Category Archives: Regional News

Mead calls Legislature’s spending cuts unnecessary

Mead calls Legislature’s spending cuts unnecessary

By Andrew Graham, WyoFile CHEYENNE — The Legislature’s proposed budget cuts are unnecessary and could hurt Wyoming citizens and slow efforts to diversify the state’s economy, Gov. Matt Mead said in an interview Friday. Mead again said he does not believe Wyoming citizens have felt the full effect of the “dramatic cuts” to state spending made last… Continue Reading

Wyoming Guard member recognized as outstanding

CHEYENNE — Members of the Wyoming National Guard were recognized for their outstanding service during 2016 at the Outstanding Solider and Airman of the Year banquet, Jan. 7. The following individual was recognized for his leadership, military bearing, knowledge of military customs, community service and personal achievements. Chief Warrant Officer 2, Brandon Adsit, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery… Continue Reading

Western Sugar: The countdown begins

Western Sugar: The countdown begins

TORRINGTON — In a letter to Torrington Mayor Mike Varney, Western Sugar Cooperative announced it will lay off 86 full-time employees beginning Nov. 14. The exit of those 86 employees will effectively end sugar-manufacturing operations at the Torrington plant, which began processing sugar beets in 1925 as one of the five Holly Sugar plants located… Continue Reading

Before Brad Pitt, there was Gary Korell

Before Brad Pitt,  there was Gary Korell

TORRINGTON — Growing up on a farm, there was always plenty of work to be done, but Gary Korell’s father always made time for fishing. “My brothers and I can blame our fishing habits on our father,” said Korell, who fly fishes year round and spends his evenings tying flies. Each year, their dad would take… Continue Reading

Challenger to Trump hopes to make Wyo. ballot

CASPER — An establishment Republican challenger to Donald Trump is making a hurried effort to stand as an independent presidential candidate on Wyoming’s general election ballot in November. Supporters of Evan McMullin are hoping to gather the 3,302 signatures required by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Monday deadline. McMullin, a former CIA operative and chief policy… Continue Reading

Post-primary fundraiser for Greene upsets Hardy campaign

CHEYENNE — U.S. House candidate Charlie Hardy’s campaign is crying foul after Democratic Party organizers advertised a Cheyenne fundraiser for Ryan Greene, Hardy’s opponent in the Aug. 16 primary. Several members of the Laramie County Democratic Party, including at least one elected precinct committeeman, sent out a flyer last week advertising an Aug. 21 house party fundraiser… Continue Reading

Gillette to bid to host NHSFR for longer stints

Gillette to bid to host NHSFR for longer stints

GILLETTE — The National High School Rodeo Association has shown some interest in a Cam-plex proposal that the Gillette facility host the National High School Finals Rodeo more often than just two out of every six years as it does now, said Paul Foster, Cam-plex general manager. On the heels of the 2016 NHSFR in… Continue Reading

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

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