Worland Area News 11-12-18

Written by on November 12, 2018

State transportation officials are considering closing U.S. Highway 14A over northern Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains earlier than usual this winter as snow drifts hamper efforts to keep the roadway clear. A 22-mile stretch of the scenic road is closed annually about Nov. 30 and opens Memorial Day weekend.
Jason Fleming with the Wyoming Department of Transportation tells the Northern Wyoming Daily News that a plow truck got stuck Nov. 3 attempting to clear drifts off the highway. A second truck had to be brought in to help remove the plow.
Fleming said WYDOT crews are making the road passable every morning, quote, “but we have been called out in the afternoon for vehicles having trouble getting over the mountain.” End quote.
Fleming said safety of WYDOT plow drivers and citizens using U.S. 14A remains the primary concern. Quote “We are planning to keep the road open until it is unsafe for the public or our snow plow drivers. If the drifting gets too bad, we may have to close it early,” end quote he told the paper in Worland.
For current road conditions, call 511 or go to the Internet at www.wyoroad.info.

Online hospitality company Airbnb says its hosts generated about $1.1 million in tax revenue during the first year of its agreement with the state of Wyoming.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Airbnb started collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of hosts Aug. 1, 2017.
Guests are charged the tax on their bill, and the company sends all eligible state sales tax, municipal sales tax and local lodging taxes to the state. Wyoming is one of more than 400 jurisdictions in the world to share tax agreements with the company.
Airbnb’s 1,600 Wyoming hosts welcomed 56,000 guests to the state in 2017-18. That is a 132 percent increase over the previous year. The hosts earned nearly $8.9 million, or an average of $5,500 each, during that time.

A 30-year-old man in Wyoming served another man’s two-day jail sentence after using a fake name when he was arrested and went before a court.
According to court records, when a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy stopped Hans Heller on Aug. 18, Heller gave a false name because he was trying to avoid arrest on interference with a peace officer and failure to comply with child support and other charges.
The Gillette News Record reports there was an active warrant for the name Heller provided and a Circuit Court judge sentenced him to two days in jail.
Days later, a deputy noticed Heller’s picture didn’t match the name Heller used.
Heller was arrested on warrants including perjury and forgery. It couldn’t immediate be determined if Heller had an attorney.

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