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Reopening Yellowstone National Park is going to be a lot more difficult than it was to shut it down a month ago as the coronavirus pandemic spread.
“We’re now looking at ways to relax some of the requirements we have for barbers and beauty salons and others to sort of get people back working again in these pretty work-a-day type professions that everyone depends on,” the governor said.
Because Sheriff Gus Holbrook has asked officers to avoid bringing people suspected of coronavirus exposure to the Natrona County Detention Center, police have been unable to arrest people on the basis of those violations, Mayor Steve Freel said.
Rural hospitals are struggling financially and making cuts amid a halt in elective surgeries.
Thompson discusses league's future amid coronavirus outbreak.
Fourteen of the newly announced recoveries are confirmed, and three are probable.
The virus has separated a Green River family while the father recovers from brain surgery.
The students and instructors have learned to use the technology, work through technical issues and adapt to makeshift dance spaces at their homes. The biggest obstacle, though, is that dance is not a subject that adapts well to remote instruction.
A gym, a hair salon and a nail salon will be allowed to reopen under what the health officer there described as an experiment.
Three of the patients died at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, and the fourth was hospitalized at SageWest in Lander.
With more people cooped up at home, some internet providers have seen up to four times more demand for speed upgrades or new connections.
Gov. Mark Gordon told about 100 protesters he didn't know when Wyoming would get back to normal but he's talking with state officials about how to reopen businesses.
An ordinance requiring those who have been exposed to the coronavirus to self-quarantine is on Tuesday's Casper City Council agenda.
Authorities say the patient had "very limited contact" with the public on two days last week.
Three other staff members at the Casper facility were put on 14-day quarantine.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department medical director said the ER has seen about a 50 percent decrease in patients overall, including a 40 percent reduction in stroke and heart attack patients.
China Jude doesn't plan to stop sewing cloth face masks until she's made 500.
The main conflict stems from differences in live beef and boxed beef markets.
From free internet for homes without it to buses fitted with Wi-Fi, officials from Converse County School District No. 2 are rolling out sever…
The simple act of howling into the night has been a sincere way for many to reconnect with something they've lost.
Typically reluctant to rely on 'handouts,' many ranchers have been left with little choice.
Hog markets lacked stability even in the six months since the purchase, which predated the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, there are now 113 probable cases in the state, an increase of six.
Police departments are still trying to determine how to enforce public health orders.
The governor's plan will not be tied to specific dates. Instead, it will be data driven, the governor said.
A downturn in the state's energy sector — as well as impacts from COVID-19 — were cited as reasons for the layoffs.
"There is great likelihood that we could see restrictions or orders of some sort extending well beyond that April 30 date," a county spokeswoman said.
Casper Mayor Steve Freel said a plan is in the works to “reopen businesses and expedite economic activity."
Revenues at Campbell County Health have dropped by more than 50 percent and "decreased our cash reserves to a level that is very concerning," the hospital's CEO said in a statement Friday.
Of the state's now 305 confirmed cases, 157 have fully recovered.
Benefits are retroactive to the week of March 29 and will be in effect through July 25.
Wyoming Democrats plan to release the results Sunday of a presidential caucus that was postponed two weeks and scaled back to strictly mail-in voting because of the coronavirus.
It's business almost as usual for one Sheridan ranching family, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Casper music staple Chad Lore and his sons plan to entertain from their home for 24 hours starting Saturday morning with their online Music Marathon 2020.
The employees would need to complete 56 hours of approved training before carrying guns at the Conestoga, Rawhide, Rozet, 4J, Recluse and Little Powder River elementary schools in Campbell County.
Administrators, coaches' volunteer work helps to distribute food bags in Laramie.
After a weeklong stretch in which the state averaged more than 16 new cases per day, the state has averaged about half as many cases per day over the last 10 days.
Hospital CEO Mike Phillips said the CDC staffers "reviewed and approved" all protocols put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The two units still overseas were set to return to the United States in the coming months. But their return will likely be delayed by 60 days because travel restrictions related to the virus have blocked units traveling to replace them.
Wyoming is one of just a handful of states with at least three members of its delegation on the committee.
The move comes after anecdotal reports of anglers coming from Colorado, which is under a shelter-in-place order, to Wyoming to fish.
More than 60 percent of people who responded to a UW survey say their hours or pay have been cut because of the pandemic.
More than 5,700 Wyoming businesses got some sort of assistance from the federal government. But the program is now out of funds amid congressional squabbling.
Lawmakers are expected to convene a special session to respond to the pandemic, including bills aimed at stabilizing the economy.
"The objective is not to provide definitive estimates of impacts but to identify some key issues and help readers develop some notion of the rough magnitudes of possible effects," the report said.
"If anyone thinks that simply easing restrictions currently in place will lead to an immediate return to normal, they need to think again," Gordon said.
