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cheyenne businessman enters wyoming governor’s race


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a cheyenne businessman is running for governor of wyoming.sam galeotos is a republican and executive chairman of the board of green house data corp. he announced his campaign wednesday in cheyenne.green house data provides data center services to businesses. galeotos previously was an executive for the real estate and travel services firm cendant corp. and ceo of the online travel company cheap tickets.galeotos says wyoming needs to build on its economic strengths to address growing deficits due to declining revenue from the energy industry.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksrepublican gov. matt mead is prevented by law from seeking a third term.other republicans running for governor include state treasurer mark gordon, physician t






wealthy independent enters wyoming us senate race


cheyenne, wyo. — a businessman who says he's prepared to spend at least $1 million of his own money is entering the race against wyoming u.s. sen. john barrasso.fifty-six-year-old dave dodson said thursday that he identifies as a republican but out of disillusionment with the gop is running as an independent. dodson says republicans lately are too beholden to special interests including the health care industry.dodson lives in jackson hole. he is a part-time business instructor at stanford university and says his ventures over the years range from telecommunications to auto parts.barrasso is a republican seeking a second full term. wyoming is among the most republican states, and barrasso easily won his two races since appointment to the senate in 2007.democratic businessman gary trauner a






wyoming grant sought to subsidize cheyenne air service


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — officials in wyoming’s largest city will apply for a grant to subsidize air service.the cheyenne airport board voted unanimously thursday to seek a $580,000 state grant. the money would help lure a new airline to the airport.a new terminal and other work at the cheyenne airport are scheduled for completion sometime in 2018. the projects will cost $18 million.cheyenne-based great lakes airline is providing one flight a week from cheyenne to denver, down from eight flights it used to make.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the wyoming tribune-eagle reports airport officials are negotiating with two airlines. possible destinations include las vegas, dallas and phoenix.a $1.4 million guaranteed revenue grant approved in 2010 for american eagle was u






major gop donor announces run for wyoming governor


cheyenne, wyo. — a top republican party donor and fundraiser who hasn't held major elected office before but who is wealthy and has national political connections is running for governor of wyoming.foster friess' entry friday upended wyoming's deep-red politics much like liz cheney's brief run against fellow republican u.s. sen. mike enzi in 2013 and 2014. cheney, who previously spent most of her life in virginia, abandoned that race but was elected wyoming's lone congresswoman in 2016.friess, 78, faces a similar challenge: convincing wyomingites he's one of their own. across sparsely populated wyoming, many look somewhat suspiciously at jackson hole, the posh and not-exactly-rural ski destination where friess and cheney live."wyoming is what america could be," friess told the convention j






man found in reservoir east of cheyenne was shot in head


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — southeast wyoming officials say a man whose body was found in a reservoir east of cheyenne was shot in the head.laramie county sheriff’s office spokeswoman capt. linda gesell says deputies spotted the body sunday in the wyoming hereford ranch reservoir number 1 while they were responding to a report of a burned vehicle.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that a medical examiner determined the death a homicide after completing an autopsy on monday. the victim was identified as 19-year-old justin robinson of cheyenne.






teen arrested after explosive device detonates in cheyenne


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — police investigating an explosion from a small, homemade device in a downtown cheyenne alley have arrested a 16-year-old boy.the wyoming tribune eagle reports https://goo.gl/nmsfjb authorities searched the boy’s laramie county home and arrested him wednesday on a charge of possessing explosives.cheyenne police say a device similar to a pipe bomb detonated behind a corrections halfway house on monday morning. nobody was injured, and no property was damaged.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.information from: wyoming tribune eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com






wyoming governor names new state supreme court justice


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — gov. matt mead has appointed cheyenne attorney lynne boomgaarden to the wyoming supreme court.boomgaarden will replace justice william hill, who is retiring next february.boomgaarden is currently a partner with a private law firm.her professional experience includes work as legal clerk with 10th circuit court of appeals, an assistant professor of law at the university of wyoming and director of the wyoming office of state lands and investments.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mead selected boomgaarden from three candidates nominated by the judicial nominating commission.in a statement provided by the governor’s office, boomgaarden says she’s honored to accept the appointment and will work hard in service to the court and wyoming citizens.the s






