CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau data shows the populations of Casper, Worland, Rock Springs and many other Wyoming cities and towns decreased last year.
Cheney: No pay during border-wall government shutdown
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's lone congresswoman says she won't collect her pay over the duration of a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Cheney says in a letter to the chief administrative officer for Congress it's not appropriate for members of Congress to continue to be paid during the shutdown.
She asks for her pay to be withheld for as long as the shutdown lasts.
New judge appointed to 5th Judicial District in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Edward Luhm as the new Circuit Court Judge for the 5fth Judicial District serving Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs counties.
Luhm replaces Judge Thomas Harrington, who is retiring Jan. 7.
Luhm has been in private practice in Worland for over 30 years, handling civil litigation, school law, criminal defense, domestic relations and business and property law.
Missing hunter’s body found in Wyoming mountains
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Searchers in Wyoming have found the body of a man who went missing while hunting.
Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness says Richard Morris Rush, of Worland, apparently crashed his all-terrain vehicle. Foul play is not suspected.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports Rush was camping in the Bighorn Mountains. Family and friends began to worry when he didn't return home Sept. 9.
Controlled burn leads to house fire in northern Wyoming
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say high winds reignited a controlled burn at a property north of Worland, resulting in the complete loss of a house.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports the homeowner was burning piles of foliage on the property Sunday and thought the fire was extinguished.
Progress made in containing large Wyoming grass fire
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have made good progress in battling a large grass fire in northern Wyoming.
The fire burning northeast of Worland in Washakie and Big Horn counties is now 60 percent contained and Wyoming 31 between Manderson and Hyattville in Big Horn County has reopened to traffic.
Cooler temperatures Wednesday were expected to help firefighters.
Grass fire burns BLM land in northern Wyoming
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A grass fire in northern Wyoming has consumed more than 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) and closed a section of one state highway.
There are ranch homes in the area, but officials say no structures have been burned.
The fire is burning on mostly open Bureau of Land Management land in Washakie and Big Horn counties. It began Sunday night northeast of Worland with lightning strikes that ignited two fires that merged together.
Fire started by lightning in northern Wyoming
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a wildfire ignited by lightning in northern Wyoming.
The fire began Sunday on Bureau of Land Management land in Washakie County and spread quickly to an estimated 15 square miles (39 square kilometers).
Air tankers and helicopters are being used to help firefighters on the ground.
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A northern Wyoming man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for supplying another man with a fatal dose of heroin will spend up to eight years in prison.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports 29-year-old Joseph Leyva was sentenced Wednesday for the September 2016 death of 30-year-old Robert Kulze in Worland.
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is likely to blame for a December 2016 plane crash in central Wyoming that killed the pilot and injured a passenger.
According to the NTSB report, investigators said the "pilot exceeded the airplane's critical angle of attack while maneuvering at low altitude, which resulted in an inadvertent aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact on terrain."
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to gather excess wild horses in northern Wyoming.
The area where the horses would be rounded up is known as the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area and is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Worland in Washakie, Big Horn and Park counties.
Wyoming lawmakers consider keeping same time year-round
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — The time issue is coming back to the Wyoming Legislature for the third straight year.
Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, has pre-filed House Bill 45. The bill is similar to one that failed to advance out of committee last year and to another that failed to win an introductory vote during the 2016 budget session.
Under Laursen's new proposal, Wyoming would stay in daylight saving time and not revert to standard time from November through February.
Wyoming considers doubling state park in Bighorns
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Legislature will consider a proposed bill that would nearly double the size of a state park nestled in the western foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.
The proposed measure would allow Wyoming to assume control of 52 acres of public land adjacent to Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site about 30 miles northwest of Worland.
Wyoming seeks dismissal of state rent lawsuit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over office space the state is renting out while the state Capitol is being renovated.
The Worland-based Voss Family Limited Partnership claims the state fell more than $930,000 behind on rent payments. Since 2015, the partnership has been leasing out part of a Cheyenne building for temporary office space for the secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer.
Man gets life for killing 2 who stopped to help him on road
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge sentenced a 20-year-old man to life in prison Thursday for killing a couple who stopped to help him alongside a road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Jesus Deniz Mendoza represented a lasting menace to society because of his inability to control the "demons" of mental illness and drug use that he blamed for the killings.
Wyoming sulfur pile burns with otherworldly effects
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — If you ever wondered what a burning pile of sulfur looks like, the answer is like a UFO crash site or maybe a scene on another planet.
Firefighters in Worland, Wyoming, say it wasn't a UFO but the hot exhaust of an off-road motorcycle that ignited an old pile of sulfur Friday night.
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot by an officer in northern Wyoming.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News in Worland reports https://goo.gl/b2AyJd 32-year-old Joel Moreno was shot in the abdomen Sunday after he allegedly knocked an officer unconscious with a baseball bat. Another officer shot and critically injured Moreno, whose condition has since been upgraded to fair.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A county attorney in rural northern Wyoming says an officer shot and critically injured a man during a disturbance.
Washakie County Attorney John Worrall says officers with the sheriff's office and the Worland Police Department entered a home late Sunday night and encountered a man with a baseball bat. One of the officers was knocked unconscious, and the other shot the man in the abdomen as he approached.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Flooding because of melting mountain snow now includes the Bighorn River in north-central Wyoming.
A flood warning has been posted until midmorning Saturday for the Bighorn and Greybull rivers. Log jamming is contributing to high water on the Greybull River.
The Bighorn River at Worland is expected to fluctuate between 11.2 and 11.5 feet. Flood stage is 10.5 feet.
Wyoming homemakers to convene in Worland
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Homemakers from around Wyoming will hold a state convention in Worland.
The Washakie County Homemakers will host the event Friday through Sunday at the Worland Senior Center. The group expects about 60 members of homemaker clubs from 13 counties.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2rnEGX6 ) the convention will include workshops, dinners, tours and educational programs.