State News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Under a partial closure the following acts are prohibited: 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10:08The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), District 4 Staff would like to invite you to attend one of the 2014 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) meetings this June.  A meeting will take place in each of the five counties that make up
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead is sending three more Wyoming National Guard teams to Carbon County today. The North Platte River in Saratoga is expected to rise to record levels this week. In total there will be 150 National Guard personnel in Carbon County today. They have been assisting local efforts since this weekend by filling thousands of sandbags.

“This is a tense time
[Riverton, WY – May 23, 2014] - Wyoming PBS brings together experts to discuss the issues facing Wyoming  communities as they rise to the challenge of caring for their elders in “Wyoming Perspectives: Eldercare”. This live call-in show will be broadcast Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m., and will also be streamed live online at www.wyomingpbs.org.  The program uses the
SHERIDAN—The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings to review and discuss big game herd management objectives for the North Bighorn mule deer herd, Clearmont, Ucross and Beckton pronghorn antelope herds and the Powder River white-tailed deer herd. Game and Fish periodically reviews wildlife herd objectives to determine if they are appropriate.

The North
Sheridan, Wyo. (May 19, 2014) – After the long, cold winter, it’s natural to want to get outside and enjoy nature. And whether it’s for the wildlife, wildflowers, hiking, fishing, or just taking in the view, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind as you head outdoors to revel in the warm, spring weather.

     With warmer temperatures and rain
Authorities in  Fremont County say two people have been arrested following a home invasion and robbery on Sunday near Lander.
 
     Bow Hepner of Casper and Kelly Meehan of Gillete were arrested near Riverton. According to County10.com the 25-year-old Meehan  has been charged with Robbery, she is also being held for the U.S. Marshall Service regarding an
At around 12:45 pm on Friday, May 16, 2014, three vehicles, a white flatbed pickup, followed by a white flatbed combination unit, and commercial vehicle driven by 48 year old John Francks of Rock Springs, WY , were traveling south bound on US287 at approximately milepost 28.5 when the white flatbed pickup slowed down and pulled off the roadway onto a county road. The white flatbed combination
Buffalo, Wyo. (May 14, 2014) – Bighorn National Forest officials are investigating damage to 115 trees in the Powder River Ranger District.

     Forest Service employees on a routine snowmobile patrol noticed directional arrows carved into trees.

     “It is a federal offense to cut or damage a live tree without authorization,” said Mark
32 year old Alma Ruby Cobos of Layton, UT was killed when the vehicle she was driving left west bound I-80 near milepost 80 about 9 miles west of Green River, WY on May 18, 2014 at around 3:00 AM.  The vehicle rolled three times.  Cobos was wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected during the rollovers.  Her passenger, 32 year old Ronald Myers, also of Layton, UT was also
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office (CFO) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Douglas Ranger District (DRD) are seeking public comment on a proposed oil and natural gas development project in Converse County, Wyoming. The BLM published a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in the Federal Register on May 16, 2014, which opens a 45-day public
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead unveiled a report today showing that Wyoming is well positioned to be a leader in developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry for high horsepower uses. The “Wyoming LNG Roadmap Report” looks at how LNG can supplement diesel in mining, rail, drilling, pressure pumping and over-the-road trucking industries.

“This report shows
UPTON – Of all high school state championships – football, golf, soccer, speech/debate, track and field, etc. – none are more “Wyoming” than the state hunting championships.

The seventh annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge, as it is officially called, will be held May 31 at the Upton Gun Club. Young hunters do not need to qualify in a regional or district
Sheridan – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Region is holding an open house from 3 – 5 p.m. on May 7, 2014 to gather public input on the proposed 2014 gray wolf hunting seasons, changes to license issuance and hunter safety regulations. The proposed 2014 gray wolf hunt area mortality quotas will be available on the Game and Fish website starting May 1 and will be
Buffalo – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper is recovering at home following a Wednesday morning incident in which his parked patrol car was struck by a vehicle on WYO 387 approximately 8 miles north of Midwest in southern Johnson County.  

Trooper Richard Burridge who was seated in his patrol car, sustained minor injuries after his patrol car was hit from behind by a pickup while
Press Release. – Governor Matt Mead asked the Wyoming Attorney General to notify the Environmental Protection Agency that Wyoming will sue the agency for its failure to take action on a state plan for air quality regulation. The EPA did not act on Wyoming’s plan for protecting the public from lead pollution. The State submitted its plan to the EPA in October 2011. This is the second
Cheyenne – A suspect being sought by law enforcement for a shooting in Hawk Springs in southern Goshen County led Troopers on a pursuit Saturday evening and then shot at Troopers once he was stopped.

The pursuit began in Southern Goshen County on US 85 shortly after 8:30 p.m. and continued southbound into Laramie County.  Troopers ahead of the pursuit laid out spike strips across US
 CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to teach hunter education classes. Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson said the need for new hunter education instructors is ever present and recruitment of instructors to meet public demand is an ongoing task.

                “The need for more
 Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory scientists are urging pet owners – especially those in Laramie and Goshen counties – to have pets vaccinated against rabies.

