Wyoming News

Insurance Among Reasons Organizers End Wyoming Hot-Air Balloon Fest

Organizers of an annual hot-air balloon festival in Wyoming have reluctantly decided to end the event after 19 years. Mikki Smith, organizing committee president, says the 12-member panel voted unanimously Jan. 21 to end the Wild West Balloon Fest in …

Wyoming Fracking Trade-Secret Justification Required Under Deal

A legal settlement will require petroleum companies to provide justification when they ask Wyoming regulators to withhold from the public details about the chemical products they pump underground. Last year, the Wyoming Supreme Court sided with a landowners group and …

Committee Advances Bill To Increase Wyoming Workplace Safety Fines

A bill to increase penalties against Wyoming employers when safety violations result in worker fatalities has cleared its first hearing. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of the bill. Wyoming long has been among …

Wyoming Women Struck By Car Sue Bar That Served Driver

Two women who were struck by a car outside a Cheyenne, Wyo. bar have filed civil complaints against the bar owners arguing bar employees knowingly served alcohol to the underage driver who hit them. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Christine …

Wyoming Workplace Fatality Bill Endorsed by Lawmakers

Lawmakers have  advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Members of the Joint Labor, Health and …

Cloud Seeding Can Increase Snowpack, Says Wyoming Study

State-funded research in Wyoming suggests that cloud seeding can increase mountain snowfall by up to 15 percent a year, has negligible environmental effects – and almost no impact on precipitation in surrounding areas. In a nearly decade-long study, researchers found the …

Wyoming Needs More Workplace Inspections, Official Says

Wyoming needs to hire more workplace safety inspectors and allow police to pull over and ticket drivers not wearing their seat belts, the state’s outgoing workplace safety epidemiologist said. Wyoming had the worst workplace fatality rate of any state five …

Workers Inhaled Uranium at Wyoming Mine, NRC Says

Six workers at a Wyoming uranium mine inhaled the radioactive element while cleaning up a spill inside a processing building just days before the mine delivered its first shipment last year, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The workers’ urine …

Wyoming Up Nearly Double So Far From Last Year

Nearly twice as many people have died on Wyoming highways so far this year compared with 2013. Wyoming Highway Patrol figures show that 135 people have died as of last week this year in highway crashes. At the same point …

Hydraulic Leak Contributed To Wyoming Coal Mine Death

A hydraulic leak and the failure to use a safety block contributed to the crushing death of a contractor at a Wyoming coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration investigated the June 6 death of 25-year-old Joshua L. Wishard …