DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced mandatory furloughs of state workers due to pandemic-related budget cuts and warned Tuesday about a third wave of coronavirus outbreaks if the state’s upward trend continues.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert will increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah cities. But he stopped short of implementing any mask mandates as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state, state officials announced Tuesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission on Tuesday approved a revised gas capture policy that aims to encourage investment in infrastructure but doesn’t change targets for burning excess natural gas at well heads.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has depleted its unemployment benefits trust fund and begun to use federal loans to keep up with claims — spending that can trigger higher taxes if not repaid, a top labor official said Tuesday.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,800 jails and detention centers across the United States charge more for inmates to make in-state calls than they can legally charge for out-of-state phone calls, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — After the Turkey Farm Road Fire fried nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George, Utah, in mid-July, including large swaths of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area that was set aside in 2009 as habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, biologists worried wh…
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have not filed charges against a man involved in a fatal shooting in response to what police said was an ongoing assault of a woman.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Requiring Montana counties to open polling places for November's election would be “absolutely catastrophic," for voters and for public health, the governor's chief legal counsel, Raph Graybill, told a federal judge Tuesday.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have reached a $300,000 settlement with a disabled woman who accused an officer of grabbing and handcuffing her after she refused to provide ID in 2016.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Lexy Elizalde and Mark Cedar Face are two of dozens of students on a campus of more than 2,000 students at South Dakota Mines who have faced a COVID-19 diagnosis this semester since classes began Aug. 19.
DENVER (AP) — Despite past failed attempts to ban or limit abortions in Colorado, anti-abortion advocates have another chance to win over voters with a November ballot measure that would ban the procedure after 22 weeks.
DENVER (AP) — Groups opposing a proposed abortion ban in Colorado are ratcheting up their efforts following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg for fear that a newly comprised Supreme Court without the liberal icon could uphold the measure.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 13-year-old Utah boy with autism was shot by police after his mother asked for help getting him to a hospital and officers agreed to talk with him, police footage released Monday showed.
DENVER (AP) — Some Denver nurses said the state’s minimum staffing levels have left them overworked and patients vulnerable to substandard care.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The need for substitute teachers in the Bismarck Public School districts has pressingly increased this year due to coronavirus-related teacher absences.
DENVER (AP) — In the early hours of an April morning, at her home in Erie, Malea Anderson woke up with what felt like an explosion of ice water up her spine and into her head. She had a massive headache and tried to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, but her limbs wouldn’t cooperate. She …
FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Stanley County School District is moving all classes to distance learning beginning Tuesday because of the coronavirus.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Eight months after a Rapid City woman was found shot dead in a hotel room on New Years Day, her death has been ruled a homicide and a man is charged with murdering her.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Heidi Kershaw was sitting in on a therapy session with her 7-year-old son, who has autism, when she noticed he kept getting distracted from the therapy exercises. His eyes were glued to the corner of the room, where Mickey Mouse was on the TV.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — She’s touted as a force to be reckoned with. And after nearly a 100-year absence, a U.S. Navy vessel now bears the name “Montana.”
For the first time in the entire State of Wyoming, an adult Japanese beetle was found in Sheridan’s Kendrick Park, less than 80 miles away as the crow flies.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park had its second-busiest August on record but tourism is still down substantially this year, park officials said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday that he is considering a statewide mask mandate and is planning expanded coronavirus testing in response to what he called an alarming spike of infections in the state.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states is seeing some improvements but remains weak, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A student at a Wyoming junior high school tested positive for the coronavirus while the number of known cases in the state lurched upward by over 100, officials said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City Council said it is considering an ordinance that would limit its police department's access to decommissioned military equipment.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Republican Party has voted to censure a member of the Natrona County delegation for her role in founding a nonpartisan political action committee that gave money to some Democratic candidates across the state.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado have reported seizing more than half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop, leading to a much larger drug bust.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A school board in Idaho has announced its decision to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot at the end of the academic year after students and community members raised concerns over how other school athletic programs would portray the mascot before competitions.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Democratic North Dakota House minority leader who lost his legislative seat to a Republican newcomer four years ago is asking the state Supreme Court to remove the lawmaker from the November ballot.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers may have the ability to vote remotely during the upcoming legislative session, according to new rules proposed by the Joint House and Senate Rules Committee.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer was charged with aggravated assault after ordering a dog to attack a Black man who had put his hands in the air, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Google will receive more than $25 million in tax breaks after pledging an additional $600 million for a new data center in southern Nevada, state officials said.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Hasan Khalil, a 34-year-old from northern Iraq, first saw pigeons flying around the Syrian refugee camp where he spent the majority of his childhood, he never could have imagined that he would later develop a passion for training the birds.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump points to spiking crime and delivers stark statistics on murders and shootings as part of his “law and order” campaign emphasis that suggests cities are overrun with violence that only he can stop.
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library near Medora have some crucial irons in the fire as 2020 winds down.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials said Wednesday a $300 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits expired on Sept. 5. as payments continue for backdated claims.
DENVER (AP) — A union representing workers at a Colorado meatpacking plant where six workers died of COVID-19 and hundreds more were infected staged a protest Wednesday, claiming that federal officials should have fined the company more for its alleged failure to provide safe working conditions.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms race as a deadline nears for extending the only remaining nuclear arms control deal with Russia and as China looks to expand its nuclear forces.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A split Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a former western Montana pain doctor’s convictions of negligent homicide in the overdose deaths of two of his patients.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This week's decision to charge a white bar owner who fatally shot a Black man during a chaotic night of protests in downtown Omaha months after the shooting was deemed self-defense highlights how difficult it can be to sort out these cases.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Christian hospital in Gallup on Wednesday challenged the findings of a special audit of finances and contracts at the taxpayer-supported hospital in Gallup.
DENVER (AP) — As Congress balks, well-funded nonprofits are donating hundreds of millions of dollars to help state and local officials run elections during the pandemic — a sudden infusion of private cash in what was once considered a core government function.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A special audit of management contracts is raising concerns about weak financial controls, executive compensation excesses and potential profiteering at a county-owned hospital on the edge of the Navajo Reservation that became overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.