Laramie, Wyo. – Albany County officials say two-drowning related deaths have been confirmed.
On Friday, 21 month old Alex Dalles died after wandering from his family's ranch west of Laramie. And on Sunday, 28 year old Wheatland resident Steven Kendrix's body was recovered by rescue divers in Johnson Creek Reservoir. Both incidents have been ruled as accidental drowning's.
Bairoil, WY – Community leaders in Bairoil and many of its 106 residents are opposing plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close the small town's post office. Bairoil is located in the northeast corner of Sweetwater County. It is 45 miles away from the next-closest post office in Rawlins. Bairoil Mayor Doug Reaser says some ranchers who use the Bairoil Post Office are up to 90 miles away from Rawlins. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that the Postal Service is proposing to replace the town's post office with a contract driver
Laramie, Wyo. – In the wake of the Kansas Arts Commission being cut in order to balance the states budget, other states are worrying the same will happen to their arts councils. But in Wyoming the concern is over federal funding cuts.
Director if state parks and cultural resources Milward Simpson says last year the Wyoming Arts Council lost 58-thousand dollars from the National Endowment fir the Arts. Simpson says any more funding cuts would have an effect on the states rural communities.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming football program continues to lose players at the key quarterback position.
Coach Dave Christensen announced on Friday that redshirt freshman quarterback Emory Miller Jr. will not return to the program in the fall for unspecified personal reasons.
Miller redshirted the 2010 season. A native of Mesquite, Texas, he was in competition with true freshman quarterback Brett Smith of Salem, Ore., throughout 2011 spring drills. Smith and Miller were listed as co-starters at the conclusion of spring practice.
Wyoming – On Monday, the State Supreme court said that a same-sex couple married in Canada in 2008 may be divorced in Wyoming. That overturned a lower court decision. The district court had found that because Wyoming statute defines marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman, the court did not have jurisdiction to dissolve a same-sex marriage. Now, a brief look at the reactions to that ruling. Molly Messick reports.
Wyoming – Wyoming has some concerns when it comes to Foster Care. The state has some difficulty finding foster parents to care for siblings and according to a report by the Annie E. Casey foundation, a very large number of children end up in group homes or state sponsored care. That is viewed by experts as detrimental to a child's growth. Dana Ward oversees Wyoming's Foster Care program for the Department of Family Services. She speaks with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – In Congress, the drilling debate is moving from oil rigs in water to hydraulic fracturing on land, including here in Wyoming. It's a process commonly called fracking that some fear contaminates drinking water. While they applaud the state of Wyoming for developing some strong rules, the state's congressional delegation does not want the federal government to be involved in this issue in any way. Patrick Terpstra has a look at the debate from Washington.