Gillette, Wy – A Gillette man convicted of ordering the killing of a teenager in late 2005 will serve life in prison without parole. A District Court jury today (Friday) voted against imposing the death penalty on Kent Proffitafter deliberating for about an hour and 40 minutes. Judge John Perry presided over the trial. The judge says the jury voted unanimously to give Proffit a sentence of life in prison without parole. The jury found the 43-year-old Proffit guilty Monday of
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Cowgirls will face Wisconsin for the Women's National Invitation Tournament Title Saturday. (Today). Wyoming has made an improbable run in the Tournament. The Cowgirls have won all five of their games -- breaking school records for wins and attendance in the process. Wyoming (26-9) plays for its first post-season women's basketball title tomorrow (Saturday) when it hosts Wisconsin (23-12). The Badgers, of the mighty Big Ten, were W-N-I-T runners-up in 1999 and won the tournament in 2000.
Torrington, Wy – The superintendent at Fort Laramie National Historic Site says that a proposed fee increase is not likely to hurt her operations and it could actually help. The National Park Service has proposed a five-dollar increase for the site's annual pass and a two dollar increase in the per-person entrance fee. If approved, the price hike would take effect in 2009. Fort Laramie's Superintendent Mitzi Frank says the historical site's small size helps in this case.
Laramie, Wy – Interstate 80 across southern Wyoming and Interstate 25 from Casper to Cheyenne have reopened after a powerful spring snowstorm closed much of the highways for more than 24 hours. The state Department of Transportation, however, is still advising caution. The interstates are reportedly slick in many areas and there are reports of blowing snow. Most of the 115-mile length of I-25 between Casper and Buffalo remains closed. And about 130 miles of I-90 between Gillette and the Montana state line also are shut down.
Riverton, Wy – There are three finalists to replace Bob Peck in the Wyoming Senate. Peck died March 6 in Cheyenne after taking ill during this year's legislative session. He was 82 years old. The Riverton Republican's four-year term expires next year. Yesterday (Wednesday), the Fremont County Republican Central Committee chose three finalists from 15 candidates to finish the Riverton Republican's term. The names have been submitted to the Fremont County Commission. They are:
Buffalo, Wy – Stranded high school students whose school bus was involved in an accident yesterday (Wednesday) on I-90 are being housed at a Buffalo elementary school. A winter storm has shut down the portion of the interstate between Gillette and the Montana state line. The students are from far Tongue River High School in Dayton in north-central Wyoming. They were traveling to a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition in Cheyenne when their bus was involved in one of two chain crashes on the slick interstate.
Laramie, Wy – The W-N-I-T championship game between Wyoming and Wisconsin on Saturday at Laramie is sold out. Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman says all 15-thousand tickets have been sold as of this afternoon (Thursday). Burman says more than nine-thousand tickets were sold last night (Wednesday) following the Cowgirls' triple overtime victory over Kansas State. Wyoming has been attracting record crowds during the W-N-I-T. The semifinal game against Kansas State was attended by