Regional News
Press Release – Yesterday a U.S. District Court judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, citing the agency’s failure to consider voluntary conservation efforts.
 
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) issued the following statement in
Press Release – The Black Hills Historical Preservation Trust is offering a $500 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 on the Black Hills National Forest.
 
Siding on the Meeker Ranch barn (photos attached) was vandalized, destroying a significant
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a Bat Festival August 29th, 1:00 – 10:30 p.m. in the Picnic Area.   

The festival will feature demonstrations on how to build bat boxes, information booths, crafts, and activities for kids.  There will also be door prizes, an inflatable cave, and guest presentations.  Bat listening walks will be offered during
Press Release — The stairs leading into the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower, located north of Deadwood, SD, will undergo restoration beginning Monday, August 24. Construction activities are expected to occur through Friday, August 28.
 
During the restoration, the trail will remain open, but the Tower will be closed for public visitation. There will be limited parking at the Mount
 Press Release - Troopers working Sturgis overflow traffic into Wyoming are crediting pre-planned efforts by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) in keeping traffic safe during the 2015 rally.  

    Lt. Jason Green, WHP Special Services Squad Co-Commander, stated "We had more traffic going into Hulett (WY) on Wednesday (Aug. 5th) then I have
  Press Release -  A two vehicle crash on August 7th has resulted in the death of 56 year old Craig, Colorado resident Alan E. Dietrich. The crash occurred at the intersection of Wyoming State Highway 387 and Wyoming State Highway 50 at 2:25 p.m. approximately 19 miles southwest of Wright, Wyoming.  

 Mr. Dietrich was operating a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on
Press Release - The Hulett Ham N Jam and the Sundance Burnout saw record attendance yesterday and overall was uneventful.

Early attendance estimates in Sundance indicate that there were between 18,000 and 20,000 motorcycles. Twenty thousand motorcycles placed tire to tire would reach almost 22 miles.

"Even with the large number of bikes in Sundance, it was a successful
Press Release - The Hulett Ham N Jam and the Sundance Burnout are heating up. Thousands of motorcycle riders have made their way into Crook and surrounding counties.

Reports from local pilots to Crook County Emergency Management state that local roads are congested with motorcycles and traffic is moving at approximately 35 mph.

Law enforcement officials are working hard to keep
Press Release - County, town and state officials are combining efforts to provide a safe environment for visitors to the Ham ?N Jam in Hulett, Wyo. and for travelers destined for Sturgis, SD.

The roads are congested with motorcycles and officials urge drivers to use caution when traveling. Traffic is particularly heavy on Highways 14 and 24. We are seeing significant traffic on all roads
   Press Release - A single vehicle crash on July 29th has resulted in the death of 34 year old Daniel T. Poole of Sidney, Nebraska. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. on Interstate 25 near mile post 129 approximately seven miles south of Douglas, Wyoming. 

    Daniel Poole was the front seat passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 28 year old Brittany Poole,
Press Release – President Barrack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved forward with a unprecedented rule to regulate new and existing coal power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan”. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement.
 
“This proposal isn’t some isolated bureaucratic rule,” Enzi said. “If you can
Press Release  – With great sadness, the Black Hills National Forest confirms the name of the Forest Service firefighter who died while responding to the Frog Fire within the Modoc National Forest outside of Alturas, CA. The fallen is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc
Press Release - Several dead prairie dogs and other rodents recently found in Devils Tower National Monument have tested positive for tularemia.  This year, tularemia has been widely reported in Wyoming and some neighboring states.  

Tularemia is a naturally occurring bacterial disease transmitted by infected insects and ticks to rabbits, hares, muskrats, beavers and other small
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have been coordinating safety efforts with the South Dakota Department of Transportation officials for the upcoming 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

There is estimated to be 800,000 to 1.2 million people attend this year’s rally, twice as many as the rally has attracted in any year in the past 25. 

