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Wind River Job Corps Center has grand opening

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The new Wind River Job Corps facility in Riverton has officially opened its doors to provide free job training to disadvantaged youths. Monday’s opening of the seven-building campus marked an end to a decade’s long push by Fremont County residents and Wyoming officials to bring a Jobs Corps facility to the state. Republican Senator Mike Enzi, who backed efforts to build the center, says the facility’s location in Riverton allows it to be accessible to the Wind River Indian Reservation, which has had high unemployment rates. The center cost about $42 million to construct and will cost about $10 million to $15 million annually to operate. Once everything is up and running, the center will provide training for up to 300 students, ages 16 to 24. … Read entire article »


Fremont County bloodhound featured on Casper TV

(LANDER, Wyo.) Casper television station channel 20 KFNB will be featuring the legendary tracking bloodhound “Doc Holiday” on their “Crime Watch Daily” program this Wednesday October 7th at 4 p.m. The program centers around one of “Doc’s” last searches.  Doc and his handlers, Red and Michelle Fyler, were called in to search for the person who abducted and sexually abused a 9 year old Riverton girl in the summer of 2014.  The search led to the man who was recently convicted and sentenced to prison.  David Wayne Brock was sentenced to 35 years to life for sexual abuse of a minor plus 10 to 15 years for kidnapping. Doc’s tracking of the man was a major piece of evidence … Read entire article »

Casper teen pleads guilty to trying to run friend over

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper teenager has pleaded guilty to trying to run over his friend with a car because he was angry. 17-year-old Trevor Scott Tyree, who is being charged as an adult, pleaded guilty on Monday to possession, manufacture or disposition of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. A plea agreement with prosecutors asks for three to five years in prison. Prosecutors will also recommend that Tyree participate in a boot camp program for young offenders. Prosecutors say Tyree and the victim had an argument in August and the victim shot Tyree with a paintball gun. Tyree left the victim’s home. When the victim walked outside, Tyree drove a vehicle at the house, narrowly avoiding … Read entire article »

Wyoming Guard to deactivate unit in budget cuts coming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming National Guard officials say a 183-person company will be deactivated as part of budget cuts decreasing the size of the Guard. Capt. Tom Blackburn of the Wyoming Military Department said in a statement Monday the members of the 1041st Multi-Role Bridge Company will be assigned to a new 131- person infantry company or other units in the state. The deactivation is expected to be completed over the next year. The 960th Brigade Support Battalion also will lose 114 positions by 2017. Wyoming Army National Guard chief of staff Jesse Kirchmeier says military officials have been planning for the changes by moving soldiers out of the unit and not filling vacancies. The changes are expected to … Read entire article »

Herschler Building renovation faces budget problems

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State leaders are working to revise plans for the project to renovate the State Capitol and adjacent Herschler Building after learning the work will exceed the project’s $300 million budget. The Capitol Renovation Oversight Group was informed Monday that the Herschler Building portion of the work is $32 million over budget. In response, the oversight group has recommended getting rid of plans to build a four-story addition onto the state office building. The group is now looking to instead extend the wings of the V-shaped building that sits north of the Capitol. A consultant says the new idea would help bring the renovation project back within its budget. Construction work on the $300 million Capitol … Read entire article »

Cheyenne man serving life on murder counts blames defense

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne man serving life in prison is appealing his murder convictions, claiming lawyers at the Wyoming Public Defender’s Office weren’t qualified to defend him against death penalty charges. The Wyoming Supreme Court will hear 36-year-old Nathaniel Castellanos’ appeal next week. Castellanos was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the August 2011 shootings of three people at his Cheyenne home. A jury rejected the death penalty and Castellanos is serving life in prison. Castellanos now argues the state violated his constitutional rights by waiting over 900 days to bring him to trial. He claims lawyers who represented him from the Wyoming Public Defender’s Office weren’t qualified to … Read entire article »

6 men plead no contest to poaching pronghorns near Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Six men have pleaded no contest to poaching charges, three days after they were arrested near Casper with four pronghorn carcasses in the back of their truck. Mudassar Khan, Yasir Khan, Jameel Qureshi, Mohd Saleem, Syed Quadri and Irfan Khan entered their pleas Monday. Their fines and restitution will total more than $27,000. A seventh man, Sikander Khan, pleaded not guilty to poaching charges and has requested a public defender. Wyoming Game and Fish officials arrested the men after a local landowner reported seeing them carrying rifles outside of a truck with Illinois plates on private land. According to court documents, Irfan Kahn acknowledged killing a mature buck without a license. The men said they … Read entire article »

Changes are coming to some Wyoming Army National Guard unit’s location and

With recent national budget control decisions decreasing the size of the National Guard and force structure updates by the U.S. Army, the Wyoming Army National Guard will make changes to meet the new guidance.   The most dramatic change will be the deactivation of the 1041st Multi-Role Bridge Company and the activation of an infantry company in Southwest Wyoming next year. These moves are based on national-level guidance with further analysis done by the state’s Army operations office.   “Some of these changes are driven by the National Guard going from 350,000 to 335,000, some by the U.S. Army changing the structure of some units, which we have in the state, and some by the reorganization of units across the country,” said Col. Jesse Kirchmeier, current Wyoming … Read entire article »

Congress passes bipartisan healthcare bill to protect small business

Washington, DC –  Last week the Senate passed the PACE Act unanimously which protects America’s small businesses from healthcare premium increases under the Affordable Care Act. The House passed the same bill and now it awaits the president’s signature. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., cosponsored the PACE Act introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.   Currently under the Affordable Care Act, on January 1, 2016, the definition of the state based small group markets is scheduled to change from employers with up to 50 employees to include employers with up to 100 employees. This change would require many small and mid-sized businesses to be subject to different rating rules … Read entire article »

Wind River center to provide 300 students with vocational training

(RIVERTON, Wyo.) – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez joined federal, state and local officials as they opened the state’s first Job Corps Center in Riverton today (Monday). U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, Gov. Matt Mead and Mayor John Baker joined Secretary Perez for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new Wind River Job Corps Center this morning. Serving 300 students, the center encompasses seven buildings on 135 acres. Since 1964, Job Corps has helped young people from ages 16-24 to earn their high school diploma or GED, train for in-demand careers, and find meaningful jobs. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program. … Read entire article »