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.
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