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Lander resident is honored for service

(LANDER, Wyo.) Lander Mayor Mick Wolfe officially designated Veterans Day, which falls on Tuesday, November 11, as Charles R. Tucker Day in the City of Lander. In a proclamation signed today, Mayor Wolfe called upon all of the citizens of Lander to give thanks in honor of the service he so selflessly gave. Tucker was an Army Veteran who enlisted in the US Army on March 29th, 1944. He was assigned to 106th Infantry Division and was part of the 2nd wave on D-Day, in June, 1944.  Tucker saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded and reported missing in action in November, 1944 near St Vith, France.  He was captured and interned in a German POW camp from Dec. 21st, 1944 until liberated by the American 3rd Army … Read entire article »

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Nothing found in search for missing Casper woman

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An aerial search for a 61-year-old Casper woman who has been missing for nearly a month didn’t turn up any clues to her disappearance. Kristi Richardson was last seen by family members on Oct. 6. She was reported missing the next day when she didn’t show up for work at her business, Richardson Trucking. Police say Richardson talked with someone from her company at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, but another person was unable to reach her at 11 p.m. The three-hour search on Tuesday morning focused on roads and waterways in Natrona County that are routinely searched in a missing person’s case. Police say the only things missing from Richardson’s house were a … Read entire article »

Midwest man denies sexually assaulting girl, 12

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 47-year-old Midwest man has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at his home. Mario Flores is charged with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He also denied a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Prosecutors say Flores touched the girl inappropriately Aug. 25 and forced himself on her after he locked the front door to prevent her from leaving. He is being held in the Natrona County Detention Center on $200,000 bail. … Read entire article »

FedEx ground plans new facility in Cody

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — FedEx Ground plans a new hub to serve northeastern Wyoming that could bring up to 70 jobs to Cody. The city’s planning and zoning commission approved the site for the 22,635-square-foot building on Tuesday with several recommendations, including making the fence around the facility wrought iron and setting a maximum height of 33 feet for light poles. Ruedebush Development & Construction LLC presented the plan to the commission. Engineer Brian Edwards says the company hopes to be operating in the building next year with about 43 employees, with up to 70 employees by 2017. Some residents expressed concern about the increased traffic. The zoning recommendations include having the trucks avoid the Cody Middle School … Read entire article »

Ceballos fundraising tops Balow by $100,000

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Democrat Mike Ceballos has raised about $100,000 more than Republican Jillian Balow in the state superintendent of public instruction race. Campaign finance records filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State have Ceballos reporting $195,670 in funds raised by his campaign between Jan. 1 and Oct. 21. Balow reported about $90,400. Reports show that Ceballos, a retired telephone company executive, received about $106,000 of his donations from himself and other family members. Balow reports receiving about $28,000 from herself and family. Balow and Ceballos are seeking to replace current Superintendent Cindy Hill, who decided to run for governor this year. Hill finished last in a three-way race in the August GOP primary. … Read entire article »

UW team falls in PetroBowl tournament

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The five-member University of Wyoming PetroBowl team fell in the third round of the international competition to test students’ knowledge of the oil and gas industry. The UW team lost Monday to the eventual champions from the University of Tulsa. UW’s engineering contingent was the top-seeded team heading into the 13th international PetroBowl in Amsterdam. A total of 36 universities from around the world competed in the daylong tournament for top prizes in the event. PetroBowl matched student chapter teams against each other in a fast-paced quiz competition. The teams were challenged to answer both technical and non-technical questions associated with the oil and gas industry. The tournament attracted several international teams, including Brazil, China, Colombia, Indonesia, … Read entire article »

Wyoming Supreme Court censures Cody lawyer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a Cody lawyer who represented a surgeon in a defamation lawsuit filed by another doctor. The court Wednesday also ordered lawyer Laurence Stinson of Cody to pay over $15,000 to cover disciplinary proceedings. The court held Stinson violated a professional rule prohibiting lawyers from making court filings intended to embarrass the other party in litigation. Stinson’s office said he was unavailable for comment. Stinson had represented Dr. John H. Schneider, a neurosurgeon who practiced in Cody. The Wyoming Board of Medicine revoked Schneider’s license this year in an unrelated matter. Schneider in 2012 entered a confidential settlement to end a federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Jimmie Biles of Cody. Biles … Read entire article »

Refinery fined $153K for safety violations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — HollyFrontier Corp. has agreed to pay a $153,000 penalty for poor emergency management planning at its refinery in Cheyenne. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it hoped the agreement would bring the facility in line with safety requirements and help emergency responders by fully informing them about the amounts of types of chemicals stored at the refinery. EPA inspectors found the refinery had not adequately implemented the risk management planning requirements for some chemicals including assisting with emergency preparedness, making efforts to prevent the release of chemicals and minimize any releases that happen. Other deficiencies include failing to follow internal procedures for inspecting piping, failing to adequately train employees who operate processing equipment … Read entire article »

Fewer bears dying in Yellowstone area

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The number of threatened grizzly bears killed in and around Yellowstone National Park has dropped sharply as officials consider lifting protections for the animals. State and federal wildlife officials were scheduled to meet Wednesday in Bozeman to review the bear’s status. The U.S. Geological Survey reports 20 grizzly bears killed or removed so far in 2014. By comparison, a record 56 grizzlies were reported killed or removed in 2012 and 29 last year. Most die following conflicts with humans. Those range from bear attacks on livestock to hunters shooting bears in self-defense. Scientists estimate more than 750 bears inhabit the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision is pending … Read entire article »

Arch revises Montana coal mine application

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators say Arch Coal Inc. has submitted a revised application for a major coal mine near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The St. Louis-based company applied to build the Otter Creek mine southeast of Ashland in 2012. Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality found deficiencies in the company’s application last year. Arch responded to those concerns with additional documentation on Tuesday. DEQ project manager Kristi Ponozzo says the agency has 120 days to review the material. After that, it will deem the application acceptable or ask for yet more documentation. Once a final decision is made, it could take Arch years more to develop a mine. The company also needs a new rail line to … Read entire article »