Gillette, Wyoming – A Gillette man thinks he has painted the largest mural in the country and perhaps the world. Artist Harvey Jackson, along with some help from community members, painted the mural in Gillette. If focuses on the top businesses in Gillette. Jackson says there is a larger mural in the east, but that is made up of multiple pictures. Jackson says they will unveil it in a ceremony Thursday night. But he is not prepared to say he is done with it, saying that he plans to add to it in coming years.
Laramie, Wy – The Director of Wyoming's Office of Rural Health believes an effort by the state to try and help doctors pay for changing insurance carriers has been well received. So far, Susan Weidel says doctors have expressed interest in loans helping them pay for tail coverage. That is insurance coverage a doctor must by when he or she changes carriers. Weidel says tail coverage covers a doctors past activities, but she says they also have to pay for current insurance. She says this can get pricey, which is why the state made loans available.
Burgess Junction, WY – At least 20 tourists were injured when a bus overturned during a snowstorm in the Bighorn Mountains Monday afternoon. Authorities say seven passengers suffered serious injuries. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a half-inch of slush covered U-S Highway 14 when the westbound Sheridan to Cody bus crashed about 11 miles south of Burgess Junction. The injured were taken to a clinic in Basin while the more seriously injured passengers were hospitalized in Worland. Officers say the passengers spoke Dutch and had a translator with them.
Cheyenne, WY – President Bush's rules for overtime pay are confusing many people around the country. The regulations went into effect a little less than a month ago and Charlie Rando with the Wyoming Department of Employment says he understands how they might cause some problems for employers. He says it's tough being an employer these days with all the rules changes to keep in mind. Rando says the best way to get information about the new rules is to contact the U-S Department of Labor offices in Casper or Salt Lake City.
Casper, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will ask landowners in Campbell County Tuesday for permission to hold a special elk hunt season this fall. The purpose is to test elk around the Rochelle Hills area for brucellosis. That's where two cattle tested positive for the disease. Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says the special hunt is needed because the hunt area where the cattle outbreak occurred is closed this year. Cleveland says landowner permission will be required because many public parcels of land are landlocked by private property.
Laramie, Wy – The investigation into the devastating crash on I-80 last month is over. And the findings do not place the blame with any of the drivers involved. The lead investigator, Lieutenant Kleif Guenther says his work found that in a matter of ten minutes 66 people and 36 vehicles were involved in the chain collision. But, he says no one is at fault though people were traveling too fast for the conditions.
Laramie, Wyoming – A Laramie group believes it has enough signatures to challenge an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places. The focus of the ordinance has been on the outlawing of smoking in restaurants and bars and the committee to protect free choice thinks that should be a business decision. Spokesman Joe Hageman says apparently a lot of non-smokers feel the same way. He says their petitions have a lot of non-smokers on them.
Riverton, WY – A fire apparently started by children playing with fireworks caused over a million dollars of damage south of Riverton over the weekend. The blaze destroyed dozens of cars and recreational vehicles on a sales lot, several outbuildings and thousands of tons of stacked hay. Riverton Fire Marshall Matt Lee says the fire began Saturday afternoon and was fanned by 35 mile an hour winds before fire crews were able to control it Sunday morning. He says crews did a good job of stopping the fire at the edge of Riverton's south side.