Laramie, Wyo – Record prices for diesel fuel may cause smaller trucking companies to file for bankruptcy.
According to the Energy Information Administration, a gallon of diesel in the Rocky Mountain Region now averages 3 dollars and 70 cents. Nationwide, the price per gallon has hit records nearly every day in recent weeks.
Shelia Foertsch of the Wyoming Trucking Association says that's bad news for the industry.
Wheatland, Wy – Several threatening text messages sent to a student prompted police to lock down Wheatland High School and keep students after the end of the school day Thursday. Police lifted the lockdown at 5:05 p.m., nearly two hours after school ended, after determining that the young adult male they believe sent the text messages wasn't in Platte County. The lockdown began around 12:30 p.m. Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser says both the high school and Libbey Elementary School in Wheatland were locked down after
Rawlins, Wy – A prosecutor says that a Wyoming prison inmate whose death sentence on a conviction of killing a prison guard was overturned last month will stand trial again in state court. Carbon County Attorney Cindy Lynn DeLancey said today (Wednesday) that she plans to try inmate James Harlow again in connection with the 1997 stabbing death of Cpl. Wayne Martinez at the state penitentiary in Rawlins. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne last month ordered a new trial for Harlow and set aside his death sentence.
Baghdad, Iraq – A 31-year-old soldier from Evanston has died in Iraq. David Julian and four other soldier were killed Monday in Baghdad by a suicide bomber. He is the first Evanston resident to be killed in action since the beginning of the Iraq war. Julian joined the Army after graduating from Evanston High School in 1994. He was a member of the 222nd Armored Division, Third Infantry, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Marion McLean of the Committee to Support Uinta County
Cheyenne, Wy – One of the most talked about bills of the past legislative session has been signed into law. Governor Dave Freudenthal signed the so called Castle Doctrine bill,which provides immunity to homeowners if someone breaks into their home and they kill the intruder. Freudenthal thought a version of the bill approved in the house of representatives went a little too far. That allowed people to ability to hold their ground and use deadly force outside their home. The Governor says he supports the more traditional ability of homeowners to protect their home and family.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report shows that Wyoming eighth grade students do better on state assessment tests for math and reading then they do on the main national assessment test. But the gap is much less then the national average. On the state assessment test 62 percent of students were scored as proficient in reading and 55 percent are proficient in Math. But on the main federal test, 36 percent are rated as proficient in reading and 29 percent are proficient in Math. Despite the numbers, State Superintendent Jim McBride says he is satisfied with the rigor on Wyoming's main test.
Pinedale, Wy – The new Environmental Protection Agency's tougher air pollution standards are being welcomed in Pinedale. Three times this winter, the state Department of Environmental Quality put out an advisory warning about high levels of the pollutant ozone. Terry Svalberg of the Forest Service in Pinedale says those days have been hard on some people. "Over the last several events with the high ozone I've heard numerous complaints about having difficulty breathing as well as burning eyes."