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Wyoming news briefs for October 19

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Campbell County Commission not allowing public comment on library issues

The Campbell County Commission will no longer be taking public comment relating to the Campbell County Public Library.... more

 

COVID spikes in state prisons

Cases of COVID-19 at Wyoming prison facilities have spiked to their highest total since the start of the pandemic.... more

 

Tribes shorted on federal funds due to joint-powers structure

The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have missed out on multiple federal funding opportunities because of the cooperative government structure imposed upon them by the federal government, state and tribal officials said this month. ... more

 

Teton areas eyed as off-limits to help bighorn sheep population

An interagency collective of biologists is recommending that 21,233 acres of high-quality winter habitat in the Teton Range be made off limits to humans to help an imperiled, declining herd of bighorn sheep stage a comeback.... more

 

Barrasso: ‘I’m pro-vaccine and anti-mandate’

While some Wyomingites and Republican officials have been hesitant to endorse the COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has no such qualms.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 18

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Wyoming gambling overgrown, says tribal leader

Wyoming’s gambling is overgrown, according to Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Jordan Dresser. ... more

 

Man who killed friend sentenced to prison

A Gillette man who shot and killed his friend in 2020 will serve three to 10 years in prison.... more

 

Legislature to hold special session on mandate

The Wyoming State Legislature has voted to hold a special session to combat federal vaccine mandates, but another obstacle remains. ... more

 

Changes in state economy affect education system

As the economic landscape of Wyoming changes, so does one of the most equitable education systems in the country.... more

Laramie woman sets up Free Little Pet Pantry

Angel seemed excited as she sniffed at the now-familiar converted kitchen hutch filled with pet food, treat, toys and other items.... more

 

County jails are unintended fallback for people with mental illness

Dennis Gross is sitting in the Teton County Jail, where nearly everyone involved in his case agrees he shouldn’t be.... more

 

Facebook group offers place to recollect and share Casper’s history

When Roy Barnes left Casper at age 16, he didn’t look back. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 15

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Lawmakers advance $25M cost-of-living hike for teachers

Wyoming teachers and staff may see an annual cost-of-living adjustment as lawmakers advanced a $25 million hike that would start in 2022. But it’s unclear how far that might go toward bringing salaries in line with a national average that has outpaced the state in recent years.... more

 

EPA backs Bighorn Forest’s plan for aerial herbicide spraying

Aerial spraying of chemicals — including one banned in Europe — to kill sagebrush and invasive plants appears to be “the most-reasonable option” for the Bighorn National Forest to meet range and habitat goals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.... more

 

Groups seek to elevate young voices on Wyoming’s future

Several groups are encouraging young Wyoming residents to get more involved in local and state civic matters, and endeavoring to involve more youth in shaping the state’s future.... more

 

Federal jury convicts three in NuTech securities fraud

A federal jury in Cheyenne returned guilty verdicts against three men related to a stock fraud involving NuTech Energy Resources Inc., a company that claimed to operate coalbed-methane wells in Wyoming.... more

 

UW unveils latest restructuring recommendations

University of Wyoming administrators have published the latest recommendations for restructuring the state’s sole public four-year university, amended with input from faculty and college deans.... more

 

Senators introduce new gun legislation

A group of Republican senators introduced a bill earlier this week that would allow individuals to carry firearms on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Wyoming’s two delegates.... more

 

UW provost recommends reconfiguring with cuts

A reconfiguration of University of Wyoming academic programs, including elimination of some degree programs, has been submitted to the school’s board of directors.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 14

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Crook County treasurer resigns

A civil trial that was to consider the removal of Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer will no longer be necessary because her letter of resignation was accepted by the county commissioners on Friday, Oct. 8.... more

 

Grizzly encounters increase

Grizzly bear country is growing.... more

 

Committee approves bill giving tribes access to grants

Lawmakers advanced a bill draft Friday that would make Wyoming Business Council grants as accessible to local tribes as they are to other governments.... more

 

Health officials encourage flu vaccination

Following an unusually quiet 2020-21 flu season, a Wyoming Department of Health official says the need for flu shots remains important to help protect Wyoming residents from influenza as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.... more

 

