Gillette, Wy – There was plenty of interest in the new judicial seat proposed for Campbell Crook and Weston counties. 12 people applied for the opening by the deadline at the end of May. The District court judge would be the third in the sixth Judicial District and Judge John Perry says the person is badly needed. Perry says an overabundance of criminal cases tied to some of the growth in Campbell County has helped set civil cases back. Perry says the court calendar is mostly delaying civil cases.
Laramie, Wy – People around the state can start signing a petition to remove the sales tax on groceries. Democratic State Representative Ann Robinson is organizing the effort and she says it is an important way to help families, especially families on a fixed income. Robinson estimates it would save families of four 240 dollars a year. She says she knows the Governor does not necessarily support this idea and has mentioned he would prefer to spend the money on health insurance for families. Robinson says she's not sure 20 dollars a month could buy much insurance for a family of four.
Laramie, Wy – The National Weather Service has put a flood warning in place for Laramie. The head of Homeland Security in Albany County, Randy Vickers, says they say the Laramie River is flooding when it's five feet deep in the city. He says Monday it rose six inches past that stage, but he says there isn't a concern until it reaches six feet deep and it shouldn't get to that level.
Laramie, Wy – State political parties around the country are getting less money from the national parties. That is a finding of the Center for Public Integrity in a report they did on campaign finance reform.
Red Lodge, MT – It now looks like it will take many months to re-open the scenic Beartooth Highway. The director of Montana's Transportation Department says the contract to repair damage to the road caused by mudslides will contain "substantial incentives" to have the work done by mid-October. Work was scheduled to begin Monday on removing debris from a 12-mile stretch of US 212, a critical road for the Red Lodge, MT tourism industry.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of battery against his girlfriend cannt be banished from Natrona County as part of his sentence. Natrona County resident Ollie Crabtree was convicted in 2003 and ordered to serve between 18 months and two years in jail. District Judge Thomas Sullins also ordered that Crabtree not be allowed to return to Natrona County if he was released early. While affirming Crabtree's conviction, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded the lower court abused its discretion when it banned Crabtree from the county.
Rock Springs, Wy – On Tuesday, tree trimmers found the body floating down Bitter Creek. The body was taken to Colorado for an autopsy and forensic examination. The Sweetwater County Coroner says the man did have trauma indicative of a fall. However, officials are still waiting on the results of toxicology tests. Rock Springs Police Detective Curt Christensen said the body was a white male, 6-foot-2 and weighing around 175 pounds with a narrow waist. His estimated age was around 35 or 40 years old.
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole film festival kicks off next week and an organizer says they continue to be a theme based event. Todd Rankin says they are partnering with a number of organizations and will launch a Global Insight program in conjunction with the festival. Among the non film activities will be a panel called Refugees in Crisis: A Global look. Rankin says the focus of the film festival will be on international films. The festival kicks off June 8th. More information can be found on-line at JHFF.org.