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  • Dancing through life: world champion hoop dancer shares her story

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    LANDER - When Jasmine Pickner-Bell was five years old, her father, renowned hoop dancer Dallas Chief Eagle, gave her one hoop: a circle representing her inner self. "I remember he decided that he was going to show me this kind of vision that he had had about myself becoming a hoop dancer," Pickner-Bell, the enrolled Crow Creek Dakota Sioux Tribe member and South Dakota native, said. "He said there's this balance that's missing within our sacred circle." Back then, hoop dancing was a... Full story

  • March 23, 2023 Wyoming Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    Cheyenne City Council fails marijuana ordinance CHEYENNE (WNE) — An ordinance aimed at decriminalizing marijuana within city limits failed to receive a positive recommendation Wednesday night from the Cheyenne City Council’s Committee of the Whole. Council members Richard Johnson and Scott Roybal co-sponsored the ordinance, which would repeal and re-create code provisions specific to prohibiting marijuana in the municipality. Johnson clarified the ordinance wasn’t meant to address legalization, medical recreation taxes or the licensing of di... Full story

  • BLM, State Parks seek input on proposed South Pass trails

    Katie Klingsporn,|Mar 23, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming State Parks seek public input on a proposal to build roughly six new miles of trail adjacent to South Pass City State Historic Site. The BLM’s Lander field office released a conceptual plan that proposes several loops of trail designed primarily for hikers and equestrians near the historic ghost town. The new trails spur off of existing two-track routes as well as the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which passes through South Pass City as it unfurls from Canada to Mexico. The conceptual t... Full story

  • Winter ozone spikes near Pinedale prompt health advisories

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Mar 23, 2023

    Elevated concentrations of ozone — a human health hazard — have returned to the Upper Green River Basin south of Pinedale after years of coordinated efforts to plug leaks and reduce emissions from oil and gas production facilities there, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Spikes in wintertime ozone can occur when there are volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides present — in this case, mostly from oil and gas emissions. When the wind doesn’t clear pollutants out of the area, the trapped VOCs and NOx can get bak... Full story

  • OPINION: Governor Gordon Legislative Accomplishments: A Win for the People of Wyoming

    Gov. Mark Gordon|Mar 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has written the following Opinion piece highlighting some of the successes of the 2023 Legislative Session.. Media outlets are welcome to reprint the Op-Ed. Governor Gordon Legislative Accomplishments: A Win for the People of Wyoming At the commencement of the 67th Legislature, in my State of the State address and my supplemental budget request, I identified multiple legislative priorities focused on ensuring Wyoming's success, now and into the future. I am p... Full story

  • March 24, 2023 Wyoming Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    Barrasso co-sponsors bill to grow the mining workforce CHEYENNE (WNE) — On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and ENR Chairman Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced the Mining Schools Act of 2023. This bipartisan legislation is designed to improve opportunities for university and college mining and geological programs to prepare students to meet America’s future energy needs. “Unleashing American mining is good for our economy and good for the state of Wyoming. It’s... Full story

  • Jesus Deniz Rodriguez

    Mar 23, 2023

    Jesus Deniz Rodriguez, 69, passed away unexpectedly March 22, 2023 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyoming. Jesus was born March 27, 1953 to Eusébio Deniz Ramirez and Evangelina Rodriguez Dueñas in Llano Grande, Mexico. Jesus met his wife, Elsa Mendoza, in the summer of 1975 and on June 1, 1978 they were married. In March of 2001, they adopted their son, Jesus Yeizon Deniz. Jesus loved fishing and hunting. He had a very big heart and was always lending a helping hand to others. Jesus... Full story

  • Local veterans reflect on Iraq War 20 years after it started

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    GILLETTE – March 20. For most, it’s not a date that lives in infamy. This year, it came and went without much fanfare. But Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. In February of 2003, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told the United Nations Security Council that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and chemical weapons, and that he would use them against neighboring countries and his own people. Less than 18 months earlier, the U.S. had invaded Afghanistan as a result of the 9/11 att... Full story

  • Lummis backs trans athlete law

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    CASPER —In November, Wyoming’s Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis defied expectation when she chose to vote in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act — a federal law that enshrines protection of same-sex marriages. Her vote for the historic legislation was a change from her previous record on same-sex marriage and resulted in backlash from her own party. But the senator nevertheless doubled down on her decision. Lummis’ stance on other LGBTQ issues, however, hasn’t necessarily undergone a similar shift. In a Thursday press conference, Lummis to... Full story

  • Feds, Wyo. split over Hageman's bill to delist grizzlies

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    JACKSON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposes Wyoming congresswoman Harriet Hageman’s legislative push to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears. But the Wyoming Game and Fish Department backs delisting “by whatever means is necessary.” Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik told Hageman, a first-term Republican, and other members of the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries as much Thursday mor... Full story

  • Wyoming legislative task force to focus on mental health for all ages

    Carrie Haderlie, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s speaker of the House of Representatives hopes to shine a spotlight on mental health issues across the state, removing “agency silos” through collaboration and common goals. “I think mental health issues in Wyoming, and across America, are incredibly important,” Rep. Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, said in a Friday morning interview with the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “We see that with kids in schools, we see that with teachers, we see that in the general public. We see it in our suicide rates in Wyoming.” Wyoming’s legis... Full story

  • Abortion critics navigate courts

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    CASPER – Anti-abortion lawmakers in Wyoming celebrated a historic win following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade over the summer, vowing to further restrict the procedure by next deleting the rape and incest exemptions in the trigger abortion ban that the Legislature had passed months earlier. But more than half a year and two lawsuits later, that initial jubilation has quieted as anti-abortion lawmakers in the Equality State face the realities of a complex post-Roe landscape. On Wednesday, a Teton County judge temporarily blo... Full story

  • President Biden Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Immediately Until Sunset March 31

    Mar 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - At the direction of the President of the United States, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Nashville, TN. The flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset March 31, 2023. A Presidential Proclamation follows: A Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of... Full story

  • Wednesday Briefs

    Mar 23, 2023

    Kidnapping charges dropped against Gillette man; prison time still recommended for drug charge GILLETTE (WNE) – Kidnapping charges have been dismissed for a man accused of hitting and dragging his girlfriend and keeping her inside their home for several days, but he still faces potential prison time for a drug charge. Jason John Black, 48, pleaded guilty March 1 to felony meth possession and pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery. Two counts of felony kidnapping and another domestic battery misdemeanor were d... Full story