Cheyenne, Wy – A fiery chain collision on a foggy stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie has been voted Wyoming's top news story of 2004. The balloting was done by newspaper and broadcast members of The Associated Press, as well as by wire service staff. Seven people died in the August 19th crash and dozens more were injured. A fire that erupted in one area of the crash scene was so hot that it melted vehicles into the asphalt. Voted second was voters' defeat of a constitutional amendment
Laramie, Wy – Currently two proposed Wyoming Power plants have been running into permitting problems. The head of Wyoming Conservation Voters, Jason Marsden, says that is because they are using old technology to generate power. Marsden anticipates that the plants will have even more problems as stricter federal controls come into play. While it might be more expensive, Marsden is pushing the state and the companies to make sure the plants are as clean as possible.
Laramie, Wy – A research scientist says global warming is real and is already having an impact on wildlife in the lower 48 states. The Wildlife Federations Senior Science Advisor is Doug Inkley. He was the lead scientist in a report issued by the Wildlife Society that predicted that the impacts would only get worse. Inkley who graduated from the University of Wyoming in the 80's says the Equality state will likely see some impacts as well. Most of those will occur to animals in higher elevations.
Las Vegas, NV – The Wyoming Cowboy football team pulled a big upset Thursday night, coming-from-behind to beat UCLA 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl. UW actually jumped ahead of the Bruins 10-0 early. But UCLA scored the next 21 points and appeared the have the game under control until a fumbled punt led to the first of two 4th Quarter Wyoming touchdowns. The last was a 12-yard pass from Corey Bramlet to Tight End John Wadkowski with :57 left in the game. Bramlet finished the night throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns.
Laramie, Wy – A study on Wyoming's drug courts show that they are a cost efficient alternative to putting people in jail. The University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center Study indicates that most involved with the State's Drug Courts think they are effective. State Department of Health officials remain hopeful that the Drug Courts will keep people from getting involved in the criminal justice system. Currently there are ten drug courts located across the state.
Cheyenne, Wy – A snowstorm and icy conditions led to a pile-up on Interstate 25 south of Cheyenne this afternoon. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Townsend says 19 or 20 vehicles were involved, including three jackknifed semitrailers. He says nine people were sent to United Medical Center-West, but he believes none of their injuries was serious. The crashes occurred just before four o'clock in the southbound lanes of I-25, about two miles north of the Colorado state line.
Las Vegas, Nevada – Wyoming football coach Joe Glenn admits that for his team to win Thursday's Las Vegas Bowl it will take a big effort. Glenn is very impressed with what he has seen on film of UCLA and it's speed and size and running back. In many games, the Cowboys have struggled in trying to contain the run. Glenn says the key will be whether his defense can slow down the Bruins running game. If not, he admits it could be a long night for the Pokes.
Rock Springs, Wyoming – A State Senator disagrees with a decision by the Joint Education Committee to do away with Wyoming's three tier endorsement on its high school diploma's. Rae Lynn Job of Rock Springs says the three-tier system was approved as a compromise because there was tremendous fear that many high school students would not be able to graduate under new state graduation standards. The requirement is that students must show proficiency in nine content areas. Job says the third tier allows students to graduate by being proficient in five of nine areas.