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Wyoming teams win surface mine rescue competition

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Rescue teams from Wyoming have taken the top three spots in a competition for emergency responders at surface mines. The Gillette News-Record reports (http://tinyurl.com/pu8dvxv) the International Surface Mine Rescue Competition was held last week at a heavy equipment dealership in Gillette. Seven teams had to respond to a mock accident involving an equipment collision that caused one death and three injuries. The rescue team from the North Antelope-Rochelle mine in the Powder River Basin south of Gillette finished first. Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope mine, also south of Gillette, was second. A team from Solvay Chemicals in Rock Springs was third. The other four teams were from California, Nevada and Wyoming. Rob Brewer, a former member of the Antelope mine team, says rescuers learn from each other during the competition. … Read entire article »

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State still needs temporary offices for renovation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Managers in charge of renovating the Wyoming Capitol are reconsidering their plans to move some offices into the adjacent Herschler Building, saying construction work there could make it unsafe. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday one alternative is moving the governor, treasurer, auditor and secretary of state into the Jonah Financial Center about three miles east of the Capitol. Still unresolved is where the Legislature will meet. Officials say a hotel and Laramie County Community College were considered but proved unfeasible. The two-year, $259 million renovation project is scheduled to start next year. It includes upgrading heating, cooling and fire systems and making structural repairs on the 128-year-old building. The Herschler Building project includes expanding the tunnel connecting it with the Capitol and erecting a four-story addition. … Read entire article »

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Drones, robots will help students learn math

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Students at Laramie High School will be using drones and robots to help learn geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus this year. The Laramie Boomerang reported Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/n2oxgub) the school got a state grant to use robots, software and 3D printers to teach science, technology, engineering and math. All Laramie High math department teachers are getting a drone, a robotic rover, a robotic ball and a robotic arm along with a tablet computer that controls the robots. Dennis Hogsett, one of three math teachers who landed the grant, says the idea is to use hands-on activities to help engage students. Hogsett says that by programming a robot to shoot baskets, for example, students would be using physics to determine how far the robot has to throw the ball. … Read entire article »

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Report: Jackson weighs accepting historic cabin

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Teton County historic preservation official says Jackson town officials are discussing whether to accept ownership of a historic cabin that must be moved to avoid demolition. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/p3x25u9) that county Historic Preservation Board member John Eastman says Town Manager Bob McLaurin is expected to discuss the cabin with Town Council members. Cabin owner Graham Mercer has offered to donate the cabin and pay $5,000 toward the cost of moving it. Mercer and his wife have sold the property but the deal is contingent upon the cabin being gone by Friday. The Historic Preservation Board has offered to match Mercer’s contribution. The total cost of moving the structure has been estimated at $12,000 to $20,000. The cabin once stood on the town square. … Read entire article »

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Official: Planned wind farm OK without tax credit

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The head of the company planning to build 1,000 turbines in Carbon County says the project will proceed with or without federal tax incentives. Power Company of Wyoming CEO Bill Miller says Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm would benefit from the tax credit, which Congress allowed to expire Jan. 1. He says electricity generated by the nearly $5 billion facility would be cheaper for utilities and consumers alike if Congress were to renew the credit. But he tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the wind farm will still be commercially viable without it. There is ongoing debate in Washington over whether to renew the production tax credit. Advocates say the tax credit is needed to ensure wind’s continued expansion. Opponents argue that wind power no longer needs government help. … Read entire article »

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Contested GOP races as Enzi, Lummis seek new terms

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and Rep. Cynthia Lummis face challengers from within the Republican Party in Wyoming’s primary. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bryan Miller, of Sheridan, is contesting Enzi’s bid for a fourth term. Also seeking the Republican U.S. Senate nomination are self-described soldier of fortune Thomas Bleming of Lusk, oil company worker Arthur Bruce Clifton of Cheyenne, and James Gregory of Jackson. Lummis faces a longshot primary challenge from Yoder correctional officer Jason Senteney as she seeks a fourth term. The Democratic U.S. Senate candidates are former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy of Cheyenne, contracting company worker Rex Wilde of Cheyenne, Al Hamburg of Torrington, and William Bryk of Brooklyn, New York. Richard Grayson of Apache Junction, Arizona, seeks the Democratic nomination for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat. … Read entire article »

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Laramie’s Grand Avenue reopens ahead of schedule

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Avenue in Laramie has reopened in time for fall classes to start at the University of Wyoming. The street that borders the UW campus has been closed since early March for reconstruction. The $4.5 million project included widening Grand Avenue and installing median islands and pedestrian crossings to help make the street safer. Engineer Steve Cook of the Wyoming Department of Transportation says the project was finished ahead of schedule. Students begin moving back on campus on Aug. 29. … Read entire article »

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Sheridan grandmother will buy first lottery ticket

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A 67-year-old grandmother from Sheridan will be the first person to buy a lottery ticket sold in Wyoming. Mary Ogg also won a new car and a year’s worth of Mega Millions tickets in the promotional event for the new Wyoming Lottery. The state will begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at noon next Sunday. Ogg will buy her ticket at a convenience store in Sheridan. After the first ticket is sold, the rest of the approved ticket outlets around the state will begin selling tickets. Gov. Matt Mead and Secretary of State Max Maxfield joined in announcing the winner of the contest on Monday in Cheyenne. More than 27,000 people entered the contest. … Read entire article »

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Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari (ZEHR’-ah AHL’-lah-yahr-ee) of Poway, California. According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing. Her body was retrieved around noon Sunday. The incident remains under investigation.   … Read entire article »

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Jessie Allen, Miss Wyoming needs your vote to compete for Miss America

Jessie Allen, having been crowned Miss Wyoming 2014, is preparing to compete for Miss America!! The America’s Choice Award will put one contestant into the Top 15 at Miss America, which will be live on ABC on September 14. Please VOTE Wyoming for America’s Choice so Jessie can represent our incredible state on national television and have a chance at becoming Miss America 2015! Click the following link to vote for Jessie:   http://www.missamerica.org/videocontest/contestants/wyoming.aspx   In her “spare time”, Jessie is riding the trails, guiding families and guests through the Wind Rivers. Her adventures as Miss Wyoming and in the mountains can be followed on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Allen-Miss-Wyoming-2014/1430633377202900   Tune in on September 14th to Miss America on ABC! … Read entire article »

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