Category Archives: Regional News

Immigrant reporting repeal advances in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado requirement that local law enforcement report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities moved closer Friday to coming off the books. The Democratic House gave preliminary approval to repealing the 2006 law. Continue Reading

Authorities not ruling out any motives in Colo. correction chief killing

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — In the weeks before Colorado’s top prisons official was fatally shot after answering his front door, he carried out a variety of functions including requesting execution chemicals and speaking to legislators about security issues. It’s unknown what role Tom Clements’ position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections might… Continue Reading

District attorney DNA results don’t end rape case

CHEYENNE (AP) — A Wyoming district attorney said Wednesday he plans to review an old rape case in response to lawyers’ claims that new DNA testing proves the innocence of a man who has served 23 years in prison. Recent testing at a state lab showed inmate Andrew J. Johnson, 63, was not the source… Continue Reading

Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, and police are searching for the gunman. Tom Clements was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, said Lt. Jeff Kramer, of the El Paso… Continue Reading

Anschutz to halt drilling next to Glacier Park

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Denver-based energy exploration company says it will stop drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation next to Glacier National Park. Anschutz Exploration Corp. has drilled 14 exploratory wells on the western side of the reservation closest to the park, drawing protests from conservationists and concern from park officials.The company said in… Continue Reading

Colo. school security group rejects guns

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Grand Junction group considering security options for schools is rejecting arming teachers or volunteers, opting instead for panic buttons and bullet-proof windows to protect children and teachers. The District 51 School Security and Safety Work Group is making its recommendations on Tuesday. The group has never been able to… Continue Reading

Organizations work to curb Laramie binge drinking

LARAMIE (AP) — Laramie’s binge-drinking culture isn’t unique among college towns, and it’s a problem people have been working on for a long time, according to local experts. Tracy Young, a community prevention professional with the Coalition to Prevent Substance Abuse, said the Laramie community is generally proactive when it comes to addressing substance abuse… Continue Reading

Weld County sheriff refuses to enforce gun bills

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.” Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

MT House panel hears bill on gay sex

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Casper smoking ban talks continue

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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