ‘critical race theory’ teaching

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education published its proposed priorities for American history and civics education, which include “projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives into teaching and learning.”... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 4

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Housing director wants to spend $13 million on housing 'crisis'

April Norton, director of the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department, wants to spend $13 million to build homes and expand housing programs in the upcoming fiscal year.... more

 

Cheney, Trump at odds again

Monday saw three public exchanges between Cheney and the former president.... more

 

ITC in Gillette chosen for $52M CO2 capture project

Gov. Mark Gordon announced Friday afternoon that the ITC, attached to the Dry Fork Station coal-fired power plant about 10 miles north of Gillette, will host one of two large U.S. Department of Energy CO2 capture research projects.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 3

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Analysis: Four Wyoming takeaways from new census numbers

As the Mountain West experienced a population boom over the last decade, Wyoming’s growth lagged, according to U.S. Census numbers released this week, with the Equality State among the slowest-growing states in the country. ... more

 

Management Council weighs change that could limit public access

The Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council, which sets priorities for the body, is weighing a policy change that would give committee chairs the authority to decide whether the public can participate in their meetings remotely. ... more

 

‘Love it and leave:’ The choices facing Wyoming’s youth

In their communities, where aging populations held power and resisted change, they felt there was an unspoken expectation for kids to “love it and leave it.”... more

 

Portraits of Wyo youth: Six visions of a future in the state

Wyoming stands at the crossroads of a permanently shrinking coal industry and a historic budget crisis as its dominant conservative politics move further to the right on several issues.... more

 

Q&A: Locked up kids and government transparency in Wyoming

From now until the 2022 legislative session, the Joint Judiciary Committee will study the state’s handling of kids who run into legal trouble with an eye toward improving Wyoming’s juvenile justice system. ... more

 

Former legislator arrested in trafficking sting, pleads not guilty

A former Wyoming legislator from Green River entered not guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of solicitation of prostitution and interference with a peace officer Friday afternoon.... more

 

Man convicted in mother-in-law’s death murder

A jury on Friday convicted a Casper man of murdering his mother-in-law in 2019.... more

 

Gordon plans to avoid cuts in next state budget

Gov. Mark Gordon’s office will develop the bulk of the next state budget without cuts thanks to improved revenue projections released last week, an official said Friday.... more

 

Democratic leaders say session lacked vision

Senate Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss and House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly, both D-Laramie, held a Facebook Live forum Thursday night to discuss the general session, which concluded in early April. ... more

 

Wyoming, Idaho among bottom five for first COVID shots

Wyoming and Idaho boast two of the lowest rates of residents who have received their first shots of a COVID-19 vaccine.... more

Tabletop games, like Dungeons and Dragons, foster a sense of community

On a Friday afternoon in February, just after classes had dismissed for the weekend at Campbell County High School, there was a party in the classroom of social studies teacher Matt Woodard.... more

Not your grandma’s meatballs: An inside look at jail food in Teton County

From behind a glass partition in the visiting room at the Teton County Jail, inmate Zach Ladnier describes one of the best meals he’s ever had.... more

After 15 years, Project Prom is still making "Cinderella" moments happen

Marie Town didn’t quite know what to expect when she arrived at Jean Richardson’s house earlier this month.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 30

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Housing, staffing both a struggle for social service providers

Jackson Hole’s cost of living is putting up a roadblock for Teton County nonprofits that provide senior care, shelter for teens in crisis and subsidized mental health care, among other services.... more

 

Peabody loses $77 million in Q1; PRB mines 'extremely strong' in quarter

Despite losing more than $77 million in the first quarter of 2021 and a prolonged COVID-19 hangover affecting U.S. thermal coal, Peabody Energy Corp.’s Powder River Basin mines were a bright spot for the company.... more

 

Lummis: Democrats aiming to “fundamentally change the American social structure”

Just over 100 days into her six-year term in Washington, D.C., the senator criticized the Biden administration’s spending policies, the Democrats’ infrastructure proposal and the overall climate in the Capitol.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 29

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Game and Fish commissioners embrace wildlife tourism

Gay Lynn Byrd couldn’t quite recall the last time she’d laid eyes on the Tetons, but her best guess was that it had been nearly 30 years.... more

 

Big Horn commissioners study Second Amendment sanctuary status

Rep. John Winter, Sheriff Ken Blackburn and Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Kirk participated in the discussion on April 20 that led to the commissioners agreeing to schedule the listening session.... more

 

Torrington murder suspect is former Cody resident

Sean L. Pettus, 32, has also been formally charged with crimes alleging that he set his Torrington business ablaze and stole a vehicle on the morning of April 20. ... more

 

