Newcastle News Letter Journal

POWELL — Two bills that would further the cause of eliminating schools as gun free zones, Senate File 86 and House Bill 125, passed their respective committees of the whole Friday to stay alive in the quick legislative session.    If they are made into law, they would provide funding for schools to...
GILLETTE — At the beginning of his senior year, Benton Thacker was considering a future career as an electrician.   He wasn’t certain that’s what he wanted to do, but his friends were also interested in the field, so he jumped on board. Now, the 17-year-old is considering a different future in the...

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CASPER — Over 80 bills died when both chambers of the Legislature adjourned on Friday evening.    Friday marked the deadline for the second reading of bills in their house of origin and 81 bills — 25 in the House of Representatives and 56 in the Senate — were scheduled to be heard for the first...

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CHEYENNE — A $40 million allocation for 988 hotline operations is still alive in the Wyoming House of Representatives, but since lawmakers must reconcile a $900 million difference in the two chambers’ budgets, one advocate says he’s concerned that funding is on the chopping block.   Last week,...
FROM WYOFILE:    After the Freedom Caucus blocked a bill to strengthen mental health resources in schools, the Wyoming House voted Thursday to include it in the budget.   School-aged children filled the south side of the House gallery when a bill to strengthen Wyoming’s K-12 mental health resources...
FROM WYOFILE:    Gov. Mark Gordon celebrated the ‘unequivocal win’ for Wyoming’s coal industry, while demand for new federal leases is at an all-time low.   A federal appeals court has overturned an Obama-era moratorium for new coal mine leasing on public lands — an “unequivocal win” for Wyoming’s...

The police vehicle of Sheridan Police Sgt. Nevada Krinkee, who was shot and killed while attempting to serve a trespass warning on a man Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, is parked at the department Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (Clint Wood/The Sheridan Press)

FROM WYOFILE:   The hard-line group of Republicans split on a budget amendment responding to the recent killing of a Sheridan police sergeant.   An emotional debate broke out Thursday in the Wyoming House about what it means to be fiscally conservative when a budget amendment was brought to bolster...
SHERIDAN — Medical providers shared concerns about governmental overreach in Senate files approved by the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee Thursday.   Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, sponsored Senate File 99 — Chloe’s Law — and Senate File 98, which both have a laundry list of...

The Naughton coal-fired power plant outside Kemmerer, pictured in January 2022. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

FROM WYOFILE:    Black Hills Energy won a reprieve from state regulators for its ‘final plan’ to comply with the law while legislators consider extending compliance deadlines.   Wyoming electric power provider Black Hills Energy was supposed to file a “final plan” in March for how it will meet a...

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Measure aims to speed up approval, but some worry it prevents local control   CASPER — A bill that would streamline small-scale mining operations and help onramp new mineral sectors — including gold, cobalt, nickel, and lithium — cleared the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development...

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