Plans to restore Morris statue move forward

CHEYENNE — The statue of Esther Hobart Morris that stood outside the state Capitol for years will soon be restored to its original quality after the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group passed a motion to fund it during its final meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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Tribe, state look for ways to improve child protective services

CASPER — Northern Arapaho leaders and state officials are looking for ways to improve a child protective services program that the tribe says needs more money from the state to be more effective.

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State works to prevent mussel invasion

CODY — They are barely an inch long, but the tiny aquatic invasive species could produce mountain-sized headaches.

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Technical team takes over sage grouse plan

BUFFALO — In 2017, Montana wildfires spread into Wyoming. Ultimately, it torched more than 15,000 acres of sagebrush steppe, cutting a thick slice through the North Buffalo Connectivity Area, a corridor of critical Greater Sage-grouse habitat.

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Wing data indicates sage grouse population slide will continue

There’s little prospect for Wyoming’s greater sage grouse population to grow next year and reverse a three-year slide, new data from Wyoming Game and Fish Department suggests.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

News In Brief from around the Cowboy State

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Homeowners try to lease mineral lands beneath home

PINEDALE — After two harrowing rounds of state lease auctions that invited bids for the mineral estates under their home beside the New Fork River, a local couple is applying for the 240-acre lease in the state’s “over the counter” option.

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Yellowstone continues war against lake trout

CODY — Yellowstone National Park is still the king of lake trout slayers in Yellowstone Lake as officials keep up the relentless pressure on the invasive species in attempts to save cutthroat trout.

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Agency says coal workers need more bankruptcy protection

CHEYENNE — According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, coal workers in Wyoming need more protections when it comes to bankruptcy filings in the industry.

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During budget presentation, Gordon says he’s willing to look at lodging tax

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon told lawmakers Monday that he would be “willing” to consider a statewide lodging tax if it came across his desk this winter.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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CoreCivic presents ICE facility plans to packed room

EVANSTON — The Portland Rose Room at the Roundhouse was filled to capacity — 260 people, plus others standing in doorways and outside the room — for a special three-hour Uinta County Commission meeting at which CoreCivic, a private prison company that hopes to build and operate an immigration detention center in Evanston, presented its plans.

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Wyoming officials working to improve election security

CASPER — In 2016, the Russian government successfully hacked America’s elections. It hijacked messaging, assisted certain candidates and, in some cases, even managed to breach a state’s voter registration system.

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Witness tells what he saw when man shot by Riverton police officer

RIVERTON — Resistance from the county’s top prosecutor and, possibly, law enforcement entities to the public inquest into the Sept. 21 shooting death of Anderson Antelope by a Riverton Police Department officer stems in part from the vulnerability of eyewitnesses, Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun said Thursday.

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Sixth-grader devotes herself to helping others

GILLETTE — As she explained her desire to spend her year’s allowance on giving food to the needy, sixth-grader Audrey Carlson looked at a poster about the law of cause and effect hanging in the hallway outside her classroom.

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Exhibit featuring UW paleontologist on display at Smithsonian

LARAMIE (WNE) — A photography exhibit and film that premiered at the University of Wyoming more than two years ago are now on display at the Smithsonian.

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Veteran finds answers in memoir

CASPER — Doug Chamberlain did not tell anyone about an order he was forced to carry out in Vietnam until about two years ago, while he was working on his memoir, “Bury Him.”

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

News in Brief from around the Cowboy State

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Plan to put Wi-Fi in historic park buildings criticized

JACKSON — When Yellowstone wrapped up its telecommunications plan a decade ago, the park specifically designated historic buildings like the Old Faithful Lodge and Lake Hotel cabins as places that wouldn’t be modernized with Wi-Fi technology.

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Judge criticizes Blackjewel bankruptcy expenses

CASPER — A federal judge has ordered bankrupt coal firm Blackjewel to provide additional details on $73,583 of expenses that company attorneys accumulated over three months while coal miners awaited back pay.

