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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, April 3, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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CDC advises ‘face masks are for the sick’

PINEDALE – Many across the country are questioning local, state and federal health officials about wearing face masks – of any kind – while in public places or around people where COVID-19 might be carried or transmitted.

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Pandemic hurting ranchers in southwest Wyoming

EVANSTON — Sheep ranchers are the earliest agricultural victims in Uinta County to feel the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 comes to Centennial: (and goes … ?)

A cluster of bars, businesses and homes sits at the base of the Snowy Range mountains. More dwellings dot the wooded drainages and windswept prairie nearby. Welcome to Centennial, population 270.

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Casper doc innovates with new respiratory clinic

In March, as the COVID-19 outbreak began to ramp up in the United States, Dr. Andy Dunn found himself in conversation with his wife — also a physician — discussing how the disease could overwhelm the healthcare system in their home city of Casper.

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Restaurant curbside sale of alcohol popular with businesses

GILLETTE — For at least the next two weeks, Gillette restaurants can offer residents up to 48 ounces of beer or a bottle of wine with their next curbside food purchase, which is good news to some restaurant employees.

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State jobless claims surge

CASPER — Thousands of Wyoming workers filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week as the economic fallout fueled by the spread of the coronavirus worldwide continues to shut down businesses, according to new data released by the Department of Workforce Services.

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Wide and still open spaces: though campgrounds and facilities close, outdoors ‘a great place to be’ in pandemic

POWELL — Rock and Christine Hull and their five kids couldn’t take another day inside. Even during normal weekends, the best thing to wear off the boredom and anxiety for the Powell family is a long hike.

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Casper high schoolers take music festival online

CASPER — The song begins this way: “Days are good/And that’s the way it should be.”

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Mineral industries: Classify workers as essential

CASPER — Wyoming’s mineral industries have asked Gov. Mark Gordon to consider mining and drilling operations “essential” activities in anticipation of further potential business restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 2, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Weapon missing in Big Horn triple homicide

Beartusk declined to speak to law enforcement that evening when he was taken into custody. The SCSO filed three counts of first degree murder against the suspect and a warrant was granted for his arrest March 30.

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During COVID-19 crisis, advocacy groups seek to insure public comment on environmental issues

BUFFALO — Advocacy groups are working to protect public input on critical environmental and land management decisions in a socially distanced world focused on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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After going well over budget on Newcastle warden’s home, Game and Fish leaders put pause on new housing projects

POWELL — Still stinging over criticism of a construction project in the Newcastle area that ran well over budget, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has tabled two proposed employee housing projects.

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Wyoming Supreme Court sides with public defender

CHEYENNE – Wyoming State Public Defender Diane Lozano's actions limiting which cases her office takes do not place her in contemp­t of court.

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Domestic violence resources still available amid pandemic

CHEYENNE – Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are being asked to social distance themselves and stay home. For domestic violence survivors, this advice can turn deadly.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Teton County COVID-19 patients speak out

JACKSON — Lorraine Adams didn’t suspect she had COVID-19 until she read that a symptom of the disease is losing your sense of taste and smell.

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New model predicts Wyo COVID-19 deaths, ICU shortages

Wyoming is 26 days away from a peak daily COVID-19 death rate of four people per day and could see a total of 143 deaths through Aug. 4, 2020, a statistical model used by a University of Washington researcher predicts.

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Wyo Democratic Party Chair: Candidates ready for challenge

SHERIDAN — Among the events requiring drastic adaptations since COVID-19 swept across the U.S., Wyoming’s Democratic presidential preference caucus switched to a 100% mail-in voting process. Senatorial candidates say the voting process will likely remain sound but not unchallenged in the coming months.

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Policing a pandemic: Wyo law enforcement amid COVID-19

Law enforcement agencies across the state report that calls and crime have slowed down, so far, as many businesses remain closed, jobs remain in jeopardy and citizens self-isolate to stem the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Schools stay connected with students during COVID-19 closures

School closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic are putting teachers, administrators, parents and students to the test statewide.

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Managing mental health in isolation

CASPER — Local, state and national leaders have all urged residents to avoid public areas and avoid in-person interactions as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Compound that social isolation with the uncertainty brought about by a pandemic, and it could have a severe impact on a person’s mental health.

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Coalition channels tech community to find creative solutions for COVID-19

CHEYENNE – Across the state of Wyoming, there are web developers who specialize in coding mobile applications, makers who use 3D printers to bring ideas to life and mapping professionals who use GIS to show data visually.

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ACLU: Stop immigration raids

CASPER — The ACLU last week asked Wyoming officials to call on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to temporarily cease raids used to deport undocumented immigrants. The request, made in an open letter addressed to Gov. Mark Gordon and prison officials, comes as part of what the Wyoming chapter of the civil liberties organization calls a necessary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has spread rapidly in jails and prisons elsewhere but has not yet been linked to a jail or prison facility in Wyoming.

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Wyoming economists say social distancing is "worth it"

CHEYENNE – Shuttered schools, closed businesses and work-from-home mandates are the new normal in Cheyenne as people try to limit social interaction to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than 2,000 Americans.

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Wyoming Supreme Court to decide on birth certificate gender changes

CHEYENNE – A court case that would determine whether or not transgender people in Wyoming can change the their gender on their birth certificate is being decided by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

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Week two: The pandemic in Wyoming from March 20-27

By the end of the second full week since the Wyoming Department of Health announced the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, the virus was still tightening its grip on the Equality State. The DOH’s official number of confirmed positive cases went from 29 Monday to 70 by Friday morning.

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COVID-19 another hit on already-reeling coal industry

GILLETTE — Already trying to bail out a ship taking on water, Powder River Basin coal producers are now trying to keep that up during a torrential downpour.

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Wyoming doc works around COVID-19 testing bottleneck

A shortage of viral transport medium has slowed COVID-19 testing in Wyoming and nationwide. Now, at least one Wyoming doctor is working around the bottleneck by using a simpler, more common, CDC-backed, substitute: medical saline solution.

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Riverton couple charged with murder in Friday shooting

RIVERTON — A husband and wife were charged Friday morning in the death of 38-year-old Trevor Bartlett, who died of a gunshot wound early Thursday.

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Gordon OKs oil and gas tax break

CASPER — In the midst of unprecedented volatility in the global oil market, shale producers in Wyoming received a small boost Friday in the form of tax relief. Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a bill providing reductions in state mineral taxes amidst certain price environments.

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FROM WYOFILE:  ‘Go home:’

Amid the clamor, panic and ever-changing news of closures and COVID-19 cases, one message has emerged with increasing force: Social distancing is the key to slowing the pandemic.

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National data company gives Wyoming worst grade in social distancing

EVANSTON — Wyoming gets an F in social distancing practices.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Mar. 27, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Coronavirus case count jumps to 56, no hospitalization for most

A large majority of Wyoming’s coronavirus cases have not resulted in hospitalization, according to Wyoming Health Department figures.

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It’s open season on teddy bears in Gillette

GILLETTE — With schools closed because of the coronavirus, parents are working overtime to keep their children from ransacking the house. Luckily, the outdoors aren’t off limits. Biking and walking through neighborhoods is safe and a nice way to change the scenery.

