Jackson, Wy – After searching for several hours in cold and wet weather searchers called off their search for a missing snowmobiler Captain Jim Whalen of the Teton County Sheriffs office admits that it does not look good. from a realistic standpoint and frankly from a very sad standpoint there is very little hope that anyone could survive this situation." Whalen says searchers have had to battle weather and need to be wary of setting off other avalanches as they continue their work.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting recommendations to the way it currently handles split estate issues as they pertain to oil and gas development. There are many cases where federal minerals are under private land. B-L-M spokeswoman Heather Feeney says they are asking for a lot of input about what needs to be changed in their current approach. Feeney says the B-L-M has a website with drafts and a comment section. She says they also have plans to have on-site discussions.
Jackson, Wyoming – Wyoming Senate President Grant Larson says it is up to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to prove that state money to fund a new tram would benefit the state. Larson, who represents Teton County, admits that it might be difficult to persuade lawmakers to fund some of the 25 million dollars needed for a new tram. The current 40 year old Tram will shut down in a few months because of safety concerns. Last week Governor Freudenthal said the Tram is NOT a state funding priority. He says private money should buy a replacement.
Cheyenne, WY – It appears that out-of-state residents are working many of the jobs created in Wyoming during the recent energy boom. In the past year, state figures show a total of nearly 7,000 new jobs. Yet, Wyoming's jobless rate is the same as it was a year ago. The discrepancy is there because the unemployment rate is a measure of Wyoming households, while job creation figures don't take residency into account. State Economist David Bullard doesn't have specific numbers, but says a significant number of jobs are filled by those who don't call Wyoming home.
Gillette, Wy – Three men and a juvenile, charged in the killing of two teenagers, were bound over to District Court today in Gillette. Preliminary hearings were set within a week for three of the accused. The fourth waived his right to a speedy hearing. Kent Proffitt Senior, Christopher Hicks, Jacob Martinez and Michael Seiser are all charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy. A charge of accessory after the fact to murder against the 15-year-old Seiser was dismissed.
Cheyenne, Wy – It's been a year since a fire destroyed part of Cheyenne's historic downtown. But even though investigators have called the fire "suspicious," NO arrests have been made. It was one year ago today (Tuesday) that the fire broke out in the basement of Mary's Bake Shoppe on West Lincolnway in downtown Cheyenne. Investigators say they found traces of an accelerant in the basement, and that the fire was deliberately set. But Mary's Bake Shoppe owner Mary Coonts has told investigators
Cheyenne, Wy – The increases in home heating costs have gotten the attention of the Governor. Consumer advocates say the latest round of increases will be especially difficult. Governor Dave Freudenthal predicts that there will be a lot of applications for Low Income Assistance but he says that will only help a few people. He is particularly concerned about the middle class. A legislative committee working on the problem hopes to have some bills drafted next month.
Cheyenne, Wy – Bolstered by health studies that say secondhand smoke is harmful, Cheyenne City Councilor Don Pierson says he's ready to push legislation early next year to ban smoking in restaurants - and possibly also in bars and other public places. Pierson said smoking has become a nationwide health issue. He said it's clear that the city council should take steps to address it. Laramie enacted a smoke-free ordinance in April. A recent report written by the University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center