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Fallen smokejumper honored by fellow wildland firefighters

Jun. 13, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Fellow wildland firefighters, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon paid tribute during a weekend memorial for Tim Hart, a 36-year-old smokejumper from Cody, Wyoming, who died following a hard fall while fighting a New Mexico wildfire on...

Officials: Wyoming fire season could get bad in midsummer

Jun. 11, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Fire season should be about average in Wyoming until about midsummer, when things could begin to heat up, state officials said. Most of the state is in drought, with extreme drought in parts of south-central and northeastern Wyoming. Gov. Mark...

Judge blocks drilling plans in 2 states, citing bird habitat

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has halted plans for oil and gas drilling on vast areas of Wyoming and Montana, citing concerns about a sagebrush-dwelling bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management didn't adequately consider how the drilling would affect the greater sage...

Gov. Mark Gordon allots $12M to oil, gas projects in Wyoming

Jun. 09, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has announced up to $12 million of the remaining $67 million of coronavirus relief aid money will be allocated toward oil and gas projects through the Energy Rebound Program. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

Wyoming lawmakers to consider changes to statewide elections

Jun. 08, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee in Wyoming has voted to pursue legislation that would significantly change the way statewide elections are run as early as next year, including a bill that would create a rank-choice system and another bill that would institute an open primary. ...

Bill Gates company to build reactor at Wyoming coal plant

Jun. 02, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A next-generation, small nuclear plant will be built at a soon-to-be retired coal-fired power plant in Wyoming in the next several years, business and government officials said Wednesday. The plant featuring a sodium reactor and molten salt energy...

US Supreme Court asked to not consider Wyoming coal lawsuit

May. 27, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government has argued that the U.S. Supreme Court should not take up a lawsuit in Wyoming over a blocked coal export terminal because the company behind the proposal is bankrupt and won't be building the project. U.S. Solicitor General...

GOP donor, investor, philanthropist Foster Friess dies at 81

May. 27, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican political donor, investor and philanthropist Foster Friess died Thursday. He was 81. A multimillionaire who lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Friess was a GOP kingmaker who donated lavishly to candidates and charitable causes over four...

Wyoming governor announces new education advisory committee

May. 20, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has announced a 10-person advisory committee tasked with re-imagining the state's K-12 education system. The Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education, or RIDE, committee will gather input from residents on what...

Wyoming health director, tech officer quit after data leak

May. 18, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's health director and chief information officer have resigned after a data leak involving the personal information of tens of thousands of people who were tested for the coronavirus. A state Department of Health employee working with...