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The stimulus bill: Package includes one-time paycheck and jobless benefits

CASPER — On Wednesday, the United States Senate passed a massive $2.2 trillion stimulus package to save the U.S. economy from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering up tens of billions of dollars in new spending to help American workers and industry. But what does that mean for you?

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State unemployment spikes due to COVID-19

CHEYENNE - As unemployment claims across the U.S. have skyrocketed to unprecedented rates, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has seen a similar pattern in the Cowboy State.

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Governor signs bill mandating monthly production tax payments

GILLETTE — It’s official. In 2023, mineral producers must start paying their ad valorem production taxes monthly.

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COVID-19 task forces begin work to address immediate, long-term uncertainties

CHEYENNE - Two weeks removed from the confirmation of Wyoming's first coronavirus case, every sector of society has rapidly changed.

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Archaeologist: Snow King could lose its historical eligibility

JACKSON — For all of its history, Snow King Mountain has been a small and mostly sleepy ski area, with slow lifts, relatively few people and familiar ski runs cutting through the forest rising over town.

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Wyoming coronavirus case count jumps to 53; Gordon urges people to stay home

Wyoming’s coronavirus case count grew to 53 on Thursday, but reports from two county health agencies indicated some of those patients have already recovered.

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Wyoming could see $1.25B in aid

CASPER — Wyoming could receive $1.25 billion in federal aid under a massive, multi-trillion dollar stimulus package signed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to address the financial impacts incurred by state and local governments from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Businesses finding new ways to operate amid pandemic uncertainty

LARAMIE — On Monday afternoon, a handful of shoppers browsed through racks of clothing at NU2U, 320 S. Fifth St. In the large space, it was easy for them to keep their distance from each other, one of the new rules of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As COVID-19 effects ripple, hourly wage-earners hang on

JACKSON — At High Country Linen, giant washing machines slosh, huge dryers tumble their contents and semi-automated ironing contraptions take in clean bedsheets, turning out immaculate linen.

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Wyoming working to produce coronavirus testing supplies

CASPER — As shortages of testing materials continue across the state and country, Wyoming’s health officials are working to make some of the supplies themselves.

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Truckers ‘proudly’ drive on amidst COVID-19 pandemic

INTERSTATE 80 — On his weekly runs across the country, commercial truck driver Medi Agha is doing his best to stay in social isolation, he said.

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In Sublette County, no COVID-19 yet — no hospital, either

As larger Wyoming communities marshal limited resources to confront COVID-19, sparsely populated rural counties are particularly reliant on a critical strategy to keep residents safe — slowing the spread.

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A new approach to campaigning: Cynthia Lummis stays in and reaches out

ROCK SPRINGS — Campaigns typically require mass gatherings and a great deal of close social interaction. Not anymore.

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Supreme Court reverses, remands decision on Laramie County Fair Board

CHEYENNE – The Laramie County Board of Commissioners didn’t have the authority to dissolve the Laramie County Fair Board, according to a Wyoming Supreme Court opinion issued Tuesday.

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Acts of kindness seen across state in face of coronavirus troubles

As Wyoming residents dealt with the problems created by the coronavirus epidemic, the state was replete with stories of people reaching out to help their neighbors cope.

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Wyoming’s coronavirus case count up to 29

Wyoming’s coronavirus case count climbed to 29 on Monday as Gov. Mark Gordon warned state residents that the impact of the disease may be felt in the state for some time.

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Gordon joins GOP governors in seeking more money for states in federal stimulus bill

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon joined in signing a letter to congressional leadership seeking additional funding for states in Congress’ nearly $2 trillion stimulus bill that’s intended to help address the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Gordon: More COVID-19 cases likely in Wyoming

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming is likely not reflective of the true number of virus cases in the community due to limited testing supplies.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Outbreak affects mental health: COVID-19 leads to high stress for many

CODY — With the onslaught of media coverage the COVID-19 pandemic has been garnering the last few weeks, it’s easy to become mentally distraught if not at least fatigued. Mental health experts say finding an escape from the informational barrage is critical to maintaining a healthy state.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Mar. 23, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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The New Normal: One week into COVID-19

CHEYENNE – Uncharted. Unprecedented. Uncertain. These are the words people across Wyoming – and the country – have used to describe the feeling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Official implores: Don’t flush ‘flushable’ wipes

JACKSON — As sanitizing wipes fly off the shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackson’s wastewater treatment director reminds people that they should not end up in the town’s sewage.

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As business halts, workers brace for unemployment

CASPER — The phones at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services office have been ringing off the hook.

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Barrasso seeks prince’s help

CASPER — Sen. John Barrasso joined several U.S. officials in drafting a letter to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, urging him to stabilize increasingly volatile global oil markets.

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Health officer prohibits gatherings of 10 or more, 23rd case detected

Gatherings of 10 or more people have been prohibited in the state under an order issued by the state health officer.

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Coronavirus cases in Wyoming by county

As reported by the Wyoming Department of Health, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19.

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Businesses large and small reel from virus’s ‘kick in the teeth’

Bitter Creek Brewing in Rock Springs laid off employees and switched to curbside delivery and pick-up orders only for the brewpub’s food this week. With a dining and bar area too small for social distancing, owner Jane Caller preferred to take precautions for her customers and employees, she said.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, March 20, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Dispatch from the hotspot — Lander in the days of COVID-19

LANDER — Nestled against the Wind River Mountain range in central Wyoming some 120 miles from the nearest interstate, Lander is not easy to get to.

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Two who couldn’t get COVID-19 test: a study in rationing

Two Wyoming residents who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 infection said they fear their experiences of denied testing and delayed treatment demonstrate how scarce supplies and a slow response may have exacerbated the pandemic’s spread.

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Businesses worry after governor orders closures of bars, restaurants

CASPER — Crystal Borson and her employees unloaded a truckload of food on Monday, meant to stock the Philly’s Steak N’ Company restaurant located inside the Beacon Club in Mills.

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Riverton circuit court judge releases jail inmates over virus

RIVERTON — Roughly 30 non-violent inmates at the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander have been released to minimize health risks in the jail during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Health officer orders closure of Wyoming businesses 

Latest updates on COVID-19 from across Wyoming

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#BrysonStrong:

EVANSTON — Thirteen-year-old Bryson Quinney is one tough young man with a remarkable story.

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#BrysonStrong:

EVANSTON — Thirteen-year-old Bryson Quinney is one tough young man with a remarkable story.

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Great axe-pectations: ax throwing hits Gillette

GILLETTE — Larry and Shawn Reznicek and John and Sage Bear walked into Axe House Wyoming already having spent some time earlier shooting pistols at the gun range on a recent Friday. The couples thought they’d get some practice throws in before competing against each other.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Interior pushes parks as COVID-19 getaway; park officials disagree

JACKSON — With a good many normal activities and tourist destinations derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of the Interior is telling Americans to go play in the outdoors on their federal lands.

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SBA provides loans for small businesses

SHERIDAN — Gov. Mark Gordon applied on behalf of the state of Wyoming for access to Small Business Administration federal disaster loans in response to COVID-19 on an economic front. While the state awaits approval, small businesses throughout Wyoming can prepare to apply for a loan by setting up accounts online.

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Wyoming delegation votes in favor of multibillion-dollar relief packages

CASPER — Wyoming’s congressional delegation voted in favor of billions of dollars in stimulus funding Wednesday afternoon, supporting a bipartisan effort to stabilize the U.S. economy as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to bring the U.S. into a recession.

