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Casper City Councilman says he will offer to buy metal detectors for Kelly Walsh, Natrona County High

Casper City Councilman Dallas Laird said he plans to offer the Natrona County school board two metal detectors for the district's two large high schools in the wake of yet another deadly shooting at yet another American school.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 11:45 am

Barrasso's carbon capture bills moves forward with bipartisan support

A bill that unanimously passed the Environmental Public Works Committee on Tuesday in Washington attracted both senators worried about climate change and ones worried about the future of coal.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 1:00 am

Wyoming jobless rate falls to 3.8 percent in April

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in April, the lowest the rate has been since November 2008.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

2 Wyoming highways opened after seasonal closure

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Crews have plowed open two Wyoming mountain highways in the southeast part of the state.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 9:45 pm

Wyoming school district to discipline students who walk out of class

CODY, Wyo. — A Wyoming school district is not allowing any more students to walk out of class during the school day without consequences.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 5:09 pm

Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 11:15 am

Trial set for Wyoming man accused of killing pregnant woman

JACKSON, Wyo. — A Wyoming man charged in the July 2016 shooting deaths of his girlfriend and her unborn baby at a cabin in Idaho is scheduled to go to trial in June 2019.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 2:00 am

Wyoming school board approves “phone-free” plan

PINEDALE — The Sublette County School Board No. 1 recently voted unanimously to make Pinedale Middle School and Pinedale High School phone-free learning environments beginning next year.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:45 am

Large solar project in southwest Wyoming moves forward

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — County commissioners in southwest Wyoming have granted a conditional-use permit to build the first major commercial solar energy project in the state.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:30 am

Cause of 2016 Wyoming plane crash determined

WORLAND – The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a final accident report for a December 2016 airplane crash that killed a Thermopolis man and injured his passenger.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:15 am

Jackson antler auction yields nearly $174,000

JACKSON, Wyo. — The annual auction of antlers gathered from the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming has generated nearly $174,000.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 12:45 am

Wyoming school district to conduct active shooter drill, will not use gunfire or toy weapon

One school in Casper will go through an active shooter drill this week, a Natrona County School District official said Monday, but the exercise will not include the sound of gunfire or the use of anything resembling a weapon.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 12:30 am

Wyoming opposes Supreme Court review of boundary dispute

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Attorneys for the state of Wyoming say the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have not raised any new issues in a boundary dispute with the state that would merit a U.S. Supreme Court review.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 12:15 am

Gillette man changes plea to guilty in death of wife

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A 46-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife last year at their Gillette home.

Published on 21 May 2018 | 7:01 pm

Bigger than ever, wind is coming to Wyoming

The North Platte River weaves its way through ranch land and prairie as it flows east past Glenrock on its way to Nebraska.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 2:00 am

In unassuming Wyoming, a quest to change the national and global future of coal

The carbon dioxide drifting out of Dry Fork Station, a coal-fired power plant in northern Wyoming, may come to be part of Gov. Matt Mead’s lasting energy legacy: the site of the largest carbon capture research facility in North America.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 10:45 pm

Cody school district looks for firearms trainers

CODY — The Cody School District is ready to request proposals from businesses to train qualified and selected teachers to conceal carry firearms in the schools.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 12:30 am

Study values UW football's media exposure at more than $159 million

University of Wyoming football generated media exposure valued at over $159 million for the period from Aug. 1, 2017 through May 14, 2018, according to the final results of a UW-commissioned study.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 12:00 am

New Wyoming police chief quits weeks after accepting job

TORRINGTON -– The search for a new leader for the Torrington Police Department will begin again as David Hulshizer, who was offered the position earlier this month, quit.

Published on 18 May 2018 | 11:00 pm

UW looks to decide rates more than year in advance

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming will be enacting tuition increases earlier in order to give prospective students and their families more time to plan for college costs.

Published on 18 May 2018 | 9:30 pm

Wyoming troopers seize $425,000 worth of meth

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says troopers seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $425,000 following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Sweetwater County.

Published on 18 May 2018 | 6:00 am

NTSB determines engine stall to blame for 2016 Wyoming plane crash

WORLAND, Wyo. — The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is likely to blame for a December 2016 plane crash in central Wyoming that killed the pilot and injured a passenger.

Published on 17 May 2018 | 10:55 pm

Sportsmen push back on oil and gas leasing in western Wyoming mule deer migration corridor

Conservation groups and sportsmen are asking federal land managers to keep oil and gas leases out of a famous mule deer migration corridor in southwest Wyoming, at least until a regional plan exists to mitigate energy development.

Published on 16 May 2018 | 2:30 am

Petition asks Evanston schools not to allow armed teachers

EVANSTON — A lengthy agenda resulted in a four-hour meeting for the Uinta County School District No. 1 board of trustees for the regular meeting last week not including time spent in executive session.

Published on 16 May 2018 | 2:00 am

Former Wyoming school bus driver sentenced for sex assault

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A former school bus driver in Wyoming has been sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage teens.

Published on 15 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

Second Democrat announces run for Wyoming's US House seat

CASPER, Wyo. — A retired U.S. Department of Transportation employee has become the second Democrat to enter the race for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat.

Published on 15 May 2018 | 9:45 pm

Civil rights investigation into Wyoming college concludes

CODY, Wyo. — Northwest College in northern Wyoming has agreed to implement a number of policy revisions and changes as a result of a pair of federal civil rights investigations.

