Four people have been hurt in a flash fire at a ConocoPhillips natural gas processing plant in Fremont County.
ConocoPhillips spokesman Jim Lowry says the flash fire occurred at the Lost Cabin plant about 8:30 a.m. today/Wednesday while contract workers were doing maintenance on part of the plant.
Lowry says the brief fire went out on its own.
Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Dave Good says two of the people who were hurt received what he described as "pretty severe" injuries. They were transported to hospitals in the region, including a burn center in Greeley, Colo.
A detailed review of a proposed $3 billion power line that would run through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Nevada will be delayed about six months.
Under the TransWest Express Transmission Line project's initial timeline, the B-L-M was to have issued a draft plan for the project about now. However, spokeswoman Beverly Gorny says that plan is now expected sometime in the spring of next year.
Gorny says the delay is necessary to review newly proposed alternative routes that have come up during the process of trying to identify where the line should go.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking all Wyoming residents to report dead sage grouse they find so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.
Sage grouse have low resistance to the disease and it usually kills infected birds.
Tom Christiansen with Game and Fish says there is no sign yet of an outbreak in the state this year.A recent limited survey in the Powder River Basin detected only low numbers of a particular type of mosquito known to carry the disease.
The U.S. Department of Education has informed the Wyoming Department of Education that it should continue administering the state Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students -- or PAWS -- test for high school juniors next year.
The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year directed the state Education Department to discontinue the PAWS test for juniors and to use results from the ACT instead.
A University of Wyoming history professor is dropping his bid to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.
Phil Roberts says there is no room in this year's Senate race for him because in order to be successful he would need support from a number of Republicans. But as his petition drive to gather signatures progressed, it became clear that most of his support was coming from Democrats and independents.
Roberts was a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998 and lost the primary to John Vinich, who then lost the general election.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New wildfires have started in northern Wyoming.
A new fire is burning in the Shoshone National Forest near the Montana border. The fire has forced the closure of a 15 mile section of U.S. 212 in northern Park County.
Another fire is burning about 12 miles south of Ten Sleep in Washakie County.
And firefighters are tending to a grass fire that burned about 15,000 acres Tuesday in Johnson and Sheridan counties. About 30 ranch homes had to be evacuated. However, lighter winds kept fire activity down Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis has announced her bid for a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House.
Lummis was first elected to the House in 2008. She easily won re-election in 2010, defeating Democrat David Wendt with more than 70 percent of the vote.
So far, two candidates have announced plans to challenge Lummis this year. Casper College political science instructor Chris Henrichsen is running as a Democrat, and former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy announced he will run as an independent.
Government officials plan haze a large herd of migrating bison back into Yellowstone National Park this week - an annual event that is again drawing opposition from wildlife advocates and American Indian groups.
Montana state veterinarian Marty Zaluski says an estimated 400 bison are outside the park in the West Yellowstone area. Government workers could start driving the animals back into Yellowstone using a helicopter as early as Wednesday.
Hundreds of bison leave the park annually during winter to graze at lower elevations.
An explosion at a coal mine northeast Wyoming was big enough to register on seismographs on the scale of a small earthquake.
Some people in Gillette reported feeling the ground shake from 16 miles away.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the blast at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday. The blast happened in the area of Cloud Peak Energy's Cordero Rojo Mine southeast of Gillette and registered as large as a magnitude 4.5 earthquake.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Wyoming will receive $1.1 million to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools.
The money comes from the Education Department's School Improvement Grants program. The funds are part of $535 million provided through the fiscal 2011 budget and made available to states through the program.
The man behind the proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline has two homes in foreclosure.
Aaron Million is behind Wyco Power and Water, which has proposed building a pipeline to deliver water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to southeast Wyoming and Colorado's Front Range.
He has two homes in Fort Collins, Colo., listed in foreclosure. One is listed as the business address for Wyco. Million says that home is owned by a partnership with his parents, who have fallen on hard times. The other is a home he owns with his former wife. Almost $1.8 million is owed on the two properties.
The University of Wyoming Geological Museum will close on May 7 for its first significant renovation in decades.
The museum closed briefly in the summer of 2009 due to state budget cuts, drawing attention from fans of the museum from around the world. When the museum reopened in August 2009, it was with the help of private funds from the UW Foundation.
It now has an endowment fund of more than $1 million.
Crews have replaced a culvert on a Wyoming highway were four members of a Colorado Springs family drowned when the road washed out last summer.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the temporary bridge on Wyo. 130 has been replaced by a permanent box culvert. The roadway, about 20 miles southeast of Saratoga, is now open to two-way traffic.
The family from Colorado Springs family drove into the washed-out section of mountain highway last July. They were washed away as they fled torrential rains at a national forest campground at night.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet this week in Casper to consider setting a hunting season for wolves for the coming fall.
The commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Casper. It has been holding public meetings around the state on the proposed gray wolf management hunting rules.
Seasons and license quotas for all big game species, including wild bison, will be established. In addition, the commission will set seasons for upland and early migratory birds and small game as well as turkey seasons for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 hunts.
Wyoming's attorney general wants a district judge in Cheyenne to dismiss a lawsuit fighting the state's redistricting plan.
Greg Phillips filed the state's response last week, arguing the proper procedures weren't followed to qualify the seven plaintiffs to be eligible for a class-action suit.
The residents sued earlier this month in Laramie County District Court to try to overturn the Legislature's recently adopted redistricting work. They argue the plan doesn't adequately represent some of the state's more sparsely populated counties.
A lawsuit over a fatal bear mauling near Yellowstone National Park is set to go to trial at the end of the year. The Powell Tribune reported Friday that federal Judge Nancy Freudenthal has scheduled the trial to start Dec. 3 in Cheyenne. Erwin Evert of Park Ridge, Ill., was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized by researchers in Shoshone National Forest. Evert's widow, Yolanda Evert, is suing the federal government for $5 million. She claims that researchers let the bear go too
A survey of businesses in Wyoming finds that more than 19,000 workers lost their company child-care benefits during the Great Recession. Advocates for child-care services say that is a severe blow to a state that has worked hard over recent years to improve child-care access as a way to help attract new jobs and workers. Marc Homer of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says it's shortsighted for businesses to cut back on child-care benefits for employees. The survey was conducted by the Wyoming Department of Workforce
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved raising tuition and fees over the next two years.
Under the plan, tuition paid by resident students will increase 2% in each of the next two years while nonresident students will pay 4.5% more in 2013 and 2014.
For a resident undergraduate student: tuition that costs $104 dollars per credit hour this year would increase to $108 dollars per credit hour by 2014. Nonresident per credit hour tuition will go from $576 dollars to $629. Mandatory student fees will increase from just over $1,000 a year.
The State Loan and Investment Board has approved a $5 million grant to help bring a proposed $112 million data center to Cheyenne. Cheyenne is one of two finalists in the Rocky Mountain region for the data center. State officials have declined to identify the company behind the project, but they say it is a Fortune 100 firm. The state board approved the $5 million grant on Monday. Gov. Matt Mead says he's willing to provide another $5 million in state money to help land the center, bringing the state's total