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On August 10, 1983, the body of an unidentified female homicide victim was discovered in the state gravel pit on North Highway 59 by state highway department employees.

The female’s remains were sent to the Wyoming State Crime Lab, where it was estimated that the female’s death had occurred approximately one year prior to the discovery of her body.

On June 18,
RAPID CITY, SD — Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the Custer Expedition at an Illingworth photography point overlooking Castle Creek Valley. 


Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk a total of 3 miles roundtrip on a forest two track road that is a fairly easy hike with little elevation
Sundance, WY – The Cook Lake Recreational Area on the Black Hills National Forest will remain closed through the July 4th holiday weekend due to elevated landslide risk to the public.


"Cook Lake is a very popular destination, but public safety is our number one priority.” said Craig Bobzien, Forest Supervisor. The elevated risk of landslides near the lake remains
Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine this morning confirmed that there had been a fatality at 7 pm yesterday evening. The incident is described as a single haul truck incident, and there were no other injuries. The mine says next of kin has been notified.

CEO and President Colin Marshall stated the companies' "thoughts and prayers are with the family, co-workers, and
Devils Tower, WY – Music! Food! Games! Friends! Relatives!  Residents throughout the area will celebrate history at the Old Settlers’ Picnic Sunday, June 29. The festivities will begin at 12:30 pm in the picnic area at Devils Tower National Monument. There will be free entrance into the monument for those attending the event. 

This year’s honorees are Freida Dent,

UPDATE - 6:30 AM -- I-90 remains closed between Buffalo and Gillette due to flooding - US 14/16 from Ucross to Gillette also closed 


At 6:30 am this morning I-90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains due to flooding at MP 91 (Dead Horse Creek).  The road closed last night around 9:40 after a heavy rain storm that produced 8-10 inches of hail in the area.  WYDOT
 Press Release - While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite activity for many families, swimmers should take steps to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses that can take away their summertime fun. 

When germs get into the water, they can cause diseases such as cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and shigellosis if swallowed.
Custer, SD – Black Hills National Forest trail crews are making progress clearing dead and downed trees on hiking and horseback riding trails in the Black Elk Wilderness and surrounding Norbeck Wildlife Preserve area located near Harney Peak, but many of the trails still remain impassable due to downed trees. 

“Between last year’s October blizzard and a high number of
A 12-year-old Oregon girl was killed in a one vehicle car crash on Interstate 80 about 9 miles east of Lyman on June 12.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that around 12:25 pm Thursday, Luvenia Santana of Salem, Oregon died when the 2005 Buick Rendevous in which she was a passenger rolled 3.5 times after the driver, 35 year old Corrine Santana lost control of the vehicle.  Troopers
This year, boaters who have their watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will be eligible to enter a raffle.

Prizes, which are fully funded by sponsors, include a PAC 1400 Pro Series Pontoon Boat (more than a $5,500 value), a guided walleye or trout float fishing trip, two nights stay for up to twelve people at the Tensleep Nature
Press Release - On June 2nd, the Obama administration unveiled new regulations to restrict the amount of carbon dioxide produced by existing power plants. While we agree that America needs to balance energy needs with environmental concerns, the timing of this effort could hardly be worse for the struggling U.S. economy.

We learned just last month that the economy is shrinking for the first
While enjoying activities or working outdoors during Wyoming’s warmer months, residents should avoid mosquitos and ticks because they can spread potentially serious disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). 
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds. Diseases passed on in Wyoming by
CHEYENNE – Fishing activity will increase during the coming days, and if 2014 is anything like recent years, several new state records will be set during the summer months.

While it is expected there will be several new records, some long established marks are not likely to be beat, such as the 11-pound, 4-ounce golden trout caught in 1948 or the 23-pound rainbow trout caught in 1969.
Devils Tower, WY – A voluntary climbing closure at Devils Tower is in effect through the month of June.  Climbers are asked to refrain from climbing on the Tower during June out of respect for American Indians. June is a culturally significant month for Tribes.

