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250 New Coronavirus Cases on Thursday in Wyoming; 2,289 Active

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming fell again Thursday, dropping below 2,300, according to Wyoming Health Department figures.

The department said it received 230 reports of new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday, along with 53 reports of new probable cases.

However, the number of new reports of recoveries Thursday totaled 495, leaving the state with 2,289 active cases, a decline of 235 from Wednesday.

Laramie County had 363 active cases; Natrona had 337; Sweetwater had 317; Fremont had 152; Park had 151; Campbell had 126; Sheridan had 110; Uinta had 101; Teton had 90; Washakie had 73; Albany had 71; Lincoln had 64; Big Horn had 59; Converse had 55; Goshen had 49; Carbon had 41; Johnson had 36; Sublette had 27; Hot Springs and Platte had 18; Crook had 15; Weston had 12, and Niobrara had four.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

Eighteen counties reported new cases Thursday. Sweetwater County reported the highest number of new cases at 76. Natrona County had 31.

The increase in confirmed cases brought the total seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March to 35,113.

The number of probable cases seen since the pandemic began, meanwhile, stood at 5,480, an increase of 53 from Wednesday.

The gain of 495 in recoveries among people with either confirmed or probable cases left the total number of people to recover since mid-March at 37,953.

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Foster Friess Giving Away $5,000 Per Day to Charities/Neighborhood Heroes

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Wyoming’s Foster Friess is in the Christmas spirit as he’s launching his own “12 Days of Christmas” campaign through December 24.

And to celebrate, Friess announced he will give away $5,000 per day to charities and neighborhood heroes.

“Each day between December 13 and December 24th, I’m filling up my saddle bag with $5,000 checks,” he said.

Interested individuals should visit Friess’ website and nominate a charity or neighborhood hero. 

“Tell us why you think they could use a Christmas boost from Foster and include where they’re located,” the page reads.

“Together let’s be His hands and feet in a hurting world,” Friess said.

To visit Friess’ page, click here.

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Bohl ‘Disappointed, Discouraged’ By Social Media Threats To UW Players

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By Cody Tucker,

Tyler Vander Waal penned an open letter last March to fans about some personal things he had been dealing with before deciding to enter the transfer portal and leave the University of Wyoming.

One of the glaring issues, the quarterback wrote, was receiving threatening, vulgar messages via social media.

One in particular, Vander Waal said, was “You f—— suck, go kill yourself.”

Current UW quarterback Levi Williams sent out a Tweet late Sunday indicating that he has also been receiving “death notes.”

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said Monday during his season-ending press conference that he wasn’t aware of these messages to his players, but that didn’t stop him from responding.

“I’d like to say, hey, if you want to come after somebody, come after me,” a visibly upset Bohl said. “I just I’m so discouraged. That is, that is so disappointing. I know, we have a great number of fans out there. But you know, sometimes these guys forget that this is a college game.

“You know what? Go get after Josh Allen,” he continued. “See how far you go. Josh wasn’t perfect when he was here. And so that’s where I think we’ve really got to be cautious … So, that’s disappointing. These guys come to this program and they’re doing everything they can. It’s not like Levi’s out there trying to screw up. So, I was not aware of it. I’m not a social media guy. But that that really, really disappoints me. Really, just, it’s discouraging.”

Bohl touched on a number of subjects Monday, but circled back to his thoughts on people coming after his players online.

“What our players don’t deserve is some of that jack— who makes those kind of comments about Levi Williams,” a frustrated Bohl said. “… I go knocking on that guy’s door whip his butt, right now.

“That is a bunch of baloney. That just pisses me off when I heard that.”

Other vulgar messages aimed at wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt and running back Trey Smith were shared on Twitter Monday. Neither contained a threat.

If you missed the interview with Vander Waal, it can be found HERE.

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It Doesn’t Make Any Sense But Salt Water Taffy is Wyoming’s Favorite Halloween Candy

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Halloween memes are great. There’s the meme that shows the Dole ‘fun-size’ mini salad, the Grim Reaper who decides not to take someone’s soul because she handed-out full-size Snickers, and the perennial Halloween Group Therapy session.

We love them all.

But is Halloween even going to happen in the year of the Coronavirus?

It is.  In fact, the decline in trick-or-treating and handing out candy is projected to be quite small.

