State News
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
Press Release - Three fatalities have been confirmed in this crash. All three fatalities were the occupants traveling in a 2006 Toyota Highlander. David Knotts, a 45 year old resident of Jenison, Michigan, was driving the Toyota.  

John Jackson, a 64 year old resident of Leasburg, Missouri was operating a 2012 Volvo tractor with trailer. Mr. Jackson was slowed/stopped in traffic
Press Release - It’s a worthy reminder: state law prohibits people from posting signs on Wyoming Department of Transportation traffic signal poles or in the rights‑of‑way.

Signs mounted on utility poles, traffic signs, or highway markers announcing a garage sale...  Signs on the shoulder of the road or anywhere inside the highway right of way announcing a yard sale or
Press Release – Today U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s King Vs. Burwell decision.
 
 “For too long, the debate over health care has placed politics before the best interests of patients. No matter the court’s ruling, it is time for Democrats and Republicans to deliver what the president promised
The kickoff for Wright Days 2015 will be a movie in the park on Thursday, June 25th, at 8:45 at Gibson Park. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also packed with events.

Friday’s activities include 3 on 3 Basketball, a Pageant, a 3-D Archery. Friday evening events will include Demolition Derby and a Street Dance for the whole family as well as other events.

Just a few of Saturdays
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead has asked President Obama for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance in response to flooding in Johnson and Niobrara Counties that began on May 24, 2015 and continued through June 6, 2015. If granted, such a declaration triggers federal assistance for homeowners and small businesses.

Governor Mead signed an Executive Order on
Press Release – The 2015 drawings for resident elk as well as for resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books. Hunters can check their results on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website or by calling (307) 777-4600.

Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings
Press Release - The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibit from the Wyoming State Museum.  HOWDY! considers the postcard as a communication device and advertiser of Wyoming's natural and cultural landscape. Color and black and white images illustrate how postcards have promoted Wyoming as a "vacation dreamland" and a
Press Release - A traffic stop for speeding on June 15th has led to the arrest of two Indiana residents for possessing multiple forms of marijuana. The stop occurred around 7:00 p.m. at mile post 50 on Wyoming State Highway 191 approximately 10 miles north of Farson, Wyoming.  

A maroon Lincoln passenger car was stopped for speeding 79 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. While talking
*Update* Press Release - The trooper involved in yesterday's two vehicle crash west of Cody was Trooper Rodney Miears who is a five year Patrol veteran stationed out of Cody. The driver of the 2003 International truck was 27 year old Billings, Montana resident James Friede. 

Both Trooper Miears and Mr. Friede were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Mr. Friede was
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper was injured June 15th, in a two vehicle crash on US Highway 14/16/20. The crash occurred near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming at 2:11 p.m. 

The trooper was traveling east on US 14/16/20. A westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley
Press Release - Wyoming’s kokanee salmon record, which has stood since 2009 was broken earlier this month thanks to the efforts of Lyons, Colorado angler George Sharman. Sharman caught a 6.31 pound kokanee while fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

 

Sharman’s fish was 25.25 inches long and had a girth of 14 inches. It bested the previous state record caught in 2009 also out
Press Release - While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite summer pastime for many families, swimmers should be careful to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses.
 
“It is important to prevent germs from getting into pools and lakes. When germs get into the waters where we are having fun, they can steal that fun by causing
A two vehicle crash on June 14th has resulted in the death of 61 year old John E. Valyou of Columbus, Montana. The crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. near mile post 317.50 on Interstate 80 westbound approximately one mile east of Laramie, Wyoming.  

Mr. Valyou was riding a 2008 Boss Hoss motorcycle westbound on I 80 in the left lane and wearing a helmet. A 2015 International
Press Release - Wyoming’s schools will soon be filled with little boys named Liam and little girls answering to Olivia with both chosen most often as new baby names in 2014 across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Services program.
 
For boys, the name Liam has topped the charts for three years in a row and has been in the top five most
Heavy rains are expected over the next few days on the already-saturated Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG), and subsequently, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area.

Road conditions on the TBNG remain poor, after severe storms caused flooding and road washouts last week. Continued wet weather has not allowed conditions to improve much and the potential
Press Release - Blackberry Smoke will be joining ZZ Top this fall for their Grooves & Gravy Tour. The tour will take the two simpatico bands through much of North America from mid-August to late September. Holding All The Roses, Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album (and Rounder debut), was released on February 10, 2015. In its first week of release, the album debuted at #1 on
Press Release – Wyoming’s youth hunting championships crowned winners May 30 in Upton but more importantly nearly 50 young hunters from across the Cowboy State, South Dakota and Nebraska had a fun time practicing their hunting skills. 

