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Press Release - A fatal crash on May 27th resulted in the death of 52 year old Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada resident Mary M. Sataya. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. near mile post 38 on Wyoming State Highway 24 approximately two miles west of Aladdin, Wyoming. 



Mary Sataya was operating a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle when the motorcycle collided with a deer on the roadway.
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead joined Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and representatives from The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to announce the release of 14 final environmental reviews for land use plans that address greater sage-grouse habitat across Wyoming and nine other states.

The plans include elements intended to
Press Release -  On May 29th, a WyDOT contractor, Hardrives Construction, will begin a Crack Sealing project on Highway 59 south of Gillette from Mile Marker 96 – Mile Marker 102. It will basically begin at the end of the 5 lane section just south of Gillette and continue 6 miles. 

Motorists can expect traffic control operations including flagging operation and a pilot
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging Wyoming students who will be juniors in high school to apply to be a Senate page for the fall session in Washington, DC.  There are a total of 30 page positions in the United States Senate each session and Senator Enzi is fortunate to have the opportunity to sponsor a young adult from Wyoming to serve in one of these
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.
 
“Instead of reaching a reasonable solution, today the EPA has ignored millions of Americans and taken more control over private land in our country.
Press Release - With Wyoming’s warmer months expected, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents to avoid mosquitos and ticks when spending time outdoors because these insects can carry potentially serious diseases.
 
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.  In Wyoming, diseases
Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy called Governor Mead to announce that she is signing the controversial Waters of the United States rule. Wyoming, along with a number of other states, asked McCarthy to work on concerns with the rule. Consultation with governors is required under the Clean Water Act.

"I am disappointed at the lack of
Information From Powder River Energy Corporation:

PRECorp Release:

 PRECorp has learned of a scam that is hitting our business customers this afternoon. Someone posing as a power company representative is asking businesses to pay their bill or they will be disconnected just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. This is a scam. We are warning our members not to pay anyone over
Press Release - With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, people are getting ready to kick off the summer outdoor recreation season. The Bighorn National Forest would like to encourage everyone to “know before you go” as a first line of defense for staying safe in the forest.

Whether you’re visiting the forest for wildlife, wildflowers, hiking, fishing, or just taking in the
Press Release – First Lady Carol Mead and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have donated 500 books to Wyoming elementary schools through the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Mrs. Mead has participated as a Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador” for five years. This year, books were given to Kemmerer
Press Release - The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Records of Decision (ROD) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project (the Project) have been signed and issued. 
 
This project, proposed by Black Hills Power (BHP), would construct and operate a 230 kV transmission line connecting the Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyoming to the Osage
Press Release - The grounds of the Wyoming Honor Farm were abuzz following the Bureau of Land Management–Honor Farm spring wild horse adoption, as happy adopters discussed the variety of plans they have for their new charges. Some of these versatile horses will carry their owners when they hunt, trail ride or work on the ranch. Others will be used by outfitters or to teach students how to
Press Release - Once again, The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department , and the Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18th  through the 31st , including one of the busiest travel weekends of the
WRIGHT, Wyo., May 11, 2015 – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 14 outstanding classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation. 

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation’s teacher recognition program, which recently honored 10 superior Wyoming teachers with its highest award – the Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple
Press Release – Today Governor Matt Mead announced the launch of Wyoming Grown. The program connects individuals who grew up in Wyoming with in-demand career opportunities from employers around the state.

At www.wyominggrown.org, family and friends living in Wyoming can refer someone to the program who has left the state. Those interested in relocating can upload their
Press Release - During the creation of Gillette & Wright’s new tourism brand, “Monumental,” the creative minds at the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) asked themselves, “What if Campbell County had a signature, tourism-branded beer that could be promoted to area tourists to encourage increased visitation?”

It was a question that
The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office has posted its proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyo. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the auction beginning at 8 a.m.

The posted list, which identifies 72 proposed parcels totaling 70,035.50 acres, initiates a 30-day public protest
Press Release - The City Administrator has announced that the Level I Snow Emergency is over. As of 11:00 A.M. Sunday, May 10th. Parking restrictions on Snow Emergency Routes have been lifted. City crews have been able to keep up with the snowfall. The City of Gillette would like to thank everyone for assisting in keeping the Snow Emergency Routes clear.

For more information contact
Press Release - On Friday May 8th, 2015 Peace Officers from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department, Northern Wyoming Community College District and members of Emergency Medical Services completed 40 hours of training in the Crisis Intervention Team concept. This is the first training of its kind for Campbell County.

The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) model was
Press Release - Spend a week jamming out with your very own band! Whether you play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or sing, Rock Band Camp will have you mastering the stage like a pro. Open to students entering 7th grade through 12th grade. Previous experience necessary. Camp is held 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily the week of July 13-17.

Campers will perform a killer rock show Friday night, July 17th,
This year’s severe summer weather class in Campbell County which is conducted by the National Weather Service will be held in the northern part of the county.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Susan Sanders wanted to bring the training to a part of the county where it’s never been done before…and she selected the Recluse area for this year’s class.

So, Wednesday,
Press Release - The comment period for the Red Grade Trail Project environmental assessment which proposes trails system right-of-way connecting Bighorn, Wyoming, to the Bighorn National Forest, begins May 5, 2015, and ends June 5, 2015.
 
The Bureau of Land Management will use the EA in its decision regarding the proposal. The EA analyzes the impacts of the proposed
Wyoming high school championships culminate this month with the state hunting championships May 30 in Upton. 

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

The challenge tests youngsters in sporting
Press Release - A fatal crash on May 2nd claimed the life of 33 year old Ashley R. Peterson of Ranchester, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 8:52 p.m. on Interstate 90 near mile post 32 approximately eight miles east of Sheridan. 

 

Peterson was driving a 2001 Daewoo passenger car eastbound on I 90 when the vehicle drifted off the right side of the road. The Daewoo was overcorrected
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper conducted a traffic stop Friday morning (5-1-15) at 9:55 a.m. at mile post 93 on Interstate 80 westbound on a 2002 Saturn passenger car for speeding 103 mph in a 75 mph zone. The stop was approximately three miles east of Green River, Wyoming. 

During the course of the stop, the trooper had developed reasonable suspicion that some other
Press Release – A public meeting will be held in Sundance, Wyo. to discuss the Cook Lake recreation area closure.
 
The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 123 N N. 2nd St, Sundance, Wyo.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public on the current landslide conditions at the Cook Lake
Press Release – The Arch Coal Foundation named 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers today as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Now in its 15th year, it is Wyoming’s longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program.

The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s chairman and chief executive officer. He was accompanied
Press Release – Hunters who had mountain lion licenses in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 are now being surveyed as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking more information on mountain lion hunter success rates and the efforts being put into lion hunting. 

Lion hunters are required to have their kill checked by Game and Fish officials, but the survey provides
A single vehicle crash on April 23rd resulted in the death of 36 year old Tyrone E. Elam of Sheridan, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 2:20 p.m. near mile post 71 on US Highway 14 approximately 12 miles west of Dayton, Wyoming.  

 

Mr. Elam was driving a 1985 Kenworth commercial vehicle eastbound on a downgrade section of the highway. The brakes on the Kenworth became hot and
After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming. 

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

 

The total number of vehicles involved has
Press Release – Can you say lucky? In the April 20 drawing,  the Cowboy Draw™ jackpot was hit for the second time in less than a week! Albertson’s, located at 1076 CY Ave. in Casper, sold the $285,226 winning lottery ticket on April 17.

An additional seven WyoLotto™ players also won $1,000 each in the April 20 drawing. The winning numbers for the April 20
*Update* Press Release -  59 vehicles have been confirmed to be involved in this morning's crash with the potential of another four to six more. The large fire that ensued from the crash delayed the investigation efforts for an extended period. Wyoming Highway Patrol Crash Team Members and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are still continuing to work through the crash
For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292.  

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

With

Press Release - Facing declining revenue, the Wyoming Beef Council has started to make significant cuts to its programs and staffing for the FY 2016 budget.

The Wyoming Beef Council, a five-member board of beef producers, works on behalf of the cattle growers of Wyoming to increase beef demand domestically and internationally for the benefit of Wyoming farmers and
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced the members of the Fish and Wildlife Resources Task Force today. The goal of the task force is to recommend strategies to maximize the benefits of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Recommendations will include funding, education, vocation and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as different ways to support the resources.
The City of Gillette Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division has released an innovative visual representation of the history of one of the biggest water projects in state history. GIS Manager Annie Mayfield describes the story map as, ". a combination of interactive maps and multimedia to tell the story of the Gillette Regional Water Supply Project." You can experience the Story
Press Release - As a long and severe flu season winds down across the state, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives say at least 26 resident deaths have been linked to influenza across the state since October.
 
