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Afghanistan becomes flashpoint in race to oust Liz Cheney

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) has an extensive foreign policy record. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney is among a small group of lawmakers with outsized influence on the Department of Defense’s purse strings. Before she...

 

PacifiCorp holds course to exit Wyoming coal

Wyoming’s largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power, will decommission its entire coal-fired power fleet in the state by 2039 while continuing to add wind, solar and battery storage to its six-state operating system, according to preliminary details...

 

Wyoming preps for less water as drought creeps up Colorado River

As federal water managers declared the first-ever official Colorado River water shortage last week, a top official said he's confident Wyoming will responsibly implement its plans to store and divert...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 26, 2021

A tale of two taxes in Wyoming

Voters in Campbell and Johnson Counties weighed in last week on an issue that has long divided voters in Wyoming: whether to tax themselves for government services. For the third time in Campbell County’s history, voters faced the question of...

 

Game and Fish seek information about poaching near Baggs

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking tips on a poaching incident near Baggs involving two buck mule deer. Baggs Game Warden Kim Olson said both bucks had been shot from Highway 789 just outside of Baggs on the evening of Aug. 10. Both...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 19, 2021

Natrium project inches forward

A progress report to members of the Joint Committee on Minerals, Business & Economic Development in Laramie Thursday offered mostly good news to proponents of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear reactor in Wyoming. Even with the backing of the...

 

Enzi's funeral celebration of faith, family, friends, fishing

GILLETTE - It never ceases to amaze just how quiet a large group of people can be. More impressive still is when they stop talking suddenly, as if a switch got flipped and turned them off. That was...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    August 12, 2021

Fremont GOP joins in rescinding Liz Cheney recognition

CASPER — The Fremont County Republican Party has joined Carbon and Park counties in voting to rescind recognition of Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP, according to a resolution obtained by the Star-Tribune. But the leaders of the Republican...

 
 By Joel Funk    News    August 12, 2021

We've been here before: Wyoming nuclear project echoes of past

When state officials unveiled in June that a nuclear demonstration project is slated for Wyoming, they touted it as an advanced technology. But critics of the Natrium project say we’ve been here before — with the same technology and the same...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 5, 2021

Crook County treasurer arrested

SUNDANCE — Crook County Treasurer Mary Kuhl was arrested on Friday on criminal charges related to her conduct as an elected official. The allegations include that she listed a customer’s license plate tabs as lost in the mail but then placed...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    August 5, 2021

Wyoming leads on COVID-19 variant testing

CASPER – As COVID-19 variants emerge globally, Wyoming is by a wide margin leading the nation in work to identify those mutations. Nearly 19% of COVID-19 tests in Wyoming are being genetically sequenced, meaning the department is analyzing the...

 

Enzi dies after bicycle crash

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi died late Monday after being seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Gillette on Friday. A post on Enzi's Facebook page said the former Wyoming legislator died Monday at...

 

State looks to store, divert more water

As Lake Powell dropped to its lowest-ever level Friday — a decline that has forced dam tenders to unexpectedly release 125,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir — Wyoming stood behind five projects that could divert tens of...

 

2 county residents die from COVID-19, six die statewide

The deaths of six more Wyoming residents have been linked to the coronavirus, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The department announced Tuesday that five of the six died in July and one died in June. The deaths bring to 766 the number...

 

Fewer 'recapture' districts spell trouble for school funding

For the first time in decades, Campbell County will not send excess revenue to the state’s School Foundation Program, the primary statewide school fund. The county’s shift from a “recapture” to an “entitlement” district reveals changing e...

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    July 15, 2021

University of Wyoming proposes 75 layoffs, program changes

CASPER — The University of Wyoming on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes at the institution, including budget cuts that would lay off 75 positions — some tenured, a reorganization of a slew of academic departments, and the formation of a school...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 8, 2021

Campaign data illustrates Gore's growing influence in Wyo politics

When Susan Gore arrived in Wyoming more than two decades ago, the heir to the Gore-Tex fortune was a minor player in the state’s politics. Campaign finance documents show limited involvement in Wyoming politics until the late 2000s. Even then, her...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 8, 2021

GOP official asked congressmen for help ousting Cheney

Breaking with the longstanding norm of intraparty candidate neutrality, a Wyoming Republican Party official asked members of Congress for help vetting potential challengers to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in next year’s Republican primary. According to...

 
 By Nicole Pollack    News    July 8, 2021

Residents of Glenrock hope it's chosen as Rocky Mountain Power nuclear reactor site

CASPER – Some communities would balk at the idea of a company building an experimental power source on the edge of town. Glenrock is not one of them. Before the end of the year, developers of a new type of nuclear power plant will decide which of f...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 1, 2021

Stun and dismay follow espionage revelations

Wealthy conservative donor Susan Gore was a key financier of a years-long effort to spy on Wyoming Democrats and Republicans, an article published Friday by the New York Times revealed, shining a light on the lengths to which the Gore-Tex heiress...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    July 1, 2021

Legislators say they were targeted by political infiltration operation

CASPER — Two Wyoming lawmakers and a former state representative say they were targeted as part of an undercover operation performed by conservative operatives to infiltrate political campaigns and progressive groups during the 2020 election...

 
 By Clair McFarland    News    July 1, 2021

Former Pavillion clerk charged again with stealing from town

RIVERTON — Originally charged with stealing more than $34,000 from the Town of Pavillion, the municipality’s former clerk was charged again last week, after more unexplained expenditures were discovered. The newly discovered bank account charges...

 
 By Katie Klingsporn    News    June 24, 2021

Reviving the Red Desert's ancient stories

RED DESERT – Sitting in the verdant shade of an aspen grove on Steamboat Mountain — which rises out of the Red Desert in southern Wyoming — Jason Baldes talks about buffalo. As the buffalo reintroduction coordinator for the Eastern Shoshone Tri...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 24, 2021

Redistricting ramps up. Here's what to expect

Wyoming lawmakers have begun the lengthy and involved process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next decade. The Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions’s June 7 meeting marked the beginning of months of...

 

School districts' uses of federal relief funds worry lawmakers

Some lawmakers are worried that school districts are using federal pandemic-relief and recovery funds to add new positions and purchase equipment that might add to ongoing costs for the state. The anxiety stems from the fact that school districts...

 

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