Visitors to Saratoga’s skijoring championship this past weekend will found a scene reminiscent of spring break, but it’s in the snow. Instead of college pranks, there’s skijoring, with some of the best steak and pea moments — aka wrecks — around.
In a letter written to the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, 22 conservative members of the Wyoming House said they wanted an explanation of claims made in a Project Veritas video including a claim that Pfizer is trying to capitalize financially by spreading disease, not curing it.
Despite growing concerns about the threat China poses to the United States, a bill to ban foreign ownership of land, including mines and oil fields, failed to pass the Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday.
Despite increases every year in the amount of electricity produced from wind and solar, the cost of electricity keeps going up. In fact, consumers paid 14.3% more for electricity in 2022 than in 2021.
Rep. Jeanette Ward said the “medical cartel” is to be blamed for America’s high rate of infant mortality, treating pregnancy as a disease rather than a healthy event. “It has nothing to do with this bill,” she said.
There was a small step Monday toward Wyoming wild horses possibly being sent to slaughter, as the Wyoming House passed a resolution calling for Congress to allow it.
Good news for Wyomingites… Science has proven that cold temperatures can prolong the life of cells. This “refrigerator effect” helps to slow the aging process, scientists say, while also killing off dangerous insects and bacteria that may otherwise survive in warmer climates.
It’s a good gig if you can get it. Social media superstar Alix Earle spent the weekend in Jackson to promote a skincare product she endorses and got paid between $40k – $70k to do it.
In a glowing speech on the floor of the Wyoming Senate on Monday, Sen. Lummis referenced the Legislature’s work on developing Wyoming as a leader in digital assets, an industry Lummis has shown great interest in.
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Local Police, Game and Fish officials are watching for signs of a mountain lion that was spotted during daylight near a public space in Saratoga. So far, the cat has eluded efforts to find it, including drones.
While bills before the Wyoming Legislature push to allow people to conceal carry firearms in more spaces, lifting those restrictions has caused trouble in other states, said Andy Pelosi, a gun control activist from New York.
The Wyoming Senate is slated this week to hear the second of two proposed laws aimed at making non-native families the last resort for placing American Indian foster children.
A bill to authorize ambulance services to transport injured police dogs and for EMS personnel to provide mouth-to-snout resuscitation on police dogs failed in a House committee meeting on Friday.
Though at first in support of legislation underpinning an off-reservation hunting agreement with Wyoming that would define tribal members’ treaty right to hunt any unoccupied lands throughout the state, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s government on Friday sent Gov Gordon a letter withdrawing its approval.
Longtime prosecutor in Fremont County Ember Oakley said there is a big increase in organized retail theft at Riverton’s Walmart and offenders have admitted that a few days in jail is a small price to pay for all the shoplifting they get away with.
Rep. Jeanette Ward saw her first attempt to push back on COVID-19 public health measures fail but by a razor thin margin. So, she’s trying again. Her new bill would give the governor the option to ignore federal mandates.
Spenders and savers squared off over the $550 million extra dollars put into the 2023 supplemental budget that passed through the Wyoming House of Representatives on Friday evening.
A start-up company offers to plant a tree in your corpse, but Wyoming funeral and cemetery professionals say that may not be an option in some parts of the Cowboy State.
An “Exxon Knew” study released this month is another attempt by anti-fossil fuel researchers who have a history of conducting studies into the company that critics say is flawed and biased.
Wyoming water specialist Chris Brown warned that Wyoming has a direct interest into the growing Colorado River crisis that could affect millions of people. Wyoming’s rivers account for 15% of the Colorado River’s water.
Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2023.
A nonprofit group says a bill that would fence in and protect an archeological site in Platte County is not only unnecessary, but potentially detrimental, and that they plan to oppose it.
Speaking in favor of the Convention of States resolution, Sen. Eric Barlow, who has attended four national conferences on the convention, said, “I find great comfort that it comes back to the states and the people. They get to ultimately make this decision.”
