The bill to abolish the death penalty in Wyoming didn’t make it past the Judiciary Committee. Jackson Hole Daily says the five Senate members struck the bill down, but approved a bill to kill prisoners with a firing squad. Representative Marti Halverson voted to repeal the death penalty and says there are so many barriers to the death penalty the state might as well not have it at al
A Wilson couple is suing the state of Wyoming to get rid of the limits on how much money political donors can give to candidates during an election. State law says single donors can only give up to $25,000 and only $1,000 to each individual candidate over a two year period. Jackson Hole Daily says Wilson residents Daniel and Carleen Brophy are close to the limit and are suing Wyoming’s Secretary of State Max Maxfield to donate more than the legal limit
The Wyoming Lottery sold almost $200,000 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets in their opening day. Local News 8 says 67-year-old grandmother and promotional contest winner Mary Ogg bought the first ticket starting the lottery frenzy. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation says Powerball ticket sales jumped to more than $130,000 and Mega Millions rose to $68,000 from noon to midnight on Sunday
Local News 8 says ten demonstrators gathered outside the Federal Reserve Conference in Jackson carrying posters and wearing green t-shirts saying “What recovery?” The demonstrators say they came from New York, Missouri, Minnesota and other areas to raise awareness about people who still can’t find jobs after the economic recovery. Security guards hovered close by as one demonstrator stopped and spoke with Federal Chair Janet Yellen before the opening reception
Economists are keeping an eye on Jackson today where Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give a speech on the outlook of the US economy. Her speech is a much-anticipated part of the economic conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve and held every August in Jackson
The Bureau of Reclamation reduced the water in the Snake River by 15 percent at Jackson Lake Dam this weekend. Jackson Hole Daily says the Bureau dropped the levels from 2,400 cubic feet per second to 2,000 over the weekend. Upper Snake Water Operations Manager Mike Boyce says the decision to drop water levels is probably because of recent rain. Jackson Lake was 87 percent full and Palisades Reservoir 55 percent this Monday
Voters from across the state are heading to the polls today to choose which political parties will represent them in the general election. Voters are also selecting which special tax projects they want to pay for. Citizens need a Social Security number and driver’s license to vote at one of the 17 locations. Jackson Hole Daily says the polls will stay open until 7 o’clock tonight
Jackson Hole Daily says areas of northwest Wyoming are just as dangerous for potential large earthquakes as anywhere in the nation according to a U.S. Geological Survey. University of Utah geophysicist Bob Smith says it’s no surprise the area is seismically active, but the new survey shows its more dangerous that we knew. Smith says the area is well above a normal earthquake hazard and all the new roads and dams are at high risk.
Americans are going hungry in the same towns where most of the country’s food is growing. More than 14 percent of rural households are receiving food stamps or SNAP benefits compared to urban households at 11. There are about 34,000 people in Wyoming who use SNAP which averages out to about $125 a month. One out of every nine rural households has a SNAP recipient under 18-years-old or over 60.
Wyoming’s congressional trio is putting major pressure on the Grand Teton National Park Service to account for all the money they’ve spent on studying the Moose-Wilson Road. U.S Representative Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are asking how the Park Service is spending taxpayer dollars. Jackson Hole Daily says the Park Service hasn’t responded about their several-year study deciding whether the road should be a one way or two way
Windy In Eastern Wyoming, Otherwise, Pleasant Halloween Weather - October 31, 2014 A ridge of high pressure will slowly move east today. This will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry across much of the state today. Winds, however, will be strong and gusty across eastern Wyoming with gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Temperatures across western Wyoming will stay very mild and above […]
Goose hunters will always have a Halloween costume - October 31, 2014 Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
Cool With Mainly Quiet Weather Conditions Today - October 30, 2014 Weather concerns across the state will be very minimal today. Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and light to breezy winds. Temperatures will be a touch cooler today due to a weak cool front that will be brushing by northern and eastern parts of the state. Daytime highs will be in […]
Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014 Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]
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