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Wyoming cities spared in governor’s proposed budget

December 1, 2016 in News

Local governments don’t need to panic. Yet. In his Wednesday budget recommendations to lawmakers, Gov. Matt Mead asked the Legislature to transfer $105 million it had already pledged to local governments through 2018. “We have to follow through with that commitment,” Mead said. “The strength of Wyoming requires strong local governments that are in good shape that can maintain their roads and keep businesses open.” ... continue reading

Hundreds attend funeral for Vietnam vet whose lonely death drew national attention

November 30, 2016 in News

They came in jeans and boots, in cowboy hats and leather jackets, in Navy sailor hats and Army fatigues to stand in the snow and honor a man they never knew. They filled the pews of the chapel, shoulder to shoulder in heavy winter jackets, and lined the stone walls. When the chapel was full, hundreds more spilled into the entryway and onto the icy grounds of the cemetery.They came in jeans and boots, in cowboy hats and leather jackets, in Navy sailor hats and Army fatigues to stand in the snow and honor ... continue reading

Elton John to perform spring show in Casper

November 29, 2016 in News

Elton John will perform in Casper this spring, the Casper Events Center announced Tuesday. The English singer-songwriter and his band will play a March 15 show at the Events Center as part of an 11-city tour. John is promoting his album, "Wonderful Crazy Night," which was released in February. Read Full Story... continue reading

Hunting and fishing expo may return to Casper

November 28, 2016 in News

One of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s biggest outreach events may be coming back. The Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo — which used to attract thousands of students and families to the Casper Events Center to learn about hunting, fishing and wildlife — will likely restart in May pending final approval by the Game and Fish Commission. “You have a lot of kids who have never experienced the outdoors and they would rather sit and play video games,” said Steve Martin, president o... continue reading

Wyomingites move on, create new lives after the bust

November 26, 2016 in News

It’s been a tough year for Wyoming. The price of oil and gas plummeted. Coal production hit record lows. Companies made hard decisions, and Wyoming workers changed jobs, moved homes and faced uncertain futures. Now the industries are strengthening, prices are stabilizing and production is rising. But people’s lives don’t bounce back as quickly as the price of crude. ... continue reading

Vietnam vet with no known family to be buried in Casper; coroner hopes people will attend his funeral

November 23, 2016 in News

She knows he served with honor in Vietnam. She knows he loved cooking and Bruce Springsteen. She knows he died lonely in Casper. But that’s about all Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson knows for certain about Stephen Carl Reiman, a 63-year-old homeless Navy veteran who died Thursday at Wyoming Medical Center. Her office has looked for a friend or a family member to claim Reiman. They haven’t found anyone. ... continue reading

Wyoming and Montana file legal challenge to BLM methane rule

November 22, 2016 in News

Wyoming and Montana are pushing to block a rule that President Barack Obama’s administration issued last week seeking to restrict how oil companies burn off natural gas on public lands. In the federal lawsuit filed Friday in Cheyenne, the states argue that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks authority over air quality issues. ... continue reading

Wyoming football defeats No. 24 San Diego State on thwarted 2-point conversion attempt

November 21, 2016 in News

It’s not often a crowd gets to storm the field twice in one night. Wyoming looked to have defeated No. 24 San Diego State, previously undefeated in conference play, on a tipped Hail Mary at the end of regulation that was initially ruled incomplete. Read Full Story... continue reading

Grizzly bears headed for delisting after conservation strategy approved

November 17, 2016 in News

Wyoming cleared a final hurdle Wednesday on the path to removing federal protections for grizzly bears. The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee approved a grizzly bear conservation strategy at its meeting in Cody, the last step before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes a delisting rule. If bears are ultimately removed from the endangered species list, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana would assume management, including setting possible hunting seasons. “This was a major effort to finally get agree... continue reading

Wyoming schools face $1.8 billion projected shortfall, report shows

November 16, 2016 in News

Wyoming’s education system is projected to face a roughly $1.8 billion shortfall by the end of the 2022 fiscal year, according to a recent report to the Joint Education Interim Committee. The staggering number, which comes amid an energy industry downturn, has prompted some lawmakers to discuss further spending cuts and the need to raise additional revenues. ... continue reading