Wyoming lawmakers tried and failed Friday to defund UW’s gender studies program which include courses titled: Introduction to LFBTQ Studies, Feminist Theories, Queer Theory, Pop Music & Sexualities, and Intimate Relationships.
A new research facility in Laramie was announced on Thursday for what’s promised to be the world’s largest and most advanced indoor agricultural research center. The company has already raised $1 billion for the facility.
Both of Sen. Bo Biteman’s bills that would prohibit Wyoming from contracting with companies or investment managers that engage in economic boycotts of fossil fuel industries passed first and second readings by wide margins on the Senate floor this week.
Freshman Congresswoman Harriet Hageman is starting to show some personality on her Twitter feed. From mocking the movement to ban gas stoves to lampooning the Biden administration on the Chinese spy balloon, Hageman is interspersing humor along with policy statements.
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Black Hills Energy in Cheyenne was so worried about a planned protest against increases in utility costs, they hired a security guard to patrol its office in case it got out of control. But only one person showed up on Friday.
A Wyoming State Trooper was taken to the hospital on Friday evening after a semi-truck collided into a patrol car on Highway 59 where the patrolman had stopped to assist motorists.
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After emotional debate, a proposed Wyoming law that would prohibit doctors from prescribing transgender-related treatments to minors unanimously passed its first legislative committee hearing Friday.
Although a spokesperson for anti-gun group said permitting concealed carry in public spaces could create shootouts, Rep. Jeremy Haroldson said allowing citizens to carry arms wouldn’t spawn gunfights, it would discourage would-be mass murderers.
After arguing that police had no right to seize his journals and a state district court judge had no right to consider rape charges that didn’t stick, a convicted wife beater has lost his appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
There were plenty of Wyomingites ready and willing to help shoot the balloon down when it flew over Crook County, among them former state lawmaker Tyler Lindholm. “There’s some guys out in the woods who have the capability, and I think it would have been a hoot,” he said.
Prior to the pandemic, property taxes in Wyoming were rising 3% to 4% annually, according to state figures. But last year, they jumped 16% on average across the state. The increase was much larger in some counties, like Teton County, where it was 36%.
Gun owners and bankers were at odds on Thursday over legislation that would allow people to sue banks if they track credit card purchases of guns. Wyoming bankers, however, say they have no control over credit card processing at the national level.
The State Capitol went dark on Friday as a power outage hit Cheyenne at around 2pm. Legislators kept on working though. Some said they even preferred the atmosphere.
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Best-selling author CJ Box on Thursday said Wyoming missed out on $90 million in on-the-ground spending for the productions of “Big Sky” and “Joe Pickett” because production companies shot his shows in Canada and New Mexico.
A woman started swearing loudly in the Wyoming Senate Chambers on Thursday in response to the passage of a bill that would criminalize child sex change surgeries.
When a woman began acting in a hostile manner in the gallery of the Senate on Thursday, Sen. Bo Biteman said, “The person looked very agitated and not right. I was thinking, ‘I wish I had my gun.’ I should be able to protect myself.”
A Minnesota snowmobiler who has been coming to the Snowy Range since 1994 said his son had a very close call with an avalanche, and warned that conditions in Wyoming are ripe for more.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will not be performing during this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days due to safety concerns. Because the Cheyenne airport will be under construction yet again, the Thunderbirds said lack of a working emergency runway caused them to cancel.
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Rep. Karlee Provenza confronted longtime GOP official Marti Halverson about a New York Times story last year which identified Halverson as being part of scheme to spy on Gov. Mark Gordon and others, including Provenza.
Because of the interconnectedness of the grid in the West, energy shortages in Oregon, California and Washington can impact other states, including Wyoming.
Two legislative committees this week shut down two proposed laws aimed at keeping obscenity out of public libraries and schools. Detractors said the best way to handle the issue was at the local level.
