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District consolidation proposed

CHEYENNE - Facing massive cuts to the state's K-12 schools budget, one lawmaker has proposed a bill to study the cost-saving benefits of consolidating Wyoming's 48 school districts into 24. "We, as a...

 
 By Billy Arnold    News    January 20, 2021

New COVID variant detected in Teton County

JACKSON — The new, fast-spreading coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom has been detected in Teton County, and health officials are repeating their plea for people to only gather with household members. “Our community is in...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 20, 2021

GOP chair says Western states watching Texas secession effort

CASPER — The chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party on Friday said Western states are “paying attention” to the effort by some in Texas’ far-right to try to secede from the United States. Appearing on former White House chief strategist...

 

Republicans condemn D.C. violence

CASPER — Several Wyoming Republicans spoke out to condemn the violence unfolding in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The interruption halted the certification of electora...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    January 13, 2021

Cheyenne area Health Department vandalized

CHEYENNE — The exterior doors of the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department were vandalized with fake blood early Thursday morning, a few days after a protest was held at the Wyoming State Capitol against public health orders issued in response...

 

Research team microwaves coal powder, turns it into nano-graphite

GILLETTE – A research team at the University of Wyoming has found a way to use a microwave to turn coal into graphite. Using copper foil, glass containers and a conventional household microwave oven, UW researchers have demonstrated that...

 
 By Staff Report    News    January 6, 2021

COVID kills 26 more

The coronavirus pandemic continues to kill residents throughout the Cowboy State, with the Wyoming Department of Health claiming COVID-19 killed 26 Tuesday evening. Three Sweetwater County residents were included in the total. According to data from...

 
 By Kathryn Palmer    News    January 6, 2021

Protesters: 'Stop the tyranny'

CHEYENNE – About 250 people demonstrated in front of the Wyoming State Capitol Monday afternoon to protest a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 related restrictions. Calls to "Stop the...

 
 By Mark Davis    News    January 6, 2021

Wyoming parks increase their fees

POWELL — As the sun came up on the new year Friday, a series of significant fee increases took effect at Wyoming’s state parks. All fees are increasing, from single day use passes to annual permits, with some increasing as much as 60%. For...

 

Act to boost carbon capture approved

CASPER — A piece of legislation tucked into the federal spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday could help speed up the development of carbon capture technologies in Wyoming and across the country. Long championed by Wyoming...

 

Energy project advances in Converse County

CASPER – In a highly anticipated decision, the Bureau of Land Management approved a massive oil and gas project proposed in eastern Wyoming. The federal agency issued a final record of decision on Wednesday, allowing five energy companies to...

 
 By Emily Mieure    News    December 30, 2020

Teton County action allows RV park residents to remain

JACKSON — County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to extend the wastewater facility deadline at the Hoback RV Park, allowing tenants to continue using a failing septic system through May, should their landlords let them. The vote...

 

Evanston gun rule invalid

EVANSTON — Uinta County School District No. 1’s Rule CKA, which allows for approved staff to carry concealed firearms on district property, has again been ruled invalid, this time by the Wyoming Supreme Court. The history of the district’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Committee supports tobacco tax hike

CHEYENNE – State lawmakers, during a meeting Friday, narrowly advanced a measure to increase excise taxes on cigarettes and moist tobacco snuff, marking one of the only revenue-raising measures to be advanced by a legislative committee during...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Mill levy increase plan for schools rejected

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing a structural revenue deficit worth hundreds of millions of dollars in its K-12 education fund, state lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal to raise mill levies on properties to supplement education funding during a...

 

COVID-19 vaccinations start in Wyoming

Free, safe and effective vaccinations intended to help prevent future COVID-19 infections have started in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said the...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    December 2, 2020

Lawsuit says lab owners misled feds

CASPER — A lawsuit filed this month against the Food and Drug Administration in U.S. District Court alleges the owner of Cody Labs misled federal regulators when it moved production of a drug from its Cody manufacturing facility to upstate New...

 

Environmental groups slam pipeline project

CASPER — Leading environmental groups in Wyoming have come out in fierce opposition to a major pipeline project proposed for the state, over concerns the development could disrupt sensitive wildlife habitat and exacerbate climate change. If...

 

Proposed budget cuts pound public services

Gov. Mark Gordon last week sent proposed budget cuts to the Wyoming Legislature that slash public services and weaken the already thin safety net supporting Wyoming’s most vulnerable. In a press release accompanying his budget proposal, Gordon...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    November 25, 2020

Bear's diet takes concerning turn

JACKSON - Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of Tuesday keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. "They...

 

Group pushes for more renewables

CASPER — There’s a new organization in town, and it’s been making the rounds in the Wyoming Legislature’s interim committee meetings. Meet Powering Up Wyoming. The group describes itself as a grassroots organization promoting the use of an ...

 

Jury trials suspended

CASPER – The rise in coronavirus infections prompted Wyoming’s chief justice on Friday to suspend jury trials until further notice. The COVID-19 surge had caused some courts to fully or partially shut down, according to a statement released...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    November 18, 2020

Bill would repeal tax break for wind energy

CHEYENNE - Despite opposition from some officials in Laramie County and elsewhere in the state, Wyoming lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Wednesday that would make wind energy producers pay more in...

 

School districts seek higher cap on reserve accounts

SHERIDAN — Administrators from local school districts asked legislators to push for an increase in the amount districts can keep in reserves, especially as budgets tighten across the state. Currently, school districts by law can keep 15% of their...

 

Peabody's quarterly report shows lull in output, lower costs

CASPER – The nation’s largest coal company published mixed results in its quarterly financial report released Monday, showing both losses and gains in its Powder River Basin coal operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock energy...

 

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