• Gordon lays out his vision for ENDOW moving forward

    Gov. Mark Gordon wants ENDOW to turn its expansive vision of how to transform Wyoming’s economy into smaller actionable items that are both achievable and measurable.

  • National Guard rejects EEOC jurisdiction

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has cited the Wyoming National Guard for continually failing to participate in a complaint hearing brought by a former dual-status Guard employee.

  • News outlets sue for Nichols demotion records

    Several news outlets in Wyoming — led by the Casper Star-Tribune — filed a lawsuit Friday against the University of Wyoming and its board of trustees, charging the institution with failing to properly disclose public records relating to the demotion of former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols earlier this spring.

  • AG’s insurance opinion gives municipalities options

    A recent opinion issued by the state attorney general gives local governments the option of enrolling in the state’s employee health insurance plan, giving governments another option to consider when weighing the benefits they offer their employees.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, June 24, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, June 24, 2019 From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • Lummis files for possible run for Enzi’s Senate seat

    Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis on Thursday filed information with the Federal Election Commission that could be a precursor to a run for retiring Sen. Mike Enzi’s seat in 2020.

  • Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuit in Casper police shooting

    A federal judge on Tuesday denied the Casper Police Department’s request for dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges two police officers violated a man’s constitutional rights when they killed him in February 2018.

  • Peabody, Arch merger huge shift for basin, says analyst

    Wednesday’s surprise announcement that coal giants Peabody Energy and Arch Coal are consolidating their Western operations has the potential to create a paradigm shift in the Powder River Basin, along with raising more questions about the future of newly bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, June 21, 2019 From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

    NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, June 21, 2019 From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • Supreme Court hears oral arguments in UW gun case

    The Wyoming Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a legal challenge regarding whether the University of Wyoming has the right to regulate firearm possession on campus.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • Cloud Peak may be on last month

    Cloud Peak Energy Corp. may literally be counting the days it has left of mining coal from the Powder River Basin.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, June 18, 2019 From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, June 13, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • Committee looks to revise firearms background checks

    Among the topics on the to-do list of the state Joint Judiciary Interim Committee is a draft bill to revise background check compliance on people wanting to buy firearms in Wyoming.

  • Teen sentenced to life in toddler’s death

    The Mountain View teen convicted last month of first-degree murder has been sentenced to life in prison. Jesse J. Hartley, 19, appeared in Third District Court on the morning of Tuesday, June 4, for sentencing after his conviction on both the murder charge and aggravated child abuse following a fourday jury trial in early May.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, June 10, 2019

    News briefs for Monday, June 10, 2019

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, June 6, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, June 6, 2019

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, May 24, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, May 24, 2019

  • Man accused of assaulting disabled women  

    CASPER – Prosecutors say an employee of a group home raped two women with mental disabilities while working at the facility.

  • Parole eyed in assault after life sentence overturned

    JACKSON — After first being sentenced to life in prison for beating his ex-girlfriend, Wyoming inmate Josh Black could be released from prison in less than a year.

  • Recently elected Secretary of State Buchanan seeks judgeship

    Secretary of State Ed Buchanan is seeking a judgeship just seven months after winning election to his statewide office and a judicial commission has submitted his name and two others for Gov. Mark Gordon’s consideration.

  • Fremont clerk defends staff actions

    RIVERTON — Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese has responded to the Wyoming Democratic Party’s recent request that her office submit to an investigation by the county attorney in regard to two incidents from the 2018 election season.

  • Wyoming woman involved in meth ring, prosecutors say

    CASPER — A Wyoming woman was involved in an international methamphetamine distribution conspiracy connected to a Mexican cartel, prosecutors alleged in federal court filings unsealed Tuesday.

  • Jackson examines public funding for art

    JACKSON — Jackson’s public art collection may get a boost as elected officials consider a policy that would guarantee every government project comes with a dose of creativity and culture.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • Wyoming abandons bid for ‘primacy’ over federal environmental reviews

    A spectrum of state officials Thursday backed away from pursuit of “primacy” over the federal environmental analysis process in Wyoming.

  • EQC delays coal permit to consider company background

    A state environmental review board Thursday withheld approval of a mining permit transfer until it could determine whether a sprawling web of coal companies’ environmental violations in other states should block the owner from operating in Wyoming.

  • Skier apologizes for forcing rescue

    JACKSON — Instead of hiring an attorney and fighting federal charges for ducking a rope during high avalanche danger, Andrew Richards offered up guilty pleas and an apology.

