Johnson County

Richard Wilkerson entered a plea of “not guilty” in his arraignment hearing in Johnson County District Court Wednesday afternoon to the charge of second degree murder, stemming from the death of 45 year-old Brian Newman in a Buffalo bar earlier this year.

Sheridan County Commissioner, Tom Ringley, confirmed with Sheridan Media the the county's meeting with the Game and Fish Commission in Rock Springs has yielded favorable results for negotiation of a $3 million water rights lease with Johnson County.

The National Resource Defense Council has started an aggressive legal campaign to have wolves reinstated with protection under the Endangered Species Act.

A petition on the White House Website to allow Wyoming to leave the union and form an independent government has gained more than 7,000 online signatures. The group sponsoring the initiative is not identified, and the petition statement doesn't provide reasons for state secession.

Wyoming Senator, John Barrasso, was re-elected to serve as the chairman for the Republican Policy Committee by his fellow representatives in the Senate.

Thanksgiving is next week, and after that, all bets are off when it comes to the full-fledged holiday season. While the holidays are fun, they can entail a tremendous amount of stress as well.

At their regular meeting Monday night, the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees got updates from District Business Manager Matt Ramey on the new school crossing signs on South Main Street and the status of construction at the new Cloud Peak School.

Governor Matt Mead announced Tuesday he's seeking input on the Cowboy State's energy strategy going forward. Mead said he hopes the strategy will show Wyoming is an innovator in developing energy and regulating its development.

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