Laramie, Wy – The state's public defender is missing. It happened while Ken Koski was camping in the Wind River Mountains. Family members say Koski was due back in Cheyenne on September eighth. On September ninth hikers in the Wind River Mountains found his campsite-- abandoned. The family says his backpack was there, but a pack for day trips was not. Also Koski's journal was inside the tent and the last entry was made on September fifth. Now several search and rescue teams are in the area, with three helicopters and dog teams.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming officials say they will continue to oppose a bill that will ban the slaughter of horses intended for overseas shipment and consumption. At the urging of several agriculture related organizations Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin voted against the measure that passed and will head to the U-S Senate. State Agriculture Director John Etchepare opposed the bill because it takes away an option for horse owners to dispose of sick or injured horses. He uses the example of a horse that requires a lot of care and then the owner of that horse passes away.
Laramie, Wy – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad is getting into trucking. The company is taking coal from Wyoming across South Dakota -- to Chicago. A Denver firm ordered three-thousand carloads of coal firm. It's testing a process to make coal burn hotter and cleaner. The coal will be shipped to utilities, hospitals and universities -- mostly in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. D-M-and-E President Kevin Schieffer says the new business offers a glimpse of the future and helps illustrate the need for rail expansion.
Laramie, Wy – The community-owned Powell Mercantile store ended its fourth year of operation in the black and recorded its best financial performance. The store opened in July of 2002 in downtown Powell. It has since become a model for other stores in small communities in the region. The Powell Merc recorded a 2006 net profit of nearly 32-thousand dollars on record sales that were up eleven percent from 2005. The Merc has never borrowed money. It is now planning to nearly double its floor space with expansion into a nearby building.
Gillette, Wy – A man convicted last week of murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Gillette boy has been spared the death penalty. The jury that convicted Christopher Hicks today (Thursday) said it was unable to agree unanimously on the death penalty. The 20-year-old Hicks was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the November shooting death of 16-year-old Bryce Chavers. The jury had acquitted Hicks of first-degree murder in the
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming wildlife officials are upset about the escape of more than 100 domesticated elk from a hunting reserve in Idaho just 10 miles from Yellowstone. The escaped elk are red deer elk, which is a different subspecies from the Rocky Mountain elk in the wild. Wyoming Game and Fish Department's director Terry Cleveland says he has two major concerns: first, the fugitive elk may have diseases such as tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease that could be spread to the wild herds. Second, they could breed with wild elk and create a hybrid animal.