funding for wyoming peacekeeper missile debated


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — plans for a state park at a former launch command center for one of the world’s most powerful nuclear missiles remain on track in wyoming despite some uncertainty over how to pay for ongoing expenses.wyoming lawmakers gave preliminary approval monday to trying to keep the former peacekeeper missile site park self-sustaining through entrance fees.wyoming revenue is down due to weak revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. wyoming officials say the underground missile command center 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of cheyenne could be a significant tourist attraction, attracting 50,000-60,000 visitors a year.the u.s. air force is renovating the site — the last of its kind since peacekeeper deactivation in 2005. the new park could open as soon as next year.most






church to discontinue free thanksgiving meal after 33 years


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming church is ending a 33-year thanksgiving day tradition.the wyoming tribune eagle reports unity missionary baptist church in cheyenne recently voted to stop preparing and serving its free annual thanksgiving day meal.the church took out an advertisement in sunday’s wyoming tribune eagle to announce it would not serve the meals to the community this year or in future years after “joyfully providing free meals” to cheyenne for three decades.the advertisement says the difficult decision by the congregation is due to “an aging and declining church membership and other factors beyond our control that would greatly impact the overall quality of the dinner.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksthe thanksgiving day meals were meant for the sick, th






wyoming airline suspends most operations


cheyenne, wyo. — wyoming-based great lakes airlines has suspended all flight operations in the five states it operates.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that the company announced that the suspension of service was effective as of midnight monday but said it had not entered bankruptcy.the website for the cheyenne-based airline listed flights from cheyenne; denver; telluride, colorado; los angeles; phoenix; page, arizona; prescott, arizona; and salina, kansas.according to a statement on its website, great lakes will continue to provide support services to aerodynamics inc. charter flights between denver and the south dakota cities of pierre and watertown.company officials have attributed recent struggles with providing air service to a national pilot shortage.great lakes founder doug voss a






court upholds conviction of man accused of injuring officer


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — the wyoming supreme court upheld the conviction of a cheyenne man accused of kicking and injuring a police officer during a fight.the wyoming tribune eagle reports the court stated tuesday that there was sufficient evidence to convict michael flores of felony interference with a peace officer.flores was sentenced in november 2016 to at least three years in prison after he was convicted of intentionally injuring a cheyenne police officer by kicking him near the solar plexus in 2015.flores appealed, asking whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he committed the act.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: wyoming tribune eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com






canadian blockchain company expands into wyoming


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — canadian blockchain company blockcrushr labs has opened its first wyoming office.blockcrushr labs develops and commercializes the new blockchain technology.the company opened its office in cheyenne just before the state legislature convenes to consider proposals that would encourage more such businesses to operate in the state.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that the company has filed for a wyoming subsidiary, blockcrushr wyoming llc.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.founded in april 2016, the company’s leading product is tokenclub, a monthly initial coin offerings subscription service. similar to a kickstarter campaign, initial coin offerings use blockchain-based tokens, or cryptocurrency, to raise money for various causes. this can be used






man gets 50 year to life for wyoming woman’s death


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming judge has sentenced a 58-year-old transient who killed a 21-year-old woman in the basement of a cheyenne restaurant last summer to 50 years to life in prison.emigdio lara sr. was sentenced friday by district judge catherine rogers.lara had pleaded guilty last august to second-degree murder in the killing of victoria juarez, whose body was found in the basement of a south cheyenne restaurant on june 26. she had cuts on her body and multiple injuries to the back of her head.lara had been living in the basement during that time.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.






snowstorm takes aim at colorado and wyoming


denver (ap) — winter storm warnings have been posted for central colorado and southeast wyoming with more than a foot of snow predicted in some mountain areas.the area under the winter storm warning was generally along the interstate 25 corridor, including denver and fort collins in colorado and cheyenne and laramie in wyoming.temperatures were expected to drop rapidly sunday evening, followed by heavy snow later sunday night and into monday.the national weather service says up to 15 inches of snow is possible in the snowy range west of cheyenne in southeast wyoming and 4 to 7 inches in denver and up to 14 inches in the higher elevations.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the snow was expected to end monday night.






