Laramie, Wy – An 18-year-old Cheyenne man died after falling about 40 feet from a rock he was climbing at the Vedauwoo recreation area in Albany County. Police say David Hinkley suffered severe head and body trauma in the fall on Saturday, although the exact cause of death has not been determined. Authorities say Hinkley had been climbing with a friend in the Eagle Rock Area without technical or safety equipment. Police were called about 8:45 p-m. Saturday. The incident remained under investigation Sunday.
Laramie, Wy – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to sell some of the mobile homes it brought to Wyoming after a tornado ravaged the town of Wright. The agency is going to auction 17 of the homes tomorrow. The minimum bid is ten-thousand dollars. Bids must be received in the Denver General Services Administration office before nine a-m on the day of sale, either through fax or mail.
Laramie, Wy – Senator Mike Enzi is holding a conference for inventors. It is free to the public and is the third such conference Enzi has sponsored during his time in office. Enzi says he wants young people in Wyoming to stay in the state by developing their ideas and starting businesses. The conference seeks to help inventors develop their ideas, get patents and take their products to market. Julia Rhodes, who invented attachable erasers for dry erase markers, gave the conference's keynote address.
Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming has reached an agreement with British Petroleum. It means the state and two of its counties will share about 56 million dollars to settle disputes over taxes on natural gas production. The agreement deals with 16 proceedings pending before the state Board of Equalization, the Third Judicial District Court, the Ninth Judicial District Court and the Wyoming Supreme Court involving litigation between B-P America and the Wyoming Department of Revenue.
Laramie, WY – To-date, nine mid-western states have reported more than 600 cases of the mumps. And so far, the outbreak has not spread to Wyoming. But state health chief Doctor Tracy Murphy says state health officials are being vigilant. The mumps is a viral infection, and this particular strain is not unusual, according to the centers for disease control. The C-D-C also recommends two doses of the mumps vaccine, known as M-M-R, although one dose can be effective.
Laramie, Wy – The previous head of education in Wyoming may have spent federal grant money to travel to President Bush's inauguration in 2005. An audit of the Department of Ed found that Trent Blankenship was reimbursed one thousand four hundred dollars from a grant for student assessment. He wrote that he attended a meeting on that subject, but there is no substantiation of that meeting. Also, the invoice from the hotel says Trent Blankenship Inaugural Committee.
Laramie, Wy – The man accused of robbing a bank in Cheyenne last Friday and then leading police on a high-speed chase to Laramie had been scheduled to close on a house purchase that day, the F-B-I says. Edward Lee Vanek told his girlfriend before the robbery that he was heading to his bank to straighten out a delayed money transfer, according to the F-B-I. Vanek, age 45, was shot twice by police last Friday in a house in Laramie about an hour after the robbery of a First Interstate Bank in Cheyenne.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's natural gas production passed the two trillion cubic feet mark last year for the first time ever. That vaulted the state into third in the nation in production of gas sent to market. State Oil and Gas Supervisor Don Likwartz says while final numbers are not in yet, the data he has received show Wyoming produced three-point-five percent more gas over 2004. Wyoming accounts for about eight-and-a-half percent of the nation's natural gas production.
Laramie, Wy – Opening statements in the trial of a Wyoming prison inmate accused of killing a nurse at the state honor farm started Thursday in Jackson. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against inmate Floyd DeWayne Grady, age 30. Grady faces two first-degree murder charges. One alleges he killed nurse Tammy Sue Watts, age 39, during an attempted rape, and the other claims he killed her with premeditated malice. Grady was an inmate at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton when Watts was killed there in April 2004.
Laramie, Wy – Recent warm weather is melting snowpack across Wyoming faster than normal, state and federal officials say. The U-S Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that snowpack statewide dropped from 95 percent of average to 83 percent of average between April 10 and April 17. There have been a number of reports in the last ten years or so showing that peak runoff is occurring earlier in the springtime as a result of global warming.