Cheyenne, Wy – A Cheyenne man accused of supplying the heroin and cocaine that killed a young professional bull rider last year failed to return from a furlough a federal judge granted him this week to attend his mother's funeral. U.S. District Judge William F. Downes on Wednesday signed an arrest warrant for 44-year-old Vernon V. Ellefson, Jr., of Cheyenne. Ellefson and a group of other men are accused of supplying the drugs that killed bull rider Bryan John Guthrie last December and a Cheyenne woman last summer.
Devils Tower, Wy – Certified Public Accountant Bruce Brown of Devil's tower says he will run for State Auditor as a Republican. Brown was defeated by Rita Meyer four years ago. He touts his work in the private sector and says it should make him effective in Cheyenne.
Washington, DC – During a meeting with Governor Dave Freudenthal and Governors from energy producing states, President Barack Obama said he would form a task force to study technology that buries carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. He also discussed a number of other energy issues of concern to the states such as the development of clean coal technology. Governor Freudenthal says the administration said some good things, but it remains to be seen how much of it will be put into practice.
Laramie, WY – Many local Toyota dealerships say the company's recall is going as smoothly as can be expected. Fremont Motor's Chuck Guschewsky says the gas pedal reinforcement bars meant to address a problem with unexpected acceleration should arrive late this week.
Cheyenne, WY – Real estate agents in Wyoming say the first-time homeowner tax credit lifted sluggish sales last year, but it's still difficult to tell just how many sales were finalized because of the tax credit.
Steven Beazley, the 2010 president of the Wyoming Association of Realtors, says the tax credit lifted the industry through the typically slower winter months. Norm Morris, president of the Cheyenne Board of Realtors, says sales overall were comparable between 2008 and 2009.
Laramie, Wyo. – Some residents of Laramie are concerned about the number of dogs and cats being killed at the city's animal shelter. Numbers provided by the citizens show that the number of euthanasias almost quadrupled between 2004 and 2008.