Legislators prepare bills fighting vaccine mandate

Some Wyoming lawmakers are already working on bills for the impending special session aimed at fighting the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for all companies with over 100 employees.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 13

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‘Defiant Five’ win temporary freedom in wild horse roundup

Their manes and tails flying in the air, the wild horses trot, canter and gallop ahead of the buzzing, weaving helicopter.... more

 

Petito strangled weeks before body was found, officials say

Hundreds of thousands of people watched live and millions reacted as Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced in a video press conference Tuesday that Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, died by strangulation.... more

 

Lawsuit alleges abuse of grade school student on bus

Facing claims that its bus driver and superintendent did not react properly to sexual abuse on a school bus, Fremont County School District 14 is being sued in federal court. ... more

 

Wyoming hospitals report critical staffing shortages

Four Wyoming hospitals have recently utilized crisis standards of care, and more than half a dozen have sought information on those standards from the state health department, though no hospital was actively in crisis care as of Tuesday afternoon, health department spokesperson Kim Deti said via email.... more

 

Legislators recommend $72 million adjustment to schools

The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Education Interim Committee voted Monday to recommend adding an external cost adjustment worth more than $72 million to the state’s next K-12 education budget.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 12

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West puts ‘West Ranch’ up for sale

Kanye West’s ranch is now for sale, symbolizing the likely final page in the hip-hop and fashion mogul’s saga in Cody.... more

 

Park County GOP declines to discipline member over email

Leaders of the Park County Republican Party have decided not to take action against a precinct committeeman for a vulgar email he sent to a state lawmaker last month.... more

 

Trooper chief says shooting is evidence of challenges for officers

The fatal exchange of gunfire between a Lander man and a state trooper on Sinks Canyon Road in June is just one among many signs of increasingly challenging times for law enforcement, according to a state police leader.... more

 

Cheney campaign sees second-highest fundraising quarter

Rep. Liz Cheney’s House reelection campaign enjoyed its second-biggest fundraising quarter ever this summer, a Cheney aide told the Star-Tribune. The donations came on the heels of Cheney’s all-time fundraising record, which occurred one quarter earlier.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 11

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College districts to start separation talks

At least Pax the Pronghorn is safe.... more

 

Congress considers new fees on hardrock mining

The federal reconciliation debate is plodding backward, and hardrock mining royalties are back on the bargaining table.... more

 

Man sues Cheyenne police over DUI testing

A Cheyenne man is suing three Cheyenne police officers in federal court for allegedly violating his civil rights, after a municipal court judge ruled that one of the officers lied to a judge about the man’s refusal to take a blood alcohol level test.... more

12-year-old Powell farmer is youngest crop insurance holder

It’s been a busy year for Tag Thompson. He bought his first tractor, using money he earned from selling his steers. He farmed his first field, signing a contract with Briess Malt & Ingredients for his 10 acres of barley. He also paid off a loan that had helped finance the purchase of his first two cows while continuing to raise cattle through his own company.... more

Independent film very much alive in Cheyenne

It may not seem like there’s an independent film scene in Cheyenne, but there is – you just have to look for it.... more

 

Sheridan boy gets time on ‘jumbotron’

Kasen Kaeding is a typical 7-year-old boy with an abiding love of golf, football, hibachi steakhouses and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 8

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More information needed on missing, murdered Indigenous people, leaders say

Recent data suggests Indigenous people continue to make up a disproportionate amount of Wyoming’s homicides and missing persons cases, but tribal members say even the best numbers are not telling the full story.... more

 

Standoff over mask requirement forces lockdown of school

Laramie High School was locked down for about 90 minutes Thursday morning during a showdown of wills between school administration and a 16-year-old junior who was arrested and removed from the school in handcuffs.... more

 

Vaccine mandate spurs hospital staffing worries

Crook County Medical Services District is starting to see difficulties with staffing on the horizon. CEO Micki Lyons last week shared her concerns over the impending federal vaccine mandate with the board of trustees.... more

Vehicular homicide trial vacated as of now

Jay E. Van Wagoner, of Casper, is scheduled to go to trial in 9th District Court next month based on four felony cocaine charges.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 7

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Sheridan school board rejects call for resignations over masks

The Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees responded to calls for board members to either voluntarily resign or be recalled, with board members unanimously approving a motion at their regular meeting Monday to reject petitions filed by a concerned group of citizens.... more

