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Tom Rullman

Large drones may soon be flying in and out of the Powell Municipal Airport. The state of Wyoming might help with the cost of a drone manufacturing plant there. If so, it will be one of the first public airports in the nation to allow drones and manned aircraft in the same airspace. Powell’s Municipal airport, on the top of Polecat Bench, is relatively quiet much of the time. It is not a commercial airport. It’s general aviation. And, it already has a restricted airspace for aerobatics. So, if...

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The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that government agencies can charge media organizations and individuals for certain costs associated with producing electronic public records. The suit arose after the Wyoming Tribune Eagle submitted a public records request to Laramie County School District Number One asking for emails sent and received by school board members. The school district compiled the emails onto a disc, but then said the paper would have to pay $110 for the cost of labor. The...

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Backpacker Magazine has ranked the University of Wyoming as the third best college in the country for hikers. The high ranking was earned in part because of the school’s Outdoor Leadership Development Series, which is a competitive yearlong program that teaches students to be leaders through outdoor activities and wilderness training. Dan McCoy, the assistant director for campus recreation at the University of Wyoming, said the many opportunities to get outside at UW make for a great...

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Beginning next fall, the University of Wyoming will have beer and wine available for purchase at its football and basketball games. UW’s Board of Trustees approved the plan on Thursday. Wyoming Athletics Department spokesman Bill Sparks said drinks will cost between six and eight dollars each, and sales are estimated to make at least $290,000. Most of the funds will be used to offset the Athletic Department’s one million dollar budget cut, while some will be given to the university’s alcohol...

Irina Zhorov

After an extremely mild and dry fall, winter weather is finally making an appearance in Wyoming. Most of the state is under Winter Storm Warnings, Watches, and Winter Weather Advisories through tonight and Thursday, with the heaviest snowfall hitting Thursday morning. “I think the benefits from this storm is we're going to get a little bit of moisture across the state, particularly across the Eastern areas of the state, which have been quite a bit drier,” said National Weather Service...

Daniel Mayer

The man who died in a Yellowstone hot spring last summer was apparently looking for a place to soak in the park. Yellowstone officials released the final report on the accident following a Freedom of Information Act request. The victim’s sister recorded the incident on her cell phone. The accident happened in Norris Geyser basin on the afternoon of June 7. Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress says it is a very dangerous area with boiling acidic waters. Veress explained, “There’s a closure in...

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Vehicle collisions with bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are up this year. A total of eight grizzlies have been hit by cars in 2016, more than records from 2012 through 2015 combined. Most recently, a 260 pound grizzly bear was killed on Highway 89 in Grand Teton National Park. The National Park Service received a call Sunday that a driver had seen the carcass on the side of the road. Park Rangers found the vehicle involved in the crash a mile up the road, and did not cite the...

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Construction for a long awaited replacement bridge from the east side of Laramie to the west is about to begin. The current Clark street bridge that runs over Laramie’s train tracks has connected the city the city for 53 years, but faced a number of safety concerns. The new bridge will be located on Harney street. Wyoming Department of Transportation engineer Steve Cook said the current structure is too weak for rehabilitation and its materials will not be used in the construction of the new...

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A study from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows that while workplace fatalities have decreased overall, there has not been a significant trend in workplace deaths for almost 25 years. State Occupational Epidemiologist Meredith Towle said in 2014 nine oil and gas workers died on the job, while four died in 2015. She suspects that there is a simple reason for that decrease. “We often will see a decrease in the number of fatal injuries where there is a decline in employment in...

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Wyoming’s cities rank below the national average in protections for LGBTQ residents, according to new ratings from the Human Rights Campaign. The group scored hundreds of cities across the nation in their Municipal Equality Index, giving points for non-discrimination laws, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits and other policies. Despite the low ratings, Sarah Burlingame of the advocacy group Wyoming Equality says there is growing support for LGBTQ rights around the state. “Something that...

