Casper, Wy – Wyoming Water Development officials say the state could use byproduct water from a Colorado company's proposed drilling project along the North Platte River to meet interstate delivery obligations. Dudley and Associates, a Colorado company, proposes to drill more than 12-hundred oil and gas wells along the river in Carbon County. The wells would produce about 12-thousand-800 acre feet of water per year. An acre foot is about 325-thousand gallons. Environmentalists and Governor Dave Freudenthal have expressed
Casper, Wy – Holiday scammers are targeting Casper area businesses this holiday season. Someone claiming to be associated with the Better Business Bureau has been calling businesses and asking for sensitive information such as bank account numbers. Barbara Read, communications director for the Mountain States Better Business Bureau, said her organization does sometimes request basic information from businesses that are generating inquiries. However, she said that is always done in writing.
Gillette, Wy – A Gillette man charged last week with arranging the murder of a teenager who was scheduled to testify in the man's sex crimes trial is now also charged with murdering another man. Campbell County prosecutors on Saturday announced they have filed first-degree murder and conspiracy charges against Kent Alan Proffit, Senior, age 42, in the connection with the slaying of Jeremy Forquer, age 19, in Gillette in October. Police arrested Proffit on Wednesday in Sheridan and charged him
Gillette, Wy – A Gillette man whose sexual assault trial has been delayed due to the murder of a witness is now accused of arranging the teenager's death. Forty-two-year-old Kent Alan Proffit, Senior, is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Proffit allegedly arranged for 19-year-old Christopher Robert Hicks and 19-year-old Jacob Paul Martinez to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers. Chavers was scheduled to testify in Proffit's December 12th trial on eight counts of third-degree sexual assault of a minor.
Laramie, Wy – Agencies that help victims of sexual assault will be getting some needed financial support. Congress recently approved new funding for the Violence against Women Act. For the first time, money will go to those who help victims of rape or incest. The Director of Wyoming's Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jennifer Watrin says in this state, the money will be used to hire and train staff. She calls it critical funding, because agencies around the state will now be able to hire staff that many are lacking.
Laramie, Wy – Cold Weather and Snowstorms are improving business for the snowmobile industry. The co-owner of the Bear Lodge in the Big Horns, Rick Young, says business is up about 30 percent. He says the good snow is bringing people from many other states.
Washington D-C – A sweeping defense bill headed to the president's desk includes a provision urging the Pentagon to maintain 500 nuclear missiles in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The legislation calls on the Pentagon to keep all the missiles, stating that it is national policy not to decrease the current number. Senators from the three states authored the provision before an upcoming Pentagon policy review. The nation's nuclear missile stockpile has been slowly reduced
Gillette, Wy – A Gillette teenager shot dead in his home last month was the victim of an apparent contract killing, according to court documents charging two men with murder in the case. Christopher Robert Hicks and Jacob Paul Martinez, both aged 19, face charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the November 26 shooting death of Bryce Chavers, age 16. A sworn statement from Eric Seeman, an investigator with the Campbell County Sheriff's Department, was filed in court Wednesday
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal says he doesn't think that providing state funding to replace a tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a high priority. Resort officials announced this year that they planned to shut down the famous tram at the end of next summer. They cited maintenance costs and safety concerns. They have said that they hoped to replace the tram at an estimated cost of 25 (M) million dollars. They're planning to ask state lawmakers for assistance during this winter's legislative session.
Laramie, Wy – Agreements have been signed to begin construction of a hotel and conference center at the University of Wyoming. The site will be at the corner of 22nd and Grand next to the U-W football stadium. The site will also include retail stores and restaurants. U-W Vice President for Budget and Planning Phil Harris says the project has been in the works for about eight years. He says it will allow U-W to finally bring top conferences to the campus. Harris says construction will begin next year and the project should take about a year to complete.