• Study warns of more troubles for Powder River Basin

    CASPER — A new study from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank advocating a transition away from fossil fuels, charts the decline of the Powder River Basin coal industry and warns of more difficulties to come.

  • Wyoming Business Tips For March 18-22

    A weekly look at issues facing Wyoming business owners and entrepreneurs from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

  • Storm rages - Cheyenne State Offices remain closed

    Governor Mark Gordon announced that State Offices in Cheyenne will remain closed through Thursday, March 14. Other state offices may also remain closed or have delayed openings depending on their local weather conditions.

  • BLM seeks public input on Shirley Basin in-situ uranium recovery proposal

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to develop the Shirley Basin in-situ uranium mine, submitted by Pathfinder Mines Corp. The proposed project would be 40 miles south of Casper on a former uranium mine that operated from the 1960s through the 1990s. Input received during this preliminary scoping period will help the BLM determine the best approach to analyzing the proposal

  • Wyoming’s middle class faces highest insurance cost

    High health insurance premiums are walloping Wyoming’s middle class. A new Kaiser Family Foundation report shows that the Cowboy State has the highest average premiums in the nation for individuals who do not qualify for subsidies. For example, a 40-year-old in the state who makes $50,000 would pay about 14 percent of that yearly income in premiums for the cheapest plan. The problem worsens with age. The Affordable Care Act allows premiums for older adults to be three times those for their younger peers. In Teton County a 60-year-old with the same annual income of $50,000 could end up paying as much as $1,237 a month for the lowest-cost plan — 30 percent of that annual income. That’s not affordable, according to the Affordable Care Act.

  • NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    NEWS BRIEFS for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • Game and Fish proposes new migration corridor protection

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to officially designate and protect two western-Wyoming ungulate migration corridors.

  • BLM leases 23,000 acres in sage grouse ‘Golden Triangle’

    The Bureau of Land Management on Friday auctioned oil and gas leases on 23,626 acres of greater sage grouse habitat in the Golden Triangle, home to the highest concentration of grouse in the world.

  • As smoke clears, House and Senate reload for 2020 budget

    Following weeks of House and Senate theatrics, 14 line-item vetoes by Gov. Mark Gordon and two veto overrides by the Legislature the state’s supplementary budget bill came out of the 2019 legislative session looking much like it did going into it.

  • State wants to protect pronghorn route

    JACKSON — Wyoming wants to protect a celebrated pathway for Jackson Hole pronghorn that kicked off a national discussion of big-game migrations in the American West.

  • Company begins laying 55 miles of pipe in Converse Co.

    DOUGLAS — They crisscross the county like inelegant streams and rivers, linking oil fields to hubs in an asymmetrical web.

  • Two coal ash disposal sites among worst for contamination

    CASPER — Ash produced after burning coal in power plants is polluting groundwater with toxins like arsenic, and disposal sites at two coal-fired plants in Wyoming ranked third and fourth worst for contamination nationwide, according to a report published Monday by environmental groups.

  • Legislature seeks a way to update oil and gas regs

    CHEYENNE — The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee will spend the interim updating the state's oil and gas regulations to help fix a logjam between developers looking to lock up drilling rights.

  • Crossover voting bill revived

    Throughout the 2019 Legislative Session, the Wyoming Republican Party has made its No. 1 priority clear: ending the practice of crossover voting — switching one’s party to vote in an opposing race — in the state’s elections.

  • Man sentenced to prison on rare rustling conviction

    Under cover of night, 63-yearold Robert Blaylock snuck onto a Boxelder Road ranch to do some rustling. He had plenty of rope, a flashlight and everything he needed to make a quick buck off a Converse County rancher’s hard work.

  • Bill repealing death penalty gets first OK

    An effort to repeal Wyoming's death penalty passed its first reading Wednesday afternoon in one of the most intense moments of this year's session so far.

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One dead, two injured in Wednesday accident

A two-vehicle crash results in 2 injured and 1 fatality.

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Winter Storm Closures and Updates: Niobrara County March 13, 2019

Niobrara County storm updates and closures: No unnecessary travel for the city of Lusk and no school for Niobrara county tomorrow.

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Winter Storm Closures and Updates: Niobrara County March 14, 2019

Hourly updates and information from the storm: Town is open but caution is still advised. Low-clearance vehicles not recommended to try traveling. US Hwy 85 and 20 open.

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Acupuncture: Bringing old techniques into a new setting

Dr. Jeffrey Behringer has been practicing at Niobrara Community Hospital as an Emergency Room physician and some-times clinic fill in for almost three years. He has watched the shift in the clinical world as more and more facilities and insurance agencies are encouraging physicians to seek alternatives for pain management for their patients outside of narcotics. As pressure has mounted for physicians to find other ways of helping their patients he has sought a different route to treating his patients instead of a transfer of care for those pain management cases to pain clinics, which are often difficult to access for may rural patients. Instead, Dr. Behringer has chosen to go an alternate route and become certified as a practitioner of acupuncture. In 2018 he certified through the Helms Medical Institute, an accredited institute of continuing medical education that has been training physicians about clinical acupuncture since 1982.

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BLM seeks public input on Shirley Basin in-situ uranium recovery proposal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to develop the Shirley Basin in-situ uranium mine, submitted by Pathfinder Mines Corp. The proposed project would be 40 miles south of Casper on a former uranium mine that operated from the 1960s through the 1990s. Input received during this preliminary scoping period will help the BLM determine the best approach to analyzing the proposal

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4-H Challenge shoot huge success

Lusk -The 30th Annual 4-H Shooting Sports Challenge Shoot was held on March 17 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds. The late Ernie Lemons, long time Niobrara County 4-H Shooting Sports Leader started the Challenge Shoot in 1989 and this event continues to be a success and enjoyed by many in 2019.

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Postseason awards for NCHS hoops

LUSK – Late Monday night the Class 2A coaches released their selections for the All-Conference and All-State teams now the champions have been crowned.

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Lady Tigers fourth at state tourney

CASPER – The first time Niobrara County High School played Greybull was back in the second game of the season at the Coal Miners Classic, and the Lady Tigers were without Courtney Rowley and Riley Shaw, and Taylor Gaukel played just a handful of minutes. Lusk lost that game by nine, but Thursday’s first round of the 2A State Tournament would be a different story.

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Final week sees Niobrara County split games

Tiger boys welcomed Edgemont to Tiger Gym for the first time in more than a decade.

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Lady Tigers take down second-ranked Pine Bluffs

If there was ever a time for the Niobrara County High School girls’ basketball team to play perhaps their most complete game of the year, it was in the Hornet’s Nest last Friday.

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