Cheyenne, Wy – A three-year-old state program that uses military regimen to help troubled teens is struggling to survive. Officials say the Wyoming National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program at Camp Guernsey is in danger of losing federal funding and possibly even closing because of a lack of enrollment. The program can accommodate up to 120 teens every 22 weeks. But just 19 cadets will graduate from the program's fifth class later this month. Program director Joe Michaels says there's various reasons for
Riverton, Wy – The Fremont County Coroner says it could take weeks to determine what killed three teenage girls found dead on the Wind River Reservation. Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday that preliminary autopsy investigations on the girls didn't determine their cause of death. He says more detailed toxicology reports could take from four to six weeks. Special Agent Kathleen Wright, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Denver, said Monday that the agency can't comment on the investigation.
Laramie, Wy – Rising costs for asphalt and other materials means there will be fewer road repairs this summer. Wyoming department of transportation director John Cox says it is becoming a trend and that it means that they cannot rebuild some roads that desperately need it. The legislature put more money into road construction this past session, but Cox says rising costs offset the increased funding. A national asphalt publication says the cost for construction materials is up 26 percent from last year.
Pinedale, Wy – The farm bill re-approved by congress provides some increased tax incentives for those who want to provide a conservation easement. Such easements protect and preserve agricultural land and open spaces across the state. Congress will provide the renewed incentives until 2009 and could give those donating their land huge income tax breaks. Jordon Vanna of the Green River Valley Land Trust thinks the incentives will encourage more people to set up such easements.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a Lovell doctor facing federal charges of unlawfully distributing painkillers. The board filed an order Monday suspending the license of Dr. Joseph Baumstarck Jr. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced last month that Baumstarck had been arrested during a search of his clinic. He's accused of unlawfully prescribing the drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone outside the scope of his medical practice. Kim Baumstarck is the doctor's wife. She says that the couple
Cheyenne, Wy – A federal judge has sentenced former Campbell County Fire Chief Gary Scott to serve 24 years, five months in prison on 10 felony convictions of taking children under the age of 18 across state lines to sexually molest them. Some of the victims were molested while they were members of a fire cadet program for children that Scott created. Scott served as Campbell County fire chief from 1991 until his arrest last August. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer on Friday ruled that the