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Dec 17, 2014 - The Associated Press:  Water in huge aquifer declining
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Wyoming and seven other states, ... [more]

Mead supplemental budget nixes $80M in funding requests

Dec 17, 2014 - By Trevor Brown, Tribune News Service:  Much involves construction projects that the governor says he supports, he but is asking the Legislature to delay funding for now.

Gov. Matt Mead is ... [more]

Mine blasting rules to be studied; changes likely

Dec 17, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward ... [more]

No grooming planned this season for Deception trail in Shoshone National Forest

Dec 17, 2014 - From staff reports:  Trail crew members cleared downed trees, removed leaning trees, and posted blue diamonds on the ski trails earlier this fall, but the trail will not me ... [more]

Medicaid bill endorsed by Legislature committee

Dec 17, 2014 - The Associated Press:  A plan to extend health coverage to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents has cleared a major hurdle.
The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and ... [more]

Warrant out for suspect in hit-and-run that hurt man

Dec 17, 2014 - From staff reports:  A 43-year-old Riverton man was injured in a hit and run accident at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Monroe Avenue.
Witnesses said the man ... [more]

Improved audit report this year for county

Dec 17, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Fremont County's accounting received a clean bill of health from auditors on Tuesday.
"The auditor expressed an unqualified opinion on the financial ... [more]

Legislation would solidify endowment for public TV

Dec 17, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Wyoming's Joint Appropriations Committee has recommended a bill that would make permanent the state endowment for the Wyoming Public Broadcasting ... [more]

Performance scores down in District 25 as standards recalibrated

Dec 17, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Results of state and federal accountability reports have been released for Riverton schools.
The Wyoming Accountability in Education Act is paired with ... [more]

Mead shows $156M budget to lawmakers; decline in oil prices heightens uncertainty

Dec 16, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead urges state lawmakers to determine how much money the state needs to have in its so-called rainy day fund and what conditions would ever ... [more]

Kalbach, Jibben and Bennett first to file for Ward 2 opening

Dec 16, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The City of Riverton so far has received three applications from individuals interested in being appointed to the vacant Ward 2 seat on the Riverton City ... [more]

No decision from committee yet on Medicaid expansion

Dec 16, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers are debating whether they will back a plan to make the state the latest to expand its Medicaid program.
The Joint Labor, Health ... [more]

Special election in Teton County finalizes retention of Riverton-based judge

Dec 16, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A special election in Teton County has finalized the retention of Riverton-based Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts.
He garnered 81 percent of the ... [more]

Health department says flu activity picking up in state

Dec 16, 2014 - From staff reports:  With flu activity reports stepping up across the state, the Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging residents to take common-sense steps to avoid spreading ... [more]

CWC audit complete; enrollment dips slightly over past three years

Dec 16, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Central Wyoming College received a clean audit this year from McGee, Hearne and Paiz of Cheyenne.
The firm serves four community colleges in the state as well ... [more]

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Dec 16, 2014 - The Associated Press:  State slips to 25th in health survey
CHEYENNE -- An annual survey of U.S. health ranks Wyoming 25th in the nation, down from 17th the previous ... [more]

CWC offering unique medical program

Dec 16, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  A new medical assistant certificate program will be available at Central Wyoming College beginning in the spring.
The CWC Board of Trustees approved the ... [more]

Today

Dec 16, 2014 - Staff:  Deaths
ALVAREZ

Sally Alvarez, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 11, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander due to a lengthy illness. Traditional Indian ... [more]

After record levels in 2013, fewer trout south of Palisades

Dec 16, 2014 - The Associated Press:  JACKSON -- Trout numbers on the Snake River below Palisades Reservoir declined an estimated 32 percent during the past year.
Below Palisades, where the Snake ... [more]

South Pass area would violate planned EPA reg on ozone

Dec 14, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Ozone levels measured on South Pass could be an issue if and when new federal air pollution standards take effect in three years.
The most recent value was 65 ... [more]

'It puts you in the spirit'

Dec 14, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Families, hospice staff brighten the season at Help for Health

Fremont County is awash this time of year in Christmas decorations and celebrations. ... [more]

Couple 'border to border' on unique North American hunting expedition

Dec 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  The goal was to eat only what they hunted or caught as they moved north.

A dream of many American hunters is to start at the Mexican border and hunt ... [more]

Incoming mayor to name past chief to lead Lander Police Department

Dec 14, 2014 - By Anne McGowan and Kelli Ameling, Staff Writers:  Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper and former Lander Police Department chief Bob Cecrle will be named Lander police chief when Mayor-elect Del McOmie takes office ... [more]

The way it was: White Christmas -- 1985

Dec 14, 2014 - From staff reports:  There was no doubt about a white Christmas 39 years ago this month. Two major snowstorms hit Fremont County before Christmas, with precious little melting ... [more]

Tribe to begin work on casino expansion in spring

Dec 14, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  Among the improvements is a 65-room hotel with more than 500 slots and table games.

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe announced last week its plans to ... [more]

Maxfield's retirement ends long run in state government

Dec 14, 2014 - By Trevor Brown, Tribune News Service:  Max Maxfield struggles when he tries to think of what he won't miss about being secretary of state.
"I don't think there is anything," he said. "I come in ... [more]

WyDOT urges patience around plows

Dec 14, 2014 - From staff reports:  Some of the basic ways to be prepared for winter driving include installing winter windshield wiper blades and checking headlights and tire pressure.
When ... [more]

Storm advisory most of Sunday

Dec 14, 2014 - From staff reports:  Unseasonably mild weather in the Wind River Basin is coming to an end Sunday, with a winter weather advisory posted through 3 p.m.
Snow accumulation of 2-4 ... [more]

Vintage toys on display at museum for holiday season

Dec 14, 2014 - From staff reports:  A new display at the Pioneer Museum in Lander showcases toys from the past.
Rather than iPhones, mountain bikes and PlayStations, children in Lander's early ... [more]

Winter weather returning

Dec 14, 2014 - The Associated Press:  The unusually warm weather is coming to an end in Wyoming as a storm system with snow and colder temperatures began its march across the state Saturday.
The ... [more]