Wyoming News Update

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says the state continues to face tough times, but revenue forecasts suggest there's time for a thoughtful approach to the state budget. Gordon presented a $3.1 billion budget proposal for 2021-2022 to the state Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday. The committee will work on the budget over the next two weeks before the full Legislature takes up the budget during a four-week session in February and March. Gordon cautions lawmakers that an upcoming revenue forecast in January may not be as optimistic as one in October.


CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says he continues to consider a possible lawsuit against Washington state over construction of the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Republican Gov. Mark Gordon says he has asked Attorney General Bridget Hill to give him options regarding the Millennium Bulk Terminal. The Washington Department of Natural Resources cited environmental grounds in denying a construction lease for the terminal on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington. Wyoming industry groups and lawmakers say the completed terminal could ship coal produced in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to international markets.


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether they are doing doing enough to protect grizzly bears across the contiguous U.S. states after advocates sued the government to try to restore the animals to more areas. A federal judge approved a settlement Monday and said the review must be completed by March 31, 2021. The Center for Biological Diversity said in a lawsuit that officials should consider restoring grizzlies to areas of California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Oregon. Grizzly bears are protected as a threatened species in the U.S., except in Alaska. An estimated 1,900 bears live in portions of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington state.


CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Casper have arrested a 51-year-old man in what they are calling a “domestic homicide” of a woman. The Casper Police Department says Rodney Smith, of Casper, was taken into custody last Friday and that there is no current threat to the public. The Natrona County District Attorney’s office has charged the man with felony manslaughter and a felony habitual criminal offense. It was not immediately known if Smith had an attorney to represent him. Officers found a woman inside a west side Casper home on Nov. 30. Police have not released the victim's name.


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has died in an avalanche while skiing in the mountains of northern Colorado. It's the first avalanche death recorded this season in Colorado, where communities along the Rocky Mountains have seen record or near-record snowfall since September. The avalanche happened Sunday just north of Rocky Mountain National Park. The woman from Fort Collins was buried in the powerful slide, which officials say fell 500 vertical feet. Authorities say the woman was not breathing when other skiers dug her out from the snow, and she was declared dead at the scene.


LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will play Georgia State on Dec. 31 in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson. It is the third time in the last four seasons, that the Cowboys have earned a bowl bid. The Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Committee formally invited the Cowboys on Sunday. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m., Mountain Time from Arizona Stadium and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Georgia State Panthers are from the Sun Belt Conference. Both teams will enter the game with 7-5 overall records. The Cowboys and Panthers will be meeting for the first time in the two schools' histories.


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