Wyoming DOT and
A suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide Wednesday morning on the Crow Indian Reservation in Big Horn County, Montana was apprehended on County Road 3LE north of Meeteetse by officers from the Park County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol.

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Park County 911 Communications Center received information from Big Horn County, MT to be on the
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., released the following statements in response to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) kicking off a series of listening sessions starting today in Washington, D.C. to discuss raising the royalty rates on the Federal Coal Leasing Program. The BLM plans to host similar listening
Gideon Defensive Solutions, a Gillette based company, will be hosting classes for "The Introduction to the Defensive Handgun" on August 1st and 29th at the Gillette Gun Club. These classes are designed to be an introduction to the handgun for defensive applications and are well suited for those with little to no experience in the use of the handgun.

The classes include 4 hours
Press Release: Thursday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposed stream rule.
 
“It’s outrageous that less than a month after being rebuked by the U.S. Supreme Court for ignoring the costs of its regulations, the administration is doing it again with this job-crushing, anti-coal rule.
Press Release – The Wyoming Capitol will open to the public on July 18th and 25th this year. This allows visitors access to the Capitol for tours and sightseeing on the Saturdays of Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

“Wyoming’s Capitol - one of only 20 in America recognized as a National Historic Landmark – is scheduled to close later this year for renovations. I
Press Release - Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is warning the public of a new phone scam targeting its members and member businesses. Crooks posing as bogus utility employees or collection agents launched a campaign this week trying to obtain personal information.

The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is
Press Release - West Nile virus has returned to Wyoming with the season’s first case, involving a Sheridan County resident, being reported to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“We want to remind residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Katie Bryan, epidemiologist with WDH. Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV)
Press Release – With Greece sinking from the financial weight of its excessive government debt, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., wants to know what lessons can be learned so that America doesn’t find itself in a similar financial disaster.
 
Questioning Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Enzi said he
Today or at others points this summer, you may have noticed a smokey haze in Northeast Wyoming. Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King said there is a combination of sources for the smoke. There are a large number of fires up in Canada, some in Alaska and some in Washington. Depending on when and where wind currents are traveling, the smokey haze could impact the area for
Three Gillette College students placed in the top 15 at the recent SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
The SkillsUSA Championships took place June 24-25, as part of the SkillsUSA 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students.

Skylar Stitt of Gillette finished in seventh place in the Related Technical Math
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced Monday the State of Wyoming has joined in a lawsuit filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States rule. Governor Mead has opposed this rule since it was first proposed and he will help lead a coalition of twelve states in litigation against the final
Press Release — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the case Michigan v. EPA:
 
“While this ruling is a welcome rebuke of the Obama administration’s runaway EPA, it’s too late for many Americans who work at coal plants that have already
Press Release - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has again honored Black Hills Corp.’s Wyodak Mine employees with a Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the small mines employer division.  
 
Wyodak Mine Manager Marc Ostrem accepted the award on behalf of the company and the 67 employees who work at the mine near Gillette, Wyoming, during Wednesday night’s presentation at the
Press Release - Three fatalities have been confirmed in this crash. All three fatalities were the occupants traveling in a 2006 Toyota Highlander. David Knotts, a 45 year old resident of Jenison, Michigan, was driving the Toyota.  

John Jackson, a 64 year old resident of Leasburg, Missouri was operating a 2012 Volvo tractor with trailer. Mr. Jackson was slowed/stopped in traffic
Press Release – Today U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s King Vs. Burwell decision.
 
 “For too long, the debate over health care has placed politics before the best interests of patients. No matter the court’s ruling, it is time for Democrats and Republicans to deliver what the president promised
News Release – U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., today, during a joint hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on regulatory reform, said Congress has a responsibility to help make it easier for hardworking Americans to grow their businesses or advance in their jobs, instead of worrying about inefficient and ineffective
Press Release – The 2015 drawings for resident elk as well as for resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books. Hunters can check their results on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website or by calling (307) 777-4600.

Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings
Custer, SD – The Rainbow Family of Living Light have chosen to hold their 2015 National Rainbow Gathering on the Black Hills National Forest, Mystic Ranger District.  The gathering site is located approximately three air miles southwest of Deerfield Lake.  Participants come from all walks of life drawing anywhere from 7,000-20,000 people.  Participants will continue to arrive
Press Release - Recent rains have not slowed the anglers, boaters or beach visitors at Sheridan Lake.  “The water level of the lake, although at record high elevations, has not had a significant effect on our recreation facilities at Sheridan Lake,” said Amy Ballard, Recreation Forester on the Black Hills National Forest. 

Both boat ramps remain open.  Ballard says
Press Release - A traffic stop for speeding on June 15th has led to the arrest of two Indiana residents for possessing multiple forms of marijuana. The stop occurred around 7:00 p.m. at mile post 50 on Wyoming State Highway 191 approximately 10 miles north of Farson, Wyoming.  

A maroon Lincoln passenger car was stopped for speeding 79 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. While talking
*Update* Press Release - The trooper involved in yesterday's two vehicle crash west of Cody was Trooper Rodney Miears who is a five year Patrol veteran stationed out of Cody. The driver of the 2003 International truck was 27 year old Billings, Montana resident James Friede. 

Both Trooper Miears and Mr. Friede were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Mr. Friede was
Press Release - Wyoming’s kokanee salmon record, which has stood since 2009 was broken earlier this month thanks to the efforts of Lyons, Colorado angler George Sharman. Sharman caught a 6.31 pound kokanee while fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

 

Sharman’s fish was 25.25 inches long and had a girth of 14 inches. It bested the previous state record caught in 2009 also out
A two vehicle crash on June 14th has resulted in the death of 61 year old John E. Valyou of Columbus, Montana. The crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. near mile post 317.50 on Interstate 80 westbound approximately one mile east of Laramie, Wyoming.  

Mr. Valyou was riding a 2008 Boss Hoss motorcycle westbound on I 80 in the left lane and wearing a helmet. A 2015 International
Heavy rains are expected over the next few days on the already-saturated Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG), and subsequently, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area.

Road conditions on the TBNG remain poor, after severe storms caused flooding and road washouts last week. Continued wet weather has not allowed conditions to improve much and the potential
Press Release – Wyoming’s youth hunting championships crowned winners May 30 in Upton but more importantly nearly 50 young hunters from across the Cowboy State, South Dakota and Nebraska had a fun time practicing their hunting skills. 

Officially called the Wyoming Youth Hunter Challenge, the National Rifle Association-sponsored event has been held at the Upton Gun Club
Press Release – Functions performed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) may be better performed by other law enforcement agencies, according to Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Enzi wrote that the ATF should be reformed, with any necessary functions possibly being merged into other federal law enforcement
 Press Release - A two vehicle crash early this morning on Wyoming State Highway 59 has resulted in the death of 43 year old Windsor, Colorado resident Shane Nett. The crash occurred at 1:00 a.m. near mile post 29 approximately 29 miles north of Douglas, Wyoming on WY 59.

While northbound on WY 59, Mr. Nett was driving a 2015 Ford Expedition. For reasons unknown, the
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that if you approach a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection you must treat it like a 4-way stop. 

The recent thunderstorms have caused many power outages throughout northeast Wyoming and though power has been restored, there are still some cases of intermittent power
Press Release - A single vehicle crash on May 31st resulted in the death of 26 year old Rebecca Carlson of Fountain, Colorado. Rebecca Carlson was a passenger in a 2006 Nissan Altima that was being driven by 31 year old Mark Ticehurst who is also from Fountain. The crash occurred at 10:05 p.m. near mile post 285 on Interstate 25 approximately 15 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming.

 
 
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead joined Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and representatives from The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to announce the release of 14 final environmental reviews for land use plans that address greater sage-grouse habitat across Wyoming and nine other states.

