CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the City of Riverton is not within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Court ruled in Wyoming’s favor, rejecting the Environmental Protection Agenc
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has implemented a new pilot program utilizing "slick top" patrol cars in hopes of increasing highway safety across Wyoming. The five new vehicles will be patrolling Wyoming with one of the cars headed to each of the fi
The National Weather Service has been watching the storm systems coming in from the Pacific Coast for the past week, projecting the one that is blowing into our region today with the strong winds of last night, and up to 60+ gusts today, would pull in col
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released the following statement today regarding the passing of former U.S. Congressman John Wold. “I was saddened to hear John had left us. He has been a part of Wyoming history - in m
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead applauded President Trump’s decision today to sign House Joint Resolution 38, overturning the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSMRE) stream protection rule. The rule conflicted
The ice jams that caused flooding and evacuations in Worland, Wyo. have moved out of Worland and have the potential to move north into Big Horn County and through the towns of Manderson, Basin and Greybull. That potential and the forecast of warmer weathe
WORLAND, Wyo. - Wyoming National Guard soldiers responded to a request from the governor and Wyoming Homeland Security to mitigate flooding in Worland and surrounding areas. Two 20-soldier rapid action teams (RATs) began working Saturday morning to reinf
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) February 13, 2017 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has scheduled a land management and resource cooperative working group meeting for later this month with other government agencies that have shared responsibility and interest
ce jams and mountain runoff have caused flooding in several parts of the state and have residents, first responders, Smoke Busters, National Guard units and state personnel taking protective measures to stay ahead of the rising waters. The Bighorn River
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has initiated an effort to develop a twenty-year comprehensive and coordinated economic diversification strategy known as ENDOW -- “Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming.” The goals are to
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management generated $129.3 million for leasing rights on parcels offered at the BLM's quarterly federal oil and gas lease auction on February 7, in Cheyenne. Almost half of the bid and rental receipts go to the state of Wyoming.
The February Lease Sale included 285 parcels from the BLM’s High Plains and Wind River Bighorn Basin
Feb. 6, 2017 – Following a call from WyoLottoTM, Heather Pridgeon admits that going back to a normal life won’t be easy. The 21-year-old from Wright, Wyo., is still adjusting since learning she’s the retailer winner of WyoLotto’s T
Washington, D.C.– Congress passed its first resolution that would overturn an Obama Administration regulation that was aimed at limiting coal production. The Senate voted today to send the resolution of disapproval to President Trump’s desk. T
With flu activity reports showing a high level of illness, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents of the common-sense steps they can take to avoid spreading influenza or becoming ill with the disease. “Reports have been
Washington, D.C.— The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it purchased 5.04 acres from Cheyenne to establish Wyoming’s first VA National Cemetery. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Liz Che
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in introducing a resolution of disapproval to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule on methane venting and flaring from oil and gas op
Wyoming residents should not let the year get away from them before ensuring they are on track with recommended cancer screenings, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative. “Getting cancer screenings helps find cancer
Cheyenne, Wyoming – Wyoming State Representatives Cheri Steinmetz, Sue Wilson and Nathan Winters announced plans today to withdraw consideration of House Bill 135, the Government Non-Discrimination Act. HB 135 aimed to protect the peaceful ex
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout February. Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discus
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The largest online retail business in the United States has entered into a voluntary collection agreement with the State of Wyoming. Amazon will begin collecting tax on its sales to Wyoming consumers and businesses beginning March 1
This morning the Gillette Police Department released additional details on the arrest of a 36 year old male who was arrested after a standoff of more than four hours on the interstate on the west edge of Gillette yesterday morning. Clifford Young of Caspe
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, Governor Matt Mead delivered his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the 64th Wyoming Legislature. The Governor shared his priorities for the legislative session, including K-12 education funding, his ener
Press Release - On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at approximately 4:41 a.m. The Gillette Police Department received a request to check the welfare of 36 year old male who was headed to Gillette Wyoming from Casper. The person making the request was c
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., nominated 20 Wyoming students for the United States service academies for 2017. Today, he announced his choices for the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy
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 16, 2017. National parks hold special experiences for ev
Jackson - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s wildlife managers in Jackson are initiating an early closure of the wild bison hunting season in Jackson to allow winter elk feeding operations to begin on the National Elk Refuge. The wild bison seas
Wyoming families should consider testing the radon levels found in their homes to see if a potential health risk exists, as recommended by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless and dangerous gas found in
Despite sections of Wyoming highways being closed to light and high profile vehicles, many motorists are not heeding the closures with crashes resulting statewide. As wind speeds are exceeding 60 mph in certain parts of Wyoming, many highways hav
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
No injuries were sustained after a crash on Saturday, December 17th involving a charter bus that was carrying University of Wyoming band members and other university members to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California. The crash occurred at 12:01 p.m.
Press Release - The Powder River Energy Foundation donated $10,000 to 11 non-profit organizations in five counties through its 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign. Recipients are: Council of Community Services, Campbell County Wright Community Assista
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
Norovirus is again causing illnesses in Wyoming, with increased reports recently coming in from Casper and Cheyenne, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Commonly describe as “stomach flu” or “food poisoning,&rdquo
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead applauded the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation for finalizing the purchase of the 640-acre Antelope Flats parcel of state school trust
The Bureau of Land Management will be burning slash piles on BLM lands in Weston (Stateline area) and Crook County (New Haven area). The slash piles and debris were created from forest health management activities on BLM administered public lands i
Entrance and campground fees at Devils Tower National Monument will increase on January 3, 2017. This is the monument's first fee increase since 2008. A new fee schedule for park entrance and campground fees was proposed last July and publ
A fatal crash south of Buffalo, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 82 year old Casper, Wyoming resident Homer Berry. The crash occurred on December 3rd at 2:54 a.m. near mile post 276 on Interstate 25 approximately 22 miles south of Buffalo. Home
The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has published results of a statewide groundwater study after developing a new model to estimate baseflow, a significant component of groundwater recharge. Groundwater is an important resource across Wyoming.&nbs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead held a press conference today to discuss his supplemental budget for the 2017-2018 biennium. The Legislature will consider the Governor’s recommendations during the upcoming General Session which begins Janu
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
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout December. Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discus
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) November 28, 2016 – In response to requests from state and local governments, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is working to establish multiple collaborative venues for community-based information sharing on Thunder Basin Nationa
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
Wyoming’s rates for sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections continue to be a troubling public health concern, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). The rate of gonorrhea infection was 1.5 times higher in 2015 than in 2014
SHERIDAN - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on November 30, 2016 at the Sheridan Regional Office, 700 Valley View in Sheridan to discuss proposed changes to Chapter 3, Black Bear Hunting Seasons. Game and Fish pers
The snowstorm that traveled across Wyoming last week on Nov. 17th and 18th kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol extremely busy. Troopers with the Patrol investigated a total of 321 crashes statewide while WHP Dispatchers answered 1,450 ca
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
A fatal crash southwest of Kaycee, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 14 year old Kaycee resident Kaylene Enloe. The crash occurred on November 20th at 6:32 p.m. near mile post 101 on Wyoming State Highway 190 approximately two miles southwest of Kaycee
Many Wyoming residents who can be described as “caregivers” for family members or friends may not recognize their role or realize support is available to help manage their responsibilities, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its final report and palatability study on domestic water wells in the rural area east of Pavillion, Wyoming. The DEQ final report is available at http://deq.wyomi
A University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator based in Weston County has received the Diversity Enhancement Award for her culinary ethnic cuisine series of cooking lessons offered throughout northeast Wyoming. Vic
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.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Citing the need for a comprehensive approach to diversify the Wyoming economy, Governor Matt Mead announced today that he is creating the ENDOW initiative. The initiative will coordinate and expand ongoing efforts across the state,
Press Release - Youth hunters will have special opportunities this fall to pursue pheasants in the Buffalo and Story areas. On Saturday, November 19, 2016 there will be a youth only pheasant hunt at the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s Bud Love Wi
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement following Tuesday’s elections. “It has been a long and hard fought election season, but yesterday millions of Americans took to the polls in order t
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today launched its third initiative this year to modernize its oil and gas program by automating the way members of the public and industry nominate lands for possible oil and gas development.
