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Man died just before crashing truck in southern Wyoming

ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) — Investigators say a man had a medical condition and died just before he crashed his commercial truck near Elk Mountain in southern Wyoming. Sgt. David Wagener with the Wyoming Highway Patrol says 73-year-old William Couch, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was towing a trailer west on Interstate 80 when his truck drifted off the roadway and into a ditch Monday afternoon. The trailer split in half, and the truck tripped and rolled over. Wagener did not say what kind of medical condition killed Couch. … Read entire article »

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JAC rejects asking for special session

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee has voted against asking for a special legislative session to address Wyoming’s financial woes. The decision Wednesday came a day after Gov. Matt Mead detailed about $248 million in budget cuts. The appropriations committee doesn’t have the ability to initiate a special session on its own, but must ask the Legislature’s Management Council to request one. The two Democrats on the appropriations committee were the only ones to vote in favor of a special session. Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly, of Laramie, said the Legislature would be able to free up some money that was not available to Mead. But Republicans on the committee said they believed Mead’s cuts were sufficient until the next regular legislative session in 2017. … Read entire article »

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Colorado man gets probation for flying unregistered plane

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado man to three years of supervised probation on a conviction of operating an unregistered airplane. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne sentenced 27-year-old Scott Michael Lewis of Englewood, Colorado, on Wednesday. Lewis had pleaded guilty in April. The government’s prosecution of Lewis followed the 2014 police seizure of over $250,000 cash from a Cody hotel room rented by him and another man. Police raided the hotel after a worker at Yellowstone Regional Airport complained that Lewis and the other man appeared suspicious after they landed a Cessna airplane at the airport without radioing first. The airport worker said the two immediately covered the windows with sunshades. Johnson on Wednesday dismissed another charge against Lewis alleging conspiracy to operate an unregistered aircraft. … Read entire article »

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Police kill man shooting at neighbors in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and killed a man who was shooting at neighboring homes in a Casper residential area. Casper Police Chief Jim Wetzel said police were called about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday with a report of shots being fired. Wetzel says the man continued to shoot after police arrived. He says an officer from the nearby community of Mills fired two shots that killed the man. Wetzel says no one else was seriously hurt, but a resident of one home received cuts from broken glass. Wetzel declined to discuss a motive for the shooting, but a neighbor says the man recently lost his job with an oil field service company. The investigation of the incident is being handled by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation. … Read entire article »

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Crash near Casper kills 2 people, 3 horses

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A collision involving three vehicles west of Casper has resulted in the deaths of two people and three horses. The Highway Patrol identified the victims as 56-year-old Carol Plummer and 48-year-old George Rott, both of Casper. The crash occurred about 4:10 p.m. last Friday on Wyoming 257, about 2 miles west of Casper. The patrol says Plummer was driving a Jeep Liberty that failed to stop at an intersection. The Jeep was struck by a westbound pickup towing a horse trailer. An eastbound commercial truck driven by Rott then slammed into the horse trailer. Plummer died at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, while Rott died at the scene. A passenger in the commercial truck was admitted for treatment of injuries. A passenger in the pickup was treated and released. … Read entire article »

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Wildfires could spark fireworks ban amid hot, dry weather

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A fireworks ban could be coming to a northeastern Wyoming county where two wildfires are burning amid hot and dry conditions. The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/28L2hb6) two Campbell County wildfires that started Saturday may have been caused by lightning strikes. Fire Chief William Shank said he planned on Tuesday to bring up a possible fireworks ban with Campbell County Commissioners. He said officials are becoming more concerned as the weather dries out the landscape. One fire estimated at more than 3.5 square miles in size stretches west into a neighboring Wyoming county and Montana. A fire department report says about 150 people will likely battle the blaze through mid-week. Shank said he thinks firefighters have stopped the growth of another fire that has burned more than a square mile. … Read entire article »

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$21,200 reward after killing of grizzly found in E. Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The reward for information leading to the person or persons who illegally killed a federally protected grizzly bear and dumped it in eastern Idaho after removing some of its front claws is up to $21,200. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a statement Monday says forensic evidence indicates the young male grizzly found June 4 was killed elsewhere and had only been dead a few days. Officials say the bear was dumped on Idaho state land in Island Park near East Dry Creek off the Yale-Kilgore Road. Officials are releasing few other details. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering $5,000 and Citizens Against Poaching $1,200 toward the reward. Another $15,000 is being offered by non-governmental organizations. … Read entire article »

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Judge rules Federal regulators lack the authority to set rules to Fracking

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. In an order signed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. Last year, Skavdahl blocked implementation of rules drafted by the agency. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi said “Once again the courts have caught the Obama Administration going far beyond its constitutional authority. In its efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing out of existence, the Administration has ignored the will of Congress, the states and the American people. Wyoming doesn’t need the federal government stepping in to undermine its carefully written regulations that … Read entire article »

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Wyoming jobless rate ticks up in May

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 5.6 percent. The May jobless rate is up from April’s 5.5 percent and higher than the national rate of 4.7 percent. A year ago, in May 2015, Wyoming’s rate stood at 4.2 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says Campbell County had the highest unemployment rate in the state last month at 8 percent, followed by Natrona County at 7.5 percent. Both counties have been hit hard with layoffs in the energy industry. Albany County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent in May. It was followed by Niobrara at 3.1 percent, Goshen at 3.5 percent and Laramie at 4 percent. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announces $248 million in budget cuts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Matt Mead on Tuesday announced $248 million in cuts to state agency budgets over the coming two years. Mead told lawmakers in Cheyenne falling energy revenues require cutting the $3-billion state general fund budget lawmakers approved earlier this year. Mead says it’s possible the revenue shortfall ultimately could exceed $500 million in the budget cycle that starts July 1. The Wyoming Department of Health is the state’s largest agency and faces $90 million in cuts. Mead says the cuts will cost $41 million in lost federal matching funds and likely result in the loss of 677 private-sector jobs. Other agencies facing large cuts include: — The University of Wyoming: $35 million; — Community colleges: $20 million; — Department of Corrections: $17.4 million; — Department of Family Services: $13.9 million. … Read entire article »

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