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Thanksgiving Day Wyoming State News 2014

IMMIGRATION POLL Wyoming citizens divided on immigration reform LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming poll shows that Wyoming residents are deeply divided on how to deal with immigrants living illegally in the United States. The survey found that 37 percent of respondents favor deporting them back to their home countries. On the other hand, 39 percent would allow them to remain in the United States to work, but for a limited time. About one-quarter favor providing them with a path to citizenship. The statewide telephone survey of 768 Wyoming residents was conducted in October by UW’s Survey Research Center. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE Wyoming campaign finance bill fails in committee (Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com) CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — … Read entire article »

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73-year-old woman involved in Riverton crash dies

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A 73-year-old woman involved in a three-vehicle crash in Riverton has died, and investigators are now treating the case as a vehicular homicide. Carolyn Whitman, who was injured in the Nov. 13 crash, died Friday. She had worked for the Riverton Police Department since 1983, when she was hired as a secretary. Later, she joined the investigations section as a technician responsible for tracking evidence and typing interview transcripts. Investigators say 27-year-old Reuben Revere, of Ethete, was arrested for driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol content was 0.17 percent, more than two times the legal limit for driving. Officials at the time said it was difficult to immediately determine how the crash happened because … Read entire article »

Wyoming citizens divided on immigration reform

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming poll shows that Wyoming residents are deeply divided on how to deal with immigrants living illegally in the United States. The survey found that 37 percent of respondents favor deporting them back to their home countries. On the other hand, 39 percent would allow them to remain in the United States to work, but for a limited time. About one-quarter favor providing them with a path to citizenship. The statewide telephone survey of 768 Wyoming residents was conducted in October by UW’s Survey Research Center. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. … Read entire article »

Slick roads, snow in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Many highways and roads across Wyoming are slick, including all of Interstates 25 and 90. Winter weather advisories were in effect Wednesday morning for areas of southeast and north-central Wyoming, with winter storm warnings posted for the southern mountains and parts of the Big Horn Mountains. Up to 20 inches of snow was possible in some mountain areas. But the National Weather Service says a break in the cold and snow is expected from much of the state on Thanksgiving Day, when warmer temperatures are forecast. … Read entire article »

Telehealth clinic links rural areas to doctors

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is helping to make health care more accessible to rural areas in the state. Two years ago, UW’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering donated nearly $11,000 in equipment to establish a remote “telehealth” clinic. The clinic connects patients in the Farson-Eden area of southwest Wyoming over the Internet to health care professionals in Rock Springs, Laramie and Cheyenne. Since then, the Eden Valley Telehealth Service Clinic has provided services to 13 patients, including one trauma burn patient and one trauma cardiac patient. Telehealth involves physicians using interactive video and other technologies to treat patients remotely. Using interactive video, medical specialists can directly communicate with their patients who are in other … Read entire article »

Wyoming snowpack on pace to return to normal

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A statewide survey indicates recent storms have boosted snowpack in Wyoming from 70 percent to 79 percent of normal. Four basins around Wyoming — Belle Fourche, the upper and lower Green, and the upper Bear — are now above 100 percent. At this time last year, state snowpack was 149 percent of normal. Lee Hackleman, a water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, says “if we keep going like this, we could be at 100 percent by Christmas.” He says it’s still early in the season, and snowpack percentages will continue to vary dramatically until late March. … Read entire article »

Wyoming lottery is winner for UW, CFD, State Fair

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The new Wyoming lottery has made winners out of some players and a few venerable state institutions and events as well. Since it began operations this year, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. has worked out contracts to become a sponsor of University of Wyoming athletics, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the State Fair. Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz says the lottery tries to do everything it can to turn money back into the state economy. The sponsorships do that and give the lottery public exposure at the same time. Wyoming entered the nationwide jackpot frenzy in August, selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets. The lottery’s sponsorship with UW athletics is the largest at $242,400 over three years. The … Read entire article »

Bill entices gas-to-liquids plants in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal endorsed by a legislative committee aims to help entice companies to build gas-to-liquid plants in Wyoming. The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee voted 13-1 Monday to sponsor a bill that would allow the state to buy natural gas and then contract with a plant to convert it into more expensive products, such as diesel. Supporters of the idea say rather than putting up money on the front end by assisting with the construction of the plant, this is a less risky and less costly way for the state to provide an incentive for these types of plants to be built. The bill will be considered next by … Read entire article »

Former Casper firefighter who set fire gets prison

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Casper firefighter who arranged for another man to torch his home and pickup truck for insurance money has been sentenced to almost four years in prison. 28-year-old Patrick Bennett pleaded guilty in August to mail fraud and was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $261,000 in restitution. Bennett was among the firefighters who responded to a July 2012 fire at his home. He later collected more than $250,000 in insurance payments for the damage. Prosecutors say Bennett had been experiencing financial problems because of debt on his house, truck and credit cards. The man Bennett asked to set fire, 28-year-old Nicholas Counts, was sentenced in October … Read entire article »

Yellowstone extends comment period on fee proposal

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is giving the public more time to comment on proposed changes to Yellowstone National Park entrance and permit fees. The new deadline for public comment is midnight Dec. 20. It was originally set for Dec. 5. In addition, the agency is allowing individuals to submit comments online. Yellowstone is proposing several changes to park entrance fees, which have remained the same since 2006. The park is proposing to offer a 3-day Yellowstone pass for $30. A 7-day pass good for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks would increase from $25 to $50. An annual pass to Yellowstone would be $60. Additionally, the park is proposing to institute a new … Read entire article »