Articles by Mead Gruver

Mother of Unarmed Man Shot in Wyoming Files Lawsuit

The mother of an unarmed Wyoming man killed by a sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force and failures in hiring and training the deputy. Debra Hinkel filed suit Tuesday in U.S. …

Worker Claims Retaliation over Asbestos Report at Wyoming’s Old Faithful Inn

A maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park in Montana said a park concession company retaliated against him after he reported that he and five other employees were exposed to asbestos at a more than century-old lodge. Jon Kline told The …

Wyoming Man And His Insurers to Pay $2.9M for 2012 Wildfire

A man who accidentally started a 2012 wildfire that burned over a mountain and threatened the town of Jackson has agreed to a $2.9 million payment under a legal settlement. James G. Anderson Jr., 79, will be responsible for $425,000. …

Wyoming Refinery Owner Sues Blaming $135M Fire on Faulty Valve

A lawsuit filed by the owner of a Wyoming refinery alleges six companies played roles in the installation of a valve that failed, causing a fire and $135 million in damage to the plant. Nobody was hurt in the fire …

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 …

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 …

Fire Restrictions Take Effect As Wyoming Dries Out

Wyoming hasn’t had any big wildfires so far this year but several weeks of warm, dry weather have led to the state’s first widespread fire restrictions. Partial fire restrictions will take effect Tuesday for Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast …

Change Forecast for Blizzard of Winter Weather Terms

Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory? The National Weather Service is looking at the idea that less is more when it comes to such jargon. This winter, the federal …

Wyoming Agency Seeks $60,000 From Sinclair After Fire

Wyoming workplace safety regulators have handed down a dozen citations and are seeking more than $60,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil for a refinery fire that injured two workers. The May 25 fire at the Sinclair Refinery in Sinclair in …

Wyoming Lower Court to Reconsider Errant Golf Ball Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a golf tournament spectator who got whacked in the head by a golf ball is headed back for another round in court following a Wyoming Supreme Court ruling on Sept. 14. The court ruled 3-2 against …