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Wyoming district to consider draft guns-in-school policy

Jan. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo, (AP) — A school board in Wyoming is about to consider a proposal to allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed guns. Campbell County School District officials plan to present a detailed proposal they've written to the school board Tuesday. If approved after two readings,...

Wyoming teen pleads guilty to bringing guns to school

Jan. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming teenager told a judge his biological father had died just days before he brought two guns to his eighth-grade English class with what he said was an “intent to threaten others.” Dale Warner, now 15, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of possession of a deadly...

FILE - This Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, Wyo. The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels, a dispute that could affect the mines' ability to continue operating. Eagle Specialty Materials has been using Komatsu's shovels without permission and compensation, Komatsu alleged in a filing in U.S. bankruptcy court for southern West Virginia. Eagle Specialty Materials acquired the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in a bankruptcy sale in 2019. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

New Wyoming mine owner at odds with Komatsu over big shovels

Jan. 22, 2020 6:49 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels, a dispute that could affect the mines' ability to continue operating. Eagle Specialty Materials has been using Komatsu's shovels without permission and compensation, Komatsu alleged in a...

Former CEO denies he took millions from bankrupt coal firm

Jan. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A former CEO denied he took millions of dollars from a bankrupt Wyoming coal producer, according to court records. Jeffrey Hoops Sr. says he went to extraordinary personal financial lengths in an attempt to save Blackjewel LLC, The Gillette News Record reported Tuesday. Lawyers for...

Wyoming man pleads guilty to stealing from Boy Scouts, woman

Jan. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man pleaded guilty to taking more than $30,000 from the Boy Scouts while he was a scoutmaster, court records said. Jason Ray Barnum, 42, of Gillette pleaded guilty to three counts of theft for using bank account information to steal money the Boy Scouts received from...

Flu spreads rapidly in Wyoming but other states faring worse

Jan. 15, 2020 11:55 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Influenza has been spreading rapidly in Wyoming. Wyoming Department of Health officials don't typically release numbers of flu cases in the middle of flu season but say cases have been increasing since early December. The dominant, B-strain virus is unusual for this time of year,...

Woman, man died in apparent murder-suicide in Gillette

Jan. 14, 2020 4:38 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in northeastern Wyoming, police said. Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said a relative found their bodies late Friday morning. An investigation indicated Richard Massman shot Felicity Sjostrom with a...

Montana grants 65-day extension for Navajo-owned coal mine

Jan. 7, 2020 6:06 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid ongoing negotiations over the terms of a state permit, Montana officials announced Tuesday in granting an extension that keeps about 300 miners at work. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

Gillette woman wanted in meth distribution case in custody

Jan. 5, 2020 12:14 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a methamphetamine distribution ring has been arrested. The Gillette News Record reports that 40-year-old Billie Jo Adams was arrested Dec. 28 in Cheyenne. Federal authorities had been seeking Adams and others in...

In a Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Cody Nehl controls the coal conveyer belt to transport the coal to his first customer's truck in Gillette, Wyo. Nehl is operations manager for GMHR LLC in Gillette, a new business that sells stoker coal to people who burn it for heat. (August Frank/Gillette News Record via AP)

Wyoming business supplies coal to small-scale users

Dec. 24, 2019 10:18 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — It was a cold December morning, and Cody Nehl stood in a lot off of Little Powder River Road, waiting for a customer. A large pile of stoker coal was stored in the back of a truck, ready to be sold. After a few minutes, another truck pulled up and drove onto a scale. Nehl powered up a...