  • Supreme Court hunting opinion opens ‘can of worms,’ experts say

    SHERIDAN — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion on Herrera v. Wyoming, lower courts will take up the case again while locals await the effects — both legal and social — of the decision. The case originated in 2014 when Clayvin Herrera, a member of the Crow tribe, went hunting and crossed the state line into Wyoming and the Bighorn National Forest.

  • DCI releases report on Laramie police shooting

    LARAMIE — Wyoming’s Division of Criminal Investigation released its report regarding Robbie Ramirez’s death to the Laramie Boomerang late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Proposed bill would ban grizzly hunts

    POWELL – A bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives would prevent future grizzly bear hunts and increase Native American influence in bear conservation efforts.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rules against state in hunting case

    SHERIDAN – The U.S. Supreme Court Monday issued its opinion on Herrera v. Wyoming, affirming that the Crow Tribe’s hunting rights under the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie remain valid.

  • Doctor accused of running ‘pill mill’ spars with prosecutors

    CASPER — For more than five hours Monday, a federal prosecutor peppered a Casper doctor accused of running a pill mill with questions about his practice and history in an often combative cross-examination, which saw the doctor call people who testified against him “a bunch of liars.”

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, May 20, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, May 20, 2019

  • Four accused of kidnapping bound over for trial

    RIVERTON — After a heated preliminary hearing consumed most of Wednesday afternoon, four alleged kidnappers were bound over to district court to face felony, conspiratorial, unlawful confinement charges that could land them in prison for no fewer than 20 years – or life.

  • Legislative leader urges withdrawal of troops

    CASPER — Last month, Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, penned an op-ed in the Star-Tribune that seemed out of the lane that a Majority Whip of the Wyoming House of Representatives would typically occupy.

  • University restarts CTE program

    LARAMIE— The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted to restore its program that provides a teaching degree in career-and-technical education, formerly known as vocational education.

  • Wyoming Energy Authority taking shape

    GILLETTE — The state is moving to merge the Wyoming Infrastructure and Pipeline authorities into a single Wyoming Energy Authority, and lawmakers want to make sure doing so won’t lose any of the expertise held by the former organizations.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, May 17, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Judge gives stalker 4 to 8 years in prison

    JACKSON – A Teton County inmate will soon be transferred to the Wyoming State Penitentiary after admitting to terrorizing several women by stalking them.

  • Dems call for probe into voting problems on reservation 

    CASPER — The Wyoming Democratic Party has asked the Fremont County Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations that voters on the Wind River Reservation encountered difficulties during the 2018 election.

  • Gordon: UW should be leader on climate change

    LARAMIE — During a discussion with the University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, Gov. Mark Gordon said the university should tap its research capabilities, especially those at the School of Energy Resources, for carbon sequestration and become a leader in combating climate change.

  • Lawmakers still looking for ways to prevent early coal plant closures

    CHEYENNE – Four of Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants have been identified as potential targets for early closures to save money. And state lawmakers have worked to put up as many roadblocks as possible to keep Rocky Mountain Power from turning off the lights at those aging plants.

  • Sage grouse expert: ‘Dark cloud’ looms over population

    As Wyoming’s greater sage grouse team met to revise the state’s conservation plan today, an expert cautioned of a “dark cloud” that could set population numbers back to 24-year lows.

  • Sholly lays out vision for Yellowstone

    CODY — From worker morale to preservation of the Park’s natural wonders, new Yellowstone National Park superintendent Cam Sholly spoke with a singular philosophical theme.

  • Health officials work on air ambulance plan

    CASPER — Wyoming health officials are drafting an ambitious and unique plan to try to address air ambulance costs, though representatives of the life flight companies say the issue is how little they’re often paid, not how much they charge.

  • State needs to replace mainframe used by WYDOT, county governments

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming has needed a major upgrade to the computer system that handles driver licensing and motor vehicle information for years. But a multimillion-dollar price tag has made funding a new system a tough sell for lawmakers.

  • Trustees delay decisions on tuition, financial aid changes

    LARAMIE – One of the most significant policy changes the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees was scheduled to make this week was a major change in the university’s tuition policy and financial aid.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Pew: Wyoming revenues not benefiting from economic recovery

    Wyoming’s tax revenue collection has fallen farther since the 2008 recession than every state in the union except Alaska, while 41 other states have increased tax revenues, according to a study by The Pew Charitable Trust.

  • Gordon poised to put his stamp on sage grouse plan

    Core-area leasing and mitigation banking rules are atop the list of issues raised by 78 commenters who responded to Gov. Mark Gordon’s call for input on amending the state’s sage grouse conservation plan.

  • Colorado police officer who held Jackson teen at gunpoint sued

    JACKSON — A teenager held at gunpoint last summer by an off-duty police officer who assumed he had committed a crime is suing her for violating his civil rights.

