Cheyenne, Wy – A piece of legislation that has a history of trouble got a unanimous do-pass from a Senate committee Monday. Senate File 14, the Graduated Drivers License bill was approved after the Transportation committee heard support from a packed room, including three teenagers. The bill requires 15 year olds have several hours of supervised driving and puts limits on 16 year olds, such as only allowing one passenger under 21 in a vehicle. 14 year old Sienna White of Cody told the committee that young drivers scare her and that's why she is in favor of the concept.
Laramie, Wy – An accident involving two semis closed I-80 this morning. It happened on the West-bound lane between Laramie and Cheyenne near the Lincoln Monument. Sergeant Stephen Townsend with the Wyoming Highway Patrol says one of the trucks was carrying ammonium nitrate. That compound when combined with diesel fuel is explosive. Townsend says despite that there was very little danger because not much of the ammonium nitrate actually spilled and it did not mix with any fuel.
Laramie, Wy – Landowners in the Dubois area have agreed to protect more than a thousand acres through two conservation easements. One easement is on the former Anderson Ranch. The other is on land owned by rancher Brian Kahin. A conservation easement protects private land from additional development. Both easements were secured by The Nature Conservancy. They protect a unique canyon through the red soils of the Chugwater Formation.
Cheyenne, Wy – The State Superintendent of Public Instruction says he wants to give districts more local control. Trent Blankenship is proposing that the state get rid of the three tiered or three levels on high school transcripts. This would also mean the state would not have to review graduation requirements that each district creates. The Chair of the State School Board, Brent Young, says the board is in favor of getting rid of the three tiers but the board wants the state to review graduation requirements in all districts to ensure equality around the state.
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Legislature is considering making a change to a significant education law. It would affect graduation requirements and the state's involvement at the local district level. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the proposal from the Capital.
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 .