• Ski pass program blamed for Teton Village problems

    JACKSON — Creeping traffic. Sprawling lift lines. Packed slopes. This is Jackson Hole in the time of Ikon — or at least that’s the talk on the tram. The newest collective pass grants cheap access to resorts from Washington to Maine and Chile to Japan, but also takes the heat for a slew of problems that seem suddenly to have swelled.

  • Local school security bill dies in House

    CHEYENNE – In an overwhelming floor vote, the state House of Representatives killed a school security bill Friday because of what some called an unfunded, and unneeded, mandate on schools.

  • School ‘game’ results in sexual battery reports

    CASPER — There have been roughly 15 reports of sexual battery in Natrona County’s high and middle schools over the past two weeks as part of a “game” where male students challenge each other to inappropriately touch their female peers, officials told the Star-Tribune on Monday.

  • Companies, activists unite against corporate income tax

    CHEYENNE – Simmering opposition to a corporate income tax pushed by leading lawmakers came to a boil this week when corporate lobbyists and lawyers joined Republican party activists to bash the measure at a Senate committee hearing.

  • Three survive weekend avalanche burials 

    JACKSON — Satchel Toole, 23, wasn’t breathing when his friends pulled him out of an avalanche Saturday afternoon on Teton Pass.

  • Judge rules Westmoreland can cut employee benefits

    CASPER — Retired coal miners from Kemmerer likely lost their company health benefits Friday when a judge decided that Westmoreland Coal Co. could eliminate retirement health care and a union contract in order to sell the Kemmerer coal mine to a Virginia businessman.

  • Lobbyists, conservatives oppose corporate income tax

    CHEYENNE — In the past five weeks, the Wyoming Legislature has examined a property tax, a tax on wind energy, and taxes on hotel rooms, cigarettes and vape products.

  • Gordon, Buchanan see legislative overreach on new Capitol

    Gov. Mark Gordon and Secretary of State Ed Buchanan characterized an effort by legislative leaders to maintain some control over the Capitol building after restoration work finishes this year as creeping legislative overreach.

  • Bison learn to avoid hunters

    JACKSON — Near midnight on Sue Pepe’s long commute home to Buffalo Valley, four bison appeared near the S-curves just up the highway from the Snake River Overlook.

  • Arch ends 2018 with strong quarter

    GILLETTE — Arch Coal Inc. finished off 2018 with a strong fourth quarter, reporting a net income of $86.1 million on revenues of $651 million.

  • Buffalo winner of battle over nursing facility

    CHEYENNE — After a drawn out tug of war between Casper and Buffalo for the recommendation to host a new skilled nursing facility for Wyoming veterans, the Legislature has made its final decision: It’s going to Johnson County.

  • Senate kills death penalty repeal bill

    CHEYENNE — The effort to end the death penalty in Wyoming was unable to get past conservative opposition Thursday in the state Senate.

  • UW parking study shows allocation of spaces is real problem

    Results from University of Wyoming’s Parking and Transportation Study show the parking issue that seems to have plagued the campus for decades is not centered around lack of spaces, but rather the imbalance in demand for them. The preliminary recommendation is not building a parking garage but restructuring the permit system to make better use of current parking availability on campus.

  • Death penalty repeal heads to Senate floor

    The bill to repeal the death penalty in Wyoming received unanimous support in a Senate committee Wednesday after emotional testimony on both sides of the issue.

  • Gillette schools study social media monitoring

    More than 400 school districts in the nation are monitoring social media messages for possible threats from students, residents and parents through a service called Social Sentinels.

  • Cheyenne residents question sale of hemp products

    Natural Wellness CBD has drawn attention with bright flags advertising its hemp-based products, including tinctures, creams and vape cartridges, for sale in Cheyenne.

  • Senator under fire for homosexuality remarks

    State Sen. Lynn Hutchings has come under fire for comments she allegedly made to a group of local high school students comparing protections for LGBTQ people to protections for pedophiles and those who practice bestiality.

