Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming National Guard has been meeting or exceeding its recruitment and retention goals. Col. Brian Harmsen, deputy chief of staff of personnel for the Wyoming Army National Guard, says it's no longer a question of if but when Guard members will be deployed. But Harmsen says that's one of the reasons why some people are signing up for Guard duty. Harmsen says the Wyoming Army Guard has reached better than 98 percent of its recruitment goal. That's despite being told to hold
Cheyenne, Wy – The number of Wyoming high school students who say they binge drink is down significantly from 30 years ago. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks at a time. A recent survey shows that fewer than half of Wyoming high school students reported binge drinking in the previous month. That's compared to 70 percent of high schoolers in 1978. The Wyoming Alcohol Use Issues Survey also shows that most Wyoming parents will not allow their children to drink more than a few sips of alcohol before they turn 21.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health says 10people were infected with West Nile Virus in the state this summer, down from 184 cases last year. This year's cases included four in Fremont County, three in Goshen County, two in Platte County and one in Laramie County. Most people don't develop any symptoms from the disease, but it can cause fever, headache and swollen lymph nodes. In extreme cases, it can be fatal. The virus is transferred by mosquitoes. The health department says West Nile Virus led to two
Cheyenne, WY – The Northern Arapaho Tribe says it will oppose an attempt by a tribal member serving time on a murder conviction to intervene in the tribe's federal lawsuit over a long-standing boundary dispute.
The tribe sued the state and Fremont County last month, arguing that they had been improperly taxing tribal members living in Riverton and other areas nearby.
Jackson, WY – A moose in Star Valley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in what state wildlife officials say is the first time the disease has been found west of the Continental Divide in northwestern Wyoming.
Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced last week that the three-year-old female moose was found last February near Bedford.
Laramie, WY – A Cheyenne legislator is renewing his effort to outlaw certain kinds of cell phone use while driving. Representative Floyd Esquibel says he was saddened by the deaths of two Wyoming teenagers in the last two months. Both were driving while text-messaging. "What message was being transmitted?" Esquibel says. "What was so important about the message that it couldn't wait?"
Sundance, Wy – A Crook County health care provider says that an 80-thousand dollar grant from the state will help to recruit a much-needed family practice physician. The money is part of a state funded effort to bring new doctors to areas where there are major shortages. The C-E-O of the Crook County Medical service is Doris Brown. She says several health clinics in Crook County were temporarily closed last summer because they did not have enough doctors to stay open. But Brown says the new state grant will help pay for recruiting services, advertising, and moving expenses.