            Forty-one of 66 tests of animals from the two counties this year have been positive, said Myrna Miller, a virologist with the University of Wyoming’s WSVL. Thirty-seven
April 17, 2014 — University of Wyoming students have elected Ahmed Balogun of Kwara, Nigeria, a junior in mechanical engineering, as the first-ever international student to be president of the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW).

Ricardo Lind-Gonzalez of Casper, a junior in elementary education, was elected vice president.

Balogun will preside over the student
 A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials around 10:30 A.M. MDT on Friday, April 25 as part of Wyoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 21-25.  The exercise is used to train emergency service organizations and educate people how to respond to a tornado warning.  Communities may sound local warning sirens and many
Cheyenne – Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.  

The Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers across the State honor our dispatchers during this week.  The Patrol dispatch center, located in Cheyenne, is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The center never closes for holidays or "snow
CHEYENNE - The Wyoming State Board of Education adopted new standards in three content areas - social studies, physical education, and career & vocational education - Friday during its meeting in Casper. The Board also voted to send the draft science standards back to the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) Science Standards Review Committee for revision.

The State Board of Education
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Salt Lake City-based Sinclair Oil for seven violations stemming from a September 2013 incident at the Sinclair Refinery in Sinclair, Wyoming. An OSHA inspection following the September 27, 2013 explosion and subsequent fire resulted in seven citations and proposed
April 16, 2014 - Wyoming retailers interested in selling Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets should attend one of the nine workshops being held over the next two weeks.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. will hold workshops in Evanston on April 22, Jackson on April 23, Riverton on April 24, two in Cheyenne on April 25, Gillette on April 28, Sheridan on April 29 and two in Casper on April 30.
Sheridan, Wyo. (April 15, 2014) – The Bighorn National Forest is soliciting interest for a concessions special use permit for the operation and maintenance of the Burgess Junction Visitor Center facility on the Tongue Ranger District.

     Due to declining funding sources, the Forest Service has not operated the visitor center since September 2012. The agency is looking
Press Release-Karen Colclough (37) was a beloved resident of Wilson, Wyoming who worked as a Community Entry Services employee and a ski patroller at Snow King, Jackson.  On April 11, while on a mission trip to Nicaragua organized by the local Presbyterian Church, she went missing.  After three days of searching, her body was discovered.  In response, U.S. Representative Cynthia M.
April 14, 2014 - The Wyoming Lottery has moved another step closer to becoming fully operational with the announcement today that the Wyoming Lottery Corp. has selected Warehouse Twenty One to provide strategic marketing and advertising support for WyoLotto™.

A Cheyenne-based integrated marketing and design agency, Warehouse Twenty One will provide advertising, marketing, public
Press Release –  A recently released poll shows that people in Wyoming have significant trust in state government. The poll by Gallup asked 600 people in every state how much trust they had in their state government. Wyoming ranked second with 76% of respondents indicating a great deal or fair amount of trust in state government.

“I was pleased to see this poll, which I
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released information about the fatal crash that occurred April 4th, 10 miles west of Upton in Weston County. At 8:00 a.m. Colleen J. Pillon, 61, of Newcastle was westbound and was reported by witnesses to be weaving in & out of her lane of travel. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway.  The Chrysler van then hit a road approach and became airborne
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead commended the Wyoming Attorney General Office for its work. The Wyoming Supreme Court affirmed a decision requiring online travel companies to remit sales tax to Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Revenue believed web-based travel sites were required to collect and remit sales tax on the full price of booking Wyoming hotel rooms. The online
Washington, D.C – More than a century ago, Congress set the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation within Wyoming. Since then, more land has been returned to the tribes and the boundaries clarified through further congressional acts. Now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that a non-tribal town falls under the jurisdiction of the tribes, essentially rewriting the
BUFFALO – Abandoning almost all the meat from a 6-by-5 mule deer Oct. 1 near Buffalo, even though offering a myriad of reasons to excuse him from the violation, has cost a Cody man $540 in fines and one year of hunting privileges.

Steven M. Haberland, 60, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to waste and abandonment of a big game animal and was sentenced Feb. 13 in Circuit Court in
CODY - Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your backyard?

If you’re not sure how to react in these situations, attend one of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country”
SHERIDAN - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Regional Fish Management and Aquatic Habitat Crews have finished the 2014 Angler Newsletter and are encouraging those interested in fishing and aquatic habitat issues to read the newsletter. The newsletter highlights fish sampling done in 2013 and past years on Keyhole, Lake DeSmet and wilderness lakes in the Bighorn Mountains. Articles
CASPER, Wyo. – Kennon Products Inc., of Sheridan, Wyo., received funding to help them research and develop a system that would reduce injuries of military members involved in underbody blast, rollover and crash events.

Kennon received a $5,000 Phase 0 Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative award to pursue a Dept. of Defense (DoD) Army Phase I SBIR award.  The funding will allow Kennon
Sheridan¾The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information that will lead to the apprehension of whoever illegally killed two antelope in northeast Johnson County.

The antelope were discovered just off the Lower Powder River Road 12 miles north of the Powder River Rest Area on March 13, 2014 and reported to Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman. The adult doe and yearling buck
SHERIDAN—Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are presenting the proposed 2014 hunting seasons through a series of open houses and a final public meeting in northeast Wyoming.
  
