Wyoming – Many of the state's larger animals need a lot of territory to survive. And that often means migrating between chunks of habitat cut off by roads or development. Kristin Espeland speaks with American Wildlands' Kim Davitt on creating wildlife corridors.
Laramie, Wy – A horse in Campbell County is Wyoming's only case of West Nile Virus so far, but state officials say residents must still take precautions until mosquito season ends in October. The high temperatures make upcoming August the peak time for it to spread. West Nile Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Health, Terry Creekmore, compares the current weather conditions to those of 2003 when the state had its worst outbreak with nearly 400 people infected resulting in nine fatalities. However, he says the virus can be prevented.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming students getting Pell Grants will be eligible for more grant funding. The U-S department of education has accepted Wyoming's application to join the Academic competitive grant program. Students must qualify for a pell grant and complete a rigorous high school curriculum. Governor Dave Freudenthal was excited about the news because it coincides with some other college funding efforts the state is involved with, including the Hathaway scholarship. Students could get 750 dollars in their first year of college and 13-hundred dollars in year two.
highways – In fact, they are telling drivers to be wary of deteriorating roads in coming years. The district engineer for the western part of the state is John Eddins. He is especially concerned about the impacts on roads from the massive gas development going on in that part of the state. Eddins says there are already a lot of trucks impacting highways those 80 thousand pound plus loads put a tremendous amount of wear and tear on the road. It also cause problems with traffic. I worry that without necessary improvements in the future that our accident rate could go up.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's Governor is still disappointed that the state was not a finalist for a government clean coal technology project .but he says they are not done pushing for such projects. Dave Freudenthal also finds it interesting that the state of Texas plans to use Powder River Basin Coal if they get awarded the final project. But while he is discouraged he says the state still plans to push for such a project in this state.
Laramie, Wy – An independent audit says Wyoming lacks a consistent data-reporting system to measure success of the state's drug court program. The state's Management Audit Committee on Wednesday approved an audit report on the state's drug court system, drafted by the nonpartisan Legislative Service Office. Republican House Speaker Randall Luthi of Freedom chairs the committee. He says the report should be released tomorrow (Thursday.) Speaking this afternoon (Wednesday), Luthi said the report found