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Rapid City, SD, & Sundance, WY, September 29, 2016 – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 345 acres on the Whaley project on Monday October 3, weather permitting.   This project is located approximately 1.25 m
Wall, SD: The National Grasslands Visitor Center (NGVC) has seen a record breaking year this summer with visitation. More people than ever are stopping by to learn about the twenty National Grasslands and one National Tallgrass Prairie represented at the
Custer, SD —The Black Hills National Forest and its campground concessionaire, Forest Recreation Management, Inc. (FRM) will hold their 12th annual Experience the Outdoors (ETO) day at Horsethief Lake Campground, west of Mount Rushmore on Hwy. 244,
Custer, SD — 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 signed by President Johnson which established the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archeology.   Today,
Press Release - South Dakota Wildland Fire Division and the Black Hills National Forest would like to remind the public about fire safety during the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Fire danger for the Black Hills and Prairie areas can be found at
To minimize human-caused wildfires, please consider the
Later this month local business owner Sterling Albers will be taking his mobile laser tag business to Rapid City, SD, to team up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The recipient, a 13-year-old identified as Sam, is suffering from brain cancer. He wants to throw a large thank you party at West Middle School in Rapid City to thank all those who have supported him.

“The child
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is alerting Wyoming residents who recently traveled to western South Dakota about a Hepatitis A case associated with a local pizza restaurant.
A food handler at the Pizza Works restaurant in Custer, South Dakota was confirmed to have Hepatitis A, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Dr. Tracy Murphy,
Press Release – As of noon on July 11, the Rocky Mountain Area Interagency Coordination Center encompassing Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas, has moved from a Preparedness Level 2 to a Preparedness Level 3. Preparedness levels are based on current and forecast weather conditions, fire activity, and resource availability.

Fire danger in the Rocky Mountain Area is high
Press Release — Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the geology that created the abundance of caves found in the Black Hills. 
Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk a total of 1 1/2 miles roundtrip on a rolling ridge top primitive road. This is an easy to moderate
Press Release — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) final valuation rule on coal produced on federal and Indian lands, and oil and natural gas produced on federal lands and waters.
“Today’s new valuation rule is not about closing
Press Release –  Today the Department of the Interior released final regulations aimed at increasing royalty fees paid on the extraction of oil, natural gas and coal from public lands. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released the following statement in response:
“These regulations are a sham designed by the Obama Administration in order to raise prices and put coal, oil
(Press Release) Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016) –Today the Department of the Interior released the final rule for assessing the value of the coal, oil, and natural gas produced on federal and tribal lands. The new regulations, combined with other
Press Release – As small businesses across the country struggle to provide health insurance for their employees, one major challenge continually stands in their way, the increasing costs. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., held a Senate roundtable today to discuss what options are available to help lower the cost for small businesses in order to help them provide health insurance for more
Press Release – A public meeting will be held in Sundance, Wyo. to provide information on the Cook Lake recreation area.  
The meeting will be held Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Crook County Courthouse Basement, 309 Cleveland Street, Sundance, Wyo.
U.S. Forest Service representatives will present the latest information on the
Press Release — With Independence Day fast approaching, Forest officials want to remind visitors and campers that fireworks are prohibited on the Black Hills National Forest and within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
  Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devices is prohibited on the Black Hills National Forest year-round, regardless of
Press Release - The objective is to utilize a risk management process to develop and evaluate operational strategies that provide for firefighter and public safety, provide protection for structures, and minimize smoke impacts to local communities. 
Resources were on scene through the night. Crews conducted a burnout last night due to the spread of the fire which generated a 10
Press Release – The Black Hills Historic Preservation Trust is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the recent vandalism to the historic Meeker Ranch, located northeast of Custer, SD on the Black Hills National Forest.
Numerous windows were broken and damage was done to an exterior door from forced
Press Release – The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. That means a lower court’s ruling against the plan stays in place.
  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has been a vocal critic of the president’s amnesty plan.
“The president can’t decide to just grant
Press Release – Section 45Q does not refer to a spy agency. It’s not the name of a sports car. It’s far less flashy than either of these things, but U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes it could go a long way toward keeping energy affordable in this country and addressing environmental concerns.
Section 45Q is actually an important part of the U.S. tax
Press Release -Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis hosted Wyoming panelists at a hearing on H.R. 5259: the Certainty for States and Tribes Act.  Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT-At large) introduced and Rep. Lummis cosponsored the legislation in response to the current Administration’s recent attacks on coal, oil, and gas production, including: the Secretarial Order placing a moratorium on new
Press Release — Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the uses of native plant species in the northern Black Hills. 
Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk a total of 1 mile roundtrip over uneven terrain in a meadow. This is an easy to moderate hike that is largely flat ground with some
Press Release – Yesterday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) announced he will oppose Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General nominee Susan Beard until DOE complies with federal law.
In a letter to Beard, Barrasso outlined his concerns with the DOE’s ongoing violations of the miscellaneous receipts statute. This law was enacted to ensure that the executive branch does
Press Release - A fatal crash south of Gillette, Wyoming on June 7th has resulted in the death of 83 year old Eaton, Colorado resident Deloris Clutter. The crash occurred at 1:15 p.m. on the 7th near mile post 10 on Wyoming State Highway 50 approximately five miles south of Gillette. 

