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Statehouse shifts further right with election

Amid record voter turnout in a presidential year, Republicans in the Wyoming Legislature picked up one seat each in the House and Senate. Between last night’s results, August’s primary elections and lawmaker retirements, the 2021 Wyoming...

 

Oil and gas rule is promising

CASPER – A new rule designed to ease the number of drilling applications received by the state and level the playing field for oil and gas operators appears to be working as intended, recent data collected by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation...

 

Legislators look at new reason to close public meetings

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee addressed additions to reasons allowing for executive sessions during public meetings in preparation for the 2021 general session. The decisions may provide less access to public...

 

Second digital asset bank wins state charter

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Legislature’s efforts to become the nation’s leader in blockchain technology and digital assets are paying off, attracting industry moguls to put their roots down in Wyoming and bring their businesses to the Cowboy...

 
 By David Martin    News    October 28, 2020

COVID-19 continues surging in Wyoming

Novel coronavirus infections continue to increase throughout the Cowboy State, leading to fears the state’s healthcare system will be severely impacted by hospitalizations. The deaths of nine...

 

Independent candidates seek overhaul of system

CHEYENNE – Donald Trump and Joe Biden were no-shows, but the last presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle happened Saturday night among little-known independent candidates at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne. While each...

 
 By Staff Report    News    October 28, 2020

4 sentenced in kidnapping case

RIVERTON — Four Fremont County residents were sentenced in federal court last week for kidnapping, along with aiding and abetting, on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Ashley Rose Yellowbear, 28, Kristen Jade Antelope, 27, Rusty Tso Tabaho, 28,...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    October 21, 2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record in Wyoming

CASPER — The number of people in Wyoming who were being hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment rose to 73 on Monday, a higher total than at any previous point in the pandemic. Monday’s total is more than twice what it was when the month began and ex...

 

Record high for new coronavirus cases pushes active cases over 2,400

A record high for reported new laboratory-confirmed cases in one day pushed the number of active cases in the state over 2,400 on Monday. The Wyoming Health Department, in its daily coronavirus update, said 251 new confirmed cases were reported Monda...

 
 By Holly Dabb    News    October 21, 2020

Pinedale settles with lab over faulty water tests

PINEDALE — Signed, sealed and delivered, following a special meeting on Oct. 9, Pinedale Council members voted unanimously to accept a $175,000 settlement against a former Pinedale lab and its future owners in exchange for their silence. The...

 

Sundance residents challenge plan to replace police

SUNDANCE — Backed by a much larger crowd than the council chamber usually enjoys, two citizens expressed dissent last week over a fledgling plan to replace Sundance Police Department with contracted service through the Crook County Sheriff’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    October 14, 2020

Forests, indigenous issues debated

CHEYENNE – With only a few weeks remaining until Election Day, the candidates vying to be Wyoming’s sole delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives discussed their visions for a country hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic during a debate...

 
 By Tom Colter    News    October 14, 2020

U.S. Senate candidates debate over COVID-19 response, health care

CHEYENNE – With just a few weeks remaining until Election Day, the pair of candidates vying to become Wyoming’s next U.S. senator discussed their approaches to the federal COVID-19 response, health care reform and several other issues during a...

 

Gun group's election activites probed

RIVERTON — Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan’s elections division is reviewing the practices of a social media activist that has been pressuring Fremont County campaigns this election season. Wyoming Gun Owners identifies itself as a...

 

Wyoming's 'dark money' coal promotion campaign

At a Sep. 3 press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon introduced a nonprofit that’s been advocating for Wyoming’s coal industry for years: the Energy Policy Network. He announced a new contract with the group in which taxpayers would “contribute...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    September 23, 2020

Masks protested at Capitol

CHEYENNE – Roughly 30 Wyomingites gathered on the grounds of the state Capitol at noon Thursday to protest against the requirements for children to wear masks in school. The protestors came from across the state to demonstrate against school...

 

Health officials: Masks are key for schools

CHEYENNE – After at least one teacher and one student at McCormick Junior High School tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department is urging continued use of face masks among all students and staff....

 

State may ease liquor restrictions

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers are considering allowing the shipment of Wyoming-made liquor across state lines as a part of a package of bills allowing greater flexibility for the state’s small distillers amid mounting economic challenges brought on...

 

Lusk man featured on Discovery Channel show

LUSK – Todd Hoelmer's spot on Main Street is not a visible one. The white structure looks like an abandoned garage at first glance. Step inside, and it still looks that way, thanks to remnants of a...

 

Potential seen by Occidental land owners

CASPER — The new owners of 5 million combined acres of land and mineral rights in southern Wyoming say they plan to pursue opportunities to expand renewable energy development in addition to existing drilling and mining activity — a potential...

 

State sees 58 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

An increase of 58 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming on Tuesday — including 18 new cases in Albany County — pushed the number of active cases in the state up by 36. The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    September 9, 2020

Powder River Basin set to produce less than 200M tons of coal

GILLETTE — Under the right circumstances, carbon under pressure produces diamonds. But the intense pressure from multiple fronts now squeezing Powder River Basin coal is crushing the industry. Already struggling with weakening demand for U.S....

 

Resolution against health orders gets rejected by Carbon County

GILLETTE — Campbell County Commissioners will not adopt a resolution against the state’s coronavirus public health orders. At a directors meeting Monday, Commissioners Del Shelstad and Colleen Faber said they had received questions from residents...

 

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