Laramie, WY – In Laramie, Wednesday was the second day of a fraud trial against a former state legislator. Jurors heard from several officials of the company Terry Guice allegedly took over $50,000 from. This case involves a 2001 highway project on Wyoming 34, performed by Oftedal Construction. Jolene Schmidt, who handles Oftedal's accounts payable, testified about the eight checks she wrote to a company called TLG Supply. The prosecution says TLG was a sham company Terry Guice created and that the products paid for were never delivered to the construction site.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill to take the term limits law off the books took another step as it makes its way through the House. Representatives have amended the bill to not only include legislators and members of congress, but also the states top five elected officials. The Supreme Court ruled term limits for legislators unconstitutional last year, but did not rule on the top officials, like the Governor. Judiciary Chairman Jack Landon thinks it's the right think to do.
Cheyenne, WY – The Governor has vetoed his first bill of the session. In a letter to the Speaker of the House, Dave Freudenthal said he vetoed a bill that would change the way the Director of the Office of State Lands is selected. Currently the Governor makes the appointment, but the legislature tried to give that duty to all five top elected officials. In his letter, the Governor objected to addressing problems that might have occurred in the past, or could occur in the future.
Laramie, Wy – Authorities in Cheyenne are looking for the driver involved in what looks to be a fatal hit-and-run. According to the Laramie County Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old Dale Capps was taking out his trash Tuesday night, when he was hit by a car and killed. The driver apparently didn't stop, and Capps' body was reported by a passing motorist. So far, no witnesses have come forward, and investigators are still looking for more information on the case.
Laramie, WY – Opening arguments were held Tuesday in a fraud trial against a former state legislator from Laramie. Terry Guice, who served in the House and Senate, is accused of defrauding a construction company out of over $50,000. Prosecutor Tory Racines told the jury that Terry Guice created a sham company, TLG Supply, to bill to a construction company doing road work north of Laramie. Racines says Guice conspired with the superintendent on the job to create a slew of dummy orders for products that were never delivered to the construction site.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Senate Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against changes the House made to a bill strengthening the state's open container law. The vote was 28-to-two against the House version, with some senators disliking an amendment that would ban all open containers -- except wine -- in recreational vehicles. The measure, which had been approved 37-to-21 by the House, would require alcohol be kept out of the reach of the driver and passengers or be in its original unopened container.
Laramie, Wy – The drought that has gripped northern Wyoming for years will probably continue this year, and might even get worse. That's the word from state climatologist Jan Curtis, and others who are closely watching Wyoming's weather. Conditions are much better in southern Wyoming, where the mountain snowpacks that feed several of the southern river systems already are above average.
Laramie, Wy – No progress Tuesday on a water rights dispute between Montana and Wyoming that could end up in court. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer met today in Helena with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, to discuss water rights on the Tongue, Powder and Little Powder rivers. They flow from Wyoming into Montana, and Montana officials say most pre-1950 water rights in Montana aren't being met. Wyoming interprets the compact as allocating only post-1950 water rights.