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Wyoming considers empty missile silo for historic designation

CASPER, Wyo. — During last month’s budget session, Sen. Jim Anderson, of Glenrock, said it appeared Wyoming State Parks will soon need to hold bake sales to raise money.

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Wyoming-wide campaign launched for gay marriage

Wyoming-wide campaign launched for gay marriage

CHEYENNE -- A new statewide campaign in support of gay marriage kicked off Monday in front of the Capitol building in Cheyenne.

March 17, 2014 4:16 pmLoading…
Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill makes brief visit to Education Department

Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill makes brief visit to Education Department

CHEYENNE -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill returned briefly to the offices of the Wyoming Department of Education on Monday, but went no further than the receptionist's desk.

March 11, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming Senate confirms education department director appointment despite turmoil

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state Senate on Tuesday voted down an attempt to withhold confirmation for Richard Crandall, the governor-appointed director of the Wyoming Department of Education.

March 05, 2014 8:25 amLoading…
Halliburton donates $3M to proposed University of Wyoming energy research complex

Halliburton donates $3M to proposed University of Wyoming energy research complex

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Halliburton, a leading oil field services company, is giving $3 million to the University of Wyoming in support of a major new energy research complex and funding for research.

March 05, 2014 8:21 amLoading…

'Hill bill' special session dies in Wyoming House

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A bill to create a supercommittee study to prepare for a special session on the duties of the state superintendent of public instruction died in the House on Monday evening.

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Wyoming Senate panel denies death, disability benefits for state park rangers

CHEYENNE -- A bill to provide 21 state park rangers with death and disability benefits failed Monday in a Senate committee. House Bill 70 was one of three bills to die in the Senate as the Legislature entered the third week of the four-week budget session.

February 24, 2014 3:34 pmLoading…

Wyoming Medicaid expansion bill appears doomed

CHEYENNE -- Despite a succession of public testimony Wednesday in support of a Medicaid expansion bill, a state Senate committee declined to vote on the legislation, effectively killing it as the clock runs out on the short budget session.

February 20, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

1 of 6 Medicaid bills still alive

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature will consider at least one Medicaid expansion bill after the Senate voted Friday to introduce a compromise offered by Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie.

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Women value minimum-wage prospect

CHEYENNE — Wyoming is one of more than a dozen states that will look at an increase in their minimum wages this year.

February 10, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

House speaker: Education department, schools superintendent not top priorities this session

CHEYENNE — Beginning Monday, the Wyoming Legislature needs to focus on the proposed state budget and delay attention on the legal status of a 2013 law that stripped state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of many of her duties, legislative leaders say.

February 09, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Democrat Charlie Hardy says he's a serious candidate for Wyoming U.S. Senate seat

Democrat Charlie Hardy says he's a serious candidate for Wyoming U.S. Senate seat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Charlie Hardy of Cheyenne says he feels compelled to run for the U.S. Senate because of the need for someone to speak out for everyone in Wyoming, including those who are not being listened to.

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FBI: Accused bank robber homeless

FBI: Accused bank robber homeless

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Accused Casper bank robber James Pearson Thain is a homeless daily heroin user with a previous bank robbery conviction in Utah, according to a report read Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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Historic 'Big Boy' locomotive bound for repairs in Cheyenne

Historic 'Big Boy' locomotive bound for repairs in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE — Wyoming railroad buffs, or “trainiacs” as they are called sometimes, are excited about the prospect of getting back the biggest of the “Big Boy” steam locomotive engines.

February 04, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming legislators want to learn why less crime produces more prisoners

CHEYENNE — State officials pulled back a request for money to expand the medium-security prison at Torrington to take a deep look at Wyoming’s entire corrections system before adding more beds.

February 03, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Education Department employees anxious

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — There was tension Tuesday at the Wyoming Department of Education, where employees worried about their job futures as they went quietly about their duties.

January 29, 2014 4:30 pm

Legislators consider more money for special needs students

CHEYENNE — Key legislators are scheduled to vote this week on an additional $3.3 million for Wyoming preschools serving more than 4,000 special needs children from birth through age 5.

January 21, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming lawmaker: Legislature should vote on state land buys

CHEYENNE — Members of a key legislative committee will explore whether lawmaker approval should be required before the state buys any more large ranches.

January 20, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Batch of death penalty cases drains Wyoming Public Defender's Office budget

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A rash of actual and potential death penalty cases left the Wyoming Public Defender's Office pinched for money last year, the agency's director said Wednesday.

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Wyoming project aims to quell noise at railroad crossings

CHEYENNE — Russ Zimmer of Torrington isn’t bothered by the warning bleats of the horns as coal trains rumble through the middle of the downtown area. He lives abut a half mile away from the tracks.

January 13, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming legislative committee faces Medicaid expansion votes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services will receive explanations of several bills on Medicaid expansion during a meeting here Thursday.

January 09, 2014 10:30 amLoading…
Wyoming legislator wants to ban wearing of Google Glass while driving

Wyoming legislator wants to ban wearing of Google Glass while driving

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — State Sen. Floyd Esquibel says he’s trying to get one step ahead of technology with his bill to ban use of Google Glass while driving.

January 08, 2014 10:59 amLoading…

2014 Look Ahead: Legislature to vote on beer tax, medical marijuana bills

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature’s 2014 budget session won’t have a tussle over a fuel tax increase or a lottery.