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Laramie High School and Laramie Junior High have received two so-called clown threats this week. Police presence has been increased at the schools, and on Wednesday both buildings were put in lockout, where no one was allowed to enter or leave the schools. According to Stuart Nelson, the director of facilities and operations for Albany County School District 1, the threats were made on social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat and involved pictures of clowns along with a jumbled message...

Grizzly bear on Swan Lake Flats, Yellowstone National Park; Jim Peaco;.June 2005

A grizzly bear attacked a hunter Sunday morning in the Shoshone National Forest, near Dubois. The female grizzly and her two cubs were feeding on the carcass of an elk the hunter shot Saturday and was trying to recover. The victim was flown to a hospital in Denver, and is expected to recover. Jason Hunter, a wildlife supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, advises hunters to be careful in areas with lots of fallen trees and to watch for signs of bear activity. Hunter says the...

JACKSON HOLE COMMUNITY HOUSING TRUST

Two new housing proposals in Jackson recommend that the town pay for infrastructure improvements on behalf of private developers, as long as they limit access to those facilities to lower income renters. Mayor Sara Flitner said private developers are usually responsible for building their infrastructure as needed. But because the cost of housing has eclipsed wages in Jackson, Flitner said the town council is considering an exchange of infrastructure improvements, such as water and sewage, for...

Maggie Mullen

The Undersecretary, Kevin Concannon, was in Cheyenne to learn more about the organization’s approach to helping low-income single moms. Concannon said Climb Wyoming is one of the best programs of its kind in the country. Climb Wyoming trains and finds jobs for women in a wide variety of industries so they can support their families. Concannon said the recession of 2008 may be over, but its residual effects still impact millions of single parents with limited education and other financial...

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Longtime Casper radio morning announcer, Brian Scott Gamroth, known as Brian Scott on the air, died in a motorcycle accident in Montana on Sunday. Gamroth was known for his support of a number of causes including the arts. Gamroth served on the boards for the Casper College Theatre Program, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. General Manager for Townsquare Media in Wyoming, Bob Price, said Gamroth also helped raise millions of dollars as an emcee at various...

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A Cheyenne man shot three people Wednesday morning at a senior living home, leaving one person dead. Police identified the gunmen as 77-year-old, Larry Rosenberg, who killed himself. Rosenberg was a resident of the senior living home, Heritage Court Apartments, where the shooting took place a little after 11 a.m. Two of the victims were shot outside the facility, while the third was shot somewhere inside of the building. A witness that chose not to be identified told KFBC Radio in Cheyenne...

Wyoming Public Radio celebrates its fiftieth anniversary Wednesday, September 14th 2016. Station News Director Bob Beck joined Morning Edition Host Caroline Ballard to reflect on his time at the station, the changes that have taken place, and what the future might hold.

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The University of Wyoming has suspended legal services for students because of the current hiring freeze. However, students are still paying for the service through their mandatory student fees. The program’s longtime attorney Elizabeth Goudey died over the summer after 30 years of service. A temporary attorney was brought in to complete a few remaining cases, but the position was then frozen. Michael Rotellini is the President of the Associated Students at UW, and he said the program was...

SKYGLOW

A man who fell into a hot spring and died at Yellowstone National Park earlier this summer is being remembered by the producers of a nature video series. SKYGLOW is a project to capture the night sky in timelapse videos, and its producers were filming in the Norris Geyser Basin days before Colin Nathaniel Scott left the boardwalk there and fell into a thermal spring. Now, they are dedicating the end result of their filming, a timelapse video of Yellowstone , to him. Emina Becirovic, one of...

Wyoming's largest economic sector has taken a nosedive in recent years with the crash in oil, coal, and natural gas prices, but the August Wyoming Insight report from the Economic Analysis division shows things may be starting to stabilize.

According to the report, the unemployment rate has stayed at 5.7 percent since June.

“Both natural gas price and oil price have been rising,” said state economist Wenlin Liu. “That’s a good signal. And another sign we have been...

