Archives for July 2015

State Corrections New-Hire Bonus Upsets Existing Employees

The Wyoming Dept. of Corrections has implemented a $5,000 bonus for new hires who stay on at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Riverton. That move has upset veteran employees and the state’s association of corrections employees, who say the extra money should go to those already on the job. State corrections director Bob Lampert says the bonus is a recruiting tool to help lower the corrections employee vacancy rate that is approaching 20 percent.

New Charges For Suspect in Deadly Cheyenne Shooting

Daniel Guajardo’s facing new charges, including conspiracy to committ aggravated assault and battery, for allegedly injuring a deputy at the Laramie County Detention Center. The Billings Gazette reports the 26-year old’s already facing murder and attempted murder for allegedly shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and wounding her boyfriend at her home in Cheyenne in April.

No Decision on New Teton County Commissioner

They’ve talked and talked, but four Teton County Commissioners haven’t been able to decide which of three nominees should replace former Chairwoman Melissa Turley. The Jackson-Hole News and Guide reports the four have had 5-hours of interviews and 6-hours of closed doors meetings since Monday. They have until August 12th to make a decision.

Wyoming State Patrol Gearing Up for Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Wyoming’s Highway Patrol is gearing up for a big jump in motorcycle traffic for next week’s 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Star Tribune reports the week long South Dakota event event starts Monday, and about 1-million people are expected. Commuters in Crook and Weston counties should expect delays.

Gov. Mead Wary of Federal Plan to Protect Grouse

Gov. Matt Mead, along with Montana governor Steve Bullock, is challenging a federal plan to protect the greater sage grouse. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has until Sept. 30 to decide whether or not to list the struggling species on the threatened or endangered list. Doing so would trigger restrictions that both governors say could hamper oil and gas drilling along with other development.

WY 18th in education

A new survey ranks Wyoming as 26th in the U.S. for quality of education. WalletHub based its findings on several factors including student-teacher ratios, dropout rates, and test scores. Wyoming ranked high, 13th, in school- system quality–but low, 41st, in school-system safety. Massachusetts ranked first overall in the nation. Alaska came in last.

Powell man pleads guilty in death related to heroin

A Powell man accused of providing heroin prior to a neighbor’s death has pleaded guilty.

The Powell Tribune reports prosecutors asking for five to eight years of prison for 31-year-old Christopher Nichols.

Fewer animal injuries and deaths at Frontier Days

Organizers say new safety measures hae caused a drop in animal injuries and deaths at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports two fewer animals died during this year’s festival.

Veterinarians treated 59 percent fewer animals from last year, too.

Woman sentenced to 10 days for harboring arrested soldier son

The mother of an Army soldier arrested on a desertion warrant has pleaded guilty to harboring her son.

KTWO-TV reports authorities arrested Dylan Ingle at his mother’s home in north Casper.

Police say he hid in the attic, but partially fell through the ceiling.

Andrea Ingle must now serve 10 days in jail.

Governor meets with marijuana impact assessment council

The governor calls it unwise to ignore how marijuana legalization elsewhere affects Wyoming, or what could happen should people start using it legally here.

Matt Mead has informed his new marijuana impact assessment council that trafficking from legal places facilitates trafficking of other drugs.

The council continue studying marijuana legalization with the prospect of a medical marijuana question appearing on the ballot in Wyoming next year.