Latest Gillette News

Wyoming woman pleads no contest to vehicular homicide

Nov. 30, 2019 1:36 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman has pleaded no contest to a vehicular homicide charge filed after a fatal crash on icy roads in northeastern Wyoming January 2018. The Gillette News Record reports a sentencing date has not been set for 34-year-old Kaycee Smelser of Gillette. She entered her no contest...

Man sentenced to prison for taking $231K from older rancher

Nov. 28, 2019 1:30 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming court officials have sentenced a man four to eight years in prison after he spent more than $230,000 belonging to a rancher he considered family. The Gillette News Record reported Wednesday that 52-year-old Harvey Bethea pleaded guilty in August to exploitation of a vulnerable...

Gillette woman faces attempted murder charge, husband shot

Nov. 24, 2019 1:46 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette woman has been bound over to District Court on charges she tried to kill her husband after he said he wanted to end their marriage. A judge found probable cause Thursday for 54-year-old Paulette Iliff to face an attempted murder charge. Robert Iliff was shot in the chest on...

National rare-earth element research planned in Wyoming

Nov. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal energy officials have announced plans to conduct research on the extraction of rare earth elements in western U.S. regions. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that the University of Wyoming School of Energy Research hopes to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy...

US regulators to complete coal merger review by mid-2020

Oct. 30, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. regulators plan to finish reviewing a proposed coal mining joint venture in the first half of 2020. Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. seek to merge operations in Wyoming and Colorado. The St. Louis-based companies operate some of the world's largest coal mines in northeast...

First experiment installed at Wyoming CO2 research site

Oct. 29, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Researchers have installed the first experiment at a Wyoming power plant where they will study how to keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Dave Gribble with Wheat Ridge, Colorado-based TDA Research says work at the coal-fired power plant near Gillette should prove that a method...

Wyoming college commission holds off on another tuition hike

Oct. 25, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Community College Commission isn't raising tuition again, for now. Commissioners decided Thursday in Gillette to see how a tuition increase from $94 to $95 per credit hour will work out during the current school year. The commission approved the increase in 2018 and set a...

US tariff prompts Wyoming pizzeria to stock up on Parmesan

Oct. 24, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A pizzeria in Wyoming is stocking up ahead of a jump in the cost of Parmesan cheese from Italy. Pizza Carrello in Gillette usually orders one big wheel of Parmesan at a time but recently bought five. Restaurant co-owner Ariane Jimison tells the Gillette News-Record she expects the...

New owner of Wyoming coal mines moves to reinstate workers

Oct. 23, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines has offered to reinstate dozens of furloughed workers, but mine mechanic Christopher Orchard says he doesn't plan to return to his old job. Orchard was among more than 500 workers furloughed when Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel filed for...

Deal for Wyoming mines called best-case for idled miners

Oct. 21, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the biggest U.S. coal mines have been sold, raising the possibility that hundreds of miners in Wyoming could return to work almost four months after the owner of the mines filed for bankruptcy protection. Tennessee-based Contura Energy announced Monday that Blackjewel closed...