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A federal trial in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the state of Idaho that was slated to start April 15 has been canceled because the state has settled the case. Former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent James Cryer sued the department in December 2016, claiming the department retaliated against him and fired him for Read More…

Wyoming governor seeks solution on quandary over big game migration corridors

Gov. Mark Gordon is pulling together a citizen’s group to help find a happy medium between energy and conservation interests seeking regulatory certainty around migration corridors in the southwestern quadrant of the state, his office announced Tuesday.   In a statement, Gordon called on Wyoming residents representing industry, agriculture and conservation to find a state-level Read More…

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Alcohol Inks

Cody, WY (82414) Today Scattered thunderstorms early, then cloudy skies after midnight. Low around 50F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.. Tonight Scattered thunderstorms early, then cloudy skies after midnight. Low around 50F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Updated: May 15, 2019 @ 3:06 Read More…

University selects three finalists for acting president

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) _ The University of Wyoming has narrowed its choice to three candidates for acting president. The Laramie Boomerang reports a six-member committee of the university’s board on Friday selected Chris Boswell, UW’s former vice president for governmental and community affairs; Bill Mai, the university’s former vice president for finance and administration; and Read More…

Wyoming Tourists Spent Over $3.8 Billion in 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An independent report states that visitors to Wyoming spent more than $3.8 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.8% from 2017. The report by Dean Runyan Associates released Monday by the Wyoming Office of Tourism shows a steady increase in traveler spending and visitor volume in the state since 2007. According Read More…

North Dakota’s Triangle Petroleum Files for Bankruptcy

Triangle Petroleum Corp., which has interests in North Dakota’s energy and commercial real-estate markets, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday with a reorganization plan under which bondholder J.P. Morgan Securities LLC will get all of the equity. Triangle’s debt consists mostly of a $2 million secured term loan from JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and $167 million under Read More…

Two New Members Join the Wyoming Transportation Commission

Gov. Mark Gordon, with the approval of the state Senate, recently appointed Jon Dolezal, of Evanston, and Lee Filer, of Cheyenne, to the commission. Dolezal represents Commission District 3, which includes Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette, and Teton counties. Filer represents Commission District 1, which encompasses Goshen, Platte, and Laramie counties. Both will serve six-year terms. Dolezal Read More…

It Sounds Like Kanye Is Heading Back to Wyoming

2018 was a busy year for Kanye West. Last spring, the multi-hyphenate announced he would deliver a handful of seven-track projects, four of which were under the G.O.O.D. Music banner. In addition to recording his eighth solo studio album (Ye) and a collaborative album with Kid Cudi (Kids See Ghosts), Kanye also executive produced projects by Pusha-T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor—all of Read More…

New North Dakota state record walleye caught

HEART RIVER, N.D. – UPDATE: According to Tom Volk, the Game and Fish Department confirmed his Walleye caught Sunday is the new state record. ORIGINAL STORY: A possible new state record Walleye was caught Sunday. The Game and Fish Department says Tom Volk of Lincoln reeled in the 16 pound 9 ounce, 32.5 inch fish Read More…

Medicare Penalizes Ten Wyoming Hospitals

Medicare has penalized nine Wyoming hospitals this year for high rates of readmission and Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs for a high rate of hospital-acquired illnesses. According to data from health news organization Kaiser Health News, hospitals can receive cuts to their reimbursements from Medicare. This includes up to three percent per Medicare Read More…

Wyoming Dinosaur Center offers hands-on paleontology

CODY — Colossal dinosaur skeletons are a prime attraction at major museums in big cities like Chicago, Berlin, New York and Washington, D.C. But none of those institutions can match what Wyoming offers for a hands-on, citizen-science thunder-lizard experience in the heart of dinosaur country. “Paleontology is not accessible to the general public, and it’s Read More…

Report says 10 Wyoming hospitals penalized by Medicare

ASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A report says the federal government has penalized nine Wyoming hospitals for high readmission rates, and another one for high levels of hospital-acquired medical conditions. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News says the federal Affordable Care Act allows Medicare to cut payments to the hospitals. Read More…

Idaho gets a break on gasoline prices

Below-average gas prices across the Gem State are making travelers happy this time of year, one Riggins convenience store operator said. “I think good prices are a good thing for everybody,” said Andrew Puderbach, who has owned the Riggins One Stop gas station and convenience store for about five months. The American Automobile Association recently Read More…

915 licenses remain for North Dakota spring turkey season

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hundreds of hunting licenses remain for North Dakota’s spring turkey season. The Game and Fish Department offered 6,025 licenses and recently held a lottery drawing. The agency says 915 leftover licenses in nine hunting units will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 18. They’re available only to North Dakota Read More…

Wyoming Signs 4 New Blockchain-Friendly Bills

Let’s be honest. Most people outside of the U.S. have never heard of Wyoming. Yet, the home of the famed Yellowstone National Park, steep canyons, and gushing geysers is firmly on the cryptocurrency community’s radar. It started about a year ago, with blockchain friendly bills. But things really kicked off in earnest ever since governer Read More…

Group seeks to put wind tax on ballot

CASPER — A group organized by a Wyoming senator plans to quintuple Wyoming’s wind tax in an unusual way — by a vote of the people. Wyoming has a unique tax on wind energy production; just one other state levies a fee on wind power. A few lawmakers, like Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, have pressed Read More…

Wyoming attorneys, labor officials raise concerns about air ambulance legislation

CASPER, Wyo. — Several attorneys and labor officials have raised alarm about an air ambulance bill that the Wyoming Legislature will consider, warning that it unravels the grand bargain of workers’ compensation and will leave injured workers with hefty medical bills. “I just think it’s a breach of trust between industry and labor,” Cheyenne attorney Read More…

Billings Gazette

Wyoming police investigating possible double homicide

Riverton authorities are investigating a suspected double homicide, according to a statement provided by the Riverton Police Department. Police officers at 12:34 p.m. Saturday found two dead people in the 1100 block of Riverton’s East Main Street, according to a written statement provided Sunday by Capt. Todd Byerly.  In a statement provided Monday morning, Byerly identified the Read More…

Billings Gazette

Wyoming sees increase in hunting applications

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports another increase in hunting applications from both residents and non-residents last year. Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott says the hunting opportunities in Wyoming are sought after because of the high-quality wildlife, access and the experience with friends and family. Talbott says the agency thanks Read More…

Authorities accuse Wyoming, Colorado restaurants of laundering drug money, seek to seize funds

CASPER, Wyo. — Authorities are looking to force fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars, which federal prosecutors say are drug trafficking proceeds. Among the restaurants named in federal court documents is Rodolfo’s Mexican Grill in Cheyenne. In his response to the government’s filings, Hilario Montejano-Aleman, the Read More…