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Flash flood watch for southeastern Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Southeastern Wyoming could get heavy rain from a strong storm system mixing with seasonal monsoon moisture. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch starting at noon Tuesday for the region. It says slowing moving showers will develop along the Laramie Range and drop between 1 and 2 inches of rain through early Wednesday. Rainfall in some spots could be higher. … Read entire article »

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Small wildfires breaking out in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Several small wildfires have broken out in northwest Wyoming over the past several days. The biggest is the 1,500-acre Swede Fire burning in a remote wilderness area about 60 miles west of Cody. Firefighters are allowing the fire to burn without intervention. Another remote fire being allowed to burn is the 50-acre Bang Creek Fire in the Gros Ventre (grow-VAHNT’) Wilderness. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports small fires also have broken out in Snake River Canyon and on the boundary between Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Forest officials rate the region’s current wildfire risk level as moderate and haven’t imposed any restrictions on campfires. … Read entire article »

Hells Angels roll into Cody for week-long ‘run’

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are holding a weeklong gathering in Cody. Bikers began arriving Monday for the start of the club’s annual Hells Angels’ USA Run. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/UIEj8H ) that between 400 and 500 bikers and associates are expected to visit Cody and the area this week. The club last held its run in Cody in 2006. The Park County Sheriff’s Office says it has plans in place to ensure public safety during the event. … Read entire article »

Lander Care and Share Food Bank Open House July 30.

Lander, WY – The Lander Care and Share Food Bank is the recipient of a Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky funding award that provided a solar array on the rooftop of the Food Bank, and earlier this month the system began operation. Audrey Eaton, Lander Care and Share Food Bank director said “By installing the five-kilowatt solar array on the rooftop, they are capable of generating nearly all   the electricity needed by the facility. The solar array is capable of generating more than 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually which is just about equal to the historical average annual use of the Food Bank operations. This project was installed by Creative Energy of Lander. An open house will be held tomorrow (July 30), … Read entire article »

Wyoming judge weighs immediate gay-marriage ruling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming judge is about to decide whether to immediately rule against a state law that specifies marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by four gay couples and a gay-rights advocacy group. The plaintiffs argue recent federal court rulings that uphold gay marriage should allow them to prevail without further argument. Attorneys for the state continue to defend Wyoming’s marriage law. They say Campbell should stay further proceedings in the case pending federal appeals on the recent rulings in other states. The rulings include a one out of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read entire article »

Estimate 250,000 attend CFD this year

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Preliminary estimates show that this month’s Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo drew an estimated 250,264 people. Rodeo officials say if the numbers hold up it will be either the second- or third-largest attendance in the rodeo’s long history. Nearly 85,400 people attended the rodeo itself while night shows drew some 118,800. Country artist Tim McGraw drew more than 23,300 to his Saturday performance, making it the third-largest crowd in Frontier Nights history. CFD Chief Executive Officer Dan Cheney tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1lRKLkZ ) that rodeo attendance on certain days exceeded every year since 2005. Final attendance figures are expected to be released in a few weeks. … Read entire article »

Taylor Haynes’ campaign director leaves

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The campaign manager for Wyoming Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes has left the campaign. Ernest Cummings said Monday that he left after about a month as campaign director. Cummings tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he’s disappointed in the leadership style of Haynes. He declined to elaborate. Haynes says that the loss of Cummings wasn’t a big deal and that he doesn’t plan to name a new campaign manager, noting he has competent people managing various aspects of the campaign. The Cheyenne rancher, health care company owner and retired physician says the campaign strategy is working and is running well on its own. Haynes is one of two candidates challenging Gov. Matt Mead in the Aug. 19 primary. … Read entire article »

Man accused of leaving scene of fatal crash

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 25-year-old man accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a woman east of Rawlins has been charged. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Vasyl Zabiiaka, of Elmwood Park, Illinois, was driving a tractor-trailer west on Interstate 80 when he rear-ended a pickup truck Wednesday night. A passenger in the truck, 52-year-old Cynthia Sanchez, of Rawlins, was killed. Investigators say Zabiiaka drove to a truck stop in Rawlins, called authorities and told them he hit a deer. He is charged with reckless driving, following too closely and leaving the scene of a crash. … Read entire article »

Woman killed in rollover crash near Wheatland

WHEATLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a 54-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash west of Wheatland. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Angela M. Belew, of Wheatland, was driving a pickup truck on Wyoming 311 when she failed to negotiate a sharp curve at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The truck went into a ditch and vaulted into a cornfield before rolling multiple times. Belew was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. … Read entire article »

Most top UW officials who quit not yet replaced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Most administrators and deans at the University of Wyoming who quit after President Bob Sternberg took office a year ago have yet to be replaced. Eleven administrators and deans have resigned in the past year. Eight of those positions still are staffed by interim leaders or remain vacant. University spokesman Chad Baldwin told the Casper Star-Tribune the university is seeking a dean of engineering but there’s no definite timeline to fill the other positions. Deans have been appointed for outreach, students and the College of Arts and Sciences. UW President Dick McGinity says his top priorities are to find a dean for the College of Engineering and Applied Science and a vice president for academic … Read entire article »