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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming residents near a proposed wild facility in Laramie County have some major concerns.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the facility would hold wild horses captured by the Bureau of Land Management, and the BLM would pay South Dakota-based Equine Elite an amount for each horse it houses.

But the project hit a snag when it came to gaining approval from neighbors within a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) radius due to concerns ranging from water quality to increased traffic.

While the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality only requires approval from property owners within one mile, the county requires a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) radius.

Equine Elite has asked the Laramie County Commission to lower the distance to 1 mile (1.6 kilometers).

A review process for the change begins Tuesday.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Major highways reopened in Wyoming and Colorado on Sunday, allowing most people to resume their holiday weekend shopping a day after snow and high winds caused blizzard conditions and clogged highways and streets with snow drifts.

After the strong winds abated early Sunday, road crews in Wyoming were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 on Sunday morning. On Saturday, nearly the entire length of both interstates had closed because of the storm that also caused hazardous travel conditions in Montana.

Major interstates in Colorado that closed Saturday also were reopened by Sunday morning.

Still, travelers were warned to remain cautious for slick conditions and blowing snow.

The National Weather Service said some parts of Wyoming could see more high winds late Sunday and into Tuesday.


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a powerful holiday weekend storm (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Hundreds of flights are being canceled because of the winter storm sweeping across the U.S., leaving travelers scrambling to get home after Thanksgiving. Flight-tracking site FlightAware says there were 506 canceled flights Sunday in the U.S., compared with 407 on Saturday. Airports with the most canceled flights include San Francisco with 67 and Newark, New Jersey, with 33 according to FlightAware. Wind and rain are causing some arriving flights at San Francisco to be delayed an average of 4 1/2 hours. The Federal Aviation Administration said some flights heading to Newark are being delayed by an average of more than 2 1/2 hours.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Back-to-back snowstorms and strong winds combined to complicate travel across much of Wyoming, where roads were closed in the eastern and southern parts of the state because of whiteout conditions.

The National Weather Service reported 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow fell in Cheyenne from 7 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday and “has been blown all over kingdom come by our winds,” said meteorologist Andrew Lyons.

That was added to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow that fell before Thanksgiving.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph) created ground blizzards and below-zero wind chill temperatures in some areas. A 77 mph (124 kph) wind gust was reported in the mountains between Cheyenne and Laramie.

Roads in and out of Casper and Cheyenne were closed Saturday afternoon, including the entire 300-mile stretch (483-kilometer) of Interstate 25 in Wyoming. Interstate 80 across southern Wyoming also was closed.


GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman has pleaded no contest to a vehicular homicide charge filed after a fatal crash on icy roads in northeastern Wyoming January 2018.

The Gillette News Record reports a sentencing date has not been set for 34-year-old Kaycee Smelser of Gillette. She entered her no contest plea on Nov. 27.

Prosecutors say Smelser was traveling 95 mph (153 kph) in a 70 mph (113 kph) zone near Wright on Jan. 25, 2018. Investigators say she lost control of her pickup truck, crossed the center line and struck a sport utility vehicle head-on.

The driver of the SUV, 26-year-old Jessica Cano De Najera, was killed.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A longtime Wyoming law enforcement officer has been sworn in as the U.S. marshal for the state.

Randall Huff of Cheyenne took office earlier this year, but he was sworn in Friday at the U.S. Marshals Service headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

As marshal, Huff is responsible for the security at federal courthouses, arresting fugitives, transporting federal prisoners, executing court orders and keeping witnesses safe.

Huff joined the Torrington Police Department in 1984. Six years later, he became a special agent for the state Division of Criminal Investigation, where he conducted drug, violent crime and internet crime investigations.

Huff graduated from the University of Wyoming and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.


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