Laramie, Wy – A foundation has moved to Wyoming with the aim of helping some of the 80,000 uninsured people in the state to get health insurance. The CoverMe Foundation was founded in Kentucky. Founder Alec Shea and his wife moved to Laramie last fall. The organization links people with government-funded programs, community social services and private insurance. Shea says the program tries to find uninsured people before they incur medical costs. He says the program screens people for
Jackson, Wy – Over the past two decades, government agencies killed more than 6,000 wild bison leaving Yellowstone National Park. The goal is to contain a serious livestock disease the bison carry. But the crosshairs are shifting to a new target -- elk -- as the disease infects cattle in parts of Wyoming and Montana where bison haven't roamed for decades. The disease brucellosis causes pregnant cattle to abort their young. State officials say elk from infected herds around Yellowstone must be culled.
Dubois, Wy – A longtime critic of the state brucellosis management plan continues to blame ranchers. Robert Hoskins says ranchers should take more responsibility to reduce the disease. He wants feed grounds eliminated, so that elk would give birth in solitude and not spread the disease. Hoskins says that can be achieved if ranchers fence their cattle in for part of the year. "During the window of time when brucellosis can be transmitted between elk and cattle, late winter early spring, we need to have absolute physical separation between elk and cattle."
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor says people need to plan for high heating costs. Natural gas companies say they plan on hiking heating costs substantially this year, possibly as high as 70 percent. For that reason, Governor Dave Freudenthal wants people to use the summer months to make their homes and businesses energy efficient. Freudenthal says the cost of natural gas at the Hub is double of what it was last year. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission does not have the ability to regulate such increases.
Jackson, Wy – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says he will be interested to see how private industry will move forward with the technology for clean energy. During discussion at the Western Governor's association meeting in Jackson, Freudenthal wondered what will push the private sector to use creativity to find solutions. Freudenthal was told that coming to grips with a federal energy policy that includes rules will be helpful. But many at the meeting think it will probably have to wait until a new President is elected who they hope will establish an energy vision.
Laramie, WY – Fire officials are cautioning people to make sure their grills don't start a fire this Fourth of July.
Charcoal and gas grills caused more than eight thousand fires nationwide in 2005, the latest year that statistics are available. Rick Jansen is the fire marshal for the City of Laramie. He says one temptation to avoid is spraying lighter fluid on already-lit coals.
"We all know that we probably shouldn't be adding flammable liquid to an already burning fire," he said.
Pinedale, WY – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department says a man whose body was found Thursday near the Big Sandy River apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The department and volunteer searchers have been looking for nearly two weeks for 24-year-old Garrett Bardin, the son of Sublette County Sheriff Wayne Bardin. Garrett Bardin's truck was found in the area last week.
Dick Blust Jr. is spokesman for the department. He says no positive identification of the body has been made yet.