  • Settlement in Rawlins police shooting case tops $900,000

    RAWLINS — On Tuesday, the final settlement figure for a U.S. District Court civil case regarding John Randall Veach, an unarmed man who was shot dead by members of the Rawlins Police Department in 2015, was revealed.

  • AG says cities could enroll in state health insurance plan

    CASPER — State lawmakers are scrambling to adjust after a confidential attorney general’s opinion issued last week ruled that municipalities could choose to enroll in the state’s employee health insurance plan.

  • UW creating four new jobs to combat sexual assault  

    LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming is planning to create four new jobs as part of its No More Campaign, which aims to provide more resources to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.

  • State may fund VFW job that helps file VA claims

    CHEYENNE — The budgetary woes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars could lead to Wyoming spending $50,000 annually to help subsidize the group’s work for the state’s veterans.

  • Law enforcement buckles up for seat belt campaign  

    CHEYENNE – State, Laramie County and Cheyenne law enforcement officers participating in a national enforcement campaign will soon begin cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts.

  • Teen found guilty of first-degree murder in child’s death

    EVANSTON — Jesse J. Hartley, 19, of Mountain View, has been convicted of murder in the first degree and aggravated child abuse in the death of 2-year-old Brandon Green on May 1, 2018.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  • Cloud Peak files for bankruptcy

    GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy’s bankruptcy filing Friday afternoon may be the beginning of the end for the Gillette-based coal producer.

  • Experts: End to bullying in schools is up to admin

    CHEYENNE – The key element in successfully changing a culture of harassment and bullying in a school district is buy-in from the adults in the room.

  • UW trustees name three candidates for acting prez job

    LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees named three candidates for the position of acting president Friday.

  • Man fired multiple times at Cheyenne police in chase

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Experts say McCormick report should be made public

    CHEYENNE — Experts in Wyoming public records law say Laramie County School District 1 officials have no legal basis for denying public access to McCormick Junior High's report on bullying.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, May 9, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, May 9, 2019

  • Yellowstone succeeding in fight against lake trout

    CODY — The long-running, ongoing battle against invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake is turning in favor of the native cutthroat trout.

  • Gordon optimistic about coal’s future

    GILLETTE — Wyoming has a bright future ahead of it with the strides it has made in technology and education, but nothing may be brighter than its coal industry, which can not only grow stronger but be part of cleaning up the environment.

  • Wyoming more prepared for health emergencies, still below national average

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming is more prepared to address health emergencies than it was in 2013, according to a report released Wednesday, but the state still has work to do.

  • Nichols ouster continues pattern of secrecy for UW trustees

    LARAMIE — Cloaked in a veil of secrecy that the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees shows no signs of lifting, the decision to demote President Laurie Nichols has driven frustration and rumors on campus and around the state.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for  Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for  Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • National debate erupts over wildlife migration routes

    An influential cattlemen’s group is trying to rescind a U.S. Interior Department big game migration route protection order that brought $3.2 million to Wyoming in the last three months.

  • Sinclair donates for new BLM fences

    RAWLINS — One of the strangest sights for many visitors to the west’s wide-open spaces is the sight of an antelope crawling under a fence. As nearly every animal jumps fences, the sight may be nearly inconceivable for those unfamiliar with the animal.

  • Gordon forms migration group

    CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon is pulling together a citizen’s group to help find a happy medium between energy and conservation interests seeking regulatory certainty around migration corridors in the southwestern quadrant of the state, his office announced Tuesday.

  • Substitute teacher, GSA co-sponsor reinstated at McCormick Junior High

    CHEYENNE - Kaycee Cook was reinstated as a substitute teacher and Gay-Straight Alliance co-sponsor at Cheyenne's McCormick Junior High on Tuesday, more than a month after she was dismissed from the school.

  • No room at the inn

    DOUGLAS — If you don’t already have a place to live in Douglas, good luck finding one. Few homes hit the market, and prices have risen by 10-20 percent for the few that do.

  • Game and Fish proposes reduced wolf hunt quota

    PINEDALE – One of the anticipated changes to this year’s hunting season regulations will be the trophy-game gray wolf quota set by Wyoming Game and Fish each year.

  • Tourism spending totals $3.8 billion in 2018

    CASPER — Wyoming’s tourism industry accounted for $3.8 billion in in-state spending last year, according to a report from the Wyoming Office of Tourism released Monday.

  • UW proposes tuition freeze for Wyoming students

    LARAMIE — For the first time in five years, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees could divert from its standard policy of 4 percent tuition increases for both in-state and out-of-state students.