Sheridan Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert says there will be three open houses and one final public meeting held in northeast Wyoming March 24 through March 31. During the open
GREYBULL, Wyo. – Residents stood on a rise over the Big Horn River and watched as community volunteers and National Guardsmen worked together filling sandbags and stacking them at the edge of lurking waters. Family homes, farms and businesses were threatened as jagged bricks of ice created a dam forcing water levels to rise to unimaginable heights.
  
The 920th Forward Support
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing will
lose approximately 210 airmen and four aircraft from their active duty
associate unit sometime after October of this year. 

The 30th Airlift Squadron (AS), an attached active duty Air Force unit,
association with the Air Guard will be closed due to the President's 2015
budget proposal.

"I express
Newcastle – 14 forestry crew inmates from the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp in Newcastle and approximately 16 inmate workers from the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton have joined forces with members of the Big Horn and Washakie County Sheriff’s Offices, Search and Rescue, the Big Horn Volunteer Fire Department and the Wyoming National Guard to assist with flood relief in the
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) has ranked Wyoming as the best state for future retirees. The NIRS report released today looks at the economic prospects for retirees across the United States. Governor Matt Mead says this positive ranking recognizes Wyoming’s conservative and forward thinking culture and the work of both the private sector and
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead joined officials from Halliburton and the University of Wyoming to announce a major gift today. Halliburton is investing $3 million to help build a new energy and engineering research complex, called the UW High Bay Research Facility.
 
“We thank Halliburton for choosing the University of Wyoming. UW and all of the private partners
Elk Mountain – Two Evansville, Indiana residents face felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance after a Trooper discovered over 20 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

 

The marijuana was discovered Tuesday morning when the driver, 54 year-old Randy Rheinhardt, was stopped for speeding 78/65 zone on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 12 miles west of Elk Mountain in Carbon County.  Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:11
For over a decade, Wyoming PBS has been conducting in-depth interviews with Wyoming governors. This year, Wyoming PBS travels to the Governor’s Mansion in Cheyenne for an intimate conversation with Governor Matt Mead. “Wyoming Perspectives: One on One with the Governor”, a live call-in program hosted by Geoff O’Gara, airs on Wyoming PBS Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

 

Viewers can join in the conversation by emailing questions to Geoff@wyomingpbs.org , tweeting them using the hashtag #WyomingPBSgov, or calling them in during the live program to 800-495-9788. Similar questions may be blended, and O’Gara will ask follow-up questions to get the fullest answers possible. Questioners will be identified only by first name and town of origin. Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 06:33
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead will deliver the State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives on February 10th beginning at 10:00 a.m. That speech and the Chief Justice’s State of the Judiciary address will stream live at http://governor.wy.gov/Pages/default.aspx.  Governor Mead invites the public to tune in and watch.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 06:32
Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill responded today to the release of the Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that the Legislature acted unconstitutionally in January of 2013 when it stripped her office of essentially all responsibility for public education.


Hill said the decision in Hill v. Mead (http://www.courts.state.wy.us/Opinions/2014WY15.pdf) upholds the separation of powers in Wyoming’s government and clearly defines the respective roles of the executive and legislative branches.


“Obviously, Kerry and Clara Powers and I are very pleased with the decision. The Supreme Court affirmed that our vote matters in Wyoming. Today the people of Wyoming get their vote and voice back.” Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:21
Cheyenne – Troopers on opposite sides of the State made several significant unrelated seizures within the last week which have resulted in six individuals being arrested facing felony charges.  Seized were pound amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine and U.S. currency.

 

The four contacts were the results of traffic stops for speeding 102 MPH in 75 MPH zone, following too close whereupon the driver was found to be driving while under suspension, a speed warning and a property damage crash.  Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 13:06
Sheridan, Wyo. (January 13, 2014) – The Bighorn National Forest is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly-skilled workforce to work in many fields this summer. Forest managers will fill temporary, seasonal positions in a variety of specialized areas, including archaeology, range management, recreation, engineering, wildlife, botany, hydrology, fisheries, administration, and fire.

 

Vacancy announcements for Bighorn National Forest temporary jobs were posted today to the U.S. Government’s official website, www.usajobs.gov. Deadlines for completing and submitting applications vary. Some applications are due as early as this Friday, January 17, with others due later. Applicants should check the usajobs website for specific closing dates. Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 07:10
The Wyoming Department of Transportation issued a reminder this week to businesses and property owners that snow removed from property adjacent to a state highway cannot be pushed onto the highway. Wyoming Statute 35-10-401 prohibits individuals or companies from obstructing public roads or highways, according to WYDOT spokesperson Ronda Holwell.

 

“We’ve had some cases lately where property owners or business owners plowed their parking lot or driveway and pushed the snow out into the state highway,” Holwell said. “While it might seem like this is an easy way to get rid of your snow, the piled snow can create an obstruction and potential safety hazard for drivers and result in a fine of up to $100 for the person who creates the obstruction.” Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 07:06
CODY – The investigation into the discovery of a decapitated body on Little Sand Coulee Road west of Powell on January 9, 2014 is progressing. The Park County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with local as well as national and international law enforcement agencies, using every possible resource available.

