Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Police Department and Teton County Sheriff's Office are tightening their Taser policies to prohibit use of stun guns to force compliance by people who don't pose an immediate threat. The change follows an April incident in which a Jackson police officer used a Taser to stun a man who resisted arrest. Police had pulled the man over for an alleged license plate violation. The officer shocked the man after he sat down when an officer tried to handcuff him. Jackson Police Chief Todd Smith says Tasers will no longer be
Casper, Wy – Former Wyoming Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says he will not seek re-election. The Republican lawmaker was first elected to represent House District 35 in 1998. The district covers the east-central portion of Natrona County. Cohee says he doesn't intend to run for any other political office. He says he intends to focus on his company, C&Y Transportation. The company provides trucking services to the state's energy industry. Cohee served as House speaker from 2007-2008.
Laramie, Wy – Republican students at the University of Wyoming say they may invite conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter to speak on campus after an appearance by Bill Ayers. UW College Republicans President Caitlin Wallace said Monday a donor offered $10,000 to pay for a conservative speaker. Wallace didn't identify the donor. But she says a representative for Coulter is interested in making this happen. The request is for after Labor Day.
Boise, Idaho – An environmental group has filed another legal challenge over the federal government's decision not to give the sage grouse protection under the Endangered Species Act. In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled the sage grouse warranted threatened or endangered status, but formal listing under the law was precluded by other agency priorities. Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise Friday. The group's lawyers compare the decision to putting the bird in the "black hole" of species denied protective