more guns in more places: bills pass wyoming state senate


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — guns already are as much a part of wyoming culture as rodeo and four-wheel drive vehicles.they could become even more ubiquitous if the governor signs a pair of bills that cleared the state senate on monday and would allow teachers to carry them at school and citizens to take them into government meetings.the bills await votes in the house on changes made in the senate before heading to the desk of gov. matt mead, who hasn’t hinted how he will act on the bills but appears unlikely to veto either.mead has spoken openly about his collection of powerful firearms and about successfully recruiting ammunition manufacturer magpul industries to move to cheyenne from colorado after that state passed tougher gun laws.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.gun






wyoming sees jump in airbnb users; jackson hole most popular


casper, wyo. (ap) — the online hospitality company airbnb reports that it saw a 132 percent increase in wyoming last year.about 56,000 guests used the website to find homes to rent in wyoming during 2017.the casper star-tribune reports that wyoming’s numbers jumped in august when some 3,900 travelers used airbnb on the night before the total eclipse.airbnb says that wyoming hosts using the website earned nearly $8.9 million in 2017.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the most popular destination for airbnb travelers was the jackson hole area, with 16,200 visitors staying in jackson, wilson and teton village last year.cody and powell recorded a combined 11,100 visitors.wyoming’s major population centers of cheyenne, casper and rock springs saw far fewer airbnb traveler






consultants recommend more money for wyoming k-12 schools


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — consultants reviewing wyoming’s k-12 public education funding say the state needs to spend over $50 million more a year over current levels.wyoming spends over $1 billion a year on its schools.in the face of declining state revenues, lawmakers last year decided to hire consultants to look at how the state was spending its money on education. some lawmakers believe the state is spending too much and can cut education spending.the legislature convenes its budget session on feb. 12 in cheyenne.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the interim select committee on school finance recalibration will meet later this month to consider the consultants’ report.republican sen. hank coe of cody is co-chairman of the select committee. he says wyoming provides si






cheyenne frontier days announces night show performers


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — cheyenne frontier days staff has announced five country music performers that will play during the 2018 rodeo.the wyoming tribune eagle reports the night show headliners include florida georgia line, eric church and the charlie daniels band joined by special guest tracy lawrence.the cheyenne frontier days staff made the announcement thursday.the performers for two additional night shows will be revealed at a later date, but contract acts committee chairman scott fleming says one will be a country act and the other will be a rock act.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.tickets for the night shows start $29 and will go on sale dec. 16.prices for daily rodeo tickets will range from $20 to $35.___information from: wyoming tribune eagle, http://www.wy






legislators offer steps toward streaming interim meetings


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming legislators are looking at ways to stream more interim meetings in an effort to help interested residents stay current on legislative happenings without having to travel long distances.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that the select committee on legislative facilities recommended wednesday that the legislative service office stream all interim meetings in two committee rooms in the jonah business center in cheyenne.the panel also suggested developing a pilot program for streaming committee meetings held outside cheyenne in 2018.lso director matt obrecht says streaming legislative meetings can be a challenge because some places where the meetings are held lack the technology required.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksin addition, obrech






cheyenne police officer shot in foot during scuffle


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming officer has been shot in the foot after responding to a domestic disturbance call.the cheyenne police department said the officer was recovering after being shot friday during a scuffle with a suspect at the site of the disturbance on west 6th street.the 26-year-old suspect, jospeh jacquez, was taken into custody and being held saturday at the laramie county jail.the unidentified officer was in stable condition after being taken to the cheyenne regional medical center for treatment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.this case remains under investigation.






second amendment supporters, some armed, rally in cheyenne


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a rally in support of gun rights drew about 100 people in blustery weather in wyoming’s capital city.several of the demonstrators in front of the wyoming supreme court building saturday were carrying a variety of firearms.among them was republican gubernatorial candidate taylor haynes, who said he was carrying a gun under his leather duster. haynes told the crowd the second amendment is the most important amendment to the u.s. constitution because the constitution couldn’t be enforced without it.westley williams, of cheyenne, said he’s worried the second amendment is slowly being chipped away. williams was carrying an ar-15 rifle.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekssimilar rallies took place nationwide. they followed rallies in favo






coalition begins construction on cheyenne youth shelter


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a coalition of organizations in a southeastern wyoming county is building a shelter to house up to 10 homeless teenagers and young adults.the wyoming tribune eagle reports the laramie county community partnership’s strong families action team held a groundbreaking monday for a twin home project in cheyenne.officials say the $620,000 house will have two sides, each with bedrooms for five students and their supervising house parents. the home will also have shared bathrooms, storage rooms and family rooms.officials say the project will provide homes for 16- to 20-year-old students in laramie county school district 1. officials expect the house to open by the fall.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.team co-chair stacy strasser says the coalition ho






