LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Brett Smith passed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Wyoming past UNLV 41-14 on Saturday. The victory, in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams, snapped a two-game losing streak for Wyoming (4-2, 1-0). It was Wyoming's fourth consecutive home-game victory against the Rebels. Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 96 yards and rushed 10 times for 59 yards. Chris McNeill added a 76-yard score on a punt return, making up for a fumbled punt earlier in the game.
Rain and Wind welcomed rodeo contestants to the second night of competition at the National High School Finals Rodeo. Gusts exceeding 50 mph introduced many contestants to their first dose of sideways rain.. Lightening temporarily halted the event Monday night, but the scheduled events would be completed before the night ended. As things winded down, and the wind calmed down enough for my microphone to function I spoke with Grant Griffin from Team Wyoming.
The body of a young man found near Rock Springs on Sunday afternoon [August 19, 2012] has been officially confirmed to be that of a missing Rock Springs youth, the victim of murder.
In a joint release, Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell, and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich said the remains have been positively identified as those of Rigoberto Alvarado, Jr., 17, who was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department by his father on July 30.
Wyoming safety regulators are seeking more than $60,000 in penalties against Sinclair Oil for a refinery fire that injured two workers. The fire happened May 25th at the Sinclair Refinery in the town of Sinclair. Three such fires at the refinery since early May have injured a total of 7 workers. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office announced a dozen citations against Sinclair on Friday. Eleven of the twelve citations were considered serious. The violations include failing to inspect equipment and correct deficiencies, and failing to develop and implement safe work practices. A spokesman for Salt Lake City, Utah-based Sinclair said Friday the company takes responsibility for possible safety deficiencies at the refinery and is working urgently to correct them.
A home located at 35 North Seventh West went up in flames at about a quarter to 10 Monday morning, as I arrived on scene there were no flames or smoke, but the home appeared to have been completely gutted by the flames. No one was home when the flames caught, Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said there was no real time table for the starting of the flames. “ It appears to have been smoldering on the inside for a long, long time” said Kennedy. While the damage was very visible on the outside, According to Kennedy there wasn't much left of the house on the inside either.
This year's sugar beet harvest in the Bighorn Basin set a record for tons per acre. Wyoming Sugar Vice President Vince Salzman reports an average of just over 29.3 tons per acre. Sugar content was close to a record at 17.9%. Salzman says 300,000 tons of sugar beets were delivered to the four Wyoming Sugar receiving stations in Riverton, Midvale, Basin and at the factory yard in Worland. The will be processed into about 840,000, 100-pound bags of sugar.
Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan says he could know by the end of January whether a partial human skull found in the Wind River Range belonged to a hiker who went missing in 2007. McAuslan says the skull has been submitted to a lab in Salt Lake City for analysis. Forty-6-year-old Clay Rubano, of Lander, disappeared five years ago while hiking near the Popo Agie (poh-POH'-jah) River. The partial skull was found last summer about a mile from where other human remains previously were found and identified as Rubano's. Experts say the skull belonged to a white male between 40 and 55 years old. Evidence suggests Rubano may have fallen and suffered hypothermia.
State environmental officials have removed groundwater cleanup systems at five locations in downtown Riverton. Several more of the systems remain in place around the city. Most are on the sites of former gasoline stations. The devices pump air underground to break down hydrocarbons in the water table. Mark Thiesse with the state Department of Environmental Quality says monitoring shows that pollution in the ground around the five devices has decreased. He says DEQ turned off the devices two years ago after pollution levels stopped decreasing. The state agency decided to remove the five devices after noting no increase in pollution concentrations since then.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney will be the guest speaker at a Wyoming Republican Party dinner next month. Cheney will speak Feb. 9 at the dinner being held at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne. The party says the event is open to the public. Tickets are available by contacting the party's office in Casper.