Published on 15 May 2018 | 8:15 pm

Wyoming GOP official criticized for sharing article on social media

GILLETTE — A Gillette GOP official is catching flak for sharing an article on social media that compares gay rights activists to Nazis. She said she believes the situation has been “blown out of proportion” and that she is being…

Published on 15 May 2018 | 2:30 am

Wounded Casper police officer now breathing unassisted, can answer questions

A Casper police officer wounded in a May 6 shootout is now breathing unassisted and can nod and shake his head in response to yes or no questions.

Published on 15 May 2018 | 2:00 am

Supreme Court won't take Wyoming murder case

WASHINGTON — A Wyoming man who was 16 when he fatally shot another teenager in the head at point-blank range will be resentenced for the killing after the Supreme Court declined to step in to the case.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 10:15 pm

Police identify man killed in Cheyenne last week

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming authorities have identified a man killed last week in south Cheyenne as 61-year-old Joseph S. Tortolito.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

Critics say Wyoming's animal protection laws are weak

On a weekday morning last month at the Pet Ring Foundation, a wrinkly-faced English bulldog ignored everyone else in the room as he tenaciously chased a tennis ball across the Casper shelter's blue floors.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

Wyoming sees increase in highway blow-overs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Despite the efforts of the Wyoming Department of Transportation and other agencies, the number of blow-over crashes involving light and high-profile vehicles has increased on Interstates 25 and 80 over the last four years.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 8:01 pm

Four Wyoming schools placed on lockout after car backfiring was mistaken for gunshots

Four Casper schools were placed on a brief lockout Monday morning after a car backfiring was mistaken for gunshots, authorities said.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 7:25 pm

Tied to coal, Kemmerer’s future looks uncertain

Fossil fuel critics are questioning a Wyoming plan to spend up to $22.5 million in public funds to expand a coal mine even as its owner appears headed for bankruptcy and a key customer prepares to curtail consumption.

Published on 14 May 2018 | 12:00 am

Cheyenne school district under federal investigation for Title IX, disability discrimination

Laramie County School District No. 1 is under federal investigation for allegations of sexual and disability discrimination, an administrator confirmed last week.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 11:45 pm

Game and Fish reduces allowable female grizzly kills to one

JACKSON — State wildlife managers have halved the number of female grizzly bears that hunters could target this fall, a change that means hunters will be limited to one-at-a-time access in the core of the species’ range in Wyoming.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 11:30 pm

New Cheyenne airport terminal 70 percent complete

CHEYENNE — The new Cheyenne Regional Airport terminal construction is roughly 70 percent complete, with rooms and baggage claim facilities clearly defined.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 11:15 pm

UW adds cybersecurity certificate program

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved creation of a cybersecurity certificate program.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 11:00 pm

Wyoming 75-year-old pleads guilty to stealing $21K from man

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 75-year-old former caregiver accused of stealing over $21,000 from a man with dementia has pleaded guilty in a Wyoming court to exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 10:45 pm

A Wyoming mother and her daughters found a new bond through a shared calling as nurses

For 14 weeks, Carol Gallup took care of Sam and the IV that was almost always buried in his arm.Sam was her foster son. The boy had been homeless and living with two siblings in the mountains of Tooele Valley…

Published on 13 May 2018 | 12:00 pm

University of Wyoming chef wins award, takes home inspiration

LARAMIE — Mathew Branson started working in food service on his 14th birthday and never left the business — developing a lifelong passion for all things culinary that continues to influence and inspire those around him.

Published on 13 May 2018 | 12:00 am

Group petitions Wyoming governor to put off grizzly hunt

JACKSON, Wyo. — The National Parks Conservation Association has turned in a petition with about 33,000 signatures calling on Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to put off or curtail a planned grizzly bear hunt.

Published on 12 May 2018 | 10:30 pm

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor departs after 10 years

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's conductor and music director is departing after a decade leading the Casper orchestra.

Published on 12 May 2018 | 10:15 pm

Wyoming authorities find body, wounded gunshot victim near Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Laramie County sheriff's officials say they discovered a dead man and a woman with a gunshot wound in a pasture south of Cheyenne.

Published on 12 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

Cheyenne students learn from Tuskegee airman

CHEYENNE - Franklin Macon, an original Tuskegee Airman, spoke Thursday to students who don't enjoy school.

Published on 12 May 2018 | 2:00 am

Riverton school trustees praise superintendent's response to radio interview

RIVERTON — Members of the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees board vocally and unanimously praised superintendent Terry Snyder this week for criticizing claims by a radio host who suggested during an on-air interview with Snyder that homosexuality…

Published on 12 May 2018 | 12:00 am

Three killed in wreck near Meeteetse

POWELL — Three people were killed in a head-on crash between Meeteetse and Thermopolis on Tuesday afternoon including a Northwest College student.

Published on 11 May 2018 | 11:45 pm

Wounded Casper police officer opens eyes, continues to improve

The Casper Police Department announced Friday that the medical condition of an officer injured in last weekend's shootout continues to improve.

Published on 11 May 2018 | 11:30 pm

Former Casper juvenile detention center worker accused of sexually assaulting inmate

A former juvenile detention center worker has been accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate at the facility.

Published on 11 May 2018 | 11:15 pm

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