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Fremont County landfills cuts hours

(LANDER, Wyo.)  The Fremont County Solid Waste Board has announced that they are cutting hours at landfills in Riverton and Lander. In a move that is expected to save a half million dollars a year, The Riverton Bailing station and the Lander and Sand Draw landfills will go from being open seven days a week to being closed Sunday and Monday. The new schedule is expected to take effect July 1st. … Read entire article »

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Riverton man arrested in connection to knife threat

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 41 year old Michael Widick of Riverton in connection with an incident that occurred Saturday evening at 1575 East Monroe Avenue in Riverton. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Widick is alleged to have barged into a home there making the statement that he was “going to slit everyone.” The men in the residence were able to coax the man outside, at which time Widick pulled a fixed blade knife and attempted to attack one of the men several times before fleeing the area. No injuries were reported. Widick was identified by a witness in the area. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody … Read entire article »

At least 5 resign from state education agency

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — At least five people, including Director Richard Crandall, have resigned from the Wyoming Department of Education since Superintendent Cindy Hill was reinstated as the department’s top official last Friday. Dean Fausset, of the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, said Wednesday that Crandall and senior human resources adviser Karen Kelly resigned Friday. Their resignations followed a ruling by a district court judge that most of last year’s law removing Hill from the agency is unconstitutional. Fausset said three more people in Crandall’s leadership team have resigned. Hill says several others may resign as well. She noted that resignations are common with a leadership change. The department employs about 140 people. … Read entire article »

CWC speech team wins

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  The Central Wyoming College speech and debate team placed tenth in the nation among community colleges at the National Individual Events Tournament at Arizona State University on the strength of a graduating student’s performance. Riley Moore, Daryon Baumberger and Jordon Barthel competed against students from 85 other colleges and universities. “The process for even qualifying to attend the tournament is daunting,” said Coach Josh House. On the strength of graduating team member Riley Moore’s performance in the persuasive speaking event the team finished as the tenth place community college team. … Read entire article »

UW 30 reopened in Lincoln County

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have reopened a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 30 in Lincoln County. The highway between Kemmerer and its junction with Interstate 80 had been closed since an explosion and fire Wednesday afternoon at a natural gas processing plant in Opal. Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says the plant is about a quarter mile off the highway. The highway was reopened about midmorning Thursday along with a 12-mile stretch of Wyoming 240 that also had been closed by the fire. Malik says railroad tracks in the area also have been reopened. However, some 95 residents of the small town remained evacuated Thursday morning because a fire was still burning at the plant. Malik says a community meeting was … Read entire article »

Jackson mapping sliding hillslide

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Workers are drilling the first of four holes around a sliding hillside in the resort town of Jackson to help engineers map ground movement and analyze the soil. Engineers are hoping core samples will help them understand the depth of the slide, water levels and rock locations that are causing the side of a hill to keep moving. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the work could help identify long-term solutions. The slide began April 4 and the shifting ground has sheared one house in two. Four homes, two apartment buildings and several businesses remain evacuated while road damage has blocked access to about 30 other homes. … Read entire article »

Snow King snowmaking moves closer to reality

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Jackson Town Council has signed a lease and contingency development agreement with Snow King Mountain Resort that will advance a snowmaking project for the Town Hill. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the town has agreed to lease the resort a water pipe and two pump stations planned for the mountain that are supposed to increase snowmaking capacity. The ski area has been losing money for years. The number of skiers using the local hill has plummeted by about half over the past eight years. … Read entire article »

Coal miner Peabody’s 1Q loss more than doubles

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. says its first-quarter loss more than doubled on weak prices. The results are worse than Wall Street expected and shares are off 3.5 percent in premarket trading. The world’s biggest private-sector coal company said Thursday that its loss for common shareholders during the January-March period was $48.5 million, or 18 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $23.4 million, or 9 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding special charges, the St. Louis-based company’s loss was 19 cents per share. Revenue fell about 7 percent, to $1.63 billion from $1.75 billion. On average, analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of a penny per share on revenue of $1.69 … Read entire article »

Evidence argued in old Wyoming killing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecuting and defense attorneys argued Wednesday over what evidence and testimony to allow during an elderly Missouri woman’s first-degree murder trial in Wyoming. Attorneys for 75-year-old Alice Uden plan to argue self-defense. Prosecutors allege she shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz in the head while he slept in late 1974 or early 1975. Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday and eight days are reserved for trial in Cheyenne. Uden’s attorneys want Judge Steven Sharpe to bar jurors from hearing that Uden’s current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, killed his ex-wife and her two sons in Wyoming in 1980. Sharpe says he will rule on that at trial. Gerald Uden pleaded guilty in November. Authorities arrested the Udens … Read entire article »

Hot Springs County sheriff sued over horse killing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Thermopolis couple whose horse was killed by the Hot Springs County undersheriff is suing the sheriff over his policy regarding euthanizing animals. A federal judge in Casper began considering Chris and Larry Bentley’s claim against Sheriff Lou Falgout Tuesday. The Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mF2gdk) reports the trial is expected to continue through Friday. The Bentley’s 15-year-old horse was shot by undersheriff David Larson about 100 feet from their home in August 2010. He found the horse stumbling on a road through their property and thought it was a neglected stray. The Bentleys say the horse had some health problems because of a lack of nutrition before they adopted it. Defense attorney William Simpson says Larson … Read entire article »