Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne police arrested a 24-year-old man in the death of his girlfriend's 13-month-old girl.
According to a police press release, Ariana Martin was pronounced dead by the Laramie County Coroner at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after the girl was found Thursday night lying unresponsive in an apartment bedroom. Police say investigators found injuries on the child's body that did not appear to be accidental.
Pinedale, Wy – State Rep. Monte Olsen, of Daniel, has decided not to seek re-election to the state House of Representatives. The District 22 Republican has served three terms, representing Wilson, Hoback Junction, Alpine and northern Sublette County. Olsen says he needs to focus on his own health issues. Olsen was injured about a year ago when police said he was run over by a sport utility vehicle driven by his wife. He suffered 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung and multiple facial injuries.
Washington D-C – The Wyoming Wildlife Federation is praising Senator John Barrasso for introducing legislation in Congress that would pay ranchers for livestock killed by wolves. The group's director, Walt Gasson, says the bill is a very positive move. This is a species of national interest. We're all interested in wolf management whether you live in the Florida Keys or whether you live in southeast Alaska.
This gives us all an opportunity to pay for the costs.
Casper, Wy – President Bush has nominated Kelly Rankin to serve as U.S. Attorney for Wyoming. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced Bush's nomination on Thursday. Enzi submitted Rankin's name to the White House as a potential nominee last year. Rankin is currently an assistant U.S. attorney in Casper. Enzi says he's confident that Rankin has the ability to lead prosecutions in the state. Enzi says he hopes the Senate Judiciary Committee will approve Rankin's nomination promptly. If the committee approves the
GARDINER, Mont. – American Indians who trace their people's existence to the survival of bison are praying for more than 1,700 of the animals killed or removed from Yellowstone National Park this winter.
The bison are being killed under a livestock protection program meant to control the spread of the disease brucellosis.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a spiritual leader for the Lakota tribe, is calling for federal and state officials to scrap the program before the park's bison population is permanently damaged.
Helena, Mont. – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face a tough sell in pro-gun Western states, where the concentration of gun owners is high.
In the rural West, suspicions linger about both presidential candidates' past support of gun control. And westerners are concerned about Obama's recent comments, that people in downtrodden areas -- in Obama's words -- "cling to guns or religion."
Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne motivational speaker Swede Nelson says he's backing out of the race for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House. Nelson is a Republican. He says his daughters and grandchildren have become more important and he doesn't have enough funding to continue. Nelson announced his campaign in September. He says his campaign has been an "extraordinary experience" that he will never forget. That leaves four Republican candidates vying to replace Rep. Barbara Cubin, who is not seeking re-election. They are retired
Rawlins, Wy – A man who won a new trial after being sentenced to death for killing a prison guard has pleaded guilty to felony murder. James Harlow entered the plea Tuesday and Carbon County District Judge Wade Waldrip sentenced him to life in prison - Harlow's fourth life term. Harlow already has been serving three life terms for the rape and murder of a Rock Springs girl in 1985. Harlow was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1997 stabbing death of Cpl. Wayne Martinez. In February, U.S. District Judge