October 10, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.
October 7, 2013 |
In the political year 2014, the marquee show will be the battle for control of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans each waging tough fights to seize back control of the House and Senate, respectively. But for sheer pop-some-popcorn-and-sit-back-and-watch entertainment, few contests can measure up to the Republican primary fight in Wyoming, where insurgent Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and longtime state congressman, is bidding to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Michael B. Enzi.
September 30, 2013 |
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming is a vast, beautifully rugged and sparsely populated state. Stick around long enough and you're bound to hear, more than once, its description as “a small town with really long streets.” The vintage is uncertain - the statement is variously credited to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former Democratic Gov. Mike Sullivan, among others - but the depiction helps explain the close-quarters discomfort caused by...
September 28, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Cowboys were playing at home on a recent Saturday, which meant a big crowd, which meant Mike Enzi was outside the University of Wyoming football stadium, looking like an elderly but still popular homecoming king. Fans in brown and gold strode up to the state's senior U.S. senator to slap him on the back, offer an arm-pumping handshake or make small talk about farming, kids' soccer and his recent radio interview on the Middle East. At 69, Michael B. Enzi is the epitome of unassuming, a figure widely known and liked at home but scarcely seen or heard outside Wyoming or beyond Capitol Hill, even after more than 16 years in the Senate.
September 23, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - These are boom times in the resource-rich Cowboy State, courtesy of an oil explosion whose ripples can be felt across the land. Good-paying blue-collar jobs in the petroleum and natural gas fields are as plentiful as pickups here, and the unemployment rate - 4.6% in July - remains far below the 7.4% national average. But critics worry that the prodigious oil output includes a potential byproduct. Despite such fast-dollar success, heavy reliance on a single industry known for its dramatic downturns could one day help paint the state into a precarious financial corner, they say. Many fear the day when Wyoming's oil market fails, as it last did in the mid-1980s, exposing a fundamental flaw in the state's job picture: The lure of the oil dollar has prompted teenagers to skip college, or abandon high school, for the petroleum fields - many without a Plan B if things go bust.
September 16, 2013 |
Grand Teton National Park is glorious in the fall, so what better way to appreciate it than with a new lodging-and-tour package that will take visitors to the park's back country in search of wildlife. The Wyoming Inn , near Jackson Hole's town square, and Eco-Tour Adventures have teamed up for this package that includes three nights' lodging and a full-day eco-tour for two, for $389.99 per person, double occupancy. Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, Eco-Tour guides will take guests through Grand Teton National Park to remote back-country habitats to search for moose, elk, black bears, bald eagles and other wildlife.
September 5, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - One man describes finding salvation by adopting a small bird during his years in a World War II internment camp. A former highway patrolman explains his friendship with the felon who shot and nearly killed him 30 years ago. And a veteran ranch couple discuss their early years on the American prairie. The disparate stories share a single thread: They all take place in Wyoming. An effort to collect the oral histories of ordinary residents - from longtime natives to unlikely foreign transplants - is being launched in this wide-open Western state, showing that although the landscape may be flat, the depth of life and experience here is decidedly multidimensional.
August 29, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. -- Robert Arthur Reed solicited investors nationwide for a wind farm here. But a federal judge ruled here this week that all the telephone huckster was really selling was a bunch of hot air. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered the 53-year-old Utah man to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding 83 investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota....
August 21, 2013 |
Senior point guard Jeremy Lieberman of Calabasas has committed to Wyoming, Coach Jon Palarz said. Eric.email@example.com
August 9, 2013 |
Californians weren't the only ones this week who were startled by their cellphones jangling with the Amber Alert text message about the missing San Diego County teen and the man suspected of kidnapping her. Over the past few days, authorities widened the area of the Amber Alert to Oregon, Washington, Nevada and part of Idaho. That means the cellphones of nearly the entire western United States got buzzed. And guess what? It seems to be working. Friday morning, San Diego County law enforcement officials announced that they found the now infamous blue Nissan stripped of its license plate (most of us had practically memorized the number from seeing it on freeway signs so often)