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 By Nate Perez    News    April 15, 2021 

State leaders criticize Biden gun restrictions

CASPER — President Joe Biden responded to a wave of gun violence throughout the country by announcing executive actions Thursday to curb the growth of homemade “ghost guns” and 3D-printed firearms without serial numbers, and require...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    April 15, 2021 

Yellowstone grizzly population jumps with count revision

JACKSON — Federal scientists who track grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are revising a key criterion that underlies how they count bears, with the effect being a 34% to 43% jump in the population estimate. The change brings the...

 
 News    April 15, 2021 

Wyoming News Briefs

UW football recruit shot, killed CASPER (WNE) — A member of Wyoming’s 2021 football recruiting class was shot and killed at a Dallas-area hotel over the weekend. Police responded to a shooting call at approximately 1:35 a.m. Central Time on...

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    April 8, 2021

Legislature approves voter ID bill

CASPER — A bill requiring Wyoming citizens to present specific forms of photo identification when casting their ballots in elections sailed through the Senate on Thursday and will now head to the governor’s desk for review. House Bill 75 would r...

 

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Fatal hit and run case to be heard in Laramie County District Court CHEYENNE (WNE) – The case of a local man accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian with his truck while drunk was found to have probable cause Friday morning and will be heard in...

 
 By Cary Littlejohn    News    April 1, 2021

Alcohol sales in Wyoming increased in 2020

GILLETTE — The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on for more than a year now, greatly disrupting lives everywhere. One byproduct of the pandemic is that Americans are drinking more. Alcohol sales are up across the country and in Wyoming. The Wyoming...

 
 By Joshua Wolfson    News    April 1, 2021

Wyoming deaths spiked in 2020

CASPER – Wyoming recorded significantly more deaths in 2020 than in the prior year, new figures from the Wyoming Department of Health show.  The state documented 5983 deaths last year — an increase of 862, or 16%, compared with the year prior....

 

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Cheyenne man pleads guilty to strangulation, property destruction CHEYENNE (WNE) – Eric Earl Carter pleaded guilty to felony strangulation of a household member and felony property destruction in two separate cases as part of a plea agreement. In t...

 

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Man charged in Riverton stabbing faces enhanced sentence RIVERTON (WNE) — Accused of stabbing a 55-year-old man in a van near North Federal Blvd last week, Jody VanFleet was sent to a higher court on Wednesday.  The 37-year-old VanFleet has been...

 

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Wyoming to receive $1B from latest relief package CASPER (WNE) — Wyoming will receive over $1 billion in state aid soon, thanks to the latest stimulus package signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden.  The federal government passed a $1.9...

 
 By Chase Vialpando    News    March 18, 2021

Douglas charges $25 minimum for public records

DOUGLAS — The City of Douglas last week charged the Douglas Budget $37.60 for a copy of City Administrator Jonathan Teichert’s contract, a public document. Later, the newspaper was ironically charged $27.10 for a copy of the 2015 resolution that... Full story

 
 By Stephen Dow    News    March 11, 2021

Public notice bill dies on third Senate reading

SHERIDAN — On third reading Friday, the Wyoming House defeated a bill some legislators said would limit government transparency by moving public notices out of newspapers. “I’m not quite there with the notion that we pull the funding that...

 

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Wyoming unemployment rate falls slightly CHEYENNE (WNE) — The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Monday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.2% in December to 5.1%...

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    March 4, 2021

Voter ID bill wins initial House approval

CASPER — A bill requiring citizens to present specific forms of photo identification when casting their ballots in elections passed its first vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 75 requires voters to show specific...

 
 By Leo Wolfson    News    March 4, 2021

Man faces felonies after three alleged car thefts

CODY — Three stolen vehicles, two near-miss collisions, a deployed spike strip, and one black eye later, Garret Bailey is now in custody at the Park County Detention Center. Bailey, 27, led authorities from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Park County...

 

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Three UW students killed in accident LARAMIE (WNE) — Three University of Wyoming students were killed in a two-car collision that took place on Saturday, Feb. 27, on the Colorado side of Highway 287.  According to Colorado Trooper Josh Lewis, the...

 

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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...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

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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