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
CHEYENNE, WY – Wyoming’s 2016 General Election takes place on Tuesday, November 8th. Secretary of State Ed Murray is encouraging all eligible voters to cast their vote. There have already been 71,799 absentee ballots requested by voters
Statistics over time point to a changing cancer reality in Wyoming and across the country due to improvements in prevention, screening and treatment, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). “No doubt cancer remains a serious and
The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments (OSLI) earned $3,541,271.72 for the State’s trust beneficiaries during its November oil and gas lease auction held in Cheyenne, Wyoming on November 2, 2016. Total acreage leased was 22,456.74 acres.
Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn this fall as conditions permit. Fire management officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 120 acres of the Graham Unit wi
A fatal crash north of Kaycee, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 54 year old Kaycee resident Stuart Gosney. The crash occurred on October 3rd at 4:48 p.m. near mile post 259 on Wyoming State Highway 196 approximately five miles north of Kaycee.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Park County has been designated a primary natural disaster area due to drought. Governor Matt Mead received a letter from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack notifying him of USDA’s
CHEYENNE, WY - Just in time for Halloween, the Wyoming Office of Tourism has identified five of the most spine-tingling attractions in the state. From prisons to theaters, these places are guaranteed to give visitors the chills. History of the A
Due to cooler and wetter weather conditions across eastern Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management is lifting partial fire restrictions for BLM administered public land in Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Natrona, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Crook, Weston and Ni
A fatal crash in Green River, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 17 year old Green River resident Maicy Braden. The crash occurred on October 3rd at 9:37 a.m. at the intersection of Flaming Gorge Way and Wyoming State Highway 530 (Uinta Drive) in Green
A recent photograph posted to the social media site Facebook prompted an investigation by Yellowstone National Park Rangers involving Wyoming Highway Patrol Major Keith Groeneweg. The photograph allegedly showed Major Groeneweg standing too close to a bis
LARAMIE, WY - Don't forget to get your tickets to the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt's dinner and auction being held on Oct. 7 at the Ranch at Ucross, located 17 miles northeast of Buffalo, to help raise funds for grants and special projects to
CHEYENNE, WY – Secretary of State Ed Murray is excited to announce the upcoming 2016 Youth Voter Summit. The Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 4th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Laramie, Wyoming at the University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochell
Secretary of State Ed Murray is reminding everybody that absentee voting is taking place in all counties throughout Wyoming for the General Election. All Wyoming citizens who are registered to vote may vote absentee either by requesting an absentee
CHEYENNE –The Wyoming Mining Association (WMA) has named Travis Deti to lead the statewide trade organization as its new Executive Director. Deti will serve as the Interim Executive Director from October 1st until confirmed by the WMA Board of
Cheyenne - This October, 45 women from across the nation will head into the field for their first-ever hunt with the Women’s Antelope Hunt in northeast Wyoming. For the fourth year in a row, the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, with support from Wy
Three Wyoming Main Street communities won awards Friday night for their work improving downtowns across the state. The Rock Springs Urban Renewal Association/Main Street earned $100 and the Innovation Award for an Original and Effective Project. Ch
Press Release - America's National Park Service sites contain some of the purest night skies in the world. As darkness falls on Devils Tower, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects in deep space trans
On September 22nd around 9:30 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers in the Sheridan area were responding to a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90. While responding to the call, a Wyoming Highway Patrol
Sheridan, Wyo. (September 19, 2016) – Fall is a great time to enjoy the Bighorn National Forest. Whether you’re hiking, camping, hunting, or enjoying the fall scenery, these reminders will help make your visit to the forest a safe and enjoyabl
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Limited free tickets are available to Wyoming military members and veterans for the University of Wyoming Cowboy football game against the U.S. Air Force Academy at War Memorial Stadium, Oct. 8, in Laramie, with a kickoff time at 1:30 p.