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Handyman shop owner disputes AG claims

CHEYENNE — Despite the defendant’s strong arguments to the contrary, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday she stands by the allegations contained in a 12-page complaint filed last month.

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Lawmakers seek assistance for lost beet crop

LOVELL — Sen. R.J. Kost, R-Powell, Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, as well as Reps. Lloyd Larsen, R-Lander, and Mike Greear, R-Worland, have signed a letter to Gov. Mark Gordon to request assistance for local farmers after a suspended harvest has left 31 percent on local beets in the ground.

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Wind farm gets permit for 277 turbines

LARAMIE — Wyoming’s Industrial Siting Council has approved a permit for a 277-turbine wind farm that’s planned for construction on the border of Albany and Carbon counties.

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Several factors contribute to risky roads, officials say

DOUGLAS — Wyoming roads have always been risky with long distances between cities and higher speeds, but signs this year are pointing to them becoming more dangerous than anytime in the last few decades.

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Hunting, reducing animal concentration strategies in CWD plan

JACKSON — Wyoming wildlife managers may intensively hunt down mule deer and hold populations low for long periods of time in areas where chronic wasting disease threatens to become prevalent.

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Lawmakers seek to develop more school trust lands

Facing diminishing fossil-fuel income, lawmakers want Wyoming to take a proactive approach to develop some of the state’s 3.6 million acres of trust lands, and recently backed a bill to jump-start that initiative.

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Taking back ‘Tumbleweeds:’

In an explosion of creativity this fall, Jackson actor and playwright Andrew Munz wrote a one-man play called “Tumbleweed.”

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Vet and canine partner helped each other overcome challenges

DOUGLAS — Retired Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bessler sits quietly at the kitchen table, large, muscular hands wrapped around a Longmire Red Pony Saloon cup filled with hot coffee. He glances at a chewed-up tennis ball wedged into a recliner and quickly shifts his eyes away from that all-too-painful reminder of his combat brother, a member of the 10th Special Forces Group.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Statewide news in brief

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Lawmakers advance ‘piecemeal’ electric grid deregulation bill

A legislative committee yesterday backed a bill that would allow the buyers of early retirement coal plants access to the grid, a deregulatory step that could affect electricity consumers statewide.

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Middle school sexual orientation survey rankles parents

JACKSON — When some Jackson Hole Middle School students powered on their tablets one day in October, they found a survey with a pointed, personal question.

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Officials examine allowing reservation police to arrest non-tribal members

RIVERTON — Wind River Police Department agents might not have to wait for a law to let them cite or arrest non-native offenders on the Wind River Indian Reservation

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Allegations made against former bishop in Missouri

CASPER — Kansas City police took a report in August alleging that retired Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart molested a teenage boy in Missouri in 1974, a spokesman for the department said Wednesday.

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Judge won’t show files to Nichols

LARAMIE — Former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols has been admitted as a party to the court case regarding the potential release of university records pertaining to her ouster from UW earlier this year.

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Wyoming Supreme Court hears public defender arguments

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning in a case that could decide the future of public defender representation in the state.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Wyoming News in Brief

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Chasing coal plant longevity, bills open door to deregulation

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at propping up coal-fired power plants, but some say they could lead Wyoming down the road to deregulation and a fundamental reordering of the electric utility system.

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Wyoming PSC’s uncomfortable moment in the spotlight

The eye of the Wyoming Legislature these days is fixed upon the Public Service Commission.

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Old plants, new ideas: Who might buy a retired coal power plant?

Where utility giant PacifiCorp sees escalating costs and regulatory liability, Wyoming leaders see an opportunity — albeit temporary — to help ailing coal communities.

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Committee advances bill to block affordable housing tool

CHEYENNE — After canceling local government meetings, more than a dozen Teton County elected officials and staff traveled to Cheyenne to plead Monday with state legislators to not eliminate local control of a key housing program.