  • Students accuse Hutchings of vulgar conversation

    Students from Cheyenne’s Central High School approached their senator, Republican Lynn Hutchings, because they wanted to lobby for protections against job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • Hutchings says comments did not come across as intended

    In the wake of mounting criticism, state Sen. Lynn Hutchings released a statement Tuesday afternoon defending comments she made to a group of Cheyenne students lobbying for a bill to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Jackson prepares for plastic bag ban

    With plastic sacks set to mostly vanish from Jackson in two months, the town is orchestrating a transition to ease shoppers and businesses into the new, bagless reality.

  • Converse County EIS in limbo

    The Bureau of Land Management’s Final Converse County EIS was expected to be released in October 2018, some estimated. Many anticipated the Record of Decision to come out in January.

  • Legislative panel approves private school zoning bill

    A Legislative committee voted 6-3 Tuesday to recommend House passage of a bill that will strip counties of zoning authority over private schools.

  • Gordon: Chamber showdowns don’t advance state

    Following a budget blow up between the leadership of Wyoming’s House and Senate last week, Gov. Mark Gordon called on lawmakers to avoid head-butting and move Wyoming forward.

  • Females lead herd out of buffalo standoff

    Of all the duties prospective Wyoming Game and Fish employees envision that a job with the agency might entail, rounding up 50 bison in a 27-degree-below-zero mini-rodeo likely isn’t one of them.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

    News around the state from Wyoming News Service member papers

  • Irritable moose is dehorned and relocated

    A stream of phone calls this winter from Alpine residents irked by a cantankerous bull moose living off grain faithfully left out in a feed trough prompted wildlife managers to take action this past week.

  • JCHC and elected officials come to agreement on skilled nursing facility

    While talking with friends and neighbors on Main Street and attending legislative sessions in Cheyenne, Mayor Shane Schrader said it has become painfully clear to him that Buffalo is a city divided.

  • On the trail of the hunt: bill to enable dogs to search for big game

    A bill that would allow hunters to use a blood trailing dog to track big game has the support of local legislators and outdoors groups.

  • City of Casper sues opioid drugmakers alleging companies misled public

    The City of Casper has filed a federal lawsuit against more than 15 opioid manufacturers and distributors across the country, alleging the drug companies misrepresented the addictive properties of their prescription painkillers, the city announced Thursday.

  • XPrize teams near final stretch to prove CO2 technologies

    At first glance, it appears there’s not much happening on the 226,000 square feet of flat, open space east and north of the Dry Fork Station power plant about 10 miles north of Gillette.

  • Jackson trivia contest is bilingual

    The competition among three teams Jan. 24 was friendly at Jackson Hole’s inaugural Bilingual Trivia Night at Teton County Library.

  • 20-year-old festival put on ice

    The Cody Ice Festival as people have known it is done. That’s exactly how local professional ice climber Aaron Mulkey and other prominent climbers want it.

  • Obit: Critical infrastructure bill 2019 succumbs to deadline

    Beloved by industry, a bill to stifle protests against “critical infrastructure” died for the third time on Feb. 4, 2019 in the capitol when it missed the deadline for an initial House floor vote. It was two sessions old.

  • Gloves come off in Senate vs. House budget brawl

    In a dramatic bit of parliamentary maneuvering, the Wyoming Senate suspended its rules Wednesday at the direction of its leadership to introduce four alternative budget bills. The late game shift, they say, is designed to fund essential state operations if the overall budget bill fails.

  • Authorities say man killed in shooting was trying to kill officers

    The Fremont County Attorney's Office will take no criminal action against the officers who shot a man to death on a city street last month in Riverton.

  • Bill to encourage sale of coal-fired plants moves ahead

    A bill aimed to shield against collateral damage from the coal industry’s decline passed the Wyoming Senate Wednesday, though even the lawmakers proposing it noted that it was a Hail Mary.

  • Senate passes 4 new budget bills

    The Senate suspended its rules Wednesday and filed four new spending bills as it and the House try to bridge about a $70 million difference in their two proposed budgets.

  • As lawmakers file financial disclosures, House wants more

    As lawmakers and officials filed their annual financial disclosure forms last week, Wyoming representatives passed a bill to increase what they must reveal.

  • Senate, House sharply divided over budget again

    For the second year in a row, the House and Senate differ by around $80 million on the state’s budget, after senators made cuts to their version and representatives added money to theirs.

