Cheyenne, WY – A small plane crashed in central Wyoming, killing two people, and a search is under way in the southern mountains for a second small plane that was feared down. Authorities say a Cessna 182-R that took off from Gillette headed for Lander Wednesday was found in a remote area this morning in extreme western Natrona County. The Natrona County Coroner confirmed two people were found dead.
Laramie, WY – The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park is defending a proposal to close the park's eastern entrance during the winter. Suzanne Lewis cites safety concerns, a tightening park budget and declining traffic as reasons to shut down the East Entrance to snowmobiles and snowcoaches. Park officials are especially concerned about the risk of avalanches on Sylvan Pass near the East Entrance. But some local business leaders aren't happy about the proposal. They say they'll lose business.
Cheyenne, WY – The effort to permanently remove the sales tax on food in the state is moving again. It passed a House committee earlier this session, but that committee had to do more work on the proposal to make it palatable to the full House. One change the committee made today was to remove money for cities and counties. That was supposed to make up for the lost revenue from the sales tax. The executive director of the Association of Municipalities, George Parks, says this is an important stream of revenue.
Wyoming – The Wyoming department of transportation says the states highways are falling apart, but Bob Beck reports that legislators are reluctant to spend a lot more on them, despite a 500 million dollar budget surplus.