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UPDATE: Update 9:45 PM - I-90 from Moorcroft to Sundance had been re-opened.   

It was closed earlier today due to a wildfire.

 

 
Earlier Information Below:

Press Release - Due to a wildfire in the area  both lanes of I-90 have been closed from Moorcroft to Sundance.

There is no estimation on how long the closure will last.  

It is closed
Press Release - Due to a wildfire in the area  both lanes of I-90 have been closed from Moorcroft to Sundance.

There is no estimation on how long the closure will last.  

It is closed for your safety and the safety of those fighting the fire so DO NOT run the road closure gates.  

For more road and travel information go to www.wyo.road.info

Traffic can detour using WYO
Press Release – An evacuation of Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision has been ordered by the Crook County Emergency Manager. Residents of the subdivision are being evacuated to the Crook County Fairgrounds in Sundance. 

This evacuation was ordered due to increased fire activity on the southern side of the Douglas Fire. Residents being evacuated can bring stock, horses, and pets
Press Release – The Douglas Fire grew a bit overnight and is now estimated at 1785 acres with 22 percent containment. Twelve fire engines staffed the night shift of this lightning caused fire, which remains roughly 15 miles southwest of Sundance, Wyo. 

Today’s firefighting operations will focus on mitigating hazards in the Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision south of the
Press Release – The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. That means a lower court’s ruling against the plan stays in place.
  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has been a vocal critic of the president’s amnesty plan.
 
“The president can’t decide to just grant
Press Release – The Douglas Fire, roughly 15 miles southwest of Sundance, Wyo., has grown to approximately 1700 acres. This lightning caused fire is 20 percent contained. 

The priority of the firefighting effort is public and firefighter safety. Incident Commander Dick Terry also listed minimization of public loss and protection of private timber and grazing as objectives of
Press Release – On Tuesday a federal judge in Wyoming struck down the Obama Administration’s regulations against hydraulic fracturing. US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled that the Bureau of Land Management did not have the authority to issue the regulations.
 
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement in response:
 
“Once again the
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is describing the agency’s planned budget reductions for the coming two-year budget period as unfortunate, yet unavoidable due to declining state revenues.
 
“There are clearly fewer dollars available and we must recognize the new reality,” said Tom Forslund, WDH director. “These budget reductions are
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Casper, Wyoming on June 17th has resulted in the deaths of Casper residents Carol Plummer, a 56 year old female, and George Rott, a 48 year old male. The crash occurred at 4:12 p.m. on the 17th near mile post 2.8 on Wyoming State Highway 257 at the intersection with Robertson Road approximately two miles west of Casper.  

A 2007 Jeep Liberty,
Press Release - A fatal crash southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming on June 17th has resulted in the death of 60 year old Arvada, Wyoming resident Donald Malli. The crash occurred at 5:00 p.m. on the 17th near mile post 55 on US Highway 14/16 approximately 55 miles southeast of Sheridan.  

Malli was driving a 2002 Buick Park Avenue passenger car traveling west on US 14/16. The Buick failed
Press Release - The Bearlodge Ranger District, located in Sundance, WY, will be offering free use firewood with a valid permit, June 18 - July 31, 2016.
 
The District is offering fuelwood collection from slash piles created from recent forest management activities located at the end of Moskee Road (CTY 207).
 
A permit is required and can be obtained for the Buckley Piles area
Press Release — When most people think of Girl Scouts, they likely think of “cookies and camping”—all important components of the Girl Scout experience, of course! But arguably the most impactful part of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
 
This year marks 100 years of the Girl Scout Gold Award and while the name for the highest award in Girl
Press Release - Centennial celebrations are sweeping the nation’s parks this year!  Devils Tower National Monument is hosting a series of celebrations such as the Old Settlers’ Picnic on Sunday, June 26! The festivities will begin at 12:30 pm in the picnic area near the campground.  There will be free entrance into the monument for those attending the event.

Each year the
Press Release -Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis hosted Wyoming panelists at a hearing on H.R. 5259: the Certainty for States and Tribes Act.  Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT-At large) introduced and Rep. Lummis cosponsored the legislation in response to the current Administration’s recent attacks on coal, oil, and gas production, including: the Secretarial Order placing a moratorium on new
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead was joined by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Jackson Monday to announce progress on the sale of two tracts of state land inside Grand Teton National Park. The sale would bring $46 million per parcel for a total of $92 million to the Common School Permanent Land Fund. These parcels currently generate $1800 per year for
Press Release - Hot, dry days and rapidly melting snowpack have led to moderate fire danger in the Bighorn National Forest.

Forest Service fire managers would like everyone to be especially vigilant as vegetation dries out.
Fire danger ratings allow fire managers to estimate fire danger for a given area. The ratings are assigned different levels, ranging from low to extreme. A moderate
Press Release - A fatal crash southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming on June 12th has resulted in the death of  34 year old Buffalo, Wyoming resident John Ipes. The crash occurred at 6:00 a.m. on the 12th near mile post 33 on US Highway 14/16 approximately 30 miles southeast of Sheridan. 

Ipes was a passenger in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 35 year old Buffalo resident Jennifer
Press Release - A fatal crash south of Gillette, Wyoming on June 7th has resulted in the death of 83 year old Eaton, Colorado resident Deloris Clutter. The crash occurred at 1:15 p.m. on the 7th near mile post 10 on Wyoming State Highway 50 approximately five miles south of Gillette. 

Clutter was a backseat passenger in a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by 77 year old Casper,
Press Release - The Wyoming Army National Guard will say farewell to soldiers in Detachment 3, B Company, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, in Cheyenne at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The soldiers are deploying to perform aviation maintenance on helicopters supporting efforts in Afghanistan; their first stop after leaving Cheyenne will be Fort Hood, Texas, for additional mobilization training.

Gov.
Press Release - Partial fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Wyoming’s Weston, Crook and Niobrara counties will begin June 6, 2016 due to dry conditions and high fire danger. The BLM is working with the counties to coordinate fire restrictions.

Under a partial closure the following acts are prohibited:

Building, maintaining,
Press Release – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced ten counties in Wyoming are eligible for disaster assistance due to drought. Governor Matt Mead received a letter from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack designating four counties as primary disaster assistance areas and six counties as contiguous disaster areas.

“For those areas affected by drought, this designation is
Press Release – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 13 excellent classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation. The Golden Apples are part of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, which recently recognized 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers with its top honor. Golden Apple recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them among the top tier
Press Release - The May 31 deadline for Wyoming resident and nonresident big game hunters to submit applications for limited quota deer and antelope licenses is approaching. May 31 is also the deadline for resident elk.

Planning a Wyoming application is now easier than ever with the Wyoming Big Game Hunt Planner by Wyoming Game and Fish. The tool, on the Game and Fish website, helps hunters
Press Release -  The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) along with the Buffalo, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson Country Fair Board are proud to announce that the opening PIHRA-sanctioned Indian relay event will take place in historic Buffalo, Wyoming on June 11 and June 12, 2016.  The event is sponsored by Shipton’s Big “R” and the Crow
Press Release - A fatal crash south of Laramie, Wyoming on May 17th has resulted in the death of 20 year old North Manchester, Indiana resident Matthew Fahs-Brown. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on the 17th near mile post 413 on US Highway 287 approximately 13 miles south of Laramie. 

Fahs-Brown was a backseat passenger in a 2004 Suzuki XL7 SUV that was being driven by 20 year old
Press Release - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) successfully included a provision in the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (S. 2795) to address excessive licensing requirements for Wyoming’s uranium producers.
 
The bill was passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.
 
Wyoming produces more than 60 percent of America’s
Press Release – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., helped introduce bicameral legislation to protect coal jobs from the Obama administration’s recent moratorium on new federal coal leases. The legislation would help ensure that states and tribes have a significant voice in any changes to federal coal, oil and gas royalties
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Wheatland, Wyoming on May 15th has resulted in the death of 46 year old Wheatland resident Gregory Taylor. The crash occurred at 3:00 a.m. on the 15th near mile post two on Wyoming State Highway 311 approximately four miles west of Wheatland. 

Taylor was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck traveling north on WY 311 when he failed to negotiate a
Press Release –The Wyoming Mining Association (WMA), Friends of Coal West and mining industry supporters will hold a rally to support mining in Wyoming prior to the BLM Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement scoping hearing in Casper, Wyoming on Tuesday, May 17,
Press Release – The Arch Coal Foundation recently named 10 exceptional Wyoming classroom teachers as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. It is Wyoming’s longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program, now in its 16th year.

 

The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Press Release – The University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will convene the third collaborative learning workshop regarding the greater Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG) landscape on Thurs., May 19.

All workshops are being held on behalf of the U.S Forest Service (USFS) and the upcoming event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the George
Press Release – The Pacific Legal Foundation announced this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with a Fort Bridger, Wyo. resident who built a stock pond on his own property. The EPA had threatened Andy Johnson with tens of millions of dollars in fines. Johnson contested the EPA’s authority.
 