Clutter was a backseat passenger in a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by 77 year old Casper,
Press Release - The Wyoming Army National Guard will say farewell to soldiers in Detachment 3, B Company, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, in Cheyenne at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The soldiers are deploying to perform aviation maintenance on helicopters supporting efforts in Afghanistan; their first stop after leaving Cheyenne will be Fort Hood, Texas, for additional mobilization training.

Press Release – The Department of Labor released its final overtime regulation today that U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said could force businesses to shift employees from salaried to hourly positions, reduce full-time hours and pay for employees, and automate jobs rather than create employment opportunities.
The rule, which is set to take effect in December, would double the
Press Release – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., helped introduce bicameral legislation to protect coal jobs from the Obama administration’s recent moratorium on new federal coal leases. The legislation would help ensure that states and tribes have a significant voice in any changes to federal coal, oil and gas royalties
Press Release – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized their federal methane rule to restrict emissions of the gas across the country. The rule is expected to overlap and interfere with successful state and voluntary efforts to reduce methane emissions without discouraging energy production.
Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Vice Chairmen
Press Release – The University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will convene the third collaborative learning workshop regarding the greater Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG) landscape on Thurs., May 19.

All workshops are being held on behalf of the U.S Forest Service (USFS) and the upcoming event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the George
Press Release - A Rapid City, South Dakota man is in custody after leading Wyoming law enforcement on a 70 mile long pursuit in a stolen vehicle on Interstate 90.

A Wyoming State Trooper initially stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee around 5:30 p.m. on May 2nd for speeding at mile post 142 on I-90 westbound approximately 13 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming. The Jeep had no license plates which
Press Release - A two state pursuit ended safely west of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming on April 27th resulting in Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers arresting a wanted homicide suspect out of South Dakota.