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Coal corporate giving tumbles just as communities need it most

GILLETTE — When Cloud Peak Energy Inc. went public in 2009, the Powder River Basin coal producer gifted its first 500 shares to Youth Emergency Services in Gillette, an organization that provides an array of services for at-risk youth and their families.

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Coal, land, workers and education: 2020 budget session wrapped

The 65th Wyoming Legislature adjourned for the year late Thursday night following a 24-day frenzy of lawmaking that stands to have significant impact on energy production, workers protections, the utility system, education funding and the potential purchase of millions of acres of land and mineral rights.

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Oil price drop rocks industry

CASPER — Volatile markets roiled Wyoming’s energy sector again this week, with oil prices tumbling and investors shedding energy shares as the coronavirus, or COVID-19, continued to spread worldwide.

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Remembering Sissy Goodwin, skirts and all

Douglas native Larry “Sissy” Goodwin gained national renown for his stubborn individuality. The Vietnam veteran, former rodeo cowboy, former aircraft mechanic and Casper College professor liked to wear women’s clothing. His style tended toward pastel blouses, frilly petticoats and feminine purses.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Coronavirus case count grows to 15

The number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Wyoming jumped by five Tuesday, with two cases surfacing in Laramie County, one diagnosed in Park County and two more turning up in Sheridan County.

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First two COVID-19 cases confirmed in Laramie County

CHEYENNE – Laramie County has its first two confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Wyoming Food Freedom celebrated as national model

PINEDALE – Far from our state lines, people celebrate the fact that Wyoming was the first in the nation to pass its Food Freedom Act – five years ago this month.

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Current bad market makes for strategic money moves

SHERIDAN—The economic effects of national events are reverberating through Sheridan County. Falling financial benchmarks have left individuals to sort out what it will mean for their pocketbooks, and it turns out that those who have some extra cash to play with right now are in a good position.

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UW to conduct remainder of spring semester online

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming announced Monday that all undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered remotely when the semester resumes after spring break on March 30 amid concerns about the spreading novel coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19.

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Energy companies in Wyoming intensify response to coronavirus outbreak

CASPER — Energy companies operating in Wyoming ramped up their response to the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Monday, with some firms imposing self-quarantine protocols and travel restrictions.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, March 13, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Gordon using private-sector advisors to help evaluate Oxy land deal

Gov. Mark Gordon has a team of seven informal private-sector advisors — at least three of them high-level veterans of the oil and gas industries — helping him evaluate the possible purchase of 1 million surface and 4 million mineral acres from Occidental Petroleum, according to the governor’s office.

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Supreme Court upholds blood draw ruling, appeal considered

JACKSON — Wyoming Supreme Court justices say they agree with the lower Teton County courts about a 2018 interference conviction stemming from a man refusing a judge’s warrant for his blood after a suspected DUI traffic stop.

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First coronavirus patient doing well, health officials say

CASPER — The Sheridan woman who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is isolated at her home and is doing well, health officials said Thursday. Meanwhile two people in a nearby community college district are under quarantine for at least two weeks.

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Gordon lets UW abortion rule become law

LARAMIE -- Gov. Mark Gordon declined to veto a controversial part of this biennium’s budget that prevents the University of Wyoming’s student insurance from covering abortions.

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Ancient eagle rehabilitated in Jackson returns to the skies

JACKSON — Meghan Warren’s “once-in-a-lifetime bird” has gone home.

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Powell High School art class turns wildlife taxidermy into sculpture

POWELL — A grizzly bear, standing over a rib cage from a recent kill, looks out from his perch as students move in and out of Jim Gilman’s vocational art class at Powell High School. The students move fast, working with feathers and fur.

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Sheridan man begins new life after addiction

SHERIDAN — When Chase Gysel died, he didn’t care at the time. During surgery necessitated by neck edema caused by an untreated nasal infection, his lungs collapsed. Later, medical staff told him they revived him on the table. He gave into the feeling of dying and felt relief.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, March 12, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Legislature approves bill for monthly mineral tax payment

GILLETTE — Mineral producers in Wyoming will have to pay their ad valorem taxes owed to counties on the same schedule as their state severance taxes if Gov. Mark Gordon signs a bill that cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday.

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Bill to care for aborted infants born alive approved

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House of Representatives put its stamp on a piece of legislation imposing felony-level penalties for parents and doctors who decline to provide lifesaving care to aborted infants born alive, a win for anti-abortion advocates but a blow to critics who feel the legislation strips the rights of parents and their doctors to spare suffering for children born with profound birth defects.

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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — The first case of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Wyoming was confirmed Wednesday evening in a woman from Sheridan County.

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UW gets ‘standard budget’

LARAMIE — Barring any dramatic line-item vetoes from Gov. Mark Gordon, the University of Wyoming’s base support from the Legislature for the upcoming fiscal biennium will be essentially unchanged from its current status.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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UW cancels trips to China, South Korea because of coronavirus

CASPER — The University of Wyoming has canceled summer study abroad trips to China and South Korea in light of coronavirus outbreaks in those two countries as part of a wave of preparations undertaken by the university.

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Wolf numbers increase in Yellowstone

POWELL — The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park has risen in the past year, according to Doug Smith, the park’s senior wildlife biologist.

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BLM preferred plan would remove 1,500 horses from range

PINEDALE — The High Desert District’s wild horse draft environmental impact statement and proposed Bureau of Land Management revisions for its management are open for public comment through April 30.

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Oil price plunge raises questions about state economy

CHEYENNE — Oil prices worldwide suffered a major hit over the weekend, reaching a four-year low in the United States, and the rapid changes in the global economy could have major implications for Wyoming.

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House, Senate reach initial deal on biennial budget

CHEYENNE — After a few months of crafting the nearly $3 billion state budget for the 2021-22 biennium, lawmakers from the House and Senate reached an initial agreement Friday night.

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Jackson lab moves one step closer to ALS treatment

JACKSON — Medical research is a Sisyphean endeavor: Each study pushes the rock slightly farther uphill, until it finally reaches the top and a new discovery is made. Recently Brain Chemistry Labs, the nonprofit research lab in Jackson, moved the rock closer to the top of the hill.

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Prison contractor squares off with counseling lobby in Capitol

The Illinois-based company that runs Wyoming’s in-prison treatment programs is battling mental health and substance abuse treatment lobbyists in an effort to lower licensing standards for its counselors.

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Autistic 9-year-old student handcuffed

CASPER — A 9-year-old Casper student with high-functioning autism was restrained and handcuffed last year, resulting in an investigation by the federal Department of Education into how the student was treated in the months leading up to the incident.

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Blackjewel successor makes monthly tax payments

GILLETTE — While the state Legislature debates whether to require companies to pay mineral production taxes on a monthly basis, the monthly payment plan agreement between Campbell County and Eagle Specialty Materials has shown that it can work.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, March 9, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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As session wanes, legislators negotiate in private

There are 90 members of the Legislature, but the fourth week of its 2020 session ended with fewer than 20 negotiating, often behind closed doors, the outcome of key budget session issues.

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Motorists at shelter describe massive March 1 wreck

RAWLINS — By the time Fernando and Carlos saw the livestock trailer, it was too late. The two non-English-speaking motorists from Mexico quickly became another pileup statistic.

