Latest Wyoming state government News

Wyoming lawmakers pursue 2 hate crimes bills for 2022

Jun. 16, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are pursuing two possible hate crimes bills for next year's legislative session. One bill to be drafted would require law enforcement to report hate crimes. The other would extend protections to more groups. ...

Wyoming advocates hopeful about pot initiatives despite odds

Jun. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Supporters of two new marijuana ballot petitions in Wyoming say they’re optimistic about getting pot questions before voters next year, especially with growing support from conservatives in the deep-red state. Even so, they face daunting odds because of the...

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...

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...

Wildlife officials: Wyoming still free of invasive mussels

Jun. 01, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials believe Wyoming remains free of invasive zebra mussels three months after the mollusks turned up in aquarium products shipped into the state. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and state Department of Agriculture have been using...

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...

Wyoming candidate undeterred after teen pregnancy disclosure

May. 25, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. House candidate in Wyoming who disclosed that he impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18 scoffed at the idea of dropping out of the race and challenged any legislators who might make an issue of his past. “That’d be great,” state...