Press Release - A fatal crash north of Chugwater, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 25 year old Casper, Wyoming resident Michael L. Cooper. The crash occurred at 12:35 p.m. on February 1st near mile post 65 on Interstate 25 southbound approximately 11 miles north of Chugwater.
Cooper was driving a 1995 GMC Sonoma pickup truck southbound on I-25 in snow and ice covered road
Another strong winter storm across Wyoming has once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy.
Since noon on January 31st through 4:00 p.m. today (Feb. 3rd), Troopers have investigated 146 crashes statewide. 121 of those crashes involved property damage only,24 crashes had injury and there was one fatal crash southwest of Laramie that was non-weather related.
Press Release – The importance of coal in powering America simply cannot be overstated, according to U.S. Senator Enzi, R-Wyo. Unfortunately, he said, neither can this Administration’s deliberate attempts to use executive power to put the coal industry out of business.
“This issue hits close to home for me because approximately 40 percent of this country’s
Press Release – Wyoming is home to some of the best small businesses around, but even the best small business can have greater success by taking advantage of government contracting. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is proud to support the 2016 Government Resources and Opportunities for Business (GRO-Biz) Conference and Idea Expo.
This year’s GRO-Biz conference will be held in
Press Release - With flu activity reports beginning to increase, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants residents to know they should take common-sense steps to avoid spreading influenza or becoming ill with the disease.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose
Press Release – The Bighorn National Forest is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly-skilled workforce to work in many fields this summer. Forest managers will fill temporary seasonal positions in a variety of specialized areas, including archaeology, range management, recreation, heavy equipment operation, maintenance, wildlife, botany, hydrology, fisheries, and visitor
Press Release – Bighorn National Forest firefighters will burn slash piles in areas around Forest Service Road 26, the Red Grade Road, in the next few weeks.
Piles are located near Swamp Creek, Big Goose Ranger Station, Spear-O-Wigwam, Coffeen Park, and along the road into Dome Lake.
Burning will occur only when sufficient snow is on the ground to minimize the chance for a fire to
Press Release - A fatal crash on January 25th has resulted in the death of 57 year old Newcastle, Wyoming resident Tina M. Morris. The crash occurred at 11:45 p.m. on the 25th near mile post 233 on US Highway 16 near the city limits of Osage, Wyoming.
Morris was a passenger in a 2000 Chevrolet Impala passenger car driven by 39 year old Timothy J. Dawson, also from
Press Release – Wyoming is being hit hard by Obama Administration regulations, according to a preliminary study released last week by the Mercatus Center. And that’s using data from before the latest barrage of red tape.
“For 2013…the impact of federal regulation on Wyoming’s industries was almost 60 percent higher than the impact on the nation
Press Release - According to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the heart of winter is bringing an expected but unwelcome visitor to the state: norovirus.
Cody Loveland, WDH surveillance epidemiologist, said norovirus is also known as the “cruise ship virus” and is often described as the stomach flu or food poisoning. People who are sick with norovirus may
Press Release - The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) approved seven Business Ready Community (BRC) grants and one loan request totaling $4,142,394 during Thursday’s meeting in the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.
The Wyoming Business Council administers the BRC program. The program provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses
Press Release - New leadership is in place at two Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) healthcare facilities: the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) in Evanston and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming (VHW) in Buffalo.
Rich Dunkley is the new WSH administrator. Dunkley previously held the superintendent position for three WDH Aging Division facilities and worked specifically as the
Press Release - Roy Stops, a 57 year old resident of Boulder, Colorado was arrested on January 15th after crashing into a traffic stop that had been initiated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The traffic stop occurred at mile post 95 on US Highway 20/26 at 5:19 p.m. on the 15th approximately five miles east of Shoshoni, Wyoming.
While parked behind a 2012 Honda Civic that had been
Press Release – The Bear Lodge Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Rare Element Resource’s proposed rare earth mine near Sundance, Wyoming has been completed and is ready for public distribution. The Notice of Availability for the DEIS will be published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016, which will begin a 45 day public comment period, scheduled to
Press Release – In the wake of a number of mass shootings last year, Governor Matt Mead requested active shooter training be made available to all State of Wyoming employees. The Wyoming Highway Patrol, working with The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (OHS) offered the training on January 11-12 at the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.
“The safety of state employees is a big
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech:
“After seven years in office, the president still has a long list of challenges that the future holds for our nation. What he won’t say is that many of the challenges we must overcome are of his making. His policies have
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead urges state employees to complete suicide prevention training offered on-line through the Wyoming Department of Health. The Governor believes state employees can make a difference in the fight against suicide.
“To prevent suicide we must equip people to recognize the warning signs,” said Governor Mead. “More people trained in suicide
Press Release —Mountain lion hunters are alerted that hunt area 12, the Flaming Gorge Area, closed on Saturday, January 9.
Mountain lion hunt area 12 is south of Interstate 80, west of Bitter Creek Road (County Road 19) and east of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Most mountain lion hunt areas have a mortality quota. A mountain lion hunt area closes as soon as the quota is filled or when the
Press Release - A section of Interstate 90 was temporarily closed on January 9th when a commercial trailer caught fire on the interstate. The incident took place at 2:15 p.m. on the 9th at mile post 42 approximately 12 miles north of Buffalo, Wyoming.
Michael Robeson, 53 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving a 2001 Freightliner commercial truck pulling a trailer
Press Release – Devils Tower National Monument will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and join over 400 national park units across the country with free entry into the Monument on Monday, January 18, 2016.
Our national parks hold special experiences for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisure nature walk, or simply pack a
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper sustained minor injury after his patrol car was struck on Interstate 80 on Christmas Day. The patrol car was struck around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 25th approximately 31 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming in snow and ice covered road conditions.
Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell, a 15 year WHP veteran, was assisting a motorist who had slid off
Press Release - Lieutenant Marty Noonan retired from the Wyoming Highway patrol effective January 4th, 2016. But his career in law enforcement is far from over.
Lt. Noonan began his career in law enforcement in 1978 as a dispatcher with the Laramie County Sheriff's Office. In 1980, Lt. Noonan joined the Carbon County Sheriff's Office under then Sheriff Chuck Ogburn.
Press Release - Nineteen pounds of marijuana was seized by Troopers after a traffic stop for speeding on December 30th west of Laramie, WY on Interstate 80.
A 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan was stopped for the violation near mile post 288 on I-80 eastbound at 9:23 a.m. on the 30th. Through the course of the stop, the Trooper established reasonable suspicion that something else was going on
Press Release (12-30-15) — The Postal Service is pleased to announce that postal operations will continue in Wright, WY. A new contract provider has been named and will operate out of the current facility at 105 Wright Blvd beginning Jan. 4, 2016.
An upgraded retail configuration will be installed in the office and be operational next month. Until then, there will be no
Press Release - The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be conducting an impaired driving and traffic safety campaign over the New Year's weekend utilizing social media. The campaign is titled #DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP.
The concept is to deter motorists from driving impaired and to practice safe driving habits over the holiday weekend by posting up-to-date WHP DUI arrests and other
Press Release - A fatal crash west of Dayton, Wyoming on December 19th has resulted in the death of 28 year old Sana A. Altaye of Detroit, Michigan. The crash occurred at 9:55 p.m. on US Highway 14 near mile post 76 approximately seven miles southwest of Dayton.
Mr. Altaye was driving a 2006 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer traveling east on US 14 on a
Press Release – At Governor Matt Mead’s direction, Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael sent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy a Petition for Reconsideration of EPA’s Final Rule on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources. The Petition was submitted this afternoon via email as well as by overnight mail.
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office has posted its proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the auction beginning at 8 a.m.
The BLM Wyoming State Director deferred 35 additional parcels for this lease sale as described in an
Press Release - Closures continue for the Interstate 80 corridor in Wyoming due to high winds, blowing snow,and significantly reduced visibility this morning.
The drifting snow and ice on the roadways require Highway Patrol Troopers in the Arlington /Elk Mountain area to assist the remaining motorists.The Troopers are working in sustained winds of 40-45 mph and gusts of
Press Release - At this point we preparing to to have all of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, both eastbound and westbound, open for travel at 12:30 pm today.
Please note that the opening is dependent the weather and responsible drivers responding properly to road conditions.
In other words, do not attempt to "make up for perceived "lost time".It remains slick
Press Release – New data on the Wyoming sage grouse population reveals bird numbers should continue to grow in the coming year based on an analysis of sage grouse wings provided by hunters. There were 1.7 chicks per hen in 2015, the same as 2014. This ratio is the highest documented since 2005, and more than double the recent low of 0.8 chicks per hen noted in 2012. The 10-year average,
Press Release - The recent winter storm that traveled through Wyoming yesterday once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy.
