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Oil continued to rise, natural gas continued decline in 2023, state report finds

GILLETTE - While coal is still king in Campbell County, oil and gas are still the second and third largest contributors to the county's economy, as far as taxable value goes. Across the state,...

 

State report: Wyoming uranium industry primed for success

GILLETTE – Uranium production looks to be back on the upswing after years of dormancy. A report recently completed by the Wyoming State Geological Survey found that Wyoming is primed to take...

 

Lack of affordable housing in Gillette leads to increase in homelessness, agency says

GILLETTE - A few years ago, life was good for Jacob Smith. He had a construction business, two homes and "all the cars I needed." Now everything he owns fits into a storage container that sits in the...

 

WYDOT struggling with staffing shortages, inflation

GILLETTE — Inflation and staffing shortages have hit the Wyoming Department of Transportation hard, and nowhere else is feeling the crunch harder than in northeast Wyoming. WYDOT has 1,734 employees around the state, and there are 313 vacancies....

 

Bill would make treatment courts part of judicial branch

GILLETTE — A bill that is making its way through the state Legislature would transfer treatment courts from the Wyoming Department of Health to the judicial branch. Senate File 23, sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee, passed its...

 

Campbell County Commission chairman claims group conspired to take him down

GILLETTE —Campbell County Commission Chairman Del Shelstad claimed that a fellow commissioner and a county resident are conspiring to take him down. “Cancel culture has infiltrated this board, and that’s sad,” he said. “I’ve seen it in...

 

Future of Campbell County library board members up in the air after call for removal

GILLETTE — The future of two library board members is up in the air after Commissioner Rusty Bell revealed their membership in the Wyoming MassResistance private Facebook group and called for their removal from the board. Commission Chairman Del...

 

PAC files complaint against Campbell County clerk

GILLETTE — The political action committee that was the subject of an official complaint by the Campbell County clerk has filed a complaint of its own, accusing the clerk of allegedly intimidating and silencing “dissenting political opinion.” In... Full story

 

Sports tourism keeps Gillette economy busy outside of summer

GILLETTE —As summer comes to an end and kids are back in school, the end of tourism season is nearing. Traditional tourism, that is. The season for sports tournaments is just beginning. Just in the past five or six years, sports tourism has grown...

 

Throwing a shoe: 42 compete in state horseshoe championship in Gillette

GILLETTE - The sounds of metal against metal rang out Saturday morning, with two-and-a-half pound horseshoes clanking against stakes in the dirt after traveling more than 25 feet in the air....

 

Campbell County resident claims county's public records policy is illegal

GILLETTE — A county resident who has been involved in some large public records requests is claiming that the county’s new public records policy is illegal. Jacob Dalby made a public records request in May that the county is saying cost $4407....

 

Man who killed friend sentenced to prison

GILLETTE — A Gillette man who shot and killed his friend in 2020 will serve three to ten years in prison. Joshua Lewis Campbell, 22, was charged in the death of 21-year-old Tanner Miller on June 2, 2020. In October 2020, Campbell pleaded not...

 

Officials say oil rebounding, but work with feds needed

GILLETTE — A year after its prices dropped below zero, oil seems to be on the rebound, but a lot of work remains to be done under the Biden administration. That was the message that three state officials had for people Wednesday morning at the...

 

Campbell Co. valuation down by one-fifth in one year

GILLETTE — Campbell County’s assessed valuation has dropped to a level not seen since the mid-2000s. The county’s assessed valuation — or its taxable value — for 2021 is about $3.4 billion. That is a decrease of about $850 million, or 20%,...

 

Campbell Co. commissioners reject resolution against health orders

GILLETTE — Campbell County Commissioners will not adopt a resolution against the state’s coronavirus public health orders. At a directors meeting Monday, Commissioners Del Shelstad and Colleen Faber said they had received questions from residents...

 

Campbell County looks into forming own college district

GILLETTE — If Gillette is going to have its own community college district, it will ultimately be the voters who have the final say. But before it reaches the ballot, it must cross two hurdles. The first is getting approval from the Wyoming Communi...

 

Company opens outlet to sell coal for heating

GILLETTE — It was a cold December morning, and Cody Nehl stood in a lot off of Little Powder River Road, waiting for a customer. A large pile of stoker coal was stored in the back of a truck, ready to be sold. After a few minutes, another truck...

 
 By Jonathan Gallardo    News    June 6, 2019

Judges question decision not to provide attorneys in misdemeanors

GILLETTE — Circuit Court Judges in Wyoming are not supportive of the state Public Defenders Office’s decision to not represent people who have only been charged with misdemeanors. It’s been a month since State Public Defender Diane Lozano...

 

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. Latta, the director of the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana...

 

Supreme Court rejects Gillette murder appeal

GILLETTE — A Gillette man’s appeal of his murder conviction has failed. In September 2017, Joseph Nielsen was convicted of abusing and killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old son, Caiden Fedora. In January, District Judge Michael N. “Nick...

 

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