Cheyenne, WY – A representative of an environmental group is voicing opposition to a proposal that would reduce the amount of public land available for oil shale development in Wyoming and neighboring states. Congress in 2005 approved leasing up to 1.9 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for oil shale development together with other lands holding tar sands. Now the Bureau of Land Management is working on a new plan set for release by the end of 2012 that could call for reducing the amount of land available for leasing in the three states.
Casper, WY – A driver accused of plowing into a pedestrian during a police chase is being held on several charges in Casper. The driver was identified as 38-year-old Scott Coleman of Casper. Officials say he's being held on charges of driving while under the influence, vehicular homicide and felony property destruction. The pedestrian, an 18-year-old from Casper, died of his injuries after being hit on Tuesday while standing near an intersection downtown. Police say the driver reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour
Jackson, WY – Heavy snowpack could delay the start of this year's work to rebuild U.S. 26-287 over Togwotee Pass. The road work has been ongoing since 2006. To date, 29.5 miles of roadway has been rebuilt. Just 8.5 miles remain - the final section over Rosie's Ridge in eastern Teton County. This year's work will include stabilizing six landslide areas. Workers also plan to build a wildlife underpass to try to reduce roadkill. The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the project's