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Sage Grouse Implementation Team mapping subgroup to hold series of meetings

CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team mapping subcommittee will be meeting in various locations in Wyoming to provide opportunity for the public to comment on proposed revisions to sage-grouse core area boundaries. The meetings will be based on Wyoming’s eight sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) areas. . Implementation Team mapping meetings are as follows: April 2 – Pinedale, Sublette County Library, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., will cover proposed revisions in the Upper Snake River Basin, Upper Green River Basin and South-Central LWG areas. April 9 – Lander, WGFD office, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., proposed revisions for the Wind River/Sweetwater River, Bates Hole/Shirley Basin and South-Central LWG areas. April 28 – Buffalo, Firehall, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., proposed revisions for the Bighorn Basin and Northeast LWG areas. In addition to these meetings … Read entire article »

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2 people killed in crashes near Casper, Powell

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a Casper man and a Powell woman were killed in separate crashes on Wyoming highways over the weekend. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 44-year-old Jerry Fernandez of Casper died in a single-vehicle crash Friday night. He was driving a pickup truck north of Casper when he went off the roadway, overcorrected and entered the median. His vehicle rolled multiple times. Meanwhile, criminal charges are pending against a 76-year-old woman who was involved in a fatal crash north of Powell on Saturday. The Patrol says the woman ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle, killing 70-year-old Patricia Miller, of Powell. The crashes mark the 21st and 22nd highway deaths in Wyoming this year. … Read entire article »

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Fire danger high in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas

DENVER (AP) — Dry weather and winds forecast to gust to around 45 mph are expected to raise the risk of wildfires across the eastern half of Colorado as well as parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. The National Weather Service has posted red flag warnings Tuesday for areas including southeastern Wyoming, the Nebraska Panhandle and western Kansas. In Colorado, the warning area extends up and down the Front Range and south to Trinidad and east to the border as well as the San Luis Valley. New fires can quickly spread out of control in the forecast conditions and the weather service is warning against any outdoor burning. … Read entire article »

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Bears end hibernation at Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors to Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area are being cautioned that bears are out of hibernation and are hungry after their long rest. Park officials are asking visitors to make noise and travel in groups of three or more. They should carry bear spray and know how to use it and always stay at least 100 yards from bears. Typically, about half of adult male bears are out of their dens by mid-March, and females with their yearlings emerge shortly after that. When bears leave their winter dens, they can become aggressive and protective of any food source that will help restore fat reserves lost during hibernation. … Read entire article »

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Plaintiffs seek attorneys’ fees in gay marriage lawsuit

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Plaintiffs who were successful in legalizing same-sex marriage in Wyoming are now seeking to recover nearly $95,000 in attorney’s fees and costs. The Denver attorney who argued the case said court rules allow plaintiffs to recover reasonable attorney’s fees when their constitutional rights have been violated. In October 2014, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down Wyoming’s 100-year-old ban on gay marriage. The plaintiffs’ attorneys notified the court of their fees last month. The state filed its response last week, arguing the fees are unreasonable because five to seven attorneys reviewed each pleading and some billed for travel to Wyoming but did not participate in the hearing. The state wants Laramie County to pay half the costs because the county clerk was a co-defendant. … Read entire article »

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Interim Wyoming committee to examine juvenile justice reform

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state legislative committee says reforms to how Wyoming approaches crimes and other misbehavior by juveniles will be a top priority leading up to next year’s legislative session. The Joint Judiciary Interim Committee in coming months plans to examine how Wyoming collects juvenile justice data and how to protect the confidentiality of juveniles’ records. The committee also will discuss programs that attempt to divert youth away from behavior that gets them into trouble. Officials in Wyoming have been discussing juvenile justice reform for decades. Wyoming is among the vast majority of states where juvenile incarceration is declining. The Wyoming Children’s Law Center says it’s good that lawmakers will be looking at these issues and might be able to make incremental reforms. … Read entire article »

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Crews working to clean up Colorado coal train derailment

HUDSON, Colo. (AP) — Crews are working to clean up a stretch of railroad where a coal train jumped the tracks in eastern Colorado, spilling tons of coal. The 120-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed Sunday near the town of Hudson. At least 27 freight cars derailed and lost their cargo as the train was traveling from Gillette, Wyoming to La Junta, Colorado. Railroad spokesman Joe Sloan said the line connecting Denver to Brush was reopened at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Both BNSF and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating the derailment. Neither has speculated on a possible cause. BNSF carries a variety of the freight on the line but not large quantities of oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, according to state regulators. … Read entire article »

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Bail set at $500K for man charged in fatal crash

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Bail has been set at $500,000 for a Casper man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of a passenger last month. 31-year-old Lynn Earl Poppel was southbound on Highway 50 on Feb. 2 when his Jeep collided with a pickup truck. His passenger, 32-year-old Alfred Banda of Sheridan, died at the scene. Court records say blood tests indicated Poppel was under the influence of drugs. Campbell County prosecutors cited Poppel’s long criminal history, including five DUIs between 2004 and 2011, in asking for $1 million bail. Poppel said Friday the crash happened when he hit an antelope and that he felt killing his best friend was punishment enough. Circuit Judge Wendy M. Bartlett said that while causing the death of someone can be punishment, it is also a crime. … Read entire article »

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David Alan Batchelder obituary

David Alan Batchelder, 58, died March 17, 2015. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Hudson’s Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Hope. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery. Services under the direction of Hudson’s Funeral Home. David Alan Batchelder was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 20, 1956. David resided at a very young age at the Wyoming Life Resource Center and then he moved into a home at the Community Entry services where he lived for over 30 years. In 2013, David moved into his own home with his dear friend and companion Lee Blake. He worked at the CES Recycling Center in Riverton and Lander. The last few years he has worked at CES’s shredding facility where he got to mess … Read entire article »

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Bail set at $500K for man charged in fatal crash

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Bail has been set at $500,000 for a Casper man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of a passenger last month. 31-year-old Lynn Earl Poppel was southbound on Highway 50 on Feb. 2 when his Jeep collided with a pickup truck. His passenger, 32-year-old Alfred Banda of Sheridan, died at the scene. Court records say blood tests indicated Poppel was under the influence of drugs. Campbell County prosecutors cited Poppel’s long criminal history, including five DUIs between 2004 and 2011, in asking for $1 million bail. Poppel said Friday the crash happened when he hit an antelope and that he felt killing his best friend was punishment enough. Circuit Judge Wendy M. Bartlett said that while causing the death of someone can be punishment, it is also a crime. … Read entire article »

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