Cheyenne, Wy – State Senator Jayne Mockler has left the hospital more than a week after doctors opened her chest to repair a damaged lung. Mockler is running for mayor of Cheyenne. She says the she expects no long-term damage to her health. Meanwhile, Mockler dismissed her opponent's criticism that 15 years in the Legislature has left her unable to effectively run the city. Mockler- I come from more of an elected by the people kind of structure, work your way up, represent them, give them a voice. That very difference tells you how differently we will manage and govern.
Casper, Wy – The Natrona County Sheriff's Office reports another incident of a man pulling over motorists while pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Sgt. Mark Sellers says a man driving a gray pickup truck equipped with a flashing yellow light pulled over a Gillette woman on Highway 259, between Midwest and Interstate 25, at about 7 a.m. Thursday. The woman demanded to see identification and refused to get out of her vehicle when the man couldn't produce any. Sellers says the man pulled out a gun.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Air Force Space Command says a fire broke out in a silo containing a Minuteman III missile outside Cheyenne, Wyo., last spring, but the military says there was no danger of an accidental launch. The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs says the Space Command released a report on the fire Thursday. It was the first public disclosure of the incident. Space Command spokeswoman Maj. Laurie Arellano says the fire was caused by a faulty battery and extinguished itself from a lack of fuel.
Gillette, Wy – Arch Coal is cutting back on production from its Black Thunder Mine in the Powder River Basin of northeast Wyoming. Arch spokeswoman Kim Link says the company is idling one of its five draglines and one of its 13 shovels at the mine. Draglines remove overburden so shovels can dig out the coal. Link says the action will not affect any of the more than 1,000 workers at the mine. Workers on the dragline and shovel will be assigned other duties, such as maintenance or reclamation.
Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly 1 in 5 registered voters in Wyoming already have cast ballots with six days to go before the election. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says it's a sign that turnout could be heavy next Tuesday. Her advice to election volunteers: Plan to tend to large crowds on Election Day and don't expect to get any knitting done. So far, early balloting reflects the statewide breakdown of registered Republicans and Democrats. Nighswonger says absentee ballots have been cast by about 12,000 Democrats and 26,000 Republicans.
Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at the School Creek mine in the Powder River Basin.
The company plans to complete its permitting for the mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998.
CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call that the mine will provide higher quality coal than that of Peabody's other Powder River Basin mines.