In a 32 hour period (00:01 a.m. on Dec. 15th through 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 16th) WHP Troopers investigated 61 crashes statewide. 49 of those crashes were classified as property damage only. 10 were classified as having injury
Press Release - Here is a quick update on the current road closures in South-Central Wyoming.
We are planning to open 287 south of Laramie sometime this morning, as weather allows.
Regarding I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne, maintenance crews are working on a couple of the larger drifts with the rotary plow. Once they are finished with that, hopefully we can open east bound from
Press Release - Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is warning the public of an ongoing phone scam targeting its residential and commercial members. Crooks posing as utility employees or collection agents launch campaigns around holiday weekends trying to obtain personal information.
The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that
Press Release –The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information from the public about the shooting and wanton destruction of five mule deer bucks in Sheridan County. People are asked to contact Game and Fish if they have information about the following five poaching incidents:
11/26/15 a buck mule deer was shot and left off the Keystone
Press Release - Winter continues in Northeast Wyoming which can cause highway surfaces to be slick and unpredictable.
WYDOT is especially cautioning motorist’s today because warmer temperatures this morning created wet road conditions and as the temperature continues to drop the roads will freeze rapidly causing extremely slick conditions. Combine this with
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE From NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD - A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES TODAY...THEN THROUGH NEBRASKA ON TUESDAY. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING EARLY THIS EVENING AND SPREAD INTO WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA BY TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH ACROSS NORTHEAST WYOMING TUESDAY EVENING...AND ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
Press Release – During a hearing yesterday on regulatory budgeting, Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said it was vital to understand the cumulative costs and impact of regulations on the economy imposed by federal agencies through new
Press Release - A fatal crash on December 6th has resulted in the death of 25 year old Upton, Wyoming resident Stephanie M. Strong. The crash occurred slightly after midnight (00:10 a.m.) on the 6th near mile post 311 on US Highway 30 approximately 16 miles north of Laramie.
Strong was driving a 2005 Pontiac passenger car traveling south on US 30. A 2006 Chevrolet
Press Release – A provision secured by Wyoming’s Congressional delegation as part of a long-term surface transportation spending bill will force the federal government to fully return past and future abandoned mine land (AML) payments owed to the state. Under the agreement championed for years by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis,
Press Release—Deer classifications are underway in the Green River Region and Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologists and game wardens will be using a helicopter to count southwest Wyoming deer herds. Classification counts are how the Game and Fish estimates the number of fawns and bucks in the deer herds and it can easily be done in a short amount of time from a
Press Release - The Northern Wyoming Community College District was recently named a “Military Friendly” school for 2016. This is the fourth straight year the college district has received the distinction, from the Military Friendly Schools organization.
“Many selfless students who have served this country attend the colleges of the NWCCD,” said Dr. Paul Young,
Press Release- Big Piney Game Warden Adam Hymas and Cokeville Game Warden Neil Hymas, son and father, respectively, recently teamed up to solve a poaching case in the Wyoming Range where mule deer are highly sought after by hunters. While enjoying a day off hunting together, the wardens observed suspicious activity, which resulted in an investigation and ultimate apprehension of the
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead released details of his 2017-2018 biennial budget and spending reductions for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). State revenue projections have decreased due to falling oil and natural gas prices and the market and regulatory difficulties faced by the coal industry. Governor Mead asked state agencies to prioritize their budgets and limit exception requests.
Press Release - A Vermont man is in custody after crashing his vehicle north of Sundance on November 28th while transporting 40 pounds of marijuana.
The crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28th on US Highway 212 near mile post 17 just south of the Montana border in Wyoming. Conor P. McNamara, a 27 year old resident of Brattleboro, Vermont left the highway and crashed the
Press Release - A cornucopia of controlled substances were seized over the Thanksgiving holiday by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers on Interstate 80. 233 pounds of marijuana was interdicted in four separate traffic stops on I-80 from November 23rd through November 29th.
The first stop was on November 23rd and resulted in one arrest and 72 pounds of marijuana seized. The
Press Release – Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) Tuesday noted that Americans are ready to move past Obamacare’s broken promises to better health care as the U.S. Senate opened debate on repealing the president’s health care law as part of the budget reconciliation process.
“Obamacare still remains unworkable, unaffordable, and more unpopular than
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently euthanized a white-tailed deer exhibiting signs of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer tested positive for CWD, which is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose. The white-tailed deer was found in deer hunt area 24 - an area flanked on three sides by deer hunt areas where CWD was previously documented.
The buck was
Press Release - A traffic stop on November 17th west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80 has resulted in 130 pounds of marijuana seized by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers. The traffic stop occurred on the 17th at 9:50 p.m. on I-80 at mile post 348 eastbound approximately ten miles west of Cheyenne.
Loc T. Nguyen, a 43 year old female resident of Oakland, California was stopped by a WHP
Press Releae - The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office is planning to burn slash piles on BLM lands this fall and winter in several areas: Billy Creek, Mosier Gulch and along Collins Road in north central Campbell County.
BLM has been working in the Mosier Gulch area, west of Buffalo, to improve forest health and reduce hazardous fuels near Highway 16 and within the BLM picnic
Press Release – Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that it is trying to pass a “clean power plan”, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said it is more honest to call the new energy regulations a “no power plan”. Enzi applauded the Senate passage of two resolutions yesterday aimed at scrapping the EPA rules designed to end coal power
Press Release -- Governor Matt Mead released the following statement regarding the refugee issue:
“No state should have to endure the threat of terrorists entering our borders,” Governor Mead said. “The President needs to make certain an absolutely thorough vetting system is in place that will not allow terrorists from Syria or any other part of the world into our
Press Release - As conditions permit, the Black Hills National Forest is planning to burn large machine slash piles created from various timber and fuels projects in Weston County, WY.
There are about 80 machine piles located approximately 2 miles north of Mallo Camp in the Austin Spring area that will be ignited.
Crews can burn as many as 30 machine piles a day,
Press Release - A recent winter storm that has caused hazardous road conditions and road closures throughout the state is serving as a reminder just how dangerous driving in winter weather can be. From the early morning hours of November 10th until 9:30 a.m. this morning (Nov. 12th), the Wyoming Highway Patrol has investigated 87 crashes statewide. 52 of those crashes were classified as
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement today in response to Representative Cynthia Lummis’ announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2016.
“I'm sorry to hear that Cynthia Lummis is retiring from Congress after 2016. Cynthia has done a marvelous job. She has worked vigorously for America and for Wyoming. Her
Human remains were found and recovered along the banks of the Powder River last evening about 5p.m.
The Big Horn Mountain Radio Network says discovery offers hope that the body is that of Chevy Boshaw-Evans, the little girl who fell through the ice nine months ago.
According to a representative of the Johnson County Coroner’s Office, identification of the remains is pending an
Press Release - A pursuit in the afternoon of November 11th south of Buffalo, Wyoming on Interstate 25 has resulted in the arrest of 33 year old Joseph T. DeVries of Sheridan, Wyoming.
Around 2:40 p.m. on the 11th, a Wyoming State Trooper spotted a black 2006 Honda motorcycle speeding 110 mph in an 80 mph zone at mile post 255 on Interstate 25 northbound. As the Trooper began to
Press Release – Serving in the military requires a willingness to serve others to keep this country great. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a veteran of the Air National Guard, issued the following statement for Veterans Day.
“My Dad served in the Navy. My Uncle served in the Army. I thought it was something that everybody does. I wound up in the Air National Guard, and
Press Release – Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available.
The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional
Press Release - Megan Degenfelder with Cloud Peak Energy has been selected as one of the 17 total success stories to be highlighted during the Governor Matthew H. Mead Business Forum, held November 17-18 in Cheyenne.
Governor Mead has partnered with the Wyoming Business Alliance/ Wyoming Heritage Foundation to host this year's forum being held at Little America Hotel & Resort in
Press Release - A pursuit that spanned three counties and 185 miles on Interstate 80 has ended safely today (Nov. 9th) west of Laramie, Wyoming.
Around 12:21 p.m. on November 9th, Wyoming law enforcement received information that a stolen 2009 Kia Optima was traveling east on I-80 near Rock Springs, Wyoming. At 12:36 p.m., a Sweetwater County Deputy Sheriff initially spotted
Press Release - Rising diabetes rates can translate into personal challenges for those affected and their families, as well as a significant impact on healthcare costs in the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Christine Revere, Chronic Disease Prevention Program manager with WDH, said uncontrolled diabetes can result in medical difficulties such as blindness
Press Release - It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.
The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy
The organizers of the Holiday For Heroes Drive are hoping for strong support from the local community. Jan Miller with the Legion Auxiliary provided more details.
“This drive specifically is for our National Guard Units that are currently deployed to Afghanistan, the 33 members that went over. The drive is going to be between November 10th and 12th and delivery points are Clare
Press Release - A single vehicle crash west of Wright, Wyoming on November 3rd has resulted in the death of 18 year old Colorado Springs, Colorado resident Megan E. Skinner.
