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  • Marion Jean Shearer

    Mar 21, 2019

    Marion Jean Shearer, 74, passed away on March 16, 2019 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland. Marion was born on January 4, 1945 in Worland to James and Mary Margaret (Rankine) Leiper. She grew up on a ranch on the Gooseberry. From an early age, Marion gained a fondness for working outdoors. She became her dad’s “right-hand man” as she worked by his side. Even when her sisters came along, her dad would ask her to assist him with the tasks outside and in the field... Full story

  • Marvin J. Hanson

    Mar 21, 2019

    Marvin J. Hanson. Born 8-5-37. Passed Away 3-12-19. Go to for full details and life story.... Full story

  • Janice K. Schneckloth

    Mar 21, 2019

    Janice K. Schneckloth, 76, of Eldridge, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at home with loving family at her side. A private memorial of her life was held March 15, 2019 for immediate family and friends. A celebration of life is being planned in preparation for her final resting spot with family in Wyoming. Memorials in Janice’s name can be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation Janice was born April 27, 1942 in Worland, Wyoming, the daughter of ranchers Wayne E. and Mae T. Voss. Janice... Full story

  • William Winston Miller

    Mar 21, 2019

    William Winston Miller, age 77, of Basin, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019 surrounded by his family. Winston was born April 5, 1941, in Anamosa, Iowa, to Karl and Ethel Miller and was the ninth child out of twelve children. At age nine he came to the Big Horn Basin where he and his brother Doug were raised by their foster dad JL North on the Harris farm which sat along the Greybull River. He worked with his dad and brother on the farm and attended school in Basin,... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs for Friday, March 22

    Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    Capitol set for grand opening on Statehood Day CHEYENNE (WNE) — A grand reopening of the renovated state Capitol is still on schedule to be part of Wyoming statehood celebrations July 10. During a presentation to the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group on Thursday, representatives from the project said the Capitol will be ready for the public to see what four years and $300 million can do to revitalize a nearly 130-year-old building. The Statehood Day celebration will include live music and multiple historical presentations from N... Full story

  • MARCH 22 Sheridan College researcher studies alternative beef forage crops

    Micheal Illiano, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    SHERIDAN — A Sheridan College instructor presented research focused on addressing the challenges dwindling resources pose to livestock producers at the Mars Agriculture Center Wednesday. Rebecca Atkinson, an animal science instructor at Sheridan College, said her research has been driven by the reality that the availability of resources will wane in the near future. “Our future generations to come have a huge challenge come 2050 — how are we going to feed everybody?” Atkinson said. “So what do we do? We have to start thinking out of the box.... Full story

  • Delegation criticizes oil, gas lease decision

    HEATHER RICHARDS, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    CASPER — Wyoming’s congressional delegation on Thursday slammed a federal decision blocking oil and gas drilling on 500 square miles of Wyoming land pending a climate change impact analysis. The stay on drilling is the result of a lawsuit fi led by the environmental group Wildearth Guardians, which protested the Obama-era Bureau of Land Management’s failure to consider the climate cost of leasing federal land for oil and gas drilling. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled in favor of Wildearth regarding 300,000 acres... Full story

  • Lack of legislative progress on revenue disappoints governor

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon said even though he thought it was a successful legislative session, he was frustrated with the lack of progress made this year in creating viable revenue streams for priorities like education. During a Thursday press conference, Gordon said the failure of several bills meant to fix part of the state’s $100 million structural deficit in education funding was a major disappointment from the 2019 general session. He said it was imperative for Wyoming to find ways to fund things like career and technical education pro... Full story

  • Fireworks start fire

    Mar 21, 2019

    According to the Worland Fire Department, the department, as well as surrounding area firefighters were called to 1247 HWY 20 South for a report of a fire ignited by fireworks at 2:26 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Crews worked well into the evening to contain the fire as it was in heavy brush with multiple structures threatened. No injuries reported and no structures were damaged. Trees will continue to smolder throughout the night and coming days but the risk of spread has been mitigated. The...

  • Remains found in trunk in 1992 to be buried

    Cindy Glasson, Thermopolis Independent Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    THERMOPOLIS - Joseph Junior Mulvaney has been waiting literally decades to find his final resting place and that time is finally coming. Known as the "skeleton in the trunk", Mulvaney's remains were finally identified on October 26, 2017, through a DNA profile at the state crime lab in Cheyenne. His body had been originally found in a trunk on Newell Sessions' property in 1992 and the mystery began. The trunk had been left behind by John David Morris, aka David Tanner, when he moved from the...

  • UW President Nichols Will Move to Faculty Position

    Mar 21, 2019

    LARAMIE - University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols' three-year contract expires June 30, 2019. She will assume a faculty position at the university at that time. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of the University of Wyoming these past three years," Nichols says. "I am proud of the progress we made. Our success included launching a comprehensive strategic plan and marketing campaign; elevating the Honors College; opening a Native American center; realizing... Full story

  • MARCH 27 Wyoming Briefs via WNE

    Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    Former councilman sentenced to probation in sexual abuse case ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Former Green River City Councilman Allan Wilson received five years supervised probation at his sentencing March 21. This sentencing came after Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor as part of a plea agreement last December. His sentencing comes with a 301 deferral, Chief Deputy County Attorney Teresa Thybo told the Rocket-Miner on Tuesday. This means that even though Wilson has pleaded guilty to a felony, he can receive p... Full story

  • BLM to conduct spring prescribed fire projects

    Mar 21, 2019

    WORLAND, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District tentatively plans to conduct four prescribed fire projects within the Lander and Worland field office areas this spring as part of the BLM’s commitment to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. These projects are contingent upon fuel moisture and weather meeting optimal treatment conditions. “The prescribed fire projects are designed to enhance rangeland and woodland vegetation health, improve wildlife habitat, increase livestock and wildlife forag... Full story

  • Drug company sued by Wyoming settles similar case with Oklahoma

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE — A major settlement between the State of Oklahoma and the manufacturer of the drug OxyContin could have ramifications for lawsuits against the company filed by the State of Wyoming, the City of Cheyenne and several other cities around the state. Purdue Pharma and the State of Oklahoma settled that state's lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant for $270 million Tuesday. The company previously paid $600 million in criminal and civil penalties to the federal government in 2007 after executives pleaded guilty to false advertising r... Full story

  • UW top priority for Ag Committee

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    LARAMIE — The state Legislature’s Management Council decided an evaluation of the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture will be the top priority for the Joint Agriculture, State & Public Lands & Water Resources Committee during the 2019 interim. In a letter to Management Council, the agriculture committee’s co-chairmen said the scrutiny on the College of Agriculture would “help ensure the college is offering programs that are Wyoming-centered including rangeland management, ecology, high-altitude cattle management and ranch manager pro... Full story

  • Portion of Blue Bank Road Closed

    Mar 21, 2019

    CAUTION: The Worland Field Office has temporarily closed a portion of Blue Bank Road (BLM Road 1411) until further notice due to washouts caused by spring snowmelt and precipitation. Blue Bank Road is located south of U.S. Hwy. 16, between Worland and Ten Sleep. Barricades have been placed at either side of the washouts and warning signs have been placed at either end of Blue Bank Road. Repairs to the road are weather-dependent but may begin Thursday. There may be other roads with similar... Full story

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