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Gov. Gordon Appoints Heally as District Court Judge

Governor Mark Gordon announced Friday the appointment of Stuart S. Healy III to fill the upcoming District Court Judge vacancy for the Sixth Judicial District, following the retirement of Judge Michael “Nick” Deegan, who's last...
Protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on December 11, 2000. (Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Why Bush v. Gore Still Matters in 2020

By Ian MacDougall, ProPublica Twenty years after the Supreme Court decision known as Bush v. Gore effectively decided a presidential election, it’s back on the country’s mind. President Donald Trump, who is lagging in polls...

Shoes Made From Human Skin #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) What do a medicine bag and pair of shoes made of human skin, an ashtray made from the top of a human skull, Wyoming’s first female doctor, and a Wyoming governor all...

Was Tom Horn Innocent? #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) The early part of the Twentieth Century was a violent time in Wyoming history. Cattle barons fought with shepherds. Property rights were weakly enforced, and grazing land was largely distributed on a...

Domestic Violence Murder Spree #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Gillette Police Officer Jon Hardy in his patrol car (Gillette, Wyo.) It’s not often Gillette lands in the national news, but for the worst reasons, on Dec. 20, 1983, Gillette was the location of a...

The History of the Cowboy Hat #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) In the hand of the silhouetted cowboy on the iconic Bucking Horse and Rider logo is a hat that is so well recognized, no one would mistake the image as one of...

The Crash of United Airlines 409 #ThisWeekInWYHistory

*Photo credit Bill Larkin, showing a DC-4 in United Airlines livery On Oct. 6, 1955, 66 people perished when their DC-4 crashed into Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Mountain Range of Wyoming. At the...

This Week in WY History: How A Dead Cow Started A War

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Aug. 19, 1854, 29 soldiers were killed in one of the first battles of a lengthy war between settlers and Native Americans. And it all started over a dispute involving a...

Wine of Wyoming #ThisWeekInWYHistory

On Oct. 27, 1933, Earnest Hemingway published Winner Take Nothing, which included the short story, “Wine of Wyoming.” It’s not one of his more well-known stories, owing to the fact much of the dialogue is...

#ThisWeekInWYHistory: Hot Tamale Louie

In 2015, when a mosque opened in Gillette, many people were surprised that Wyoming had a Muslim population at all. Some were angry. As a result, Wyoming, and the nation, came to respect and...