Rep.Greear pleased with legislative progress

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

WORLAND – State Representative Mike Greear, R-Worland, is pleased with the Wyoming State Legislature’s 2015 general session which is expected to wrap up this week.

The Senate killed legislation to expand the state’s Medicaid program. As a response, Greear proposed a $1 million grant program to fund rural hospitals. “Because Medicaid Expansion didn’t pass, people were trying to take some pressure off of hospitals.”

“I think the position I advocated will be successful when we go to conference committee with the senate,” Greear said.

Greear said the grant program is a response to declining revenue. Because of a drop in oil and gas prices, the state took a $222 million revenue loss.

“Until we figure out something with healthcare in Wyoming, we keep applying band aids. This will be a band aid that will help hospitals, including some in the Big Horn Basin,” he said.

“We keep saying that we want a Wyoming solution, but it’s been three years without a Wyoming solution,” the legislator said.

Greear also successfully worked a bill through the legislature which would lessen the requirements for driving farm trucks. The bill amends Wyoming law to allow farm employees to take a written test to operate vehicles over 39,000 pounds. The representative said that bill, which Governor Mead signed into law, will tremendously benefit farmers and ranchers.

Under current law, farmers must obtain a CDL to operate trucks over 39,000 pounds. Surrounding states allow the exemption for farmers, but Wyoming does not.

“It’s a small step in the right direction. I think it will be helpful to them,” he said.

“This will help farmers get ready for harvest,” adding that the bill will help farmers hire more help during peak seasons.


Woman faces felony meth charges

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

WORLAND – Shayna Mueller, 25 of Worland, pleaded not guilty to a felony drug charge in district court Wednesday.

Mueller stands accused of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. The alleged offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $25,000 or both.

An affidavit of probable cause alleges that law enforcement interviewed a man who supplied methamphetamine to a confidential informant. The man agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and named Mueller as one of his methamphetamine suppliers.

Mueller requested that her bond be reduced so that she could spend time with her children. Judge Robert Skar denied the request, leaving Mueller’s bond at $5,000 cash.


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State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

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First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

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