Laramie, Wy – The state Division of Criminal Investigation says the first year of Wyoming's Amber Alert system resulted in two activations. On January 27th, D-C-I received a request from Utah to initiate an alert after a noncustodial parent reportedly abducted his five-year-old daughter. The man and the girl were located near Rawlins early the next morning and the girl was safely recovered. And on September 15th, an alert was issued upon a request from Kansas.
Laramie, Wy – A major winter storm is expected to drop heavy snow across central and southern Wyoming late Monday through early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service says an arctic cold front will push south across the state late Monday afternoon and combine with a potent surge of Pacific moisture streaming north into Wyoming ahead of a strong low-pressure center. East-northeasterly winds are likely to create upslope conditions across southern and central Wyoming, resulting in heavy snowfall, especially on eastern slopes.
Yellowstone National Park – Park spokeswoman Cheryl Matthews says the entrance will open tomorrow, New Year's Day, because of recent snow. Snowmobiles and snowcoaches will be allowed on the road between the west entrance and Old Faithful, Madison to Norris and Norris to Canyon. Snowmobile traffic is still prohibited on the road between Mammoth and Norris because of minimal snow coverage. The park's winter season officially began December 15th, but snowmobiles and snowcoaches had only been allowed through the south
Afton, Wy – A Lincoln County judge has upheld a decision by the Star Valley school board to locate a new elementary school in Etna. A group of parents and citizens in Alpine who believe the new school should be built in Alpine had asked District Judge John Brooks to review the board's decision. But Brooks ruled that the board relied on "substantial evidence" to locate the school in Etna. The Lincoln County School District two board picked Etna, saying it is geographically centrally located and a school site there
Laramie, Wyoming – Husband and Wife Wildlife Veterinarians who were experts on Wildlife Diseases were killed in a head-on crash on a snowy highway 287 near the Wyoming-Colorado border. 63 year old Tom Thorne, a longtime Wyoming Game and Fish employee and 53 year old Beth Williams, a noted researcher and faculty member at the University of Wyoming, were killed when their pickup crashed into a Tractor Trailer that had jackknifed into their lane.
Rawlins, Wy – Authorities are investigating the stabbing of a Wyoming State Penitentiary inmate Wednesday night. Wyoming Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Martha Lenardson says the incident took place around 9:30 as inmates were returning from a break. The inmate was stabbed with a homemade weapon and Lenardson says local law enforcement agencies were quickly called in along with Wyoming Corrections officials to try and determine who did it.
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.