Articles Comments


Mayor fires Torrington police chief after hit-and-run crash

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — The mayor of Torrington has fired the city’s police chief after a Goshen County Sheriff’s Office investigation found he caused a hit-and-run accident that broke a utility pole. Mayor Mike Varney said Thursday that Police Chief Eric Sharp was terminated in connection to the Oct. 13 crash. Sharp pleaded guilty to the charges and paid a fine in Goshen County Court on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office found that she damage done to the pole was consistent with damage to Sharp’s pickup truck. Police officers asked the sheriff’s office to investigate because they suspected the culprit was an officer. … Read entire article »


Report: state management of federal lands not recommended

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A study has concluded that not much would change if Wyoming took over management of federal lands within its borders. Jackson-based Y2 Consultants completed the 357-page report for the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. The study cost $75,000 and looked at how realistic it would be for Wyoming to manage the bulk of its federally owned public lands. The study finds that the land management trials, conundrums, and conflicts encountered by the federal government would largely be the same if the state took over management. Some lawmakers and others have promoted the idea of Wyoming taking over management of federal land, arguing that federal management hinders the development of lucrative resources on … Read entire article »

Laramie woman pleads not guilty to meth charges

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Laramie woman has been accused of supplying methamphetamine to the city. 26-year-old Jesse Lee Mitros pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Mitros was arrested Aug. 3 after a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation probe indicated she may be a drug supplier. At the time of her arrest, Mitros had several prescription bottles with other people’s names on them, drug paraphernalia and more than 38 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found machete, a pair of brass knuckles and a pellet gun replica of a firearm in the Jeep. Mitros remains in custody in lieu of a $15,000 cash bond. … Read entire article »

Wyo. Supreme Court hears former county attorney’s appeal

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A lawyer on Thursday urged the Wyoming Supreme Court to overturn the criminal convictions of a former Albany County prosecuting attorney. Richard Bohling was sentenced in February to serve two- to four years in prison on convictions of four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of misconduct. Prosecutors say he took county cameras and computer gear for personal use. A lawyer for Bohling argued at Thursday’s hearing at the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie that Bohling shouldn’t have been convicted because he never took ownership of the items. A lawyer for the state argued Bohling’s convictions should stand, saying he shot photos on family vacations … Read entire article »

Lander Care and Share Food Bank gets gift

(LANDER, Wyo.) The Lander Care & Share Food Bank was the recipient of all the One Shot Antelope Hunt game meat. The One Shot donated the processed meat to give out at the Food Bank. Audrey Krise, director of the Lander Care & Share Food Bank noted that they can accept professionally processed game meat from the local community as well. … Read entire article »

Tit for tat: Cheney, Greene exchange personal jabs in debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Tension mounted in a U.S. House race debate as Democrat Ryan Greene and Republican Liz Cheney traded a series of increasingly personal barbs. The sniping culminated with Cheney saying Greene’s parents guaranteed his job security with employment in his family’s energy company. Greene countered that Vice President Dick Cheney did the same for Liz Cheney with her job in the State Department. The Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS hosted the debate Thursday in Casper. The candidates also tried to undermine each other on political issues. Greene said he doesn’t support significant restrictions on guns and fossil fuels but Cheney questioned that, saying Greene would caucus with Democrats who do. Greene said Cheney can’t honestly claim … Read entire article »

Idaho man pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 34-year-old Idaho man has pleaded not guilty in a Wyoming court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Timothy B. Duelke, of Shoshone, Idaho, entered the plea during his arraignment in District Court last week. Authorities say the charges against Duelke stem from when he lived in Gillette in 2009 and 2010. An investigation had started in 2010 but was stalled when Duelke left Gillette. The case was reopened in December when an attorney called the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office about an unrelated case. Investigators tracked down a woman who says she was younger than 18 when she had sexual relations with Duelke and became pregnant. According to court papers, DNA tests … Read entire article »

Cheyenne teenager convicted of murder appeals life sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for a Cheyenne teenager who shot a man in the head at point-blank range are appealing their client’s conviction. Public defenders representing 17-year-old Phillip Sam submitted documents to the state Supreme Court last week arguing why the conviction should be thrown out. Sam was sentenced in January to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns. Sam was convicted in August of first-degree murder and 12 counts of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors say he took a gun to a pre-arranged fight at a park, fired the weapon at a group of his peers and then approached Burns and shot him in … Read entire article »

Lander Pioneer Museum has new donation of an unusual John Buckley saddle on display

One of the most important business’ in a rural Wyoming community in the late 1800s and early 1900s was the livery stable and a saddle maker. In those days everyone depended on horses and wagons to travel and work, and a reliable person to fix a wagon wheel, make or fix a saddle or a repair a harness was critical. The Lander Pioneer Museum has an extensive collection of saddles made here in Lander. The museum has a saddle made by most of the early saddle makers including W. F. Chalmers, Finn Burnett, James Farlow, Hamilton Wort, and W.L. Vaughn.  Until recently, a major missing piece was a saddle by noted leather worker John P. Buckley, … Read entire article »

Grand Teton Park gears up for annual elk hunt

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The unique annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park is set a begin this weekend although the scope of the hunt has been scaled back because elk numbers are near the overall population objective. The elk hunt is allowed in Grand Teton by the park’s enabling 1950 legislation and is meant to help keep the size of the Jackson Elk Herd in check. This year, 625 hunters were awarded permits authorizing the harvest of a cow elk, starting Saturday. They will have until Dec. 11 to hunt elk in the park. Park wildlife biologist Sarah Dewey said this year’s hunt aims to take about 200 elk. … Read entire article »