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posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:38 PM by Art Bailey

January 8, 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced the “High School Girls CyberStart Challenge” – a Cybersecurity initiative sponsored by the SANS Institute. SANS is a trusted and significant source for information security training and security certification in the world.

The competition is open to Wyoming high school junior or senior girls who are at least 16 years old. Contestants will learn cybersecurity skills and test their aptitude through a no-cost online game of discovery called CyberStart.

“The Cyberfirst Girls Challenge is an opportunity for students to learn to protect digital assets while honing skills in technology,” said Governor Mead. “Cybersecurity and computer technology are career fields that have seen tremendous growth over the last decade. Jobs in technology are in high demand and are high paying. This gives kids the chance to learn more and it fits well with the ENDOW initiative.”

State CIO Tony Young shared “Today we compete with every type of business for employees who understand the importance of Cybersecurity. This program is one more way for us to encourage girls who are interested in careers in technology to receive exposure and training relevant for the future.”

Participants in the Cyberfirst Girls Challenge will have the opportunity to share in $150 Scholarships, registration and travel to Chicago for the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) held March 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois. WiCyS is a community engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity. Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is a significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally.

Each player in CyberStart begins as a “cyber protection agent” responsible for protecting a valuable operational base.  The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way. A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and offers help when players get stuck. When the player has solved a sufficient number of challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new problems appear – for a total of 31 levels.

“The nation desperately needs more highly-skilled cyber professionals, and we have new evidence that CyberStart will radically improve the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity field,” said SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller. “SANS trains more than 30,000 advanced cybersecurity professionals each year for military and intelligence organizations and large high-tech companies in the U.S. and its allies. We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the CyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening CyberStart to hundreds of students, we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”

For more information and to get started playing CyberStart, please visit,



Governor Appoints New Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:33 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:34 PM ]

December 15, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Susan Stipe to be Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District in Carbon County (Rawlins). Stipe fills the vacancy occurring with the retirement of Judge Jane Eakin on February 16, 2018.

Stipe is currently an Assistant District Attorney in the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office. She has served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and worked in private practice. She has a strong attachment to Rawlins from working there after her graduation from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1999.  She received both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from UW.

“Susan Stipe has a wealth of experience, including criminal and municipal law and trial practice. Much of her legal career has been devoted to public service at the city, county, and state level,” Governor Mead said. “She received wonderful recommendations from numerous people who have worked with her over the years, and that support factored into her selection.”          

Reacting to her appointment, Stipe stated, “I feel exceptionally honored by the Governor’s appointment. I will endeavor to execute my duties as a Judge with honor and integrity and will strive every day to serve the citizens of Carbon County and the State of Wyoming to the best of my ability. ”



Governor Appoints New Justice to the Wyoming Supreme Court

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:31 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:32 PM ]

December 15, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Lynne Boomgaarden to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Boomgaarden replaces Justice William U. Hill, who has been on the Supreme Court since 1998 – over 19 years. Justice Hill will retire on February 17, 2018.

Boomgaarden is currently a partner with Crowley Fleck and has been with the firm for the past four years. She has been in private practice in Cheyenne since 2010. She has extensive legal experience gained over a long, distinguished career, which includes service as career clerk for 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Wade Brorby, as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law, and as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments from 2003-2010. She was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, admitted to the Order of the Coif, and ranked at the top of her UW law school class.

“The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice has a lasting impact on Wyoming. It is a big decision – one that I take most seriously and one that is very hard to make. I had three exceptional candidates to choose from, and I thank the Judicial Nominating Commission for that,” Governor Mead said. “Lynne Boomgaarden has worked with the best, including Judge Brorby and Governor Freudenthal. She has extensive experience chairing the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission and in natural resource law, in private practice and state administration, and with legal writing and teaching - all impressive. She will serve Wyoming and its citizens well on the Supreme Court.”

In reacting to her appointment, Boomgaarden stated: “I appreciate the importance of Governor Mead’s decision and am honored to accept his appointment as the next Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court. I will work extremely hard in service to the Court and Wyoming citizens.”



First Lady Mead Partners with Cloud Peak Energy to Provide Books to Campbell County First Graders

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:28 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

December 12, 2017

CHEYENNE WY – First Lady Carol Mead has partnered with Cloud Peak Energy to provide every first grader in Campbell County with a copy of her children’s book, Wyoming Firsts. 

