Cheyenne, Wy – A federal judge says he intends to approve a voting plan for Fremont County in time to seat new county commissioners before current terms expire in January. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson heard arguments Tuesday from Fremont County and from American Indians who sued over the county's system of at-large voting. Johnson ruled in favor of the American Indian plaintiffs this spring, agreeing that the county's current at-large voting system violated federal law by diluting their vote.
Cheyenne, Wy – Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire and explosions that occurred at Cheyenne's Frontier Refinery. No one was injured in the fire that occurred a little before six in the morning in one of the Refinery's Crude oil units. An official says that unit suffered severe damage. The fire was put out in about an hour.
Jackson, Wyo. – A 46-year-old Georgia man is presumed dead after he was swept away in the Snake River Canyon while trying to help his 10-year-old son.
Lincoln County rescue crews have been looking for Joel Fegarido, of Newnan, Ga., since Sunday but say that the search will be now be scaled back and volunteers will be focusing on recovering his body. Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson says Fegarido fell near rapids in the Snake River Canyon Saturday evening.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health says the growing number of teen pregnancies in the state means that something must be done to address the problem. The Kids Count data book is the most recent publication to note that Wyoming teen pregnancies are increasing.
Laramie, Wy – The rate at which Wyoming's teenagers are dying and giving birth have worsened although more teens are going to school and graduating from high school. The Kids Count report produced through the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Wyoming's death rate among 15 to 19 year olds was 86 per 100,000 in 2007. That ranks the state 43rd in the nation. In 2000, the state rate was 81 per 100,000. As for teen birth rate, the report said Wyoming recorded 51 per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19. It was 42 per 1,000 in 2000.
Cheyenne, Wy – This afternoon, a federal judge will hear arguments about what sort of new voting system Fremont County should adopt. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled this spring that Fremont County's system of at-large voting for county commissioners violated federal law by diluting the voting rights of American Indians. The county includes most of the Wind River Indian Reservation. In response to the decision, Fremont