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WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL ARMED PROTESTS

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says it’s prepared should any violence erupt at the Wyoming State Capitol next week. The FBI has warned of possible armed protests across the U.S. in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, but WHP spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Beck says they’re “not anticipating” things to “go south.” READ FULL STORY

South Dakota Board of Regents’ lone free speech grievance: Hobo Days

PIERRE, S.D. — An annual report documenting alleged violations of free speech on public university campuses across South Dakota turned up only a single complaint, a grievance over “Hobo Days” as the name of South Dakota State University’s homecoming celebration, according to the state’s Board of Regents. Nathan Lukkes, the Board of Regents’ counsel, presented Read More…

Six-week entrepreneur course available for Wyoming residents

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Have you ever wanted to start your own business? If so, then you’re in luck! Central Wyoming College is teaming up with the University of Wyoming to offer a six-week Entrepreneurial Essentials Course starting on January 29 that will provide Wyoming residents with the knowledge and tools to become successful entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial Essentials Read More…

IT’S OPEN WOLF SEASON IN SOUTH DAKOTA

It’s wolf harvest time in South Dakota. As of Jan. 4, federal protections have been lifted from gray wolves, putting management back into state hands. As a result, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) will allow sportsmen and women, trappers, landowners and livestock producers the “ability to harvest gray wolves across the state” as long as Read More…

Governor Gordon Announces County-Led Community Charitable Relief Program

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Governor Mark Gordon has unveiled the Community Charitable Relief Program, which provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations that have provided public assistance or seen a decline in donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor has allocated more than $12.1 million in CARES Act funding to Wyoming counties and tribal Read More…

Idaho Falls wants Tapp lawsuit thrown out

IDAHO FALLS — The city of Idaho Falls and others sued by Christopher Tapp are asking for a lawsuit against them to be thrown out. In a motion to dismiss or strike filed last week in federal court, the city and other defendants claim Tapp’s allegations of “coerced” confessions can’t be litigated because of previous Read More…

South Dakota FFA champions named in leadership development events

South Dakota FFA’s annual state leadership development events continued this year in a new format, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. South Dakota FFA members from across the state traded an in-person state leadership development event, in Pierre, for virtual events throughout December and January. Members qualified through district competitions, advancing the top two teams and top Read More…

$100,000 closer to clean water for Pierre

The $37.5 million Pierre drinking water treatment plant — the biggest project in the city’s modern history — is $100,000 closer to reality, thanks to the Central Plains Water Development District.   “To the best of my knowledge, the drinking water treatment project is the biggest local public investment in Pierre’s history,” Pierre Mayor Steve Read More…

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Wyoming

Public health departments in Casper and Cheyenne each received shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday.   Three additional shipments of the same number of doses are expected to arrive Tuesday at hospitals in Cody, Jackson and Gillette.   Spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Health Kim Deti said initial vaccine doses could soon be Read More…

Board of Regents approve Paulson Center at Dakota State

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the naming of a new program unit at Dakota State University’s campus on Thursday. The Paulson Cyber Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center is named after Matt Paulson, a former DSU alumnus, entrepreneur, private equity, investor and author. READ FULL STORY

Movement to form ‘Greater Idaho’ gains steam as two rural Oregon counties vote to consider joining Idaho

PORTLAND, Ore. — With a Democratic supermajority in the Oregon legislature and increasingly left-leaning urban areas, conservative rural Oregonians have long felt left out of state politics.   Some of these conservative Oregonians are trying to leave the state all together to preserve their values. But they don’t plan to physically move anywhere — it’s Read More…

Wyoming County approves $156.6 million budget

WARSAW — The $156.6 million Wyoming County budget was approved Tuesday in a special meeting.   The county’s Board of Supervisors approved the budget nearly unanimously after a public hearing. Supervisor Daniel Leuer of Middlebury abstained from the budget vote, along with a separate vote to breach the state’s tax levy.   No members of Read More…

Wyoming’s crypto-blockchain giveaway

In recent years, Wyoming created some of the most attractive laws in the country for establishing blockchain and cryptocurrency companies in our state. But by allowing the laws to be shaped and written by those who benefit from them, our legislative hard work accomplished everything the blockchain industry wanted but nothing the state needs. Namely, Read More…

Wyoming Gets Its First Electric Bus

A couple weeks ago, the City of Jackson, Wyoming’s START bus system got something new: an electric bus from Proterra. The system plans on getting at least 7 more of the vehicles. START hosted Proterra representatives for a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 12, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to Read More…

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso visits troops for Thanksgiving

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – On Thanksgiving day, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) shared dinner with Wyoming National Guard troops serving in Qatar. Senator Barrasso sat down with members of the 153rd Airlift Wing and 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, who are supporting airlift operations and medical evacuations in the Middle East. “Spending Thanksgiving with Read More…

WYOMING’S ‘NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY VEHICLES’ COULD BE NAMED ‘BEST NEW ATTRACTION 2020’

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Museum of Military Vehicles opened near Dubois this summer. The museum is among nominees to become USA Today’s “Best New Attraction 2020.” People are able to vote for the museum on the “USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice” website. As of noon Tuesday, the National Museum of Military Vehicles is in third place in Read More…

Pandemic Continues To Ravage University Budgets: Illinois, Wyoming And North Carolina Schools The Latest To Be Hit

As the coronavirus surges in the U.S., now topping eleven million cases overall with new cases averaging 150,000 a day in the past week, university revenues are being pounded, leading to a new round of budget cuts and personnel terminations. Within the last few days or weeks, several major institutions announced new cost-cutting measures. University of Read More…

Camping World Announces Entry Into North Dakota with Agreement to Acquire Outlet Recreation

Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) (“Camping World”), the nation’s largest network of RV and outdoor lifestyle – centric retail locations, today announced an agreement to acquire the Outlet Recreation dealership based in the Fargo market. This acquisition marks the Company’s first location in North Dakota, with plans for the deal to close in December Read More…

Why Wyoming’s Governor Supports the State’s Crypto Banking Law

That’s when Kraken Financial became the first entity to receive a special purpose depository institution (SPDI) charter in the Cowboy State, giving the cryptocurrency industry insight into roughly how long it takes to become a bank. It’s also the first newly chartered (de novo) bank the state has approved since 2006.   While Kraken Financial still has some hoops Read More…

PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON UNDERWAY IN WYOMING; GAME AND FISH RELEASING BIRDS

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Wednesday that pheasant hunting season is underway in the state. The department raises and releases pheasants at locations around Wyoming. “If you are interested in keeping up with the releases for the Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA) outside of Riverton, Wyoming, you should check out Read More…