wyoming to pilot digital driver’s license phone app


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming is set to run a pilot program that will make driver’s license accessible through a phone application.the wyoming tribune eagle reported (http://bit.ly/2y3mjzd ) thursday that about 100 people statewide within the wyoming department of transportation and wyoming highway patrol will be using the pilot program.wyoming is joining three other states and the district of columbia in using the digital ids.the program is run by tech security company gemalto, which states the app isn’t connected to the internet, so there’s virtually no risk of someone tracking a user’s whereabouts or personal information based on when they open the license.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the money for development and the pilot program comes from a two-year gran






man shot to death during standoff in southeastern wyoming


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — authorities shot and killed a man they say fired a rifle at them during a standoff in southeastern wyoming.laramie county sheriff’s deputies recognized a truck wednesday afternoon that was being driven by a man who had an albany county arrest warrant for sexual assault and violating his probation.after an hour-long standoff, the man exited his vehicle and fired toward the officers. a deputy and three cheyenne police officers returned fire, hitting the suspect, who died at a nearby hospital. no law enforcement officers were injured.investigators have not released any other information.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






wyoming fees for copies of certificates and records rising


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — the state of wyoming is raising its fees for birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates.the wyoming department of health says records ordered through vital statistics services will be going up between $5 and $10 each, effective next monday.officials say it is the first fee increase for certified copies of certificates and records since 2008.and beginning july 1, vital statistics will also again start collecting a $5 surcharge that benefits the wyoming children’s trust fund. the surcharge expired in the past year but was recently renewed by the wyoming legislature. the trust fund supports child abuse and neglect prevention.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksvital statistics services is the only source for wyoming’s official cer






looming $684m deficit confronts wyoming lawmakers


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — what to do about a looming, $684 million budget deficit will be a top priority when wyoming lawmakers begin their annual legislative session monday.gov. matt mead will offer his ideas in his annual state of the state address in cheyenne.the wyoming legislative service office puts the deficit at $850 million but house speaker steve harshman tells the casper star-tribune he’s subtracting over $150 million in cash and one-time payments wyoming got last year.the legislature’s joint appropriations committee recently rejected a series of major tax proposals, leaving spending cuts the focus for fixing the shortfall caused by weak revenue from fossil fuels.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.one option is to tap the state’s billions in savings. but lawma






wyoming woman charged in cheyenne fatal stabbing


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a 46-year-old woman has been formally charged in a wyoming court with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery in the fatal stabbing of another woman in cheyenne.tanya pearson made an initial appearance wednesday without an attorney in laramie county circuit court where judge tom lee set her bond at $50,000 cash. she remains in the county jail. pearson has requested an attorney from the public defender’s office.her next scheduled court appearance is set for april 26.police say 45-year-old jennifer pratt died monday from stab wounds to her upper left abdomen, her left side below her ribs and her left armpit.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksaccording to police, witnesses saw pearson and the victim arguing and fig






final defendant sentenced in case of wyoming hotel fire


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — the last defendant charged in a 2010 fire set in a wyoming hotel will not serve prison time.the wyoming tribune eagle reports court documents say a judge found falgun dharia should be sentenced to probation, given his lack of criminal history and an order to pay more than $11.3 million in restitution for other crimes.dharia pleaded guilty in 2015 to conspiring to commit insurance and wire fraud in connection with the september 2010 fire at the hitching post inn in cheyenne.court documents say when dharia and his partner, ajay jariwala, purchased the hotel, jariwala took out a $13.6 million insurance policy on the building.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksinvestigators found both hired a person to destroy the property.jariwala was






jammed: eclipse crowds may have doubled wyoming’s population


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — the least populated state in the nation has seen total eclipses before but likely never as many people.the amount of traffic during monday’s eclipse suggests wyoming may have temporarily doubled its population of 585,000 — as some predicted it would.the wyoming department of transportation counted 536,000 more vehicles than usual on wyoming’s roads and highways — a 68 percent increase.“i have no doubt that we had hundreds of thousands of visitors,” department spokesman doug mcgee said tuesday. “i would guess that yesterday was the most people that ever have been in wyoming at one time.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the coast-to-coast total eclipse crossed a strip of wyoming from the majestic teton range to the torrington feedlots near nebra