Halloween candy sales are expected to reach $2.4 billion this year, down only slightly from $2.6 billion last year. (Yes, $200 million is a lot of money but the U.S. national debt is $27 trillion so nothing really matters).

The National Retail Federation estimates that 20% fewer trick-or-treaters will to venture out this year compared to last and only 11% fewer people are planning to hand out candy.

All of which, naturally, leads us to wonder: What is Wyoming’s most popular type of Halloween candy?

We found one survey that we’re throwing in the trash. A site called Zippia says Wyoming’s favorite is Hershey’s Kisses, those ubiquitous drops of chocolate wrapped in bright foil.

But Zippia’s methodology is suspect, with the site saying its analysts use Google Trends, but failing to explain how those analytics are used.

The survey that makes sense to us is from

Its methodology makes a lot more sense.  It’s based on actual sales.

“For over 13 years, we’ve been delivering bulk candy around the country. As bulk candy retailers and distributors, we’ve got a lot of candy sales data to comb through,” the company said.

What did the company come up with for Wyoming?  Salt water taffy.

This doesn’t particularly make sense to us. How does know people are buying the taffy to hand out on Halloween?

The company said it analyzed its sales data from 2007 to 2019 with an emphasis on the moths leading up to Halloween. The site has also developed relationships with major candy manufacturers and distributors who contributed to the survey, the site said.

Bottom line: 25,864 pounds of salt water taffy was purchased in Wyoming last year during “Halloween season.” Close behind was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at 24,790 pounds. So it’s a close call.

Land-locked Wyoming is the only state where the sticky confection associated with the seashore is No. 1.

Looking at the handy-dandy CandyStore map identifying the top candies of all the states, you see a lot of Skittles, candy corn, and Reese’s.

The national top ten candies are:

  1. Skittles
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  3. Starburst
  4. M&M’s
  5. Hot Tamales
  6. Candy Corn
  7. Snickers
  8. Sour Patch Kids
  9. Hersey Kisses
  10. Jolly Ranchers

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Yellowstone Asking People To Share Photo of Lost Dog To Reunite it With Family

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Credit the folks at Yellowstone National Park for not giving up and continuing to try to reunite a lost dog with its rightful family.

A lost dog was found by a couple in Yellowstone in late September and instead of letting it roam, they thought it might be safer in their hometown of Shelton, Washington.

So they took it back to their home and dropped it off at the dog pound.

Apparently, the dog is not chipped, doesn’t have a collar, and has no tags.

According to the pound, the dog is being fostered but is “lost and scared” so they are reaching out to the public and asking for people to share the photo in hopes that the dog’s owners are looking for their lost pal.

Although there are many offers to adopt the dog, they are asking folks to wait on that.

“For any adoption inquiries, please hold off on that and pray for a reunification for the time being. We will keep everyone updated,” they wrote.

The main Yellowstone National Park Facebook page is asking for help as well and is asking for as many people as possible to share photos of the dog.

“Please share this post to help locate her owner! If you have any information about this pup, please reach out to the City of Shelton Animal Control Department.”

Lost dog!This dog was found in Yellowstone on September 28, hitchhiked her way to Washington, and is currently being…

Posted by Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Dave Simpson — Voting: It Isn’t Like Storming Omaha Beach

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LET’S RISK IT: If our fathers and grandfathers could scramble out of landing craft at Omaha Beach into a hail of enemy machine gun fire, I figure I can risk going to my polling place on November Third to cast my votes.

I go to the grocery store a couple of times a week, so it’s a good bet I can survive a trip to my polling place.

I can wear a mask, rubber gloves, and use plenty of hand sanitizer. So it seems like a reasonable risk to me – even though at 69 I’m more vulnerable to catching coronavirus – to visit our polling place in person.

The risk of voting in person is worth it to help avoid the difficulty that appears to be on the way of voting by mail, depending on the Post Office to get me a ballot and then get it back to the courthouse in time, then wondering if my votes were counted. Compared to landing at Normandy, doing my part for my country and voting the old fashioned way is a piece of cake.

That said, there are so many folks wary of the threat of Covid-19 that mail-in voting will be huge this year, and the Bush versus Gore chaos of 2000 could be surpassed as we go days or weeks without knowing who wins the presidency.

