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2 suffer minor injuries when helicopter lands in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A fire official says two people aboard a private helicopter suffered minor injuries when it made a rough landing in Cheyenne. The landing happened at about 11:15 a.m. Friday. Laramie County Fire District 1 Chief Darrick Mittlestadt says the helicopter stalled and fell when it was about 15 feet off the ground. The pilot and two passengers were in the helicopter. The two who suffered minor injuries were transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. … Read entire article »

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Federal power, spending focus of Rand Paul rally in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a plea for controlling government power and spending at a campaign rally in Cheyenne. He said Friday he doesn’t trust the federal government to collect phone records to search for terrorist activity. He promised to cut federal spending and enact a nationwide flat income tax. Paul is an ophthalmologist who also is running for a second term as Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator. His presidential campaign already has the endorsement of Wyoming congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, who says Paul keeps true to his word and “walks the walk.” Paul says it’s clear that Wyoming voters will lean Republican in the general election but the Republican nominee will need to win states that don’t typically lean Republican. … Read entire article »

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Oregon firm joins Wyoming university on research initiative

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ” A scientific and technical instrument manufacturer is teaming up with the University of Wyoming on what officials say will be cutting-edge research to improve extraction of oil and gas. The partnership between Portland, Oregon-based FEI and the university will focus on digital rock technology and research to gain better understanding of oil and gas flow in unconventional and conventional oil and gas reservoirs. FEI will provide state-of-the art equipment and software worth millions of dollars for UW researchers. The state will provide funding to match the value of the company’s contribution. Altogether, the effort is estimated to be worth about $24 million. Gov. Matt Mead and others announced the partnership Friday at the state Capitol. They say the research will be unique and benefit the state, nation and world. … Read entire article »

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Jackson Hole getting more and more crowded

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some tourists and residents say the crowds and congestion in Jackson Hole appear much more pronounced this summer. Much of the data on summer visitation and traffic hasn’t been tallied yet, but some of the preliminary numbers verify what many around the valley have been feeling. Yellowstone National Park is smashing visitation records this year. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials report that traffic on Jackson Hole roads has been up between 10 percent and 15 percent from last year. July statistics show 90 percent of hotel rooms were booked, compared with 88 percent in the same month a year ago. The crowds come as town and county officials debate how much more commercial growth should be zoned for in Jackson Hole. … Read entire article »

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Governor’s marijuana council establishes areas of focus

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A council appointed by Gov. Matt Mead to study the potential impacts of medical marijuana legalization in Wyoming has established specific issues it will focus on. The Governor’s Marijuana Impact Assessment Council on Friday established several subcommittees, each of which will be tasked with analyzing a different aspect of marijuana’s effects. Subcommittees named included education, legislative issues, health, criminal justice, agriculture and revenue, and research. Through the end of November, the members of each of those six subcommittees will look for relevant information on how medical marijuana has impacted those areas in other states that have legalized it. Council members and subcommittee heads are expected to provide a progress update on their research efforts at the council’s next meeting, slated for Oct. 6. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Ethanol to suspend operations

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — The only ethanol plant in Wyoming will shut down because it can’t compete with lower gasoline prices. The Wyoming Ethanol plant is located in Torrington, and the shutdown is expected to affect about 20 workers. Terry Oldfield is chief executive officer for Renova Energy, which is the parent company of Wyoming Ethanol. Oldfield said the plant will be going into an “indefinite suspension of operations” by the end of this coming week. Wyoming has subsidized ethanol production since 1995, but the Wyoming Legislature decided to end the tax credit this year. However, Oldfield says the plant could have survived the tax credit loss if oil prices hadn’t dropped so much recently. But Oldfield said the company is holding out hope that the plant can reopen. … Read entire article »

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Loophole in state electric car tax law

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new state law requiring owners of electric cars to pay a fee has an unintended loophole that one lawmaker says should be fixed. The Legislature passed a law earlier this year that requires owners of plug-in electric vehicles to buy a $50 decal. Lawmakers, at the time, said they intended it to be an annual fee. But an attorney general’s office review of the new statute couldn’t find any language that requires the decal to be purchased each year. Republican Rep. Mike Madden, of Buffalo, is the co-chairman of the Joint Revenue Interim Committee, which sponsored the alternative fuel tax bill during the past session. He said he hopes the Legislature will be able to correct the issue during next year’s budget session. … Read entire article »

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Ownership of proposed wind farm near Glenrock changes

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The ownership of a proposed 46-turbine wind farm near Glenrock has changed hands. sPower acquired the interest in the planned 80-megawatt Pioneer Wind Park from Wasatch Wind in early August. Financial terms were not disclosed. Salt Lake City-based sPower is the operator of more than 150 projects across the United States and United Kingdom. The company has another 1.7 gigawatts of power in the planning and construction phase. But Glenrock wind farm faces well-financed opposition from area residents who say the facility will mar the landscape and increase electric bills for ratepayers. The Northern Laramie Range Alliance has challenged the turbines in court, slowing the project down. The wind farm will cost an estimated $120 million to $145 million to put up. … Read entire article »

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Sheridan planning to hunt city-dwelling deer

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The city of Sheridan is in a struggle to control its deer population. Deer damage trees and shrubs, gorge on gardens, act aggressively toward pets and residents, hang out in the streets and attract mountain lions and deer ticks. To reduce these human-deer conflicts, the Sheridan Police Department has instituted a hunting and removal program. It began an initiative in 2007 by allowing archery hunters to hunt for deer in city limits. It then expanded to police officers shooting deer in areas where it’s safe. 100 deer were harvested in 2012 and 2013. The program was scaled back in 2014 when 40 deer were harvested. A survey of the deer population will be done this fall and this year’s harvest will depend on the results. … Read entire article »

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Saratoga man dies in sawmill fall

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — A 65-year-old Saratoga man has died in a fall at a sawmill. Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson says David McConnell died Thursday after falling two stories to the ground from a logging deck at the Saratoga Forest Management sawmill. Colson said investigators are looking into what caused the man to fall. Gary Ervin, of Saratoga Forest Management, says the company also is investigating. Ervin says McConnell was a long-time experienced employee. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, a logging deck is a platform in the sawmill on which logs remain until needed for sawing.   … Read entire article »

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