“For Wyoming to see 26 influenza-connected deaths in a season stands out and is something we wish we weren’t reporting,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn during the week of April 19.  Fire management officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the entrance of the Monument and east of the Belle Fourche River.  

The burn is needed to remove build-up of dead fuels and woody herbaceous
Press Release - Over the last year, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Northeast Enforcement Team and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, in a cooperative effort with the Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms, Central Enforcement Team and
Press Release – The United States Senate today approved a balanced budget resolution for fiscal year 2016, which will boost the nation’s economic growth by more than $500 billion over the next ten years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).If the Senate adds recommended tax and regulatory reforms to these spending reductions, the economic benefits will
Press Release – This morning, Governor Mead took action against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) effort to regulate fracking. At the Governor’s direction, the Attorney General’s office filed a petition for review of final agency action in federal court.

“The BLM proposed this rule that exceeds their authority. This is troubling both legally and from a policy
CHEYENNE – State officials received confirmation on Wednesday that the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was identified in a Canada goose found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinarian ask that people continue to be on the lookout for birds that may
Press Release – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has engaged the University of Wyoming, Ruckelshaus Institute to conduct a Situation Assessment of prairie dog management on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

Staff from the Ruckelshaus Institute will be conducting in-depth, one-on-one interviews over the next few weeks with approximately 40 individuals from a wide range of
Press Release – Wyoming’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team mapping subcommittee will be meeting in various locations in Wyoming to provide opportunity for the public to comment on proposed revisions to sage-grouse core area boundaries. The meetings will be based on Wyoming’s eight sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) areas. .

Implementation Team mapping meetings are as
Press Release - A surplus federal medical station recently awarded to Wyoming will boost the state’s ability to meet certain medical needs caused by an emergency, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
The federal government decided last year that 18 of its 50 250-bed federal medical stations would be considered surplus and made available for states that wanted them.
On March 18th, at approximately 10:25 p.m., a Wyoming State Trooper was patrolling southbound on Interstate 25 near mile post 212 approximately 22 miles north of Casper when the trooper observed a passenger car speeding 102 mph in a 80 mph zone. The trooper caught up to the speeding car, a Chevrolet Malibu, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Malibu, later identified as
Press Release - Norovirus, a common but sometimes misunderstood stomach bug, is circulating in several communities around the state, according to reports received by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
Norovirus, also sometimes described as the “cruise ship virus,” is spread when people eat or drink contaminated food and beverages, touch surfaces contaminated with the
Press Release - Four new Wyoming State Troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice E. James Burke and commissioned on March 19th at the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne. These troopers have successfully completed up to 28 weeks of academy training including areas of instruction in traffic law, firearms, impaired driving, crash investigation, custody and control, commercial carrier, child passenger
Press Release - A traffic stop on March 17th around 7:55 p.m. near mile post 38 on Interstate 80 eastbound resulted in the discovery of over 75 pounds of marijuana. A Wyoming State Trooper was traveling east on I-80 when he observed an eastbound passenger car approaching the marked patrol vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed. The trooper stopped the white Ford Fusion for speeding 87 mph in
Press Release – Even though many Wyoming waters are still ice covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year. 

          The following are the most frequently asked questions about boat registration:


Where can I register my boat? You can register your
 A single vehicle motorcycle crash led to the 20th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015 on March 15th. 35 year old William E. Welsbacher of Wheatland, Wyoming, was on Wyoming Highway 320 at the time of the crash on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. The crash occurred at 4:45 p.m. near mile post eight on WY 320 approximately eight miles north of Wheatland. 

While traveling
Buffalo - Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologists and game wardens recently completed the 2014 mule deer classification surveys for the Buffalo and Kaycee areas. Classification surveys take place after the hunting seasons when winter weather and breeding season make deer more visible and accessible. Survey results provide information on fawn production and survival and the proportion
Press Release –  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said states are often ignored by federal wildlife managers when it comes to managing species within their own borders and the data used to justify an endangered species listing is not always disclosed to them. Enzi introduced legislation this week with Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and others that would require the federal
A traffic stop for speeding on March 9th resulted in the seizure of approximately 25 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 9:42 a.m. at mile post 22 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 16 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming.  

A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Nissan Altima travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 75 mph zone. Upon stopping the Nissan, the trooper
Press Release –  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after learning of the death of Wyoming businessman and philanthropist Mick McMurry.

“An icon who always deflected credit to others has set an example and now has left a void. I'll miss his positive attitude, his interest in helping others while growing businesses and improving communities.
Press Release - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is going beyond its authority in its attempt to ban certain kinds of commonly used ammunition and the agency should put the brakes on its proposal, wrote a group of U.S. senators that include Wyoming’s Mike Enzi and John Barrasso.
 
Enzi and Barrasso joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles
SHERIDAN – The Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Local Working Group will consider recommendations for updating the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan’s core area and connectivity area maps at its next meeting. The Working Group’s recommendations will be passed along to the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team who will then make recommendations to Governor Matt Mead. 

The
Press Release -  A two vehicle crash on March 2nd resulted in three fatalities south of Midwest, Wyoming on Wyoming Highway 259. The crash occurred at 6:45 p.m. at mile post 22 on WY 259 approximately four miles south of Midwest in Natrona County.
 

A 1999 Ford Taurus, driven by 51 year old Scott Burgess of Mills, Wyoming, was travelling south on WY 259. A 2008 Chevrolet
Press Release - A new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) study found that recovery of groundwater after coalbed natural gas development is related to the hydrologic properties of an aquifer and the amount of water pumped out of a coalbed during peak production. The WSGS study examined the Upper Wyodak coal zone of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

“With this initial investigation,
Press Release - A new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) study found that recovery of groundwater after coalbed natural gas development is related to the hydrologic properties of an aquifer and the amount of water pumped out of a coalbed during peak production. The WSGS study examined the Upper Wyodak coal zone of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

“With this initial investigation,
Press Release - With the season approaching when baby chicks and ducklings are typically bought and sold around the state, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative says even cute chicks can sometimes carry harmful germs. 
 
“While many animal species can carry salmonella bacteria, baby poultry, even if they appear healthy and clean, are a common source of the
Lander - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will begin two big game animal studies in the Dubois area over the coming weeks.  One study will look at migration of the Wiggins Fork elk herd and the other will analyze body condition of the Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd. Both studies will involve capturing animals using a helicopter and net gun and are conducted in cooperation with the
Press Release (2-26-15)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) votes to overturn state laws and grant government regulation of private broadband networks.
 
“Today, Chairman Wheeler and a partisan majority at the FCC declared the agency to be the gatekeeper of the
This Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will be signing a proclamation in his Cheyenne office that establishes a Youth Outdoor Bill of Rights (YOBR) for Wyoming’s children, youth, and families.

The Wyoming YOBR document was compiled by WY Outside after surveying youth across the state to find out what outdoor experiences were important to them.  The
Ninety volunteers counted more than 400 eagles on Jan. 10, in the Powder River Basin, as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, conducted locally by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Buffalo Field Office.

Volunteers counted 288 bald eagles, 95 golden eagles and 24 eagles of undetermined species on survey routes along more than 1,400 miles of public roads.

Sightings
SHERIDAN—The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be hosting a public informational meeting to discuss work associated with lower Clear Creek and the Kendrick bypass channel. Fisheries Biologist Bill Bradshaw and Aquatic Habitat Biologist Travis Cundy will be present to discuss recent fisheries work in the area.
 

Fisheries Biologist Bill Bradshaw says, “We have been doing
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead joined Cheyenne LEADS and the Wyoming Business Council announcing Microsoft Corporation will expand their data center west of Cheyenne. The expansion is estimated to create 25 new permanent jobs in addition to the 25 jobs from the current operations. Construction of the center will begin as early as this summer and is expected to employ 200-600
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently conducted a winter moose survey in Hunt Area 34, west of Buffalo. The survey objective was to gather information on current moose numbers in the area as well as herd composition. Herd composition or classification surveys provide information on calf production and survival as well as the proportion of bulls in the herd. During the
Press Release – The American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections presented its highest honor for commitment to excellence to the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) during a ceremony held in Long Beach, California on February, 9, 2015. The Commitment to Excellence Award, also known as the Golden Eagle Award, was presented to WDOC in
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this summer. The deadline for applications is April 1.
 
