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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...

 
 By Margaret Austin    News    June 17, 2021

Gov. Gordon strategizes use of ARP funds

CHEYENNE –– Gov. Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Legislature are playing the long game when it comes to American Rescue Plan relief funding, mapping out a three-pronged plan that is centered around serving future generations of Wyomingites. With the...

 
 By Steven R. Peck    News    June 17, 2021

Liz Cheney: 'I don' t feel any real downside' to losing chair position

RIVERTON – If there’s one thing Liz Cheney never expected, it was to be called a RINO. The derisive term, an acronym for “Republican in Name Only,” seems not just an unlikely label for Wyoming’s sole U.S. Representative, but an absurd one,...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    June 17, 2021

Expert: Reactor will be safe; Nuclear proposal incorporates molten sodium technology

CASPER – After the recent announcement that Wyoming would be getting a nuclear power plant, many Wyomingites had a similar question. Is it safe? The Star-Tribune spoke with an expert who says yes, both the reactor and the waste storage are secure....

 
 By Joel Funk    News    June 3, 2021

Wyoming holding course despite lagging vaccine rates

Wyoming’s Covid-19 vaccination rate remains among the lowest in the nation, yet the state has declined to set quantifiable goals, offer incentives or otherwise modify its approach to address the underperformance. Almost half of the national...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    June 3, 2021

No zebra mussels detected in Wyoming

CASPER – Although a highly invasive and harmful mussel was unexpectedly found in aquarium decorations at Wyoming pet stores earlier this year, wildlife officials say they have not yet detected the zebra mussels in state waters. “Right now, we...

 
 By Mike Koshmrl    News    June 3, 2021

Influencers get a hand on federal lands filming

JACKSON — New legislation spearheaded by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso proposes to do away with permit fees for small film crews and social media influencers shooting video on most federal land. The bill introduced by Wyoming’s senior senator, called...

 
 By Victoria Eavis    News    May 27, 2021

Bouchard will remain in U.S. House race

CASPER – Wyoming Sen. Anthony Bouchard says he is staying in the U.S. House race following the disclosure that he impregnated a 14-year-old when he was 18, striking a defiant tone at the possibility that he could face repercussions in the Wyoming...

 

Statewide public health orders reach expected final phase

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Health on Friday announced the likely final phase for statewide public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the immediate removal of one of the two remaining orders. Statewide public health...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 20, 2021

Lawmakers discuss funding fix for emergency communications system

CHEYENNE — With money expected to run out by next summer for the state’s emergency communications system, known as WyoLink, lawmakers discussed potential ways to fund the radio system during a committee meeting Tuesday. First established in 2005,...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 20, 2021

Barrasso encouraged after infrastructure bill meeting

CHEYENNE — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., was among a handful of GOP senators who met at the White House on Thursday to discuss President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, and he was encouraged that the president could be...

 
 By Nate Perez    News    May 20, 2021

Wind River tribes look at legalizing marijuana

CASPER — The Eastern Shoshone General Council met Saturday at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie to vote on legalizing medical marijuana on the Wind River Reservation but did not meet quorum. Still, several resolutions were passed — resolutions...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    May 20, 2021

Ouster mirrors battles within state GOP

Within minutes of Wednesday’s vote to oust Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her House Republican Conference leadership position, a handful of her Republican colleagues, including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Ken Buck of Colorado ...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 13, 2021

Lawmakers review tax structure again

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing an annual funding shortfall worth roughly $300 million for its K-12 education system, lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Committee spent much of their meeting Monday reviewing how the state pays for its services, as well...

 

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