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 By Jake Goodrick    News    February 8, 2024

Brothers and strangers: Community of veterans ensure none of their own go out alone

GILLETTE - Clarence Barry followed the white hearse past the half-staff flag and up the hill that climbs through the entry gate of Mount Pisgah Cemetery. He knew almost nothing about the man lying in...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    January 18, 2024

Gillette real estate agent faces forgery, identity theft accusations

GILLETTE - A Gillette Realtor and owner of 1st Class Realty has been accused of forging signatures of three local real estate agents and using their identities to close deals without their knowledge,...


Two Campbell County jail death investigations sent out of county

GILLETTE — Two separate investigations into deaths that have happened in Campbell County Sheriff’s Office custody have been forwarded to special prosecutors in neighboring counties to review for potential charges. At their regular meeting this...


Encouraging signs on a long road

With September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it’s a good time to take stock of the efforts made toward addressing the issue statewide and locally, including the progress made. Wyoming’s standing among the nation at large when...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    June 22, 2023

Man who crashed into Walgreens after chase with deputies pleads guilty

GILLETTE — A man who led Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Gillette that caused more than $10,000 in damage has pleaded guilty and had a sentencing enhancement dropped that could have put him in prison for life. Rusty D. Locke, 44, pleaded...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    June 15, 2023

Crypto mines arise in Campbell County and neighbors have questions

GILLETTE — Gary and Darva Rye looked out their window to a surprise Thursday morning. On days when the sky is clear, they have a full view of the Big Horn Mountains situated more than 70 miles from their home on Bell Road, just south of Gillette....

 By Jake Goodrick    News    March 23, 2023

Williams to debut at Grand Ole Opry

Chancey Williams isn't in a hurry. While country music artists have risen to the national scene and fallen from its graces throughout the years, Williams and the Younger Brothers Band have steadily made a career for themselves over the past decade....

 By Jake Goodrick    News    January 26, 2023

Gillette woman's quest to educate residents on the presence and dangers of radon

GILLETTE — Gail Heath had a chronic cough that just wouldn’t go away. It started in the winter of 2020. For anyone sick at that time, there were a number of reasons to be concerned or, at the very least, hyper-aware of even the slightest coughs a...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    October 27, 2022

Wyoming fentanyl deaths up as state pushes awareness

GILLETTE —The number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths has steadily increased in Wyoming since 2017. The number of yearly deaths fluctuated prior to that, with up and down years since 2013, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. But the...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    August 11, 2022

Campbell County on pace for record suicides and unattended deaths

This story contains references and information about suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis or concerned, please call the National Suicide Lifeline at 988, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. GILLETTE — Campbell County recorded 15 suicides in...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    August 4, 2022

First half 2022 PRB coal production on par with last year, despite rail issues

GILLETTE — Halfway through 2022, Powder River Basin mines have produced about half of the total amount of coal as last year, keeping up the pace of production despite struggling to get enough trains to maximize on the continued demand for thermal...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    May 5, 2022

PRB coal demand and production continues

GILLETTE (WNE) — The coal production from Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Resources Inc. through the first three months of 2022 aligned with the strong projections each company had for their Powder River Basin mines headed into the year, despite...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    April 28, 2022

Search continues for missing Gillette woman

GILLETTE — Just about every day at about 5 p.m., Kennedy Wainaina waits on a phone call. Ever since his sister, Irene Wairimu Gakwa, went missing from Gillette in February or March, he has stayed in close contact with the Gillette police...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    January 6, 2022

Twin spruce trees removed from front of Twin Spruce school

GILLETTE - After 87 years of standing above Gillette Avenue, the two spruce trees that towered in front of Twin Spruce Junior High School for decades are gone. A tree-removal crew took down the two...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    December 3, 2020

Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange

GILLETTE — Discussions over how to shape legislation that could allow Campbell County to form its own community college district are underway. With Gillette College’s future in the hands of the state Legislature, many questions remain. The...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    October 22, 2020

Committee drafting bill for new Gillette college

GILLETTE — The Select Committee on Community College Funding agreed Friday to start working toward drafting a bill that would clarify state statute regarding community colleges and potentially clear the way for the possible creation of Gillette...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    August 13, 2020

Local state legislators buck-back against gun group's tactics

GILLETTE — Multiple Campbell County Republican legislators and primary candidates are bucking against an outspoken pro-Second Amendment group after a bevy of political attacks targeting incumbents and other candidates ahead of this month’s...

 By Jake Goodrick    News    July 23, 2020

Pandemic slams independent meat processors and ranchers

GILLETTE – When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Wyoming and with the coronavirus having spread through much of the United States, Todd Koehler saw the impacts firsthand at his independent meat processing business, Koehler’s Wild Game. As fears of...


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