Cheyenne, WY – Police are still looking for those responsible for a shooting incident in Cheyenne in which a 12-year-old boy was wounded. It happened Tuesday, when authorities say someone pulled up in front of a Cheyenne home and pointed a gun at the people outside. Someone at the home fired a shotgun, and the car sped off. In the exchange, a 12-year-old bystander was wounded. Police say they're following up on some leads, but that they're getting little cooperation from people in the case.
Laramie, Wy – Gubernatorial hopeful Ray Hunkins announced Thursday that he would not allow his family members to receive money to lobby state government if elected. His daughter has lobbied in the past, but he says if that continued it would create an appearance of impropriety.
Laramie, Wy – At his sentencing trial a Fremont County Judge expressed amazement that a man who'd been convicted of sexual assault, was ever transferred to the Honor Farm. That's a minimum security prison. The man went on to kill a nurse at the facility. The judge remarked that the Honor Farm had become a place where the typical inmate is more likely to be a violent sex offender than someone who writes bad checks. The director of Wyoming's Department of Corrections disagrees. He says the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton is safer than it was 13 years ago.
Laramie, Wy – Fire officials in northern Wyoming predict that this summer's wildfire season will only get worse. Fires have burned across tens of thousands of acres in northeast Wyoming already this year. The chief of the Clearmont District Volunteer Fire Department in eastern Sheridan County says that if the next big fire threatens a populated area like Sheridan, the situation will be "four times as complex" as the huge fires so far.
Laramie, Wy – Several firefighters battling a fire in the Shoshone National Forest found themselves in a dangerous situation this week. Public Information Officer, Steve Till, says ten firefighters were walking and then realized the fire activity was up and so used protective equipment to survive. Till says all ten of them are healthy safe now. The fire they were fighting is the Little Venus. It's burned 10 thousand acres and is near a few ranches.
Laramie, Wy – The smoke from the state's wildfires can have some negative effects on people living a long ways away. It can irritate eyes, aggravate asthma and worsen the symptoms of heart disease. The state Health Department is urging people with respiratory problems to take precautions if they're downwind from the wildfires in Converse, Sheridan and Crook counties. That includes keeping windows and doors closed, closing the fresh-air intake for your home air conditioner, and NOT vacuuming. Vacuuming can stir up smoke particles.