  • Commissioners seek to turn NE Wyo into ‘Carbon Valley’

    Campbell County commissioners want northeast Wyoming to become the hub for advanced carbon research, but they need to lay a foundation for that to happen, which is why they’re looking to conduct a study that would offer blueprint for making Gillette a “Carbon Valley.”

  • Minimum wage increase fails once again

    Wyoming’s minimum wage won't see an increase this year after an attempt to raise it died Monday night on the floor of the state House of Representatives.

  • Jackson schools sued over bus accident

    A Weston County mother is suing Teton County School District No. 1 for negligence after a school bus driver ran into her son in the fall of 2017.

  • GOP, big donor lobby against LGBTQ employment protections

    The Wyoming Republican Party and a wealthy conservative donor are opposing a bill that would protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity — adding those qualities to existing protected classes like race, sex and creed.

  • Wind farm developers ask for more time

    If Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality approves an amendment request submitted by Power Company of Wyoming LLC, Carbon County is likely to inherit a few more years of wind farm development.

  • Gillette student charged in school shooting plan

    A Sage Valley Junior High student has been bound over to District Court to stand trial after the Gillette Police Department presented evidence that he had brought two handguns and 43 rounds of ammunition to school with the intent of shooting specific students and staff members.

  • Murder case dismissed in first test of ‘stand your ground’

    In the first judicial test of Wyoming’s new “stand your ground” law, a Natrona County judge on Friday dismissed a first-degree murder case, but implored prosecutors to appeal to the state’s highest court.

  • Career-technical paths, accountability, funding are the focus in ed legislation

    As expected by many, education has been a big topic in the Wyoming Legislature’s 2019 general session.

  • Legislature has work to do to bridge budget bills

    Wyoming's two legislative chambers are about $70 million apart in their versions of the supplemental budget bill.

  • Shutdown hangover hits federal agencies

    Stressed out but pleased to be back is how Grand Teton National Park spokesman Andrew White described his colleagues’ attitudes after 35 involuntary days out of the office.

  • Medicaid expansion moves to House floor

    A Wyoming legislative committee voted to move a Teton County lawmaker’s Medicaid expansion proposal to the full House of Representatives late Wednesday by a vote of 6-3.

  • Proposed drag racing in residential area subject of debate

    A Rock Springs auto body repair shop owner and a Rock Springs Police Department sergeant are looking to put together a series of drag races in Rock Springs, but not everyone agrees on its proposed location.

  • Jackson snowboarder survives overnight in backcountry

    After taking a wrong turn on his snowboard in a whiteout, Pierre Bergman ended up stranded alone in the backcountry where the only way out was up.

  • Senate plays chicken with school districts over funding

    An education budget cut in the Senate budget bill could leave the Legislature vulnerable to school district lawsuits, education advocates said Wednesday.

  • Victim of times, Kemmerer coal-fired generator shuts down

    Operators at PacifiCorp’s Naughton Plant shut down Unit 3 this week, a giant furnace and electrical generator that consumed 165 tons of coal an hour.

  • Oil group brought ‘critical infrastruture’ bill

    A trade association representing oil refineries and petrochemical manufacturers across the country brought the controversial critical infrastructure bill to Wyoming, said lobbyist Matt Micheli.

  • New prosecutor in Wapiti murder case

    A new prosecutor and possible new evidence is entering the fold in the investigation of Wapiti man Dennis Klingbeil, charged with the first-degree murder of his wife Donna Klingbeil in August 2018.

  • Inquest into officer-involved shooting weeks away

    The inquest into a fatal, officer-involved shooting that took place this month in Riverton likely won't take place until March "at the earliest," Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said Tuesday.

  • Bonuses sign of likely Cloud Peak bankruptcy, says expert

    A move to pay Cloud Peak Energy Corp. executives larger retention bonuses and to make those payments up front in a lump sum may be an indicator that bankruptcy is inevitable for the Powder River Basin coal mining company.

  • Crossover voting bill revived

    Throughout the 2019 Legislative Session, the Wyoming Republican Party has made its No. 1 priority clear: ending the practice of crossover voting — switching one’s party to vote in an opposing race — in the state’s elections.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

    State-wide News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange

  • Tensions rise between top leaders and some lawmakers

    After two days of sometimes testy testimony by Wyoming Republican Party stalwarts in favor of a bill to close off primary elections, Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-Cheyenne) started pushing back.