CHEYENNE - Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease caused by prions that impacts deer, elk, and moose has been documented across much of the state. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters that they play a significant role in monit
Alfalfa seed has already been planted to start a three-year study in three states to develop potassium information and improve alfalfa production and quality within the central and western U.S. &
Casper, Wyom. – The 2017 MISS WYOMING USA and MISS WYOMING TEEN USA Pageants took place Sunday night at the Casper Events Center. A large crowd filled the venue on Sunday evening for the pageant finals, where the panel of judges selected Mikaela Sha
CHEYENNE - Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease caused by prions that impacts deer, elk, and moose has been documented across much of the state. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters that they play a significant role in monit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) is a finalist for two national awards honoring information technology achievements in the public sector. The awards are presented by the National Association of State Ch
WRIGHT, Wyo., Sept. 9, 2016 – Arch Coal kicked off its signature Teacher Achievement Awards Program today across Wyoming. Now entering its 17th year, it is the longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state. &
Sheridan, Wyo. (September 7, 2016) – Bighorn National Forest forest supervisor Bill Bass has announced several prescribed projects planned for this fall. The projects are designed to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead’s office is encouraging awareness of civic responsibility among young people in Wyoming. Wyoming Senate President Phil Nicholas will join Governor Mead’s Chief of Staff Kari Gray and UW men’s bas
Because both risks and benefits for prostate cancer screening should be considered, it’s important for men to discuss whether they need prostate screening with a trusted medical professional, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). &nbs
Using soil moisture sensors to guide irrigation scheduling is the subject of a free mini field day Sept. 15 at Powell Research and Extension Center, 747 Road 9, in Powell. The presentation, with hands-on demonstration, takes place 3-4:30 p.m. Vivek Sharma
Sheridan, Wyo. (September 1, 2016) – Bighorn National Forest firefighters responded to a wildfire near Burgess Junction west of Sheridan. The Rock House Fire was reported burning in timber on August 30. Two Forest Service en
Washington D.C. – The U.S. State Department recently published regulatory guidance which may require small to medium-sized gunsmithing operations and other firearms hobbyists to pay hefty annual registration fees of more than $2,000. In a let
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead said he plans to sign a proclamation on Monday, August 29, declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The proclamation calls attention to Wyoming’s high suicide rate and the heavy toll on fam
HEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead sent a letter to State Agency Directors on August 24, 2016 encouraging them to look for additional efficiencies in their budgets. The State revenue shortfall, as the Governor told the Joint Appropriations Committee
Custer, S.D. — As part of the Custer State park Monday night speaker series, Black Hills National Forest wilderness rangers and the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Specialty Pack String will be presenting on backcountry traditional tool use for trail
Jobs, tax revenues and economic diversification are some ways uranium has benefited Wyoming where the largest economic reserves in the United States can be found. The naturally occurring chemical element is the focus of a new public information circular p
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today three initiatives to promote shooting sports across Wyoming: 1) The Open Ranges Initiative will facilitate locally led partnerships to increase access to public shooting ranges. 2) The Wyoming 100
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout September. Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to disc
A male suspect has been transported to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming after being shot by law enforcement near mile post 183 on Interstate 25 in Natrona County east of Casper. A Wyoming State Trooper received a complaint of a pickup truc
Sheridan, Wyo. (August 19, 2016) – Bighorn National Forest forest supervisor Bill Bass has lifted stage 1 fire restrictions in the national forest. Stage 1 restrictions were implemented on July 29 in respons
A 23 year old resident of Nashville, Tennessee is in custody after eluding authorities in two states for approximately two and a half hours on August 17th. Troy Douglas initially eluded law enforcement in Nebraska for approximately five miles on I-
CASPER - This evening, Liz Cheney released the following statement after the Associated Press declared her the winner of the Republican Primary for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’m honored by the trust Wyom
Big Horn, WY – Representative Rosie Berger released the following statement today on the primary election for House District 51. “It is hard to put into words my tremendous gratitude for the support and encouragement I have received fro
Press Release - Producers have reported increased ergot disease this summer in the Bighorn Basin barley crop, says University of Wyoming plant pathologist William Stump. Ergot is poisonous to humans and livestock, and entire Wyoming fields have been rejec
Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 Kato is officially retired today after seven years of service to Wyoming. K-9 Kato was originally assigned to Trooper Jason Green in 2009. After Trooper Green promoted to lieutenant in 2011, Kato was reassigned to Trooper
Buffalo Field Office Hosts Public Meeting on Upcoming Projects in Southern Johnson County The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office will hold a public meeting to inform local residents of current and future planned BLM actions in south
A fatal crash west of Sundance, Wyoming on August 9th has resulted in the death of 59 year old Saugus, Massachusetts resident Paul Conti. The crash occurred at 12:24 p.m. on the 9th near mile post 189 on US Highway 14 approximately 12 miles west of Sundan
Press Release - Captain Troy McLees will retire from the Wyoming Highway Patrol effective August 12th, 2016 after 25 years of service to Wyoming.
Captain McLees began his career with the WHP on August 12th, 1991 as a Patrolman in Pine Bluffs and Cheyenne. After serving in this role until January of 2001, McLees promoted to sergeant in the Safety and Training division of Patrol where he
Press Release – Firefighters are engaging a fire near Duncan Lake in the Bighorn National Forest.
The lightning-caused Duncan Fire, located about 3 ½ miles south of Dead Swede Campground, has burned less than one-half acre of timber. Firefighters were ferried by helicopter to the area that is not accessible to fire engines.
Helicopter bucket drops helped eight
Press Release – Overnight camping is now allowed in Loop B at Cook Lake recreation area, located near Sundance, Wyoming.
A campground host is now present on site to provide assistance to guests, so the daytime use only restriction has been discontinued.
“Although the recreation area is open, a closure order is still in effect for the
Press Release - A fatal crash south of Ranchester, Wyoming on August 3rd has resulted in the death of 40 year old Sheridan, Wyoming resident Daniel Sutherland. The crash occurred at 10:00 p.m. on the 3rd near mile post 14.5 on Wyoming State Highway 345 approximately three miles south of Ranchester.
Sutherland was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck while traveling north on WY
Press Release - A fatal crash north of Sheridan, Wyoming on August 1st has resulted in the death of 67 year old Rathdrum, Idaho resident Marvin Updike. An estimated time of the crash was at 6:00 a.m. on the 1st near mile post four on Interstate 90 approximately 19 miles north of Sheridan.
Updike was driving a 2009 Dodge Nitro SUV and towing a utility trailer while traveling
Press Releasae -The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has recently detected a cluster of hepatitis C infections among injection drug users in Converse County.
“We know most people who become infected with the hepatitis C virus do so by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH. “With this cluster of three
Press Release – Wyoming’s latest jackpot winner has been found! WyoLottoTM will be presenting a check to the Cowboy State’s newest jackpot winner on Monday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at WyoLotto headquarters. Media are invited to attend the event.
Wyoming’s newest jackpot winner purchased his Cowboy DrawTM ticket at Max’s, located at 706 N. Center St., in Casper,
Press Release - Wyoming’s first reported West Nile virus case of the year involves a Goshen County adult, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals or other birds. “Wyoming residents should remember to take steps to protect themselves and their families from
Local wildfire activity has forced cancellation of this year’s Camp Courage Wyoming planned for August 5-7 near Dubois, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Camp Courage Wyoming brings childhood cancer patients, their parents and siblings together to provide a Wyoming connection for families who travel around the country for specialized cancer treatment, said
Press Release – Forest supervisor Bill Bass has signed a special order to establish stage 1 fire restrictions in the Bighorn National Forest. The restrictions become effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Stage 1 fire restrictions include these regulations.
Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is
Press Release – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) recently visited with Wyoming National Guard troops serving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Barrasso visited with more than 30 members of the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing who are supporting military operations in a variety of roles in the Middle East. Members of the 153rd are from Casper,
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL), executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday committing to cooperation in coal research and development of technologies and coal trade. JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120 member
Press Release - A three phase trail maintenance project will temporarily close sections of the 1.3 mile Tower Trail while park rangers apply a sealant to the paved trail around the base of Devils Tower. Park visitors will be able to walk the open sections of the trail while some approaches to climbing routes will be limited or may need to be temporarily closed during the project. Check at
A fatal crash west of Rawlins, Wyoming on July 22nd has resulted in the death of 30 year old Rock Springs, Wyoming resident Steven Gunderson. The crash occurred at 10:39 a.m. on the 22nd near mile post 207 on Interstate 80 approximately four miles west of Rawlins.
Gunderson was driving a Western Star commercial truck (no trailer) traveling east on I-80 when the driver side front
Yesterday at Fire Station 1 in Gillette, Campbell County Fire Chief Bill Shank and other fire officials gave an update on the Cedar Draw fire burning north of Gillette. Officials said that there was still a lot of area to contain, but it was estimated about 35% of it had a good solid containment line. Shank said the acres had grown over 3,700.
That was the most current math, that was taken
Press Release - The Cedar Draw Fire is estimated at 2000 acres with 35% containment. Additional crews, engines, and overhead are expected to arrive throughout today. The fire currently has 185 firefighters assigned with an expectation of over 200 by this evening. The fire is threatening structures in the area.
The Campbell County Fire Department responded to the following incidents on July 24,
Press Release – The Buck Mountain Fire in the Powder River Ranger District has been contained. Four smokejumpers responded to the lightning-caused fire this afternoon and were able to hold it to under one acre in size.
Air resources continue working on the Arden Fire near Shell Reservoir. The fire has burned about 120 acres in timber. Additional firefighting resources, including six hand
Press Release – Two new wildfires are burning in the Bighorn National Forest.
Four smokejumpers are on the scene of a one-quarter acre fire on Buck Mountain in the Powder River Ranger District.
Four smokejumpers, two single engine air tankers, two heavy air tankers, air attack, a lead plane, and two helicopters are responding to the Arden Fire in the Medicine Wheel Ranger
Press Release - Today, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced the ten 2016 winners of the Wyoming Super Tag raffles. The Super Tag raffles were created by Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature in 2013 to provide hunters additional opportunities to obtain difficult to draw hunting licenses and to raise money for wildlife management in Wyoming. Through the Super Tag program,
Press Release – Bighorn National Forest and Johnson County firefighters responded to a wildfire in the Powder River Ranger District last evening.
The lightning-caused fire is located off U.S. Highway 16 along Forest Service Road 20 near Circle Park.
Firefighters on the Veterans Fire Corps crew, two county engines, and one Forest Service engine were able to contain the fire and keep it
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Newcastle, Wyoming on July 16th has resulted in the death of 27 year old Newcastle resident George Thompson. The crash occurred at 7:00 p.m. on the 16th near mile post 241 on US Highway 16 approximately seven miles west of Newcastle.
Thompson was driving a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on US 16. The truck initially left the highway to
Former Wyoming State House Representative Troy Mader was killed in a ATV accident Thursday evening. Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said the July 14th crash occurred north of Gillette. Matheny said Mader and a family member were herding cattle when the accident occurred. The accident was reported at 7:52 p.m. from a North Garner Lake Road address.
Mader was a former House District 52
Press Release – Basin Electric, the power supplier for Powder River Energy Corporation, has notified its members of a mid-year power cost increase taking effect August 1, 2016.
Basin Electric officials explained the rate increase request is a result of declining sales and higher costs across its nine-state service territory. “Basin Electric has essentially
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 – Monday Governor Matt Mead held a signing ceremony for his Executive Order, announcing Eugene M. Gagliano as the new Poet Laureate for Wyoming. Mr. Gagliano is a retired elementary school teacher from Buffalo and is the eighth Poet Laureate in state history.
“Gene writes for all audiences. He has written award-winning children’s books and adult poetry that
Press Release - Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray is excited to announce the launch of new electronic business filing services never before possible at the Secretary of State’s Office.
These new online services will allow for the electronic filing of documents that were previously only paper based. “Our goal in the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is to be
Press Release – The evacuation of Sundance Canyon Ranch Subdivision, caused by the Browning Fire, has been lifted. The Browning Fire remains 50 percent contained, and accurate mapping shows the fire to be 809 acres.
Incident Commander Dick Terry said, “Our crews have worked hard today to strengthen the fire perimeter. While we are still seeing some smoke in the
Press Release – Black Hills National Forest officials announced the opening of Cook Lake Recreation area near Sundance, Wyoming.
The area is now open to the public for day use only between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Day use will continue unless monitoring indicates changes in landslide conditions or there is significant precipitation duration or intensity causing the land to
Press Release – Following a flight earlier Thursday, the Browning Fire is approximately 875 acres in size and five percent contained.
The Browning Fire is the correct name of the fire burning in the Sundance Canyon Ranch Subdivision 15 miles southwest of Sundance, Wyo. This lightning caused fire was reported yesterday afternoon.
Incident Commander Dick Terry said,
Press Release – The Sundance Canyon Fire is a lightning caused fire reported the afternoon of Wednesday, July 6th. The fire, which is estimated at 1000 acres, is burning southwest of Sundance, Wyo.
As storms passed through the area on the afternoon and evening of July 6th, two lightning strikes caused fires in the area of Sundance Canyon Ranch Subdivision. Upon initial
Press Release - Skin cancer is a common, significant concern for residents of sunny Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Morgan Powell, Integrated Cancer Services outreach coordinator with WDH, said skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
“Risk factors for skin cancer include a light skin tone, eye color or hair
Press Release – Governor Mead said today that he would continue funding for a state program providing tuition assistance for veterans, surviving spouses and dependents. In the fall of 2015 the program administered by the Wyoming Community College Commission provided assistance to 162 veterans at the state’s seven community colleges and the University of Wyoming. Governor Mead’s
Press Release - Lack of seat belt use is a topic that continues to plague fatal crashes in Wyoming through the midpoint of 2016. With half of 2016 in our rearview mirror, the statistics from fatal crashes on Wyoming highways are once again showing that lack of seat belt use is playing a huge factor in these tragic crashes.
Wyoming experienced 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 fatalities in the
Press Release - In September 2014, National Park Service units with fee collection programs were authorized to begin the civic engagement process associated with increasing entrance fees. Devils Tower National Monument is announcing a proposal to increase entrance fees, and the fee for campsites at the Belle Fourche River Campground. Eighty percent of fees collected stay in the
Press Release - The annual WHP / Wyoming Highway Patrol Association Awards Banquet was held on June 24th near Dayton to recognize members of Patrol for individual and group achievements and actions in 2015. Recognition given at the banquet consisted of awards from both the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.
