Laramie, WY – Fire officials are cautioning people to make sure their grills don't start a fire this Fourth of July.
Charcoal and gas grills caused more than eight thousand fires nationwide in 2005, the latest year that statistics are available. Rick Jansen is the fire marshal for the City of Laramie. He says one temptation to avoid is spraying lighter fluid on already-lit coals.
"We all know that we probably shouldn't be adding flammable liquid to an already burning fire," he said.
Pinedale, WY – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department says a man whose body was found Thursday near the Big Sandy River apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The department and volunteer searchers have been looking for nearly two weeks for 24-year-old Garrett Bardin, the son of Sublette County Sheriff Wayne Bardin. Garrett Bardin's truck was found in the area last week.
Dick Blust Jr. is spokesman for the department. He says no positive identification of the body has been made yet.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Tribune Eagle is making a major investment in a new printing press even while other newspapers around the country are suffering from declining circulation and advertising revenue.
Executives at the daily Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne say they're investing in the $15.5 million printing press both to upgrade the daily newspaper and also to expand the company's commercial printing business.
Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Forest Service says that about 400 members of the Rainbow Family threw rocks and sticks at ten federal officers on Thursday night as they tried to arrest one member of the group.
The agency says five members of the group were arrested and one officer was injured slightly.
Rita Vollmer is spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. The agency is monitoring this year's gathering of about 7,000 members of the Rainbow Family on federal land near Big Sandy, in Sublette County.
Casper, Wy – Casper is getting direct jet service to Las Vegas. Allegiant Air will fly from Casper to Las Vegas twice a week on a 150 seat jet. The company is a low cost carrier that currently serves Billings and Fort Collins. Casper officials see the Natrona County Airport as a catchall for central Wyoming people who want to visit Las Vegas. The service begins in September.
Omaha, Neb – A former University of Wyoming swimmer needs a good swim today in order to make the U-S Olympic team. Scott Usher has qualified for the 200 meter breast stroke finals at the U-S Olympic trials. Usher needs to finish in the top two in order to return to the Olympics. He placed seventh in the 2004 Olympic games after becoming the first U-W swimmer to qualify.
Douglas, Wy – A former Converse County school administrator is suing the school district for gender and age discrimination among other concerns. Jenni Twiford was a special education administrator and says she faced harassment in order to get her to retire. She is 65. Twiford alleges that her husband Jim was also encouraged to retire because of his age. He is a former state senate president. School officials say they cannot comment.