Laramie, Wy – Recent warm weather is melting snowpack across Wyoming faster than normal, state and federal officials say. The U-S Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that snowpack statewide dropped from 95 percent of average to 83 percent of average between April 10 and April 17. There have been a number of reports in the last ten years or so showing that peak runoff is occurring earlier in the springtime as a result of global warming.
Laramie, Wy – A district judge on Tuesday denied Rita Ann Humphrey's requests for an acquittal or a new trial following her conviction last month of second-degree murder in the 1977 shooting death of her husband. Judge W. Thomas Sullins denied the motions from Humphrey's lawyer, Michael Krampner. Krampner argued that the jury had inadequate evidence to convict Humphrey of murder in the death of Jack Humphrey.
Laramie, Wy – Interstate 90 closed east of Gillette this morning as a major snowstorm continues to hammer the Black Hills. Meanwhile, about a foot of snow has piled up along U-S Highway 85 near the South Dakota line, and another foot of snow is predicted in that area today. Along with I-90, U-S 85 is closed north of Lusk and U-S highways 16 and 14 are closed north and south of Moorcroft. Snow is also piling up in Sundance --about 13 inches so far.
Laramie, Wy – The state and the Eastern Shoshone tribe signed a deal today (Wednesday) opening the door for the tribe to open a casino with games like black jack and roulette. Wyoming's other tribe; the Northern Arapahoe already have a similar agreement in place.
Laramie, Wy – A legislative committee is taking a close look at whether to tighten Wyoming's Eminent Domain laws. Eminent domain allows government to take private property for the public good. Following a recent U-S Supreme court ruling that allowed land takings for economic development purposes some Wyoming landowners fear unwanted development on Ag lands. But the Powder River Basin Resource Council's John Vanvig argues that some of these battles are already being fought in the Powder River region, thanks to Coalbed Methane development.
Laramie, Wy – Aids in Wyoming continues to be a concern and those who try and bring awareness about HIV/AIDS issues say it is still misunderstood. Bob Hooker heads up an education effort in Albany County. He says new statistics show a new picture of those with Aids in Wyoming. "For the first time since the state starting keeping records, 75 percent of new infections in the state are occuring in hetrosexuals. That is very concerning for us. Most of those cases are occuring because of injection drug use or from partners of injection drug use".
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is one step closer to selling more power to Nevada and California. With Utah the four states are working to ge what they will call the Frontier Line built. It is an electric transmission line and is billed as a way to get clean energy to the big western states. Wyoming's role would be to provide the electricity from coal power plants and wind farms. Monday Governor Dave Freudenthal and other western leaders announced they have reached an important deal with private utilities.
Laramie, Wy – A bank robbery in Cheyenne this morning led to a high speed chase and shots fired. The suspect robbed the First Interstate bank, fled and started a high speed chase from Cheyenne to Laramie on I-80. During the chase law enforcement agents did shoot at the suspect. But, the man evaded police and reached Laramie, stopping finally at a residence where law enforcement fired more shots before arresting the man. The F-B-I is heading up the investigation, but agent Michele Velasquez says she has not received many details about the case yet.