Casper, Wy – A jury in Casper has convicted a man there of kidnapping and murder in the death of a woman last year. The same jury will begin deliberations Thursday whether Donald Rolle, 47, should get the death penalty for his convictions. Donald Rolle, 47, testified this week that he kicked 40-year-old Jennifer Randel and slammed her head onto a truck dashboard. But Rolle said he acted only after she came at him with a knife after they went out on a date. The jury deliberated for about six hours before finding Rolle guilty on Wednesday evening.
Billings, MT – Cattle ranchers near Yellowstone National Park would have to test their entire herds for brucellosis and vaccinate them against the disease, under a plan offered by Montana livestock officials.
The plan, still in draft form, is required for Montana to regain its federal brucellosis-free status. The state lost that status in September following infections on two ranches within the past two years.
Laramie, WY – Bark beetles may speed up the effects of climate change. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has launched a study of forests from Wyoming to New Mexico that have been ravaged by bark beetles.
Alex Guenther is the lead investigator. He says trees cool the atmosphere. They also release particles that form the starting point for raindrops. "So without these trees in the forests," he says, "then we expect warmer, drier weather in these forests."
Laramie, WY – Trauner says it was clear to him that the person who identified herself as Sierra on the phone during the news conference had an agenda. He says it was a dirty tactic: "One of the reasons that we're in the dire straights that we're in today is because people are playing Washington politics and doing and saying anything to win and hoping nobody pays attention."
Laramie, WY – A top Wyoming lawmaker says the state should consider suing the federal government over wolf management.
Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says legislators had put together a good compromise plan for wolves, only to have the federal government call it into question: "How many more times do we put in the time effort to come up with yet another compromise only to have the federal government say, oh, that's not a good deal, we want you to do this and that."
Laramie, WY – A campaign official for Republican Cynthia Lummis says the actions of the candidate's former press secretary in no way represent the heart and soul of the Lummis campaign. Rachel Seidenschnur resigned Wednesday after using a fake name to ask Democratic opponent Gary Trauner a question during a press conference.
Campaign Manager Tucker Fagan says Lummis is committed to running an honest race: "Asking a question, and misrepresenting who she was that's just wrong we know that."
Laramie, WY – Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis is looking for a new press secretary. Rachael Seidenschnur is stepping down after apparently calling into to a news conference held by Democratic candidate Gary Trauner and identifying herself as a supporter using a fake name. Here's the exchange from yesterday:
Female Voice: "This is Sierra, I'm just a supporter and I was curious whether Mr. Trauner supports Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats' energy bill this past week?"