Laramie, Wy – The lead prosecutor in the case against an inmate charged in the death of a Wyoming Honor Farm nurse last year has resigned. A search is under way for a replacement for Fremont County deputy attorney Marcia Bean, who resigned last month. Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell estimated that Bean was handling 30 to 40 felony cases at the time of her resignation. Among them was the prosecution of Floyd DeWayne Grady, who is accused of killing Honor Farm nurse Tammy Sue Watts in April 2004. Grady's trial is set to begin in October.
Laramie, Wy – Teton County Commissioners could vote Tuesday on a plan to rezone over 500 acres for the purpose of new homes, a golf course, commercial space and other facilities near Teton Village. Snake River Associates is proposing the Teton Village expansion plan that would take over a large area of open space. County Commission Chairman Larry Jorgenson says the issues are development versus impacts. Supporters say it will enhance the local economy, and provide more amenities. Opponents say increased traffic, and forever changing the area are huge downsides.
Laramie, Wy – Twelve homeowners in Rawlins have filed a lawsuit claiming that a crematory near their neighborhood is a nuisance and a health hazard. The Rostad Mortuary has had air testing done on the crematory's smokestack, and the test results did NOT find any violation of Wyoming air standards. But the homeowners say the cremation has caused them physical and emotional injuries. They also say that the cremation violates city ordinances and state law.
Pinedale, Wy – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department is investigating anti-gay slurs spray painted on the pickup truck of an openly gay Pinedale High School student. Kourtney Kellen, 16 and a sophomore, said she discovered the vandalism Friday night when she left her house to give a friend a ride home. Kellen said she has been open about being a lesbian, and that most people at school were OK with it, but that she'd recently had a disagreement with a boy in her class.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming water officials have hired several consultants to look into a variety of water storage projects in the western part of the state. The idea is to try and be ready for the next drought. The question will be whether they will be allowed to move forward with any of them. Wyoming Water Development Commission Director Mike Besson says such projects are difficult to pull off anyway, but he has a new worry. Last week, Interior Secretary Gail Norton decided not to cut back on the release of Colorado River Water from Lake Powell.
Laramie, Wy – It's the largest single donation in University of Wyoming history -- five (M) million dollars, announced today (Friday) by U-W officials in Laramie. But the naming of the football field is coming under attack.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming today (Friday) dedicated a new classroom honoring former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Judy Catchpole. The College of Education had received a 250-thousand-dollar gift from the McMurry family of Casper, which asked that a classroom be named for Catchpole -- who served two terms as superintendent from 1995 to 2003. The naming is part of the college's three-point-eight-(M)-million dollar renovation project, which includes nine additional classrooms, a seminar room and two student
Laramie, Wy – Private firms could soon be handling PR work for the U-S Forest Service. That's the warning from the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Documents provided by the group show the federal agency is studying whether "competitive sourcing" would make sense -- in terms of efficiency and cost savings -- within its communications field. Competitive sourcing, essentially, is putting certain positions and responsibilities out for bids.