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  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 23, 2024

    Grizzly attack in Grand Teton was ‘surprise encounter’ JACKSON (WNE) — A grizzly bear attacked and injured a man visiting Grand Teton National Park on Sunday. The 35-year-old Massachusetts man is in stable condition and expected to fully recover. Park officials have not released the victim’s name. The Jackson Hole Daily’s attempts to contact him were unsuccessful by press time Monday. Meanwhile, Grand Teton biologists and law enforcement rangers are investigating the incident, which occurred near Signal Mountain Lodge. While few details a...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 16, 2024

    Political community group hosts town hall with Prism Logistics CASPER (WNE) – Prism Logistics Manager Kyle True stepped into the spotlight Thursday to address a Liberty’s Place 4 U town hall meeting in Casper. True is seeking to build a gravel pit on state land at the base of Casper Mountain near Coates Road, and his plans have been met with fierce opposition, led primarily by residents in the surrounding area. Thursday’s town hall hosted by the political community group was one of the first public meetings to discuss the topic at which True...

  • 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kid Care CHIP coverage over last year

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|May 9, 2024

    More than 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kids Care CHIP coverage over the previous 12 months ending March. That’s because the Wyoming Department of Health is performing its federally mandated eligibility review for the services. The state paused that annual effort during the pandemic while the feds temporarily bolstered Medicaid funds to help cover extra enrollees. Of those removed from the rolls, 12,380 — nearly 70% — lost access due to “procedural reasons,” like failing to return renewal paperwork. About three quarters of those...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 9, 2024

    Average price of gasoline remains unchanged in last week in Wyoming CHEYENNE (WNE) — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming are unchanged in the last week, averaging $3.27 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy. com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming. Prices in Wyoming are 0.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, and stand 8.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in the state on Sunday was $2.87 per gallon, while the highest was $4.19, a difference of $1.32. The national ave...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 2, 2024

    Wyoming sues Biden administration over new methane rule CHEYENNE (WNE) — Wyoming has joined the states of North Dakota, Montana and Texas in suing the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management over a new rule that undermines existing state regulatory programs and harms Wyoming oil and natural gas producers, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Gordon’s office. The suit was filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. The rule — commonly known as the “methane waste prevention rule” and relea...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 25, 2024

    Six fatal crashes so far in Campbell County this year GILLETTE (WNE) --- So far in 2024, 21 people have died in 18 fatal crashes in Wyoming. A third of those crashes, which resulted in six deaths, happened in Campbell County. In 2023, there were 11 fatal crashes in Campbell County. In 2022, there were seven. 2021 had four fatal crashes, and 2020 had eight. Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said when it comes to these crashes, “it randomly spikes and sometimes it doesn’t.” The first crash wasn’t until Jan. 30, then there was another one abo...

  • USPS to move processing and distribution center to Billings

    Jordan Smith, Casper Star Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2024

    The United States Postal Service has decided to move Casper’s processing and distribution center to Billings, Montana. The decision comes as part of the USPS’s Mail Processing Facility Review, which it says will help modernize and streamline postal services. The Casper location will be reworked into a local processing center. Local processing centers are limited to sorting “letters and flats to individual mail carrier routes in the regional area,” the USPS Office of the Inspector General’s website says. Since the postal service has also deci...

  • BLM presents potential plans to support greater sage-grouse

    Noah Zahn, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2024

    CHEYENNE — The greater sage-grouse population is spread across 11 Western states, but that population is declining. Between 1965 and 2021, that number has plummeted 80%, and half of that decline happened just since 2002, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey. Estimates predict as many as 16 million sage-grouse lived across the plains and high deserts in Canada and 13 states, according to the National Audubon Society. Current estimates put that number somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. Efforts to register the species as e...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 18, 2024

    Woman arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly hitting motorcycle with her car GILLETTE (WNE) — A 63-year-old woman was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly chasing a motorcycle throughout town and intentionally hitting it with her car Sunday afternoon. She and a 53-year-old man have been in an ongoing dispute over the ownership of two motorcycles, said Police Deputy Chief Brent Wasson. Sunday afternoon, the woman sat outside the man’s room at the Arrowhead Motel and waited for him to leave. The man left his motel room and...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 11, 2024

    Minor killed at Casper mall CASPER (WNE) — A minor is dead following a stabbing just before noon Sunday outside Eastridge Mall in Casper. “The two people most directly involved are in custody,” police lieutenant Scott Jones said, adding that additional individuals who may have been involved have been identified, questioned and may face “further action.” The victim, who is under the age of 16, will not be publicly identified until after an autopsy is performed Tuesday by the Natrona County Coroner. He died shortly after law enforceme...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    Cheyenne police investigating fatal shooting late Saturday CHEYENNE (WNE) — A man was found dead Saturday night, an “apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds,” the Cheyenne Police Department announced on Facebook Sunday morning. The identities of the victim and the suspect have yet to be released; however, in a news release sent out Monday morning, the decedent was identified as a 38-year-old male. “The preliminary investigation shows that a loud physical and verbal disturbance occurred between the 38-year-old man and a woman at the apartme...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 28, 2024

    State’s unemployment rate steady at 2.8% CASPER (WNE) — Wyoming continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation according to new numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Monday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.8%. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its year-ago level of 3.1% and much lower than the current...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 21, 2024

    Wyoming Life Flight now authorized to carry whole blood on air ambulances CASPER (WNE) — Casper-based air ambulance service, Wyoming Life Flight, announced on Thursday that it is now authorized to carry and administer whole blood on its air medical transport services. The organization, which serves the whole state, said in a press release that, “Each unit of whole blood provides red blood cells, platelets, plasma and clotting factors for superior outcomes for patients suffering from trauma or hemorrhagic shock” and that having whole blood...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 14, 2024