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Yellowstone seeks comment on wireless plan

POWELL — A year ago, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly was just arriving in the park. Shortly after unpacking he quickly began calling for improved connectivity.

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Gordon calls for Clean Water Act reform

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon directly called out Washington state’s role in blocking overseas coal exports Tuesday in testimony to U.S. Congress, marking the latest development in the governor’s efforts to expand markets for Wyoming’s producers overseas.

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Committee rejects ‘net metering’ bills

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers narrowly rejected a pair of bills that would have overhauled the state’s net metering system – and critics argued would have effectively killed the solar industry in Wyoming – during a meeting Tuesday in Cheyenne.

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Committee rejects ‘net metering’ bills

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers narrowly rejected a pair of bills that would have overhauled the state’s net metering system – and critics argued would have effectively killed the solar industry in Wyoming – during a meeting Tuesday in Cheyenne.

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Legislator proposes fees on unoccupied homes

JACKSON — A Jackson lawmaker wants to impose a fee on unoccupied second — or third, or fourth — homes, potentially offering a new way to alleviate Jackson Hole’s housing shortage and its long list of secondary consequences.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

State-wide News in Brief

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Democrats, Republicans tackle issue of civility

CHEYENNE — Erin Taylor joked that there were movie stars present in the Little America Hotel and Resort ballroom early Wednesday afternoon during the Governor’s Business Forum.

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Gordon supports Health Department in face of allegations

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon said he “firmly supports” the state Health Department’s director amid allegations that a 2015 Medicaid fraud investigation was obstructed by various government officials, a charge that has been denied by those involved.

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Studies highlight hospital health care struggles

SHERIDAN — Recent legislative studies highlighted the delicate balance between health care access and costs Wyoming hospitals struggle to maintain and indicated that Sheridan Memorial Hospital is something of an outlier compared to other hospitals in the state.

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Conservation groups challenge phase-out of feedground

JACKSON — Conservation groups are challenging the pace of the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s planned phase-out of the Alkali Creek Feedground.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

State-wide news in brief

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State eyes downgrade of oilfield creeks’ protection

Environmental regulators are surveying two polluted creeks near the Moneta Divide oil and gas field to assess whether their protective classifications are appropriate or should be modified, possibly reducing water-quality standards.

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Gordon backs EQC as scrutiny of board increases

Gov. Mark Gordon backed the independence of the Environmental Quality Council last week. In a time when the body is increasingly the subject of political scrutiny and recently was the subject of a court ruling that could diminish its power, Gordon said his own stint on the citizen-oversight board formed his view of it.

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Jackson Hole officials hesitant to join climate pledge

JACKSON — Following the climate conference last month that drew representatives from dozens of mountain towns to Park City, Utah, officials there are asking their peer communities to commit to — at least — exploring ways of reducing their carbon footprints.

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Navajo Nation refuses to financially back coal mine purchase

CASPER — One of the newest coal firms to enter the Powder River Basin found itself in hot water again Tuesday, after the Navajo Nation president announced it would not financially back the tribal entity’s recent purchase of three coal mines in Wyoming and Montana.

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Committee votes to advance Medicaid expansion bill

CHEYENNE — State lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Interim Committee voted 8-5 Tuesday to move forward with a bill authorizing Gov. Mark Gordon to expand Medicaid coverage in Wyoming.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Wyoming News in Brief

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Funding woes threaten criminal justice reform

Prison officials and advocates worry a lack of funding will kill hard-fought-for criminal justice reform before it can have an impact.

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Coal production falls to 20-year low

CASPER — After a searing summer for Wyoming’s coal country, new federal production data paints a troubling economic outlook for the Powder River Basin.

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Commissioners want say in wildlife corridors

RIVERTON — Objections by Gov. Mark Gordon and Wyoming Game and Fish officials to a proposed bill granting county commissioners influence in designating wildlife migration corridors has prompted concern on the Fremont County Commission.

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Legislators look to address public safety on reservation

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers are moving ahead with some legislation meant to help improve Wind River Reservation public safety while considering additional legislation with the same goal.