Senator Enzi’s Internship Coordinator, Alec Hinojosa, will be at the University of Wyoming’s job fair on Tuesday, February 17th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. He
CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s moose and bighorn sheep hunting licenses are arguably the most coveted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has to offer. This leads to hunters of all stripes; residents, nonresidents, first-timers and those with decades of experience asking, “Should I apply for a moose or sheep license for this year’s drawing or is it better to just buy points and
Lander - On February 4, Mick Albright, 22, of Riverton, Wyoming pled guilty to two charges in Riverton’s Ninth District Circuit Court to harass / pursue pronghorn antelope from a motor vehicle and littering. 

The incident occurred on March 10, 2014 when six young adults were out with two all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) on Bureau of Reclamation and Wind River Reservation lands in
Press Release.- Governor Matt Mead announced Thursday that Wyoming’s Department of Family Services (DFS) has become the first state agency to have every employee trained in suicide prevention.

“This training is another important step to address this serious public health problem. I applaud DFS for training more than 700 employees in suicide prevention. The conversation about
Press Release  – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Tom Udall, D-N.M., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Representatives Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the states. The bill would effectively eliminate a
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, is encouraging Wyoming high school students to apply to be a Senate page for one of the summer sessions in Washington, DC.
 
The deadline for summer applications is March 5.
 
“Along with allowing students a front row seat during debates in the U.S. Senate, participants will have the opportunity to explore the nation’s
Press Release - The Forest Service’s recently released rule governing winter travel in national forests will have little effect in the Bighorn National Forest.

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

     Forest supervisor Bill Bass said he expects the
Press Release - At approximately 6:30pm on February 8th, Johnson County Search and Rescue, Johnson County Fire District #1 responded to a call at the Powder River Rest Area to a report of a 4-year-old female who had gone through the ice.  A Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy and Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol were on scene. At this time it appears that the victim and her father
Devils Tower National Monument will offer free entrance Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16. 

President’s Day weekend is a perfect time to bring family and friends to Devils Tower to experience the grandeur of the magnificent Tower!  All hiking trails are open and welcome your exploring.  The Bald Eagles, White-Tail Deer, Prairie Dogs and Turkeys are all
Press Release – “I believe that Wyoming’s working poor need health care coverage. Over the last year, in response to the Legislature’s direction, the Department of Health – working with HHS and CMS – crafted a Wyoming plan to provide that coverage on Wyoming terms, and I believe the plan (the SHARE Plan) has merit.   

Many members in the House
A broadcast license agreement between Gillette Public Access Television and Wyoming PBS was approved earlier this week. Geno Palazzari with GPA said the agreement will help Northeast Wyoming show off all that is good here.

“Gillette Public Access has entered into an agreement with Wyoming Public Television to have our program North by Northeast broadcast state wide on Wyoming Public
Press Release - A two vehicle crash on February 04th north of Wheatland turned from a crash investigation into a felony drug arrest. Around 8:53 a.m., Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched approximately 12 miles north of Wheatland to a two vehicle crash at mile post 92 on Interstate 25 northbound. It was discovered that 57 year old Kraig Kahrs of Apple Valley, Minnesota had lost control of his
Press Release - A two vehicle crash on February 04th north of Wheatland turned from a crash investigation into a felony drug arrest. Around 8:53 a.m., Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched approximately 12 miles north of Wheatland to a two vehicle crash at mile post 92 on Interstate 25 northbound. It was discovered that 57 year old Kraig Kahrs of Apple Valley, Minnesota had lost control of his
Press Release - On January 30, 2015, Wyoming filed both a motion to dismiss and a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to halt the leasing of all federal coal reserves in the United States. The suit brought by Western Organization of Resources Councils v. Jewell claims that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) must stop leasing coal until it updates a 1979 environmental analysis of the
Press Release - A growing, multistate outbreak of measles linked to a famous California amusement park is prompting Wyoming’s state health officer to remind families not to take vaccinations for granted.
 
According to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), there has not been a case of measles reported in Wyoming since 2010.
 
“However, the current outbreak is
Press Release -- The Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation has asked supporters to help raise $6,000 for safety rails to create a safe touring environment in the Vore Buffalo Jump near Beulah, Wyo. by May 1.

The Vore Buffalo Jump is a sinkhole where Native Americans trapped bison during hunts held between 1550 and 1800. The archeological site was discovered in 1969 during construction of I-90. The
Press Release – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., recently joined 33 of their Republican colleagues in introducing a bill that would preserve free speech and prevent the IRS from targeting politically aligned groups. The effort is led by Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
 
The Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act would protect
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect or suspect vehicle observed shooting at a herd of elk yesterday. South Gillette Game Warden Dustin Kirsch said the incident reportedly happened at 4:30 pm on January 28th. The shooting was reported on the Mackey Road in the Rochelle Hills area.

The vehicle is described as a black Ford SUV possibly
Press Release - A single vehicle rollover resulted in the death of 22 year old Kaleb L. Matthiesen of Gillette, Wyoming this morning. The crash occurred at mile post 66.5 on Interstate 90 eight miles east of Buffalo at approximately 7:25 a.m.
 

Mr. Matthiesen was traveling west in a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes Wyoming airports should remain a viable travel option. He introduced legislation recently that would help guarantee small airports access to critical funds for important safety enhancements, e
Last Friday, Colonel John Butler appointed Trooper Randy Starkey, a seven year Patrol veteran stationed in Lusk, as the new Academy Coordinator Sergeant for the Patrol. Sergeant Starkey takes over the position for recently promoted Lieutenant Chris Schell who now supervises the Casper area road division.

Sergeant Starkey will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supervising the
Washington, D.C. – Gillette students Eli Voight, Walker Newell and Jacob Bourne made Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s list of nominees to the United States service academies for 2015. Voight received a nomination to the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Military Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. Newell received a nomination to the Air Force Academy. Bourne received a
Press Release - December was a troublesome month for ice anglers on Keyhole Reservoir. The ice on some parts of the lake was thick enough to allow ice anglers to get out on the ice; however other areas of Keyhole had open water. Moorcroft Game Warden J. D. Davis reported the events of three high school age ice anglers that wanted to reach a certain area on Keyhole which involved crossing the ice
Press Release – The Bighorn National Forest is pleased to welcome Amy Ormseth as the district ranger for the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan, Wyoming.

     In the coming months, Amy hopes to focus on connecting with local communities and working with the broad array of user groups and constituents to engage them in local management
Kaycee - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging all interested individuals to attend a second public meeting to discuss the status and management of the Upper Powder River Mule Deer Herd located in southwest Johnson County. This meeting will be held on January 28, 2015 at the Harold Jarrard Park community building in Kaycee beginning at 6:00 P.M. The first meeting, held on November
On November 25th last year Cal Rerucha, Carbon County and prosecuting attorney, was appointed as a special prosecutor to help determine whether any criminal charges were appropriate in the matter of the State of Wyoming versus William Pownall. Representative Pownall who was Campbell County Sheriff last year was the subject of a complaint over the handling of a family members DWUI arrest last
Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement in regard to the president’s State of the Union speech.

“What we’re hearing from the president isn’t new. It’s a rehash of the same message he defaults to when he’s in campaign mode and doesn’t want to address the
Sundance, WY - The Forest Service proposes to designate a new motorized trail on Bearlodge Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest, north of Sundance, Wyoming.
 
Reuter Motorized Trail would provide a route for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from Reuter Trailhead and Campground to the larger OHV trail system. Officials said that by eliminating the need for OHVs to use Warren Peak
CHEYENNE – The confirmation of a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in other western states has prompted a warning from Wyoming officials to be on the lookout for birds that may exhibit symptoms of the disease. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinarian also ask that those handling birds or who own birds to use caution. 

Most of the confirmations
Devils Tower National Monument will be joining over 400 national park units across the country in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free entry into the park on Monday, January 19, 2015. 


National parks hold special experiences for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisure nature walk, or simply pack a picnic lunch
Jan. 16, 2015 - Get ready to draw, Wyoming! The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is proud to bring you Wyoming’s very own lottery game, Cowboy Draw™. Set to launch in the spring of 2015, Cowboy Draw gives players better odds and ensures that winning tickets will be sold from a WyoLotto retailer right here in the Cowboy State.

“Being a Wyoming-specific game means more Wyoming
Press Release – The Senate Finance Committee announced the launch of five separate bipartisan Tax Working Groups to spur congressional comprehensive tax reform efforts in the 114th Congress. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will co-chair the working group focusing on reforms to individual income taxes.  
 
