Cheyenne, Wy – Federal officials say the amount of snow accumulated in Wyoming's high country is above average for all but one of the state's river basins. The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that snowstorms last week in northeast Wyoming helped push the amount of water stored in Wyoming snowpack to 117 percent of the 30-year average statewide. Officials say the relative abundance of water in the mountains in early May bodes well for spring runoff in the state's river basins.
LaBarge, Wy – Exxon Mobil plans to spend more than 100 million dollars to build a plant in Wyoming that would test carbon-capture technology. The Irving-based company says it will begin construction on the plant in La Barge this summer, with start-up scheduled for late next year. The plant will employ Exxon Mobil's Controlled Freeze Zone technology, which uses cryogenics to remove carbon dioxide. The company has been working on the technology for about 30 years.
Wyoming – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed a new advisor on juvenile justice issues. Retiring District Judge Gary P. Hartman of Worland says there are a number of juvenile issues in Wyoming that need to be addressed.
Wyoming – A lot of gun issues have come up so far this year, including the Castle Doctrine bill in the state legislature and U.S. Supreme Court taking on a Washington D.C. handgun ban. Bob Beck reports.
Cheyenne, WY – A Colorado company has received two provisional state licenses to operate juvenile detention centers in Casper and Cheyenne.
Cornerstone Programs is taking over operations at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Casper and at the Jeffrey C. Wardle Academy in Cheyenne. Both facilities had been run by a Cheyenne company, Frontier Correctional Systems.
The Wyoming Department of Family Services has scrutinized both facilities over the past year.
Wind River Reservation, WY – A Fremont County Commissioner says the new 45-hundred square-foot casino on the Wind River Reservation is a mixed blessing. Dennis Heckart says the Wind River Casino will bring good jobs to the reservation, but he worries about the effect it will have on nearby residents who aren't prepared for their new neighbor.
Heckart says the casino's economic impact will ripple through the community, but he says the county would not be crippled without the extra revenue.