LARAMIE, wyo – The proposed Bear Lodge mine in Crook County may have the second largest amount of rare earth elements in North America. That's according to Canadian based mining company Rare Element Resources. These elements are typically used in high tech and green industries.
Rare Element Resources president and CEO, Donald Ranta, says by the year 2015, the global rare earth market should be around 200,000 tons being produced yearly.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's largest wind energy developer says it has no further plans to build more wind farms in the state. Rocky Mountain Power officials tell the Casper Star-Tribune that the company has met its current goals for wind-based generation. The utility owns nine wind farms in Wyoming with a total capacity of 626.6 megawatts. In addition, the company has long-term contracts to buy power from six other Wyoming wind farms owned by merchant developers. Rocky Mountain Power operates as PacifiCorp outside of Wyoming.
Casper, Wy – An airliner bound for Salt Lake City made an unscheduled landing in Casper because of a medical emergency. Casper Natrona County International Airport manager Glenn Januska said the Delta 757, which took off in Minneapolis, landed around 8 a.m. Monday. Januska said one passenger lost consciousness because of a medical condition and was taken to a hospital. He said the plane then continued on to Salt Lake City. A spokesperson for Delta didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Sheridan, Wy – Teenage brain development could come up during the trial of a 15-year-old accused of murder in Sheridan. Dharminder Vir Sen is the youngest of three people accused in the home-invasion killing of a prominent businessman last year and is charged as an adult. County attorney Matt Redle expects the defense will call at least two witnesss to testify about the developmental stage of a 15-year-old's brain. He wants the court to limit any such testimony and a judge heard arguments on the issue Friday. Redle says having a normal 15-year-old brain isn't a deficiency.