The crash is believed to have occurred around 10:00 p.m. on November 3rd on Wyoming State Highway 387 at mile post 138 approximately 14 miles west of Wright. The crash was not discovered until the early
Press Release (11-4-15) – States already know best how to manage their water and they don’t need the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to over-regulate one of Wyoming’s most precious resources said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaking on the Senate floor today.
Enzi’s comments came shortly after the Senate voted (53-44) to disapprove of the EPA’s
Press Release - Pheasant season opens on Saturday November 7, 2015 in Hunt Areas 1 and 11 which include northeastern Wyoming. All hunters who are hunting areas stocked with pheasants by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are required to have a Pheasant Special Management Stamp. These areas include State Lands in Johnson and Sheridan Counties, the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA)
Press Release – National Park Service (NPS) veterinarians recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck white-tailed deer at Devils Tower National Monument. CWD is endemic to free-ranging deer populations throughout much of eastern Wyoming, and although this is the first animal to test positive for CWD at Devils Tower, it is not the first case in
Press Release - One of the most endangered mammals in North America received a boost today, thanks to collaborative efforts between the federal government and the State of Wyoming.
As part of its ongoing efforts to conserve the endangered black-footed ferret, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has finalized a rule to
Press Release - A traffic stop on October 26th north of Newcastle, Wyoming has resulted in the recovery of a stolen truck taken from Arkansas. A Wyoming State Trooper stopped the 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck for speeding 76 mph in a posted 65 mph zone near mile post 246 on US Highway 85 approximately 16 miles north of Newcastle around 2:00 p.m. on the 26th.
Press Release - On 10-26-2015, at 10:55 pm the Crook County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising of a person trapped under a vehicle at #6 Cactus Street in Pine Haven , Wyoming. The Pine haven Ambulance, Crook County Sheriff’s Office personnel, and a Wyoming State Trooper responded.
Investigation revealed that Michael S Kenyon had been struck, and ran over by a vehicle driven
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., cosponsored two bipartisan resolutionsTuesday in an attempt to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented regulations aimed at putting coal out of business.
Aimed at two pillars of the proposed Clean Power Plan, the resolution introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead has directed the Attorney General to join a coalition of states in challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule, which was published in the Federal Register Friday morning and therefore finalized. The final rule imposes a 44% carbon emission reduction requirement on Wyoming – more than doubling the 19% reduction in the agency’s proposed
A crash on October 17th involving two vehicles at mile post 12 on Interstate 25 resulted in a truck fire and interstate closure. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. on I-25 in Cheyenne near Lake Absarraca.
A southbound 2013 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer, driven by 33 year old Olim Sultonov of Hollywood, Florida, initially left the interstate to the west, struck a sign and light
A crash on October 17th involving two vehicles at mile post 12 on Interstate 25 resulted in a truck fire and interstate closure. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. on I-25 in Cheyenne near Lake Absarraca.
A southbound 2013 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer, driven by 33 year old Olim Sultonov of Hollywood, Florida, initially left the interstate to the west, struck a sign and light
Press Release - WHP Lieutenant Casey Goodman was commissioned as a Patrolman on September, 01st 1985 and was initially assigned to Big Piney as his first duty station. In 1986 he was transferred to Sheridan as a motor carrier officer and served in that capacity until he took a division patrolman position in Division C in 1991.
Goodman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant
Press Release -Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird is looking for a few good pronghorn antelope hunters in hunt area 93 with type 1, type 6 or type 7 licenses.
“If you are a pronghorn antelope hunter with a 93 type 1, type 6 or type 7 license and have not harvested your antelope yet, head to the Joseph Jones Ranch,” Baird said. “The ranch is located at Names Hill, south of
Press Release - On October 11th, just before 2:00 p.m., WHP Troopers responded to assist the Natrona County Sheriff's Office with a massive fire that began in Casper spreading through Evansville and into parts of Converse County. Troopers responded to assist Deputies in evacuating hundreds of residents. Wyoming State Troopers responded from Casper, Buffalo, Kaycee, Douglas, Wheatland,
Press Release - Due to disease concerns, the Downar and Sheridan Game Bird Farms are requesting that visitors make an appointment before stopping in to tour either of the facilities where pheasants are raised by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Traditionally, both game bird farms have been open for public visits without an appointment, but disease concerns are requiring Game and Fish to make
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today that the Integrated Test Center (ITC) will be built at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY. The ITC will provide space for researchers to develop commercially viable uses for carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. A construction date has not been set.
“We are making an
Press Release - Testing completed Oct 2nd by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a rare case of rabies in a Fremont County woman, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
“While rabies is often found in Wyoming animals such as bats and skunks, this is the first confirmed human rabies case ever recorded in our state,” said Dr. Karl
Press Release - A single idea or invention could be all that it takes to make a business grow and thrive. But it is hard to be successful without knowing how best to patent, market and sell your invention.
That is why U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is hosting his annual Inventors Conference to bring inventors together to help educate them on how to make their ideas a
Press Release – During the license purchasing process, hunters have the option to provide the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with their email address. This allows Game and Fish to follow up with hunters by providing them harvest surveys in a much more cost effective manner.
Hunter survey coordinator Gail Sheridan said each internet response saves approximately $2.50 compared to
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a full moon guided walk and viewing of the total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, September 27th at 7:20 pm. Join a ranger led guided walk on the Tower Trail to an unobscured view of the total lunar eclipse. Meet at the kiosk in front of the visitor center. Remember to bring 2 sources of light and a warm jacket.
Press Release – Fall is a great time to enjoy the Bighorn National Forest. Whether you’re hiking, camping, hunting, or enjoying the fall scenery, these reminders will help make your visit to the forest a safe and enjoyable one.
Black bears roam throughout the Bighorns, so be prepared to share the forest with black bears. Keep a clean camp, separate your
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement today that the Greater sage-grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Governor joined the Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell and USFWS Director Dan Ashe for the announcement in Denver.
"I am pleased that the U.S. Fish and
Press Release - The Wyoming Council for Women's Issues will continue its 50th anniversary celebration in the state with special activities in Gillette on Oct. 3, culminating in the "Fifty Years of Inspirational Women" dinner at 6 p.m. at the Campbell County Senior Center.
Earlier in the day, the Council's fall quarterly meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in Pioneer
Press Release - A Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) contractor will begin a Center Line Rumble Strip project on Highway 59 south of Gillette to Douglas beginning next week.
The contractor Surface Preparation Techology from Aurora, CO plans to begin the project on Tuesday, September 22 in Gillette at MP 107 and go south to Doulas ending at MP 0.
Motorists can expect
Press Release – What started out as an investigation of a deer poaching incident ended up with a Sheridan area man receiving a felony firearms possession conviction.
The illegal poaching investigation began with an anonymous tip to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release - Wyoming was the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy in 2013. More than three-fourths of the initiatives identified, are complete. This year, GoveMead has worked with people across Wyoming to update the strategy.
On October 5, at 9:00
Multiple agencies responded on Sept 11th, to an airplane crash on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. The crash occurred around 7:50 Friday morning near mile post 321 approximately four miles east of Laramie.
The single engine plane registered out of Davis, California went down in a canyon section of I-80 commonly known as "Telephone Canyon". The pilot, 67 year
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced Saturday that the Kauffman Index – a report on entrepreneurial activity throughout the United States – ranked Wyoming second in entrepreneurial startup activity. The governor was attending the Wyoming Global Tech Summit in Jackson where he was leading discussions on the state’s growing tech sector.
“The information in
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office , Wyoming Conservation Corps and Devon Energy’s Gillette field office recently came together for a 10-day preservation, restoration and education project in Burnt Hollow in the Powder River Basin. >From Aug. 10-19 the WCC and BFO employees worked together to hand-thin encroaching juniper to improve sage-grouse habitat
Press Release - Rock Springs area Trooper Erik Jorgensen was promoted yesterday to the future Division "C" Lieutenant in Sheridan. Division C is responsible for both Sheridan and Johnson Counties.
Lieutenant Jorgensen is an eight year veteran with Patrol and has served in the Rock Springs area throughout his career.
Lieutenant Jorgensen's promotion
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced an agreement with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., that protects Wyoming and facilitates Alpha’s efforts to reorganize, continue operations and retain its employees while in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy proceedings were filed by the company last month.
The agreement gives Wyoming a $61 million “superpriority” claim in the
Press Release - Black bear hunters are alerted that Black Bear Hunt Areas 1 and 2 closed on Tuesday, September 8. The closed areas are located in the northern Bighorn Mountains.
The black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas in the black bear management unit when the female mortality limit has been reached or, on the closing day, whichever
Press Release - A fatal crash east of Buffalo, Wyoming on September 7th has resulted in the death of 63 year old Buffalo resident Kenneth Harriet. The single vehicle rollover crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Interstate 90 at mile post 70 approximately 11 miles east of Buffalo.
