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Company proposes to drill up to 1,500 oil wells

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Houston oil company is proposing to drill up to 1,500 oil wells along the Campbell-Converse county line in northeast Wyoming. EOG Resources submitted its plans to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to drill in a nearly 120,000-acre area between Wright and Bill. It seeks to develop 150 wells annually for 10 years and seeks an exemption from seasonal drilling restrictions aimed at protecting a rare type of hawk. The BLM must complete an environmental study before signing off on the proposal. BLM is expected to officially announce scoping for the EOG study by early next year. Scoping is the first step in the government’s analysis and sets the outline of the study. Environmental studies generally take several years to complete. … Read entire article »

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Supreme Court takes up Montana coal tax dispute

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana tax authorities will appear before the state Supreme Court Tuesday to argue a Wyoming mining company owes $3.4 million for selling coal to an affiliate at less than market value. State officials says Cloud Peak Energy of Gillette undervalued coal it sold between 2005 and 2007 and paid too little in taxes as a result. State district Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled in favor of Cloud Peak last year. At issue is whether coal should be valued for tax purposes at the time the fuel is mined and shipped or, as Cloud Peak argues, when a sales agreement is executed. Selling coal through affiliates is a common industry practice that’s come under scrutiny as state and federal regulators investigate whether companies are underpaying royalties on coal shipped to Asia. … Read entire article »

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4 cited for poaching mule deer near Wright

WRIGHT, Wyo. (AP) — Thanks to a tip from a citizen, the Wyoming wildlife authorities have cited four Wisconsin residents for poaching an antlered mule deer. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the deer was poached on Nov. 18 and the arrests were made two days later south of Wright. The agency says the investigation remains open and evidence is still being analyzed. The agency credits the prompt action of the public and game wardens for being able to contact the hunting party before they left Wyoming. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming refuge elk numbers well above average

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — As many as 4,000 elk are estimated to have roamed the National Elk Refuge at times last week. That is 10 times higher than the average at this time of year. Refuge biologist Eric Cole says the high numbers haven’t been observed in late November since 2006. Cole says they are likely an indication of the well-above-average snowpack in the area that has driven the elk to the refuge. He said the average count for the last week of November is closer to 400. Last winter, 8,300 elk were counted during the refuge’s official midwinter classification. That’s about a third above the average from recent years and two-thirds above refuge managers’ objective of 5,000 wintering elk. … Read entire article »

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Report: 2 Wyoming cities as great places to age

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new report gives high marks to Cheyenne and Casper for promoting and enabling successful aging. Cheyenne ranked 9th overall and Casper ranked 20th out of 252 small metros that were graded in the Milken Institute report. The institute did its report on the basis that most individuals want to age at home and not be uprooted from their communities. It examined how well U.S. cities are providing the infrastructure, amenities and opportunities both to serve, and benefit from, the country’s fastest-growing age segment. … Read entire article »

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Rock Springs couple plead not guilty

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A Rock Springs man and woman have entered not guilty pleas in the death of their 4-month-old twin daughter. Jacob and Amanda Triplett each have been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated child abuse. They entered their pleas last Friday in District Court before Judge Nena James. Both remain in custody on $1 million cash bond. According to police, one of the couple’s twin daughters died on September 17th after being taken to a hospital where doctors found the baby had broken ribs, was malnourished and was brain-dead. They say the other twin baby and two other children, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, also were malnourished and had signs of abuse. … Read entire article »

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Former Casper police worker accused of sex assault

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former victim advocate for the Casper Police Department is accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she recovered from surgery at an assisted living center. 47-year-old James Holscher appeared in court Monday on charges of second-degree sexual assault and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Prosecutors say Holscher assaulted the woman June 13th as she was recovering after having both her hips replaced earlier this year. Investigators say she told them she couldn’t stop Holscher because of her medical condition. The woman told authorities that she and Holscher had a consensual sexual relationship but Holscher touched her inappropriately after she told him several times to stop. Holscher resigned July 24th. … Read entire article »

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Number of highway fatalities in Wyoming up

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly twice as many people have died on Wyoming highways so far this year compared with 2013. Wyoming Highway Patrol figures show that 135 people have died as of last week this year in highway crashes. At the same point in 2013, the state had recorded 77 highway deaths. For all of 2013, there were 87 total fatalities. But officials say last year’s fatal crash totals were unusually low. On average, about 120 people die on Wyoming highways each year. Officials with the Highway Patrol said heavy oil field traffic and increased accidents involving drunk driving is contributing to this year’s spike. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Catholic College accreditation candidate

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Catholic College in Lander is seeking federally recognized accreditation. College officials say the school is a candidate for accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. The commission has accredited more than 1,300 schools. Candidacy comes with a number of benefits, such as acceptance of the college’s credits at other colleges and universities. The school also could become eligible for federal grants and loans. The liberal arts school was incorporated in 2005. It offers bachelor’s degrees and emphasizes religion and outdoor experiences alongside its curriculum. … Read entire article »

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Riverton cleans up polluted vacant lot

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Active cleanup work has wrapped up at a polluted, vacant lot in downtown Riverton. Vickie Meredith with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says Riverton officials successfully cleaned up solvents in the soil. She says now there are no restrictions on how the property can be used. A gas station was located on the property from 1975 to 1983 and a dry cleaning business was there from 1983-1995. Some petroleum contamination remains in the groundwater and an air pump system will remain in place to help clean up that pollution. … Read entire article »

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