Cheyenne, WY – The bill to ban open containers of alcohol in vehicles is moving to the state House. The Senate gave final approval to the proposal today. The vote was 26 to three. Senator Curt Meier was in the small minority that voted against the ban. He says if the state really wants to address safety on the highways there were other options than an outright ban on open containers. The bill now heads to the state House. It died there last year by one vote.
Cody, WY – The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ruled against a Park County landowner who tried to invoke Wyoming's new split estate law. The landowner sought to force an energy company to pay a higher bond for drilling on his land. The ruling yesterday rejected arguments by Heart Mountain landowner Jim Dager that Windsor Energy should post a $416,000 surety bond. He argued that was to cover the loss of value of nearly a thousand acres surrounding planned gas drilling operations.
Sheridan, WY – Two hotel bars in Sheridan have decided to ban smoking. Holiday Inn General Manager Mark Demple said his hotel bar, Scooters, will go smoke free February first for the safety of employees and customers. Best Western Sheridan Center General Manager Ron Spence says he is making his bar, Main Street Tavern, smoke free January 22nd because smoking was costing him convention business. The Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Cheyenne, WY – A Baptist church in Cheyenne has been vandalized for the second time in just over a month. Unity Missionary Baptist Church was ransacked in early December. Vandals visited again early Tuesday morning. Police say they have suspects this time...but nothing conclusive.