Laramie, WY – A local official says he thinks the Fremont County commissioners are not responding productively to a federal judge's ruling in the county's voting rights case. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has more.
Washington, DC – U-S Senators failed to pass a resolution meant to stop the Obama Administration from implementing new rules curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. Wyoming lawmakers say jobs are at stake. Manuel Quinones (kin-YON-es) reports from Washington.
Lander, Wy – A federal judge has denied Fremont County's request to rescind his order requiring the county to form single-member districts for electing county commissioners. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled in April that at-large elections in Fremont County violate federal law by diluting the American Indian vote. He has ordered the county to propose single-member commission districts by June 30. The county recently asked Johnson to change his order and allow the county to propose some other voting system.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is telling people in flooded parts of Wyoming to avoid health concerns associated with high water. Dr. Tracy Murphy, Wyoming's state epidemiologist, says floodwaters can become contaminated with bacteria, sewage, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals and other substances. Anyone who comes in contact with floodwater should wash their hands with soap and water that either isn't contaminated or has been disinfected. Another option is using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Laramie, Wyo. – While water levels in rivers near Lander are dropping slightly, water is rising in other parts of Fremont County. Public Information Officer Christian Venhuizen says the newest problem is on the Wind River Indian Reservation. "The Fort Washakie, Arapaho and Ethete areas, one of the key structures we were hoping to protect was their water treatment facility and it has been compromised," he said. "So, they no longer have potable water coming out of their faucets."