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.
Cheyenne – This legislative session, 15 new legislators will try to make their presence felt. But that can be difficult. More then a couple of them were given advice that new legislators should be seen and not heard. But that can be tough when you won a close race and might only get a couple of years to make a difference. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck spoke with some of the newcomers...
Rawlins, WY – Three people are dead after a plane crash last night near Rawlins. The twin engine turbo-prop plane was flying from Steamboat Springs, Colorado to Rawlins when it crashed. Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Mike Fergus says they lost radar contact with the plane around 9:40 pm as it was on approach to the Rawlins airport. The wreckage was found about three miles east of the airport. Investigators have yet to identify why the plane crashed, but the weather conditions do not stand out as an obvious cause.
Cheyenne, Wy – While there has been a lot of talk that the communities of Riverton and Rawlins will try and override the Department of Corrections on where to put the new medium security prison a Torrington legislator is ready to do battle to keep it in his community. The Department picked Torrington after using a scoring system that placed it much higher then Riverton and Rawlins. Torrington Representative Ed Buchanan says despite complaints by the communities, who finished out of the running, he believes the whole selection process worked well.
Laramie, Wy – State inspectors say they need more resources after finding dozens of unpermitted "on-channel" reservoirs at coal-bed methane sites. Patrick Tyrell is the state engineer. He says out of 217 such reservoirs found in a single drainage, 153 did not have proper permits. That's more than two out of three -- and Tyrell says there might be hundreds more unpermitted reservoirs out there.
Cheyenne, Wy – A group that advocates for the mentally ill today (Monday) filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Wyoming, alleging that health officials have NOT followed through on a three-year-old agreement to improve conditions at the State Hospital. The suit -- filed by Protection and Advocacy System Incorporated -- says the state has failed to provide and maintain appropriate staffing, training and supervision so as not to endanger patients. The complaint alleges that patients are at risk of immediate
Helena, MT – Montana's wildlife commission Monday canceled a planned bison hunt for animals that wander from Yellowstone National Park. The 4-1 vote by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission stops the month-long season that was set to begin Saturday. The vote supports a position taken last week by new Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who raised fears about a "public relations nightmare" from shooting bison. The hunt would have been the first in Montana in more than a decade.