The award was based upon consideration
Press Release - Wyoming State Troopers were busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend throughout the state. From July 1st through July 4th, Troopers conducted 2,380 traffic stops. From those stops, 18 impaired drivers were arrested.
110 total crashes were investigated with one fatal crash that resulted in two deaths. 25 of the 110 crashes involved injury and 84 of the 110 involved
Press Release - The Bighorn Forest Roadless Collaborative will be meeting from 1000 to 1600 on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Johnson County Fire Hall, 790 Volunteer Lane, in Buffalo, WY. The meeting’s topics will include beginning the collaborative review of Inventoried Roadless Areas. The meeting is open to the public and there is time allotted for public comment on the
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging students from all areas of study to apply for a fall internship in his Washington, D.C. office. The deadline for applications is July 15.
“An internship in my office is rich with opportunity and provides students with firsthand knowledge and experience,” Enzi said. “Interns are an important part of the
Press Release - The annual WHP / Wyoming Highway Patrol Association Awards Banquet was help last Friday (June 24th) near Dayton to recognize members of Patrol for individual and group achievements and actions in 2015. Recognition given at the banquet consisted of awards from both the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.
WHP District Captains were asked
Press Release - Sheridan Regional Game and Fish Office personnel have received several phone calls in recent days from individuals near Sheridan concerned about low stream flows and the fate of the fish, especially trout. Low water flows combined with high air temperatures will cause water temperatures to get high enough to be lethal to trout. Warm water holds less oxygen which can
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 – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Weston County has been granted a primary natural disaster designation due to ongoing drought. Governor Matt Mead received a letter from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack outlining the designation. Producers in Campbell, Converse, Crook and Niobrara counties are also eligible for assistance as contiguous disaster
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper was injured this afternoon (June 30th) after being involved in a two vehicle crash while responding to a shots fired call. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. on June 30th at mile post 163.63 on US Highway 20/26 near the eastern city limits of Glenrock, Wyoming.
The Trooper was responding emergent to a “shots fired” call in Douglas,
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 - A fatal crash west of Rock Springs, Wyoming on June 28th has resulted in the death of Heather Fletcher, an eight year old girl from Rock Springs. The crash occurred at 12:40 p.m. on the 28th near mile post 97 on Interstate 80 approximately five miles west of Rock Springs.
Heather Fletcher was a passenger in a 1996 Ford Explorer that was being driven by her father
Press Release - As you begin to plan your fall hunts, be advised that hunting with an airbow is not legal in Wyoming for taking big game, trophy game animals or wild turkey. The airbow is an air-powered device that shoots arrows for hunting.
“Several of our office managers and field staff have received questions about using this new device. Under current Wyoming Game and Fish
Press Release – Young anglers will have a chance to try their luck at fishing and learn about the environment when the Bighorn National Forest, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Trout Unlimited sponsor Kids’ Fishing Day on July 9, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Porcupine Ranger Station pond.
“This is an opportunity to for kids to be involved in an outdoor
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 – The Kara Creek Fire remains at 12,347 acres and is 80 percent contained. The objective today for the Kara Creek Fire will be to continue strengthening fire lines and break up hot areas on the edge of the fire.
Yesterday, crews assigned to the Kara Creek Fire responded to, and contained, a spot fire several hundred yards outside of the blackened fire area. The
Press Release – The Douglas Fire, which reached 100% containment on Saturday, June 25th, has now been released back to Crook County and local landowners.
It is important to remember that even though the Douglas Fire has been contained, hot spots broken apart within the fire boundary, and now the area has been released back to Crook County and local landowners, smoke may be
Press Release – Bighorn National Forest fire managers are advising everyone to be alert to fire hazards as fire danger in the Bighorns was recently upgraded to very high.
When the fire danger is very high, fires will start easily from most causes and small fuels, such as grasses and needles, will ignite readily. During very high fire danger, fires will
Press Release – The evacuation order for Kara Creek Fire has been lifted. Residents may return to their homes. Following additional mapping information, the Kara Creek Fire is 12,340 acres and is 75 percent contained.
The objective for today will be to continue improvement of fire lines and break apart hot areas on the edge of the fire. During Kara Creek Fire, one home
Press Release - Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) testing remains important for Wyoming residents both to boost prevention efforts and to support treatment of those found to be positive, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH)
HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS, now known as HIV Stage 3. HIV is transmitted through unprotected sex, blood to blood contact, and from
Press Release – Tickets are now on sale for the July 8, 9 and 10, 2016 Big Horn Mountain Festival.
"We have an outstanding lineup for 2016 and tickets are on sale now," said Paul Jarvis, one of the organizers of the event. "We have a great lineup of well known, established musicians and some great young talent."
The 2016 Big Horn Mountain festival has scheduled an
UPDATE: Update 9:45 PM - I-90 from Moorcroft to Sundance had been re-opened.
It was closed earlier today due to a wildfire.
Earlier Information Below:
Press Release - Due to a wildfire in the area both lanes of I-90 have been closed from Moorcroft to Sundance.
There is no estimation on how long the closure will last.
It is closed
Press Release - Due to a wildfire in the area both lanes of I-90 have been closed from Moorcroft to Sundance.
There is no estimation on how long the closure will last.
It is closed for your safety and the safety of those fighting the fire so DO NOT run the road closure gates.
For more road and travel information go to www.wyo.road.info
Traffic can detour using WYO
Press Release – An evacuation of Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision has been ordered by the Crook County Emergency Manager. Residents of the subdivision are being evacuated to the Crook County Fairgrounds in Sundance.
This evacuation was ordered due to increased fire activity on the southern side of the Douglas Fire. Residents being evacuated can bring stock, horses, and pets
Press Release – The Douglas Fire grew a bit overnight and is now estimated at 1785 acres with 22 percent containment. Twelve fire engines staffed the night shift of this lightning caused fire, which remains roughly 15 miles southwest of Sundance, Wyo.
Today’s firefighting operations will focus on mitigating hazards in the Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision south of the
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 – The Douglas Fire, roughly 15 miles southwest of Sundance, Wyo., has grown to approximately 1700 acres. This lightning caused fire is 20 percent contained.
The priority of the firefighting effort is public and firefighter safety. Incident Commander Dick Terry also listed minimization of public loss and protection of private timber and grazing as objectives of
Press Release – On Tuesday a federal judge in Wyoming struck down the Obama Administration’s regulations against hydraulic fracturing. US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled that the Bureau of Land Management did not have the authority to issue the regulations.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement in response:
“Once again the
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is describing the agency’s planned budget reductions for the coming two-year budget period as unfortunate, yet unavoidable due to declining state revenues.
