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  • Game and Fish to eliminate elk feedground

    MIKE KOSHMRL, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    JACKSON — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will eliminate the legally embattled Alkali Creek elk feedground in coming years as the threat of chronic wasting disease looms. The Bridger-Teton National Forest feedground, the lowest elevation of three in the Gros Ventre River valley, had been studied and then authorized for long-term use in 2015. But four environmental groups hit the forest with a lawsuit, winning in 2018. Rather than appealing or spending years studying the feedground’s impacts to address the judge’s concerns, the Forest Servi... Full story

  • Blackjewel under investigation for fraud

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    CASPER — The unprecedented bankruptcy case involving coal operator Blackjewel showed signs of resolution last week when a federal judge approved the sale of two Wyoming coal mines to a new company called Eagle Specialty Materials. But a court document filed Saturday revealed the federal government has been investigating Blackjewel for potential fraud since before the company filed for bankruptcy, adding another possible wrinkle to a case that has rattled Wyoming’s coal country for over three months. “The United States was investigating poten... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 7

    Oct 3, 2019

    Campbell County computer outage nearly repaired GILLETTE (WNE) — About 98 percent to 99 percent of the computer systems at Campbell County Health were expected to be back online Friday, two weeks after a ransomware attack at the hospital left it without its 1,500 computers. Campbell County Health officials expressed their appreciation for the work staff, state and federal agencies have done and continue to do in tackling the attack. “In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, our cyber security response team and everything else, we are... Full story

  • Barrasso discusses infrastructure bill, impeachment

    Daniel McArdle, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    SHERIDAN — During a visit to Sheridan on Monday to recognize Meadowlark Elementary for receiving a National Blue Ribbon Award, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, discussed a major piece of infrastructure legislation he introduced into the Senate in July as well as the impeachment inquiry and issues in international affairs. As chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, Barrasso recently sponsored America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, a bill that provides $287 billion dollars over five years to repair and maintai... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 8

    Oct 3, 2019

    Wyoming violent crime down 17 percent GILLETTE (WNE) — Violent crime in Wyoming dropped about 17 percent between 2016 and 2018. The reduction in Wyoming is consistent with a nationwide decrease in violent crime that has been occurring since 2017, said U.S. Attorney Mark A. Klaassen. Nationwide, there was a 3.9 percent drop in violent crime in 2018. The Uniform Crime Reporting Index for Wyoming is compiled by the FBI. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. “This decrease in violent crimes is a direct result of... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 9

    Oct 3, 2019

    Final Carbon Co. meth ring suspect faces arraignment RAWLINS (WNE) — Implicated in the alleged delivery of narcotics after he accompanied a confidential informant during a small meth buy, a Saratoga man could face as many as 40 years in prison. Richard Doyle Thompson, 39, is set for his arraignment on Friday in district court. He faces one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver. Each count also holds up to $25,000 in fines. On April 10, Thompson, according to court records, was asked t... Full story