While the number of cases haven't spiked of late, Natrona County's health officer said the data is "falsely low."
The mayor said that he'd seen a video of the party and that the attendees were "flat out thumbing their nose" at public health concerns.
The governor also called on every agency in state government to “re-examine their entire budget” to account for the new declines in revenue.
Like much of Campbell County, the state and nation, the Integrated Test Center has been closed while travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic has stymied teams of researcher.
Justin Kinner burned over 11,700 calories while performing the 24-hour run.
Wyoming OSHA has received a blitz of questions about the new challenge, officials with the Department of Workforce Services said.
Few details were released about the man, other than that he was older.
Of the district's students, 97 percent have re-engaged in coursework despite the school closures.
Wyoming producers recently voiced their frustrations with discrepancies between live beef and boxed beef prices, alleging price gouging made by packers.
Emails show a back and forth that became heated as Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell pushed state officials to allow him to enact a stay-at-home order.
People can experience the gallery from their homes with a virtual tour or take a stroll past the gallery.
In opposing the measure, several council members said they disagreed with fines and arrests as a means to enforce the state's orders but thought some action was necessary.
Twenty Wyoming nonprofits signed a letter to the governor and state auditor seeking the suspension, a group that included housing and homelessness advocacy organizations as well as the Wyoming Hospital Association and the Cheyenne Landlord Association.
"The economic benefits of lives saved outweigh the value of the projected losses of GDP by about $5.2 trillion," the authors wrote in article that will be published by a Cambridge University journal.
The Department of Workforce Services will begin extending emergency benefits promised under the federal coronavirus relief act by the end of this month.
“The CDC indicated an interest in directing some of their staff toward protecting areas with relatively low levels of COVID-19 infections,” state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said.
The figure does not include the effects of the Class 4A/3A State Basketball Championships being canceled.
WMC is advising all patients who don't have emergent problems to make use of the telehealth services.
Wyoming government revenues could plummet from anywhere between $555 million and nearly $2.8 billion over the next two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and an oil price war.
Cheney cited the 10th Amendment, which says the powers not specifically delegated to the federal government — or prohibited from state control — are reserved for the states.
The family wants everyone to know this story. They want people, especially the sick, to understand that even now, with a disease like this, there is still hope.
The United States' most prominent infectious disease expert said Gov. Mark Gordon was "doing an extraordinary job" of handling the spread of the coronavirus in Wyoming.
Nearly half of Natrona County’s 33 confirmed coronavirus patients are linked to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, while an equal number of pat…
A new survey published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offered a sobering portrait of the U.S. energy sector since the coronavirus pandemic sent the economy into a tailspin.
The Wyoming Arts Council encourages Wyoming-based artists who’ve lost income because of the COVID-19 crisis to apply for a $500 grant.
The multinational agreement to curb 9.7 million barrels of oil daily may be too little, too late for Wyoming operators, analysts say.
“How we maintain that sort of discipline for a while longer will be key to how well we come out on the other side,” one health official said.
Fines would begin at $250 and could increase to $750 plus jail time for subsequent offenses.
Stay up to date with the latest energy news with reporter Camille Erickson.
All but two Wyoming counties -- Weston and Platte -- now have confirmed cases.
Maggie King is one of many very small restaurant owners in Casper. In late March, she changed her Grab and Go menu to reflect meal bundles. Wh…
"It just keeps my mind directed on positive things, even if it's not a positive piece of art or music," said Mary Sommers, co-founder of the Casper Writers' Guild, "and keeps me from dwelling on how scary this all is."
The Star-Tribune editorial board offers suggestions on ways we can all help amid the pandemic.
In the past few weeks, both Rachel Maddow and Dr. Anthony Fauci have weighed in on Gov. Mark Gordon's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
While Wyoming is one of eight states without a shelter-in-place order, its state-ordered closures are similar to those enacted by shelter-in-place states, with a few notable exceptions.
Big Horn, Platte and Weston are now the only Wyoming counties without confirmed cases.
For many Jackson seniors, maintaining their sanity during the lockdown has been a balancing act.
High schools across Wyoming illuminated their football fields or scoreboards for 20 minutes starting at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) to honor the Class of 2020 and Wyoming's first responders.
County officials emphasized that there is no evidence of COVID-19 spreading through food preparation.
Each Sunday we ask you a question about an issue important to Wyoming, then print what you think the following week.
Brown & Gold Outlet store in Laramie has reduced its hours while the store in Cheyenne is temporarily closed.
A team of local businesses have begun to provide delivered meals to crews of healthcare workers, grocery stores, first responders and others with their effort called “Feed The Front Line. Casper.”
Wyoming Medical Center has cut the hours of its nonclinical staff and reduced pay for its leaders as the hospital focuses on the coronavirus and stops its most lucrative procedures.
