2018 News Releases

Second Annual Governor’s Match Shooting Competition in Cheyenne Sees Strong Participation

posted Aug 8, 2018, 8:04 AM by Chris Mickey   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 8:04 AM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The second annual Governor’s Match action shooting competition was held August 4-5, 2018 at the Otto Road Shooting Range in Cheyenne. The event saw excellent participation and was viewed as a great success. The competition was sponsored by Magpul Industries and Vortex Optics and featured some of America’s best shooters competing in multi-gun events. Governor Mead attended the final day of the competition and signed a proclamation declaring August 5th as “Wyoming’s Day at the Range.”

“As a proud firearms state, shooting sports are an important part of Wyoming’s heritage and economy,” said Governor Mead. “I was happy with the number of people who participated and glad to see they enjoyed being in Wyoming competing in a sport they love. I thank all of the participants, partners, sponsors and spectators who made this event run smoothly and safely.”

The Magpul Governor’s Match presented by Vortex included 270 participants from all over the world and included 35 of the world’s top 50 marksmen. The match also had the highest concentration of shooting talent of any competition west of the Mississippi so far this year.  

The presenting sponsor, Vortex Optics will be hosting a 50 team competition August 10-11, 2018 at the Wagon Hound Ranch in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the Vortex Extreme,

Governor Mead Appoints Amber Pollock to ENDOW Executive Council

posted Jul 16, 2018, 10:20 AM by Chris Mickey

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed Amber Pollock of Casper to the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Executive Council, fulfilling his commitment to giving greater representation to Wyoming’s youth and young workforce.

Pollock, along with her family, owns and operates Backwards Distilling Company in Mills, Wyo. She serves as Vice Chair of the Casper Area Economic Development Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirits Association. She is the immediate past president of the Wyoming Distillers Guild. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Wyoming.

“At the ENGAGE (Empowering the Next Generations to Advance and Grow the Economy) Conference in June, I announced I would fill the vacant ENDOW Executive Council seat with someone from Wyoming’s younger generations. ENDOW is tasked with setting forth a 20-year plan and it is vital we give our future leaders a seat at the table,” Governor Mead said. “Amber is an example of a young person working hard and being successful right here in Wyoming. Her intelligence, vision and unique viewpoint will be an asset to the ENDOW Council. Amber's optimism and drive to make Wyoming a better place makes her well suited to hit the ground running. I am confident she will represent the ideals of ENGAGE well.”

In response to her appointment, Pollock said, “What an honor to be selected to join the ENDOW Executive Council. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute my perspective as a young business person in a young industry as the council continues to build on the impressive work the existing members have delivered.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a connector between the ENDOW and ENGAGE Councils to ensure the vision young people have for Wyoming is represented in ENDOW’s initiatives.”


Governor Mead’s Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

posted Jul 10, 2018, 2:19 PM by Chris Mickey

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mead released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court: 

“Like Judge Gorsuch who came from our own 10th Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding jurist. His record on the bench, his long public service career, and his volunteer work in the community are all impressive. Judge Kavanaugh will be a fine addition to the U.S. Supreme Court and my hope is that the confirmation process is completed without delay.”  

Governor Mead Approves Rules for Grizzly Hunt

posted Jun 21, 2018, 3:48 PM by Chris Mickey

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, Governor Matt Mead approved rules put forth by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission that allow hunting grizzly bears. The rules establish the hunting season and boundaries, the number and sex of bears and types of firearms that can be used. The quotas are consistent with the allocations established together by Idaho, Montana and Wyoming under the tristate agreement endorsed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) upon delisting.

“Wyoming values its wildlife and effectively manages them for everyone’s benefit,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “Over the past four decades, Wyoming has spent $50 million on grizzly bear recovery and management. As a result of those efforts, grizzly bears exceeded their recovery goals for over a decade, ultimately leading the USFWS to delist them last year. I trust the scientific experts at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to manage bears in a way that ensures they never require federal protection again.”

The Game and fish department received over 3,300 written or online comments regarding the grizzly bear hunt as well as held a series of public meeting where they accepted both oral and written public comments. 

