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Yellowstone visitation down in 2019 CODY (WNE) — While visitation to Yellowstone National Park still exceeded 4 million in 2019 that was the lowest number of attendees since 2014. The final total for last year was 4,020,287 compared to 2018’s...

 

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DA plans charges against woman who had 61 animals CASPER (WNE) — The Natrona County District Attorney’s office is planning to file charges against a Casper woman who had 61 animals removed from her home last week. “We’re looking into the...

 

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Cody standoff ends with one dead CODY (WNE) — A standoff involving Cody police and Park County deputies ended around 5:30 p.m. Monday when authorities in tactical gear entered a camper where a 76-year-old man had shot and killed himself after...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    January 9, 2020

Elk Refuge to begin feeding cutbacks in spring

JACKSON — With some last-minute changes being made to satisfy the state of Wyoming, the National Elk Refuge is moving forward with a five-year plan to start whittling down its historic elk-feeding program. A document outlining the long-delayed...

 

Judge: UW must give Nichols docs to media

LARAMIE — Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled Friday that the University of Wyoming must turn over, within 30 days, numerous records related to former UW President Laurie Nichols to several news organizations, including the...

 
 By Daniel McArdle    News    January 9, 2020

Bill would let districts set attendance policies

SHERIDAN — The Joint Education Committee advanced a bill that gives school districts increased power to determine disciplinary policy for absences and increasing penalties for absenteeism and truancy. The bill grants school districts the power to...

 
 By Jack Warrick    News    January 2, 2020

Gillette teen featured in Disney documentary

GILLETTE — The 14-year-old slowly comes closer and into focus while running down the middle of an empty northeastern Wyoming highway. It is a cold, sunny winter afternoon on the outskirts of the...

 

Attorney says Albany County court should decide on UW gun ban

LARAMIE — Albany County circuit court Judge Robert Castor should make a ruling on the legality of the University of Wyoming’s gun ban, Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent said in a Friday court filing. Trent’s office is currently prosecuting...

 

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Wyoming’s flu season begins JACKSON (WNE) — It’s flu season in Wyoming, but public health officials aren’t ready to make a determination about its severity. “This is probably too early for us to put a real characterization on this...

 

Appropriations package includes health care for retired Kemmerer miners

CASPER — President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion appropriations package Friday night, averting a government shutdown and saving health care for hundreds of retired coal miners in Kemmerer. Coal has been the critical economic building block...

 

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 Tom Coulter    News    December 26, 2019

Committee backs bill raising pay for top officials

CHEYENNE – Despite objections from Gov. Mark Gordon, lawmakers on the Joint Appropriations Committee approved a bill Thursday that would raise the salaries of the governor and the other four elected state officials beginning after the 2022 general...

 

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Husband of Cheyenne mayor arrested on suspicion of domestic violence CHEYENNE (WNE) — Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr’s husband was arrested Friday night on suspicion of domestic violence against her. Christopher Jimmy Orr, 54, was arrested on...

 

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Man accused of stealing from ATMs faces federal charges CODY (WNE) — A Brazilian man is now facing federal criminal charges for allegedly stealing nearly $8000 from Park County ATM machines in recent weeks. Allisson Bebiano, 29, is facing three...

 

Agency says coal workers need more bankruptcy protection

CHEYENNE — According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, coal workers in Wyoming need more protections when it comes to bankruptcy filings in the industry. Representatives from the department presented their “wish list” of changes...

 
 By Joy Ufford    News    December 12, 2019

Homeowners try to lease mineral lands beneath home

PINEDALE — After two harrowing rounds of state lease auctions that invited bids for the mineral estates under their home beside the New Fork River, a local couple is applying for the 240-acre lease in the state’s “over the counter” option....

 

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Public Service Commission approves expansion of Corriedale wind project CHEYENNE (WNE) – The Wyoming Public Service Commission Thursday approved an expansion of the planned Corriedale Wind Energy Project to include an additional five wind...

 

During budget presentation, Gordon says he's willing to look at lodging tax

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon told lawmakers Monday that he would be “willing” to consider a statewide lodging tax if it came across his desk this winter. However, in his first budget presentation to members of the Joint Appropriations Committee...

 

Educators criticize release of salary info

CASPER — The names and salaries of every school district employee in Wyoming will be released this month after a request from a state senator, a move that’s drawn criticism from educators across the state.  “There is a big gap between what...

 
 By Chris Aadland    News    December 5, 2019

Tribe studies cannabis, hemp

CASPER — A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach more and more tribes view as potentially lucrative.  In late September, the Eastern...

 

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Work on eastern Wyo. pipeline begins LUSK (WNE) — Bridger Pipeline, LLC has begun construction of a crude oil pipeline that will run from Guernsey, through Goshen County and run the length of Niobrara County before reaching its final destination...

 

Officials spend Thanksgiving overseas

U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Wyoming’s first family, Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon, all spent the Thanksgiving holiday with members of the three Wyoming Army National Guard...

 

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Teen charged as adult for threats against schools CHEYENNE (WNE) — A 15-year-old boy accused of making a bomb threat at Cheyenne schools had his preliminary hearing Friday afternoon in Laramie County Circuit Court. Charles Reese Karn is being...

 

Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 9

The public is invited to a ceremony for Wyoming’s state remembrance wreath on Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., at the Wyoming State Capitol Rotunda, 200 W. 24th Street. The ceremony is part of the Wreaths Across America program that honors all veterans and acti...

 

New online reporting form for Social Security scam calls

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov to receive reports from the public of Social Security...

 

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