  • Investigation finished into outfitter’s death by grizzly mauling

    A Florida hunter who fled from a grizzly bear that was trying to appropriate an elk carcass thought his Jackson Hole guide was already dead when he first rang 911 from a high slope in the Teton Wilderness.

  • Man sentenced to prison on rare rustling conviction

    Under cover of night, 63-yearold Robert Blaylock snuck onto a Boxelder Road ranch to do some rustling. He had plenty of rope, a flashlight and everything he needed to make a quick buck off a Converse County rancher’s hard work.

  • Bill would require ID to vote

    The Wyoming House of Representatives will debate a bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

  • More blockchain bills head to Wyo. Senate

    Two influential bills drafted by the Blockchain Task Force passed the Wyoming House of Representatives on Tuesday.

  • Evanston continues debate over guns in schools

    Public comments about proposed rule CKA continued on Tuesday, Jan. 22, as the Uinta County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees held the second of two public hearings on the rule, which would allow approved district employees to carry concealed firearms on district property. Trustees Russell Cox and Dave Bennett did not attend the hearing.

  • Committee kills tobacco tax increase

    Lawmakers narrowly killed a proposal Monday that would have increased the tax on tobacco products in Wyoming in an effort to raise revenue and cut smoking rates.

  • Deputy involved in shooting unlikely to return to patrol

    While Albany County Sheriff’s deputy Derek Colling remains on administrative leave, Sheriff David O’Malley said the controversial deputy is likely to return to work eventually.

  • Bill would impose work requirements for Medicaid

    A bill working its way through the state Senate would put work requirements on certain Medicaid and food assistance recipients in Wyoming.

  • Touted tax ‘modernizing’ effort staggers in week three

    Despite the early endorsement of Republican leadership, property and sales tax bills appear dead in the water at the end of the third week of the 2019 legislative session.

  • Some in Wyoming want to force utilities to sell coal plants instead of close them

    The trend of retiring coal plants has unsettled Wyoming — the largest provider of coal in the country — and now a handful of lawmakers are trying to stabilize one small corner of that industry by pressuring Wyoming utilities that may want out of the coal business.

  • Senator introduces bill to keep national parks open in future shutdowns

    In the throes of the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States, Sen. Charlie Scott, R-Casper, was sitting down for breakfast and reading a newspaper. Workers for the U.S. Department of the Interior had been furloughed, and in the national parks of the West, things were beginning to go into disarray. In Yellowstone, roads went uncleared and in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, trash began piling up, with those responsible for cleaning it nowhere to be found.

  • Income tax bill dies in Revenue Committee

    A bill that would have created a state income tax to fund education in Wyoming died in the Legislature's House Revenue Committee on Friday, just a day after introduction.

  • Elk feeding essential, but not needed yet

    Alfalfa-spewing elk-feeding trucks and the federal employees who drive them will be deemed “essential” and thus unaffected by the partial government shutdown, but so far the herds are OK without the help.

  • Legislators eye lawsuit over coal port

    Wyoming lawmakers will try to set aside $250,000 to sue Washington state over coal, bypassing Wyoming’s attorney general and hiring a private lawyer, via a bill introduced Thursday in Cheyenne that largely mimics a failed measure last year.

  • Trustees vote to continue Biodiversity Institute

    The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted Thursday to continue the Biodiversity Institute, an organization that Ed Snyakowski, Vice President of Research and Economic Development, had been making preparations for the closure of throughout the second half of 2018.

  • Bill would use income tax to fund education

    Two Democratic lawmakers hope to launch meaningful income tax discussions in Wyoming with the introduction of new legislation.

  • Wapiti murder trial set for March

    With his office shorthanded, Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric has hired one of Wyoming’s most seasoned prosecutors to assist with an upcoming murder trial.

  • 2018 rough year for grizzlies

    Last year was tumultuous for Yellowstone-area grizzlies both politically and literally, with the bears facing a high rate of often-lethal conflicts, a new report shows.

  • Budget bill would give UW more than $20 million

    The Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee is wrapping up its review of the supplemental budget bill, would fund an additional $20 million for University of Wyoming projects.

