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Snow evades area, state classified as in ‘extreme drought’ SHERIDAN (WNE) — Much of Wyoming is still classified as being in an “extreme drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, but it’s the late winter and spring months that will...

 

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Legislature to convene for one-day virtual session CHEYENNE (WNE) – The 66th Wyoming Legislature will convene at noon Jan. 12 for a one-day virtual session to fulfill the requirements of the Wyoming Constitution. Gov. Mark Gordon’s message will t...

 

Wyoming Legislature to convene for one-day virtual session

The 66th Wyoming Legislature will convene at noon on Jan. 12 for a one-day virtual session to fulfill the requirements of the Wyoming Constitution. Gov. Mark Gordon’s message will take place at 2 p.m. During the convening of the 2021 General...

 
 By Stephen Dow    News    January 7, 2021

Legislature looks at creating airport districts

SHERIDAN — Change is in the air. Or the airport, as it were. A draft bill the Wyoming Legislature will consider in early 2021 would authorize counties to create airport districts, which could provide an additional source of funding for local...

 

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Former Grand Teton Park superintendent dies from COVID JACKSON (WNE) — A onetime Grand Teton National Park superintendent who rose to the top of the National Park Service has died after contracting COVID-19. Gary Everhardt, 86, led Teton Park from...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    December 31, 2020

Peabody reaches deal with creditors

GILLETTE — In a move that could potentially stave off a second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in five years for Peabody Energy Corp., the company has announced an agreement with its creditors to refinance $459 million of debt. The agreement, made in a...

 

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Initial shooting review expected to be complete in 30 days GILLETTE (WNE) — Crook County Attorney Joseph Baron said his office’s initial review of a Gillette officer-involved shooting is expected to be completed in the next 30 days. Baron was...

 

Mines combat COVID-19; trona firms launch health campaign to combat virus spread

CASPER – Leaders of Wyoming’s largest trona mines have banded together to launch a public health campaign for Sweetwater County to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep businesses open. Wyoming’s trona patch in the southwest part...

 

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UW proposes spring semester schedule LARAMIE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming’s proposed spring 2021 semester would include ten weeks of in-person instruction, a three-day spring break and five weeks of fully online classes to conclude the...

 

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COVID forces Riverton hospital to move services to Lander RIVERTON (WNE) — In-patient hospital services by SageWest Health Care in Riverton have been moved to the Lander hospital due to high COVID-19 infection rates among staff. “As you may have...

 

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Governor recovering from COVID-19 at home, first lady tests negative CHEYENNE (WNE) — After announcing last week that he had tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Mark Gordon is continuing to recover from home while working a full work schedule this w...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    December 3, 2020

Insurance enrollment underway with state help

CASPER — It is again the time when Wyomingites can apply for health care through the federal marketplace established by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The state has put new resources toward helping residents apply, and those looking for...

 

Health Department data shows lag in death totals

CASPER – When the Wyoming Department of Health announces that more COVID-19 patients in the state have died from the disease, it is often announcing deaths that actually occurred weeks if not months before. The lag in reporting is a result of the...

 

New group pushes for more renewable energy in Wyoming

CASPER — There’s a new organization in town, and it’s been making the rounds in the Wyoming Legislature’s interim committee meetings. Meet Powering Up Wyoming. The group describes itself as a grassroots organization promoting the use of an...

 

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Yellowstone sees record visits in October CODY (WNE) — Yellowstone National Park posted another record month in October to close out its 2020 summer season, shattering the previous record for that month with more than 110,000 additional people...

 

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Wyoming Republicans pick legislative leadership CASPER (WNE) – Rep. Eric Barlow, R-Gillette, and Sen Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, will likely be the Wyoming Legislature for the next two years after a remote vote of the Republican caucus Saturday...

 

State investigating trash, livestock loss on state leased property

GILLETTE – All John McClelland wants to do is complete his daily ranching chores, but he recently had to deal with unexpected losses of livestock as well as clean up a growing amount of trash on land he uses. In early October, McClelland found one...

 

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Outbreak at Shepherd of the Valley largest of its kind in Wyoming CASPER (WNE) – Fourteen residents of Casper’s Shepherd of the Valley nursing home have died from COVID-19, the most deaths reported at any such facility in Wyoming since the...

 
 By Emily Mieure    News    November 12, 2020

Jackson police beef up efforts to find prowler

JACKSON — Cold air filled Sgt. Russ Ruschill’s unmarked car Saturday night during a shadowy cruise down East Kelly Avenue. His window down, the detective explained, “I’m listening for anything that’s out of place. People screaming or dogs...

 

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Not guilty plea entered in attempted manslaughter in Gillette GILLETTE (WNE) — The man accused of attempted manslaughter after a bullet from his gun grazed another man’s head has pleaded not guilty to charges against him. Zachary Shawn Manning,...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    November 5, 2020

Crowd shouts down commission meeting

CASPER – A meeting intended to discuss the surge of coronavirus cases in Natrona County and a possible mask order ended abruptly Monday after a hostile crowd repeatedly interrupted and heckled doctors and politicians who were trying to speak....

 
 By Joy Ufford    News    November 5, 2020

Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative announced

PINEDALE — More than 200 miles of federal and private lands in Sublette County are designated in the state’s final version of the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative that proposes a large network to move carbon dioxide and enhance oil recovery....

 

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After banned items explode, Teton recyclers ask residents to do better JACKSON (WNE) — After suffering both a fire and a bear spray canister explosion, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling is asking the public to do a better job...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 29, 2020

State seeks extension for spending federal stimulus money

CASPER – Wyoming leaders are hoping for more money from the federal government as Congress remains gridlocked over an additional round of stimulus funding.  The state is working to spend the remainder of the $1.25 billion in federal relief...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    October 29, 2020

Powder River Basin coal facing point of no return

GILLETTE— A decade ago, the Powder River Basin was hitting its economic peak. Fracking was exploding to pump new life into Wyoming’s oil and natural gas industries, and coal was proving why it was the real black gold of the Cowboy State. The Powd...

 

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