Big Horn Basin

An Associated Press investigation has found that about one out of every five Wyoming dams whose failure would likely kill at least one person downstream is in poor condition. The two-year AP investigation found 18 of Wyoming’s 87 high hazard dams were in poor condition as of last year. “High hazard” is the term used…

Wyoming ranchers have sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over new livestock tracking regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that ranchers filed the Oct. 10 lawsuit claiming an April guidance document from the agency puts unnecessary and burdensome regulations on independent cattle producers statewide. The department directive says ranchers moving their livestock across state lines…

Wyoming lawmakers have advanced legislation that would help expand a network of highway crossings for wildlife. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Friday that the state Legislative committee unanimously approved three bills Friday creating a special wildlife conservation account to help fund additional crossings, signage and game fences in sensitive wildlife habitats. Lawmakers say the committee is…

Governor Mark Gordon and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi have joined together to raise awareness of the importance of saving for retirement. Senator Enzi has again introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution establishing October 20-26 as National Retirement Security Week, while Governor Gordon signed a proclamation declaring October 13-19 Wyoming’s “Retirement Security Week.” Wyoming state legislators are…

A state legislative panel has rejected the idea of creating a task force to look into potential, long-term funding solutions for Wyoming’s highway system. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation voted 8-5 Friday against the idea with opponents citing the proposal’s $140,000 cost and a lack of a perceived need.…

The trial involving Michael Verry who is charged in connection with shooting at the Manderson Hi-Way Bar and Café on February 3rd is currently delayed after a status conference hearing last month. The Basin Republican Rustler reports the cause of the delay is due to Verry’s attorney, Nick Carter, suffering from issues with his health.…

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants to recognize youth who have made significant contributions to the outdoors. The department is accepting nominations for its newly-created Wyoming Youth Conservationist of the Year. The award honors a Wyoming resident 18 years or younger who has demonstrated leadership and accomplishment in any aspect of conservation, either individually…

Yellowstone National Park has named its first female chief ranger. The Billings Gazette reports Sarah Davis, a native of Lexington, North Carolina, will become the 18th chief ranger in the more than 100 years the park has been managed by the National Park Service. She will start her new role in December. Davis, whose official…

Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon is touring the state with a focus on combating childhood hunger. According to No Kid Hungry, a campaign by the hunger and poverty nonprofit Share Our Strength, one in six kids in Wyoming struggle with hunger and only 32 percent of kids who need school breakfast are getting it. Gordon stopped…

Wyoming lawmakers have voted to advance a bill raising the state minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that lawmakers aim to limit minors’ access to tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewable tobacco and nicotine-infused vapor products. Officials say the bill was one of several being considered by lawmakers…


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