Archives for June 2018

Mt. Washburn trails in Yellowstone to close for summer for repairs

The popular Mount Washburn trails in Yellowstone National Park will be closed for the rest of the summer due to the construction. The National Park Service says the trail and trailhead parking lot north of Canyon Junction will close sometime early next month. Improvements are being made to the lookout, including new windows and concrete preservation. Workers will be using heavy equipment to rebuild rock walls along the Dunraven Pass switchbacks and rehab other parts of the trial.

Sewage spill may’ve contaminated North Platte River, Casper Creek

The North Platte River and Casper Creek may’ve been contaminated by a sewage spill. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Department of Environmental Quality is collecting water samples. Results are expected next week. For now, residents are urged to avoid the river between the Wyoming Boulevard Bridge and the Natrona-Converse County line until testing is complete. Swimming, wading, floating, boating, fishing-or even letting your dog swim in it are all advised against.

NTSB: No cause yet for Grand Teton fatal glider crash

There’s no obvious cause of a fatal glider crash earlier this month in Grand Teton National Park. A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the glider. Winds were also calm that day. The crash killed 65-year-old Kristine Ciesinki of Idaho and David Ross of Utah.

Trooper fatally shot dog during uncooperative arrest near Casper

A Wyoming Highway Patrol say a trooper fatally shot a dog because it was attacking while he was trying to arrest an uncooperative woman. The incident happened Sunday near Casper, where a trooper was called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash. The woman faces charges of driving under the influence.

NE Wyoming plant developer sentenced to 18 months in prison

The developer of a northeast Wyoming power plant that remains unbuilt is heading to prison on federal charges. 72-year-old Michael Ruffatto was sentenced to 18 months for defrauding the federal government out of millions. Ruffatto was accused of spending federal money for a feasibility study on his lavish lifestyle. He must also pay back millions in restitution.

WY solar energy project clears 1st major hurdle

The first major solar energy plant in the nation to be constructed in Wyoming clears a major federal hurdle. Sweetwater Solar could begin producing electricity by the year’s end on BLM Land outside Green River in western Wyoming.

Wildlife activists to buy up WY grizzly permits to protest hunt

Wildlife activists say they plan to buy up tags that would allow them of partaking in this year’s grizzly hunt-though they have no intention of using them. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the maneuver is a form of legal protest against the state’s planned grizzly hunt this fall. The 22 tags for sale cost $600 each for residents and $6,000 for non-residents.

US SupCo declines to hear Wind River Reservation dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a dispute over the Wind River Reservation’s boundaries. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that means a ruling last year by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that the city of Riverton is not on the reservation stands. The tribe says it’s disappointed by the decision, but won’t give up its fight to protect its land.

WY man found dead in North Dakota

We now have the name of a Wyoming man who died in a standoff in North Dakota. Police say 43-year-old Tobias Lingle’s body was found by a SWAT team during a welfare check late Sunday afternoon. Police say people heard two gunshots go off inside an oil patch hub in Williston. No officers were injured.

Body of missing NJ hiker found in WY

Park rangers have recovered the body of a climber who fell to his death in western Wyoming. Grand Teton Nationla Park officials say they believe the body belongs to 27-year-old Burak Akil of Wayne, New Jersey. They say he was climbing alone Sunday when he fatally fell. He was reported missing after he didn’t show up to work Monday; crews say he was wearing a helmet.