The plans include elements intended to
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.
 
“Instead of reaching a reasonable solution, today the EPA has ignored millions of Americans and taken more control over private land in our country.
Press Release - With Wyoming’s warmer months expected, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents to avoid mosquitos and ticks when spending time outdoors because these insects can carry potentially serious diseases.
 
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.  In Wyoming, diseases
Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy called Governor Mead to announce that she is signing the controversial Waters of the United States rule. Wyoming, along with a number of other states, asked McCarthy to work on concerns with the rule. Consultation with governors is required under the Clean Water Act.

"I am disappointed at the lack of
Press Release – Due to wet conditions and forecasts predicting additional precipitation, some seasonally closed roads on the Black Hills National Forest will remain closed through the holiday weekend.
 
The areas listed below are seasonally closed for big game winter range, and will remain closed to motorized vehicles until roads dry out:
 

Black Hawk area north of Rolling
Press Release – Recently U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined Senator Roy Blunt, R- Mo., in introducing legislation which would prohibit the federal government from requiring Americans to disclose their race or ethnicity in connection with the purchase of a firearm. In 2014, it was reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented a change to Form
Press Release - The Hell Canyon Ranger District wilderness trails and volunteer crews on the Black Hills National Forest will again be clearing fallen trees this summer off of hiking and horse trails around Harney Peak, located in the Black Elk Wilderness.
 
Last year, there were approximately 3,600 trees cleared from roughly 55 miles on these high use public trails. 
 
Please
Press Release - The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Records of Decision (ROD) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project (the Project) have been signed and issued. 
 
This project, proposed by Black Hills Power (BHP), would construct and operate a 230 kV transmission line connecting the Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyoming to the Osage
Press Release – Today Governor Matt Mead announced the launch of Wyoming Grown. The program connects individuals who grew up in Wyoming with in-demand career opportunities from employers around the state.

At www.wyominggrown.org, family and friends living in Wyoming can refer someone to the program who has left the state. Those interested in relocating can upload their
Wyoming high school championships culminate this month with the state hunting championships May 30 in Upton. 

Officially called the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, this National Rifle Association-sponsored event allows Wyoming hunters 18 and under who have passed hunter education to showcase their skills and have a good time. 

The challenge tests youngsters in sporting
Press Release – A public meeting will be held in Sundance, Wyo. to discuss the Cook Lake recreation area closure.
 
The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 123 N N. 2nd St, Sundance, Wyo.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public on the current landslide conditions at the Cook Lake
Press Release – Hunters who had mountain lion licenses in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 are now being surveyed as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking more information on mountain lion hunter success rates and the efforts being put into lion hunting. 

Lion hunters are required to have their kill checked by Game and Fish officials, but the survey provides
After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming. 

On April 16th, around 5:00 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a crash on WY 220 approximately 46 miles southwest of Casper. With the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, the
Press Release - Two fatalities have been confirmed from this crash and that is projected to be the final number of fatalities involved. 58 year old Lynn Freeman of Williford, Arkansas and 23 year old Jenay L. Breden of Westminster, Colorado were pronounced deceased on scene. The two females were in separate vehicles during the crash. 

 

The total number of vehicles involved has
*Update* Press Release -  59 vehicles have been confirmed to be involved in this morning's crash with the potential of another four to six more. The large fire that ensued from the crash delayed the investigation efforts for an extended period. Wyoming Highway Patrol Crash Team Members and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are still continuing to work through the crash
For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292.  

Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the
Press Release - 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passenger vehicles is the latest estimate that were involved in one of the three crash sequences along with multiple other vehicles that were not part of an actual crash, but became stranded in the event due to road blockage. 16 motorists were transported by ambulance and 11 motorists were transported by a Laramie County School District bus to
Sheridan - Recently the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was notified by the Black Hills National Forest the Cook Lake Recreation Area north of Sundance would be closed to the public for the second summer in a row. On March 24, 2015 the Black Hills National Forest announced the popular recreation site would close on April 1 due to landslide potential in the area.  