Governors Announce New Group to Promote Carbon Capture: Governors Partnership on Carbon Capture Is Modeled After Similar Groups Promoting Other Energy and Environment Issues

posted Jun 21, 2018, 10:29 AM by Chris Mickey

Jackson Hole, WY – A bipartisan group of Governors today announced the formation of a new national effort to provide state executive leadership, focus and outreach on behalf of carbon capture policy and technology deployment. The Governors’ Partnership on Carbon Capture will initially be led by Governors Matt Mead (R-WY) and Steve Bullock (D-MT). Other states included in the partnership are Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana and Utah. The Partnership will undertake initiatives and support policies that further the development and deployment of carbon capture projects and CO2 pipeline infrastructure across the United States.

”There is tremendous promise in the work taking place with CO2,” said Governor Mead. “I am eager to continue to learn and support innovative ideas with my colleagues from around the United States. This meeting brings people, who share a vision of what is possible in carbon capture, together. We can explore untapped potential and do even more.” 

Through the Partnership, Governors will work together to:

  • Elevate carbon capture and its beneficial utilization and storage as a national priority for American energy independence, job creation, environmental stewardship and global technology leadership;
  • Encourage congressional and presidential action to expand the portfolio of federal policies to put carbon capture on an equal footing with other low and zero-emission energy technologies; and
  • Foster carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure deployment in states and regions by identifying state policies and programs to complement 45Q and other federal policies and by forging public-private partnerships to support critical projects and overcome barriers to developing, financing and implementing them.

The Partnership will undertake analyses, make policy recommendations, and harness the leadership of participating Governors to accomplish these objectives.

Formally launched at the CO2NNECT 2018 conference today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Partnership will convene for a scoping conference call among participating governors following the event. Governors Mead and Bullock will also communicate individually with additional interested governors in coming weeks, and participating governors will plan an in-person meeting alongside the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC in February of 2019.

At the direction of the participating Governors, the Partnership will be coordinated and staffed by the State Carbon Capture Work Group, which brings together officials from 15 states to address federal and state-level policies and to advance carbon capture deployment. Initial funding for the Partnership is provided through grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Spitzer Charitable Trust, and Energy Foundation and from private sector contributions.

Wyoming Young People Come Out with Bold, Positive Vision for the Future: Governor Mead Joined 200 Wyomingites, 16 to 35, for ENDOW: ENGAGE Summit

posted Jun 15, 2018, 8:22 AM by Chris Mickey

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The ENDOW: ENGAGE Summit held last Saturday at the Marian Rochelle Gateway Center in Laramie showcased the dedication, commitment and passion that Wyoming young people have for the state. More than 200 Wyoming people, ages 16 to 35, from across Wyoming came together with Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and members of the ENDOW Executive Council for a day of planning, expression and action.

“It is the leadership of ENGAGE that will make a difference in our shared future,” said Governor Mead. “It’s about time that we listen and incorporate the vision of Wyoming’s youth and young work force into policymaking.  That is why I am pleased to announce that I plan to fill the vacancy on the ENDOW Executive Council with a Wyoming person who is in the ENGAGE age demographic.”

“It is Wyoming’s young people who will build and sustain the future. I am excited to have their voices and their vision at the table as ENDOW lays out a 20-year roadmap to diversify Wyoming’s economy,“ Mead continued.

“The ENGAGE participants are painting a picture for us of what it will take to make Wyoming’s economy flourish across industries and in communities large and small. They are bold, insightful and ready to get to work. I’m thrilled that they are at the table with us,” said ENDOW co-Chair Greg Hill. “I know that every one of the people at the ENGAGE Summit shares the same love of and commitment to our state that I share. I am eager to see the ENGAGE recommendations and look forward to incorporating them into ENDOW. This is just the beginning of the conversation with ENGAGE, but we are off to a great start!”

“I think of Wyoming as the land of opportunity but we cannot hold on to that moniker while exporting 60 percent of our most precious natural resource: our young people,” Mead said. “We have to take the bull by the horns and build a future where, if you love Wyoming, you can stay here and find every opportunity for success. ENGAGE’s leadership puts Wyoming in a position to make good on its promise to support diverse private sector opportunities long into the future.”

ENDOW, which stands for Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming, co-hosted the Summit on June 9 in Laramie. ENGAGE is a volunteer-led effort organized by more than 20 young Wyoming leaders and Wyoming expats, with support from ENDOW and the Office of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. ENGAGE, which stands for Empowering the Next Generations to Grow and Advance the Economy, is invested in capturing the candid input of Wyoming’s next generations and building a dynamic communications channel between Wyoming’s public sector and the people who will define Wyoming’s future.

