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Dusty Franklin Whitehead

Dusty Franklin Whitehead, 65, passed away at his home in Worland on April 14, 2020. He was born on June 24, 1954 in Lamar, Colorado to James Hershel Franklin and Viola (Wagley) Whitehead. Cremation has taken place and as per his request there will... Full story

 By Isabella Alves    News    April 23, 2020

Governor plans to modify, extend public health orders

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon announced Thursday that he will be releasing modifications to the existing public health orders next week to allow more county-by-county flexibility when it comes to reopening certain businesses and public spaces. At a n... 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 spring se... Full story

 By Greg Johnson    News    April 23, 2020

Coal producers lay off 300 PRB workers

GILLETTE — The Powder River Basin’s coal workforce shrunk by about 6% Thursday with the layoff of 300 workers from three mines. Peabody Energy Corp. employees were informed Thursday that about 170 employees have been laid off from the North Antelope... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    News    April 23, 2020

Election officials prep for increase in absentee voting in August primary

CHEYENNE – Wyoming will not be making a complete shift to mail-in voting for its August primary, but state election officials, anticipating a jump in absentee voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are preparing to ensure voters have a wide range of opti... Full story



Arch Coal loses money on Powder River Basin mines in first quarter GILLETTE (WNE) – Driven by low natural gas prices and “historically weak power markets,” Arch Coal Inc.’s Powder River Basin mines recorded a negative cash flow in the first quarter... Full story


Wyoming residents have received more than $42 million in unemployment benefits during coronavirus pandemic

CHEYENNE – Since the coronavirus pandemic began in Wyoming, workers in the state have received more than $42 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from a combination of federal emergency aid and the state UI fund. The majority of this f... Full story


Wyoming's Safe Haven Law Provides a Safe, Legal and Responsible Option for Infants

During these very difficult and trying times for many families across the state, the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) would like to remind new parents of an option available if they feel too overwhelmed to care for their infant.... Full story



CHEYENNE - Wyoming will receive $32,562,651, part of about $13.2 billion allocated to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), authorized under section 18003 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security... Full story


Governor Gordon to hold media briefing on Wyoming's ongoing response to COVID-19

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon will hold a media briefing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Governor's Ceremonial Conference room in the State Capitol Building. The Governor will be joined by State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist to p... Full story


Governor Gordon authorizes re-opening of gyms, personal care services under new public health orders

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that new public health orders effective May 1 will allow gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services to reopen under specific operating conditions designed to minimize public h... Full story


How to reduce your 'message fatigue' : Taking a step back from media is one answer

JACKSON — People are wearying of the deluge of COVID-19 information and finding some relief, experts say, could involve something as simple as taking a break. “People need to unplug and maybe lim... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs APRIL 29

Rawlins gas prices highest in state RAWLINS (WNE) – Carbon County has some of the highest gas prices in Wyoming, according to price indexing websites, and some residents are starting to question why. “The price of oil is down so far, and yet the pri... Full story

 By Tom Milstead    News    April 23, 2020

Former judge, attorney facing 50-plus years for sex crimes

TORRINGTON — Greg Knudsen, disgraced and disbarred attorney and former Torrington municipal judge, could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted of a slew of felony sexual assault charges. An investigation by the Wyoming Department of... Full story


Two prominent Wyoming gas drillers in financial peril

A top financial ratings service has listed western Wyoming gas drillers Ultra Resources and Jonah Energy among issuers of “top bonds of concern” whose securities could face “imminent” default. Fitch Ratings named the two companies that operate... Full story

 By Ellen Fike    News    April 23, 2020

Rocky Mountain Power hiring 170+ additional workers for Gateway West project

RAWLINS - The company creating a massive transmission line project that will run through Carbon County has given notice that it needs more employees to finish one phase. In an April 17 letter from Gateway Transmission project Rod Fisher to Brian... Full story


Big Horn County reports second positive case

The Big Horn County Public Health Department released the following statement on their Facebook page confirming their second positive case of the novel coronavirus: On April 29, 2020 the Big Horn County Public Health Department received notification... Full story


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