According to Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and
CASPER, Wyoming - The Wyoming Veterans Commission is seeking Vietnam War veterans willing to share their story in a state-wide historical documentation project.

The project will take recorded histories from Wyoming's veterans and archive them at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum.  

"Everbody's story is important," said John Goss, museum director.
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead released Wyoming’s Water Strategy today. The Water Strategy was developed with the input of Wyoming people who were part of nine meetings held in communities across the state. The Strategy contains ten initiatives put forward by local elected leaders, tribal representatives, interested groups, and individual citizens. More than seven thousand individuals
LANDER – On December 15, 2014, a father and son from Hudson and Riverton plead guilty in the Ninth District Circuit Court in Lander to the wanton destruction of two, two-point buck mule deer.  The incident occurred on October 16, 2014, along the Loop Road above Lander, Wyoming.

Robert E. Cherry, 59, pled guilty to two counts of wanton destruction of a two-point buck mule deer, and
Wyoming State Troopers assist people on a daily basis statewide. Trooper Gabe Testerman, a nine year Patrol veteran stationed in Cheyenne, pulled a life saving assist on January 13th. Trooper Testerman's sister, Angela Sundstrom of Brady, Nebraska, has had Type 1 Diabetes since age three. Angela, now 37, was told to start considering a kidney transplant a year and a half ago due to her long
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced in November 15 appointments to the Wyoming State Advisory Committee, including Jason Vela, police chief of the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

State advisory committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations regarding local civil rights issues, including justice, discrimination, voting, education and housing,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District will burn slash piles this winter, contingent upon fuel moisture and weather conditions. 

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

Parks Wildland Urban Interface (WUI):  Slash piles created during
As 2015 begins, The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) continues efforts to improve safety on Wyoming Highway 59, following many of the suggestions made at two public meetings held in late 2014.
 
WYO 59 is a north/south highway running approximately 110 miles from Douglas to Gillette.
 
Two public meetings were held in October; one in Wright and one in Douglas. At both
Strong winds mixed with falling snow created whiteout conditions this morning on Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Sheridan. During the whiteout conditions, multiple crashes ensued at mile post 40 at approximately 11:48 a.m. 

 

 

Troopers on scene estimated approximately 18 passenger cars and trucks along with five commercial trucks were involved in a yet to be
Sheridan—Mountain lion hunters are alerted that mountain lion Hunt Area 23, the Sheridan area, closed on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 4:00pm. The hunt area closed for the season when the mortality limit of 20 mountain lions was filled.

Mountain lion Hunt Area 23 is east of the hydrographic divide on the Bighorn Mountains, south of the Montana-Wyoming state line, west of Interstate 90 and
Press Release. – The Wyoming Main Street advisory board is scheduled to review Wyoming Main Street applications from Thermopolis and Gillette during a public meeting Jan. 15, 2015 in Glenrock.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Glenrock Town Hall located at 219 S. 3rd St.

Thermopolis officials seek Wyoming Main Street Affiliate Downtown status for their community and will make a
Press Release - On Monday, ten states filed a joint amicus brief supporting Wyoming in its case challenging the EPA’s purported expansion of the Wind River Reservation boundary. Wyoming went to the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals because the EPA’s action is unprecedented and its decision is wrong. 

 “Wyoming - and no state - should have its sovereignty
CHEYENNE—Registered voters who did not cast a ballot in November’s general election are receiving notices from county clerks that their names will be removed from the voter registration list unless they take action to remain on the list.
  
“Wyoming’s voter registration list is kept accurate and up-to-date through the process of purging the list after every
For the eighth straight year, the Wyoming Film Office is seeking submissions for the Wyoming Short Film Contest. Film makers can submit their videos online at www.wyomingshortfilmcontest.com by April 2, 2015.  A $25,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning entry with a storyline that takes place in Wyoming, features Wyoming or presents the state as a major character.
KEMMERER—Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird is happy to report, because of local media efforts, the mystery of the four deer carcasses reported and suspected as illegally taken in the Wheat Creek area over the Thanksgiving Holiday has been solved. 

“I received a phone call from a hunter who said he legally killed four white-tailed deer in northeast Wyoming and finished
Press Release - A two vehicle crash east of Edgerton, Wyoming resulted in two fatalities on January 3rd. The crash occurred at 7:45 a.m. at mile post 109 approximately seven miles east of Edgerton on Wyoming 387. Blizzard conditions with snow and ice on the highway were present at the time of the crash.  

37 year old Steven J. Kenison of Harrisville, Utah was driving a 1999
Press Release - A single vehicle crash on January 3rd resulted in the death of 24 year old David H. Williams of Riverton, Wyoming. The crash occurred at mile post 109 on Wyoming 789 approximately 0.5 miles north of Riverton. The preliminary time of the crash was sometime in the early morning hours of the 3rd, but the exact time of the crash is unknown.  

Mr. Williams was
GREEN RIVER—Mountain lion hunters are alerted that hunt area 12, the Flaming Gorge Area, closed on Saturday, January 3, at 10:50 a.m.

            Mountain lion hunt area 12 is south of Interstate 80, west of Bitter Creek Road (County Road 19) and east of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

            Most mountain lion hunt areas have
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Governor Matthew H. Mead invites Wyoming citizens to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the state’s five top elected officials on Monday, January 5, 2015.  

Matthew H. Mead will be sworn in as Governor followed by Ed Murray as Secretary of State, Cynthia Cloud as State Auditor, Mark Gordon as State Treasurer and Jillian Balow as Superintendent of
Press Release - After 31 years of dispatching for the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Dispatcher Missy Moellenberg has hung up her headset. Dispatcher Moellenberg began her career on October 17th, 1983 and officially retired on December 01st, 2014. Dispatcher Moellenberg was the last of her dispatch class from 1983 and achieved the level of Dispatcher II before her retirement. 

 
 
  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Budget Committee Ranking Member Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., have come to an agreement regarding chairmanship of the panel in the 114th Congress. Pending a committee vote and GOP Caucus approval, Enzi will chair the committee and Sessions will take on a significant role in reforming welfare spending and identifying and
CHEYENNE – Even though the big game license application period doesn’t begin until Jan.1, hunters can start planning now for 2015 hunts. 

Beginning Dec. 17, big game hunting application information for both residents and nonresidents will be on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. A major change in this year’s application deadline extends the time period when
The Northern Wyoming Community College District is pleased to announce its nominees for this year’s Wyoming Association of Community College Trustee (WACCT) Leadership awards.

Nominated by their peers, the NWCCD, consisting of Sheridan College, Sheridan College in Johnson County and Gillette College, will send a combined six people to this year’s WACCT Conference, which will be
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.)  December 11, 2014 – The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have recently completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project.
 

The FEIS and draft Forest Service decisions are available for public review on the  Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin
As part of its efforts to effectively manage wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management plans to establish a third wild horse ecosanctuary for off-range care of excess wild horses.  The new ecosanctuary would be operated on the 900-acre Double D Ranch, located seven miles north of Lander, Wyoming, and would initially hold up to 100 horses, with the first horses arriving as early
CHEYENNE – Ice anglers should expect a good fishing season on Wyoming lakes and reservoirs this winter. But, along with the good fishing, anglers are advised to use caution while on the ice.
  
The cold snap of recent weeks has iced over the lakes in many waters in the state and good water levels resulting from last winter’s snow pack should contribute to good
With reported gonorrhea cases in Campbell County more than doubling so far this year, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives are reminding those at risk to seek testing for the sexually transmitted disease (STD).
 
Through the end of October, WDH had reports of 29 gonorrhea cases among Campbell County residents. “Last year we saw just 61 cases for the entire state, 14 of
Press Release - December 4th, Wyoming filed a Petition to Participate as a Party with the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings for the Coyote Island Terminal coal port contested case. The Oregon Department of Land denied Coyote Island Terminal, LLC a permit to place standard concrete pilings in the Columbia River at the Port of Morrow. That decision shut down the
The Wyoming Highway Patrol's enhanced enforcement efforts continue on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. Troopers have been working altered shifts and additional troopers are being brought in from other divisions to assist with the efforts to increase highway safety on WY 59. Attention has been focused on general traffic enforcement with special attention on the contributing factors
Press Release - With flu activity reports stepping up across the state, residents are encouraged by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to take common-sense steps to avoid spreading influenza or becoming ill with the disease.
 
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department gift shop has a number of items that are proving popular for that hard-to-buy-for outdoor enthusiast. The Store has items for anglers, hunters and in general, anyone interested in wildlife.