“Under the settlement, the
Press Release – A Wyoming win, the Wyoming way. On May 5, Eddie Salas, born and raised in Wyoming, bought a Cowboy DrawTM ticket in his hometown of Green River on his way to work at the Trona mines. In a twist of fate, the clerk who sold him the soon-to-be life-changing ticket was a high school classmate. Later that day, Eddie discovered the ticket he bought on the spur of the moment was
Press Release - Arguably, the most Wyoming of all high school state championships is coming up soon. The state hunting championships are just around the corner. This is particularly important in a state where residents hunt at more than twice the national average.

The ninth annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), as it’s officially called, will be held June 4, 2016 at the Upton
Press Release - Wyoming smokers can take advantage of a free prescription medicine option to help them quit by enrolling in the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“We want to be sure Wyoming smokers who are ready to put cigarettes behind them understand how they can benefit from the free three-month prescription to Chantix our
Press Release - The Northeast Wyoming Sage-grouse Local Working Group is requesting project proposals for habitat improvements, research, education and West Nile virus management that promote restoration of greater sage-grouse and their habitats within our working group area. The working group has approximately $148,000 available through the Wyoming Sage-grouse Conservation Fund to support
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation to designate May 2-6, 2016, as Wyoming Correctional Professionals' Week during an exemplary employee luncheon to be held on May 4.  The week will also consist of activities to recognize employees for the dedication and hard work. The activities will take place throughout the Wyoming Department of Corrections,
Press Release – The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) received notice that Bryan Patrick Collins, a Wyoming inmate who was incarcerated out of state, died Friday, April 29, 2016.

Collins was sentenced out of Carbon County on March 19, 1999 to a life sentence for Felony Murder and Attempt to Escape. He was also given a consecutive 9-10 year sentence for Conspiracy to
Press Release - A Rapid City, South Dakota man is in custody after leading Wyoming law enforcement on a 70 mile long pursuit in a stolen vehicle on Interstate 90.

A Wyoming State Trooper initially stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee around 5:30 p.m. on May 2nd for speeding at mile post 142 on I-90 westbound approximately 13 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming. The Jeep had no license plates which
Press Release - On April 11, 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and True Ranches entered into an agreement to provide fishing access to LAK Reservoir and a portion of Stockade Beaver Creek above the reservoir.

LAK Reservoir is located about four miles east of Newcastle. The reservoir has walleye, smallmouth bass, green sunfish, brown trout and tiger musky. The accessible reach of
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming, localized increase in reported syphilis cases from southeast Wyoming this year. 
 
“We have had six reported cases of what we describe as ‘early’ syphilis reported in Laramie County since January 1,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH.
Press Release — A Gillette student’s business proposal that specializes in designing and providing tools to sanitary companies to help maintain the cleanliness of portable toilets (porta-potties) won the recent John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming College of Business.

Trevor Trouchon, a sophomore computer engineering student,
Press Release – The next generation of low-carbon energy technology took a big step forward Wednesday with the official ground breaking of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a cutting edge carbon research facility being built outside of Gillette.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead teamed up with representatives from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission
Press Release - A two state pursuit ended safely west of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming on April 27th resulting in Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers arresting a wanted homicide suspect out of South Dakota.

Jared J. Stone, a 21 year old resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, initially led Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol on a pursuit westbound on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska in a 1988
Press Release - Scammers are targeting electricity users across the region today - including Powder River Energy members and businesses - with telephone calls threatening to shut off your power unless you pay immediately over the phone, wire money, or give prepaid credit card information.
This is a very sophisticated scam to steal your funds. Be aware the scammers have created a caller ID that
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Arlington, Wyoming on April 24th has resulted in the death of 51 year old Morgan City, Louisiana resident Sherry K. Ohmer. The crash occurred at 8:17 a.m. on the 24th near mile post 267 on Interstate 80 westbound approximately five miles west of Arlington.

Ohmer was the front seat passenger in a 2017 Freightliner commercial truck driven by 57 year old
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) program helps struggling residents get the medications they need to stay healthy and recover from major health events by collecting and redistributing unused, donated prescription drugs.
 
The Wyoming Medication Donation Program helps low-income Wyoming residents who lack prescription insurance and also the safety-net clinics that serve
Forecast confidence is slightly below average over the next 48 hours as another slow moving storm system impacts southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska through early Wednesday.  Uncertainty is mainly due to snow levels and the location of the heavy snow potential across southeast Wyoming.  Believe the precipitation type will be mostly rain across western Nebraska until early
Press Release - Three Park County cats have recently been confirmed as infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). No human cases have been identified.
 
All three cats lived in Cody, off the South Fork Road. The illness was confirmed in the first pet by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie on April 12, with confirmation of the third on April
Press Release –  There is good news for those who travel with a bow to go hunting or for recreational purposes. Today the Senate passed a bill that included language to allow bows and archery equipment to be transported lawfully through national parks.
 
Attached to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which the Senate passed 85-12, the bill would provide the same protection to
Press Release – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is requesting help this year from anglers who fish at LAK Reservoir east of Newcastle.  Anglers are being asked to report what types of fish they catch and how long they fished.  The information will be used to ensure that future stocking is efficient, cost effective, and maintains the high quality fishing LAK Reservoir is known
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument hopes to take advantage of recent precipitation to conduct a small prescribed burn sometime during the next two weeks. Fire management staff from the Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the entrance of the monument and east of the Belle Fourche River. Read More
Press Release – The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation today that would provide needed support to airports around Wyoming while addressing security concerns and reauthorizing funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., praised provisions in the legislation that would restore Transportation Security Administration
Press Release - A fatal crash on April 18th has resulted in the death of 45 year old Thayne, Wyoming resident Kerri M. Keller (female). The crash occurred on the 18th at 9:38 a.m. on US Highway 89 near mile post 51 approximately 16 miles north of Cokeville, Wyoming.
 
Keller was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck southbound on US 89 when the truck initially drifted off the highway
Press Release – The Northeast Wyoming Sage-grouse Local Working Group will hold a meeting Thursday, April 21st beginning at 9:30 A.M. at the Buffalo BLM office located at 1425 Fort St. in Buffalo.

The group is comprised of twelve local citizens, representing groups interested in sage-grouse conservation. The role of the group, is to develop and set in motion a local conservation plan to
Press Release - A vehicle pursuit in northeast Wyoming on April 11th has resulted in the arrest of a Bismarck, North Dakota man. 

The pursuit began around 3:58 p.m. on the 11th after a Wyoming State Trooper attempted to stop a northbound red 2004 Toyota passenger car for speeding 84 mph in a 70 mph zone near mile post 221 on US Highway 85 approximately 29 miles south of Newcastle,
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the 2017 fishing and watercraft regulations. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Wyoming Room of the Campbell County Library, 2101 South 4-J Road in Gillette.

The most significant proposed changes for northeast Wyoming are about live bait dealers and how live
Press Release -  A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials around 10:30 A.M. MDT on Wednesday, April 20 as part of Wyoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 18-22.  The exercise is used to train emergency service organizations and educate people how to respond to a tornado warning.  Communities may sound local warning
Press Release - It’s been ten years since the Lions of Wyoming State Convention was held in Sheridan, Wyoming, but IT’S BACK with a ROAR!

Lions Clubs from around the state will be sending their representatives to Sheridan for the State Convention to be held at the Best Western Sheridan Center. With expectations of 100 Lions members or more, area businesses and attractions should
Press Release – Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and “Find Your Park” at Devils Tower National Monument during National Park Week, April 16 through 24.  Entrance fees will be waived all week and enjoy a beautiful drive through the rolling Black Hills of Northeast Wyoming. “During National Park Week, and throughout the centennial year,
Press Release - The State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) approved 13 Business Ready Community (BRC) grant applications during its April 7 quarterly meeting at the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.

In all, the SLIB invested $10,859,730 in public infrastructure projects to improve communities and strengthen Wyoming’s economy.

Complete board meeting materials can be seen at
Press Release - Drivers can expect to see WYDOT crews installing 70 mph speed limit signs in Northeast Wyoming on Monday,  April 11th  and Tuesday April 12th, 2016.    This will bring roads up to the new statutory speed limit for non-interstate highways in Wyoming that was recently passed into Legislation.

Highway sections expected to be signed on Monday April 11, 2016
Press Release – On the morning of Monday, April 4th, Secretary of State Ed Murray and his office became aware of the release of the so-called “Panama Papers” alleging that the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca aided wealthy individuals internationally with hiding assets in shell companies across the globe. In response to the serious allegations stemming from the “Panama
Press Release – Governor Mead has directed state agencies to immediately respond to support Wyoming individuals and families affected by energy-related layoffs. Over a dozen state agencies are fully engaged in the response.