“There are clearly fewer dollars available and we must recognize the new reality,” said Tom Forslund, WDH director. “These budget reductions are
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Casper, Wyoming on June 17th has resulted in the deaths of Casper residents Carol Plummer, a 56 year old female, and George Rott, a 48 year old male. The crash occurred at 4:12 p.m. on the 17th near mile post 2.8 on Wyoming State Highway 257 at the intersection with Robertson Road approximately two miles west of Casper.
A 2007 Jeep Liberty,
Press Release - A fatal crash southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming on June 17th has resulted in the death of 60 year old Arvada, Wyoming resident Donald Malli. The crash occurred at 5:00 p.m. on the 17th near mile post 55 on US Highway 14/16 approximately 55 miles southeast of Sheridan.
Malli was driving a 2002 Buick Park Avenue passenger car traveling west on US 14/16. The Buick failed
Press Release - The Bearlodge Ranger District, located in Sundance, WY, will be offering free use firewood with a valid permit, June 18 - July 31, 2016.
The District is offering fuelwood collection from slash piles created from recent forest management activities located at the end of Moskee Road (CTY 207).
A permit is required and can be obtained for the Buckley Piles area
Press Release — When most people think of Girl Scouts, they likely think of “cookies and camping”—all important components of the Girl Scout experience, of course! But arguably the most impactful part of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
This year marks 100 years of the Girl Scout Gold Award and while the name for the highest award in Girl
Press Release - Centennial celebrations are sweeping the nation’s parks this year! Devils Tower National Monument is hosting a series of celebrations such as the Old Settlers’ Picnic on Sunday, June 26! The festivities will begin at 12:30 pm in the picnic area near the campground. There will be free entrance into the monument for those attending the event.
Each year the
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 – Governor Matt Mead was joined by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Jackson Monday to announce progress on the sale of two tracts of state land inside Grand Teton National Park. The sale would bring $46 million per parcel for a total of $92 million to the Common School Permanent Land Fund. These parcels currently generate $1800 per year for
Press Release - Hot, dry days and rapidly melting snowpack have led to moderate fire danger in the Bighorn National Forest.
Forest Service fire managers would like everyone to be especially vigilant as vegetation dries out.
Fire danger ratings allow fire managers to estimate fire danger for a given area. The ratings are assigned different levels, ranging from low to extreme. A moderate
Press Release - A fatal crash southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming on June 12th has resulted in the death of 34 year old Buffalo, Wyoming resident John Ipes. The crash occurred at 6:00 a.m. on the 12th near mile post 33 on US Highway 14/16 approximately 30 miles southeast of Sheridan.
Ipes was a passenger in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 35 year old Buffalo resident Jennifer
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 - Partial fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Wyoming’s Weston, Crook and Niobrara counties will begin June 6, 2016 due to dry conditions and high fire danger. The BLM is working with the counties to coordinate fire restrictions.
Under a partial closure the following acts are prohibited:
Press Release – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced ten counties in Wyoming are eligible for disaster assistance due to drought. Governor Matt Mead received a letter from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack designating four counties as primary disaster assistance areas and six counties as contiguous disaster areas.
“For those areas affected by drought, this designation is
Press Release – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 13 excellent classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation. The Golden Apples are part of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, which recently recognized 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers with its top honor. Golden Apple recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them among the top tier
Press Release - The May 31 deadline for Wyoming resident and nonresident big game hunters to submit applications for limited quota deer and antelope licenses is approaching. May 31 is also the deadline for resident elk.
Planning a Wyoming application is now easier than ever with the Wyoming Big Game Hunt Planner by Wyoming Game and Fish. The tool, on the Game and Fish website, helps hunters
Press Release - The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) along with the Buffalo, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson Country Fair Board are proud to announce that the opening PIHRA-sanctioned Indian relay event will take place in historic Buffalo, Wyoming on June 11 and June 12, 2016. The event is sponsored by Shipton’s Big “R” and the Crow
Press Release - A fatal crash south of Laramie, Wyoming on May 17th has resulted in the death of 20 year old North Manchester, Indiana resident Matthew Fahs-Brown. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on the 17th near mile post 413 on US Highway 287 approximately 13 miles south of Laramie.
Fahs-Brown was a backseat passenger in a 2004 Suzuki XL7 SUV that was being driven by 20 year old
Press Release - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) successfully included a provision in the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (S. 2795) to address excessive licensing requirements for Wyoming’s uranium producers.
The bill was passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.
Wyoming produces more than 60 percent of America’s
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 - A fatal crash west of Wheatland, Wyoming on May 15th has resulted in the death of 46 year old Wheatland resident Gregory Taylor. The crash occurred at 3:00 a.m. on the 15th near mile post two on Wyoming State Highway 311 approximately four miles west of Wheatland.
Taylor was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck traveling north on WY 311 when he failed to negotiate a
Press Release –The Wyoming Mining Association (WMA), Friends of Coal West and mining industry supporters will hold a rally to support mining in Wyoming prior to the BLM Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement scoping hearing in Casper, Wyoming on Tuesday, May 17,
Press Release – The Arch Coal Foundation recently named 10 exceptional Wyoming classroom teachers as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. It is Wyoming’s longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program, now in its 16th year.
The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s chairman and chief executive officer.
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 – The Pacific Legal Foundation announced this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with a Fort Bridger, Wyo. resident who built a stock pond on his own property. The EPA had threatened Andy Johnson with tens of millions of dollars in fines. Johnson contested the EPA’s authority.
“Under the settlement, the
Press Release – A Wyoming win, the Wyoming way. On May 5, Eddie Salas, born and raised in Wyoming, bought a Cowboy DrawTM ticket in his hometown of Green River on his way to work at the Trona mines. In a twist of fate, the clerk who sold him the soon-to-be life-changing ticket was a high school classmate. Later that day, Eddie discovered the ticket he bought on the spur of the moment was
Press Release - Arguably, the most Wyoming of all high school state championships is coming up soon. The state hunting championships are just around the corner. This is particularly important in a state where residents hunt at more than twice the national average.
The ninth annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), as it’s officially called, will be held June 4, 2016 at the Upton
Press Release - Wyoming smokers can take advantage of a free prescription medicine option to help them quit by enrolling in the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
“We want to be sure Wyoming smokers who are ready to put cigarettes behind them understand how they can benefit from the free three-month prescription to Chantix our
Press Release - The Northeast Wyoming Sage-grouse Local Working Group is requesting project proposals for habitat improvements, research, education and West Nile virus management that promote restoration of greater sage-grouse and their habitats within our working group area. The working group has approximately $148,000 available through the Wyoming Sage-grouse Conservation Fund to support
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation to designate May 2-6, 2016, as Wyoming Correctional Professionals' Week during an exemplary employee luncheon to be held on May 4. The week will also consist of activities to recognize employees for the dedication and hard work. The activities will take place throughout the Wyoming Department of Corrections,
Press Release – The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) received notice that Bryan Patrick Collins, a Wyoming inmate who was incarcerated out of state, died Friday, April 29, 2016.
