Rawlins, WY – The air-ambulance plane that crashed near Rawlins Tuesday night wasn't originally called on for the flight to Rawlins. A plane from Casper was called first to transport a patient to Casper, but was diverted to a more urgent case in Riverton. At that point, the plane from Mountain Flight Service in Steamboat Springs was called. The crash killed three people on board the plane and left a fourth hospitalized in serious condition. Federal investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash.
Goose Egg, WY – About 350 people west of Casper lost power for several hours Friday morning. The power outage was spread over about a 10-12 square mile area, which includes Poison Spider Road and the Goose Egg area. Lieutenant Stewart Anderson with the Natrona County Sheriff's Department says the outage forced the evacuation of the Poison Spider Elementary School because the temperature was about -10 at the time. Anderson says the Natrona County branch of the Red Cross set up a warming shelter at Casper College for
Yellowstone National Park, WY – Yellowstone National Park wants a communications company to shorten and camouflage its 100-foot cell phone tower near Old Faithful. Critics say the tower spoils the flavor of the Old Faithful area, and should be removed. Yellowstone spokeswoman Cheryl Matthews says park officials want the silver-colored tower shortened by 20 feet, and painted to blend in with the area. She says Western Wireless has shown a willingness to work with the Park Service to address their concerns.
Cheyenne – During his state of the state message the Governor endorsed a project that has a number of legislators excited, especially in the area of agriculture. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that the Governors push for a more aggressive role in water development is getting some support .
Cheyenne, WY – A number of Wyoming legislators are excited that the Governor supports building more water storage projects. Dave Freudenthal raised the issue once again during his state of the state message. He wants money set aside dedicated for such projects, and a number of legislators support the move. Cheyenne Republican Pete Anderson says the move is long overdue. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says the concept is a lot like saving money, and he doubts many will oppose that part of it.
Lander – A Lander woman faces criminal charges under a new Wyoming statute that makes it a felony to use methamphetamine while pregnant. The law went into effect in July and if convicted, Michele Foust could spend up to five years in prison. Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell says local police found out about the case from a tip. He says testing showed methamphetamine in the woman's system and her baby's. According to Newell, the child has been placed in foster care.
Cheyenne – The Governor's state of the state message yesterday focused on using Wyoming's revenue surplus to start building for the future. Dave Freudenthal urged legislators not to be afraid to take action and to use resources to enhance the state. We have two reports on the Governor's speech, from Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck and Renny MacKay
Cheyenne, WY – This week an advocacy group filed a lawsuit against Wyoming officials over problems at the State Hospital. Wednesday, Attorney General Pat Crank responded. He says it would have been better if the advocacy group worked with the state because he felt like the two had been cooperating well. Now, Crank says they'll have to have a more adversarial relationship because of the lawsuit. The suit claims that staff shortages have made conditions at the State Hospital dangerous for patients and staff.