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Gillette resident changes his life with ‘street project,’ hopes to change others as well

GILLETTE — Standing amid a green landscape on the Pine Ridge Reservation is a weary Ogallala Lakota Sioux coming to grips with her need to move away from her home, her life as she has always known it.

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Cheyenne students raise money for a new playground – in Mexico

CHEYENNE – The slide is Sienna Freeman’s favorite piece of equipment on the playground at Cole Elementary.

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School nurse, staff save life of 10-year-old Sheridan girl

SHERIDAN — On Monday, Shawn Kelley received the call parents dread. His 10-year-old daughter had collapsed walking into Woodland Park Elementary.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, March 5, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Powell company to become state’s first hemp processor

POWELL — A Powell business is set to become the first hemp production and processing operation in the state of Wyoming, though the company’s plans were nearly blocked by the Powell City Council Monday night.

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Rocky Mountain Power seeks rate increase

CASPER — Wyoming’s leading utility filed an application with the state’s Public Service Commission on Monday to adjust its energy prices starting next year.

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Bill giving cities option for extra sales tax approved in Senate

CHEYENNE - A bill allowing cities to propose an additional 1% sales tax to local voters won final approval from the Wyoming Senate on Wednesday, marking a huge step in years worth of discussion to find revenue-generating options that cities, smaller towns and counties can all agree on.

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University of Illinois official named UW president

LARAMIE — Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, has been named as the University of Wyoming’s next president. He is set to begin the job in July.

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Gaming commission bill wins final House approval after long debate

CHEYENNE - After nearly two hours of debate over how expansive gaming should be in Wyoming, a bill establishing a statewide gaming commission to oversee the industry won final approval Thursday night from the House of Representatives.

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Eaton seeks high court review, claims mental competency was not properly determined

CASPER — A Wyoming man who more than 30 years ago kidnapped, raped and murdered a teenage woman asked this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, arguing that his mental competency to stand trial was not properly determined in lower courts.

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Environmental coalition: BLM not protecting wildlife in Sublette County

PINEDALE — An environmental coalition’s amended petition challenges Jonah Energy’s Normally Pressured Lance natural-gas project in Sublette County.

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Virus outbreak in China delays Greybull couple’s adoption plans

GREYBULL — Two-year-old Joshua Madill’s room is neatly prepared with a crib in one corner, sheets crisp and clean. Playful decorations are on the wall and two sets of brand-new pajamas are hanging on the dresser. Diapers and wipes are stacked along the wall and daylight spills in through the curtains.

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Rumors, exuberance, jousting mark advance of land deal bills

Bills authorizing Gov. Mark Gordon’s administration to pursue the purchase of 1 million acres of land and 4 million acres of mineral rights from Occidental Petroleum passed initial votes in both chambers this week.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Carving his own funny path: After being laid off, Honaker pursues comedy career

DOUGLAS — The doors of Headstrong Brewery were still more than an hour from opening to the public, but he was there, fidgeting nervously.

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Volunteers on the ice: group trains for rescues in cold and wet conditions

POWELL — After eight hours in a classroom going over thick safety procedure manuals, members of the Park County Search and Rescue swift water rescue team were happy to get into the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on Sunday.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Fair master plan calls for $51 million in upgrades

DOUGLAS — A newly released master plan for the Wyoming State Fair could expect to generate up to an additional $350,000 in revenue annually from horse shows and clinics if some of its recommendations were ever funded. The price tag for that and all of the other suggestions, though, would be just over $51 million during the next decade.

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FTC moves to block Peabody-Arch venture

GILLETTE — The Federal Trade Commission is challenging a proposed joint venture between Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. that would reorganize the companies’ Powder River Basin coal operations under a single umbrella.

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House advances bill calling for waiting period on abortions

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House of Representatives voted to advance legislation mandating a 48-hour waiting period for abortions in a late night hearing Tuesday night, signaling momentum for anti-abortion advocates in what has been an active year for pro-life legislation in Wyoming.

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Senate committee advances bill aiming to reduce recidivism rates

CHEYENNE — A bill aiming to reduce Wyoming's recidivism rates won unanimous approval Wednesday morning from the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, and the state's prison chief said it includes enough funding to get the program off the ground.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Grand Teton says goat gunning operation was ‘effective’ before pause

Grand Teton National Park killed 36 goats in its one-day aerial shoot Friday, an official said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

64     0

Senate budget contains $500,000 for laid off workers

As a week of budget amending wrapped up Friday, the House and Senate took opposite positions on a $500,000 appropriation to help the next round of laid-off coal miners or other workers.

62     0

Legislators eye Teton County trust land for income

JACKSON — Teton County’s local regulations are again at issue in Cheyenne, as state lawmakers seek to squeeze the most revenue possible out of state trust lands in Jackson Hole.

51     0

New coal firm signs deal with feds

CASPER — A Navajo Nation-based coal operator reached a long-awaited agreement with the U.S. government Tuesday, giving federal regulators the authority to enforce mining laws at three Powder River Basin coal mines.

58     0

Lawmakers, former CEO reach settlement on BeefChain

CHEYENNE — The previous CEO of American Certified Brands, an agriculture company using blockchain technology, has relinquished his rights to the company and its subsidiaries, according to a settlement of a federal lawsuit.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

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Budget blocks student insurance from covering abortion

LARAMIE — The Wyoming House and Senate both passed versions of the state’s budget bill on Friday. The chambers will have differences in funding for the University of Wyoming that will need to be sorted out in a legislative “conference committee” before the bill heads to Gov. Mark Gordon’s desk.

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Woman plans to open nation’s first digital bank in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE – After 22 years of success on Wall Street, Laramie native Caitlin Long returned to the state last year, bringing along big dreams of blockchain’s capabilities in Wyoming.

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House votes to keep Wyoming out of national youth survey

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House killed an amendment last week that would’ve brought the Equality State back into a national survey that asks middle and high schoolers questions about their health and behavior.

77     0

Interior secretary halts goat cull

JACKSON — The U.S. Secretary of the Interior directly intervened in an aerial goat cull underway in the Tetons last Friday, ordering Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail to “stand down.”

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

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64     0

Goat culling operation begins despite state objections

JACKSON — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and the chief of his wildlife department reached out to Grand Teton National Park at the last minute to try to stop contracted gunners from killing the Tetons’ nonnative mountain goats.

53     0

House, Senate approve separate budgets, some criticize decisions

CHEYENNE — Two weeks into Wyoming's five-week legislative session, members of the House and Senate advanced separate versions of the state's roughly $3 billion budget for the 2021-22 biennium Friday night.

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BLM plan allows for 4,250 wells on oil and gas project

CASPER — The Bureau of Land Management released a final environmental review Friday of a closely-watched oil and gas project proposed for the heart of Wyoming.

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Legislators want to study UW governance

LARAMIE — With numerous legislators expressing concerns on Friday about the University of Wyoming’s leadership, both the House and Senate voted to have the Legislative Service Office to hire a “third party consultant” to examine UW’s governance structure and compare it to the “best practices of other land grant universities’ governance structures that could be adopted to maximize efficient operations.”

