Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming announced plans for its Wind Energy Research Center, which will develop the technology needed to make wind-powered electricity more reliable.
UW College of Engineering Professor John Naughton will direct the project. He says that wind could ultimately provide the country with 20 percent of its electricity, but that technology will take a long time to develop.
Denver, CO – A Denver couple and their 19-year-old daughter are dead after a crash on any icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming.
It happened yesterday after their car slid on the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer six miles west of Rawlins.
Killed in the crash were 59-year-old John David Parr, his 53-year-old wife Sandra Widener, and their daughter Chase. The couple's 17-year-old daughter Katie was taken to a Casper hospital in critical condition.
Evanston, Wyo. – An urban renewal agency has offered to buy Evanston's historic Strand Theater, which was destroyed by fire in May.
June Law is coordinator of the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency. She says the owners of the nearly 90-year-old theater have conditionally accepted the offer to buy the building.
Plans are in the works to turn the theater into a performing arts center. Cleanup and stabilization costs alone could reach $300,000. Converting the building into a performing arts center would cost around $2 million.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – The clergyman at the century-old Yellowstone National Park chapel expects about 600 people for the annual candlelight services, on Christmas Eve. The chapel is at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Many of the people who go there on Christmas Eve are among Mammoth's 300 or so year-round residents. Others come from the nearby town of Gardiner. Some others are tourists.
The chapel built in 1913 originally drew the U.S. military personnel that oversaw Yellowstone in its early years.
Laramie, WY – US Senator John Barrasso says that Washington should take a lesson from the way Wyoming does business. The former state senator says that in his first six months in office he has learned how complicated it can be getting work done in Washington.
Laramie, Wy – Federal land managers have proposed allocating nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah for potential commercial oil shale development. The Bureau of Land Management released the proposal yesterday (Thursday) and will take public comment for 90 days before issuing a final plan. Federal officials and industry experts estimate that up to 1.8 trillion barrels of oil is trapped in the region's oil shale, or three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. Of that, roughly
Gillette, Wy – Two environmental groups have filed a court petition questioning a construction permit for a coal-fired power plant outside Gillette. The Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Sierra Club filed the petition Thursday in Laramie County District Court. The groups say that North American Power Group didn't do sufficient work on the Two Elk plant south of Gillette over a two-year period to justify continuing the permit. Specifically the groups question a conclusion by the state Department of