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Bus carrying women’s basketball team hits cows in Wyoming

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A bus driver and four members of the Gillette College women’s basketball team were taken to the hospital after their bus collided with three cows and a power pole on U.S. Highway 14 east of Cody. Coach Will Rider says the team was on its way back to Gillette on Saturday night after a game against Northwest College in Powell. He said the dark, fog and snow flurries concealed the cows until just before the bus hit them. The driver called 911 and Rider and his assistant began assessing the players’ injuries. Four players and the driver had back and muscle soreness and were treated at the hospital in Cody and released. The worst injury was a sprained wrist. The men’s bus picked up the uninjured women’s players as … Read entire article »

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Business on track to be Wyoming’s first USDA slaughterhouse

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A Cody business is on track to become Wyoming’s first federally licensed and inspected slaughterhouse. Wyoming Legacy Meats is working to attain licensing through the United States Department of Agriculture, a move that will allow the brand to sell Wyoming beef to markets beyond state borders. Cody orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Schmidt purchased the former Cody Meat slaughterhouse in September and rebranded it as Wyoming Legacy Meats. Wyoming Legacy Meats spokeswoman Virginia Schmidt, Frank Schmidt’s daughter, says the company plans to partner with ranches across the state. The company hopes to operate a USDA facility by April, though the process could take longer. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming’s Wind River Country Locations Listed in Bestseller

Wyoming’s Wind River Country made the book of “1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die.” Three times.   The #1 New York Times Bestseller touts the backcountry beauty of the Wind River Mountains, the horse-lover’s dream of Bitterroot Ranch and the remarkable restoration of Historic South Pass City, all of which are situated within Fremont County’s borders.   The locals know there’s much more in Wind River Country to add to this list. Close neighbors like global attractions Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks also sit on this famous list. Nonetheless, the Winds, Bitterroot Ranch, and Historic South Pass City are excellent places to start, whether you’re a history buff, horseback rider, fly-fisher or outdoorsperson.   “Considered by many to be the top backcountry hiking and climbing destination in Wyoming, … Read entire article »

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Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access. Lawmakers earlier this month passed a rule eliminating a significant budget hurdle and written so broadly that it includes national parks. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Interior Secretary, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, voted for the rule change as did many other Republicans. Attempts by some Western state lawmakers in recent years to wrest control of federal public lands have failed. But U.S. lawmakers have the authority regarding such transfers. Outdoor recreationists fear states would sell the land to private entities that would end public access. Boise State University public lands policy expert John Freemuth says any land transfers … Read entire article »

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National park visits hits record high for 3rd straight year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior. At many parks, visitors waited an hour or more in cars to get through entrance gates and then spent the day trying to outmaneuver fellow visitors for parking spots and room on popular trails. They left behind enormous amounts of trash. Park officials say encountering a crowded, Disneyland-like situation when people were expecting serenity can lead to aggression and bad decisions. Overall visitation to national parks is on track to surpass 325 million in 2016, breaking last year’s all-time high of 307 million, federal figures show. … Read entire article »

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Laura Harnsberger Services

Laura Eileen Harnsberger, 60, of Lander, Wyoming passed away on January 15, 2017. A Memorial Service will begin at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 21st at the Wyoming Life Resource Center Chapel; burial will occur in Hudson, Wyoming at a later date. Laura was born in Laramie, Wyoming on September 30, 1956 to Harry S. Harnsberger, Jr. and Eileen (Rogers) Harnsberger. Laura was born with developmental disabilities. She was admitted to the Wyoming State Training School (WLRC) on September 25, 1961. On September 15, 1993 she moved to Laramie, Wyoming and participated in the ARK program.  Laura returned to Lander on September 1, 2001 where she entered CES. Due to health issues, she was re-admitted to the WLRC on August 15, 2016. Laura loved to spend time with her family, her staff on 404MV, … Read entire article »

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Bill proposes banning suspected terrorists from buying guns

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming lawmaker wants to bar anyone on federal terrorism watch lists from purchasing guns in the state. Sen. James Anderson, R-Casper, is co-sponsoring a bill that would add people on the FBI’s Terror Screening Database — which includes the so-called “no-fly list” — to the list of people who are not eligible to possess guns in Wyoming. Anderson says the bill may not come up for a vote this legislative session, but it’s important that the Legislature discuss the issue of keeping potential terrorists from purchasing firearms. He says he believes this is an issue nationwide. Democrats in the U.S. Senate have unsuccessfully tried to pass federal legislation barring people on watch lists from purchasing firearms multiple times. … Read entire article »

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Teton County considers Snake River fence settlement

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A potential settlement between Teton County and a property owner would mean fence poles too close to the Snake River would be removed by next summer. The settlement would end a long fight between the county and Owl Creek Retreat LLC. Owl Creek put up a fence in 2014 to keep trespassers off its property, but the county says the fence was placed in river and wetlands areas. Owl Creek removed the horizontal part of the fence last fall but argued that the poles didn’t violate county regulations. Teton County Deputy Attorney Erin Weisman says the settlement calls for the removal of most of the posts but would allow one to be kept every 50 feet. County commissioners will consider the settlement on Tuesday. … Read entire article »

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Lander Business burns

(LANDER, Wyo.) Lander Volunteer Firemen were called out late yesterday afternoon to fight a structure fire in freezing temperatures on Main Street. The Business located at 667 Main Street, Gourmet Catering who offered popular food off their “What’s for Dinner” menu, broke out in flames and was reported around 5:15 Sunday afternoon. When firemen arrived, smoke was billowing from the building. Firefighters made entry and suppressed the fire which was located towards the rear of the building. Fire administrator Nick Hudson said the main body of the fire was suppressed fairly quickly but fire had already moved into the attic of the building. About twenty firefighters from the Lander Volunteer, Fremont County Fire Protection District Battalion 3 Lander Rural, Lander Police Department and Guardian ambulance worked the fire for about seven hours. The … Read entire article »

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Drivers could be required to move over for parked trucks

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering requiring drivers to move over when passing parked highway construction and utility vehicles. Currently, drivers are required to either change lanes to move away from emergency vehicles on multi-lane highways or slow down to 20 mph or less than the speed limit on two-lane roads when passing them. A bill backed by the House Transportation Committee Thursday would expand that requirement to drivers passing parked highway construction and utility vehicles as well as municipal and county trucks. Wyoming Department of Transportation director Bill Panos says about a dozen WYDOT vehicles have been struck in the last year. It would cost between $140,000 and $175,000 to update existing highway signs with the new requirement but Panos says that’s a lot less than the cost of … Read entire article »

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