 

With
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced the members of the Fish and Wildlife Resources Task Force today. The goal of the task force is to recommend strategies to maximize the benefits of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Recommendations will include funding, education, vocation and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as different ways to support the resources.
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn during the week of April 19.  Fire management officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the entrance of the Monument and east of the Belle Fourche River.  

The burn is needed to remove build-up of dead fuels and woody herbaceous
Press Release - Over the last year, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Northeast Enforcement Team and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, in a cooperative effort with the Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms, Central Enforcement Team and
Press Release – The United States Senate today approved a balanced budget resolution for fiscal year 2016, which will boost the nation’s economic growth by more than $500 billion over the next ten years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).If the Senate adds recommended tax and regulatory reforms to these spending reductions, the economic benefits will
CHEYENNE – State officials received confirmation on Wednesday that the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was identified in a Canada goose found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinarian ask that people continue to be on the lookout for birds that may
Sundance, WY – The Black Hills National Forest will close access to Cook Lake Recreation Area on April 1, 2015. 
 
The closure of the access to the popular recreation facility was first ordered in 2014 over concerns of landslides. Freezing soil this winter allowed a temporary opening of Cook Lake Recreation Area through April 1 for ice fishing and day use.
 
Forest
Press Release –  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said states are often ignored by federal wildlife managers when it comes to managing species within their own borders and the data used to justify an endangered species listing is not always disclosed to them. Enzi introduced legislation this week with Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and others that would require the federal
Press Release - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is going beyond its authority in its attempt to ban certain kinds of commonly used ammunition and the agency should put the brakes on its proposal, wrote a group of U.S. senators that include Wyoming’s Mike Enzi and John Barrasso.
 
Enzi and Barrasso joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles
Press Release– The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce joined more than 250 local, regional and state Chambers of Commerce urging Congress to resolve the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund and to pass a long-term federal transportation authorization bill.
 
Chambers of Commerce know infrastructure investment is an important economic issue. Without a sustainable
The names of Campbell County High School Senior Honor Roll students are featured on digital billboards throughout Gillette as part of a new campaign by Black Hills State University to recognize these students for their academic accomplishments.
Press Release - A new ad campaign from Black Hills State University is putting the spotlight on Campbell County High School Senior Honor Roll students.

The campaign recognizes high-achieving students and lets them know that BHSU offers in-state tuition to Wyoming students, according to Corinne Hansen, Director of University and Community Relations at BHSU.

“We really just wanted to
Press Release (2-26-15)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) votes to overturn state laws and grant government regulation of private broadband networks.
 
“Today, Chairman Wheeler and a partisan majority at the FCC declared the agency to be the gatekeeper of the
Press Release – During a hearing on the nation’s debt Wednesday, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, noted that America’s current debt is the biggest our country has ever owed and endangers our government and hurts the nation’s economic potential.
 
“If we don’t stand up to our debt and stop overspending, we’ll ruin
Press Release  – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Tom Udall, D-N.M., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Representatives Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the states. The bill would effectively eliminate a
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, is encouraging Wyoming high school students to apply to be a Senate page for one of the summer sessions in Washington, DC.
 
The deadline for summer applications is March 5.
 
“Along with allowing students a front row seat during debates in the U.S. Senate, participants will have the opportunity to explore the nation’s
Press Release - The Forest Service’s recently released rule governing winter travel in national forests will have little effect in the Bighorn National Forest.

     The rule, released in late January, says national forests must designate routes and areas where over-snow vehicle use is allowed.

     Forest supervisor Bill Bass said he expects the
Devils Tower National Monument will offer free entrance Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16. 

