Laramie, Wy – Several people are taking the city of Riverton up on its offer to excuse fines at half-price during the holidays. Municipal Judge Wes Roberts says one single mother of four who had an outstanding fine of 200-dollars told the city court clerk that she would be left with enough money to celebrate Christmas with her children. Another man paid off a friend's bond that had been outstanding since 1997. Still another man came into pay a fine for a stoplight violation
Cheyenne, Wy – The family practice medical centers in Casper and Cheyenne are struggling and University of Wyoming officials want lawmakers to think about what to do next. While he says the centers serve a purpose and are a much cheaper alternative then a medical school, U-W President Phil Dubois says they are losing a half million dollars a year in the two family practice centers and they need a solution to that.
Cheyenne, Wy – The three finalists for the new medium security prison will be reviewed Thursday and Friday and a recommended site could be announced next week. Corrections Director Bob Lampert says they will review Riverton, Rawlins and Torrington, give them scores and should be able to make a clear cut recommendation. Supporters of having the prison placed in their community believe it will have a major economic impact. Lampert says small communities with prisons do well if they go after other types of economic development and some businesses are attracted by the prison.
Cheyenne, Wy – Members of the Joint Appropriations Committee are expressing concern about the spending of business ready communities money on a spray park and driving range. House Chairman Phil Nicholas thinks such projects should not be funded with state dollars. Wyoming Business Council C-E-O Tucker Fagen counters saying the law says the Council is supposed to consider reaction projects.
Cheyenne, Wy – Only 13 of the original 50 M-X missiles remain active on the plains around Cheyenne. Decommissioning began in October 2002. All M-X missiles or Peacekeepers are scheduled to be completely deactivated by October. The missile can carry up to ten independently guided warheads and has a range up to six-thousand miles. The 150 Minuteman Three missiles that are overseen by F.E. Warren are NOT being deactivated.
Washington, DC – Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin was among the minority of representatives who voted against legislation Tuesday night to overhaul the nation's intelligence structure. The bill passed the US House by a 336-75 vote. It's is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President. But just before the vote, Representative Cubin told the Associated Press that she was voting against the bill because it didn't do enough to address the role of immigration in fighting terrorism.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Department of Corrections is taking a final look at documents provided by three communities hoping to get the new Medium Security Prison. Since D-O-C officials think the information is straight forward, Spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says they can now move forward.
Laramie, Wy – An avalanche forecaster is saying the snow conditions in northwest Wyoming are unstable. Bob Comey does forecasts for the Bridger Teton National Forest. He says the snow is similar to the winter of 2000 when seven people in Wyoming died in avalanches. He says the best thing for people to do is be conservative because snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders can find some fun places to recreate without putting themselves at risk.