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The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees begin their first meeting of the year this week, starting with committee work today, with plans to make one tweak to the new financial aid strategy that was rolled out in 2019.

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CHEYENNE — Rows of shiny patent leather black shoes stood perfectly aligned as the local ROTC high school students marched rhythmically out of the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and onto Capitol Avenue.

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After spending a week marking-up the state’s budget last week, the Joint Appropriations Committee’s budget for the University of Wyoming looks pretty similar to the one Gov. Mark Gordon recommended in December.

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The Laramie City Council will be hosting a public hearing and second reading tonight for an ordinance authorizing the vacation of an alleyway located in the area where the University of Wyoming plans to build its new parking garage.

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JACKSON — Three decades after the state of Wyoming finally adopted the holiday that commemorates Martin Luther King Jr., some question why the date can’t be dedicated solely to the slain civil rights leader.

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CHEYENNE – The theme of the fourth annual Wyoming Women’s March on Equality on Saturday was “Women Rising,” and the event focused on encouraging women’s involvement in progressive organizations and running for political office.

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To protect imperiled bighorn sheep, Grand Teton National Park will try to gun down invading mountain goats from the air — despite a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission resolution condemning the plan.

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CHEYENNE – Merav Ben-David, a University of Wyoming ecology professor for the past 20 years, announced her candidacy Saturday for the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in the 2020 election.

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POWELL — In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week, Carl Christensen couldn’t believe his crew members were singing happy birthday to him after presenting him with a cake they’d hid in the bottom of their boat for more than a month.

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RIVERTON — There’s no shortage of information about the famous blizzard of 1949, probably the most famous weather event in Wyoming history — but Don Strube’s story stands out.

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CHEYENNE – Revised education standards are coming to Wyoming’s 48 school districts, and they’re one step closer after the State Board of Education discussed via videoconference Friday how best to make it happen.

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GILLETTE — Campbell County school trustees will consider a proposal on first reading Jan. 28 that would allow armed educators, carrying concealed weapons, in public schools to supplement safety measures already in place.

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Hank Edwards, who supervises the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory, was recently honored by the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society as its Wildlife Professional of the Year.

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Pole Mountain Shuffle returns to Tie CityThe Pole Mountain Shuffle, the Medicine Bow Nordic Association’s annual race for members and the public, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday near the Tie City Trailhead. The event includes five- and ten-kilometer courses open to both classic and skate…

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Key legislators from the Wyoming House and Senate were divided this week on whether to fund a set of proposed construction projects in Laramie.

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Laramie Police DepartmentThe Laramie Police Department responded to the following calls:

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Snow is piling up in the high country. In fact, the snowpack in the Snowy Range is currently at 129 percent of average. Don Day, Jr., president and meteorologist with DayWeather, Inc., based in Cheyenne, maintains a running total of snowfall at a site near Keystone in the Medicine Bow Mounta…

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CHEYENNE – For the first time in more than 80 years, Wyoming Supreme Court justices sat in the Historic Supreme Court Chamber in the state Capitol, hearing oral arguments from two high-profile attorneys representing the Laramie County Board of Commissioners and the Laramie County Fair Board.

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Novelists Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, who moved to the Laramie area several years ago, have both continued their respective fiction series with new releases this month.

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A regulation banning firearms on the University of Wyoming’s campus, which has become the subject of a high-profile lawsuit, isn’t as restrictive as it might appear at first blush, UW Chief of Police Mike Samp said in court this week.

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CASPER — Wyoming’s effort to curb air ambulance costs was dealt a blow earlier this month when the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejected the plan outright.

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Albany County circuit court Judge Robert Castor sent the legal case regarding the legality of the University of Wyoming’s gun ban back to his downstairs neighbor in the courthouse, district court Judge Tori Kricken, after a Wednesday hearing.

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William Ruckelshaus was a widely admired, nationally prominent Republican with a reputation for incorruptibility and a penchant for environmental work. He was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a hero of the Watergate scandal and a staunch advocate for using coll…

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Roughly two months after Laramie’s nonprofit animal sanctuary, Home On the Range, moved to its location near Cavalryman Steakhouse, the on-site trailer home of the nonprofit’s director burned down Tuesday afternoon.

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CASPER — As the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee begins the process of taking a scalpel the state’s biennial budget this week, Gov. Mark Gordon has thrown his support behind a number of programs he considers to be priorities under his first budget as the state’s chief executive.

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CHEYENNE — McCormick Junior High’s new principal, Justin Conroy, doesn’t want to end up like his predecessor.

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SHERIDAN — A United Express flight that arrived at Sheridan County Airport Sunday afternoon marked the beginning of SkyWest Airlines’ tenure as the airport’s commercial air service provider, inaugurating a partnership local and state officials believe will accelerate the development of local…

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RIVERTON — Small communities in Wyoming could get a larger portion of the state’s local government distribution through an amendment State Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, proposed recently during a Joint Appropriations Committee meeting Cheyenne.

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CHEYENNE – Wyoming could soon join the rest of the country and use Medicaid to cover K-12 special education services, and the new funding model could get a test run in Laramie County School District 1.