Regional News
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.

“This

WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE From NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD - A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES TODAY...THEN THROUGH NEBRASKA ON TUESDAY. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING EARLY THIS EVENING AND SPREAD INTO WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA BY TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING TUESDAY EVENING...AND ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
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
Press Release - Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 73-26 to advance legislation that sets America’s defense policy and authorizes spending for the military, overcoming a key procedural hurdle. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), said he was glad that senators from both sides of the aisle were able to come together to support the
Press Release – Wednesday a U.S. District Judge in the District Court of Wyoming upheld a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, finalized in March of this year.  The judge found that the rule exceeded the BLM’s statutory authority.
 
Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a full moon guided walk and viewing of the total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, September 27th at 7:20 pm. Join a ranger led guided walk on the Tower Trail to an unobscured view of the total lunar eclipse. Meet at the kiosk in front of the visitor center. Remember to bring 2 sources of light and a warm jacket.
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement today that the Greater sage-grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Governor joined the Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell and USFWS Director Dan Ashe for the announcement in Denver.

 

"I am pleased that the U.S. Fish and
Press Release — Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) chairman, president and chief executive officer David R. Emery presented the 2015 Chairman’s Awards to Jason Ketchum, Director of Business Development, Rapid City, South Dakota;  Gilbert “Hugo” Bleich Special Service Technician,
Norfolk, Nebraska; and Penny Schild, Manager of Human Resources, Gillette, Wyoming. Emery
Press Release - Wyoming was the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy in 2013. More than three-fourths of the initiatives identified, are complete. This year, GoveMead has worked with people across Wyoming to update the strategy.  

On October 5, at 9:00
Press Release - Thursday U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a key procedural vote in an effort to pave the way for President Barrack Obama’s controversial Iran nuclear agreement. Expressing disappointment with his colleagues, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the nuclear agreement is not a pathway to peace or stability, but is Iran’s springboard to grow into the Middle East’s most
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
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