Laramie, WY – A recent federal study found 4.5 million acres of federal land in Wyoming could be available for geothermal power.
Geothermal energy is generated from heat stored in the earth. It's gaining attention as a greener energy source because it releases essentially no greenhouse gases. The Department of Energy estimates geothermal could meet 10 percent of America's energy needs by mid-century.
Laramie, Wyo. – Plummeting mortgage rates have caused a spike in business for some banks in Wyoming.
According to a weekly survey by Freddie Mac, rates have fallen more than 1-point-3 percent on a 30-year-fixed mortgage since October. Cheyenne State Bank President Dave Cook says the lower rates of 5.1 percent have made purchasing a home or refinancing more attractive.
Casper, Wyo. – Wyoming's snow pack is just below normal for this time of year, but a water supply specialist says the state has more snow than it did at this time last year.
Lee Hackleman is with Natural Resources Conservation Service. His office released a report Monday that shows snow pack statewide stands at 93 percent of average. It was 83 percent of average on the same day last year. Hackleman says the best snow pack is in the Northeast Corner of Wyoming.
Cheyenne, WY – A draft bill would establish a procedure for judges to follow in ordering mentally ill people accused of serious crimes to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them competent to stand trial.
The Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a bill in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13. The State Hospital in Evanston requested the bill. Officials say the bill would make state law conform with the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Laramie, Wyo. – More than a foot of snow has fallen on parts of Western Wyoming since New Years Day. But National Weather Service Forecaster Kevin Lynott says relief is finally on its way.
"What's clear cut about it, it should end pretty abruptly sometime tonight or at the very latest Saturday morning. And then it looks like it will just be cold, and at the very least a few flurries in the high country."
Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Cowboys begin conference play this weekend at Utah. Head Coach Heath Schroyer says this year's Mountain West Conference is ranked 6th in the country. He says it's the most competitive he's ever seen the league.
"I think this league is as good as it's ever been," he says. "From top to bottom, you have to be ready to play 16 nights. And on any given night, anybody can beat anybody."
Schroyer says the Cowboys face an early schedule challenge.