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Little Bob Lake Fire Update

    The Little Bob Lake Fire is now mapped at approximately 1,410 acres. The fire remains within the management confine and contain boundary but has burned on to National Forest lands in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness and is threatening the Outfitter and Guide Camp at Hays Park. Over ¼ inch of rain fell on the fire Wednesday (August 26) night. Additional moisture may have fallen Thursday evening during the thunderstorm activity. This moisture has helped reduce fire spread and fire activity. However, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the Weather Service for Saturday with high winds forecast through out the weekend. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the incident with respect to both fire spread and impacts to the public and agency permitted users and present road closures. We are also … Read entire article »

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Farmer sues EPA over stock pond

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming farmer is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over his stock pond that’s generated almost $20 million in fines. Andy Johnson’s lawsuit says the EPA overreached when it told him the pond he built violated the Clean Water Act and had to be removed. The EPA did not return requests for comment Thursday. Johnson says the state engineer’s office verified that the project met legal requirements and issued a permit, but the EPA still imposed a $37,500 fine for each day the pond remained. California-based Pacific Legal Foundation filed the lawsuit on Johnson’s behalf Thursday morning seeking to have the EPA’s compliance order nullified. Cheyenne attorneys Dan Frank and Karen Budd-Falen are also providing Johnson … Read entire article »

Woman pleads no contest to charge in daughter’s death

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — A woman who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder will be sentenced in the death of her infant daughter. 4-month-old Susan Triplett died in September 2014 of cardiac arrest caused by malnutrition and dehydration. 25-year-old Amanda Triplett had pleaded not guilty to charges in November but pleaded no contest on Thursday in a plea deal. She will be sentenced at a later date. The deal says Triplett may have to testify against her husband Jacob, who has pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder. Court records say medical attention was not sought for Susan and her premature twin sister in the four months after their births. Police say the surviving twin, the couple’s … Read entire article »

Ex-chair of family advocacy group denies child abuse charges

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The former chairwoman of a Laramie family advocacy group is going to trial after entering not guilty pleas to five counts of felony child abuse. 48-year-old Emily J. Larkins was arrested late last month on suspicion of using a belt to choke a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. She was released on bail and appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty to the charges. Larkin was also charged with mentally abusing the teen who reported witnessing the incidents. Until recently, Larkins was listed as the chairwoman of the Community Action of Laramie County board. The nonprofit organization connects low-income families with services like Head Start, where Larkins had previously been chairwoman of … Read entire article »

12 Wyoming school districts form coalition for funding

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Twelve school districts in Wyoming have joined together to form a coalition as the state looks to adjust school funding. The regional cost adjustment is a combination of two formulas used to determine cost of living changes in Wyoming annually. It is part of the model used to determine funding for school districts. Over the past three years, Campbell County has lost $2.07 million in funding as a result of the adjustment. The coalition has formed to keep districts from losing funding and to protect district interests. It will hire an economist to develop an index that could compare cost of living fairly across the state. Last year, nine schools districts formed a coalition … Read entire article »

San Diego company to move production from China to Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A San Diego-based manufacturer is planning to move its production operation from China to Laramie. Plans were announced Wednesday by Tungsten Heavy Powder and Parts, a company that supplies tungsten components for use in the military, medical and industrial engineering industries. Company owner Joe Sery said in a news release that parts made in China and used by military weapon and armament manufacturers will now be produced in Laramie. About 25 people are expected to be employed at the facility. Laramie Chamber Business Alliance president and CEO Dan Furphy said the city was among 13 communities statewide vying to be chosen. Furphy said Laramie is technology-oriented, and adding tungsten manufacturing will diversify the economy. It’s unclear … Read entire article »

Judge seals Teton County day care molestation file

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sealed court files in a case involving a 15-year-old boy accused of molesting a toddler at his mother’s day care in Teton County. District Judge Marvin Tyler ordered the entire case file sealed on Tuesday. Tyler will soon decide whether the boy accused of molesting a 3-year-old at his mother’s day care will continue being tried as an adult or take a second trip through Wyoming’s juvenile justice system. That hearing will be sealed as well. No further information about the case will be available to the public, including the resolution. The boy is being held at a juvenile detention center in Idaho. … Read entire article »

Game and Fish warns Jackson residents about bears, moose

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish officials are asking Jackson residents to avoid conflicts with moose, bears and other wildlife in residential areas this fall. The agency’s Jackson office starts receiving more calls this time of year from citizens concerned about wildlife conflicts. An agency biologist says bull moose commonly get their antlers entangled on things that people leave in their yards. She encouraged people to remove anything that may pose a problem. Agency officials also are asking residents to avoid conflicts with bears by not leaving out any source of food that would attract them. … Read entire article »

Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A conservative law firm that works on religious issues nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Pinedale Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely faces an upcoming hearing before the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. The commission is probing statements Neely made to the press that she would not perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs. Neely says no one has asked her to perform a same-sex marriage. Lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy law firm based in Arizona, are representing Neely. They say removing her from office for expressing her beliefs would violate her constitutional rights. The … Read entire article »

Wyoming’s unemployment rate down slightly in July

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.1 percent in July. The rate was down from June’s 4.2 percent and remained below the national rate of 5.3 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state’s jobless rate has remained within the range of 4 percent to 4.2 percent for the last eight months. In July, Fremont County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 5.2 percent, followed by Natrona County at 4.4, Sweetwater at 4.3 and Uinta at 4.2. Teton County had the lowest jobless rate at 2.1 percent, followed by Crook at 2.7, Weston at 2.8, and Goshen and Albany each at 3 percent. … Read entire article »