Saratoga, WY – There was some minor movement last week involving a Saratoga sawmill that has sat empty for over two years now. Intermountain Resources owns the mill, and paid over $20,000 worth of delinquent taxes on the property last week. But that isn't necessarily reason to think the company will re-open the facility, according to Mike Glode, the chairman of a Saratoga economic development group. Glode says Intermountain Resources hasn't been in contact recently with anyone in town. Glode says a March e-mail he sent to the Intermountain President has still not been answered.
Gillette, WY – A coal bed methane producer in the Powder River Basin says it will soon consider reinjecting water produced by their wells back into the ground. Water is a byproduct of CBM development and, in places that water is of marginal quality and is harmful to plants. One solution is to pump the water back underground, where it came from. Anadarko Petroleum is looking at such an effort. Spokesman Rick Robitaille says the company is adding enough production that it may justify building a major pipeline and water reinjection system.
Cheyenne, WY – High cattle prices are making it harder for some Wyoming ranchers to manage their herds. During the recent five-year drought, producers reduced the size of their herds because there wasn't enough grass or hay. But now the high prices are making it difficult for ranchers to add to their numbers again. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming herds shrank by 13 percent during the drought. Their figures also show that ranchers have been slow to restock with cattle numbers holding steady for the past two years.
Laramie, Wy – A 31 year old Laramie man has been charged with shooting and killing 57-year-old Henry McCone, also of Laramie. Thursday night, police arrested Aaron E. Smith at his home and charged him with homicide. Police say the two men knew each other, but they are NOT saying anything yet about a possible motive for the shooting.
Laramie, Wy – The Sweetwater County Commission is giving the Sheriff's department more money in hopes of keeping deputies from quitting. Sheriff Dave Gray says he's lost 14 deputies in less than three years. Some are going to the natural gas fields, but others are using their training to take higher-paying jobs with the Rock Springs and Green River police departments. A recent survey found that a starting police officer in Rock Springs makes about six-thousand-dollars more each year than a starting deputy in the county.
Laramie, Wy – Two British soldiers who face rape charges in Wyoming had preliminary hearing rescheduled. The pair was arrested last week and charged with first-degree sexual assault. Their first hearing was supposed to happen today. The two men were part of a unit training at the Wyoming Army National Guard's Camp Guernsey. The alleged victim told police that she met the men off-base, and invited them back to her house, where they raped her. If convicted, the men could face between five and 50 years in prison.
Washington, DC – A political marketing company will make visits to three Wyoming towns later this month to further consider opening a call center. CAPTEL is based in Washington, DC and works on political fundraising, survey research, and direct mail campaigns. CAPTEL Vice President Amy Biederman says the company has narrowed its sights on Cheyenne, Gillette, and Thermopolis. Biederman says Wyoming appeals to CAPTEL because of its people and business-friendly climate.
Casper, Wy – The changes to the Hathaway Scholarship program are coming fast and furious as a committee hashes out details of the plan. In the second day of meeting this month, the committee decided to bump up the scholarship amounts to between 1000 and 2000 dollars a semester. Previously the pay out per student was going to be between 750 and 1250 dollars. As for when the state will start giving out this money it looks like next fall is too soon. Since getting appropriate funding could be a challenge.