Week of April 18, 2024

BLM extends comment period, announces upcoming events

Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has shared several recent updates on ongoing project developments and upcoming events, including extending the public scoping period for the Jackalope Wind Energy project, hosting local meetings on greater sage grouse land use plan amendments and hosting wild horse and burro adoption events. Jackalope Wind public comment period extended The BLM Rock Springs Field Office announced this week that they have extended the public scoping period for the Jackalope...

Fighting for the gold medal

Mason Blazovich pushes hard to get ahead in one of the races for the 2024 Area II Summer Games for Special Olympics Wyoming. The Area II games took place in Rock Springs last Thursday, with local teams from Leap Services and Life Skills Wyoming going up against teams from Evanston and Jackson. The state summer games will take place in Gillette in...

Top GRHS basketball player signs letter of intent to play for Trappers

Hannah Romero, Editor

One of Green River High School's top basketball players is getting ready to take the next step in his athletic career. Theran Archibald recently signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Trappers at Northwest College in Powell. Archibald, who is a senior this year, said he weighed his options when it came to choosing a college. He was able to visit Northwest recently and had the opportunity to talk with the coach and play with the team. "I really like the coach and the program,"...

  • State slaps down utility's effort to relitigate controversial rate hike

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com

    State utility regulators on Thursday denied a request by Rocky Mountain Power to relitigate its recently resolved request for a rate hike, commenting they were “offended” by one of the utility’s allegedly misleading arguments. The company had hoped to add two charges to its Wyoming customers’ bills, despite those increases having been tossed in December following months of intense debate. Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming’s largest electric utility, filed an application for “rehearing” portions of two 2023 rate cases, which began...

  • Wyoming's elections will look different this year. Here's what voters need to know.

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com

    How and when Wyoming residents can vote will look different this year. Two election laws related to political party affiliation and absentee voting were added to the books in 2023, making the August primaries the first major election affected by the new regulations. Under the new rules, May 15 is the last day registered voters can change their political party affiliation. The affiliation associated with a voter’s registration determines which primaries — either Republican or Democratic — they are entitled to vote in. Previously voters...

  • In Wyoming, tormenting a wolf is not a big deal

    Wendy Keefover, Writers on the Range

    It’s legal in Wyoming to chase coyotes and run over them with snowmobiles, but recently, a man used his snowmobile to run down a wolf until it was disabled. Then he taped the wolf’s mouth shut and paraded the animal around a local bar, taking photos to commemorate the event. Finally, he killed the wolf. According to news reports, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department fined the man $250. His only crime: possession of a live wild animal. The more we learn, the worse this disturbing story gets. Most recently, one news outlet released video...

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