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USCIS Naturalizes New Citizens in celebration of National Park Service Centennial

MOOSE, Wyo. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will make becoming a new U.S. citizen even more memorable with the backdrop of Grand Teton National Park. This naturalization ceremony is the first ever in Grand Teton National Park and one of the more than 100 taking place in national park sites this year in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.   Kelly H. Rankin, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.   Speakers include Vickie Mates, Grand Teton National Park acting superintendent; Lori Scialabba, USCIS deputy director and Judge Rankin.   Denise Vanison, chief at USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Emma Detrick and Mila Centrella of Jackson Hole High School will sing the national anthem.   The 16 citizenship candidates … Read entire article »

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Mead appoints deputy chief of staff as information officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has named his longtime deputy chief of staff to serve as the state’s new chief information officer and director of the Department of Enterprise Technology Services. Tony Young has been the Mead’s deputy chief of staff since 2011. He replaces Flint Waters, who left the job this week to take a position with Google. Young previously worked in the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office as head of Wyoming’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Before that, he was a special agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. According to Mead’s office, Young was the state’s first certified forensic computer investigator and has experience in the investigation and prosecution of computer crime. … Read entire article »

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Hearing set for 18-year-old charged in fatal shooting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An 18-year-old is charged with involuntary manslaughter in a fatal shooting. A hearing set for Sept. 30 is intended to determine if probable cause exists for a trial in the death of 19-year-old Mark Dreiman. Police took 18-year-old Austin L. Daniel into custody Wednesday on an unrelated warrant. Charging documents were filed Thursday. A judge set a $25,000 cash bond at the request of Laramie County assistant district attorney Benjamin Sherman. The prosecutor said Daniel was a flight risk. Defense attorney Joe Bustos argued for a lower bond. He said Daniel probably was just scared when he left the scene of the shooting and that the facts of the case may point to an accident. … Read entire article »

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Wildlife officials ask hunters to help track wasting disease

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials are asking hunters to help map out a deadly and degenerative disease threatening deer and other wildlife around Jackson Hole and Cody. Fish and Wildlife officials are asking deer hunters heading to the hunting area near Green River to have their harvested deer sampled for Chronic Wasting Disease. The disease is often fatal and attacks the central nervous system of white and mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk and sometimes moose. Currently the deer in the hunt area 131 have not tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Medical researchers say there is no proof the disease can be transmitted to humans, but they do not recommend humans eat meat from animals that test positive for the disease. … Read entire article »

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Gillette officials pass resolution on discrimination

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette officials have passed a resolution affirming the rights and protection of city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution has no legal effect and only clarifies the city’s personnel policies. Councilman Robin Kuntz voted against it on a 6-1 vote. The councilman has said he doesn’t feel it is the council’s responsibility to make decisions that the U.S. Congress or state have not made yet. Gay groups are welcoming the resolution, saying it is a step in the right direction. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Game and Fish plans new Laramie office, laboratory

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to begin work soon on a new regional office and laboratory in Laramie. The state agency expects to break ground on the $18 million facility this fall. Game and Fish currently has a wildlife forensics lab on the University of Wyoming campus. Location prevents the lab from getting accreditation and possibly federal funding. The bigger lab also will allow the lab to do more work for the public. Game and fish charges for services such as health inspections at private fish hatcheries. … Read entire article »

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Possible land trade worries Wyoming sports enthusiasts

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Sports enthusiasts are worried about a possible trade of land run by the federal government, the state of Wyoming and a Casper businessman. The businessman wants the state to trade its land in the Laramie Range in southeast Wyoming to him for another parcel somewhere else. People who use the land for hunting and recreation say it would lock them out of more than 4,000 acres of public use. The State Board of Land Commissioners will decide on Oct. 6. … Read entire article »

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Author Sam Western urges new take on Wyoming’s economy

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Author Sam Western urged a gathering of mostly graduates of leadership programs in Sheridan County to begin a new conversation on Wyoming’s economic future. Western says Wyoming residents and leaders have gotten a pass for years to avoid difficult conversations about the future of Wyoming’s economy. While Wyoming clings to the energy industry — primarily coal — Western says, the rest of the world is working to reduce the amount of carbon-based fuels it uses. Western is teaching a class at Sheridan College that discusses the state’s economy. Western said he’s not anti-coal and said he believes coal and carbon-based fuels will continue to be a part of the world’s energy portfolio. … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone wildfire season called one of worst in decades

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The wildfire season this summer in Yellowstone is being called the worst in decades. A larger percentage of Yellowstone National Park burned this summer than in any year since 1988. The wildfire season of 2003 was also one of the worst in terms of drought and acreage burned. A dry spell that began in mid-July left ignitable fuels on forest floors. The cost of fighting the wildfires in the region will run tens of millions of dollars. … Read entire article »

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Air ambulance service shuts down operations in Sheridan

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A helicopter air ambulance service serving Sheridan Memorial Hospital has left Sheridan. Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty says Air Methods, which ran Wyoming LifeFlight, left Sheridan for financial reasons. Alternative air medical providers are available in the region and ground transportation is also ready to transport trauma cases between hospitals and respond to trauma scenes. The company did not return phone calls seeking comment. … Read entire article »

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