January 06, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyomingites want dams and reservoirs -- so does Gov. Matt Mead

CHEYENNE — Early results from Gov. Matt Mead’s state water strategy initiative make at least one issue clear: Residents want more storage capacity, be it from dams or reservoirs.

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Governor wants feds to work on better relationship with states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead hopes Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will further commit to cooperation with and deference to the states during her keynote address today at the Western Governors' Association Conference in Las Vegas.

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Wyoming Judge Barton Voigt ducked spotlight in Matthew Shepard case

Wyoming Judge Barton Voigt ducked spotlight in Matthew Shepard case

CHEYENNE — Fifteen years later, people still recall vividly the brutal death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard following an attack by two young Laramie men.

December 08, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Cheyenne airline faces $304,000 FAA fine for de-icing issue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $304,000 civil penalty against Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne for allegedly conducting 19 flights in January 2011 with aircraft that weren’t in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

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New justice good fit for job

New justice good fit for job

CHEYENNE — The newest member of the Wyoming Supreme Court, Catherine “Kate” M. Fox, should be a good fit given that she is a scholar who enjoys researching and writing.

December 01, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming district Judge Peter Arnold announces retirement

CHEYENNE -- First Judicial District Judge Peter G. Arnold will retire effective April 1, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite announced Monday.

November 26, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming Supreme Court tosses drug conviction

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court threw out a Laramie man's felony drug conviction because he wasn't warned how it could affect his employment.

November 18, 2013 8:00 amLoading…
Carol Mead releases children's book of 'Wyoming Firsts'

Carol Mead releases children's book of 'Wyoming Firsts'

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Carol Mead’s focus as Wyoming’s first lady is children’s issues, including early literacy.

November 15, 2013 8:35 amLoading…
Grizzly encounter: State high court set to hear documents case

Grizzly encounter: State high court set to hear documents case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Nov. 21 in a lawsuit that attempts to obtain Gov. Matt Mead's documents regarding delisting the grizzly bear as an endangered species.

November 13, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming lawmakers set tone next week for budget session

CHEYENNE -- Pessimism or optimism? The tenor of next week's Joint Appropriations Committee meeting figures to have a significant impact on early next year's state Legislature session.

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Cheyenne school kids honor veterans — human and canine

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day, students at Cheyenne’s Cole Elementary School got to meet military heroes Wednesday.

November 07, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Panel OKs $4.5M more for Capitol project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The top elected state officials Wednesday approved spending an additional $4.5 million for preliminary work on the Wyoming Capitol that is needed before renovation.

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Wyoming's CNG Civic stays close to home

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation has one dedicated 100 percent natural gas vehicle, a Honda Civic that can go for 220 miles on a tank of fuel.

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Bill boosts standards for funeral workers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill to set up a State Board of Funeral Service to regulate funeral service practitioners received preliminary approval from a Wyoming Legislature committee Thursday.

November 01, 2013 9:30 amLoading…

Wyoming government employees may pay more for retirement

CHEYENNE — State government workers may see their retirement contributions take another small jump next year, but they are hoping a pay raise will soften the impact on their paychecks.

October 27, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Mead: Asian officials eager to buy Wyoming coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Officials in Taiwan and South Korea are eager to buy Wyoming coal to satisfy an expected 250 percent increase in demand for the product during the next decade, Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday.

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Investment returns bolster Wyoming budget

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead says no state agency budget cuts will be necessary in 2014 and more spending will be possible thanks to returns on investments that have put state revenues $333 million ahead of this year's early budget projections.

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Access to medical care biggest concern at Wyoming forum

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Concern about access to health care and to the right health care was the foremost comment Monday at a public forum on a new Medicaid study by the Wyoming Department of Health.

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Bill limits Wyoming state agency land purchases

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead wants to get a better handle on the amount of private land state agencies are buying by requiring them to receive approval from the state Board of Land Commissioners.

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New Wyoming Bar member’s ancestor was territorial chief justice

New Wyoming Bar member’s ancestor was territorial chief justice

CHEYENNE — U.S. Army Capt. Brian Stransky found the picture of his ancestor on the wall on the third floor of the Wyoming Supreme Court building.

October 12, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

Wyoming officials call for timeout on missile silo cleanup

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will honor a state request to temporarily halt the cleanup of groundwater contamination at an abandoned Atlas missile site west of Cheyenne.

October 09, 2013 9:15 amLoading…

Wyoming homeowner facing foreclosure? Here's where to get free counseling

Homeowners facing foreclosure can get free professional counseling through a new program financed by five major lending institutions.

October 07, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

Jackson gets $8M federal grant for public bus project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The town of Jackson has received an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the community's bus storage facility and pathways project.

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Utility rate hike hearing Monday

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A public hearing on Rocky Mountain Power’s application for a $24 million rate increase is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday before the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

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Beer tax increase on Wyoming legislative committee's menu

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Members of the Wyoming Legislature’s Revenue Committee expect a full house when they discuss a proposed increase in the state tax on beer Friday in Buffalo.

September 12, 2013 8:45 amLoading…

Wyoming Community College Commission director calls for remedial course changes

CHEYENNE -- The director of the Wyoming Community College Commission says the state should require remedial courses for affected students while still in high school rather than waiting until they enter college.

September 07, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

Colorado marijuana law worries Cheyenne police chief

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The impact on Cheyenne of Colorado's new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana isn’t known yet because the neighboring state is still working on rules to govern sales, the city's police chief says.

September 05, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

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