Commissioners continue to field library comments

For the past three months, Campbell County commissioners have gotten used to fielding public comments at their meetings regarding the Campbell County Public Library.... more

 

Mine reclamation at risk with coal fee lapse

Entangled in the congressional infrastructure debate, Wyoming’s biggest source of mine cleanup funding expired last week, raising questions about the future of reclamation.... more

 

DCI makes missing persons site easier to use

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation now has an easier-to-find list of the state's missing persons.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 6

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State to help coal communities compete for economic diversification funds

The Wyoming Energy Authority and Wyoming Business Council have joined forces to help coal communities compete for federal stimulus dollars aimed at diversifying their economies. ... more

 

Wild horse advocates cry foul on enormous roundup, removal

Federal contract wranglers plan to round up 4,300 wild horses in southwest Wyoming — permanently removing about 70 percent of them — starting Thursday in an undertaking that culminates years of conflicts among land and wildlife managers, ranchers and horse advocates.... more

 

Wyoming may seek grizzly delisting on its own

The state of Wyoming is prepared to petition for the authority to manage grizzly bears on its own, without support from neighboring states in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.... more

 

School board rejects contract for company with ties to superintendent

A contract to hire an education consulting company connected to then Cody superintendent Peg Monteith was pulled from a Cody School Board agenda in early June after board members received information revealing the personal relationship.... more

 

Committee examines possible business tax

Trying to make Wyoming less reliant on mineral wealth, legislators are considering a new tax for businesses in the state.... more

 

Special prosecutor picked to look into library allegations

A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against the Campbell County Public Library for allegedly spreading obscene materials.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 5

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Man charged in Cheyenne woman’s murder ruled unfit for trial

Another delay has occurred in the prosecution of a former Cody man accused of first degree murder as he was recently determined still mentally unfit to stand trial.... more

No regrets for teacher fired over mask requirement

Amanda Smith probably won’t be returning to her classroom at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School, not after Sheridan County School District 2 terminated her for refusing to comply with the district’s mask requirement.... more

 

Uncertainty surrounds first lease sale since December

Scoping is over for the first oil and gas lease sale since December.... more

 

Gold, copper mine could mean millions for state

A plan for a potential gold and copper mine near Cheyenne is steadily progressing, with a company putting forth vast community outreach efforts in recent months for a project that could bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Wyoming.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 4

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Tribes, enviros pan Wyo wolf kill policy in ESA petitions

Several conservation organizations and numerous Native American tribes are citing Wyoming’s wolf predator zone — the roughly 85 percent of the state where wolves can be killed at any time by any means — as evidence of the need for renewed federal protection of the gray wolf.... more

 

Gillette library reviews book challenges during ‘Banned Book Week’

During a week designed to focus on books being challenged for being inappropriate, the staff at the Campbell County Public Library were spending some of their time responding to more than a dozen forms challenging books in the library’s collection.... more

 

Tourism boom fuels increase in taxable sales

After declines in five consecutive quarters, total taxable sales in the state expanded 12.1 percent in the second quarter of 2021 compared with 2020, largely due to the record-breaking boom in tourism at Wyoming’s national parks, according to a year-by-year comparison recently released by the Wyoming Department of Revenue.... more

 

Game and Fish tracking deer, pronghorn disease

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced earlier this month that it’s tracking outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer and pronghorn in eastern Wyoming. ... more

Since 2013, Summer of Hope program has resulted in 21 adoptions in Gillette

If you ask Allison Carsrud when, back in 2013, she knew her family would adopt a 7-year-old boy from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she’ll tell you it was instantaneous.... more

Laramie man leaves house, everything in it to local hospice

Jerry Bucher led a fascinating life. ... more

Rodeo queen wants to bring attention to missing and murdered Indigenous people

Shayla Conner was only a teenager when her cousin Hanna Harris went missing. Nine days later, authorities found Harris’ body on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation rodeo grounds in Montana.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for October 1

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Rude comments led to end of Jackson mask complaint site

At first, submissions to the Teton County Health Department’s COVID-19 complaint form were helpful. On Sept. 1, for example, an anonymous tipster wrote that Cultivate Cafe didn’t have public signage announcing the county’s mask mandate, according to records obtained by the Jackson Hole Daily.... more

