Colorado – This summer, we'll be airing a series of stories about renewable energy development in the west, and what stands in the way. Our first piece comes from Colorado station K-U-N-C. In southern Colorado, a battle over a proposed high voltage transmission line is dividing environmentalists and putting the future of large-scale solar power development in limbo. Kirk Siegler reports.
Wyoming – The collapse of the housing market is not just a suburban phenomenon. It is even having impacts on rural communities. In Teton County, Idaho, just over the mountains from Jackson Hole, many subdivisions were created during the boom. So many that some say it could take close to 300 years before there's enough demand to build on all of them. As Rebecca Huntington reports, now the county isn't thinking build, build, build. It's starting to think about sustainable growth.
Wyoming – Jamie Lisa Forbes grew up on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming, and her first novel draws from that experience. It's called "Unbroken," and it focuses on the relationship that grows between a multigenerational ranching family and a woman who comes to work as the hired hand on a ranch nearby. She tells Molly Messick about the sense of isolation that hangs over her story.
Rock Springs, Wyo. – The Sweetwater County commissioners will hear a proposal to make the warning lights atop wind turbines less distracting to nearby residents.
The lights, which flash white in daylight and red at night, are required on tall structures that could pose a danger to aircraft.
Obstacle Collision Avoidance Systems Inc. has a system that uses radar to detect aircraft heading toward the obstacles. The company says the warning lights on the obstacles turn on only if an aircraft is approaching.
Gillette, Wyo. – The Gillette News-Record estimates damage from a spring hail storm in Gillette could top $46 million.
The newspaper published the estimate in Sunday's editions after consulting with contractors, repair shops and suppliers. The estimate includes $28 million in roof and gutter replacements and $18 million in vehicle repairs.
The storm hit May 26, moving south to north. The worst damage appeared to be over two subdivisions and at two car dealerships along Westover Road.
Washington, DC – Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to a Washington, D.C. hospital after experiencing discomfort, in the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease.
Spokesman Peter Long says Cheney, who got his political start in Wyoming, is expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital over the weekend.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Preliminary figures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency say this month's flooding in Fremont County caused more than $7 million in damages to public infrastructure. The cost of flood damage to private homes and other property hasn't been calculated yet.
Leigh Anne Manlove, spokeswoman for Gov. Dave Freudenthal, says the governor is likely to ask the federal government to declare flooded parts of Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation as a disaster area.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming won't apply for a $1 million grant that's part of the federal health care overhaul and is meant to help the state create a review process for excessive health insurance rate hikes.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Thursday that he decided not to apply for the grant because of uncertainty about possible restrictions that might come with the money.