Archives for September 2017

Wyoming Meth Project to End

With declining revenue and program cuts, the Wyoming Meth Project, a statewide prevention and education non-profit organization, will be dissolving before the end of the year. Officials say the initiative started up in April 2008, with a message aimed at young people to “Not Even Once” try methamphetamine.

Jean Davies, Executive Director said “It was a tough decision for the Advisory Board of the Wyoming Meth Project, but it was the only decision that could occur.” Davies added, “The need for awareness about the risks associated with Meth use is as great today as ever, unfortunately, the funding to conduct that awareness isn’t available”.

Accoring to the Meth Project, their research-based messaging campaign, graphically portrayed the ravages of Meth use through television, radio, billboards, and online ads, The project gained nationwide attention for its uncompromising approach and demonstrated impact. The campaign challenged teens to consider what they knew about Meth and prompted them to ask at MethProject.org.

Tin soon to be recyclable in Casper

Tin cans will soon be recyclable in Casper. The city is adding steel to its list of accepted items starting in the middle of next month. But if you plan to recycle that tin can, make sure you rinse it out and remove the label.

Three lawsuits filed against Casper over Cole Creek Fire

Three families are filing suit against the city of Casper after their homes were destroyed in the Cole Creek Fire. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the claims come as a judge is tasked with deciding whether the city is liable for the 2015 fire that started in a landfill. It spread to 10,000 acres and destroyed 14 homes. Pets and livestock were also killed.

Worker killed in Bridger coal mine

A worker is killed in an accident a southwest Wyoming coal mine. Jaime Olivas was moving mining equipment when a slab of coal became loose and fell on him yesterday afternoon at the Bridger Coal mine. Olivas was conscious and alert after the accident, but died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. OSHA will be investigating the incident.

Man convicted in mafia killing arrested on drug charges

An 81-year-old man who was convicted in the 1970s killing of a nephew of notorious mob boss Carlo Gambino has been arrested in Wyoming on drug charges. Henry Sentner of South Carolina, was pulled over Sunday on I-80 in southeast Wyoming by a state trooper for speeding. Charging documents say about 35 pounds of pot in his vehicle. The DA says Sentner’s “colorful” past includes a 15-year prison sentence for the 1972 killing of Emanuel Gambino.

WY Senators support Trump’s tax plan

Wyoming’s two U.S. Senators are throwing their support behind President Trump and the GOP’s plan to cut income taxes and double the standard deduction that most Americans receive. Senator Mike Enzi, who chairs the budget committee, praised the plan calling it pro-growth while reducing the burden on corporations. Senator John Barrasso also lauded the plan, saying it will reduce the time Americans spend filing their taxes. But it’s by no means a done deal. Republicans will need Democratic support to pass the plan.

U.S.and Mexico Agree on Pact on Colorado River Management

The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to expand a far-reaching conservation agreement that governs how they manage the overused Colorado River, which supplies water to millions of people and farms in both nations.
U.S. water district officials say the agreement that was scheduled to be signed today calls for the United States to invest $31.5 million to improve Mexico’s water infrastructure and reduce waste. The water saved would be shared by users in both nations and by environmental projects.
The officials also say Mexico will develop plans for reducing consumption in the event of a river water shortage. That would happen after major U.S. river users finish their own shortage plan.
The International Boundary and Water Commission declined to release a copy of the agreement before today’s signing in New Mexico.

WY lawmakers debate more cash to fix aging schools

School districts in Wyoming could be getting more money to maintain their aging facilities. A measure under consideration by state lawmakers would add more than $100 million to the state’s bill to take care of buildings they’ve paid to construct over the last 15 years. The goal would be to spend money now in hopes of needing to spend less later. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the proposal in response to what some are calling an education funding crisis in the Cowboy State tied to the downturn in the coal industry.

Merit Energy in dispute with Park Co. over equipment taxes

Park County officials are denying an appeal by Merit Energy in a dispute over property taxes on the company’s oil and gas equipment. The Cody Enterprise reports that Park County disagrees with the company’s claim that equipment should be taxed at a lower rate because it’s older. Park County says the equipment, while old, has been well-maintained and has a higher tax value. The difference between what the county is asking for and Merit wants to pay is about $100,000. Merit Energy’s attorney calls the county’s valuation process “arbitrary” and “unlawful.”

Albany County Get Scammer Phone Calls

The Albany County police are urging people to be cautious after some residents received scam phone calls.

The person will claim to work for the Sheriff’s Office and tell the residents that they missed jury duty and have to pay substantial fines for failing to appear, as well as trying to scam residents by claiming they owe back-taxes.

The sherriff’s office urges everyone to not give out any personal information and to contact police if they receive one