Douglas, WY – Douglas officials are starting to see developers building homes again and they are hoping some changes in local requirements will spur more building.
City Development Director Mike Roy says construction costs are keeping developers from building homes in many smaller Wyoming communities so Roy and the city are trying to address that. He is drafting changes in local requirements that will streamline the way developers have to operate and get rid of unnecessary regulations.
Jackson, WY – A German man attempting to reach Yellowstone National Park with a GPS device says he nearly froze to death Monday after his vehicle got stuck on a closed forest road.
Tobias Krottenthaler is a 23-year-old medical student from a town near Munich.
He says he walked for roughly seven hours Monday in sneakers, trousers, a T-shirt and a light jacket after his rental car got stuck and then ran out of gas in Caribou-Targhee National Forest in northwest Wyoming. Temperatures Monday were as low as 11 degrees in the area.
Jackson, Wy – The resurgent wolf population in the greater Yellowstone area is causing a sharp decline in another predator, coyotes, a new study says. Since their reintroduction in the 1990s, wolves have killed off or scared away almost 40 percent of coyotoes in parts of Yellowstone National Park. In neighboring Grand Teton National Park, coyote numbers are down 33 percent where wolves have moved in, the study says. Both species prey on wildlife and livestock. But because wolves
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports arresting 40 people over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The patrol says 20 of the arrests were for impaired driving.
Four individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants and two were arrested for traveling at speeds over 100 mph. Four additional traffic stops resulted in the arrest of wanted subjects sought on outstanding nationwide felony warrants.
Troopers investigated two fatal crashes, 22 injury crashes and 152 property damage crashes.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal wants Wyoming to spend the largest chunk of its available discretionary cash to help local governments.
Freudenthal announced today that his proposed budget will call on the state Legislature to approve $300 million in new state spending early next year for local governments. That's in addition to $108 million the state would have to spend to continue local government funding at its present level.
Laramie, WY – A new study shows that Wyoming residents are still struggling with depression and suicide at rates higher than most other states.
A national group called Mental Health America released data that shows Wyoming has the fifth highest suicide rate in the country, and the tenth highest rate of depression. Suicide prevention leader for Wyoming's Department of Health, Keith Hotle, says one aspect of the study surprised him -- suicide is more common in areas with fewer health facilities and fewer people with health insurance.
Laramie, WY – Domestic violence centers and shelters don't expect to see an increase in abuse cases during the holiday season.
Sheridan's Advocacy and Resource Center's Rhonda Webber says despite the holiday stress and constant family get-togethers, she expects to see the same number of new cases as any other time of the year. Webber thinks many families with domestic violence issues ignore the problem during the holidays.
Webber says the Center averages 60 to 80 cases every month.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is recommending that the state use federal Abandoned Mine Lands money for the new School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. Wyoming is set to receive a total of 550-million dollars of federal money over a number of years, and it's up to the state to decide what to do with the money. The governor says more than $17 million of it should go to the School of Energy Resources.