“There are gifts for experienced hunters and fishermen as well as those just getting started in outdoor activities,” said Jackie
Press Reease- Governor Matt Mead is calling on the EPA to withdraw proposed rules on carbon emissions for existing power plants. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Governor Mead said that the Proposal exceeds the authority granted to EPA under the Clean Air Act. The letter details multiple concerns and challenges EPA analysis and authority.

“The EPA does not have the legal
QATAR – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) shared Thanksgiving dinner with Wyoming National Guard airmen serving in Qatar.  Barrasso visited with members of the 187th Airlift Squadron, who support airlift operations out of Al Udeid Air Base. 
 
“Wyoming has about 100 Air National Guard airmen deployed in Qatar and they are doing an outstanding job,” said
The number of highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2014 has reached 136 unnecessary deaths so far this year. Many have asked why the fatalities are so much higher than the total number of fatalities for the entire year of 2013 totaling 87. The low number of fatalities in 2013 was a positive accomplishment, but was not expected to become the normal trend. The good news is that a 20 year comparison
GREEN RIVER — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding people that it is both illegal and unsafe to pick up any road-killed wildlife, or wildlife parts, on any Wyoming roadway.

            Office managers at the Green River Game and Fish Office have received multiple reports of motorists stopping alongside roadways to remove
Wyoming residents caring for family members or friends on an ongoing basis who find they could use a little help in meeting their challenges are asked to consider a program offered through the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“Family members are often the major providers of long-term care,” said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program manager with WDH.
Winter weather has arrived in Northeast Wyoming which can cause highway surfaces to be slick and unpredictable. 
 
WYDOT is especially cautioning motorists today as area roads are very slick and they are creating dangerous driving conditions. 
 
WYDOT reminds motorists if you are driving in areas that have ice or snow on the road, adjust your driving to fit conditions and
WRIGHT – On November 20, 2014 four Wisconsin residents were arrested south of Wright, Wyoming after the discovery of an antlered mule deer that was poached on November 18, 2014. The investigation is currently ongoing and evidence is still being analyzed.

 

            The arrests were made in this case because a member of
Press Release – President Obama announced unilateral changes to America’s immigration policies today by use of executive orders. These orders will grant amnesty to at least 4 million people without a single vote in Congress.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed previous attempts at providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the president’s plan and said
Press Release - A traffic stop for speeding on November 7th resulted in the seizure of approximately 59 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 12:26 p.m. at mile post 51 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 11 miles east of Lyman, Wyoming.  

A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Ford Focus travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 80 mph zone. Upon stopping the Ford,
In little more than a decade, the adult diabetes rate has almost doubled in Wyoming, leading to new Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) efforts to help limit the disease among Wyoming Medicaid clients and other state residents.
 
Wyoming’s diabetes rate among adults rose from 4.5 percent in 2001 to 8.6 percent in 2013. 
 
Christine Revere, Chronic Disease Prevention
CHEYENNE – In an effort to raise industry awareness and improve the safety of Wyoming workers, the Wyoming Mining Association (WMA) and Mining Associates of Wyoming will host a worker safety seminar, “Building the Culture of Safety - 2014,” on Tuesday, November 18, at the Parkway Plaza in Casper.  The registration fee is $50, with lunch provided.
 
The full day
Sheridan, Wyo. (November 12, 2014) – Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available.
     The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of
A three vehicle crash resulting in three fatalities occurred on November 8th at 2:56 p.m. approximately one mile east of Cheyenne at mile post 363.25 on Interstate 80. A 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer combination unit was traveling west on I 80. The Freightliner was driven by 55 year old Brian D. Kehler of Alpine, Utah. While traveling west, the Freightliner entered the median, struck the
Press Release - A Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was given to Gillette area troopers at approximately 12:46 p.m. on November 3rd for an Amber Alert out of Casper, Wyoming. The Amber Alert was for a seven year old female named Desiree Bowden. The Amber Alert notified the troopers that Desiree Bowden's paternal grandmother, Vianna Jones, had committed a
A single vehicle rollover crash on November 2nd resulted in the death of a Wright, Wyoming man. The crash occurred at mile post 26 on WY 192 approximately 26 miles east of Kaycee, Wyoming at 8:30 p.m.  

A 1997 Chevrolet CK 2500 pickup driven by 60 year old Chris M. Christensen was westbound before it initially drifted off of the right side of the roadway. Mr. Christensen
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Washington Post on Thursday published a column titled Best State in America: Wyoming, for tax purposes. It reported that the Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading tax policy research organization, named Wyoming #1 in its 2015 ranking of states.  For several years running, Wyoming has ranked #1 as the state with the best tax climate for businesses, and once
Press Release - Wyoming anglers and antelope hunters benefit from access provided by Sasol to their privately owned lands. Fishing at Healy Reservoir and antelope hunting in Area 10 are allowed by Sasol through access agreements with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Many anglers fish Healy Reservoir thinking it is a publically owned water body, but that is not the case. When Sasol
Press Release — The University of Wyoming Police Department continues to investigate an altercation at an off-campus residence that resulted in serious injury to a UW student early Saturday. That student’s condition has improved, although he remains in intensive care at a Colorado hospital.

Meanwhile, the UW community is grieving the death of student Joseph McGowan, 21, following
CHEYENNE –The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is actively seeking information from the public about poaching crimes this fall. The help game wardens receive from people across Wyoming is extremely beneficial in solving crimes against the state’s wildlife.

Game and Fish’s increased outreach on poaching incidents has raised questions through social media and other
Wyoming State Highway 59 is a north/south roadway spanning approximately 110 miles between Douglas and Gillette. Due to increased traffic, recent crashes and citizen concerns on this highway, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is responding.  

Additional troopers within the respective districts will be brought into the area to focus on all traffic related issues, being visible and
LANDER – Testing by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has found chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose, in a deer from Fremont County in Deer Hunt Area 36. This brings the known total of CWD deer hunt areas in the Lander Region to five; areas 36, 87, 97, 98 and 157. 

Staff at the Game and Fish’s wildlife disease laboratory in
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today the Wyoming Republican Party released the following statement in response to Dr. Taylor Haynes filing paperwork with the Wyoming Secretary of State to count his write-in votes in the General election. Dr. Haynes failed to secure the Republican nomination for Governor in the August 19th Primary Election.

“The Republican Primary occurred and voters
The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office (BFO), Wyoming Conservation Corps(WCC) and Devon Energy’s Gillette field office recently came together for a nine-day preservation, restoration and education project in Burnt Hollow in the Powder River Basin.
 
The WCC and Devon Energy’s Gillette Field Office and corporate team worked with BLM BFO
  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging Wyoming juniors in high school to apply to be a Senate page for the spring session in Washington, DC. There are a total of 30 page positions in the United States Senate each session and the deadline for spring applications is Wednesday, November 5. 

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to sponsor
Press Release - With less than two weeks left to vote by absentee ballot, more than 12,000 voters, representing nearly 5 percent (5%) of registered voters, have cast their General Election ballots, according to figures released today by the Secretary of State. 

“County clerks across the state received 23,037 requests for absentee ballots and more than half of those voters
Press Release. – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld Wyoming’s plan for controlling emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) under the Clean Air Act’s regional haze program. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians, challenged the EPA’s approval of Wyoming’s plan on the ground that the plan failed to
On October 19th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. near mile post 266 on Interstate 80 westbound, Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 "Robbie" and Trooper Dave Chatfield were engaged in a K-9 deployment on a stopped vehicle. While transitioning from an interior search of the vehicle to an exterior search, Robbie entered into the westbound lanes of travel and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer

October 16th at approximately 1340 hours a school bus belonging to Shoshone Arapaho Head Start was southbound on WY 132 in Fremont County on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The school bus left the roadway on the right side of a left hand curve for an unknown reason, the driver steered the bus back onto the road, over-corrected, and the bus rolled 1 1/4 times coming to rest in the
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this spring. The deadline for applications is November 6.

           The internship offers experience in the direct operations of our nation’s government. Interns have the ability
Sheridan – It has happened all too often this fall in the Sheridan Region. First, it was three mule deer bucks on a ranch north of Dayton, then an elk shot from the road west of Burgess Junction; and now it’s two young bull moose west of Buffalo.

            The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the
Laramie, Wyo. - The Merlin Ranch, owned by Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon and his wife Jennie, is a gold sponsor of the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt. 

