Wyoming – The spectacled eider is a duck that lives in the northern Bering Sea. Elsa Partan talks with eider expert and University of Wyoming professor Jim Lovvorn about the duck's decline in numbers and the research he hopes will explain why.
Laramie, WY – The state forester says he's happy with Senator John Barrasso's bill that encourages cooperation between Wyoming and the US Forest Service.
Forester Bill Crapser says the bill would allow Wyoming's Forestry Division to do work on forest service land, such as thinning forests to reduce fire danger or treating trees to prevent pine-beetle infestation.
Laramie, WY – The state Department of Education has collected over $2 dollars of the nearly $7 million it overpaid to local school districts around the state in recent years.
Of 48 school districts, 15 objected to the state audit that found the state overpaid districts because of an error in the teacher seniority calculation. Of the 15 objections, 14 were resolved through informal settlements.
The only school district in the state to seek an administrative hearing on the state's demand for refunds of overpayments is Uinta County School District 1 in Evanston.
Laramie, WY – The Buffalo Bill Historical Center has a new director. Bruce Eldredge who is the current CEO of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington will begin his work at the end of January.
He says Buffalo Bill is one of the top 50 museums in the country and taking over the museum is one of his dreams. Eldredge says one of his goals is to modernize the experience at the museum and make sure the museum continues to be relevant.
Laramie, Wy – Local economic development officials say business growth is starting to occur in Laramie, but lack of workers and pay has kept that from extending to retail. First National Bank President Dan Furphy is talking with a number of businesses, mostly in the high tech field that want to come to Laramie and he calls this an exciting time of growth. But Furphy says other businesses are reluctant to come. " When you talk to retailers, they say you don't have enough people in your community to justify us coming in here.
Cody, Wy – A state lawmaker says Wyoming ought to have a statewide database of residents' prescriptions. The goal would be to prevent drug abusers from getting multiple prescriptions. Rep. Colin Simpson said he's not sure yet how a bill might be written to set up such a system. But he said the idea is to prevent people going to multiple doctors for multiple painkiller prescriptions to be filled at multiple pharmacies. The State Board of Pharmacy currently requires pharmacies to