Laramie, Wyo. – A deal between Rocky Mountain Power and those who have opposed the company's proposed rate hike would substantially reduce the amount the utility is asking from customers.
Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says the utility would earn $44.6 million from its rate hike, down from the original request of nearly $98 million. Freeman says that, under the agreement, the average residential customer will see a rate increase of just under ten percent.
Laramie, Wyo. – The state Department of Environmental Quality has reached a $5.4 million settlement agreement with Sinclair Wyoming Refining Corporation. Agency officials believe it's the largest settlement agreement in the DEQ's history.
It comes as the result of hazardous waste management violations at the company's refinery in the town of Sinclair. Since April of 2010, malfunctions in the refinery's waste water system have led to releases of oil and other waste into evaporation ponds.
Jackson, WY – A bicyclist who was hit by a delivery truck in Grand Teton National Park last month has been flown to a Utah hospital following complications from the accident. Fifty-four-year-old Alfons Moreno broke several bones in the accident May 11.The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports Moreno had surgery on his arm, but he was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital after doctors later discovered an infection in Moreno's hip. The newspaper reports doctors have operated twice to clean out the
Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Matt Mead has activated another Wyoming National Guard team to help with sandbagging and other flood mitigation efforts near the Little Snake River, which is above flood stage. The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security said Sunday that members of the C/5-159 Aviation unit of Cheyenne were deployed to Baggs, where there has been minor flooding in low-lying areas. Wyoming got heavy snow this winter. Now river levels are rising as the mountain snow melts and reservoir managers release water to make room.
Laramie, Wyo. – Many Rocky Mountain Power customers say they fear that a proposed $80 million rate hike will be especially hard on people living on fixed incomes. They are also concerned about a range of service issues. That's the gist of written comments and statements received at a public hearing this week.