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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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One killed in five-car crash LARAMIE (WNE) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported one person dead and expected U.S. Highway 230 to be closed for an several hours Monday afternoon after a five-vehicle crash occurred within a few hundred feet of...

 

WYDOT streamlines authorized travel program

Wyoming motorists who need permission to travel on closed sections of highways when conditions are safe may be eligible for faster approval into the state’s authorized travel program. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is...

 

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No patient data at risk in Gillette ransomware attack GILLETTE (WNE) — There is no indication that any patient data was compromised by the Friday ransomware attack that has disrupted Campbell County Health’s computer systems, said Matt Sabus,...

 

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UW proposes increased investment in Sheridan, Casper centers SHERIDAN — A University of Wyoming official announced a university proposal to immediately invest roughly $560,000 into the Sheridan and Casper Wyoming Technology Business Centers during...

 

Crossover voting, voter ID bills killed

CASPER — Lawmakers on Monday defeated two controversial bills that would have had significant implications on Wyoming’s elections. The bills — one to eliminate the practice of crossover voting in primary elections, another to combat voter... Full story

 

Former CEO sued over use of 'BeefChain' trademark

CASPER — A company co-owned by two Wyoming legislators is suing its former CEO over the use of a trademark attributed to the blockchain-based agricultural company they founded together.  In a complaint filed Aug. 30 in federal court, well-known...

 

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Sex offender moved to Wyoming to ‘fly under radar’ GILLETTE (WNE) — Prosecutors are recommending prison time for an Oregon sex offender who moved to Gillette more than a year ago to “fly under the radar” and take some college classes....

 

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Campbell Co. makes pitch for business court GILLETTE (WNE) — The state is currently looking for locations for a business court, and Campbell County Commissioners hope it will select Gillette. Campbell County Deputy County Attorney Carol Seeger...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    September 5, 2019

State surveys school security

CASPER — In an effort to better understand how Wyoming’s 48 school districts are protecting their students, the state Department of Education is sending a survey to administrators across the Equality State.  “The intent is not to be...

 

Fire that forced Jackson evacuations blamed on balloons

JACKSON — A bundle of Mylar balloons tangled with power lines and created an electric arc that started the 255-acre Saddle Butte Fire, investigators confirmed Monday night. The arc sent flaming materials flying to the ground, igniting dried grass...

 

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