Full service temporary resource centers in Gillette and Douglas have experts standing by to connect affected workers with employers hiring, job training and education
Press Release – A true Wyoming brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State, the Wyoming Lottery has aspired to bring the fun and excitement of WyoLottoTM to players across the state.

Due to the tremendous success of WyoLotto games, the Wyoming Lottery was able to make its first revenue transfer of more than $1 million to the state on April 5, and begin giving back to the Wyoming
Press Release - More than $33,000 in new scholarships has been awarded to Wyoming 4-H’ers by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation. In addition, foundation director Steve Mack said past Ella E. Schloredt scholarship recipients with a grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible to continue receiving the scholarship for up to four years. Fifteen continuing scholarships were awarded,
Press Release - District 4 Commander Captain Carl Clements will retire April 8th after more than 33 years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and 36 years in law enforcement. 

Captain Clements began his career as a summer compliance officer with the Forest Service while in college, then as a police officer for the city of Alliance Nebraska in 1980.  After 2 years with the police
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the Wyoming Department of Insurance, the Wyoming Community College Commission and the Wyoming Business Council will partner to host temporary community resource centers in Casper, Gillette and Douglas for individuals impacted by recent layoffs.

Information regarding unemployment insurance, job training opportunities, health
Press Release – The Bighorn National Forest is seeking comments on changes to the 2005 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan.

     The change, which affects Chapter 4: Monitoring and Evaluation, is required by the 2012 National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (Rule). The Rule requires all national forests to update monitoring plans by May 2016 and
Press Release — The University of Wyoming’s Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility is a game-changing addition that promises to benefit the entire state by advancing scientific inquiry and education, according to speakers at the building’s dedication ceremony.

Among those cutting the ribbon for UW’s new undergraduate laboratory building today (Tuesday) were Gov. Matt Mead, UW
Press Release - University of Wyoming Extension rangeland specialist Derek Scasta offers new insights for landowners, livestock producers and others interested in wildland fire in Wyoming and those planning prescribed fires.

“Wildland Fire in Wyoming: Patterns, Influences, and Effects” presents a view of wildfire in the state, including prescribed fires to achieve land management
Press Release – The Tongue Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest is seeking comments on a proposal to expand the permitted area for Wyoming’s Finest Outfitter’s guided archery and rifle hunts.
    The proposal includes extending the currently authorized areas toward Freeze Out Point and Steamboat Point.
     A map displaying the
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead recently traveled to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to visit with deployed troops there. The Governor traveled with Governors Terry McAuliffe of Virginia and Phil Bryant of Mississippi. The trip was organized by the Department of Defense and took place March 16-20, 2016.

“I was honored to join this delegation to see our troops,” said
Press Release – Douglas Howard Craft, a Wyoming inmate, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, Wyoming after a lengthy illness.

Craft was sentenced on November 14, 2011 by Campbell County District Court Judge Michael Deegan to 6 to 8 years for Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession of Pornography Etc.). In addition, he was
 Press Release - Christmas came a little late – or a lot early – for a Crook County 4-H’er who last year coordinated efforts to fill more than 600 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

            Grace Anderson, 15, of Devils Tower was selected as a Wyoming Top High School Honoree for The Prudential Spirit of
Press Release - As Wyoming's nonprofits feel the strain of an economic downturn, the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF), based in Laramie, is working statewide to alleviate some of the financial stress.

In 2015 WYCF granted over $6 million dollars to charitable causes across the state. And just a few weeks ago, the
Press Release - With the theme of, “From Local Success to Regional Excellence” Sheridan will host an economic development conference on April 8, 2016, that focuses on Northeast Wyoming. The conference will present the efforts of the communities of Buffalo, Gillette and Sheridan to prepare a plan and strategy to market the region as a prime location to expand or start a business. The
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead will travel to events across the state on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 for “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.” Governor Mead has participated in this event each year he has been in office.

“This day is one of the highlights of being Governor,” said Governor Mead. “The people of Wyoming care deeply about our veterans
Release - The National Weather Service has slightly upped the snowfall prediction for the northern half of Campbell County and now included Crook County in that total. Monday afternoon they were expecting 1-2 inches in our area, now saying 2-3 inches…combined with northerly winds of 40 mph which will cause blowing and drifting and visibility issues. The Wright area had been expecting 2-4
Press Release - The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security have partnered up to provide workplace safety training across Wyoming beginning in April and continuing through May. The training is focused on preparedness in the workplace environment in light of recent events in our nation.

The training is available at no cost for employees and employers in Wyoming and is
Press Release - While Zika virus is highly unlikely to take hold within or near Wyoming, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official wants women who are pregnant and women trying to become pregnant, as well as their partners, to take Zika-related travel warnings seriously.
 
Zika virus is spread to people mostly through bites of infected Aedes species mosquitos, which do not live in
Press Release - Yesterday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced fifth-generation Wyoming rancher and president of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Shaun Sims before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sims hails from Uinta County.
 
Barrasso invited Sims to testify at today’s hearing on a presidential memorandum issued last year that directs
Press Release – Warming weather conditions have led to early snowmelt in some parts of the Bighorn National Forest, conditions that are ripe for damage to roads, trails, and vegetation.

     Forest Service regulations prohibit over-snow travel in areas with less than six inches of snow. Patrollers have documented snowmobile tracks in areas that can take years to
Wyoming was the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy in 2013. More than three-fourths of the initiatives identified in the 2013 strategy are complete. Last year, Governor Mead worked with people across Wyoming to update the strategy.  

“Wyoming has
Press Release - Senator Eli Bebout, of Fremont County, was awarded the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Legislative Meeting.  Presented Feb. 25, 2016, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

“Legislator, exemplary businessman, veteran and philanthropist are just
Press Release – It may not be pleasant or popular, but someone has to ask how the federal government will pay for spending, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Enzi took on that role yesterday in a committee executive session debate on new health spending proposals.
 
“We only like to do new programs that give out new money in addition to what we’ve been doing and
Press Release - A fatal crash on March 6th has resulted in the death of 17 year old Kiersten D. Larson of Carpenter, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 6:00 a.m. on the 6th near mile post 383 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 19 miles east of Cheyenne. 

Larson was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on I-80 when the vehicle initially veered off the interstate to the
Press Release – The University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will convene the second of three collaborative learning workshops regarding the greater Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG) landscape on Wed., March 16.
All workshops are being held on behalf of the U.S Forest Service (USFS) and the upcoming event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at
Company Press Release -  Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANRZQ) Tuesday announced that it has filed a proposed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization ("the Plan") and a related Disclosure Statement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Together with the recently-filed motion seeking approval of a marketing process for Alpha's core
Press Release - University of Wyoming Extension entomologist Alex Latchininsky said a wetter, warmer climate may contribute to future locust outbreaks like that harassing Argentinians and could also boost future grasshopper infestations in Wyoming and the West.

            Officials say Argentina is facing its worst plague in more than
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a blue Jeep Cherokee around 9:17 a.m. this morning (March 7th) on the southern outskirts of Cheyenne when the Jeep failed to stop for the Trooper. The pursuit began on College Drive (WY-212) near the intersection with South Greeley Highway (US-85). The SUV eventually fled south for eight miles on US-85 towards
Press Release – The Tongue Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest is hosting a public meeting to provide an update on the status of the proposed Lodge ATV Connector Trail project.

     The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the Tongue Ranger District office located at 2013 Eastside 2nd Street in Sheridan from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
 Press Release -  It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.

    The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members
Press Release - While colorectal cancer can often be deadly, recommended screenings can make it largely preventable for most people, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.
 
Morgan Powell with Wyoming Integrated Cancer Services at WDH said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of
Press Release - Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are presenting the proposed 2016 hunting seasons through a series of open houses and a final public information gathering meeting in northeast Wyoming.

Sheridan Region Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert says, “There will be four open houses or public meetings and then one final public information gathering meeting
Press Release - On February 29 and March 1, 2015, the United States Drug Enforcement (DEA) and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Northeast Enforcement Team (NEET), with the assistance of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Gillette Police Department, arrested the following eight (8) individuals on drug conspiracy charges pursuant to indictments issued by a
Press Release - For the ninth straight year, the Wyoming Film Office is seeking submissions for the Wyoming Short Film Contest. Film makers should submit their videos online at vimeo.com/channels/ThatsWYFilms by April 15, 2016. A $25,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning entry that answers the question, "WY am I here?". 

Film Office Representative
Press Release - Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell was recently promoted to become the next Division "D" Lieutenant in Evanston. The promotion is effective today (March 1st). Division D is responsible for all of Uinta County and the southern portion of Lincoln County.  

Lieutenant Arnell is a fifteen year veteran with Patrol and has served in the Evanston area
Press Release – Aiming to ensure continued educational opportunities for all Wyoming citizens at the state’s community colleges, the Wyoming Senate approved legislation today to provide a stable source of funding for Wyoming's community colleges based on realistic enrollment levels.
 