    Mar. 4 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stops. Fall. Three house watches. Life Flight. Citizen dispute. Two business checks. Assist other agency. Three EMS pages. Fire. Mar. 5 – Seven VIN checks. Five business checks. Three traffic stops. Two house watches. Welfare check. Suspicious circumstance. Fraud. Traffic complaint. Broken bone. Fall. Five EMS pages. Mar. 6 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. Welfare check. Four business checks. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Mar. 7 – VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Four traffic...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 14, 2024

    Three Cheyenne police officers on leave after suspect is killed CHEYENNE (WNE) — A call to the Cheyenne Police Department for a domestic dispute ended in the police killing the suspect Friday evening, CPD said in a news release Monday afternoon. The man was identified Monday as 47-year-old Cheyenne resident Patrick Flores. The shooting occurred Friday, March 8, when police officers were dispatched to calls for a domestic disturbance with a firearm, which the agency said was around 6:18 p.m. Dispatchers told police that he was “shooting the fir...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 7, 2024

    Jackson, Teton officers remember slain sergeant in Sheridan JACKSON (WNE) — Jackson and Teton County law enforcement officers joined a convoy of police cars from across Wyoming in a procession Friday to honor a Sheridan policeman who was killed in the line of duty. Sgt. Nevada Krinkee, a 33-year-old husband and father, was shot and killed Feb. 13 while attempting to serve a trespass notice. Six members of the Jackson Police Department joined the somber procession in Sheridan. Eight members of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office also traveled to...

  • Community honors, celebrates life of Sgt. Nevada Krinkee

    Caroline Elik, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 7, 2024

    SHERIDAN — Sheridan County residents, law enforcement officers and supporters from all walks of life gathered Friday in Sheridan to honor the life of fallen Sheridan Police Department Sgt. Nevada Krinkee. Krinkee was shot and killed Feb. 13 while attempting to serve a trespass warning on William Lowery. He leaves behind his wife, Karla Krinkee, and their infant daughter. Hundreds of people of all ages lined Main Street and Coffeen Avenue Friday to show support as a procession of family and first responder vehicles traveled to the Sheridan C...

  • Campbell County Recreation Center to address gender in locker rooms

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 7, 2024

    GILLETTE — The Campbell County Recreation Center is one of the county’s busiest facilities, with hundreds of thousands of visits each year. But earlier in February, Rec Center staff members were faced with a situation they’d never dealt with before, and the Campbell County Attorney’s Office and human resources department are working on a solution. At the Parks and Recreation Board’s quarterly meeting with commissioners Monday, Commission Chair Del Shelstad said an adult at the Rec Center reported seeing a transgender woman in the women’s l...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 29, 2024

    Jackson receives high ranking in AARP Livability Index CHEYENNE (WNE) — AARP recently released its Livability Index, a list of the most livable communities in the country recently, with Jackson ranking in the top 10 in the nation for communities with a population between 5000 and 24,999. The AARP Livability Index evaluates and ranks communities based on various factors that contribute to residents’ quality of life. It looks at everything from homes and transportation to health and community engagement. Jackson was ranked ninth in the Livability...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 22, 2024

    Bill would OK $50M for lawsuits CASPER (WNE) — The Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill that would allocate $50 million for the purpose of litigating federal land-use policy. The Senate Agriculture, State & Public Lands & Water Resources Committee last week moved the bill forward. Citing constitutional principles of co-equal government, Senate File 13 would authorize the Legislature to sue feds for acts and administrative rules, with specific reference to the Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered S...

  • PRB coal slips in 2023, expected to resume long-term decline

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 22, 2024

    GILLETTE — Powder River Basin coal mines entered 2024 back on a downhill slope, as the long-term trajectory of Campbell County’s legacy industry resumed its decline following a two-year upswing in production. With an unexpected boost to coal demand fading away, the long-term trends of coal-fired power plant retirements and short-term availability of cheaper energy sources has put Wyoming coal back into a slide. Wyoming’s 12 PRB mines — all in Campbell County — combined to produce about 230.4 million tons of coal in 2023, according to data from...

  • Social Security

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Feb 15, 2024

    Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? We continue to raise public awareness about Social Security-related and other government imposter scams during the fifth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 7, 2024. Knowing how to identify potential scammers will help safeguard your personal information. There are common elements to many scams. Scammers often take advantage of fears and threaten you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pretend to be Social Security or other government employees and claim there’s a problem with your...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 15, 2024

    Wapiti hunter to pay $15K for mistakenly killing grizzly POWELL (WNE) — A local black bear hunter who mistakenly killed a grizzly last spring must pay $15,000 in restitution and is barred from hunting over the next year. At a Wednesday hearing in Park County Circuit Court, Patrick M. Gogerty of Wapiti pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally taking a grizzly without a license. However, under a deal accepted by the court, Gogerty’s guilty plea was deferred and the case will be dismissed if he successfully completes a year of uns...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 8, 2024

    Man found in woman’s home arrested for drug use, trespassing GILLETTE (WNE) — A 31-year-old man was ticketed for drug use after a 65-year-old woman found him in her home Friday night. The woman called police after finding the man in her apartment in the 600 block of Tyler Avenue. She had not given him permission to be there, but she was able to get him out of her apartment and into the hallway. He appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and EMTs were called. The woman showed police a syringe that she found in her apartment...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 1, 2024

    Man stuck in the snow gets federal prison on drug and gun charges GILLETTE (WNE) — A Campbell County man who was arrested after driving his truck into a snowbank last spring has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges. Jesse Walthers, 40, appeared before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne on Jan. 12. Johnson gave Walthers a 100-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute meth and a 60-month sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, set to r...

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