Articles from the August 22, 2019 edition

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Lovell man pursues shrimp farming

LOVELL — Richard Hawley has an idea that he reckons could change the face of Wyoming agriculture. But he needs people to buy in first. It’s not what you’d expect for a land-locked state like Wyoming, but Hawley believes Wyoming could become one o... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 23

Lawmakers prep bill making tribal ID legal for voting RIVERTON (WNE) — In a Monday meeting in Fort Washakie, members of the Wyoming Select Committee on Tribal Relations worked through a proposed bill that would endow tribal identification cards w... Full story


Blockchain Task Force members optimistic about technology's future

SHERIDAN — Wyoming lawmakers have fully embraced the state’s developing blockchain industry as a potential building block for the future of its economy. A total of thirteen bills related to blockchain technology have sailed through the Leg... Full story

 By Kayne Pyatt    News    August 22, 2019

Opposition to ICE facility strong at Evanston event

EVANSTON — “When we show support for our brothers and sisters, we encounter the Lord,” Father Augustine Carillo of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church said as he finished reading a letter from Bishop Steven Biegler of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Fathe... Full story

 By Jordan Achs    News    August 22, 2019

Albany County man enters race for U.S. Senate

LARAMIE — Tired of seeing the millionaires in political office continuously representing big corporations instead of the Wyoming people, Albany County resident R. Mark Armstrong has announced he is running for U.S. Senate. “I’m not sure they know... Full story

 By Ray K. Erku    News    August 22, 2019

Rawlins residents criticize city for alleged police actions

RAWLINS – Vehemently saying he supports “people wearing the uniform,” Rawlins City Manager Scott Hannum last week stuck up for the Rawlins Police Department after members of the public accused them of practicing bully tactics and “bias, selecti... Full story

 By Greg Johnson    News    August 22, 2019

Contura sale runs on as patience runs out

GILLETTE — Patience may be a virtue, but if you’re among the nearly 600 locked out Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal miners who have been out of work for 56 days, it’s also more difficult to practice. For many, there is no more patience. Deanna Fritz... Full story

 By Tom Milstead    News    August 22, 2019

USDA: Crops damaged by canal collapse covered by insurance

TORRINGTON – After over a month of nothing but bad news concerning the collapse of a tunnel along the Fort Laramie Irrigation Canal, farmers affected by the collapse can breathe a little easier. The United States Department of Agriculture a... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 22, 2019

Prayer vigil recognizes history of slavery in America

CHEYENNE – Only by remembering the mistakes and sins of the past, can we find a way to come together and deal with the problems of today. That was the message from a group of worshipers gathered in C... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 26

Man drowns after drift boat overturns JACKSON (WNE) — A family was fly-fishing from their drift boat on the Snake River on Friday when their trip took a deadly turn. The private drift boat hit a rock near the bridge just north of the Snake River K... Full story


Blackjewel miners to lose health insurance on Saturday

GILLETTE — Hundreds of locked out Blackjewel LLC Wyoming coal miners are wondering when or if they’ll be called back to work at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Campbell County. What they may not have to wonder about after Saturday is the sta... Full story

 By Tom Milstead    News    August 22, 2019

Water could flow through irrigation canal by end of week

TORRINGTON — The Goshen Irrigation District announced Monday afternoon that contractors from SAK Construction and GID employees “have succeeded repairing and fixing the collapsed tunnel.” Manager Rob Posten declared tunnel crews have seen the “ligh... Full story

 By Jordan Achs    Sports    August 22, 2019

Former Wyoming player Granderson released early from jail

LARAMIE — Former University of Wyoming football player Carl Granderson has been released from the Albany County Detention Center after he was granted a reduced sentence by Campbell County district court judge John Perry in a Monday ruling. G... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 28

Saratoga man convicted of possession of nearly quarter pound of meth RAWLINS (WNE) – A Saratoga man caught earlier this year with nearly a quarter pound of crystal methamphetamine was last week convicted by a district court judge of three felony c... Full story

 By Greg Johnson    News    August 22, 2019

Court filing: Sale of Wyoming mines to Contura 'dead'

GILLETTE — A proposed sale of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines to Contura Energy Corp. “is dead,” according to a Tuesday afternoon U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing in the case of Blackjewel LLC. In a response to a Blackjewel motion to separ... Full story

 By Isabella Alves    News    August 22, 2019

Wyoming Supreme Court affirms district court restitution ruling

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court last week affirmed a decision out of Laramie County District Court that requires a local woman to pay restitution following her “no contest” plea to exploiting a vulnerable adult. Linda M. Freeman appealed the d... Full story


Expert: bill requiring report of mental illness to firearms dealers based on fear

SHERIDAN — Paul Demple, chief executive officer at Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, said a proposed bill that would require mental illness adjudications be reported to firearm dealers is a response to gun violence in the U.S. based on fear, n... Full story

 By Tom Hallberg    News    August 22, 2019

Wyoming Health Department looks to regulate air ambulance providers

JACKSON — The Wyoming Department of Health wants to make air ambulance travel cheaper for everyone. Officials have drafted a waiver application to send to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking to change air ambulance travel r... Full story


Governor makes sage grouse 'expansion' voluntary in new order

Gov. Mark Gordon has drawn praise from conservationists in adopting “the vast majority” of recommended changes to his greater sage grouse protective order. But in the new executive order Gordon signed last week, he balked at a recommendation that cal... Full story


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