Archives for January 2015

Man found dead in Yellowstone

Snowshoers found a man’s body Saturday along a groomed ski trial in Yellowstone.

Rangers responded east of Mammoth Hot Springs and found a Montana man dead.

The investigation continues, but initial indiciations show he died of hypothermia.

Gillette man pleads no contest to killing his uncle

A Gillette man has pleaded no contest to murder.

Orlando Gonzales has entered his plea after stabbing his uncle to death with a barbecue fork during a drunken argument a little over a year ago.

Sentencing takes place Apr. 27.

Settlement forces petro companies to show their hand

A legal settlement requires petroleum companies to justify asking state regulators to withhold details on the chemical products they pump underground.

A judge has approved a settlement requiring companies to show details when they call the ingredients trade secrets.

Man acknowledges stealing from Albertson’s in Casper

A messenger for an armored car company has admitted to stealing $6,500 from an Albertson’s grocery store in Casper.

Jystin Obert has pleaded guilty as part of a deal that would give him three to five years of probation.

Committee kills resolution to give voters choice on state school job

A legislative committee has rejected a resolution that would have allowed the voters to decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to eliminate the elected position of state superintendent of public instruction.

The House Education Committee has decided against the idea 7-2.

WIA’s Drain leaving

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority needs a new executive director.

Loyd Drain has decided to leave when his contract expires at the end of July.

UW names Pishko dean of Engineering and Applied Science

UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science has a new permanent dean.

Michael Pishko begins his new job March 1.

The university calls Pishko an accomplished chemical engineer and experienced administrator.

Hunters kill record number bison in Jackson Hole region

Hunters have killed 300 bison in and around Jackson Hole during the hunting season that has just finished.

The number eclipses the all-time high. It also helps reduce the number of wild bison to levels closer to where wildlife managers prefer.

Game and Fish officials say hunters have killed 190 cows and calves, as well as 110 bulls.

Balow hard at work as public instruction super

The state’s new public instruction superintendent says her first days on the job have focused on stabilizing and strengthening the education department.

Jilliam Balow wants to do more than stabilize the departmetn. She wants to fill open staff positions, increase the department’s proactive work, and build relationships with school district’s, the state school board, and lawmakers.

General outline of Medicaid expansion plan may follow soon

A state senate committee may decide this week on how the state may try to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of working poor.

Tensions remain high over not only the administration’s Medicaid expansion plan, but also an alternative that has the support of Casper Republican Charles Scott.