Mr. Harriet was driving a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup eastbound on I-90 when the truck drifted off the right side of
Press Release - A fatal crash in the early morning hours of September 7th near Sheridan, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 25 year old Derrick B. Coversup of Billings, Montana. The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Wyoming State Highway 335 near mile post nine approximately 14 miles southwest of Sheridan.
Mr. Coversup was the front seat passenger of a 2008 Saturn Aura being driven by 27
Press Release - A three vehicle crash on September 1st has resulted in the death of 65 year old Worland, Wyoming resident Richard D. Burt. The crash occurred at 7:05 p.m. on US Highway 20/26 near mile post 25 approximately 25 miles west of Casper, Wyoming.
Mr. Burt was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta westbound on US 20/26 when the Jetta crossed the centerline into the
Press Release - The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) recently published a report on Wyoming’s iron (Fe) resources, an important mineral used in the production of steel. Previous iron mining efforts have contributed to Wyoming’s economy, with the potential for the state to once again become an iron-producing state, given the right conditions (iron prices, global demand, etc.).
Press Release - In some states they are called cruisers, others refer to them as squads. In the Cowboy State they are referred to as a patrol car.
A state's Highway Patrol, State Police or Department of Public Safety not only protects and serves everyone in their state, but also serve as representatives and ambassadors for their state on a daily basis. These agencies are
Press Release - Tularemia caused the recent death of a Big Horn County man and has sickened at least 10 other Wyoming residents so far this summer as the state continues to experience unusually high reported levels of the bacterial disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
“To see this many cases reported in Wyoming in a single year is striking,” said Dr.
Press Release - With the dry conditions and local county fire restrictions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands within the Sheridan Region.
These lands include Kerns, Amsden, Bud Love and Ed O. Taylor Wildlife Habitat Management Areas
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will host a Bat Festival August 29th, 1:00 – 10:30 p.m. in the Picnic Area.
The festival will feature demonstrations on how to build bat boxes, information booths, crafts, and activities for kids. There will also be door prizes, an inflatable cave, and guest presentations. Bat listening walks will be offered during
Press Release - The 2014-15 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators of the Year were honored at the 2015 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Sheridan on August 3. Over twenty nominations for Wyoming STEM educators were submitted and reviewed by a selection committee at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).
Guy Jackson, supervisor of the WDE Career Technical Education
Press Release —Thanks to another cooperative wildlife project, pronghorn antelope can now navigate fencing along their migration route in antelope hunt area 93 northwest of Green River. The previous fence has been a major road block to pronghorn for many years and the new fence is a much-needed fix to an ongoing problem.
“The net-wire fencing was a huge barrier to pronghorn
Campbell County and friends made their message clear at yesterday’s hearing in Gillette on whether to change the royalty program that determines fees the coal industry must pay to mine on federal public lands. All three members of the state’s congressional delegation testified that the federal government is crippling the coal industry through environmental regulations. Wyoming
Press Release - Troopers working Sturgis overflow traffic into Wyoming are crediting pre-planned efforts by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) in keeping traffic safe during the 2015 rally.
Lt. Jason Green, WHP Special Services Squad Co-Commander, stated "We had more traffic going into Hulett (WY) on Wednesday (Aug. 5th) then I have
Press Release – For the second consecutive year – and only their third year of competing at the National Rifle Association’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge – the Wyoming team earned the sportsmanship award at the annual National Rifle Association event July 31 in Raton, New Mexico.
Wyoming’s team of young hunters from Upton, Gillette, Wheatland and
Press Release - A wanted man has been taken into custody by a Wyoming State Trooper after 26 years of avoiding arrest. Kirk T. Bush, a 46 year old resident of Denver, Colorado, was stopped by the trooper on August 09th on Interstate 25 southbound at mile post 107 approximately 30 miles north of Wheatland, Wyoming for a motorcycle headlight violation.
Press Release - Jenni Winter has been named the new Intercollegiate Athletics Director for the Northern Wyoming Community College District, which includes Sheridan College and Gillette College, officials announced recently.
Winter, formerly the NWCCD-Gillette College Director of Finance and Operations, will oversee athletics on both campuses.
“This job is like a dream come
The investigation into a July 7th, home burglary in Campbell County has led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Casper man. Campbell County Sheriff’s investigator Troy Hipsag said the suspect was identified after a camera stolen in that burglary turned up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
“Ultimately [the investigation] ended up in Casper last Wednesday, they had arrested him the
Press Release - The addition of resources on Sunday greatly aided suppression efforts on the La Bonte Canyon Fire. Both ground crews and helicopters were added to the fight and the result was minimal fire growth on what could have been a challenging day due to windy weather.
Bucket drops by helicopter were particularly effective on the fire that is now 516 acres in size and 25% contained.
Sheridan, Wyo. (August 7, 2015 0700) - The Sheep Creek Fire is approximately 1,125 acres in size and is located in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyo. The fire grew a bit during the day yesterday and then again overnight during an active night of burning caused by thunderstorm downdrafts.
Yesterday the fire crews were able to complete improvements to the fireline
Sheridan, Wyo. (August 6, 2015 2000) – The Cave Fire, which was a lightning caused fire in the Tongue River Canyon first reported this (Thurs) morning, is now contained. The Sheep Creek Fire is now 15 percent contained in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyo.
Multiple loads of water and four loads of retardant were dropped, by multiple aircraft, in an effort to
Press Release - The Hulett Ham N Jam and the Sundance Burnout saw record attendance yesterday and overall was uneventful.
Early attendance estimates in Sundance indicate that there were between 18,000 and 20,000 motorcycles. Twenty thousand motorcycles placed tire to tire would reach almost 22 miles.
"Even with the large number of bikes in Sundance, it was a successful
Press Release - The Hulett Ham N Jam and the Sundance Burnout are heating up. Thousands of motorcycle riders have made their way into Crook and surrounding counties.
Reports from local pilots to Crook County Emergency Management state that local roads are congested with motorcycles and traffic is moving at approximately 35 mph.
Law enforcement officials are working hard to keep
The Wyoming Army National Guard will say farewell to soldiers in A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery, in Gillette at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The soldiers are deploying to perform an artillery mission in Afghanistan. Gov. Matt Mead, Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the Wyoming Army National Guard command team and members of the Gillette City Council will attend the event at the Gillette
Press Release – There will be a public meeting for the Sheep Creek Fire at the Tongue River High School in Dayton, Wyo., at 6:00pm Weds night. This informational meeting will allow the public to have questions answered and learn the most up-to-date, accurate information on the Sheep Creek Fire.
Thanks to more accurate mapping, the approximate size of the fire is slightly below 1,000 acres.
Press Release – If you have ever struggled with the search function or had trouble looking at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website on your phone or tablet you should be happier when you visit wgfd.wyo.gov today. Game and Fish just launched an updated website incorporating suggestions from the public and ideas based on past website data. The new site also has an improved
Press Release - County, town and state officials are combining efforts to provide a safe environment for visitors to the Ham ?N Jam in Hulett, Wyo. and for travelers destined for Sturgis, SD.
The roads are congested with motorcycles and officials urge drivers to use caution when traveling. Traffic is particularly heavy on Highways 14 and 24. We are seeing significant traffic on all roads
Press Release - A single vehicle crash on July 29th has resulted in the death of 34 year old Daniel T. Poole of Sidney, Nebraska. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. on Interstate 25 near mile post 129 approximately seven miles south of Douglas, Wyoming.
Daniel Poole was the front seat passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 28 year old Brittany Poole,
Press Release – President Barrack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved forward with a unprecedented rule to regulate new and existing coal power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan”. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement.
“This proposal isn’t some isolated bureaucratic rule,” Enzi said. “If you can
Press Release – The Sheep Creek Fire in Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton, Wyoming is estimated to be more than 1000 acres based upon a reconnaissance flight on Monday evening. A type 3 overhead team will take over management of the fire at about 0600 on Tuesday morning. Dick Terry of the Wyoming State Forestry Division is the Incident Commander. An Incident Command Post has been set up at
Press Release - WHP Troopers conducting additional enforcement in Northeast Wyoming this weekend in preparation for the 75th Sturgis motorcycle rally arrested two Colorado residents on Sunday, August 2nd, after a 30 mile long pursuit.
Weston L. Hall, a 40 year old resident of Greeley, Colorado and Connie L. Herrera, 47 years old from Denver, Colorado were both taken into
Press Release – The Sheep Creek Fire in Tongue River Canyon was detected on Sunday August 2nd at approximately 4 pm. It was reported as ½ acre at initial size-up by the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. The fire started along the Tongue River Canyon Trail approximately one mile up canyon from the trailhead.
The cause is under investigation.
As of 6:30 pm Sunday, it was
Press Release - Several dead prairie dogs and other rodents recently found in Devils Tower National Monument have tested positive for tularemia. This year, tularemia has been widely reported in Wyoming and some neighboring states.
