Jackson Hole, Wy – A potent winter storm is bearing down on Wyoming. A variety of winter weather warnings, watches and advisories have been posted as a strong and moist Pacific storm begins to make its way into the state. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Wind River Mountains along with the Salt River and Wyoming ranges, where 12 to 16 inches of snow is expected by tomorrow (Thursday). The heaviest amounts will fall on the southwest and west-facing slopes.
Cheyenne, Wy – A structural engineer will tour the downtown Cheyenne buildings gutted by a fire. Officials said that every building in the block on West Lincolnway was damaged by the fire, which began Monday night in a bake shop and spread to nearby businesses. The fire burned for more than 14 hours before it was brought under control yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Cheyenne historians say the blaze may have devastated a very important part of the city's past.
Jackson, Wy – Five groups are appealing a decision by the Forest Service to increase helicopter use in some wilderness areas of the Bridger-Teton and Caribu-Targhee National Forests. The concern is over how the helicopters could impact some critical wildlife in the area. Wyoming Wilderness Association Director Liz Howell says they also object to the purpose of the increased numbers of helicopters which is helicopter skiing. She says it will have terrible impacts on the areas wildlife, including Wolverines.
Casper, Wy – A group of Casper residents vacationing on a Thailand beach have sent word home that they survived Sunday's massive tidal wave. Lydia Rush and her brother Micah Rush and their friends had planned to be rock climbing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Instead, they found themselves escaping a 20-foot wall of water and rescuing Thai children. Officials say that 40-thousand people were killed in eleven countries in southern Asia and Africa. In Thailand, 15-hundred people died, among them more than 700
Cody, Wy – One of America's oldest ski resorts won't open this winter due to a drop in skiers, lack of snow and the need for a new lift. Keith Dahlem is owner and manager of the Sleeping Giant Ski Area west of Cody in the Shoshone National Forest. He says he needs to replace or repair a T-bar lift but needs 500-thousand dollars to get the job done. He's currently looking for investors. The ski area was facing a shutdown anyway because of safety concerns by the U-S Forest Service over the lift.
Cheyenne, Wy – A fiery chain collision on a foggy stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie has been voted Wyoming's top news story of 2004. The balloting was done by newspaper and broadcast members of The Associated Press, as well as by wire service staff. Seven people died in the August 19th crash and dozens more were injured. A fire that erupted in one area of the crash scene was so hot that it melted vehicles into the asphalt. Voted second was voters' defeat of a constitutional amendment