Lander, Wy – A rock that killed the Rocky Mountain regional director of the National Outdoor Leadership School as he was climbing near Lander, Wyoming, last weekend had been thrown deliberately over the cliff. That's according to Ed Newell, the chief prosecutor in Fremont County, Wyoming. Newell says he is going to speak with relatives and friends of the victim, 47-year-old Pete Absolon, before deciding whether to file charges. Newell declined to identify the rock thrower. But he says that
Yellowstone National Park – The east entrance to Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed again, because of the Columbine Fire. The fire advanced toward a section of the East Entrance Road, prompting the closure at 7 last night (Tuesday). Park officials will re-evaluate the closure this morning. They say they intend to reopen the road to traffic as soon as access can be safely resumed. The Columbine Fire was started by lightening and was estimated yesterday (Tuesday) at 10,000 acres or about 16 square miles.
Casper, Wy – The Wyoming Healthcare Commission wants state lawmakers to ban smoking in all public places in the state. The commission met yesterday (Monday) in Casper and approved recommendations for next year's legislative session. The commission will forward its recommendations to the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee later this month. The healthcare commission voted to ask the joint interim committee to sponsor a bill to ban smoking in all of Wyoming's public places. A similar smoking ban bill failed in this year's
Yellowstone National Park – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is set to re-open to traffic at 8 o'clock this morning. The park's east entrance has been closed since Sunday, because of the threat posed by the Columbine Fire. The lightning-caused fire started just before dark Thursday evening, southwest of Sylvan Pass and the park's East Entrance road. Park rangers temporarily closed the road between the East Entrance station and Fishing Bridge, about 4:15 Sunday afternoon.
Sheridan, Wy – A wildfire southwest of Sheridan has burned three cabins and a shed and is threatening about 100 homes. State forester Bill Crapser says the fire has burned about 42-hundred acres and they had to evacuate about 100 homes. "I think the evacuations have gone very smoothly. A lot of the structures in the area are seasonal cabins, so I think a lot of the folks weren't there. There are some full-time residents in the area, but from all the reports I've heard, all the evacuations went very smoothly."
Laramie, Wy – Officials say the rise in forest fires in the state and region causing another problem air filled with smoke. Smoke filled air is being reported in many areas of the state and health and weather forecasters are urging people to pay attention. Department of Health Director Brent Sherrard says those who work outside or who exercise should be especially cautious. Sherrard says it is more dangerous the closer you are to a fire. He says those with asthma and other ailments should try and stay inside with windows closed.
Cody, Wy – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park remains closed this morning. A wind-driven wildfire forced officials to close it Sunday. Linda Miller is park spokeswoman. She says this morning (Monday) that the Columbine Fire is still burning close to the East Entrance road. Park Spokesman Al Nash said yesterday (Sunday) that about 25 miles of the road between the East Entrance and near Fishing Bridge inside the park on the north side of Yellowstone Lake were closed to traffic.