“Wyoming’s community colleges are not only a critical linchpin in our
Press Release – Powder River Energy Corporation has filed a general rate increase application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase its base rates beginning on or before January 2017.

In order to give its membership the opportunity to learn more about the process and reasons for the filing, PRECorp is hosting three meetings in March at the local PRECorp
Press Release -The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a new policy to reduce a common hazard to migratory birds and other wildlife that can become trapped and die in uncapped pipes on public lands.  When fully implemented the new guidance could save more than 100,000 birds a year.
 
The new policy requires agency personnel to identify pipes on
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official is encouraging residents to take advantage of a new national campaign to learn more about their potential risk for prediabetes.
 
Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator, said prediabetes is often overlooked and misunderstood. “Simply stated, prediabetes basically means a
Press Release – After two weeks spent largely addressing the state’s budget, the Wyoming Legislature reached the midway point today for the 2016 Budget Session.
 
“While the budget has been our primary focus this session, the legislatures’ business continues while the joint House & Senate conference committee works to hammer out final details of the
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead today encouraged the Wyoming Legislature to reconsider expanding Medicaid as they continue their work on the state budget. The Governor reiterated the economic benefit Medicaid expansion would have to the state.

“Expansion would help cover healthcare costs for roughly twenty thousand Wyoming citizens – our friends and neighbors – many
Press Release - A fatal crash yesterday morning (Feb. 17th) west of Newcastle, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 60 year old Newcastle resident Gilbert R. Maestas. The crash occurred at 6:20 a.m. near mile post 32 on Wyoming State Highway 450 approximately 32 miles west of Newcastle.  

Maestas was a rear seat passenger in a 2000 Suzuki Vitara SUV that was driven by 49 year
Press Release - Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers interdicted approximately 292 lbs. of marijuana during a traffic stop on Saturday (Feb. 13th) west of Laramie, Wyoming. A resident of California and a resident of New York have been arrested and are now facing felony charges. 

A WHP Trooper stopped a U-Haul rental truck for speeding at 4:00 p.m. on the 13th near mile post 292 on
Press Release - Motorists traveling through Converse and Platte Counties on Interstate 25 last Monday (Feb. 8th) may have noticed an increased presence of law enforcement on I-25 and adjoining highways.

Troopers from Division M, that are responsible for the two counties, as well as Troopers from adjacent divisions and Deputies from Converse and Platte County participated in a one day
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and recent graduates to apply for a summer internship in his Washington, D.C. office. The deadline for summer applications is April 1.
“Past interns gained valuable work experience and created friendships and memories that lasted far beyond their time in my office,” Enzi said. “I encourage
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Rodney Miears returned back to full duty today (Feb. 10th) after recovering from injuries sustained in a two vehicle crash back on June 15th, 2015. 

Trooper Miears was traveling east on US 14/16/20 near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming when at 2:11 p.m. a westbound commercial truck with trailer had
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead is extremely pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Wyoming joined West Virginia and numerous other states in seeking a stay from the Court. The Court ruled 5-4 today to impose a stay.

“This is a big win for Wyoming and the nation,” said Governor Mead. “It
Press Release - Severe winter weather and multiple crashes resulted in a road closure in both directions on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie on Saturday (Feb. 6th) resulting in motorists becoming stranded behind the crashes. The first crash occurred around 2:20 p.m. near mile post 340 eastbound, approximately 20 miles west of Cheyenne, when a commercial truck crashed into a WYDOT
Press Release – Alex Richard Ascherin, a Wyoming inmate, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, Wyoming from an alleged suicide. The incident is under investigation by the Wyoming Department of Corrections in conjunction with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and Carbon County Coroner.

Ascherin was sentenced on November 19, 2015, by
Press Release - A fatal crash north of Chugwater, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 25 year old Casper, Wyoming resident Michael L. Cooper. The crash occurred at 12:35 p.m. on February 1st near mile post 65 on Interstate 25 southbound approximately 11 miles north of Chugwater. 

 

Cooper was driving a 1995 GMC Sonoma pickup truck southbound on I-25 in snow and ice covered road
Another strong winter storm across Wyoming has once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy. 

Since noon on January 31st through 4:00 p.m. today (Feb. 3rd), Troopers have investigated 146 crashes statewide. 121 of those crashes involved property damage only,24 crashes had injury and there was one fatal crash southwest of Laramie that was non-weather related.
Press Release – The importance of coal in powering America simply cannot be overstated, according to U.S. Senator Enzi, R-Wyo. Unfortunately, he said, neither can this Administration’s deliberate attempts to use executive power to put the coal industry out of business.
 
“This issue hits close to home for me because approximately 40 percent of this country’s
Press Release – Wyoming is home to some of the best small businesses around, but even the best small business can have greater success by taking advantage of government contracting. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is proud to support the 2016 Government Resources and Opportunities for Business (GRO-Biz) Conference and Idea Expo.
 
This year’s GRO-Biz conference will be held in
Press Release - With flu activity reports beginning to increase, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants residents to know they should 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 nose
Press Release – The Bighorn National Forest is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly-skilled workforce to work in many fields this summer. Forest managers will fill temporary seasonal positions in a variety of specialized areas, including archaeology, range management, recreation, heavy equipment operation, maintenance, wildlife, botany, hydrology, fisheries, and visitor
Press Release – Bighorn National Forest firefighters will burn slash piles in areas around Forest Service Road 26, the Red Grade Road, in the next few weeks.

Piles are located near Swamp Creek, Big Goose Ranger Station, Spear-O-Wigwam, Coffeen Park, and along the road into Dome Lake.

Burning will occur only when sufficient snow is on the ground to minimize the chance for a fire to
Press Release - A fatal crash on January 25th has resulted in the death of 57 year old Newcastle, Wyoming resident Tina M. Morris. The crash occurred at 11:45 p.m. on the 25th near mile post 233 on US Highway 16 near the city limits of Osage, Wyoming. 

Morris was a passenger in a 2000 Chevrolet Impala passenger car driven by 39 year old Timothy J. Dawson, also from
Press Release – Wyoming is being hit hard by Obama Administration regulations, according to a preliminary study released last week by the Mercatus Center. And that’s using data from before the latest barrage of red tape.
 
“For 2013…the impact of federal regulation on Wyoming’s industries was almost 60 percent higher than the impact on the nation
 Press Release - According to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the heart of winter is bringing an expected but unwelcome visitor to the state: norovirus.
 
Cody Loveland, WDH surveillance epidemiologist, said norovirus is also known as the “cruise ship virus” and is often described as the stomach flu or food poisoning. People who are sick with norovirus may
Press Release - The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) approved seven Business Ready Community (BRC) grants and one loan request totaling $4,142,394 during Thursday’s meeting in the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Business Council administers the BRC program. The program provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses
Press Release - New leadership is in place at two Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) healthcare facilities: the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) in Evanston and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming (VHW) in Buffalo.
 
Rich Dunkley is the new WSH administrator.  Dunkley previously held the superintendent position for three WDH Aging Division facilities and worked specifically as the
Press Release - Roy Stops, a 57 year old resident of Boulder, Colorado was arrested on January 15th after crashing into a traffic stop that had been initiated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The traffic stop occurred at mile post 95 on US Highway 20/26 at 5:19 p.m. on the 15th approximately five miles east of Shoshoni, Wyoming. 

While parked behind a 2012 Honda Civic that had been
Press Release – The Bear Lodge Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Rare Element Resource’s proposed rare earth mine near Sundance, Wyoming has been completed and is ready for public distribution.  The Notice of Availability for the DEIS will be published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016, which will begin a 45 day public comment period, scheduled to
Press Release – In the wake of a number of mass shootings last year, Governor Matt Mead requested active shooter training be made available to all State of Wyoming employees. The Wyoming Highway Patrol, working with The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (OHS) offered the training on January 11-12 at the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.

“The safety of state employees is a big
Press Release  –  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech:

“After seven years in office, the president still has a long list of challenges that the future holds for our nation. What he won’t say is that many of the challenges we must overcome are of his making. His policies have
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead urges state employees to complete suicide prevention training offered on-line through the Wyoming Department of Health. The Governor believes state employees can make a difference in the fight against suicide.

“To prevent suicide we must equip people to recognize the warning signs,” said Governor Mead. “More people trained in suicide
Press Release —Mountain lion hunters are alerted that hunt area 12, the Flaming Gorge Area, closed on Saturday, January 9.

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 a mortality quota. A mountain lion hunt area closes as soon as the quota is filled or when the
Press Release - A section of Interstate 90 was temporarily closed on January 9th when a commercial trailer caught fire on the interstate. The incident took place at 2:15 p.m. on the 9th at mile post 42 approximately 12 miles north of Buffalo, Wyoming.  