 

State says tribes not eligible for Business Council money

Wyoming’s Attorney General says local tribal entities are not eligible for grants and loans through the Wyoming Business Council Business Ready Community Program, WBC staff told the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations last month. ... more

 

Campbell school vaccine incentive program criticized

Members of the public, including some teachers, came to tell the Campbell County School District’s board of trustees that they were not happy with the decision to offer district employees a $300 incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccination.... more

 

Committee rejects proposed energy tax structure

Sen. Cale Case on Thursday proposed a new energy tax structure that would be shared across all electricity producers. But a motion to have a bill drafted for the plan failed by a vote of 4–9 in the Joint Revenue Committee.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 30

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Missing and murdered Indigenous people issue continues to plague Wyoming

With all the national coverage of her disappearance and the discovery of her body in Wyoming, the name of Gabby Petito is familiar to most.... more

 

Crook County Treasurer objects to new charges

County Treasurer Mary Kuhl has objected to new charges filed against her in the civil case that seeks her removal from office, complaining in a response filed with District Court that it’s unfair to add new information so close to the date of her trial.... more

 

Determining the need for affordable housing in Saratoga

Is there a need for affordable housing in Saratoga?... more

 

Interest in parasitic medicine for cattle on the rise; health officials urge caution

In one year, the number of calls to the regional poison control center doubled from the five previous years on complications related to ivermectin. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 29

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Rep. Sommers: Game and Fish won’t let 400 Dell Creek elk starve

A Sublette County legislator is confident Game and Fish Department personnel “will work their butt[s] off” to ensure some 400 elk that depend on the Dell Creek Feedground don’t starve this winter. Rep. Albert Sommers (R-Pinedale) made his comments after U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled the wildlife agency has no permit to operate the feedground.... more

Ranchers face difficult choices after brutally hot, dry summer

Prolonged drought conditions, intensified by record-breaking heat, have prompted Wyoming cattle ranchers to either buy supplemental feed at higher-than-normal prices or cull their herds.... more

Wyoming loggers fear extinction as federal forest policy evolves

The Pearson family is as much of a fixture in this corner of Crook County as Devils Tower.... more

 

‘Nightmare’ elk hunt turns heads on the levee

If Bob Geringer had another shot, he says he wouldn’t have pulled the trigger.... more

 

Campbell County Commissioner says county should stop funding the library

A Campbell County Commissioner said he does not believe the Campbell County Public Library should receive funding from the county.... more

 

Converse County hospital battles nursing, employee shortages and surge in COVID-19 cases

A longtime Memorial Hospital of Converse County nurse known for not ever complaining looked wearily at CEO Matt Dammeyer as he checked in with her Friday. ... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 28

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Park County GOP official apologizes for letter, won’t resign

A Park County Republican Party official who sent an obscene message to a state lawmaker about vaccine mandates has apologized for language he used. However, the Powell resident says he will not resign his position within the party — pushing back against calls from the state’s legislative leaders to step down — and has doubled down on his criticism of state Sen. Tara Nethercott.... more

 

Gillette hospital sends mandate protest to Biden

In addition to airing out the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming federal vaccine mandates expected to affect Campbell County Health employees next month, hospital trustees decided to send a formal response to the man in charge himself.... more

 

BLM to round up half of Wyoming’s wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management will round up most wild horses in five herd management areas in southwestern Wyoming, beginning as soon as Oct. 7, the agency said Friday.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 27

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After dry summer, ag producers likely need extra feed for winter

After a second hot, dry summer in a row, Wyoming’s cattle producers are concerned about heading into winter without enough feed. ... more

 

More Wyoming residents eligible for boosters

A wider swath of Wyomingites is now eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the additional inoculations.... more

 

Prosecutors express concern about State Bar charge against D.A. Manlove

A group composed of the state’s county and district attorneys has raised concerns about the Wyoming State Bar’s formal charge against Laramie County District Attorney Leigh Anne Manlove.... more

 

To vaccinate or staff? Gillette hospital board fields public concerns over vaccine mandates

