Cheyenne, WY – A bill banning protests during funerals has passed the state House of Representatives. This proposal does still allow groups to protest, but they must do it an hour before and an hour after a funeral. Also, they would have to be three hundred feet away from the ceremony. Representative Monte Olsen says it applies to everyone. Olsen says he would have liked it if the law was around when there were protests of Mathew Sheppard's funeral. He was a gay student beaten to death in Laramie.
Laramie, WY – Sheridan County election officials are helping three local Democrats review the paper records from last November's razor-thin US House election. It's not an official recount, and the outcome will not affect the results. In November, incumbent Republican Barbara Cubin won a seventh term by a little more than one half of one percentage point. The Democrats who initiated the review say they hope it will give people an idea whether the state's new election machines are trustworthy. They want to make sure the paper records from the machines match the electronic tabulation.
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.