Collins was sentenced out of Carbon County on March 19, 1999 to a life sentence for Felony Murder and Attempt to Escape. He was also given a consecutive 9-10 year sentence for Conspiracy to
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 - On April 11, 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and True Ranches entered into an agreement to provide fishing access to LAK Reservoir and a portion of Stockade Beaver Creek above the reservoir.
LAK Reservoir is located about four miles east of Newcastle. The reservoir has walleye, smallmouth bass, green sunfish, brown trout and tiger musky. The accessible reach of
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming, localized increase in reported syphilis cases from southeast Wyoming this year.
“We have had six reported cases of what we describe as ‘early’ syphilis reported in Laramie County since January 1,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH.
Press Release — A Gillette student’s business proposal that specializes in designing and providing tools to sanitary companies to help maintain the cleanliness of portable toilets (porta-potties) won the recent John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming College of Business.
Trevor Trouchon, a sophomore computer engineering student,
Press Release – The next generation of low-carbon energy technology took a big step forward Wednesday with the official ground breaking of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a cutting edge carbon research facility being built outside of Gillette.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead teamed up with representatives from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission
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 - Scammers are targeting electricity users across the region today - including Powder River Energy members and businesses - with telephone calls threatening to shut off your power unless you pay immediately over the phone, wire money, or give prepaid credit card information.
This is a very sophisticated scam to steal your funds. Be aware the scammers have created a caller ID that
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Arlington, Wyoming on April 24th has resulted in the death of 51 year old Morgan City, Louisiana resident Sherry K. Ohmer. The crash occurred at 8:17 a.m. on the 24th near mile post 267 on Interstate 80 westbound approximately five miles west of Arlington.
Ohmer was the front seat passenger in a 2017 Freightliner commercial truck driven by 57 year old
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) program helps struggling residents get the medications they need to stay healthy and recover from major health events by collecting and redistributing unused, donated prescription drugs.
The Wyoming Medication Donation Program helps low-income Wyoming residents who lack prescription insurance and also the safety-net clinics that serve
Forecast confidence is slightly below average over the next 48 hours as another slow moving storm system impacts southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska through early Wednesday. Uncertainty is mainly due to snow levels and the location of the heavy snow potential across southeast Wyoming. Believe the precipitation type will be mostly rain across western Nebraska until early
Press Release - Three Park County cats have recently been confirmed as infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). No human cases have been identified.
All three cats lived in Cody, off the South Fork Road. The illness was confirmed in the first pet by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie on April 12, with confirmation of the third on April
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 - Devils Tower National Monument hopes to take advantage of recent precipitation to conduct a small prescribed burn sometime during the next two weeks. Fire management staff from the Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the entrance of the monument and east of the Belle Fourche River. Read More
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 - A fatal crash on April 18th has resulted in the death of 45 year old Thayne, Wyoming resident Kerri M. Keller (female). The crash occurred on the 18th at 9:38 a.m. on US Highway 89 near mile post 51 approximately 16 miles north of Cokeville, Wyoming.
Keller was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck southbound on US 89 when the truck initially drifted off the highway
Press Release – The Northeast Wyoming Sage-grouse Local Working Group will hold a meeting Thursday, April 21st beginning at 9:30 A.M. at the Buffalo BLM office located at 1425 Fort St. in Buffalo.
The group is comprised of twelve local citizens, representing groups interested in sage-grouse conservation. The role of the group, is to develop and set in motion a local conservation plan to
Press Release - A vehicle pursuit in northeast Wyoming on April 11th has resulted in the arrest of a Bismarck, North Dakota man.
The pursuit began around 3:58 p.m. on the 11th after a Wyoming State Trooper attempted to stop a northbound red 2004 Toyota passenger car for speeding 84 mph in a 70 mph zone near mile post 221 on US Highway 85 approximately 29 miles south of Newcastle,
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the 2017 fishing and watercraft regulations. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Wyoming Room of the Campbell County Library, 2101 South 4-J Road in Gillette.
The most significant proposed changes for northeast Wyoming are about live bait dealers and how live
Press Release - A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials around 10:30 A.M. MDT on Wednesday, April 20 as part of Wyoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 18-22. The exercise is used to train emergency service organizations and educate people how to respond to a tornado warning. Communities may sound local warning
Press Release - It’s been ten years since the Lions of Wyoming State Convention was held in Sheridan, Wyoming, but IT’S BACK with a ROAR!
Lions Clubs from around the state will be sending their representatives to Sheridan for the State Convention to be held at the Best Western Sheridan Center. With expectations of 100 Lions members or more, area businesses and attractions should
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 - The State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) approved 13 Business Ready Community (BRC) grant applications during its April 7 quarterly meeting at the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.
In all, the SLIB invested $10,859,730 in public infrastructure projects to improve communities and strengthen Wyoming’s economy.
Complete board meeting materials can be seen at
Press Release - Drivers can expect to see WYDOT crews installing 70 mph speed limit signs in Northeast Wyoming on Monday, April 11th and Tuesday April 12th, 2016. This will bring roads up to the new statutory speed limit for non-interstate highways in Wyoming that was recently passed into Legislation.
Highway sections expected to be signed on Monday April 11, 2016
Press Release – On the morning of Monday, April 4th, Secretary of State Ed Murray and his office became aware of the release of the so-called “Panama Papers” alleging that the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca aided wealthy individuals internationally with hiding assets in shell companies across the globe. In response to the serious allegations stemming from the “Panama
Press Release – Governor Mead has directed state agencies to immediately respond to support Wyoming individuals and families affected by energy-related layoffs. Over a dozen state agencies are fully engaged in the response.
Full service temporary resource centers in Gillette and Douglas have experts standing by to connect affected workers with employers hiring, job training and education
Press Release – A true Wyoming brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State, the Wyoming Lottery has aspired to bring the fun and excitement of WyoLottoTM to players across the state.
Due to the tremendous success of WyoLotto games, the Wyoming Lottery was able to make its first revenue transfer of more than $1 million to the state on April 5, and begin giving back to the Wyoming
Press Release - More than $33,000 in new scholarships has been awarded to Wyoming 4-H’ers by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation. In addition, foundation director Steve Mack said past Ella E. Schloredt scholarship recipients with a grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible to continue receiving the scholarship for up to four years. Fifteen continuing scholarships were awarded,
Press Release - District 4 Commander Captain Carl Clements will retire April 8th after more than 33 years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and 36 years in law enforcement.
