Laramie, Wyo. – The State Trails safety coordinator is nervous about people heading into the backcountry this week, because of the threat of avalanches. Chris McNeil says the snowpack is not as solid as it could be. "There's some really weak layers because we had some early snow and some warm temperatures," he said. "And the temperature gradient in the snowpack has been up and down and the snow is just wearing out."
Laramie, Wyo. – Last-minute shoppers braved snowy weather and slippery roads across much of the state today. Powell Mercantile manager Paul Ramos says they've seen a lot of customers, just ahead of the holiday. "Of course we got snow last night and this morning, and it's actually pretty busy downtown," Ramos said. "I think it would be hard to find a parking spot out there."
Laramie, Wyo. – The state of Wyoming is anxious to see the final version of health care overhaul legislation. But after looking at both bills, the Governor's health policy advisor believes that, for the most part, Wyoming residents will see improved care with the legislation. Wendy Curran says it stands to reason that if more people have health insurance, that will bring down costs.
Wind River, Wy – A Northern Arapaho man has pleaded guilty in tribal court to killing a bald eagle in 2005 for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. Winslow Friday entered the plea Tuesday on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. His public defender says Friday was fined $2,500 and lost his hunting privileges on the reservation for a year. Friday has acknowledged for years that he shot the eagle without a permit. But the question of whether he should be prosecuted prompted a protracted legal fight and attracted national attention
Laramie, Wyo. – As part of Jackson Hole's comprehensive plan for its future, the county planning commission has recommended capping growth. Essentially the idea is to keep Teton County at its current size, with a limit on new housing units and commercial space similar to what exists now.