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Trustees approve UW reorganization, no layoffs planned

Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — A major restructuring of academic programs at the University of Wyoming earned approval from the school’s board of trustees this week, but without layoffs and the deep budget cuts that were...

 

Active COVID-19 cases falls

The number of active coronavirus cases declined by more than 300 over the weekend to fall to less than 2,000 for the first time in three months. The Wyoming Department of Health’s regular coronavirus update said the state received 355 reports of...

 
 By Jasmine Hall    News    November 24, 2021

Special session bill called into question

CHEYENNE — State lawmakers are beginning to question the interpretation of the special session bill recently signed into law by Gov. Mark Gordon after the suspension of the federal vaccine mandate. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

 
 By Zac Taylor    News    November 24, 2021

Cody hospital vaccine mandate policy on hold

CODY — The West Park Hospital District board is taking a week to address some of the concerns raised by a series of impassioned speakers and board members before voting to approve a mandatory vaccine policy. At a much more crowded than usual...

 

BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over sage grouse concerns

Wyoming will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in early 2022 due to a federal court ruling that ended the Biden administration's 2021 moratorium. But the size of the lease sale will be much...

 

Campbell County commissioners' meeting featured extra security

GILLETTE — Six officers were assigned to the commission chambers Tuesday for the Campbell County Commission’s regular meeting after the county sheriff had been asked to provide extra security. The request was made because of behavior at the...

 

Biggest U.S. coal plant will halve production

CASPER — The biggest coal-fired power plant in the country gets all of its coal from Wyoming. A second of its four units is now slated for retirement, halving total capacity before the end of the decade. Three Wyoming mines — Buckskin, Caballo...

 

Gaming reg fix weighed during special session, but vote failed

RIVERTON — An attempt to tighten Wyoming’s loosened gambling regulations during the special legislative session failed last week when the House opted not to introduce a corrective bill. Senate File 1019 and its counterpart, House Bill 1019,...

 

1,243 COVID deaths recorded

The number of Wyoming deaths tied to coronavirus has increased by 69, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday. The department said the deaths, which occurred between August and the end of October, brought to 1,243 the number of Wyoming...

 

Afghanistan becomes flashpoint in race to oust Liz Cheney

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) has an extensive foreign policy record. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney is among a small group of lawmakers with outsized influence on the Department of Defense’s purse strings. Before she...

 

PacifiCorp holds course to exit Wyoming coal

Wyoming’s largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power, will decommission its entire coal-fired power fleet in the state by 2039 while continuing to add wind, solar and battery storage to its six-state operating system, according to preliminary details...

 

Wyoming preps for less water as drought creeps up Colorado River

As federal water managers declared the first-ever official Colorado River water shortage last week, a top official said he's confident Wyoming will responsibly implement its plans to store and divert...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 26, 2021

A tale of two taxes in Wyoming

Voters in Campbell and Johnson Counties weighed in last week on an issue that has long divided voters in Wyoming: whether to tax themselves for government services. For the third time in Campbell County’s history, voters faced the question of...

 

Game and Fish seek information about poaching near Baggs

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking tips on a poaching incident near Baggs involving two buck mule deer. Baggs Game Warden Kim Olson said both bucks had been shot from Highway 789 just outside of Baggs on the evening of Aug. 10. Both...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 19, 2021

Natrium project inches forward

A progress report to members of the Joint Committee on Minerals, Business & Economic Development in Laramie Thursday offered mostly good news to proponents of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear reactor in Wyoming. Even with the backing of the...

 

Enzi's funeral celebration of faith, family, friends, fishing

GILLETTE - It never ceases to amaze just how quiet a large group of people can be. More impressive still is when they stop talking suddenly, as if a switch got flipped and turned them off. That was...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    August 12, 2021

Fremont GOP joins in rescinding Liz Cheney recognition

CASPER — The Fremont County Republican Party has joined Carbon and Park counties in voting to rescind recognition of Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP, according to a resolution obtained by the Star-Tribune. But the leaders of the Republican...

 
 By Joel Funk    News    August 12, 2021

We've been here before: Wyoming nuclear project echoes of past

When state officials unveiled in June that a nuclear demonstration project is slated for Wyoming, they touted it as an advanced technology. But critics of the Natrium project say we’ve been here before — with the same technology and the same...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 5, 2021

Crook County treasurer arrested

SUNDANCE — Crook County Treasurer Mary Kuhl was arrested on Friday on criminal charges related to her conduct as an elected official. The allegations include that she listed a customer’s license plate tabs as lost in the mail but then placed...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    August 5, 2021

Wyoming leads on COVID-19 variant testing

CASPER – As COVID-19 variants emerge globally, Wyoming is by a wide margin leading the nation in work to identify those mutations. Nearly 19% of COVID-19 tests in Wyoming are being genetically sequenced, meaning the department is analyzing the...

 

Enzi dies after bicycle crash

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi died late Monday after being seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Gillette on Friday. A post on Enzi's Facebook page said the former Wyoming legislator died Monday at...

 

State looks to store, divert more water

As Lake Powell dropped to its lowest-ever level Friday — a decline that has forced dam tenders to unexpectedly release 125,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir — Wyoming stood behind five projects that could divert tens of...

 

2 county residents die from COVID-19, six die statewide

The deaths of six more Wyoming residents have been linked to the coronavirus, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The department announced Tuesday that five of the six died in July and one died in June. The deaths bring to 766 the number...

 

Fewer 'recapture' districts spell trouble for school funding

For the first time in decades, Campbell County will not send excess revenue to the state’s School Foundation Program, the primary statewide school fund. The county’s shift from a “recapture” to an “entitlement” district reveals changing e...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    July 15, 2021

University of Wyoming proposes 75 layoffs, program changes

CASPER — The University of Wyoming on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes at the institution, including budget cuts that would lay off 75 positions — some tenured, a reorganization of a slew of academic departments, and the formation of a school...

 

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