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Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Second teen pleads guilty in killing
GREEN RIVER -- A second Rock Springs teen has pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old boy last year.
Jose Antonio ... [more]

Feds: Railroad can demand dust control on coal trains

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SEATTLE -- The federal Surface Transportation Board has decided that BNSF Railway can require coal shippers to use certain methods to reduce the amount of coal ... [more]

Lawmakers pitch county on health insurance proposal

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The legislators expressed concerns about the idea and also doubted that it would stand much chance of passage during the 20-day budget session early next ... [more]

CWC planning full study of jobs and pay compared with compensation elsewhere

Dec 18, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Employees at Central Wyoming College have voted to move forward with a comprehensive study of salaries and job classifications at the school.
The staff met ... [more]

Charges reduced in Sinks Canyon shooting

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Prosecutors have reached a new plea agreement in the case of a Jan. 31 shooting in Sinks Canyon. On Sept. 18, District Court Judge Marvin L. Tyler rejected the ... [more]

Baker must leave council seat; will reapply in January

Dec 18, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The odd circumstance will leave two vacancies at the start of 2014.

While the Riverton City Council congratulated departing council member Eric ... [more]

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Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Court to hear wolf delisting
CHEYENNE -- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is set to hear arguments from environmental groups challenging the U.S. ... [more]

Yellowstone magma two times bigger than thought, study says

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  HELENA, Mont. -- The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is two times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the ... [more]

Wyoming Association of Municipalities names new director

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CASPER -- The Wyoming Association of Municipalities has hired a new executive director.
The association has hired Shelley Simonton to succeed George Parks. He ... [more]

Man sentenced in crash that killed teens

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A Wyoming judge on Monday sentenced a Cheyenne man to up to 60 years in prison for a fatal crash in January that killed two Scottsbluff, ... [more]

False claim of assault leads to arrest of city man

Dec 17, 2013 - From staff reports:  A Riverton man was arrested Thursday after he called law enforcement to make a false claim about an assault.
Nathon Brewer, 39, of Riverton, reported the ... [more]

Leasing, insurance rules sour CWC's Jackson housing deal

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  College administrators say they would have to rent every bed in every room for 12 months out of the year to keep from losing money.

Administrators at ... [more]

WIHS planning vigil to mark shooting at sister high school in Colorado

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Last week's fatal school shooting in Centennial, Colo., held special significance for students and staff at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
For about ... [more]

After third appeal, man serving life for murder now faces lesser charge

Dec 17, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Gabriel Drennen was previously found guilty of murder for the shooting death of Leroy Hoster, 29, on May 2, 2010.

After his third appeal, a man who ... [more]

Today

Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In Sunday's Ranger, the page one story "High-value fire on Union Pass under probe; 'not suspicious,'" should have referred to the Dubois ... [more]

Windsor meat company expands product recall

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WINDSOR, Colo. -- A Windsor meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions.
The U.S. Agriculture Department ... [more]

Wyoming legislator wants a new health insurance option

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A senior Wyoming state lawmaker announced Monday he will push to change state law to allow people who are losing health care coverage that doesn't ... [more]

Sage grouse critics say feds are closed-minded

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  ELKO, Nev. -- An ex-state lawmaker and longtime critic of U.S. land managers says he's convinced the feds have already made up their mind to list the Greater ... [more]

State rig count off one; U.S. total up seven

Dec 16, 2013 - The Associated Press:  HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by seven this week to ... [more]

Cheney managing well with heart transplant

Dec 16, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- Dick Cheney says the gray Stetson cowboy hat he's been wearing lately has to do with the heart transplant he got last year.
The former vice ... [more]

Florida man arrested in state for murder

Dec 16, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A Florida man wanted in the deaths of his mother and brother was arrested along an interstate in southern Wyoming, authorities said Friday.
Steven ... [more]

The way it was: Fast start -- 1971

Dec 16, 2013 - Staff:  One of the better basketball teams ever fielded by Riverton High School was off to a fast start 42 years ago this month. Coach Bill Strannigan's Wolverines ... [more]

Digest

Dec 16, 2013 - From staff and wire reports:  Boysen master plan meeting Tuesday
Wyoming State Parks is hosting a public meeting for the Boysen State Park Master Plan from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ... [more]

High school students compete in culinary finals

Dec 16, 2013 - From staff reports:  Students from Lander Valley High School and Riverton High School recently competed in the Taco John's Culinary Competition finals.
The four teens battled for ... [more]

Northern Arapaho artists put work on display

Dec 16, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The artwork includes beading, drawings, pottery, mixed media and photography.

The first Winter Art Show at the Wind River Hotel and Casino opened ... [more]

Pavillion working group meeting set

Dec 16, 2013 - From staff reports:  The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will host a Pavillion working group meeting Tuesday in ... [more]

Musician to visit Riverton on holiday tour

Dec 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Singer Jerry Joseph said he may incorporate some songs about Wyoming into his performance Tuesday.

Singer and songwriter Jerry Joseph is headed to ... [more]

Mayor to county: Help raise beer tax

Dec 16, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Ron Warpness proposes raising the tax from 2 cents a gallon to 28 cents, in hopes the new revenue would be spent on alcohol-related ... [more]

High-value fire on Union Pass under probe; 'not suspicious'

Dec 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  A private residence on Union Pass was destroyed Thursday in a fire on Crooked Creek Road.
No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported just after 4 ... [more]

Small space, big idea

Dec 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Veterans groups join forces in one office, pledge improved service

Local veterans groups are combining their resources in an effort to better serve ... [more]