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School of hard knocks

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:53:55 GMT

Students Joshua Rennic, from left, Hunter Vatne and Joseph Harris get a lesson in angular momentum Thursday in a physics class at CCHS North Campus. In an overview of the state budget situation Wednesday, Gov. Matt Mead said the state urgently needs to figure out how it will fund education.

City Council blunt about legalizing marijuana

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:36:27 GMT

As the issue of legalizing the use of marijuana continues to spread across the United States, the Gillette City Council is going on record that it opposes legal pot. The council discussed a proposed resolution opposing legalizing marijuana in the state of Wyoming on Tuesday, and agreed to approve the resolution during its meeting Dec. 6. "Everything we've seen going on with our neighbors to the south and probably to the north even more so, the dangers that we see to our communities - especially to the youth - obviously we want to take a stand against bringing those types of problems into our own community," Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal said.

Stretch of road in Big Horn Mountains closes for winter

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:15:27 GMT

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed a scenic road in the Big Horn Mountains early for the winter season due to snowy weather. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that U.S. 14A was closed to traffic between Lovell in north-central Wyoming and Burgess Junction on Tuesday.

Survey: Illnesses common as well leak gassed Wyoming school

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:52:59 GMT

Dozens of students and teachers at a school in a small Wyoming town say they fell ill with a variety of symptoms while they breathed gases from a leaky oil well last spring. The K-12 school in Midwest has been closed since May 25 after testing showed benzene levels more than 200 times the safe limit.

Deadly wreck near Medicine Bow kills Wyoming woman

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:46:23 GMT

A fatal crash north of Medicine Bow, Wyoming has resulted in the death of nineteen year old Hudson resident Ryon Countryman . The crash occurred on November 27th at 4:00 p.m. near mile post 11 on Wyoming State Highway 487 approximately 11 miles north of Medicine Bow.

Torrington lieutenant to take over WHP district five captain duties

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:33:56 GMT

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Steven Sanders was promoted to the rank of District Five Captain on Monday by Colonel Kebin Haller. Sanders is the Goshen and Platte County area division supervisor.

Operation GUARDian Angel holiday program helps those who serve

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:26:36 GMT

In August 1990, military members around the globe were preparing for the first major international conflict after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Later that year, the Wyoming National Guard stepped up to support two equally important operations: Operation Desert Shield and Operation GUARDian Angel.

270 brown trout stocked in Gillette Fishing Lake for anglers

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:22:48 GMT

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Story Fish Hatchery stocked 270 brown trout into the Fishing Lake on Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving. The brood stock brown trouts are 5 years old and are being replaced by younger age classes at the hatchery and will later produce eggs.

Wyoming lawmaker serving on Trump ag committee

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:17:31 GMT

Hunt tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he was asked to be on the committee shortly after the Republican National Convention last summer. He says the advisory committee has about 85 members and is discussing challenges and opportunities in agriculture.

Cultural adventures in cooking

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:22:26 GMT

Vicki Hayman has worked with the University of Wyoming Extension Office for 19 years teaching culinary cuisine class throughout northeastern Wyoming. She recently was awarded the Diversity Enhancement Award for her culinary ethnic cuisine series of cooking lessons offered in Weston, Crook and Campbell counties.

Wyoming food pantries in need of cash, not food, donations

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:52:27 GMT

Employees of food pantries and the state food bank are calling for more cash donations to help people in need. The Casper Star-Tribune reports food pantries also use cash to buy food at a discounted rate from Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.

Wyoming officials delay refill of Willwood Dam

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:04:57 GMT

The refilling of Willwood Dam in Wyoming is on hold until state officials can meet in Casper to determine the next step. The Cody Enterprise reports that Park County Commissioners sent a letter to Gov. Matt Mead last week asking him to delay the reservoir filling to help prevent siltation in the Shoshone River.

UW PetaLibrary Provides Digital Storage Service for UW Researchers and Those Worldwide

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:01:36 GMT

The University of Wyoming Libraries has extended its reach to assist faculty and student researchers globally by sharing a digital data repository. The petaLibrary, a digital storage system that will enhance UW and other researchers' ability to store and share data with collaborators and students around the world, launched Nov. 1. The petaLibrary is a storage service for UW researchers who need to reliably store and exchange data with students and collaborators anywhere in the world.

Wyoming's unemployment rate drops to 5.1% in October

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 02:12:00 GMT

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell significantly from 5.4% in September to 5.1% in October. Wyoming's unemployment rate has now fallen for three consecutive months, but remains higher than its October 2015 level of 4.3%.

Wyoming and Montana file legal challenge to BLM methane rule

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:42:40 GMT

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.

Weekend crash kills Wyoming teen

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:13:55 GMT

A fatal crash southwest of Kaycee, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 14 year old Kaycee resident Kaylene Enloe. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on November 20th at 6:32 p.m. near mile post 101 on Wyoming State Highway 190 approximately two miles southwest of Kaycee.

Wyoming lawmakers propose changes to nonviolent sentencing

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:13:54 GMT

A group of lawmakers is proposing that the Wyoming Legislature make sweeping changes to the way nonviolent, first-time offenders are sentenced for crimes. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Joint Judiciary Committee is sponsoring a bill that would allow judges to halt court proceedings for first-time, nonviolent offenders and place the accused on probation for three to five years.