News
8:04 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Deputy sheriff wounded in Cheyenne shooting

A Laramie County deputy sheriff shot and wounded early Thursday morning has been treated and released from a local hospital.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Gerry Luce says Deputy Sheriff Chance W. Walkama was shot in the side early Thursday. Luce says the shooting happened when Walkama and another deputy went to perform a welfare check on a man at a hotel on the north side of Cheyenne.

Twenty-four-year-old Brian J. Noel of Cheyenne was arrested at the scene. Luce says Noel fired a 9-mm pistol through the door of his hotel room at the deputies.

News
8:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Fundraising launched for Powell economic group

A drive is under way to raise $600,000 to fund an economic development organization in Powell.

Organizers say the Powell Economic Partnership's mission is to unite the business community and government to create wealth, jobs and support the quality of life in the Powell Valley.

LeAnne Kindred, chairwoman of the partnership's board, says the group's first priority would be to facilitate growth and development of existing businesses, and then recruit new, complementary businesses to Powell.

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Natural Gas Vehicles
5:15 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mead pushes for natual gas vehicles

Gov. Matt Mead is teaming up with the governors of several other states encouraging U-S automakers to develop affordable natural gas vehicles.

The governors signed a memorandum of understanding this week, stating that they will replace vehicles in their state fleets with ones powered by natural gas.

Shawn Reese is Mead’s policy director.

“So what the governor is doing is trying to come up with those economies of scale – a critical mass of fleets that would entice the auto manufacturers in Detroit to manufacture more natural gas-powered vehicles.”

Child abuse
5:13 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Child abuse is a common problem

Penn State University fired both its legendary football coach and its president because they allegedly had known that an assistant coach was molesting boys, but did nothing about it. The assistant coach is accused of sexually abusing eight boys.

 

Lynn Huylar, who heads a children’s advocacy center in Cheyenne, says this case might be high profile, but it’s not atypical. Abusers are usually people children trust – like coaches, family members, and child care providers.

 

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News
4:55 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

EPA releases new Pavillion data

In 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation in the Pavillion area after residents complained of health problems and changes in the odor, taste and color of their well water. Last night, the EPA released new data from deep monitoring wells in the area. 

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News
4:53 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mead: Pavillion contamination is concerning, but sale of Encana gas properties isn't

Over the years, Pavillion residents have complained about health problems, which they blame on oil and gas development in the area. Governor Matt Mead says he's keeping an eye on what happens at a public meeting over the situation tonight.

"I think everyone should be rightfully concerned about the Pavillion issue because we're not sure what's been going on out there," Mead said. "I know the EPA today is going to release some additional data that we're going to be eager to take a look at hopefully before any big conclusions are drawn one way or another."

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News
4:50 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Bill would require companies to collect online sales tax

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi introduced legislation that could bring billions of dollars into the federal treasury, but it isn’t a tax increase.

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News
4:48 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Laramie votes to change how city councilors are elected

 Voters in Laramie have backed changing the way city councilors there are elected.

Currently, voters pick city councilors to represent seven wards and two at-large members. On Tuesday, voters were asked whether to stick with that system or change the number of wards or change the number of at-large members.

The city clerk's office said Wednesday that unofficial results show that the option to create three wards with three council members each got the most votes.

The results won't be official until election officials review the results on Thursday. 

News
4:47 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Buffalo H.S. coach resigns after distributing offensive document

A Buffalo High School football coach who resigned after distributing offensive handouts to his players will stay on as a guidance counselor.

Head Coach Pat Lynch, who led the team to two state football championships, was placed on administrative leave after handing out “hurt feelings reports” to his players this fall.

The forms enabled players to report problems, but also asked why they were reporting the offense. The options included “I am a queer,” and “I am a little bitch.” The form offered “a blanky” and P-M-S medication as consolation.

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News
4:42 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State sex abuse case typical, child advocate says

Penn State University fired both its legendary football coach and its president because they allegedly had known that an assistant coach was molesting boys, but did nothing about it. The assistant coach is accused of sexually abusing eight boys.

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