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Driver’s heart attack causes head-on crash in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say a driver who suffered a heart attack collided head-on with a van in a crash that closed a portion of the park’s main roadway during peak tourist season. Park officials said in a statement Friday the driver of the pickup truck died, likely due to the heart attack. The van’s occupants suffered minor injuries. None of the people involved in the crash has been identified. The collision happened on the Grand Loop Road near Craig Pass, about eight miles west of West Thumb. Officials closed the roadway between West Thumb and Old Faithful, one of the most trafficked corridors in the park, for several hours. July is Yellowstone’s busiest month, with an average of 24,800 visitors a day. … Read entire article »

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FEC: Christensen donor information incomplete

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has raised concern about missing campaign finance information submitted by one of Wyoming’s Republican congressional candidates. The Federal Election Commission told state Sen. Leland Christensen in May his first-quarter campaign finance report neglected to disclose the employers and job titles of several donors including Christensen’s campaign treasurer, Ogden Driskill. Driskill is a state senator and rancher in the Devils Tower area. The FEC requested additional information and Christensen’s campaign resubmitted its first-quarter report. The resubmitted report and the campaign’s second-quarter report still omitted the occupations of Driskill and others including state Sen. Drew Perkins, a Casper attorney; and state Sen. Curt Meier, of LaGrange, who works in his family’s agribusiness. Christensen says a Virginia firm is handling his reports and he was unaware of the problems. … Read entire article »

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Fire growth expected Friday because of weather

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Red flag warnings are posted for areas of central and western Wyoming where wildfires are burning. There was little growth in the fires on Thursday because of more favorable weather conditions, but Friday is expected to bring more wind and drier air, which are conducive to fire growth. More than 500 firefighters are battling a fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest that has burned about 16 square miles in Sublette and Teton counties. The fire has forced evacuations of rural homes and businesses and closed a 40-mile stretch of U.S. 191/189 between Daniel Junction and Hoback Junction. In the neighboring Shoshone National Forest, a fire burning about 20 miles northwest of Dubois has charred nearly 2 square miles and forced evacuations of some rural residences. … Read entire article »

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WHP k-9 deployment “sniffs” out multiple arrests

(CHEYENNE, WYO.) The Wyoming Highway Patrol recently conducted an agency K-9 deployment in Laramie County July 14th though the 17th. WHP K-9 teams and additional Troopers from across the state came to Cheyenne for updated training and then hit the road for 24 hour patrols during the four day deployment. The Troopers and K-9’s stayed busy during the detail as multiple arrests and drug seizures were made. By the time the deployment was over, 25 drug related felony charges and 26 drug related misdemeanor charges were filed. Approximately 313 pounds of marijuana, one ounce of methamphetamine, three-quarters of one ounce of heroin as well as a small amount of ecstasy and prescription medications were also sized during the deployment. Over 400 highway safety related traffic stops occurred during this time frame that … Read entire article »

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Wyoming delegates unsurprised Cruz didn’t endorse Trump

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming delegates to the Republican National Convention say they’re not surprised Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump but disagree whether he should have. Twenty-three of Wyoming’s 29 national GOP delegates are Cruz supporters. Only one pledged to vote for Trump. Cruz delegate Jeff Hymas of Star Valley says not endorsing Trump was completely in character for Cruz. He says he’s glad Cruz stuck to his principles. Delegate Tammy Hooper of Laramie says she’s not surprised Cruz didn’t endorse Trump but thinks Cruz on some level should have urged support for the GOP nominee. Instead, Cruz urged the convention-goers to “vote your conscience” this fall. Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Matt Micheli (MY’-kel-eye) declined to weigh in on Cruz but said opposition to Hillary Clinton will unify the GOP. … Read entire article »

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Ex-Rawlins teacher found guilty of sex abuse charges

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A former Rawlins Middle School teacher has been convicted of sexually assaulting two girls. 34-year-old Jonathon Moser was found guilty Thursday of sexual abuse of a minor in Carbon County. He faces additional sex abuse charges in Converse County related to alleged incidents that occurred while he taught at Glenrock High School. Moser had been a special education teacher and girls volleyball coach at the Rawlins school from 2014 to 2015. He’s accused of sexually assaulting two former students of the middle school. Moser’s attorney had questioned the victims’ credibility during the trial, which began Tuesday. He said the two girls had several opportunities to report Moser to school officials and authorities over the course of a year but didn’t. … Read entire article »

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UW athletics gets record amount of donations

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Donors contributed a record $204 million to University of Wyoming athletics in the 2015-16 fiscal year that concluded on June 30. Over 4,500 donors contributed to the UW athletics annual fund, as well as to capital projects. Over 500 additional individuals contributed through special fundraising events held this past year. The previous fundraising record for Wyoming Athletics was $12.8 million set in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The $44 million Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center has attracted eight donations of $1 million or more. Construction is scheduled to begin on the center later this year.   … Read entire article »

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Grizzly cub killed by car on highway in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly bear cub has died after being struck by vehicle on a northwest Wyoming highway, marking the third grizzly in the ecosystem to be killed by a vehicle this year. The female cub was killed Wednesday just west of Togwotee Pass on Highway 26/287. Wyoming Game and Fish Department large carnivore conflict coordinator Brian DeBolt says Togwotee Pass averages about one grizzly killed a year by vehicles. … Read entire article »

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Federal judge dismisses EEOC lawsuit against True companies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal magistrate has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Casper-based True Oil LLC and associated companies that had alleged the companies discriminated against women employees by paying them less than men for equivalent work. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin of Cheyenne this week granted a request from the True companies to dismiss the federal agency’s complaint. Rankin ruled the federal agency had failed to show that female employees were performing the same work as males who were paid more money. Bill Salvin is spokesman for the True companies. He said Wednesday that company officials are grateful for the ruling. He says equal treatment of employees always has been a fundamental principal of the businesses. … Read entire article »

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UW professor heads NASA project in state for 2017 eclipse

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming professor is leading NASA’s effort in the state to help capture the movement of the next total solar eclipse. The eclipse will occur Aug. 21, 2017. Michael Pierce is the Wyoming state coordinator for a NASA project aimed at creating a 90-movie of the solar corona during the total eclipse. The film will be captured using 61 telescope stations across the country, including nine in Wyoming. The state’s telescope locations include the city park in Riverton, Izaak Walton Park in Casper and Guernsey Elementary School. Pierce says high school teachers and students will monitor the telescopes and record the total eclipse on video at each point. The last total solar eclipse to cross America occurred Feb. 26, 1979. … Read entire article »

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