Jared J. Stone, a 21 year old resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, initially led Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol on a pursuit westbound on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska in a 1988
Press Release –  There is good news for those who travel with a bow to go hunting or for recreational purposes. Today the Senate passed a bill that included language to allow bows and archery equipment to be transported lawfully through national parks.
Attached to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which the Senate passed 85-12, the bill would provide the same protection to
Press Release – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is requesting help this year from anglers who fish at LAK Reservoir east of Newcastle.  Anglers are being asked to report what types of fish they catch and how long they fished.  The information will be used to ensure that future stocking is efficient, cost effective, and maintains the high quality fishing LAK Reservoir is known
Press Release –  Today (4-20-16)  the Senate passed an energy bill that U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said would modernize the U.S. energy policies relating to efficiency, infrastructure, supply and accountability.  Enzi applauded the bipartisan legislation as common ground that both sides agree are needed.
“This bill is the first significant update to our
Press Release – The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation today that would provide needed support to airports around Wyoming while addressing security concerns and reauthorizing funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., praised provisions in the legislation that would restore Transportation Security Administration
Press Release – The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2016 season. This program is in its 21st year and it introduces Forest visitors to the cultural and natural history of the Black Hills.
“Over 14,000 visitors have attended the 141 Moon Walk programs since 1996.  Consistently an average of 100 people attends each
Press Release – Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and “Find Your Park” at Devils Tower National Monument during National Park Week, April 16 through 24.  Entrance fees will be waived all week and enjoy a beautiful drive through the rolling Black Hills of Northeast Wyoming. “During National Park Week, and throughout the centennial year,
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead recently traveled to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to visit with deployed troops there. The Governor traveled with Governors Terry McAuliffe of Virginia and Phil Bryant of Mississippi. The trip was organized by the Department of Defense and took place March 16-20, 2016.

“I was honored to join this delegation to see our troops,” said
Release - The National Weather Service has slightly upped the snowfall prediction for the northern half of Campbell County and now included Crook County in that total. Monday afternoon they were expecting 1-2 inches in our area, now saying 2-3 inches…combined with northerly winds of 40 mph which will cause blowing and drifting and visibility issues. The Wright area had been expecting 2-4
Press Release - Partnering with the Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management program, in 2013 the Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (BJCCCC) and Black Hills National Forest organized a wildland fire program to recruit and train Job Corps students as new firefighters.

The intent of the program is to train entry-level firefighters, provide them with education and paid work
Press Release - While Zika virus is highly unlikely to take hold within or near Wyoming, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official wants women who are pregnant and women trying to become pregnant, as well as their partners, to take Zika-related travel warnings seriously.
Zika virus is spread to people mostly through bites of infected Aedes species mosquitos, which do not live in
Press Release – Warming weather conditions have led to early snowmelt in some parts of the Bighorn National Forest, conditions that are ripe for damage to roads, trails, and vegetation.

     Forest Service regulations prohibit over-snow travel in areas with less than six inches of snow. Patrollers have documented snowmobile tracks in areas that can take years to
Press Release – It may not be pleasant or popular, but someone has to ask how the federal government will pay for spending, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Enzi took on that role yesterday in a committee executive session debate on new health spending proposals.
“We only like to do new programs that give out new money in addition to what we’ve been doing and
Press Release - University of Wyoming Extension entomologist Alex Latchininsky said a wetter, warmer climate may contribute to future locust outbreaks like that harassing Argentinians and could also boost future grasshopper infestations in Wyoming and the West.

            Officials say Argentina is facing its worst plague in more than
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a blue Jeep Cherokee around 9:17 a.m. this morning (March 7th) on the southern outskirts of Cheyenne when the Jeep failed to stop for the Trooper. The pursuit began on College Drive (WY-212) near the intersection with South Greeley Highway (US-85). The SUV eventually fled south for eight miles on US-85 towards
Press Release - While colorectal cancer can often be deadly, recommended screenings can make it largely preventable for most people, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.
Morgan Powell with Wyoming Integrated Cancer Services at WDH said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of
Press Release – Alex Richard Ascherin, a Wyoming inmate, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, Wyoming from an alleged suicide. The incident is under investigation by the Wyoming Department of Corrections in conjunction with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and Carbon County Coroner.

Ascherin was sentenced on November 19, 2015, by
Press Release – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite a prescribed fire, Wednesday January 13, 2016.
A 94 acre section of the Whaley project will be implemented as conditions allow.  This project is located approximately 1.5 miles north east of Hill City, SD.
Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire
Press Release – Devils Tower National Monument will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and join over 400 national park units across the country with free entry into the Monument on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Our national parks hold special experiences for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisure nature walk, or simply pack a
Press Release (1-6-15) – The United States Congress, through the budget reconciliation process, has passed the most comprehensive and far-reaching repeal of Obamacare to reach the president’s desk. The Senate approved the legislation last month, and the House is expected to approve it later today. 
“Once the House approves this bill, Congress will have passed the
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of new executive action on guns.
“Every day across Wyoming, we responsibly exercise our right to keep and bear arms. The last thing we need is for the president to infringe on our constitutional right to protect our homes and
Press Release - Nineteen pounds of marijuana was seized by Troopers after a traffic stop for speeding on December 30th west of Laramie, WY on Interstate 80. 

