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Ferley nabs back-to-back Frontier Days bronc wins

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A cowboy from South Dakota is the first saddle bronc rider in 78 years to win back-to-back titles in that event at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Chad Ferley, of Oelrichs, South Dakota, scored an 83 on a bucking bronc named Sweatin’ Bullets in Sunday’s final round at the Frontier Days rodeo. Ferley collected $12,026 in winnings — just shy of the $12,037 he won last year. Rodeo superstar Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, won his first tie-down roping title in Cheyenne. Brazile collected $22,573, boosting him into the top five in the tie-down roping world standings. Brazile also has won three times at Frontier Days in steer roping. … Read entire article »

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(JACKSON, Wyo.) Two motorcycles and two passenger vehicles were involved in a crash on July 27th at 12:51 pm. The crash occurred at mile post 146.10 on US 89 six miles south of Jackson, Wyoming. 52 year old Joseph Bale of Whittier, California was traveling north on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Bale came up behind a 2007 Audi A4 that was stopped in traffic waiting for another vehicle to turn left. The Audi was driven by 31 year old David Johnson of Blackfoot, Idaho. Mr. Bale failed to notice that the Audi was stopped and swerved left to avoid the Audi. Mr. Bale’s motorcycle made contact with the rear-end of the Audi causing Mr. Bale to separate from the motorcycle. Mr. Bale landed in the roadway and sustained fatal injuries.   A … Read entire article »

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Frances Ruth (Lamont) Blumenshine obituary

Frances Ruth (Lamont) Blumenshine, of Thermopolis, died in Thermopolis on July 23, 2014 in the Wyoming Pioneer Home. A Graveside Service has been set for at 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in the Mountain View Cemetery, Riverton, Wyoming. She was born on October 5, 1921 in Rawlins, Wyoming to James and Jenesena (Pedersen) Lamont. Frances was raised in Lamont, Wyoming on her family’s sheep ranch that included a general store / post office.  She graduated from Rawlins High School 1938. She then married Daniel Blumenshine on February 18, 1940 in Riverton, WY. Farmed with husband Dan at Arapaho for 31 years.  Lived in Greybull, WY for 25 years managing the Shoe Shoppe until 1984.  Moved to Lander in 1999. She was also bookkeeper at Girard and Company for 12 1/2 years. … Read entire article »

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The Complete August Calendar for Fremont County Includes Weekly Rodeos, Powwows, Gold Panning, and More.

Fremont County, WY - In August, you can attend Native American powwows, dance exhibitions, wild-west rodeos and even pan for gold every day at South Pass City! For a complete list of events go to You’ll find an assortment of Native American cultural offerings around Wind River Country this summer, including a Shoshone Powwow and Northern Arapaho Cultural Experiences. There are weekly cultural programs of authentic Indian Dance and Storytelling Exhibitions (Northern Arapaho Cultural Experience) providing special insights to the Arapaho way of life. Cowboy Culture and Rodeos – For those interested in cowboy-flavored events, Wind River Country offers something for every age and taste, including Friday night rodeos in Dubois. For a complete calendar of events go to, or to request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. … Read entire article »

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No sneak peek for company, EPA, at Wyoming reports

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials no longer plan to allow an energy company to preview two draft reports on possible causes of groundwater pollution in the Pavillion area before allowing the public to see those documents. Responding to a public records request filed by The Associated Press, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it has decided to release the reports simultaneously to the public, Encana and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state then will take comments on the reports for 30 days. Wyoming officials initially planned to let Encana and the EPA suggest changes before finalizing the reports and releasing them publicly. Now, officials plan to release a draft report on local gas wells in mid-August. There is no current timetable for releasing a draft report on petroleum industry waste pits. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Lottery running ads for Aug. 24 opening

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Lottery has launched an advertising campaign a month before it starts selling tickets. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday the campaign includes print, television, radio and digital ads. Ticket sales begin Aug. 24. The first drawing is Aug. 26. Wyoming will sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at about 400 retailers statewide. Each game has two draws weekly. Wyoming Lottery Corp. CEO Jon Clontz says the enterprise is expected to earn $13 million to $17 million in its first year. The 2013 law creating the lottery requires that the first $6 million revenue after payouts and expenses goes to state and local governments. Clontz says revenues aren’t expected to reach $6 million, but if they do, anything over that is required by law to go to education. … Read entire article »

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2 charged with child abuse, felonious restraint

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — An Albany County man and woman have been charged with one count each of child abuse and three counts each of felonious restraint. Authorities say the two kept a 7-year-old child in an outdoor cage. The woman is the child’s mother. The Laramie Boomerang reports that the child was taken into protective custody Thursday. The man and woman are being held on $100,000 cash bonds at the Albany County Detention Center. According to court documents, the child was kept in a cage about 6 feet square and 5 feet tall and made of cattle paneling and wooden snow fence. Police say the mother told them the child was kept in the cage for being bad, while the man told deputies the child seemed to like the cage. … Read entire article »

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League of Women Voters hosting candidate debates

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Candidates running for Wyoming secretary of state and state superintendent of public instruction are set to debate Monday evening in Cheyenne. Both events are being hosted by the League of Women Voters. Four people are seeking the Republican nomination in the secretary of state’s race in the Aug. 19 primary — Ed Murray, Ed Buchanan, Pete Illoway and Clark Stith. In the superintendent’s race, Bill Winney, Sheryl Lain and Jillian Balow are hoping to replace Cindy Hill, who is running for governor after a rocky three years as state schools chief. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming’s ex-director of education back in Arizona

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The man who headed the Wyoming Education Department during the exile of Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has returned to Arizona. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Monday Rich Crandall is involved in a number of projects in Arizona including working on political races and serving as chairman of CN Resource, an educational nutrition company he started. Crandall is a former Arizona state senator. He was appointed director of the Education Department in August 2013 after the Legislature passed a law stripping Superintendent Cindy Hill of her powers. Hill was elected to the job but lawmakers were unhappy with her performance. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law was unconstitutional. After Hill reclaimed her responsibilities, Crandall served as a consultant in the governor’s office until May 2. … Read entire article »

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Coal leasing dip could hurt Wyoming school funding

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Projections show that a decline in coal leasing could tighten up funding for school construction in Wyoming in a few years. Fees paid by coal companies to lease federal coal in the Powder River Basin have financed more than $1 billion in school construction in Wyoming over the past decade. Leasing has dwindled, however, as demand for coal has declined. The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) back-to-back unsuccessful bids on coal-rich lands resulted in no new coal leases in Wyoming last year. Economists now project that Wyoming’s share of federal coal-leasing fees known as coal lease bonuses could hit zero in 2018. State Sen. Bill Landen of Casper says if significant new leasing doesn’t happen soon, Wyoming will need to change how it pays for new schools and school renovations. … Read entire article »

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