Officially called the Wyoming Youth Hunter Challenge, the National Rifle Association-sponsored event has been held at the Upton Gun Club
Press Release - Representatives from a diverse group of Wyoming health and law enforcement leaders remain concerned that prescription drug abuse is Wyoming’s fastest-growing drug problem with wide-ranging consequences.
 
Prescription medicine abuse is the use of a prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for any reasons other than those intended by a
Press Release – Functions performed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) may be better performed by other law enforcement agencies, according to Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Enzi wrote that the ATF should be reformed, with any necessary functions possibly being merged into other federal law enforcement
Press Release - Friday, June 5, 2015 was a memorable day for Sheridan Bird Farm employees and supporters of pheasant hunting in northern Wyoming. A cloud burst dumped nearly four inches of rain and four to five inches of hail in a short period of time in the area south of Sheridan. That’s where one of the two Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s bird farms is located.  

The rain
 Press Release - A two vehicle crash early this morning on Wyoming State Highway 59 has resulted in the death of 43 year old Windsor, Colorado resident Shane Nett. The crash occurred at 1:00 a.m. near mile post 29 approximately 29 miles north of Douglas, Wyoming on WY 59.

While northbound on WY 59, Mr. Nett was driving a 2015 Ford Expedition. For reasons unknown, the
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that if you approach a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection you must treat it like a 4-way stop. 

The recent thunderstorms have caused many power outages throughout northeast Wyoming and though power has been restored, there are still some cases of intermittent power
Press Release – Governor Mead has deployed specialized teams from the Wyoming National Guard in response to the extraordinary flood and the damage it has caused in Manville, Lusk and Niobrara County. In addition to the National Guard, the Governor has mobilized the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the Red Cross, the Department of Health, the Game and Fish
Press Release - Substantial rains early this morning have caused significant flooding throughout Niobrara County in east central Wyoming along the Niobrara River and Old Woman Creek. Multiple highways are closed at this time due to water over roadways and bridges as well as damage to bridges. 

US 18/20 between Interstate 25 and Lusk is closed. US 18/85 is closed between
Press Release - A crash involving a pedestrian and a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria has resulted in the death of 37 year old Michael P. Sullivan of Buffalo, Wyoming. The crash occurred on June 3rd at 2:26 a.m. near mile post 141 on Wyoming State Highway 51 approximately 12 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming.



Mr. Sullivan was a pedestrian on the highway when he was struck by the Ford. The Ford
7:35 am  -  Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains closed due to flooding at Dead Horse Creek. Call 511 or visit

http://www.wyoroad.info/pls/Browse/WRR.CLOSURES for updates.

Ronda Holwell, WYDOT District 4, PublicRelations Specialist says WYDOT is hopeful both lanes will be open by 8:30 am if not earlier.
7:15 am  -  Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains closed due to flooding at Dead Horse Creek. Call 511 or visit

http://www.wyoroad.info/pls/Browse/WRR.CLOSURES for updates.
 
Press Release - WHP K-9 Lou officially retired today after six years of service with Patrol. Trooper Josh Hardee and K-9 Lou were paired up six years ago through Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) funding and stationed out of Casper. Health concerns with Lou's joints and hips forced his retirement.  

 

K-9 Lou loved doing educational school deployments so
Press Release - To help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves, as well as for pets and livestock, the Wyoming Department of Health is promoting rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations.
 
Rabies can infect any mammal, including pets, livestock, small wildlife and humans. The virus affects the central nervous system, causing paralysis and ultimately
Press Release - The Wyoming Office of State Lands And Investments website says the parcel of state trust land, located southeast of Gillette on Union Chapel Road, near the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, is under consideration for restriction to all discharge of firearms.

Recently, OSLI received multiple reports from nearby residents of bullets entering structures as a result of high volume
Press Release - A single vehicle crash on May 31st resulted in the death of 26 year old Rebecca Carlson of Fountain, Colorado. Rebecca Carlson was a passenger in a 2006 Nissan Altima that was being driven by 31 year old Mark Ticehurst who is also from Fountain. The crash occurred at 10:05 p.m. near mile post 285 on Interstate 25 approximately 15 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming.

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



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

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

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

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

PRECorp Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

With

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
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