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The man who had a bag containing over 80 oxycodone pills stuffed in his rear end during a booking at Teton County Jail pleaded guilty last week in Teton County District Court.
Teton County’s school superintendent joined a statewide debate Wednesday, suggesting to lawmakers that a private school should meet state and federal standards if it is to enjoy the same zoning independence afforded public schools.
Two bills introduced in the Wyoming House of Representatives seek tighter regulations on abortion.
The Uinta County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees held the first of two public hearings on proposed rule CKA, the School Safety and Security Rule, which would allow district employees to apply for approval to carry concealed firearms on district property, on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols has pushed back on a bill that would authorize community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. Individual programs would need to be approved by the Wyoming Community College Commission.
Wyoming Department of Education staff heard some pushback from the State Board of Education during its meeting Thursday regarding the state's proposed new K-12 computer science standards.
A generous and anonymous Teton County resident has fronted more than $100,000 to buy a high-tech system to help Teton County Search and Rescue find people lost or injured in remote areas with no cellular service.
There has long been a debate over the benefit of homework, particularly when it comes to younger school children, and Newcastle Elementary School Principal Brandy Holmes told the board of trustees for Weston County School District #1 last week that she and her staff have decided to get to the bottom of the debate by finding out what works best for the kids in Newcastle.
A proposed bill would give local political parties the power to fill vacant seats in county elected offices.
A Casper man facing a first-degree murder charge asked a judge last month to throw out the case, citing a Wyoming law just a month old at the time of shooting.
The cycle of Wyoming state government looking for solutions to keep its revenue stream stable could be in for another rotation.
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The Ten Sleep School Board adopted their concealed carry rule with a vote of four to one Monday evening, after much discussion with community members, Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness and Ten Sleep School attorney Scott Kolpitcke.
The state’s highest court has overturned a district court opinion and ruled that Jackson Hole Airport must adhere to one of the Equality State’s foremost open-government laws: the Wyoming Public Records Act.
Whether or not Wyoming will be among the states to legalize Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, at the end of the 2019 general session, however, is seriously in doubt, after the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday defeated a bill sponsored by Rep. Stan Blake, D-Rock Springs, to decriminalize the substance.
Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require Senate approval of the appointment of key state water officials, a measure the governor said is unnecessary and other critics say would inject politics into water administration.
Wyoming could face serious funding holes to services for its neediest residents if the partial federal shutdown drags on — a prospect for which state lawmakers lack concrete plans as the state wrestles with its own budget struggles.
Sen. Affie Ellis had to use the bathroom while traveling through Wyoming this year, and the only place she could find was an elementary school. So, much to her alarm, she walked right in.
Arapaho James Oldman was convicted of first-degree murder Friday at the end of a five-day trial over the November 2017 death of 36-year-old Chuck Dodge III, whose body was found crammed underneath a house in Arapahoe.
While Albany County sheriff’s deputy Derek Colling was cleared by a grand jury last week of involuntary manslaughter, the corporal remains on administrative leave after fatally shooting Laramie man Robbie Ramirez in November.
Tax reform – not tax increases – is a priority for Republican leadership in the Wyoming legislature this year.
Wyoming’s latest economic forecast shows the drop in oil prices to end 2018 will mean a serious blow to the state’s overall revenue picture.
Derek Colling, a deputy in the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, will not be indicted for the November fatal shooting of Laramie man Robbie Ramirez.
A bill to open up Wyoming to mail-in ballot elections failed to gain any traction against a headwind of concerns about voter fraud and uninformed voters having an easier time participating in the system.
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Two bills proposed in the Wyoming Senate offer dramatically different visions for future Wyoming elections — with one seeking to restrict primary voting to the party faithful and the other seeking to sideline political parties and make primaries wide open.
As a longtime employee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, David Cernicek has endured government shutdowns before. Despite that familiarity, this shutdown is causing far more unease for the forest’s river ranger.
A new regulation that requires hospitals to list their baseline charges for procedures has Sheridan hospital officials concerned that the practice will give patients an inaccurate perception of what their treatments could cost.
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has accused Fremont County’s SageWest Health Care and its ownership of overcharging tribal members to the tune of a 700 percent profit margin. The hospital denies the allegations.
Efforts to diversify and grow Wyoming’s economy were met with some challenges in 2018, but Wyoming Business Council leaders believe it was a respectable year.
