Cheyenne, Wy – Denver International Airport will be facing a backlog of two and a half days-worth of flights by the time it reopens. Officials plan to reopen the airport at noon on Friday. That will likely create problems for Denver flights through the weekend.
Laramie, Wy – Because of the weather, mail was not delivered to a large portion of Colorado and to the Laramie and Cheyenne areas of the state. It could make it tough for some mail to reach some people in time for Christmas. Postal Service Spokesman Al Desarro says they clearly understand the problem and will work long hours to get as much delivered as possible. Dessaro says it's unusual for the postal service to suspend operations, but with road closures and trouble getting air mail, he says they had little choice.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Laramie County woman died last night (Wednesday night) after her car became stuck in a blizzard and she tried to walk for help -- the first reported Wyoming fatality from the storm. Gerry Luce is spokesman for the Laramie County Sheriff's Department. Luce says searchers found the body of 61-year-old Alice Lloyd just before midnight yesterday (Wednesday). Lloyd's car became stuck on county roads about 8 miles north of the town of Hillsdale yesterday (Wednesday) evening. Lloyd left her
Yellowstone National Park, WY – The interior of Yellowstone National Park opens for the winter season this morning. Visitors to the park will be able to take commercial snowcoaches or snowmobile trips to destinations such as Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The park's East Entrance road is closed temporarily because of the danger of avalanches. Visitor centers at the park will be open at West Yellowstone, Old Faithful and Mammoth. There will be activities and evening programs available throughout the winter.
Cheyenne, Wy – Some premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are increasing by as much as 100 percent in the coming year but one official says the increases can be fixed. Loisjean Hallberg with the Wyoming Senior Health Insurance Information Program says some plans increased to 110 dollars a month. But she says an expert can help you find a better plan and a much lower cost. Hallberg adds that there are thousands of Wyoming Seniors who could be receiving prescriptions for as little as two dollars each, because they qualify for a low income version of the prescription plan.
Laramie, Wy – In Wyoming a winter blizzard has shut down businesses and roads in southeast Wyoming, including sections of Interstates 25 and 80. The blizzard was also responsible for a small plane crash, where the pilot walked away.
Washington D-C – A series of tests shows that Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas is on track for remission following his recent treatment for leukemia. Thomas' office says he returned to the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center to finish follow-up treatment yesterday (Monday). Thomas fell ill last month, just before Wyoming voters overwhelming re-elected him to office. He underwent chemotherapy treatments and was hospitalized until early this month. Thomas says today (Tuesday) that the news from his doctors is a
Jackson, Wy – Two people died in avalanches in the region this week adding to an already record-breaking increase in avalanche deaths over the past decade compared to previous decades. Bridger teton national forest avalanche center director Bob Comey says the combination of more people in general visiting avalanche terrain.... as well as more advanced back-country equipment . Have contributed to that spike in avalanche deaths. Comey also says conditions right now are perfect for avalanches in the western mountains. He says inexperienced people in the backcountry are at risk.
Laramie, Wy – As the federal government and state try and reach an agreement on what a new Wyoming wolf management plan will look like, both agriculture and conservation groups are watching with interest. The International Wolf Center provides education, but does not take positions on wolf issues. But the Center's Jess Edberg says it is critical that those drafting the new plan, get it right the first time, so that the wolf does not end up back on the endangered species list.