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
Jackson, Wy – An overflow crowd attended funeral services in Jackson for Clifford Hansen, the former Wyoming governor and U.S. Senator who died last week at his home in Jackson. He was 97. Hansen's family remembered him through tears and laughter at the funeral services at St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesday afternoon. They said he gave respect and attention to everyone he met, regardless of their station in life. Former Vice President Dick Cheney recalled Hansen as a man who loved his family, especially his wife Martha.