YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – More earthquakes are rattling Yellowstone National Park.
The small earthquakes that began in the park a week ago continue. They include three more earthquakes Friday that measured stronger than magnitude 3.0. A quake of magnitude 3.5 happened at 11:30 a.m., followed by quakes measuring 3.2 and 3.1 at 12:40 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., according to the University of Utah Seismic Stations.
Cheyenne, wyo – 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. – Each winter, bird lovers pick one day to count as many birds as possible. This year's Christmas Bird Count is happening in 19 communities around Wyoming.
Cheyenne's count is on January 3rd. The coordinator, Greg Johnson, says the count has changed wildlife policy in the past. "The Christmas Bird Count information was instrumental in documenting black duck population on the east coast try to increase the population of black ducks," he says.
Laramie, Wyo. – A committee of 21 Republicans from Laramie County will nominate three candidates tonight to replace state Senator Bob Fecht. Fecht resigned December 19, saying that he needed to focus on his job as Cheyenne's police chief.
Wyoming GOP spokesman Joe Milczewski says the committee will pick from a pool of 12 people who volunteered for the job.
Laramie, Wyo. – Deer have started to use new tunnels to cross a highway near Kemmerer. The six underpasses in Nugget Canyon on highway 30 are meant to reduce the number of deer killed by cars.
The Wyoming Legislature funded the nearly four-million-dollar project in 2007 and it was finished in October. The Department of Transportation's Theresa Herbin says nearly 800 animals used the tunnels in a one-week period this month.