Pinedale, Wy – It appears that air pollution wasn't as bad this past winter in southwest Wyoming. The state Department of Environmental Quality says preliminary data from monitors in the area show that ozone did not exceed federal pollution standards for any eight-hour time period. Scientists believe the ozone in southwest Wyoming is caused by a combination of pollution emitted from natural gas fields and certain meteorological conditions. Area residents have long advocated slowing down the drilling to improve the air.
Cheyenne, Wy – Several state construction projects are on hold while the state government braces for declining revenue. The Legislature approved $58 million worth of projects in the current budget. State construction manager Rich Cathcart told state legislators Wednesday those projects are on hold. The frozen projects include new state laboratories in Cheyenne and design work on an office building near the state Capitol. Cathcart also says many construction companies are bidding on the state projects that are going forward, and that's helping to
Rock Springs, Wy – The Rock Springs City Council is moving ahead with a proposed ordinance to ban the use of cell phones while driving. The ordinance cleared initial approval Tuesday. Two more readings are needed to enact the ordinance. The ordinance would apply when drivers use cell phones for talking, text massaging or taking photos. Exceptions include police and ambulance drivers in the line of duty - or when people use a device allowing them to talk while keeping both hands on the wheel.
Casper, Wy – A judge has sentenced a Thayne man to serve up to 18 years in prison in the beating death two years ago of his stepson. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that District Court Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell sentenced Cody Roberts on Wednesday. Authorities say Roberts told investigators that he unintentionally killed his 6-year-old stepson Ethan Jonathan Alberts in August 2007 by punching the boy. Roberts entered an "Alford plea" to charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter earlier this year. The plea means that he
Cheyenne, Wy – Plans to rejuvenate a block in downtown Cheyenne by renovating a long-vacant building and constructing a skywalk and hotel are dead. The Marriott extended stay hotel would have been built on a lot where a building burned down in an arson attack more than four years ago. Developer Capital Management has backed away from the project. City officials now are looking at putting a small park in the space. Meanwhile, the owners of the Hynds Building say they are still
Lander, Wy – The Fremont County Commission has selected acting County Attorney Brian Varn to replace Ed Newell, who resigned as county attorney. Newell last month became embroiled in a scandal in which he acknowledged receiving e-mails containing images of nude women. An investigation showed some of the photos were taken in county buildings and city of Riverton buildings. Newell resigned effective April 15. Varn has been a deputy county attorney. Commi 1/4ssioners named him county attorney on Tuesday.