Laramie, WY – An American Civil Liberties attorney says gang influence is spreading in the Wyoming State Penitentiary at Rawlins. In a letter to the Wyoming attorney general's office, ACLU attorney Stephen Pevar cited a report on the assault of an unidentified Wyoming State Penitentiary inmate who apparently tried to leave a gang. The Wyoming Department of Corrections began what it called a proactive approach to the management of gangs with adoption last year of a policy that allows zero tolerance for gang activity.
Laramie, WY – US Senator Mike Enzi is a co-sponsor of a bill that would allow states to use federal money to find creative ways to resolve medical malpractice lawsuits. He wants states to find effective and creative ways to keep every medical dispute from winding up in court. Enzi says it is possible that specific health courts could come from the legislation. The Senate will intends to provide funding for states who want to try different approaches. Enzi expects Wyoming to be one of those states.
Laramie, Wy – The eastern half of Wyoming has seen significant improvement in its drought situation this spring. But State Climatologist Steve Gray says the Western half of the state has NOT done very well. "The situation that we're seeing over there is that we've already seen peak stream flow, we've basically already melted a lot of these areas out and we've seen the most water in those streams that we're going to see throughout this entire season." Gray says in some places in Western Wyoming, the snow
Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council board is expected to decide tomorrow (Wednesday) whether to approve a one-(m)-million grant for a nonprofit group in Gillette. The group, Imagine Jackson, seeks to create well-paying jobs for highly skilled workers. Members of the group say that building the building would help the group to fulfill its mission. But Wyoming Business Council staff members say that the Business Council should NOT approve the grant. The staff members say that the group's business plan is NOT specific enough.
Billings, Montana – Montana plans to capture and kill as many as 300 Yellowstone National Park bison -- including as many as 100 calves -- in the wake of the state's first positive test for brucellosis. The state Board of Livestock says the move has been expedited to help make sure Montana doesn't lose its brucellosis-free status, which will happen if a second herd tests positive. The board was told at an emergency meeting today that a large number of bison are resisting hazing efforts in the West
Wind River, Wy – The Wind River Tribal college sent its first graduates into the world this month. They received associate of arts degrees in general studies. The college also offers degrees in Arapaho language and environmental science, and plans to add degrees in social work, early childhood development and business. College director Marlin Spoonhunter says that should help degree-seeking reservation residents who have had to travel many miles to the nearest community college.