The leaders of both chambers of the state Legislature have made stabilizing revenue one of their top priorities this general session. On Friday, they gave more insight into how they'd aim to accomplish that, including taxing renewable energy and expanding the state sales tax.
Hunters should be prohibited from blasting a rifle at an elk that’s any farther away than 300 yards to give the animal a fair shake, says a Jackson bowhunter who wants to make hunting more ethical. Same goes for bowhunting: Letting arrows fly more than 50 yards should be illegal.
Purple cloths hung from the ceiling like hammocks, while participants in a workshop at Theraexpressions Meditation set out mats on the floor.
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A new subsistence-hunting advocacy organization with Jackson Hole roots is asking the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to put a stop to alleged abuses of its commissioners’ complimentary license program.
A Wapiti man facing first-degree murder of his wife last August will for the first time be given opportunity to bond out of jail, but first he must come up with an extremely large sum of money.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning on the Clayvin Herrera case, which started in Sheridan County Circuit Court and was appealed to 4th Judicial District Court, Wyoming Supreme Court and now to the nation’s highest court.
According to testimony delivered Wednesday before the Senate Education Committee, employers across all sectors in Wyoming have experienced difficulties filling positions.
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The 65th Wyoming Legislature opened Tuesday amid calls from Republican leadership for moderate steps toward fiscal sustainability and predictions of productive collaboration.
Several attorneys and labor officials have raised alarm about an air ambulance bill that the Wyoming Legislature will consider, warning that it unravels the grand bargain of workers’ compensation and will leave injured workers with hefty medical bills.
District Judge John R. Perry said he understands that when 32-year-old Eric Herman Jr. is on drugs, it’s a classic case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Wyoming lawmakers officially launched the 2019 general session Tuesday with pomp and circumstance, including serenades from choirs, speeches from state officials and the swearing-in of new members.
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Wyoming Republican Party leadership withheld campaign money from incumbent legislators who voted during the 2018 legislative session to subsidize Wyoming’s commercial air service, according to a party letter to Republican lawmakers.
A former director for Uinta Senior Citizens, Inc. has been sentenced for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars during her time overseeing the Evanston and Bridger Valley senior centers.
A high-tension meeting that produced a revolution within the Cody Stampede Board last week led to sweeping changes in the group’s makeup and adoption of new policies.
Lawmakers will consider a bill that would increase taxes for all property in Wyoming and send tens of millions of dollars to public schools here over the coming years.
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A proposed statewide lodging tax would take the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s budget out of the state’s general fund.
Over the next 40 days, members of the Wyoming Legislature will consider between 400 and 500 bills.
John Barrett will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for killing and abusing his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
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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.
Authorities are looking to force fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars, which federal prosecutors say are drug trafficking proceeds.
The 27-year-old who set fire to the Albany County Republican Party headquarters in September agreed to a plea agreement that will put him in prison for at least 44 months.
A dispute over a proposed private school expansion in Teton County has some legislators girding for a renewed fight over local vs. state control in the upcoming legislative session — this time with Foster Friess’ political influence and spending power in the fray.
Teton County officials have ruled that areas of the Snake River bank altered by a neighboring golf resort must be restored.
Jackson’s new shared solar farm is online, operating on a state-of-the-art system officials hope will catch on throughout the region.
For years, Becky Burbank had been nagging him to lock his truck. Then, as she had warned, Garrett’s hunting gear was stolen last month, in the middle of his elk season.
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A 27-year-old Gillette man has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly injecting his girlfriend with heroin, causing her overdose death three months ago.
The creator of OxyContin has asked a Wyoming judge to dismiss the Equality State’s lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company, claiming that the federal Food and Drug Administration’s previous findings invalidate the state’s legal challenge.
A Laramie man was sentenced Wednesday to 13-15 years imprisonment after being convicted for raping an 18-year-old photographer he lured to an Airbnb on East Comanche Drive.
Wyoming's economic recovery continued in the third quarter of 2018, but a sharp dip in oil prices to end the year could mean less revenue and economic activity for the state going forward.
Wyoming has consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous states for workers. And in 2017, Wyoming once again more than doubled the national average for workplace fatalities.
The New York Stock Exchange has warned one of Wyoming’s largest coal producers that it could be delisted, following consistent weak performance of the company’s stock.
