Category Archives: Regional News

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

3 face June trial in Wyoming wind farm fraud case

CHEYENNE (AP) — Three defendants are set to stand trial in June on federal charges that they defrauded investors of more than $4 million by promoting non-existent wind farms projects in Wyoming and South Dakota. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper has set aside three weeks for a trial starting June 3. The U.S.… Continue Reading

Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyo. wild horses

CHEYENNE (AP) — A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming. Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in four herd… Continue Reading

Wyo. police dog lauded by national officers group

LARAMIE (AP) — The driver’s door to the white Albany County Sheriff’s Office SUV is marked “Luger,” and when it opens, out bounds the passenger. The 3-year-old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia is black, tan and sturdy.He is 85 pounds of fur and friendliness. He’s tethered by a thick black leash to his handler, roommate and… Continue Reading

Survey: Mountain pine beetle declines in Wyo.

CHEYENNE (AP) — An aerial survey shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic declined across Wyoming’s forests last year except for the Black Hills area in the northeast part of the state. The U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming State Forestry Division announced the results of the survey this week. Continue Reading

Groups to sue coal producers, shippers over coal dust

CASPER (AP) — Environmental groups in the Pacific Northwest are threatening several of Wyoming’s largest coal producers and a major rail company with a pollution lawsuit. But the companies named in the suit show few signs of going down without a fight. A group led by the Sierra Club — an active opponent of coal… Continue Reading

Shepard Symposium this week

LARAMIE (AP) — The University of Wyoming is holding its 17th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice this week. The event begins Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. The symposium seeks to promote dialogue on issues related to social justice, particularly within the context of public education. Continue Reading

Plea deal for Riverton man charged in baby’s death

CASPER (AP) — A Riverton man who was criminally charged after a baby in his care died in 2011 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Jonathan David Marshall entered his plea Monday. He originally faced charges including first-degree murder and child abuse after the death of 7-month-old Eli C’ Bearing of the Wind River Indian… Continue Reading

Drought conditions worsen in SE Montana

BILLINGS (AP) — Drought conditions in southeastern Montana have worsened due to an unusually dry March, with extreme conditions reported for most of Yellowstone and Treasure counties. Billings is at the center of the drought, with the first three months of 2013 the seventh-driest since tracking began at Billings Logan International Airport 79 years ago. Continue Reading

Rock-bottom natural gas price driving big shift to oil

CASPER — In a swamped market, companies that historically produce natural gas are switching commodities.They’re drilling for crude oil. Since a glut of natural gas from the eastern and southern United States has overwhelmed Wyoming’s strong hold on the market, producers aren’t pretending like it’s 2006. Instead of dreaming for $7 per million BTUs, or… Continue Reading

NM man admits setting Hitching Post fire

CHEYENNE (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy charges in the 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne. Forty-four year old Robert Rodriguez admitted torching the main building of the Hitching Post Inn, which had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades. Continue Reading

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