Dubois, WY – A crew has been flown to an 11,000 foot peak in the Wiond River Range to retrieve three people killed in a plane crash. The effort to recover the bodies of the three Scottsbluff, Nebraska residents has been hampered by foul weather since the May 23rd plane crash. County Coroner Ed McAuslan says authorities met Monday and decided the weather had improved enough to go ahead.
Casper, WY – Casper's 10 Commandments monument will remain in storage for another year. That's due to rising construction costs, which will delay work on a monument plaza near Casper's downtown. The plaza is designed to be an entryway to downtown and will hold other historical monuments. The only bid for the work came in 50 percent higher than what the city budgeted. City Manager Tom Forslund says private and public construction projects have seen higher than expected bids recently. He says the project is too small for large contractors and too big for smaller one.
Sheridan, WY – Firefighters have managed to contain a small blaze burning the in the Bighorn National Forest southwest of Sheridan. Forest spokesman Craig Yancey says a 20 percent hot shot crew conducted mop-up operations on the lightning-sparked ten acre fire near Twin Lakes Tuesday. Yancey says it's the earliest start to the fire season he's seen in the 15 years he's been with the Bighorn forest. He says it could predict how bad the fire season might be due to drought conditions.
Jackson, WY – The poisoning of dogs in Jackson Hole has taken a new turn. Authorities have two confirmed cases and a possible third where meat laced with poison has been found inside the Town of Jackson. A total of 21 dogs have been poisoned in this way in Wyoming and Idaho with eight dying. Additionally, foxes, coyotes, and moose may have also been killed by the poison baits. Darren Rudd is an animal control officer with the Teton County Sheriff's Department. Rudd says finding the poison within city-limits changes what they think motive may be.
Laramie, Wy – The chair of the Healthcare Commission says the state is losing doctors. And he says to stop this the legislature needs to approve a constitutional amendment and give doctors subsidies. All of this is to deal with increasing rates of medical malpractice insurance. Chairman, Chris Muirhead, says it is critical to pass the constitutional amendment because it would give future legislators the ability to cap the amount of money someone can sue a doctor for.
Cody, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says a newly appointed Split Estate Task Force has a difficult job ahead. The task force was created to recommend legislation to solve problems between people who own land and others that own mineral rights under that land. Task Force member Representative Colin Simpson of Cody chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which tried to craft a bill to deal with the issue. He says it's an extremely complex one when you consider some options fly in the face of 100 years of property law.
Topic: Renny Mackay reports that the governor formally protested the leasing of some land for oil and gas around Pinedale
Topic: Governor Dave Freudenthal says a newly appointed Split Estate Task Force has a difficult job ahead; Guest: Colin Simpson, Task Force member Representative and Cody chairs the House Judiciary Committee
Topic: Gateway park in Lander built by a group of High School Students; Guest: Megan Roberts, Interact Club Member
Laramie, Wy – The governor formally protested the leasing of some land for oil and gas around Pinedale. In a letter written Monday to the director of the Bureau of Land Management Governor Freudenthal asked that no more parcels be leased until a resource management plan is done. He says this would not slow down development because 92 percent of the area is already leased. The Vice President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Dru Bower, says it is a bad idea to block any potential leases because of the importance of developing domestic sources of energy.
Buffalo, WY – While fire crews around the west are battling wildfires, the wildfire season in Wyoming has just begun. Firefighters in the Bighorn National Forest are battling a ten-acre blaze about 30 iles northwest of Buffalo. The fire on the western edge of Twin Lakes was started by lightnining on Sunday. About 20 members of the Wyoming Hotshots inmate firefighting team are on the scene along with seven firefighters from the Bighorn National Forest crew.