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Wyoming Canvassing Board sets special election in HD 18

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican voters in a single precinct in Sweetwater County will return to the polls next week to determine the final outcome of a primary race for a Wyoming House seat. Will Dinneen, spokesman for the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office, says the special election in Precinct 5-4 of House District 18 will be held Aug. 31. Officials say incorrect ballots were distributed to some voters in the Aug. 16 primary that resulted in errors making it impossible to determine the winner. The Wyoming Canvassing Board certified the results Wednesday of recounts in two close legislative races. In the House District 41 Republican primary, Bill Henderson beat Patrick Fitzgerald by two votes. In the Republican primary race for Senate District 6, Anthony Bouchard beat David Zwonitzer by five votes. … Read entire article »

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Digging in weird Wyoming cave yields ice age insights

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Paleontologists say they have enough funding for one more season of digging at a Wyoming cave where they’re carefully removing a trove of animal bones from the last ice age. Scientists led by Julie Meachen at Des Moines University in Iowa have been excavating fossils from Natural Trap Cave every year since 2014. This summer’s haul included wolf, bison, lion and cheetah bones. Their work is boosting knowledge about the kinds of animals that roamed northern Wyoming around the end of the last ice age some 12,000 years ago. The only way in or out of Natural Trap Cave is a 15-foot-wide hole in the ground. From there, it’s an eight-story drop to the cave floor. Countless animals fell to their deaths into the cave over thousands of years.     … Read entire article »

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*****Endangered Person Advisory*****

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 4:45pm on August 24, 2016. The endangered person is Harry Dennis Wood, a white male, 80 years of age. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. Harry does have dementia. He walked away from a residence near Atlantic City, Wyoming. He has his wallet with him but does not know his name. He is on foot, but his direction of travel is unknown. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 857-3600 or 307 332-5611. … Read entire article »

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The Latest: 50 campers and other evacuated in Grand Teton

(LANDER, Wyo.) Officials say about 50 people have been evacuated from campgrounds and lodging because of a wildfire in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. The fire made a 5-mile run Monday, forcing the closure of a 10-mile stretch of road that leads into Yellowstone’s South Entrance. More than 4,000 vehicles a day normally pass through the south entrance this time of year. The road remained closed today (Wednesday). Several campgrounds and a lodge that rents cabins in the area were evacuated. In neighboring Yellowstone, a fire burning near the West Entrance Road grew bigger Monday and a new team of fire managers was being brought in to help, although the fire was not being actively suppressed yet. All roads and major tourist areas in Yellowstone remain open. Meanwhile, on Monday night, a new fire … Read entire article »

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Wilderness hiker deploys spot activation device

(LANDER, Wyo.) Fremont County Search and Rescue responded to an emergency beacon from a spot activation device near Alpine Lake deep in the wilderness yesterday. When teams arrived in the area, they couldn’t locate the devices owner, however, according to Undersheriff Ryan Lee, the search and rescue team came across another group hiking in the area and they told them that the hiker had activated the device because he had become separated from his hiking party. They said the man was not lost, nor in any distress. The search and Rescue team cleared the area since there was no apparent reason for them to be there. … Read entire article »

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Former Wyo. officer is latest suspect in 1985 slaying

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former police officer facing murder and arson charges in a 1985 slaying is the latest in a series of suspects investigators have focused on in the search to find the killer. Laramie police last week arrested 67-year-old Fredrick J. Lamb in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Shelli R. Wiley. She was a University of Wyoming student. Lamb had worked as a police officer in Laramie and as a local sheriff’s deputy before Wiley’s death. His lawyer and a county prosecutor declined comment Tuesday. Authorities filed murder charges against a teenager after Wiley’s death but dropped them after determining he had made a false confession. Investigators later performed DNA tests on a convicted rapist in Utah. A judge is set to decide Thursday whether Lamb will stand trial. … Read entire article »

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Jackson Hole airport sees record-breaking passenger numbers

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say there has been record-breaking ridership on commercial jets touching down at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport this summer. Officials say July was the second-busiest month in the airport’s history. August 2014 barely surpassed this July, with 52,254 passengers boarding airplanes compared to last month’s 52,065. Visitation to Yellowstone National Park was up about 50 percent in July compared to five years ago. An estimated 996,000 people visited the park last month, setting an all-time monthly record. Grand Teton National Park doesn’t yet know how many people visited in July because the employee who processes the data has been on a long-term wildfire detail. … Read entire article »

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Cheyenne man shot by troopers after chase identified

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot by troopers following a high-speed chase that ended near Casper. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Jimmie Files was taken to a hospital after being shot Sunday. He has since been jailed, but authorities did not release his medical condition. The incident began when troopers acting on a reckless driving report started pursuing a pickup truck on Interstate 25. The chase spanned two counties. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the truck went over a spike strip, drove into oncoming traffic and started driving in the median before being rammed by a trooper’s vehicle. The patrol says officers shot the suspect as he drove toward them. Two troopers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.   … Read entire article »

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Wyoming school board to allow superintendent to vote

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s Board of Education will now allow the state schools chief to retain a vote, ending a debate that began during the tenure of former Superintendent Cindy Hill. The vote, which was not listed on Thursday’s agenda, grants voting rights to all ex-officio board members, or in this case Hill’s successor Jillian Balow, and Wyoming Community College Commission Director Jim Rose. Two years ago the board voted to remove the superintendent’s voting rights. At the same time the Wyoming Legislature stripped Hill of many of her responsibilities. Hill has dismissed the Legislature’s rebuke over misconduct as a “smear campaign.” … Read entire article »

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Source of contamination identified at former missile site

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says it has pinpointed the major source of a cancer-causing chemical at a former nuclear missile site near Cheyenne. The 1960s-era site is one of several local former F.E. Warren AFB launch sites where investigators have found trichloroethylene, or TCE, which was used to clean missile launchers. Officials consider recent test results showing the single biggest concentration of TCE ever discovered at the site a breakthrough. The Restoration Advisory Board, which has been working with the Corps to treat the site’s contaminated groundwater, met Thursday to discuss the preliminary test results from wells dug this summer. Project geologist Jean Chytil says the discovery will help facilitate the cleanup of the contamination. She says further testing is being conducted. … Read entire article »

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