Michael Robeson, 53 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving a 2001 Freightliner commercial truck pulling a trailer
Press Release – Devils Tower National Monument will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and join over 400 national park units across the country with free entry into the Monument on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Our national parks hold special experiences for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisure nature walk, or simply pack a
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper sustained minor injury after his patrol car was struck on Interstate 80 on Christmas Day. The patrol car was struck around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 25th approximately 31 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming in snow and ice covered road conditions. 

Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell, a 15 year WHP veteran, was assisting a motorist who had slid off
Press Release - Lieutenant Marty Noonan retired from the Wyoming Highway patrol effective January 4th, 2016.  But his career in law enforcement is far from over. 

Lt. Noonan began his career in law enforcement in 1978 as a dispatcher with the Laramie County Sheriff's Office. In 1980, Lt. Noonan joined the Carbon County Sheriff's Office under then Sheriff Chuck Ogburn.
Press Release - Nineteen pounds of marijuana was seized by Troopers after a traffic stop for speeding on December 30th west of Laramie, WY on Interstate 80. 

A 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan was stopped for the violation near mile post 288 on I-80 eastbound at 9:23 a.m. on the 30th. Through the course of the stop, the Trooper established reasonable suspicion that something else was going on
Press Release (12-30-15) — The Postal Service is pleased to announce that postal operations will continue in Wright, WY.  A new contract provider has been named and will operate out of the current facility at 105 Wright Blvd beginning Jan. 4, 2016.
 
An upgraded retail configuration will be installed in the office and be operational next month. Until then, there will be no
Press Release - The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be conducting an impaired driving and traffic safety campaign over the New Year's weekend utilizing social media. The campaign is titled #DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP.  

The concept is to deter motorists from driving impaired and to practice safe driving habits over the holiday weekend by posting up-to-date WHP DUI arrests and other
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Dayton, Wyoming on December 19th has resulted in the death of 28 year old Sana A. Altaye of Detroit, Michigan. The crash occurred at 9:55 p.m. on US Highway 14 near mile post 76 approximately seven miles southwest of Dayton.  

Mr. Altaye was driving a 2006 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer traveling east on US 14 on a
Press Release – At Governor Matt Mead’s direction, Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael sent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy a Petition for Reconsideration of EPA’s Final Rule on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources. The Petition was submitted this afternoon via email as well as by overnight mail.

“This
Press Release - 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, Feb. 2, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the auction beginning at 8 a.m.

The BLM Wyoming State Director deferred 35 additional parcels for this lease sale as described in an
Press Release - Closures continue for the Interstate 80 corridor in Wyoming due to high winds, blowing snow,and significantly reduced visibility this morning.
 

The drifting snow and ice on the roadways require Highway Patrol Troopers in the Arlington /Elk Mountain area  to assist the remaining motorists.The Troopers are working in sustained winds of 40-45 mph and gusts of
Press Release - At this point we preparing to to have all of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, both eastbound and westbound, open for travel at 12:30 pm today. 

Please note that the opening is dependent the weather and responsible drivers responding properly to road conditions.

In other words, do not attempt to "make up for perceived "lost time".It remains slick
Press Release – New data on the Wyoming sage grouse population reveals bird numbers should continue to grow in the coming year based on an analysis of sage grouse wings provided by hunters. There were 1.7 chicks per hen in 2015, the same as 2014. This ratio is the highest documented since 2005, and more than double the recent low of 0.8 chicks per hen noted in 2012. The 10-year average,
 Press Release - The recent winter storm that traveled through Wyoming yesterday once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy. 

 

In a 32 hour period (00:01 a.m. on Dec. 15th through 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 16th) WHP Troopers investigated 61 crashes statewide. 49 of those crashes were classified as property damage only. 10 were classified as having injury

Press Release -  Here is a quick update on the current road closures in South-Central Wyoming.

We are planning to open 287 south of Laramie sometime this morning, as weather allows.

Regarding I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne, maintenance crews are working on a couple of the larger drifts with the rotary plow. Once they are finished with that, hopefully we can open east bound from
Press Release - Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is warning the public of an ongoing phone scam targeting its residential and commercial members. Crooks posing as utility employees or collection agents launch campaigns around holiday weekends trying to obtain personal information.

The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that
Press Release –The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information from the public about the shooting and wanton destruction of five mule deer bucks in Sheridan County. People are asked to contact Game and Fish if they have information about the following five poaching incidents:

11/26/15 a buck mule deer was shot and left off the Keystone
Press Release - Winter continues in Northeast Wyoming which can cause highway surfaces to be slick and unpredictable. 
 
WYDOT is especially cautioning motorist’s today because warmer temperatures this morning created wet road conditions and as the temperature continues to drop the roads will freeze rapidly causing extremely slick conditions.  Combine this with

WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE From NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD - A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES TODAY...THEN THROUGH NEBRASKA ON TUESDAY. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING EARLY THIS EVENING AND SPREAD INTO WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA BY TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING TUESDAY EVENING...AND ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
Press Release –  During a hearing yesterday on regulatory budgeting, Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said it was vital to understand the cumulative costs and impact of regulations on the economy imposed by federal agencies through new
Press Release - A fatal crash on December 6th has resulted in the death of 25  year old Upton, Wyoming resident Stephanie M. Strong. The crash occurred slightly after midnight (00:10 a.m.) on the 6th near mile post 311 on US Highway 30 approximately 16 miles north of Laramie. 

 

Strong was driving a 2005 Pontiac passenger car traveling south on US 30. A 2006 Chevrolet
Press Release – A provision secured by Wyoming’s Congressional delegation as part of a long-term surface transportation spending bill will force the federal government to fully return past and future abandoned mine land (AML) payments owed to the state. Under the agreement championed for years by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis,
Press Release—Deer classifications are underway in the Green River Region and Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologists and game wardens will be using a helicopter to count southwest Wyoming deer herds. Classification counts are how the Game and Fish estimates the number of fawns and bucks in the deer herds and it can easily be done in a short amount of time from a
Press Release - The Northern Wyoming Community College District was recently named a “Military Friendly” school for 2016. This is the fourth straight year the college district has received the distinction, from the Military Friendly Schools organization.

“Many selfless students who have served this country attend the colleges of the NWCCD,” said Dr. Paul Young,
Press Release- Big Piney Game Warden Adam Hymas and Cokeville Game Warden Neil Hymas, son and father, respectively, recently teamed up to solve a poaching case in the Wyoming Range where mule deer are highly sought after by hunters. While enjoying a day off hunting together, the wardens observed suspicious activity, which resulted in an investigation and ultimate apprehension of the
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead released details of his 2017-2018 biennial budget and spending reductions for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). State revenue projections have decreased due to falling oil and natural gas prices and the market and regulatory difficulties faced by the coal industry. Governor Mead asked state agencies to prioritize their budgets and limit exception requests.
Press Release - A Vermont man is in custody after crashing his vehicle north of Sundance on November 28th while transporting 40 pounds of marijuana.  

The crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28th on US Highway 212 near mile post 17 just south of the Montana border in Wyoming. Conor P. McNamara, a 27 year old resident of Brattleboro, Vermont left the highway and crashed the
Press Release -  A cornucopia of controlled substances were seized over the Thanksgiving holiday by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers on Interstate 80. 233 pounds of marijuana was interdicted in four separate traffic stops on I-80 from November 23rd through November 29th.  

The first stop was on November 23rd and resulted in one arrest and 72 pounds of marijuana seized. The
Press Release – Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) Tuesday noted that Americans are ready to move past Obamacare’s broken promises to better health care as the U.S. Senate opened debate on repealing the president’s health care law as part of the budget reconciliation process.
 
“Obamacare still remains unworkable, unaffordable, and more unpopular than
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently euthanized a white-tailed deer exhibiting signs of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer tested positive for CWD, which is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose. The white-tailed deer was found in deer hunt area 24 - an area flanked on three sides by deer hunt areas where CWD was previously documented.

The buck was
Press Release - A traffic stop on November 17th west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80 has resulted in 130 pounds of marijuana seized by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers. The traffic stop occurred on the 17th at 9:50 p.m. on I-80 at mile post 348 eastbound approximately ten miles west of Cheyenne. 

Loc T. Nguyen, a 43 year old female resident of Oakland, California was stopped by a WHP
Press Releae - The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office is planning to burn slash piles on BLM lands this fall and winter in several areas: Billy Creek, Mosier Gulch and along Collins Road in north central Campbell County.
  BLM has been working in the Mosier Gulch area, west of Buffalo, to improve forest health and reduce hazardous fuels near Highway 16 and within the BLM picnic
Press Release –  Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that it is trying to pass a “clean power plan”, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said it is more honest to call the new energy regulations a “no power plan”. Enzi applauded the Senate passage of two resolutions yesterday aimed at scrapping the EPA rules designed to end coal power
Press Release -- Governor Matt Mead released the following statement regarding the refugee issue:

“No state should have to endure the threat of terrorists entering our borders,” Governor Mead said. “The President needs to make certain an absolutely thorough vetting system is in place that will not allow terrorists from Syria or any other part of the world into our
Press Release - As conditions permit, the Black Hills National Forest is planning to burn large machine slash piles created from various timber and fuels projects in Weston County, WY. 
 