Citing constitutional concerns now that the school is under federal control, Wyoming lawmakers are on track to pull about $3 million in state funding from St. Stephen’s Indian School on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
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While most of the U.S. relies on Punxsutawney Phil to predict an end to winter, Wyoming looks to Lander Lil, a prognosticating prairie dog. She saw her shadow on Thursday which means six more months of winter is ahead.
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Attempts for Medicaid expansion failed on Wednesday night despite State Sen. Cale Case’s emotional plea for the measure. Every Medicaid Expansion bill over the last 10 years has failed in Wyoming.
David Bell of Pinedale battled the cosmos and minus 35-degree temperatures to find and snap photos of a one-in-50,000-year green comet passing close enough to Earth to see.
Now that the Federal Reserve has shut a Wyoming Special Purpose Depository Institution out of its centralized systems, Tyler Lindholm who helped write Wyoming’s digital asset laws, said it’s time for the state to sue the Federal Reserve.
The House Corporations Committee passed legislation by an 8 – 1 vote that would make ballot harvesting a felony in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper who arrested Arthur Nelson after he caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed five students by driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 said he failed extensive field tests for driving impaired.
That more money was added to the budget bill riled up some of the more conservative members of the House, like Rep. Chris Knapp who said some lawmakers spend “like drunks.”
The Senate Revenue Committee passed two of Sen. Bo Biteman’s bills that would prohibit the State of Wyoming from contracting with companies or investment managers who engage in economic boycotts of fossil fuel industries or otherwise put politics over fiduciary responsibility.
California’s refusal to sign a key agreement means seven states, including Wyoming, have missed a self-appointed deadline to decide how to manage an ongoing crisis with the Colorado River.
Blasting prairie dogs is a popular activity in Wyoming, but some enthusiasts say finding good shooting spots on public land is getting tougher. One North Carolina man is putting out a call on social media to see if any Wyoming ranchers want him to come and rid their land of the rodents.
State Sen. Cale Case was the lone no in a 4-1 committee vote to advance a bill to the Senate floor expanding the criminal charges available for adults who deal deadly drugs. He says Senate File 181 isn’t specific enough to distinguish offenders who act with malice.
Today’s Western Ag Network Headlines: Wyoming rancher says grazing on federal lands is a top priority for NCBA and its Federal Lands Committee.
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While Wyoming’s tourism industry hasn’t rebounded to pre-pandemic numbers, 1 million more visitors came to Wyoming last year compared to 2021 and they spent $1.21 billion.
An intentional gas release from a Tallgrass Energy facility near Douglas produced a cloud of methane nearly five miles long. The company reported to officials that only 2.1 tons of methane were released, but scientists studying the data believe it was more.
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Saying the Wyoming’s laws outlining grandparent visitation rights desperately need an overhaul, Sen. Bo Biteman call a legislative committee’s narrow 3-2 vote to axe his bill “very heartbreaking.”
A bill that would allow Wyoming residents convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies to vote once released from their term of incarceration narrowly passed committee on Wednesday by a 5 – 4 margin.
Pro-life legislator Rep. Barry Crago said the Life Is a Human Right Act could cost unborn lives while constitutional issues keep it stuck in the courts.
House Bill 95 would make it so local governments couldn’t ban rodeos “just because it doesn’t align with their certain ideology,” said bill sponsor Rachel Rodriguez-Williams. An animal rights activist said Wyoming needs some “Californication.”
A sixth-generation Wyoming sheep rancher told state legislators that wolves have all but ruined her family’s 6th-generation sheep ranching business. She said they used to run 14,000 ewes but now they only have 740 ewes.
Booze, a Wyoming tradition even before statehood. And to celebrate booze at the Wyoming Tourism Conference, distillers across the state were challenged to make new concoctions. And they succeeded…
When grizzlies and wolves clash, the bears usually come out on top, even though wolves prevailed in one recent brawl in Yellowstone National Park.
