Sheridan, Wyo – The first of three teenagers accused in the home invasion killing of an elderly businessman is going on trial in Sheridan. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for 19-year-old Dennis Poitra Jr. Poitra and two 16-year-olds are accused of breaking into the home of 79-year-old Robert Ernst for a burglary just over a year ago. One of the other teens is accused of shooting Ernst with a pistol. All three are charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
Cheyenne, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming remains committed to classifying wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. A federal judge in Montana early this month rejected the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move to turn over wolf management to Idaho and Montana while leaving them listed as an endangered species in Wyoming. That decision blocked wolf hunts this fall in Idaho and Montana. It also means those states won't regain management of their wolves
Denver, CO – EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) has pleaded guilty to the deaths of about 55 protected birds at its operations in Colorado and Wyoming.
The energy company entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Denver to two misdemeanor counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The court fined Encana a total of $30,000 for the two counts and $170,000 in community service payments, which will go to the federally administered North American Wetlands Conservation Fund.
Laramie, Wyo. – This year eight Wyoming hospitals went through intensive assessment. This was part of the 2010 Leapfrog Hospital Quality Survey, which looks at hospital practices and makes the results available to the public. The goal of the survey is to arm health care consumers with quality information so they can make informed choices.
Wyoming – Shortly after the Haiti Earthquake a former election judge for Haiti organized a group called Wyoming Haiti relief in Casper. It involves sending Wyoming Medical Teams, Prosthetics and the building of dome structures as shelters. The effort has been organized by Jill Ramaker Hendricks who just returned from the country. She gives Bob Beck an update on Haiti and explains how she got so many people to help.
Wyoming – This week, Wyofile dot com-- the online news site reported about a plan in Montana to haul thousands of tons of waste from a gold mine through Wyoming. This would be part of a cleanup effort because the old mine is contaminating a creek that feeds into Yellowstone National Park. Rone Tempest is the editor of Wyofile and one of the reporters who broke this story. He speaks with Renny MacKay.