Cowboy State Daily Video News: Friday, June 7, 2024

Friday's headlines include: * Someone Is Shooting Up Rural Casper Neighborhood * More People Are Moving To Wyo, Then Running For Legislature * Yellowstone Says Grizzly With Five Cubs The Most Ever Recorded

Wendy Corr

June 07, 20246 min read

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It’s time to take a look at what’s happening around Wyoming, for Friday, June 7th. I’m Wendy Corr, bringing you headlines from the Cowboy State Daily newsroom - presented by Cheyenne Frontier Days. From sun-up to sun-down - there’s something for everyone! Check it out at C-F-D RODEO DOT COM!!

An Evansville-area couple is pleading for help from the Natrona County Board of Commissioners regarding a trigger-happy neighbor whose bullets have reportedly ricocheted around the neighborhood, hit the sides of at least one home and damaged a real estate sign.

Cowboy State Daily’s Dale Killingbeck reports that Leanne and Calvin Cadwell told the board that the rural neighborhood northeast of Casper is in fear of someone being hit by a stray bullet.

“I did speak to the sheriff's department today… They said they've responded to two incidents out there since 2023. And that they've talked to the person that does the shooting, and they had said they would modify what they do. But that was not the story last night at the county commission.”

Photos presented to the county commissioners and Cowboy State Daily show a real estate sign with multiple bullet holes and ricochet marks, a spent bullet, and multiple photos of bullet holes in home siding.


Pamela Mertens moved to Wyoming in August 2023 from Florida and now she's running for House District 56. Tom Olmstead is running for Senate District 20 after moving from Colorado three years ago. They aren't anomalies, reports Cowboy State Daily’s Leo Wolfson - it's a trend.

“There's at least a handful of people around Wyoming who are running for the state legislature who moved to the state within the last five years. It's an interesting move, when considering that someone, it usually takes a little time for someone to learn the culture and the biggest problems and issues that are occurring in their local community.” 

Wyoming likely has one of the lowest barriers for entry into a legislature in the country. State law requires one year of residency from the time a legislator starts their term in office to serve.


The federal government has charged a 62-year-old Fremont County woman with witness tampering on claims she tried to keep an accused child-torturer’s children from talking to investigators.

Cowboy State Daily’s Clair McFarland reports that Karen Rider - the mother of accused child-torturer Kandace Sitting Eagle - is accused of giving one of the children laxatives before his FBI interview.

“When she took the children down for an FBI interview here in the weeks preceding Sitting Eagles trial, she fed one of them coffee and prune juice and chips hoping he'd be on the toilet the entire time, and she'd have to go help him, and this calamity would prevent him from being interviewed. And so the feds are saying that she … detailed this game while on a jail call with her daughter.”

Sitting Eagle is headed to trial this month on assault charges for allegedly torturing her 13-year-old son in her home on the Wind River Indian Reservation.


I’ll be back with more news, right after this.


On Tuesday, the chairman of Campbell County’s board of commissioners leveled harsh words at coal industry officials who WEREN’T at a public hearing in Gillette to discuss the pounding policy attacks coming out of Washington, D.C., that could one day kill off coal mining in the energy-rich Powder River Basin.

But those officials say that they weren’t snubbing the commission - instead, they were in Cody for the Wyoming Mining Association’s annual meeting to discuss those same concerns, which could effectively topple the region’s economy. Energy reporter Pat Maio was in Cody for the meeting, and talked to some of the attendees about their frustrations. 

“If you've driven around Wyoming, you know, you just don't do a… quick little drive down the street around the corner and attend another meeting… from what I've been talking to people, there's some frustration going on right now in the industry, because they are under a tremendous amount of attack.” 

Travis Deti, executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association, said the coal industry isn’t tepid in its fighting tactics, and are using every available tool at their disposal to fight the Bureau of Land Management’s rules that are set to shut down the coal industry by 2041.


A grizzly in Yellowstone National Park might have set a regional record with a litter of five cubs. Yellowstone tour guide Andrea Baratte on Wednesday shared with Cowboy State Daily a video he’d taken that morning of a grizzly with five cubs in tow.

Some bear experts told Cowboy State Daily’s Mark Heinz that they’d never heard of a grizzly litter of that size in the area.

“One guy said in Alaska, they've seen some litters of five. There have been, I think 11 documented litters of four grizzly bear cubs in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Of course, the most famous of which is Grizzly 399’s quadruplets in 2020. But the catch here is that some of these cubs might have been adopted. One bear researcher said that there were two females, both with cubs spotted in close proximity of each other shortly before, and then all of a sudden, this one female bear now has five cubs with her, so, they’re thinking that maybe something happened to the to one of the females, and the second female subsequently adopted some of the cubs as her own, which they say that does happen.”

 If all five cubs are to survive until independence, typically age 2 for grizzlies, they’re up against steep odds, as approximately 49% of cubs survive their first year.

And that’s today’s news. Get your free digital subscription to Wyoming’s only statewide newspaper by hitting the subscribe button on I’m Wendy Corr, for Cowboy State Daily.


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KYDT 103.1 FM – Sundance

KBFS 1450 AM — Sundance

KYCN 1340 AM / 92.7 FM — Wheatland

KZEW 101.7 FM — Wheatland

KANT 104.1 FM — Guernsey

KZQL 105.5 FM — Casper

KMXW 92.5 FM — Casper

KBDY 102.1 FM — Saratoga

KTGA 99.3 FM — Saratoga

KJAX 93.5 FM — Jackson

KZWY 106.3 FM — Sheridan

KROE 930 AM / 103.9 FM — Sheridan

KWYO 1410 AM / 106.9 FM  — Sheridan

KYOY 92.3 FM Hillsdale-Cheyenne / 106.9 FM Cheyenne

KRAE 1480 AM — Cheyenne 

KDLY 97.5 FM — Lander

KOVE 1330 AM — Lander

KZMQ 100.3/102.3 FM — Cody, Powell, Medicine Wheel, Greybull, Basin, Meeteetse

KKLX 96.1 FM — Worland, Thermopolis, Ten Sleep, Greybull

KCGL 104.1 FM — Cody, Powell, Basin, Lovell, Clark, Red Lodge, MT

KTAG 97.9 FM — Cody, Powell, Basin

KCWB 92.1 FM — Cody, Powell, Basin

KVGL 105.7 FM — Worland, Thermopolis, Basin, Ten Sleep

KODI 1400 AM / 96.7 FM — Cody, Powell, Lovell, Basin, Clark, Red Lodge

KWOR 1340 AM / 104.7 FM — Worland, Thermopolis, Ten Sleep

KREO 93.5 FM — Sweetwater and Sublette Counties

KGOS 1490 AM — Goshen County

KERM 98.3 FM — Goshen County

Check with individual radio stations for airtime of the newscasts.

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Wendy Corr

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