Casper, WY – Negotiations over a contract to start Northwest Airlines service from Casper to Minneapolis are progressing well. That's according to Casper Area Economic Development Alliance President Chris Manegold. It took Northwest several weeks to send CAEDA a draft contract, and the Casper Airport Manager says it's more more likely they'll have to wait until next spring to start the service. Manegold still is shooting for an October 4th start date. He believes there's still time between his group and Northwest to negotiate a contract and start service this fall.
Sheridan, Wy – Sheridan Prosecutor Matt Redle has filed a pair of charges against a man accused of shooting and killing a Sheridan woman over the weekend. Authorities say that 21 year old Stephen Hyatt both kidnapped and shot and killed Kaleigh Ford, last Friday night around 6:30 in the evening. Witnesses say that Ford was abducted by Hyatt at gunpoint and shot and killed as she tried to escape. Witnesses say he fired a second shot in the back of Ford's head as she lay on the ground. Hyatt then left the area and was arrested in Washakie County, near Ten Sleep.
Jackson, WY – A holiday hike in the Tetons turned into an ordeal for three family members Sunday. All three were injured when they fell through an opening in a snowfield in Grand Teton National Park July 4th. All three were able to dig themselves out and one of the trio was able to hike out and notify rangers. Rangers then mounted a helicopter rescue of the other two. Officials remind hikers and climbers that as snow continues to melt, be cautious where snow is poorly packed or water flows underneath. And beware of areas where rocks and fallen trees cause snow to melt unevenly.
Douglas, WY – Wyoming State Fair Director Barney Cosner is confident a large building project for the state fairgrounds in Douglas will be realized. Cosner says fair officials have been weighing their options following a 40 percent increase in steel prices and an overall 20 to 25 percent increase in other building materials. He says officials have considered everything from a change in building materials to modifying the configuration of the buildings. Cosner says nothing has been rule out.
Laramie, Wy – The news that presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry named John Edwards as his running mate went over well with the chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party. Mike Gierau says he's excited about Edwards and that he shares values with the people of the Cowboy State. He cites Edwards' advocacy for cheaper health care and better education. Edwards was in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination but withdrew in March. Republicans say he is too liberal and inexperienced.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – A coalition of more than two dozen county officials and various interest groups have served notice of intent to sue over the federal gray wolf recovery program. The so-called Wolf Coalition intends to seek relief in U-S District Court for alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act because of federal rejection of the Wyoming wolf management plan. The groups also contend the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to properly manage wolves in Wyoming or follow its own recovery plan.
Laramie, WY – Pharmacists in Wyoming have joined a national effort to discourage people from purchasing prescription drugs from on-line suppliers in Canada and elsewhere outside the U-S. Wyoming Pharmacy Association Director Mindy Rasmussen says there is a real danger of health problems with unsanctioned drugs. Rasmussen says just because the drugs are cheaper in Canada doesn't mean the Canadian government has certified those drugs. She says many times on-line operations are simply trying to mislead consumers into buying their products.