Cheyenne, Wy – About 30,000 Bresnan Communications cable subscribers in Cheyenne and Albany County have lost their local CBS affiliate, KGWN, because of a contract dispute between the station and Bresnan. Bresnan removed the station - known as CBS NewsChannel 5 - shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Bresnan substituted the KGWN broadcast with a Weather Channel feed. KGWN General Manager Joan Turner-Doyle says 60 percent of the station's Cheyenne customers get the station through Bresnan.
Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration will again require federal agencies to consult with the government's wildlife experts before taking any actions that could impact threatened or endangered species.
The Interior and Commerce departments said Tuesday they have revoked a last-minute rule change by the Bush administration that ended the consultation requirement. Environmentalists had argued that the Bush action severely reduced protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is sending to Gov. Dave Freudenthal a plan to reduce the agency's budget by as much as 14 percent. The Business Council board signed off on the draft proposal during a conference call meeting Tuesday. The Business Council's mission is to promote economic development in Wyoming. The agency has a fiscal year 2010 budget of about $57 million and is proposing cuts of up to $8 million a year. Freudenthal has instructed state agencies to plan for budget
Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson plans to spend $3.2 million in federal stimulus funds on an irrigation project to benefit elk. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced that $280 million in stimulus funding will go for improvements at wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries nationwide. Wyoming projects, including the elk refuge, will get more than $6 million of the funds. The National Elk Refuge plans to build a system that will irrigate 1,600 acres using a combination of sprinkler and flood
Jackson, Wy – Jackson area residents may have less access to mental health services as a result of state funding cuts. The Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center faces more than $200,000 in budget cuts. Center Director Deb Sprague says her organization learned state funding has dried up. She says that leaves the center short $227,000 as it goes into its 2009-10 budget. Sprague says 35 people already are forced to wait two to three weeks to see a counselor. She says that the funding cuts mean that
Riverton, Wy – The Northern Arapaho Tribe reports that its casino operations and associated businesses are now the largest employer in Fremont County. The tribe issued a release on Tuesday saying the casino operations now employ 560 workers and plans to add more. The relocated and expanded Little Wind Casino at Ethete marked its grand opening on April 4, bringing its employment there to 60 workers. That put total casino employment ahead of the Riverton school district, which employs 520 workers.
Laramie, WY – As of Monday, no cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Wyoming. The state Department of Health suggests people protect themselves against swine flu... the same way they'd protect against any other flu.
State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says although the swine flu hasn't hit Wyoming yet, it's probably only a matter of time: "I don't doubt we're gonna find a case, especially as hard as we're looking now."