The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.
The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.
The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.
The number of jobs Alpha Natural Resources plans to cut in Wyoming's Powder River Basin remains unclear after the coal giant said it plans to cut production by 16 million tons.
About 40 percent of Alpha's production cuts will come from high-cost eastern mines while about half will occur in the Powder River Basin. The company is eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, laying off 400 workers immediately by closing mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
But, the company says most of the displaced workers may eventually be rehired.
Officials say the Sheep Herder Hill fire on Casper Mountain is about 50 percent contained.
Officials also say there was a lot more damage then previously thought. They have counted 36 homes and cabins destroyed by the wildfire burning on Casper Mountain. The number is a big jump from the seven confirmed earlier this week.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Michael K. Davis to the state Supreme Court.
Davis is current a state district judge for Laramie County. He will succeed Justice Michael Golden, who is retiring effective Sept. 30. Within the next month, Golden will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 set in the state Constitution.
Davis will be the first Justice chosen by Governor Mead. The Wyoming Supreme Court consists of five justices who serve eight-year terms. It decides cases and exercises administrative supervision over the Wyoming State Bar.
The Bureau of Land Management is backing a proposal to open a wild horse sanctuary in the Centennial Valley. The BLM announced its decision Wednesday following a month-long public comment period.
The owners of the 4,000-acre Deerwood Ranch about 30 miles west of Laramie want to provide long-term care for up to 300 wild horses gathered from Wyoming rangelands. The horses would not be kept on public lands and would all be geldings.
The state of Wyoming says Secretary of State Max Maxfield has no legal basis to file a lawsuit over term limits for state elected officials.
In a recent filing with the state Supreme Court, Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips argued that because Maxfield has not said whether he will seek a third term he hasn't been harmed by the term limit law.
A new federal report says a flight instructor had warned a Minnesota man of the dangers of flying his single-engined airplane over the mountains of northwestern Wyoming just weeks before the 2010 crash that killed the pilot and his three sons.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday published its report on the crash in Wyoming's Wind River Range that killed 41-year old Luke Bucklin of Minneapolis and his three young sons.
Firefighters quickly pounced on new wildfires started by lightning in northern Wyoming as they contained or gained near containment on the state's largest fires. The fire situation has improved a great deal in Wyoming because of rain and cooler weather over the weekend. Firefighters are being reassigned elsewhere or are being rested.
A new wildfire has erupted in Wyoming. The Fontenelle Fire is burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest about 30 miles northwest of LaBarge in western Wyoming. It has burned about 100 acres and firefighters are being deployed to combat it. The cause of the fire, which was reported on Sunday, is under investigation. Meantime, the Russell's Camp fire burning south of Glenrock grew to more than 8 square miles over the weekend, but firefighters have managed to gain 25 percent containment.
Democratic Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut says he will run for the U.S. Senate.
The 47-year-old Laramie resident admitted his chances of victory were small. But Chesnut hopes his campaign will help shift the political climate away from the hyperpartisanship seen today and encourage politicians to find middle ground.
Chesnut will face perennial office-seeker Al Hamburg, a retired painter from Torrington, in the August Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
An 8-percent budget cut would cost Wyoming's seven community colleges about $9.1 million.
Falling energy revenues has prompted Gov. Matt Mead to order state agencies to prepare for 8-percent budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts in July 2013.
James Rose, of the Wyoming Community College Commission, says each community college board of trustees has the freedom to handle any funding cuts as it see fit so he can't speak to whether any faculty and staff positions would be threatened with layoffs.
A veteran officer is taking over as the new colonel of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected as the new administrator of the patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. He's the twelfth person to head the patrol since its formation in 1933.
Butler is a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran. He replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at the end of last year. Butler has served as interim patrol administrator since Oyler's retirement.
An orthopedic surgeon who has risen quickly to become one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the U.S. Senate is officially seeking his first full term in office. Sen. John Barrasso kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne by saying Wyomingites want the federal government to leave them alone. Democratic Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed Barrasso in 2007 after the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. Barrasso since has risen to chairman of the Senate Republican
Laramie resident Mark Jenkins has reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Jenkins reached the summit of the world's highest mountain on Thursday. He called his wife by satellite phone from a lower camp a few hours later.
The University of Wyoming announced Jenkins' achievement. He first attempted to climb the mountain in 1986 when he was a graduate student at the university. He's a writer-in-residence for the UW master's degree program in creative writing.
Federal land managers have rejected an application by a Colorado company to use bacteria to produce methane from northeast Wyoming coal beds.
The Gillette News-Record reported Thursday the Bureau of Land Management threatened to prosecute Luca Technologies Inc. for trespassing if it continued the work. The company says it will comply but disagrees with the decision and may sue.
The BLM acted after Luca refused to pay an additional $40,000 for the cost of processing the application, on top of $40,000 it paid previously.
The Casper Democrat running against Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is a political newcomer who says he wants to represent the interests of working families.
Chris Henrichsen is a 35-year-old political science instructor at Casper College. He filed paperwork on Thursday declaring his candidacy to run against Lummis.
Lummis announced on Monday that she's seeking a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A Republican, she served earlier as Wyoming treasurer and in the state Legislature.
The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a Casper man convicted of kidnapping and aggravated burglary in an attack on his girlfriend. The court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Christopher Counts, who was sentenced to life in prison last year as a habitual criminal. Authorities say Counts broke into his girlfriend's house with a knife in July 2010 and wouldn't let her leave. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruling states that Counts wrote to the woman while his case was pending and tried to get her to testify
Wyoming continues to have one of the worst rates of death on the job. New figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Wyoming had the second-highest rate of deadly workplace accidents of any state in 2010. Only West Virginia had a higher rate. Contributing to West Virginia's rate in 2010 was a coal mine accident that killed 29 workers and was the nation's deadliest mine accident in 40 years. Wyoming's high workplace death rate reflects an energy industry
Wyoming's top oil and gas regulator says the companies involved in a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month won't face any fines. Tom Doll, the state's oil and gas supervisor, tells the Casper Star-Tribune that well owner Chesapeake Energy Corp. and drill rig owner Trinidad Drilling Ltd. won't be cited for the blowout. The mishap vented up to 2 million cubic feet of explosive gas and 31,500 gallons of drilling fluid into the air and around the drill site near Douglas.
Four out of five scientists who reviewed Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan say they believe it's likely to maintain a stable population in the state.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released its second scientific peer review of Wyoming's wolf plan. The agency released an earlier review this winter but called for another after the state modified its plan.
Three workers at the Sinclair refinery near Rawlins have been flown to a burn center in Colorado following a flash fire. Sinclair Oil Corp. says the incident happened inside a gas recovery unit at its refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins, about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders says it was a flash fire and four workers were originally taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. A Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says three of the workers were