Category Archives: Regional News

BACKING TRUMP: Despite early support for Cruz, Wyoming delegates say they’ll back Trump as nominee

CASPER — The nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate was bittersweet for Wyoming delegates in Cleveland, they said, since most supported U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Wyomingites walked against the national Republican tide of support for the real estate mogul. Most of the state’s 29 delegates arrived at the Republican National Convention pledged to other… Continue Reading

Former Cowboys reunite at Summer League

LAS VEGAS — A Cowboy basketball reunion was held in Las Vegas as three former players and two coaches participated in the NBA Summer League. Former UW head coach Larry Shyatt coached for the Dallas Mavericks, and former associate head coach Scott Duncan was a member of the Phoenix Suns staff. Duncan was joined on… Continue Reading

Former governors: Political rhetoric hurts country

CASPER — Former Wyoming Govs. Mike Sullivan and Jim Geringer said political candidates — in particular, presidential hopefuls — embrace reality-television-style messaging and explosive statements that result in lower-quality policy for the country. At a time when Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has come under fire for posting what many consider to be… Continue Reading

Wyoming cities and towns make budget cuts

CASPER — Cities and towns across Wyoming have adopted budgets that are diminished, some to levels not seen since 2003, as the toll from the energy downturn has squeezed the local governments that many say are closest to the people. The state’s 99 municipalities have been hurt by a bitter trifecta. Sales tax revenues are… Continue Reading

Incarceration rate grows as crime falls

CASPER — Every weekday at 2 p.m., men in orange jumpsuits file into a Casper courtroom for their first appearance before a judge. Some of the men face charges for violent crimes such as domestic abuse, assault, rape and, on a rare occasion, murder. Most, however, are there for nonviolent crimes: drunken driving, drug possession,… Continue Reading

Cuts bring Community College Commission to the brink

CASPER — The well is running dry for Wyoming’s community colleges and the commission that doles out their funding after Gov. Matt Mead announced another round of state budget cuts Tuesday. The Community College Commission will absorb the $20 million cuts announced recently in various ways, including less money for college libraries to buy into… Continue Reading

Republican U.S. House hopefuls square off in forum

CHEYENNE — U.S. House of Representative hopeful Paul Paad of Casper said in his closing speech at a Republican candidate forum Saturday that the country’s congress is “as messed up as a soup sandwich.” “What I think Wyoming needs and deserves is a representative that’s going to be a strong leader and a fighter,” he… Continue Reading

Suffrage celebration set for 2019, 2020

CHEYENNE — Wyoming officials are planning a months-long celebration of the state’s role in giving women the right to vote. Through an executive order signed Tuesday, Gov. Matt Mead created a governor’s council for the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration, which will be observed from December 2019 through September 2020. Those dates coincide with the 150th… Continue Reading

Most hopefuls would include women in draft

CASPER — The only woman seeking Wyoming’s U.S. House seat is opposed to women registering for the draft, an issue currently before Congress. Republican Liz Cheney, an advocate for an aggressive national defense, declined to elaborate on why she opposes requiring women to register for the Selective Service. Cheney is the daughter of the hawkish… Continue Reading

Man sole surviving Wyoming WWII sub vet

Man sole surviving Wyoming WWII sub vet

by James Chilton, Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE – At the height of World War II, German submarines, also known as U-boats, gained a reputation as the terror of the high seas. With more than 1,100 built, Hitler’s U-boat fleet was infamous for disrupting enemy supply lines, sinking more than 2,600 Allied ships during the course… Continue Reading

Elk kill stokes frustration about wolf protections

CHEYENNE (AP) — State wildlife officials said they’ve never seen anything like it: A pack of wolves killed 19 elk at a western Wyoming feeding ground and didn’t even bother to eat. They pointed to the kill as an example of the need to let the state rather than the federal government manage wolves. The… Continue Reading

Rep. Lummis retiring, Liz Cheney considers run

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced Thursday she will not seek re-election and former Vice President Dick Cheney’s elder daughter, Liz Cheney, said she was seriously considering running for the seat. Lummis is the only female member of the rebellious House Freedom Caucus and plans to finish her current term. She has easily… Continue Reading

Carbon Creek Energy buys 7,500 wells in major CBM play

GILLETTE — The Powder River Basin coal-bed methane market has boomed and busted, but a group of Wyoming investors believes there’s another boom left in those CBM wells. Cody resident Tom Fitzsimmons is a member of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and president of newly formed Carbon Creek Energy, which has just completed… Continue Reading

Start dreaming

Start dreaming

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… Continue Reading

Students safe after armed man reported at school

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… Continue Reading

Forecast: North Platte water shortage deepens

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… Continue Reading

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 —… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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