Cheyenne, Wy – Because the state is a bit late with its flu season, the director of the Wyoming department of health is urging everyone to get a flu shot. Doctor Brent Sherard says Wyoming is approaching the flu season and he says if you have not gotten your flu shot the time is now. Sherard says shots are available at a number of locations across the state. He notes that his office is just starting to hear about flu outbreaks across the state. Sherard says flu shots prevent greater problems.
Gillette, Wy – Police in Gillette say a man stabbed another man in the chest and neck during an argument over a television remote control. Authorities said 43-year-old Leo Gene Bloomfield faces a possible charge of attempted second-degree murder following the stabbing just after midnight on Christmas. Police Cpl. Jason Marcus said Bloomfield called from the Circle L Motel. Marcus said police arrived and found Bloomfield walking around a room while another man lay between the two beds.
Casper, WY – A federal spending bill is likely to cost Wyoming millions by reducing the state's share of royalties from oil, gas and coal production.
Currently states and the federal government evenly split royalties from federal oil, gas and coal reserves. A spending bill recently approved by Congress would reduce states' share to 48 percent and increase the federal government's share to 52 percent.
Laramie, WY – As utility companies in Wyoming and across the country try to keep up with demand for power, they are turning more natural gas into electricity.
The director of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, Mark Northam, says utility companies are struggling to get new coal projects approved because of environmental concerns. But he adds that natural gas is not the best way to close the power gap.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming announced plans for its Wind Energy Research Center, which will develop the technology needed to make wind-powered electricity more reliable.
UW College of Engineering Professor John Naughton will direct the project. He says that wind could ultimately provide the country with 20 percent of its electricity, but that technology will take a long time to develop.
Denver, CO – A Denver couple and their 19-year-old daughter are dead after a crash on any icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming.
It happened yesterday after their car slid on the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer six miles west of Rawlins.
Killed in the crash were 59-year-old John David Parr, his 53-year-old wife Sandra Widener, and their daughter Chase. The couple's 17-year-old daughter Katie was taken to a Casper hospital in critical condition.
Evanston, Wyo. – An urban renewal agency has offered to buy Evanston's historic Strand Theater, which was destroyed by fire in May.
June Law is coordinator of the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency. She says the owners of the nearly 90-year-old theater have conditionally accepted the offer to buy the building.
Plans are in the works to turn the theater into a performing arts center. Cleanup and stabilization costs alone could reach $300,000. Converting the building into a performing arts center would cost around $2 million.