57     0

Gordon promises caution, pitches land deal as an investment

If the Legislature gives its initial approval, a proposed deal to buy 1 million acres and 4 million acres of mineral rights will test a numbers-minded governor as he negotiates with both a multinational energy corporation and political factions at home.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

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61     0

Former teacher pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

CASPER — The former middle school teacher accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl he met while teaching pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to the three felonies he faces.

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Assaults at state hospital down, but still a problem

EVANSTON — Although assaults at the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) hit a six-year low in 2019, violence there has continued to traumatize staff and at least one patient, who reached out to the Uinta County Herald after he was assaulted multiple times by another patient, ending up at Evanston Regional Hospital on one occasion.

63     0

UW announces finalists for presidency

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming board of trustees have selected three finalists to be the university’s next president: Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the West Virginia University College of Law; Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System; and Daniel M. White, chancellor of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

69     0

Committee approves bill dividing Frontier Days, Cheyenne

CHEYENNE - After discussing it at length earlier in the week, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday morning that has divided officials from the city of Cheyenne and Cheyenne Frontier Days.

64     0

Grand Teton launches goat cull

JACKSON — A second shot at eliminating nonnative mountain goats from the Teton Range was to begin Friday.

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NWC Shooters Aim for National Championship

POWELL — Before coming to Northwest College, Sasa Starkjohann had never even held a gun, let alone taken a shot. Then she joined the school’s trap and skeet club — and is now preparing to head to the national Collegiate Clay Target Championships.

108     0

NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Conditional sales tax advances with eye on fiscal ‘armageddon’

CHEYENNE – With significant tax increases defeated once again this session, prominent House lawmakers are pushing a conditional sales tax increase to confront a looming fiscal cliff.

64     0

Sage grouse, pronghorn concerns spark lawsuit over gas field

JACKSON — Environmental attorneys have their sights set on a 3,500-well gas field that overlaps with the state of Wyoming’s only recognized sage grouse winter concentration area and a migration path that’s used by pronghorn that dwell in Jackson Hole.

76     0

Johnson County settles tax dispute

BUFFALO — On Tuesday, Johnson County settled a multi-million dollar property tax dispute with energy companies Carbon Creek and Powder River Midstream that has dragged on for more than three years.

61     0

NTEC says ‘a lot of push and pull’ in coal tax deal

GILLETTE — Campbell County Commissioners hope that they’ve found a good partner in the Navajo Transitional Energy Co.

66     0

Legislators try to regulate Internet

CHEYENNE — Wyoming may be a frontier state, but it sure loves its fences.

75     0

Lawmakers take first steps to amend biennial budget

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers got their first chance to propose changes to the state's roughly $3.2 billion budget for the 2021-22 biennium Wednesday, but there is a long road ahead before any final decisions are made on such amendments.

62     0

DEQ says Aethon violated pollution limits at Moneta Divide

FREMONT COUNTY – Aethon Energy violated environmental regulations as it dumped Moneta Divide oilfield wastewater into Fremont County creeks above Boysen Reservoir, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality asserts in a letter.

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Senator contests new DEQ restrictions of oilfield pollution

CHEYENNE – A powerful state senator chided environmental regulators Thursday after they proposed tightening the amount of pollutants a company can release from the Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield.

64     0

Campbell County, NTEC have deal for back coal taxes

GILLETTE — After extensive negotiations and legal wrangling, Campbell County finally seems to be on track to begin receiving tens of millions of dollars in unpaid coal production taxes.

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Wyoming crime stats are wrong; here’s why

JACKSON — If you look up how many domestic violence calls to law enforcement there were in Teton County in 2018, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s website will tell you nine.

67     0

House eyes new way to fund education

CHEYENNE — As Wyoming begins dipping into its savings to cover the cost of its K-12 education system, state lawmakers have begun to reckon with the question of what happens when the state’s “rainy day fund” — the Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account, referred to as the LSRA — runs out.

61     0

House committee advances bill instituting 48-hour waiting period for abortions

CHEYENNE – A bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period before a woman could receive an abortion in Wyoming was advanced Thursday afternoon by the House Judiciary Committee.

60     0

Gordon, top lawmakers eye massive land purchase in southern Wyoming

CHEYENNE — In what could be a historic step for Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon and several top lawmakers announced Monday the state will explore the possibility of buying a million acres of land owned by Occidental Petroleum Corporation in southern Wyoming.

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Bills to protect coal workers move forward

CHEYENNE — Half a dozen bankruptcies have rocked Wyoming coal country since 2015, the latest of which ground two of the nation’s largest coal mines to a temporary halt last summer. State lawmakers on Monday advanced a pair of bills drafted in direct response to the bankruptcy of coal operator Blackjewel and others in the Powder River Basin.

62     0

DEQ Moneta Divide plans protested

RIVERTON — People attending a public meeting last week in Riverton spoke against a revised permit that inflicts tighter restrictions on the proposed Moneta Divide natural gas field east of town.

65     0

Yellowstone expected to feel impacts of coronavirus

POWELL — Whether or not novel coronavirus itself makes its way to Wyoming, experts say businesses across the greater Yellowstone ecosystem will feel the effects of a lack of Chinese visitors.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

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64     0

Bill could put $1 billion in carbon capture onto electric bills

Newly introduced legislation backed by Gov. Mark Gordon would force utilities to implement carbon capture, and then allow them to pass up to $1 billion in investments on those technologies onto consumers’ electrical bills.

61     0

Gov: Wildlife migration order makes competing bills moot

Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday his executive order protecting wildlife migration routes makes competing legislation unnecessary.

67     0

Guinness rejects Gillette sparkler claim on technicality

GILLETTE — Gillette’s attempt in August to set a Guinness World Record for the most lit sparkler event ever was not recognized due to a technicality.

63     0

FAA clears helicopter tours of Jackson Hole

JACKSON — Wind River Air LLC — the company aiming to offer scenic helicopter tours from Jackson Hole Airport — has been cleared for takeoff by federal aviation officials.

67     0

UW spent $42,000 in lawsuit over Nichols records

The University of Wyoming paid private attorneys more than $42,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to block the release of records outlining the board of trustees’ investigation and decision to part ways with former president Laurie Nichols, records released last week show.

60     0

Coal plant legislation clears committee

CHEYENNE — The latest coal production rates confirm what many tied to Wyoming’s mineral-rich Powder River Basin already know: Demand for coal is waning nationwide.

66     0

Albany County residents ask for moratorium on wind projects

LARAMIE — Residents of Albany County and Laramie business owners gathered at the county Planning and Zoning Commission Board meeting last week to encourage the board to vote for a moratorium on wind energy applications in Albany County.

64     0

Bill limiting Guard deployments fails, despite Rand Paul visit

CHEYENNE — Despite a rally for the legislation earlier that day led by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a bill that would have required a congressional declaration of war for Wyoming National Guard troops to be deployed failed to be introduced Friday afternoon.

56     0

After Nichols records release, criticism greets UW’s handling

In the wake of revelations about the University of Wyoming board of trustees’ investigations into former president Laurie Nichols, ex-trustees, lawmakers and others questioned why the board did not give Nichols a chance to respond to allegations against her.

57     0

NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

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Lawmakers advance bill to create gaming commission

CHEYENNE - Though the final version may look different, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday morning that would establish a gaming commission to provide regulations that some say are sorely needed for the growing industry.

59     0

Trustees give themselves ability to revoke honorary degrees

LARAMIE — At its January meeting, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees amended its regulations to add a process for revoking honorary degrees.