new charges filed in wyoming killing


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming judge has dismissed the charges against a 21-year-old cheyenne man accused of shooting a 19-year-old man in the head and dumping his body in a reservoir.but prosecutors quickly filed new charges and armando ramirez-serna remains in jail.laramie county circuit judge denise nau (now) ruled tuesday the initial charges in the case didn’t reflect what had happened and dismissed the charges of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, first-degree arson and attempting to conceal a felony.laramie county district attorney jeremiah sandburg said he disagreed with the judge’s ruling and responded by filing new charges of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and third-degree arson.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 week






prosecutors have time to mull possible death penalty case


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a judge is giving prosecutors more time to decide whether to pursue the death penalty against a wyoming man who is accused of killing and sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that thursday was the original deadline by which prosecutors had to notify the defense if they were going to pursue capital punishment for john barrett. both sides agreed to extend the time frame, and district judge catherine rogers set a trial date for august 2019.barrett is accused of killing and sexually abusing the child in cheyenne while the boy’s mother was at work. an autopsy ruled the death a homicide, and the medical examiner highlighted injuries to several internal organs.the boy died at a children’s hospital in colorado on may 23.most read






couple appeals child abuse convictions


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming couple is appealing to the state supreme court after being convicted of child abuse.the wyoming tribune eagle reports emily and dennis larkins, of cheyenne, were convicted by a jury in july 2016 of five counts of child abuse and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult.the two maintain their innocence.they appealed in may, asking for a new trial. they allege their attorneys were ineffective.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the state supreme court will decide whether a new trial is necessary.dennis larkins, who had a felony criminal history, was sentenced to three to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation.emily larkins was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison followed by five years of supervised probatio






man convicted of stealing $150,000 sentenced to probation


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a cheyenne man who was convicted of stealing more than $150,000 from atms was sentenced to three years of probation.the wyoming tribune eagle reports a federal judge on monday ordered david netterfield to pay $59,000 in restitution on top of the probation sentence.netterfield was a former employee of the armored truck company garda. he says he took the money to create a rainy day fund to help make his life better.netterfield told the judge he regretted what he did and promised to make himself better.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.prosecutors argued for a prison sentence of a year, but the judge found netterfield to be a good candidate for probation.___information from: wyoming tribune eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com






wyoming health officials release immunization requirements


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming health officials have included vaccinations against pneumococcal diseases and rotavirus among the new state childhood immunization requirements.the wyoming tribune eagle reports the wyoming department of health on wednesday announced the new requirements, which stipulate all children must be vaccinated within 30 days of beginning attendance at wyoming schools or child care facilities.the state immunization requirements also apply to homeschooled children who participate in school activities or sports.the pneumococcal vaccination helps protect against bacteria that can cause illnesses like pneumonia, sepsis and middle-ear infections. rotavirus can cause gastroenteritis, especially in infants and young children.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4






boulder’s ncar boasts powerful new supercomputer at wyoming site – the denver po


key projects at boulder’s national center for atmospheric research will now be supported by a powerful new supercomputer capable of more than three times the amount of scientific computing performed by its predecessor.the new cyber-wonder is called cheyenne, and it takes its name from cheyenne, wyo., the city where it is housed within the ncar-wyoming supercomputing center.projects that will be supported by the new supercomputer include studies of wind energy, long-range, seasonal-to-decadal forecasting, extreme weather, climate engineering and space weather, giving scientists a better understanding of solar disturbances that can affect the operation of power grids, ellites and global communications.read the full story at daily era.com.






wyoming wolf hunt to begin sunday


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — for the first time since 2013, licensed wolf hunting will take place in wyoming.wyoming’s wolf hunting season opens sunday and runs through dec. 31. it is confined to 12 trophy game hunt areas in the northwest part of the state.the wyoming game and fish department has set a quota of 44 wolves to be taken.wolf hunting continues to be prohibited in yellowstone and grand teton national parks, the national elk refuge near jackson and on the wind river indian reservation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.outside those areas and the trophy game hunt area, wolves are considered predators and can be shot on sight as long as the kill is reported.earlier this year, a court lifted federal protection for wolves in wyoming. montana and idaho already have es






wyoming study focuses on major interstate’s future needs


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming officials say traffic on a major interstate will continue to grow, requiring careful long-term planning for work that could come at a high cost.consultants on thursday laid out the start of a master plan for the interstate-80 corridor that crosses southern wyoming. the casper star tribune reports that state officials estimate any redevelopment could cost millions or billions of dollars; no specifics were discussed by the wyoming transportation commission.but the state anticipates that traffic, particularly commercial trucks, will continue to increase and require more upkeep or changes. wyoming officials hope the ongoing study will help them be prepared to apply for any financial help the federal government can offer.possible changes to the interstate included






