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WYOMING NEWS BRIEFS Aug. 15

Greybull studies ban on ‘skill games’ GREYBULL (WNE) — The Greybull Town Council may be positioning itself to be on the frontline in the dispute over electronic games of skill and their place in Wyoming. With litigation pending around the... Full story

 

WYDOT schedules pre-harvest meeting in Worland

A pre-harvest meeting for Big Horn Basin growers is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Worland Community Center. The Worland meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a public safety presentation will take place between 11:30 a.m. and... Full story

 
 By Morgan Hughes    News    August 15, 2019

Bleak outlook for crops affected by tunnel collapse

CASPER — Farmers in the Platte River Valley affected by an irrigation tunnel collapse are beginning to lose hope that their crops will be salvageable this year. The tunnel is part of an irrigation system that spans more than 100 miles between... Full story

 
 By Tom Milstead    News    August 15, 2019

Disaster loans a possibility for farmers, insurance still an unknown

TORRINGTON – A pair of stakeholder meetings held by the Goshen Irrigation District in Wyoming and the Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska helped shed some light on some of the lingering questions local producers may have concerning... Full story

 
 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 15, 2019

Vote for stricter trespass laws fails

CHEYENNE – An effort to change the state’s trespass laws to punish violators even if they were unaware they were on private property failed to make it out of committee Thursday. The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee voted... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 16

Cheyenne man who excessively spanked children sentenced to probation CHEYENNE (WNE) – A man who excessively spanked his two stepdaughters and isolated them from friends and family was sentenced Thursday in Laramie County District Court. Joshua D.... Full story

 
 By Tom Hallberg    News    August 15, 2019

Pair of rabid bats in Jackson called coincidence

JACKSON — Sitting around a campfire is the stereotypical camping activity: Flames lick the logs, someone roasts marshmallows while bats and nighthawks swoop around, eating mosquitoes. For Ashley Pipkin that very scene in a Targhee National Forest... Full story

 
 By SETH KLAMANN    News    August 15, 2019

Diocese says more abuse victims have come forward

CASPER — More people who say they’re victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Wyoming clergymen have come forward since the release in early June of a list of 11 men who the Diocese of Cheyenne deemed had faced substantiated accusations of abuse.... Full story

 
 By Greg Johnson    News    August 15, 2019

Cloud Peak finds buyer for mines

GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy Corp., one of the Powder River Basin’s largest coal mine operators, has accepted a bid from Navajo Transitional Energy Co. to buy “substantially all of Cloud Peak Energy’s assets.” Cloud Peak announced the sale... Full story

 
 By Steve Peck    News    August 15, 2019

Riverton, plagued by service cuts, eyes public hospital ownership

RIVERTON — After a year of diligent work on preparations for building a new full-service hospital, leaders of the Riverton Medical District say a key provision in the effort will be ensuring that the hospital is owned locally and controlled... Full story

 

Committee studies ways to solve public defender shortage

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers are weighing legislative action to help resolve a shortage of public defenders that has forced judges to call on private attorneys. Meanwhile, lawyers have begun outlining arguments before the state’s highest court... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 20

Missing woman’s vehicle found PINEDALE (WNE) – The vehicle driven by a missing Green River woman was found Sunday. Aug. 18, in Fremont County. Aubree Shanae Corona, 28, remains missing. Investigators from Sublette and Fremont counties responded... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 21

Crews contain fire started by exploding targets JACKSON (WNE) — Crews continued mopping up the Tannerite Fire southeast of Pinedale this week as evacuations lifted for 60-some homes threatened by the human-caused fire. Firefighters had the... Full story

 

Groups: Current Moneta oilfield discharges violate law

Two conservation groups allege that existing flows of produced water from the Moneta Divide oil and gas field violate federal and state environmental laws, this amid a contentious public debate over the proposed permitting of additional discharges. T... Full story

 
 By Emily Mieure    News    August 15, 2019

Developer wants trench collapse lawsuit moved

JACKSON — Jamie Mackay says he can’t get a fair trial in Teton County because he’s “a well-known public figure” and has been the subject of 36 newspaper articles in the Jackson Hole News&Guide over the past 12 years. Mackay, a Wilson... Full story

 

August 8, 2019

Inserts this week are Blair's and Bomgaars (print and online) and Reese & Ray's (print only)... Full story

 
 By Karla Pomeroy    News    August 8, 2019

Vacancy officially declared for Ward 2

WORLAND — Worland Mayor Jim Gill officially declared a vacancy for Ward 2 following the death of council member Dennis Koch on June 27. Koch was elected to the council in 2012 and re-elected to a second term in 2016. The city is now accepting lette...

 
 By Seth Romsa    News    August 8, 2019

Commissioners continue discussions on future library plans

WORLAND — The Washakie County commissioners continue to discuss the future of the Washakie County Library in Worland. A third concept of the first-floor plan was discussed at the commissioners regular meeting Tuesday morning. All plans are only...

 
 By Seth Romsa    News    August 8, 2019

Ed Luhm enjoys transition to Circuit Court Judge

WORLAND – Wyoming Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Ed Luhm has recently made the transition from attorney to sitting on the bench and making impactful decisions in the community. Luhm too... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 8, 2019

Red tape delays hemp planting

CASPER — This winter, lawmakers voted to allow hemp in Wyoming, hoping the crop will become a boon for the state’s agricultural industry. But farmers will have to wait at least one more growing season before they can plant hemp in Wyoming soil.... Full story

 

Worland student appointed to UW Presidential Search Committee

LARAMIE — Sixteen people representing a wide range of interests have been named to the committee that will help select the next president of the University of Wyoming including a Worland student. UW trustees, faculty, staff and students are... Full story

 
 By Karla Pomeroy    News    August 8, 2019

4th annual Battle of the Bands cancelled

WORLAND — The fourth annual Battle of the Bands has been cancelled. According to Worland Community Center Complex Marketing Director Sheryl Ley the Battle of the Bands, which was slated for Aug. 23, has been cancelled due to budget constraints.... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 8

Former tribal judge pleads guilty to drug charges CASPER (WNE) — The former chief judge of the Wind River Tribal Court pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two federal drug felonies. Judge Terri Smith entered the guilty pleas to a single count each of... Full story

 
 By Tom Hallberg    News    August 8, 2019

Whistleblowers sue Teton Weed and Pest

JACKSON — Thomas Spatafore worked as a seasonal weed technician for Teton County Weed and Pest for a decade. By all accounts, he enjoyed the job and was good at it, moving up the ranks to lead his own crew, including on an important contract with t... Full story

 
 By Mara Abbott    News    August 8, 2019

Mixed reactions to Pendley appointment as BLM chief

BUFFALO — In a move that spurred mixed reactions from sportsmen, ranchers, former Bureau of Land Management employees and the state's congressional delegation, Wyoming native William Perry Pendley was named acting director of the BLM in an order fr... Full story

 

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