Archive - May 2010 - News

May 16th

Rail line re-opens after Wind River Canyon crash

Trains are once again traveling through
Wind River Canyon near Thermopolis.
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the line reopened about 10 p.m. Saturday after crews rebuilt about 300 feet of track that was torn up during a derailment.
Four freight cars and two locomotives derailed Wednesday, and

Environmental Health Risks—Not Just Cancer

A report delivered to President Obama this week by a special panel appointed by President Bush warned that the risk of cancer from environmental toxins is “grossly under-estimated.” But making the situation even worse, say many health professionals, are the other ill effects of such pollutants. Dr. Kristen Welker-Hood is with Physicians for Social Responsibility.

May 15th

National EMS Week Is Underway

National EMS week is underway.

Emergency Medical Services week is being celebrated May 16-22 with the nationwide theme of "Anytime, Anywhere, We'll Be There." Wyoming Department of Health Director Dr. Brent Sherard says that we should all be grateful of those that work and volunteer their time to keep us safe.

May 14th

Kane to Run for Coroner

PJ Kane

Sheridan mortician PJ Kane issued a media release late Friday afternoon announcing his intention to run for Sheridan County Coroner. Kane indicates that his primary objective is to investigate all unattended deaths in Sheridan County according to the standards set forth by the Wyoming Board of Coroners.

First Boat Inspection Occurs Friday In Sheridan

The first ever boat inspection in the Sheridan region for aquatic invasive species took place Friday morning at the Sheridan Regional Game and Fish Office. Game and Fish Information Specialist Warren Mischke says that a Bighorn resident voluntarily hauled his boat in for inspection.

Wind River Train Wreck Drops 6,800 Gallons Of Fuel

Wednesday's train derailment in the Wind River Canyon spills 6,800 gallons of fuel into the Big Horn River.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A spokesman for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Corporation says up to 6,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from two locomotives that crashed in the Big Horn River and along its bank this week. Two locomotives and four freight cars derailed Wednesday when a southbound train hit a boulder on the track about five miles south of Thermopolis.

PSC Approves Utility Rate Hikes

PSC approves utility rate increases.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Public Service Commission has approved rate hikes for two utilities with customers in the state. The commission on Friday approved Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to increase overall rates by 5.1 percent in July and 1.9 percent in February to generate another $35.5 million per year.

Jackson Hole Gets New Fire Chief

Jackson Hole has a new fire chief.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Jackson Hole Fire is swearing in a 33-year veteran of the department as its new fire chief. The Teton County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Willy Watsabaugh Thursday afternoon. He had been serving as interim fire chief but was sworn in to his new permanent post Friday morning.

#5 – Capital Improvements & Fleet Management

Public Works wrapped up their portion of the City of Sheridan Budget Work Sessions Friday afternoon, covering the topics of Capital Improvement Projects and Fleet Management.

Lane Thompson is an engineer with the City, and he tells us where we sit compared to last year on Capital Improvement Projects.

SHS Students Receive Big Bucks

Thursday night at the Sue Henry Auditorium at Sheridan High School, proud parents and students filled the room for the annual Academic Awards Ceremony.