Etna, WY – The school board in northern Lincoln county is continuing to pursue Etna as the choice for a new elementary school. This after parent in Alpine and a court decision asked the board to reconsider. Alpine parents believe locating the school in their community would cut down on the number of hours young children ride the bus. Superintendent Jerry Mauer says the board did consider this issue, but board members felt Etna was more centrally located.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming health officials fear some public health departments and local doctors won't have any flue vaccine on hand during this flu season. This after the British government suspended a major manufacturer's license. Wyoming Health Officer Dr. Brent Sherard says health officials are assessing how many vaccine doses Wyoming has on hand. Sherard fears many public health agencies across the state won't have any because they ordered the vaccine from the British company.
Gillette, WY – Questions continue to swirl around the Campbell county brucellosis cases. The federal veterinarian in charge of Wyoming says he no longer believed they are "true field infections," like the previous cases in Sublette and Teton counties. Doctor Bret Combs says there were doubts from the start because brucellosis hasn't been documented in northeastern Wyoming elk and there was no evidence of a cattle source.
Santa Fe, NM – Oil and gas industry executives meeting in New Mexico are calling for a battle against environmentalists they see as anti-development. Marathon Oil Company Vice President Steve Hinchman says it's vital to gain access to drilling in new areas and to ease restrictive regulations to increase supplies in the short term. Hinchman says the anti-development movement is increasing costs of oil and gas development, denying access to resources and hurting the industry's image.
Laramie, WY – Laramie voters will decide November 2nd whether or not to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. An opposition group to the city council's smoking ban ordinance collected enough signatures to call for a referendum and the council certified those signatures Tuesday night. Laramie's Clean Air Coalition Chair Larry Deal is glad the people will vote on the issue because it affects their health. He also says there is support for the ban. Deal believes it's up to government to protect the health and welfare of its' citizens and that's what the smoking ban does.
Laramie, WY – One of Vice President Dick Cheney's former Wyoming debate opponents expects a strong performance from the Vice President Tuesday night. Bryan Sharratt squared off with Cheney in 1988, during Cheney's last race for U-S House of Representatives. Sharratt calls Cheney a very good debate and says he's a smart, articulate individual who always makes a point to be well-briefed on anything he talks about. He says that allows Cheney to argue from authority. Sharratt says commentators in Wyoming thought he did well debating Cheney.
Laramie, WY – Laramie city voters may get a chance to decide whether bars and restaurants could ban smoking on their own. This after city officials verified there enough valid signatures on petitions to put the issue to a vote. The Laramie City Council is expected to consider repealing the smoking ban ordinance Tuesday night. If the council upholds the ban, an election could take place sometime between October 25th and December 6th.
Laramie, Wyoming – Obesity has become enough of a problem among Wyoming young people, that some school districts have adopted a program to do something about it. Eighth grades in some districts across the state are starting The Lifestyle Journey Program this week. Co-author Steve Coons says one focus is on restoring fitness among young people. He says parents can play a major role, by setting a good example.
Laramie, WY – Data shows northeastern Wyoming remained very dry this year, but counties such as Albany and Fremont saw above average rainfall. State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it will take a few more years to get out of the drought, but he forecasts precipitation will increase between now and 2008. Still, he says it will take some time for depleted reservoirs to begin refilling. Curtis expects this winter and next summer to be about normal in terms of precipitation and temperatures. He predicts 2006 and 2007 to be especially wet years.
Laramie, Wy – A DEMOCRAT HOPING TO BECOME WYOMING'S NEXT CONGRESSMAN SAYS HE OPPOSES THE FEDERAL INTERVENTION BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE FEDERAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW. TED LADD ADMITS HE LIKES THAT NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND HAS ONCE AGAIN PLACED EDUCATION ON THE NATIONAL STAGE. BUT LADD IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LAW.
Laramie, Wy – Data shows that the Northeast part of the state remained very dry this year, but a swath of counties from Albany, through Fremont and up to Yellowstone National Park saw above average rainfall. State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it will take a few more years to get out of the drought, but he forecasts that precipitation will increase between now and 2008. For the coming year he says there is going to be a weak El Nino, meaning a normal amount of snow and rain.
Laramie, WY – The price of textbooks for college students has gone up 40 percent over the past four years. It has prompted students to look for copies of the books from overseas via the Internet. Some have even made the decision to try to go without some books. University of Wyoming Bookstore Manager Peggy Falgien admits it's a problem. But Falgien says bookstores across the country are not to blame. Falgien is President of the National Association of College Stores.