  • Boysen dumping concerns increase

    THERMOPOLIS — More information and independent studies are coming in regarding the Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project proposed by Aethon Energy and Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company.

  • Man accused of shooting wife says killing was an accident

    POWELL — A Wapiti man who shot and killed his wife last year says it was an accident — and he claims his civil rights have been violated since his arrest.

  • Cloud Peak gets additional reprieve

    CASPER — Cloud Peak Energy gained another week of reprieve Tuesday, when the coal company reached an agreement with creditors to extend a grace period for their unpaid debt until May 7.

  • Wyoming News Briefs for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

  • DEQ, residents clash over ozone pollution

    PINEDALE — Clean-air advocates here are calling for corrective action following a winter of high ozone pollution readings, but a state regulator is demuring, saying federal rules are “not explicitly clear” about requiring a fix.

  • Bills to secure miners’ health benefits lack Wyo pol support

    Two bills to protect retired Wyoming coal miners’ healthcare benefits from being lost to bankruptcy have been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Neither has the support of any member of Wyoming’s congressional delegation thus far, and it’s unclear if they’ll get it.

  • Groups call for better protection for sage grouse

    SHERIDAN — In response to a call for comment from the Wyoming state government, a coalition of conservation groups, including those with long histories of advocacy for science-based sage-grouse protections, has recommended that the state of Wyoming strengthen the habitat and disturbance protections in its state sage-grouse plan. The groups submitted a letter outlining specific areas where protections necessary for long-term sage-grouse persistence are inadequate or absent.

  • Virginia businessman backs out of Kemmerer coal mine deal

    CASPER — The Virginia businessman who’d planned to purchase and operate a troubled coal mine in western Wyoming has backed out after a failure to secure bonding ahead of a deadline.

  • Teton officials concerned about Targhee expansion

    JACKSON — A plan to increase Grand Targhee Resort’s skiable acreage by 50% has Teton County Search and Rescue officials worried about an increase in backcountry accidents.

  • Game and Fish Commission decides against grizzly hunting season

    POWELL — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has decided not to try superseding the Endangered Species Act and federal regulations and enact a hunting season on grizzly bears. But commissioners’ frustration is at a boiling point.

  • State’s fiscal outlook improves

    CASPER — With its natural resource-dependent economy, the amount of money Wyoming takes in at any given time lives and dies by the success of commodities like oil, gas and coal.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 29, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 29, 2019

  • Plan to let party disqualify candidates rejected

    GILLETTE — Much of the discussion about a controversial Campbell County Republican Party resolution was derailed Saturday when the party chairwoman agreed it was out of order and an appeal of that ruling failed.

  • Gordon concerned by plans to close coal plants

    CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon said he was “deeply concerned” Friday by Rocky Mountain Power’s serious consideration of shuttering some coal-fired power plant units in Wyoming within four years.

  • Gordon promises task force on missing, murdered native women

    LARAMIE — Gov. Mark Gordon made an impromptu announcement Friday on the University of Wyoming campus that he’ll convene a task force to address ways to combat the high rates of murdered and missing American Indian women in Wyoming.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 25, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Rocky Mountain Power studies closing four Wyoming power plants

    GREEN RIVER — An updated analysis conducted by Rocky Mountain Power suggests it would lower costs for customers if it sped up the retirement of four power-generating units in Southwest Wyoming, including two units at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

  • White nationalist group stickers appear on Gillette campus  

    GILLETTE – Stickers and posters from a recently rebranded white nationalist group were found plastered around the Gillette College campus recently and were immediately removed by campus law enforcement.

  • UW faculty asks for explanation on Nichols

    CASPER — University of Wyoming faculty leaders are proposing a resolution that criticizes the school’s board for its silence on the decision not to renew President Laurie Nichols’ contract and calls on the trustees to provide an explanation.

  • UW files first arguments in Supreme Court firearms case

    LARAMIE – Attorneys representing the University of Wyoming filed the school’s first arguments Tuesday in a Wyoming Supreme Court case concerning UW’s ability to restrict the carrying of firearms on campus.

  • Wyoming’s air quality takes a small hit, still among the cleanest

    CHEYENNE — The vast majority of counties in Wyoming received passing marks in a study of air quality across the country. Both Laramie County and Natrona County rank among the cleanest in the nation in certain categories.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • Game and Fish: Migration protest won’t derail policy

    A protest letter from a consortium of land users hasn’t derailed or even delayed Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s effort to designate two new wildlife migration corridors, the agency’s deputy chief of wildlife said Monday.

  • Fallen Wyoming coal giants in high-finance feud

    Two fallen Wyoming coal giants are caught at the center of a a high-stakes feud between global business mavens and regulators, leaving miners and municipalities to scramble for what they’re owed.

