Wyoming News

Worst State for Emergency Response Times: Wyoming

According to a recent study, Wyoming is worst in the nation for response times for road emergencies. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that a national study by Auto Insurance Center using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data concluded that the slow …

‘Average’ Would Describe Wyoming Wildfire Season, Forester Says

Wyoming firefighters put out a typical number of wildfires in 2015 despite a surge in blazes nationwide. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wyoming state forester Bill Crapser says the state’s weather helped. According to Crapser, Wyoming’s spring was wetter than …

Montana County Reaches $650K Settlement in Asbestos Exposure Case

Yellowstone County, Mont. has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a case brought by a former courthouse janitor who eventually died of mesothelioma. The Billings Gazette reported the county reached the settlement in November with the estate of Lauren DuPuis, …

Widow of Wyoming Man Killed by Sleeping Trucker Files Suit

The widow of a man who died after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck him in southern Wyoming is suing for wrongful death. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported that Katsiaryna Krauchanka has filed a complaint against …

Judge Orders Wyoming Restaurant to Pay $11.4M in Salmonella Case

A judge has ordered a Cheyenne, Wyo. restaurant to pay a Nebraska couple nearly $11.4 million after the husband contracted salmonella poisoning. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Christopher Gage and his wife, Heather, sued the Old Country Buffet and its operator …

Owners of Home Destroyed by Wyoming Landslide File Suit Against Contractor

The owners of a home destroyed in a landslide in Jackson have filed a lawsuit saying construction work made the hillside below their house unstable. Jeremy and Sara Budge are seeking compensation from construction and engineering companies and previous owners …

Suit Against Wyoming Wilderness School in Hiker’s Death Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Wyoming-based wilderness training academy over the death of a hiker on a 2011 trip to India. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson last week dismissed the suit filed by Elizabeth Brenner …

Gains Made on Wyoming Wildfire That’s Destroyed Dozen-plus Structures

Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser blames unseasonably dry weather with temperatures in the 70s and 80s for a destructive wildfire just outside Casper, which is practically unheard of at this time of year in the Cowboy State. Rainy weather helped the Rocky Mountain …

Wyoming Man And His Insurers to Pay $2.9M for 2012 Wildfire

A man who accidentally started a 2012 wildfire that burned over a mountain and threatened the town of Jackson has agreed to a $2.9 million payment under a legal settlement. James G. Anderson Jr., 79, will be responsible for $425,000. …

34 Workers Killed On Job in Wyoming In 2014

A higher-than-average number of workers died on the job in Wyoming last year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said this week that 34 people died at work in Wyoming last year. That’s up from 26 in 2013 and close to …