 

“We have had excellent cooperation with local law enforcement including the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Cody and Powell Police Departments,” said Sheriff Scott Steward. “In addition, we have reached out to agencies in Montana as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), INTERPOL and the United States Border Patrol in an attempt to both identify the victim and to further enhance our investigation leading to the eventual apprehension of the suspect(s).” Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 06:17
CODY – The investigation into the discovery of a decapitated body on Little Sand Coulee Road west of Powell on January 9, 2014 is progressing. The Park County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with local as well as national and international law enforcement agencies, using every possible resource available.

 

“We have had excellent cooperation with local law enforcement including the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Cody and Powell Police Departments,” said Sheriff Scott Steward. “In addition, we have reached out to agencies in Montana as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), INTERPOL and the United States Border Patrol in an attempt to both identify the victim and to further enhance our investigation leading to the eventual apprehension of the suspect(s).” Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 06:17
Lovell – A tractor trailer tanker crash this morning at 9:46 a.m. 5 miles south of  Lovell on WYO 310 has sent a Salt Lake City man to the hospital and resulted in the spill of approximately 2,500 gallons of hot oil.

 

The driver of the combination, Bruce Siggard, was treated and released from the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.  Siggard was driving a tractor trailer tanker trailer combination that was pulling a pup trailer.  Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:13
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office is requesting comments on a proposed non-competitive (direct) sale of public lands in Sheridan County, Wyo. under the authority of Section 203 FLPMA, (90 Stat. 2750, 43 U.S.C. 1713).  The BLM published a notice of realty action in the Federal Register on Dec. 19, 2013, which opens a 45-day public comment period.

 

The BLM is considering a direct sale of eight parcels of public land totaling 208.12 acres in Sheridan County, Wyo., at no less than the appraised fair market value to Farmland Reserve, Inc.  Farmland Reserve, Inc. submitted a proposal to the BLM in October 2011 expressing interest in purchasing 208.12 acres of public land in Sheridan County. Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:53
Powder River Energy Corporation members are advised to be wary of scammers posing as collection agents demanding payment to avoid disconnection.

 

In recent days, a number of utility customers across the nation have reported that a caller has impersonated their utility company, claiming the customer’s bill is overdue and needs to be paid immediately. If the customer refuses, the caller threatens disconnection. Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:41
A fatal accident yesterday evening around 5:50 pm resulted in a partial derailment of a railroad car on WYO 336 in Sheridan County. WYO 336 is better known as Wyarno Road. Daniel Twohy, 43 of Wyarno, was killed when his vehicle slammed into a railroad car of a coal train that was crossing the highway. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Twohy made no attempt to stop and hit the 73rd rail car, causing the partial derailment. Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:53
Chance Marshall began Monday, Jan. 6, as the University of Wyoming Extension area educator focused on livestock and profitable agriculture in northeast Wyoming.

 

Based in Campbell County, he will also serve Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 13:02
CHEYENNE—The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking gray wolf hunters to take a few minutes and participate in the harvest survey now underway for the 2013 gray wolf season.

 

Nearly 1,900 surveys are being mailed to both resident and nonresident hunters who held gray wolf licenses. The surveys can be completed online or by filling out the form and mailing it in. Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:56
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Magpul Industries has announced that it will relocate its manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead expressed his support in helping with the move, which begins immediately and his appreciation for Magpul recognizing the state’s benefits to a manufacturing company.

 

“Wyoming and Magpul are a great match. The state is looking to expand and diversify its economy. Bringing an innovative and growing manufacturing operation to Wyoming is a significant step for the state. We offer Magpul an attractive tax environment, stable and reasonable regulations, not to mention a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment,” Governor Mead said. Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 10:30
Two teen girls from Kemmerer are dead after a crash on an icy stretch of highway.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Monday that 18-year-old Moeniqa (MON'-i-ka) Produit and 13-year-old Michelle Allen died in the crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20/26 50 miles west of Casper.


Sgt. Stephen Townsend Produit was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre with Allen and two other passengers on board in light snow when lost control when she tried to slow down because of a jackknifed horse trailer blocking part of the road. She crossed into oncoming traffic and a Toyota Tundra pickup hit her car. Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:07
Rock Springs – Occasionally, even law enforcement becomes the victim of impaired driving.  This was the case early Sunday morning shortly after 1:00 a.m. as a Trooper sat in his patrol car on the shoulder of Interstate 80 working a previous crash.

 

The incident occurred approximately 3 miles west of Rock Springs on the eastbound side. 

The Trooper's parked vehicle had the emergency lights activated when he noticed a vehicle approaching from behind and encroaching towards his vehicle. The Trooper was able to move his vehicle slightly before the right rear of his patrol vehicle was struck. Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:33
Two teen girls from Kemmerer are dead after a crash on an icy stretch of highway.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Monday that 18-year-old Moeniqa (MON'-i-ka) Produit and 13-year-old Michelle Allen died in the crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20/26 50 miles west of Casper.


Sgt. Stephen Townsend Produit was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre with Allen and two other passengers on board in light snow when lost control when she tried to slow down because of a jackknifed horse trailer blocking part of the road. She crossed into oncoming traffic and a Toyota Tundra pickup hit her car. Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:07
The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service today released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan/Land Use Plan Amendments for the Rawlins, Rock Springs, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Casper and Newcastle RMPs; as well as the Thunder Basin National Grassland and Bridger-Teton and Medicine Bow National Forests Land Use Plans. This release opens a 90-day public comment period that will close March 24, 2014.