  • Study: Impact of wolf reintroduction not so clear

    JACKSON – Perhaps the most-told ecological success story about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is bringing back wolves, which sparked a trickle-down effect on the web of life around them researchers are still debating.

  • Judge upholds decision allowing Ramaco to mine coal

    SHERIDAN – Ramaco Carbon’s ability to mine its private coal assets cleared a key hurdle Friday.

  • Federal judge rules decision to allow new coal leasing was unlawful

    CASPER – The Trump administration’s elimination of a hallmark of the “war on coal” – an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leasing – was ruled unlawful Friday by a federal judge in Montana because the administration failed to consider the possible fallout from its decision.

  • Albany commissioners want to discuss policing reforms

    LARAMIE – In response to last week’s public outcry over the November death of Robbie Ramirez, Albany County commissioners are expressing a growing desire to publicly discuss a range of policing reforms called for by ACoPP – Albany County for Proper Policing – the advocacy group formed in the wake of Ramirez’s death.

  • More than 23,000 apply for elk licenses

    CODY — More hunters from other states are looking to come to Wyoming for elk hunting.

  • Shoshone Business Council nominates tribal liaison

    RIVERTON — The Eastern Shoshone Business Council has nominated a liaison to Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon's office: Lee D. Tendore.

  • Policy leaders discuss how to break ‘boom and bust’ cycle

    CHEYENNE — Several of Wyoming’s top policy minds met on the campus of Laramie County Community College last week to try to define answers to a problem nearly as old as Wyoming itself: how to break free from the state’s ceaseless boom-and-bust cycle.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 22, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Rainbow flags, clothing not banned in Cheyenne schools

    CHEYENNE – Rainbow flags and LGBTQ-related clothing have not been banned at McCormick Junior High or district-wide, Laramie County School District 1 Superintendent Boyd Brown told the Wyoming Tribune Eagleon Friday morning.

  • BLM publishes report on Moneta Divide field expansion

    FREMONT COUNTY – The Bureau of Land Management published Thursday its analysis of four options for expanding the Moneta Divide oil and gas field – a project that has stirred local debate over its potential for significant economic and environmental impacts.

  • Report says oil and gas leasing spreading into protected areas

    CASPER — About one-quarter of the Western land offered in auctions to oil and gas companies under the Trump administration so far has been in state-designated priority habitat or migration corridors for big game, according to a review of public lease sales by the Center for American Progress.

  • Hemp advocates welcome Wyoming’s new law

    GILLETTE — For the last five years, Bill Fortner and Frank Latta have tried to convince Wyoming that “hemp” isn’t a bad four-letter word.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Friday. April 19, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Friday. April 19, 2019

  • State hospital rankings released, one gets five stars

    CASPER — Wyoming’s two largest hospitals were both rated average by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year, with Jackson’s St. John’s receiving the only five-star rating from the federal government’s Hospital Compare website.

  • Laramie council rejects limits on late-night drink specials

    LARAMIE — Although some research shows late-night drinking can correlate to an increase in alcohol-related consequences, many on the Laramie City Council were hesitant to approve a measure that would limit a bar's or restaurant’s ability to offer late-night drink specials.

  • Rainbow, confederate flags banned at Cheyenne schools

    CHEYENNE — Students in the Cheyenne’s McCormick Junior High Gay-Straight Alliance club were told Wednesday afternoon they were no longer allowed to have or wear any LGBTQ paraphernalia on school grounds, including flags, shirts, pins and bracelets.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 18, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 18, 2019

  • Group challenges reassignment of former Grand Teton superintendent

    JACKSON — A federal government watchdog group is challenging the legality of David Vela’s reassignment to the National Park Service’s acting deputy director of operations role in Washington, D.C.

  • State works on future of CTE programs

    GILLETTE — The state is working to create a five-year plan to determine the future of career and technical education.

  • State continues steady economic growth

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming state economy continued the positive trajectory of 2018 with a good first-quarter 2019 report. Year-over-year increases in sales and use tax collection, severance taxes and a 1.6% increase in job growth were some of the brightest spots in the state’s MACRO Report released Wednesday.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Residents win extension on oilfield pollution dump comment period

    Thermopolis residents have won a 79-day extension to comment on a plan to release thousands of tons of oilfield pollutants monthly into the Boysen Reservoir upstream of the source of their drinking water.

  • Experts question Wyoming quest to run environmental reviews

    Experts in federal environmental law are raising questions about Wyoming officials’ quest to “assume primacy” over analyzing the potential impacts of projects on federal lands, like drilling for oil and gas.

