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 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.... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 
 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...

 

Mine owner says it is on track to pay taxes

CASPER — The new owner of three Powder River Basin coal mines says it has established an agreement with the U.S. Interior Department to pay overdue mineral production taxes back to the federal government in installments, according to a statement...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 29, 2020

Gordon: Coal still has a role

CASPER — Like a near-consensus of the world’s scientific community, Gov. Mark Gordon believes in climate change. Like many across the planet, Gordon believes the problem is a man-made one, and that something needs to be done about it. But – as...

 

Package includes health care for retired Kemmerer miners

By Camille Erickson Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion appropriations package Friday night, averting a government shutdown and saving health care for hundreds of retired coal miners...

 

Former secretary of state arrested for DUI

By Isabella Alves and Tom Coulter Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE – Former Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at 12:39 a.m. Friday at his residence. Murray, 61, who...

 

State lawmakers skeptical of $1m suicide hotline request

By Seth Klamann Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — Wyoming is the only state in America that doesn’t have a local affiliate to the national suicide prevention hotline, and lawmakers were skeptical Monday of a $1 million...

 

Wyoming officials working to improve election security

CASPER — In 2016, the Russian government successfully hacked America’s elections. It hijacked messaging, assisted certain candidates and, in some cases, even managed to breach a state’s voter registration system. With the 2020 election...

 

Rock Springs named as pilot for Wyoming Arts Alliance program

Rock Springs was recently named one of three pilot communities for the Wyoming Arts Alliance Professional Development Program. The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency and Community Fine Arts Center jointly applied for the program earlier...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 4, 2019

Community college funding holds steady in governor's budget proposal

CHEYENNE — In terms of funding, the last decade has been a tough one for Wyoming’s community colleges. Since the 2011-12 biennium, community colleges have lost $53.8 million in funding when adjusting for inflation, according to a report...

 

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