Laramie, WY – The number of motorcyclists dying on Wyoming highways is increasing. Lorrie Pozarik is director of Injury Prevention Resources in Lander. She says motorcycle casualties are on the rise nationwide, and the public is often desensitized to those deaths.
Cheyenne, Wy – Although he is still sifting through the details, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he is encouraged by this weeks test results that show that schools and students are improving in the state. The Governor wonders if the improvement has more to do with the change in the state test but he says he is clearly pleased. Freudenthal notes that since the test that measures student progress has changed what they have really done is set a high benchmark. So, he says the question is will schools and students continue to improve
Greeley, Co – Jurors have started deliberating the fate of a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter. Mitchell Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming is charged with attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the knife attack on Rafael Mendoza last September. The prosecution and defense wrapped up their closing arguments yesterday afternoon just as court recessed for the day. Prosecutors portrayed Cozad as an ambitious but frustrated
Rock Springs, Wy – Booming Rock Springs needs more housing but where to build that new housing is a different challenge. Thousands of acres around town were once underground mines now abandoned but still too dangerous to build on. The city asked the state to help clean up several such sites to make them suitable for building. And the state's preferred technique called dynamic compaction collapses the deep underground caverns using a 25-ton weight. Abandoned Mine Lands director Evan Green says it might be causing some damage to local homes.
Moorcroft, Wy – Police in Moorcroft are looking for a man who robbed the Pinnacle Bank yesterday (Tuesday) morning. The Moorcroft Police Department says that a man entered the bank at about 8:30 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money. Bank employees put money in a plastic bag for him. The man then led employees to a basement bathroom and left. The employees were later summoned from the basement by an off-duty bank employee who noticed the empty building and contacted police.
Jackson, Wy – Recent rains combined with cooler temperatures have allowed federal land managers to lift partial fire restrictions in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest starting tomorrow (Wednesday). Rains have lowered the fire danger on the forest to moderate. The fire danger on the forest had been rated either high or extreme since late June. Mary Cernicek is spokeswoman for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. She says that rain gauges around the forest have recorded
Boise, Idaho – State and tribal wildlife biologists in Idaho are heading into the busy season in their study of the effects of West Nile virus on the sage grouse. That's because early August is about the time that fatalities attributable to West Nile begin to appear in sage grouse populations across Idaho and the west. Daniel Gossett is a biologist hired by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes at Duck Valley Indian Reservation to study the virus on sage grouse for the next two years. Gossett says West Nile can be
Jackson, Wy – Teton County commissioners this week will consider a proposed design for a new tram building at the Jackson Hole Mountain resort. The resort closed the old tram before last ski season. It has contracted to build a $25-million replacement lift. It plans to get the new lift completed in time for the 2008-2009 winter season. Both the Teton County planning staff and planning commissioners have recommended approval of the proposed terminal building. Plans call for an 82-foot tall clock tower on the