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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…

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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…

Since winning the Wyoming governor's race, Mark Gordon has been busy fashioning an office in his image

CHEYENNE — The symbols of government are often intentionally grandiose. The rotunda of the state capitol, for instance, or the grand stairwell leading up to the front step of the Supreme Court, evoke within us a feeling of reverence and respect — massive architectural structures designed to instill a sense that behind the heavy walls Read More…

Crow tribal chairman questions validity of attempted recall petition

Two top Crow Tribe officials on Thursday moved to recall the tribe’s chairman, Alvin “A.J” Not Afraid, who questioned whether their actions complied with the tribe’s constitution. The recall petition, signed by Vice-Chairman Carlson “Duke” Goes Ahead and Vice-Secretary Shawn Backbone, also seeks to remove the other elected executive official, R. Knute Old Crow. It Read More…

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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…

Montana's senators renew support for missing, murdered Native American women

Montana’s U.S. senators say they’ll take up a bill targeting the federal government’s handling of missing or murdered Native Americans. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said the bill known as Savanna’s Act needs to advance, despite the departure of its author Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Democrat was defeated in the 2018 elections. Read More…

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Wolf Point schools investigated for discriminating against Native American students

The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a discrimination complaint made 18 months ago against the Wolf Point School District. The complaint claims systematic discrimination against American Indian students, according to a lawyer who helped file the complaint in June 2017. The school district was the subject of stories in the New York Times and 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…

Ryan Zinke denies report that he lied to Interior investigators

Newly departed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press on Thursday that he’s been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and rejected as inaccurate a report that he’s under investigation for lying. Zinke’s comments came in response to a Washington Post story alleging that the Justice Department’s public integrity Read More…

Major opioid manufacturer asks judge to dismiss Wyoming lawsuit

The creator of OxyContin has asked a Wyoming judge to dismiss the Equality State’s lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company, claiming that the federal Food and Drug Administration’s previous findings invalidate the state’s legal challenge. In October, Wyoming’s Attorney General’s Office announced it had filed suit against Purdue Pharma, the drug company most publicly associated with Read More…

Complaints pile up over CenturyLink outage, but not much can be done in Montana, state says

The Montana Public Service Commission said it doesn’t know of an outage that has generated more complaints than last week’s outage by national telecommunications giant CenturyLink. The outage affected phone and internet traffic across the state beginning Dec. 27 and wasn’t fully resolved until two days later.  Despite the record number of complaints, Montana’s PSC Read More…

Funeral set for 14-year-old Henny Scott

The funeral for a 14-year-old girl found dead last week on the Northern Cheyenne reservation will take place Saturday in Lame Deer. Henny Scott’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Lame Deer High School, according to Forsyth-based Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home. On Friday, mourners will gather at the school for a traditional Read More…

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Man dies in wreck north of Livingston

A 26-year-old man died after wrecking his truck on a rural road north of Livingston.  It’s unclear what time the wreck occurred, but the Montana Highway Patrol was notified at about 7 a.m., Trooper David Morris said. Drugs and alcohol are believed to be factors in the single-vehicle crash. Morris said that tire track show Read More…