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UW hosts Women’s Suffrage Symposium

LARAMIE — Celebrating the “Year of Wyoming Women,” the University of Wyoming, together with Wyoming Public Media and the Wyoming Humanities Council, hosted a symposium Thursday and Friday diving into Women’s Suffrage on the Northern Plains.

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Many Wyoming children lack health insurance coverage

CHEYENNE – Wyoming ranks 43rd in the nation for the number of children with health insurance coverage, according to a report recently released by Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

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Film traces burly, beautiful migration route of Deer 139

Grazing along roadways, pilfering gardens or silhouetted on snowy hillocks, mule deer are such a customary part of the Wyoming landscape that it’s easy to overlook them.

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Forest management combines short-term action and long-term plan

RAWLINS – It’s the season for pile burning — and long-term planning.

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Local governments look toward I-80 monitoring wells

LARAMIE — With the approval of the Albany County Commission, the county’s planning staff plans to discuss, with the city of Laramie and the Wyoming Department of Transportation, options for installing monitoring wells underground along Interstate 80 in Telephone Canyon east of Laramie.

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Legislative committee supports task force to look at mental health services

CHEYENNE – A committee of state lawmakers voted Thursday in support of a bill that would establish a task force to study Wyoming’s mental health services.

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Former state Medicaid watchdog accuses health officials, former attorney general of obstruction

CHEYENNE — The former Medicaid watchdog for Wyoming accused top state health care officials and a former state attorney general of obstructing investigations into health care fraud, telling lawmakers Thursday that he was fired because of his refusal to let the inquiry drop.

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Murder victim’s family fights for justice 32 years later

GILLETTE — Mike Etchemendy wants closure. His nephew, Johnny Etchemendy, wants that, too, but there’s something more. When Johnny looks in the mirror, he wonders if the face of the father he never knew is staring back at him.

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Jackson middle schoolers earn break from the classroom

JACKSON — Alexis Jagelski slipped through a willow patch, her fly-rod gently deflecting branches so she could step onto the cobbled shoreline of the Snake River. Gathered in a circle around a guide were four Jackson Hole Middle School students, there to learn the art of fly-fishing from the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Statewide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Wildlife officials about halfway through CWD plan

JACKSON — Wyoming wildlife officials are about halfway through the citizen-driven process of rewriting a management plan for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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Campbell County uses new law to help offset bankruptcy fees

GILLETTE — Campbell County spent more than a million dollars in the last year as it tried to collect unpaid mineral production taxes. Thanks to a new state law, it won’t have to bear the full cost of that.

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Wyoming lawmakers reject proposed alcohol tax increase

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have essentially doubled the state’s excise tax on alcohol in order to provide more funding for substance use treatment programs was rejected by lawmakers during a committee meeting Wednesday.

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Man accused of killing woman in Cheyenne, taking body to Cody

POWELL — Law enforcement officials say evidence indicates that a former local resident murdered a woman in Cheyenne over the weekend, then attempted to hide her body in a remote area south of Cody Saturday afternoon.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Statewide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange member papers

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Partial settlement reached in lawsuit over horse treatment claims

JACKSON — Former Wilson outfitter Forest Stearns and five people he sued last year for defamation have reached a settlement in the case. But litigation against at least three other defendants will continue.

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State develops ‘electronic poll books’ for election

GILLETTE — If all goes according to plan, the primary election in August 2020 could look a little different from past elections, not just for voters but also for people working behind the scenes.

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Lack of cooperation stalled Hart investigation, say bishops

CASPER — The two bishops who succeeded retired Wyoming bishop Joseph Hart say investigations into the disgraced cleric, who’s been accused of sexual abuse by at least 16 men, were hamstrung by a lack of cooperation by at least one of Hart’s alleged victims years ago.

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Lawmakers take no action on nuclear fuel storage plan

CHEYENNE — Legislators took no action on a plan to store spent nuclear fuel rods within Wyoming – and heard about a possible alternative use of the rods – during a committee meeting Tuesday in Casper.

