Laramie, Wy – A small fire this afternoon (Friday) at Cheyenne's Frontier Oil Refinery injured one refinery worker before it was put out. The fire was apparently caused by two small explosions in a device that separates oil and fuels from waste water. Witnesses said flames reached thirty feet high, but the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes. The injured worker was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center but had only minor cuts and bruises.
Laramie, Wy – Gary Trauner insists he's NOT behind a plan to recount the paper records from electronic voting machines in Sheridan County. However, he does think it's a good idea. Three Sheridan County Democrats announced this week they planned to review the paper records. They say they just want to make sure the paper records match up with the electronic totals provided by the voting machines. Liz Howell is one of those Democrats. She says she's been told by county officials that she and two colleagues will be allowed to review the records.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming department of health's staff dentist says at least 800 children in the state needed to repair or remove rotting teeth last year in Wyoming. Doctor Grant Christensen says it's a significant and expensive problem for the state the size of Wyoming. The children, under the age of four, are suffering from bottle-mouth tooth decay. That's when they are allowed to suck on bottles or sippy cups containing sweet liquids. Over time, their teeth decay due to the prolonged sugary bath.
Laramie, Wy – Juniors in Wyoming's high schools will now have to take the A-C-T test. That exam is often a requirement of colleges, but now it is also a requirement for students wishing to cash in on the new Hathaway Scholarship. It provides up to 3200 dollars a year. To get that much a student must score at least a 25 on the A-C-T.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Air National Guard is helping drop hay to cattle stranded by snow in eastern Colorado. One C-130 and ten Wyoming airmen arrived at Pueblo, Colorado, Wednesday to assist the Colorado National Guard. The C-130 will hold six to eight one-ton bales of hay per load. Governor Freudenthal says his office received a request for assistance from the Colorado governor's office.
Laramie, Wy – Lawmakers may consider a new direction for the state's community colleges when the Legislature meets next week. Governor Freudenthal has proposed a blue-ribbon commission to study the future of the community colleges. State Representative Pete Illoway of Cheyenne plans to introduce a pair of bills that could change the organization and funding of the community colleges. Illoway said there's not enough coordination among the eight schools. And he says the burden of funding those schools currently falls too heavily on the host counties.
Laramie, Wy – Tourist visits to Yellowstone National Park remained steady during the traditionally busy Christmas season, compared to 2005. However, the 2005 season was one day shorter, making the daily averages comparable. A Yellowstone spokeswoman says there were six-thousand-49 snowmobile riders in December 2006; and four-thousand-106 coach riders.
Laramie, Wy – A piece of a Russian rocket landed near Riverton, Wyoming about six o'clock this morning. Descriptions range from an "unreal bright light" to a "spectacular fireworks display." Riverton Police Captain Mark Stone says he witnessed the event and at first thought it was an aircraft crashing. He says it came down about 55 miles southwest of Riverton in a national forest. Authorities say the Russian rocket was used to launch a French satellite late last month. There have been no reports of injuries.
Gillette, Wy – A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for ordering others to kill a Gillette teenager. Kent Alan Proffit was convicted last November of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for ordering two men to strangle 19-year-old Jeremy Forquer in October 2005. He was sentenced in Gillette by District Judge John Perry. Proffit's lawyer challenged the conviction during the sentencing, but the judge says prosecutors proved guilt well beyond reasonable doubt.
Sheridan, Wy – There may be a recount in that close U-S House race between Representative Barbara Cubin and Gary Trauner after all. Three Sheridan Democrats say they plan to conduct a hand recount of Sheridan County's results in the race to see whether the county's new voting machines are accurate. Cubin, a Republican, beat Democrat Trauner by just over a thousand votes in the November general election. Cubin won the race in Sheridan County by 628 votes. Sheridan County Democrat Liz Howell is one of those planning to