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 By Seth Klamann    News    September 3, 2020

Legislators struggle with school funding

CASPER — Lawmakers alternatively poked and chafed Tuesday at the boundaries of Wyoming’s education system and the court decisions that protect it as they look to solve a yawning revenue deficit and stay on the right side of the state’s... Full story


Kanye West collects signatures for presidential bid

CASPER — Kanye West is officially trying to get on Wyoming’s presidential ballot as an independent candidate this fall, a spokesman with the Wyoming Secretary of State confirmed Tuesday morning. Within a day of the rapper’s filing, county... Full story

 By Seth Klamann    News    August 6, 2020

Goshen resolution opposes broad health orders

CASPER — The Goshen County commission passed a resolution Tuesday to urge its constituents to make their own health decisions and indicating it opposes health orders, both at a county and state level, that have been instituted to limit the spread... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    July 9, 2020

Health Department pulls back proposed addition to vaccine list

CASPER — Citing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the state Department of Health has withdrawn a proposal to add a new vaccine to the required list for school children. The Health Department announced the change Thursday. The proposed... Full story


Documents show UW investigations not limited to Nichols

In September 2019, the University of Wyoming investigated a top administrator who resigned weeks later, using a secretive process that mirrored the inquiry that led to the ouster of former president Laurie Nichols and brought scrutiny to how the... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    COVID-19    May 14, 2020

Natrona County dismantling coronavirus response operations

CASPER – Various structures put in place in Natrona County to respond to the novel coronavirus are being dismantled and put on standby as the disease appears to have slowed here and the state continues to loosen restrictions on everyday life.... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    April 23, 2020

Schools might only see 'limited' opening

CASPER — Wyoming’s top educator suggested schools may only open to “special populations” for the duration of this school year and that any openings wouldn’t come until after May 15, just a few weeks before districts will wrap up their... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    November 14, 2019

Gordon supports Health Department in face of allegations

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon said he “firmly supports” the state Health Department’s director amid allegations that a 2015 Medicaid fraud investigation was obstructed by various government officials, a charge that has been denied by those... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    October 31, 2019

Lack of cooperation stalled Hart investigation, say bishops

CASPER — The two bishops who succeeded retired Wyoming bishop Joseph Hart say investigations into the disgraced cleric, who’s been accused of sexual abuse by at least 16 men, were hamstrung by a lack of cooperation by at least one of Hart’s... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    October 24, 2019

Teen suicide rate up 40 percent in last three years

CASPER — The suicide rate among older teenagers in Wyoming has increased by 40 percent over the past three years, according to a sweeping health report released last month that placed the Equality State in the lower half of states for women and... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    October 24, 2019

Committee approves education funding boost

CASPER — Lawmakers voted narrowly Tuesday to approve a recommendation that Wyoming’s public school system be given a $19 million bump and that the recommendation be sent to Gov. Mark Gordon and the broader Legislature. The funding increase comes... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    October 17, 2019

Vatican still investigating claims against former bishop

CASPER — The Vatican’s “administrative penal process” into former Wyoming bishop Joseph Hart — which could see the cleric removed from the priesthood — has yet to resolve, the church said Tuesday, and investigations in Kansas City are on... Full story


Trustees quietly investigated Nichols before dismissal

An outside law firm quietly investigated former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols at the direction of the university’s board of trustees in the weeks before she was informed she wouldn’t continue as the school’s chief executive, an... Full story


UW grilled over scholarship changes

CASPER — The University of Wyoming announced significant changes to its financial aid programs earlier this year, including $1 million for need-based aid. But the changes and new system earned UW officials some grilling by one legislator last... Full story


Purdue settles opioid lawsuits

CASPER — Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and the public face of the national opioid epidemic that has contributed to tens of thousands of deaths, has reached a $3 billion settlement agreement with thousands of cities, counties, tribes and... Full story


Group wants former bishop sent to Kansas

CASPER — A national group of victims of priest abuse called on the Catholic Church on Monday to send former Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart to a friary in rural Kansas, which would mean expelling him from his diocese-owned home in Cheyenne. “When an... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    August 15, 2019

Diocese says more abuse victims have come forward

CASPER — More people who say they’re victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Wyoming clergymen have come forward since the release in early June of a list of 11 men who the Diocese of Cheyenne deemed had faced substantiated accusations of abuse.... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    August 1, 2019

Riverton moves closer to new hospital

RIVERTON — Riverton is inching closer to having a new nonprofit hospital in town, with a local group of prominent residents hoping to break ground on the facility this fall. The group — officially dubbed the Riverton Medical District — is... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    July 25, 2019

Lander school district approves firearms for staff

CASPER — Lander-based Fremont County School District No. 1 became just the fourth district in Wyoming to allow approved staff members to carry firearms in schools after a school board vote earlier this week, despite objections from some in the comm... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    July 25, 2019

Wyoming education system ranked 10th in nation

CASPER — A WalletHub data analysis has ranked Wyoming’s education system the 10th best in the nation for 2019, the group said in a press release Monday morning. The Equality State came in behind a slew of East Coasters who dominated the top... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    May 23, 2019

Kaycee veteran's remains to be buried in late June

CASPER — When DeMaret Kirtley was last home in July 1950, he posed for a photo. His starched Army uniform hanging from his thin frame, Marston — as his friends and family called him — stood next to his father, the two men staring straight... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    May 16, 2019

Health officials work on air ambulance plan

CASPER — Wyoming health officials are drafting an ambitious and unique plan to try to address air ambulance costs, though representatives of the life flight companies say the issue is how little they’re often paid, not how much they charge. The... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    May 16, 2019

Doctor accused of running 'pill mill' spars with prosecutors

CASPER — For more than five hours Monday, a federal prosecutor peppered a Casper doctor accused of running a pill mill with questions about his practice and history in an often combative cross-examination, which saw the doctor call people who... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    April 25, 2019

UW faculty asks for explanation on Nichols

CASPER — University of Wyoming faculty leaders are proposing a resolution that criticizes the school’s board for its silence on the decision not to renew President Laurie Nichols’ contract and calls on the trustees to provide an explanation.... Full story

 By SETH KLAMANN    News    March 21, 2019

Health care prices are higher in Wyoming than elsewhere. But no one is sure exactly why.

CASPER — Attempt to diagnose the reason for high health prices in Wyoming and you’ll find no shortage of supposed causes. There are the insurance companies — which one Casper doctor called a “bloated sucking worm,” but other officials said...


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