Former judge sentenced to jail, probation in sex assault cases

Disbarred attorney and former municipal judge Gregory Lee Knudsen has been ordered to report to the Goshen County Detention Center in Torrington on June 1 at 5 p.m. after he chose to enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution on April 27.... more

 

Cheney critical of Biden administration 100 days in

A few hours before President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gave a strong rebuke to the president’s policies and approach in his first 100 days in office, stating he had laid out the most liberal agenda of any commander-in-chief since Lyndon B. Johnson.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 28

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Climbing conflicts: Forest Service intervenes in Tensleep Canyon

Tensleep Canyon, a breathtaking landscape of cliffs and sky near the base of the Bighorn Mountains, was once a little-known diamond in the rough.... more

 

Wyo Dems re-elect leaders despite lackluster 2020 results

The vote came in the wake of lackluster results in the 2020 elections.... more

 

Ozone pollution earns Sublette an F from American Lung Association

The American Lung Association gave Sublette County an F for ozone pollution, underscoring a persistent health danger believed to be caused by gas-field emissions, snow cover, little wind, winter sunshine and other factors.... more

 

Climate study predicts life-altering changes for Greater Yellowstone

The changes threaten to upset traditional land uses and commerce for a region that has seen its population more than double in the past 50 years.... more

 

Drinking stayed high but shifted from bars to liquor stores amid pandemic

Despite a long career working in the retail liquor industry, Dave Erickson has never witnessed anything like what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

 

WEA to mobilize in search of K-12 funding solutions

Although state lawmakers adjourned earlier this month without addressing Wyoming’s dire K-12 funding outlook, the Wyoming Education Association is determined to keep a solutions-oriented conversation alive.... more

 

Health Department data breach exposed info of 164K Wyomingites

A data breach at the Wyoming Department of Health publicly exposed COVID-19, influenza and blood alcohol test data from more than a quarter of Wyomingites and some out of state residents, the department announced Tuesday.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 27

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State establishes mussel ‘strike team’

After years of diligently manning aquatic invasive species checkpoints with trained inspectors, testing water systems and preparing for the worst, invasive zebra mussels were delivered to Wyoming via first class mail. ... more

 

Airport manager predicts return of airport district bill

By the time Senate File 4 passed the Wyoming Senate on third reading March 8, Sheridan County Airport Manager John Stopka was convinced of its value.... more

 

Casper parents, students protest school mask requirement

More than 100 parents and students protested the Natrona County School District’s mask requirement Monday night, despite the board of trustees’ announcement Saturday it would request an exemption to the K-12 mandate. ... more

 

Wyoming population up by 2.3% from 2010

Despite losing many people to out-of-state opportunities, Wyoming’s population grew by roughly 2.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, marking the slowest growth rate in the state since the 1980s, according to preliminary data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 26

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The other mussels; Wyo’s native species play vital roles

Resting on the bottom of the Bear River in southwestern Wyoming is a palm-sized mussel pushing 100 years old. ... more

 

Wyo Game and Fish issues 2K new elk tags as herds exceed goals

Elk populations in Wyoming’s major herds are nearly 30 percent over objective Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel revealed as their governing commission approved hunting seasons and nearly 2,000 additional licenses Wednesday.... more

 

Charter school bill becomes law

A bill that allows applications to create charter schools in Wyoming to circumvent school districts has passed into law without Gov. Mark Gordon’s signature. ... more

 

Trio launches project to help soil, climate

Leave it to a former children’s TV producer, a rodeo clown and a former vice president of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming to come up with a solution to reduce carbon dioxide in the air, improve soil health and increase climate awareness.... more

 

Wyoming businesses asked to return millions in COVID-19 relief funding

Nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in Wyoming, thousands of businesses statewide have received a boost through funding that arrived via last year’s federal CARES Act.... more

 

Man pleads ‘no contest’ in child’s murder

Christopher James Nielsen pleaded no contest April 22 to first-degree murder charges for the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care. ... more

Gillette family burns COVID in effigy

A 23-foot body made of chicken wire and cloth hung outside the Daly Ranch Saturday night.... more

Jackson man dances daily for a year on Town Square

It began simply. The town of Jackson was going into a COVID-19 lockdown. And Tim McLaurin was bummed about not being able to see people and work.... more

Student draws on humor to expand vocational, life skills

In early 2016, Trevor Deming, then a freshman at Douglas High School, had a meeting with Temple Grandin, the prominent American scientist and activist. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 23

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Lawsuit filed in Uinta County GOP dispute

The conflict within the Uinta County Republican Party concerning whether leadership elections held earlier this year were conducted legally has made its way to the courts, with a lawsuit filed in Third District Court on Monday, April 19, petitioning for those elections to be declared null and void.... more

 

State joins lawsuit over greenhouse gas ‘social cost’