 

The Draft Land Use Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Statement (LUP/DEIS) considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM and Bridger-Teton and Medicine Bow National Forest and the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming. The BLM and the Forest Service have been working closely with cooperating agencies to incorporate local expertise and information. Public involvement in reviewing this draft is the next important step. Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 09:52
Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society is once again offering cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history.  The grants, ranging from $100.00 up to $1500.00 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee.  The deadline is February 28, 2014 with applicants notified of the results in the spring.


Committee chair Tamsen Hert said this is an exciting opportunity for amateur and professional historians and could be the financial impetus to further research on a wide range of subjects.  “Each year we receive applications from individuals involved in writing books, conducting oral histories or even restoration projects.  The Society is pleased to be able to assist researchers advance their efforts with these funds,” said Hert. Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:47
In the early morning hours of December 19th, Rocky Mountain Ambulance and Sheridan Police Department officers responded to Rails Brews and Cues on Broadway in Sheridan for a reported altercation. A man had suffered a laceration to his neck and was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Initially, police had a suspect in mind, but were unable to locate him. The department arrested 29-year-old Anthony Deflavis on Monday in Sheridan County on charges of Aggravated Assault and Battery. Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:40
Cheyenne – The majority of traffic contacts a Trooper makes end quickly with a citation or a warning, however, a simple traffic stop can sometimes lead to the discovery of additional criminal activity. 

During a Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 deployment exercise on Interstate 80 in Laramie County in August of this year Troopers arrested two individuals, an adult male driver and adult male passenger, who were found to be transporting approximately 5 pounds of marijuana.  Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:32
Washington, D.C. ­– The Senate passed a bill this week that would help parents of internationally adopted children correct errors on their child’s birth certificate. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., joined 11 other senators in cosponsoring the Accuracy for Adoptees Act lead by Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The bill would require the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to recognize state court orders that amend a child’s birth date. Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:28
WRIGHT, Wyo., Dec. 2, 2013 – At this time of the year, many people in Wyoming increase their level of sharing and giving.

 

“As we give thanks for so many things, we should remember the outstanding classroom teachers who helped us along the way,” said Greg Schaefer, Arch Coal vice president, external affairs, western region. “The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program provides an excellent opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to a special teacher in a meaningful way.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:18
Wheatland – Two individuals, one wanted on a nationwide BOLO for homicide, remain in custody this morning in Wyoming.

 

A Trooper patrolling northbound Interstate 25 approximately 3 miles south of Wheatland Thursday evening pulled in behind a stranded motorist in a green Ford pickup with Florida tags to check on them. 

 

Temperatures remain below freezing in the State and Troopers often stop to check on stranded motorists to make sure they have help and offering assistance throughout their daily patrols.

The male driver informed the Trooper that they had ran out of fuel and were waiting for someone to bring them some.  As the Trooper conversed with the couple, a male and female, he began to suspect they might be two individuals wanted from the State of Florida from photos sent out to all Wyoming Troopers Statewide Thursday. 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 12:46
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced today that unemployment insurance tax rates will be reduced in 2014. A formula in Wyoming statute is used each year to determine employer contribution rates for the next year.

 

The range of unemployment insurance tax rates for experienced employers in 2014 will be 0.48 percent to 10 percent. The minimum rate is down from .63 in 2013. Experienced employers are those who have had their employer account established for three or more years. The range for new employers establishing their account rates in the first three years of existence was 2.50 to 4.95 percent in 2013. In 2014 that range will be 2.16 to 4.69 percent.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:32
Wyoming State 4-H Foundation donations to counties increased by more than $53,000 in fiscal year 2013 for a total of $241,041.

 

There are more than 7,000 Wyoming 4-H’ers. The foundation and the 4-H program work to expose youths to subjects like animal science, technology and natural resources. 4-H’ers gain life skills such as self-confidence and problem solving.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:29
CASPER, Wyo. – Make-A-Wish Wyoming is pleased to announce Casper, Wyo., natives Morgan Legerski and Sara Miller as the new CEO and event and volunteer coordinator, respectively.

 

Legerski started with the Wyoming Make-A-Wish chapter in 2010 as the event and volunteer coordinator and became interim CEO in April 2013, following the retirement of long-time CEO Ann Zwickl.  She has served as the finance manager at a Wyoming trucking firm and as a financial representative for a Montana investment group.   Legerski is a graduate of Natrona County High School and earned her bachelor’s degrees in business finance and business marketing at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 07:31
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout December.

 

Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. Yeager can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 06:25
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout December.

 

Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. Yeager can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 06:25
CHEYENNE – Last week, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) State Occupational Epidemiologist Dr. C. Mack Sewell released a report outlining workplace fatalities and their circumstances by industry for 2012. Also provided in the report are trends identified through a review of workers’ compensation claims for hospitalization, amputations, burn injuries requiring hospitalization, high medical cost claims and long-term disability.
On November 17th about 4 pm, Wyatt Pillen (age 15) of Newcastle was eastbound on WYO 450 about 14 miles west of Newcastle in Weston County when, for reasons unknown at this time, he lost control of the vehicle. Pillen over corrected the vehicles steering on two occasions before the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled 1 1/2 times. Neither Pillen nor passenger Vincent Oedekoven (age 16) of Newcastle were wearing their seat belt. Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:59
Gillette –  A delegation of Wyoming legislators and municipal officials met with several local government leaders from the northwest in Seattle on Wednesday, as part of ongoing efforts to promote export of Wyoming coal and other commodities to foreign markets. 

