Laramie, Wy – Fire officials in northern Wyoming predict that this summer's wildfire season will only get worse. Fires have burned across tens of thousands of acres in northeast Wyoming already this year. The chief of the Clearmont District Volunteer Fire Department in eastern Sheridan County says that if the next big fire threatens a populated area like Sheridan, the situation will be "four times as complex" as the huge fires so far.
Laramie, Wy – Several firefighters battling a fire in the Shoshone National Forest found themselves in a dangerous situation this week. Public Information Officer, Steve Till, says ten firefighters were walking and then realized the fire activity was up and so used protective equipment to survive. Till says all ten of them are healthy safe now. The fire they were fighting is the Little Venus. It's burned 10 thousand acres and is near a few ranches.
Laramie, Wy – The smoke from the state's wildfires can have some negative effects on people living a long ways away. It can irritate eyes, aggravate asthma and worsen the symptoms of heart disease. The state Health Department is urging people with respiratory problems to take precautions if they're downwind from the wildfires in Converse, Sheridan and Crook counties. That includes keeping windows and doors closed, closing the fresh-air intake for your home air conditioner, and NOT vacuuming. Vacuuming can stir up smoke particles.
Laramie, Wy – Police say one of the three students found dead in a house near the University of Wyoming campus killed the other two in a murder-suicide. Authorities are still investigating what exactly what happened Sunday morning. What they have said is that 20-year-old Justin Geiger (of South Beloit, Illinois) is believed to have killed both fellow U-W student Amber Carlson (of Denver) and Laramie resident Adam Towler before killing himself with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Laramie, Wy – A 20-year-old murder investigation has finally led to an arrest. Authorities in Natrona County have charged a 43-year-old Colorado man with murder in the 1986 death of a Casper hospital worker. Tammy Dively's body was found south of Casper on April 28, 1986. Dively had been run over numerous times by a vehicle. The case remained unsolved until Natrona County investigators began reviewing it earlier this year. Charged with second-degree murder is Jeffery Smith, of Parachute, Colorado. If convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison.
Cheyenne, Wy – Both of Wyoming's senators voted against expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Senate legislation passed 63 to 37 today (Tuesday). That was four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override President Bush's promised veto. Republican Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas voted in favor of two alternative bills. One of those bills would encourage research using stem cells from sources other than embryos. The other bill would ban so-called "fetal farming," the possibility of growing
Hulett, Wy – A rangeland fire in eastern Sheridan County has burned north into Montana. Sheridan County Commissioner Terry Cram says firefighters are close to having a line around the fire, which has consumed about 25-thousand acres. Cram says yesterday (Monday) a truck driver suffered burns when he was forced to run through the advancing fire. Meantime, firefighters have succeeded in containing wildfire south of Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming.
Buffalo, Wy – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will consider some new regulations to try and get a better handle on Coalbed Methane discharge water. Currently most water pumped out of coal seams by C-B-M wells is discharged onto the surface. E-Q-C Chairman Mark Gordon thinks the new testing done by the Department of Environmental Quality has helped. But when it comes to the big picture of water discharge they need rules to make more sense. Gordon says many people are trying to read-into why the Council will take a close look at its regulations.