  • Prison addiction program scrutinized

    The inmates had broken the rules of the drug treatment program, that much is clear.

  • School board sees full house for concealed weapon discussion

    GILLETTE — Duncan Davidson was at Sage Valley Junior High on that day in November when another student brought guns and ammunition to the school, allegedly with the intent to kill.

  • Wolf numbers shrink as planned

    JACKSON — A dearth of wolves in places like the Gros Ventre River valley this winter was not an anomaly, as wildlife managers are reporting reduced numbers throughout wolf range in the state.

  • Commission meeting sees protest over shooting incident

    LARAMIE — The public comment period of the Albany County Commission’s Tuesday meeting was eventful as several expressed dismay over an officer-involved shooting from November.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Energy Authority to combine three agencies

    JACKSON – “Things have changed” in the energy industry in recent years, according to Jason Begger, executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.

  • Public speaks on McCormick flyers

    CHEYENNE — Community members are asking for a handful of things from the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees in response to racist and anti-gay flyers found in a Cheyenne junior high last month.

  • Utah-based carrier selected for state air service plan

    CASPER — A state-appointed group tasked with finding sustainable air service for Wyoming’s far flung communities took a significant step in the process last week, announcing the state had entered into negotiations with a Utah-based airline to provide regular flights to as many as four Wyoming cities.

  • First Yellowstone research eagle killed by lead

    JACKSON — The first golden eagle marked and followed for research in Yellowstone National Park’s history lasted only about four months before a common human-caused source of death did the bird in.

  • Cloud Peak delays bankruptcy

    GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy Corp. has gained another 15-day reprieve from a $1.8 million interest payment on a portion of its long-term debt and continuing months of speculation that the company may eventually file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

  • UW working on big bump in need-based aid

    LARAMIE — University of Wyoming administrators are working on a plan to, beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, increase need-based aid for Wyoming students while reducing discounts provided to out-of-state students.

  • Wyoming Legislature could take another look at tolling I-80

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at the idea of tolling Interstate 80 as a way to help fund improvements and maintenance along the more than 400 miles of road.

  • EPA races to block gasoline leaking into Popo Agie

    An object of heated public debate when it was approved for construction in 2007, a Lander gas station is once again fueling community consternation — and possibly a calamity for the beloved stretch of river that runs through town.

  • Moody’s sees bleak outlook for Powder River Basin coal

    CASPER — For many years an untouchable titan of coal production, the Powder River Basin continues to face decline, and the number of miners trying to survive by digging more PRB coal may be delaying the relief needed in Wyoming coal country, according to an analysis published Thursday by Moody’s Investor Service, the credit rating agency.

  • Trump executive order could pave way for Washington coal port terminal

    CHEYENNE — An executive order from President Donald Trump that could help pave the way for coal exports garnered praise from Wyoming leadership this week. But critics see it as a way to lessen local control over issues of water quality in favor of industry's bottom line.

  • Proposed migration route protections hit obstacle

    JACKSON — An alliance of advocacy groups representing industries from miners to sheepherders have, for now, stymied protections for migration routes that funnel pronghorn and mule deer to summer ranges around Jackson Hole and the Wyoming Range.

  • Inquest jury finds ATF agents did duty in January shooting

    RIVERTON — The federal officers involved in the Jan. 10 shooting death of Nicholas Garcia of Riverton "responded within the bounds of their training and followed their duty to protect the public," a coroner's inquest jury has determined.

  • UW students propose resolution praising Nichols, calling for trustees to be elected

    CASPER — Representatives from the University of Wyoming’s student government proposed resolutions Tuesday night praising departing UW President Laurie Nichols and criticizing the board of trustees who decided not to renew her contract.

  • Wyoming's plans to regulate hemp submitted to feds

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming has finalized the proposed rules and regulations for its new hemp industry and has submitted them to the federal government for approval.

  • As CWD spreads, testing and management plans increase

    POWELL -- Chronic wasting disease is killing deer and threatening other ungulates across Wyoming — and the more scientists look for CWD, the more of it they find.

  • Correction

    Correction A Wyoming News Exchange story that appeared in this newspaper about chronic wasting disease incorrectly stated that, during a March meeting in Cody, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission increased the department’s budget for testing for cases of chronic wasting disease. Although the commission heard testimony on chronic wasting disease and considered the effects of a budget increase, the proposal made by Commission Vice President Pete Dube was to increase the budget for the Animal Management Damage Board to control predators.

  • Critics oppose extending cell service into Bridger-Teton backcountry

    JACKSON — Residents and visitors wanting to preserve wilderness experiences are rebuking Grand Teton National Park’s plan to wire-up — casting cell service deeper into the backcountry.

