State Legislature reconvened today for eight days

Here’s the legislative calendar for the eight day session as reported by the Legislative Service Office. Wednesday, January 27: Session reconvenes virtually via Zoom for eight days to consider the worked committee bills. Friday, January 29: Cross-over Day in eight-day virtual session. NOTE: If final action is not taken on a bill in house of origin, will be considered at reconvened session. Advertisement Monday, February 1: Final Rules of the 66th Legislature are adopted in both houses. Friday, February 5: Adjournment of eight-day virtual session. JCCs on all bills are completed; Presiding officers introduce and refer some bills to standing […]

Twenty-five More Covid-19 Related Deaths Confirmed; Two locally

Twenty-five more coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Two of the deaths were a Fremont County man and and older county woman, both of whom had health conditions recognized as putting them at higher risk related to Covid-19 The state’s death toll from the virus is now 596 individuals. Fremont County’s death toll related to Covid-19 is now at 77 local residents. ·         An older adult Big Horn County woman died in December. She was hospitalized, was a resident of a local long-term care facility and […]

Wednesday: Gusty Winds & Blowing Snow

Wednesday’s weather outlook calls for snow to increase across Western Wyoming today, lasting through Thursday. Meanwhile, wind will ramp up across much of the central and eastern forecast areas from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. High winds will result in blowing snow, which could significantly reduce visibility and cause slick roads. The advisory for strong winds is for Eastern Sweetwater, Southeast Fremont and Natrona counties. Advertisement Todays high temperatures will be in the high 20s to low 30s. Advertisement

USDA Announced Heather Dawn Thompson as Director, Office of Tribal Relations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday announced the appointment of Heather Dawn Thompson as Director of the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) reporting to the Secretary of Agriculture. Thompson is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a Harvard Law School graduate, and an expert in American Indian law, tribal sovereignty, and rural tribal economic development. With Thompson in place, USDA will return OTR directly under the Secretary, restoring the office’s important government-to-government role. Most recently, Thompson served a member of the American Indian Law Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig, where she worked on federal Indian law and Tribal […]

Community Colleges, UW Now Offer Easy Online Transfer Tool

Wyoming’s public colleges and university have launched a new website that makes it easier to plan and manage college credit transfer. WyoTransfer, at www.wyotransfer.org, allows learners to explore the courses, programs and services offered at Wyoming’s seven community colleges and the University of Wyoming. The site makes it easier for learners to evaluate how the credits they have already earned may transfer or apply toward educational programs at other schools. Whether learners have some college credit but no degree or no college experience at all, WyoTransfer is a one-stop shop geared toward guiding them to completion. “We want to see everyone […]

Wyoming Covid-19 Deaths at 571; Fremont Toll at 75 killed

Twenty-one added coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). With two new confirmed deaths, Fremont County’s toll from the virus is now 75. Hot Springs County recorded its third death and Washakie County’s death count rose to 25. ·         An older adult Big Horn County woman died earlier this month. She was a resident of a local long-term care facility and had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. ·         An older adult Big Horn County woman died earlier this […]

Friday: Isolated to Scattered Snow Showers expected

A weather system will bring snow to the Cowboy State today starting in the western mountains and valleys. Isolated snow showers will develop in north and central Wyoming this afternoon and evening. Advertisement This afternoon’s high temperatures will be mostly in the mid-30s in both the Bighorn and Wind River Basins. Advertisement

Wyo.’s US Attorney Klaassen to resign at end of the month

The US Attorney for Wyoming maintains an office in Lander  United States Attorney Mark A. Klaassen, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, has announced his resignation from office effective midnight January 31, 2021. Upon his resignation, Klaassen will be taking a post with the State of Wyoming.  Klaassen, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, had previously served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Civil Division, and as Chief of Staff to the General Counsel for the United States Department of Homeland Security. He was nominated by President Trump on July 21, 2017, confirmed by the Senate on November 9, 2017, and […]

Twenty-eight Added Covid 19 Related Deaths Confirmed; State virus deaths now at 550

Two deaths were confirmed in Fremont County for a total of 73 since the pandemic began and one death was recorded in Washakie County where the toll is now 24 killed by the virus. Twenty-eight added coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). ·         An adult Albany County man died in November. He had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. ·         An adult Big Horn County woman died in December. She had health conditions recognized as putting patients at […]

