The 2-1 Green River Wolves traveled north to face the winless Cody Broncs on Friday night. The high flying Wolf-Pack offense stumbled early on, and was unable to perform at its usual dominance during most of the game. The game saw no score through the middle of the second quarter when Cody would score their first touchdown.
An Oregon woman arrested in Summit County has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multistate crime spree that police say she and her fugitive husband carried out last year. Jessica Fritts, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, Wyo., to felony carjacking and weapons charges. Fritts was arrested Aug. 14, 2011, after officials say her husband, Roy Scott Fritts, shot and wounded a man in Wyoming, stole his car and fled across the Utah border.
A rare disease spread by rodents is suspected to have caused the death of a visitor to Yosemite National Park. State health officials believe the man was exposed to mice droppings or urine that contained hantavirus while vacationing at Curry Village. Since 1993, there have been 60 cases of hantavirus in California with one third of the cases resulting in death. Park officials say they're taking extra steps to reduce the risk of hantavirus exposure.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says extreme drought conditions now cover much of southern and eastern Wyoming after a dry August. The program's map shows all of Sweetwater, Laramie, Goshen, Platte and Niobrara counties are in an extreme drought, the fourth-worst out of 5 categories. Conditions in most of Converse and Weston counties and in parts of 6 other counties are also classified as extreme drought. Most of the rest of the state is in a severe drought, the third-worst category. The northwest corner of the state is in the best shape, with abnormally dry conditions, the mildest of the five categories. That covers most of Park and Teton counties, including Yellowstone National Park and the northern Absaroka (ab-SOHR'-kuh) Mountains.
State wildlife officials say a cow elk found dead near Wamsutter last month died from lichen poisoning. The news prompted officials to warn hunters this fall not to shoot elk that appear weak or paralyzed. Lichen poisoning causes elk to be paralyzed, and they typically die of starvation or predation. Officials do not know what in the lichen causes paralysis in elk or whether there are possible health effects from eating elk infected with lichen. State Game and Fish officials are asking people to report any elk that look sick or are behaving suspiciously. Lichen poisoning has been a problem in Wyoming elk in the past. More than 500 elk died from lichen in the 2004 and 2008 winters.
Wyoming voters face three constitutional questions in next week's general election. The first proposal would amend the Wyoming Constitution to specify that competent adults have the right to make their own health care decisions. Republican Sen. Leslie Nutting of Cheyenne was the main sponsor in last year's legislative session. Proponents originally pushed the amendment to voice the state's opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act. Nutting says she still sees a place for the amendment despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer upholding portions of the federal law.
An air ambulance has made a hard landing in rural Fremont County after hitting power lines. Capt. Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the 1996 Bell 407 helicopter was traveling from Casper to Riverton when it hit power lines about 43 miles east of Riverton. There were three people on board, none of them a medical patient. Only minor injuries were reported.
School District #2 held its monthly meeting last night, and there's a new but familiar face sitting as the chairman of the board for School District #2. Steve Core was nominated chairman, Christee Magagna Vice Chair, and Anne Rudolph Treasurer--- at least for the time being. No one exactly volunteered for the treasurer position, and Anne Rudolph had some questions before she officially accepts. Rudolph's daughter is a teacher within the district, and wants to avoid any potential conflicts of interest that may entail. Superintendent Little Kaumo offered to check with the district attorney before a final decision was made.
Gov. Matt Mead is calling on Wyoming lawmakers to improve the state's education system. Speaking in his State of the State address at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Wednesday, Mead says the state's approach to education is bogged down in unnecessary disputes. There's been open friction over the last year between lawmakers and state public schools Superintendent Cindy Hill. Lawmakers say they're anxious to see student test scores reflect the state's heavy investment in public education. Some lawmakers say Hill's office has failed to complete some tasks of the state's ongoing education accountability effort. They say her administration has hindered the work of other boards and panels working on education reform. Mead says the Legislature needs to send a clear message that Wyoming will not accept the current situation.