Jackson, Wy – A Colorado man faces several charges after starting an illegal campfire in Grand Teton National Park that grew to one-half acre before being controlled. Park officials say 20-year-old Ryan Dobbs, of Steamboat Springs, has been charged with four misdemeanor offenses: illegal camping, an illegal fire, illegal possession of alcohol, and possession of illegal drugs. Dobbs will appear at a later date before a U-S Magistrate in Jackson. The National Park Service says Dobbs started a fire to warm
Rawlins, Wyoming – A long time proponent of a dam project in Carbon County will finally have his day. Savery rancher Pat O'toole was among the strongest backers of what was once called the Sandstone Dam project. After several fits and starts, the project got approved as the High Savery Project and will be dedicated at a ceremony Tuesday. O'Toole says it will be good for recreation, but area residents will see the greatest benefit. O'Toole's only regret is that it was not located where he had hoped.
Riverton, Wy – Supporters of increasing the Wyoming gas tax to pay for more four land roads in the state may need to find another idea. With rising gas prices in Wyoming and the rest of the country, it's possible that the idea of a five cent increase in the gas tax could lead to people storming the capitol building with torches. Senate Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Peck admits that the politics of such an increase appear to make such a tax hike remote. But Peck contends that even with an increased tax, it's possible that prices would not increase.
Wyoming – A high ranking member of the Department of the Interior recently proposed changes to the way National Parks are run. The plan would have put a higher emphasis on recreation in the Parks including Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this reflects a shift in policy that could impact the parks and communities around them
Laramie, Wy – People in the town of Wright that were affected by the tornado are now eligible for federal assistance. After the President declared the town a disaster the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA Public Affairs Officer, Joe Castel says people can go there to try and figure out what assistance they are eligible for, they can also speak with a crisis counselor and get many questions answered by live FEMA staff members.
Laramie, Wy – The executive director of the Wyoming Health Care Commission says Wyoming residents have a range of views on making more health records available to doctors electronically. But Anne Ladd says electronic health records are going to happen. The commission has been holding a series of meetings with the public and with physicians to talk about electronic health records. Transferring health records by computer can improve efficiency and help cut health-care costs. But it also raises the possibility
Laramie, Wy – It's possible that Wyoming travelers may no longer have to put their lives at risk when they drive to Denver. That's because fans of high speed rail from Cheyenne to Albuquerque are starting to get more support. Bob Briggs of Front Range Commuter Rails says the passage of a sales tax increase to build high speed passenger in the Denver area and up to Longmont, has made it possible for even more service, that could include traveling to Cheyenne. Briggs thinks such a concept could become reality in less then 15 years, depending on funding.