Cody, Wy – A Powell woman was killed in a tragic accident during Monday's Cody Stampede Parade. Lynda Peters was riding in the parade Monday when her horse got spooked and bolted. Before help could get to her, the horse fell and rolled over Peters. She died Monday night after being flown to Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. Park County Coroner Tim Power says the cause of death was "massive head trauma." Witnesses told the Powell Tribune that the horse was skittish
Laramie, Wy – The President of the Dakota Montana and Eastern Railroad says he is ready to acquire land to bring his railroad through Campbell county to haul more coal and other minerals to more outside markets. The project continues to be opposed by several landowners who are concerned about impacts to their land. Wyoming Mining Association Director Marion Loomis says the project is important to his industry.
Laramie, Wy – A 25 percent turnover rate at the Bureau of Land Management's Buffalo Field Office has prompted the agency to borrow employees from field offices in Casper, Worland, Newcastle and even Miles City, Montana. Assistant Field Manager Richard Zander says some of the turnover results from northeast Wyoming's coal-bed methane boom. The field office staff has grown from 23 to 83 over the past decade, and Zander says there's been some burnout among the B-L-M staff in Buffalo.
Laramie, Wy – The latest wildland fire forecast from federal land managers says above-normal temperatures this summer across the West will boost fire potential. The only western state that isn't in the category of above-normal fire danger is Alaska, where persistent showers have kept a lid on the season so far. In the Northwest, forecasters point to Oregon's Klamath Basin and Hells Canyon along the Idaho, Oregon and Washington borders as potential hot spots, while northern Colorado and Wyoming are forecast to have above-normal fire potential this month.
Laramie, Wy – The owner of a McDonald's in Gillette is trying something new to deal with a worker shortage. The owner uses a call center in Santa Maria, California, to take orders at his drive-through in Gillette. The center takes the place of a task that used to require six employees a day. The Gillette McDonald's is one of several dozen that are now using call centers. The owner says some of his employees had difficulty adjusting to the concept, but they soon found that it made their jobs much easier.
Laramie, Wy – Severe thunderstorms yesterday produced hail that broke windows in Glenrock and rain that flooded streets in Cheyenne. The National Weather Service reported a tornado northwest of Glenrock that was headed straight for the town between Casper and Douglas. The tornado apparently dissipated before hitting the town. But there was plenty of large, wind-driven hail. A dispatcher for the Glenrock Police Department, says the hail broke a window at her home and a mirror on her pickup truck.
Laramie, Wy – A number of people are awaiting a federal decision on what will become of the Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse. The ruling on whether it is an endangered species should come out in August. The state of Wyoming argues that the Prebles Mouse is not a distinct species and a group of scientists has backed that up. Yet another group of scientists has written the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and says the mouse needs protection. If that happens Wyoming officials say it could harm economic growth because the mouse has been found in a lot of areas where development occurs.
Laramie, Wy – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for portions of southeast Wyoming for this afternoon and evening (Tuesday). The Weather Service says scattered thunderstorms will develop this afternoon across the area. The slow-moving storms will have the potential to produce rainfall of two to three inches per hour. The agency says that areas that received heavy rain over the past couple of days, including the City of Cheyenne and portions of the Laramie Range and southern Nebraska are prone to excessive runoff from the storms.
Laramie, Wy – As of tomorrow the state sales tax on groceries is gone. This year the legislature passed a bill removing the tax for two years. Proponents say it could save families a few hundred dollars each year. And the lawmaker that has pushed the hardest for this change recently is Democrat Ann Robinson. At a news conference she said this was the work of many legislators over many years, but it finally happened.
Laramie, Wy – Cheyenne Frontier Days is featured in the latest issue of the Triple-A travel magazine. The magazine contains a three-page spread and calls Cheyenne the "best rodeo town" in the country. Personnel with the magazine visited last year's Frontier Days to interview both travelers and participants. Tourism officials say such articles often have a lasting impact on tourism all year.