Denver, CO – A federal appeals court has restored a Florida woman's lawsuit against the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Camie Dunbar says the resort is responsible for injuries she suffered in 2001 after falling into a snowboard halfpipe. Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of a Wyoming judge who sided with the ski resort. The appeals court says a jury should hear the case.
Laramie, Wy – Torrington has been chosen as the site for the new medium security prison. Department of Corrections officials say Torrington scored well above both Rawlins and Riverton and they have forwarded their choice to the states five elected officials and some legislators. It will be up to the Legislature to make the final choice. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore read a statement from his Mayor and City Council that indicates they will continue to fight to bring the prison to their community.
Laramie, Wy – The legislatures education committee will consider doing away with Wyoming's three tiered diploma program tomorrow. (Today) The plan that was supposed to go into effect in two years would give out either a diploma that calls a students work Advanced, Comprehensive or General. State Superintendent Trent Blankenship has heard a lot of complaints about the system.
Laramie, WY – The Las Vegas Bowl is a little over a week away. And the University of Wyoming says it has sold about 5,000 tickets for the game so far. The school's Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, Tim Harkins, says fans started buying tickets immediately after the bowl bid was announced. When UW accepted the bid to go to Las Vegas, Head Coach Joe Glenn said he expected between eight and ten thousand fans there. Harkins says they are hopeful the 8,000 figure can be reached.
Laramie, Wy – Business and community leaders hope to set up a community-owned clothing store in downtown Rawlins next year. The Carbon Mercantile Corporation follows the example of community-owned clothing stores in Powell and Worland. Officials in Torrington are also planning a cooperative store. Shares in Carbon Merc. will be available for 25-dollars apiece after January first. At least 20 shares must be purchased but no one will be allowed to own more than 400 shares, or ten-thousand dollars worth.
Laramie, Wy – A new telephone tip line is now available, for anyone wanting to report a crime in Yellowstone National Park. Individuals can leave their name and a callback number, or can remain anonymous. Last year, Yellowstone Park had more than four-thousand criminal incidents. Park officials say the public provided valuable information in a number of those investigations, including wildlife poachings and drug incidents. In some cases, cash rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of offenders.
Casper, WY – Northwest Airlines is pleased with the traffic they've seen in their first two months of offering flights between Casper and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Jet service to the Northwest hub started in early October. The airline's Media Relations Manager Thomas Becher says with a new market Casper's performance has been about what they'd expect, and maybe a little better. Becher thinks the positive response has been due to the fact that Northwest is the only airline with jet service from Casper. He says offering the state's only hub to the east has also been a draw.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill setting up a Medical Review Panel will go to the full legislature, but a policy question remains. Judiciary Committee members can't decide whether the panel should just be a screening panel or if it should be a full blown hearing, with evidence available to be used in court. But they voted to send the bill to the Legislature who can work out the details. The Medical Review Panel concept was approved by Wyoming Voters in November. The concept is that the panel could weed out frivolous lawsuits and, in turn, help reduce medical malpractice insurance rates.
Powell, WY – A not guilty plea was entered last week in a case stemming from the October death of an 18-year-old from Powell. Ryan Burgess is accused of recklessly handling a gun that discharged inside a car, fatally wounding Patrick Teasdale. A police investigator testified that Burgess said he had consumed 18 beers on the night of the shooting. Burgess' attorney contended Burgess told police he always leaves the chamber empty when carrying a gun, and that Burgess said other people had played with the gun earlier in the evening.