There are about 80 machine piles located approximately 2 miles north of Mallo Camp in the Austin Spring area that will be ignited. 
 
Crews can burn as many as 30 machine piles a day,
Press Release - A recent winter storm that has caused hazardous road conditions and road closures throughout the state is serving as a reminder just how dangerous driving in winter weather can be. From the early morning hours of November 10th until 9:30 a.m. this morning (Nov. 12th), the Wyoming Highway Patrol has investigated 87 crashes statewide. 52 of those crashes were classified as
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement today in response to Representative Cynthia Lummis’ announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2016.

“I'm sorry to hear that Cynthia Lummis is retiring from Congress after 2016. Cynthia has done a marvelous job. She has worked vigorously for America and for Wyoming. Her
Human remains were found and recovered along the banks of the Powder River last evening about 5p.m.

The Big Horn Mountain Radio Network says discovery offers hope that the body is that of Chevy Boshaw-Evans, the little girl who fell through the ice nine months ago.

According to a representative of the Johnson County Coroner’s Office, identification of the remains is pending an
Press Release - A pursuit in the afternoon of November 11th south of Buffalo, Wyoming on Interstate 25 has resulted in the arrest of 33 year old Joseph T. DeVries of Sheridan, Wyoming. 

Around 2:40 p.m. on the 11th, a Wyoming State Trooper spotted a black 2006 Honda motorcycle speeding 110 mph in an 80 mph zone at mile post 255 on Interstate 25 northbound. As the Trooper began to
Press Release – Serving in the military requires a willingness to serve others to keep this country great. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a veteran of the Air National Guard, issued the following statement for Veterans Day. 

“My Dad served in the Navy. My Uncle served in the Army. I thought it was something that everybody does. I wound up in the Air National Guard, and
Press Release – Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available.
     The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional
Press Release - Megan Degenfelder with Cloud Peak Energy has been selected as one of the 17 total success stories to be highlighted during the Governor Matthew H. Mead Business Forum, held November 17-18 in Cheyenne.

Governor Mead has partnered with the Wyoming Business Alliance/ Wyoming Heritage Foundation to host this year's forum being held at Little America Hotel & Resort in
Press Release - A pursuit that spanned three counties and 185 miles on Interstate 80 has ended safely today (Nov. 9th) west of Laramie, Wyoming.  

Around 12:21 p.m. on November 9th, Wyoming law enforcement received information that a stolen 2009 Kia Optima was traveling east on I-80 near Rock Springs, Wyoming. At 12:36 p.m., a Sweetwater County Deputy Sheriff initially spotted
Press Release - Rising diabetes rates can translate into personal challenges for those affected and their families, as well as a significant impact on healthcare costs in the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
Christine Revere, Chronic Disease Prevention Program manager with WDH, said uncontrolled diabetes can result in medical difficulties such as blindness
Press Release - It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. 

The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy
The organizers of the Holiday For Heroes Drive are hoping for strong support from the local community. Jan Miller with the Legion Auxiliary provided more details.

“This drive specifically is for our National Guard Units that are currently deployed to Afghanistan, the 33 members that went over. The drive is going to be between November 10th and 12th and delivery points are Clare
Press Release - A single vehicle crash west of Wright, Wyoming on November 3rd has resulted in the death of 18 year old Colorado Springs, Colorado resident Megan E. Skinner.  

The crash is believed to have occurred around 10:00 p.m. on November 3rd on Wyoming State Highway 387 at mile post 138 approximately 14 miles west of Wright. The crash was not discovered until the early
Press Release (11-4-15) – States already know best how to manage their water and they don’t need the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to over-regulate one of Wyoming’s most precious resources said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaking on the Senate floor today.
 
Enzi’s comments came shortly after the Senate voted (53-44) to disapprove of the EPA’s
Press Release - Pheasant season opens on Saturday November 7, 2015 in Hunt Areas 1 and 11 which include northeastern Wyoming. All hunters who are hunting areas stocked with pheasants by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are required to have a Pheasant Special Management Stamp. These areas include State Lands in Johnson and Sheridan Counties, the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA)
Press Release – National Park Service (NPS) veterinarians recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck white-tailed deer at Devils Tower National Monument.   CWD is endemic to free-ranging deer populations throughout much of eastern Wyoming, and although this is the first animal to test positive for CWD at Devils Tower, it is not the first case in
Press Release - One of the most endangered mammals in North America received a boost today, thanks to collaborative efforts between the federal government and the State of Wyoming. 

As part of its ongoing efforts to conserve the endangered black-footed ferret, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has finalized a rule to
Press Release - A traffic stop on October 26th north of Newcastle, Wyoming has resulted in the recovery of a stolen truck taken from Arkansas. A Wyoming State Trooper stopped the 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck for speeding 76 mph in a posted 65 mph zone near mile post 246 on US Highway 85 approximately 16 miles north of Newcastle around 2:00 p.m. on the 26th. 

 

While speaking
Press Release - On 10-26-2015, at 10:55 pm the Crook County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising of a person trapped under a vehicle at #6 Cactus Street in Pine Haven , Wyoming. The Pine haven Ambulance, Crook County Sheriff’s Office personnel, and a Wyoming State Trooper responded.

Investigation revealed that Michael S Kenyon had been struck, and ran over by a vehicle driven
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., cosponsored two bipartisan resolutionsTuesday in an attempt to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented regulations aimed at putting coal out of business.
 
Aimed at two pillars of the proposed Clean Power Plan, the resolution introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead has directed the Attorney General to join a coalition of states in challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule, which was published in the Federal Register Friday morning and therefore finalized. The final rule imposes a 44% carbon emission reduction requirement on Wyoming – more than doubling the 19% reduction in the agency’s proposed
A crash on October 17th involving two vehicles at mile post 12 on Interstate 25 resulted in a truck fire and interstate closure. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. on I-25 in Cheyenne near Lake Absarraca.

A southbound 2013 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer, driven by 33 year old Olim Sultonov of Hollywood, Florida, initially left the interstate to the west, struck a sign and light
A crash on October 17th involving two vehicles at mile post 12 on Interstate 25 resulted in a truck fire and interstate closure. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. on I-25 in Cheyenne near Lake Absarraca.

A southbound 2013 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer, driven by 33 year old Olim Sultonov of Hollywood, Florida, initially left the interstate to the west, struck a sign and light
 Press Release - WHP Lieutenant Casey Goodman was commissioned as a Patrolman on September, 01st 1985 and was initially assigned to Big Piney as his first duty station. In 1986 he was transferred to Sheridan as a motor carrier officer and served in that capacity until he took a  division patrolman position in Division C in 1991.

 

Goodman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant
Press Release -Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird is looking for a few good pronghorn antelope hunters in hunt area 93 with type 1, type 6 or type 7 licenses.

“If you are a pronghorn antelope hunter with a 93 type 1, type 6 or type 7 license and have not harvested your antelope yet, head to the Joseph Jones Ranch,” Baird said. “The ranch is located at Names Hill, south of
Press Release - On October 11th, just before 2:00 p.m., WHP Troopers responded to assist the Natrona County Sheriff's Office with a massive fire that began in Casper spreading through Evansville and  into parts of Converse County. Troopers responded to assist Deputies in evacuating hundreds of residents. Wyoming State Troopers responded from Casper, Buffalo, Kaycee, Douglas, Wheatland,
Press Release - Due to disease concerns, the Downar and Sheridan Game Bird Farms are requesting that visitors make an appointment before stopping in to tour either of the facilities where pheasants are raised by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Traditionally, both game bird farms have been open for public visits without an appointment, but disease concerns are requiring Game and Fish to make
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today that the Integrated Test Center (ITC) will be built at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY. The ITC will provide space for researchers to develop commercially viable uses for carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. A construction date has not been set.

“We are making an
Press Release - Testing completed Oct 2nd by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a rare case of rabies in a Fremont County woman, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“While rabies is often found in Wyoming animals such as bats and skunks, this is the first confirmed human rabies case ever recorded in our state,” said Dr. Karl
Press Release - A single idea or invention could be all that it takes to make a business grow and thrive. But it is hard to be successful without knowing how best to patent, market and sell your invention.
 
That is why U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is hosting his annual Inventors Conference to bring inventors together to help educate them on how to make their ideas a
Press Release – During the license purchasing process, hunters have the option to provide the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with their email address. This allows Game and Fish to follow up with hunters by providing them harvest surveys in a much more cost effective manner.

