Archives for March 2018

Cost of copies of vital records going up in WY

Getting a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree will soon cost you more. The Wyoming Department of Health says records and other vital statistics will be doubling in price from $5 to $10 each. The increase starts on Monday and is the first price increase in a decade.

Mountains near Yellowstone could be blocked from new gold mining

U.S, government officials are full steam ahead with a plan to block new gold mining in mountains north of Yellowstone. A plan to withdraw more than 30,000 acres of public lands for 20 years from new claims for gold, silver, and other minerals has been in the works since 2016. It aims to protect the areas for wildlife and recreation.

EPA leader visits WY, to tout rollback of Obama-era climate change rules

The leader of the Environmental Protection Agency says measured aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are more hurtful than helpful to Wyoming’s coal industry. Scott Prutit visited Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Mine Thursday. His visit comes as President Trump prepares to roll back climate change regulations. Pruitt has said the Obama-era rules “go too far.”

Natrona County among ‘least healthy’ in WY, study says

It’s a distinction no one wants. Natrona County is ranked among the least healthy in all of Wyoming. A new national study found the county was dragged down to the 22nd spot, plagued by premature deaths and other issues. The Casper Star-Tribune reports graduation and unemployment rates as well as injury deaths and sexually transmitted diseases also brought the county’s score down. Fremont and Carbon counties scored worse. Teton County was the healthiest in the state.

Casper police getting body cameras

Casper police will soon be wearing body cameras. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Chief Keith McPheeters tells City Council that the cameras are needed to record interactions between offices and the public as police come under increased scrutiny. The cameras will likely be a part of officers’ uniforms starting this summer at a cost of $1 million.

Powell school threat shut down

A credible school threat in Powell is shut down. School officials received a tip Saturday about a plan to hurt students and staff, The Powell Tribune reported. Police say the threat involved multiple juveniles, who will face discipline from the district as well as criminal charges.

Great Lakes Airlines suspends all flights

A Wyoming-based airline has suspended its operations. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Great Lakes Airlines has suspended all flights in the five western states in which it operates. The company attributes its struggles to a national pilot shortage. The company hasn’t filed for bankruptcy. It says it will continue chartered flights from Denver to South Dakota.

Laughrey dismissed as Evansville police chief

Evansville needs a new police chief. KTWO-AM reports town council fired Chief Tom Laughrey on Monday. The mayor refused further comment citing personnel, though did say no civil or criminal action will be taken against the former chief.

Skier critically injured in fall off ledge near Jackson Hole resort

A skier is critically hurt in a fall over a snow ledge near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Rescuers tell the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the skier fell 1,000 ft. after the ledge he was standing on gave way yesterday. He was unconscious when he was rescued and had to be flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Spring snowstorm drops foot of snow in northeast WY

A spring snowstorm dumped up to a foot snow in northeast Wyoming. The storm shuttered schools in that part of the state and created hazardous driving conditions Monday. The Gillette area got about 9 inches of snow yesterday. Riverton got another 7 inches of snow.