Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed Joan Evans as director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. Evans replaces Kathy Emmons, who announced last week that she would resign as head of the Workforce Services effective January 15th. Evans is currently the director of the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins. Her appointment to Workforce Services is subject to confirmation by the Wyoming State Senate when the Legislature convenes next month.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming health leaders are trying to convince business people to set up workplace wellness programs in an effort to make people healthier and more productive. Joe Grandpre of the Dept.of Health says such programs will pay off in the long run, and sometimes that discourages some employers. Grandpre says about a third of Wyoming businesses provide workplace wellness programs.
Laramie, WY – An official says a domesticated cow elk from an eastern Idaho hunting preserve will either be destroyed, sterilized or shipped out of state after a second test came back indicating possible red deer hybrid genes. John Chatburn of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says the choice of what to do with the elk will be up to Rex Rammell. In August, as many as 160 elk fled Rammell's Chief Joseph
Laramie, WY – State lawmakers remain uncertain about the cost of a substance abuse treatment bill and have held off on a vote to endorse it. The bill would provide more treatment options at the Wyoming State Hospital and elsewhere. State Senator John Schiffer says the bill would cost around 30 million dollars. But members of the Select Committee on Mental Health and