Tularemia is a naturally occurring bacterial disease transmitted by infected insects and ticks to rabbits, hares, muskrats, beavers and other small
SHERIDAN – “Another successful year” is how Steve Diekema, Story Fish Hatchery Superintendent, is describing the golden trout spawning operation that was just completed in early July at the Story Fish Hatchery.
The golden trout spawning program at Story Fish Hatchery is unique in that it is the only fish hatchery in the nation that maintains a
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have been coordinating safety efforts with the South Dakota Department of Transportation officials for the upcoming 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
There is estimated to be 800,000 to 1.2 million people attend this year’s rally, twice as many as the rally has attracted in any year in the past 25.
Wyoming DOT and
A suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide Wednesday morning on the Crow Indian Reservation in Big Horn County, Montana was apprehended on County Road 3LE north of Meeteetse by officers from the Park County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Park County 911 Communications Center received information from Big Horn County, MT to be on the
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., released the following statements in response to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) kicking off a series of listening sessions starting today in Washington, D.C. to discuss raising the royalty rates on the Federal Coal Leasing Program. The BLM plans to host similar listening
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead has announced a series of public meetings to identify additional energy initiatives for Wyoming – two years after the state became the first in the nation to develop a comprehensive energy strategy with the release of Leading the Charge, Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy. Since its release in 2013, more than three-fourths of
Press Release - The Bowhunters of Wyoming (BOW) recently donated $1,185 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Access Yes program. This donation helps to secure access for hunters and anglers across Wyoming, through the Private Lands Public Wildlife (PLPW) access program. That program funds monetary payments to landowners who grant hunters and anglers access to private
Press Release - The Cheyenne Police Department is continuing to investigate a double homicide that occurred at The Coin Shop, 510 W. Lincolnway, at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Officers responded to the shop after receiving a report of an armed robbery in progress from one of the store’s customers.
After officers arrived on scene they formed a perimeter and then entered the shop where they
Press Release - Recent reports of tularemia activity among animals and humans in northern Wyoming are raising concerns this summer about the disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
“Recently, we are hearing about rabbit die-offs and have seen tularemia cases confirmed in two Weston County residents, in dead voles near Devils Tower in Crook County and in a Washakie
Press Release: Thursday, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposed stream rule.
“It’s outrageous that less than a month after being rebuked by the U.S. Supreme Court for ignoring the costs of its regulations, the administration is doing it again with this job-crushing, anti-coal rule.
Press Release - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer six halter-started yearlings and burros for adoption by silent bid at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) July 17-25.
All six yearlings and burros have been halter-started at the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility. They will arrive in pairs of two and be available for three days each. The yearlings’ photos will
Press Release – The Wyoming Capitol will open to the public on July 18th and 25th this year. This allows visitors access to the Capitol for tours and sightseeing on the Saturdays of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
“Wyoming’s Capitol - one of only 20 in America recognized as a National Historic Landmark – is scheduled to close later this year for renovations. I
Press Release – The Tongue Ranger District is seeking public comments on a proposal to install a weather tower on top of the dam at Park Reservoir.
The 12-foot lattice weather tower would be used for communication with the weather station at Sheridan College’s Spear-O-Wigwam campus in the Bighorn National Forest.
Press Release – Hunters who are interested in purchasing reduced price cow/calf elk licenses and doe/fawn deer and antelope licenses will have the opportunity to make those purchases beginning July 15. Quotas for many areas were filled in the initial drawing but many areas still have licenses available. Reduced price licenses may be purchased separately or in addition to regular full-price
Press Release - Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is warning the public of a new phone scam targeting its members and member businesses. Crooks posing as bogus utility employees or collection agents launched a campaign this week trying to obtain personal information.
The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is
Press Release - West Nile virus has returned to Wyoming with the season’s first case, involving a Sheridan County resident, being reported to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
“We want to remind residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Katie Bryan, epidemiologist with WDH. Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV)
Press Release -- The Secretary of State’s office has certified the application for a ballot initiative, The Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016, to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
The first step of a ballot initiative of any nature requires certification from the office of Secretary of State for compliance with the application process. "The Secretary of State must
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported gonorrhea cases across Wyoming this year.
“So far this year, 61 cases of gonorrhea have been reported to us in comparison to 31 infections by this time last year,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH. “This increased
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead held a news conference today to sign an Executive Order appointing A. Rose Hill of Sheridan as Wyoming’s new Poet Laureate. Mrs. Hill is the seventh Poet Laureate in state history.
“Rose is an exceptional writer. She writes poems that remind us how beautiful poetry is and that make us want to hear more. Devoted to her family and community,
Press Release – President Obama approved Governor Matt Mead's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Disaster Assistance. The Declaration is a result of flood damage that occurred in Johnson and Niobrara Counties from May 24 – June 6, 2015.
Due to severe weather-related events, significant losses - 14 homes destroyed and more than 100 homes harmed
Press Release - Work is under way at Lusk to install a temporary bridge across the Union Pacific Railroad on U.S. 85.
WYDOT crews will be pouring concrete footings for the nearly 200 feet of Acrow bridge on Thursday, July 9. Once the footings have cured, crews, along with a team from Acrow Corporation of America, will begin assembling the modular steel bridge over the washed-out section of
Press Release - Trooper Mark Shinost, stationed in Torrington, returned to full duty status yesterday after an eight and a half month battle with esophagus cancer. Trooper Shinost, who is approaching his 26th year of service with Patrol, was diagnosed with the cancer back in late 2014 and has been fighting ever since.
The "Mustaches for Mark" campaign started on
Today or at others points this summer, you may have noticed a smokey haze in Northeast Wyoming. Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King said there is a combination of sources for the smoke. There are a large number of fires up in Canada, some in Alaska and some in Washington. Depending on when and where wind currents are traveling, the smokey haze could impact the area for
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet in Cody July 8-10. The Commission will do a tour of the area, receive information on wildlife management programs, approve its budget for fiscal year 2016, vote on management objectives for big game units and review proposed changes to regulations.
On July 8, the Commission will participate in a tour guided by Game and Fish
Three Gillette College students placed in the top 15 at the recent SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
The SkillsUSA Championships took place June 24-25, as part of the SkillsUSA 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students.
Skylar Stitt of Gillette finished in seventh place in the Related Technical Math
Press Release - A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout July.
Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. Yeager can also help
Press Release - Three fatalities have been confirmed in this crash. All three fatalities were the occupants traveling in a 2006 Toyota Highlander. David Knotts, a 45 year old resident of Jenison, Michigan, was driving the Toyota.
John Jackson, a 64 year old resident of Leasburg, Missouri was operating a 2012 Volvo tractor with trailer. Mr. Jackson was slowed/stopped in traffic
Press Release - It’s a worthy reminder: state law prohibits people from posting signs on Wyoming Department of Transportation traffic signal poles or in the rights‑of‑way.
Signs mounted on utility poles, traffic signs, or highway markers announcing a garage sale... Signs on the shoulder of the road or anywhere inside the highway right of way announcing a yard sale or
Press Release – Today U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s King Vs. Burwell decision.
“For too long, the debate over health care has placed politics before the best interests of patients. No matter the court’s ruling, it is time for Democrats and Republicans to deliver what the president promised
The kickoff for Wright Days 2015 will be a movie in the park on Thursday, June 25th, at 8:45 at Gibson Park. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also packed with events.
Friday’s activities include 3 on 3 Basketball, a Pageant, a 3-D Archery. Friday evening events will include Demolition Derby and a Street Dance for the whole family as well as other events.
Just a few of Saturdays
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead has asked President Obama for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance in response to flooding in Johnson and Niobrara Counties that began on May 24, 2015 and continued through June 6, 2015. If granted, such a declaration triggers federal assistance for homeowners and small businesses.
Governor Mead signed an Executive Order on
Press Release – The 2015 drawings for resident elk as well as for resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books. Hunters can check their results on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website or by calling (307) 777-4600.
Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings
Press Release - The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibit from the Wyoming State Museum. HOWDY! considers the postcard as a communication device and advertiser of Wyoming's natural and cultural landscape. Color and black and white images illustrate how postcards have promoted Wyoming as a "vacation dreamland" and a
Press Release - A traffic stop for speeding on June 15th has led to the arrest of two Indiana residents for possessing multiple forms of marijuana. The stop occurred around 7:00 p.m. at mile post 50 on Wyoming State Highway 191 approximately 10 miles north of Farson, Wyoming.
A maroon Lincoln passenger car was stopped for speeding 79 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. While talking
*Update* Press Release - The trooper involved in yesterday's two vehicle crash west of Cody was Trooper Rodney Miears who is a five year Patrol veteran stationed out of Cody. The driver of the 2003 International truck was 27 year old Billings, Montana resident James Friede.
