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  • Wyoming sues to stop new Biden administration coal pollution rules

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|May 16, 2024

    Wyoming joined more than 20 states this week in filing two lawsuits in federal court to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful pollutants emitted from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. The lawsuits allege the EPA has overstepped its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from electrical power plants when it issued four sweeping rules in April, including one that mandates a 90% reduction of carbon dioxide at the smokestack by 2032. Although the EPA’s emission red...

  • UW President Seidel decides to close ODEI

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2024

    CHEYENNE — University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel recommended closing the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on Friday, following a decision by the state Legislature to defund the office effective July 1. Duties and personnel from the ODEI will be reassigned to other university entities, Seidel said, with the assistance of a new vice provost position in the Office of the Provost. UW spokesman Chad Baldwin told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle the university doesn’t “anticipate any layoffs, but the ODEI staff positions have been...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 16, 2024

    Political community group hosts town hall with Prism Logistics CASPER (WNE) – Prism Logistics Manager Kyle True stepped into the spotlight Thursday to address a Liberty’s Place 4 U town hall meeting in Casper. True is seeking to build a gravel pit on state land at the base of Casper Mountain near Coates Road, and his plans have been met with fierce opposition, led primarily by residents in the surrounding area. Thursday’s town hall hosted by the political community group was one of the first public meetings to discuss the topic at which True...

  • Lawsuit alleging Wyoming unconstitutionally underfunds schools heading for trial

    Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile.com|May 9, 2024

    Litigation over how Wyoming funds public education is on track for a full trial after a Laramie County district court judge on Wednesday dismissed the state’s request to decide part of the case now. The lawsuit, brought by the Wyoming Education Association in 2022, claims Wyoming has violated its constitution by failing to adequately fund public schools. Eight school districts joined the lawsuit as intervenors to challenge the state. Wednesday’s decision by Judge Peter Froelicher stymies the state’s latest attempt to avoid having the merit...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 9, 2024

    Average price of gasoline remains unchanged in last week in Wyoming CHEYENNE (WNE) — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming are unchanged in the last week, averaging $3.27 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy. com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming. Prices in Wyoming are 0.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, and stand 8.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in the state on Sunday was $2.87 per gallon, while the highest was $4.19, a difference of $1.32. The national ave...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 2, 2024

    Wyoming sues Biden administration over new methane rule CHEYENNE (WNE) — Wyoming has joined the states of North Dakota, Montana and Texas in suing the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management over a new rule that undermines existing state regulatory programs and harms Wyoming oil and natural gas producers, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Gordon’s office. The suit was filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. The rule — commonly known as the “methane waste prevention rule” and relea...

  • Wyoming GOP censures Gov. Gordon over gun, property tax vetoes

    Maya Shimizu Harris, wyofile.com|Apr 25, 2024

    CHEYENNE-The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Gov. Mark Gordon following his vetoes of two bills passed by the Legislature early this year. The full body at the GOP's state convention adopted the censure on a consent list, meaning they approved the resolution along with several others and didn't debate the action. However, one delegate did attempt to pull the resolution from the list. The adoption follows the state GOP resolutions committee's narrow approval of the censure on...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 25, 2024

    Six fatal crashes so far in Campbell County this year GILLETTE (WNE) --- So far in 2024, 21 people have died in 18 fatal crashes in Wyoming. A third of those crashes, which resulted in six deaths, happened in Campbell County. In 2023, there were 11 fatal crashes in Campbell County. In 2022, there were seven. 2021 had four fatal crashes, and 2020 had eight. Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said when it comes to these crashes, “it randomly spikes and sometimes it doesn’t.” The first crash wasn’t until Jan. 30, then there was another one abo...

