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 By Clair McFarland    News    April 22, 2020

Man shot by Riverton police dies

RIVERTON — New developments in the standoff that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Riverton have emerged, revealing that James Hinman, 56, was shot during a rapid volley of gunfire earlier in the day – not while being extricated from his home by...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 22, 2020

Lawmakers to prepare emergency legislation

CASPER — Legislative leaders voted unanimously on Thursday to pursue several pieces of emergency legislation, all but guaranteeing the Wyoming Legislature will meet in its first special session since 2004. In a conference call with Management Counc...

 
 By Zac Taylor    News    April 15, 2020

Stimulus checks on the way

CODY — Many people should start seeing checks from the government this week as one of the most direct pieces of a multi-trillion dollar relief package to stem the economic effects of COVID-19. The federal checks are sent using a simple formula....

 
 By Kristen Czaban    News    April 8, 2020

Options weighted on legislative session

SHERIDAN — Legislative leadership has indicated a special session of the Wyoming Legislature may take place in the “very near future” as industries across the state feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the members of the...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    April 8, 2020

State land deal still alive

CHEYENNE – A lot has changed since Gov. Mark Gordon announced earlier this year that the state was exploring a deal to buy roughly a million acres of land in southern Wyoming from Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Yet while the coronavirus has...

 

Gas drops 26.7 cents in Wyo.

GILLETTE (Wyoming News Exchange) — Wyoming gas prices have fallen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Like everything else in the nation these days, the...

 
 By Clair McFarland    News    April 1, 2020

Riverton couple charged with murder

RIVERTON — A husband and wife were charged Friday morning in the death of 38-year-old Trevor Bartlett, who died of a gunshot wound early Thursday. Court documents state the following: On March 26 at about 5:09 a.m., Courtnie Mills, 43, called the...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 25, 2020

Gordon joins GOP governors in seeking more money for states in stimulus bill

Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon joined in signing a letter to congressional leadership seeking additional funding for states in Congress’ nearly $2 trillion stimulus bill that’s intended to help address...

 

County sees first coronavirus patient

Sweetwater County healthcare agencies were notified Tuesday by a private medical laboratory that Sweetwater County has its first case of COVID-19. WDH has confirmed an adult male in his 40s, living in Green River, has tested positive for COVID-19....

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2020

Land deal bill wins legislative approval

CHEYENNE - It remains to be seen whether the state will decide to buy roughly 1 million surface acres and 4 million mineral acres in southern Wyoming, but the process is now in place for the state to begin exploring such a purchase. On the final day...

 

Energy companies intensify outbreak response

CASPER — Energy companies operating in Wyoming ramped up their response to the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Monday, with some firms imposing self-quarantine protocols and travel restrictions. As the pandemic grows, the state’s...

 
 By David Martin    News    March 18, 2020

State issues immediate closure order

A notice from Governor Mark Gordon is immediately closing businesses and public spaces throughout the state, according to Michael Pearlman, communications director for the governor's office. The...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 11, 2020

Oil plunge raises economic questions

CHEYENNE — Oil prices worldwide suffered a major hit over the weekend, reaching a four-year low in the United States, and the rapid changes in the global economy could have major implications for Wyoming. U.S. oil prices were down by as much as...

 
 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    March 11, 2020

Legislature gives UW 'standard' budget

LARAMIE — Barring any dramatic line-item vetoes from Gov. Mark Gordon, the University of Wyoming’s base support from the Legislature for the upcoming fiscal biennium will be essentially unchanged from its current status. While there’s a dollar...

 
 By Andrew Graham    News    March 11, 2020

As session wanes, legislators negotiate in private

There are 90 members of the Legislature, but the fourth week of its 2020 session ended with fewer than 20 negotiating, often behind closed doors, the outcome of key budget session issues. As members of the House and Senate appropriations committees a...

 
 By David Martin    News    March 11, 2020

Coronavirus impacts Green River

The impacts of coronavirus have hit home as several closures related to limiting the spread of the illness were announced last week. Aside from schools throughout Green River, Golden Hour Senior Cente...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    March 4, 2020

State has second-highest suicide rate

CASPER — Wyoming had the second-highest suicide rate in the United States in 2018, according to data released earlier this month. More than 25 Wyomingites out of every 100,000 died by suicide that year, a sweeping report by the American...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 4, 2020

Lodging tax bill sent to governor's desk

CHEYENNE - A 5% lodging sales tax proposal won final approval from the Senate on Friday afternoon, marking passage of the only tax measure aimed at putting a small dent in the roughly $200 million revenue deficit facing the state in the next few...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    February 26, 2020

House votes to keep Wyo. out of youth survey

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House killed an amendment last week that would’ve brought the Equality State back into a national survey that asks middle and high schoolers questions about their health and behavior. The state is one of only four that...

 

Legislators seek to regulate internet

CHEYENNE — Wyoming may be a frontier state, but it sure loves its fences. More than a century ago, Wyoming built its stock with fences, its forebears reining in the wild, open spaces with apportioned grazing lands and property lines all neatly...

 

State looks to bet big on fossil fuels

During Gov. Mark Gordon’s state-of-the-state address Monday, lawmakers’ greeted Gordon’s strident pledges to defend Wyoming’s fossil fuel industry with raucous applause and a clear signal that the Republican majority is in lockstep with his...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 12, 2020

Gov. outlines "window of opportunity" in address

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon gave his second State of the State address Monday morning, offering proposals to protect Wyoming’s energy industries and emphasizing the state’s need to find long-term ways to fund its education system. Gordon’s...

 

Renewable energy could exceed coal by 2021

CASPER — Renewable energy’s standing in the nation’s electricity sector may eclipse coal’s as soon as next year. Led by solar and wind, renewable generation could produce as much as 21.6% of the nation’s electricity by 2021 — beating out...

 
 By Katie Roenigk    News    February 5, 2020

Schools will require $222 million transfer

RIVERTON — A structural deficit in Wyoming’s K-12 school system will require a $222 million transfer from savings in the coming biennium, forecasters have informed the Joint Appropriations Committee. “That is what is supporting the school...

 

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