  • Carbon Co. commissioners delay wind farm approval

    RAWLINS – Landowners fear revegetation of perennial grasses native to the steep hill north of U.S. Interstate 80 near Arlington will be jeopardized if PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett-backed power company, doesn’t follow certain regulations.

  • Wyoming faces retirement savings crisis

    CASPER — The mythic promise of the American economy has always been a linear one: You learn a trade, work hard, and, one day, you’ll be rewarded in retirement.

  • Pearl Harbor casualty identified, remains returned to Laramie

    LARAMIE — After 77 years, Navy Machinist’s Mate First Class George Hanson will be coming home.

  • CenturyLink testifies on December outages

    CHEYENNE – CenturyLink representatives testified before the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Tuesday after a multi-state outage disrupted some emergency services in Wyoming late last year.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 9, 2019

  • Conservation groups ask G&F to make hunters carry bear spray

    CODY — Conservation organizations have asked Wyoming Game and Fish to require hunters carry bear spray in an attempt to reduce grizzly bear mortality.

  • Governor seeks to prevent child abuse

    CHEYENNE — The legacy of child abuse goes beyond the pain and suffering that leave permanent scars on both physical and mental well-being. It affects every aspect of society and can even lead to additional strains on mental health services and the judicial system.

  • Officials believe Cloud Peak will pay taxes

    GILLETTE — Although worried for the future for a financially troubled Cloud Peak Energy Corp., Campbell County officials aren’t concerned the Powder River Basin coal producer will miss paying millions of dollars owed for its 2018 tax bill.

  • Residents fret about oilfield dumping plan for Bighorn River

    Residents downstream of Boysen Reservoir — where state officials want to OK the discharge of tons of oilfield pollutants — say they weren’t given adequate notice and time to comment on the plan.

  • Large voids found below transmission line project

    RAWLINS – Large, subterranean voids scattered throughout two defunct mining sites in Carbon County discovered by experts with Brierley Associates, a Denver-based geotechnical consulting firm, pose bit of a problem.

  • Gillette continues discussion about arming teachers

    GILLETTE — The second round of public comments about the Campbell County School District considering arming educators for safety drew 30 people and 11 speakers Thursday evening.

  • Coal decline said to be accelerating

    CASPER — Warning bells are ringing across Wyoming’s Powder River Basin that the largest producing coal region of the country is in big trouble.

  • Campaign reform law has loopholes, experts say

    CASPER — When July comes around, Wyoming will have its first set of campaign finance reforms in years.

  • Cheyenne school officials decline to denounce white supremacy

    CHEYENNE – Laramie County School District 1 officials have declined to issue statements denouncing white supremacy following public outrage over racist and anti-gay flyers found last week at Cheyenne’s McCormick Junior High.

  • Wyoming spared the worst of opioid crisis, but abuse persistent

    CHEYENNE – Wyoming hasn’t seen the type of opioid addiction that has plagued other states across the country. But even with lower levels compared to states like West Virginia and Ohio, the Equality State hasn’t escaped the crisis unscathed.

  • Laramie to revisit softball vote, OK would start state play

    LARAMIE — Albany County School District No. 1 board members plan to revisit the possibility of offering softball at Laramie High School after they complete their budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Kaycee students learn life skills in real game of ‘Life’

    KAYCEE — When you receive your first paycheck, you feel like a millionaire.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 4, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, April 4, 2019

  • Supreme Court rejects challenge of ‘no-knock’ search

    THERMOPOLIS — The Wyoming Supreme Court issued an opinion on March 27, in favor of Hot Springs District Court’s action regarding Paul D. Mathewson.

  • Park County investigates abuse allegations at Clark facility

    POWELL — In recent weeks, more than a dozen women have contacted the Park County Sheriff’s Office to report being abused at a Clark facility for troubled teenage girls. The allegations — from 15 former patients of Trinity Teen Solutions — are all years old, dating as far back as 2007 to as recently as 2015.

  • UW getting less tuition revenue than expected

    LARAMIE — Strong enrollment at the University of Wyoming has been a point of pride for administrators the last two years, but the record freshman class this year hasn’t actually been that beneficial for UW’s tuition revenue.

  • Wyoming women have high rates of pregnancy-related depression

    CASPER — Wyoming women who gave birth in 2017 reported high rates of depression before, during and after pregnancy, according to a new state report that also reveals the insurance and income-related issues facing mothers here.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

  • Scientists to gather in Big Horn Basin to study fossil ‘treasure trove’  

    CODY – A brachiosaur stretches its long neck to reach a leaf from a high branch as a giant ichthyosaur gently swims by in the water far below.