 

The meeting was hosted by the Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leaders Group, in conjunction with the National League of Cities meeting.  Mayors from cities and towns in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon that could be impacted by rail traffic to transport Wyoming coal to ports attended the meeting. Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 05:51
November 14, 2013 — Dr. Robert Sternberg, president of the University of Wyoming, today announced that he will resign his position.

 

“I care a great deal about this university,” Sternberg said. “And I have come to realize that as wonderful as the University of Wyoming is, it may not be the best fit for me as president. So I tendered my resignation today to the Board of Trustees.” Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 05:53
Present day Indian culture encompasses many things, including rodeo. For nearly 40 years now, Indian Rodeo has been a professional sport and nationwide tribal subculture.

 

Passed from one generation to the next, Indian rodeo families cross the country participating in a sport that requires dedication and effort. This Friday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. on Wyoming PBS, WYOMING CHRONICLE takes a glimpse into the life of seventeen year old Drew Antone and his family as he competed in the Rocky Mountain Regional finals to determine who participated in the Indian National Finals in Las Vegas last year. Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:50
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office has posted its proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 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 167 proposed parcels totaling 153,933.89 acres, initiates a 30-day public protest period. Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:47
The public is invited to join Johnson, Sheridan, and Campbell County Republican Women on November 16 from 1-3pm at the Buffalo High School, in a timely and important discussion on Governmental Regulation and its impact. If you are a sportsman, rancher, work in extractive industries, or just live in Wyoming, these issues impact your life, as well as the viability of your community and state. Guest, Ms. Harriet Hageman, well known attorney, author, and advocate will share important perspectives and solutions as the group learns what can be done to make a difference in managing these issues. Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 05:54
CHEYENNE - Wyoming’s fourth and eighth grade students outperformed the national average in reading and math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to the Nations Report Card.

 

Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) Director Richard Crandall announced the NAEP results today in Cheyenne. Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:58
Gillette, Wyoming – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has proudly announced the initial members of his campaign team, a coalition more than 350 strong of community leaders, ranchers and farmers, small business owners, energy producers, educators and other Wyoming citizens. 
                 

“I’ve spent the past 40 years building relationships and establishing trust with folks from every corner of our great state,” said Senator Enzi. “Diana and I are proud to stand side-by-side with so many of these longtime friends and supporters.  We have a shared history in Wyoming and a vision for the future we want for our children and grandchildren. I am truly appreciative of the trust the people of Wyoming continue to place in me.” Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:12
The Cheney for Wyoming Campaign has announced its leadership teams for all twenty-three counties. “I am honored that these community leaders have agreed to oversee our campaign efforts in their counties.   The dedication of hard-working individuals like these will be key to our campaign’s success, and I am grateful so many of them are signing on.  People all across Wyoming are ready for change.  They know we cannot continue business as usual.  We can’t keep going along to get along when our freedom is at stake.  Now is the moment we must stand and fight, and I am honored so many citizens across Wyoming are joining me in this effort,” said Liz Cheney, candidate for US Senate. Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:05
Lingle – Wyoming Highway Troopers in the Lingle area are investigating a fatal hit & run involving a local Lingle resident. 

 

Troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian vs. vehicle crash in downtown Lingle late Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m.  Troopers arrived and found 69 year-old Keith Beers fatally injured on US 85.  Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 07:01
Sheridan-The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about a bull elk that was poached in Hunt Area 35 west of Buffalo, WY. The bull elk was shot just west of the Circle Park Campground with only the head and backstraps taken from the elk. The remainder of the elk was left to waste.

 

Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman believes the elk was killed between Monday October 28 and Wednesday October 30, 2013. Seeman says, “Evidence indicates a lone individual may have been responsible for killing the elk. The person possibly parked near the locked gate leading into the campground.” Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 12:12
CHEYENNE -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration division (OSHA) within the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will cite the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company with $707,000 in fines for 22 violations found at the company’s Sinclair, Wyoming refinery operation.

 

The violations are the result of a May 2013 OSHA inspection which stemmed from an employee complaint and several gas releases that Sinclair voluntarily reported to DWS OSHA in May of 2013. Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:22
Cheyenne – With the approach of daylight savings time on Sunday, November 3rd, many drivers may find themselves driving home after work in the dark.  That means drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be alert come Monday and need to see and be seen. 

 

According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities are three times greater at night than during the day even though there are less drivers out at night.  Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 06:55
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 14.

 

The internship offers experience in the direct operations of our nation’s government. Interns have the ability to network, develop job skills and gain knowledge to further their education and future career choices, according to Enzi. Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 06:32
Casper – The majority of contacts a Trooper makes are usually out on the highway.  However, criminal interdictions can happen anywhere at any time.  Thus was the case in Casper last Thursday evening at a local truck stop where two Troopers were taking their break. 

