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January 31, 2014

CHEYENNE (AP) — Meet YoLo the Jackalope, the face of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. It beat out the bucking horse and other state icons to star as the centerpiece of the lottery logo. Warehouse Twenty One, a Cheyenne-based marketing firm, designed YoLo and the insignia. The fictitious critter received its name because it is jumping Read More

Students safe after armed man reported at school

May 24, 2013

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say all the students at a Denver-area high school are safe after a report that a man with a rifle was seen outside the building. Thornton Police spokesman Matt Barnes said Friday the search of Thornton High School is nearly complete and no gunman has been found. No injuries were Read More

Forecast: North Platte water shortage deepens

April 6, 2013

CHEYENNE (AP) — Water runoff forecasts for the upper North Platte River and its tributaries in the months ahead keep getting worse with each week that passes without a big mountain snowstorm. A February runoff forecast prompted the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to issue its first wintertime call on water rights for Wyoming’s portion of Read More

Missing Democrat leads to chaos in Montana Senate

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate erupted into chaos Friday when shouting Democrats pounded their desks in an attempt to drown out their Republican counterparts while they voted on bills and ignored Democratic attempts to stall the chamber. The brouhaha brought a noisy end to the session’s early promises of compromise and bipartisanship — Read More

Judge OKS $4M for Mont. town asbestos attorneys

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that lawyers for victims of asbestos exposure in a contaminated Montana town are entitled to more than $4 million in fees and expenses out of a $19.6 million settlement with chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Co. Some victims had objected to the amount as excessive. They Read More

Genesis Oil proposes crude-oil rail-loading facility near Douglas

April 5, 2013

CASPER (AP) — Genesis Oil is seeking permission to build a facility near Douglas so that oil can be shipped by train. A company representative told Converse County commissioners Wednesday that the company has applied to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for permission to build a potential crude-oil rail-loading facility near Douglas.

3 face June trial in Wyoming wind farm fraud case

CHEYENNE (AP) — Three defendants are set to stand trial in June on federal charges that they defrauded investors of more than $4 million by promoting non-existent wind farms projects in Wyoming and South Dakota. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper has set aside three weeks for a trial starting June 3. The U.S. Read More

Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyo. wild horses

CHEYENNE (AP) — A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming. Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in four herd Read More

Wyo. police dog lauded by national officers group

LARAMIE (AP) — The driver’s door to the white Albany County Sheriff’s Office SUV is marked “Luger,” and when it opens, out bounds the passenger. The 3-year-old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia is black, tan and sturdy.He is 85 pounds of fur and friendliness. He’s tethered by a thick black leash to his handler, roommate and Read More

Survey: Mountain pine beetle declines in Wyo.

CHEYENNE (AP) — An aerial survey shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic declined across Wyoming’s forests last year except for the Black Hills area in the northeast part of the state. The U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming State Forestry Division announced the results of the survey this week.

Wyoming Army Guard unit to deploy this month

April 4, 2013

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Army National Guard unit will be deployed this month for a stint in the Persian Gulf region. The Guard says 162 soldiers from the Laramie-based 133rd Engineer Company will deploy April 12.

UW student loan default rate well below nat’l avg.

CHEYENNE (AP) — The percentage of University of Wyoming students defaulting on federal loans is well below the national average. According to U.S. Education Department figures, 4.9 percent of UW students defaulted on their student loans within three years of entering repayment.

Groups to sue coal producers, shippers over coal dust

April 3, 2013

CASPER (AP) — Environmental groups in the Pacific Northwest are threatening several of Wyoming’s largest coal producers and a major rail company with a pollution lawsuit. But the companies named in the suit show few signs of going down without a fight. A group led by the Sierra Club — an active opponent of coal Read More

Shepard Symposium this week

LARAMIE (AP) — The University of Wyoming is holding its 17th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice this week. The event begins Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. The symposium seeks to promote dialogue on issues related to social justice, particularly within the context of public education.

Plea deal for Riverton man charged in baby’s death

CASPER (AP) — A Riverton man who was criminally charged after a baby in his care died in 2011 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Jonathan David Marshall entered his plea Monday. He originally faced charges including first-degree murder and child abuse after the death of 7-month-old Eli C’ Bearing of the Wind River Indian Read More

Drought conditions worsen in SE Montana

BILLINGS (AP) — Drought conditions in southeastern Montana have worsened due to an unusually dry March, with extreme conditions reported for most of Yellowstone and Treasure counties. Billings is at the center of the drought, with the first three months of 2013 the seventh-driest since tracking began at Billings Logan International Airport 79 years ago.

Rock-bottom natural gas price driving big shift to oil

April 2, 2013

CASPER — In a swamped market, companies that historically produce natural gas are switching commodities.They’re drilling for crude oil. Since a glut of natural gas from the eastern and southern United States has overwhelmed Wyoming’s strong hold on the market, producers aren’t pretending like it’s 2006. Instead of dreaming for $7 per million BTUs, or Read More

NM man admits setting Hitching Post fire

CHEYENNE (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy charges in the 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne. Forty-four year old Robert Rodriguez admitted torching the main building of the Hitching Post Inn, which had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades.

Wyoming Retirement System fires investment officer

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Retirement System on Monday fired its chief investment officer following federal insider trading charges on transactions that predate his state employment. Retirement System Executive Director Thomas Williams said he has dismissed Chief Investment Officer John Johnson of Arvada, Colo. The Security and Exchange Commission last month filed insider trading charges Read More

Studies: WY and CO benefit by combining wind power

CASPER — Wyoming and Colorado would benefit by combining their wind energy resources, studies released Monday by the University of Wyoming and a national research laboratory show. One study conducted by the university’s Wind Research Center showed that Wyoming’s wind is stronger than Colorado’s and blows during the day, the ideal time to meet Colorado Read More

Suspect in Colo. prison chief’s death got out early

DENVER (AP) — Because of a paperwork error, the suspect in last month’s killing of Colorado’s corrections chief was freed from prison in January — four years earlier than authorities intended. Judicial officials acknowledged Monday that Evan Spencer Ebel’s previous felony conviction had been inaccurately recorded and his release was a mistake.

Snow King resort undergoes major remodel

April 1, 2013

JACKSON (AP) — Stepping off the elevator on the fifth floor of the east wing of Snow King Resort, a damp mustiness creeps up on you. While leading a tour of the lodge recently, Jim Goslin, its director of sales and marketing for the past six years, said that in some parts of the hotel Read More

Wyoming’s strong economy pushes rise in homelessness

CHEYENNE – Robert Larsen spent three years crisscrossing the country looking for work. He cleaned oil from Florida beaches after the BP oil spill. He found work in the booming oil fields of North Dakota until a disagreement with his boss cost him his job. He chased leads in Colorado , New Jersey, Nevada and Read More

Search underway for Miles Community College president

MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — Miles Community College has begun its search for a new president.The last day of the current president, Stefani Hicswa, is May 31.Hicswa says an interim president will likely be appointed because it will be difficult to find a permanent replacement in that time.

Federal government wants $18 million back from timber counties

March 30, 2013

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service’s demands that rural timber counties pay back millions of dollars in federal subsidies under automatic budget cuts have outraged members of Congress from both parties and caused concern in those counties with struggling economies. Thirty-one members of the House this week sent a letter to the Read More

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