President Donald Trump sees the potential for fraud in massive mail-in voting, to which reporters who don’t like him add “without evidence” to their reports. (“Without evidence?” Where’s the evidence supporting the War on Poverty, throwing more and more money at education to get better results, and  layer upon layer of government programs of questionable value? Don’t hold your breath waiting for reporters to demand evidence that those efforts actually work.)

I grew up in Cook County, Illinois, and recall the election of 1960. Vote totals from our county were suspiciously delayed, and the clear indication was that they were waiting to find out how many votes John F. Kennedy needed to win. (The handful of votes from Hubbard’s Mountain Cupboard, Wyoming – near where I now live – were also held up in that election, but by a snow storm, not political shenanigans.)

I also remember the much more recent election in Minnesota where it took an incredible eight months of counting votes, recounting them, and official challenges to find out that incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman had been defeated by Al Franken by a little more than 200 votes.

And then we have “vote harvesting” in California, in which activists run around collecting the ballots of those too lazy or too uninterested to cast their votes themselves. What could possibly go wrong with that?

Joe Biden has reportedly hired hundreds of lawyers to fight all aspects of a potential Trump victory, so it could be quite a while before we figure out who wins this thing.

I’ll do my part to make things simpler by trotting down the road to cast my votes in person, the old fashioned way.

It’s a lot easier than facing a hail of German machine gun fire.

ALL HET UP: I don’t blame my Democrat friends (I have some, having worked in journalism for 40 years) for looking forward to this election. Because the poor dears have been hysterical for the last four years about virtually everything Donald Trump does.

They’ve got to be worn out, being in Chicken Little Mode (CLM) for all this time. And the level of hysteria skyrocketed last week with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What we are now seeing could be termed uber hysteria, as Trump prepares to nominate a replacement for the liberal icon Justice Ginsburg.

Trump says he will nominate a woman, which will make it harder for Democrats to accuse the nominee of being a sex pervert. But I’m sure they will find something despicable about any Trump nominee. Maybe cannibalism, eating babies for breakfast, or torturing cute little puppy dogs.

The hard part for Republicans will be whistling past the Merrick Garland graveyard. Explaining why this time is different will be their challenge.

Buckle up, folks. This is going to be quite a ride.

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Wyoming’s Chancey Williams Says He is Frequently Mistaken For Prince Harry

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NEW EPISODE OUT NOW @ flintrasmussen.comAccording To Flint episode 2 is available now. Flint sits down with Chancey Williams to talk about rodeo, music, and share great stories. Check it out and tell your friends. 🎧LISTEN:Apple: TuneIn:

Posted by Flint Rasmussen on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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As fans of country music star — and Wyoming native — Chancey Williams, we were aware of the musician’s birthday yesterday.

To see if he provided a glimpse on how he celebrated, we did some searching and although we were not successful in that pursuit, we did find something interesting.

Williams was a guest on a new podcast hosted by Professional Bull Riders entertainer Flint Rasmussen.

In the short but entertaining preview clip, Williams discusses how he is frequently mistaken for royalty — namely Prince Harry.

“We played over in France one year and I got stopped a lot,” Williams told Rasmussen.

“What do you do when you’re in a European country and people think you’re Prince Harry? Do you just go with it?” Rasmussen asked.

“I don’t speak any foreign languages so I just nod and smile,” Williams said.

Rasmussen reminded him that English is spoken in England to which Williams clarified he was talking about France.

“When I was in France and I would hear the words ‘Prince Harry’ and I would just nod and say ‘Oui’ and sometimes ‘Oui’ and ‘Si’, Williams said laughing.

Rasmussen brought up a popular meme from 2018 when Harry got married and someone photoshopped William’s head onto the Prince.

“I didn’t think anyone photoshopped them, I just thought they put a cowboy hat on Prince Harry,” Rasmussen said.

The full podcast can be heard here.

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Rusty Rogers: I Gave Obama An A+ For His Success In Changing The USA

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By Rusty Rogers, Guest Columnist

You may remember at the end of Obama’s first term he was asked to give himself a grade. He gave himself an A-. Most conservative pundits went a little ballistic of course. Most gave him around a C or B-, I gave an A+.

Why you might say? Well, let’s take a look at what he wanted to achieve. Though he never came right out and stated what he had in mind, (other than to fundamentally change America), it was clear to me that he intended to change America to a socialist country.