Jennie Gordon will be one of 36 women hunters as they participate in this charity hunt and additional activities to raise funds for the Wyoming Women's Foundation (WYWF). The funds will help WYWF improve the economic
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The State of Wyoming, through the Attorney General, filed its opening brief in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s attempt to expand the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). The State’s brief points to the EPA’s use of incomplete facts and faulty legal conclusions to justify its decision. The State asked
Obscured turn signals and brake lights are being investigated as contributing factors in a fatal crash on October 4th south of Afton, Wyoming on US 89 at mile post 80.79. The crash occurred approximately 3.5 miles south of Afton on US 89 at 2:50 p.m. 

45 year old Craig E. Shymko of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, was travelling south on a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. 48 year old
CHEYENNE – The numbers of male sage grouse on leks, or mating areas, was up around 10 percent this year over last year, according to data recently compiled by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

   Just under 20,000 male sage grouse were counted this year on about 1,100 leks. This summer’s crop of grouse chicks also appears to be much improved over recent years.
Press Release - The blizzard last October showed how a major winter storm can affect every person in a large area. The storm brought heavy snow, strong winds, and cold temperatures that blocked roads and caused widespread power outages. Without essential supplies and services, many residents were forced to be totally self-sufficient for a week or more.

As the winter season approaches, the
CHEYENNE – A ruling today by a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C. continues the suspension of gray wolf hunting in Wyoming. After two years of hunting, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on Sept. 23 that Wyoming’s plan was not legally sufficient to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming established an emergency rule to address Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s decision on Tuesday, September 23.  Judge Jackson recognized the urgency of this matter and acted quickly to hear arguments on Wyoming’s request that she reverse her order returning management of gray wolves to federal control.  All parties were required to submit comments by
Custer, SD– Fall colors are showing up all over the Black Hills and the Forest Service encourages you to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons.
“The best viewing for Fall colors on the Forest is usually late September to early October,” said Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer, Black Hills National Forest. “The aspen, birch and oak are
Press Release - On September 26th, two juvenile runaways from Colorado were arrested by a Wyoming State Trooper for a string of vehicle thefts from Colorado and Wyoming. A stolen vehicle report was received from Jackson, Wyoming to look for a stolen GMC pickup truck. While Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Troopers from Patrol were looking for the pickup in the Dubois
Sundance, Wyoming, - Black Hills National Forest North Zone Fire is planning to ignite, the Sleez prescribed, September 26, 1.5 miles northwest of Warren Peak Lookout.
 
The 124 acre Sleez project unit is located in the Whitelaw and Beaver Creek drainages in the Bearlodge Mountains.
 
Resources include one dozer, multiple fire engines and crews.
 
More prescribed fire is also
While many people unexpectedly take a tumble from time to time, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that falls can sometimes lead to moderate and severe injuries, especially among older adults.
 
Dara Lawyer, WDH injury prevention coordinator, said the chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall may increase with age.
 
Falls are the leading
Cheyenne, WY - Tyler Bartlett of Newcastle receives the 2015 Wyoming Teacher of the Year award, as announced by Wyoming State Superintendent Cindy Hill, Wednesday Sept. 25. 

Mr. Bartlett is a math teacher at Newcastle Middle School and has been teaching for six years. “From way back when I was young I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Bartlett said. “I
Testing recently completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta confirms that the enterovirus D68 virus is present in Wyoming, as expected by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH, said, “We are not surprised CDC testing has confirmed two Wyoming residents were ill due to this specific virus, which has
Press Release - A crash involving two vehicles resulting in two fatalities occurred at 8:00 p.m. on September 23rd approximately 16 miles north of Wheatland, Wyoming on Interstate 25. The crash occurred in a construction zone where both north and southbound traffic had been reduced from four lanes to two lanes of traffic. One lane was designated for each direction on the side of the interstate
Sheridan - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the wanton destruction of three mule deer bucks in northwest Sheridan County.

The mule deer were killed on the Sheeley Ranch about five miles north of Dayton sometime late Monday September 15, or early Tuesday September 16, 2014. Sheridan Game Warden Bruce Scigliano investigated the first two deer on September 16,
Press Release - A two vehicle head on crash on September 20th resulted in the death of 29 year old Chad D. Nobach of Gillette, Wyoming. The crash occurred approximately 20 miles south of Gillette at mile post 88.75 on WY 59 at 7:09 p.m.. Mr. Nobach was the front seat passenger in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma truck being driven by 22 year old Braydon W. Donahoo of Gillette. 

 

Mr. Donahoo
Casper, Wyom. – The 2015 MISS WYOMING USA and MISS WYOMING TEEN USA Pageants took place Sunday, September 21, at the Casper Events Center in Casper. A large crowd filled the center on Sunday evening for the pageant finals, where the panel of judges selected Caroline Scott of Cheyenne as MISS WYOMING USA 2015, and Payton Sanders of Casper as MISS WYOMING TEEN USA 2015.  Both
Sept. 19, 2014 - Wyoming Lottery Corporation warns Wyoming residents to be on guard against scams trying to trick consumers into providing money or personal financial information in order to claim a fake lottery prize.

“The Wyoming Lottery never asks winners for money in order to claim their prize,” stressed Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. “We don’t
Washington – This week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a leading free-market think tank on economic policy, awarded Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) the distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for his perfect voting record on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. The senator’s voting record garnered him a 100% rating according to
Sundance, WY – The prescribed fires planned for this week on the Bearlodge Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest have been postponed.

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

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

The “Affordable Energy Rally” will be held on September 25, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Cam-Plex Multi-Events Facility. U.S.
CHEYENNE - Investigators with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have been and continue to assist the Fremont County Coroner and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the death of a man in the mountains above Dubois, thought to be a missing Utah man.  The man had not been heard from since September 5th, and Fremont County Search and Rescue crews discovered what were
SHERIDAN—The Sheridan Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Department) is holding three public information gathering meetings to gather input and understand sportsmen desires, expectations and willingness to maintain and fund the Department’s game bird farm program and hunting of Department raised pheasants.

Additional meetings will be held in each Game and Fish Region
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – According to Governor Matt Mead a decrease in the number of workplace fatalities and injuries in Wyoming last year shows the state is making progress. The State Occupational Epidemiologist released a report yesterday on trends in workplace safety in 2013. Fatalities dropped by more than 30% from 2012 to 2013 and hospitalizations were down as well.

“We must continue
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rejection of part of Wyoming’s plan for visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. This decision is based on the State’s likelihood of success on appeal as well as the irreparable harm to the State and utilities without a stay.  

“Wyoming has a
Press Release - 33-year-old Matthew P. McDonald of Knoxville, Tennessee has been taken into custody after resisting arrest and running into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90. Mr. McDonald was stopped by a Wyoming State Trooper for speeding 91 mph in a posted 80 mph zone at 9:15 a.m. on September 09th approximately 16 miles west of Sundance at mile post 169 on I 90 eastbound.

 
 
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead said the State of Oregon’s decision to block a coal port violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Wyoming Attorney General appealed Oregon’s decision, denying a permit for an export facility that would ship coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia.

“Coal is the fastest growing fuel source in the world and this
A crash involving two vehicles resulted in the 100th fatality on Wyoming highways for 2014. The crash occurred at mile post 42 on WY 120 approximately 42 miles northwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming at 11:08 a.m. on August 29th. 

41 year old Christian M. Tafoya of Loveland, Colorado was traveling northwest on WY 120 on a 2013 Victory motorcycle. 40 year old Tyler M. Schwab of Cody,
GREEN RIVER – A Wyoming based wildlife organization, The Muley Fanatic Foundation, has pledged $1.3 million to try to find answers to one of the most vexing and persistent mysteries in wildlife science – the cause of mule deer population declines in western states.

The Deer-Elk Ecology Research (D.E.E.R.) project – a collaborative venture of the Muley Fanatic Foundation,
Captain Len DeClercq retired September 1st from the Wyoming Highway Patrol after serving with the Patrol since May of 1984. Captain DeClercq grew up in San Diego, California and earned his Bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Wyoming in 1982 and received his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming in 1994.

 
 
Trooper Dave Chatfield and his new K-9 partner "Robbie" recently began working together to help in the Patrol's efforts in criminal interdiction. Robbie is a Springer Spaniel who originally came from Ireland before receiving his initial training with the company "Battle Born K9" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trooper Chatfield and Robbie have been training together since July 21st
 CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead reminded the U.S. Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that under the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act the federal government must remove excess horses from its Herd Management Areas. Currently horses overpopulate seven of those areas in Wyoming. The requirement to remove excess horses is not discretionary in federal
Press Release – Douglas resident Kim Hansel, formerly of Gillette, has been selected as a 2014 Angels in Adoption™ awardee for her outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues as editor of Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today magazines. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct brucellosis surveillance in the Bighorn Mountains by collecting blood samples from hunter harvested elk this fall. 

