Archives for April 2016

Coal industry layoffs

Coal production is down in Wyoming and across the country and employment in the coal industry is down as well. Alpha Natural Resources has announced it’s laying off 37 workers at two mines: Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte in the Powder River Basin. That makes almost 500 coal workers in Wyoming who’ve lost their jobs in the last two months.

Lottery latest

Still no big winner in WyoLotto’s Cowboy Draw after Thursday’s drawing. The jackpot will be one-million-270-thousand dollars for the next drawing on Monday. Tonight, Megamillions is with 118-million dollars and tomorrow night, Powerball has a jackpot of 314-million.

More snow forecast

The National Weather Service is forecasting more snow for Wyoming. A winter storm warning has been posted for the mountains of southeast Wyoming and a winter storm watch for the Cheyenne. The Laramie area is under a winter weather advisory. The snow is expected to start falling tonight and continue off and on into the weekend. Western and central Wyoming can also expect snow and rain.

Murder suspect caught

A man wanted for homicide in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is finally in custody after an investigation spanning four states. Officials say Jared Jerome Stone was caught by police late last night after a chase that ran through western Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming. Stone is accused of killing Baptiste White Eyes outside the Lucky Lady Casino last Friday. He fled South Dakota after the shooting and had been spotted in Iowa earlier this week. Officials in Wyoming are expected to release more details about Stone’s arrest later today.

State Board of Education to meet

The Wyoming State Board of Education is set to meet in Worland Thursday and Friday in the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees room to discuss the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act and other legislative tasks.
Paige Fenton-Hughes, state board education coordinator, said the Wyoming State Board of Education travels to school districts on a monthly basis for their meetings.
The meeting is open to the public and this month they will meet on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with 15 minutes for public comment from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Lottery jackpots grow

The WyoLotto jackpots continue to grow. There was no big winner in MegaMillions last night, so that prize rolls over to 118-million dollars for the next drawing on Friday night. Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is up to 282-million and tomorrow’s Cowboy Draw jackpot is up to one-million, 220-thousand dollars.

Chickens allowed in Cheyenne

Chickens have gotten the thumbs-up from the Cheyenne City Council. The council voted six to four to approve an ordinance allowing chickens in the city limits. Also approved were amendments made at last week’s Committe of the Whole meeting, including allowing up to six hens and not selling chicks in numbers less than a dozen. The law will take effect when it is published, which is expected on Friday or Saturday.

Wyoming, Montana water talks

Wyoming and Montana officials are talking water on a conference call today. Up for discussion is which state has water rights along the Tongue River. The talks were scheduled after the U.S. Supreme Court approved a recommendation by a special master that found Wyoming liable for taking Montana water in 2004 and 2006. Montana wants whatever guidelines are approved to also apply to water from rivers in the Yellowstone River tributary.

Gas price update

After declining the first few days of last week, Triple-A reports that prices at the pump rose in line with the rising price of oil. The national average price of a gallon of regular is two-13, two cents more than a week ago. In Wyoming, the average price of two-06 is also two cents more than a week ago. In Cheyenne, regular averages two-01, up one cent. The average in Casper is one-95, which is actually down one cent.

A water conference call was being held today

Officials from the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office held a conference call (today) Monday with officials in Montana to discuss a solution to an ongoing conflict over water rights along the Tongue River. The discussions were scheduled after the U.S. Supreme Court approved a recommendation by a special master finding Wyoming liable for taking Montana water in 2004 and 2006. The amount of water involved is relatively small, but Montana wants guidelines that Wyoming must follow in the future when Montana calls for water to be released under provisions of the Yellowstone River Compact. That agreement regulates the administration of water rights on rivers in the Yellowstone River tributary.