Category Archives: Regional News

Minnesota bus company t­o pick up Rimrock’s routes

BILLINGS (AP) — A Minnesota-based bus company says it is launching new routes within Montana after federal authorities shut down the company that had been operating those routes. Jefferson Bus Lines Co. says it will begin daily routes starting Saturday that connect Billings and Missoula and it will extend its Fargo-to-Glendive run to Billings. Continue Reading

New UW president will spend time fundraising

LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg, the incoming president of the University of Wyoming, said an important part of his job will be to find other sources of revenue to help make up for cuts in state funding. “I plan to spend a lot of my time fundraising,” Sternberg, who takes office on July 1, said. Continue Reading

Mountain lions kill dog in Jackson-area backyard

JACKSON (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say mountain lions have killed a dog in its backyard in the Jackson area.The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the dog was attacked last week outside its home near the Gros Ventre River.Biologist Mike Boyce of the Game and Fish Department says it appears a… Continue Reading

Japanese students visit Casper on goodwill trip

CASPER (AP) — Rurika Odanaka traveled more than 5,000 miles to try on her first cowboy hat.She tilted the brown Stetson back on her head on a recent Friday and wrapped a yellow bandanna around her neck. The Western clothing stood out from the rest of her attire: a conservative, navy blue school uniform. Continue Reading

Wyo. hay producers place at World Ag Expo

CASPER (AP) — Three Wyoming hay producers from Wheatland have placed in the top five in the alfalfa hay division at the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge this winter. In the alfalfa hay division, first place went to David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland; second place went to Daryl Tiltrum of Dipper Tree… Continue Reading

Judge rules against group in bison hazing case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a conservation group’s attempt to block the use of helicopters to haze wild bison into Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell writes in his decision Tuesday the Alliance for the Wild Rockies had not shown the hazing significantly harms grizzly bears and their numbers… Continue Reading

No arrests in Billings man’s shooting death

BILLINGS (AP) — Yellowstone County authorities have not made an arrest in the shooting death of a Billings man more than two weeks after his death. Sheriff Mike Linder is tight-lipped about the case, saying he can’t give out any information that could potentially jeopardize it.Linder told the Billings Gazette Wednesday that evidence has been… Continue Reading

Reception for Conservation Stamp competition April 12

CHEYENNE — Judging and a reception for the 30th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition will be held April 12, at Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters, 5400 Bishop Blvd. in Cheyenne. The ruffed grouse is the subject of this year’s competition. Game and Fish has received 51 submissions this year from artists (in 19 states)… Continue Reading

Wyoming pension officer charged with insider trading

CASPER (AP) — The man in charge of investing Wyoming’s pension system funds is on leave after being charged with insider trading.The Security and Exchange Commission charged John Johnson on Tuesday. He’s accused of buying shares of technology company Foundry Networks, Inc. in 2008 after a friend tipped him off that the company would be… Continue Reading

New Univ. of Wyo. president makes good impression

LARAMIE (AP) — Visiting the University of Wyoming campus for the first time since being named its new president, Robert Sternberg is making a good impression with students and faculty. “I find him instantly likable,” English professor Cliff Marks said Monday after meeting Sternberg. “He’s very appealing. I can understand why the Board of Trustees… Continue Reading

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking suit

CHEYENNE (AP) — A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids. Environmental groups had requested the ingredient lists from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, arguing that the public needs to know… Continue Reading

Advocate for poor dies in I-80 crash

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — An advocate for the poor in California who made trips to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people there has died in a vehicle crash in Wyoming. Thomas Streicher, 58, lost control of his van on an icy Interstate 80 Friday while returning from Pine Ridge to his… Continue Reading

Northern Arapaho tribe, feds delay eagle case

CHEYENNE (AP) — A lawsuit between the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the tribe’s fight for a permit allowing it to kill bald eagles for religious purposes is on hold for 60 days while both sides consider implications of a new Wyoming law.U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on… Continue Reading

Judge: No state mental evaluation of Dale Eaton

CHEYENNE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a request from the state of Wyoming to allow its mental health expert to examine the state’s lone death row inmate. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne ruled that lawyers for the state can review a report from a psychiatrist retained by inmate Dale… Continue Reading

Bureau of Land Management plans controlled burns

CHEYENNE (AP) — The High Desert District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming plans to conduct several prescribed fires this spring. The timing of the fires will depend on fuel moisture and cooperative weather. The fires are intended to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels. Continue Reading

G&F works to educate youth on poaching

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Warden Bill Haley believes that educating young people can help in limiting poaching incidents. Haley recently distributed posters in Laramie with graphic images from two poaching incidents accompanied by information about the penalties in each case. Continue Reading

Incoming UW president visiting Laramie

LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg is making his first visit to Laramie since being named the new president of the University of Wyoming. He will meet Monday and Tuesday with university leaders, tour the campus and introduce himself to student and faculty representatives. Continue Reading

Molasses considered for uranium mine cleanup

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A uranium company wants to use molasses to clean up an abandoned mine west of Denver, hoping bacteria inside the mine will eat up the molasses and dissolved uranium, creating solid uranium particles that can be recovered. Continue Reading

Immigrant reporting repeal advances in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado requirement that local law enforcement report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities moved closer Friday to coming off the books. The Democratic House gave preliminary approval to repealing the 2006 law. Continue Reading

Authorities not ruling out any motives in Colo. correction chief killing

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — In the weeks before Colorado’s top prisons official was fatally shot after answering his front door, he carried out a variety of functions including requesting execution chemicals and speaking to legislators about security issues. It’s unknown what role Tom Clements’ position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections might… Continue Reading

District attorney DNA results don’t end rape case

CHEYENNE (AP) — A Wyoming district attorney said Wednesday he plans to review an old rape case in response to lawyers’ claims that new DNA testing proves the innocence of a man who has served 23 years in prison. Recent testing at a state lab showed inmate Andrew J. Johnson, 63, was not the source… Continue Reading

Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, and police are searching for the gunman. Tom Clements was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, said Lt. Jeff Kramer, of the El Paso… Continue Reading

Anschutz to halt drilling next to Glacier Park

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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