Riverton, Wy – National Weather Service Hydrologist Jim Fahey has been watching the flooding from his office in Riverton. He says so far, flooding has been restricted to ag lands and areas without people.
Evanston, Wy – Emergency Management Officials in Uinta County are closely watching the Bear River, after a flood warning was issued around Evanston. County Emergency Mangement Coordinator Kim West says forecasters expect the river to peak around mid-afternoon. He says there are homes in the area that could be threatened.
Laramie, WY – The State Climatologist says he feels like the drought that started in 2000 is on the way out. Jan Curtis says this winter snowpack was below average, but then in mid-April the snow started to come. He says now all the reservoirs in the state have more water then they did a year ago and the state is beating the drought. He thinks it should be gone by 2007. Curtis says ranchers should be happy because rangeland is in the best shape since 1999. He does caution cities in the northeast and southeast to be careful how much water they use this summer.
Gillette, WY – Another soldier with ties to Wyoming has been killed in Iraq. Army Sergeant Kurt Schamberg was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday. Schamberg was from a town near Cleveland, Ohio, but his mother lives in Gillette. The 26-year-old Schamberg was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. Last month he was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while on patrol.
Red Lodge, MT – The scheduled re-opening of the scenic Beartooth Highway may not happen this Friday, as planned. Steady rain caused at least six mudslides on US Highway 212 on the Montana side of Beartooth Pass. The rock-and-mud slides were up to ten feet deep and wiped out entire sections of asphalt. Montana highway officials will fly over the area Monday or Tuesday to determine what to do next.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether states and counties can be sued for not accommodating the needs of disabled prisoners. The Court previously ruled that prisons need to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Laramie, Wy – Court files have been closed in the case of a Sheridan man accused of gunning down a teenager after commandeering her car, but a newspaper's attorney plans to fight the order. District Judge John Brackley granted a defense motion closing the files to protect Stephen C. Hyatt's right to a fair trial. He's charged in the shotgun death of 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford last July 2nd. Bruce Moats is a Cheyenne attorney representing The Sheridan Press. He says that under Wyoming law, courts are not allowed to close
Laramie, Wy – In Colorado one person died in an avalanche today. Rescuers were looking for other people buried, but say they don't think anyone else was caught up in the avalanche. The search has been suspended because of the threat of another slide. The avalanche occurred this morning on a ski run at the Breckenridge resort. The run was closed to skiers at the time, but authorities say other runs were open.
Cheyenne, Wy – After years of haggling, the Office of Consumer Advocate says that Kinder Morgan will allow them to review the company's rates and earnings in Wyoming. Deputy Administrator Denise Parish says it's been difficult to determine whether the company could justify some of its natural gas rate increases. She says it is there suspicion, that the company has been over charging and making too much money from its gas customers. But Parish adds that "they won't know for sure until they see the data". Which is why she says it is so important to them.