  • Casper comes together in grief to mourn Bobby

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 18, 2024

    CASPER - He was known by friends and neighbors as Bobby, a familiar face on the basketball court and recognized by his dashing mop of curly brown hair and boyishly charming smirk. He's described by his classmates at Dean Morgan Middle School as a kid with relaxed happiness and a quickdraw smile. "He was the sweetest, kindest and most courageous boy," Hayley, his girlfriend, told the Star-Tribune, flourishing a promise ring Bobby had given her. "He was the best boyfriend out there, and we had so...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 18, 2024

    Woman arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly hitting motorcycle with her car GILLETTE (WNE) — A 63-year-old woman was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly chasing a motorcycle throughout town and intentionally hitting it with her car Sunday afternoon. She and a 53-year-old man have been in an ongoing dispute over the ownership of two motorcycles, said Police Deputy Chief Brent Wasson. Sunday afternoon, the woman sat outside the man’s room at the Arrowhead Motel and waited for him to leave. The man left his motel room and...

  • Gordon refuses to sign new voter registration rules

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon has decided the new voter registration rules proposed by Secretary of State Chuck Gray exceed his statutory authority. Gordon sided with the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council — made up of legislative leadership from both chambers — in its disapproval of the new rules, which would have required people to provide proof of residency, not just identity, when registering to vote. Gray has said on multiple occasions, including an op-ed submitted to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle this week that Wyoming elections needed...

  • New law eases licensing for contractors

    Jackie Galli, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2024

    BUFFALO — A new law to come out of the 2024 legislative session will eliminate some of the hoops that contractors have to jump through to obtain licenses in different municipalities, but an unintended consequence may be felt in city building department revenues. Gov. Mark Gordon signed SF0114, Contractor Licenses Reciprocal Recognition Requirements, which goes into effect on July 1. Under the law, each county, city, town and other government entity that issues licenses to contractors will now recognize a license issued to a contractor by a...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 11, 2024

    Minor killed at Casper mall CASPER (WNE) — A minor is dead following a stabbing just before noon Sunday outside Eastridge Mall in Casper. “The two people most directly involved are in custody,” police lieutenant Scott Jones said, adding that additional individuals who may have been involved have been identified, questioned and may face “further action.” The victim, who is under the age of 16, will not be publicly identified until after an autopsy is performed Tuesday by the Natrona County Coroner. He died shortly after law enforceme...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    Cheyenne police investigating fatal shooting late Saturday CHEYENNE (WNE) — A man was found dead Saturday night, an “apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds,” the Cheyenne Police Department announced on Facebook Sunday morning. The identities of the victim and the suspect have yet to be released; however, in a news release sent out Monday morning, the decedent was identified as a 38-year-old male. “The preliminary investigation shows that a loud physical and verbal disturbance occurred between the 38-year-old man and a woman at the apartme...

  • Lander-based outdoor school NOLS sheds jobs, announces closures

    Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile.com|Apr 4, 2024

    Just four years after the COVID-19 pandemic upended operations at the National Outdoor Leadership School, the nonprofit wilderness school and staple of Wyoming's outdoor landscape has announced plans to shed jobs and close satellite facilities. NOLS, a global operation and major Fremont County employer with headquarters in Lander, will eliminate 60 jobs as well as suspend operations at three of its campuses come fall. The bulk of the layoffs, 42, will directly impact staff; the remaining 18...

  • Game and Fish cuts tags, keeps ewe, lamb season for Gros Ventre bighorns

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 4, 2024

    JACKSON - This fall, Game and Fish will issue a third as many tags for hunting female and juvenile bighorn sheep in the Gros Ventre Range after winter weather and mountain lion predation in 2023 culled the herd. Following helicopter surveys in 2023 and 2024, biologists believe there are about 400 sheep dwelling in the mountains east of Jackson Hole, which is the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's objective for the herd. That's a far cry from 2021 and 2022, when the number of far-sighted sheep...

  • Pronghorn productivity declining in Wyoming

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 4, 2024

    CASPER - Wyoming is home to a whopping 50% of the world's pronghorn, the iconic ungulate so named for its laterally flattened, blade-like horns. But that may not be the case forever, as a new study shows that Wyoming is becoming a less friendly place for pronghorn to foster offspring. A team of researchers this week published a study showing that pronghorn herds in the Cowboy State are experiencing long-term declines in productivity as a result of two primary factors: oil and gas development...