Both Trooper Miears and Mr. Friede were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Mr. Friede was
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper was injured June 15th, in a two vehicle crash on US Highway 14/16/20. The crash occurred near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming at 2:11 p.m.
The trooper was traveling east on US 14/16/20. A westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley
Press Release - Wyoming’s kokanee salmon record, which has stood since 2009 was broken earlier this month thanks to the efforts of Lyons, Colorado angler George Sharman. Sharman caught a 6.31 pound kokanee while fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Sharman’s fish was 25.25 inches long and had a girth of 14 inches. It bested the previous state record caught in 2009 also out
Press Release - While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite summer pastime for many families, swimmers should be careful to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses.
“It is important to prevent germs from getting into pools and lakes. When germs get into the waters where we are having fun, they can steal that fun by causing
A two vehicle crash on June 14th has resulted in the death of 61 year old John E. Valyou of Columbus, Montana. The crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. near mile post 317.50 on Interstate 80 westbound approximately one mile east of Laramie, Wyoming.
Mr. Valyou was riding a 2008 Boss Hoss motorcycle westbound on I 80 in the left lane and wearing a helmet. A 2015 International
Press Release - Wyoming’s schools will soon be filled with little boys named Liam and little girls answering to Olivia with both chosen most often as new baby names in 2014 across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Services program.
For boys, the name Liam has topped the charts for three years in a row and has been in the top five most
Heavy rains are expected over the next few days on the already-saturated Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG), and subsequently, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area.
Road conditions on the TBNG remain poor, after severe storms caused flooding and road washouts last week. Continued wet weather has not allowed conditions to improve much and the potential
Press Release - Blackberry Smoke will be joining ZZ Top this fall for their Grooves & Gravy Tour. The tour will take the two simpatico bands through much of North America from mid-August to late September. Holding All The Roses, Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album (and Rounder debut), was released on February 10, 2015. In its first week of release, the album debuted at #1 on
Press Release – Wyoming’s youth hunting championships crowned winners May 30 in Upton but more importantly nearly 50 young hunters from across the Cowboy State, South Dakota and Nebraska had a fun time practicing their hunting skills.
Officially called the Wyoming Youth Hunter Challenge, the National Rifle Association-sponsored event has been held at the Upton Gun Club
Press Release - Representatives from a diverse group of Wyoming health and law enforcement leaders remain concerned that prescription drug abuse is Wyoming’s fastest-growing drug problem with wide-ranging consequences.
Prescription medicine abuse is the use of a prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for any reasons other than those intended by a
Press Release – Functions performed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) may be better performed by other law enforcement agencies, according to Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Enzi wrote that the ATF should be reformed, with any necessary functions possibly being merged into other federal law enforcement
Press Release - Friday, June 5, 2015 was a memorable day for Sheridan Bird Farm employees and supporters of pheasant hunting in northern Wyoming. A cloud burst dumped nearly four inches of rain and four to five inches of hail in a short period of time in the area south of Sheridan. That’s where one of the two Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s bird farms is located.
Press Release - A two vehicle crash early this morning on Wyoming State Highway 59 has resulted in the death of 43 year old Windsor, Colorado resident Shane Nett. The crash occurred at 1:00 a.m. near mile post 29 approximately 29 miles north of Douglas, Wyoming on WY 59.
While northbound on WY 59, Mr. Nett was driving a 2015 Ford Expedition. For reasons unknown, the
Press Release - The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that if you approach a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection you must treat it like a 4-way stop.
The recent thunderstorms have caused many power outages throughout northeast Wyoming and though power has been restored, there are still some cases of intermittent power
Press Release – Governor Mead has deployed specialized teams from the Wyoming National Guard in response to the extraordinary flood and the damage it has caused in Manville, Lusk and Niobrara County. In addition to the National Guard, the Governor has mobilized the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the Red Cross, the Department of Health, the Game and Fish
Press Release - Substantial rains early this morning have caused significant flooding throughout Niobrara County in east central Wyoming along the Niobrara River and Old Woman Creek. Multiple highways are closed at this time due to water over roadways and bridges as well as damage to bridges.
US 18/20 between Interstate 25 and Lusk is closed. US 18/85 is closed between
Press Release - A crash involving a pedestrian and a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria has resulted in the death of 37 year old Michael P. Sullivan of Buffalo, Wyoming. The crash occurred on June 3rd at 2:26 a.m. near mile post 141 on Wyoming State Highway 51 approximately 12 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming.
Mr. Sullivan was a pedestrian on the highway when he was struck by the Ford. The Ford
7:35 am - Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains closed due to flooding at Dead Horse Creek. Call 511 or visit
http://www.wyoroad.info/pls/Browse/WRR.CLOSURES for updates.
Ronda Holwell, WYDOT District 4, PublicRelations Specialist says WYDOT is hopeful both lanes will be open by 8:30 am if not earlier.
7:15 am - Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Gillette remains closed due to flooding at Dead Horse Creek. Call 511 or visit
http://www.wyoroad.info/pls/Browse/WRR.CLOSURES for updates.
Press Release - WHP K-9 Lou officially retired today after six years of service with Patrol. Trooper Josh Hardee and K-9 Lou were paired up six years ago through Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) funding and stationed out of Casper. Health concerns with Lou's joints and hips forced his retirement.
K-9 Lou loved doing educational school deployments so
Press Release - To help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves, as well as for pets and livestock, the Wyoming Department of Health is promoting rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations.
Rabies can infect any mammal, including pets, livestock, small wildlife and humans. The virus affects the central nervous system, causing paralysis and ultimately
Press Release - The Wyoming Office of State Lands And Investments website says the parcel of state trust land, located southeast of Gillette on Union Chapel Road, near the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, is under consideration for restriction to all discharge of firearms.
Recently, OSLI received multiple reports from nearby residents of bullets entering structures as a result of high volume
Press Release - A single vehicle crash on May 31st resulted in the death of 26 year old Rebecca Carlson of Fountain, Colorado. Rebecca Carlson was a passenger in a 2006 Nissan Altima that was being driven by 31 year old Mark Ticehurst who is also from Fountain. The crash occurred at 10:05 p.m. near mile post 285 on Interstate 25 approximately 15 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming.
Press Release - A fatal crash on May 27th resulted in the death of 52 year old Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada resident Mary M. Sataya. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. near mile post 38 on Wyoming State Highway 24 approximately two miles west of Aladdin, Wyoming.
Mary Sataya was operating a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle when the motorcycle collided with a deer on the roadway.
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead joined Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and representatives from The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to announce the release of 14 final environmental reviews for land use plans that address greater sage-grouse habitat across Wyoming and nine other states.
The plans include elements intended to
Press Release - On May 29th, a WyDOT contractor, Hardrives Construction, will begin a Crack Sealing project on Highway 59 south of Gillette from Mile Marker 96 – Mile Marker 102. It will basically begin at the end of the 5 lane section just south of Gillette and continue 6 miles.
Motorists can expect traffic control operations including flagging operation and a pilot
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging Wyoming students who will be juniors in high school to apply to be a Senate page for the fall session in Washington, DC. There are a total of 30 page positions in the United States Senate each session and Senator Enzi is fortunate to have the opportunity to sponsor a young adult from Wyoming to serve in one of these
Press Release – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.
“Instead of reaching a reasonable solution, today the EPA has ignored millions of Americans and taken more control over private land in our country.
Press Release - With Wyoming’s warmer months expected, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents to avoid mosquitos and ticks when spending time outdoors because these insects can carry potentially serious diseases.
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds. In Wyoming, diseases
Press Release – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy called Governor Mead to announce that she is signing the controversial Waters of the United States rule. Wyoming, along with a number of other states, asked McCarthy to work on concerns with the rule. Consultation with governors is required under the Clean Water Act.
"I am disappointed at the lack of
Information From Powder River Energy Corporation:
PRECorp has learned of a scam that is hitting our business customers this afternoon. Someone posing as a power company representative is asking businesses to pay their bill or they will be disconnected just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. This is a scam. We are warning our members not to pay anyone over
Press Release - With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, people are getting ready to kick off the summer outdoor recreation season. The Bighorn National Forest would like to encourage everyone to “know before you go” as a first line of defense for staying safe in the forest.
Whether you’re visiting the forest for wildlife, wildflowers, hiking, fishing, or just taking in the
Press Release – First Lady Carol Mead and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have donated 500 books to Wyoming elementary schools through the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Mrs. Mead has participated as a Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador” for five years. This year, books were given to Kemmerer
Press Release - The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Records of Decision (ROD) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project (the Project) have been signed and issued.
This project, proposed by Black Hills Power (BHP), would construct and operate a 230 kV transmission line connecting the Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyoming to the Osage
Press Release - The grounds of the Wyoming Honor Farm were abuzz following the Bureau of Land Management–Honor Farm spring wild horse adoption, as happy adopters discussed the variety of plans they have for their new charges. Some of these versatile horses will carry their owners when they hunt, trail ride or work on the ranch. Others will be used by outfitters or to teach students how to
Press Release - Once again, The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department , and the Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18th through the 31st , including one of the busiest travel weekends of the
WRIGHT, Wyo., May 11, 2015 – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 14 outstanding classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation.
