Wyoming – It has been over two years since huge weights pounded the earth in Rock Springs. The so-called "Big Drop" was a state run project designed to collapse old mine shafts in the city. Several families in the area said that the weights started the ground moving and it hasn't stopped. They also say that the project has damaged or destroyed their homes. Now a study is out showing the ground is still moving in this area but Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports there's no proof as to why.
Wyoming – Senators, including Wyoming's John Barrasso, started working on climate change legislation this week. And the lobbyists are out in force. Manuel Quinones reports from Capitol Hill that energy companies with strong Wyoming ties are spending big bucks in Washington.
Wyoming – The town of Carbon existed for a little over 30 years - from 1868 until just after the turn of the century. It was in southeast Wyoming, between Medicine Bow and Hanna. It was a vital place, with coalmines, trains moving through, and more than a thousand people living along the tracks. Now, it's a ghost of a ghost town - a remote and vacant spot, overgrown with sagebrush. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story.
Laramie, Wy – Researchers from the University of Wyoming say they've unraveled the secret of what makes spider webs sticky. They say it's a protein that contains two basic components - one like spider silk, the other like mucous. The finding could have practical applications in developing new types of environmentally friendly glue. One of the scientists, Omer Choresh, says the glue secreted by orb-weaving spiders to help trap insects in their webs is among the strongest and most effective glues known in nature.
Jackson, Wy – The attorney for a Wyoming man accused of taking a grizzly bear without a license says the shooting was done in self defense. Authorities say Stephen Westmoreland, of Teton Village, shot a female grizzly on Sept. 19 from 40 yards away while he was helping carry a deer his hunting partner shot in Bridger-Teton National Forest. State Game and Fish officials questioned whether the shooting was necessary. Westmoreland's attorney, David DeFazio, says it's easy to indict someone when not faced by a grizzly bear.
Laramie, Wy – An early season snowstorm has forced the closure of numerous roads in southeast Wyoming and prompted some schools and offices to close for the day. Wyoming Department of Transportation public affairs officer Doug McGee says it's unlikely that Interstate 80 across southeastern Wyoming will be reopened on Thursday. He says the prospects of reopening Interstate 25 north of Cheyenne on Thursday look a little better. Crews are still facing difficult conditions in the Chugwater area.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Snowy weather has closed schools, offices, canceled events and shut down highways. The Wyoming Department of Transportation says at least 70 crashes occurred on Wyoming highways, mainly along Interstate 80. Nine crashes caused injuries but there are no reports of fatalities. I-80 was closed most of Wednesday between Cheyenne and Laramie and roads statewide are slick as a major early storm continues to dump snow. Wyoming state government closed its Cheyenne offices early