The Access Fund, a nonprofit organization working to maintain access to climbing areas and protect the climbing
Washington, DC – Thursday, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., joined Representative Cory Gardner, R-CO, in introducing the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act. This legislation would prevent the sage grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years and allows states to develop conservation management plans
A Wyoming Department of Health representative says hantavirus infection remains a potential health threat when mice get into closed locations and leave their droppings behind. 

Eleven human hantavirus cases, including six that resulted in death, have been reported in Wyoming since 1999. 

Infected rodents can infest garages, campers, cabins and barns and shed hantavirus
 Sundance, WY – For public safety, an area closure order has been issued today for the Cook Lake Recreational Area and surrounding area by Black Hills National Forest Supervisor, Craig Bobzien.

Due to saturated soils caused by continued spring rain and melting snow, Forest officials are concerned of the potential for landslide movements on the west hillside of the Cook Lake
RAPID CITY, SD — Join the Black Hills National Forest and The Nature Conservancy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 for a moonlit hike and learn about an effort to protect a genetically valuable bison herd that is based in western South Dakota. 

Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk a total of approximately 2 miles over uneven, hilly terrain on a private ranch that has
Press Release - U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted for and the House passed H.R. 567, Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. Up to this point investigations of the Benghazi tragedy have been conducted by multiple committees including the House Oversight and Government Reform, on which Representative Lummis
Washington, D.C. – While the Senate debates an energy efficiency bill this week, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., wants to have a conversation about federal overreach and what can be done to return functions back to the states. He offered two amendments today that would let states have the final say on regional haze and collecting their own mineral royalties.

PINEDALE –Sage grouse are arguably best known for their courtship displays on the “lek” in April. But many west-central Wyoming sage grouse are gaining a little winter notoriety: frequenting the “lick.”

While the lek is the courtship grounds, the lick is the eating grounds – literally. This trademark game bird of the West has been documented eating soil in
CHEYENNE – Wyoming aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection stations will be open April 26 through Sept. 15 at ports of entry, border locations and boat ramps.

Since 2010, state and private inspectors have performed more than 163,000 boat inspections at Wyoming waters, retail shops, ports of entry and borders. Boater cooperation continues to be critical to stopping aquatic invasive
CHEYENNE – Every spring as ice leaves Wyoming’s lakes and reservoirs, fisheries biologists can be found checking lakes to determine the health of the fisheries resource in the various waters. On some lakes one of the things biologists are checking for is winterkill.

When wildlife managers talk of winterkill it is usually in reference to losses that big game experience during severe
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead’s successful effort to return wolf management to the state continues to have positive results. A Wyoming Game and Fish Department report reflects that the population and number of breeding pairs is stable, more wolves are now being monitored, and confirmed livestock depredations are down – all under state management.

“This confirms
Devils Tower, WY – Go wild for the geology, culture, history, nature and trails of  Devils Tower National Monument during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To kick-off the celebration, Devils Tower National Monument will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.
Elk Mountain – Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and WYDOT personnel have reopened westbound Interstate 80 after a pileup crash involving at least 47 vehicles forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the Interstate for approximately 18 hours.    
The crash was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon approximately 7 miles east of Elk Mountain and speeds on the Interstate
Two public meetings where Forest Service personnel will discuss the process for submitting public comments for the Bear Lodge Project will happen in April. 

The Bear Lodge Project Plan of Operations, submitted by Rare Element Resources, Inc., proposes to develop a rare earth mine on the Bearlodge Mountains, approximately 12 miles north of Sundance, in Crook County, Wyoming on the Black
Washington, D.C. – Among the Bureau of Land Management’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget priorities in President Obama’s requested $1.1 billion for the agency are a non-profit foundation,  a fee system to cover BLM’s oil and gas inspection and enforcement activities, fertility control for wild horses and burros, an updated online data and mapping system, and Sage-Grouse
Press Release – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), sent a letter to Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requesting clarification of the purpose behind the
The Gillette A.M. Lions are proud to present the Denver Broncos Alumni versus The DARE Dudes exhibition basketball game. The game will be April 5th at 7:00 pm at the Campbell Count High School North Campus. Proceeds will benefit the Gillette A.M. Lions Foundation for the Blind and The D.A.R.E. Scholarship fund.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a proposed new rule which could grant the agency jurisdiction over most water in the country whether it’s on private property or not. The Waters of the United States rule could significantly expand federal authority into private
Sundance – The Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Communications Center assisted in the apprehension of two subjects who were involved in a high-speed chase on the evening of Wednesday March 19.