The ENGAGE Council is continuing its work by organizing feedback gathered from participants through 40 Solution Sessions and more than 70 online survey responses on the following topics: Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture; Natural Resources; Tourism and Outdoor Resources; Community Health and Quality of Life; Technology and Financial Services; Healthcare; Workforce and Education; Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; and, Arts and Culture. Using the insights and ideas gained through participant feedback, ENGAGE is developing recommendations that will be presented to the ENDOW Executive Council at their next meeting on June 28th in Rock Springs.

Last Saturday, Governor Mead announced his intention to appoint someone to the Executive Council from the ENGAGE demographic. Governor Mead hopes to have the new Executive Council member in place by the July ENDOW meeting. Applications are open and the Governor plans to make an appoint within 30 days. Interested individuals can apply at

The ENGAGE Council also plans to continue its work and shape policy for the next generations by bringing the bold ideas of Wyoming’s young workers and students to the table. Individuals interested in serving on the ENGAGE Council are encouraged to apply at

First Lady Mead and University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic Seek Nominations for Literacy Award

posted Jun 6, 2018, 1:08 PM by Chris Mickey   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 1:09 PM ]

First Lady Carol Mead and the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) are seeking applications for the third annual Wyoming First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award, which will be presented in November at the Wyoming Business Alliance Forum in Cheyenne.


“This award started in 2016. I have been impressed by the number and quality of nominations around the state,” Mrs. Mead said. “The LRCC Outreach Advisory Board and faculty look forward to reviewing this year’s nominees and recognizing the difference they make for people in Wyoming.”


Each year, the LRCC Outreach Advisory Board selects a winner based on a nomination process. The winner receives $4000 and a plaque recognizing the honor. This year, the award will be presented in November in Cheyenne. Nominations will be accepted through October 1, 2018.


“The mission of the LRCC is statewide engagement in literacy,” said Dana Robertson, Executive Director of the LRCC. “One of the ways we can accomplish this goal is to promote and recognize the many wonderful opportunities and programs available across the state that support the literacy practices of our children and adults.”


More information about the award and the nomination process, including criteria and a link to the online submission form, can be found on the LRCC website. Past nominees are encouraged to apply.



Wyoming to Host the 2018 Vortex Extreme Shooting Competition

posted May 10, 2018, 1:50 PM by Chris Mickey   [ updated May 10, 2018, 3:23 PM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –Governor Matt Mead is pleased to announce the State of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Fair will be hosts of the 2018 Vortex Extreme - a hunting inspired, team based shooting competition “where endurance and accuracy meet”.  Vortex Optics, Strategic Match Designs and The Wyoming Department of Agriculture have collaborated to bring this event to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds August 10th and 11th, 2018. 

Teams of two carrying bolt action or modern sporting rifles will navigate mountain terrain and shoot multiple targets from distances of 400 yards up to 1 mile.  The Vortex Extreme will headquarter at the State Fairgrounds and competition will take place on the spectacular Wagonhound Ranch above Douglas, Wyoming.

“The spirit of this event sets it apart” said Governor Matt Mead, “Hunters and long range shooters challenge themselves, hone their skill and have a good time doing it. I am pleased that Vortex and Strategic Match Designs have partnered with the Wyoming State Fair and the Wagonhound Ranch for this world class event.” 

“From long range hunters, to Precision Rifle Series competitors to military and law enforcement snipers – we all love shooting” said Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics.  “This event is about great comradery, helping one another improve and a shared a passion for long-range shooting.”

“I want to thank the Wagonhound for hosting this year’s course,” said Governor Mead.  “Events that support partnerships of private landowners and quality companies create opportunities for everyday sportsmen and sportswomen, agriculture and the state.” 

Teams can sign up and find more information on the Vortex Optics website, at:


Governor’s Symposium on Suicide Prevention to be Streamed Live Online

posted May 3, 2018, 2:54 PM by Chris Mickey

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Third Annual Symposium on Suicide Prevention will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 8:30am – 5:15pm at Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne. The event is “sold out” and arrangements have been made for online participation for those who have not yet registered, but want to partake. With the exception of only one portion of the event, the symposium will be streamed live on YouTube and on Governor Mead’s website at    

Suicide prevention has been one of Governor Mead’s top priorities. This will be highlighted at the symposium. “The topic of suicide should be discussed openly,” Governor Mead said. We have to do more to prevent suicide through awareness and education and to recognize the warning signs of suicide.”