Four other staff members who had direct contact with the person who tested positive are now in self-quarantine. They have not been symptomatic.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming partnered with philanthropists, Eggington's restaurant and others to distribute 450 meals to local families for Easter weekend.
Wyoming’s unemployment insurance fund is flush enough to fund current levels of unemployment claims for 321 weeks, one study found.
New cases were reported Friday in Natrona, Teton, Laramie, Fremont, Campbell and Sweetwater counties.
Distilleries in Mills, Sheridan, Cheyenne, Alpine, Kirby and Jackson will join in the effort to address shortages amid the pandemic.
Hundreds of people in the Big Horn Basin are now taking part in the treasure hunts, which include supplies that could come in handy for anyone stuck at home — including toilet paper and paper towels
Wyoming has asked FEMA for 75,000 N95 respirators, 97,000 surgical masks, 22,000 face shields, 74,000 surgical gowns, 2.2 million gloves and 50 ventilators. None of those supplies have been delivered.
The number of laboratory confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Wyoming rose to 320 on Thursday.
The National Outdoor Leadership School -- which is also known as NOLS, is one of Lander’s largest employers.
The apparent theft comes as hospitals and states across the country have warned of a desperate shortage of masks, gowns and gloves.
One demonstrator's sign demanded Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon let the state work. Others read "Defend liberty" and "Don't flatten the economy."
JACKSON — Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition asking Wyoming state government to approve Teton County’s request for a stronger communit…
The number of jobless claims received last week jumped nearly 860 percent compared to the week of March 8.
The declaration would unlock funding and services for Wyoming's 23 counties and two tribal nations.
As scores of contract workers flock to southern Wyoming to help build wind and transmission line projects, questions have emerged over whether the influx is a good idea amid the spread of COVID-19.
The owners of Cowboy Up Coffee in Torrington made sack lunches to thank truckers who are ferrying supplies during the pandemic.
Wyoming banks say they've been working around the clock to help customers seeking disaster loans.
LARAMIE -- It includes the images of the Teton Mountains in the end zones, the High Altitude Performance Center and even the trees flanking th…
Gov. Mark Gordon noted that while the state's case total wasn't comparatively large, "it is critical and crucial that we not minimize the impact of this virus or the impact this virus continues to have on our state's health care system and our health care providers."
Officials here say the shipments have been so small they'll have a minimal impact on tracking the disease's spread in Wyoming.
Season-ending college rodeo had been held in Casper every year since 1999.
Combined, the state says there are 303 patients with the coronavirus in Wyoming, between the confirmed count and the probable count — 94 of which have fully recovered.
Public officials have become increasingly outspoken against out-of-state visitors venturing into Wyoming to recreate or flee the pandemic.
It's unclear what happened to the masks, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday, including whether they were stolen.
The annual rodeo, which draws competitors from across the country to Casper, was set to run June 14-20.
Some immigrants living and working legally in the Equality State will not be eligible for the $1,200 federal rebate check even though they pay taxes.
Even doorknob makers think they are critical cogs during the COVID-19 pandemic and want a gubernatorial designation as essential workers, a po…
We're covering the shelter-order debate like we would any issue: by including many perspectives. That's not divisive. That's how journalism works.
Laramie County, the home to Wyoming’s largest coronavirus outbreak, is experiencing widespread community transmission of the disease that can’…
If the number of cases announced Tuesday remains at nine, it would be the first day in more than a week in which fewer than 10 new cases were announced.
"Just from personal experience, it’s been eyeopening, how sick these patients can really get," a Lander ER doc said.
American Legion World Series and Regional Tournaments are canceled, but Cody Beers, Wyoming State Baseball Chairman, remains hopeful for a regular season and state tournament.
The juvenile inmate is being isolated from the rest of the population, authorities say.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has ordered that “a substantial number” of outward missionaries worldwide should return to the…
Over the weekend, Fremont County health officials said they would test all remaining Showboat Retirement Center staff and residents.
Five Cowboys were NCAA qualifiers before the coronavirus outbreak prematurely ended their seasons.
New cases were announced Monday afternoon in Laramie and Natrona counties.
Justin Kinner, who hopes to raise $7,500, topped $1,000 in the fundraiser's first day.
The move is part of an effort to boost the state's health care workforce amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The guidance mirrors the recommendation from the CDC to wear face masks or coverings when in public.
Stay up to date with the latest energy news with reporter Camille Erickson.
This year's game, the 47th in the annual series, was scheduled for June 13 at Natrona County's Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.
"The nice thing about living on a ranch is that most of the inhabitants on our ranch don't know how crazy the world has become."
New cases were announced in Laramie, Lincoln and Teton counties Sunday night.
Organizers say that not only can the gardens be a source of food during times of economic uncertainty, but planting and caring for the gardens also offer gardeners a chance to become more self-sufficient and get outside.
