COVID-19

Virus spurs worker’s comp claims   By Ellen Gerst Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER —A total of 192 cases of coronavirus have been found among Casper city workers since March 2020. More than half of those have come since July of this year.  Since the beginning of the pandemic,...
School districts, state seek dismissal of mask lawsuit   By Ellen Gerst Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Five Wyoming school districts and the state health department are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Laramie high schooler and several other parents...
‘Strike team’ unveils $3B in proposals for federal stimulus funds   By Dustin Bleizeffer, wyofile.com   Gov. Mark Gordon’s open call for ideas on how to spend more than $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act — a measure all three Wyoming Congressional delegates opposed — has so far garnered...
Douglas hospital revises vaccination policy   DOUGLAS (WNE) — Memorial Hospital of Converse County revised its COVID-19 vaccination policy a third time Monday in light of an ever-shifting national landscape of federal mandates and court injunctions.  While it softens the impact on employees from a...
Use of Wyoming’s ARPA funds topic of town hall meeting   By Carrie Haderlie Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE —Five state leaders chosen by Gov. Mark Gordon for what he has named his “Strike Team” met in a virtual town hall Friday to discuss plans for spending upwards of $1...

Big Horn Armory owner Greg Buchel is unable to sell his company’s firearms on a state-run site for vendors, which he believes is illegal discrimination. Big Horn Armory currently operates out of a shop in rural Cody, but is looking to expand. (Photo by CJ Baker, Powell Tribune)

Cody gunmaker fights to list products on state website   By CJ Baker Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   POWELL — Firearms manufacturers are not able to sell their guns and ammo on the state’s Shop Wyoming website — and a Cody lawmaker wants the attorney general to take action against what...
Wyoming coal prices soar   By Nicole Pollack Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Utilities are back in the market for coal.  Powder River Basin coal is known for its stability. Over the last decade, even as the industry contracted, its weekly spot price fluctuated by just $5...
Five employees resign from WMC due to mandate   WORLAND (WNE) —Five employees resigned from Banner Health Washakie Medical Center in Worland last month rather than comply with Banner Health’s company-wide vaccine mandate.  The mandate, first announced on July 20, stated “To protect patients, team...
Cheyenne hospital: Get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing   CHEYENNE (WNE) — Cheyenne Regional Medical Center CEO Tim Thornell told hospital staff Monday night by email they will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly to continue working there.  The announcement wasn’t...
Stay on vaccine mandate provides relief for some hospitals   By Kevin Killough, Mark Davis and CJ Baker Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   POWELL — The Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates have had health care workers and their employers on edge in recent weeks, but on Monday, a...

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