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Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

A final report from a legislative committee that has spent more than a year investigating state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says Hill's actions in office amounted to misconduct and she should be formally rebuked.

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Wyoming Democrats: Do not cross over and vote GOP on primary

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Democratic Party leadership discouraged registered Democrats from voting in the Aug. 19 Republican primary, saying moderates in the GOP need to stand up to the extreme right wing on their own.

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Dems accuse Mead of softening on Medicaid expansion; Mead denies

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pete Gosar accused Gov. Matt Mead of changing his stance on Medicaid expansion from opposing it to warming up to it.

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Mother of 'Ninja' Dorian pleads not guilty to felony fraud

Mother of 'Ninja' Dorian pleads not guilty to felony fraud

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper mother who allegedly exaggerated her son’s medical condition to collect thousands of dollars from the community pleaded not guilty to felony theft in court Tuesday morning.

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UW Dean: Bar has been raised for new education students

CASPER, Wyo. — An associate dean in the University of Wyoming College of Education responded to recent critiques of her college by saying she would love to talk with anyone about the program and its students.

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Wyoming oil production steady through July

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming oil’s slow and steady climb continued through the first half of 2014.

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Weather predictions mean Wyoming fire season may remain light

Weather predictions mean Wyoming fire season may remain light

Wyoming’s wildfire season this year has not yet turned into much. As of mid-July, the state has experienced only a handful of small fires. Few have grown larger than initial attacks, said state forester Bill Crapser.

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Campaign: Staffer sent obscene sketch to ex-aide

CASPER, Wyo. — The campaign for Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Murray acknowledges that one of its staff members sent an obscene sketch to a former campaign assistant but insists the matter was a joke among friends.

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Officials say Wyoming fire season may stay light

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s wildfire season this year has not yet turned into much. As of mid-July, the state has experienced only a handful of small fires. Few have grown larger than initial attacks, said state forester Bill Crapser.

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Sternberg fallout at UW: 8 of 11 top positions remain open

Sternberg fallout at UW: 8 of 11 top positions remain open

CASPER, Wyo. — Of the 11 administrators and college deans who resigned from the University of Wyoming leadership since about the time former President Bob Sternberg took office a year ago, eight of those positions are staffed by interim leaders or are still vacant.

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Superintendent candidate says Hill offered favor if he didn't run

CASPER, Wyo. — Bill Winney, one of three Republican candidates for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction, says current Superintendent Cindy Hill threatened to oppose his educator wife’s contested employment case before several state departments, including the Department of Education, …

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OSHA cites Western Sugar for 39 violations

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Workforce Service’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 violations at its Torrington and Lovell facilities.

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UW stays neutral on science standards

CASPER, Wyo. — University of Wyoming trustees opted not to take a stance on a set of educational benchmarks controversial in Wyoming for their national roots and for what they expect students to know about climate change.

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Wyoming's Cowboy Tough adventure race starts today

Wyoming's Cowboy Tough adventure race starts today

CASPER, Wyo. — The toughest racers, the ones willing to run for hours every day, paddle across a reservoir and ride their bikes hundreds of miles in blazing Wyoming heat, begin their challenge Thursday.

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Fact-check: Mead, Haynes stumble on some topics, numbers

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes, both Republicans, dropped numbers and facts during the 2014 Wyoming GOP Primary Gubernatorial Debate, as they argued their cases for why each should be the next Wyoming governor.

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Analysis: Debate flaws for Haynes on Yellowstone, Mead on refugees

Analysis: Debate flaws for Haynes on Yellowstone, Mead on refugees

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead began Tuesday’s GOP primary debate flat, two Republican insiders said, but he picked up momentum when he attacked challenger Taylor Haynes’ views on the state claiming federal lands, they said.

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Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a motion Wednesday to move forward unopposed to a motion that would change campaign finance laws giving third-party candidates the opportunity to raise funds during primary elections.

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Republican debate

Republican debate

Dr. Taylor Haynes, left, and Gov. Matt Mead respond to questions during a Republican primary debate Tuesday at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. The two are seeking the Republican nomination for Wyoming governor along with Cindy Hill, who did not attend the debate.

July 16, 2014 7:27 pm
Cowboy Tough

Cowboy Tough

Team McGinley Innovations ride down a dirt road towards Seminoe Reservoir July 19, 2013 during the second day of the Cameco and the City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race through Wyoming. The extreme 3 1/2-day race will take competitors on a 300-plus mile route from Cheyenne to Casper b…

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Gubernatorial debate at Casper College on Tuesday

Gubernatorial debate at Casper College on Tuesday

CASPER, Wyo. — Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday for first-come, first-served seating at the 2014 Wyoming Primary Gubernatorial Debate at Casper College.

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Mead announces launch of energy plan website

Mead announces launch of energy plan website

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead’s office has launched energy.wyo.gov, which illustrates progress on his energy strategy for Wyoming.

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State grants Wasatch Wind site granted final extension

State grants Wasatch Wind site granted final extension

CASPER, Wyo. — The Industrial Siting Council granted Wasatch Wind a final permit extension to begin construction on the company’s long-disputed Pioneer Park wind farm near Glenrock.

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University of Wyoming trustees plan meeting with legislative leaders

University of Wyoming trustees plan meeting with legislative leaders

CASPER, Wyo. — University of Wyoming trustees will kick off three days of meetings in Casper with a two-hour conversation regarding the university’s relationship with the Wyoming Legislature on Tuesday.