  • Hunt designed to help deer may have hurt

    JACKSON — Nearly four dozen mountain lions can be legally hunted annually in areas surrounding the Wyoming and Salt River ranges — a level of hunting pressure intended to boost a struggling mule deer population.

  • BLM approved drilling permits during shutdown

    CASPER — Federal workers at the Bureau of Land Management approved 74 oil and gas drilling permits in Wyoming during the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year, according to a public records request submitted by a western environmental group.

  • Student responsible for racist flyers identified, teacher likely to be reinstated

    CHEYENNE — Laramie County School District 1 has identified at least one student believed to be responsible for creating the racist and anti-gay flyers found at McCormick Junior High last week.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

  • Lasting winter challenges wildlife

    JACKSON — From his office window overlooking an alleyway parking lot behind Lucky’s Market, Hamish Tear watched a struggling, mangy cow moose suffer an excruciatingly slow death.

  • Lack of regulations, testing options lead to hemp seizures in Evanston

    EVANSTON — On March 6, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed legislation making hemp possession and production legal within the state, which was welcome news to those who view hemp as an agricultural commodity and a possible economic benefit to Wyoming. However, that enthusiasm may be blunted by the potentially long and twisted road ahead for Wyoming hemp producers and transporters.

  • Reports describe housing prices in state, nation

    SHERIDAN — Recent economic reports from state agencies indicate that increasing housing prices and a shortage of available housing units remain national and statewide trends that are unlikely to halt in the foreseeable future.

  • Has the Trump administration driven new leasing highs in Wyoming oil and gas?

    CASPER — In September, companies spent a jaw-dropping $1 billion at a lease sale in New Mexico for potential oil and gas development along the state’s eastern border, where the Permian spills over from West Texas.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 1, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, April 1, 2019

  • PAC offers pricey day in the Tetons with Enzi

    Hit the Snake River this summer for a chance to catch rainbow trout, brown trout and maybe even some facetime with Wyoming’s senior senator — but bring your checkbook.

  • Gordon backs carbon capture

    JACKSON — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon’s vision for the state’s energy sector weds two ideas often considered incompatible: a healthy environment and the continued use of fossil fuels.

  • Research into alternative uses for Wyoming coal continues

    CASPER — If the cost of producing carbon fiber – a lightweight and durable material that can be used in construction, car parts and airplanes — drops below $5 per pound, the profitability for that burgeoning industry could skyrocket.

  • Net metering one of the top topics for committee in interim

    CHEYENNE — The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee has set as one of its top priorities during the interim potential changes to Wyoming’s net metering rules.

  • Wyoming, interior secretary eye giving state primacy over environmental reviews

    Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Gov. Mark Gordon are mulling how Wyoming can take a “primary role” in the environmental review processes that, by law, preceed federal projects and projects on federal land in Wyoming, Gordon said in an interview Wednesday.

  • Integrated Test Center to be carbon business incubator

    GILLETTE — The Integrated Test Center at the Dry Fork Station power plant north of Gillette will host a first-of-its-kind carbon-focused business incubator, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Thursday morning.

  • Nebraska floods could affect Wyoming ag

    CASPER — Nearly two weeks after one of the most powerful winter storms of the decade hit the Northern Rockies and Midwest, Wyoming has largely moved past March’s record-setting snows and settled into the rhythm of spring.

  • Trustees hear criticism of Nichols decision

    LARAMIE — Public comment periods at the University of Wyoming’s board of trustees meeting typically don’t generate much interest, but it was a different story this week when a group of faculty, staff and students came to the board meeting to lament the decision not to extend President Laurie Nichols’s contract.

  • ACA repeal would create financial uncertainly for Wyoming

    CHEYENNE — As the fate of the Affordable Care Act works its way through the federal court system, Wyoming is left to wonder what type of impact a repeal would have on health care in the Equality State.

  • Wyoming incomes ninth highest in nation

    CASPER — Wyoming ended 2018 with the ninth-highest per capita income in the nation.

  • Flu still an issue in Wyoming

    GILLETTE — Influenza continues to be an issue in Wyoming as spring begins and the weather starts to warm up.

  • Supreme Court upholds Afton murder conviction

    AFTON — The Wyoming Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of Wade Farrow for the December 2014 murder of Afton resident Tony Hansen.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, March 29, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, March 29, 2019

  • Cheyenne United Methodists combat LGBTQ decision

    CHEYENNE – Bishop Karen Oliveto was first drawn to ministry as a child, eagerly sitting on the damp floor of her church’s musty basement during Sunday school.

  • 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.

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