A judge in Cheyenne heard arguments today over whether to dismiss the lawsuit about the Y Cross Ranch. The suit was filed by a Amy Davis, who gave a ranch to two university foundations and now accuses them of not honoring the intent of her gift.
The state's treasurer and its longest serving attorney general has died. Joseph "Joe" Meyer was 71.
Meyer's family said in a statement that he died Saturday. No cause of death was released, but Meyer was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. He had brain surgery in January to remove cancer deposits.
His death comes just days after the University of Wyoming announced he would receive a distinguished alumni award at homecoming next week. Meyer graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in 1964 and a law degree in 1967.
Wyoming environmental regulators say carbon dioxide bubbling up from the ground may have killed six ducks and polluted a stream.
The leak happened in an area where CO2 is injected underground to help revive an old oil field and boost oil production.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Anadarko Petroleum to identify and control the carbon dioxide leak into Castle Creek in central Wyoming. DEQ also is telling Anadarko to monitor the stream's acidity until three consecutive tests show normal pH.
A federal judge must decide a dispute between two Wyoming Indian tribes ... over whether eagles may be killed on the Wind River Reservation for religious purposes.
Judge Alan Johnson of Cheyenne heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit the Northern Arapaho Tribe is pressing against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The federal agency issued a permit to the Northern Arapaho this spring specifying the tribe could kill two bald eagles for its annual Sun Dance. It was the nation's first bald eagle permit for religious purposes.
Top Wyoming officials say congressional action to block about $700 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state over the next 10 years threatens to be devastating to the state budget.
Gov. Matt Mead and Sen. Phil Nicholas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Wyoming Legislature, say the loss will leave the state hard-pressed to continue to pay for coal research and other programs it has covered with the AML dollars.
A coalition of environmental groups has filed notice that they intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency's decision to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.
WildEarth Guardians and other groups announced Monday that they have filed a notice of intent to sue the federal agency.
The groups are concerned that the state of Wyoming has classified wolves in most of the state as unprotected predators that could be shot on sight. The state has scheduled a trophy wolf hunt in the area around Yellowstone National Park starting Oct. 1.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A wildfire on Casper Mountain that's forced the evacuation of about 400 people has spread to between 5,000 and 6,000 acres. The Sheep Herder Hill Fire started Sunday afternoon and quickly spread as it jumped from tree to tree on the mountain that overlooks the city. About 150 structures and homes on the mountain's east side remained evacuated Monday, including the Crimson Dawn Museum. Natrona County Emergency Management Director Stew Anderson told KTWO-AM that he believes it's safe. So far he said firefighters have been mainly on the defensive.
Four people have been hurt in a flash fire at a ConocoPhillips natural gas processing plant in Fremont County.
ConocoPhillips spokesman Jim Lowry says the flash fire occurred at the Lost Cabin plant about 8:30 a.m. today/Wednesday while contract workers were doing maintenance on part of the plant.
Lowry says the brief fire went out on its own.
Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Dave Good says two of the people who were hurt received what he described as "pretty severe" injuries. They were transported to hospitals in the region, including a burn center in Greeley, Colo.
A detailed review of a proposed $3 billion power line that would run through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Nevada will be delayed about six months.
Under the TransWest Express Transmission Line project's initial timeline, the B-L-M was to have issued a draft plan for the project about now. However, spokeswoman Beverly Gorny says that plan is now expected sometime in the spring of next year.
Gorny says the delay is necessary to review newly proposed alternative routes that have come up during the process of trying to identify where the line should go.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking all Wyoming residents to report dead sage grouse they find so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.
Sage grouse have low resistance to the disease and it usually kills infected birds.
Tom Christiansen with Game and Fish says there is no sign yet of an outbreak in the state this year.A recent limited survey in the Powder River Basin detected only low numbers of a particular type of mosquito known to carry the disease.
The U.S. Department of Education has informed the Wyoming Department of Education that it should continue administering the state Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students -- or PAWS -- test for high school juniors next year.
The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year directed the state Education Department to discontinue the PAWS test for juniors and to use results from the ACT instead.
A University of Wyoming history professor is dropping his bid to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.
Phil Roberts says there is no room in this year's Senate race for him because in order to be successful he would need support from a number of Republicans. But as his petition drive to gather signatures progressed, it became clear that most of his support was coming from Democrats and independents.
Roberts was a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998 and lost the primary to John Vinich, who then lost the general election.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New wildfires have started in northern Wyoming.
A new fire is burning in the Shoshone National Forest near the Montana border. The fire has forced the closure of a 15 mile section of U.S. 212 in northern Park County.
Another fire is burning about 12 miles south of Ten Sleep in Washakie County.
And firefighters are tending to a grass fire that burned about 15,000 acres Tuesday in Johnson and Sheridan counties. About 30 ranch homes had to be evacuated. However, lighter winds kept fire activity down Wednesday.