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Governor Gordon and State Health Officer issue statewide closure order for public spaces

close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Wyoming’s coronavirus case count grows to 18

Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers

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Virus outbreak in China delays Greybull couple’s adoption plans

On Jan. 30, when the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak of a novel coronavirus “constituted a public health emergency of international concern,” the Madill family’s international plans to pick up their son were put on an “indefinite hold.”

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Interior secretary halts goat cull

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior directly intervened in an aerial goat cull underway in the Tetons last Friday, ordering Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail to “stand down.”

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State offers matching grant program for rural Internet enhancement

Wyoming’s average download speed is just 17 Mbps. Niobrara County is the most underserved county in Wyoming, followed by Crook and Sublette counties.

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Nichols probe came after reports of ‘abusive’ behavior

Investigatory records released Tuesday morning indicate that, before former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols was demoted, numerous university employees reported that Nichols had subjected them to “abusive conversations."

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Douglas twins argue like brothers, rank top in Wyoming debate

The identical twi Brandon and Alex Witbrod are ranked top in Wyoming in debate.

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Yellowstone coyote that bit skier did not have rabies and other news from around the state

NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

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Plea agreement reached in case of student planning school attack

Dale Warner, 15, pleaded guilty to a pair of lesser felony charges Friday in exchange for dismissal of nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. He could serve up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.

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‘Leftover’ school enjoys success

Seven miles north of Gillette, Rawhide was known then as a leftover school. Many of its students were there because there wasn’t enough room for them in their boundary schools.

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Wind farm proposed south of Laramie

ConnectGen, a renewable energy development company based out of Houston, Texas, has started the permitting stages of constructing a 504-megawatt wind farm stretching across public and private land on both sides of the highway.

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Forensic day lets kids solve a mystery

Little aspiring detectives wander through the museum to investigate a crime scene .

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Energy industry hails proposed NEPA overhaul

CASPER — The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of a landmark environmental act won widespread praise throughout Wyoming’s energy sector.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Latest estimates show drop in state revenue

CHEYENNE — Although the latest projections show a slight drop in state revenue for the current and upcoming bienniums, Wyoming lawmakers should have enough to fund Gov. Mark Gordon’s 2021-22 biennium budget proposal, if they choose to.

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Public awareness of human trafficking increases, says study

SHERIDAN — Over the past five years, public understanding about human trafficking in Wyoming has increased drastically, according to a study by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. Sheridan-based nonprofit Uprising shares the credit for spreading awareness and education.

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Second challenge filed to brand inspection order

Prosecutors are now making a second challenge to a Circuit Court judge’s order that upholds a magistrate’s decision that state brand-inspection stops are unconstitutional without probable cause.

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Dominion fires oilfield worker after he saved 50 waterfowl

Dominion Energy fired an oilfield worker in Rock Springs after the employee saved an estimated 50 waterfowl from wastewater ponds.

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Officials hope raised smoking age curbs tobacco use

Just before Christmas, the age to buy tobacco products was raised to 21 everywhere in the country.

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Journey of faith leads to kidney transplant

Any hope of a must-have kidney transplant had waned months earlier.

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Attorney says Albany County court should decide on UW gun ban

Albany County circuit court Judge Robert Castor should make a ruling on the legality of the University of Wyoming’s gun ban

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Police dog adjusts to retirement

The Dutch shepherd, who had spent the last nine years working as a drug dog for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, still thinks he has to go to work every day, said his handler, Cpl. Gary Spears.

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