Dry Tuesday, Windy again for tonight

Dry conditions with cloud cover decreasing from west to east today. Tonight windy conditions for Southeast eastern Fremont, plus Sweetwater, Natrona, and southern Johnson Counties. Today’s highs will be in the 30s across the Big Horn and Wind River Basins with a projected high of 29 at Jefrey City. Advertisement Peak wind gusts tonight are expected to reach 40 mph at Jeffrey City, 30 mph at Dubois and in the teens and low 20 mph range in the Wind River and Big Horn Basins. Advertisement

Wyoming GOP Condemned Cheney for Anti-Trump Vote

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s support and vote to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday has raised the ire of many in Wyoming who are now circulating a recall petition that has garnered some 25,000 names. Condemnation has also come from the state’s Republican Party. In a news release, the state party said, “There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received.” On Tuesday before the impeachment vote, which passed the House, Cheney said Trump incited the […]

Winds were not as strong Thursday, but strong enough

While not as windy as yesterday, we still had some strong gusts around the area on Thursday. Peak wind gusts are reported below: Advertisement Advertisement

Category two Hurricane Wind noted at WYDOT’s Atlantic City Shop

On Wednesday 10 local locations recorded wind gusts over 60 mph, including a top gust of 101 mph at the WYDOT’s Atlantic City shop. That gust would equal the force of a category two hurricane. Winds were steady there at 73 mph. Other top gusts included 86 mph at Fort Washakie, 74 mph northwest of Lander, 68 at Central Wyoming Regional airport in Riverton, 65 mph at Beaver Rim, 65 mph in Thermopolis, 64mph at Hudson, 63 at Hunt Field Airport in Lander an 60 mph at Crowheart. Advertisement See the list of peak wind gusts below: Advertisement

High Winds to Continue Thursday

Gusty winds will continue across the region today. High winds will occur across northern Johnson County, including along I-25 and I-90. Strong winds pose an elevated risk for blow over for light and high profile vehicles. Winds will finally diminish tonight. Peak wind gusts are expected to reach 53 mph around Riverton, 46 mph at Lander, 45 mph at Jeffrey City, 40 mph at Dubois, 39 mph at Worland, 38 mph at Shoshoni and 35 mph at Thermopolis. Advertisement Stronger gusts expected on the east slope of the Big Horn Mountains with 69 mph predicted for the Buffalo area. Advertisement

Security at State Capitol heightened in wake of the assault on US Capitol

The FBI put out a warning this week for officials in each state to be alert to possible “storming” of Federal and State facilities in connection with the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on January 20th. The warning comes in the wake of a mob-led attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. one week ago today. In Wyoming, there was no comment from the office of Governor Mark Gordon, but the Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Highway Patrol did comment. Sgt. Jeremy Beck told Wyotoday.com that “I can’t get into details when it comes to security protocols,” but […]

High Wind Warnings for Wednesday, Warmer

Batten down the hatches, today’s weather outlook calls for Strong winds today into Thursday with gusts likely between 2pm this afternoon and 2am Thursday morning. Hazardous travel conditions will exist for lightweight and high-profile trucks, especially along I-90 in Northeast Wyoming. High Wind Warnings now include the Absaroka Mtns & Cody Foothills. Peak wind gusts could reach 62 mph in Riverton, 56 in Jeffrey City, 52 in Shoshoni, 51 in Dubois and in the high 40s in Thermopolis and Worland. Advertisement Advertisement

Governor’s address to Virtual Legislative Session: Live within means; Revitalize Education

Governor Gordon emphasized the need for Wyoming to live within its means, defend its energy industry and revitalize education during a message to the legislature delivered during today’s one-day virtual legislative meeting. “Two years ago we began to address a future for Wyoming with a more limited, efficient and transparent government,” Governor Gordon told the Legislature. “One that can adapt to diminishing revenues and strive to deliver the essential services on which Wyoming citizens rely. Together we also confronted the unexpected events which have defined a new era in world history.” The Governor said that work continues, and added that […]

Nordic Skier Collapsed, Died in GTNP

Grand Teton National Park Rangers responded to an emergency request to help with a collapsed cross-country skier at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6.    Gary Sternberg, age 69, of Jackson, Wyoming, was skiing with others near Phelps Lake when he collapsed.  Two members of the skiing party initiated CPR and another called park dispatch for help.   Rangers responded and arrived on scene to provide advanced life support, including CPR for approximately 45 minutes.  After prolonged resuscitation attempts, CPR was terminated.   Advertisement The group started at the Granite Canyon Trailhead and skied along the Moose-Wilson Road and to Phelps Lake.  On […]