Greybull, Wyoming – A section of U.S. 14 in northern Wyoming remains closed because of a landslide. The Wyoming Transportation Department says U.S. 14 is closed about 31 miles east of Greybull. The agency says about 100 feet of the highway is in danger of being lost due to a slide above Shell Falls. WYDOT is currently assessing ways to build a detour on the uphill side of the sliding highway. Motorists may use U.S. 16 via Worland and U.S. 14A as alternative routes from Greybull to Sheridan. WYDOT is encouraging truck drivers, tour bus drivers and drivers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Spring flooding appears to be improving or stabilizing in southeast Wyoming, although rivers are still running high and fast.
The Upper North Platte, Laramie and Encampment rivers are holding steady, slowly falling or fluctuating around flood stage in Carbon and Albany counties.
The stabilized situation allowed the state on Monday to withdraw teams of low-risk inmates from Newcastle and Riverton who had helped with sandbagging efforts in Carbon County. However, members of the Wyoming National Guard remain in the county.
DENVER – In a settlement with conservation groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give final approval next year of plans to address haze in Wyoming, and three other western states.
WildEarth Guardians and others said the EPA violated the Clean Air Act when it missed deadlines to approve the states' plans for addressing air pollution, or to develop federal plans for the states. And WildEarth Guardians said Today/Tuesday that the states' proposals would retire or retrofit at least 18 coal-fired power plants.
Douglas, WY – The Department of Defense says a Marine from Wyoming has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. The military said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean M. O'Connor of Douglas was killed Sunday in Helmand province. O'Connor enlisted in May 2007. His decorations included the Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon. He was a rifleman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Laramie, Wyo. – Officials with a statewide broadband internet mapping and planning project says their efforts may bring increased broadband connectivity to the state in the next 3 to 5 years. The project, known as LinkWYOMING was awarded 4-million dollars to look at broadband access statewide, map out gaps in service, study how it's used, and create plans to increase access.
Laramie, Wyo. – A Wyoming committee is trying to decide the best way for the state to participate in what is called an Insurance Exchange. The federal health care law says that the exchanges are on-line marketplaces where people and small businesses can choose health insurance from a variety of policies. Meredith Asay (ACE-ee) is overseeing the committee work for the Wyoming Department of Health. She says an exchange should lower health care costs and make it less complicated for people to find the best policy for them or their business
Laramie, Wyo. – The College National finals Rodeo kicked off in Casper and authorities are staying vigilant for outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus-1.
EHV1 outbreaks have occurred in several western states over the last few months. And the virus can cause respiratory problems in horses, and some variants of the disease can attack the animals nervous system.
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.