A 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan was stopped for the violation near mile post 288 on I-80 eastbound at 9:23 a.m. on the 30th. Through the course of the stop, the Trooper established reasonable suspicion that something else was going on
Press Release – At Governor Matt Mead’s direction, Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael sent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy a Petition for Reconsideration of EPA’s Final Rule on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources. The Petition was submitted this afternoon via email as well as by overnight mail.


Press Release –  During a hearing yesterday on regulatory budgeting, Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said it was vital to understand the cumulative costs and impact of regulations on the economy imposed by federal agencies through new
Press Release - A Vermont man is in custody after crashing his vehicle north of Sundance on November 28th while transporting 40 pounds of marijuana.  

The crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28th on US Highway 212 near mile post 17 just south of the Montana border in Wyoming. Conor P. McNamara, a 27 year old resident of Brattleboro, Vermont left the highway and crashed the
Press Release –   Seeing and smelling smoke in the days ahead is a sign that Forest Managers are working to reduce hazardous fuels.
Beginning this week and throughout the winter, Districts across the Black Hills National Forest are focusing efforts on burning hand and machine slash piles. Piles are created from timber sale slash and tree thinning operations. Fire
Press Release –  Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that it is trying to pass a “clean power plan”, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said it is more honest to call the new energy regulations a “no power plan”. Enzi applauded the Senate passage of two resolutions yesterday aimed at scrapping the EPA rules designed to end coal power
Press Release -- Governor Matt Mead released the following statement regarding the refugee issue:

“No state should have to endure the threat of terrorists entering our borders,” Governor Mead said. “The President needs to make certain an absolutely thorough vetting system is in place that will not allow terrorists from Syria or any other part of the world into our
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement today in response to Representative Cynthia Lummis’ announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2016.

“I'm sorry to hear that Cynthia Lummis is retiring from Congress after 2016. Cynthia has done a marvelous job. She has worked vigorously for America and for Wyoming. Her
Press Release – Serving in the military requires a willingness to serve others to keep this country great. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a veteran of the Air National Guard, issued the following statement for Veterans Day. 

“My Dad served in the Navy. My Uncle served in the Army. I thought it was something that everybody does. I wound up in the Air National Guard, and
Press Release – 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, Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available.
     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
Press Release - A single vehicle crash west of Wright, Wyoming on November 3rd has resulted in the death of 18 year old Colorado Springs, Colorado resident Megan E. Skinner.  

The crash is believed to have occurred around 10:00 p.m. on November 3rd on Wyoming State Highway 387 at mile post 138 approximately 14 miles west of Wright. The crash was not discovered until the early
Press Release (11-4-15) – States already know best how to manage their water and they don’t need the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to over-regulate one of Wyoming’s most precious resources said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaking on the Senate floor today.
Enzi’s comments came shortly after the Senate voted (53-44) to disapprove of the EPA’s
Press Release – National Park Service (NPS) veterinarians recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck white-tailed deer at Devils Tower National Monument.   CWD is endemic to free-ranging deer populations throughout much of eastern Wyoming, and although this is the first animal to test positive for CWD at Devils Tower, it is not the first case in
Press Release - One of the most endangered mammals in North America received a boost today, thanks to collaborative efforts between the federal government and the State of Wyoming. 

As part of its ongoing efforts to conserve the endangered black-footed ferret, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has finalized a rule to
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., cosponsored two bipartisan resolutionsTuesday in an attempt to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented regulations aimed at putting coal out of business.
Aimed at two pillars of the proposed Clean Power Plan, the resolution introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi
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