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Legislature approves science standards bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Legislature has approved a bill that allows the state Board of Education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards in crafting new state K-12 science standards. House Bill 23 now goes to Gov. Matt Mead. The Next Generation Science Standards are opposed by some in Wyoming over how the standards handle human contributions to global climate change. Fossil fuels extraction is a top industry in the state’s economy. Last year, the Legislature prohibited the state Board of Education from considering the Next Generation Science Standards. The bill that the Legislature passed Thursday included some drama when the Senate version required the board to enact standards “unique” to Wyoming. Lawmakers settled on requiring final state standards that “promote excellence,” but that the board use any other standards as a template. … Read entire article »

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Court arguments Monday in Wyoming wild horse roundup case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit over a recent roundup of hundreds of wild horses from the open range in western Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal will hear arguments at the University of Wyoming law school in Laramie. Last fall, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rounded up 1,263 wild horses from areas east and south of Rock Springs. The roundup occurred after federal judges refused to stop them at the request of wild horse advocates. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and others continue to claim in a lawsuit against the federal government the roundup violated federal law. The government maintains the BLM followed the law in rounding up the horses at the request of ranchers. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming snowmobiler injured in Utah taken to hospital

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Wyoming man injured in a snowmobile accident in Utah has been taken to an Ogden hospital. Cache County Sheriff Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau says rescuers reached the man and a friend Thursday afternoon in the Arb’s Basin area in the far southeastern part of the county. The Herald Journal of Logan reports dispatchers told rescuers they were looking for two snowmobilers believed to be off-duty law enforcement officers from Evanston, Wyoming. The newspaper reports one of the men had a broken leg while the other communicated by cellphone with dispatchers. Stormy conditions didn’t allow a medical helicopter to land, so crews got him out with a rescue sled. Authorities say the man was cold but otherwise in seemingly stable condition. His name wasn’t immediately released. … Read entire article »

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Nance Jr. logs a lot of minutes in return from illness

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — In his first game back after missing four games because of illness, Wyoming senior forward Larry Nance Jr. looked none the worse for wear. Nance started and played 37 minutes on Wednesday night against Fresno State. He had the second-most minutes on the team. Nance had missed the previous four games while he recovered from mononucleosis. In the loss to Fresno State, Nance was 4 of 10 from the field and 0 of 1 at the free-throw line. He pulled down eight rebounds, had four assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Nance says he didn’t play well. But UW coach Larry Shyatt said it was good to have Nance back and Fresno State did a good job defending him. … Read entire article »

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Senate advances federal balanced budget resolution

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has endorsed a resolution that would petition Congress to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require the federal government to balance its budget provided that doing so doesn’t result in Wyoming losing mineral funds. The Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a balanced budget resolution. It states that Wyoming would add its name to the other states that already have endorsed the convention call as long as the state can secure guarantees it won’t lose mineral revenues. If a guarantee is not possible, it states state should insist on taking ownership of federal lands within its borders other than wilderness and national parks. Twenty-five states have called for a constitutional convention. It would take 34 states to trigger a convention. … Read entire article »

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State Senate passes bill to create school safety program

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state Senate has narrowly passed a bill that would create a comprehensive school safety program in Wyoming, including a tip line for the confidential reporting of potential threats or violence in schools. The bill would create a team under the Division of Criminal Investigation that would provide ways to report such threats and refer credible reports to the proper authorities. The bill passed on a 16-13 vote Thursday. It now goes to the state House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. … Read entire article »

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Cheers! New state law allows microbreweries to produce more

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming microbreweries will be able to produce more beer under a new law enacted by the Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead. Under legislation that Mead signed into law Wednesday, the maximum amount of malt beverages that a microbrewery can produce will rise from 15,000 barrels a year to 50,000 barrels. The new law takes effect July 1. The legislation was proposed by Republican Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff, of Jackson. Petroff has said that some microbreweries in the state are outgrowing the current barrel limit. If a microbrewery surpasses the annual barrel production limit, it would be considered a brewery under state law. Microbreweries enjoy certain advantages over a large brewer under state law. For instance, microbreweries can sell their product on site and distribute their product on their own. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming House advances bills to protect domestic sheep

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two bills that sponsors say would protect Wyoming’s domestic sheep industry against possible federal land grazing reductions are advancing in the state Legislature. The Wyoming House of Representatives Thursday voted to give preliminary approval to a bill that would codify in state law a plan that state agencies have used for the past 10 years to resolve possible conflicts between wild and domestic sheep. The House also gave preliminary approval to another bill that would endorse removal of a herd of bighorns from the Bridger-Teton National Forest if the federal government proposes to cut domestic sheep operations there. The bills are in response to concern the U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to curtail domestic sheep in Wyoming and other western states to reduce the threat to wild bighorns. … Read entire article »

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Gov. Mead signs alternative fuel tax into law

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a bill that extends the state fuels tax to include alternative highway fuels, including natural gas, pure ethanol, E85 and biodiesel. The new law, which Mead signed on Wednesday, will take effect in July. It establishes a gallon-of-gas or gallon-of-diesel equivalent for each alternative fuel based on its energy content. The new tax will be collected the same way as the current gasoline and diesel tax. Fuel stations will include the tax in their sale price and then pay the state monthly. The tax met little resistance as it moved through the Legislature. Just like the gasoline tax, the alternative fuel tax won’t apply to off-highway fuel consumers. … Read entire article »

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Fire at Cheyenne chemical plant burns 3, 2 taken to hospital

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A fire at a chemical plant near Cheyenne has burned three people. Laramie County Fire District No. 1 Chief Darrick Mittlestadt says firefighters got the call about the fire at the Dyno Nobel plant around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He says the company fire brigade at the plant a couple miles west of Cheyenne had the fire under control by the time county firefighters arrived. Mittlestadt says two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital. The identities and conditions of the victims weren’t immediately available. Messages left at Dyno Nobel weren’t immediately returned. Dyno Nobel Inc. is a supplier of industrial explosives for mining and other industries. A worker at the plant in November was hospitalized after he inhaled ammonia gas through a malfunctioning respirator. … Read entire article »

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