Jackson, Wyo. – The highway over Teton Pass is closed after efforts to reduce the risk of avalanches brought a vast amount of snow down over the roadway.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the highway is covered by a 50-foot-deep wall of snow.
Traffic was stopped before the snow was brought down artificially at 10 a.m. Tuesday. WyDOT spokeswoman Theresa Herbin says the avalanche was set off by a howitzer shell that was fired at the mountainside.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Lawmakers are considering a state constitutional amendment that would permit the unification of city and county governments in Wyoming.
Voters would get a chance to decide on the amendment if two-thirds of the Legislature votes this winter to put the measure on the next general election ballot.
Republican Rep. Pete Illoway, of Cheyenne, says unified governments could help some Wyoming communities. He points out that Jackson and Teton County have discussed unifying their governments for years.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Vice President Dick Cheney says he and his wife, Lynne, plan to equally divide their time between their homes in Jackson and northern Virginia after Cheney leaves office next month.
Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune in an interview that they've always considered Wyoming home.
Cheney also says he has no desire whatsoever to return to elected office. He says he's loved his career in politics and government, but there comes a time to step aside and he's reached that point in his career.
Laramie, Wyo. – A new economic report says Wyoming's job growth should prevent a sizable downturn in consumer spending in the state. State Economist Wenlin Liu says despite what is happening nationally Wyoming should be able to withstand a negative downturn in the economy.
"Wyoming's economy is still robust, because jobs are still growing, at a rate that is still fastest in the nation," Liu said. "Also, our unemployment rate is at just around 3 percent. That is very low," Liu added.
Riverton, Wyo. – The cause of a fire that killed three children in a Riverton home last summer remains under investigation.
The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, with help from the State Fire Marshal's office, has completed its inquiry into the fire. The Fremont County Sheriff's Department has not yet finished its part of the investigation, however.
The fire destroyed the home in the Cozy Mobile Home Park on Aug. 7.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Frontier Mall in Cheyenne had a profitable Christmas.
The general manager, Kenneth Burke, says holiday sales matched last year's. Many retailers in Cheyenne followed a national trend that offered sharp discounts to get shoppers spending. Burke says the discount that drew the most shoppers was buy-one-get-half-off-the-second one. He says the sales should continue.