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  • Sorority: Judge rightly dismissed UW transgender member case

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Jan 11, 2024

    Six women who sued UW's Kappa Kappa Gamma last year are incorrect to assume the term 'woman' cannot include transgender women, according to attorneys for the sorority. The government should not interfere with how a private organization interprets its bylaws or determines its membership, the sorority at the center of a lawsuit over a transgender student's admission argues in its latest court filing. The University of Wyoming chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was sued by six of its members last year... Full story

  • Prosecutor: Allegations of assault at Cody school not supported by evidence

    CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 11, 2024

    POWELL — In late October, Cody police received a report that a 5-year-old student at Livingston Elementary School had been sexually assaulted and beaten by fellow students on multiple occasions. However , following an “extensive” investigation by police, Park County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Skoric says he doesn’t believe the assaults actually happened. On Tuesday, he formally declined to file any criminal charges in connection with the case. “There’s simply no evidence that crimes were committed … it’s just not there,” Skoric said in an... Full story

  • Scammers text man picture of fake arrest warrant

    Jan 11, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — A 42-year-old man is not out any money after he received an arrest warrant over text message Wednesday morning. The man was driving through Natrona County when he got a phone call that claimed he had an arrest warrant out of Campbell County and that unless he paid his bond, he would be arrested. He believed this to be a scam and he called the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, said Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds. He also received a text message with a copy of the warrant. At the same time he received the text, he was stopped b... Full story

  • Campbell County school officials look into complaints of sexual images in Wright art class

    Cassia Catterall, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 11, 2024

    GILLETTE — The concerns of a number of Wright parents about an art lesson taught in September have spurred Campbell County School District officials to look into what happened inside a Cottonwood Elementary School classroom. On Tuesday, a group of Wright parents and residents came to Gillette to ask school board members to review the curriculum and an elementary school teacher, who they said showed inappropriate images to children in her fourth-grade art class. About 25 Wright residents traveled the 80-mile round trip in a show of support, u... Full story

  • Deadline Tuesday: Free help available to enroll in the health insurance marketplace

    Jan 11, 2024

    Time is running out to easily apply for affordable health coverage. The health insurance marketplace exists so more people can compare and access quality health plans at more affordable prices. The open enrollment period when most people sign up ends on Jan. 16. A Wyoming nonprofit offers free help to explore marketplace options. Enroll Wyoming is a grant-funded nonprofit that identifies and explains health insurance resources. Its skilled navigators guide people through programs and applications, empowering them to make informed decisions... Full story

  • Cyber Security

    Dec 28, 2023

    Hacker’s Brief 12/29/2023 Bluehost Bluff: A resident of Laramie received a suspicious email allegedly from Bluehost, with the subject line "Payment Issues - Please update and use a new method!" Despite the sender's email address bearing the name "Bluehost," the recipient immediately recognized that this message was not legitimately from the company. The content of the email claimed an inability to process the recipient's last payment and urged immediate action to rectify the situation. Additionally, the email conveyed a sense of urgency by warn... Full story

  • Felony child abuse charges filed after boy found beaten, starved

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 14, 2023

    RIVERTON — When law enforcement officials found the 13-year-old boy, his back reportedly had multiple healing fractures, his nose was broken, and he’d lost around 10 pounds, among other serious injuries. Nearly his entire face was bruised and swollen, and he had bruises and lacerations across his body, according to federal charges filed last week. The criminal affidavit alleges Truman Sittingeagle and Kandace Van Fleet starved, beat and locked the boy in a room for more than a month – punishment after he took some food to his room. The coupl... Full story

  • Flags Half-Staff for Rosalynn Carter

    Nov 23, 2023

    President Biden Orders Flags be Flown at Half Staff Statewide Beginning November 25th CHEYENNE, Wyo. - In accordance with a proclamation by the President of the United States, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff beginning November 25, 2023, until sunset, on the day of interment as a mark of respect for the memory of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Carter died November 19 at the age of 96. Her interment will take place November 29, 2023. The Presidential Proclamation follows:... Full story