Wyoming Outdoor Council

Tom Bell, founder of the Wyoming Outdoor Council and High Country News, died on Tuesday. He was 92. Bell was known throughout the West for his conservation work. In an interview with Wyoming Public Radio earlier this year, he explained that when he founded the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 1967, it was a radical undertaking. “I really believe in clean air, clean water, clean land and taking care of it. And nobody had a thought about that at that time,” said Bell. Today, the council is the state...

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Northwest Wyoming continues to struggle with high fire danger as eleven wild fires currently burn in that part of the state. Bill Swartley, a public information officer for the Yellowstone fire team, said Phase 2 fire restrictions will likely go into effect in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday. That means any kind of open flame may be banned in the park. Swartley said preventing any human caused fires is their top priority. “These fires are lightning caused and for that reason are being...

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The fundraising campaign to improve the Jenny Lake area in Grand Teton National Park finished on schedule, just in time for the National Park Service centennial. The Inspiring Journeys campaign exceeded its goal of $14 million and has already contributed to improvements of backcountry trails, wayfinding paths, and visitor facilities. Construction that began three years ago is scheduled for completion in 2018. “Our visitors have been really patient and understand that in order to improve...

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On Tuesday, the Jackson Police Department and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office caught three people at a Super 8 Motel using an undercover sting operation and charged them all with prostitution. Two of the individuals were also charged with human trafficking and interference with a police officer. Two women and a man were charged with the crime. Jackson Police Lieutenant Cole Nethercott says the sting was set up after his department found an online advertisement offering a sex act in exchange...

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A group called Fed Up is hoping to get the ear of the Federal Reserve this week. The Fed is holding its annual meeting in Jackson Hole and several of the central bank's officials have agreed to meet with members of the Fed Up campaign. The Federal Reserve is currently considering raising interest rates, but Fed Up Field Director Shawn Sebastian said it’s not the time. “You still see double digit unemployment in black communities across the country, you still see Latino families working full...

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At a rally this weekend in Gillette, a Wyoming anti-Islam group is planning to burn a Quran. According to the group’s website, members of Americans For A Secure Wyoming are calling to “ban Islam from Wyoming,” though the group does not explain how that could be enforced. Last year, members of a different online group Stop Islam In Gillette protested the opening of Gillette’s first mosque. Gillette mayor Louise Carter-King said the protests do not reflect positively on what she describes as a...

A Laramie man has been arrested for the October 1985 murder of a Laramie woman. Sixty-seven-year-old Fredrick J. Lamb has been charged with first degree murder and first degree arson in the death of 22-year-old University of Wyoming student Shelli Wiley. Police at the time of the murder said that Wiley was stabbed 11 times, sexually assaulted, and that her West Laramie apartment was set on fire. Police did find a bloody hand print near the murder, but were unable to convict anyone. In a news...

Rebecca Huntington

On Tuesday, Jackson voters will be deciding whether to use sales tax dollars to pay for fixing a landslide that's looming over the town's main road. In 2014, the creeping slide accelerated triggering an emergency evacuation of nearby homes and businesses, disrupting water and sewer and destroying a Walgreens parking lot. Walgreens has abandoned the site and the town has spent more than one million dollars to restore services and slow the slide. Town spokesman Carl Pelletier says the Town of...

A Partnership For A New American Economy

Keeping international students at the University of Wyoming in-state after graduation could create 136 jobs, according to a new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition of mayors and business leaders. The group commissioned the report as part of a national campaign about immigration reform this election season. Jon Benson is the CEO of the Wyoming Technology Business Center, a business incubator at UW. He said this year, more than 40 percent of teams that...

The University of Wyoming broke records last year for private donations, with total gifts in fiscal year 2016 totaling $63.1 million. The record year comes amid a major downturn in the energy sector, the state’s number one industry. “Let me just say, [it] could not be better timing,” said Ben Blalock, president of the University of Wyoming Foundation. Blalock said they didn’t expect the increase, but that when you look at where private giving comes from it is less surprising. “Not all of our...

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