Gillette, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the child molestation convictions of a former Campbell County fire chief. The court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of Gary Scott. Scott had argued that District Judge John Brooks of Campbell County should have rejected a report written by a probation officer. Brooks ultimately sentenced Scott to serve concurrent prison terms totaling up to 15 years. Scott is serving a separate 24-year federal sentence on 10 felony convictions of taking children across state lines for sexual abuse.
Cody, WY – Plans to drill exploratory natural gas wells in the McCullough Peaks area in northern Wyoming are on hold for now. The Bureau of Land Management has twice approved permits for the Bill Barrett Corp. to drill the wells but conservation groups have appealed them both times. Denver-based Bill Barrett has decided to withdraw its permits. Spokesman Jim Felton said the company wants to try to reach an agreement with the BLM and environmentalists, avoiding a court fight. The latest permits included restrictions aimed at satisfying the
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled for a Cheyenne daily newspaper in a dispute with a local school district over access to teacher salary information. The court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper. Laramie County School District 1 had appealed a district court judge's earlier ruling that the paper was entitled to see records showing the names and salaries of teachers. Tribune Eagle Executive Editor D. Reed Eckhardt says the paper is thrilled but not surprised with the court ruling.
JACKSON, wyo – Last week, the Bridger-Teton National Forest used video teleconferencing to unveil new draft planning rules at district offices across the forest. It's part of a nationwide effort to gather public comment on new rules that will apply to all national forests. The draft rules lay out monitoring requirements for how forest managers track forest health. But the Bridger-Teton's Michael Schrotz says the process doesn't cover how to pay for monitoring, which was a problem for the current rules, last approved in 1982.
Wind River, WY – A man has been sentenced in the death of his teenage sister on the Wind River Indian Reservation and another will also serve time for involvement in the slaying. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday sentenced 22-year-old Robert Spoonhunter to 13 years in prison. Nineteen-year-old Kyeren Tillman was sentenced to serve more than six and a half years. Authorities say Spoonhunter choked his sister, 13-year-old Marisa Spoonhunter, and threw her into a weight bench after he
Casper, WY – More snow has piled up in Wyoming's mountains than at this time last year - and last year turned out to be a bad one for spring flooding. Hydrologists released their latest data Monday. They report that mountain moisture is up just about everywhere compared to last week. Every drainage basin now has more moisture at its headwaters than is normal for this time of year. Mountain snow moisture ranges from 102 percent of average above the Wind River to 136 percent of average above the upper Bear and upper North Platte rivers.