  • Wyoming Briefs Nov. 29, 2023

    Nov 23, 2023

    Wyoming’s average gasoline prices fall 15.7 cents a gallon in past week CHEYENNE (WNE) — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming have fallen 15.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.15 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy.com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming. Prices in Wyoming are 39.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 21.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 5.2 cents in the last week, and stands at $4.23 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the l... Full story

  • 'Wyoming is watching' as historic electric rate hike hearing begins this week

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    Critics will scrutinize Rocky Mountain Power's proposed 21.6%, $140.2M rate hike as panel faces pressure to reduce request. A 21.6% electric rate hike request panned by customers and politicians as an unjustified threat to households and the state's economy will be scrutinized beginning Wednesday at a multi-day, court-like hearing before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The high-profile and historic rate hike from Rocky Mountain Power - the largest proposed increase in Wyoming in more... Full story

  • Attorneys disagree over appeal of UW transgender sorority case

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 26, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Recent filings by lawyers for both Kappa Kappa Gamma and the six University of Wyoming sorority sisters who filed a lawsuit against it disagree over whether a district court order can be appealed. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson dismissed the sorority sisters’ case without prejudice on Aug. 25, giving them an option to refile it. In the ruling, he said that KKG could admit members in accordance with its own membership policy under the First Amendment’s freedom of expressive association. The judge advised the plaintiffs in a foo... Full story

  • Wyoming Freedom Caucus will have newfound power in budget session

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    A constitutional procedure will give the hard-line faction initial veto power in the House, but they’ll still need votes from other members to pass bills. If Wyoming’s divided Republican Party can’t work together in the upcoming legislative session, skyrocketing property taxes, a firefighter shortage and a suicide hotline fiscal cliff, among other pressing issues, could go unresolved. Political gridlock is a particular risk in the House, where the hard-line Wyoming Freedom Caucus now has enough votes to veto most bills upon introduction. Enact... Full story

  • Wyoming Briefs Nov. 1 2023

    Oct 26, 2023

    Train derails in Yoder TORRINGTON (WNE) — The quiet little town of Yoder shook last Wednesday afternoon when a handful of locomotive cars slid off the railway tracks. “At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, local time, 11 railcars on the Union Pacific train derailed just west of Yoder, Wyoming,” Mike Jaixen, a Union Pacific spokesman said. “There were no injuries and no release of hazardous materials, though a small amount of sand was released as the cars were moved afterwards. This incident remains under investigation.” The cars... Full story

  • Wyoming lawmakers skip crossover-voting ban fix, leave loophole intact

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    A legislative committee declined to change ambiguous language in the new law. Meanwhile, registered voters hoping to keep their options open in 2024 have a clear, albeit inconvenient, path forward. As long as voters are willing to jump through some hoops, the crossover-voting ban won’t block all attempts to change party affiliation ahead of the 2024 election. That’s according to an example laid out in a recent directive Secretary of State Chuck Gray provided to county clerks, which came to light during legislative conversations about how the... Full story

  • Wyoming Briefs 10-19-23

    Oct 19, 2023

    Gillette woman rescued after 100-foot fall in the Big Horns GREYBULL (WNE) - For the second time this fall, Big Horn County Search & Rescue team members were summoned on Sunday afternoon to rescue an amateur photographer who slipped while taking photos of Shell Falls and fell approximately 100 feet. The initial report, which came in at around 4 p.m., described the photographer as a 50-year-old woman. According to a S&R social media post, the first team members on scene determined that she had... Full story

  • State seeks updated historic landmark designation for Capitol

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 19, 2023

    CHEYENNE — When Gov. John Allen Campbell signed an act granting women’s suffrage in 1869, Wyoming became the first state in the country to give women the right to vote. The room where the act was signed, known as the Historic Supreme Court Room, resides within the Wyoming State Capitol and is open to the public. The state’s historic contribution to women’s suffrage earned the Wyoming State Capitol a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, before it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Only 3% of registe... Full story

  • Powell man charged with embezzling $1.3 million

    CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 12, 2023

    POWELL — A Powell accountant is facing allegations that he embezzled more than $1.2 million from his employer over a 12-year period. Carl W. Wheeler, 74, was arrested by Cody police on Monday and charged with four felony counts of theft. The charges allege that Wheeler siphoned the money from Sage Accounting, the internal business office of the Cody-based Sage Publishing Company, which owns and operates community newspapers. Wheeler remained in the Park County Detention Center on Wednesday, with his bail set at $500,000 cash or surety. W... Full story

