Archives for January 2018

3 Riverton HS students face expulsion over alleged hazing on school bus

Three Riverton High School students face expulsion after an alleged hazing incident on a school bus. Superintendent Terry Snyder told the Casper Star-Tribune the incident was hazing and bullying as part of an initiation. It happened while the students were on a bus in Natrona County on their way to a school activity. A fourth student also faces suspension. Sheriff’s deputies are conducting a criminal investigation. The recommendations come on the heels of three Kelly Walsh High School wrestlers accused of waterboarding one of their teammates. The DA declined to press charges in that case.

WY lawmakers soundly reject consultant’s education funding recommendations

It’s what’s been reported would happen: Wyoming lawmakers have unanimously rejected a proposal to change the state’s education funding model to spend more. Their unanimous decision comes they spent nine months and $800,000 on an outside consulting firm’s study. They had hoped the study would find efficiencies and cuts-but it found just the opposite-that Wyoming doesn’t spend enough. The group recommended an additional $70 million be spent on education. Lawmakers must still grapple with a significant funding shortfall for education even if it stays at its current funding level.

Special wildlife plate to debut in WY

Motorists could soon have the option of purchasing specialty license plates to help fund highway projects friendly to wildlife. Motorists would pay $130 extra for plates with the money going toward wildlife crossings, signage, game fences and other infrastructure.

Crossbows still allowed in hunting in WY

Using a crossbow is still fair game-at least during archery season. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has chosen not to make any immediate changes to the rule-despite recommendations that say crossbows should be banned. The Casper Star-Tribune reports many elderly women and youth use cross bows, and it gets them into hunting. Opponents say crossbows are too similar to rifles.

Revamp of education funding not likely to have the votes

State lawmakers had no kind words for a proposal to revamp education funding in the state. Lawmakers had been looking for cuts and efficiencies, but the consultants they hired recommended adding 70 million in funding in education. The proposal won’t likely have the votes to move forward.

Injured pygmy owl nursed back to health at Teton Rapter Center

A Northern pygmy owl that flew into a window a couple of weeks ago in northwest Wyoming has been nursed back to health and released back into the wild. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the tiny bird, about the same weight as half an apple, was treated for a head injury by staff at the Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole.

Wyoming hopeful as oil prices rise

Oil prices remain above $60 a barrel after falling for the 10th week in a row. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the national benchmark closed at $65.51 a barrel Thursday, compared to the mid-40s low in June. Steve Kirkwood with Kirkwood Oil and Gas says Wyoming firms that have waded through low-price environment for years are looking ahead again. State regulations received more than 1,700 permits to drill in December.

Idaho quake felt in western Wyoming

There’s a whole lot of shaking going on in Wyoming. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.3 quake struck in Soda Springs, Idaho. It was felt up to 150 miles away in western Wyoming. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Woman’s remains found in 1999 in Fox Park still unidentified

It’s been nearly two decades, and sheriff’s deputies are still unable to positively identify a woman whose body was found in rural southwestern Wyoming. The Laramie Boomerang reports the Albany County Sheriff’s Office believes the woman is between 28 and 58-years-old. Her body was discovered near Fox Park in 1999, but police say it could’ve been there for as long as 10 years. Dental and DNA haven’t been of help to deputies.

WY man charged with murder says gun was at his head first

A Wyoming man charged with second-degree murder says the victim put a gun to his head first. KCWY-TV reports 33-year-old Christopher Labuy waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in the January 10th shooting death of 47-year-old Eric Kaylor. His arraignment has not been scheduled and he has not entered a plea. Labuy remains jailed on a quarter million dollars bail. Court records say Labuy told officers that Kaylor insulted him, threatened to shoot him and put a gun to his head. Labuy said he pulled out his handgun and shot Kaylor in the head. Sheridan County prosecutors said Labuy has a criminal history in four states.