People came out in droves this week to lament the impending federal vaccine mandates that are expected to affect Campbell County Health employees next month and may lead to a significant loss of staff.... more

COVID survivor asks community to vaccinate

The symptoms for Kristi and Andy Gabriel came on at the same time. From the beginning, Kristi had it worse.... more

 

Problems persist with illegal killing of Greater Yellowstone wolves

The way Lane Bunner tells it, the wolf was chasing his Jack Russell terrier, had closed to within 40 yards or so, and he had to make a split-second decision.... more

Federal court issues arrest warrant for Laundrie

The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant Wednesday for Brian Christopher Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, whose body was found this past weekend near Grand Teton National Park, according to the FBI.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 24

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Wyoming’s crypto sector’s fate up to federal regulators

After years of laying groundwork, the future of Wyoming’s cryptocurrency banking industry now lies in the hands of federal regulators, officials with Wyoming U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis’ office told lawmakers Tuesday.... more

 

Low enrollment sinks UW’s projected revenue by $2.3 million

Small freshman classes the past two years, and a wait-and-see approach to attendance during the pandemic, have pushed enrollment at the University of Wyoming down 6.3 percent from the fall of 2019.... more

 

Legislative committee considering bill to limit non-compete agreements in Wyoming

Legislators have voted to delay until their next meeting a bill that, if passed, would void all future non-compete clauses in the Wyoming marketplace.... more

 

First rulings issued in Wyoming Gun Owners suit

A court issued two rulings in the case of a prominent gun rights group versus some of Wyoming’s top elected officials.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 23

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Protesters urge noncompliance with COVID vaccine mandates

Dozens of residents gathered in Cody on Saturday to rally against the mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations proposed by President Joe Biden’s administration.... more

 

Governor suspends Crook County treasurer

Governor Mark Gordon has suspended Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer in an order filed with the county on Thursday. ... more

 

On anniversary of Antelope’s death, community expresses mixed opinions of groups using him as figurehead

Two of the late Anderson Antelope’s immediate family members have opposed using him as a social justice figurehead.... more

 

Legislative leaders ask Bray to step down

Tory Bray, a precinct committeeman for the Park County GOP has resigned his position as secretary for the Park County Republican Men’s club after he was asked to, but still remains a committeeman.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 22

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Strong, expensive Sam Adams brew can be sold in Wyoming

Good news for Wyoming beer drinkers.... more

 

Plan would use poison to restore Yellowstone cutthroat trout

Wyoming has launched a long-range plan to restore Yellowstone cutthroat trout to the Bighorn Basin and make parts of five watersheds the sensitive species’ exclusive domain.... more

Anti-vaxxers commandeer committee meeting to protest mandates

A group of activists that included healthcare workers commandeered a meeting of the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services Thursday to demand legislative action against COVID-19 vaccination requirements at medical facilities around the state.... more

 

Petito’s death ruled homicide

The search for Brian Laundrie continues three days after his partner Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found dead near the Grand Teton National Park boundary at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area.... more

 

Layoffs from Bridger mine closure not surprise

When the Bridger Underground Coal Mine shuts down in November, 92 workers will lose their current jobs, down from the 94 reported by the mine’s owner earlier this month.... more

 

National Guard deployed to help hospitals with surge

Amid a surge in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Tuesday that he had activated members of the Wyoming National Guard to assist with mostly non-medical tasks at hospitals in the state.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 21

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Trial delayed in fatal abuse case

A trial has been delayed for a Cody man and woman who stand accused of fatally abusing a 2-year-old child earlier this year. ... more

 

State works to address unemployment insurance increase

When it comes to recent changes in unemployment insurance taxes, the numbers are staggering and, for many small businesses, unsustainable.... more

 

Park County GOP official lashes out at legislator in email

A Republican official in Park County told Sen. Tara Nethercott in an email that if he was as “despicable a person as you, I would kill myself.”... more

 

Investigators focus on cause of Petito death

An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday for the remains found Sunday in a dispersed camping area bordering Grand Teton National Park that match the description of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito — a 5-foot-5-inch, blond-haired, blue-eyed adventure blogger who hadn’t been seen or heard from since late August.... more

