Author: jordanmckamey

Cyanobacteria and blue-green algae plumes have been on the minds of pet owners as it seems daily another report of a dog death hits the headlines. The Thermopolis Independent Record reports that as of Monday–the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality indicated that only four lakes have had the plumes reported. The lakes are located in…

The Wyoming Department of Health is warning that fraudulent activity by individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant is targeting Wyoming residents. WDH staff has heard from a handful of victims and near-victims who have been contacted via Facebook Messenger and other social media platforms with offers of a large “CSBG grant” in…

Would-be builders of a massive coal export terminal along the Columbia River at Longview suffered a severe setback in court. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources had a valid reason when it refused to lease state-owned aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals. The…

The Worland City Council selected a new council member at Tuesday night’s regular meeting–hearing from three citizens representing Ward 3 in Worland. Caleb Vigil–Miranda Mickelson and Rico Flores were all in attendance at the meeting and gave short presentations to the council. All three have deep ties to the Worland community and Washakie County. During…

Dan Post–store manager for the Worland Maverick–was in attendance at Tuesday’s council meeting to address concerns raised by the council and local law enforcement about Adult Chillers. At August’s first council meeting–local law enforcement felt the way the cups would be sealed or closed would create an open container issue. Post assured the council that…

A pre-harvest meeting for Big Horn Basin growers is scheduled for Tuesday–Aug. 20–at the Worland Community Center. The Worland meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.–and a public safety presentation will take place between 11:30 a.m. and noon, according to Barb Pierson of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Frannie Port-Of-Entry. The Worland Community…

More than 6 million acres of state property scattered across 11 states in the U.S. West are landlocked by private property and largely inaccessible to hunters–anglers and other recreational users–public lands advocates said Monday. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX–a Montana-based land data company–analyzed land ownership patterns for a report detailing the extent of…

A committee charged with shaping Wyoming’s policies for safeguarding wildlife migration is asking Governor Mark Gordon for an executive order that will keep designated routes largely unscathed. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the eight-person group–which was chosen by Gordon–met for the final time last Tuesday in Pinedale and agreed unanimously to ask…

Wyoming and Nebraska could suffer an $89 million economic loss if crops on the 107,000 acres affected by an irrigation tunnel collapse near Fort Laramie are a total loss–according to information from the University of Wyoming and Nebraska Extension services. Inspection and repairs have continued since the July 17th collapse and resulting breach of the…

The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies. The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic 50.2…


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