Local News 4/20/17

HIGH FLOODING POTENTIAL

(Riverton) – There is a ‘high potential’ for flooding over several basins across the Little and Big Wind Watersheds in the coming weeks.

The final Wyoming Spring 2017 Snowmelt Flood Potential Outlook report from the National Weather Service says mountain snowpack and associated snow water equivalents continue to be 170 to 190 percent of average for the middle of April.

There is also high flood potential for the Upper Green Basin and ‘moderate to high’ potential for the Snake River, Shoshone River and Sweetwater River watersheds.

All other headwater basins can generally expect moderate to low potential for flooding.

 

SENTENCE IN CHILD’S DEATH

(Lander) – Twenty-six year-old Paul Miller of Riverton has been sentenced to serve from 65 years to life in prison for the death of his three-month-old son.

Ninth District Court Judge handed down the sentence yesterday (Wednesday) after Miller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on January Sixth of this year.

The prosecution argued in favor of a life sentence while the defense asked the court to consider the defendant’s limited intelligence as a factor in the death.

An autopsy report indicated the August death of the infant, Hunter Ray Miller, was due to blunt force to the head but also noted the child had suffered a skull fracture and several broken ribs.

At the time, the defendant said he hit the child in the head because he was crying a lot but didn’t intentionally try to hurt him.

 

TRIBAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING

(Lander) – Senator Cale Case and Representative Lloyd Larsen, Co-chairmen of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations, have announced the committee will meet May 22 and 23 at The Inn at Lander.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive testimony and consider issues relating to education, housing, health care, infrastructure, law enforcement, economic development and other issues of concern to citizens on and near the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Those interested in presenting items to the committee should contact the Legislative Service Office in Cheyenne at least two weeks before the meeting.

An agenda will be distributed at a later date.

 

WYOMING ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT

(Cheyenne) – Senior State Economist Jim Robinson tells KGAB Radio in Cheyenne there is no way to know when Wyoming’s economy might start to seriously improve.

Robinson, of the state Economic Analysis Division, says at least all the available information seems to show things are not getting much worse at this point.

Jobless claims are down 76 percent over the first few months of this year compared to the same time in 2016 and Robinson says Wyoming probably won’t lose another 11-thousand jobs in 2017.

However, he says the bottom line is real improvement in the state economy may not be looming in the near future.