Archives for July 2016

Hail and wind rattle Pine Bluffs

Pine Bluffs continues recovering from golf ball-sized hail and high winds on Wednesday evening.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the foul weather damaged over 500 homes and knocked out power for three hours.

This severe thunderstorm affected several homes and vehicles.

This farming community only has 1,200 residents.

The weather also hurt crops, including most of the wheat supply.

Firefighters gaining ground on wildfire in Shoshone National Forest

Firefighters have finally made significant progress against a wildfire that has threatened hundreds of seasonal homes in northwest Wyoming.

They say they have managed to contain a fire burning in Shoshone National Forest at five percent.

The fire has also burned on private land northwest of Dubois.

Sex-trafficking arrests

The Cheyenne Police Department, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI conducted a joint operation to target sex trafficking of both adults and juveniles surrounding the events for Cheyenne Frontier Days. The operation took place between Monday and Wednesday of this week and resulted in the arrests of 14 people on prostitution and drug charges. NewsChannel 5 reports that one of the men arrested, 47-year-old James Zlomke, is a teacher at Cheyenne East High School.

AP: Fire at employee dorm ruled a suicide

Investigators have ruled last year’s fire at an employee dorm in Grand Teton National Park a suicide.

The fire at Colter Bay killed 28-year-old Anthony Graviano.

It also slightly injured four other people.

Federal officials have released an investigation report following a records request from The Associated Press.

Weather helps fight wildfire at Shoshone National Forest

More favorable weather conditions have helped firefighters fight two large wildfires in the western part of the state.

The fire burning in the Shoshone National Forest northwest of Dubois has grown very little thanks to light winds.

Poll: Over half of WY GOP voters unsure of choice for House seat

A poll shows 52 percent of Wyoming Republican voters remain undecided in the race for the state’s only House seat.

The Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS commissioned this study.

Pulse Research of Portland, Ore. conducted it two weeks ago.

UW could hire private contractors to save money

The University of Wyoming keeps looking to make budget cuts.

Officials say hiring private contractors for non-academic work could save money.

The dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science says universities look to teach, research, and serve their states.

Michael Pishko has plumbing does not fit into their mission statements.

Firefighters trying to stave off wildfire in Shoshone National Forest

Firefighters keep working to protect seasonal homes from a wildfire.

It keeps burning out of control in the western part of the state.

The fire in the Shoshone National Forest has burned 18 square miles.

It has threatened 290 homes and guest ranch facilities.

CO2 capture prize entry ideas roll in

Teams from seven countries have submitted ideas to put power plant emissions to profitable use.

Officials from NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE say they have received 47 proposals for a first round of a $20 million contest.

Wyoming has pledged $15 million to help modify Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station coal plant near Gillette to host carbon-capture research.

XPRIZE serves as the facility’s first tenant.

Cheyenne council candidate arrested

A candidate for the Cheyenne City Council is under arrest. Nigel Latham, who was running in Ward Three, was taken into custody last Friday for stalking and harassing. Latham is no longer in custody and his Facebook campaign page has been taken down. As of late Tuesday afternoon, the Cheyenne City Clerk said Latham was still a candidate.