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 News    April 2, 2020 

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Make-A-Wish starts Messages of Hope campaign as wishes are postponed CHEYENNE (WNE) – More than 50 Wyoming kids with critical illnesses had pending wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation before the coronavirus spread across the U.S. Now, for the...

 

Barrasso seeks prince's help

CASPER — Sen. John Barrasso joined several U.S. officials in drafting a letter to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, urging him to stabilize increasingly volatile global oil markets.  Sent to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, the lett...

 

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U.S. Attorney warns of COVID-related fraud RIVERTON (WNE) — The U.S. Attorney Mark A. Klaassen in charge of federal prosecutions in Wyoming is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). “It is...

 

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Man arrested for allegedly trafficking meth CHEYENNE (WNE) — A man was arrested by law enforcement for allegedly trafficking ten packages of methamphetamine, about 11 pounds, through Laramie and Albany counties March 4. Federal charges were filed...

 
 By Ray K. Erku    News    March 12, 2020

Motorists at shelter describe massive March 1 wreck

RAWLINS — By the time Fernando and Carlos saw the livestock trailer, it was too late. The two non-English-speaking motorists from Mexico quickly became another pileup statistic. Like many roads in Wyoming on Sunday, March 1, their lane was caked...

 

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Woman accused of taking items from cars being serviced GILLETTE (WNE) — A woman originally charged with four counts of forgery for stealing from vehicles while they were being worked on has pleaded not guilty to three other counts of forgery as...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 12, 2020

Oil price plunge raises questions about state economy

CHEYENNE — Oil prices worldwide suffered a major hit over the weekend, reaching a four-year low in the United States, and the rapid changes in the global economy could have major implications for Wyoming. U.S. oil prices were down by as much as...

 

Most schools closed until at least April 6, coronavirus case raises concerns

Most of Wyoming’s schools announced extensions of their spring breaks on Sunday, closing their doors for three weeks in response to a recommendation from Gov. Mark Gordon and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. Meanwhile, state...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    March 5, 2020

Elk numbers up at refuge

JACKSON — Numbers of wapiti drawn to the National Elk Refuge’s feed lines are up significantly this winter, with 8,095 animals counted during an assessment a week ago. The overall on-feed count is 11% greater than the 10-year average of 7314...

 

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Woman sues VA for wrongful death CHEYENNE (WNE) — The Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other VA agencies are being sued for wrongful death over alleged medical negligence. Victoria Pike, as the wrongful death representative for William...

 

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Man dies after jumping from car SHERIDAN (WNE) — A Texas resident led Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers on a pursuit before jumping from a moving vehicle Feb. 21. The pursuit started near Sheridan on Interstate 90. WHP troopers were notified of a...

 

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Federal charges filed against man caught with 12 pounds of meth GILLETTE (WNE) — Local charges against a 66-year-old Gillette man who was arrested Jan. 29 for having 12 pounds of suspected meth have been dropped after he was charged federally. It...

 

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19-year-old man ticketed after hitting, kicking 14-year-old girl GILLETTE (WNE) — A 19-year-old man was ticketed for assault and battery after hitting and kicking a 14-year-old girl Saturday night. The man claimed it was in self-defense.  The...

 

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Man killed in wreck south of Wright GILLETTE (WNE) — Wyoming Highway 59 was closed for about seven hours Friday after a fiery two-vehicle accident that killed a man. A semitruck heading northbound on an icy Highway 59 by Cosner Road south of Wright...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 6, 2020

Legislator proposes hunting, firearm safety classes

CHEYENNE — A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a resolution that would encourage the Wyoming Department of Education to offer voluntary gun and hunting safety classes in the state’s high schools.  If passed during the legislative...

 

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Trustees hope to pick new prez next month LARAMIE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming’s trustees are hoping to have a new president selected by the end of February. During the trustees’ meeting Friday, search committee chairman John MacPherson...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 30, 2020

Gordon: Coal still has role to play

CASPER — Like a near-consensus of the world’s scientific community, Gov. Mark Gordon believes in climate change. Like many across the planet, Gordon believes the problem is a man-made one, and that something needs to be done about it.  But – a...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    January 30, 2020

Laramie lawmaker reintroduces anti-child marriage bill

CHEYENNE — After a bill banning child marriages narrowly failed in the Legislature last year, a Laramie representative has introduced a similar bill that would effectively prevent any child in Wyoming under the age of 18 from getting married. Wyomi...

 

WYDOT starts issuing new, more secure driver licenses and ID cards

Wyoming’s driver licenses and identification cards will now be more secure and harder to counterfeit. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) recently started issuing new state driver...

 

Veterans/Military Day at the Legislature and Commission meeting scheduled

Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature is Feb. 26. All military personnel, veterans and their families are invited to participate. The group will meet at the State Capitol and visit the Senate and House galleries at 10 a.m. The Wyoming...

 

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Yellowstone visitation down in 2019 CODY (WNE) — While visitation to Yellowstone National Park still exceeded 4 million in 2019 that was the lowest number of attendees since 2014. The final total for last year was 4,020,287 compared to 2018’s...

 

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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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