Cheyenne, Wy – Two child-advocacy groups give Wyoming a grade of D-plus for its lack of openness in releasing information about fatal- and near-fatal-child-abuse cases. The report is titled "State Secrecy and Child Death." It was prepared by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute and First Star, a charity that works on child abuse issues. The groups released it on Tuesday. Amy Harfeld is executive director of First Star. She says that Wyoming's grade suffered because much of the state's policy is in
Laramie, Wy – The Laramie Police Chief admits his department has failed to properly police a popular bar crawl for too long. He says this year officers will be on hand at the annual Tour de Laramie to stop drunken bikers from causing trouble. Tour de Laramie involves booze, bikes and bars. And Police Chief Bob Deutsch says enough is enough. Deutsch acknowledges that officers have long turned a blind eye to the bar crawl. Meanwhile, he says, tipsy bikers put their safety at risk, often bang into parked cars and sometimes just get sick on city streets.
Rock Springs, Wy – House Minority Leader Marty Martin, D-Rock Springs, has announced his candidacy for the Wyoming State Senate. Martin is running for the District 12 senate seat that has been held by Sen. Ray Lynn Job, D-Rock Springs. Job has announced that she's retiring from the Senate at the end of her term this year. Martin has served three terms in the House. He also has served on the Rock Springs City Council and on the Sweetwater County Commission. Martin recently was re-elected for the third time as
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is warning Medicaid clients in the state to be alert for fraudulent telephone calls. The department says that clients of its EqualityCare program, which is part of Medicaid, need to protect themselves against being victims of fraud. The department says that it's heard reports of a scam in which callers will promise clients that they will receive lifetime benefits for a fee, or that they need to give out their bank account information to receive a new Medicaid card.
Laramie, Wy – Sage Grouse declines have been noted in Nevada and some other western states and many wonder if the bird is headed for the endangered species list. Just this week North Dakota said it is considering canceling its Sage Grouse hunting season because of record low numbers. But in Wyoming the Sage Grouse appears to be doing better. Tom Christensen is overseeing Sage Grouse for the Wyoming Game and fish Department. He says Wyoming has avoided the problems other states are facing such as grass fires.
Sheridan, Wy – A recent state survey finds the fewer homes are being built and there are fewer vacancies. Although one place listed as having a robust housing market is Sheridan. New homes are being built but an issue in Sheridan has been the availability of affordable homes. The Sheridan Housing Action Committee or shac has worked hard to get grants to try and get more affordable homes built. Shac's Marie Lowe says despite the solid housing market they still have a lot to do because affordable housing is a constant need.
Cheyenne, Wy – An annual cost of care survey finds that Nursing home care has increased 14 percent since 2004 and other long term care costs continue to rise. The study was done by Genworth financial and an Ombudsman for Wyoming Seniors Inc. has no quarrel with the numbers. Charlie Simeno says costs should continue to rise and people need to be thinking about future savings. But he also suggests another step.