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Missing toddler found dead in Cheyenne dumpster CHEYENNE (WNE) — Following a missing child search that began early Friday afternoon, Cheyenne Police discovered the body of two-year-old Athian Rivera in a dumpster. The search for Rivera – which in...

 

Lawmakers tackle forest health

CASPER — Every year, the Wyoming state forester is statutorily required to update the Legislature on the health of Wyoming’s forests.  In a typical year for members of the Joint Committee on...

 

Tribal hunting rights case returns to court

SHERIDAN — Attorneys for Crow tribal member Clayvin Herrera argued in a written filing in 4th Judicial District Court that the latest ruling on the case surrounding tribal hunting rights by Sheridan County Circuit Court should be reversed and...

 

Mining execs got big bonuses

CASPER – Executives of a bankrupt coal firm in the Powder River Basin received over half a million dollars in bonus payments in the year leading up to the company’s bankruptcy filing, court documents reveal.  Lighthouse Resources paid 11...

 

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Fremont County lawmakers propose adding unborn children to murder statutes RIVERTON (WNE) — An effort to add protections for unborn children to the state’s murder laws has considerable support from Fremont County delegates. If it becomes law,...

 

Legislators propose oversight of health orders

CASPER — At least four bills that would specifically regulate public health orders have been introduced in the Wyoming Legislature this session. The tenor of the proposals ranges from broad legislative oversight of public health orders to more...

 

UW researchers researching livestock parasites

University of Wyoming researchers are surveying Wyoming cattle and sheep producers about pests tormenting their livestock. “The goal of this survey is to understand the current degree of external parasitism, prevalent external parasites, diagnosis...

 

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Cody resident detains burglary suspect CODY (WNE) — Jumping over neighborhood fences as he chased the auto burglary suspect, Cody resident Colton Johannsen, 20, was not willing to let the man go despite the late-night hour and winter’s chill....

 

Legislator proposes consolidation of school districts

CHEYENNE — Facing massive cuts to the state’s K-12 schools budget, one lawmaker has proposed a bill to study the cost-saving benefits of consolidating Wyoming’s 48 school districts into 24. “We, as a Legislature, fully understand that we...

 

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Man charged in fatal accident PINEDALE (WNE) — The driver of a truck involved in a fatal head-on collision on July 14, 2020, is charged with aggravated homicide by vehicle.  That evening, Alex W. Smith, then of Hartford, Connecticut, was driving n...

 

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Florida congressman to protest Cheney in Cheyenne CHEYENNE (WNE) — A couple weeks after Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, one of Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress is set to visit the Wyom...

 

New study reframes fence impacts on deer, pronghorn

Pronghorn and mule deer alter their natural movement nearly 40% of the times they encounter fences, according to a Wyoming study that could change how wildlife managers worldwide alleviate the toll imposed by such barriers. Published in the Journal...

 

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No charges will be filed in Riverton shooting death   RIVERTON (WNE) — No charges will be filed in the November homicide that resulted in the death of Lisa Pitt, 39, of Riverton, Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun said Friday. Pitt died of...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 14, 2021

Lummis says she wanted to 'shine light' on election irregularities

CASPER — Breaking with a vast majority of her colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Cynthia Lummis voted to overturn election results in Pennsylvania, one of two states being contested by conservative members of Congress early Thursday morning. Lummis...

 

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Wyoming wolf-hunting season comes to close PINEDALE (WNE) — The 2020 wolf-hunting season in Wyoming’s trophy game management area closed as the New Year began last week, with only 31 gray wolves taken from a limit of 51.  Last year, Wyoming...

 

Coal producers could see short-lived respite

CASPER — After a bruising year battling the one-two punch of the COVID-19 pandemic and collapse in energy markets, coal operators in Wyoming could receive a small boost in demand in 2021, but it may be short-lived. In 2020, U.S. coal production...

 

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Legislature to convene for one-day virtual session CHEYENNE (WNE) – The 66th Wyoming Legislature will convene at noon Jan. 12 for a one-day virtual session to fulfill the requirements of the Wyoming Constitution. Gov. Mark Gordon’s message will t...

 
 By Kathryn Palmer    News    January 7, 2021

Protesters: 'Stop the tyranny' of health orders

CHEYENNE – About 250 people demonstrated in front of the Wyoming State Capitol Monday afternoon to protest a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 related restrictions. Calls to “Stop the...

 

Commercial solar project proposed in Sheridan County

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County officials will consider a large solar energy project proposed near Swaim Road in the coming months as it makes its way through the permitting process. Sheridan Solar, LLC, has proposed to construct an approximate...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    December 31, 2020

Peabody reaches deal with creditors

GILLETTE — In a move that could potentially stave off a second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in five years for Peabody Energy Corp., the company has announced an agreement with its creditors to refinance $459 million of debt. The agreement, made in a...

 

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Former Grand Teton Park superintendent dies from COVID JACKSON (WNE) — A onetime Grand Teton National Park superintendent who rose to the top of the National Park Service has died after contracting COVID-19. Gary Everhardt, 86, led Teton Park from...

 

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Initial shooting review expected to be complete in 30 days GILLETTE (WNE) — Crook County Attorney Joseph Baron said his office’s initial review of a Gillette officer-involved shooting is expected to be completed in the next 30 days. Baron was...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 17, 2020

Corrections director: 24.5% of Wyoming's incarcerated population has contracted COVID-19

CHEYENNE — Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 24.5% of Wyoming’s incarcerated population has contracted the virus at some point, and there have been no deaths from COVID-19 among those individuals, the state Department of Corrections direc...

 

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East gate opens earlier for snowmobiles CODY (WNE) – For the last two decades snowmobile enthusiasts have been gaining ground as far as access to Yellowstone National Park. They will now get 20 extra days to access Yellowstone in the winter from...

 

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Wyoming puts $10 million into long-term care CASPER (WNE) — Wyoming will put $10 million of federal pandemic relief dollars toward staffing nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  COVID-19 has continually spread through these locations,...

 

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