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Despite early support for Cruz, Wyoming delegates say they’ll back Trump as nominee

July 22, 2016 in News

The nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate was bittersweet for Wyoming delegates in Cleveland, they said, since most supported U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Wyomingites walked against the national Republican tide of support for the real estate mogul. Most of the state’s 29 delegates arrived at the Republican National Convention pledged to other candidates. In the end, only three delegates voted for Trump on Tuesday. One voted for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, two for Gov. John Kasich and 23 fo... continue reading

Bondurant evacuation lifted in western Wyoming wildfire

July 21, 2016 in News

A couple of wildfires burning in national forests in Wyoming have seen big growth because of hot, dry, windy weather. A fire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest north of the Sublette County community of Bondurant expanded to nearly 16 square miles on Wednesday. People evacuated earlier this week from rural areas near Bondurant are allowed to return to their homes Thursday morning, but evacuation orders remain in effect in Teton County, and a 40-mile stretch of U.S. 191/189 remains closed beca... continue reading

Optimism and caution for oil producers

July 20, 2016 in News

The oil market is marching slowly toward stability, though producers remain skittish of a market that pulled the rug from underneath the energy economy in recent years. The main question in Wyoming is how well producers can make it through the end of the year when analysts say the market will likely stabilize at prices that make drilling worth the cost. The U.S. oil inventory is still higher than average, with a gasoline glut that’s impeded the normal summertime demand as vacationers take to the hig... continue reading

Famous Dave’s closes doors for good in Casper

July 19, 2016 in News

An east Casper restaurant has dished up its last helping of Southern barbecue. Famous Dave's, on East Second Street, closed permanently after less than four years in business, according to notices posted on the building Monday. "This restaurant is now closed. We thank you for your business. A new JRG concept is coming soon," one notice read. ... continue reading

Hot springs park coming to Jackson area

July 18, 2016 in News

A new hot springs park is coming to the Jackson area. Astoria Hot Springs Park, which was privately owned for 40 years until it closed in 1999, was purchased by the Trust for Public Land last week. “We are delighted to have come to an agreement with Northlight Capital Partners and Snake River Sporting Club,” Dick Dolan, Northern Rockies director of the Trust for Public Land, said in a news release. “We have all worked together for more than two years to negotiate the sale and relocation of the d... continue reading

Ancient Wyoming fossil fills in gaps on North American birds

July 15, 2016 in News

An ancient lake bed in southwestern Wyoming known for producing tons of fossilized fish has now extended scientific knowledge about early birds. Found more than a decade ago in an area known as Fossil Lake, Calciavis grandei is a 30- to 56-million-year-old relative of ostriches and emus. The two fossils were so well preserved that soft tissue and feathers could be closely examined to help scientists understand the larger picture of birds during the time period. ... continue reading

Christensen: Idaho port should transport Wyoming coal to Pacific, Asia

July 14, 2016 in News

Leland Christensen, a state senator running for Wyoming’s open U.S. House seat, wants to develop an Idaho river port to transport Cowboy State coal to the Pacific Ocean and markets in Asia. The Port of Lewiston, the most inland seaport on the West Coast, sits along the Columbia-Snake river corridor, 465 river miles from the Pacific. Currently, it can accommodate some oceangoing vessels, which haul Idaho and Montana grain to the ocean. Christensen, a Republican, envisions coal from Wyoming’s Powder... continue reading

‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei visits Japanese-American internment camp in Wyoming

July 13, 2016 in News

George Takei on Tuesday stepped into an original barrack at a Wyoming internment camp that housed some of the 14,000 Japanese-Americans that were detained there during World War II. “This looks like the inside,” he said, comparing it to a similar barrack he grew up in at an internment camp in the Arkansas swamp. It was wider than he remembered, and the cracks in the wall were covered up better than when he moved in. “(My father) covered it up so we didn’t get the wind or the dust coming in,... continue reading

Beaver Creek Fire burns into Wyoming

July 12, 2016 in News

The Beaver Creek Fire has consumed nearly 19,000 acres, and now it’s creeping into Wyoming. The blaze that started June 19 is burning 24 miles north of Walden, Colorado. The flames are now about a mile into the Cowboy State. “With the way it’s moving and the weather condition that’s predicted, we anticipate that (distance into Wyoming will continue) to grow,” said Aaron Voos, who works in public affairs with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland. ... continue reading

Tuesday is Parade Day

July 11, 2016 in News

A high of 85 degrees with sunny skies and gusty wind holding off until later in the day will greet families as they line downtown streets for Tuesday’s annual Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo Parade. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the theme “Find Your Adventure.” New to the parade this year will be fair midway acts One Armed Bandit and Charlie the Stilt Walker, according to Angela Berry, marketing and promotions director for the fair and rodeo. ... continue reading