Game and Fish is asking successful elk hunters to assist in this effort by collecting blood samples from elk immediately after harvest. 

“After two elk harvested in the Bighorns tested seropositive for
A pursuit that was originally initiated by Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Officers with the Riverton Police Department ended 163 miles later near Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Fremont County Deputies and Riverton Police Officers attempted to stop a 2013 Dodge Charger in Riverton, Wyoming as they believed the vehicle was possibly stolen. A pursuit began out of Riverton and
Press Release - Paul J. Dupont (age 70) of Brussels, Belgium was riding his bicycle southbound  on US 85 on the shoulder of the highway at mile post 47.5 at the time of the crash on August 14th, 2014. This location is approximately 30 miles northeast of Cheyenne and the time of the crash was at 2:39 p.m. 

34 year old Thomas C. Barnhart of Lincoln, Nebraska was also
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office (HPDO) announces the availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record (DR) for Antelope II South Coal Lease Modification.  The Antelope Mine is located approximately 20 miles south/southeast of the city of Wright, Wyo.

Antelope Coal, LLC has applied to modify an existing lease (WYW-177903) in
CHEYENNE – Hunters who missed the application periods to get into the drawings for elk, deer and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by picking up licenses that were undersubscribed in the initial drawings.

            Leftover full-price licenses are now being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis
Press Release - Alcohol is suspected as the contributing factor that lead to a head on double fatality crash on August 10th. The crash occurred at approximately 1:25 a.m. 2.3 miles west of Douglas on Interstate 25 at mile post 142.3. 
 
39 year old Craig B. Powell of Saratoga, Wyoming was identified as the driver of a 2006 Honda Civic. Mr. Powell was traveling south in the
On August 7th, 2014 at approximately 11:55 a.m., 59 year old Ron Cumley  of Albuquerque, New Mexico  was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on WY 34 in Sybille Canyon.  Mr. Cumley was headed with friends to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. For unknown reasons, Mr. Cumley failed to negotiate a left sweeping curve in the roadway as he drove off the right
The Wyoming Highway Patrol and law enforcement officials in 14 other states joined together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 94 and 90 between Washington state and New York August 1st - 4th. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road.  

The Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated 11 crashes on Interstate 90 during the four-day period and issued 451 warnings and citations.
CHEYENNE – Archery season is just around the corner with most areas for antelope opening on Aug. 15 and most areas for deer and elk open to archers on Sept. 1. A few areas have different openers so bowhunters should check regulations for seasons in the area they want to hunt. The following are the most common questions asked by archers.

Do I need an archery license in addition to my
Sundance, WY — the area closure order will remain in effect for the Cook Lake Recreational Area and surrounding area through the month of August, possibly longer.
 
Saturated soils caused by continued rain and sporadic severe thunderstorms have caused concern about the potential for landslide movements in the Cook Lake Recreation Area. Last year was the most moisture ever recorded
On August 6, 2014 a Wyoming State Trooper initiated a traffic  stop at milepost 56 on Interstate 90 eastbound on a grey Acura with Montana plates. The stop occurred at 11:11 a.m. for a speeding violation of 100 mph in a 75 mph zone. The trooper began speaking with the driver and asked for his license, insurance and registration. After failing to produce any of those documents for the
On August 5th, 2014 at 4:05 p.m., a Lindenhurst, Illinois resident failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming semi truck resulting in one fatality. 65 year old Bruce M. Hinton was exiting a scenic pullout near Devils Tower in a 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 passenger car. The pullout is located at mile post four on WY 24 south of Devils Tower. Mr. Hinton failed to yield the right of way to a
Press Release– The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports confirmation of a boating accident resulting in a fatality at Keyhole Reservoir on Sunday August 3.

The incident is currently under investigation.  Additional details of the accident will be released once the investigation is completed. 

Keyhole Reservoir is a popular fishing and boating destination located in northeast
State Capitol— More than 4000 voters, representing nearly two percent (2%) of registered voters, have already cast their Primary Election ballots, according to figures released last week by the Secretary of State. 

“Across the state, there were 10,010 requests for absentee ballots and of these 4,174 voters have already returned their voted ballots to the county
With a significantly increased number of reported gonorrhea cases this year, especially in Campbell County, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases remains important.
  
“So far this year 19 cases of gonorrhea have been reported just in Campbell County with 56 cases reported across Wyoming,”
Press Release. – The latest update on revenue to the State of Wyoming shows that income is ahead of forecasts. The state is benefiting from capital gains and mineral revenues outpacing projections in several areas. The update is for the current fiscal year, which ended June 30.

“Right now in Wyoming we have low unemployment, we have incomes growing and we have the second highest
Wyoming motorists will notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign in early August. 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol and law enforcement officials in 14 other states are joining together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 94 and 90 between Washington state
July 29, 2014 - With the Aug. 24 launch of Powerball® and Mega Millions® ticket sales less than a month away, the Wyoming Lottery has started releasing the names of the retailers it has approved so far. The Lottery’s goal is to have a maximum of 450 to 500 ticket-selling locations statewide.

To find the nearest WyoLotto™ location, residents can check the website,
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities in August. 

Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. Yeager can also help
Excessive speed is being investigated as the contributing factor in a single vehicle rollover near Newcastle on July 23rd. The crash occurred at mile post 245 on US 85 approximately 15 miles east of Newcastle at 6:00 pm. 

Witness reports indicated that 25 year old William Cruzen of Ofallon, Illinois was traveling south at a high rate of speed prior to the crash in the 2004 Lexus SUV
SHERIDAN - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, will be stocking high elevation lakes on the east side of the Bighorn Mountains on August 4, 2014.  Weather permitting; a helicopter will be used to stock lakes in and around the Cloud Peak Wilderness within the Bighorn National Forest. 

    Vehicle travel is both illegal
Sheridan, Wyo. (July 24, 2014) – A spate of abandoned campfires has prompted the Bighorn National Forest to ask for the public’s help in stopping this growing problem. It is a major concern as fire crews are spending time responding to and putting out abandoned campfires, which could delay responses to new wildfires.

     Fifteen illegal,
Sheridan, Wyo. (July 18, 2014) – A recent spate of black bear activity around campgrounds, private cabins, and lodges in the Bighorn National Forest has Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Forest Service managers concerned about public safety.

     Bears that receive food rewards may become habituated toward humans. To protect people, these bears are
Press Release – The Wyoming Attorney General has filed a motion stating the State does not object to third party candidates raising money during the primary election period. A third party candidate has sued the state in federal district court over a law passed in 2009. This law prohibited candidates who are not Republicans or Democrats from raising money until the general
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is now ranked number two in the nation in an independent economic research firm’s list of the Top Ten Pro-Business States for 2014. Wyoming rose from number five in Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s ranking last year. This year’s ranking is Wyoming’s highest ever.

“In Wyoming we put a premium on having a climate that is conducive to
Sundance, WY – Black Hills National Forest officials said the Bear Lodge Project scoping summary document is available for public review and is posted on the Forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills .
 
The initial scoping period for the Bear Lodge Project on the Black Hills National Forest generated 153 comment letters. The scoping summary was developed by the
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead unveiled a new website today that highlights Wyoming’s energy strategy. It is a resource for people interested in energy, the environment and the economy and also tracks progress on the energy strategy. Governor Mead released “Leading the Charge: Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment, and Economy” last year and
Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Newcastle Field Office is implementing partial fire restrictions in coordination with Weston County beginning July 10.  

Under a partial closure the following acts are prohibited: 

    --Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided
LARAMIE, Wyo.)  July 10, 2014 – The Owen Fire remains 80 percent contained with fire managers optimistic that today’s forecast of evening rain showers will assist firefighter efforts. Fireline construction, with the aid of mechanical equipment, is taking place along the east side of the fire. 

 

The wildfire is approximately 500 acres and located directly north of
Secretary of State Max Maxfield reminds Wyoming voters that the 40-day period for absentee voting for Wyoming’s Primary Election begins on Thursday, July 10, and ends on Monday, August 18, the day before the Primary.   

 

“Wyoming offers ‘no excuse’ absentee voting.  This means that any registered voter can call their county clerk and request that
Press Release – Calling it time consuming and costly, Governor Matt Mead is opposing the Interpretive Rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The Interpretive Rule expands the Waters of the U.S., which is part of the Clean Water Act. In a letter to the Administrator of the EPA and the head of the Corps Governor Mead asked the
On July 03rd, 2014 at approximately 2:39 pm, troopers were notified to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a 2009 Peterbuilt commercial tractor with trailer being driven by 38 year old Onelio Vega of Hesperia, California. It was reported to the Patrol that Mr. Vega was not authorized to be driving the truck and that Mr. Vega was possibly under the influence of an unknown substance. 
 