President’s Day weekend is a perfect time to bring family and friends to Devils Tower to experience the grandeur of the magnificent Tower!  All hiking trails are open and welcome your exploring.  The Bald Eagles, White-Tail Deer, Prairie Dogs and Turkeys are all
Press Release -- The Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation has asked supporters to help raise $6,000 for safety rails to create a safe touring environment in the Vore Buffalo Jump near Beulah, Wyo. by May 1.

The Vore Buffalo Jump is a sinkhole where Native Americans trapped bison during hunts held between 1550 and 1800. The archeological site was discovered in 1969 during construction of I-90. The
Press Release – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., recently joined 33 of their Republican colleagues in introducing a bill that would preserve free speech and prevent the IRS from targeting politically aligned groups. The effort is led by Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
 
The Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act would protect
Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement in regard to the president’s State of the Union speech.

“What we’re hearing from the president isn’t new. It’s a rehash of the same message he defaults to when he’s in campaign mode and doesn’t want to address the
Sundance, WY - The Forest Service proposes to designate a new motorized trail on Bearlodge Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest, north of Sundance, Wyoming.
 
Reuter Motorized Trail would provide a route for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from Reuter Trailhead and Campground to the larger OHV trail system. Officials said that by eliminating the need for OHVs to use Warren Peak
Press Release – The Senate Finance Committee announced the launch of five separate bipartisan Tax Working Groups to spur congressional comprehensive tax reform efforts in the 114th Congress. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will co-chair the working group focusing on reforms to individual income taxes.  
 
According to Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District will burn slash piles this winter, contingent upon fuel moisture and weather conditions. 

The prescribed burning will dispose of slash piles created from forest health, wildlife habitat improvement and fuels reduction treatments.  Project areas include:

Parks Wildland Urban Interface (WUI):  Slash piles created during
Press Release - On Monday, ten states filed a joint amicus brief supporting Wyoming in its case challenging the EPA’s purported expansion of the Wind River Reservation boundary. Wyoming went to the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals because the EPA’s action is unprecedented and its decision is wrong. 

 “Wyoming - and no state - should have its sovereignty
  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Budget Committee Ranking Member Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., have come to an agreement regarding chairmanship of the panel in the 114th Congress. Pending a committee vote and GOP Caucus approval, Enzi will chair the committee and Sessions will take on a significant role in reforming welfare spending and identifying and
Press Release - This week marks the beginning of winter recreation on the Black Hills National Forest as Forest officials open snowmobile, cross country ski and snowshoe trails in the Black Hills area and close seasonal gates across the Forest.
 
Ice fishermen and ice skaters will also soon be able to enjoy their sport on the area lakes and reservoirs.  Please remember that boat
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.)  December 11, 2014 – The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have recently completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project.
 

The FEIS and draft Forest Service decisions are available for public review on the  Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin
CHEYENNE – Ice anglers should expect a good fishing season on Wyoming lakes and reservoirs this winter. But, along with the good fishing, anglers are advised to use caution while on the ice. 

 
The cold snap of recent weeks has iced over the lakes in many waters in the state and good water levels resulting from last winter’s snow pack should contribute to good
With reported gonorrhea cases in Campbell County more than doubling so far this year, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives are reminding those at risk to seek testing for the sexually transmitted disease (STD).
 
Through the end of October, WDH had reports of 29 gonorrhea cases among Campbell County residents. “Last year we saw just 61 cases for the entire state, 14 of
The Wyoming Highway Patrol's enhanced enforcement efforts continue on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. Troopers have been working altered shifts and additional troopers are being brought in from other divisions to assist with the efforts to increase highway safety on WY 59. Attention has been focused on general traffic enforcement with special attention on the contributing factors
Press Release – President Obama announced unilateral changes to America’s immigration policies today by use of executive orders. These orders will grant amnesty to at least 4 million people without a single vote in Congress.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed previous attempts at providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the president’s plan and said
Custer, SD –   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 managers
Sheridan, Wyo. (November 12, 2014) – 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
Press Release - Wyoming anglers and antelope hunters benefit from access provided by Sasol to their privately owned lands. Fishing at Healy Reservoir and antelope hunting in Area 10 are allowed by Sasol through access agreements with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Many anglers fish Healy Reservoir thinking it is a publically owned water body, but that is not the case. When Sasol
Wyoming State Highway 59 is a north/south roadway spanning approximately 110 miles between Douglas and Gillette. Due to increased traffic, recent crashes and citizen concerns on this highway, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is responding.  

