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Yellowstone National Park considers cutthroat reintroduction

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP)  Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and others to seek public comment on a plan to remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek in order to reintroduce genetically pure native cutthroat trout. The park announced that it’s working with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the U.S. Forest Service on the project. The plan calls for removing brook trout by applying an EPA-approved fish poison to Soda Butte Creek upstream of Ice Box Canyon and then restoring native trout. Officials say the project will restore an important fishery in upper Soda Butte Creek and protect cutthroat trout populations of the entire Lamar River watershed from future invasion by brook trout. Public comments are due by June … Read entire article »

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Man pleads no contest to role in fatal fight at Casper hotel

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An Arizona man charged after a fight at a Casper hotel that left a New Mexico man dead has pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment and being an accessory after the fact. David Watson Jr. entered his plea Wednesday and is not expected to serve prison time for his role in the Nov. 9 fight that led to the death of Gary Jefferson. Watson’s co-defendant, Dwayne Bahe, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of aggravated assault. He acknowledged wearing steel toed boots when he kicked Jefferson and Jefferson’s son-in-law in the head during the scuffle. A plea agreement in Bahe’s case calls for a three- to five-year prison sentence. Watson and Bahe claimed self-defense, and investigators say it appeared Jefferson threw the first punch. … Read entire article »

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Woman who burned, smothered child gets 18-20 years in prison

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper woman accused of burning, shaking and smothering a child has been sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. 25-year-old Stephanie Shirts was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors say Shirts rolled a hot saucepan on a 14-month-old girl’s face, forcefully shook her and smothered her with a blanket because she wouldn’t stop crying. The girl was taken to a hospital in Colorado with bleeding in her brain and eyes. The girl’s mother, Bobbi Humphreys, has been sentenced to up to two years in jail for leaving her daughter with Shirts, who had abused the girl in the past. … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone trail closed due to rock and mud slide

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused a rock and mud slide across a popular Yellowstone National Park trail, forcing its closure until further notice. The National Park Service says one rock that crashed down on the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is nearly 7 feet tall and 8 feet long, effectively blocking the trail in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend says no work can be done to clear the trail until the unstable slope above it dries out. Visitors may still hike the nearby North Rim Trail. As the busy holiday weekend approaches, rangers say many trails and other areas in Yellowstone are saturated. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor’s centers or backcountry offices. … Read entire article »

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Natrona County inmate dies after having seizure

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An inmate at the Natrona County Detention Center in Casper has died. The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office says Bin Williams died Monday at the Wyoming Medical Center. It says the 46-year-old Williams suffered a seizure last Friday at the jail and was taken to the hospital. The death is under investigation. Williams was sentenced to 18 to 42 months in prison last week for ramming his pickup into a patrol car in September during a police chase. … Read entire article »

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5 Wyoming men’s basketball seniors receive diplomas

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — In March, the five seniors on the Wyoming men’s basketball team led the Cowboys to the program’s first Mountain West Tournament title. On Saturday, Larry Nance Jr., Jack Bentz, Derek Cooke Jr., Riley Grabau and Charles Hankerson Jr. officially earned their bachelor’s degrees from UW. In doing so, Wyoming became the only major program to win a 2014-15 conference title in men’s basketball while also graduating five or more seniors on time. UW head coach Larry Shyatt said the five meant a great deal to him. They’re the first class at Wyoming he’s guided through the program, from start to finish. … Read entire article »

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Exciting Events in Fremont County for June 2015.

This exciting events calendar is provided by the WIND RIVER VISITORS COUNCIL: Daily: Riverton Northern Arapaho Cultural Insights: Northern Arapaho Experience Room – A cultural treasure of Arapaho artifacts and artwork open every day. Call for a schedule of Arapaho Elders who share Arapaho language lessons and story telling. the Wind River Casino, 10269 Highway 789. 307-851-5394. June 2, 9, 16, 30 Riverton Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance: Traditional Native American Indian Dances in full regalia, including the popular hoop dance. 6-7pm every Tuesday. Free. Wind River Hotel & Casino, 10269 Hwy 789. Call Peggy 307-840-5805, 307-855-2600, June 1-June 30 The Lander Art Center presents the “Wyoming Art Party Show.” Free. This eclectic art show runs thru July 4. The art center is open Tues. – Thurs. from 10-6pm, … Read entire article »

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Gun buyer’s race not government’s business

Washington, D.C. – Recently U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined Senator Roy Blunt, R- Mo., in introducing legislation which would prohibit the federal government from requiring Americans to disclose their race or ethnicity in connection with the purchase of a firearm. In 2014, it was reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented a change to Form 4473, requiring firearm purchasers to disclose both their race and ethnicity. “The ATF does not need to know your race or ethnicity. The right to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed to Americans by the Second Amendment,” said Enzi. “This bill would protect that fundamental right by ensuring that the federal government could not require you to disclose your race or ethnicity in connection with the purchase of … Read entire article »

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Senate panel clears bipartisan bill to protect knife owners

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed a bipartisan measure that would ensure people who are traveling with a secured knife are not prosecuted under local or state laws. The measure is led by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.   “With this legislation passing out of committee, we are one step closer to providing the protection that knife owners need to ensure they can travel without fear of prosecution,” said Enzi. “With thousands of knife laws across the country, this common sense bill would defend the rights of knife owners.” “The bill that Senator Enzi and I introduced and the Commerce Committee passed today takes a commonsense approach by allowing knife owners who follow the rules to transport their property between places where it’s … Read entire article »

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Wyoming avalanche shallow but deadly

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An avalanche in northwest Wyoming that killed one man and injured two others involved snow only a few inches deep. The avalanche on Sunday streamed quietly down Mount Moran’s Sickle Couloir in Grand Teton National Park, catching a party of four off guard. The narrow stream of snow hit the four men at an elevation of about 9,900 feet, killing 39-year-old Luke Lynch, of Jackson. Another was seriously injured and a third suffered leg and chest injuries. Zahan Billimoria says the group was taking a break when he saw the tumbling snow. He barely had time to warn his friends and step to the left before the other three fell about 500 feet down the mountain. … Read entire article »

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