Wyoming

CASPER — Rep. Liz Cheney voted Friday in favor of one of the largest gun control bills in decades, joining 13 other House Republicans to send it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.  Because of the current partisan breakdown of the House, it did not need Republican support to get passed...
LARAMIE — As the potential for an abortion ban looms over Wyoming, local abortion-rights advocates have made it clear they won’t accept it quietly.  “We all love someone who has had an abortion or could need one. I think it’s bulls- — they’re taking it away,” said Brie Squires.  Squires was one of...
CHEYENNE (WNE) — National parks in Wyoming last year garnered 8.59 million visitors, who spent some $1.14 billion in the state, the National Park Service has reported.  Such tourist spending rose from $859 million in 2020, which itself was a decline from $924 million the previous year.  A new NPS...

Newcastle gas prices via GasBuddy. com at 10 a.m. on June 24. 

CHEYENNE (WNE) — There’s both good and bad news for drivers expecting to hit the highways during the July 4 holiday period.  Due to surging gasoline and other commodity prices, “drivers will be facing the most expensive July 4th at the pump ever this year,” according to GasBuddy. The gas price...
About 10,000 people enter Yellowstone on its first day back post-floods   By Billy Arnold Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange   JACKSON — When Yellowstone National Park officials evacuated visitors last week after historic floods, Julie Miller, 64, was discouraged. After taking a buyout...
CODY (WNE) — Park County School District No. 6 board members voted unanimously to keep Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” on a library shelf at Cody High School. The action came in the wake of an earlier request to remove the book due to its adult themes and content. The KEC, Cody’s...

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Liliya Giroux, Jared Caing and Emma Patron, students with the Montana Conservation Corps, dig out part of “Hairnet Trail” at the Old Quarry Trails being developed a mile past the LAK Reservoir. The MCC signed a three-year contract to work on the trails, and the first crew of five workers came from June 8-14. See story on Page 11.

 
Between the Flying V and Serenity Trail, Weston County has offered well over 20 miles of trails for hikers and bikers to enjoy, but this summer there are even more trails available to the public.  Jeremy Dedic, the District 1 assistant district forester for the Wyoming State Forestry Division, has...

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Chad Sloan, above, pulls a wagon full of plants to help his mom Lacey with the family garden. Lacey said he enjoys being the “little helper” and keeps transplanting the same potato plant to tell her he’s “planting potatoes.” Above, he climbs the fence to hop into the sheep pen. This year, the family is raising four ewes and one lamb.

 
“My entire life I’ve been a critter lover,” said Lacey Sloan, owner of Dos Acres Farm. “One of my cousins — she was like, ‘I always knew that you would have a farm and that you’d have a lot of animals.’” Sloan is now living that dream with her husband, Jonathan, on their just over two-acre farm a...
Diverting from normal practice to allow board members time to digest information about a full slate of candidates, the Weston County Health Services board of trustees tabled the appointment of a new board member until its July meeting. On June 16, the board met with Esther Murray, Dorothy Briggs,...

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Talon Aguilar and Ariana Gonzales, at right, were the first to utilize the new sunscreen dispenser installed at Newcastle’s Centennial Park by Weston County Public Health.

 
It will be easier to stay safe from the sun in Newcastle this year, once the rash of spring storms abate and it shows itself that is. Michelle Sweet, a registered nurse with Weston County Public Health, partnered with the Wyoming Cancer Program’s sunscreen initiative by applying for Bright Guard...

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