The
(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  July 8, 2014 – The Owen Fire, which was discovered Monday afternoon about 30 miles southwest of Laramie on the Medicine Bow National Forest, has now burned an estimated 500 acres. The fire is burning primarily in large beetle-killed timber north of Lake Owen and remains on the National Forest. There is no estimated containment at this time.

Only Forest
(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  July 7, 2014 – Dubbed the Owen Fire, a wildfire was reported Monday afternoon on the Medicine Bow National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Laramie. The 300-acre fire is burning in timber near Lake Owen in southern Albany County.

 

Campers and recreationists have been evacuated from the popular area by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the
Buffalo, Wyoming – Advance tickets are now on sale for the July 11, 12 and 13, Big Horn Mountain Festival.  Advance special ticket price of $75 for the entire three-day festival is a savings of ten dollars over the gate price.  Plan to attend the festival at the Johnson County Fairground in Buffalo, WY. 

"We are excited to offer another outstanding lineup of
After a little under two hours Monday morning, the Sheridan and Johnson County Commissioners voted for which candidate that would fill the State Senate seat vacated by the late Senator John Schiffer. The vote was between James Gampetro of Johnson County, Ryan Wright, Johnson County Deputy Attorney, and Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey. Kinskey received 67% of the vote, Wright received 21%, and
CODY – Two Cody men have received heavy fines and suspension of hunting privileges following their conviction for taking buck mule deer without a proper license.
 

   Andrew Dean Rogers of Cody and Ira Emanuel Fellows of Cody were recently convicted on wildlife charges in separate but related cases.  Rogers, 51, pleaded guilty to taking a buck mule deer without a
Sheridan, Wyo. (July 2, 2014) – Bighorn National Forest managers want to remind everyone to take precautions to avoid encounters with black bears.
     Bears recently have been seen wandering through campgrounds. “In most situations, bears will avoid humans. But, bears can become aggressive when searching for food. Once a bear receives a food reward, it
Press Release - Monday evening, June 30th, around 6 pm a Casper couple was killed in a two vehicle crash on I-25 about three (3) miles north of Casper.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that 83 year old Duane Hartman and 68 year old Linda Hartman both died at the scene of the crash on south bound I-25.  Investigating trooper Marshall Wyatt states  Duane Hartman, the driver
The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that 59 year old Gary Griffin of Hamburg, New York was fatally injured June 30th at around 11:00 am when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a pickup on Wyoming 220 about 25 miles south of Casper.  Investigating Trooper Clint Haver stated Griffin was riding with a group of bicyclists when for unknown reason he turned left across the highway in front of
CHEYENNE – Governor Matt Mead joined the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and its partners in recognizing 15 outstanding Wyoming workplaces or individuals at the 2014 Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit Wednesday evening. More than 500 individuals are participating in the Summit, which continues through Thursday in Cheyenne.

 

The Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit
 CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead and Sheridan-based Advanced Communications Technology (ACT) are pleased to announce ACT is installing a new fiber optics line from Casper to the Colorado border. Governor Mead continues to further the expansion of broadband services. He has worked with Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to help companies by opening the existing right of way for
GREEN RIVER— Hunters who have obtained a license in one of the hunt areas where there is also access through the Game and Fish Hunter Management Area (HMA) program can start obtaining permission slips for a number of these areas beginning July 14.

Anyone interested in hunting on a HMA must have a permission slip prior to accessing the area. Some HMAs are limited in the number of
Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine this morning confirmed that there had been a fatality at 7 pm yesterday evening. The incident is described as a single haul truck incident, and there were no other injuries. The mine says next of kin has been notified.

CEO and President Colin Marshall stated the companies' "thoughts and prayers are with the family, co-workers, and
 

I-90 Re-Opens to traffic from Buffalo to Gillette (Eastbound and Westbound) at 8:30 AM this morning. I-90 was closed last night June 22 at 9:40 PM due to Heavy Rains and approximately 8-10 inches of hail causing flash flooding at mile post 91 (Dead Horse Creek).  Maintenance crews have remained on scene and monitored the area throughout the night.  The water receded this

UPDATE - 6:30 AM -- I-90 remains closed between Buffalo and Gillette due to flooding - US 14/16 from Ucross to Gillette also closed 

 

At 6:30 am this morning I-90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains due to flooding at MP 91 (Dead Horse Creek).  The road closed last night around 9:40 after a heavy rain storm that produced 8-10 inches of hail in the area.  WYDOT
Press Release - This morning, June 18, around 4:00 am, 29-year-old Cheryl Rapue of Wiggins, Colorado was killed when the commercial vehicle she was driving west bound on 20/26 about 25 miles north of Shoshoni, WY left the roadway and rolled.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle and it is unknown if she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the incident.   The vehicle she was
CHEYENNE – Hunters who are looking to add to their chances to have the opportunity to hunt in the best areas in Wyoming are reminded the deadline to apply for the super tag and super tag trifecta raffles is July 1.

Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. Tickets are sold by species. One winner will be drawn for each of the ten species. The single trifecta winner will have the
Press Release - On June 15th at 1612 hours on WY 31 approximately 9 miles west of Hyattville, WY, 73 year old John Moore of Lonoke, Arkansas was killed when the 3 wheel motorcycle he was driving collided with a car stopped on the highway for a cattle crossing.  According to the investigative report, 30 year old Tim Kirkman of Redmond, OR had his Ford Focus stopped in the driving lane of WY 31 waiting as a
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has been working to reduce permitting time and to enhance energy projects with a network of pipeline corridors. The Governor announced today, a plan to establish pipeline corridors through federal lands is complete. All of the corridors run parallel to existing pipelines. The Wyoming Pipeline Authority (WPA) submitted the plan to the U.S. Bureau of Land
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash that closed WYO 372 Thursday and caused a five-car train derailment.  

A truck driver for Lewis and Lewis identified as Sean Spiker was traveling northbound on WYO 372 when he was unable to stop for a crossing train and collided with the train.  The driver was able to exit the truck by jumping out and rolled down the
Press Release. – Governor Matt Mead traveled to Longview, Washington and the Millennium Bulk Terminals, a facility that plans to export Wyoming coal. Governor Mead heard from Washington State legislators and local elected officials who presented a variety of opinions on the topic. The port could create hundreds of jobs in Washington and would help expand markets for Wyoming’s coal
June 3rd - A crash of a commercial vehicle on WYO 270 north of Hartville, WY resulted in a spill of hot oil into a dry creek bed.

The driver of this vehicle failed to negotiate a curve to the right and went off the west side of WY-270 at the top of the Hat Creek Breaks. The tanker was carrying emulsion for a highway project near Mule Creek Junction. When the vehicle rolled the tanker trailer
On May 29, 2014, a driver at the Sheridan Port of Entry was buying permits and was being assisted by one of our port Officers. The driver set his billfold down on the counter while waiting to get information from his company.  When he wasn’t paying attention, another driver walked up stole the wallet. The thief then went to the restroom, removed the cash from the billfold, then hid the
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead released the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal on carbon emissions from existing power plants:

“The EPA has been taking a heavy-handed approach with its regulations, attempting to interfere with state primacy over environmental programs and the coal industry. We will examine this latest
Larry Glen Hurst age 65, and Sara W. Hurst age 56 (both of Sheridan) were riding bicycles in the southbound shoulder of US 87. Both were wearing helmets. Driver #1, Hannah M Terry (age 34) of Big Horn, WY drove into the southbound shoulder and struck both bicycles from the rear. Larry and Sara Hurst were both separated from their bicycles. Larry Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene. Sara Hurst
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this fall. The deadline for applications is June 25.

The internship offers experience in the direct operations of our nation’s government. Interns have the ability to network, develop job skills and gain knowledge to further
SHERIDAN – In the next several weeks, wildlife throughout Wyoming will be bearing their young. In view of this, the Wyoming Game and Fish department asks that people take extreme care to stay away from young animals during this critical time.

The Game and Fish also cautions against picking up newborns because of potential harm to the animals. The department also issued a reminder that
A series of public meetings are scheduled in June to address future highway improvement projects in Northeast Wyoming. 


10:08The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), District 4 Staff would like to invite you to attend one of the 2014 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) meetings this June.  A meeting will take place in each of the five counties that make up
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