Archives for January 2019

Investigative report released into fatal grizzly mauling

A hunting guide mauled to death in a grizzly bear attack last year in the Teton wilderness last September waved his arms and yelled at bears charging at him. A just-released investigative report finds outfitter Mark Uptain eventually deployed bear spray to stop the attack. But investigators say his wounds were so severe he likely died within minutes.

New measure seeks to give students prompt hearing prior to expulsion

Schools would be required to contact parents and give students a prompt hearing before suspending them for more than 10 days or expelling them, under a new proposed measure. The measure passed unanimously in the state Senate and now heads to the House for a vote. The measure comes in response to the expulsion of three Riverton High School student wrestlers for sexually assaulting fellow teammates on the school bus.

Medical marijuana bill introduced in Wyoming

Will medical marijuana become legal in Wyoming? It’s unlikely, but a bill aims to try. State lawmakers have long been opposed to legalizing any marijuana use. Opponents say there’s no evidence of its medicinal benefits. It’s uncertain whether the bill will get any debate this session due to time constraints.

Albany Co. deputy who shot, killed unarmed man in Laramie taken off patrol

The Albany County Sheriff says a deputy who shot and killed an unarmed man in Laramie during a traffic stop won’t likely return to patrol. Corporal Derek Colling remains on administrative leave following the shooting death of Robbie Ramirez last November. A grand jury declined to indict Colling, who will now likely move to an investigator position, which is a lateral move that won’t come with a pay raise.

2 dead in Sublette County crash

Two people are dead in a crash in Sublette County. It happened Monday afternoon on U.S. 191 north of Daniel. Police say 44-year-old Marion Robinson of Bedford and 62-year-old Mary Menster of Pinedale were both killed. An 11-year-old passenger in the car was treated and released from a hospital in Jackson.

Police: Teenage boy was high on marijuana when he died on Wind Indian River Reservation

Investigators say a 15-year-old boy was intoxicated when he died of hypothermia on the Wind River Indian Reservation last year. The Riverton Ranger reports Robert Tillman Jr. had marijuana in his system when he died on November 17. His death has been ruled an accident.

Hike to WY cigarette tax shot down by lawmakers

An proposed increase to the state’s cigarette tax is shot down. KGAB-AM reports the House Revenue Committee voted the measure down 5-4. Supporters say it would’ve saved lives by discouraging smoking, but opponents say it would only encourage folks to buy cigarettes in neighboring states or on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

State lawmakers want coal plants to look for new buyers before closing doors

They can’t just close. State lawmakers are telling coal-fired power plants they’ll need to look for buyers before shuttering. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the bill is in response to concerns about the impact on Wyoming jobs with the possible closure of coal plants. Senate File 159 would allow the state to restrict a utility’s ability to profit from sale of a coal plant to a wind farm or natural gas plant.

WY considers stiffer penalties for protesters

Wyoming is once again moving to impose tougher penalties against protesters who disrupt power plants, pipelines and refineries. A committee will vote on the bill Friday. It’s similar to legislation that was vetoed by Governor Matt Mead last year.

WY lawmakers consider taking over control of nat’l parks in event of another shutdown

Wyoming wants to ensure Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks never get shutdown again. State lawmakers have introduced a measure that gives the state control over national parks and other federal facilities-exception military sites–if the government ever shuts down again, which is a possibility in just a few weeks when the short-term funding measure runs out. The bill’s sponsor Senator Charles Scott of Casper says the shutdown hurt tourism and the state needs to stand ready to act.