Thermopolis, Wyomng – A district court judge has ruled in favor of the Thermopolis Independent Record in a case over access to information. The local newspaper's editor Pat Schmidt says his reporters once had access to jail rosters that explained why someone was being held. But Schmidt says the county attorney advised jail officials to remove that information. Judge Hunter Patrick ruled against the county saying the paper does indeed have a right to know why a person has been incarcerated. Hot Springs county attorney Dan Caldwell declined to comment.
Cheyenne, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service denied Wyoming's Petition to have the Rocky Mountain Grey Wolf removed from the endangered species list. It means the state could be headed to court over whether wolves in the Yellowstone region should be delisted.
Sheridan ,Wy – Despite the verbal sparring between Wyoming and Montana over the release of water from coal-bed methane wells into rivers and streams, Wyoming officials say Montana regulators have NOT objected to any water discharge permits. John Wagner works in Wyoming's Water Quality Division. He says Montana regulators review every draft water quality permit Wyoming issues. So far, Wagner says, there have been NO complaints. Richard Opper of Montana's Department of Environmental Quality
Cheyenne, Wy – Republican Ray Hunkins says Wyoming should work with private industry to build four regional methamphetamine treatment centers. Hunkins announced his plan in Cheyenne today (Monday)as part of his gubernatorial campaign. He says he's heard horror stories about the length of time people have to wait in order to get drug treatment in Wyoming. Hunkins says he doesn't want the state to actually build and run the facilities. Instead, he says, private industry can run them better.
Cheyenne, WY – Police are still looking for those responsible for a shooting incident in Cheyenne in which a 12-year-old boy was wounded. It happened Tuesday, when authorities say someone pulled up in front of a Cheyenne home and pointed a gun at the people outside. Someone at the home fired a shotgun, and the car sped off. In the exchange, a 12-year-old bystander was wounded. Police say they're following up on some leads, but that they're getting little cooperation from people in the case.
Laramie, Wy – Gubernatorial hopeful Ray Hunkins announced Thursday that he would not allow his family members to receive money to lobby state government if elected. His daughter has lobbied in the past, but he says if that continued it would create an appearance of impropriety.