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Gun reporting bill fails

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers on Thursday defeated legislation that would have prevented some people with mental illnesses from buying guns.

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Indigency standards bill fails in Wyoming legislative committee

CHEYENNE – A draft bill that would have proposed indigency standards to qualify for a public defender failed Thursday afternoon in the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee.

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Following pushback, lawmakers back off plan to put counties in charge of migration corridors

POWELL — After a proposal to put county commissioners and others in charge of designating migration corridors drew widespread criticism, a state legislative committee is apparently changing course.

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Sheridan College kicks off Multicultural Center

SHERIDAN — When a student wrote a racially-charged comment on a white board in Braylee Armajo’s dorm in 2017, some people told her to just erase it.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Statewide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange members

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

News in brief from across the Cowboy State from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Bankruptcy, coal experts voice concerns, takeaways

A group of lawyers, academics and coal bankruptcy veterans shared reservations about new coal companies entering the state, at a University of Wyoming School of Law conference Friday, and highlighted signs that the energy industry may have harmed its “social license” in Wyoming.

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Towns grapple with energy transition

Communities in southwest Wyoming got a double dose of bad news this month as oil and gas company Halliburton announced layoffs at its Rock Springs headquarters just as Wyoming utility Rocky Mountain Power finalized a plan to fast-track the retirement of four of its six coal-fired power units.

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Whistleblower prompts DEQ to probe bentonite mines

Wyoming environmental regulators will investigate complaints that a bentonite mining company regularly violated rules and escaped proper oversight, Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman confirmed.

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Feds expect 72 grizzlies to die in grazing area by 2028

JACKSON — Federal wildlife officials foresee and have approved growing grizzly bear bloodshed on a sprawling complex of Bridger-Teton National Forest cattle grazing allotments recently permitted for the long haul.

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FTC set to finish review of Peabody-Arch venture in 2020

GILLETTE — The Federal Trade Commission is expected to finish its review of a joint venture between Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. to merge their Powder River Basin and Colorado coal mining operations in the first half of 2020.

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Committee approves education funding boost

CASPER — Lawmakers voted narrowly Tuesday to approve a recommendation that Wyoming’s public school system be given a $19 million bump and that the recommendation be sent to Gov. Mark Gordon and the broader Legislature.

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Committee approves education funding boost

CASPER — Lawmakers voted narrowly Tuesday to approve a recommendation that Wyoming’s public school system be given a $19 million bump and that the recommendation be sent to Gov. Mark Gordon and the broader Legislature.

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Committee approves education funding boost

CASPER — Lawmakers voted narrowly Tuesday to approve a recommendation that Wyoming’s public school system be given a $19 million bump and that the recommendation be sent to Gov. Mark Gordon and the broader Legislature.

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Projections show tough economic outlook for state

CHEYENNE – An updated forecast for state revenues released Tuesday paints a grim picture of Wyoming’s economic landscape heading into the next decade.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

Wyoming News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange member papers

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New Air Force secretary visits F.E. Warren base

CHEYENNE — About a week after being confirmed as the 25th U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base on Sunday, marking her first official visit to any base since her appointment.

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Number of moose killed in Teton County collisions rises

JACKSON — An annual report that sums up animals hit and killed on Teton County roads and highways finds the number of moose killed in collisions between May 2018 and this past April is the highest one-year toll in nearly a decade.

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Gordon says grizzly delisting depends on election outcome

POWELL — If you want to see the grizzly bear delisted, Gov. Mark Gordon says you should support President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election in 2020.

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Wyoming sets out to document hate

CASPER — On paper, Wyoming appears to be one of the least discriminatory places in the country.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Oct 28, 2019

State-wide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Fremont coroner defends inquest in police shooting

RIVERTON — Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen claims Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun is attempting to sabotage the proposed coroner’s inquest into the officer-involved shooting that led to the death of Anderson Antelope.