By the end of his first term he had achieved an amazing percentage of the necessary small changes. Vastly increased regulations and policies that restricted business growth and increased unemployment. He made several moves personally and officially to increase the division between black and white by huge amounts and between the police and society in general.

 All of his actions served another very important purpose as well. It tested the limits of Americans ability to be obedient little children. Depressingly it appears most of us scored pretty high in that department. As clearly demonstrated by our actions in the shutdown.

It should be clear to everyone by now that it was the wrong thing to do. So why was Dr. Fauci and fellow “scientists” so adamant to make it happen? After all it’s the exact opposite of what he said in 2009. I’ve gone through a lot of searching to figure that out and reached several conclusions. Has our attention span gotten so short?

Was it reaching for the emotional high of having such power that an entire country does what you want and eventually the world? Was it part of a concerted effort to get rid of a president you don’t want around? Was it monetary, after all Fauci has a financial interest in several drugs, no one really knows for sure how much or how many. Check out One America News Investigates.

Or was it part of a plan to bring America to its knees.

Most likely a bit of all of the above. You can’t fundamentally change a country without first destroying the system in place. Obama knew that which is why his actions were only the first half of a 16-year plan to as he put it, “fundamentally change America.”

The second greatest victory attributable to the socialist program is having turned Americans into docile little lambs being led to the slaughter. The greatest was turning us against each other once again. Our national health care officials say do this and we do it. Perhaps in the back of our minds a little voice says, “this doesn’t make sense,” but we obey anyway. When did we lose our backbone?

Did shutting down the world stop or slow down the virus? Maybe but a more accurate term would be delayed. The moment we got tired of hiding under the bed, the boogie man attacked. If we go back under the bed, the boogie man will just wait until we come out again. By shutting down society we made the so called second round far worse.

We never shut down for a disease before and we shouldn’t have this time. I find it amazing that we humans have the arrogance to think we can “manage” a virus. It is a life form we know mutates about every 6 months and for which we have never been able to create a real vaccine. Nor will we. When did we relinquish our common sense.

We have traded our traditional independence and free will for instructions from people who change those instructions depending on the political wind. You can’t trust the NIH or CDC, in fact I would say it quite likely you can’t trust any government agency. They are agenda driven. Why have we surrendered so easily? What has happened to us?

Some 3 percent of the population fought in the Revolutionary War, about 5 percent in the Civil War etc. Today’s military is about 1 percent or our population, what do you suppose the percentage is that are causing so much destruction and horror on the streets of America today?

I would personally guess less than ½ of 1 percent. Yet they are driving a change that will cost this amazing country far more than we can afford, in freedom and life. Far more than they themselves understand. What have we allowed to happen to our children?

We have got to start to take charge of our neighborhoods and cities. It is obvious that many mayors and governors are putting their constituents in serious danger in order to stop Trump. I’ve had several people scoff at me decrying the, to me, obvious. Stating that “no way would anyone do that”! Really?

Take a good look at every country over the last 170 years since Karl Marx condemned mankind to centuries of strife with his words.

Look at what has occurred in those countries where his followers advanced their causes. There is literally nothing they will not do and no one they will not sacrifice. The founders of BLM are only the first to freely admit to being Marxists. Many more will soon appear.

The most recent polls now show that more Americans believe Biden will be better at controlling the virus than Trump. Setting aside the obvious, Biden doesn’t even know where he is, what!? Obama and Biden had the more lethal H1N1 or swine flu and didn’t even respond until thousands had died. When the numbers began to climb too fast Obama ordered testing to be stopped. That’s how they manage a pandemic. And people want that back? Just how dumb have we gotten.

Have we become so easily controlled that even a suspicious story by an obviously slanted source can sway society. The polls as we already know are about as accurate as a 12 gauge at 200 yards. Yet a lot of Americans pay attention to them. I, for one, do not.

Every day on the news you have democratic pundits going on and on about how Trump delayed responding to the virus. How he has no plan and has refused to help the states. They either really believe what they are saying not realizing that we were all here for the whole pandemic; or they think we are the stupidest people on earth with absolutely no short term memory, long term either for that matter.

They couldn’t be much more insulting.

