Laramie, Wy – It's possible that Wyoming travelers may no longer have to put their lives at risk when they drive to Denver. That's because fans of high speed rail from Cheyenne to Albuquerque are starting to get more support. Bob Briggs of Front Range Commuter Rails says the passage of a sales tax increase to build high speed passenger in the Denver area and up to Longmont, has made it possible for even more service, that could include traveling to Cheyenne. Briggs thinks such a concept could become reality in less then 15 years, depending on funding.
Laramie, Wy – The Salvation Army store in Sheridan has sent three trucks loaded with furniture and appliances to help victims of the August 12th tornado in Wright. The tornado killed two people and destroyed 60 homes. Use of two, 24-foot trucks were donated by Dennis Stewart, of Buffalo, and a smaller truck was lent by Boardwalk Real Estate in Gillette. Insurance for the trucks was provided by Ann Schmidt, a State Farm Insurance agent in Sheridan.
Laramie, Wy – The new head of education in Wyoming, Doctor Jim McBride, has a different vision for the Department of Ed than his predecessor. McBride is filling out the rest of Trent Blankenship's term. Today McBride announced that he is eliminating several managerial positions that Blankenship created. He says a huge yoke has been lifted from the department and morale has improved because of the elimination of a layer of management.
Jackson, Wy – A Scientist says there are still too many unanswered questions concerning the Governments proposal to develop Plutonium 238 at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Washington D-C.says the safety of developing the highly radioactive Plutonium is a huge question mark. He thinks developing better oversight of the Department of Energy efforts is needed.
Laramie, Wy – There will be more Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers on the highways this Labor Day weekend, thanks to a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is part of a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving. Across the country, drunken driving fatalities dropped slightly last year. But in Wyoming, the number increased, from 46 fatalities in 2003, to 51 fatalities in 2004. That means drunken driving is responsible for approximately one in three highway deaths in the state.
Lararmie, Wy – Laramie officially has a new city manager. The city council approved a contract for Mark Collins Thursday. Collins holds the same position with the city of Gunnison, Colorado now. Reached by phone he says he is excited about taking the position. He is familiar with Laramie and Wyoming, having received two masters' degrees from the University of Wyoming. He says the presence of the school is one reason he was interested in the position. Collins says many businesses will want to come to Laramie to be around the university and its pool of talent.
Laramie, Wy – A member of a youth group picking up trash along a highway in Southwest Wyoming was killed by a pickup truck Thursday. The accident happened about five miles south of Evanston. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old girl lost her shoe and walked into the road to pick it up. She apparently did not notice a pick up truck coming towards her. The girl was wearing a red safety vest.
Cheyenne, Wy – Another lawsuit against former Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart. The Reverend Joseph Hart spent about 20 years working at parishes throughout greater Kansas City before becoming auxiliary bishop in Cheyenne. A man filing suit as John Doe E-K says he was about 12 years old when Hart began groping and fondling him at St. John Francis Regis Church in Kansas City. Representatives from the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests showed up at the Catholic Church headquarters in Kansas