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One week after photos and videos of Roberts interacting with the brutalized animal, shown with its muzzle bound by duct tape and wearing at least one shock collar, went viral online, local organizations, businesses, ranchers, hunters and other community members are still grappling with the aftermath. 

CASPER — He was known by friends and neighbors as Bobby, a familiar face on the basketball court and recognized by his dashing mop of curly brown hair and boyishly charming smirk. He’s …

PINEDALE — Although the news of Cody Roberts capturing and torturing a live wolf by running it down on his snowmobile and binding its mouth shut before killing it in Daniel has captivated the …

For comparison, a minor in possession of alcohol paid a larger court fine that week than Roberts did, and Roberts wasn’t even required to appear. Not even Sublette County Sherif KC Lehr knew what had occurred on Feb. 29 until recently. Roberts’ case was marked “closed” in circuit court, but the shockwaves are far from over.

This footage released Wednesday, April 10 by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department of a muzzled and chained gray wolf suffering on the floor of the Green River Bar in Daniel corroborates some of the …

Wyoming is home to a whopping 50 percent of the world’s pronghorn, the iconic ungulate so named for its laterally flattened, blade-like horns. But that may not be the case forever, as a new study shows that Wyoming is becoming a less friendly place for pronghorn to foster offspring.

Seven of the 10 wrestlers competing earned All-American honors, with Pinedale’s own Cody Phelps, a sophomore at Western, winning an individual National Championship at 133 pounds. He was also voted the NJCAA Outstanding Wrestler of the year. National Champion Phelps said, “It’s hard to describe in words what it means to be part of this team. I accomplished my goals but I couldn’t have done it without all of my teammates, coaches, fans and supporters as well as my family. Western is an amazing place!”  Sophomore River Wardle of Heber City, Utah received the Bruce Traphagen Award, given to the wrestler with the most falls in the least amount of time.

The Special Olympics Wyoming 2024 State Winter Games were held in Jackson Feb. 27-29. Two local athletes, Ian Jones of Big Piney and Scott Covill of Pinedale, represented Sublette County in cross-country skiing.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $62,212 to the Sublette County Health Foundation to purchase a new Sonosite Point of Care Ultrasound for the Marbleton Medical Clinic as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The machine is already in place at the clinic and ready for use. 

The purpose of the seasonal closure is to minimize human disturbance to migrating mule deer in the spring and fall. In collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Pinedale Ranger District decided to implement a no-human presence closure from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 and from April 1 through April 30, in a crucial area along the Sublette Mule Deer Migration Route which was designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  

For the first time in its history, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a formal plan in place for managing the state’s 21 winter elk feedgrounds.  The 96-page document allows for changes to feedgrounds that could avert the worst consequences of an ugly disease that’s ramping up — a sickness that scientists expect will devastate Northwest Wyoming’s six fed elk herds in the long term if feeding continues. Notably, the plan does not compel reform or call for closing feedgrounds, but it does open the door for wholesale changes to the system of feeding elk that’s been in place for a century. 

The Drift 100 overall winner has always been a male biker, until this year when Shalane Frost, a 35-year-old woman from Fairbanks Alaska, crossed the finish line in first place on her skies in only 23:21:36. The second-place overall finisher was male biker Edyn Teitge, who at age 14 is the youngest athlete to ever complete the marathon. The teen from Hailey, Idaho completed the race in 23:55. Pulling into third place on her bike was Ginny Robbins, from Victor, Idaho. No stranger to The Drift 100, Robbins is now the first athlete to finish the race in each of the three divisions and place first in each discipline.

PINEDALE — After two hours, John Masterson had read the room. The oil and gas industry was fighting the Wyoming Game and Fish Department ’ s proposal to protect one of the longest …

Last year, the Game and Fish Department removed more than 100 head of elk from rangeland in southeastern Wyoming, salvaged the meat and donated it to Wyoming first lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative. This year, in an attempt to address overpopulated elk herds that damage rangelands through overgrazing, the Joint Agriculture Committee proposed a bill that would have compensated landowners for extraordinary damage to rangeland, provided those hunters allow reasonable hunting access on private lands, at 100 percent of the private land lease rate for the affected area. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder said the new Biden administrative initiative, known as Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer, is a welfare program mis-marketed as a program for kids.

“The western tanager’s vibrant colors are sure to inspire eye-catching artwork,” said Chris Martin, Game and Fish visual communications supervisor and coordinator of this year’s content. “The timing of this year's art show event aligns with the bird's migration back to Wyoming. It will be a great time to highlight this visually remarkable bird and draw attention to its spring arrival in Wyoming.” Click into the article to read more about the adult and youth contests.

Free and open to adults and students, Pronghorn Reads encourages all Wyomingites to read one book each month. Prizes will be awarded during the year, and anyone who completes all 12 months of reading will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. Click into the article to read more.

At 1 p.m. on Jan. 22, AARP Wyoming will be joined by Kemmerer Fire Chief and Sen. Fred Baldwin, Fremont County Commissioner Larry Allen and Jennifer Davis, the health-care policy adviser to Gov. Mark Gordon. This group will lay out why Wyomingites are seeing ambulance services struggle in the state and what can be done about it.

An updated Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) report informed members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee they had $37.3 million in discretionary funds to spend this year.

“Most of us take sensible actions over the winter to look after ourselves, but we also need to think about how to keep our pets safe,” said veterinary surgeon Rebecca MacMillan. “The chilly weather can be enjoyed safely with our furry companions as long as you take a few simple precautions.”

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