64     0

As tribes eye med marijuana, prosecutor vows ‘discretion ’ in enforcement

RIVERTON — Responding to a new push for medicinal marijuana legalization on the Wind River Indian Reservation, United States Attorney Mark Klaassen was non-confrontational. “The United States Attorney's Office recognizes and respects the sovereignty of Native American Indian Tribes in their self-governance,” read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office in Cheyenne. “(We) will continue to work with them to uphold the rule of law on tribal lands."

64     0

After Iowa chaos, Wyoming Democrats reaffirm confidence in upcoming caucus vote

CASPER — As chaos reigns in the Iowa caucuses this week, the Wyoming Democratic Party wants to be perfectly clear: A similar debacle will not be happening on its turf.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

56     0

Governor’s office previewed controversial PSC letter

The chairwoman of the Wyoming Public Service Commission sought the approval of Gov. Mark Gordon’s policy staff before sending a letter to federal utility regulators that subsequently drew criticism, documents reveal.

59     0

Panel abandons griz depredation comp model, awards ranch $339K

An arbitration panel ruled Jan. 27 that Wyoming Game and Fish Department should pay a Hot Springs County rancher $339,927 for stock killed by grizzly bears and mountain lions, almost four times the offer that Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulations allowed.

72     0

Energy school had ‘informal’ budget-pitch meeting with JAC

While drafting the state’s budget, a majority of the Joint Appropriations Committee traveled to the University of Wyoming for an unscheduled and apparently unannounced Saturday meeting with leaders of the school’s energy programs.

64     0

Economic, existential angst mark start of utility investigation

KEMMERER—One by one last Tuesday evening, active and retired coal workers, small business owners and local politicians voiced deep economic anxiety and called on the Wyoming Public Service Commission to stave off an energy transition some here see as an existential threat.

71     0

Groups seek faster end to feeding at elk refuge

JACKSON — The National Elk Refuge was less than a week into its first-ever modified supplemental feeding season when environmental groups sued, asking a judge to stiffen the plans to speed up a phase out.

61     0

Prosecutors will not try Casper businessman again

CASPER — Prosecutors on Tuesday announced they will not again try Tony Cercy, a prominent Casper businessman, on an allegation of sexual assault.

63     0

Powder River Basin coal production at historic low in 2019

GILLETTE — With two of the nation’s largest coal mines shut down for nearly four months last year, it wasn’t a revelation that overall production at Wyoming’s 12 Powder River Basin mines was down 8.3% in 2019.

67     0

Nichols probe came after reports of ‘abusive’ behavior

LARAMIE — Investigatory records released Tuesday morning indicate that, before former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols was demoted, numerous university employees reported that Nichols had subjected them to “abusive conversations” in late 2018 and early 2019.

59     0

Firearms seized from man convicted of game violation

SHERIDAN — The case against Gregg Lambdin, who was convicted of 11 counts of wanton destruction of a big game animal in October, concluded in 4th Judicial Court Jan. 30 when Lambdin’s firearms were forfeited to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

56     0

Schools will require $222 million transfer

RIVERTON — A structural deficit in Wyoming’s K-12 school system will require a $222 million transfer from savings in the coming biennium, forecasters have informed the Joint Appropriations Committee.

65     0

Legislator proposes hunting, firearm safety classes

CHEYENNE — A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a resolution that would encourage the Wyoming Department of Education to offer voluntary gun and hunting safety classes in the state's high schools.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Bill aims to protect workers from coal bankruptcies

CASPER — A wave of coal company bankruptcies has dragged Wyoming through years of economic turbulence. Half a dozen coal bankruptcies have shaken the state since 2015, the latest of which ground two mammoth coal mines temporarily to a halt last summer. As coal operators reorganize their finances, they often can erase outstanding tax, labor and reclamation liabilities during court proceedings, leaving counties and taxpayers to pick up the pieces.

84     0

Bill would change schedule for mineral tax payments

CHEYENNE — With energy companies in some counties owing millions of dollars in unpaid ad valorem taxes, Wyoming lawmakers advanced a bill Friday aiming to reduce the lag time between when mineral extraction occurs and when companies must pay.

63     0

UW confirms Nichols investigation, won’t appeal court order

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming announced Friday that its board of trustees will not appeal a court decision that requires the university to publicly release numerous documents regarding former UW President Laurie Nichols’s departure from the university.

70     0

State offers matching grant program for rural Internet enhancement

CHEYENNE — Imagine you’re a cattle rancher in rural Niobrara County, where only 4.3% of the population has access to broadband internet speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) or faster.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Delegation pursues ‘coal-to-products’ bill

GILLETTE — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, is carrying a bipartisan coal-to-products bill in the U.S. House that, if approved, will require the U.S. Department of Energy to ramp up its efforts for finding ways to diversify coal into a feed stock for manufacturing.

84     0

Medicaid expansion discussed in forum

CHEYENNE — With a little more than a week until the Legislature convenes, lawmakers and health care experts got a chance to talk about the nuances of Medicaid expansion Thursday during a panel discussion organized by the Wyoming Liberty Group.

75     0

Utah man implicated in 2001 Evanston murder

EVANSTON — A nearly 20-year-old unsolved murder may finally be nearing resolution.

75     0

‘Bolts Beanery’ fosters acceptance at Gillette school

GILLETTE — As special education students wheeled a cart filled with cookies, coffee and lemonade around Thunder Basin High School, their customers stood in line and exchanged a few polite words with the young sales staff.

69     0

Three-string ‘Loog’ lets small hands strum

JACKSON — Children’s tiny hands have long kept them from playing the guitar until they reach the upper years of elementary school, but a Jackson music studio is trying to change that using a new type of instrument.

73     0

Competitors face decline in chariot racing

DOUGLAS — A flurry of commotion surrounds her at every angle. Stepping out of the door of her horse trailer, Lara Skelley is immediately met by her children with boundless energy giddily zig-zagging around the barren, sagebrush-filled landscape. In the distance, an auctioneer rambles as fast as his tongue will allow in an effort to garner the highest bids for the day’s races.

197     0

NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

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BLM lease of public lands sparks excitement, protests

POWELL — Tens of thousands of acres of local public lands — running through Badger Basin to the Montana border and west to the Chief Joseph Highway — were leased last month for potential energy exploration.

100     0

Plan to allow armed teachers in Campbell Co. wins initial approval

GILLETTE — School trustees have unanimously approved a policy and regulations that would allow educators to conceal carry handguns in six rural schools in Campbell County.

96     0

Court won’t let Laramie, Albany County join Lake Hattie lawsuit

LARAMIE — Without out offering an explanation, three judges for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected at attempt from Albany County and the city of Laramie to join a lawsuit regarding the amount of water that the Pioneer Canal-Lake Hattie Irrigation District can put into Lake Hattie.

94     0

Police say more victims in case of Casper teacher

CASPER — A part-time middle school teacher accused of sexual abuse of a child had multiple victims, a Casper police spokeswoman said Wednesday morning.

80     0

Bill would let children have unserved school food

CHEYENNE — One out of every six children in Wyoming struggles with hunger. But a bill filed last week for consideration in the upcoming legislative session aims to improve those statistics.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

82     0

Game and Fish documents first agency trap-related grizzly death

Wyoming Game and Fish department staff discovered a dead grizzly bear in one of the agency’s baited traps early Sept. 30 — a first-of-its-kind capture-related fatality that nevertheless sparked dismay among conservations and other bear advocates.