Neighbors, history buffs want to save Swinging Bridge

At first Jason Dewey said that “more than half” of the reason he bought a property and built a home along a four-lane highway — five, if you count the turn lane in the middle of Highway 89 — was the view of Swinging Bridge just to the east.... more

Man survives and recovers after rescue from truck fire

The last thing Shane Fortner remembers is driving by the last big hill before entering Gillette.... more

Laramie businessman sees new potential in antiques

It’s the larger-than-life wide eyes and goofy grin that first get your attention.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for September 20

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UW readies to comply with Biden mandates despite Gordon’s opposition

Just minutes before Gov. Mark Gordon on Wednesday unveiled a “two-pronged plan” to combat a federal mandate for large employers to either vaccinate or regularly test all workers for COVID-19, University of Wyoming trustees directed administrators to budget for compliance with the directive. ... more

 

Trooper acted properly in shooting, report says

A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper who was shot by and returned fire on a Lander man on Sinks Canyon Road in June acted within the law, according to a Friday statement by Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun.... more

 

Bill to allow ‘tourism improvement districts’ moves ahead

During a Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee meeting in Sheridan earlier this month, legislators agreed to forward a piece of legislation authorizing the creation of tourism improvement districts.... more

 

Vaccine mandates questioned

Twelve Wyoming hospitals reported a critical staffing shortage to the federal government Friday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, though COVID-19 infections are largely driving those shortages, according to officials at hospitals across the state.... more

 

School nurse resigns over quarantine rules

Kay Dersham says she no longer wants to put her nursing license or her ethics on the line after the recent decision made by the Laramie County School District 2 Board of Trustees.... 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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 14

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

State GOP backs local party as Williams and others deny they voted illegally

A response has been filed in the civil suit claiming the March leadership elections of the Uinta County Republican Party were conducted illegally. ... more

 

Supreme Court: Traffic stop unlawful

William Mahaffy and his wife were pulled over in December 2019 after he dropped a lit cigarette out of a car window.... more

 

Proposed land exchange raises questions of access, value, process

The Columbus Peak Ranch, LLC land exchange proposes trading 628.35 acres of privately-owned land located east of Dayton for 560 acres of state trust land located northwest of Dayton.... more

 

Cheney will continue to 'fight for the truth,' says GOP can be fixed

About 24 hours removed from being voted out as the GOP conference chair, the No. 3 leadership position in the U.S. House, the Wyoming Republican said she remains a believer in her party and that a deep divide caused by Trump can be fixed.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 13

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

LCCC study: Wyo residents can afford more taxes

That study found Wyoming could generate more than $800 million in new revenues per year without hurting the state’s competitiveness with states, all of which have seen substantially higher population growth over the last decade.... more

 

Big Horn commissioners collect input on Second Amendment proclamation

More than 120 county residents packed the Weed & Pest building outside of Greybull to voice concerns about federal government overreach. ... more

 

Tolerance key to grizzly conservation, state says

Education is the top priority in Wyoming’s $55 million, decades-long battle to recover and conserve grizzly bears. ... more

 

Campbell schools won’t ‘recapture’ for first time in decades

Both Sublette school districts were among those recaptured.... more

 

Tribunal recommends disbarment for former prosecutor

Hinckley was charged with failing to seek court-ordered records, disobeying a direct order from a judge, lying in court about the status of those records, sharing a letter from the defendant with local media and making inappropriate comments during the trial.... more

 

Cheney supporters, critics offer reaction to ouster

Cheney, who has served as Wyoming’s sole House representative since 2017, voted to impeach Trump in mid-January for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, stating at the time that there has “never been a greater betrayal” by a U.S. president than the actions taken by the former president.... more

 

Lawsuit over health orders dismissed

Judge Edelman ruled that petitioners lacked standing in the case because there is no direct connection between the health orders and any alleged injuries plaintiffs may have suffered, among other reasons.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 12

News from across Wyoming... more

 

Legislature to guarantee remote meeting access through 2021

The policy, which only impacts the 2021 interim, also allows lawmakers to participate in meetings remotely without being docked pay.... more

 

Groups want federal budget to allow sage grouse assessment

Any rider “blocks FWS from carrying out its basic responsibilities under the ESA,” the groups wrote in a two-page letter dated May 4.... more

 

