4:11 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Head On Crash Resulting In Five Deaths May Have Been Suicide

Authorities believe a head-on crash that killed five people near Lander last week wasn't an accident but a suicide that resulted in the deaths of four others.

Seventeen year-old Mathew Denton was driving a Chevy Suburban northbound on Wyoming 789, when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Dodge caravan carrying four occupants.

Investigators found that Denton had been driving 97 miles per hour, and there was no evidence of brake marks from his vehicle or an attempt to avoid the collision, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol statement.

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3:33 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Gas developer drops Lake DeSmet prospects, sets sights on Southwest Wyoming

A Casper-based developer is shifting attention away from a contentious natural gas-to-liquids plant on Lake DeSmet, and is instead eyeing southwest Wyoming as a potential location for the proposed operation.

NERD Gas Company is looking to construct a facility to convert natural gas into gasoline. If constructed, the plant would be the first of its kind in the country.

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Fast and Furious
3:23 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Rep. Lummis calls for Eric Holder's resignation

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has admitted things went wrong when the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a firearms-trafficking sting.

Now, Congressional Republicans, including U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming are calling for Holder’s resignation.

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Movie Interviews
10:08 am
Thu November 17, 2011

In Payne's 'Descendants,' Trouble In The Tropics

George Clooney plays an indifferent husband and father to two daughters, including Shailene Woodley, in The Descendants.
Merie Wallace Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 6:04 pm

Though he's directed only five feature films, Alexander Payne has built a reputation as one of Hollywood's most respected filmmakers. His movies find comedy in the crises of his flawed protagonists — among them Matthew Broderick as a high school teacher in Election, Jack Nicholson as a widower in About Schmidt and Paul Giamatti as a struggling author and wine snob in Sideways, for which Payne shared an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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9:14 am
Thu November 17, 2011

An interview with Danish conductor Peter Ettrup Larsen

The UW Symphony Orchestra has a special guest: Danish conductor Peter Ettrup Larsen. He's directing a concert of Nordic music at the University of Wyoming this evening. Among the pieces the orchestra will be playing is a symphony by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, called "The Four Temperaments." Larsen says it has the power to speak to anyone -- even people who aren't usually interested in classical music.

8:51 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Lummis supports national concealed carry bill

Rep. Cynthia Lummis is applauding a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a law that would require states that allow concealed carry of handguns to recognize carry permits issued in other states.

Lummis is a member of the Second Amendment Task Force. She says the U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear arms regardless of where they live.

The House on Wednesday passed the bill 272-154 with only seven Republicans voting against it and 43 Democrats supporting it.

8:45 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Pit bulls blamed for killing sheep in Riverton

Pit bulls are blamed for killing sheep in Riverton.

Farm owner Bill Jennings says he has found over 50 sheep dead in the last few months. He says he's found dogs in with the sheep twice and has put down three dogs.

Capt. Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said a lot of people seem to be allowing their dogs to run free. However, he says owners can be criminally and civilly responsible for any damage they cause to livestock.

The Farm Bureau is offering a reward of over $2,000 for information on the sheep attacks.

6:18 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Conservationists Oppose Wyomings Wolf Plan At Public Meeting


Wyoming’s proposed wolf management plan, which could remove wolves from federal protections, continues to draw ire from conservationists. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted the state’s only public informational meeting about the plan in Riverton Tuesday night.

Daryle Murphy of the Sierra Club’s Wyoming chapter called it a “wolf killing plan, not a management plan.” He’s talking about the plan Gov. Matt Mead and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar agreed to this summer.

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6:15 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Game and Fish Officials Urge Hunters To Dispose Or Carcasses Properly

Three Grizzlies Chow Down On A Dead Deer
Prairie State Outdoors

The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish wants hunters to properly dispose of animal carcasses in landfills and not in the wild.

A Wyoming man was bitten by a weak, old grizzly bear while hunting near Cody last week.

Denny Hammer of the local Game and Fish office says the bear was unable to hunt and had dragged discarded carcasses to a dense area of willows where it made a day bed. The hunter surprised it when he passed, and the bear bit his leg. The man remained hospitalized for two days. Hammer says Game and Fish trapped and euthanized the bear.

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