 

A BMW passenger vehicle pulled into the lot and parked at the restaurant with its high beam headlights aimed directly at the Troopers seated inside.  The vehicle remained there for several minutes with the high beams aimed at the Troopers.  Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:20
SHERIDAN - Elk hunters are helping with a brucellosis surveillance effort in the Bighorn Mountains by collecting blood samples from elk immediately after harvest. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department mailed blood sample kits to some elk hunters holding limited-quota licenses for hunt areas in the Bighorn Mountains. Hunters that did not receive a kit or will be hunting in a general area can obtain a blood sample collection kit at the Sheridan or Cody regional offices. Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:14
SHERIDAN – Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to help enhance a great blue heron nesting community (called “rookery”), on a reservoir in northwest Crook County, near New Haven. Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 06:21
Cheyenne – With the approach of the fall and winter weather season comes the occurrence of strong winds in Wyoming.  A new strong winter storm is on the horizon to hit portions of the State within the next 9 to 12 hours. 
 
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for a portion of southeastern Wyoming for Friday.  Winds could gust as high as 60 mph after midnight tonight and 50 mph later in the morning in the high wind watch area. Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 05:59
Press Release – The Wyoming State Board of Education convened for two days of meetings in Cheyenne Monday and Tuesday, addressing a full agenda of items.


Headlining the confab was the Board’s Tuesday decision to push back a judgment on revised state standards in Career and Vocational Education; Science; Social Studies and Physical Education. State Board of Education Chairman Ron Micheli said the decision was made to push back a month due to a lack of time for review of the standards by the Board. Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:15
PRECorp line crews and contractors restored power to approximately 500 members who lost electricity during Friday’s powerful snowstorm that pounded northeastern Wyoming. An area east of Highway 111 between Beulah and Sundance that had broken poles and crossarms was partially restored Monday, with full restoration anticipated by Tuesday evening. This will include the community of Beulah. More crews are working in rural areas around Hulett, Aladdin, Ranch A, and Colony. PRECorp cannot yet determine a time when power will be fully restored to these areas, which include approximately 250 members. Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 07:15

An area east of Highway 111 between Beulah and Sundance that had broken poles and crossarms was partially restored Monday, with full restoration anticipated by Tuesday evening. This will include the community of Beulah. More crews are working in rural areas around Hulett, Aladdin, Ranch A, and Colony. PRECorp cannot yet determine a time when power will be fully restored to these areas, which include approximately 250 members. Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 07:15
PRECorp line crews will return from the field tonight after working to restore reliable power to approximately 1,000 members still without power after Friday’s snowstorm that pounded northeastern Wyoming.

 

Tomorrow, PRECorp crews and multiple contractors plan to rebuild line in the Redwater Road area east of Highway 111 between Beulah and Sundance that had broken poles and crossarms. More crews are working in the Hulett area, Aladdin, Mush Creek area near Newcastle, and rural areas of northeast of Crook County. PRECorp cannot yet determine a time when power will be fully restored to these areas. Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 07:06
PRECorp line crews made progress Saturday restoring power on the widespread power outages that occurred during Friday’s snowstorm.

 

However, PRECorp crews discovered additional areas that will take time to restore power as sections of line will need to be rebuilt. In particular, an area east of Highway 111 between Beulah and Sundance has at least 20 broken poles. Members in this area should plan to be out of electricity overnight and into Sunday. PRECorp cannot yet determine a time when power will be restored.

After the long day Saturday, PRECorp crews will return to their outposts this evening for required rest time. Emergency line crews will be available during the night, but the full restoration push will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday morning. Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 19:12
Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews have worked long and hard throughout northeast Wyoming today to clear roads and get the traveling public to their destinations.  

Most roads in Northeast Wyoming have been re-opened, however a few remain closed, the following is a list of roads openings/closures and conditions. Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 19:10
Cheyenne (9:30 pm) – High winds, heavy snowfall and blowing and drifting snow have created whiteout conditions in north central and eastern Wyoming creating hazardous conditions for motorists. Many roadways in that area of the State remain closed at this time and are impassable.

 

Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatchers have been in contact via cell phone with stranded motorists who have been stranded on Interstate 25 north of Casper, WYO 387 between Wright and Midwest and on US 85 north of Lusk. Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 21:42
LARAMIE – Hunters are alerted to an increased chance of encountering dead pronghorn or white-tailed deer this fall due to a fairly widespread outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease across the Cowboy State.

 

The Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory first confirmed the fatal viral disease in a white-tailed deer from eastern Big Horn Basin in August. Since then carcasses of pronghorn and white-tailed deer from Campbell, Carbon, Hot Springs, Johnson, Park and Sweetwater counties have also tested positive. Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 06:59
(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  Sept. 30, 2013 – U.S. Forest Service officials from Douglas and Laramie will be hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the future of prairie dog management on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

 

Responding to public concerns surrounding a 2009 Prairie Dog Management Strategy, the Forest Service is proposing to amend the 2001Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan to modify specific components of the Strategy. To effectively address public issues and develop a proposed amendment, the Forest Service is interested in listening to and talking with the public. Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 06:14
As a result of the Federal government shutdown, essentially all services provided by the Bureau of Land Management will be suspended, with the exception of law enforcement and emergency response functions.  Approximately 4,000 recreation facilities, including visitor centers, facilities, campgrounds, boat ramps and other recreation sites will be closed. Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:47
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Al Ellefson, of Hulett, was recently selected to serve as the chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission. 

