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 By JOEL FUNK    News    January 20, 2022

Laramie, Albany counties in 'chaos' after redistricting move

Power struggles between lawmakers reverted at least a quarter of Wyoming’s legislative redistricting map back to square one during a contentious meeting Wednesday in Casper. With time ticking down before the 2022 budget session convenes in... Full story

 By Joel Funk    COVID-19    August 5, 2021

Officials reexamine guidelines, decline mandates as Delta variant spreads

Circumstances have changed with the COVID-19 Delta variant’s incursion into Wyoming, health experts say, prompting officials to issue new recommendations and many to ask whether more needs to be done to increase the state’s vaccination rate and... Full story

 By Joel Funk    News    June 11, 2020

Tensions grow at Laramie protests

LARAMIE - Protests against racism and police brutality have escalated this week in Laramie as supporters and apparent counter-protesters in trucks, motorcycles and Jeeps have confronted people... Full story

 By Joel Funk    Community    May 30, 2018

Can Trump administration help Wyoming agriculture?

CHEYENNE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture in the administration of President Donald Trump could be very good for farms and ranches in the Cowboy State, a Wyoming official said recently. Commodity prices in the agriculture sector have put...

 By Joel Funk    News    May 8, 2018

Wyoming officials confident in election security

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s secretary of state is confident in the security of the state’s election systems amid widespread national concerns of foreign interference in 2018’s midterms. In addition to the general tumultuous nature of the 2016...

 By JOEL FUNK    News    March 13, 2018

'Stand your ground' bill heads to governor

CHEYENNE – A “stand your ground” bill is on its way to Gov. Matt Mead’s desk for his signature. Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed their “stand your ground” bills – House Bill 168 and Senate File 71 – through their...

 By Joel Funk    News    March 2, 2018

'Stand your ground' bill amended, passed

CHEYENNE - Wyoming senators amended a “stand your ground” bill for the second day in a row before passing it Wednesday. Pressure mounted on senators Tuesday as they voted to remove an immunity provision that its sponsor, Sen. Anthony...

 By Joel Funk    News    February 10, 2018

Democratic representative running for secretary of state

CHEYENNE – Cheyenne's James Byrd is looking to wear a new hat in public office as he announced his candidacy Thursday to be Wyoming's next secretary of state. Byrd is serving his fifth term in the...

 By Joel Funk    News    December 27, 2017

Lawmakers look to update sexual harassment policy

CHEYENNE (AP) — A Wyoming lawmaker said this week he thinks incidents of inappropriate sexual behavior by state legislators likely are underreported. With resignations in state legislatures around the country related to inappropriate sexual...

 By Joel Funk    News    December 28, 2016

Professor of practice designation implemented at UW

LARAMIE (AP) — For Brian Toelle, a visiting professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Wyoming, it’s been an enjoyable change of pace for the industry professional in his second year teaching courses and working with students. “I...


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