Cody, WY – The cost of fighting the Gunbarrel Fire, burning west of Cody since late July, is now pushing $10 million.
The Great Basin National Incident Management team is directing firefighting efforts. The team reported this weekend that the fire has now burned nearly 62,000 acres - more than 95 square miles.
There are about 475 people fighting the fire, concentrating on keeping it from burning any structures. Officials say the fire is not expected to be fully contained until sometime in October, when snowfall comes.
Laramie, WY – The Cowboys only had 271 yards of total offense... but late in the game they were able to put together their longest drive of the day and Quarterback Dax Crum threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Donate Morgan for what turned out to be the winning score in the 21-20 victory. Offensive Coordinator Bob Cole says the key drive came about because the Cowboys put themselves in position to pick up easy first downs.
Laramie, WY – A report from Wyoming's Division of Criminal Investigation shows there were nearly 800 incidents of domestic violence reported in the spring quarter. That does not differ much from previous quarters. But Division of Victims Services Director Julie Tennant-Caine says the figure isn't as straight forward as it seems, because it only includes incidents reported to law enforcement.
Tennant-Caine says her agency does help women who choose not to report domestic violence to law enforcement.
St. Paul, MN – The Executive Director of Wyoming's Republican Party says Cynthia Lummis did not address the Republican National Convention today as originally scheduled. Lummis is the GOP nominee for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House. Vice President Dick Cheney and President BUsh have cancelled their plans to speak at the convention, with Hurricane Gustav impacting the Gulf Coast.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Gillette man who ordered the killing of a boy who was to testify against him in a sexual abuse trial. The court on Friday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit,Sr. He had been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. A jury found that he ordered two Gillette teenagers to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers of Gillette.
Laramie, Wy – State health care organizations are hoping that the latest effort to recruit doctors will be successful. Wyoming Health Resources Network Director Pennie Hunt is hopeful that a grant program that will provide up to 80 thousand dollars to local health organizations will bring more doctors to the state. Hunt says other states have had a similar program for years. It's the first time the legislature has agreed to help recruit doctors. The deadline for applications is September 15th. A decision on who gets the grant money by September 30th.