  • For Jackson Hole's Jewish community, Israel-Hamas war hits close to home

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 12, 2023

    JACKSON — What Idith Almog saw in 1973 pales in comparison to what she saw Saturday morning. Fifty years ago, when war broke out between Israel and Arab states on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, more than 2,600 Israelis and over 15,000 Arabs died. Almog was 18 years old. “That was over three weeks, and that was soldiers,” said Almog. “Here we’re talking about one day. They were women, and old, and babies and children. It’s like the Holocaust.” Almog, who is Jewish and Israeli, live... Full story

  • Cyber Security Weekly Brief for Oct. 13

    Oct 12, 2023

    Hacker’s Brief 10/13/2023 Employment Scam: A Laramie citizen received an email from someone claiming to be an HR officer with a records management specialist job opportunity. The email had the subject line of “Sunday, October 1 2023 at 08:22:48 AM”. The sender’s email ended with a1.net which is a German website, but you were supposed to send your full name, email address, phone number, and job experience details to a Gmail address to ‘receive a job link’. CyberWyoming note: According to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker Reports, em... Full story

  • Wyoming Briefs Oct. 13, 2023

    Oct 12, 2023

    Chronic wasting disease again detected near Jackson JACKSON (WNE) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has detected chronic wasting disease in a mule deer in a hunt area that includes Bondurant and stretches north, south and east from the small town. The location in question is Hunt Area 154, which includes the Dell Creek drainage and Jack Creek Basin north of Highway 191. It also includes Rim Draw to the east and Noble Basin and Coyote Gulch to the south. The hunt area is bordered by three other hunt areas where chronic wasting disease h... Full story

  • Veto override fails on bat endangered species listing

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 5, 2023

    SUNDANCE - U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and all members of the Senate Western Caucus on which she serves as chairman, as well as U.S. Senator John Barrasso, voted to override President Joe Biden's veto of the resolution that questioned the listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species. In total, 47 senators voted for and 45 against, failing to meet the two-thirds majority required to overturn the veto. "The Biden administration's heavy-handed interpretations and ongoing abuse... Full story

  • Cybersecurity Brief Oct. 9

    Oct 5, 2023

    Hacker’s Brief 10/9/2023 An HR officer has a job for you: A Laramie citizen received an email that in exchange for her personal information, a job is waiting for her. The email address is suspicious, supposedly from Whole Foods, but with a bunch of extra characters in the address. CyberWyoming note: Job offer scams are increasing again. Beware of unsolicited job offers! If the potential employer makes you pay for a background check, upfront training, or applying, it’s a scam. Companies are often impersonated, so look up the legitimate com... Full story

  • Wyoming Stands With Israel

    Oct 5, 2023

    Governor Gordon Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Statewide Until Sunset on Friday, October 13 in Honor of Lives Lost in Terror Attack on Israel CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff immediately to honor those who lost their lives – including American citizens – in the attacks committed against Israel. “Wyoming stands firmly by our ally Israel as she defends her people from the cowardly attacks of Hamas,” Governor Gordon said. “We vehemently condemn the horrendou... Full story

  • Cody LDS Temple Updates

    Sep 28, 2023

    Church asked to delay temple construction CODY (WNE) — Following a Sept. 21 scheduling conference in Park County District Court over several lawsuits filed against the proposed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple in Cody, the Preserve Our Cody Neighborhoods group will be attempting to stop the LDS from starting construction on the temple until the court rules on a motion to stay. POCN’s will be “convert[ing] our motion for stay against the City [of Cody] to a stay against the LDS to not build,” the POCN’s Facebook page said. A m... Full story

  • President Biden Orders Flags be Flown at Half Staff

    Sep 28, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - In accordance with a proclamation by the President of the United States, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff immediately until the day of interment in honor and memory of Senator Diane Feinstein. An updated flag notification will be sent out once a date has been confirmed. The Presidential Proclamation follows: Senator Dianne Feinstein was a pioneering American and a true trailblazer. In San Francisco, she showed enormous poise and courage in the wake of tragedy, and... Full story

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