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MAY 23 Wyoming News Briefs

Production water spill has ‘minimal’ impact

Production water spill has ‘minimal’ impact

LARAMIE (WNE) — A spill that occurred earlier this month near Woods Landing was actually water used in oil and gas production, not municipal wastewater, or reclaimed water, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

The spill occurred after a semitrailer carrying the water crashed on the afternoon of May 1 about three miles south of Woods Landing on Wyoming Highway 230.

Its cargo was production water, a byproduct of extracting oil or gas from the earth. Keith Guille, public information supervisor with the DEQ, told the Boomerang Wednesday companies typically must either properly store the production water in a disposal facility or treat it before dumping it into any waterways, the latter of which involves strict testing and permit requirements from the DEQ.

Running along the highway is Woods Creek, which eventually flows into the Laramie River. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeremy Beck told the Boomerang earlier this month around 120 barrels of what was thought to be wastewater spilled when the truck crashed.

“It is unknown how much actually reached the river,” Guille said. “We didn’t see any staining on the ground or on the banks there — by the time we were there, it was gone.”

Despite the unknown amount of spillage in the water, Guille said the environmental impact in the area is “minimal.”

“I’m not minimizing the concerns, but in the bigger scope here the impacts were minimal,” Guille said. “If this would’ve been something else that reached that river, it could be a different situation.”


Not guilty plea in case where meth found in dishwasher

GILLETTE (WNE) — A man whose Gold Road home had a pound of meth in the dishwasher has pleaded not guilty in District Court to an enhanced charge of possession with intent to deliver meth.

It is an enhanced charge that carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine — double the normal possible penalty because it is a second offense.

Jeffrey Powell, 55, had been convicted in 1999 of a similar crime in Washington state, according to court documents.

Officers began investigating the Gold Road home in January after seeing several vehicles coming and going from the area.

A deputy’s suspicions were aroused Jan. 16 while he was conducting a security check of Anytime Storage and he saw four vehicles come and go from the Gold Road home between 1:30-2:30 a.m.

As a deputy walked around the home, he heard people talking and smelled marijuana in the garage, according to court documents. No one answered when other deputies knocked on the door, which had a video camera doorbell.

After getting a search warrant, they found a blue measuring cup containing meth and a bag with 29 grams of meth on the top shelf of Powell’s closet. In the kitchen, they found another blue measuring cup containing meth, two digital scales, three fake $100 bills, a vacuum sealer and the 1.05 pounds of meth in a vacuum-sealed bag in the dishwasher, according to an affidavit of probable cause.


Powell residents chip in to replace lost money

POWELL (WNE) — Powell’s infamous spring winds took hundreds of dollars from a local woman on Friday, but the generosity of community members gave it back.

The woman called the Powell Police Department on Monday to report that $500 had blown out of her hands at the Maverik gas station; the distraught resident explained that her utility payments were due this week and she now had no money to pay the bills.

With the call to police coming days after the event, it was too late for officers to help search for the cash, but Powell Police Department Communications Supervisor Bobbie Colvin took to Facebook to ask if anyone had found the windswept money.

A resident quickly came forward with $20 they’d found and community members came up with another idea: They rallied to collect another $480 in donations.

Dispatchers at the police department took on the task of gathering the money, carefully tracking the cash. The department was prepared to take donations until 7 p.m. Tuesday, but community members hit the $500 goal before 4 p.m.

Colvin said the woman was “shocked” when a dispatcher notified her of the donations.

“She was just like, ‘You guys did what?!’” Colvin said.

Colvin wrote an update on Facebook thanking everyone who offered money.

“Many of us often laugh about the small town atmosphere and all it brings,” she wrote. “Everybody knows everybody’s business, but we take care of each other as well, whether it is a tragedy or serious illness, we care for each other.”


Wyoming State Library makes thousands of audiobooks available

SHERIDAN — Wyoming residents now have access to thousands more free, downloadable audiobook titles to take on the road for summer vacation, thanks to the Wyoming State Library’s launch of RBDigital Unlimited. This subscription marks a major expansion of the RBDigital service, available through

With the new statewide subscription to the Unlimited service, the number of titles with simultaneous access has increased from approximately 8,000 to 28,000. With unlimited checkouts, library patrons can choose a title and download it to a phone, device or computer without encountering a hold or delay.

Unlimited titles include all content from the RBDigital family of imprints, including all Recorded Books titles that are six months or older, and all titles from Gildan, Christian Audio, Tantor Media, and others.

In addition, thanks to the contributions of many Wyoming libraries, the State Library will continue to purchase single user titles from publishers like Blackstone, Simon & Schuster Audio, Macmillan, Books on Tape, and Recorded Books within the embargo period of six months.

RBDigital is available free to all Wyoming residents, accessible with any local public or community college library card.

To learn more go to, and visit your app store to download the RBDigital app to access this collection as well as more than 100 full color, simultaneous-use digital magazines.