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State plan promoted by Wyoming Department of Education

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Education is using the internet to inform people about its strategic plan. The department set up a web site called Wyoming Measures Up to help the department increase average accreditation scores, increase student involvement and increase the number of students enrolled in online learning. Some board of education members were upset because they felt they weren’t involved in the process. The strategic plan includes areas the department says are designed to support the department’s mission and vision. … Read entire article »

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Water dispute simmers over Lake Hattie Reservoir level

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A legal dispute is simmering between Lake Hattie Reservoir cabin owners and the Pioneer Canal-Lake Hattie Irrigation District over water rights. A judge last week denied a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the district from filling the reservoir to its highest water line as planned. The district’s attorney Attorney Greg Weisz said the case will move forward, but the judge expressed concern as to whether it fell under his jurisdiction. Representation for the cabin owners could not be reached for comment. Court records show the owners are concerned about flooding. … Read entire article »

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More noise reductions sought for Jackson Hole Airport

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Commercial jets landing at Jackson Hole Airport may be changing course to reduce noise over the Snake River. Up to a dozen commercial jets land at the airport over a period of a few hours in Grand Teton National Park, disturbing sports enthusiasts and visitors. A professional planner is being hired to draw up new flight plans, which could take two years. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports recent changes are not enough because more jets are using the airport. … Read entire article »

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Riverton Job Corps center graduates first class

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The first commencement ceremony at the new Wind River Job Corps center in Riverton saw 35 students graduate from the facility. Not all students who walked at graduation have completed their job corps programs, but all are expected to do so within the next month. The Job Corps center opened last August. The success of the first class will be closely watched as the school aims to become a legacy institution of Fremont County. … Read entire article »

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Wildfire threatens homes in northeast Wyoming

SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have gained about 30 percent containment on a wildfire that is threatening rural residences in Crook County in northeast Wyoming. State Forester Bill Crapser says about 20 rural residences have been advised to evacuate. Crapser says the fire is burning in heavy timber about 17 miles southwest of the town of Sundance, which is not threatened. About 140 firefighters supported by helicopters and air tankers are fighting the fire. The fire was started by lightning on Tuesday and has burned an estimated three square miles. Crapser says firefighters felt they were making progress until Friday morning when the fire began increasing in size in hot, dry weather conditions. Gov. Matt Mead on Friday urged area residents to exercise caution. He urged people to listen to local radio for updates. … Read entire article »

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US rig count down 3 this week to 421

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 421, snapping three weeks of gains after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 330 rigs sought oil and 90 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs, North Dakota two and Alaska and Colorado one each. Louisiana declined by five, Oklahoma four and West Virginia one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out last month at 404. … Read entire article »

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Agency to sterilize mustangs for first time to slow growth

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups. Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis delivered those messages at an emotional congressional hearing this week. He offered a glimpse of the challenges facing the agency that has been struggling for decades with what it describes as a $1 billion problem. Highlights of the hearing included Nevada’s state veterinarian calling for the round-up and surgical sterilization of virtually every mustang … Read entire article »

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Adams signs with Denver Nuggets

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming guard Josh Adams has signed with the Denver Nuggets after he wasn’t taken in the NBA draft. Adams will audition for his hometown team during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July 8-18. Adams averaged 24.7 points per game in 2015-16 for first in the Mountain West Conference and third in the NCAA. He also paced the Pokes at 5.5 rebounds per contest, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals, while ranking in the top 10 of 11 different Mountain West statistical categories. He scored 740 points last season to break Wyoming’s single-season record of 701 by Flynn Robinson in 1964-65. Adams earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors. … Read entire article »

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Lander City Council Agenda for June 28, 2016

Special Meeting I hereby agree to the holding of a special meeting Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., at Lander City Hall, 240 Lincoln Street, Lander, Wyoming, for the purpose of:   Approve Change Order #4 Wilson Bros Construction Inc. Lander Streets and Utilities Christina Drive for $16,600.00 Authorize Mayor to Sign Promissory Note to repay the Lander Water and Sewer Funds $1,950,000 Authorize Mayor to Sign the Audit Engagement Letter with McKee, Marburger & Fagnant, PC for the Year Ended June 30, 2016 Authorize the Write off for 10 Utility Accounts totaling $950.40 Approve 2016-2017 Livestock Permits Authorize the Bills and Claims   Adjourn Special Meeting   Work Session immediately following Special Meeting   Work Session Agenda – Ellis Tank Information and Update Mosquitos Open Container Recommendations for precedures Staff & City Council Updates … Read entire article »

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Rodeo, Quick Draw & Paints: Art Event to Benefits Arts & Rodeo

Wyoming’s Wind River Country is at once a ranching community and a hub of artistic skill, a vast stretch of Wyoming landscapes and a close-knit county. Community calendars in turn list rodeos and art events any given week.   July 2 will bring both together.   The Lander Old Timer’s Rodeo Association and Lander Art Center are joining forces to host a quick draw and live art auction. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the American West, regional artists will paint and sculpt for 90 minutes while spectators watch, then the framed results will be auctioned off at 7 p.m.   Many of the community members involved in putting together the Lander Pioneer Days Rodeos July 3 and 4 are also artists, and the close-knit community saw an opportunity to band together. Sixty percent … Read entire article »

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