Archives for November 2018

Casper teacher pleads not guilty to assaulting ex-wife

A second grade teacher in Casper has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting his ex-wife. Police say Kellan Holbrook backed his pick-up truck into his ex-wife during a fight about divorce at a restaurant in August. He’s also accused of kicking her in 2016 and breaking her ribs. Holbrook, who’s a teacher at Crest Hill Elementary has been placed on paid leave.

Lodging tax wins key legislative approval

A bill that would levy a 5 percent lodging tax wins a key legislative approval. The bill passed in the Joint Revenue Committee in a vote 9-3. The tax is expected to raise nearly $33 million per year and will go towards tourism efforts and to fund local governments.

Applications open for airliners looking to provide rural air service to WY

Airlines who want to provide air service to rural Wyoming communities have until the middle of next month to submit their proposals. The deadline is December 20. A number of carriers have already downloaded applications. The chosen airliner would provide up to three daily flights to and from Denver with the communities sharing 40 percent of the cost.

Colorado charged with killing girlfriend, bringing her body to WY

A Colorado man is arrested after police say he admitted to killing his girlfriend in their Denver apartment and driving her body to Wyoming. Police say Jonathan Akin surrendered to Powell police Tuesday after officers found his girlfriend’s body in a vehicle. The Cody Enterprise reports Powell was charged with mutilation of a dead body. It’s unclear how and when the woman died or why he allegedly drove her to Wyoming.

Troopers arrest man allegedly pulling dolly of pot down Cheyenne highway

ACalifornia man faces felony drug charges after Wyoming state troopers say they saw him pushing a dolly full of marijuana down a Cheyenne highway. Police say Paul Force III had more than 7 pounds of pot on the dolly. KGAB AM reports he was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

Tobacco products could be taxed on Wind River Indian Reservation

Tobacco products on the Wind River Indian Reservation could soon be taxed. An interim legislative panel has endorsed a bill that creates a compact between the state and two American Indian tribes, levying equal taxes on tobacco products sold on the reservation.

Man won’t face charges in shooting of brother in Gillette

A man won’t face charges in connection with the accidental shooting of his brother in Gillette earlier this month. Police say a 24-year-old man was handling a gun when it discharged, sending a bullet into the shoulder of his 13-year-old brother. The Gillette News Record reports the teen is in stable condition and expected to recover.

Man intentionally sets camper on fire, dies in Cody

A man is dead after Cody Police say he intentionally set fire to a camper. The Cody Enterprise reports police say the man had threatened to kill himself Friday and retreated into the camper. A short time later, officers say they saw smoke and flames. They say conditions inside the camper were too dangerous to try to save the man.

Holiday hotel bookings down over last year in Jackson Hole

Holiday hotel bookings in Jackson Hole are lagging behind this time last year. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce shows bookings are down 15 percent around Christmas time. On January 1, 2019, though, the occupancy rate is 63 percent–that’s higher than the 47 percent seen in 2017.

WY unemployment rate higher than national average

Wyoming’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national average. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the rate sits at 4.2 percent compared to 3.7 percent. Economists say the state’s climb out of the bust in coal, oil, and gas has yet to fill gaps in jobs and state income created by the downturn.