“Advancing early childhood literacy has been and continues to be a passion of mine,” Mrs. Mead said. “Putting books into the hands of young children provides an opportunity for them to bond with a parent or caregiver over a good story and to learn to establish a habit of reading at home.” 

Mrs. Mead wrote Wyoming Firsts: A Children’s Book in 2013 to have something to read to children about our state when she visited daycares, preschools, libraries, and elementary schools. Her hope was to help them learn about all of the “firsts” in Wyoming’s history. Since then, with the help of generous corporate sponsors, Mrs. Mead has provided first graders throughout the state with a copy of the book. Cloud Peak Energy has recently sponsored 750 copies of the hard cover edition for first graders in Campbell County. 

“Cloud Peak Energy is proud to play a part in promoting early childhood literacy. The First Lady’s initiative parallels our key priority regarding youth and education in our communities. Cloud Peak Energy is happy to bring Wyoming Firsts to students in Campbell County,” said Michelle Butler, Cloud Peak Energy’s Manager of Public Affairs and Community Relations. 

To date, nearly 20,000 first graders in Wyoming have received a copy of Wyoming Firsts. Both soft cover and hard cover editions are also available for purchase through the Wyoming State Museum gift shop online and in the Cheyenne store.



Governor Mead Supports Strengthening Computer Science Education

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:17 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:17 PM ]

December 5, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mead announced today that he had joined “Governors’ Partnership for K-12 CS”, a bi-partisan group of Governors focused on strengthening computer science education for all students.

Mead said he joined fellow Governors in making a commitment to implementing policies that:

  • Enable all high schools to offer at least one rigorous computer science course;
  • Fund professional learning opportunities for teaching delivering computer science courses; and
  • Create high quality academic K-12 computer science standards

The Governor offered his support for legislation sponsored by two legislative committees to amend the required K-12 education program to include the teaching of computer science. One bill is sponsored by the Joint Education Committee. Last week the Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration voted to make a similar change.

Mead applauded the efforts of many Wyoming educators and school districts to offer ongoing computer science courses. Many of the state’s elementary schools are participating in “hour of code” activities that teach young students how to code – a basic in the understanding of computer science.

“Students are eager to acquire computing skills. Parents want their children to know and understand computer science. Employers need workers who are able to put this knowledge to work,” Mead said. “By joining this partnership, we send a signal that Wyoming puts a priority on assuring our students have the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to our growing economy.”

Additional information can be found at




Outdoor Recreation Task Force Recommends First Steps

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:10 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:10 PM ]

November 15, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Task Force has released its report and recommendations to Governor Matt Mead. The task force represented industry, conservation, user groups and resource managers from around the state. 

“I commend the task force for their work and recommendations,” said Governor Mead, “I look forward to reviewing this report and working with the task force as we move forward.”

The Governor expects the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources to convene a “sub-cabinet” of state agencies (Tourism, Transportation, State Parks, Work Force Services, Game and Fish, State Lands, Business Council and others) to analyze recommendations and frame plans. 

The Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, together with the Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Commission has the statutory responsibility for planning and developing outdoor recreation resources for the state. The Department is developing an Office of Outdoor Recreation under the direction of Division of Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo.

“Outdoor recreation falls within our area of expertise,” said Administrator Bravo. “We recognize the importance of the industry. We also know that because of budgets this is a difficult time to embrace this challenge. The Task Force asked the state to find a way to do this by emphasizing existing strengths within agencies – they specifically suggested the state avoid creating a new agency. I am confident we have the means to do this and I believe we are up to the challenge.” 

Early plans for the office will include reallocating existing positions and creating a focus on statewide outdoor recreation.

“We have the tools and opportunity – we need to lead the charge in outdoor recreation,” said Governor Mead. “I will review these recommendations and with the help of the Task Force and sub-cabinet work forward.”



Tenth Circuit Affirms City of Riverton Boundaries Decision

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:07 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:07 PM ]

November 8, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed again that the City of Riverton is not within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). The Court denied the Petitions for Rehearing En Banc­ filed by the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes that asked the entire Court of 12 judges to rehear the case. The case stems from a 2013 administrative decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which approved the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes’ application for Treatment as a State under the Clean Air Act. The EPA decision asserted the City of Riverton was within the boundaries of the WRIR.

