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.
Cheyenne, Wy – Supporters of the plan to create a wildlife trust fund will need to go to the floor of the state House to try and get some money back in the bill. That's after the House Appropriations Committee removed all the funding from the trust fund, which is intended to provide money to groups that want to enhance wildlife habitat in the state. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says the reason for removing the 30 million dollars is that he's not convinced the money is needed immediately. Philp says once the trust fund gets established they can consider additional funding.
Laramie, Wy – The percentage of unmarried mothers in Wyoming is at all time high. That information came out in the most recent Kids Count Data Book. It's published by the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance. The executive director of the Alliance, Deanna Frey, says the high rate is concerning because of the effects that are tied to single mothers giving birth, such as poverty and all the factors that are tied to it.