  • Driller contests oilfield violation, searches for ways to dispose of wastewater

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com|Mar 28, 2024

    The principal operator of the Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield told the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality it isn't exceeding limits for barium and radium in wastewater as regulators maintain. Dallas-based Aethon Energy Operating responded in May to DEQ's letter of violation that said the company had exceeded permit limits for pollutants the company lets flow into Alkali and Badwater creeks in Fremont County. The DEQ earlier this year officially listed those waterways as "impaired,"...

  • As CWD looms, Wyoming threads feedground risks

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 28, 2024

    JACKSON — After years of deliberation, Wyoming has a plan for one of the longest-standing – and most controversial – wildlife management practices in the Cowboy State: feeding elk and maintaining elk feedgrounds. Though Idaho and Montana have eliminated elk feeding programs, except in emergency situations, Wyoming has continued to lay out feedlines for wintering wapiti. The state feeds elk to maintain population numbers and entice elk to winter away from private land, where they can cause property damage, eat ranchers’ hay, and spread disease...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 28, 2024

    State’s unemployment rate steady at 2.8% CASPER (WNE) — Wyoming continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation according to new numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Monday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.8%. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its year-ago level of 3.1% and much lower than the current...

  • Gordon vetoes Legislature's $75M land-use legal fund spurred by Rock Springs plan

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Mar 21, 2024

    Citing concerns over the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, Gov. Mark Gordon vetoed a bill Friday afternoon that would have earmarked $75 million for lawmakers to bring legal action against the federal government over land-use plans. Senate File 13 – Federal land use plans-legal actions authorized was spurred by the state’s ongoing fight over the Bureau of Land Management’s draft resource management plan for 3.5 million acres in southwest Wyoming. But taking on the federal government in court — however necessa...

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    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 21, 2024

    Wyoming Life Flight now authorized to carry whole blood on air ambulances CASPER (WNE) — Casper-based air ambulance service, Wyoming Life Flight, announced on Thursday that it is now authorized to carry and administer whole blood on its air medical transport services. The organization, which serves the whole state, said in a press release that, “Each unit of whole blood provides red blood cells, platelets, plasma and clotting factors for superior outcomes for patients suffering from trauma or hemorrhagic shock” and that having whole blood...

  • The end of most 'gun-free zones' draws near in Wyoming as lawmakers shoot down exemptions

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Mar 14, 2024

    CHEYENNE-When Rep. Karlee Provenza arrived at the Wyoming Capitol this legislative budget session, three death threats were waiting in her mailbox. The Democrat from Laramie says she has watched people stand in the gallery overlooking the House of Representatives, trying to intimidate her "all day." It's likely that come the Legislature's 2025 general session, those same folks trying to bully Provenza could legally be carrying firearms. "In this space where I'm receiving death threats, I don't n...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 14, 2024

    Mar. 4 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stops. Fall. Three house watches. Life Flight. Citizen dispute. Two business checks. Assist other agency. Three EMS pages. Fire. Mar. 5 – Seven VIN checks. Five business checks. Three traffic stops. Two house watches. Welfare check. Suspicious circumstance. Fraud. Traffic complaint. Broken bone. Fall. Five EMS pages. Mar. 6 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. Welfare check. Four business checks. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Mar. 7 – VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Four traffic...

  • Governor to have options for property tax relief bills

    David Velazquez, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 14, 2024

    CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon will have the option to choose from several bills which to sign to provide property tax relief in Wyoming. All bills differ on approach on how to provide relief. Homeowners saw an average increase of 20.3% in 2023 and 16% increase the year before that. House Bill 3, which provides a 50% exemption of the assessed value for one property of Wyoming residents over the age of 65 that have also paid property taxes for at least 25 years, passed the Senate on Wednesday. The Senate on Thursday approved for the third time HB 4...

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