Archives for August 2016

Murderer could have conviction overturned

Todd Sindelar could have his 2013 murder conviction overturned. Sindelar was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the death of Matthew Boyer. He was captured after a high speed chase in South Dakota. He’s appealing his sentence claiming jurors were intructed to consider the flight after the Boyer’s death. Defense attorneys argue that FLIGHT INSTRUCTION is a reversible error according to a 2002 Supreme Court decision.

The Attorney General’s Office has sided with Sindelar’s defense on the issue and asked the court to reverse his conviction and sentence.

Autopsy findings on body in Wind River

We now know the cause of death of the body of the man found by the Pokemon go player on July the 8th. 28 year-old Jeffrey Quiver drowned after taking a lethal dose of Benadryl. His body was discovered in the Wind River by a woman playing the popular game Pokemon Go. The Femont county deputy coroner said its unclear when he died but did say he hadn’t suffered any physical trauma. His death has been ruled as an accident.

Hunting seasons open

Tomorrow, September 1st, marks the opening for a variety of small game and upland bird species hunting season. Bird hunters can set out for mourning dove; sora and virginia rail; snipe; early Canada goose; blue, ruffled, and sharp-tailed grouse; and in some areas, sandhill crane. Small game hunters can pursue cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare; and red, gray and fox squirrel. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department forecasts an average to good hunting season for upland game birds, while cottontail hunting is projected to be excellent.

Museum tax on ballot

Children’s Museum of Cheyenne has collected and turned in nearly 21-hundred signatures to place a four-year, temporary quarter-cent economic development sales tax on the ballot for the November general election. The proceeds will go towards the construction, equipment, and maintenance of a children’s museum and 300-400 seat music venue in downtown Cheyenne. CMC’s goal is to open in 2018.

Motorcyle Death due to fatigue/alcohol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says that motorcycle fatailty over the weekend mas have been caused by fatigue and alcohol. 51-year-old Scott Hennager, of Montana, wrecked his motorcycle on Highway 20 west of Manderson on Saturday afternoon. Officials report Hennager was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene.The crash marked the 19th motorcycle fatality in Wyoming this year. There were 24 cycle related deaths last year.

Gas Prices Increase

We’re paying more at the pump. The average retail price of gasoline in Wyoming increased 4.5 cents a gallon in the last seven days. The state average is $2.24 a gallon according to GasBuddy.com’s The website does a daily survey of nearly 500 gas stations in Wyoming. The national average increased 3.4 cent to $2.21 per gallon. This time last prices were 50 cents higher.

More presidential candidates

Wyoming voters might see more than two names on the ballot for president of the United States when they go to the polls November 8th. The Secretary of State’s office says that three independent candidates are vying for a spot–Jill Stein, Evan McMullin and Rocky de la Fuente. They’ll each have to collect three-thousand-302 signatures by September 8th.

UW diabetes study

Four years ago, about eight of every 100 Wyoming citizens had type 2 diabetes and/or suffered from hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat this trend, the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy recently launched its Integrated Pharmacist Program. The goal is to get pharmacists working with patients to improve self-management of type 2 diabetes or hypertension.

Gov Mead signs suicide bill

Governor Mead signed a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The intent is to call attention to the stae’s high suicide rate. Wyoming ranks 4th nationally with 19.3 suicides per 100,000 people. Mead says that with awareness, education and intervention, suicide is preventable and hopes the efforts will help encourage those at risk to seek life-saving help.

8-29-16 Park worker falls to her death at Yellowstone

There’s been another incident in Yellowstone National Park. On Friday 21year-old Estefania Alcivar, a concession worker fell to her death from Grandview Point above the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Alcivar, was near the trail along the rim when she fell over the edge of the canyon. Her co-workers called 911. Emergency responders located her body around daybreak and determined that the fall was most likely fatal. The incident remains under investigation.