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 By Katie Roenigk    News    June 24, 2020

Lawmakers hear grim fiscal news from CREG chair

RIVERTON — The state will enter a “cash negative situation” by the end of 2020 unless huge budget cuts are made, revenue experts told the Joint Appropriations Committee. A 7-10 percent cut would allow the state to pay its bills through the...

 
 By Gregory Hasman    News    June 24, 2020

Senate, House hopefuls discuss energy

GILLETTE — The COVID-19 pandemic, health care and the future of the energy industry were among the topics addressed at the first Campbell County League of Women Voters candidate forum of the local primary election season. Most of the U.S. Senate...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    June 17, 2020

University braces for $35 million in cuts

CASPER — The University of Wyoming is preparing to absorb $35 million in cuts in the coming years, reductions that are expected to hit every public agency here as state revenues continue to plummet. Gov. Mark Gordon instructed agencies and the...

 

Councilman asked to resign because of Facebook 'likes'

From The Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange GILLETTE — Responding to what it calls inaccuracies on local social media in response to the resignation of former Gillette city councilman Shay Lundvall, the council released a statement afte...

 
 By Ethan Sterenfeld    News    June 17, 2020

Coronavirus relief funds won't help cities

LARAMIE — The $1.25 billion that Wyoming received in the last federal stimulus cannot help local governments make up for depressed revenues, even though that is the most significant challenge facing Wyoming governments, a representative of Wyoming...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    June 17, 2020

Social distancing support wanes

CASPER - More than half of Wyomingites say they're comfortable attending large outdoor events this summer, according to the latest University of Wyoming survey on the impacts of coronavirus. The...

 
 By Margaret Austin    News    June 3, 2020

Residents mark man's death

CHEYENNE – Cheyenne South student Isabel McClendon said when she saw the news that another black man had died at the hands of the police, she cried. The story of George Floyd – who died last week...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    June 3, 2020

Renewables top coal for 1st time

GILLETTE — For the first time since before 1885, the annual United States energy consumption from renewable sources outpaced coal, according to a new report released Thursday by the federal U.S. Energy Information Administration. Market pressures...

 
 By Allayana Darrow    News    June 3, 2020

Worst of unemployment claims may have passed

SHERIDAN — As far as unemployment claims in the state, the worst may have passed, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Cooley. The Wyoming Legislature Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee addressed...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    June 3, 2020

HollyFrontier announces plan to lay off employees

CHEYENNE— HollyFrontier Corporation announced Monday that it will be laying off about 200 employees at its Cheyenne refinery over the next 18 months. The layoffs will come as part of the company’s plan to convert its Cheyenne oil refinery into...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 27, 2020

2nd special session discussed

CHEYENNE – After holding its first special session since 2004 last week, the Wyoming Legislature likely won’t have to wait another 16 years for its next one. State lawmakers are expected to reconvene sometime in late June for a second, longer...

 

Unemployment more than doubles in April

CASPER (Wyoming News Exchange) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate more than doubled to 9.2% in April, as an energy downturn and measures put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus led to major job losses. Still, Wyoming fared better than...

 
 By David Martin    News    May 6, 2020

Arrest made in 'Bitter Creek Betty' cold case

On March 1, 1992, a truck driver stopped off of Interstate-80 to change his fuel tanks discovered a woman's body 40 miles east of Rock Springs. Decades after her discovery, an arrest was made in the c...

 
 By Allayana Darrow    News    May 6, 2020

Pandemic may worsen trafficking

SHERIDAN — Sex trafficking may not be the first danger that comes to mind when considering the impact of COVID-19 on individual communities, but the two are inextricably linked, according to Alexandra Stevenson, co-founder of the human trafficking...

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    May 6, 2020

Program expansion may help oil, gas

CASPER – Changes made to a federal lending program last week could open up loans to Wyoming oil and gas firms left reeling from volatile oil prices and low fuel demand during the pandemic. The Federal Reserve released new guidelines Thursday for...

 
 News    May 6, 2020

County variances allow restaurants, churches to open across Wyoming

From the Wyoming News Exchange Wyoming began taking steps toward normalcy this week as some counties won permission to reopen restaurants and churches. State officials approved requests from seven counties for county-wide variances from the public...

 
 By Mark Davis    News    April 29, 2020

Sage grouse numbers expected to fall

POWELL - Greater sage grouse numbers are expected to continue dropping across the West for the fourth year in a row, alarming scientists and conservation officials. It also raises questions of...

 
 By Seth Klamann    News    April 29, 2020

Wyoming schools receive $32.5M in aid

CASPER – Wyoming has received roughly $32.5 million in federal funding to help its 48 school districts offset costs incurred because of the novel coronavirus, the state announced last week. The money, part of the gargantuan stimulus bill passed by...

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    April 29, 2020

300 laid off from Powder River Basin mines

GILLETTE — The Powder River Basin’s coal workforce shrunk by about 6% Thursday with the layoff of 300 workers from three mines. Peabody Energy Corp. employees were informed Thursday that about 170 employees have been laid off from the North Antel...

 
 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...

 

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