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Yellowstone IDs 4th man charged with walking on hot spring

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the fourth individual who is accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. The criminal complaint says Hamish McNab Campbell Cross, who carries a New Zealand passport, was among a group of men seen and photographed walking on the hot spring on May 14. The men are accused of leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a geothermal feature where they snapped selfies and took video of themselves. Rangers believe they have returned to Canada where some of them have a clothing line that they promote. The group posted an apology on their social network and offered to donate up to $5,000 to the park. One of the men reached through email has declined comment on behalf of the group. … Read entire article »

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Summer construction planned for Grand Teton’s Jenny Lake

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A record number of visitors are expected to flock to Grand Teton National Park this summer, but construction may complicate stops at the park’s top destination. An overhaul of the infrastructure at Jenny Lake is expected to take up about 60 of the 300 parking spaces at the lake’s main parking lot. Grand Teton officials said in a statement that visitors should consider arriving before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid frustration. The $18 million Jenny Lake Renewal Project is in its third year. It is supposed to improve trail conditions, restrooms, route finding, foot access to the lake and interpretive information. … Read entire article »

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McGinity recalls time as UW president

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Laurie Nichols has taken over as president of University of Wyoming. She replaced Dick McGinity who took over the university during a difficult and tumultuous time. McGinity took the job after former UW President Bob Sternberg resigned amid controversy in November 2013. He originally took the role of interim president, but the UW Board of Trustees appointed McGinity the 25th president in January 2014. McGinity said he saw the job as both opportunity and duty. UW Board of Trustee President John MacPherson says the university was lucky to have McGinity at the time and the institution is a much better place now because of his leadership.     … Read entire article »

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Wyoming family that lost 3 dogs challenges trapping

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper family that lost three St. Bernard dogs to snares has filed a claim against the state asserting that Wyoming law doesn’t authorize trapping on state lands. The dogs belonging to the Robert Cardenas family were all killed by snares on state land at the base of Casper Mountain in the fall of 2014. The family filed notice of a claim last month naming the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the State Lands and Investments Board, the Board of Land Commissioners and the Wyoming State Attorney General. Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say the snares were legal. But lawyer Gary Shockey representing the family says state law does not permit trapping on such property and claims one snare wasn’t properly tagged. … Read entire article »

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Laramie, North Platte flooding in some areas in SE Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Flooding warnings have been posted for sections of the Laramie and North Platte rivers in southeast Wyoming. The North Platte River at Saratoga and new Sinclair in Carbon County was rising and expected to hit flood stage. State National Guard troops have been filling sandbags in Saratoga to help local residents prepare for potential flooding. In Albany County, minor flooding continues to occur along the Laramie River in the Laramie area where it is about a half of a foot above flood stage. In Goshen County, the Laramie River is just over a foot above flood stage, causing some minor flooding around Fort Laramie. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming candidates united for coal, against EPA

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Candidates vying to fill Wyoming’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are united against the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for coal. Candidates say limiting EPA powers and repealing the Clean Power Plan are key to the future of Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal producer. For voters, the question may be who will be able to turn rhetoric into action. According to a study conducted by the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy in 2015, coal generates 14 percent of Wyoming’s gross state product and provides $1.3 billion, or 11 percent, of all revenue collected by the state. Since 2008, state revenue from coal has dropped 17 percent. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming sees fewer fatal crashes in 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming authorities say the number of people killed in crashes on state roads has decreased by more than half this year compared to the same time in 2015. There have been 18 fatal crashes on Wyoming highways since the beginning of the year. During the same time last year, 46 people had died in collisions. Capt. Shawn Dickerson attributed the decrease to more troopers stationed along the roadways, fewer drivers following layoffs in the energy industry and increased efforts by the Wyoming Highway Patrol during winter storms. Troopers are participating in a national effort to encourage more drivers to wear seat belts from Monday through June 5, and will issue citations to those found not wearing them. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming representatives in Washington back Trump

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s two U.S. senators and sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives support Donald Trump for president, saying that is key to taking the White House. U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis said she had some concerns about the way Trump has treated women, but also saw him as capable of treating men and women as equals in some circumstances. Sen. John Barrasso said a Hillary Clinton presidency would be worse. Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement he respects the voters’ choice of Trump and will support him. Wyoming Republicans had largely favored U.S Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Lummis has initially backed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. … Read entire article »

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Casper College to start veterans’ support program this fall

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper College says it will start a program to help ease military veterans into higher education this fall. In a statement Friday, the college says it is among 30 schools in the nation and the only one in Wyoming to be selected as a new Peer Advisors for Veteran Education partner campus. Lisa Goss will identify current student veterans who can mentor three to five new student veterans on campus as part of a program she hopes will improve veterans’ academic performance and retention and graduation rates, and help them in careers or more advanced education later. Goss is a veteran and Casper College’s Hathaway scholarship coordinator. The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education Program is part of a University of Michigan network supporting service members, veterans, and military families. … Read entire article »

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Motorcyclist dies on Wyoming highway

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist died after his cycle left the highway while passing another vehicle and crashed south of Gillette. In a news release Saturday, the patrol identified the victim as 62-year-old Sherman Taylor of Gillette. The crash occurred at 5:00 p.m. Friday on State Highway 50 about 50 miles south of Gillette. The patrol says Taylor was not wearing a helmet. His is the 18th highway death in Wyoming so far this year. Last year at this time, 47 highway deaths had been reported. … Read entire article »

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