Hunter survey coordinator Gail Sheridan said each internet response saves approximately $2.50 compared to
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a full moon guided walk and viewing of the total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, September 27th at 7:20 pm. Join a ranger led guided walk on the Tower Trail to an unobscured view of the total lunar eclipse. Meet at the kiosk in front of the visitor center. Remember to bring 2 sources of light and a warm jacket.
Press Release – Fall is a great time to enjoy the Bighorn National Forest. Whether you’re hiking, camping, hunting, or enjoying the fall scenery, these reminders will help make your visit to the forest a safe and enjoyable one.

     Black bears roam throughout the Bighorns, so be prepared to share the forest with black bears. Keep a clean camp, separate your
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement today that the Greater sage-grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Governor joined the Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell and USFWS Director Dan Ashe for the announcement in Denver.

 

"I am pleased that the U.S. Fish and
Press Release - The Wyoming Council for Women's Issues will continue its 50th anniversary celebration in the state with special activities in Gillette on Oct. 3, culminating in the "Fifty Years of Inspirational Women" dinner at 6 p.m. at the Campbell County Senior Center.

Earlier in the day, the Council's fall quarterly meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in Pioneer
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) contractor will begin a Center Line Rumble Strip project on Highway 59 south of Gillette to Douglas beginning next week.

The contractor Surface Preparation Techology from Aurora, CO plans to begin the project on Tuesday, September 22 in Gillette at MP 107 and go south to Doulas ending at MP 0.
 
Motorists can expect
Press Release – What started out as an investigation of a deer poaching incident ended up with a Sheridan area man receiving a felony firearms possession conviction.  

The illegal poaching investigation began with an anonymous tip to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release - Wyoming was the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy in 2013. More than three-fourths of the initiatives identified, are complete. This year, GoveMead has worked with people across Wyoming to update the strategy.  

On October 5, at 9:00
Multiple agencies responded on Sept 11th, to an airplane crash on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. The crash occurred around 7:50 Friday morning near mile post 321 approximately four miles east of Laramie.

The single engine plane registered out of Davis, California went down in a canyon section of I-80 commonly known as "Telephone Canyon". The pilot, 67 year
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced Saturday that the Kauffman Index – a report on entrepreneurial activity throughout the United States – ranked Wyoming second in entrepreneurial startup activity. The governor was attending the Wyoming Global Tech Summit in Jackson where he was leading discussions on the state’s growing tech sector.

“The information in
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office , Wyoming Conservation Corps and Devon Energy’s Gillette field office recently came together for a 10-day preservation, restoration and education project in Burnt Hollow in the Powder River Basin. >From Aug. 10-19 the WCC and BFO employees worked together to hand-thin encroaching juniper to improve sage-grouse habitat
Press Release - Rock Springs area Trooper Erik Jorgensen was promoted yesterday to the future Division "C" Lieutenant in Sheridan. Division C is responsible for both Sheridan and Johnson Counties.

Lieutenant Jorgensen is an eight year veteran with Patrol and has served in the Rock Springs area throughout his career.
 



Lieutenant Jorgensen's promotion
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced an agreement with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., that protects Wyoming and facilitates Alpha’s efforts to reorganize, continue operations and retain its employees while in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy proceedings were filed by the company last month. 


The agreement gives Wyoming a $61 million “superpriority” claim in the
Press Release - Black bear hunters are alerted that Black Bear Hunt Areas 1 and 2 closed on Tuesday, September 8.  The closed areas are located in the northern Bighorn Mountains. 

 The black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas in the black bear management unit when the female mortality limit has been reached or, on the closing day, whichever
Press Release - A fatal crash east of Buffalo, Wyoming on September 7th has resulted in the death of 63 year old Buffalo resident Kenneth Harriet. The single vehicle rollover crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Interstate 90 at mile post 70 approximately 11 miles east of Buffalo.

Mr. Harriet was driving a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup eastbound on I-90 when the truck drifted off the right side of
Press Release - A fatal crash in the early morning hours of September 7th near Sheridan, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 25 year old Derrick B. Coversup of Billings, Montana. The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Wyoming State Highway 335 near mile post nine approximately 14 miles southwest of Sheridan.

Mr. Coversup was the front seat passenger of a 2008 Saturn Aura being driven by 27
Press Release - A three vehicle crash on September 1st has resulted in the death of 65 year old Worland, Wyoming resident Richard D. Burt. The crash occurred at 7:05 p.m. on US Highway 20/26 near mile post 25 approximately 25 miles west of Casper, Wyoming.  

Mr. Burt was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta westbound on US 20/26 when the Jetta crossed the centerline into the
Press Release - The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) recently published a report on Wyoming’s iron (Fe) resources, an important mineral used in the production of steel. Previous iron mining efforts have contributed to Wyoming’s economy, with the potential for the state to once again become an iron-producing state, given the right conditions (iron prices, global demand, etc.).
Press Release - In some states they are called cruisers, others refer to them as squads. In the Cowboy State they are referred to as a patrol car.  

A state's Highway Patrol, State Police or Department of Public Safety not only protects and serves everyone in their state, but also serve as representatives and ambassadors for their state on a daily basis. These agencies are
Press Release - Tularemia caused the recent death of a Big Horn County man and has sickened at least 10 other Wyoming residents so far this summer as the state continues to experience unusually high reported levels of the bacterial disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“To see this many cases reported in Wyoming in a single year is striking,” said Dr.
Press Release - With the dry conditions and local county fire restrictions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands within the Sheridan Region.

            These lands include Kerns, Amsden, Bud Love and Ed O. Taylor Wildlife Habitat Management Areas
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a Bat Festival August 29th, 1:00 – 10:30 p.m. in the Picnic Area.   

The festival will feature demonstrations on how to build bat boxes, information booths, crafts, and activities for kids.  There will also be door prizes, an inflatable cave, and guest presentations.  Bat listening walks will be offered during
Press Release - The 2014-15 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators of the Year were honored at the 2015 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Sheridan on August 3. Over twenty nominations for Wyoming STEM educators were submitted and reviewed by a selection committee at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).

Guy Jackson, supervisor of the WDE Career Technical Education
Press Release —Thanks to another cooperative wildlife project, pronghorn antelope can now navigate fencing along their migration route in antelope hunt area 93 northwest of Green River. The previous fence has been a major road block to pronghorn for many years and the new fence is a much-needed fix to an ongoing problem.
 

“The net-wire fencing was a huge barrier to pronghorn
Campbell County and friends made their message clear at yesterday’s hearing in Gillette on whether to change the royalty program that determines fees the coal industry must pay to mine on federal public lands. All three members of the state’s congressional delegation testified that the federal government is crippling the coal industry through environmental regulations. Wyoming
 Press Release - Troopers working Sturgis overflow traffic into Wyoming are crediting pre-planned efforts by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) in keeping traffic safe during the 2015 rally.  

    Lt. Jason Green, WHP Special Services Squad Co-Commander, stated "We had more traffic going into Hulett (WY) on Wednesday (Aug. 5th) then I have
Press Release – For the second consecutive year – and only their third year of competing at the National Rifle Association’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge – the Wyoming team earned the sportsmanship award at the annual National Rifle Association event July 31 in Raton, New Mexico.

Wyoming’s team of young hunters from Upton, Gillette, Wheatland and
  Press Release -  A wanted man has been taken into custody by a Wyoming State Trooper after 26 years of avoiding arrest. Kirk T. Bush, a 46 year old resident of Denver, Colorado, was stopped by the trooper on August 09th on Interstate 25 southbound at mile post 107 approximately 30 miles north of Wheatland, Wyoming for a motorcycle headlight violation.  

    Bush
Press Release - Jenni Winter has been named the new Intercollegiate Athletics Director for the Northern Wyoming Community College District, which includes Sheridan College and Gillette College, officials announced recently.

Winter, formerly the NWCCD-Gillette College Director of Finance and Operations, will oversee athletics on both campuses.

“This job is like a dream come
The investigation into a July 7th, home burglary in Campbell County has led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Casper man. Campbell County Sheriff’s investigator Troy Hipsag said the suspect was identified after a camera stolen in that burglary turned up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

“Ultimately [the investigation] ended up in Casper last Wednesday, they had arrested him the
Press Release - The addition of resources on Sunday greatly aided suppression efforts on the La Bonte Canyon Fire. Both ground crews and helicopters were added to the fight and the result was minimal fire growth on what could have been a challenging day due to windy weather.
Bucket drops by helicopter were particularly effective on the fire that is now 516 acres in size and 25% contained.

By
 Sheridan, Wyo. (August 7, 2015   0700) - The Sheep Creek Fire is approximately 1,125 acres in size and is located in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyo. The fire grew a bit during the day yesterday and then again overnight during an active night of burning caused by thunderstorm downdrafts.

