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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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Riverton man extradited in 36-year-old murder RIVERTON (WNE) — A Riverton man indicted Sept. 23 on first-degree murder charges has been extradited to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he pleaded “not guilty” Dec. 12.  The murder case is 36 years old....

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    January 2, 2020

Report shows sales up in Wyoming, though revenue concerns persist

CHEYENNE — A quarterly economic report released this week shows Wyoming saw an increase in overall sales this year, while Laramie County continued to see stable growth in its economy. Yet the report also provided an indication of the struggles...

 
 By Kevin Killough    News    January 2, 2020

NWC looks at 'esports' program to boost enrollment

POWELL — Hoping it can help boost enrollment efforts, Northwest College is looking at starting up an esports program. Once seen as only a pastime, online video gaming has become a huge revenue generator. There are professional leagues, corporate...

 

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Fatal house fire caused by overheated dryer RIVERTON (WNE) — The fatal fire that took the lives of father and daughter Todd and Cambrie Pepper north of Riverton last Thursday has been determined to have been accidental.  The father, Todd Pepper,... Full story

 

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Cheyenne police again involved in sex abuse case CASPER (WNE) — The Cheyenne Police Department is again involved in the months-long sexual abuse investigation connected to the Catholic Church, a spokesman said Friday. “There were things that...

 

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... Full story

 

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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...

 

Supreme Court upholds traffic stop that resulted in marijuana find

CHEYENNE — A man who claimed his Fourth Amendment right was violated during a traffic stop had a Wyoming Supreme Court opinion issued in his case last week. The Supreme Court affirmed Laramie County District Judge Steven Sharpe’s decision to...

 

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...

 

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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...

 

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Gillette woman pleads no contest to vehicular homicide GILLETTE (WNE) — A Gillette woman pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide Wednesday morning. Kaycee Smelser, 34, had been charged in the death of 26-year-old Jessica... Full story

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 5, 2019

Laramie County landowners file suit over alleged drilling monopoly

CHEYENNE – A group of landowners in eastern Laramie County filed a federal lawsuit last week against Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, arguing the oil and gas company violated antitrust and monopoly regulations by creating a noncompetitive market... Full story

 
 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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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...

 

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Man charged with murder in discovery of body CODY (WNE) — Former Cody resident and convicted felon Joseph Underwood is now facing multiple charges, including first degree murder, in Laramie County related to a homicide investigation. In addition,...

 

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Man accused of setting up camera in women’s bathroom POWELL (WNE) — A Powell man is alleged to have set up a camera in the women’s bathroom at his former Powell workplace, capturing images of four of his female co-workers in states of...

 

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Body found near in Park Co., murder suspect arrested POWELL (WNE) — A hunter stumbled upon a woman’s body about halfway between Cody and Meeteetse on Saturday afternoon — and authorities say she appears to have been the victim of a homicide. A... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    November 7, 2019

Legislators review alcohol tax increase

CASPER — State lawmakers are considering a slight tax increase on alcohol sales in Wyoming in an effort to raise nearly $2 million in funding for treatment programs across the state.  The proposed tax increase – which would be the state’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    November 7, 2019

Lawmakers to consider Medicaid expansion again

CHEYENNE — Medicaid expansion could be back up for debate in the Wyoming Legislature’s 2020 session, as lawmakers will consider a bill to expand the program during a Joint Revenue Interim Committee meeting in just over a week. Though initially...

 

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Roundup nets 558 wild horses WORLAND (WNE) — Through Tuesday evening, 558 wild horses in the Fifteen Mile Herd Management Area had been gathered with 261 shipped to other facilities for treatment or to be prepared for adoption. The Bureau of Land M... Full story

 

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Growers work to save beets after freeze POWELL (WNE) — Even the smell in the air tells the story of freeze-damaged beets. “You only have to drive by a beet field and the smell will tell that the damage is real,” said Ric Rodriguez, Heart... Full story

 

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Sweetwater commissioners suspend part of uranium company loan payment ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Sweetwater County commissioners agreed to sign documents last week suspending principal payments for a struggling Sweetwater County uranium mine. Roger...

 

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Campbell County computer outage nearly repaired GILLETTE (WNE) — About 98 percent to 99 percent of the computer systems at Campbell County Health were expected to be back online Friday, two weeks after a ransomware attack at the hospital left it...

 

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