FEC fines Wyoming GOP $52,000

The Federal Elections Commission fined the Wyoming Republican Party $52,000 for a campaign finance violation stemming from former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.... more

 

Wolf numbers about flat in Wyoming range

State legislatures in Montana and Idaho have recently earned headlines for going over wildlife managers’ heads and adopting policies that require wolf populations be cut by as much as 90 percent.... more

 

Camping area closed by dam concerns

LaPrele Irrigation District President Colt Rodeman is highly concerned about people camping at Ayres Natural Bridge Park overnight while spring snowmelt runoff is quickly filling the crack-ridden LaPrele Dam that sits a mere 10 minutes upstream. ... more

 

Ramoco mine could be open by fall, CEO says

After years of permitting review and promised timelines that have come and gone, Ramaco Carbon CEO Randall Atkins said Wyoming's first new coal mine in more than four decades could be operational as early as this fall.... more

 

Committee revives Medicaid expansion

When the legislation does make it on to lawmakers’ session agenda, it will be a familiar discussion. The bill the committee has sponsored is the same that died less than two months ago.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 11

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Former Buffalo Bill Center employee sues museum

A former employee of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has filed suit against the museum in U.S. Federal Court.... more

 

Couple pleads not guilty to murder in child’s death

At a court appearance last week, a Cody man and woman formally denied allegations that they fatally abused a 2-year-old child. ... more

 

Former Gillette resident returns to challenge Cheney

Denton Knapp, who now lives in California but is moving back to Gillette, said he’s wanted to go into public service since high school and that “now is a good time to do it.”... more

 

Former prosecutor admits negligence

The Wyoming Supreme Court, in a 2017 decision reversing Black’s case, also said there was “no question” that there was prosecutorial misconduct during Black’s trial.... more

 

Lawmakers review tax structure again

Of course, the topic is not a new one.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 10

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Federal grants add momentum to Wyo carbon capture movement

The United States Department of Energy last Friday announced $99 million in grants to study technology that removes carbon from industrial exhaust and uses it for other purposes, like manufacturing.... more

 

Sage grouse hunters shot about 7,600 birds in 2019

Hunters shot an estimated 7,615 greater sage grouse in 2019, a biologist told Wyoming’s grouse team Wednesday as a key stakeholder challenged the state’s notion that regulated hunting does not harm the population.... more

 

National group eyeing Buchanan as Cheney replacement

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has also mounted a primary challenge against Cheney. It is unclear if Club for Growth contacted him.... more

 

Legislature’s remote meeting option will continue into interim

The pre-approved locations are limited to more populous areas of the state, however, and fail to cover some more rural areas of Wyoming. ... more

 

Young grizzly cast off, finds trouble, hauled north

It’s well known that grizzly bears that grow up roadside in Grand Teton National Park tend to habituate to being around people.... more

 

Darin Smith announces run against Liz Cheney for U.S. House seat

Standing in front of the Wyoming Capitol, Smith said he’s “sick and tired of politics as usual.”... more

 

Gordon prohibits vaccine passports

Gov. Mark Gordon signed a directive Friday prohibiting state entities from requiring “vaccine passports.”... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 7

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

Former St. Jude CEO turns private collection of military vehicles into sprawling museum in Dubois

In 2010, Dan Starks got a patriotic idea.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for May 6

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 9

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Lawmakers weighing study of public lands transfer in 2021

On the final Friday of the 2021 Legislative Session, members of the Joint Agriculture Committee met to map out goals for the coming months. ... more

 

West Wyo a grouse stronghold in grim report of decline

Western Wyoming emerged as a stronghold for greater sage grouse in a grim federal report that estimates an 81-percent decline in the species over the last 53 years.... more

 

Yellowstone grizzly population jumps with count revision

Federal scientists who track grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are revising a key criterion that underlies how they count bears, with the effect being a 34 percent to 43 percent jump in the population estimate.... more

 

Laramie council creates police working group

In a special session on April 7, Laramie City Council voted to adopt Resolution 2021-18, which establishes an ad hoc working group for police and community. ... more

 

Gordon disappointed by K-12 funding impasse

Gov. Mark Gordon addressed a range of issues, primarily K-12 education funding and the state’s long-term fiscal outlook, during a media briefing Thursday afternoon, a day after the Wyoming Legislature adjourned from its 2021 general session.... 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 April 8

