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 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 21, 2019 

Gordon vetoes two bills, declines to sign several others

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday used his veto pen on two bills, one of which would have authorized the Legislature to sue to allow Wyoming’s coal to be exported through Washington State. Gordon also declined to sign several more bills he...

 
 News    March 21, 2019 

Wyoming News Briefs

‘Wyoming Promise’ continues drive despite death of bill SHERIDAN (WNE) — Despite the Free and Fair Elections Resolution failing in the Senate Corporations Committee on a 3-2 vote, Wyoming Promise volunteers are encouraged by their success so...

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 14, 2019

Bill tackles delinquent ad valorem payments

CHEYENNE – Counties seeking delinquent ad valorem taxes from bankrupt energy companies will automatically move to the front of the line of creditors seeking payment starting in 2021. This general session, the Wyoming Legislature passed Senate File...

 

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Game and Fish investigates poaching of bull elk SHERIDAN (WNE) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking the public's assistance in the case of a bull elk poached in northern Sheridan County...

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 7, 2019

Wyoming works to expand broadband

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s efforts to expand broadband internet access across the state go beyond making sure people can binge their favorite TV show no matter their ZIP code. Connectivity is just as vital for small communities as it is for large... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    March 7, 2019

Bill allowing coal terminal lawsuit sends message, legislator says

GILLETTE — Giving the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council authority to take independent legal action over Washington State’s efforts to kill a coal export terminal project sends a message more than it threatens a lawsuit. That’s what...

 

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Student pleads not guilty to attempted murder charges GILLETTE (WNE) — Dale Warner’s voice grew fainter Friday afternoon as the eighth-grader pleaded not guilty to nine counts of attempted first-degree murder in Gillette. The 14-year-old boy is...

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    February 28, 2019

Statewide lodging tax condemned by Senate

CHEYENNE – The Senate killed a bill to implement a statewide lodging tax on a final vote Monday after it was pulled from the consent list. It was just one of several bills aimed at broadening and diversifying the state’s revenue stream that...

 

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Man sentenced to five years in apartment fire GILLETTE (WNE) — A 37-year-old man who set fire to a Gillette apartment building in December 2017 will serve five years in federal prison. Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced...

 

Governor signs new laws

As the 2019 Legislative Session draws to a close, Governor Mark Gordon held three formal signing ceremonies on Tuesday to sign a long list of bills into law that will impact life across Wyoming. These bills include new felony offenses, funding for a...

 

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Gillette man sentenced to prison in string of attacks GILLETTE (WNE) — A Gillette man was sentenced Thursday to more than 10 years in prison for assaults on a puppy, his girlfriend and a fellow jail inmate. “This is a horrific series of...

 

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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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