Laramie, Wy – U-S Highway 287 has reopened in both directions near the Colorado-Wyoming state line. A portion of the highway was closed last night (Wednesday) after a two-vehicle crash left two people dead on the Colorado side. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Scott Boskovich says a pickup slammed into a flatbed trailer that had jackknifed into their lane. Both vehicles were from Wyoming and were traveling at least ten miles-per-hour below the speed limit because of the wintry conditions.
Jackson, Wy – The conservation group Defenders of Wildlife paid just over 28-thousand dollars to Wyoming ranchers who lost livestock to wolves this year. That is nearly three times the amount it paid out in 2003. Defenders of Wildlife paid nearly eleven-thousand dollars to Wyoming ranchers in 2003, 21-thousand dollars in 2002, and 14-thousand dollars in 2001. However, Jim Magagna of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association called the conservation group's program only marginally helpful
Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne officials are hoping they can at least save the outside part of some historic structures that were destroyed by a downtown fire. Architects are looking at the facades and Cheyenne Historian Bill Dubois remains hopeful because they are a big part of the city's past. Dubois says several famous Wyoming figures had their offices where the fire burned. The blaze started in a bakery and burned for 14 hours before if was finally brought under control.
Cheyenne, Wy – Although the flu has been limited in the state this year, the Wyoming Health Officer says residents could still be at risk. Dr. Brent Sherard says Wyoming has probably been lucky with its low flu numbers, but he wonders if that is about to change. Sherard says since it's the holidays, many people have been in close quarters and that could have an impact.
Jackson, Wy – .A Teton County sheriff's office worker is retiring following an opinion from the state attorney general's office that he cannot also serve as a county commissioner Commissioner-elect Leland Christensen says he'll step down from his position as a jailer, even though he's four months shy of being eligible for full retirement benefits. Christensen's last day at the jail is Sunday, and his four-year term as county commissioner begins Monday. He says he likely will look for another law enforcement position
Jackson Hole, Wy – A potent winter storm is bearing down on Wyoming. A variety of winter weather warnings, watches and advisories have been posted as a strong and moist Pacific storm begins to make its way into the state. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Wind River Mountains along with the Salt River and Wyoming ranges, where 12 to 16 inches of snow is expected by tomorrow (Thursday). The heaviest amounts will fall on the southwest and west-facing slopes.
Cheyenne, Wy – A structural engineer will tour the downtown Cheyenne buildings gutted by a fire. Officials said that every building in the block on West Lincolnway was damaged by the fire, which began Monday night in a bake shop and spread to nearby businesses. The fire burned for more than 14 hours before it was brought under control yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Cheyenne historians say the blaze may have devastated a very important part of the city's past.