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Dec 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Fuel cleanup nearly done
LARAMIE -- The cleanup of a 500 gallon diesel fuel spill at the University of Wyoming's main energy plant last December is ... [more]

Banker survey predicts strong economy for region

Dec 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  OMAHA, Neb. -- A new survey of bankers suggests that the economy will grow at a healthy pace in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ... [more]

Wyoming-based nuke chief fired for drunken behavior

Dec 20, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The Air Force general who was fired from command of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces had engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while on ... [more]

Christmas events start Sunday for several churches

Dec 20, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  With Christmas in the middle of the week this year, many churches in Riverton are celebrating the holiday early, with traditional services on Sunday.
The ... [more]

Mead says state won't honor EPA rez ruling

Dec 20, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  Gov. Matt Mead has written to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy saying Wyoming won't honor her agency's recent determination that ... [more]

Pavillion water probe falls behind schedule

Dec 20, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality was to finish its report on contaminated wells by Sept. 30, 2014, but that appears unlikely.

All ... [more]

Drennen freed: Former murder convict released after nearly four years in prison

Dec 20, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Nearly three years after being convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, Gabriel Drennen is a free man.
District Court Judge Norman E. ... [more]

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Dec 19, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
EAGLE

Cheryl Lynn Eagle, 32, of Arapahoe, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Casper Medical Center. Arrangements are pending through Davis Funeral ... [more]

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Dec 19, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Rock Springs air service to improve
ROCK SPRINGS -- Rock Springs is getting early morning and late night service to and from Denver back in 2014, making ... [more]

Under budget agreement, state won't get minerals money

Dec 19, 2013 - By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press:  The budget deal in Congress will cost Wyoming, New Mexico and other states $415 million in lost oil and gas royalties over the next decade, according to the ... [more]

Sex offender avoids prison in plea bargain

Dec 19, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  A judge Thursday morning gave a man what he described as a "lenient" sentence in line with a plea agreement with prosecutors for sexually abusing a minor ... [more]

Even before Thursday storm, snowpack levels above average

Dec 19, 2013 - From staff reports:  Snowpack in the Wind River Basin continued to be above the 30-year average for the date, although fells slightly during the week following an increase as the ... [more]

Charges dropped against Drennen

Dec 19, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Man convicted of 2010 murder expected to be freed

After serving three years of a life sentence for first-degree murder, a Riverton man is expected to ... [more]

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Dec 18, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
BROWN

Gertrude Trudy Brown, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Lander. Per her request, cremation has taken place, and a private family memorial ... [more]

New warden at women's prison

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  LUSK -- Virginia Pullen has taken over as the new warden of the Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk. She began the job last week.
Pullen is a 29-year veteran of the ... [more]

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Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Second teen pleads guilty in killing
GREEN RIVER -- A second Rock Springs teen has pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old boy last year.
Jose Antonio ... [more]

Feds: Railroad can demand dust control on coal trains

Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SEATTLE -- The federal Surface Transportation Board has decided that BNSF Railway can require coal shippers to use certain methods to reduce the amount of coal ... [more]

Lawmakers pitch county on health insurance proposal

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The legislators expressed concerns about the idea and also doubted that it would stand much chance of passage during the 20-day budget session early next ... [more]

CWC planning full study of jobs and pay compared with compensation elsewhere

Dec 18, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Employees at Central Wyoming College have voted to move forward with a comprehensive study of salaries and job classifications at the school.
The staff met ... [more]

Charges reduced in Sinks Canyon shooting

Dec 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Prosecutors have reached a new plea agreement in the case of a Jan. 31 shooting in Sinks Canyon. On Sept. 18, District Court Judge Marvin L. Tyler rejected the ... [more]

Baker must leave council seat; will reapply in January

Dec 18, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The odd circumstance will leave two vacancies at the start of 2014.

While the Riverton City Council congratulated departing council member Eric ... [more]

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Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Court to hear wolf delisting
CHEYENNE -- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is set to hear arguments from environmental groups challenging the U.S. ... [more]

Yellowstone magma two times bigger than thought, study says

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  HELENA, Mont. -- The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is two times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the ... [more]

Wyoming Association of Municipalities names new director

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  CASPER -- The Wyoming Association of Municipalities has hired a new executive director.
The association has hired Shelley Simonton to succeed George Parks. He ... [more]

Man sentenced in crash that killed teens

Dec 17, 2013 - The Associated Press:  SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A Wyoming judge on Monday sentenced a Cheyenne man to up to 60 years in prison for a fatal crash in January that killed two Scottsbluff, ... [more]

False claim of assault leads to arrest of city man

Dec 17, 2013 - From staff reports:  A Riverton man was arrested Thursday after he called law enforcement to make a false claim about an assault.
Nathon Brewer, 39, of Riverton, reported the ... [more]

Leasing, insurance rules sour CWC's Jackson housing deal

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  College administrators say they would have to rent every bed in every room for 12 months out of the year to keep from losing money.

Administrators at ... [more]

WIHS planning vigil to mark shooting at sister high school in Colorado

Dec 17, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Last week's fatal school shooting in Centennial, Colo., held special significance for students and staff at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
For about ... [more]

After third appeal, man serving life for murder now faces lesser charge

Dec 17, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Gabriel Drennen was previously found guilty of murder for the shooting death of Leroy Hoster, 29, on May 2, 2010.

After his third appeal, a man who ... [more]

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Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In Sunday's Ranger, the page one story "High-value fire on Union Pass under probe; 'not suspicious,'" should have referred to the Dubois ... [more]