Dubois, Wy – A man was seriously hurt in a grizzly bear attack yesterday (Sunday) west of Dubois in northwest Wyoming. Authorities say the man, whose name was not released, suffered serious facial injuries and punctures to his side. The man was taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The man was part of a group of four hunters in a heavily timbered area when they came upon the grizzly. The men reported firing several shots to deter the bear and also using pepper spray.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is again one of the worst states in the country for the number of women killed by men. A survey using the latest data from 2002 shows Wyoming women are murdered by men at the fifth highest rate. The report done by the Violence Policy Center shows that guns were used in half of the homicides in Wyoming and over 50 percent nationally. The Center's Marty Langley says another thing they found is that owning a gun does not make a woman safer.
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming district court judge has denied the state's petition that would force Wyoming to prove the new school financing system is constitutional. That ruling means the challenge by a coalition of schools, teachers and school administrators will go forward. That coalition wants a court order directing the state to "make a showing they fixed problems" with the finance system.
Douglas, WY – The uranium mining industry is seeking a resurgence after more than a decade of low uranium prices. Uranium prices are nearly triple what they were four years ago. Wyoming once had eight uranium mining operations. Now, it has one. The Smith Ranch-Highland mine in east-central Wyoming produces yellowcake, which is sent to other plants to be enriched and formed into pellets to fuel nuclear reactors.
Casper, Wy – A U.S. District Judge in Casper heard arguments on a lawsuit filed over voter registration drives in Wyoming. Attorney General Pat Crank argued that prohibiting county clerks from accepting voter registration forms from voter registration drives does not deny anyone in the state the right to vote or right to free association. Casper attorney John Robinson filed the federal lawsuit in which he wrote that the clerks of Converse, Sublette and Lincoln counties turned down requests for multiple registration forms.
Billings, MT – While Governor Freudenthal has stayed away from the presidential race this year, he's gotten involved in Montana's gubernatorial election. Freudenthal was in Billings, Montana Thursday campaigning for Democratic candidate Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer hopes to follow in Freudenthal's footsteps, winning the Governor's mansion as a Democrat in a predominantly Republican state. Freudenthal and Schweitzer also discussed plans to develop small business opportunities in Montana and Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will be focusing on avoiding a letdown Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe. The Pokes are coming off a huge win over Ole Miss, and this weekend they are facing a team that is winless. But Head Coach Joe Glenn says the Indians are a capable team that has lost a ton of close games in the last two years.
Laramie, Wy – Housing Costs in the state continue to increase and the price hikes are starting to spread to new areas of the state. While Teton County continues to have the highest housing costs, the gap between it and some other areas is starting to close. State Senior Economist Justin Ballard says that is not because its getting any cheaper to live in Teton County it is because housing is more expensive across the board. Overall, Teton County remains the most expensive place to live in the state followed by Sublette and Campbell Counties.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyomingites may only have to worry about West Nile Virus for only a couple more weeks. State West Nile virus coordinator Terry Creekmore says recent cold weather has helped decrease the number of mosquitoes. That could mean an early end to this year's threat. But Creekmore suggests taking precautions at least until the middle of October. The first hard freeze will eliminate the threat until the spring thaw.
Laramie, Wy – The school board in northern Lincoln County is faced with a tough choice. On Tuesday they are set to vote on the location of a new elementary school. The board had chosen to build it in Etna but a group of parents from Alpine appealed that decision. Cameron Haag from Friends of Alpine School says his community is the best choice because it is growing so fast and they are offering free land to build on.
Lander, WY – A tornado touched down near Lander Thursday evening. The twister ripped off tree limbs, but there were no injuries or damage to structures reported. The tornado hit at 5:35 p-m near the community of Milford about five miles northwest of Lander.
Rock Springs, Wy – Sweetwater County is looking for a new hospital C-E-O after the hospital trustees voted unanimously to fire John Ferry. Ferry had been on the job for over 20 years, but some board members felt it was time to bring someone new on board. Trustee Chairman Jay Lyon says they are looking for someone to take the hospital in a more modern direction. Lyon says they want to enhance overall strategic planning for the hospital. Lyon says Stuart Thomas will be the Interim C-E-O until a permanent replacement can be found.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Wyoming author and writer is going to join the Governor's planning office. Sam Western will take over as human service policy analyst. Freudenthal says that means he will look at the Health, Workforce, and Family Services Departments to see how they are working together. Western wrote a controversial book about the role of agriculture and mineral development in the state, but the governor says Western will not be involved with natural resource policy.