Laramie, Wy – People around the state can start signing a petition to remove the sales tax on groceries. Democratic State Representative Ann Robinson is organizing the effort and she says it is an important way to help families, especially families on a fixed income. Robinson estimates it would save families of four 240 dollars a year. She says she knows the Governor does not necessarily support this idea and has mentioned he would prefer to spend the money on health insurance for families. Robinson says she's not sure 20 dollars a month could buy much insurance for a family of four.
Laramie, Wy – The National Weather Service has put a flood warning in place for Laramie. The head of Homeland Security in Albany County, Randy Vickers, says they say the Laramie River is flooding when it's five feet deep in the city. He says Monday it rose six inches past that stage, but he says there isn't a concern until it reaches six feet deep and it shouldn't get to that level.
Laramie, Wy – State political parties around the country are getting less money from the national parties. That is a finding of the Center for Public Integrity in a report they did on campaign finance reform.
Red Lodge, MT – It now looks like it will take many months to re-open the scenic Beartooth Highway. The director of Montana's Transportation Department says the contract to repair damage to the road caused by mudslides will contain "substantial incentives" to have the work done by mid-October. Work was scheduled to begin Monday on removing debris from a 12-mile stretch of US 212, a critical road for the Red Lodge, MT tourism industry.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of battery against his girlfriend cannt be banished from Natrona County as part of his sentence. Natrona County resident Ollie Crabtree was convicted in 2003 and ordered to serve between 18 months and two years in jail. District Judge Thomas Sullins also ordered that Crabtree not be allowed to return to Natrona County if he was released early. While affirming Crabtree's conviction, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded the lower court abused its discretion when it banned Crabtree from the county.
Rock Springs, Wy – On Tuesday, tree trimmers found the body floating down Bitter Creek. The body was taken to Colorado for an autopsy and forensic examination. The Sweetwater County Coroner says the man did have trauma indicative of a fall. However, officials are still waiting on the results of toxicology tests. Rock Springs Police Detective Curt Christensen said the body was a white male, 6-foot-2 and weighing around 175 pounds with a narrow waist. His estimated age was around 35 or 40 years old.
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole film festival kicks off next week and an organizer says they continue to be a theme based event. Todd Rankin says they are partnering with a number of organizations and will launch a Global Insight program in conjunction with the festival. Among the non film activities will be a panel called Refugees in Crisis: A Global look. Rankin says the focus of the film festival will be on international films. The festival kicks off June 8th. More information can be found on-line at JHFF.org.
Cheyenne, Wy – Overcrowding at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has the director concerned. Because of a continued surge the kennels scheduled for one animal are sometimes filled with two or more. Director Sue Castaneda says the goal is to keep every homeless or unwanted animal until they are adopted. But overcrowding and lack of dollars is causing them to rethink that. Castaneda is hoping adoptions pick up, which would solve the problem. She says because of sponsorships, many dogs are available for 35 dollars and cats ten dollars.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming ranks fifth for driver safety in a nationwide study that quizzed licensed drivers on topics like changing lanes, left-hand turns and signs. But many of those surveyed online by G-M-A-C Insurance didn't know basic driving skills. At least one in five people surveyed did NOT know that a pedestrian has the right of way at either a marked or an unmarked crosswalk. One of three drivers said it is O-K to roll through a stop sign rather than come to a complete stop.