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Turbines stand out from the landscape

Turbines stand out from the landscape

Turbines stand out from the landscape at a wind farm in Shirley Basin. The Industrial Siting Council on Monday granted Wasatch Wind a permit extension for its proposed 46-turbine development near Glenrock, Wyo.

July 14, 2014 6:09 pm

Some school superintendents paid far more than state suggests

CASPER, Wyo. — Being a school district superintendent is no cakewalk.

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Gubernatorial candidates to debate on Tuesday

CASPER, Wyo. — Voters are invited to the 2014 Wyoming GOP gubernatorial debate Tuesday at Casper College.

July 12, 2014 5:32 pm

If elected, Hill would ban use of public records 'loophole'

CASPER, Wyo. — Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, who is running for governor as a Republican, promised that she will prohibit her employees from refusing to release public documents for reasons that the Wyoming Supreme Court recently declared legal.

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National groups launch science education campaign

CASPER, Wyo. — A cohort of national science education groups is increasing efforts to lobby for educational standards that include the teaching of climate change.

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State board declines to hear Two Elk challenge

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council voted 5-1 Thursday to dismiss a petition challenging the validity of a state air quality permit issued to the planned Two Elk power plant, which has yet to begin construction 18 years after it was first proposed.

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Powder River Basin coal producers face Korean tax

Powder River Basin coal producers face Korean tax

CASPER, Wyo. — Powder River Basin coal producers face a new tax in South Korea, which has emerged as one of the bigger foreign markets for American coal in recent years.

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Coal

Coal

A haul truck leaves a shovel-truck pit with a full load of coal at Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope mine, near Wright. Cloud Peak is the largest American exporter of coal to South Korea.

July 09, 2014 6:49 pm

Wyoming secretary of state candidates questioned for failure to vote

CASPER, Wyo. — The crowded race for Wyoming secretary of state assumed a more aggressive tone Tuesday after candidates accused Ed Murray, a Cheyenne Republican, and Ed Buchanan, a Torrington Republican, of failing to vote in the 2012 GOP primary election.

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Police release names in Casper murder-suicide case

CASPER — Casper Police released the names Tuesday of the two 20-year-olds involved in a murder-suicide in Casper in June.

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Wyoming firing squad execution bill released in draft form

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will consider a draft bill next week that would permit execution by firing squad.

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Sheridan mayor will replace Schiffer in Wyoming Senate

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the Johnson County and Sheridan County boards of commissioners selected Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey on Monday to fill the Senate District 22 seat left vacant after the death of Sen. John Schiffer.

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Three people die in Wyoming crashes in past week

CASPER, Wyo. — Three people died in separate crashes on Wyoming roads in the past week.

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Plumber continues recovery from burns sustained in June flash fire in Casper

Plumber continues recovery from burns sustained in June flash fire in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — The young plumber felt his flesh burning.

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Lovell principal named Wyoming principal of year

Scott O’Tremba was named principal of the year this week by the Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Numbers steady for UW domestic partner benefits

CASPER, Wyo. — The number of University of Wyoming employees receiving reimbursement to help pay for health benefits for their domestic partners has remained steady since the program started in 2011.

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With incumbency status, duties allow Gov. Mead added access

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead, who is seeking re-election, crisscrossed the state on June 6.

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Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

CASPER, Wyo. — A series of explosive accidents involving train cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota has prompted a national outcry for more information about the amount of oil traveling the country’s rail lines.

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Oil companies accused of discrimination

CASPER — The Equal Opportunity Commission and employees of Dart Energy and J&R Well Service are suing, accusing the companies of racial discrimination on job sites in Wyoming.

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Legislators say impeachment unlikely for embattled schools chief

Legislators say impeachment unlikely for embattled schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. — A 100-page report released last week chronicles misspending and intimidating leadership at the Wyoming Department of Education and could lay the groundwork for state Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill’s removal from office.

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More questions than answers raised by tiny, blond, 500-year-old mummy

More questions than answers raised by tiny, blond, 500-year-old mummy

George Gill hands over the never-published photos of the infant he calls Chiquita.

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Candidates say they would focus on funding smaller communities as SLIB member

CASPER, Wyo. — From investing in air service to laying down fiber-optic cable, candidates who, if elected, would sit on the State Loan and Investment Board said smaller communities could diversify and economically expand with some help.

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George Gill

George Gill

George Gill, University of Wyoming anthropology professor emeritus, is pictured in his office on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Laramie. Gill had the opportunity to examine and conduct tests on Chiquita, a 500-year-old mummified infant found in Wyoming that bears similarity to the long-lost Pe…

July 05, 2014 5:53 pm
George Gill

George Gill

At left, George Gill, University of Wyoming anthropology professor emeritus, is pictured in his office on June 19, 2013, in Laramie. Gill had the opportunity to examine and conduct tests on Chiquita, a 500-year-old mummified infant found in Wyoming that bears similarity to the long-lost Pedr…

July 05, 2014 5:52 pm

EPA waters redefinition causes uncertainty at the state level

CASPER, Wyo. — The Environmental Protection Agency rule that would redefine waters protected under the Clean Water Act appears relatively simple on the surface, but a shift in the rule’s definitions could greatly affect the implementation of the rule at the state and local levels.

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GOP survey asks if candidates would be OK with censure

The Park County Republican Party, which is largely led by tea party activists, sent candidates a questionnaire that has been called a litmus test.

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Las Vegas police capture Casper man who tried to run over wife

CASPER — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department apprehended a man who tried to run over his wife in Casper on Monday, authorities said Thursday.

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