Laramie, WY – Albany county officials are getting a pat on the back for their response to Thursday's tornado in Laramie.
Governor Dave Freudenthal and others praised the emergency response of the county and for their recovery efforts. Laramie Police Commander Dale Stalder says it is rare to have such an emergency in the county but they try and stay prepared. He says they were able to set up a command center, schools were properly evacuated, and all their emergency plans worked.
Green River, WY – Several thousand residents of the Bridger Valley in southwest Wyoming were left without water after spring runoff overwhelmed a local water treatment plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a boil-water order for the valley's water supply before officials shut down water distribution Tuesday afternoon.
The Bridger Valley Joint Powers Board supplies water to Mountain View, Lyman, Fort Bridger and some rural areas in the valley. Workers on the board were working on Wednesday to restore water distribution.
Laramie, WY – A historic building in Laramie was damaged in today's tornado. The Union Pacific Athletic Club is a log building that dates back to the 1920's. Now it houses the Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club.
The club's president, William Wright surveyed the damage: "It had a large veranda on the front, and that's completely gone, and the majority of the roof structure is gone. There's a large hole, I would say, 15 by 30 feet.
Laramie, WY – A tornado ripped through the Laramie area this afternoon, causing damage to buildings and vehicles. There have been no reports of injuries. The wind ripped the roof off a house and sent it smashing onto Interstate 80.
John Spiegelberg lives in east Laramie, and watched the tornado come through his neighborhood. He says he's heard a lot of wind living out there, but he'd never heard anything this loud.
Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker says he won't seek re-election after all. The two-term mayor tells the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle newspaper in a copyright story Thursday that he won't seek a third term. Instead, Spiker says he intends to run for a seat on the Cheyenne City Council. Spiker had said last month that he intended to seek a third term. But now the businessman he says that he wants to spend more time with his family and figure out a way to retire. State Sen. Jayne Mockler, a Cheyenne Democrat, announced Tuesday
Cheyenne, Wy – Gary Trauner says little has changed in Washington since he narrowly lost election to the U.S. House two years ago. So Trauner is running again. He announced in a news conference in Cheyenne on Thursday that he's filed his candidacy with the Wyoming Secretary of State. Trauner said people continue to wait for Congress to put aside partisan bickering and provide solutions for things like health care and the war in Iraq. He also said it's time for the nation's leaders to "stand up and show some backbone."