Yesterday the fire crews were able to complete improvements to the fireline
Sheridan, Wyo. (August 6, 2015   2000) – The Cave Fire, which was a lightning caused fire in the Tongue River Canyon first reported this (Thurs) morning, is now contained. The Sheep Creek Fire is now 15 percent contained in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyo.
 
Multiple loads of water and four loads of retardant were dropped, by multiple aircraft, in an effort to
Press Release - The Hulett Ham N Jam and the Sundance Burnout saw record attendance yesterday and overall was uneventful.

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

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

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

Law enforcement officials are working hard to keep
The Wyoming Army National Guard will say farewell to soldiers in A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery, in Gillette at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The soldiers are deploying to perform an artillery mission in Afghanistan. Gov. Matt Mead, Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the Wyoming Army National Guard command team and members of the Gillette City Council will attend the event at the Gillette
Press Release – There will be a public meeting for the Sheep Creek Fire at the Tongue River High School in Dayton, Wyo., at 6:00pm Weds night. This informational meeting will allow the public to have questions answered and learn the most up-to-date, accurate information on the Sheep Creek Fire.

Thanks to more accurate mapping, the approximate size of the fire is slightly below 1,000 acres.
Press Release – If you have ever struggled with the search function or had trouble looking at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website on your phone or tablet you should be happier when you visit wgfd.wyo.gov today. Game and Fish just launched an updated website incorporating suggestions from the public and ideas based on past website data. The new site also has an improved
Press Release - County, town and state officials are combining efforts to provide a safe environment for visitors to the Ham ?N Jam in Hulett, Wyo. and for travelers destined for Sturgis, SD.

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

    Daniel Poole was the front seat passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 28 year old Brittany Poole,
Press Release – President Barrack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved forward with a unprecedented rule to regulate new and existing coal power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan”. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement.
 
“This proposal isn’t some isolated bureaucratic rule,” Enzi said. “If you can
Press Release – The Sheep Creek Fire in Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyoming is estimated to be more than 1000 acres based upon a reconnaissance flight on Monday evening. A type 3 overhead team will take over management of the fire at about 0600 on Tuesday morning. Dick Terry of the Wyoming State Forestry Division is the Incident Commander. An Incident Command Post has been set up at
Press Release - WHP Troopers conducting additional enforcement in Northeast Wyoming this weekend in preparation for the 75th Sturgis motorcycle rally arrested two Colorado residents on Sunday, August 2nd, after a 30 mile long pursuit.

    Weston L. Hall, a 40 year old resident of Greeley, Colorado and Connie L. Herrera, 47 years old from Denver, Colorado were both taken into
Press Release – The Sheep Creek Fire in Tongue River Canyon was detected on Sunday August 2nd at approximately 4 pm. It was reported as ½ acre at initial size-up by the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. The fire started along the Tongue River Canyon Trail approximately one mile up canyon from the trailhead.

The cause is under investigation.

As of 6:30 pm Sunday, it was
Press Release - Several dead prairie dogs and other rodents recently found in Devils Tower National Monument have tested positive for tularemia.  This year, tularemia has been widely reported in Wyoming and some neighboring states.  

Tularemia is a naturally occurring bacterial disease transmitted by infected insects and ticks to rabbits, hares, muskrats, beavers and other small
SHERIDAN – “Another successful year” is how Steve Diekema, Story Fish Hatchery Superintendent, is describing the golden trout spawning operation that was just completed in early July at the Story Fish Hatchery.  

The golden trout spawning program at Story Fish Hatchery is unique in that it is the only fish hatchery in the nation that maintains a
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have been coordinating safety efforts with the South Dakota Department of Transportation officials for the upcoming 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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

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

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Park County 911 Communications Center received information from Big Horn County, MT to be on the
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., released the following statements in response to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) kicking off a series of listening sessions starting today in Washington, D.C. to discuss raising the royalty rates on the Federal Coal Leasing Program. The BLM plans to host similar listening
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead has announced a series of public meetings to identify additional energy initiatives for Wyoming – two years after the state became the first in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy. Since its release in 2013, more than three-fourths of
Press Release - The Bowhunters of Wyoming (BOW) recently donated $1,185 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Access Yes program. This donation helps to secure access for hunters and anglers across Wyoming, through the Private Lands Public Wildlife (PLPW) access program. That program funds monetary payments to landowners who grant hunters and anglers access to private

Press Release - The Cheyenne Police Department is continuing to investigate a double homicide that occurred at The Coin Shop, 510 W. Lincolnway, at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Officers responded to the shop after receiving a report of an armed robbery in progress from one of the store’s customers.

After officers arrived on scene they formed a perimeter and then entered the shop where they
Press Release - Recent reports of tularemia activity among animals and humans in northern Wyoming are raising concerns this summer about the disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

“Recently, we are hearing about rabbit die-offs and have seen tularemia cases confirmed in two Weston County residents, in dead voles near Devils Tower in Crook County and in a Washakie
Press Release: Thursday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposed stream rule.
 
“It’s outrageous that less than a month after being rebuked by the U.S. Supreme Court for ignoring the costs of its regulations, the administration is doing it again with this job-crushing, anti-coal rule.
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer six halter-started yearlings and burros for adoption by silent bid at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) July 17-25.
 
All six yearlings and burros have been halter-started at the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility. They will arrive in pairs of two and be available for three days each. The yearlings’ photos will
Press Release – The Wyoming Capitol will open to the public on July 18th and 25th this year. This allows visitors access to the Capitol for tours and sightseeing on the Saturdays of Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

“Wyoming’s Capitol - one of only 20 in America recognized as a National Historic Landmark – is scheduled to close later this year for renovations. I
Press Release – The Tongue Ranger District is seeking public comments on a proposal to install a weather tower on top of the dam at Park Reservoir.

     The 12-foot lattice weather tower would be used for communication with the weather station at Sheridan College’s Spear-O-Wigwam campus in the Bighorn National Forest.

     Comments
Press Release – Hunters who are interested in purchasing reduced price cow/calf elk licenses and doe/fawn deer and antelope licenses will have the opportunity to make those purchases beginning July 15. Quotas for many areas were filled in the initial drawing but many areas still have licenses available. Reduced price licenses may be purchased separately or in addition to regular full-price
Press Release - Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is warning the public of a new phone scam targeting its members and member businesses. Crooks posing as bogus utility employees or collection agents launched a campaign this week trying to obtain personal information.

The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is
Press Release - West Nile virus has returned to Wyoming with the season’s first case, involving a Sheridan County resident, being reported to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
 
“We want to remind residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Katie Bryan, epidemiologist with WDH. Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV)
Press Release -- The Secretary of State’s office has certified the application for a ballot initiative, The Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016, to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The first step of a ballot initiative of any nature requires certification from the office of Secretary of State for compliance with the application process. "The Secretary of State must
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported gonorrhea cases across Wyoming this year. 
 
“So far this year, 61 cases of gonorrhea have been reported to us in comparison to 31 infections by this time last year,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH. “This increased
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead held a news conference today to sign an Executive Order appointing A. Rose Hill of Sheridan as Wyoming’s new Poet Laureate. Mrs. Hill is the seventh Poet Laureate in state history.

“Rose is an exceptional writer. She writes poems that remind us how beautiful poetry is and that make us want to hear more. Devoted to her family and community,
Press Release – President Obama approved Governor Matt Mead's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Disaster Assistance. The Declaration is a result of flood damage that occurred in Johnson and Niobrara Counties from May 24 – June 6, 2015. 

Due to severe weather-related events, significant losses - 14 homes destroyed and more than 100 homes harmed
Press Release - Work is under way at Lusk to install a temporary bridge across the Union Pacific Railroad on U.S. 85.

WYDOT crews will be pouring concrete footings for the nearly 200 feet of Acrow bridge on Thursday, July 9. Once the footings have cured, crews, along with a team from Acrow Corporation of America, will begin assembling the modular steel bridge over the washed-out section of
Press Release - Trooper Mark Shinost, stationed in Torrington, returned to full duty status yesterday after an eight and a half month battle with esophagus cancer. Trooper Shinost, who is approaching his 26th year of service with Patrol, was diagnosed with the cancer back in late 2014 and has been fighting ever since.  

The "Mustaches for Mark" campaign started on
Today or at others points this summer, you may have noticed a smokey haze in Northeast Wyoming. Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King said there is a combination of sources for the smoke. There are a large number of fires up in Canada, some in Alaska and some in Washington. Depending on when and where wind currents are traveling, the smokey haze could impact the area for
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet in Cody July 8-10. The Commission will do a tour of the area, receive information on wildlife management programs, approve its budget for fiscal year 2016, vote on management objectives for big game units and review proposed changes to regulations.

On July 8, the Commission will participate in a tour guided by Game and Fish
Three Gillette College students placed in the top 15 at the recent SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
The SkillsUSA Championships took place June 24-25, as part of the SkillsUSA 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students.

Skylar Stitt of Gillette finished in seventh place in the Related Technical Math
Press Release - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout July.

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
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