The pursuit which originated in Wyoming by a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was terminated by South Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers in their State at mile post #12 on eastbound Interstate 90.
CHEYENNE – In recent years the use of trout beads is gaining popularity as a method to fish for trout in many states throughout the country.

Depending how the bead is rigged on the line, it may or may not be legal under Wyoming statutes. Wyoming law prohibits the snagging of fish and the definition of “snag” under Wyoming laws is “Attempting to take a fish in such a
CHEYENNE – Even though some Wyoming waters are still ice covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year. 

              The following are the most often asked boat registration questions. 

  --- Where can I renew my watercraft registration if there has been
Press Release – Despite attempts by anti-coal activists in Congress, the report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) federal coal leasing program is not the condemnation of coal they were looking for. In fact, the report highlights the importance of federal coal to the nation’s economy and energy portfolio, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. “Some of my anti-coal colleagues requested a report on the coal leasing program and when the report showed that each year it adds around $1 billion to the treasury, the coal opponents concentrated on misleading people into thinking the program is not competitive,” said Enzi. Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 06:41
Washington D.C. — In some areas of the country you could be arrested for carrying a pocket knife even if you are just passing through. Two U.S. senators believe this is unbecoming of a free country and have introduced a bill to protect knife owners. According to U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, if you’re traveling from point A to point C with a knife that is legal in both locations, you shouldn’t have to worry about being charged with a crime in-between at point B. Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 11:05
Rapid City, SD – The Black Hills National Forest will be hiring temporary employees for 2014 and will be hosting open houses for the public to learn about job opportunities coming up throughout the Forest. Since 1905, US Forest Service employees have been operating under the philosophy initiated by the first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, who believed in "the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run." Forest Service careers provide exciting and challenging opportunities to be involved in the management and protection of the nation's Forests & Grasslands. Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 07:17
Casper, WY - “Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well being will always be my overriding priority. Phil and I want to thank the thousands of people in Wyoming and all across the country who have supported my campaign. As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation. Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.” Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 13:12
CUSTER, SD – The Black Hills National Forest will begin preparing the Pactola Work Center for sale through a competitive on-line bid during the summer of 2014. Recently a decision was made to sell the twenty acre parcel, which includes the buildings and mineral rights, through a competitive sale. The Pactola Work Center is located along Hwy 44, approximately 2 1/3 miles east of the intersection of Hwy 44 and Hwy 385. The work center was previously used to house seasonal employees. The shop facilities were used to support work projects on the former Pactola Ranger District (now part of the Mystic Ranger District) on the Black Hills National Forest. Structures on the site, which consist of a large shop, three summer cabins, well house, metal pole barn, and lean-to, are currently vacant. Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:15
Washington, D.C – Our nation is being done a great disservice by the Senate majority leader, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who spoke against the leader’s decision to force a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without debate or amendments. Enzi called on his colleagues to reject the take-it-or-leave it approach by the leader and open the floor to debate. Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:04
Washington, D.C – Our nation is being done a great disservice by the Senate majority leader, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who spoke against the leader’s decision to force a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without debate or amendments. Enzi called on his colleagues to reject the take-it-or-leave it approach by the leader and open the floor to debate. Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:04
forestSheridan, Wyo. (December 2, 2013) – Bighorn National Forest law enforcement officers and managers would like to remind everyone of some important rules and tips for safe winter recreation in the forest. Forest regulations require that off-road snowmobile travel is allowed only when there are more than six inches of snow. This snow depth protects your machine as well as the natural features of the land. People caught snowmobiling off-road and damaging soil or exposed vegetation are subject to citations. Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:26
Sheridan, Wyo. (October 28, 2013) – Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Christmas tree permits are available from the Bighorn National Forest. The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional permits. Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 06:56