Additional troopers within the respective districts will be brought into the area to focus on all traffic related issues, being visible and
Press Release. – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld Wyoming’s plan for controlling emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) under the Clean Air Act’s regional haze program. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians, challenged the EPA’s approval of Wyoming’s plan on the ground that the plan failed to
Press Release - The blizzard last October showed how a major winter storm can affect every person in a large area. The storm brought heavy snow, strong winds, and cold temperatures that blocked roads and caused widespread power outages. Without essential supplies and services, many residents were forced to be totally self-sufficient for a week or more.

As the winter season approaches, the
CHEYENNE – A ruling today by a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C. continues the suspension of gray wolf hunting in Wyoming. After two years of hunting, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on Sept. 23 that Wyoming’s plan was not legally sufficient to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray
Custer, SD– Fall colors are showing up all over the Black Hills and the Forest Service encourages you to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons.
“The best viewing for Fall colors on the Forest is usually late September to early October,” said Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer, Black Hills National Forest. “The aspen, birch and oak are
Press Release - On September 26th, two juvenile runaways from Colorado were arrested by a Wyoming State Trooper for a string of vehicle thefts from Colorado and Wyoming. A stolen vehicle report was received from Jackson, Wyoming to look for a stolen GMC pickup truck. While Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Troopers from Patrol were looking for the pickup in the Dubois
Sundance, Wyoming, - Black Hills National Forest North Zone Fire is planning to ignite, the Sleez prescribed, September 26, 1.5 miles northwest of Warren Peak Lookout.
 
The 124 acre Sleez project unit is located in the Whitelaw and Beaver Creek drainages in the Bearlodge Mountains.
 
Resources include one dozer, multiple fire engines and crews.
 
More prescribed fire is also
While many people unexpectedly take a tumble from time to time, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that falls can sometimes lead to moderate and severe injuries, especially among older adults.
 
Dara Lawyer, WDH injury prevention coordinator, said the chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall may increase with age.
 
Falls are the leading
Press Release - A two vehicle head on crash on September 20th resulted in the death of 29 year old Chad D. Nobach of Gillette, Wyoming. The crash occurred approximately 20 miles south of Gillette at mile post 88.75 on WY 59 at 7:09 p.m.. Mr. Nobach was the front seat passenger in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma truck being driven by 22 year old Braydon W. Donahoo of Gillette. 

 

Mr. Donahoo
Washington – This week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a leading free-market think tank on economic policy, awarded Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) the distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for his perfect voting record on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. The senator’s voting record garnered him a 100% rating according to
Sundance, WY – The prescribed fires planned for this week on the Bearlodge Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest have been postponed.

Fire personnel assessed conditions and conditions did not fall within the burn plan prescription.

Fire managers will resume implementation as soon as weather and fuel conditions fall within burn prescriptions which may be as early as next
Gillette, WYO. – September 15, 2014 - The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Campbell County Economic Development Corporation are coming together to raise awareness of emerging federal policies impacting affordable energy across the U.S.

The “Affordable Energy Rally” will be held on September 25, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Cam-Plex Multi-Events Facility. U.S.
CHEYENNE - Investigators with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have been and continue to assist the Fremont County Coroner and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the death of a man in the mountains above Dubois, thought to be a missing Utah man.  The man had not been heard from since September 5th, and Fremont County Search and Rescue crews discovered what were
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rejection of part of Wyoming’s plan for visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. This decision is based on the State’s likelihood of success on appeal as well as the irreparable harm to the State and utilities without a stay.  

“Wyoming has a
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