Local News – 4/19/17

IPR: FATALITIES DECREASING

(Riverton) – Injury Prevention Resources is pleased to report the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Fremont County dropped 46 percent from 2011 to 2015 compared to the five-year period before that.

IPR Director Noel Cooper says 72 people died in drunk-driving crashes between 2006 and 2010 but that number dropped to 40 in the five-year period ending in 2015.

He adds review of data provided by various agencies also indicates the number of impaired driving arrests fell from 453 in 2010 to 237 in 2015, a significant decrease.

Cooper says the drop in DUI arrests and drunk-driving fatalities shows fewer people are choosing to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

 

LANDER MAIN STREET COMMENTS DUE

(Lander) – This is the final day (Wednesday) to provide public comment on proposed changes to traffic patterns on Lander’s Main Street.

At issue is whether dedicated lanes for bicycles should be added to Main Street, a proposal that would eliminate the left-hand turning lane down the center of the street between First and Fifth.

A smaller turning lane would still be available at intersections in the area.

As many as 24 parking spaces in downtown Lander would also be removed near intersections to accommodate bicycle traffic.

 

ECLIPSE POPULATION

(Cheyenne) – While there’s no way to estimate how many people will visit Wyoming during the total eclipse August 21, Governor Matt Mead’s public relations advisor says some people are saying the state’s population could double in size.

Chris Mickey tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle he’s heard estimates upwards of 250-thousand visitors but there are those who think the number may be closer to 500-thousand.

Wyoming is considered one of the best places to view the eclipse because of its wide-open skies and favorable August weather.

More than a dozen Wyoming towns lie along the path of the total eclipse including Lander and Riverton.

 

RMP SEEKS RATE DECREASE

(Cheyenne) – Residential customers of Rocky Mountain Power may see about a one-dollar drop in their monthly bill if the Wyoming Public Service Commission accepts a rate decrease filed Monday by the utility.

Overall, Rocky Mountain Power wants to cut rates by more than 16 million dollars and says it will not increase base rates for customers over the next three years.

The company says lower fuel prices and the sale of renewable energy credits are helping to bring down costs.

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