I know the virus is real, I know it’s very contagious and that it’s very survivable. Less lethal by a good amount than the Swine flu. However, I will not allow it to be used to keep me in my home while anarchists and communists destroy my country. I will not allow it to be used to suppress me while my freedom is stolen. It has been militarized and aimed at you, don’t let them use it to win.

Timberline Hospitalities Unveils Timberline Way Promise

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Timberline Hospitalities, a Wyoming owned and operated hotel company, is pleased to announce the unveiling of our new “Timberline Way Promise”.

Now, more than ever, we are committed to the health and safety of our hotel guests and team members. We have enhanced our mission of “Making Friends One Guest at a Time” through additional services that promote cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been our priority to focus on our Cultural Approach. This includes being urgent, second and unique in embracing our part of flattening the spread of the virus.

We have moved quickly and have listened to our guests regarding what is most important to them when staying at our hotels. We are still working diligently towards creating a touch-free experience including curbside check-in, pre-arrival notifications, e-signatures for registration cards and receipts and much more.

Our Timberline Portfolio, at, is prepared to welcome new and returning guests in our best condition ever because we care about people and love creating outstanding guest experiences. #togetherwearestronger #bettertogether

Country Band, Veterinarian, Bowling Alley Among Wyoming Coronavirus Relief Recipients

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A popular Wyoming country music band, a Rock Springs veterinarian, an Afton bowling alley, a Cheyenne roller skating rink, and a number of restaurants and bars are among the 151 businesses to so far receive $50,000 through the state’s coronavirus relief fund.

The Wyoming Business Council, as of Tuesday, had distributed more than $12.4 million to 1,193 businesses under the state’s Business Interruption Stipend program, including the 151 companies that received the maximum allowable $50,000.

The relief program is one of three approved by Wyoming’s Legislature using the $1.25 billion in federal money made available to Wyoming through the coronavirus relief program approved by Congress.

The Business Interruption Stipend program is designed to provide assistance for any Wyoming businesses with 50 or fewer employees that suffered losses due to the coronavirus pandemic and related business shutdowns, along with the resulting general decline in the economy. 

Among the businesses receiving the maximum grant was Chancey Williams Music LLC, the corporation of Wyoming musician Chancey Williams. Williams said on his website that he has been unable to tour for several months, but has returned to the road, playing in venues with crowd sizes limited to 250.

Rex Rammell, a Rock Springs veterinarian and former candidate for both Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat and its governor’s office, also received $50,000, according to WBC figures posted on the state’s transparency website,

Dr. Rammell said the assistance was very welcome because his business declined significantly after the issuing of statewide health orders designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“It was devastating to our business,” said Rammell, who owns vet clinics in Rock Springs and Pinedale, along with a “pet resort.” “Business just dropped like a rock. We had a little stuff, like emergencies, but for the most part the economy just shut down. I ws very grateful we got some assistance to help bail us out.”

Also receiving the maximum grant was the Cheyenne roller skating rink Roller City and the Afton bowling alley Skyview Lanes.

A number of restaurants and bars, which were forced to close for on-premises service by state health orders, also received the maximum grant, including Roadhouse Brewing in Jackson, the Tortilla Factory in Cheyenne, and First Street Station Inc., which runs several restaurants in Laramie.

Some child care businesses, many of which were forced to close or severely curtail their operations, also received the maximum grant through the program, including Cheyenne’s Promise Patch, Giggles & Wiggles Preschool in Casper and Pumpkin Patch Preschool in Wilson.

Other companies receiving the maximum grant included movie theaters, fitness clubs, catering companies, an electronics manufacturer in Riverton, a Jackson dude ranch, a yoga studio and an auction business.

The other grants made to more than 1,000 businesses ranged from $454 to $49,760.

The Legislature set aside $50 million for the Business Interruption Stipend Program. So far, 3,311 businesses have applied for assistance.

The state is planning to accept applications for the other two relief programs beginning in July. One program, the Coronavirus Business Relief Stipend, will provide up to $300,000 for companies that employ fewer than 100 people that were forced to shut down or curtail operations because of state health orders issued to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The other, The Coronavirus Mitigation Fund, is designed to compensate businesses for expenses they faced directly related to the coronavirus, such as the purchase of cleaning products, personal protective equipment and the cost of hiring new employees to comply with public health orders.

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