Washington, D.C. – During a Senate Finance Committee hearing today on the President Obama’s health care law, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., questioned Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about what the Administration was doing to help the millions of people who will suffer as a result of the president’s broken promise that American’s could keep insurance plans that they liked. Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 07:06
Evanston – Just over 16 pounds of high grade marijuana was seized from a Lynnwood, Washington, driver who was stopped on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 45 miles east of Evanston. The traffic stop, for following too close, was made Saturday, November 2nd. Twenty-three year-old Velasco Acosta has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form greater than 3 ounces, felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 06:59
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi both (R-WY) introduced legislation to prevent federal agencies from requiring privately held water rights be turned over to the federal government. “Once again, Washington is attempting to take over western water rights with another federal water power grab,” said Sen. Barrasso. “This time their tactics are basically extortion. The Administration is holding public land-use permits hostage in an attempt to acquire private water rights. Chicago-style politics aren’t welcome in the West and we won’t sit back and let Washington attempt to bully our farmers, ranchers and other multiple use permit holders. Congress needs to pass our bill immediately and prevent Washington from extorting Americans’ private water rights.” Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 06:55
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., proudly joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and energy trade groups this week in calling for an end to the EPA’s avalanche of regulations that seek to bury the coal industry and the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans employed in powering the nation. During his speech, Enzi noted that the short sighted policies of this Administration are slowly destroying the important base of jobs and energy provided by coal and that as a country we cannot allow that to happen. Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:36
Wyoming residents have an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that have the potential to hurt consumers and businesses by dramatically increasing energy costs. Individuals and businesses that would be impacted by proposed EPA carbon regulations are encouraged to attend a public comment listening session next Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Denver, CO. A rally to support affordable energy and rural economies will also be held in Denver on Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m. on the Colorado State Capitol west steps. Let the EPA know Wyoming will not stay silent as a government agency tries to destroy a viable, affordable energy supply that Americans rely on. Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 05:22
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after the Senate rejected an attempt by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to establish a joint select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States diplomatic facility and American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. 
Highway closures continue in areas of Denver and portions of northern Colorado. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers are assisting WYDOT personnel at this time to close highway US 85 south out of Cheyenne and highway US 287 south out of Laramie due to flooding and rock slides in the State of Colorado. Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 11:35
Sundance, WY — Join the Black Hills National Forest at the Saturday, September 14 Moon Walk at 7 p.m. to learn about the rare earth minerals of the Bear Lodge Mountains near Sundance, WY. Participants will hike approximately 1 mile round trip up a gravel road to the Warren Peak Lookout Tower to begin the program. Featured speaker, Joe Monks, Staff Geologist with Rare Element Resources, will discuss what rare earth elements are and how they are used. Visitors will also learn about the geology of the Bear Lodge Mountains and Rare Element Resources exploration program. Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 07:33
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement concerning the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001. “More than a decade ago, America showed the world our resolve, our strength, and our commitment to our principles, as we stood together as one nation in the face of the worst act of terrorism in our nation’s history. Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:30
Devils Tower National Monument hosts the Western Cultural Festival on Saturday, August 31. Come join the fun in the picnic area at 12 noon as Ray Maple portrays Tom O’Day, a member of the infamous Hole in the Wall gang who participated in a failed bank robbery attempt in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Ray appeared in several movies filmed in Wyoming, "The Big Guns Talk", PAX "Butch and Sundance"; and documentaries on Buffalo Bill Cody and Old Trail Town. Maple, a former Deputy Sheriff and Police Chief is a working cowboy and rodeo cowboy. Jackie Maple, Ray’s wife, portrays Bronco Nell, a colorful character from Wyoming’s past. Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:15
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