amid downturn, hint of optimism in wyoming revenue report


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming’s latest state revenue forecast contains hints of optimism but still predicts less money coming in than a few years ago.the consensus revenue estimating group releases nonpartisan revenue forecasts every october and january. wyoming officials pay close attention to the reports amid a severe downturn in revenue from taxes and royalties on coal, oil and natural gas development.the latest report predicts revenue for the 2017-18 biennium will reach nearly $2.24 billion. that’s $195 million more than creg predicted in january would be the case. even so, that’s almost 20 percent less than revenue in 2013-14.the wyoming tribune eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2zp5i8r ) the minerals industry provides more than 70 percent of wyoming’s revenue. the october creg report will






early plan out for huge wyoming gas field


cheyenne, wyo. — u.s. officials have released an early plan for what could become one of the biggest natural gas fields in the nation.the normally pressured lance field in western wyoming could eventually cover 220 square miles and have as many as 3,500 wells.the u.s. bureau of land management released a draft environmental impact study for the project friday.jonah energy, llc, seeks to tap 5.25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or a year's supply for 74 million average-sized homes.blm officials say the project would create 700 full-time jobs and net $2.2 billion in royalties, half of which would go to the state of wyoming.the nearby jonah and pinedale anticline fields in western wyoming rank among the 10 most productive onshore u.s. gas fields.






3 colorado hyperloop routes among 11 u.s. finalists


three colorado proposals are among 11 u.s. finalists in a private company’s sci-fi-like transportation challenge that aims to move ground-based passengers at speeds of 700 mph.the finalists announced thursday by los angeles-based hyperloop one join 24 proposals outside the u.s. and were picked from more than 2,000 worldwide. the company eventually will pick three winners to work with to further explore development.image courtesy of hyperloop onea 360-mile route, proposed by team rocky mountain hyperloop, would connect the denver international airport to pueblo, vail and cheyenne, wyoming. a denver-to-vail route would take 8.4 minutes, instead of 2 hours and 36 minutes by car.dia to pueblo-vail-cheyenneone local finalist includes the colorado department of transportation’s proposal for a 36






wyoming woman arrested for allegedly tossing infant in ditch


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a 31-year-old wyoming woman is in custody after she allegedly threw her 2-month-old daughter into a ditch, causing the girl severe injuries.cheyenne police said lillian jeffrey was arrested early saturday morning for alleged child abuse and child endangerment after officers responded to a call about suspicious activity at a love’s travel stop service station.police said jeffrey was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, acting erratically. the windows were down with two car seats in the vehicle but only one child present.the girl was found injured in a ditch and airlifted to a hospital for treatment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.authorities say it’s uncertain how long the infant had been outside on a night when temperatures were in the low 40s.






wyoming public defender says her attorneys overworked


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming’s top public defender says some of her offices are so overworked that they can’t fulfill their constitutionally mandated duty to provide legal defense to those too poor to afford a private attorney.diane lozano says if the state legislature doesn’t grant more staff positions, her attorneys are going to have to start refusing cases.the wyoming tribune eagle reports that lozano made the comments thursday in testimony to the wyoming legislature’s joint appropriations committee.a budget request for the fiscal year 2019-20 biennium asks for an additional lawyer in eight of the 14 trial offices across the state; a new attorney in the office that handles appeals; and more staff in each of the nine offices.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.gov.






early plan out for huge wyoming gas field


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — u.s. officials have released an early plan for what could become one of the biggest natural gas fields in the nation.the normally pressured lance field in western wyoming could eventually cover 220 square miles and have as many as 3,500 wells.the u.s. bureau of land management released a draft environmental impact study for the project friday.jonah energy, llc, seeks to tap 5.25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or a year’s supply for 74 million average-sized homes.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.blm officials say the project would create 700 full-time jobs and net $2.2 billion in royalties, half of which would go to the state of wyoming.the nearby jonah and pinedale anticline fields in western wyoming rank among the 10 most productive onsh






