Archives for May 2015

Lengthy sentence upheld

The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a 75-year prison sentence for a Cheyenne man. Christopher Michael Town pleaded guilty to killing 29-year-old Crystal Town, a shooting that took place in front of their 10-year-old daughter. Town had appealed his sentence but the Supreme Court rejected his argument that it was improper for the trial judge to consider statements from people unrelated to the victim.

Motorcycle fatality

A Canadian woman lost her life in an accident that began when her motorcycle hit a deer on Wyoming State Highway 24 about two miles west of the town of Aladdin. After the collision with the deer, the motorcycle crossed both lane of the highway and crashed into the guardrail where 52-year-old Mary Sataya was ejected from the motorcycle. Sataya sustained fatal injuries, despite wearing a helmet and a full protective riding suit.

Cheyenne Air Force base gets new commander

The 90th Missile Wing at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne has a new commander.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle has identified him as Col. Stephen Kravitsky.

This happens as base leaders continue recovering from a test-cheating scandal and a drug investigation .

Coyote-like animal killed near Kremmling turns out to be gray wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified an animal killed near Kremmling as a gray wolf.

DNA tests at its forensics lab in Oregon have confirmed the species.

A legal coyote hunter shot it last month and immediately notified state wildlife officials.

Law classifies the gray wolf as an endangered species.

Secretary releases information on conserving greater sage grouse

The interior secretary has shown plans to preserve habitat in 10 western states.

This blueprint for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird marks the government’s biggest land-planning effort for conservation of a single species.

The regulations include finding wells and power lines to avoid disrupting habitat for the greater sage grouse.

These measure would only apply to federal land.

High court affirms 75-year sentence

State Supreme Court has upheld a 75-year prison sentence for a Cheyenne man.

Christopher Town shot his estranged wife in front of their 10-year-old daughter.

He pleaded guilty two years ago to killing 29-year-old Chrystal Town.

In his appeal, Town called it improper for the judge to consider statements at sentencing from people unrelated to his wife.

Hospital wants to participate in fight against EPA

Riverton Memorial Hospital wants in on a legal appeal.

It has to do with the EPA’s decision to keep the city and surrounding lands as “Indian Country.”

The hospital wants a circuit court of appeals to allow it to file an amicus brief.

It wishes to join the state, the city, and the county in fighting the EPA.

Town Sentencing Upheld

Wyoming’s Supreme Court’s upheld the 75-year prison sentence for Christopher Town, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to gunning down his wife Crystal in front of their 10-year old daughter. Town appealed his sentence, saying the trial judge shouldn’t have considering statements from people not related to his victim when he was sentenced. The court disagreed.

Salt Creek Highway Bridge Reopens Monday

WYDOT says Monday’s reopening day for the bridge over the Shoshoni Bypass as well as the north side ramps connecting to the Salt Creek Highway. An agency spokesperson tells the Star-Tribune Salt Creek Highway is now five lanes wide, and the work included repaving the Shoshoni Bypass.

Hunting license deadlines

A reminder for big-game hunters from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. There are just a few days remaining to submit applications for limited quota deer and antelope licenses and limited quota elk licenses for the 2015 hunting seasons. The deadline is next Monday, June 1st.