Laramie, WY – Investigators have more information about the crash on I-80 that killed three members of the Parr family from Denver Saturday. They now say the crash began when the family's vehicle rear-ended a snowplow, triggering the five-vehicle collision. Only one member of the Parr family survived the crash.
The Department of Transportation's Dave Kingham says snowplows can become nearly invisible as they kick up big clouds of snow around them.
Green River, Wy – Despite efforts to save the historic Lincoln School in Green River, the building has been torn down. When it was completed in 1922 the Art Deco school was considered among the most modern in the state. The school district gave the building to the city in 1996, but residents were unable to find a use for it. City Administrator Barry Cook says the city has begun the process of selling the land, possibly for much-needed single-family housing.
Laramie, Wy – In November, Wyoming saw almost ten thousand more jobs then the previous year. But for the first time in four and a half years there is a decline in mining and natural resource jobs. State Economist Dave Bullard compiled the most recent employment figures and he blames low gas prices for the decline in energy production. But Bullard says the overall job picture in the state is actually quite good. Employers in Wyoming continue to seek workers, so Bullard says those who leave the mining sector should be able to find work.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will soon be getting several million dollars to clean up or erase old and unused roads in national forests. The Wilderness society's Joe Kirkvliet says these old roads can cause landslides and other dangers to the public.Kirkvliet says the effort can improve habitat. Many forests have already been determining which roads should be included in the program. Forest access will be a consideration.
Cheyenne, Wy – Because the state is a bit late with its flu season, the director of the Wyoming department of health is urging everyone to get a flu shot. Doctor Brent Sherard says Wyoming is approaching the flu season and he says if you have not gotten your flu shot the time is now. Sherard says shots are available at a number of locations across the state. He notes that his office is just starting to hear about flu outbreaks across the state. Sherard says flu shots prevent greater problems.
Gillette, Wy – Police in Gillette say a man stabbed another man in the chest and neck during an argument over a television remote control. Authorities said 43-year-old Leo Gene Bloomfield faces a possible charge of attempted second-degree murder following the stabbing just after midnight on Christmas. Police Cpl. Jason Marcus said Bloomfield called from the Circle L Motel. Marcus said police arrived and found Bloomfield walking around a room while another man lay between the two beds.
Casper, WY – A federal spending bill is likely to cost Wyoming millions by reducing the state's share of royalties from oil, gas and coal production.
Currently states and the federal government evenly split royalties from federal oil, gas and coal reserves. A spending bill recently approved by Congress would reduce states' share to 48 percent and increase the federal government's share to 52 percent.
Laramie, WY – As utility companies in Wyoming and across the country try to keep up with demand for power, they are turning more natural gas into electricity.
The director of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, Mark Northam, says utility companies are struggling to get new coal projects approved because of environmental concerns. But he adds that natural gas is not the best way to close the power gap.