WY Gov.-Elect handpicks members for his administration

Wyoming Governor-Elect Mark Gordon has handpicked folks for several prominent positions in his administration. Betsy Anderson will serve as general counsel, moving over from the same position in the treasurer’s office; former Wyoming Taxpayers Association leader Buck McVeigh has been named policy director, and Renny McKay, who’s the communications director of the state Game and Fish Department will be senior policy advisor.

Coal miners to relocate from Black Thunder to Coal Creek Mine

Coal miners on the move. One-hundred thermal coal miners are relocating to Black Thunder from Coal Creek Mine. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Arch Coal plans to cut the majority of its 154-miner workforce. The company didn’t return a request for comment.

World’s tallest active geyser in Yellowstone breaks record

The world’s tallest active geyser-just got taller. Steamboat Gesyer in Yellowstone erupted for the 30th time this year-this latest time breaking a record. It happened at 1 a.m. Saturday. Steamboat blasts hot water and steam as high as 400 ft.–that’s more than three times higher than Old Faithful.

Intoxicated persons list fails to pass in Riverton

Drinking too much in Riverton won’t get you banned. City council has failed to pass an ordinance that would’ve created a habitually intoxicated persons list. Persons on the list would’ve been forbidden from buying alcohol in city limits.

Man pleads guilty in fatal crash

A Wyoming man pleads guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal crash. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Aaron Higine was behind the wheel of a stolen pick-up in July when a trooper tried to pull him over. He sped off, swerved to avoid another vehicle, and drove off the road, ejecting a woman from the passenger seat of his car, who died at the scene. He faces less than 2 years in prison with the plea.

WY to host hundreds of sharpshooters for competition

Hundreds of sharpshooters from across the country will gather in northern Wyoming next summer for the Governor’s Match gun shoot. The event is expected to generate more than a half-million dollars in revenue. Governor-elect Mark Gordon is scheduled to attend the event that’s being held August 2-4

AZ couple sentenced for driving kids to WY in trunk

An Arizona couple pleads guilty to child endangerment counts after they admitted to driving from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car. The Casper Star-Tribune reports 63-year-old Michael Fee and 31-year-old Amber Freudenstein were sentenced to 30 days in prison. Deputies say they made the 900-mile trek with the kids, ages 6 and 10, in the trunk and their dogs in the backseat.

Man struck, killed in Cheyenne

A man is struck and killed in Cheyenne. Troopers say it happened on South Greeley Highway Wednesday night. Police say the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s still under investigation whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash; no word on whether charges will be filed.

Elderly man arrested in connection with Cheyenne murder

An elderly man is arrested in connection with a murder in Cheyenne. Police say 78-year-old Charles Richmond shot and killed a man during a fight Wednesday. Police claim Richmond approached an officer afterward and said he was “sorry. “

Murder under investigation in Cheyenne

A murder in Cheyenne is under investigation. Police say a man died inside a single-family home Wednesday afternoon. The cause or manner of death have not yet been revealed; it’s unclear whether anyone’s been arrested.