Captain Clements began his career as a summer compliance officer with the Forest Service while in college, then as a police officer for the city of Alliance Nebraska in 1980. After 2 years with the police
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the Wyoming Department of Insurance, the Wyoming Community College Commission and the Wyoming Business Council will partner to host temporary community resource centers in Casper, Gillette and Douglas for individuals impacted by recent layoffs.
Information regarding unemployment insurance, job training opportunities, health
Press Release – The Bighorn National Forest is seeking comments on changes to the 2005 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan.
The change, which affects Chapter 4: Monitoring and Evaluation, is required by the 2012 National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (Rule). The Rule requires all national forests to update monitoring plans by May 2016 and
Press Release — The University of Wyoming’s Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility is a game-changing addition that promises to benefit the entire state by advancing scientific inquiry and education, according to speakers at the building’s dedication ceremony.
Among those cutting the ribbon for UW’s new undergraduate laboratory building today (Tuesday) were Gov. Matt Mead, UW
Press Release - University of Wyoming Extension rangeland specialist Derek Scasta offers new insights for landowners, livestock producers and others interested in wildland fire in Wyoming and those planning prescribed fires.
“Wildland Fire in Wyoming: Patterns, Influences, and Effects” presents a view of wildfire in the state, including prescribed fires to achieve land management
Press Release – The Tongue Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest is seeking comments on a proposal to expand the permitted area for Wyoming’s Finest Outfitter’s guided archery and rifle hunts.
The proposal includes extending the currently authorized areas toward Freeze Out Point and Steamboat Point.
A map displaying the
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
Press Release – Douglas Howard Craft, a Wyoming inmate, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, Wyoming after a lengthy illness.
Craft was sentenced on November 14, 2011 by Campbell County District Court Judge Michael Deegan to 6 to 8 years for Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession of Pornography Etc.). In addition, he was
Press Release - Christmas came a little late – or a lot early – for a Crook County 4-H’er who last year coordinated efforts to fill more than 600 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Grace Anderson, 15, of Devils Tower was selected as a Wyoming Top High School Honoree for The Prudential Spirit of
Press Release - As Wyoming's nonprofits feel the strain of an economic downturn, the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF), based in Laramie, is working statewide to alleviate some of the financial stress.
In 2015 WYCF granted over $6 million dollars to charitable causes across the state. And just a few weeks ago, the
Press Release - With the theme of, “From Local Success to Regional Excellence” Sheridan will host an economic development conference on April 8, 2016, that focuses on Northeast Wyoming. The conference will present the efforts of the communities of Buffalo, Gillette and Sheridan to prepare a plan and strategy to market the region as a prime location to expand or start a business. The
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead will travel to events across the state on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 for “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.” Governor Mead has participated in this event each year he has been in office.
“This day is one of the highlights of being Governor,” said Governor Mead. “The people of Wyoming care deeply about our veterans
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 - The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security have partnered up to provide workplace safety training across Wyoming beginning in April and continuing through May. The training is focused on preparedness in the workplace environment in light of recent events in our nation.
The training is available at no cost for employees and employers in Wyoming and is
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 - Yesterday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced fifth-generation Wyoming rancher and president of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Shaun Sims before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sims hails from Uinta County.
Barrasso invited Sims to testify at today’s hearing on a presidential memorandum issued last year that directs
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
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 in the 2013 strategy are complete. Last year, Governor Mead worked with people across Wyoming to update the strategy.
Press Release - Senator Eli Bebout, of Fremont County, was awarded the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Legislative Meeting. Presented Feb. 25, 2016, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.
“Legislator, exemplary businessman, veteran and philanthropist are just
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 - A fatal crash on March 6th has resulted in the death of 17 year old Kiersten D. Larson of Carpenter, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 6:00 a.m. on the 6th near mile post 383 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 19 miles east of Cheyenne.
Larson was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on I-80 when the vehicle initially veered off the interstate to the
Press Release – The University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will convene the second of three collaborative learning workshops regarding the greater Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG) landscape on Wed., March 16.
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
Company Press Release - Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANRZQ) Tuesday announced that it has filed a proposed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization ("the Plan") and a related Disclosure Statement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Together with the recently-filed motion seeking approval of a marketing process for Alpha's core
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 – The Tongue Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest is hosting a public meeting to provide an update on the status of the proposed Lodge ATV Connector Trail project.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the Tongue Ranger District office located at 2013 Eastside 2nd Street in Sheridan from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
Press Release - It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.
The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members
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 - Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are presenting the proposed 2016 hunting seasons through a series of open houses and a final public information gathering meeting in northeast Wyoming.
Sheridan Region Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert says, “There will be four open houses or public meetings and then one final public information gathering meeting
Press Release - On February 29 and March 1, 2015, the United States Drug Enforcement (DEA) and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Northeast Enforcement Team (NEET), with the assistance of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Gillette Police Department, arrested the following eight (8) individuals on drug conspiracy charges pursuant to indictments issued by a
Press Release - For the ninth straight year, the Wyoming Film Office is seeking submissions for the Wyoming Short Film Contest. Film makers should submit their videos online at vimeo.com/channels/ThatsWYFilms by April 15, 2016. A $25,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning entry that answers the question, "WY am I here?".
Film Office Representative
Press Release - Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell was recently promoted to become the next Division "D" Lieutenant in Evanston. The promotion is effective today (March 1st). Division D is responsible for all of Uinta County and the southern portion of Lincoln County.
Lieutenant Arnell is a fifteen year veteran with Patrol and has served in the Evanston area
Press Release – Aiming to ensure continued educational opportunities for all Wyoming citizens at the state’s community colleges, the Wyoming Senate approved legislation today to provide a stable source of funding for Wyoming's community colleges based on realistic enrollment levels.
“Wyoming’s community colleges are not only a critical linchpin in our
Press Release – Powder River Energy Corporation has filed a general rate increase application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase its base rates beginning on or before January 2017.
In order to give its membership the opportunity to learn more about the process and reasons for the filing, PRECorp is hosting three meetings in March at the local PRECorp
Press Release -The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a new policy to reduce a common hazard to migratory birds and other wildlife that can become trapped and die in uncapped pipes on public lands. When fully implemented the new guidance could save more than 100,000 birds a year.
The new policy requires agency personnel to identify pipes on
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official is encouraging residents to take advantage of a new national campaign to learn more about their potential risk for prediabetes.
Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator, said prediabetes is often overlooked and misunderstood. “Simply stated, prediabetes basically means a