“This latest decision will hopefully put the issue to rest,” Governor Mead said. “The Attorney General’s office worked hard on this case, and the efforts of that office are appreciated.

The 10th Circuit originally ruled in favor of Wyoming in February of this year.


Outdoor Recreation Task Force Report Released

posted Dec 27, 2017, 3:05 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:05 PM ]

November 3, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Task Force has released its report. Governor Mead announced the formation of the Task Force last year. It consists of 26 members from around Wyoming, including industry, conservation, user groups, and state and local government.

“The expertise and effort provided by these volunteers is commendable. The Task Force held over 15 days of meetings gathering input from across the state,” said Governor Mead. “The recommendations developed merit discussion and consideration. Leadership going forward is likely to come principally from the private sector. The Task Force is not done – we will continue to work with these folks to expand outdoor recreation in Wyoming.”

The report contains 11 primary recommendations and 59 sub-recommendations to strengthen the outdoor recreation economy. One of them is to organize existing resources to better coordinate the efforts of the state agencies that play a role in outdoor recreation including Game and Fish, State Parks, Tourism and others. The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) has added outdoor recreation as one of its six key industries.

“There is no better place for outdoor-related businesses than Wyoming,” continued Governor Mead. “The business climate, workforce, cost of living, and quality of life – not to mention our state’s great beauty – make Wyoming a great option for new, existing and expanding businesses. The outdoor industry fits here perfectly, and we look forward to seeing it grow.”

In addition to the Outdoor Recreation Task Force Report, the WBC released the Outdoor Recreation Industry Report. That report is tied to the Task Force report to analyze the current outdoor recreation businesses within the state.

The Outdoor Recreation Task Force Final Report is available at or

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Report is available at or


Governor Mead Appoints Macey Moore of Douglas to UW Board of Trustees

posted Dec 27, 2017, 2:59 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:00 PM ]

November 2, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Macey Moore of Douglas to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. Ms. Moore fills the unexpired term of Larry Gubbels, also of Douglas, who recently resigned. The term runs through February 28, 2019.

“I felt it was important to appoint another person from Converse County to fill Larry’s seat and I’m pleased Macey agreed to serve. She is a UW graduate, an accomplished entrepreneur and has strong ties to her community and Wyoming,” said Governor Mead. “Larry will be missed. I appreciate his service and wish him the best.”

Moore owns a real estate firm in Douglas and along with her husband owns a sheep and cattle ranch in Converse County. She serves on the Eastern Wyoming College Douglas Advisory Committee and numerous community boards and volunteer committees. She graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Business with a Finance degree.

“I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to the challenges ahead,” said Moore. “The University of Wyoming has a growing role in the success of our kids, and that success is the future of our great State.”


Two New Members Joining the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

posted Dec 27, 2017, 2:52 PM by   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 2:52 PM ]

October 31, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Ken Hendricks to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC). Mr. Hendricks replaces Tom Fitzsimmons who resigned. Erin Campbell will begin her duties as State Geologist on November 21 and will join the OGCC at their December 12 meeting. Campbell will replace Tom Drean whose retirement is effective November 21.

“The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, with its wealth of experience and expertise, is a special group. I know the public and the industry appreciate the OGCC’s willingness to listen and make wise decisions,” said Governor Mead. “Ken and Erin are highly qualified and will continue the OGCC’s good work. I thank Tom Drean and Tom Fitzsimmons for their contributions and service.”

Ken Hendricks has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech) and has over 30 years of experience in the upstream petroleum industry, both domestic and international. He recently retired from Anadarko Petroleum. He and his family have lived in Wyoming since 1998.

“I am very honored to be appointed by Governor Mead to serve the State of Wyoming as a commissioner on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,” said Hendricks. “In replacing Tom Fitzsimmons I have big shoes to fill, but I'm looking forward to working with Governor Mead, the other members of the Oil and Gas Commission, and the OGCC staff on the oil and gas issues that are affecting our state."

"I look forward to the opportunity to apply my knowledge of Wyoming geology and ability to offer unbiased, critical assessment, to issues that have profound impact on the state," said Campbell.

The OGCC meets the second Tuesday of each month at its office in Casper. The remaining meetings for 2017 are November 14 and December 12.  



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