Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled for a Cheyenne daily newspaper in a dispute with a local school district over access to teacher salary information. The court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper. Laramie County School District 1 had appealed a district court judge's earlier ruling that the paper was entitled to see records showing the names and salaries of teachers. Tribune Eagle Executive Editor D. Reed Eckhardt says the paper is thrilled but not surprised with the court ruling.
JACKSON, wyo – Last week, the Bridger-Teton National Forest used video teleconferencing to unveil new draft planning rules at district offices across the forest. It's part of a nationwide effort to gather public comment on new rules that will apply to all national forests. The draft rules lay out monitoring requirements for how forest managers track forest health. But the Bridger-Teton's Michael Schrotz says the process doesn't cover how to pay for monitoring, which was a problem for the current rules, last approved in 1982.
Wind River, WY – A man has been sentenced in the death of his teenage sister on the Wind River Indian Reservation and another will also serve time for involvement in the slaying. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday sentenced 22-year-old Robert Spoonhunter to 13 years in prison. Nineteen-year-old Kyeren Tillman was sentenced to serve more than six and a half years. Authorities say Spoonhunter choked his sister, 13-year-old Marisa Spoonhunter, and threw her into a weight bench after he
Casper, WY – More snow has piled up in Wyoming's mountains than at this time last year - and last year turned out to be a bad one for spring flooding. Hydrologists released their latest data Monday. They report that mountain moisture is up just about everywhere compared to last week. Every drainage basin now has more moisture at its headwaters than is normal for this time of year. Mountain snow moisture ranges from 102 percent of average above the Wind River to 136 percent of average above the upper Bear and upper North Platte rivers.
Gillette, WY – A Colorado coal company is working to develop two mines in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, including a possible underground mine. The Gillette News Record reports that Denver-based Liberty Coal Energy has a 640-acre state lease in southern Campbell County. The company estimates that there's about 73 million tons of coal under the property and the surrounding area. A feasibility study shows that those supplies may best be mined underground. Last week, the company said it was seeking to permit a drilling
Laramie, Wyo. – When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the upcoming sale of four coal leases in the Powder River Basin, Salazar predicted the sales would rake in anywhere from $13 to $21 billion. But it turns out that those numbers vastly overestimated projected revenues.
Cheyenne, WY – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate in his federal appeal continue to hammer on the Wyoming Public Defender's Office, saying it failed to provide the man an adequate defense at trial. Inmate Dale Eaton is challenging the constitutionality of the state death sentence he received in the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont. Eaton's lawyers this month filed papers with a federal judge in Cheyenne. The lawyers dispute the Wyoming attorney general's