  • Group seeks to put wind tax on ballot

    A group organized by a Wyoming senator plans to quintuple Wyoming’s wind tax in an unusual way — by a vote of the people.

  • Gun-free zone repeal dealt blow in Senate

    A Senate bill to repeal gun-free zones created by schools and local governments failed to get out of committee Wednesday.

  • House eyes heavier tax lifts

    Legislative leaders in coming weeks will test the Legislature’s and the public’s appetite for changes in the state’s tax structure.

  • Gordon: Important to makeup for destroyed grouse habitat

    Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday embraced what conservationists say is Wyoming’s authority to require developers to make up for impacts to greater sage grouse habitat — a requirement the Trump administration has moved to abandon.

  • Shutdown strikes home

    If the government shutdown, now a month old, drags on much longer, residents who rely on low-income housing in Douglas could be faced with cuts in services. Those who work in the federally subsidized housing are anxious about the future of their jobs and are admittedly unsure how they’ll maintain crucial services if federal money doesn’t start flowing soon.

  • Men’s death in trench still being investigated

    Nearly four months since two men suffocated in a trench, investigators are still probing what went wrong and who’s at fault.

  • Wyoming college, police lieutenant, Peabody Energy settle 2015 lawsuit over coal protest arrest

    A Wyoming college and a police lieutenant settled a 2015 lawsuit Thursday, capping an extensive legal battle over allegations that authorities and an energy company violated two Colorado residents’ constitutional rights when they were arrested while protesting a Peabody Energy Corporation shareholder meeting in Gillette.

  • Legislators back income tax on big corporations

    Wyoming can impose an income tax on out-of-state corporations without increasing those companies’ overall tax load and without driving up consumer prices, state legislative leaders declared Tuesday.

  • Committee shuts door on closed primaries

    A Republican’s effort to end party switching before a primary election died in committee after two days of testimony that included demands from local and state party leaders.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

    News in brief from Wyoming News Exchange member publications

  • Support for anti-public notice bill in error, says legislator

    The Uinta County Herald was met with confusion when asking Wyoming Sen. Wendy Schuler, R-Evanston, why she co-sponsored a bill last week that would allow municipalities to be their own watchdogs and publish public notices on their own websites.

  • Legislature looks at grizzly recovery fund

    People who amass medical bills because they’ve been mauled by a grizzly bear in Wyoming may soon have a pot of money to dip into to help fund their recoveries.

  • Laramie man faces seven counts of arson

    After an extensive Laramie Police Department investigation, Laramie resident Samuel Pennington was arrested Thursday for seven counts of third-degree arson and three counts of burglary.

  • Tribal government opposes critical infrastructure bill

    The Northern Arapaho Business Council wrote to legislative leaders, Gov. Mark Gordon and Fremont County lawmakers to oppose the critical infrastructure bill on the grounds that it threatens free speech.

  • Two legislators take on taxes with restrictive spending proposal

    Two conservative lawmakers introduced a measure this week to cap growth in state budgets in anticipation of the next boom — during which they say Wyoming could save enough money to avoid any future tax increases.

  • Legislature tackle criminal justice reform package

    Between 2006 and 2016, the state’s prison population rose 12 percent, the ninth largest increase in the United States for that period.

  • Wind tax surfaces again in Legislature

    A bill to increase Wyoming’s wind tax blows through Cheyenne nearly every year, and every year it dies.

  • Transparency group members say work will be a long process

    Gov. Mark Gordon and State Auditor Kristi Racines' working group to make Wyoming a more transparent state met Friday to chart a path forward.

  • Hundreds participate in Women’s Marches

    Several hundred people took to the streets of Wyoming communities on Saturday for the third annual “Women’s March.”

  • Inmate admits to stashing drugs in butt crack

    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 superintendent says private school should follow state, federal rules

    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 seek tighter regulations on abortions

    Two bills introduced in the Wyoming House of Representatives seek tighter regulations on abortion.

  • Evanston school officials restart gun discussions

    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.

  • Nichols pans proposal to add degrees at community colleges

    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.

  • Concerns over proposed computer sci standards

    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.

  • New high-tech system will help with backcountry searches

    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.