wyoming man who prompted landfill search for toddler’s body sentenced in boy’s d


richard ojeda via associated presssilas ojedacheyenne, wyo. — the wyoming man who pleaded guilty in november to manslaughter in the death of a baby boy will serve between 18 and 20 years in prison.logan rogers, who refused to tell authorities where he left the boy’s body, was sentenced in a cheyenne court friday. he faced a maximum of 20 years under his plea deal.the family of 13-month-old silas ojeda, whom rogers is accused of killing, asked the judge for the maximum sentence.investigators discovered the boy was dumped in a trash bin at laramie county community college in cheyenne which was then emptied in the ault-area landfill. investigators then searched through more than 3 million pounds of garbage in an ault-area landfill for signs of the boy.the boy’s body has not been found.read th






wyoming natural disasters bring in $14.8 million in fema aid


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — the federal emergency management agency has compensated wyoming entities for more than $14.8 million for various natural disasters since 1998.unlike many other states, wyoming did not have any cases where an agency decision to deny money was appealed, according to an analysis by the associated press.in some states, fema has denied appeals for tens of millions of dollars in applications for disaster help.all of wyoming’s disasters were related to flooding, particularly from heavy runoff in the spring and early summer, and from severe winter storms.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.wyoming’s largest disaster in terms of fema aid was spring flooding in 2011 that damaged roads and other infrastructure in at least 15 counties around the state. fema






elk to be captured as part of brucellosis study in wyoming


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming game managers plan to capture and collar elk next month as part of an ongoing study of brucellosis and elk in the bighorn mountains of north-central wyoming.the wyoming game and fish department says up to 60 elk will be captured using a helicopter net-gunning operation in an area south of the lower greybull river and portions of the owl creek mountains.wildlife manager will take blood samples, fit each elk with a gps tracking collar and then release the elk.the study was initiated to better understand seasonal movements and brucellosis prevalence among elk in the bighorn mountains. the project also aims to analyze genetic strains of the brucellosis bacteria to help determine how it may have spread to the bighorn mountains.most read storiesunlimited digital acc






wyoming jobless rate increases to 4.2 percent in october


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming’s unemployment rate increased slightly in october to 4.2 percent.the wyoming department of workforce services says the rate is up from september’s 4 percent but lower the october 2016 level of 5 percent.the national jobless rate for october was 4.1 percent.from september to october, most county unemployment rates in wyoming followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. job losses are typically seen in leisure and hospitality, construction, retail trade and other sectors.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksin october, niobrara county’s unemployment rate of 2.4 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by goshen at 2.6 percent, albany at 2.7 percent and crook at 2.9 percent.the highest rates for the month were found in natrona at






wyoming women’s antelope hunt seeks 80 licenses


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a bill that would provide 80 pronghorn antelope hunting licenses to a special women’s hunt in northeast wyoming has passed the state legislature.senate file 3 was approved monday on a 45-13 vote. the bill has already passed the senate and now goes to gov. matt mead for his approval.under the legislation, the wyoming women’s antelope hunt would receive 80 licenses for its event held annually near ucross. that would give it the same number of antelope licenses that the state has provided to the long-held one shot antelope hunt in lander, which chiefly involves male hunters.the women’s hunt started in 2013 as a way to bring more women into the sport with an emphasis on mentorship and raise money for the wyoming women’s foundation.most read storiesunlimited digital access






wyoming county tests new, modern jury system


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a wyoming county is testing a system that allows courts to issue jury reminders and notifications via text message and email.the wyoming tribune eagle reports the first round of laramie county jurors earlier this month used the ejuror system — a program that aims to make it easier for both the public and clerk’s offices to more easily process information related to jury service.the system is only currently available in the laramie county circuit court and district court, as well as the platte county circuit and district courts.an email from cierra hipszky, the business manager of the wyoming judicial branch, says statewide implementation is set to begin in 2019 and span about two years. it will cost $620,000 for initial installation and will likely cost an additional






trial underway in case of woman accused in son’s death


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — a trial is underway in cheyenne in the case of a woman charged with the april 2017 death of her 16-month-old son.the wyoming tribune eagle reports two doctors testified friday that sabrina sawicki’s son died of non-accidental traumatic head injuries.sawicki is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.prosecutors say she offered different stories about how the boy was injured, initially saying she was carrying him and he hit his head as he left the bathroom after a bath. her sister-in-law testified sawicki said the boy slipped in the bathtub and hit his head and later said he hit his head running out of the bathroom.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksdefense attorneys have also suggested the boy could have drowned