Riverton, Wy – The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs police are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found at a housing complex on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Northern Arapaho Tribe public relations department says the people died Wednesday morning in a residence at the Beaver Creek Housing Development, a few miles south of the central Wyoming town of Riverton. Jonathan Barela, assistant director of public relations for the tribe, says no information has been released on the cause of death,
Cheyenne, Wy – An investigation by the Wyoming Department of Family Services has concluded that juveniles weren't adequately supervised when a boy allegedly was sexually assaulted at a Casper juvenile jail a few months ago. The department also found that staff and administrators at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center didn't report the alleged assault to the state as required. The Associated Press obtained the report outlining the department's conclusions after filing an open records request with the department.
Cokeville, Wy – A Game and Fish Department Wildlife Biologist says he is alarmed by the large number of Mule Deer deaths in the Wyoming range this winter and the early spring. Gary Fralick says most occurred in Central Uinta County and near Cokeville. Fralick says the die off was enough that it will be difficult for the population to bounce back quickly. He adds that forage losses will not help the animals rebound.
Rock Springs, Wy – After struggling to find housing for new employees several housing developments have been built throughout Southwest, Wyoming. The area received a state grant and they found a developer who conceived clustering houses together. They are a mix of homes both for-sale and for-rent. At first the challenge was to get local residents agree to the developments and that was done with an ad campaign. Sweetwater Economic Development Association Director Pat Robbins says that finding builders was a tougher challenge.
Cheyenne, Wy – Tourist numbers are expected to be high this summer, but restaurants and hotels across Wyoming may still struggle to make a profit. The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association's Lynn Birleffi says the state's worker shortage makes it particularly hard to hire seasonal workers. Add to that higher utility costs for hotels and higher food costs and Birleffi says the hospitality industry is struggling. Birleffi says tourists probably won't see much change. But she says some businesses may be in the red by the end of the summer.
Washington D-C – In separate speeches on the Senate floor, Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi spoke out against Lieberman-Warner global climate change bill. Enzi says the bill would require too many costs of companies that would in turn drive up consumer costs. Senator John Barrasso says it would hurt Wyoming families and likely cost the state several energy jobs. Enzi says the solution to using global warming needs to involve innovation and technology.
Jackson, Wy – Five conservation groups say they have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from feeding elk on Wyoming's National Elk Refuge. The groups say that by feeding an estimated 7,500 elk every winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has turned the refuge into a breeding ground for diseases that can harm both wildlife and livestock. Jeff Welsch with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition said a lawsuit demanding a stop to the feeding was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.
Cody, Wy – A group of state and federal officials has agreed to recommend that the National Park Service keep Sylvan Pass open during the winter to provide an entry into Yellowstone National Park. The regional director of the National Park Service issued a decision late last year that the federal agency would stop winter maintenance of the pass. The pass leads to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and rises to an elevation of 8,530 feet. The Park Service had proposed closing the pass in the winter to
Wyoming – In just a few months, the world's best athletes will descend on Beijing for the 2008 summer Olympics. Some of those athletes are still pushing the limits of their physical endurance to qualify for the U-S team. That includes a few young swimmers from the University of Wyoming. Peter O'Dowd has the story.
Wyoming – South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius won a significant victory in court this month, and a University of Wyoming professor helped. UW assistant professor of biomechanics Matt Bundle was on the team of scientists that made the case that his prosthetic legs do not give him an unfair advantage. An Elsa Partan interview.