Sand Lake, WY – A plane has crashed in the mountains northwest of Laramie, killing both people on board. Mike Morris with the Carbon County Sheriff's Department says the wreckage was located shortly after 7 a-m Tuesday morning. Morris says the plane was found west of Sand Lake. It was spotted by a Civil Air Patrol plane that directed crews on the ground to the aircraft. The crashed plane took off from the airport in Rawlins Monday night at 7:30 for a flight to Wray, Colorado. The names of the two victims have yet to be identified.
Laramie, Wy – State and federal wildlife officials plan to reintroduce a group of black-footed ferrets north of Medicine Bow in an effort to expand the range of the first reintroduced colony. Biologist Martin Grenier is coordinating Wyoming's ferret reintroduction efforts for the state Game and Fish Department. He says about 50 ferrets -- some captive ferrets from Wyoming, possibly mixed with wild ferrets from South Dakota -- will be released in the Shirley Basin this fall.
Laramie, Wy – The signing of the Energy bill is being praised by Wyoming's congressional delegation and by those in the oil and gas industry. However, Wyoming's Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says it will do little for your heating and electric bills. " I don't think it will end up reducing energy bills for consumers. I think what it will do is end up not causing them to go up as much as they would otherwise...if it was just business as usual."
Laramie, Wy – Union Pacific is looking to hire 105 people in this state. And this is the third year in a row that the rail company has done a lot of hiring nationally. Union Pacific spokesperson, Mark Davis, says this year they will hire 4500 people across the country. He says U-P needs employees because of an increase in business and a large amount of workers retiring. And Davis says this hiring spurt should definitely continue for a couple more years because the amount of volume on the rail lines continues to grow.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming state government computers are seeing more and more attempted virus infections. Don Herrold from the Department of Information Technology says during three months this year they stopped 3700 attacks, that's up from 50 during the same period in 2001. The record for most viruses in one day is 38868. He says to deal with all of these the state has one person who works full time on virus protection.
Saratoga, WY – There was some minor movement last week involving a Saratoga sawmill that has sat empty for over two years now. Intermountain Resources owns the mill, and paid over $20,000 worth of delinquent taxes on the property last week. But that isn't necessarily reason to think the company will re-open the facility, according to Mike Glode, the chairman of a Saratoga economic development group. Glode says Intermountain Resources hasn't been in contact recently with anyone in town. Glode says a March e-mail he sent to the Intermountain President has still not been answered.
Gillette, WY – A coal bed methane producer in the Powder River Basin says it will soon consider reinjecting water produced by their wells back into the ground. Water is a byproduct of CBM development and, in places that water is of marginal quality and is harmful to plants. One solution is to pump the water back underground, where it came from. Anadarko Petroleum is looking at such an effort. Spokesman Rick Robitaille says the company is adding enough production that it may justify building a major pipeline and water reinjection system.
Cheyenne, WY – High cattle prices are making it harder for some Wyoming ranchers to manage their herds. During the recent five-year drought, producers reduced the size of their herds because there wasn't enough grass or hay. But now the high prices are making it difficult for ranchers to add to their numbers again. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming herds shrank by 13 percent during the drought. Their figures also show that ranchers have been slow to restock with cattle numbers holding steady for the past two years.
Laramie, Wy – A 31 year old Laramie man has been charged with shooting and killing 57-year-old Henry McCone, also of Laramie. Thursday night, police arrested Aaron E. Smith at his home and charged him with homicide. Police say the two men knew each other, but they are NOT saying anything yet about a possible motive for the shooting.