Laramie, WY – Albany County has received its full shipment of influenza vaccine and will continue to operate flu clinics as scheduled. Delays in vaccine shipments had prompted the rescheduling of clinics in Casper and Cheyenne. But last week's arrival of 34-hundred doses of vaccine in Laramie means that clinics there will continue as planned.
Sheridan,WY – Plans are in the works to unload hydrochloric acid from trains into trucks at a site just outside Sheridan. The site would unload five to ten rail cars a week. Each car would carry 20-thousand gallons of hydrochloric acid at 36 percent concentration. The company proposing the unloading facility, EMIT, says no one would be in any danger. But Mayor Dave Kinskey says he's against it. Hydrochloric acid can produce chlorine gas when it encounters certain metals, such as zinc, iron or copper.
Laramie, Wy – A new hazard has cropped up for birds crossing oil and gas fields. Wildlife officials and advocates have been discovering dead birds inside pipes called heater treaters. Wildlife officials suspect warmth inside the heater treaters is attracting the birds. Wyoming Audubon head Brian Routledge says the birds can fly in with no problem. Finding enough space to spread wings to get out is another matter.
Cheyenne, Wy – A proposed budget by the Governor would give cities and towns across the state another 150 million dollars. But some wonder about the number especially since local government saw a large budget increase during the last budget session. But Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director George Parks says they still have a lot of needs. He says they have a backlog of nearly a billion dollars that need funding. Parks adds that putting more of the state surplus towards local government is appropriate. He thanks the Governor for his budget request.
Powell, Wy – A Park County man accused of burning his home down has been ordered to be committed to the Wyoming State Hospital for another evaluation. Forty-six-year-old Troy Brown previously pleaded guilty to arson for the fire on December 8, 2005. But a psychiatric evaluation in July concluded that Brown was unfit to stand trial and was a serious risk to himself and others. But Brown could yet stand trial if his mental condition improves in the next three months.