Anschutz to halt drilling next to Glacier Park

March 20, 2013

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Denver-based energy exploration company says it will stop drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation next to Glacier National Park. Anschutz Exploration Corp. has drilled 14 exploratory wells on the western side of the reservation closest to the park, drawing protests from conservationists and concern from park officials.The company said in Read More

SAfrica police boss endorses officers in killings

March 19, 2013

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s police chief said Tuesday she stands by her statement praising officers involved in the shooting massacre of 34 striking miners and insisting they were “just doing your work.” Evidence before the judicial commission questioning her Tuesday has indicated some miners were shot in the back as they tried Read More

Give Cyprus more time, Greece tells EU

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Banking stocks in Greece were hammered Tuesday before Cypriot lawmakers rejected a bailout plan, while government officials here urged eurozone countries to give the Mediterranean island more time to come up with a viable solution. Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange fell 3.85 percent to 923.43. Banking stocks plummeting by 9.58 Read More

Fremont County leads Wyo. beer tax hike effort

CHEYENNE (AP) — An interim legislative committee is planning to study Wyoming’s beer and liquor tax.Wyoming’s 2-cents-per-gallon tax on malt beverages is the lowest in the nation. It has remained unchanged since it was first passed in 1935, about a year after Prohibition was repealed. The study is among several tax studies assigned to the Read More

Colo. school security group rejects guns

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Grand Junction group considering security options for schools is rejecting arming teachers or volunteers, opting instead for panic buttons and bullet-proof windows to protect children and teachers. The District 51 School Security and Safety Work Group is making its recommendations on Tuesday. The group has never been able to Read More

Nevada training explosion kills 7 Marines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven Marines from a North Carolina unit were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. The cause of the accident shortly before 10 p.m. PST, Monday is under investigation, officials said in a statement from the 2nd Marine Read More

City approves East Fifth Street corridor plan

SHERIDAN — The East Fifth Street Corridor Plan, which has been in the works since December 2011, received approval by the Sheridan City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening. A joint effort between the city, county and Wyoming Department of Transportation, the plan has been approved by the city planning commission, county commissioners Read More

City gives $250k to Whitney challenge for SC teachers

SHERIDAN — City Council members answered a challenge from Whitney Benefits to help fund four new technology-based faculty positions at Sheridan College by approving allocation of Optional One-Cent Sales Tax economic development funds to the college over four years at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Costs of US wars linger for more than 100 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars forthe next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives Read More

Susan Thomas talks foundation goals

SHERIDAN —Blending his love for young people and her passion for mentoring at-risk learners, Susan Thomas, wife of the late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, is now in her fifth year of operating “a mentoring program with a scholarship component,” she told community members at a lunch hosted by the Republican Women of Sheridan County Monday. Read More

Senior Center hosting jam and dance Fri.

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center will host a jam and dance session Friday at 6:30 p.m.Musicians scheduled to perform include Karl Holub, Leonard Harris, Marian Harshman, Dave Harrington and Bob Ligocki. Soup and sandwiches will be served at a $2 suggested donation.

Historical society pot luck Sunday

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Historical Society meeting and program will be Sunday with a carry-in pot luck lunch starting at 1 p.m. at the Big Horn Woman’s Club. After lunch, Dr. Robert Connell will present a program about life on the Gallatin Ranch.

Family wants new Ike memorial design

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is supporting new legislation in Congress to scrap the design and block funding for a planned memorial honoring the former president and World War II hero in Washington. The future of the memorial was up for debate Tuesday as lawmakers questioned the project’s design by Read More

Late winter storm sends snow, sleet to New England

BOSTON (AP) — Winter went out with a blast in the Northeast on Tuesday, snow and sleet delaying the start of school in some areas and making the morning commute an icy, slippery mess a day before spring starts. The nasty weather led some schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to close, adding Read More

Russia unmoved by US missile defense plan change

March 18, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says the United States’ cancellation of a critical part of its European missile defense system plan doesn’t mollify Moscow’s opposition. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week announced that plans to place long-range missile interceptors in Poland in the final stage of its European system are being abandoned. Read More

Myanmar parliament may review constitution

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Lawmakers in Myanmar say parliament may agree this week to establish a commission that would consider amending the country’s 2008 pro-military constitution, which critics charge is undemocratic. A lawmaker from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, Phyo Min Thein, says the two houses of parliament might Read More

Baristas over the moon for community connection

SHERIDAN — Jess Hehn, Lacy Park, Alicia Knight and Theresa Rice are baristas at the Java Moon on Main Street. Each day they make dozens of coffees, sandwiches, salads and snacks for customers. Java Moon has been in business since 1997 and employs nine people. The best thing about working here is…between the customers, staff Read More

Man arrested in Lucinda’s burglary

SHERIDAN — A Main Street art gallery was damaged during a burglary attempt Friday evening, just weeks before its owner was scheduled to move the business to Washington in order to be closer to her family. Police said Sheridan resident Ben Morton, 24, broke a pair of glass doors at Lucinda’s Artisan Gallery at 160 Read More

Local visits D.C. to talk tax policy

SHERIDAN — Dr. Nels A. Nelson III was asked to represent Wyoming’s 225,000 individual policy owners representing more than $42 billion in coverage recently in Washington, D.C. In discussing why Congress should maintain the current tax status on retirement and insurance products, Nelson related that more than 75 million American families (two out of every Read More

Organizations work to curb Laramie binge drinking

LARAMIE (AP) — Laramie’s binge-drinking culture isn’t unique among college towns, and it’s a problem people have been working on for a long time, according to local experts. Tracy Young, a community prevention professional with the Coalition to Prevent Substance Abuse, said the Laramie community is generally proactive when it comes to addressing substance abuse Read More

Weld County sheriff refuses to enforce gun bills

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Weld County Sheriff John Cooke says he won’t enforce two gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Cooke told The Greeley Tribune that Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings in the country, and the bills are “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable.”

Wyo. has time to revise ‘No Child’ waiver request

GILLETTE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has granted an extension on Wyoming’s request for a waiver from federal education standards. The request for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act was submitted Feb. 28, four days after Gov. Matt Mead met with federal education officials about whether Wyoming should seek relief Read More

ackson seeing several proposals for high-end hotels in ski town

JACKSON (AP) — Jackson is seeing several proposals for new and remodeled high-end hotels in town.Hotel developers and managers say Jackson has room for more upscale hotels. Associate broker Bob Graham tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that many plans for such projects were put on hold when the recession hit, and some of Read More

Y-stone seeks comment on Isa Lake Bridge plan

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — The National Park Service is taking public comment on a plan to reconstruct the aging Isa Lake Bridge at Craig Pass within Yellowstone National Park. The plan seeks to address the deteriorated condition of the timber bridge that was constructed in 1942.The Park Service proposes to keep the road open Read More

Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, choosing a Hispanic lawyer with experience in civil rights and workplace issues to his second-term Cabinet. Obama called Perez a “consensus builder” whose “story reminds us of this country’s promise.” “Tom’s made protecting that promise for Read More