Casper, Wy – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate are criticizing both his original state court prosecutor and defense lawyer in a federal appeal of his death sentence. Dale Wayne Eaton was sentenced to death in the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont. She disappeared while driving from Colorado to Cody. Investigators in 2002 matched Eaton's DNA to her body and found her car buried on his property. Lawyers for Eaton's federal appeal filed papers this week
Casper, Wy – Over 40 people in three states have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected methamphetamine trafficking operation. Federal arrest warrants have been served on people in Wyoming,Colorado and Utah as of Thursday. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Cheyenne, John Powell, says nine pounds of meth have been seized along with several firearms and more than $100,000 in cash. Details of the investigation aren't know because documents will remain sealed until all arrest warrants are served.
Riverton, Wy – Fremont County School District 25 reports that its enrollment rates have increased significantly, while drop out rates have gone down. District 25 Superintendent Craig Beck says the student numbers in district schools have stabilized after it had been losing pupils. In the last three years, the school district is seeing an annual enrollment increase of at least 100 students. The superintendent says the more programs, tailored to what students want, are also cutting the dropout rate.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says he is not in favor of a moratorium on in-situ uranium mining in the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the governor says he is keeping an eye on the emerging industry.