 

"The commission has made great progress assisting Wyoming veterans, I look forward to working with the many stakeholders who support our Veterans," Ellefson said. Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:46
David C. Plymell (49) of Dayton, WY was in the process of attempting to negotiate a sharp curve in the roadway when he lost control of his motorcycle crossing over the center line into the opposite lane of travel.  The motorcycle went down on its side at which time Plymell was totally ejected from it. William J. Spooner (46) of Missoula, MT braked and steered in an attempt to avoid Plymell and his motorcycle, however was unable to avoid running over Plymell.  Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:35
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will not support a continuing resolution that funds implementation or enforcement of Obamacare. He will also not support parliamentary maneuvering that will strip the defunding of Obamacare provisions from the House passed continuing resolution. Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:46
A report from the the Wyoming Highway Patrol says a the  SUV ran a stop sign and was struck by a tractor-trailer truck, killing a woman and her two young children. The Patrol says the crash occurred Tuesday evening on U.S. 20, just west of Manderson in Big Horn County.
 
     The patrol says 29-year-old Kendra Pebbles and her 3-year-old son, Hunter Heitzman, and 2-year-old daughter, Katlynn Heitzman, died. All three were from Manderson and all were wearing seat belts or in child safety seats.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:48
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new rules today to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants:

 
"We all support a clean environment—but this new proposal is an extreme overreach that will increase unemployment and energy bills for Americans. Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:04
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 9, 2013 – The Arch Coal Foundation has officially kicked off its signature education support program – the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards – for the upcoming school year in West Virginia and Wyoming. The announcement was made by Deck S. Slone, senior vice president of Arch Coal, Inc. and president of the Arch Coal Foundation. Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 07:30
Rock Springs – The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9's, just like people, must attend refresher courses and new training to stay current with their important duties and to remain certified. 

 

The WHP drug detection K-9's provide support to the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies during vehicle and building searches for illegal drugs.  The K-9's are able to detect the odors from controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 07:15
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office (CFO) announces the availability of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record (DR) for the Samson Resources Company Scott Field Development Project Environmental Assessment (EA) in Converse County, Wyo.

 

The CFO prepared this EA in response to a proposal from Samson Resources Company to explore and develop oil and natural gas resources within an area encompassing the existing Scott Field, located 20 miles north of the town of Douglas, Wyo.  This approved exploration and development plan will be available for use in processing subsequent site-specific applications for permit to drill (APDs) and associated infrastructure. Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 07:06
On September 14, the Fur Kids Foundation hosts Pet-A-Palooza at CAM-PLEX Park, Shelter No. 5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Cloud Peak Energy, announced by Masters of Ceremony, and supported by the following: Alignment Pros Tire Factory; Animal Medical Center of Wyoming; Annabelle’s Cookies; Dink's Doggie Treats, LLC; First Interstate Bank; Flightline; HealthSource of Gillette; The Home Depot; Darren & Kim Lynde Family; Petco; Photo Imaging Center Gillette; Security State Bank; Sol Domus; Thunder Basin Veterinary Clinic PC; and White's Frontier Motors. Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:59
With a sharp increase in recent pertussis (whooping cough) cases reported to the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming’s state health officer is encouraging awareness and vaccination to help protect vulnerable residents from the disease.

 

“Wyoming’s level of pertussis activity right now is certainly a cause for concern,” said Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator with WDH. “In recent years, other states have seen significant outbreaks of this disease with sometimes deadly consequences.” Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:32
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding a likely Senate vote on authorizing a military strike against Syria.

 

“I have not seen a proposal for U.S. military action in Syria that I support and I plan to vote ‘no’ if given the opportunity. I’ve met with hundreds of Wyoming folks over the past few weeks in the state and heard from thousands more. They are asking the right questions. What would be our objective? What U.S. interests would be served? There are bad guys on both sides of this civil war so how would our intervention help?  How much is it going to cost?  I haven’t heard satisfactory answers. Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:37
Troopers investigating the vehicle vs. bicycle crash with the unknown subject in Sheridan County have completed their investigation.  The victim has been identified. Information has been gathered from acquaintances and other evidence shows this was an intentional act.  The coroner has ruled this incident a suicide.  It will not count as a highway fatality.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:30
Troopers investigating the vehicle vs. bicycle crash with the unknown subject in Sheridan County have completed their investigation.  The victim has been identified. Information has been gathered from acquaintances and other evidence shows this was an intentional act.  The coroner has ruled this incident a suicide.  It will not count as a highway fatality.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:30
Troopers investigating the vehicle vs. bicycle crash with the unknown subject in Sheridan County have completed their investigation.  The victim has been identified. Information has been gathered from acquaintances and other evidence shows this was an intentional act.  The coroner has ruled this incident a suicide.  It will not count as a highway fatality.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:30
Troopers investigating the vehicle vs. bicycle crash with the unknown subject in Sheridan County have completed their investigation.  The victim has been identified. 

Information has been gathered from acquaintances and other evidence shows this was an intentional act.  The coroner has ruled this incident a suicide.  It will not count as a highway fatality. Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:25
CHEYENNE—Hunters can expect fair to excellent hunting for elk, deer and antelope this hunting season depending on hunt areas and weather conditions during high hunter activity periods for fall hunts.

 

                The following forecast gives hunters an idea of what they can expect during the upcoming hunting season. Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:16
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