Cheyenne, WY – Nearly 13 percent, or 395, of Wyoming's 3,060 bridges are deemed structurally deficient. A report from the national nonprofit group Transportation for America says the deficient bridges have average daily traffic of almost 890,000 motorists. The counties in Wyoming that have the worst bridges are Weston, Uinta, Washakie, Albany and Johnson. Wyoming Department of Transportation state bridge engineer Keith Fulton said the term "structurally deficient" does not necessarily mean a bridge is dangerous.
Laramie, WY – A 73-year-old man has died after the single-engine airplane he was piloting crashed east of Laramie. Authorities identified the man as Arthur "Blake" Chapman, of Wilson. Chapman was a pilot for Aviat Aircraft of Afton. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus says his Cessna 180 plane crashed in a field on private property about 9 a.m. Wednesday, about 12 miles east of Laramie. Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree tells the Laramie Boomerang that radio traffic between two small airplanes flying
Washington D-C – Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi voted for a proposal to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming. However, the GOP supported effort failed on a 50-50 vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The proposal would have repealed a 2009 finding by federal scientists that climate change caused by greenhouse gases endangers human health and prevented the agency from using existing law to regulate them. Barrasso says the EPA is trying to implement a back door cap and
Riverton, WY – State regulators have scheduled a public meeting to discuss groundwater contamination in the Pavillion area in Fremont County. The meeting is set for April 20 in Riverton and will be hosted by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Hydrocarbon contamination exists in dozens of water wells in and around Pavillion, an area with a long history of oil and gas
Laramie, WY – As federal budget discussions continue and a possible government shutdown looms, the Equality State Policy Center joined advocates from dozens of other states in the nation's capitol. Executive Director Dan Neal says his purpose was to urge Wyoming's delegation to think carefully about cuts currently on the table.