Author Archives: Associated Press

Wyoming ‘feels the Bern’

Wyoming ‘feels the Bern’

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming Democrats handed presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders another victory Saturday over front-runner Hillary Clinton, but the small delegate prize was split evenly between them. Officials say the caucuses in 23 counties resulted in seven delegates each after Sanders won 56 percent of the votes cast and Clinton collected 44 percent. The win… Continue Reading

Northeast Wyoming reels from mining layoffs

WRIGHT (AP) — The day the layoffs came, a cigarette and a cold beer could do only so much. At Hank’s Roadside Bar and Grill in Wright, Thursday could have been a normal day. ESPN and Fox News were on the TV screens, a midday crowd sipped Coors Light. But the folks inside who still… Continue Reading

BNSF: About 4,600 employees furloughed nationwide

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The chairman of BNSF Railway said about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal. The Billings Gazette reports Matthew Rose spoke Wednesday during the Montana Energy conference in Billings. He says the furloughs amount to about 10 percent of the railroad’s… Continue Reading

Need a comforting chicken dish?

Type “chicken recipe” into Google and watch as millions of suggestions line up, page after page, at your beck and call. There is no shortage of ways to cook our favorite bird. But often what I really want when I crave chicken is something that will comfort and soothe: a meal that is the equivalent… Continue Reading

Wyoming losing people because of energy downturn

CHEYENNE (AP) — More people are leaving Wyoming than are coming to the state in the wake of thousands of jobs being lost in the fossil fuels extraction industry, and it’s a trend that an economist doesn’t see reversing until oil and gas prices rebound. “We have to wait for oil and gas supply and… 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

Future uncertain as native education program shuts down

Future uncertain as native education program shuts down

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Woodrow Pretty On Top is in the zone. “How many are on top?” asks Rhett Bowers, a paraprofessional at Crow Agency Elementary School, showing the third-grader a flashcard with two rows of dots. “Eight,” says Pretty On Top, a fourth-grader. There are also eight dots on the bottom, which he adds… 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

QB Nick Smith prepares to start for Wyoming

LARAMIE (AP) — When Nick Smith finished fall camp as Wyoming’s No. 3 quarterback, the redshirt freshman figured he wouldn’t see the field much this season. Maybe in garbage time, at the end of a big win or a big loss, once the starters were finished. So in Week 2, when his number was called… Continue Reading

Wyoming wide receiver Jake Maulhardt off to career year

LARAMIE (AP) — Midway through his junior season, Wyoming wide receiver Jake Maulhardt is already off to a career year. After six games, the Camarillo, California, native boasts 30 receptions for 312 yards and three touchdowns. All three stats are career highs. “I’ve been waiting the past two years and just accepting my role,” Maulhardt… Continue Reading

Same-sex marriage: It’s the law of the land

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing… Continue Reading

Sheridan man pleads guilty in counterfeiting case

CASPER (AP) — A man and a woman have pleaded guilty to counterfeiting-related charges in federal court in Casper. The change-of-plea hearings for Wyatt T. McMahon, of Sheridan, and Amanda Buell, of Buffalo, were held Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl. KTWO radio in Casper reports that McMahon pleaded guilty to one count… Continue Reading

Access disagreement stalls new coal mine

SHERIDAN (AP) — A legal dispute over surface access has threatened to derail a company’s plan to open a new coal mine in northern Wyoming that could employ 600 people. Ramaco Wyoming Coal had hoped to open the proposed Brook Mine a few miles north of Sheridan next year. The company plans to mine up… Continue Reading

UW to provide student-athletes $3,200 for expenses

UW to provide student-athletes $3,200 for expenses

LARAMIE (AP) — For student-athletes, it’s good news. For schools having to fund it, it’s a challenge. Yet it’s something most feel they have to do to remain competitive. Athletics departments at the NCAA Division I level will leap into uncharted territory Aug. 1 by providing the full cost of attendance to existing scholarships for… Continue Reading

UW’s Larry Nance Jr. invited to NBA Draft Combine

LARAMIE (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. has received an invitation to participate in the NBA’s Draft Combine in Chicago next week. He is the first Wyoming Cowboy to participate in the event since Theo Ratliff in 1995. The invite-only NBA Draft Combine is a showcase where players show their basketball skills to league personnel, as… Continue Reading

I-80 closes again due to crash

I-80 closes again due to crash

LARAMIE (AP) — Trucks and cars piled into one another in dense fog on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming, resulting in a fiery chain-reaction crash that killed one person and injured 16 others Monday. The crash in a rural area 18 miles west of Laramie occurred four days after several pileups during a blinding snowstorm… Continue Reading

UW plans $44 million athletic center improvement

UW plans $44 million athletic center improvement

LARAMIE (AP) — The University of Wyoming announced plans for a $44 million expansion and renovation of its athletic training and student-athlete facilities on the Laramie campus. The new addition will be called the High Altitude Performance Center. It will be built onto the current Rochelle Athletics Center on the north end of War Memorial… Continue Reading

Sheridan VA wait times far below national average

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming veterans are experiencing fewer long delays for medical appointments at federal hospitals and clinics around the state as compared to the national average. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health system’s standards call for veterans to be seen within 30 days for non-emergency appointments. A national review of VA records by… Continue Reading

Gov. Matt Mead: I will wage fight for Wyoming coal

Gov. Matt Mead: I will wage fight for Wyoming coal

CHEYENNE (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead is pledging to keep fighting “with bulldog determination” for the future of Wyoming coal. Mead told Wyoming legislators in his state of the state address Wednesday that he has never seen an onslaught against a single industry like what he described as the Barack Obama administration’s anti-coal agenda. Mead,… Continue Reading

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