Cheyenne, Wy – Despite the wet weather, state fire officials say this summer could still be a dangerous fire season. State Forester Bill Crapser says the wet spring weather has encouraged some growing so regional officials says that could lead to fires later this summer when grass and trees dry out. Crapser says most mountain areas should see an average fire season. However, Medicine Bow National forest officials fear that the Bark Beetle outbreak in their part of the state could make fires in the snowy range mountains more severe.
Washington D-C – Leaders of Wyoming's Northern Arapaho Tribe are seeking $1.5 million for a new youth recreation center as they reach out to the state's congressional delegation this week. The tribal leaders traveled to Washington to plead for more federal dollars after the recent deaths of three teenage girls on the Wind River Indian Reservation. They said Wednesday that the center would give children who often turn to drugs and alcohol a place to gather. Federal investigators say they're waiting for autopsy results to
Pinedale, Wy – A 24-year-old man died Tuesday after being struck on the head by a piece of falling pipe on a drilling rig in southwestern Wyoming. The man's identity was not immediately released. James Duran of Shell Exploration and Production says the man worked for a drilling contractor hired by Shell. He said the accident occurred about 1 a.m. Tuesday on the north end of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field. Sublette County sheriff's spokesman Randall Hanson says the man died at a clinic in Pinedale from head injuries.
Grand Teton National Park – Grand Teton National Park officials say two tourists from Belgium were killed when their car crashed head-on with a semi-truck hauling a car transport trailer. The crash happened Monday afternoon on U.S. 26/89/191 just south of the Albright scenic overlook. Teton County Coroner Bob Campbell says the man and a woman were in a Ford Focus. Campbell declared the man and woman dead on the scene. Park officials say the victims' names have not been released pending notification of relatives.
Washington D-C – Leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with government leaders this week regarding the deaths earlier this month of three teenage girls on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Anthony Addison Sr. and Harvey Spoonhunter, leaders of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, and Ryan Wilson, director of the Northern Arapaho Council of Elders, plan to speak Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington. They also plan to meet with
Pinedale, Wy – The housing boom in Sublette County appears to be slowing. County Planning Director Bart Myers says between January and June of 2007, they issued 179 building permits. So far this year, they've only issued 91. Meyers says there is less demand and the other reason is that housing projects in the works for years are finally being built and occupied.
Laramie, Wy – While the rest of the nation is facing a major construction slowdown numbers in Wyoming are strong. The Wyoming Department of employment reports that in May the construction sector created the most jobs in the state and posted the fastest growth rate of over nine percent. Economist David Bullard says Wyoming's numbers are remarkable when you look at the decrease in building permits nationally. Bullard notes that Wyoming actually saw a very slight increase in unemployment numbers that probably was due to the numbers of recent graduates entering the job market.
Arapaho, WY – A prominent linguist is coming to the Arapaho School District this week to teach the grammatical structure of the Arapaho Language. Symposium organizer William C'Hair says linguist Zdenek Salzmann visited once before in the 70s. Now C'Hair says he is going to reintroduce Salzmann to his people, because "the time is ripe and the time is right."
Saratoga, Wy – Mourners gathered in Saratoga on Monday to honor Staff Sgt. Tyler E. Pickett, a former Saratoga resident who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this month. The 28-year-old was remembered as a dedicated soldier who made a big impression on the southern Wyoming town during his years there, the Rawlins Daily Times reported in a story for its Tuesday editions. Pickett was assigned to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. He was buried at a formal military service in New York earlier this month.