Regional News

Weld County sheriff refuses to enforce gun bills

March 18, 2013

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

Company eyes coal on MT’s Crow reservation

BILLINGS (AP) — A mining company plans to start exploratory work this spring on an estimated 400 million tons of coal beneath Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, adding to a spate of recent interest in the region’s huge coal reserves despite flagging domestic demand for the fuel. Signal Peak Energy is eying a future mine on Read More

MT House panel hears bill on gay sex

March 16, 2013

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A House panel heard a measure Friday that would remove an obsolete Montana law that criminalizes gay sex by labeling it a deviate sexual behavior on par with bestiality. Senate Bill 107 seeks to remove that language from the existing statutes, reflecting a 1997 Montana Supreme Court ruling that said the Read More

Colo. fire burns in erratic winds, threatens homes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — An 800-acre wildfire is threatening more than 50 homes in northern Colorado amid gusty winds and warm weather and has prompted hundreds of evacuation orders.The fire began Friday west of Fort Collins and is burning near the scene of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed Read More

Gov. Mead signs bison bill

CHEYENNE (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed a bill into law that was originally intended to encourage bison hunting but which was expanded to include money to fight possible federal gun control efforts.Mead approved the bill late Thursday. The original bison bill would lift the current restriction that limits hunters to one cow bison Read More

Mead vetoes unemployment benefits bill

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has vetoed a bill he says would have made it easier for employers to deny unemployment benefits to terminated workers. The veto is Mead’s first since taking office more than two years ago. Mead says the bill could have allowed denial of unemployment insurance payments to any discharged Read More

Samson official named oil, gas supervisor

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming has a new state oil and gas supervisor.The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced Friday that Grant Black will direct the commission starting May 1. The commission oversees oil and gas development in Wyoming.

Wyo. wind tax brought in $2.6M in its 1st year

March 15, 2013

CASPER (AP) — Wyoming’s new wind tax brought in $2.6 million in the first year it was collected. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that $1 million went to the state and the rest was shared by six counties in central and southeastern Wyoming in 2012.

UW sets record for research funding

LARAMIE (AP) — The University of Wyoming reports that its faculty members received a record $86 million in research funding during the 2012 fiscal year. Vice President for Research and Economic Development Bill Gern says the accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because federal research funding has been restrained lately.

Chamber seeks donations to plow, open Yellowstone gate

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce launched a fundraising campaign Thursday to raise $50,000 to hire state snow plows to clear the road through the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and open up the gate two weeks sooner than currently planned. The chamber would match donations for a goal of getting Read More

Officials warn grizzlies emerging

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Officials at Yellowstone National Park say grizzly bears are emerging from their dens. Park officials say that as grizzlies come out of hibernation, hikers, skiers and people on snowshoes should stay in groups of three of more, make noise on the trail and carry bear spray.

Wyo. man accused of killing 3 sons gets evaluation

WHEATLAND (AP) — A Wyoming father charged with killing his three sons and brother in 2011 has been undergoing extensive mental health evaluations as authorities try to determine if he can be ruled competent to stand trial. Everett Conant III, 37, is charged with killing sons Joseph, 11, Charles, 13, and Everett, 18, at their Read More

Casper smoking ban talks continue

March 13, 2013

CASPER (AP) — Casper residents likely won’t get a chance to weigh in on whether to repeal or change the city’s smoking ban until at least next month. Mayor Kenyne Schlager said Wednesday that city councilors want to discuss proposed changes one more time after hearing back from the city attorney. She said that would Read More

Iowa company will search for Wyoming education director

ROCK SPRINGS (AP) — An Iowa-based company will lead the national search for the person who will lead Wyoming’s education department. The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reported Wednesday that the state education board selected Ray and Associates, Inc. of Cedar Rapids. It was the only company that proposed using social media and finishing the search Read More

Wyoming Supreme Court hears Riverton killing appeal Tuesday

CHEYENNE (AP) — A lawyer for a Riverton man serving a life sentence for murder told the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday that his client’s conviction was a miscarriage of justice. Gabriel Drennen was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of Leroy Hoster, 29. Lawyers on both sides say Drennen shot Hoster, who Read More

Crashes near Casper on Interstate 25 kill 2

CASPER (AP) — Authorities say wintry conditions caused two fatal crashes east and west of Casper.Russ Dalgarn, Converse County’s emergency manager, tells The Casper Star-Tribune a man driving a tractor-trailer was killed when the vehicle skidded off a bridge on Interstate 25 near Glenrock on Monday morning. The truck driver’s name has not been released.

Mont. gov. overhauls Fish, Wildlife, Parks panel

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The governor has named three new members to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission, an overhaul to the panel that is a lightning rod on issues from wolf and bison management to conflicts between landowners and hunters. Richard Stuker of Chinook, Matthew Tourtlotte of Billings and Lawrence Wetsit of Wolf Read More

Police seek source of Gillette’s mystery blast

GILLETTE (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine the origin of a blast that shook homes and businesses across Gillette.The Gillette News Record reports sheriff’s deputies and police were sent out across the western half of town at about 1 p.m. Tuesday to locate the source of the blast.Investigators have not determined the source of Read More

Wind farm tax deal hits Converse County revenue

March 12, 2013

DOUGLAS (AP) — A property tax settlement between Wyoming and Duke Energy will result in less tax revenue for Converse County. The Wyoming Department of Revenue originally valued Duke’s Top of the World wind farm near Glenrock at nearly $415 million.

Sculpture to honor late UW employee

March 11, 2013

LARAMIE (AP) — Friends describe the late Tommy Thompson as the “perfect unsung ambassador” for the University of Wyoming, a man with a warm and infectious smile and a dedicated employee who worked hard to beautify his campus. “What made Tommy such an institution at (UW) was that everyone knew (him) — 33 years of Read More

Game & Fish looks at cuts after fee hikes nixed

CASPER (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering a range of cuts after the Legislature decided not to approve license fee increases. The cuts could include not stocking more than a million fish next year. Game and Fish might also postpone habitat projects and cancel an annual hunting and fishing expo.

Man denies shooting father in Lockwood gunfight

BILLINGS (AP) — A 23-year-old man charged with shooting his father in the back during a gunfight in Lockwood has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a weapon. Brandon Jay Joseph White appeared before District Judge Mary Jane Knisley on Friday by video from the Yellowstone County jail. He also denied an Read More

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