The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation’s teacher recognition program, which recently honored 10 superior Wyoming teachers with its highest award – the Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple
Press Release – Today Governor Matt Mead announced the launch of Wyoming Grown. The program connects individuals who grew up in Wyoming with in-demand career opportunities from employers around the state.
At www.wyominggrown.org, family and friends living in Wyoming can refer someone to the program who has left the state. Those interested in relocating can upload their
Press Release - During the creation of Gillette & Wright’s new tourism brand, “Monumental,” the creative minds at the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) asked themselves, “What if Campbell County had a signature, tourism-branded beer that could be promoted to area tourists to encourage increased visitation?”
It was a question that
The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office has posted its proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyo. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the auction beginning at 8 a.m.
The posted list, which identifies 72 proposed parcels totaling 70,035.50 acres, initiates a 30-day public protest
Press Release - The City Administrator has announced that the Level I Snow Emergency is over. As of 11:00 A.M. Sunday, May 10th. Parking restrictions on Snow Emergency Routes have been lifted. City crews have been able to keep up with the snowfall. The City of Gillette would like to thank everyone for assisting in keeping the Snow Emergency Routes clear.
For more information contact
Press Release - On Friday May 8th, 2015 Peace Officers from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department, Northern Wyoming Community College District and members of Emergency Medical Services completed 40 hours of training in the Crisis Intervention Team concept. This is the first training of its kind for Campbell County.
The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) model was
Press Release - Spend a week jamming out with your very own band! Whether you play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or sing, Rock Band Camp will have you mastering the stage like a pro. Open to students entering 7th grade through 12th grade. Previous experience necessary. Camp is held 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily the week of July 13-17.
Campers will perform a killer rock show Friday night, July 17th,
This year’s severe summer weather class in Campbell County which is conducted by the National Weather Service will be held in the northern part of the county.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Susan Sanders wanted to bring the training to a part of the county where it’s never been done before…and she selected the Recluse area for this year’s class.
Press Release - The comment period for the Red Grade Trail Project environmental assessment which proposes trails system right-of-way connecting Bighorn, Wyoming, to the Bighorn National Forest, begins May 5, 2015, and ends June 5, 2015.
The Bureau of Land Management will use the EA in its decision regarding the proposal. The EA analyzes the impacts of the proposed
Wyoming high school championships culminate this month with the state hunting championships May 30 in Upton.
Officially called the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, this National Rifle Association-sponsored event allows Wyoming hunters 18 and under who have passed hunter education to showcase their skills and have a good time.
The challenge tests youngsters in sporting
Press Release - A fatal crash on May 2nd claimed the life of 33 year old Ashley R. Peterson of Ranchester, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 8:52 p.m. on Interstate 90 near mile post 32 approximately eight miles east of Sheridan.
Peterson was driving a 2001 Daewoo passenger car eastbound on I 90 when the vehicle drifted off the right side of the road. The Daewoo was overcorrected
Press Release - A Wyoming State Trooper conducted a traffic stop Friday morning (5-1-15) at 9:55 a.m. at mile post 93 on Interstate 80 westbound on a 2002 Saturn passenger car for speeding 103 mph in a 75 mph zone. The stop was approximately three miles east of Green River, Wyoming.
During the course of the stop, the trooper had developed reasonable suspicion that some other
Press Release – A public meeting will be held in Sundance, Wyo. to discuss the Cook Lake recreation area closure.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 123 N N. 2nd St, Sundance, Wyo.
The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public on the current landslide conditions at the Cook Lake
Press Release – The Arch Coal Foundation named 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers today as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Now in its 15th year, it is Wyoming’s longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program.
The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s chairman and chief executive officer. He was accompanied
Press Release – Hunters who had mountain lion licenses in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 are now being surveyed as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking more information on mountain lion hunter success rates and the efforts being put into lion hunting.
Lion hunters are required to have their kill checked by Game and Fish officials, but the survey provides
A single vehicle crash on April 23rd resulted in the death of 36 year old Tyrone E. Elam of Sheridan, Wyoming. The crash occurred at 2:20 p.m. near mile post 71 on US Highway 14 approximately 12 miles west of Dayton, Wyoming.
Mr. Elam was driving a 1985 Kenworth commercial vehicle eastbound on a downgrade section of the highway. The brakes on the Kenworth became hot and
After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming.
On April 16th, around 5:00 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a crash on WY 220 approximately 46 miles southwest of Casper. With the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, the
Press Release - Two fatalities have been confirmed from this crash and that is projected to be the final number of fatalities involved. 58 year old Lynn Freeman of Williford, Arkansas and 23 year old Jenay L. Breden of Westminster, Colorado were pronounced deceased on scene. The two females were in separate vehicles during the crash.
The total number of vehicles involved has
Press Release – Can you say lucky? In the April 20 drawing, the Cowboy Draw™ jackpot was hit for the second time in less than a week! Albertson’s, located at 1076 CY Ave. in Casper, sold the $285,226 winning lottery ticket on April 17.
An additional seven WyoLotto™ players also won $1,000 each in the April 20 drawing. The winning numbers for the April 20
*Update* Press Release - 59 vehicles have been confirmed to be involved in this morning's crash with the potential of another four to six more. The large fire that ensued from the crash delayed the investigation efforts for an extended period. Wyoming Highway Patrol Crash Team Members and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are still continuing to work through the crash
For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292.
Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the
Press Release - 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passenger vehicles is the latest estimate that were involved in one of the three crash sequences along with multiple other vehicles that were not part of an actual crash, but became stranded in the event due to road blockage. 16 motorists were transported by ambulance and 11 motorists were transported by a Laramie County School District bus to
Sheridan - Recently the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was notified by the Black Hills National Forest the Cook Lake Recreation Area north of Sundance would be closed to the public for the second summer in a row. On March 24, 2015 the Black Hills National Forest announced the popular recreation site would close on April 1 due to landslide potential in the area.
Press Release - Facing declining revenue, the Wyoming Beef Council has started to make significant cuts to its programs and staffing for the FY 2016 budget.
The Wyoming Beef Council, a five-member board of beef producers, works on behalf of the cattle growers of Wyoming to increase beef demand domestically and internationally for the benefit of Wyoming farmers and
Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced the members of the Fish and Wildlife Resources Task Force today. The goal of the task force is to recommend strategies to maximize the benefits of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Recommendations will include funding, education, vocation and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as different ways to support the resources.
The City of Gillette Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division has released an innovative visual representation of the history of one of the biggest water projects in state history. GIS Manager Annie Mayfield describes the story map as, ". a combination of interactive maps and multimedia to tell the story of the Gillette Regional Water Supply Project." You can experience the Story
Press Release - As a long and severe flu season winds down across the state, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives say at least 26 resident deaths have been linked to influenza across the state since October.
“For Wyoming to see 26 influenza-connected deaths in a season stands out and is something we wish we weren’t reporting,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state
Press Release - Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn during the week of April 19. Fire management officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the entrance of the Monument and east of the Belle Fourche River.
The burn is needed to remove build-up of dead fuels and woody herbaceous
Press Release - Over the last year, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Northeast Enforcement Team and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, in a cooperative effort with the Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms, Central Enforcement Team and
Press Release – The United States Senate today approved a balanced budget resolution for fiscal year 2016, which will boost the nation’s economic growth by more than $500 billion over the next ten years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).If the Senate adds recommended tax and regulatory reforms to these spending reductions, the economic benefits will
Press Release – This morning, Governor Mead took action against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) effort to regulate fracking. At the Governor’s direction, the Attorney General’s office filed a petition for review of final agency action in federal court.
“The BLM proposed this rule that exceeds their authority. This is troubling both legally and from a policy
CHEYENNE – State officials received confirmation on Wednesday that the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was identified in a Canada goose found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinarian ask that people continue to be on the lookout for birds that may
Press Release – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has engaged the University of Wyoming, Ruckelshaus Institute to conduct a Situation Assessment of prairie dog management on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
Staff from the Ruckelshaus Institute will be conducting in-depth, one-on-one interviews over the next few weeks with approximately 40 individuals from a wide range of
Press Release – Wyoming’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team mapping subcommittee will be meeting in various locations in Wyoming to provide opportunity for the public to comment on proposed revisions to sage-grouse core area boundaries. The meetings will be based on Wyoming’s eight sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) areas. .
Implementation Team mapping meetings are as
Press Release - A surplus federal medical station recently awarded to Wyoming will boost the state’s ability to meet certain medical needs caused by an emergency, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
The federal government decided last year that 18 of its 50 250-bed federal medical stations would be considered surplus and made available for states that wanted them.