Wyoming joined a 10-state lawsuit Thursday against the Biden administration over an executive action seeking to cut greenhouse gases, arguing that one of the president’s recommended metrics for gauging environmental damages constituted “job-killing executive overreach.” ... more

 

Delegation opposes DC statehood

The three federal delegates from Wyoming, a state often mentioned in discussions of whether to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., have come out strongly opposed to a bill the House of Representatives passed Thursday that would make the U.S. capital the nation’s 51st state.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 22

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State passes on internal GOP election fraud allegation

The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office will not pursue allegations of election fraud filed by a Uinta County man against the Wyoming Republican Party, arguing the alleged fraud is a local, not state, issue.... more

 

Drought leads to game rule changes, fire preparation

Drought is affecting most western U.S. states, including Wyoming. The National Drought Mitigation Center says that’s resulting in multiple responses — from changes in regulations to preparations for an early and long fire season. ... more

 

Helicopter service gets permit despite criticism

Jackson Hole Airport Board President John Eastman showed Tony Chambers a map of where he said he’d fly his helicopter alongside overlain lines that displayed where he actually flew.... more

 

Wyoming has highest rate of in-person learning in nation

Wyoming had the highest percentage of students enrolled in fully in-person learning of any state this past February.... more

 

Weston commissioners blame saw mill closure on forest mismanagement

Weston County Commissioner Tony Barton expressed concerns on April 6 over the recently announced closure of the Hill City Saw Mill, saying the U.S. Forest Service is “drastically reducing timber sales” in the Black Hills. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 21

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Proposed project would trap, move, track lamb-hunting eagles

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is backing a plan to trap 16 sheep-hunting golden eagles and move them up to 400 miles away, including out of Wyoming.... more

 

Legislators to study Medicaid expansion in 2021 interim

Wyoming lawmakers will give Medicaid expansion a hard look in the 2021 interim after two attempts to pass the measure failed in the Wyoming Senate in the recent session.... more

 

The historic revenue crisis facing Wyoming’s state, county and municipal governments is threatening to claim yet another casualty: universally available ambulance service

The historic revenue crisis facing Wyoming’s state, county and municipal governments is threatening to claim yet another casualty: universally available ambulance service.... more

 

Oil and gas industry waiting for boom

The price of oil and natural gas and their long-term stability will be the single biggest factor in whether Converse County and other spots in Wyoming will see another boom this year. ... more

 

Tax expert: Latest federal stimulus package brings temporary “reprieve” to Wyoming

The federal stimulus money headed to Wyoming later this year will buy some additional time for lawmakers to sort through the state’s structural revenue challenges, and that period of respite should be used to determine precisely what kind of stable tax structure would best suit the state.... more

 

Wyoming activists react to Chauvin verdict, say there’s more work to do

All eyes were on a Minneapolis courtroom Tuesday, where a jury delivered guilty verdicts on all counts against former police Officer Derek Chauvin, convicting him of the murder of George Floyd. In Wyoming, local activists say there’s still a long way to go until justice is really served. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 20

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Company’s rifle promotion generates controversy

A Powell contractor’s promotion has generated some controversy. From now until the end of the year, Wiggins Construction is offering a free AR-15 rifle with every new home or commercial roof. ... more

 

State firefighter pension plan faces depletion in five years

A Wyoming Retirement System plan currently serving 273 retirees and their beneficiaries, including 25 from Sheridan, will likely be exhausted sometime in 2026, according to the Wyoming Retirement System.... more

 

Wyoming unemployment rates remain on the mend

A little more than a year into the pandemic, Wyoming’s unemployment numbers remain better than the national average, according to a March report released on Monday by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research & Planning Section.... more

 

Parents at state’s largest school district debate mask mandate

More than two dozen parents offered dramatic commentary Monday night about the perceived negative effects of the mask mandate Wyoming’s largest school district has in place.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 19

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Shed season, winter closure ending align in ‘21

Federal and state agencies have sorted out discombobulation that led to an awfully confusing 2020 onset to the popular antler gathering season in western Wyoming.... more

 

Woman accused of killing husband wants confession stricken from evidence

A woman accused of killing her husband with a knife in their Pavillion home on Christmas Eve has asked to have her confession removed from trial evidence. ... more

 

Seidel envisions UW’s connection to DEI

Since the racist Zoom attack in February, the University of Wyoming has been buzzing with conversation about how to improve current methods of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on campus and curtail racism.... more

 

Carbon XPrize winners announced

A pair of projects that promise to revolutionize the construction industry while helping solve the world's carbon dioxide emissions problem has won the top awards in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize.... more

COVID changes large carnivore education methods

The past 12 months have been tough for Dusty Lasseter. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of his efforts at a critical time in the grizzly bear education business.... more

