Laramie, WY – Wyoming's largest wind energy developer says it has no further plans to build more wind farms in the state. Rocky Mountain Power officials tell the Casper Star-Tribune that the company has met its current goals for wind-based generation. The utility owns nine wind farms in Wyoming with a total capacity of 626.6 megawatts. In addition, the company has long-term contracts to buy power from six other Wyoming wind farms owned by merchant developers. Rocky Mountain Power operates as PacifiCorp outside of Wyoming.
Casper, Wy – An airliner bound for Salt Lake City made an unscheduled landing in Casper because of a medical emergency. Casper Natrona County International Airport manager Glenn Januska said the Delta 757, which took off in Minneapolis, landed around 8 a.m. Monday. Januska said one passenger lost consciousness because of a medical condition and was taken to a hospital. He said the plane then continued on to Salt Lake City. A spokesperson for Delta didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Sheridan, Wy – Teenage brain development could come up during the trial of a 15-year-old accused of murder in Sheridan. Dharminder Vir Sen is the youngest of three people accused in the home-invasion killing of a prominent businessman last year and is charged as an adult. County attorney Matt Redle expects the defense will call at least two witnesss to testify about the developmental stage of a 15-year-old's brain. He wants the court to limit any such testimony and a judge heard arguments on the issue Friday. Redle says having a normal 15-year-old brain isn't a deficiency.
Casper, Wy – Republican Sen. Charles Scott of Casper says he plans to introduce legislation next year that will toughen the state's seat belt law. Wyoming has a secondary seat belt law, which means a driver cannot be stopped for failing to wear a seat belt. But the driver can be fined if he or she is stopped for another traffic violation and isn't buckled in. Scott is still working out the details of his latest effort. The Legislature last winter rejected a bill sponsored by Scott to increase the fine for failing to buckle up from $25 to $75.
LARAMIE, wyo – The advocate group Smokefree Natrona County wants the Casper-Natrona County Health Department to regulate smoking in indoor establishments, including restaurants and bars. The last time an indoor smoking ban was instituted was in 2000 but it was overturned by voter referendum. Some businesses fear that an indoor smoking ban would negatively affect their income. But Smokefree Natrona County's Brandon Daigle says their support base includes businesses and that in the end, it's really about citizens.
LARAMIE, wyo – David Wendt the Democratic candidate running for US House says if elected his priority would be to get an energy policy in place. He says he sympathizes with industry leaders and environmental groups who decry the lack of a national policy.
BISMARCK, N.D. – A subsidiary of North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group is taking on a financial partner as it prepares to begin drilling next year in the Niobrara oil shale play in southeastern Wyoming.
MDU Resources says Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. has signed an agreement with JD Rockies Resources to sell a 25 percent working interest in 88-thousand Niobrara acres.
JD Rockies Resources will pay one-fourth of the expenses and get one-fourth of the proceeds from drilling done by Fidelity.