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Game and Fish Department unveils mapping project

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department quietly unveiled a new online mapping project last month, identifying and explaining every priority habitat issue in the state.... more

 

Vaccine may help relieve long-haul COVID-19 symptoms

Health-care providers in Crook County are seeing an increase in patients who appear to be suffering from long-haul symptoms of COVID-19, according to Sundance physician Dr. Heith Waddell.... more

 

School funding measure collapses

A bill that would have found slight cuts to Wyoming’s $300 million education funding shortfall died Wednesday after Senate leadership declined to continue negotiating with the House of Representatives. ... more

 

State lawmakers reach compromise on public health order bill, send it to governor

The Wyoming Legislature gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill that would slightly alter the state’s public health order process, after the House and the Senate reached a compromise to not involve lawmakers in the process.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 7

News across Wyoming.... more

 

As police reform hits national stage, Wyo lawmakers kill two measures

As a restless nation took to the streets for police reform in 2020, then-statehouse-candidate Karlee Provenza — a Laramie Democrat — traveled the streets of Wyoming’s third-largest city on a campaign of her own.... more

Sheridan students, parents march for end to mask mandate

Sheridan County School District 2 officials will be seeking a variance to the state’s mask order for schools possibly as early as this week.... more

 

New COVID variants detected in Wyoming

Two “California” COVID-19 variants have been identified in Sublette County, according to health officials there.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs April 6

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

In the 2021 Legislature, major fights have mostly fizzled out

Early in the 2021 Legislative Session, Wyoming seemed positioned for a pivotal year in its state history.... more

 

Feds recommend grizzlies stay on endangered list

In a five-year status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended that grizzly bears in the lower 48 states remain protected under the Endangered Species Act — drawing immediate complaints from officials in Wyoming and western states. ... more

 

Bill creating airport districts dies

A bill that would have let county commissioners set up tax districts to fund local airports has died in a tie vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives. ... more

 

Balow warns K-12 funding could still collapse

During the final days of the 2021 legislative session, Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow expressed both praise for an imminent K-12 school funding deal and concern for the long-term future of the state’s school funding model.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 5

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

Cheney, Arkansas Rep. promise to keep fighting for fossil fuels

Fossil fuels have been targeted by environmental groups and political policy for years, and things could get worse as President Joe Biden’s administration works through its priorities. That’s why it’s important that lawmakers, the state of Wyoming and fossil fuel industries work together and push back.... more

 

Wyoming takes second shot at rent assistance

In 2020, the Wyoming Community Development Authority got $15 million of federal CARES Act money to help renters and mortgage holders pay off debts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of December, just $1.7 million of that had been distributed. The rest went back to the state. ... more

 

Amended K-12 education funding bill passes the Senate, awaits House concurrence vote

After adopting amendments to change some key aspects of the bill, the Wyoming Senate gave its final approval Friday to legislation outlining the state’s K-12 education funding model with the inclusion of an estimated $45 million in cuts.... more

 

Lawmakers have succeeded in advancing three bills aimed at defending Wyoming’s coal industry

A bill intended to slow the closure of Wyoming coal-fired power plants appears poised to clear the Legislature, after securing two votes in the Senate last week. ... more

 

Amended public health order bill approved by the Wyoming Senate

The Wyoming Senate gave its final approval Friday to a bill that would alter how public health orders are issued in the state, after adopting an amendment to give state lawmakers some oversight in the process.... more

 

Wyoming news briefs for April 2

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

How the Wyoming Senate killed Medicaid expansion, again

The Wyoming Senate Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services voted Wednesday to kill a House-sponsored effort at Medicaid expansion.... more

 

Barrasso calls immigration situation ‘overwhelming’

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo, visited Laramie Wednesday to offer praise and encouragement to the students and faculty of Slade Elementary for their Blue Ribbon achievement — a program that recognizes public and private K-12 schools and their academic excellence.... 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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

 

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

News from across Wyoming.... more

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

 

Teton commissioners declare county a ‘hate free zone’

Teton County has passed a resolution affirming the “values of diversity, equity and inclusion” and declaring the county as a whole a “hate free zone.”... 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