95     0

Grizzly conflicts, deaths down in 2019

Far fewer Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears were captured, killed or confirmed dead by wildlife managers in 2019 than the previous year, according to recently released state and federal reports.

77     0

ACLU: State elected officials’ disregard of ICE jail is unlawful

By refusing to regulate a private immigration jail planned outside Evanston, Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials leave the state vulnerable to litigation and immigrants to poor treatment, the American Civil Liberty Union of Wyoming says.

90     0

Solar farms sprout in southwest Wyoming

JACKSON — A new type of industrial activity is rising from the sagebrush and pastureland in western Wyoming: utility- scale solar farms.

92     0

Attempted murder trial delayed for mental evaluation

GILLETTE — The attempted second-degree murder case against Joseph Cruzen has been suspended while he undergoes a court-ordered mental evaluation.

96     0

Pharmacy to pay $1 million to settle drug law violation allegations

CASPER — A Casper pharmacy will pay $1 million to settle allegations of violations of federal drug law, the federal government said Tuesday afternoon.

89     0

Former travel agent seeks new location for theft trial

CHEYENNE — The former travel agent accused of stealing thousands from customers hopes to have his case heard somewhere outside of Laramie County.

96     0

Laramie lawmaker reintroduces anti-child marriage bill

CHEYENNE — After a bill banning child marriages narrowly failed in the Legislature last year, a Laramie representative has introduced a similar bill that would effectively prevent any child in Wyoming under the age of 18 from getting married.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

100     0

Shoshoni mushroom plant sold to church

RIVERTON — It might seem to be a paradox — growing mushrooms, which require a humid, mild climate — on the wind-swept plains of Eastern Fremont County, but it’s about to be tried for the third time.

90     0

Gordon: Coal still has role to play

CASPER — Like a near-consensus of the world’s scientific community, Gov. Mark Gordon believes in climate change. Like many across the planet, Gordon believes the problem is a man-made one, and that something needs to be done about it.

82     0

Plea agreement reached in case of student planning school attack

GILLETTE — A former Sage Valley Junior High School student who took two handguns to school and expressed an intent to shoot other students and a teacher won’t spend the rest of his life in an adult prison.

73     0

Trustees allow UW to appeal records decision

LARAMIE — During Friday’s meeting of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, the trustees authorized UW General Counsel Tara Evans to “proceed with the necessary legal proceedings, including filing of any notice of appeal” regarding the Jan. 3 ruling from Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken, who ordered the university to publicly release numerous records related to the departure of former UW President Laurie Nichols.

77     0

Lawmakers look to revive federal background check bill

CHEYENNE — After a bill failed in committee that would have required Wyoming to share disqualifying mental health information of potential gun owners with the FBI, lawmakers are looking to revive a similar version during the upcoming legislative session.

94     0

New Blackjewel owner misses first tax payment

CASPER — One of the newest companies to take over coal mines in the Powder River Basin has defaulted on its tax payments.

86     0

Wyoming ranks 21st in chances for student success

GILLETTE — Wyoming improved from 28th in the nation a year ago to 21st now in a new national ranking of chance for student success in state education systems.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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‘Leftover’ school enjoys success

GILLETTE — Bertine Bahige keeps a framed copy of Rawhide Elementary School’s red-shaded failing state report card from 2015-16 on the wall of his principal’s office.

76     0

Cheyenne woman sews kangaroo pouches

CHEYENNE — As bushfires rage across Australia, Eloisa Michelle is hunkered down in her Cheyenne-based hobbit hole, repeating the phrase “time is of the essence” to the tune of her sewing machine’s hum.

91     0

Equity and Access Cafe stimulates conversation at high school

JACKSON — Of the many changes Jackson Hole High School halls have undergone in the past couple of years, one of the most noticeable was unveiled last week.

74     0

NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Sleeping Giant to close next season

CODY — As it stands today, Sleeping Giant Ski Area will bring its chairlifts to a halt next season, suspending its winter operations.

95     0

Man convicted of wife’s murder to appeal

POWELL — A jury convicted a Wapiti man of first-degree murder for killing his wife and a judge ordered the 77-year-old to spend the rest of his life in prison. But Dennis K. Klingbeil is hoping that the Wyoming Supreme Court will see his case differently: Klingbeil’s attorneys filed notice last month that he is appealing his sentence.

85     0

Wyoming close to finalizing hemp rules

CASPER — The Wyoming attorney general said her office is close to gaining approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a statewide hemp-growing plan amid mounting pressure from growers around the state, who have expressed concern they would miss out on the 2020 growing season following the USDA’s previous rejection of an earlier plan.

83     0

Two groups plan to sue over Upper Green grazing plan

JACKSON — Two coalitions of environmental advocacy groups say they intend to take the federal government to court over a Bridger-Teton National Forest grazing plan expected to cause up to five-dozen grizzly bear deaths over the next decade.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

83     0

Report: Shakiest coal companies have most mine cleanup left

Wyoming’s shakiest coal operators have the biggest outstanding reclamation obligations, according to a new report — just one indication, the authors say, that declining coal markets could overwhelm the system designed to ensure mining companies clean up their mess.

98     0

DEQ backs off plan to dump more oilfield pollutants into Boysen

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has backed off a plan to allow Moneta Divide oilfield operators to increase pollutants they dump into creeks above Boysen Reservoir, and proposed new monitoring of existing salty effluent.

83     0

Laramie begins effort to reduce or ban plastic bag use

LARAMIE — The Laramie City Council largely supported the first step in a likely multi-year long process to reduce and potentially ban retail-use plastic bags.

87     0

Mine operations threatened by shovel dispute

GILLETTE (WNE) — Three months after being called back to work at a pair of shuttered Powder River Basin coal mines, the jobs of hundreds of workers at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines hang in the balance as Eagle Specialty Materials spars with Komatsu Mining Corp. over a pair of industrial shovels.

83     0

Tutor accused of abusing former student

CASPER — The Natrona County School District says it can’t comment on anything related to the arrest of a Dean Morgan tutor accused of sexually abusing a former student. Police, meanwhile, say there could be more victims, and parents were split on the district’s handling of the incident.

78     0

Wyoming challenges Washington coal port blockage

CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon announced Tuesday morning that Wyoming has joined Montana in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Washington state’s denial of a proposed coal export terminal permit.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Marchers walk, sing in remembrance of Dr. King

CHEYENNE — Rows of shiny patent leather black shoes stood perfectly aligned as the local ROTC high school students marched rhythmically out of the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and onto Capitol Avenue.

85     0

Man rescued from Yellowstone canyon was treasure seeker

POWELL — An Indiana man who illegally rappelled into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone this month before being pulled out by rescuers says he was searching for hidden treasure.

76     0

Findings of UW scientists could improve mine cleanup

CASPER — New scientific findings could transform the way Wyoming reclaims, or cleans up, its roughly 90,000 acres of land disturbed by surface mining.

77     0

Legislators’ UW budget close to Gordon’s after mark-up

LARAMIE — After spending a week marking-up the state’s budget last week, the Joint Appropriations Committee’s budget for the University of Wyoming looks pretty similar to the one Gov. Mark Gordon recommended in December.

