Laramie, WY – Wyoming has three bridges that are similar in design to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. The Department of Transportation has now inspected two of them, and says those two are safe. Spokesman Dave Kingham says that result was no surprise.
We have an ongoing bridge inspection system and we're confident that's keeping our bridges in safe condition. We didn't expect to find any problems.
The third bridge, near Kaycee, will be inspected on Tuesday.
Laramie, WY – Bird lovers from around the world are meeting at the University of Wyoming this week. It's the first time that the American Ornithologists' Union is meeting in Wyoming in the group's 124-year history. UW Zoology professor Craig Benkman organized the conference. He says he hopes it puts the university on the map in his field.
"What's really nice is that we can showcase what we have here and what we're doing here. We have a fabulous program in ecology that's growing in the department of zoology," he said.
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson City Council has given preliminary approval to a change to the town's land development regulations to allow residential uses on the second or third floors of buildings in commercial districts. City staff will now draft the amendment into an ordinance. The council would have to approve it three times before it becomes law. Supporters of the measure said it will encourage housing development in the pricey Jackson market. Under Jackson's current regulations, the only residential uses
Greeley, Co – A Weld County jury has found former University of Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad guilty of second-degree assault, but NOT guilty of attempted first-degree murder. The Wheatland, Wyoming resident had faced both charges in connection with a knife attack on starter Rafael Mendoza last September. Jurors deliberated for a full day yesterday before announcing this morning that they had reached a verdict. Bond was denied because the crime was committed with a deadly
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.