Laramie, Wy – Wind-driven snow closed Interstate 80, schools and government offices in southeast Wyoming Friday. While only a few inches of snow fell in Cheyenne, the heavy, wet snow hit around dawn and was accompanied by winds gusting over 40 miles an hour, forcing schools to call off classes. City, county and state offices also were closed in the morning. I-80 shut down early today but reopened by midmorning when the snow and wind let up.
Laramie, Wy – Congress is about to start a two week recess and Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is spending the time doing a world tour. He's headed to India, Europe and the Middle East to learn about foreign education systems. Enzi is the Republican chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is making the trip with fellow committee members and the Secretary of Education.
Jackson, Wy – Extreme skier and Jackson Hole mountaineer and guide Doug Coombs has died in the French Alps. Officials say the 48-year-old Coombs slipped and fell over a cliff while trying to aid a friend who had plunged over the same precipice on Monday. The accident occurred near a resort in southeast France. Coombs was a two-time winner of the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Alaska and served as ski ambassador for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the early 1990s. He is survived by his wife and three-year-old son.
Cheyenne, Wy – The governor of Wyoming has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reject water quality rules proposed by the state of Montana. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Montana rules would severely limit natural gas production in Wyoming. He wants the E-P-A to appoint a mediator to resolve the issue between the two states. But Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer says his state intends to stick by its rules. And he says that he's disappointed Freudenthal took the issue to federal regulators.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Arts Council has a new manager. Longtime employee Rita Basom replaces Milward Simpson who left to lead the division of cultural resources. Basom led a successful fundraising effort for the Arts council in 2003 and says she hopes to get Artists and Art Associations more involved in what the Council does.
Laramie, Wy – A candidate for Governor says the focus in areas impacted by energy development should be on people. During an interview on Wyoming Public Radio Republican Ray Hunkins said he did not know what additional environmental protections would be needed in the Jonah Gas Field in Western Wyoming. But he knows where the focus should be and that is people. Hunkins is concerned that too much of the focus has been on impacts to Wildlife.
Thermopolis, Wyoming – Governor Freudenthal says the reception has been remarkable at three campaign stops across the state where he announced he would seek a second term as governor today (Monday). Speaking first in his hometown of Thermopolis, Freudenthal said he's confident that Wyoming has moved in the right direction since he took office. Later in the day, Freudenthal also spoke to crowds in Casper and Cheyenne. Freudenthal, a Democrat, says he's been successful in his first