Advancements in hydraulic fracturing technologies brought a revolution in U.S. oil and gas production. For a while it seemed the boom would never end, but the busts came. After a few hard lessons, America’s oil and gas industry has become more efficient, more cautious and more mature.
Wyoming elections would be subject to post-election audits and early voting windows would be shortened under a bill advanced by a legislative committee Tuesday.
The U.S. cattle herd shrunk by 3% in 2022. What will this mean for ranchers? The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sues Biden Administration over new Waters of the U.S. Rule.
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Benjamin David Wilson, 44, faces up to 15 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl. He was acquitted of attempting to sexually assault a second girl.
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A weekend snowstorm and multiple pileups closed Interstate-80 and threatened to shut Laramie High School culinary students out of a cooking competition in Cheyenne. It took a police escort, but they made it and then won.
While Wyoming is often portrayed as being business-friendly and welcoming of wind energy, the permitting process can take forever — especially when dealing with the federal government.
After a Sinclair heiresses’ husband filed for divorce, a Wyoming court sifted through more than a billion dollars in assets before ordering her to a pay $200 million settlement.
Powell Police Chief Roy Eckert knows firsthand the heartbreak of watching a loved one succumb to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now he and other Wyoming law enforcement officers are pushing for a statewide alert system to protect vulnerable adults.
While philanthropy is one part of the complex mental health funding machine, lawmakers told Cowboy State Daily they don’t factor it into their funding strategies at the Capitol.
Mick and Susie McMurry looked around and everywhere in their beloved Wyoming they saw needs that were not being met. They saw projects that needed to be done or projects that were stymied because of a lack of dollars.
At Monday’s Wyoming tourism conference in Cheyenne, professional marketers said Generation Z is rising in importance. By 2026, they’ll make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer population at 82 million people.
If it passes the Legislature, Senate File 133 would bar biological males from competing on female sports teams. The sponsor called the bill “fair” while detractors labeled it “extreme.”
House Bill 66, which would have prohibited Wyoming businesses, health care facilities and schools from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, failed its third reading on the House floor by a narrow 31-29 vote.
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The House Minerals Committee considered a bill that would create a list of companies with anti-fossil fuel policies. Wyoming could then refuse to do business with the companies on the list.
A bill that will restrict crossover voting in Wyoming passed through a legislative committee on Monday. The bill would allow voters to change their party affiliation up to 45 days before the primary election.
The Wyoming Mining Association’s Travis Deti said the study is problematic because it doesn’t factor in the costs of maintaining reliability on the grid. “The fact is, wind and solar just aren’t reliable,” he said.
Don’t get Craig Bell wrong, just because one of the most popular products with his Wyoming customers is a vinyl decal proclaiming “I Hate People,” that doesn’t mean he actually hates people. Except when he sees a trailhead full of cars…
Proponents of House Bill 152 on Monday said Wyoming needs to cement its position as a firm right-to-life state, while opponents said legislators shouldn’t have the authority to determine when life begins.
Snowmobilers reported anywhere from four to seven feet of new snow at Snowy Range over the weekend. The result is incredible snowmobiling conditions all across the area.
The Sheridan Prosecuting Attorney’s office won’t pursue complaints after an investigation that named Rep. Cyrus Western, R-Sheridan, and Johnson County Commissioner Bill Novotny for their possible involvement in sending out an attack mailer.
By a narrow two-vote margin, the Wyoming House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would prohibit hospitals, businesses, schools and any other facility in the state from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations and other related health requirements such as the wearing of face masks.
Two multi-vehicle crashes which resulted in one fatality on Interstate 80 on Saturday have resulted in nearly the entire stretch of highway being closed until Monday evening.
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Wyoming has missed the mark by not having a world-class shooting complex that could draw tourism and boost the state to international status among firearms and archery enthusiasts, say proponents who are trying to launch the project.
Once considered a niche activity, “shed hunting” for elk and deer antlers has become profitable and exploded in popularity. So much so that some legislators say Wyoming residents should have a three-day head start over non-residents