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First research project on ground at ITC

GILLETTE — To a casual passerby, the 109,000 square feet of flat, even crushed red stone is a big empty space. To Dave Gribble, the large research pad at the Integrated Test Center represents even larger potential.

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Agreement reached to keep Spring Creek open

SHERIDAN — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Navajo Transitional Energy company announced they reached a short-term agreement late Friday that will allow coal production at the Spring Creek Mine to resume.

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Legislators to review nuclear waste storage plan

CASPER — Despite economic doubts and numerous remaining hurdles, state lawmakers continue to move forward with discussions to potentially bring a temporary nuclear waste storage facility to Wyoming.

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Uranium industry seeks boost

CASPER — A 70-year low in domestic uranium production has Wyoming producers worried.

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Lawsuit against Blackjewel gets miners $793K in wages

Blackjewel has agreed to pay $793,847 in back wages on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the bankrupt coal company in federal court.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

State-wide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Bill would allow WRPD officers to arrest non- enrolled suspects

RIVERTON — Lawmakers seek to revive a 2013 proposed bill that would grant the Wind River Police Department the authority to enforce state laws and arrest non-enrolled offenders.

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Both sides in school district gun policy suit argue their case in court

EVANSTON — A hearing was held in Third District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 22, regarding the lawsuit against Uinta County School District No. 1 over Rule CKA, which allows for approved staff to carry concealed firearms on district property.

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Spring Creek coal mine closure affecting hundreds of Wyoming workers

CASPER — A Powder River Basin coal mine suddenly ceased operations and sent about 300 workers — a majority from Wyoming — home indefinitely Thursday, over permit disagreements between Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality and the mine’s new owner.

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History buffs, Sinclair rally to preserve 1920s theater

SINCLAIR — The Sinclair Theater began its life with the rest of the small town, back around 1924 or 1925.

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New Cheyenne company helps customers create their own custom wine

CHEYENNE — Maybe you can’t bottle happiness, but you can bottle wine made exactly the way you want it now in Cheyenne.

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Star Valley woman shares life experiences through quilts

AFTON — Neoma Roos Heap Soelberg is a spunky woman with a lot to get done. At 94 years of age she has a number of quilting projects in mind, one quilt on the frames that she is working on for a friend and a plastic tub of fabric squares on her sewing table that sometime in the next year will be transformed into a fabric portrait of Jesus Christ.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

State-wide news in brief from Wyoming News Exchange member papers

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Group promoting civil discussion opens chapter in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — About 50 Sheridan residents showed up Tuesday to hear about the launch of the local Better Angels chapter, which is part of a national effort to reduce political polarization and promote civil political discussions.

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Park to allow volunteer hunters to help eliminate goats

JACKSON — Details are still fuzzy, but Grand Teton National Park will allow “qualified volunteers” to assist with the effort to eradicate 100 or so invasive mountain goats in the Teton Range.

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Teen suicide rate up 40 percent in last three years

CASPER — The suicide rate among older teenagers in Wyoming has increased by 40 percent over the past three years, according to a sweeping health report released last month that placed the Equality State in the lower half of states for women and children’s health.

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Poll shows Cheney ahead of Lummis in potential Senate race

CHEYENNE – A poll published Wednesday shows U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney leading former Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis by 20 percentage points in a potential race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Enzi.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

News in brief from the Cowboy State by Wyoming News Exchange member papers

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ICE jail

Uinta County residents confronted their county commissioners over the ICE detention facility proposed for outside Evanston last week, on the same day that Gov. Mark Gordon said the controversial plan is local officials’ call.

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Governor wants legislators to back off of migration bill

As Gov. Mark Gordon finalizes an executive order to protect wildlife migration corridors, he wants lawmakers to hit pause on a controversial bill that would supersede his efforts by revamping the state’s corridor designation policy and challenging existing migration protections and protocols, his policy director said Friday.