ITC could lead CO2 research breakthroughs

What may have seemed more like science fiction less than a decade ago could soon become science fact.... more

UW launches online training for outdoor guides

A new online course created by the University of Wyoming offers training and enrichment for outdoor guides. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 16

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Cheney rails against plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday criticized plans by the Biden administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.... more

 

Sheridan County Medicaid advocates continue fight after death of expansion bills

Sheridan advocates for Medicaid expansion in Wyoming are used to disappointment.... more

 

Judge says Rodriguez’s wife can testify

A Casper man accused of murdering his wife’s mother cannot block his wife from testifying in his trial, a Natrona County District Court judge decided Thursday. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 15

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Fish population, migration examination in second year

The further west the caravan of state-green trucks traveled Tuesday, the harder the snow fell.... more

 

School funding bill death shows House, Senate differences

The demise of House Bill 173, which would have changed the way the state funds its school districts, served as a reminder of the deep philosophical differences between the two chambers in the state legislature, according to Rep. Jamie Flitner of Shell.... more

 

Wyoming counties top list of most vaccine-hesitant in nation

Wyoming is home to the 11 most vaccine-hesitant counties in the nation, according to statistical modeling conducted by an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ... more

 

Wyoming elected leaders largely opposed to Biden infrastructure plan

Wyoming’s federal delegates have largely come out in opposition to President Joe Biden’s roughly $2 trillion infrastructure plan, even as a few details of how the plan could impact the state were released by the White House earlier this week.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 14

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Wyo emerges from session with no long-term budget, ed solutions

The Wyoming Legislature entered the 2021 legislative session with a lofty agenda to cut education spending, stall revenue declines and guide a Wyoming economy battered by COVID-19 to a sustainable future.... more

 

Groups appeal plan to pump oilfield waste into aquifer

Conservation groups are challenging Wyoming’s approval of an energy company’s plan to inject oilfield waste into an underground aquifer, telling federal regulators the state plan fails to meet Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.... more

 

Killer of three sentenced to 45 years to life

In emotional statements given before Judge John Fenn in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday, family members of victims killed in a triple homicide March 29, 2020, asked for a sentence “as severe and as permanent as the crime.”... more

 

Wyoming keeps two health orders in place

Wyoming’s two remaining statewide public health orders will remain in place for at least two more weeks, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.... more

 

Hunting group challenges charity hunting licenses

A lawsuit has been filed in Teton County District Court challenging whether the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association is eligible to receive complementary, open-slated hunting licenses to auction off for fundraising.... more

 

Cheyenne sees opportunity in Amtrak partnership

It could take many years before a passenger rail stop comes back to Cheyenne, but the city is looking ahead at ways to make it happen eventually.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 13

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Drought conditions persist despite record-setting snowstorm

Close to a month after a record-breaking snowstorm pummeled Wyoming and dropped more than two feet of snow in several areas throughout the state, drought conditions are back to severe, extreme or abnormally dry throughout the state.... more

 

Future of pandemic free lunch program unknown

In a year when many faced hunger for the first time, school employees stepped up, serving meals to more children than ever under unprecedented circumstances. ... more

 

Cody couple charged with murder in girl’s death

Following the death of a 2-year-old Cody girl, the child’s caregivers are each facing a charge of first-degree murder.... more

 

Barrasso outlines concerns over Biden administration actions

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso spoke at the Cody Rotary Club on April 8, discussing his concerns with President Joe Biden’s plans for infrastructure, management of the border wall, the national debt, election security and coronavirus relief.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 12

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Campbell County has lowest percentage to get vaccine

Months into Wyoming’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Campbell County lags behind all other counties in the state with its percentage of population fully vaccinated, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.... more

 

State leaders criticize Biden gun restrictions

President Joe Biden responded to a wave of gun violence throughout the country by announcing executive actions Thursday to curb the growth of homemade “ghost guns” and 3D-printed firearms without serial numbers, and require stabilizing braces to be subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. ... more

 

Public defender cuts put agency on edge of crisis

With the signing of the state’s supplemental budget bill on April 1, Gov. Mark Gordon finalized nearly $3 million in budget cuts to the Wyoming Public Defender’s office.... more

Cheyenne graduate finds power of music in Irish heritage

Ciara Thompson’s life has been filled with music and serendipity.... more

 

Laramie company manufactures workwear for women

In 2005, back when she worked on a wildland fire crew on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Emily Parsons remembers spending her downtime one day staring at the sky and pondering the unisex pants issued to crew members.... more

 

Harvesting road kill will be legal in July

Thousands of times a year, motorists inadvertently smash into Wyoming wildlife like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, littering highway right-of-ways with carcasses that sometimes include dozens or hundreds of pounds of fresh, lean, edible meat.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for March 17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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