Archives for May 2017

Body of Missing kayaker Found

The body of 25-year-kayaker missing since April has been found in the Seminoe Reservoir in south-central Wyoming.
Game and Fish wardens found the body of Michael Proberts last Saturday.
The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office says that an autopsy found no signs of foul play and that the cause of death was drowning from hypothermia.
The sheriff’s office was notified April 16th that Proberts hadn’t returned.
The initial search found a kayak, paddle, life vest and ball cap near a cove across from the campground where Proberts launched his kayak.

Wyoming Ranks 37th in Healthiest State for Seniors

A report from United Health Foundation ranks Wyoming as number 37 in the healthiest state for older citizens.
The foundation’s Senior Report says Minnesota is the healthiest state, followed by Utah and Hawaii.
Mississippi is the least-healthy state for seniors, with Oklahoma and Kentucky at 48th and 49th.
The rankings are based on 34 factors, including smoking, excessive drinking levels, physical inactivity, obesity and poverty percentages.
On the plus side, the report says Wyoming has a low percentage of senior residents who are in hospital intensive care units.

Misrepresenting Pets as Service Animals Becomes Misdemeanor July 1st

Misrepresenting pets as service animals will become a crime July 1st. Wyoming will become the 16th state in the nation to enact the new measure.
The new law makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $750.
Federal law requires that people with service animals be admitted to public facilities and private businesses.
Republican Rep. Landon Brown of Cheyenne says the new law is an effort to try to protect those who truly do need the service animal.

Wy Senator Has Emergency Surgery

Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi is recovering from emergency gallbladder surgery and a spokesman says the Republican hopes to be back on the job soon.
Enzi says he had been feeling a little bit off, and on Sunday, he felt increasingly worse and went to the hospital where doctors removed his gallbladder. The surgery was performed at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette. The 73-year-old former mayor of Gillette, missed a scheduled speech Monday at a cemetery.

New Census Figures Show Decline in Wy Population

New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that Wyoming cities in the energy patch saw the greatest declines in population last year, with Casper losing nearly 1,000 residents and Gillette nearly 230.

Cheyenne gained 615 residents, pushing its population just above 64,000.

Statewide, Wyoming’s population fell by 1,054 residents in 2016, the first year more people moved out of the state than moved in since 1990.

Wyoming Chipotle Locations Part of Cyber Breach

The Denver-based CHIPOTLE reported back in April that they had detected “unauthorized activity” for its customer payment system.
The company suggests that customers who have used credit cards at their stores between March 24 and April 18 of this year keep an eye on their accounts.
Chipotle has issued a statement saying:

Customers that used a payment card during its at-risk time frame should remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing their statements for any unauthorized activity. Customers should immediately report any unauthorized charges to their card issuer in a timely manner.

Wyoming Wildfire Predictions, Lower This year

State forester Bill Crapser says most of Wyoming is predicted to have slightly below average to average large wildfires this year.
Crapser says there could be a lot of wildfires started by lightning but most are not expected to grow into largeR fires.
The predictions come from the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Denver.
Gov. Matt Mead was briefed about the wildfire season predictions on Thursday.
He said that fire conditions can quickly change in Wyoming with a few hot, windy days and he noted that the prediction entering last year’s fire season was almost identical.
In 2016, there were about 700 wildfires in Wyoming, including several large ones in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. The state averages about 600 a year.

Tornado Touches Down near Riverton

The National Weather Service reported that a tornado touched down early this afternoon along Interstate 80 near Table Mountain outside of Riverton. It’d unkown if there were any damages. Several counties are experiencing severe thunderstorms but the Memorial weekend forecast is calling for improvement.

U.S. 34 Reopens for Tourist Season

Good news for travelers this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. 34 in Colorado is reopening for the summer season.

The scenic route reopened at 4 this afternoon between Loveland and Estes Park.

About half of the permanent flood repairs have been completed, which includes 38,000 dump truck loads of rock blasted off the canyon walls and a new path cut through the mountain at an area devastated by floodwaters.

The 2013 floods took out sections of U.S. 34 cutting off access for rescue crews, so much that it became the second-largest air rescue emergency in the United States behind Hurricane Katrina.

Powell Psychologist Indicted for Medicaid Fraud

A Powell psychologist allegedly bilked about $6.8 million from Wyoming Medicaid in fraudulent bills over a four-year period.
The grand jury indicted Gibson Condie with 234 counts of health care fraud.
Condie heard the charges against him during his initial appearance in District Court Wednesday. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Kelly Ranking in Cheyenne on May 30.