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Wyoming ranks low for breast cancer screening

SHERIDAN — Wyoming ranks second in the nation for having the least women in the U.S. meeting recommendations by the American Cancer Society for mammograms, according to Health Testing Centers.

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Miners called back to work at former Blackjewel mines

GILLETTE — Dozens of former Blackjewel LLC coal miners are getting the calls they’ve been waiting nearly four months for: Come back to work.

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Vatican still investigating claims against former bishop

CASPER — The Vatican’s “administrative penal process” into former Wyoming bishop Joseph Hart — which could see the cleric removed from the priesthood — has yet to resolve, the church said Tuesday, and investigations in Kansas City are on hold until the process in Rome finishes.

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Jackson’s bag ban to expand to smaller businesses

JACKSON — Since Jackson’s grocers and major retailers moved their last plastic bags in April, the hundreds of smaller businesses throughout town have been exempt from the ban that rid the largest stores of single-use sacks.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

News from around the Cowboy State from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Can Wyoming law delay coal plant closures?

A new Wyoming law aimed at extending the life of coal-fired power plants is coming to its first test, even as the Wyoming Public Service Commission wrestles with the fine points of how the conceptual legislation will be practically applied.

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Media distrust in Wyoming: A Q&A with Rod Hicks

Media trust in America has sunk to alarming lows. From an acme of some 70% of Americans who reported having a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media in 1976, that number had plummeted to 32% by 2016.

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Utility regulator copied, sent coal lobby letter

The Wyoming Public Service Commission — in concert with five equivalent bodies from other states — last month asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accelerate an inquiry that could subsidize coal plants in the name of electrical grid reliabili

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Jackson officials inspired, troubled by climate conference

JACKSON — A conference on climate change earlier this month gave Jackson Hole officials new ideas about how to curb the region’s impact on the environment, just weeks after updated data revealed a rise in carbon emissions in Teton County.

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Gordon predicts more budget cuts

CASPER — With a month until his administration releases its first budget, Gov. Mark Gordon said all ideas to trim spending are on the table in 2020, explaining that Wyoming appears to be entering “a new period” in its history as the outlook for fossil fuels as the state’s primary economic driver grows increasingly grim.

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Nichols asks judge to show her UW files

LARAMIE — In a public records dispute between the University of Wyoming and Wyoming news organizations, an attorney for former UW President Laurie Nichols has asked Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken to show Nichols the records related to her ouster that are currently being considered for public release.

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F.E. Warren AFB hosts former "Top Chef" contestants in friendly competition

CHEYENNE — It’s hard to keep up morale on military bases, especially among those working in the kitchen. But when there’s an event that allows servicemen and women to face off in teams named The Startled Koalas, Kitchen Regulators and Chop It Like It’s Hot, fun is unavoidable.

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Wyoming News in Brief – Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Stories from around the Cowboy State from Wyoming News Exchange members

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Report says Grand Teton one of most threatened parks

JACKSON — A new report from an environmental advocacy group lists Grand Teton National Park as among the dozen parks most threatened by the hurried pace of energy leasing and drilling taking place under the Trump administration.

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Acting UW president promotes university, community colleges

POWELL — The University of Wyoming’s interim president says the state doesn’t just need more Cowboys — it also needs more Northwest College Trappers and other college students.

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Draft bill would add layers to wildlife corridor management

PINEDALE – The Wyoming legislative committee looking at the process of designating and managing wildlife migration corridors requested a draft bill in August that is posted and will be studied at its upcoming Oct. 23 meeting in Casper.

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Legislators look at ways to ease sting of coal bankruptcies

CASPER — A string of bankruptcies have ravaged Wyoming coal country this year, as operators erase outstanding tax, labor and reclamation debts during court proceedings, leaving counties and taxpayers facing unexpected budget shortfalls.

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Native students demonstrate for Indigenous People’s Day

LARAMIE — Keepers of the Fire, a UW student organization, held a demonstration on campus Monday in support of native peoples and the movement to abolish Columbus Day — and to celebrate instead Indigenous People’s Day.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

News from across Wyoming from Wyoming News Exchange member publications

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Baby born at 9:19 on 9/19/19

GILLETTE — On Jan. 9 this year, Jackie Franco was married to Christopher Franco. That’s 1/9/19. Ten days later, on Jan. 19 — 1/19/19 — she found out she was pregnant. Fast forward exactly nine months and Vedda Rose Franco was born at 9:19 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019, weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce. She was 19.19 inches long.

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Report: Wyoming kids some of thinnest in country

JACKSON — High fives to our healthy Wyoming kids.

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Trump highlights Wyoming man’s battle with EPA

CASPER — A Wyoming man who became a poster child for what some saw as environmental overreach visited the White House for the signing of two executive orders by President Donald Trump intended to “improve the transparency and fairness of government agencies,” the White House said.

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Wyoming Supreme Court affirms murder sentence

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that a Laramie County District Court judge got Phillip Sam’s sentence right the second time around.

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Welder builds 16,000-pound vehicle

DOUGLAS — He’s not a doomsday prepper, nor does he believe a zombie apocalypse is happening anytime in the near future, his Mad Max infatuation not withstanding. That being said, it’s easy to think otherwise when gazing upon Travis Blankenbaker’s 16,000-pound wasteland war rig, appropriately named Atomic Annie, as it sits in his Glenrock driveway.

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Quebec 01 missile alert facility dedicated as state historic site

CHUGWATER — Quebec 01, the only Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility in the world and a crucial factor in ending the Cold War, sits just 30 miles north of Cheyenne.

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Judge nears decision on Nichols UW records lawsuit

Judge Tori Kricken heard arguments Tuesday over whether records related to the demotion of former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols should be released to the public, and indicated she could soon issue a decision in the case.

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Biologist works to separate wolf fact from fiction

CODY — Wolves seen as bogeymen of the ecological landscape, has been the animal’s fate for a century or more, but much of what people say about them is based on myth, not fact.

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Committee advances bill on gambling regulation

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Committee on Travel, Recreation and Cultural Resources voted to move forward with a bill that would dedicate more state resources toward gambling regulation.

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Blackjewel reopening possibly delayed by permit snag

CASPER — A protracted fight to return two Powder River Basin coal mines to full operation after its owner Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy hit another snag in court Wednesday.

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Final Capitol renovations nearing completion

CHEYENNE — After the grand reopening of the state Capitol in July, the final pieces of the renovation project are projected to be completed before the 2020 legislative session in February.

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Additional Articles

  • UW to partner with feds on carbon capture project

    CASPER — The U.S. Department of Energy plans to partner with the University of Wyoming to accelerate research on carbon capture technology at two of the state’s coal-fired power plants, Gov. Mark Gordon told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

    News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

  • Wyoming remains premier spot for hunting

    CODY — On the cold weekend morning in October, Jeff Harris rolled out of bed in the dark. He had deer meat for his freezer by midday just by driving a short distance into the hills.

  • Time capsule offers glimpse of Jackson past

    JACKSON — Greg McCoy approached the podium with what looked like a pair of steel salt and pepper shakers. For nearly half a century the tiny canisters sat in wait within the Town Square veterans monument, placed there by the American Legion in 1976. When today’s Legion members began demolishing it to make way for an updated monument, McCoy, the commander for Post 43, fished out the time capsules. He knew they would be there but had no inkling of what to look for.

  • Jackson-area parks avoid shutdown-related problems

    After the federal government partially shut down in December, Audra Warburton and other Double H Bar employees packed up brochures for the National Elk Refuge sleigh rides they offer, along with a couple of cash registers, and moved into a corner of the Home Ranch Welcome Center to register tours there.

  • UW official urges harsher penalties for booze sales to minors  

    Laramie should significantly increase the penalties leveled to businesses that sell alcohol to minors, University of Wyoming Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Blackburn suggested Monday.