Some say a proposed bill to increase fines for animal cruelty is a step in the right direction while others say it is not enough.
A bill being sponsored by Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, would limit voters’ abilities to change their party affiliation during primary elections.
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Tiffani Reed and Raylee Bachtold, 18-year-old seniors at Campbell County High School, share a longtime deep friendship and motivation.
The year is 1959. Fidel Castro has seized power in Cuba. Hawaii has been admitted as the 50th state. And for Dick Cheney, it’s homecoming at Natrona County High School.
The Wyoming Legislature could act this year to make the state one of only three in the country that prevents any child under the age of 18 from getting married.
It’s routine business for Wyoming fishery crews to nab nontarget species when they’re out netting to gauge the abundance and sizes of prized game fish like cutthroat and lake trout.
Coal consumption in the U.S. for 2018 is expected to be the lowest since 1979, a likely predictor of another drop for Wyoming production given that the state ships more than 90 percent of its coal to users in other states.
Daniel and Elizabeth Minton recently learned they achieved the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to erect a two-man tent by a team of two. They completed the event in Laramie as part of a quest to complete Elizabeth’s 100-item bucket list
State regulators plan to investigate reports of problems with 911 calls around the state last week during CenturyLink service outages here and across the country.
Aloft in a helicopter surveying the Tetons the other week, Aly Courtemanch again spotted mountain goats in new nooks of the range.
It often appears as though people’s beliefs — from clean energy and the environment to fossil fuel use and energy jobs — are separated by broad political gulfs. This division is reflected in newspaper coverage, call-in radio programs, political campaigns and the pummeling of energy policy by one side of the aisle or the other.
As lawmakers parse through Gov. Matt Mead’s supplemental budget requests during the 2019 general session, a question they will have to find an answer to is how to ensure Wyoming’s aging population has the care it needs.
After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service filed its intent to appeal the decision to the return of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear to Endangered Species Act protection, Cody’s Loren Grosskopf predicted that side, which includes the state of Wyoming, will prevail.
Dozens of biologists and wildlife experts from Wyoming and neighboring states have asked the Interior Department to delay leasing any land parcels for oil and gas that overlap with Wyoming’s only designated mule deer migration corridor.
Wyoming is gearing up to be the lead car in the country's drive for a safer highway system.
A Lander lawmaker has again introduced the controversial critical infrastructure protection bill from the 2018 legislative session, which opponents said was designed to criminalize protest against the fossil fuel industry.
Groundwater beneath unlined coal ash disposal ponds outside Glenrock, Point of Rocks and Kemmerer had above standard levels of carcinogenic toxins like radium, Rocky Mountain Power reported to state regulators this month.
A Laramie County Circuit Court judge advanced a first-degree murder charge Friday for a 78-year-old accused of killing a man outside a Belaire Avenue home on Dec. 5.
Many families whose kids eat meals at school in Sweetwater County School District No. 2 got an unexpected Christmas gift from an anonymous donor Thursday.
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Nearly 25,000 Wyomingites have signed up for health care on the federal exchanges as of Dec. 15, a slight increase from last year, even as the Affordable Care Act faces a new wave of uncertainty.
State law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns manufactured outside of Wyoming, Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled this week.
For the third straight year, Wyoming saw the number of people living in the state decrease. But the decline in the number of people calling the Equality State home slowed significantly in comparison to the previous two years.
A physical therapist made his employee take Scientology courses as a condition of her employment, she alleges in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week.
Environmental groups say they will sue national forests, including the Bridger-Teton, for not regulating baiting sites that are inadvertently claiming the lives of federally protected grizzly bears.
Conversations about hunting, wildlife management, public lands and conservation have moved squarely into the podcasting world in the past few years, with the digital platform well-suited to in-depth discussions about specialized topics.
Those who frequently travel on Interstate 80 are no strangers to winter road closures and unsafe conditions, but the Wyoming Department of Transportation is trying to improve on that. After winning a federal grant, WYDOT has enhancements planned for a 45-mile stretch of the interstate between Laramie and Rawlins, making the section safer for winter travel.
The concerns of small business owners won out in the end, prompting the Jackson Town Council to postpone a decision on the plastic-bag ban it has contemplated for months.
Bertine Bahige, principal at Rawhide Elementary School in Gillette, answered questions at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday.
