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 By Nick Reynolds    News    May 20, 2021

Ouster mirrors battles within state GOP

Within minutes of Wednesday’s vote to oust Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her House Republican Conference leadership position, a handful of her Republican colleagues, including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Ken Buck of Colorado ...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 13, 2021

Lawmakers review tax structure again

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing an annual funding shortfall worth roughly $300 million for its K-12 education system, lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Committee spent much of their meeting Monday reviewing how the state pays for its services, as well...

 
 By Jonathan Gallardo    News    May 13, 2021

Former Gillette resident returns to challenge Cheney

GILLETTE — A Campbell County High School graduate and U.S. Army veteran is running for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2022. Denton Knapp, a 1983 CCHS grad who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army, has announced that he will...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    May 6, 2021

Cheney and Trump at odds again

CASPER — Rep. Liz Cheney and President Donald Trump’s feud continued Monday, with Wyoming’s lone congresswoman pushing back on Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. Monday saw three public exchanges...

 

Hunt questioned after hunters kill 874 grouse hens

Hunters shot at least 874 greater sage grouse hens in Wyoming last year, prompting a state grouse team member to question the wisdom of allowing a hunt of the imperiled species. The state’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team meets Wednesday to...

 
 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    April 29, 2021

Ambulance services are on life support

The historic revenue crisis facing Wyoming’s state, county and municipal governments is threatening to claim yet another casualty: universally available ambulance service. The state-wide problem is perhaps most acute in Fremont County, where a...

 
 By Mark Davis    News    April 29, 2021

Zebra mussel strike team formed

POWELL — After years of diligently manning aquatic invasive species checkpoints with trained inspectors, testing water systems and preparing for the worst, invasive zebra mussels were delivered to Wyoming via first class mail. For more than a decad...

 
 By Clair McFarland    News    April 22, 2021

Woman accused of killing wants confession stricken

RIVERTON — A woman accused of killing her husband with a knife in their Pavillion home on Christmas Eve has asked to have her confession removed from trial evidence. Through her attorney, Bennilee Strock argued Tuesday that she had asked for a...

 

Sublette County school board receives pushback on mask vote

PINEDALE — Community members spoke out at its April meeting against the Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees’ March 11 vote to defy state public health orders mandating masks in schools when social distancing is not possible....

 
 By Stephen Dow    News    April 22, 2021

State firefighter pension plan faces depletion

SHERIDAN — A Wyoming Retirement System plan currently serving 273 retirees and their beneficiaries, including 25 from Sheridan, will likely be exhausted sometime in 2026, according to the Wyoming Retirement System. A fix is still possible, accordin...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 15, 2021

Wyo emerges from session with no long-term budget, ed solutions

The Wyoming Legislature entered the 2021 legislative session with a lofty agenda to cut education spending, stall revenue declines and guide a Wyoming economy battered by COVID-19 to a sustainable future. But in one of the longest legislative...

 
 By Kathryn Palmer    News    April 8, 2021

K-12 funding could still collapse

CHEYENNE — During the final days of the 2021 legislative session, Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow expressed both praise for an imminent K-12 school funding deal and concern for the long-term future of the state’s...

 

Cheney promises to keep fighting for fossil fuels

GILLETTE — Fossil fuels have been targeted by environmental groups and political policy for years, and things could get worse as President Joe Biden’s administration works through its priorities. That’s why it’s important that lawmakers, the...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    April 1, 2021

I-80 toll proposal tabled

CHEYENNE - A bill that would have authorized a long-term plan to set up an Interstate 80 tolling program was tabled by a legislative committee Tuesday, meaning the proposal will not be considered on...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 1, 2021

Republicans accuse Wyo. GOP of election fraud

Jon Conrad was done with sitting on the sidelines. The Evanston resident had been engaged at the state level for decades. Conrad had served under former Govs. Matt Mead and Dave Freudenthal, as chair of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council and...

 
 By John D. Taylor    News    March 25, 2021

Historic Wyo. blizzard moves needle on drought conditions

CHEYENNE — During a monthly weather briefing last week, Cheyenne National Weather Service Meteorologist Jared Allen talked about the “welcome moisture” last weekend’s record-breaking snowstorm had on Wyoming’s drought. “We had quite a...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 25, 2021

Special session eyed to allocate federal relief funds

CHEYENNE – What can cash-strapped Wyoming do with $1.3 billion from the federal government? Plenty, if you ask members of the Wyoming Legislature. Yet lawmakers are hesitant to say such a windfall can solve the current budget crisis. It will take...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 25, 2021

Marijuana, fuel tax bills died Monday

CHEYENNE — With about a week and a half left in the Wyoming Legislature’s general session, a slew of bills addressing everything from marijuana to seat belt use failed due to them not being considered by Monday night, their swift deaths brought...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    March 18, 2021

Storm delays COVID vaccine shipments

CASPER — Vaccines headed for Wyoming will be delayed as residents emerge from a record-setting winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the state this weekend. Federal officials halted shipments of the vaccine into Wyoming...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2021

Budget proposals finalized

CHEYENNE — After two days without meeting due to the historic winter storm that hit southeast Wyoming last weekend, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol Wednesday with a divide between the House and Senate budget proposals that the bodies...

 
 By Eve Newman    News    March 18, 2021

Considering the cost: Study examines trade-offs in energy development

LARAMIE – A study conducted by the University of Wyoming found that Wyomingites are open to renewable energy and diversifying the economy. However, they realize they’ll have to make trade-offs, and they want their leaders to have realistic...

 

Tropical moisture fueled storm hits

CASPER — Wyoming was pummeled with one of the biggest snowstorms in the state’s history this weekend. The storm dropped more than two feet of snow in many parts of the state, leading to power outages, stalled travel and shuttered schools. What...

 

Legislature wants to use $1.2 million to help coal

CASPER — A proposed bill to set aside $1.2 million for Wyoming to sue other states divesting from coal received a warm welcome from lawmakers at a committee meeting on Friday morning. The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2021

Marijuana bill gains committee approval

CHEYENNE — Wyoming is one of six states where marijuana remains fully illegal without any sort of decriminalization. But that could change in the near future, as state lawmakers advanced a bill Friday that would open the door for wide-ranging...

 
 By Billy Arnold    News    March 18, 2021

Sales tax expansion, real estate transfer tax bills fail

JACKSON — The House Revenue Committee was again disinterested in new taxes last week as it voted down a real estate transfer tax and an expansion of the sales tax from goods to services. Teton County legislators supported the real estate tax....

 

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