CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health has appointed an acting state health officer.
Health Department Director Tom Forslund has appointed Dr. Tracy Murphy to serve as the state's acting health officer. Murphy has been working as state epidemiologist and deputy state health officer.
The state health officer's responsibilities include investigating disease outbreaks and overseeing immunization policies. The position also oversees the Office of Emergency Services and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A residents' group says more than 50 people in the last week have joined together in hopes of negotiating surface rights of mineral leases in their neighborhoods.
Residents of two subdivisions north of Cheyenne formed the Laramie County Surface Owners Association in November. During an informational meeting last week, association president Jim Ruby says 52 people paid their dues.
Casper, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it has nearly cleared a backlog of more than 1,500 unissued oil and gas leases in Wyoming dating back more than two years. Since last summer, the BLM has issued 1,109 leases and decided to hold off on 222 others. It plans to decide on the final 170 within a couple weeks. The BLM sold the leases to oil and gas companies as long ago as June, 2008, but didn't issue them while it sought to address environmentalist concerns. Waiting for important decisions
Cheyenne, WY – Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government. The settlement is pending approval in federal court. It would wolf lift protections in Idaho and Montana, but keep them at least temporarily in Wyoming Utah, Washington and Oregon. The deal also includes safeguards sought by environmentalists - features absent from pending legislation in Congress. Yet whether
Lander, WY – A Lander man who shot another man while trying to intervene in an alleged domestic violence attack in Riverton won't be charged with a crime. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn and police chief Mike Broadhead announced the decision Wednesday. They say the wounded man had attacked his girlfriend and that the Lander man was coming to her aid. KOVE-AM in Lander reported that the boyfriend is expected to