Archives for February 2016

More 70 mph speed limits in WY

A bill moving through the state legislature would increase the speed limit on hundreds of miles of Wyoming’s state highway system. The House Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee voted 7-2 last week to recommend Senate File 72 and send it to the House floor for more debate. The bill, which has already cleared the Senate, would increase the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 mph for paved state highways that are not part of the interstate system. The proposal will still need to pass three hearings on the House floor before it can be sent to Gov. Matt Mead for his signature or veto.

Jackson Hole quake

There was a little bit of shaking going on Friday afternoon in northwest Wyoming. A small earthquake shook the Jackson Hole region. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake measuring a preliminary four-point-one occurred around 4 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was just north of Crystal Peak, about 19 miles east of Jackson. Teton County officials say that there were no immediate reports of damage.

Gas price update

Motorists are enjoying the lowest gas prices during this time of year since 2004. However, Triple-A says that the price of oil increased last week, and gas prices rose for three days in a row. The Wyoming average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is a one dollar-67 cents, a half-cent lower than last week. The average price for regular in Cheyenne is a dollar-59, up by 10 cents. And, in Casper, it’s a dollar-44, down by three cents.

Online intimidation

A Laramie man is accused of posting intimidating online messages about a witness in his wife’s felony child abuse case. According to the Laramie Boomerang, Brad Herod’s posted messages included comments about shooting the witness. Herod has pleaded not guilty. The charges against Herod’s wife were later dismissed.

1st Yellowstone grizzly

Yellowstone National Park is telling visitors it’s time to bring bear spray. The Park has its first grizzly bear sighting of the year. Park officials doing an aerial wolf survey saw the male grizzly near the Nez Perce Creek drainage. According to a park spokeswoman, this first sighting of the year is a little earlier than average.

Suing for sage grouse

Sage grouse are found in habitats across 11 states, including Wyoming. But their numbers are rapidly dwindling. That’s why environmental groups are suing to force the Obama administration to place more restrictions on activities including oil and gas drilling and grazing that are blamed for the decline of sage grouse.

Farm Bureau scholarships

High school graduates and college students can apply for one of nine schoarships being offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. But time is short; the deadline is nextt Tuesday. Applications are available at county Farm Bureau county offices or on the Farm Bureau website.

Remains remain unidentified

Last Sunday night, decomposed human remains were found on a hill in Lusk in eastern Wyoming. Police say an autopsy performed Tuesday failed to identify the remains. The next step is to check out medical records and that could take a couple of weeks.

UW loses

Senior guard Josh Adams scored 27 points for his 19th 20-point effort this season, but the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team dropped a 73-to-61 contest to San Diego State last night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Aztecs clinched the Mountain West regular-season title with the victory.

Cheyenne No. 17

A new study ranks Cheyenne as number 17 on the list of top state capital cities to live in. Ahead of Cheyenne included Lincoln, Nebraska ranked at number two and Denver, Colorado at number 13. WalletHub compared the cities based on factors including affordability, a strong economy, high education standards and overall excellent quality of life.