A jump in unemployment claims around the country indicates that many tenants will need help meeting their monthly rent requirements.
With schools closed across Wyoming, educators, museums, libraries and more are offering online educational lessons and activities for kids to do at home.
What should an outdoors person responsibly do to recreate in the age of COVID-19?
Let's do the right thing, Wyoming. Observe social distancing. Work from home. Get food delivered from local restaurants. Order online to help local businesses. Wash your hands.
Two congregations in northern Wyoming found a creative way to continue their Sunday services amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the pandemic, rural hospitals are caring for more patients as their revenues decline.
Other UW coaches might be forced to take pay cuts because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
UW coach Craig Bohl, athletic director Tom Burman remain hopeful about the upcoming season taking place.
Officials have ordered all of the remaining residents and staff at the Showboat Retirement Center to undergo testing.
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As restaurants close, the strain on the livestock industry is growing.
The interim president of Wyoming's only four-year public school has some words of encouragement amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Forty-nine people have now recovered. Nine new cases were reported in Fremont. Other counties that saw new cases include: Laramie, Teton, Natrona, Sheridan, Campbell, Sweetwater and Uinta.
The Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming has mailed $460,000 of the $1 million grant to the 46 Episcopal churches in Wyoming.
Cheney also joined Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso a day earlier in asking for help for ranchers during the pandemic.
"It is very frustrating, extremely frustrating, when we have orders that are supposed to be on their way and find that FEMA, the agency that’s supposed to be helping us, is preempting that order," the governor said.
Financial gift comes after the NCAA granted eligibility relief to student-athletes whose seasons were canceled.
The mayor also asked businesses that remain open to implement social distancing measures.
Gordon also directed "any individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days."
The University of Wyoming will move its spring commencement and graduation ceremonies to virtual formats, its latest effort to slow the spread…
Health Officer Dr. Mark Dowell says he'd like to avoid issuing a local shelter-in-place order but may have to if Gov. Mark Gordon doesn't.
The move includes waiving "coinsurance, copayments and deductibles for COVID-19 medical treatments" until June 30.
The number of coronavirus cases associated with the facility has more than doubled.
37 people have recovered from the illness, which has been identified in 17 Wyoming counties.
The order will go into effect Friday evening and be in place for two weeks.
Cowboys coach has used time to read and rewatch old movies.
Health care providers in Wyoming have been asked to send samples to private laboratories if the patients are not covered by one of the categories, which include hospitalized patients, health care workers and pregnant women.
"We didn't do it to get publicity, but we do want to try to encourage other businesses and foundations to step up and really help some of the nonprofits right now."
Thirteen new cases were announced Thursday morning, and three more were announced in the evening.
The state received 4,652 new claims for unemployment insurance last week.
More than half of people in Wyoming say they or their immediate family have had their hours or pay cut.
The advisory is the latest attempt by the court system to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
While Natrona County continues to have fewer cases than hot spots in Teton, Laramie and Fremont counties, three patients and one staff member at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute have tested positive for the disease.
Head coach Craig Bohl still meets regularly with staff thanks to video conferencing.
The increased demand for Wyoming's cattle production hasn't led to increased profits for local farmers and ranchers.
Much of the Wind River Reservation is in Fremont County, one of the Wyoming counties hardest hit by the virus.
The CNFR is scheduled for June 14-20 at the Casper Events Center.
Wyoming's governor has not issued a shelter order, but industry groups have preemptively asked that their workers be exempted.
The University of Wyoming has committed to spending $2 million to support students affected by the coronavirus and the university's decision to shut down campus to slow the spread of the disease.
Laramie County now has 35 cases, the highest total in Wyoming.
The masks are being manufactured from plastic within the university's maker space lab.
“We all want to feel connected," said Kevin Hazucha, CEO of the Central Wyoming Counseling Center. "It’s human nature.”
Limiting in-person court hearings to prevent the spread of coronavirus makes it difficult for courts to ensure that people — some of whom may ultimately be found not guilty — are not jailed indefinitely.
Hawaii, previously the only other state that hadn't recorded a death from the coronavirus pandemic, reported its first death Tuesday.
The model suggests strong isolation measures will help prevent a shortage of overall hospital beds. But it also projects the state won't have enough ICU beds.
“The damage to the economy, the state, and society may be worse than the disease, all while people get the disease anyway,” Rep. Scott Clem wrote.
While people can’t gather in public, artists across Wyoming are bringing plays, museums, music and other art forms to audiences through the internet.
A district spokeswoman said that students will have required classwork starting next week. "This may be in a variety of formats to support all students," she said.
"Of all the changes the College has been forced to make because of COVID-19, this message is by far the hardest to send out," college president Darren Divine told students.
Though Wyoming is now the only U.S. state without a confirmed death, Tuesday saw the most cases in a single day in Wyoming since the pandemic began.