The symposium will include welcoming remarks from Governor Mead, and screening of the award winning documentary, “The S Word” and the story behind the film told by its director and writer, Lisa Klein, who is also the keynote speaker. “There is no more highly charged personal issue for me,” Klein said. “That’s the reason I was driven to document it and open a much-needed conversation. It is time for us to boldly talk about suicide because no family should have to experience this.”

Other presentations will be given from Lance Neiberger, Dr Kailey Cannizzaro, Dr. Carolyn Pepper, Dr. Dick Berry, Elk Sage, Shelly Montgomery and Rhianna Brand. In addition, the Cheyenne Chamber Singers will make a special appearance to perform “Please Stay,” a powerful suicide prevention song. The full agenda can be found here and the full list of speaker biographies can be found here.

About the Governor’s Symposium on Suicide Prevention

Gov. Mead held his first symposium on suicide prevention in 2016. He announced to the Legislature the next year that the symposium would be held annually. The Governor’s third annual symposium includes a broad range of speakers and topics such as suicide prevention among the Native American population, Veterans, and teenagers and young adults.

JCOAL and Kawasaki to Advance Carbon Management Technology at Wyoming ITC

posted Apr 24, 2018, 11:48 AM by Chris Mickey

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced the Japanese Ministry of Environment has authorized the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to test new carbon capture technologies at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) near Gillette, Wyoming.  A planned 800 – 1,000 million yen (approximately $7.33 – $9.12 million USD) grant will be allocated in phases. The first step is $0.9 million USD (approximately 98 million yen) to prepare a feasibility analysis of a novel, solid sorbent-based carbon capture technology.

Governor Mead and JCOAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2016 outlining areas of cooperation, including the research and development of coal technologies. In September of 2017, a Japanese delegation traveled to Gillette, WY to participate in a series of meetings hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and tour area facilities, including a coal mine and the ITC. 

“I am excited to welcome Kawasaki, a highly esteemed company to Wyoming. This announcement is the culmination of many hours of research, strategic planning and vision. The work of JCOAL and Kawasaki, along with the other Carbon XPRIZE teams, positions the Wyoming ITC as world class facility for testing carbon management technologies,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.

JCOAL and KHI’s planning and design work will occur in 2018. Following feasibility study, JCOAL and KHI plan to test the solid sorbent-based carbon capture technology at the ITC. Economic and environmental assessments will be conducted. Preparation of a test pad at the ITC for JCOAL and KHI has started and will be completed later this year.

In March 2018, a delegation from Wyoming visited the KHI test facility, toured a large coal power plant that uses Powder River Basin coal and a carbon sequestration test site.  The group also held discussions with KHI, JCOAL and the Ministry of Environment about long-term collaborative opportunities, including addition project testing at the ITC.   

About the ITC

The ITC is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using actual coal-based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

In 2014, with the support and encouragement of Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming State Legislature allocated $15 million in funding for the design, construction and operation of an integrated test center to study the capture, sequestration and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-based power plant. An additional $5 million commitment from private industry was required under the appropriation, which was received from the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. In addition, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association contributed $1 million. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is providing additional in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services at the Dry Fork Station host site, which is jointly owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.


JCOAL is a one-stop organization for energy and coal development and utilization under supervision of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). JCOAL is supported by its member companies and organizations in a wide range of coal-related businesses, including coal mining companies, power companies, steel companies, heavy industry companies, engineering companies, and trading companies. It works in close cooperation with METI, MOE and other government bodies and government-affiliated organizations, including Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

About KHI

Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI), has for more than a century developed technological capabilities that it uses to send diverse products. Its products are used from the depths of the ocean to space and everywhere in between. Its aerospace products range from aircraft to satellites; rolling stock products include the Shinkansen (bullet train) and subway cars; ship and offshore structure products range from gas carriers and large tankers to submarines; and energy solutions products covers the spectrum from development and manufacture of energy equipment to management systems. KHI is also active in diverse, high-level engineering technologies, including environmental and recycling plants, industrial plants, precision machinery, industrial robots, and infrastructure equipment.


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