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 By Clair McFarland    News    April 16, 2020

Riverton man shot by police in armed standoff

RIVERTON — An active shooter engaged for hours in a standoff with police Wednesday was taken into custody after being shot by a Riverton police officer. The man, identified as 56-year-old James Hinman of Riverton, survived the shooting but r... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 16, 2020

Lawmakers to prepare emergency legislation

CASPER — Legislative leaders voted unanimously on Thursday to pursue several pieces of emergency legislation, all but guaranteeing the Wyoming Legislature will meet in its first special session since 2004. In a conference call with Management Council... Full story


Biden wins 10 Wyoming delegates, Sanders 4

WY Democratic Caucus Results Announced Cheyenne--The Wyoming Democratic Party (WDP) has announced its 2020 Caucus results, with former Vice President Joe Biden winning 72.2% of the state’s popular vote. Senator Bernie Sanders was the only other c... Full story


Governor Gordon thanks Wyomingites, confirms COVID-19 Public Health Orders will remain in place through April 30

State officials working on phased recovery plan to be released next week CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has thanked the people of Wyoming for their diligence. “You have done what was asked and have helped to flatten the curve,” he said, “We a... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    COVID-19    April 16, 2020

Protesters at Capitol demand reopening the state

CHEYENNE – A large crowd of protesters gathered at the front steps of the Wyoming State Capitol on Monday to demand a full reopening of businesses, schools and other industries that have temporarily closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The rally, o... Full story


FROM WYOFILE: Reservation communities ahead of the curve with testing, response

The Wind River Family and Community Health Center in Arapaho no longer resembles the bustling family clinic it operated as once upon a time before COVID-19. Tents and a trailer have popped up outside, and the bulk of clinic activity now takes place... Full story


Stroke, heart attack patients not seeking timely care

CHEYENNE - Nationwide, there's been a decrease in the number of people seeking timely treatment for heart attacks and strokes, and the trend is being seen locally at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. There's about a 40% reduction in stroke and heart... Full story


Wyoming's Archives, Museums, and Historical Organizations Want to Preserve Your Covid-19 Memories

Do you want to make history? You already are! The Wyoming State Archives and State Museum, the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center (AHC), and Wyoming State Historical Society are working together to encourage you to consider how you would... Full story


Gordon: 'Everyone in Wyoming should be concerned' by dip in oil prices

CASPER — Futures prices for oil fell into the negatives for the first time in recorded history Monday, further straining a Wyoming economy already reeling from months of price declines, continuing strife in the coal industry and the shutdown of n... Full story

 By Mark Delap    News    April 16, 2020

Former police chief, officer allege retaliation in lawsuit against Guernsey city officials

GUERNSEY— A civil lawsuit filed in federal court April 9 alleges retaliation by city officials in the forced ouster early this year of former Guernsey Chief of Police, Terri Van Dam and Guernsey police Sgt. Misty Clevenger. In a January letter w... Full story


4 deaths COVID deaths are Northern Arapaho Tribe members

Four Deaths Added to Wyoming’s Coronavirus-Related Count Four Fremont County residents, all previously identified as laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, have died, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). T... Full story

 By Ellen Fike    COVID-19    April 16, 2020

Extension staffer offers tips to limit grocery trips

LARAMIE – With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to infect people every day, people are still being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. But there’s one errand that’s still essential: Grocery shopping. Although there is an increased usage... Full story

 By Staff    News    April 16, 2020

Charges dropped; attorney proves a fetus isn't a person, according to state statute

TORRINGTON — Charges against a woman who gave birth to a baby under the influence of methamphetamine were dropped after her defense attorney successfully argued the charging statute doesn’t consider a fetus a person until birth. Barbara Stewart, of T... Full story


UW survey says most believe worst is not over

SHERIDAN — A recent survey from the University of Wyoming indicates about one-quarter of state residents believe the worst of the pandemic crisis has passed in the U.S., while nearly half say the worst is yet to come. The proportion of those who b... Full story


Park staffing, services crippled by COVID; Yellowstone and Grand Teton experience will be different in 2020

JACKSON — In an ordinary summer a destination park as famous as Yellowstone brings on some 500 seasonal employees, about tripling its staff, to help handle the crush of 4-million-plus tourists drawn from around the world. In a world changed by the th... Full story


EPA knocks Wyo plan to bar public's water pollution data

Wyoming can’t ignore water pollution data submitted by the public or academic institutions when that’s the only information available to determine whether streams, lakes and rivers are polluted, the U.S. EPA has told state officials. That was one... Full story


Utility rate hikes expected in face of pandemic, energy downturn

As COVID-19-related costs mount for utilities, regulators are considering just how ratepayers will ultimately settle the bill. State orders in response to the pandemic currently authorize electricity and natural-gas suppliers to waive fees and suspen... Full story


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