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 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 4, 2019

Leaked poll shows Cheney ahead of Lummis in Senate race

CASPER — A new poll leaked to a conservative media outlet shows Rep. Liz Cheney leading former Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis by more than 20 points in a hypothetical head-to-head primary matchup for outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi’s seat, though neither w... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Judge says paying Blackjewel employees is top priority

GILLETTE — Wyoming Blackjewel LLC employees still having problems with their final regular paychecks may have those worked out by Friday. Concerned over reports of Blackjewel LLC employees not being paid, a federal bankruptcy court judge held a...

 
 By Cinthia Stimson    News    July 4, 2019

Group works to save 100-year-old school

DOUGLAS — About 14 miles from Orin Junction along WYO 20, a 100-year-old visibly weathered building sits off to the right side of the road, nearly alone in the countryside. The paint on its stucco sides is fading under the hot summer sun. The... Full story

 

WYOMING NEWS BRIEFS July 5

Former court clerk makes first appearance on theft charges TORRINGTON (WNE) – Former Goshen County District Court Clerk Kathi Rickard appeared in court for the first time Wednesday to begin the process of answering to six felony theft charges relat... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Former Blackjewel CEO says he's not a crook

POSTED: July 8, 2019 GILLETTE — Partially prompted by threats from locked-out Blackjewel LLC coal miners and others, former company President and CEO Jeffrey Hoops Sr. maintains he’s not a crook, did not steal from company accounts and took... Full story

 
 By SHANE SANDERSON    News    July 4, 2019

Former municipal judge disbarred after sleeping with client

CASPER — The Wyoming Supreme Court disbarred a former Torrington municipal judge after a lawyers’ disciplinary board found he’d slept with a client of his private law practice and lied to investigators about it. The state’s highest court... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel lockout is near worst-case scenario for basin

GILLETTE — It didn’t take this past week’s bankruptcy and lockout of 1,700 Blackjewel LLC workers countrywide to convince Melissa Peterson-Worden that the struggling coal producer was reaching a financial critical mass. “I knew it was coming... Full story

 
 By SHANE SANDERSON    News    July 4, 2019

Man charged in abduction, assault of young girl

CASPER — A man accused of kidnapping a child from a south Casper apartment complex on Wednesday — and then eluding police for 24 hours — now faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors on Friday afternoon filed three felony charges against Joshua... Full story

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Capitol turns from near ruin to a gem

CHEYENNE – When the Wyoming State Capitol reopens to the public Wednesday after more than four years of extensive renovations and improvements, it might be hard for people to truly appreciate just... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs JULY 8, 2019

Search of Snake River for missing man winds down JACKSON (WNE) — After finding no clues, Teton County Search and Rescue stopped combing the Snake River on Sunday, winding down its search for a 21-year-old man reported missing since Wednesday... Full story

 
 By Sheila McGuire    News    July 4, 2019

Proposal for new ICE detention center resurfaces

EVANSTON — A proposal to construct an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Evanston may again be moving forward following a long period of inactivity since first being proposed more than two years ago. A notice was posted... Full story

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel seeks funding to reopen Campbell Co. Mines

CASPER — Bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel continues to seek additional funding to reopen its two shuttered coal mines in Campbell County, company lawyers said during a weekend bankruptcy hearing. The company will present a new financial package to... Full story

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Legislators again study change in wind tax

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s wind is a highly desirable commodity in renewable energy. But trying to increase revenue from the industry might drive investors away from the state and into the arms of Wyoming’s three biggest competitors for wind. There... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs JULY 9

Black bear killed after raiding picnic sites, trash cans JACKSON (WNE) — One Jackson Hole bear is dead and another two have been hauled to more remote locales after raiding visitors’ picnics and residents’ trash cans. The subadult female black... Full story

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Revenue Committee takes another crack at fuel tax

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee will take another swing at trying to raise the state's gasoline tax after failing to connect during this year's session. The Revenue Committee voted 8-6 on Tuesday to approve... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel hit with class action lawsuit

GILLETTE — A Gillette employee of Blackjewel LLC has filed a class-action lawsuit against the coal mining company, claiming it failed to give its 1,700 employees proper notice or pay wages and other benefits earned before and after Blackjewel... Full story

 
 By Ray K. Erku    News    July 4, 2019

Long-term probation recommended in accidental shooting

RAWLINS – Just after Scott David Drumm said he was “shocked” and “willing to accept my consequences” when he realized he may have accidentally shot somebody, a judge on Monday recommended he receive long-term probation in lieu of prison... Full story

 

Analysts hit plan to dump oilfield pollutants into Wind River

Four groups are calling for Wyoming’s DEQ to reject Aethon Energy’s application to dump millions of gallons and thousands of tons of oil- and gas-field pollutants above Boysen Reservoir in a scathing scientific review of the company’s... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs JULY 10

Taiwan president’s visit falls through CHEYENNE (WNE) — The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, will not visit Wyoming during her upcoming visit to the United States and the Caribbean. Gov. Mark Gordon's office had been communicating with Tsai's... Full story

 
 By Tom Milstead    News    July 4, 2019

More than $200K missing from Goshen clerk's accounts

TORRINGTON – An affidavit filed in Eighth Judicial Circuit Court by Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agent Michael Carlson alleges that Former Goshen County District Court Clerk Kathi Rickard began embezzling money from the court’s two... Full story

 

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