Laramie, WY – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's parent company is listening to offers for all or part of the company in an effort to finance a six billion-dollar expansion project derailed by a denied federal loan. That's according to a report by Trains Magazine. The magazine says investment bankers representing Cedar American Rail Holdings approached potential suitors and invited ten to hear presentations by CEO Kevin Schieffer during the past two weeks. The article sways Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway are among the finalists.
Laramie, WY – A man was attacked by a grizzly bear early this morning in the woods near Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National park. Fifty-four year old Dennis VanDenbos of Lander received non-life threatening puncture wounds and lacerations from a female bear. She had three cubs and a freshly killed elk carcass nearby. Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Van Denbos watching carefully for bears but found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Laramie, WY – Just shy of its hundredth birthday, the Mountain View Hotel in Centennial has just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just after its birthday on July 4, hotel owner Ev Elmendorf is serving the original menu of trout, eggs, biscuits and potatoes for the original price of 50 cents. She recently learned a trout story from the hotel's early days.
Laramie, WY – Increasing commercial air service in Wyoming is wearing out the state's smaller airports. Shelly Reams of the state Transportation Department's aeronautics division told lawmakers meeting in Casper that smaller airports are seeing more traffic from business jets. Reams says that's caused a critical need for runway and approach improvements at smaller airports. Between 2002 and 2006, commercial air service grew by more than 37 percent in the state. Meanwhile, construction costs have increased 100 percent since 1988 -- further exacerbating the problem.
Casper, Wy – Four more Republicans say they want to replace Senator Craig Thomas, bringing the total number of candidates for the seat to seven. Those four are Cheyenne attorney Tom Sansonetti, former Wyoming House Speaker Randall Luthi, of Star Valley; former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis, of Cheyenne; and Cheyenne attorney Bruce Asay.
Rapid City, South Dakota – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has taken over as chairman of the Western Governors' Association. And he says the group will continue its focus on global warming and what steps the western United States can take to produce clean energy. Freudenthal says it's clear that climate change is the main issue facing the world. He says the association will work with the federal government and a variety of organizations to reduce the use of electricity and