Laramie, Wy – A South Dakota man has died in an avalanche in the Snowy Range Mountains. The Albany County Sheriffs office says Dale Wagner died when the he was buried by the avalanche while snowmobiling in the French Creek Drainage. The Sheriffs office says three others were rescued. They add that the avalanche may have been triggered by the snowmobiles. The Sheriffs office says recent snow and weather conditions have increased the probability of avalanches in the area and they urge people to be cautious.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's high rate of maternal smoking is affecting the number of Wyoming babies born premature or underweight.
In 2003, 9% of babies born in Wyoming were born underweight - under 5 pounds 8 ounces. That's 1% higher than the US rate. Meanwhile, the maternal smoking rate in Wyoming is nearly twice the national average, and studies consistently link maternal smoking to preterm and underweight births.
Laramie, WY – Republican presidential candidates will have to wait until May 31 before knowing if they were victorious in Wyoming's caucus process.
On January 5th, Republicans in the state's 23 counties will select 12 delegates and 12 alternates to the National Convention in Minnesota next September. Those delegates will be committed to a candidate for president.
Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne police say burglars staking out a city neighborhood have hit at least 10 homes since late October.
Police say the burglaries have occurred in late afternoons in the Buffalo Ridge area in northeastern Cheyenne.
Lt. Mark Munari of the Cheyenne Police Department says investigators believe the burglars have been sitting in a vehicle and watching for people leaving their homes. Once homeowners leave, the burglars force their way into the homes and take a variety of items including electronics.
Cheyenne, WY – Officials say that motorists stranded by Wyoming's winter weather should stay with their vehicles and not try to walk for help.
Tim Woodard is a veteran teacher at Cheyenne's East High. He has the same message for students in his driver's education classes every year: if you ever get stranded in a snowstorm, do not leave your car.
Thermopolis, WY – Sen. John Barrasso married Bobbi Brown on Tuesday in Thermopolis.
Barrasso, R-Wyo., announced his engagement to Brown, a Thermopolis native, this summer. Brown had served as state director for the late Sen. Craig Thomas for nearly 17 years.
Barrasso was selected to succeed Thomas in June by Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Before joining the Senate, Barrasso served as a senator in the Wyoming Legislature and worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper.
Laramie, WY – Former Wyoming State Treasurer Cynthia Lummis announced Wednesday that she will seek election to Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The 53-year-old Lummis ended her second term as state treasurer early last year. She's also served seven terms in the Wyoming Legislature and served two years as chief counsel to former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says he's concerned that counties are paying too much of the infrastructure costs for new housing developments. He says this will be a topic for discussion at his public conference in Casper next week.