Laramie, WY – The corrections department adopted a new policy this week in response to a lawsuit filed by a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. The policy says that state prisons will respect the confidentiality of communications between inmates and their lawyers.
Lawyer Stephen Pevar sued the state in federal court this summer claiming that a lieutenant at the Rawlins prison had interrogated an inmate about what Pevar had told him.
Pevar and the state filed a proposed settlement of the lawsuit this week with U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer in Cheyenne.
Greeley, Co – A judge sentenced former Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad to seven years in prison for stabbing a rival. Prosecutors say it was a brutal attempt to take over the starter's role. Judge Marcelo Kopcow told Cozad he clearly wanted to hurt UNC starting punter Rafael Mendoza. Prosecutors say Cozad ambushed Rafael Mendoza on the night of September 11th, 2006. Mendoza was left with a deep gash in his kicking leg but later returned to the team.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's wildlife trust fund has received nine applications asking for cash to set aside land for conservation.
That's out of a total of 36 applications so far, which represents the biggest number the fund has seen in its two years of operation. The nine conservation easement projects would allow landowners to keep their property from being developed into housing lots in the future.
The director of the trust, Bob Budd, says these Wyomingites are thinking about their legacy.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming women's coach Joe Legerski has landed a fourth high school recruit.
The latest prep athlete to give the Cowgirls a verbal commitment is Brenna Freeze of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 5-foot-11 guard/wing averaged nearly 14 points, about eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in her junior year last year.
Freeze shot 53 percent from the field overall and 41 percent from the 3-point arc. Freeze was recruited by about two dozen other Division I and II schools before narrowing her list to Wyoming, New Mexico and North Texas.
Laramie, WY – Firefighters stopped a wind-driven wildfire that threatened a subdivision near Lander.
Rural Fire Chief Dan Oakley says the fire started at a private recreational area about 12:30 yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Strong winds of about 40 miles an hour drove it toward a subdivision and two homes were evacuated.
However, Oakley says firefighters stopped the fire short of any homes when the wind died down early in the evening. The fire was controlled by 7 p.m.
Rock Springs, Wy – A convicted killer captured in Wyoming after six days on the run remains in critical condition at University of Utah Hospital. Police say Danny Gallegos was armed when he was shot in the abdomen Saturday night after emerging from a stolen sport utility vehicle in western Wyoming. Gallegos and another convicted killer, Juan Carlos Diaz-Arevalo, were captured after an 11-mile chase on Interstate 80. Authorities say they tied up a retiree in his trailer and stole