Archives for April 2018

Hefty fines come with violating ‘Move Over’ law starting July

A new move-over law takes effect in Wyoming on July 1. It requires motorists to switch lanes as they pass construction or utility projects on area highways. Violators face a fine of $235. Since 2016, a dozen patrol cars have been hit while stopped along the side of Wyoming’s roadways.

Prosecutors: Sword-weilding man sought suicide by cop

A Wyoming prosecutor says a man shot and killed by police had sought suicide by cop. Douglas Oneyear was fatally shot just before midnight on Feb. 25, 2018, in Casper after he allegedly swung a sword at a passing car and assaulted a convenience store clerk. His family claims he had a mental illness and was carrying a toy sword; they say deadly force wasn’t necessary.

‘Clean’ coal facility to set up at ex-Fort Union Mine

A test site has been chosen for a new cleaner-burning coal facility. The Clean Coal Technologies Plant will work out of the former Fort Union mine, northeast of Gillette. A company spokesman tells the Gillette News Record that the University of Wyoming is working with the company to get it up and running as soon as possible. It still needs state permits.

Cody special ed teacher gets probation in shoplifting case

A former Douglas and Cody special education teacher who was convicted of having sex with an underage student gets probation on a shoplifting charge. The Powell Tribune reports Katie Marcus pleaded guilty. She was accused of shoplifting at Walmart while on probation for 2016 conviction on molestation charges.

Bentomite mine coming to area near Cody

A bentonite mine is coming to northern Wyoming. The Cody Enterprise reports the Bureau of Land Management gave approval Monday for the plan by Wilson Brothers Construction to mine four dozen acres of federal land in the Diamond Basin area. Some residents oppose the project, citing health concerns and traffic. An environmental impact study found the project’s effects wouldn’t be significant, but the Department of Environmental Quality still needs to weigh in.

Arch Coal to scale back production

A major coal mine in northeast Wyoming is scaling back production. Arch Coal says it will cut production at its Black Thunder mine by about 10 million tons this year. CFO Paul Long cited flat sales and a weak market for Powder River Basin coal. It’s unclear whether the production cut will lead to layoffs.

Adidas the ‘official’ provider for WY Athletics

Adidas will be the official apparel and footwear provider for Wyoming. Wyoming athletics signed an 8-year deal with the company for uniforms, footwear, headwear and other accessories. It starts June 1st and brings the Cowboy and Cowgirl programs all under one arrangement. That had previously been split between Nike and Under Armour.

Montano sentenced to life in prison for murders, mutilation

A couple is heading to prison in connection with the murders of two Wyoming men. Michael Montano was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Phillip Brewer and Jody Fortuna, and then mutilating their bodies. He pleaded no contest and apologized in court to Fortuna’s mother. Montano’s former girlfriend Kylee Collins got two years in jail for interfering with the investigation

GOP delegate challenges UW gun ban

A gun ban on the University of Wyoming’s campus is heading to court. Last week, a GOP delegate was cited by university police for bringing a gun on-campus to the party’s convention at the U-W Conference Center in Laramie. The delegate says it was his intention to be cited so that he could challenge the gun policy; gun advocates say the university’s policy conflicts with the right to bear arms. UW’s president says she stands by the decision.

WY Integrated Test Center conducting world-class research

Japanese research is happening in Gillette. The Wyoming Integrated Test Center will be used to test new carbon capture technologies. The Japanese Ministry of Environment is investing more than $7 million in the endeavor. Mead says the research will help position the test center as a world-class facility.