78     0

Teton goat gunning a go despite G&F condemnation

To protect imperiled bighorn sheep, Grand Teton National Park will try to gun down invading mountain goats from the air — despite a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission resolution condemning the plan.

95     0

Impact assistance growth ‘extraordinary,’ officials say

RIVERTON — State revenue forecasters say the growth of Wyoming’s impact assistance program has been “pretty extraordinary” this year.

86     0

Regulators revise Moneta Divide permit

CASPER — After months of public outcry, state regulators revised a permit for a major oil and gas firm operating at Moneta Divide in central Wyoming. Subject to public comment, the permit will maintain existing limits on discharged water at the facility and impose routine water sampling requirements to prevent pollutants from fl owing into the nearby Boysen Reservoir Basin.

81     0

Critics say MLK holiday should be updated

JACKSON — Three decades after the state of Wyoming finally adopted the holiday that commemorates Martin Luther King Jr., some question why the date can’t be dedicated solely to the slain civil rights leader.

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UW professor announces run as Democrat for U.S. Senate seat

CHEYENNE – Merav Ben-David, a University of Wyoming ecology professor for the past 20 years, announced her candidacy Saturday for the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in the 2020 election.

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Police chief: UW gun ban not enforced in ‘open spaces’

LARAMIE — A regulation banning firearms on the University of Wyoming’s campus, which has become the subject of a high-profile lawsuit, isn’t as restrictive as it might appear at first blush, UW Chief of Police Mike Samp said in court this week.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Cheney won’t run for U.S. Senate

CASPER — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney announced Thursday she will not be making a bid for the U.S. Senate, initiating a reelection campaign some predict could one day lead to her becoming Speaker of the House.

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Game and Fish Commission condemns aerial shooting of goats

JACKSON — State wildlife officials are blasting Grand Teton National Park’s decision to lead off its mountain goat eradication efforts with aerial gunning.

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Wind farm proposed south of Laramie

LARAMIE — The views enjoyed while driving along U.S. Highway 287 south of Laramie could include an array of wind turbines if the Rail Tie Wind Project is completed as planned.

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Supreme Court hears arguments in fair board lawsuit

CHEYENNE – For the first time in more than 80 years, Wyoming Supreme Court justices sat in the Historic Supreme Court Chamber in the state Capitol, hearing oral arguments from two high-profile attorneys representing the Laramie County Board of Commissioners and the Laramie County Fair Board.

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Jackson illustrator’s art spotted in space

JACKSON — Diane Kaup Benefiel’s art career has been launched into space.

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Powell man celebrates birthday in middle of trans-Atlantic row

POWELL — In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week, Carl Christensen couldn’t believe his crew members were singing happy birthday to him after presenting him with a cake they’d hid in the bottom of their boat for more than a month.

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Riverton resident remembers blizzard of 1949

RIVERTON — There’s no shortage of information about the famous blizzard of 1949, probably the most famous weather event in Wyoming history -- but Don Strube's story stands out.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Ramaco receives millions for ‘coal to product’ development

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s current economic story is centered around the fact that the coal industry is in an inevitable downward spiral. But one Sheridan company is working to change that narrative by converting one of the state’s most abundant resources into other products with exponential market value.

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Powell farm cleared to raise sage grouse

POWELL — A Powell game bird farm has been given a green light to move to the next step in raising greater sage grouse by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, with plans to collect grouse eggs this spring.

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Campbell County trustees to vote on arming teachers

GILLETTE — Campbell County school trustees will consider a proposal on first reading Jan. 28 that would allow armed educators, carrying concealed weapons, in public schools to supplement safety measures already in place.

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Feds reject plan to reduce air ambulance costs

CASPER — Wyoming’s effort to curb air ambulance costs was dealt a blow earlier this month when the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejected the plan outright.

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UW gun case sent back to district court

LARAMIE — Albany County circuit court Judge Robert Castor sent the legal case regarding the legality of the University of Wyoming’s gun ban back to his downstairs neighbor in the courthouse, district court Judge Tori Kricken, after a Wednesday hearing.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Statewide news from across the Cowboy State

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Dominon will work ‘expeditiously’ to protect ducks

After it fired an employee who saved ducks from oilfield ponds near Rock Springs, Dominion Energy said it will strive to “better protect” animals that run perilously afoul of its facilities.

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Renowned GOP enviro figure had outsize impact on Wyoming

William Ruckelshaus was a widely admired, nationally prominent Republican with a reputation for incorruptibility and a penchant for environmental work. He was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a hero of the Watergate scandal and a staunch advocate for using collaboration to solve the kind of thorny issues so often stymied by partisan fighting.

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‘Cops investigating cops’: Tension builds over officer-involved shootings

Tensions have run high in recent years over officer-involved shootings around Wyoming.

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Two prized Jackson Hole streams identified as polluted

JACKSON — Two cherished streams draining the most central, developed parts of Jackson Hole are now listed as “impaired” by environmental regulators due to fecal bacteria pollution.

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Gordon expresses support for programs in budget

CASPER — As the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee begins the process of taking a scalpel the state’s biennial budget this week, Gov. Mark Gordon has thrown his support behind a number of programs he considers to be priorities under his first budget as the state’s chief executive.

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Laramie joins federal water storage case

LARAMIE — City of Laramie Attorney Bob Southard joined Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent in filing an amicus curiae brief that asks for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a December decision that jeopardizes the authority of the Pioneer Canal-Lake Hattie Irrigation District, which has 47 water-users, to fill Lake Hattie.

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Cheyenne school to pilot anti-bullying effort

CHEYENNE — McCormick Junior High’s new principal, Justin Conroy, doesn’t want to end up like his predecessor.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Jan. 14, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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State, local partnership leads to SkyWest service

SHERIDAN — A United Express flight that arrived at Sheridan County Airport Sunday afternoon marked the beginning of SkyWest Airlines’ tenure as the airport’s commercial air service provider, inaugurating a partnership local and state officials believe will accelerate the development of local air service.

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Cheyenne schools eyed for Medicaid test

CHEYENNE – Wyoming could soon join the rest of the country and use Medicaid to cover K-12 special education services, and the new funding model could get a test run in Laramie County School District 1.

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Legislator proposes way to boost funding for small towns

RIVERTON — Small communities in Wyoming could get a larger portion of the state's local government distribution through an amendment State Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, proposed recently during a Joint Appropriations Committee meeting Cheyenne.

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Oil prices spike with Iranian action, effect likely temporary

CASPER — Crude prices spiked over the weekend after the U.S. assassinated a top Iranian military official Friday in Baghdad, bringing additional volatility to the oil-rich region.

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Settlement reached in crash that hurt trooper

POWELL — A regional food distributor has agreed to a settlement with a former state trooper, who was seriously injured in a 2015 collision with one of the company’s trucks in the Wapiti area.

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Trial begins in sex abuse case involving 12- 13-year-old

LARAMIE — A felony trial against Laramie man Steven Oliver Nelder began this week in Albany County’s district court. The 22-year-old has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for “inflict(ing) sexual intrusion” on two children, aged 12 and 13.

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Sheridan students repair school devices as part of class

SHERIDAN — Two computer science classes offer Sheridan High School students the chance to receive practical skills and aid the school district they attend.

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