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Gourmet Catering-Mr D’s

(Lander)  A devastating fire Sunday night that destroyed the Gourmet Catering building isn’t keeping business owner Dwaine Tiger down for long.  Tiger said that he and Mr D’s owner Michelle Motherway had reached an agreement that will allow his businesses; Gourmet Catering and “What’s for Dinner?” to re-open Monday in Mr D’s Deli.  The regular “What’s for Dinner?” menu will be available every evening in the Deli, and Tiger’s catering business will also provide catering for events out of Mr D’s kitchen.  Gourmet Catering’s regular phone number will now ring into the deli and customers will be able to reserve dinners or make arrangements for event catering by calling that number. Michelle Motherway told KDLY KOVE News that she believes that by assisting in keeping the popular business in operation will … Read entire article »

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Wyoming lawmakers to consider bill on palliative care

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers will consider a measure meant to improve the quality of palliative care. Palliative care is most often used when someone is dying. The medical approach includes pain management specialists, counselors and spiritual advisers. Jason Mincer of the American Cancer Society says palliative care can also be used to help people with a serious but not necessarily life-threatening disease. The society’s Cancer Action Network supports the Wyoming bill, which is sponsored by Casper Republican Sen. Charlie Scott. Scott says the bill would create an advisory council to look at palliative care deficiencies in Wyoming and educate the public, doctors and other medical providers about the care. The council would also help the state health … Read entire article »

Sixth-grade teacher pleads not guilty to child porn charges

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne sixth-grade teacher has pleaded not guilty to child porn charges in federal court. 34-year-old Matt Bell pleaded not guilty to charges of knowingly attempting to transport child pornography and knowingly attempting to access with intent to view child pornography. Bell was employed at Henderson Elementary School in Cheyenne. He was placed on paid leave in the fall after school officials learned of the investigation into his conduct. Court documents say detectives searched Bell’s home in October and recovered 87 images of suspected child pornography on his computer. … Read entire article »

Capitol renovation lawsuit dismissed by Cheyenne judge

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit contesting a $300 million project to renovate the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne. A news release from legislative leadership late Wednesday says Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers dismissed the lawsuit filed by former state Rep. Gerald Gay, of Casper, and Evanston resident Karl Allred. The two men argued that Gov. Matt Mead and legislative leaders improperly awarded contracts for the renovations. They contended that with a renovation committee made up of both state lawmakers and executive branch officials, including Mead, the Legislature improperly reached into the functions of the executive branch. Attorneys for the state contended the two men lacked standing to sue over the matter because they … Read entire article »

Lander hosts multiple school for wrestling tournament

(LANDER, Wyo.) 23 wrestling teams from various schools across Wyoming will converge on Lander Friday and Saturday for a wrestling tournament. Starting Friday around 2pm, teams and families will be in the area until around 8pm Saturday night when the tournament ends. … Read entire article »

Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday approved the 500-turbine first phase of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in southern Wyoming. Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved permits allowing some eagles to be killed during the wind farm’s construction and initial operation. The turbines’ spinning blades could kill up to 14 golden eagles and two bald eagles a year before project owner Power Company of Wyoming could face penalties. Company officials expect the first turbines to go up next year. Once complete, the wind farm will have as many as 1,000 turbines and … Read entire article »

Electric vehicle charging stations planned for Wyoming

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — State leaders have announced plans to add electric vehicle charging stations along 1,500 miles of highway running through Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The leaders joined Utah’s Rocky Mountain Power on Wednesday in announcing that the utility received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the electric transportation initiative. The money will go toward building charging stations every 100 miles along Interstates 15, 90, 70 and 84. Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development Laura Nelson says the state will also contribute $10 million to the project. James Campbell with Rocky Mountain Power says the utility is also working on an incentive program that would allow businesses to … Read entire article »

Another record year for Grand Teton National Park visits

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park saw a record number of visitors for the third year in a row. The National Park Service says Grand Teton welcomed about 4.8 million visitors in 2016, which is a 3.8 percent increase from the previous record of 4.6 million visits in 2015. The most significant increases came in the months of May, June, and November when total visitation increased 20, 11, and 10 percent, respectively. The record visitation is part of a longer term upward trend which has seen Grand Teton visitation increase 23 percent over the past four years. The record is also part of a nationwide trend which has brought record numbers to parks across the country. … Read entire article »

School CPR bill delayed by Senate panel

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Senate committee has delayed acting on a proposed bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR in order to graduate. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday heard testimony that overwhelmingly supported Senate File 82. However, there were concerns about how the measure was written and whether a new law was the proper way to address the issue. Committee chairman Republican Sen. Hank Coe, of Cody, says the panel will take up the bill again on Friday to give sponsors time to rework it. Under the current proposal, school districts would be required to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation basics to students. No student could graduate without the instruction. Proponents say the … Read entire article »

Wyoming graduation rates rise to nearly 80 percent

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — On-time graduation rates in Wyoming have once again risen, reaching the highest level since 2010. The state Department of Education announced that the 2014-15 class had a graduation rate of 79.41. State Superintendent Jillian Balow said that the figure marks the fourth straight annual increase for Wyoming schools. Across Wyoming, 82.7 percent of female students graduated, while 77.3 percent of male students graduated. The difference is similar to the disparity in 2014-15. In 2010, Wyoming reached a graduation rate of 80.42 but later declined. … Read entire article »