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Mead extends lead in governor race fundraising

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Mead continues to take in more campaign donations than his opponents in next week’s general election. Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show the incumbent Republican took in about $122,700 during the most recent reporting period that ran from Aug. 19-Oct. 21. Mead has received a total of about $653,000 in contributions for the entire campaign season, including the primary. That is more than five times what his closest gubernatorial rival has raised. Democrat Pete Gosar took in $63,575 during the reporting period. Gosar has raised a total of about $123,280 this year. The third-party and independent candidates took in far less money than their major party counterparts. The filings are the last required reports due before the election. … Read entire article »

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Secretary of State: workers get time off to vote

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield reminds employers that state law requires them to give employees one hour off to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. Maxfield says the law doesn’t apply to employees who are taking three or more consecutive non-working hours during the time the pools are open. There are also exceptions for some federal agencies. State Election Director Peggy Nighswonger says state law specifies the one hour for voting may not be a meal hour. She says employers may select the time at their convenience. Nighswonger says employers who don’t allow eligible employees time to vote may face a misdemeanor criminal charge and a possible fine. Polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until all those in line at 7 p.m. have cast their ballot. … Read entire article »

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Town mayor pleads not guilty to nepotism

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The mayor of a small Sweetwater County town who is accused of employing her husband and daughter-in-law has pleaded not guilty to two counts of nepotism. Bairoil Mayor Sue Ann Rigano entered the plea Tuesday in Circuit Court in Rock Springs. Rigano’s husband, Anthony M. Rigano, is a water system operator and police officer in Bairoil. Her daughter-in-law is the town clerk and has been employed by the town in some capacity since July 2013. State law forbids a public official from supervising or managing a family member who holds a position in a municipality. Investigators say Rigano is the direct supervisor and manager for her husband and daughter-in-law, which means she also manages their payroll. … Read entire article »

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Gillette training 3 new police dogs

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Gillette Police Department is training three new police dogs to replace two dogs that retired and another that died. The new dogs are 2-year-old Dutch shepherds Camo and Chase along with Klause, a Belgian Malinois. The dogs were born in the Netherlands and purchased from a kennel in Alabama with drug money seized by the department. The dogs are near the end of an eight-week training program that has included including obedience and foot pursuit drills along with building searches, tracking and narcotics detection. One former police dog had to quit working because of a back injury, another retired due to old age and one died of kidney failure. … Read entire article »

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Refinery fined $153K for safety violations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — HollyFrontier Corp. has agreed to pay a $153,000 penalty for poor emergency management planning at its refinery in Cheyenne. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it hoped the agreement would bring the facility in line with safety requirements and help emergency responders by fully informing them about the amounts of types of chemicals stored at the refinery. EPA inspectors found the refinery had not adequately implemented the risk management planning requirements for some chemicals including assisting with emergency preparedness, making efforts to prevent the release of chemicals and minimize any releases that happen. Other deficiencies include failing to follow internal procedures for inspecting piping, failing to adequately train employees who operate processing equipment and failing to report some chemicals stored on site. HollyFrontier spokeswoman Julia Heidenreich says the company … Read entire article »

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Fewer bears dying in Yellowstone area

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The number of threatened grizzly bears killed in and around Yellowstone National Park has dropped sharply as officials consider lifting protections for the animals. State and federal wildlife officials were scheduled to meet Wednesday in Bozeman to review the bear’s status. The U.S. Geological Survey reports 20 grizzly bears killed or removed so far in 2014. By comparison, a record 56 grizzlies were reported killed or removed in 2012 and 29 last year. Most die following conflicts with humans. Those range from bear attacks on livestock to hunters shooting bears in self-defense. Scientists estimate more than 750 bears inhabit the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision is pending on whether the population has recovered enough to revoke its federally-protected status. … Read entire article »

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Grand Teton lodge under review after Biden stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is reviewing its policy for VIP stays at a lakeside vacation lodge in the Grand Tetons after a visit by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden and a dozen family members spent four August nights at the Brinkerhoff Lodge operated by the National Park Service. However, the four-bedroom log cabin is supposed to be restricted to official use like conferences, training or for federal employees participating in park events. Time reported Tuesday that the service is reviewing the policy’s compliance and seeking reimbursement where appropriate. Time reports at least four Cabinet secretaries and other Obama administration officials also used the lodge. Biden’s office says he was never informed of the official use policy and plans to pay $1,200 for the stay once his office receives the bill. … Read entire article »

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Utilities open new gas-fired plant in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two utility companies have opened a new gas-fired power plant in Cheyenne. Officials from Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power and Black Hills Corp. held an opening ceremony for the Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station Tuesday afternoon. Company officials say the $222-million plant can generate 132 megawatts. In addition to providing steady power for customers, they say it offers extra power on demand to supplement wind power supplies. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal-producing state. But company officials say current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations make it difficult and expensive to build new coal-fired plants. Black Hills earlier this year closed down a coal-fired power plant outside Gillette, a move the company said was in response to recent federal regulations. It says the Cheyenne plant will replace much of that lost power. … Read entire article »

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Wyo. Highway Patrol ramps up Highway 59 presence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol is increasing its presence on Highway 59, between Douglas and Gillette. The north/south highway is about 110 miles long and the Highway Patrol says there has been an increase lately in traffic as well as in crashes and citizen concerns. The Highway Patrol says more troopers will begin patrolling the highway to focus on issues including aggressive drivers, speeders and illegal passing. … Read entire article »

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Road closures in Grand Teton planned for Friday

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Two roads in Grand Teton National Park are set to close to vehicle traffic for the winter season this week. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the length of the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between the Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trail heads, will close Friday evening. Teton Park Road isn’t plowed after November 1st, but visitors are welcome to use it for walking, bicycling and in-line skating. Once the snow begins to accumulate, visitors will be able to cross-country ski, skate ski and snow-shoe. Park officials also plan to close the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose from November 2nd to March 2nd.   … Read entire article »

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