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
that wold have allowed the Legislature to cap damage awards for
The continuing angst for Wyoming's beef industry as a result of
the cattle disease brucellosis came in third.
Four new sets of cases have been discovered in Wyoming this year.
Voted fourth was the state's vast budget surplus resulting from
natural gas drilling. By some estimates the surplus tops one (B)
The state's lawsuit against the federal government over the
rejection of its wolf-management plan came in fifth in the