  • Newcastle school experiments with going homework-free

    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.

  • Bill would let political parties fill vacant county offices

    A proposed bill would give local political parties the power to fill vacant seats in county elected offices.

  • Shooting suspect cites ‘stand your ground’ law

    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.

  • Bill would form new revenue task force

    The cycle of Wyoming state government looking for solutions to keep its revenue stream stable could be in for another rotation.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

    State news in brief from Wyoming News Service member publications

  • Ten Sleep adopts concealed carry rule 

    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.

  • Court: Airport must disclose records

    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.

  • Wyoming legislative committee kills bill to decriminalize CBD

    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.

  • Critics: Water bill opens floodgate to political meddling

    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.

  • Shutdown threatens food programs; millions in lost wages

    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.

  • Senator pursues school safety legislation

    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.

  • Man convicted of first-degree murder in 2017 death

    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.

  • Deputy involved in shooting to remain on leave

    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.

  • Statewide lodging tax proposal moves forward

    Tax reform – not tax increases – is a priority for Republican leadership in the Wyoming legislature this year.

  • Wyoming revenue forecast drops from October

    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.

  • No indictment in officer’s shooting of Laramie man

    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.

  • Mail-in ballots bill dies

    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.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Jan. 14, 2018

    State News in Brief from Wyoming News Service member publications

  • Senate bills offer divergent views for future elections

    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.

  • Federal workers cope with record shutdown

    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.

  • Hospital price listings could be misleading, officials say

    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.

  • Tribe accuses health care provider of overcharging members

    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.

  • WBC outlines successes, challenges in 2018

    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.

  • Legislative leaders share vision for taxes

    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.

  • New group seeks to become ‘Rand Corp.’ of hunting

    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.

  • Casper meditation center offers aerial yoga

    Purple cloths hung from the ceiling like hammocks, while participants in a workshop at Theraexpressions Meditation set out mats on the floor.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

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

  • Group wants reform of special hunting licenses

    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.

  • Bail in Wapiti murder case set at $10 million cash

    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.

  • U.S. Supreme Court hears Wyoming hunting case

    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.

  • Bill would extend Hathaway eligibility

    According to testimony delivered Wednesday before the Senate Education Committee, employers across all sectors in Wyoming have experienced difficulties filling positions.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

    State news in brief from Wyoming News Service member newspapers

  • Legislature opens amid calls for fiscal sustainability

    The 65th Wyoming Legislature opened Tuesday amid calls from Republican leadership for moderate steps toward fiscal sustainability and predictions of productive collaboration.

  • Questions raised about proposed air ambulance changes

    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.

  • Man sentenced to prison in chase involving cement truck

    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.

  • Legislative leaders outline priorities as session starts

    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.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

    State News in Brief from Wyoming News Service member newspapers

  • Letter reveals GOP punishment of lawmaker disloyalty

    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.

  • Former senior center director sentenced to prison in embezzlement

    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.

  • Shakeup in Cody Stampede board after Vegas incident

    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.

  • Legislators study bill to raise taxes to fund schools

    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.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

    Wyoming News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange member papers

  • Bill would remove Tourism Division from general fund

    A proposed statewide lodging tax would take the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s budget out of the state’s general fund.

  • Legislature gears up for general session

    Over the next 40 days, members of the Wyoming Legislature will consider between 400 and 500 bills.

  • Boy’s murder results in prison sentence

    John Barrett will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for killing and abusing his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

    News in Brief from around the state via Wyoming News Exchange member newspapers

  • Feds claim Wyoming restaurant laundered money

    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.

  • Man to get 3 years in prison for GOP fire

    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.

  • Jackson school expansion battle could be settled in Cheyenne

    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 orders golf resort to restore river bank

    Teton County officials have ruled that areas of the Snake River bank altered by a neighboring golf resort must be restored.

  • Jackson’s shared solar farm operating

    Jackson’s new shared solar farm is online, operating on a state-of-the-art system officials hope will catch on throughout the region.

  • Thief returns gear stolen from man’s truck

    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.

  • Wyoming News in Brief, Jan. 3, 2019

    News from around the Cowboy State from Wyoming News Service member newspapers

  • Gillette man charged with manslaughter in drug death

    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.

