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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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Scientists blast inaction on, denial of sage grouse troubles

In some 50 years of working as a sage grouse scientist, Clait Braun has seen it all. He’s witnessed the adoption of conservation plans, their subsequent dilution, the loss and degradation of sage grouse habitat, the waxing and waning of populations.

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Ousted Blackjewel CEO Hoops seeks more than $20 million

Former Blackjewel CEO Jeffery Hoops and businesses owned by him or his family seek at least $24.5 million from the estate of the coal company he was ousted from after it crashed into bankruptcy.

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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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Group says legislators least conservative in five years

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers are the least conservative they’ve been in five years, a new report from a top conservative group in Washington D.C. says.

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Supreme Court affirms termination of parental rights

CHEYENNE — The termination of a local woman’s parental rights was affirmed by the Wyoming Supreme Court in a court opinion issued last week.

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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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Fatal house fire caused by overheated dryer and other news from around the state

NEWS BRIEFS for Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

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State Fair staff excited for first fair under new director

“We have some work to do to make it the best fair ever, but we know it’s not going to happen overnight,” WSF Manager Courtney Conkle said.

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Wolf pack pups unusually used to humans

JACKSON — An unusual set of circumstances led to an extremely habituated litter of wolf pups being raised near Slough Creek last summer, a behavioral trait that likely played a role in two pups being hit and killed on Yellowstone roads months later.

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Gordon releases draft corridor protection rules

CASPER — Wyoming boasts the longest mule deer migration corridor on Earth, and the state’s governor appears determined to protect it.

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Drilling plans near Cheyenne raise concerns among landowners

CHEYENNE — A potential drilling project near Cheyenne city limits has drawn criticism from several landowners, who worry the development could pose health risks to themselves and their neighbors.

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Police dog adjusts to retirement

GILLETTE — Rocky hasn’t quite adjusted to retirement yet. 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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Students win award for film on missing, murdered indigenous people

FORT WASHAKIE — What started out as a summer opportunity for students to learn about film making has turned into awards, increased awareness and future projects.

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Journey of faith leads to kidney transplant

DOUGLAS — Craig Berendes had come to terms with his mortality. He was dying. Any hope of a must-have kidney transplant had waned months earlier.

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Gillette teen featured in Disney documentary

GILLETTE — The 14-year-old slowly comes closer and into focus while running down the middle of an empty northeastern Wyoming highway.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019

News in Brief from across the Cowboy State

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NWC looks at ‘esports’ program to boost enrollment

POWELL — Hoping it can help boost enrollment efforts, Northwest College is looking at starting up an esports program.

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Lovell sugar factory reports 41 percent loss

LOVELL — The Lovell Western Sugar Factory District saw a 41 percent total production loss from storms this fall, according to statistics reported to the USDA by Western Sugar.

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Study says expanding Medicaid could cut lower medical costs, doctor revenue

CASPER — If the Legislature and Gov. Mark Gordon were to expand Medicaid, a large group of previously uninsured Wyomingites would have coverage, mental health would improve, providers would see a drop in revenue and costs to the federal exchange would decrease.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019

News in Brief from around the Cowboy State

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For Wyoming artists, creativity is key to getting by

Living in the least populated state in the nation has its perks: uncrowded trails, few traffic jams, a slower pace of life. But for professional artists, life in Wyoming also brings unique challenges: few potential buyers, a small market and geographical remoteness. And during the holidays — a season when artists typically do the best business — that pain can be keenly felt.

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Report: Wyoming dead last for bicycle, pedestrian safety

When bicyclist Geoff O’Gara came to his senses in the Lander emergency room, he couldn’t recall the incident that sent him to the pavement.

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Trout slow gold exploration project

JACKSON — A gold exploration project in the headwaters of the Snake River’s Henrys Fork is temporarily on hold because of a judge’s determination that federal land managers failed to assess impacts on Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

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Report shows sales up in Wyoming, though revenue concerns persist

CHEYENNE — A quarterly economic report released this week shows Wyoming saw an increase in overall sales this year, while Laramie County continued to see stable growth in its economy.

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State Fair staff excited for first fair under new director

DOUGLAS — The excitement shows on everyone’s face in the Wyoming State Fair main office. A new vibe permeates the room, with open door policies readily apparent (hey, all the individual office doors were wide open).

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Robed student incident captures national attention

RIVERTON — Two male students were removed from Riverton High School on Wednesday after they entered the building wearing white robes resembling Ku Klux Klan attire.

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NEWS BRIEFS for Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

News In Brief from across the Cowboy State

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Gillette schools eye armed teacher policy

GILLETTE — Two committees that have been working to create an armed educators policy and regulations in Gillette hope to bring drafts of their proposal to the school board sometime in January.

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Gordon backs investigation into Rocky Mountain Power

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon announced Thursday he plans to allocate additional resources to the Wyoming Public Service Commission to bolster an investigation into a controversial energy plan published by the state’s largest utility.

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Barrasso’s CWD task force bill clears hurdle

JACKSON — There were no congressional naysayers Tuesday to a bill that would create a $7.4 million pot to fund research and unite state agencies around the goal of combating chronic wasting disease.

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Committee backs bill raising pay for top officials

CHEYENNE – Despite objections from Gov. Mark Gordon, lawmakers on the Joint Appropriations Committee approved a bill Thursday that would raise the salaries of the governor and the other four elected state officials beginning after the 2022 general election.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol training academy relocating to LCCC

The Wyoming Highway Patrol announced Monday the relocation of its trooper training academy to Laramie County Community College's main campus starting mid-January.

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  • WBC set to hire new CEO after national search

    CASPER — The Wyoming Business Council is in the final steps of hiring a new CEO, and both finalists for the state economic development agency are based in Laramie.