Category Archives: Regional News

Wyoming Retirement System fires investment officer

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Retirement System on Monday fired its chief investment officer following federal insider trading charges on transactions that predate his state employment. Retirement System Executive Director Thomas Williams said he has dismissed Chief Investment Officer John Johnson of Arvada, Colo. The Security and Exchange Commission last month filed insider trading charges… Continue Reading

Studies: WY and CO benefit by combining wind power

CASPER — Wyoming and Colorado would benefit by combining their wind energy resources, studies released Monday by the University of Wyoming and a national research laboratory show. One study conducted by the university’s Wind Research Center showed that Wyoming’s wind is stronger than Colorado’s and blows during the day, the ideal time to meet Colorado… Continue Reading

Suspect in Colo. prison chief’s death got out early

DENVER (AP) — Because of a paperwork error, the suspect in last month’s killing of Colorado’s corrections chief was freed from prison in January — four years earlier than authorities intended. Judicial officials acknowledged Monday that Evan Spencer Ebel’s previous felony conviction had been inaccurately recorded and his release was a mistake. Continue Reading

Wyoming’s strong economy pushes rise in homelessness

CHEYENNE – Robert Larsen spent three years crisscrossing the country looking for work. He cleaned oil from Florida beaches after the BP oil spill. He found work in the booming oil fields of North Dakota until a disagreement with his boss cost him his job. He chased leads in Colorado , New Jersey, Nevada and… Continue Reading

Snow King resort undergoes major remodel

JACKSON (AP) — Stepping off the elevator on the fifth floor of the east wing of Snow King Resort, a damp mustiness creeps up on you. While leading a tour of the lodge recently, Jim Goslin, its director of sales and marketing for the past six years, said that in some parts of the hotel… Continue Reading

Search underway for Miles Community College president

MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — Miles Community College has begun its search for a new president.The last day of the current president, Stefani Hicswa, is May 31.Hicswa says an interim president will likely be appointed because it will be difficult to find a permanent replacement in that time. Continue Reading

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

Federal government wants $18 million back from timber counties

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service’s demands that rural timber counties pay back millions of dollars in federal subsidies under automatic budget cuts have outraged members of Congress from both parties and caused concern in those counties with struggling economies. Thirty-one members of the House this week sent a letter to the… 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

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