The number of workplace deaths in Wyoming fell in 2017 to one of the lowest levels recorded in more than two decades.
Black Hills Energy is proposing new renewable energy options for Cheyenne customers through tariffs and a potential $57 million wind farm.
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As expected, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a Wapiti man who allegedly killed his wife last summer.
Oil prices hit a 14-month low Monday with Wall Street nervous about oversupply of crude, but the price slide hasn’t yet suppressed the dramatic growth in oil and gas companies seeking permits to drill in Wyoming.
Green River City Councilman Allan Wilson on Monday pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count of second degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Hundreds of federal employees in Wyoming could face furloughs next week.
District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke has largely reversed the Wyoming Board of Medicine’s decision to suspend a Gillette physician’s license for five years.
Wyomingites stopping to fill up their trucks with gas or diesel these days face a predicament that’s not common for the Cowboy State: It’d be cheaper down in Denver.
State lawmakers gave initial support to a supplemental school construction bill that includes additional funding for maintenance, school security and money for a Cheyenne charter school's housing costs.
For over a year, the David-versus-Goliath tale of a small group of landowners represented by Senator Ogden Driskill going up against the formidable City of Gillette has dragged on. The Carlile-area landowners, after their wells suddenly ran dry or acidic, hoped to hook on to the Madison Water System, but the city felt it should concentrate on the needs of its own citizens first.
An $867 billion farm bill passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 369-47 on Wednesday (the bill passed the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 87-13) effectively legalized industrial hemp production in the United States, pending President Donald Trump’s signature, although a lack of budget for research in Wyoming may keep the crop from growing in the Cowboy State.
After the state Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee had already spent three days scrutinizing Gov. Matt Mead’s last supplemental budget this week, it was University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols’s turn to offer her defense Thursday for the school’s $19 million supplemental budget request.
Wyoming is faced with a $68 million price tag to replace an aging computer system used by multiple state agencies including the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This week, lawmakers started the ball rolling on the long journey to replace it.
In an unusual high-profile cooperative move, 44 former United States senators, including Al Simpson, wrote an open letter to the current 100 members of the U.S. Senate warning them the nation is facing perilous times.
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The two Jesuit priests who served at St. Stephens Mission and were included on a list last week of Jesuit clergymen who faced credible sexual abuse allegations served in leadership positions at Wyoming and Missouri schools.
Water developers are seeking $1.2 million in federal funds to advance a much-debated 280-foot high dam and reservoir proposed in the Little Snake River drainage in Carbon County.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney won’t receive written pushback from Teton County about a bill that would loosen land protection in the Snake River Range and prevent the Bridger-Teton National Forest from inventorying new wilderness.
Lawmakers have named Buffalo as the site for a potential subsidized long-term treatment facility for veterans in Wyoming. The home of the Veterans' Home of Wyoming beat out Sheridan and Casper for the potential new facility after hours of debate Tuesday.
The harvest of wolf 926F during the Montana hunting season reignited a firestorm of calls to end hunting of the species — or at least making a wide buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park.
Gov. Matt Mead laid out his last supplemental budget request Monday to members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee.
Chronic wasting disease is officially present in Teton County, and the clock is ticking to devise a plan for disposing of infected animal carcasses.
President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson shared many personal and touching moments, including a snowball fight on the last night of the elder Bush’s presidency at the White House.
After failing to collect enough signatures to place a question regarding campaign finance reform on Wyoming’s 2020 ballot, Wyoming Promise is looking to the state Legislature to support its efforts to limit corporate influence in elections.
In his last supplemental budget request, Gov. Matt Mead’s goal was to address areas that have experienced significant funding cuts, while also leaving almost $300 million to be added to the state’s “rainy-day fund.”
Goshen County School District No. 1 Superintendent Jean Chrostoski has been charged with two misdemeanors in relation to a vehicle accident near the Bucking Horse Steakhouse on Dec. 21, 2018. Loreen Fritzler, Chrostoski’s administrative assistant, was also charged.
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A combination of strong, powerful winds and loose dirt created a treacherous situation on US Hwy. 85 Monday afternoon for drivers and emergency personnel alike.
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Company announces additional job cuts at Torrington sugar plant
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One day before the exact 150-year anniversary of the day Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud signed the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Wendell Yellow Bull, a direct descendent to Red Cloud, carried a chanupa into the fort.
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