  • Drug manufacturer asks for dismissal of Wyoming lawsuit

    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.

  • 30-year-old sentenced to 13-15 years for February rape

    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 economy keeps on growing

    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 near top of nation for workplace fatality rate

    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.

  • Cloud Peak faces delisting from Stock Exchange

    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.

  • Opinions differ on animal cruelty bill

    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.

  • Bill would restrict voter crossover

    A bill being sponsored by Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, would limit voters’ abilities to change their party affiliation during primary elections.

  • Wyoming News in Brief, Jan. 2, 2019

    Wyoming News in Brief from News Exchange member newspapers

  • Gillette filmmakers win statewide contest

    Tiffani Reed and Raylee Bachtold, 18-year-old seniors at Campbell County High School, share a longtime deep friendship and motivation.

  • Some dispute depiction of Cheney in ‘Vice’

    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.

  • Bill would ban child marriage

    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.

  • G&F biologist nets record sucker

    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 expected to show drop in 2018

    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.

  • Laramie couple breaks record for setting up tent

    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 will look into CenturyLink 911 issues

    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.

  • Most agree Teton mountain goats must go

    Aloft in a helicopter surveying the Tetons the other week, Aly Courtemanch again spotted mountain goats in new nooks of the range.

  • Study shows people share attitudes toward energy

    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.

  • Mead’s budget contains millions for senior care

    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.

  • Agency intends to appeal grizzly decision

    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.

  • Biologists join in call to protect migration corridor

    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.

  • WYDOT pilot program connects cars and tech

    Wyoming is gearing up to be the lead car in the country's drive for a safer highway system.

  • ‘Critical infrastructure’ bill resurfaces

    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.

  • Toxins detected in water at coal ash disposal sites

    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.

  • Cheyenne man bound over on murder charge

    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.

  • Anonymous donor covers unpaid school lunch bills

    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.

  • Doctor cleared in Jackson negligence lawsuit

    Wyoming news in brief from News Exchange member newspapers

  • ACA enrollment figures hold steady

    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.

  • Judge says UW can regulate guns

    State law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns manufactured outside of Wyoming, Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled this week.

  • Wyoming's population drops for a third year

    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.

  • Lawsuit alleges employee was forced to study Scientology

    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 ask Wyoming, Idaho forests to review bear baiting

    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.

  • Podcast aims to bring scientific foundation to outdoors discussions

    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.

  • WYDOT plans winter safety improvements on I-80

    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.

  • Jackson plastic bag ban vote delayed

    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.

  • Gillette principal speaks to UN about refugees

    Bertine Bahige, principal at Rawhide Elementary School in Gillette, answered questions at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday.

  • Workplace fatalities decline in 2017

    The number of workplace deaths in Wyoming fell in 2017 to one of the lowest levels recorded in more than two decades.

  • Black Hills mulls $57M wind farm

    Black Hills Energy is proposing new renewable energy options for Cheyenne customers through tariffs and a potential $57 million wind farm.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

    News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • No death penalty in Wapiti shooting death

    As expected, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a Wapiti man who allegedly killed his wife last summer.

  • Drilling permit applications climb

    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 councilman pleads guilty to sexual assault

    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 face furlough in case of shutdown

    Hundreds of federal employees in Wyoming could face furloughs next week.

  • Doctor’s license suspension partially reversed

    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.

  • Oil prices down, but Wyoming gas prices stable

    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.

  • JAC adds money for school security and maintenance

    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.

  • NE Wyoming water dispute cools

    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.

  • Hemp legalization may not affect Wyoming

    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.

  • JAC questions university’s budget requests

    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 begins work to replace computer system

    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.

  • Simpson joins other past senators in warning letter

    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.

  • Wyoming News Briefs for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • Wyoming News in Brief, Dec. 11, 2018

    News from around the state

  • Priests on abuse list served at St. Stephens  

    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.

  • Dam supporters seek federal funds  

    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.

  • Teton commissioners won’t oppose Cheney land bill  

    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.

  • Buffalo chosen for VA facility  

    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.

  • Wolf shooting reignites hunting debate  

    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.

  • Mead presents budget request to lawmakers

    Gov. Matt Mead laid out his last supplemental budget request Monday to members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee.

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