On March 18th, at approximately 10:25 p.m., a Wyoming State Trooper was patrolling southbound on Interstate 25 near mile post 212 approximately 22 miles north of Casper when the trooper observed a passenger car speeding 102 mph in a 80 mph zone. The trooper caught up to the speeding car, a Chevrolet Malibu, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Malibu, later identified as
Press Release - Norovirus, a common but sometimes misunderstood stomach bug, is circulating in several communities around the state, according to reports received by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Norovirus, also sometimes described as the “cruise ship virus,” is spread when people eat or drink contaminated food and beverages, touch surfaces contaminated with the
Press Release - Four new Wyoming State Troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice E. James Burke and commissioned on March 19th at the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne. These troopers have successfully completed up to 28 weeks of academy training including areas of instruction in traffic law, firearms, impaired driving, crash investigation, custody and control, commercial carrier, child passenger
Press Release - A traffic stop on March 17th around 7:55 p.m. near mile post 38 on Interstate 80 eastbound resulted in the discovery of over 75 pounds of marijuana. A Wyoming State Trooper was traveling east on I-80 when he observed an eastbound passenger car approaching the marked patrol vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed. The trooper stopped the white Ford Fusion for speeding 87 mph in
Press Release – Even though many Wyoming waters are still ice covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year.
The following are the most frequently asked questions about boat registration:
Where can I register my boat? You can register your
A single vehicle motorcycle crash led to the 20th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015 on March 15th. 35 year old William E. Welsbacher of Wheatland, Wyoming, was on Wyoming Highway 320 at the time of the crash on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. The crash occurred at 4:45 p.m. near mile post eight on WY 320 approximately eight miles north of Wheatland.
Buffalo - Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologists and game wardens recently completed the 2014 mule deer classification surveys for the Buffalo and Kaycee areas. Classification surveys take place after the hunting seasons when winter weather and breeding season make deer more visible and accessible. Survey results provide information on fawn production and survival and the proportion
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said states are often ignored by federal wildlife managers when it comes to managing species within their own borders and the data used to justify an endangered species listing is not always disclosed to them. Enzi introduced legislation this week with Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and others that would require the federal
A traffic stop for speeding on March 9th resulted in the seizure of approximately 25 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 9:42 a.m. at mile post 22 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 16 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming.
A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Nissan Altima travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 75 mph zone. Upon stopping the Nissan, the trooper
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after learning of the death of Wyoming businessman and philanthropist Mick McMurry.
“An icon who always deflected credit to others has set an example and now has left a void. I'll miss his positive attitude, his interest in helping others while growing businesses and improving communities.
Press Release - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is going beyond its authority in its attempt to ban certain kinds of commonly used ammunition and the agency should put the brakes on its proposal, wrote a group of U.S. senators that include Wyoming’s Mike Enzi and John Barrasso.
Enzi and Barrasso joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles
SHERIDAN – The Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Local Working Group will consider recommendations for updating the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan’s core area and connectivity area maps at its next meeting. The Working Group’s recommendations will be passed along to the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team who will then make recommendations to Governor Matt Mead.
Press Release - A two vehicle crash on March 2nd resulted in three fatalities south of Midwest, Wyoming on Wyoming Highway 259. The crash occurred at 6:45 p.m. at mile post 22 on WY 259 approximately four miles south of Midwest in Natrona County.
A 1999 Ford Taurus, driven by 51 year old Scott Burgess of Mills, Wyoming, was travelling south on WY 259. A 2008 Chevrolet
Press Release - A new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) study found that recovery of groundwater after coalbed natural gas development is related to the hydrologic properties of an aquifer and the amount of water pumped out of a coalbed during peak production. The WSGS study examined the Upper Wyodak coal zone of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.
“With this initial investigation,
Press Release - A new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) study found that recovery of groundwater after coalbed natural gas development is related to the hydrologic properties of an aquifer and the amount of water pumped out of a coalbed during peak production. The WSGS study examined the Upper Wyodak coal zone of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.
“With this initial investigation,
Press Release - With the season approaching when baby chicks and ducklings are typically bought and sold around the state, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative says even cute chicks can sometimes carry harmful germs.
“While many animal species can carry salmonella bacteria, baby poultry, even if they appear healthy and clean, are a common source of the
Lander - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will begin two big game animal studies in the Dubois area over the coming weeks. One study will look at migration of the Wiggins Fork elk herd and the other will analyze body condition of the Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd. Both studies will involve capturing animals using a helicopter and net gun and are conducted in cooperation with the
Press Release (2-26-15) Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) votes to overturn state laws and grant government regulation of private broadband networks.
“Today, Chairman Wheeler and a partisan majority at the FCC declared the agency to be the gatekeeper of the
This Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will be signing a proclamation in his Cheyenne office that establishes a Youth Outdoor Bill of Rights (YOBR) for Wyoming’s children, youth, and families.
The Wyoming YOBR document was compiled by WY Outside after surveying youth across the state to find out what outdoor experiences were important to them. The
Ninety volunteers counted more than 400 eagles on Jan. 10, in the Powder River Basin, as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, conducted locally by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Buffalo Field Office.
Volunteers counted 288 bald eagles, 95 golden eagles and 24 eagles of undetermined species on survey routes along more than 1,400 miles of public roads.
SHERIDAN—The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be hosting a public informational meeting to discuss work associated with lower Clear Creek and the Kendrick bypass channel. Fisheries Biologist Bill Bradshaw and Aquatic Habitat Biologist Travis Cundy will be present to discuss recent fisheries work in the area.
Fisheries Biologist Bill Bradshaw says, “We have been doing
Press Release - Governor Matt Mead joined Cheyenne LEADS and the Wyoming Business Council announcing Microsoft Corporation will expand their data center west of Cheyenne. The expansion is estimated to create 25 new permanent jobs in addition to the 25 jobs from the current operations. Construction of the center will begin as early as this summer and is expected to employ 200-600
Press Release - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently conducted a winter moose survey in Hunt Area 34, west of Buffalo. The survey objective was to gather information on current moose numbers in the area as well as herd composition. Herd composition or classification surveys provide information on calf production and survival as well as the proportion of bulls in the herd. During the
Press Release – The American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections presented its highest honor for commitment to excellence to the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) during a ceremony held in Long Beach, California on February, 9, 2015. The Commitment to Excellence Award, also known as the Golden Eagle Award, was presented to WDOC in
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this summer. The deadline for applications is April 1.
Senator Enzi’s Internship Coordinator, Alec Hinojosa, will be at the University of Wyoming’s job fair on Tuesday, February 17th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. He
CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s moose and bighorn sheep hunting licenses are arguably the most coveted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has to offer. This leads to hunters of all stripes; residents, nonresidents, first-timers and those with decades of experience asking, “Should I apply for a moose or sheep license for this year’s drawing or is it better to just buy points and
Lander - On February 4, Mick Albright, 22, of Riverton, Wyoming pled guilty to two charges in Riverton’s Ninth District Circuit Court to harass / pursue pronghorn antelope from a motor vehicle and littering.
The incident occurred on March 10, 2014 when six young adults were out with two all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) on Bureau of Reclamation and Wind River Reservation lands in
Press Release.- Governor Matt Mead announced Thursday that Wyoming’s Department of Family Services (DFS) has become the first state agency to have every employee trained in suicide prevention.
“This training is another important step to address this serious public health problem. I applaud DFS for training more than 700 employees in suicide prevention. The conversation about
Press Release – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Tom Udall, D-N.M., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Representatives Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the states. The bill would effectively eliminate a
Press Release – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, is encouraging Wyoming high school students to apply to be a Senate page for one of the summer sessions in Washington, DC.
The deadline for summer applications is March 5.
“Along with allowing students a front row seat during debates in the U.S. Senate, participants will have the opportunity to explore the nation’s
Press Release - The Forest Service’s recently released rule governing winter travel in national forests will have little effect in the Bighorn National Forest.
The rule, released in late January, says national forests must designate routes and areas where over-snow vehicle use is allowed.
Forest supervisor Bill Bass said he expects the
Press Release - At approximately 6:30pm on February 8th, Johnson County Search and Rescue, Johnson County Fire District #1 responded to a call at the Powder River Rest Area to a report of a 4-year-old female who had gone through the ice. A Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy and Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol were on scene. At this time it appears that the victim and her father
Devils Tower National Monument will offer free entrance Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16.
President’s Day weekend is a perfect time to bring family and friends to Devils Tower to experience the grandeur of the magnificent Tower! All hiking trails are open and welcome your exploring. The Bald Eagles, White-Tail Deer, Prairie Dogs and Turkeys are all
Press Release – “I believe that Wyoming’s working poor need health care coverage. Over the last year, in response to the Legislature’s direction, the Department of Health – working with HHS and CMS – crafted a Wyoming plan to provide that coverage on Wyoming terms, and I believe the plan (the SHARE Plan) has merit.
Many members in the House