Riverton, WY – Devon Energy plans to drill up to 336 coal-bed methane wells on the Wind River Indian Reservation. According to Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, the project would be on nearly 14-thousand acres southeast of Riverton. Drilling could begin as soon as next year and is expected to occur over a ten-year period. Public comments regarding the proposal are being accepted until October 18th by the B-I-A and Bureau of Land Management.
Cheyenne, Wy – Two suspects sought in the death of a teenager who was beaten behind a Cheyenne convenience store were arrested today (Wednesday) in Mississippi. Police say Steaven Plummer and Michael Patterson were arrested by U-S marshals. Both are 21 years old. Cheyenne police are making arrangements to bring the two back to Wyoming. Nineteen-year-old J-D Blankinship died September 19th after he was attacked. Three other men were arrested previously in the case.
Powell, Wy – Add the name of the President of Wyoming's Northwest College to the list of those who are excited about the Hathaway Scholarship plan. Miles Larowe predicts that the Hathaway Scholarship will make students work harder and possibly send more to Wyoming Colleges. "The Hathaway plan is really a key to Wyoming's future...and I am sure it will bring Wyoming students to Wyoming colleges that would not have attended in any other situation." Larowe is equally pleased that leaders are trying to get the program up and running by next fall.
Laramie, Wy – A scientific journal published an article saying the Preble's meadow jumping mouse is not a distinct species. This is significant because right now the Preble's mouse is a federally protected species and the state of Wyoming has asked the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service to take the mouse off the threatened species list. The work was done by Rob Ramey, but the Biodiversity Conservation Alliances' Jeremy Nichols says he may have an agenda to try and undermine the Endangered Species Act.
Laramie, Wy – The new Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and a private company are joining forces to try and get more electrical transmission out of the state. The executive director of the authority, Steve Waddington, says the goal of this partnership will be to design a project running power lines from the Powder River Basin to the Front Range of Colorado. It would use coal and wind to make the electricity and supply low cost energy to Colorado.
Cheyenne, WY – Water use in Cheyenne is way up this month. The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities says only a tenth of an inch of rain has fallen this month on the area. As a result, nearly 22 million gallons of water are being used each day. That's seven million more gallons a day then a year ago, and even worse then the drought year of 2002. Still, Water Conservation Specialist Clint Bassett says city reservoirs have plenty of water, so the overall impact hasn't been too bad. Bassett says keeping an eye on water usage is becoming more important as the community continues to grow.
Ellington Air Force Base Hopes of Rescuing any Survivors
Texas – Wyoming sent several Helicopter search and rescue crews to houston's Ellington air force base in hopes of rescuing any survivors of hurricane rita. Now they are standing by for new orders. Wyoming Public Radio's Kristin Espeland is traveling with the airmen of Wyoming's FE Warren air force base and has this report.
Texas – Helicopter search and rescue teams are standing by for new orders today on the gulf coast of Texas. Wyoming Public Radio's Kristin Espeland is traveling with the airmen of Wyoming's FE Warren air force base and has this report.
Gillette, WY – A year-and-a-half effort to recruit general surgeons is paying off for Gillette with two new surgeons establishing practices this year. For more than 13 months, Doctor Sara Hartsaw acted as the only general surgeon in the area. That forced some patients to seek treatment outside Gillette. Hartsaw says the new doctors are already giving her a reprieve in her on-call schedule. Hartsaw says she was on call every night for more than 13 months.