Archives for September 2016

WY seat-belt use low

Wyoming motorists and their passengers are not doing a good job of buckling up. The Highway Patrol says of the more than 80 people who have been killed on the state’s roads this year, about 60 percent were not using seat belts. However, Wyoming’s laws only allow drivers to be cited for non-use of seat belts if they are pulled over for another offense.

Wy Hopes to Get Younger Voters to Polls

Getting young people to vote! Wyoming will be holding a summit in Laramie as part of an effort to encourage young people to participate in elections.

Wyoming will hold its first-ever Youth Voter Summit next week. Gov. Matt Mead and former Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner will gives remarks.

One area of focus will be the changing media landscape and its impact on young peoples’ perception of politics.

Secretary of State Ed Murray says young voter turnout has been low in recent elections. Only 10.6 percent of people aged 18-24 voted in the 2014 general election.

2 Million $ Bail Set For Man Accused of Murder

Bail for Todd Sindelar has been set at $2 million. Sindelar whose second-degree murder conviction was overturned after prosecutors agreed the jury at his initial trial was given erroneous instructions.

The 24-year-old remains in jail and has requested a public defender in the new case.

Sindelar was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the Nov 2013, death of Matthew Boyer. He was arrested in South Dakota after a high-speed chase and told investigators he shot Boyer in self-defense.

Sindelar appealed his sentence, claiming prosecutors wrongly instructed the jury to consider his flight from the state after the killing.He is due back in court Oct. 18.

Ex-Wyoming inmate arrested

A man who did time in Wyoming is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl in Ohio. Dennis Menefee Junior was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of posing as a police officer this week to lure the girl into his pickup truck, where he then sexually assaulted and beat the child before she escaped. Menefee had served time in Wyoming for raping a woman in 1993 and leaving her outside to freeze to death.

WY #1 for biz tax climate

Wyoming is the the most competitive state in the country when it comes to business tax climate. That’s according to a list from the non-profit Tax Foundation, which is based on an analysis of each state’s tax code using variables in corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance taxes. Wyoming is ranked number-one in the nation for business tax climate, finishing ahead of South Dakota, Alaska, Florida and Nevada.

First New Mine In Decades to Open

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council is allowing the state’s first major coal mine in decades to proceed despite the objections of Big Horn Coal.

The regulatory board voted Wednesday to approve an order in lieu of consent for the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The company says digging could begin next year and they hope to resolve the differences with a ranch that owns part of the mine site.

New State License Plate to Feature Bridger-Teton

A new design is coming to your state license plate! Begiining next year Wyoming will offer a plate that features a view of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The Wyoming D.O.T says motorists will be able to get the new plates that feature an image of the Lower Green River Lake and Squaretop Mountain.

The new design will be featured on the state’s standard license plates as well as on special plates and prestige plates.
The 2017 license plates will also include a maximum of five letters instead of four.

WY crisis text line

People in Wyoming, especially young adults, who might be going through a crisis or contemplating suicide, have a new place to go for help. They can get anonymous support from trained specialists by accessing the statewide crisis text line, WYO 741-dash-741.

WY Youth Voter Summit

Young people in Wyoming have a chance to learn why it is important to vote at a gathering next month in Laramie. Secretary of State Ed Murray is hosting the Youth Voter Summit. The event focuses on youth, but all ages are invited. Speakers will include Governor Matt Mead, Secretary Murry and Wyoming Olympic gold medalilst Rulon Gardner. The summit is scheduled for October 4th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the University of Wyoming Rochelle Gateway Center.

Yosemite Natl Park Super Apologizes to Staffers

The head of Yosemite National Park has apologized to staff members following recently revealed allegations of harassment and other misconduct.

Superintendent Don Neubacher sent the apology Sunday in an email to all park employees, noting “some serious staff concerns related to Yosemite’s workplace environment.”

A congressional oversight committee unveiled that at least 18 Yosemite staffers complained of a toxic work environment.

Officials say they’re also investigating complaints of sexual harassment and retaliation at Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks.