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Washington, D.C.–  Today the Senate confirmed U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be the next U.S. attorney general. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., went to the Senate floor recently to praise Sessions calling him a good friend and a great p
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s nomination of the Honorable Neil Gorsuch to serve as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.   “Judge Neil Gorsuc
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after President Trump signed executive orders today aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. “It is refreshing to see an administration tha
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after the Department of Interior announced the final “stream protection rule”, which directly impacts the coal mining industry.   “It is unsettl
The National Weather Service issued a statement this morning about the weather changes expected Thursday-Sunday. -------------------- Following some light snow on Thursday, widespread snow on Friday may result in accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. At this t
Custer, SD; December 12, 2016 – Beginning in January, the Black Hills National Forest will be hiring temporary employees for the 2017 field season.   Temporary positions are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as f
Washington D.C. – Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., joined Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting his Administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term.  
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Planning 2.0 rule.   “This is just the latest example of the Obama administration rushing t
Washington, D.C. – The federal government is known for playing fast and loose with taxpayer dollars, but with a wave of a pen and a little accounting magic, the spending can seem to disappear.   U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., calls this dishon
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Cheyenne, Wyoming has resulted in the death of nine year old Littleton, Colorado resident Makayla Grigg. The crash occurred on November 24th at 6:15 p.m. near mile post 360 on US Highway 30 at the intersection with the Interstate 80 Exit 358 off ramp approximately one mile west of Cheyenne. 

Makayla Grigg was a passenger in a 2006 Ford Taurus
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – At the request of Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a petition for review of final agency action on the “Methane and Waste Reduction” rule promulgated by the Bureau of Land Management
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a veteran of the Wyoming Air National Guard, issued the following statement encouraging all Americans to take the opportunity this Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served in the military.
Custer, SD – The Black Hills National Forest is excited to continue the 4th Grade Free Christmas Tree Program again this holiday season.   Fourth graders are eligible for a FREE Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park (&ldquo
Spearfish, SD, November 4, 2016 – Forest Officials from the North Zone Fire Program on the Black Hills National Forest are planning to burn approximately 225 acres on the Work Center Prescribed Fire Project as early as Monday, November, 7.  Nor
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
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