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WHP notices increase in highway fatalities

Although fatalities were down last year due to drivers being more cautious, more work is needed. Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety program indicated Wyoming had 108 fatalities in 2018, which was one of the...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Scout leader arrested on suspicion of stealing from troops GILLETTE (WNE) — A local Boy Scout leader is accused of stealing $31,000 from Gillette Scout troops between April and November, skimming money from popcorn fundraisers and troop accounts,...

 

Murder case dismissed in first test of 'stand your ground'

CASPER — 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.  Judge Catherine Wilking...

 

State Briefs

Man charged in assault that left woman with brain injury POWELL (WNE) — Authorities allege a Cody man repeatedly hit his girlfriend’s head against a vehicle console and the floor, drug her around and strangled her in an assault that left her...

 

Nominations needed for Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) has honored five classes to date, and the next will be inducted in September, 2019. Nominations for that class are now open, but will close February 28, 2019. Our “Cowboy State” is proud of that...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Cheney moves again to protect Devils Tower name WORLAND (WNE) — Wyoming U.S. Representative Liz Cheney announced on Monday a plan to reintroduce legislation to codify the name of Devils Tower National Monument.  The move would follow several...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 31, 2019

Senator introduces bill to keep national parks open in future shutdowns

CHEYENNE — 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...

 
 By Byron Gather    News    January 24, 2019

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

EVANSTON — 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...

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    January 24, 2019

Transparency group members say work will be a long process

CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon and State Auditor Kristi Racines’ working group to make Wyoming a more transparent state met Friday to chart a path forward. But its members cautioned it likely would be a long process.  The Financial Transparency...

 

Evanston school officials restart gun discussions

EVANSTON — 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 firea...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Cam-Plex wins $1.5 million grant for upgrades GILLETTE (WNE) — After being turned down twice by the Wyoming Business Council board and staff, Cam-plex has secured a $1.5 million grant to help upgrade the Heritage Center and Energy Hall from the...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    January 24, 2019

Elk feeding essential, but not needed yet

JACKSON — 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. National Elk Refuge...

 

Legislators eye lawsuit over coal port

CASPER — 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...

 

Bill would use income tax to fund education

CHEYENNE — Two Democratic lawmakers hope to launch meaningful income tax discussions in Wyoming with the introduction of new legislation. House Bill 233, introduced Thursday, would impose a 4 percent tax on residents and corporations earning more...

 

News Briefs

Party switching bill killed a second time in committee CHEYENNE (WNE) — A closed primary bill that failed Tuesday once again couldn't win enough support for it to move on to the Senate floor Thursday. But a similar measure in the House and a newly...

 

Suicide prevention advocates to visit Cheyenne to support mental health parity

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the eighth leading cause of death in Wyoming. On Thursday, January 17, 2019, advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Former teacher gets prison for sex abuse CHEYENNE (WNE) — A former Cheyenne junior high school math teacher was sentenced Friday to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing his former student, whom he later adopted. Joseph Meza’s...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Bill would set out-of-state tuition minimums LARAMIE (WNE) — For the second consecutive year, Rep. Bill Henderson, R-Cheyenne, is bringing a bill to the legislative session that would statutorily prescribe a difference between the tuition rates...

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    January 10, 2019

Changes to Hathaway would open eligibility

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at changing the requirements for the Hathaway Scholarship for high school students looking to focus on career and technical education.  The bill, Senate File 43, would change requirements...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 10, 2019

Legislature gears up for general session

CASPER — Over the next 40 days, members of the Wyoming Legislature will consider between 400 and 500 bills.  Some of those bills will have been talked about, poked and prodded for months, originating in committees comprised of seasoned lawmakers...

 
 By Katie Kull    News    January 10, 2019

Boy's murder results in prison sentence

CHEYENNE - John Barrett will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for killing and abusing his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old son.  In a Laramie County courtroom Friday, there was a lot of crying and anger, and at least some reckoning over...

 

Man to get three years in prison for GOP fire

LARAMIE — 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. In Judge Scott Skavdahl’s Casper court, Kellen Sorber pleaded...

 

Brand renewal reminder

All Wyoming Brands due in the 2019 brand renewal period are now considered expired and will enter a grace period for renewal. A second notice will be sent to all persons who did not get their brands renewed in the 60 days preceding the expiration dat...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    January 10, 2019

Legislators study bill to raise taxes to fund schools

CASPER — 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.  The education-funding deficit has been a dominant topic for Wyoming...

 

Gordon sworn in as Wyoming's 33rd governor

CHEYENNE - Wyoming's new governor, Mark Gordon, was sworn into office Monday, officially becoming the state's 33rd leader. The newly minted chief executive used his inaugural address at the Cheyenne C...

 

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