Archives for January 2016

Weather Update

Winter weather is decending on western Wyoming including Jackson with warnings continuing in effect for the south-central mountains including Rock Springs and Evanston. Snow began this afternoon and is expected to continue tonight. Expect rough travel on I-80 and 25 especial for light trucks. 80 was closed for a while this monring because of poor conditions on 80 between Laramie and Elk Mountain.

No pension for you

A lieutenant in the Army National Guard at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne was hoping to complete 20 years of service so he coud qualify for a pension. However, Timothy Wells was convicted last October of sexual exploitation of a child and other charges. And, on Thursday a federal judge refused to postpone his sentencing, giving Wells a 15-year prison term.

Cody to Denver flights continue

Federal subsidies for United Airlines are about to run out, but the company will continue to offer daily, round-trip flights between Cody and Denver. The subsidies are paid to United during lower-traffic months and will end March 1st. According to Park County Commissioner Bucky Hall, the airline will fly the Cody-to-Denver route at least through the summer.

UW vs Colorado St

Tomorrow it will be the 224th Border War when the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team hosts Colorado State in the Arena-Auditorium at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. This year’s rivalry features some of the best three-point shooters in the Mountain West.

Skiers died going over cliff in avalanche

Two skiers who were killed in an avalanche just south of Jackson Hole were carried over a 100-foot cliff before they died. The Casper Star Tribune is reporting that 46 year old David Hannagan and 36 year old Catherine Grimes were likely killed by trauma before they were buried by snow at the base of the slide on Sunday. A third skier was survived by grabbing onto a tree.

Nebraska governor in crash

The governor of Nebraska is okay after the van he was in was involved in an accident in Lincoln. The governor’s office says the van containing Pete Ricketts was being driven by a trooper and hit a pickup truck on 13th Street. The governor and trooper were not injured and Lincoln police said the truck driver was cited for a failure to yield.

Nurse arrested for assaults

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing is investigating a registered nurse who’s been arrested twice for allegedly sexually assaulting patients. Thomas Mark Moore worked as an RN in Nebraska and Colorado before being licensed in Wyoming in September 2014. Moore’s license was suspended in Colorado and he was arrested in Greeley last Friday on six new felony counts, bringing the number of women he’s accused of assaulting up to 11.

Obama’s war on coal may mean cuts to education funding

An Obama administration effort to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S. Government officials will meet to consider the companies’ request, which follows a federal moratorium on new coal sales.
Meanwhile, Education cuts may be coming in Wyoming as tax revenues are going down from coal, oil and natural gas as the Obama administration continues its war on fossel fuels. Since Wyoming has no state income tax they rely on fuel production taxes. The Joint Appropriations Committee has proposed a 45 million dollar cut in education funding over the next two years. The Governor does not agree with the cuts.

UW loses at Fresno State

Senior guard Josh Adams notched 32 points, but the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team dropped a 71-60 game at Fresno State last night.

ACA help available

This Sunday, January 31st, is the final deadline to sign up for health coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, you can get help navigating the process from Enroll Wyoming. The program is hosting a number of events across the state and assistance is available by attending one of those events or by calling 2-1-1 for an appointment. Find out more at EnrollWyo-dot-org.