Laramie, Wy – Over Thanksgiving weekend last year the Highway Patrol investigated no fatal accidents and Sergeant Stephen Townsend hopes that happens again this year. He says there will be troopers out keeping a close eye on highways across the state. Specifically they will be looking to prevent speeding and drug and alcohol driving related infractions, which they do normally, but he says they will focus this weekend on vehicles on I-80. Townsend says drivers should be cautious as there will be a high volume of traffic on all roads in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – The spokesperson for the Northern Arapaho Tribe says a decision by a federal court of appeals allows them to put any type of game into the casino on the Wind River Reservation. Mark Howell says negotiations with the state are over now. State Attorney General, Pat Crank, says they hope to negotiate with the tribe again, but he says this decision does have serious implications, the opening of a full scale casino. He says this would be the first casino to open here in modern history.
Laramie, Wy – Kinder Morgan will soon be raising its so called pass on rates starting December first. It is the latest in a list of Natural gas providers in the state raising their rates. Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says this could have a heavy impact on consumers when colder weather hits, especially those with fixed or lower incomes. Freeman says their are agencies that provide assitance for heat bills and he urges consumers to take advatage of such programs. Freeman says the good news is that this is probably the last major increase for awhile.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Community College Commission has hired a new executive director. It is former Laramie Legislator and Mayor Jim Rose. The former U-W Professor is currently Dean of the Santa Rosa Junior College in California. Rose begins the job on February 2nd and will earn 97-thousand dollars a year.
Cheyenne, Wy – The executive director of the Cheyenne City Council has resigned amid an investigation into alleged credit card fraud. Maggie Carter's resignation was announced last night following an executive session by the council. Council President Floyd Lopez gave no reason for the resignation. Carter's office has been sealed since she revealed to Lopez that she used city credit cards to purchase personal items totaling more than 500 dollars. Lopez says Carter told him she mistakenly used the city credit
Laramie, Wy – A spending bill approved by Congress contains (M) millions of dollars for projects in Wyoming. The measure provides two-point-six (M) million dollars to build a new courthouse at Yellowstone, and nearly ten (M) million to restore the Old Faithful Inn, which marked its 100th anniversary this year. Yellowstone also will get a (M) million dollars for snowcoaches, which transport tourists in the winter. The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center in Casper will
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming state troopers will increase patrols on designated roads this coming holiday weekend. Troopers will be on the lookout for drunken drivers, seat belt violations and speeders in an effort to make highways safe for travelers. They will be paying particular attention to Interstate 80. The effort is part of a nationwide campaign called "Operation CARE" -- which stands for combined accident reduction effort.