Rawlins, Wy – Production still has not been restored at the Sinclair oil refinery in Carbon County, more than a week after the facility was shut down by a power outage. An external power failure on Dec. 6 interrupted refinery operations and led to a release of hydrogen sulfide gas. According to state and federal records, it was the 14th reportable spill or toxic release at the refinery so far this year. There have been no reports of injuries or illnesses because of the spills.
Boulder, Co – The National Center for Atmospheric Research has selected a Colorado company to work on a supercomputing facility west of Cheyenne and potentially become general contractor for the project. Boulder, Colo.-based NCAR has awarded a $70,000 contract to review the project's final design to Denver-based Saunders Construction, Inc. Project director Krista Laursen says the company was chosen after a three-month process in which NCAR winnowed the pool of candidates from about 30 to four.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Wyoming judge has advanced the cases of three Cheyenne men charged with providing heroin and cocaine that led to the death of a top bull rider. Twenty-year-old Kyle Walla, 22-year-old Joel Murdoch and 26-year-old Rhett Epler are charged with distributing drugs leading to the Dec. 2 death of 21-year-old Bryan Guthrie, also of Cheyenne. Guthrie was a highly ranked professional bull rider. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Beaman on Tuesday ruled that federal prosecutors presented enough evidence to require Walla,
Cheyenne, Wy – The average age of Wyoming's doctors is 51, and 20 percent of them plan to retire within the next five years. That's got some health department officials concerned about a possible doctor shortage. Dr. Brent Sherard, director of the Wyoming Department of Health, says the state is competing against the rest of the nation to draw new physicians. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. John Lucas says about a third of the hospital's 180 physicians are over age 50. He says a
Laramie, WY – One of Wyoming's longtime public servants has passed away. Former state senator and U-S Ambassador Tom Stroock died at age 84 in his hometown of Casper. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has more