Laramie, Wy – As the Fourth of July approaches more and more of Wyoming is under a fireworks ban. Already much of the southeastern part of the state has made it against the law to set off fireworks. But, the people that sell fireworks think this is unfair. Fire King Fireworks is located near Cheyenne and its manager, Brian Mills, says they oppose the law because it targets their industry not because of their actions but rather their customers'. Mills says the ban isn't affecting their business because they get so many out of state customers.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is going to do some key research in brain development. The National Institutes of Health has given U-W a grant for more than ten million dollars to research neuroscience. The director of that program, Bill Flynn, says specifically they will look at how different types of stimulation affect the development, and organization of the brain. This research could have implications for how isolation of children or birth defects to the eyes might affect brain functioning as adults.
Laramie, Wy – Tourism officials from Cheyenne say Wyoming's history with the U-S Marshals Service would make the city a great place for a national marshals museum. The president of the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau were in Arlington, Virginia earlier this week to present Cheyenne's bid for the museum. He points out that there was a marshals museum in Laramie until just a few years ago, and that many of the artifacts from that museum are in storage in Cheyenne.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Corrections is still moving forward with plans to build a new prison in Torrington. Plans got put on hold after an earlier proposal came in well over budget. But spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says they are currently in the process of hiring a construction manager who will try and bring the project together within the budget guidelines. They will come on board and work with the architect, the engineer, the value engineering company that has already been hired, our office and the office of administration and information.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal is encouraging those who work on Foster Care issues to keep pushing to improve the system. Freudenthal says they have had a mixed bag of success with Foster Care in the state. He says it is important to get a system that works well, because it can prevent future problems. While there have been highs, Freudenthal says there are still plenty of lows to fix. A conference is being held on the Foster Care issue this week.
Laramie, Wy – Like the rest of the country Wyoming saw crime increase between 2004 and 2005. Behind that increase are some interesting numbers property crimes like burglary and larceny went down quite significantly, but violent crime such as murder and rape went up, also significantly. The director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Forrest Bright says the rise in violent crime is probably linked to drug use
Laramie, Wy – This week the U-S Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its own ruling against a church in Cheyenne. The church wanted to build a day care center in a residential neighborhood, but the city and the court denied that effort. The case started in 2001 when the City of Cheyenne rejected a plan by the Grace United Methodist Church to open a day care facility. Neighbors opposed the center. The church planned to operate from 6 a-m to midnight, seven days a week. Opponents said it would bring increased traffic and noise to the neighborhood.
Laramie, Wy – Park rangers and a helicopter crew evacuated an injured climber from Grand Teton Park yesterday afternoon. According to a Park Service press release, a female climber from Idaho, slipped while descending a snowfield tumbling about 100 feet and seriously injuring her leg. Park employees working in the area reported the accident. The climber and a park ranger were suspended below the helicopter on a rope system for the flight.
Laramie, Wy – A police officer in Cheyenne yesterday shot a man brandishing what turned out to be an air pistol. Police say the man, Edward Hoffman, suffered a non-life threatening wound to the abdomen and was taken to the United Medical Center-West for treatment. Police Chief Robert Fecht says officer Dave Padilla fired the shot at Hoffman after responding to reports from citizens of a man with a gun. Padilla has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
Laramie, Wy – A national report on child well-being shows a significant increase in the number of child deaths in Wyoming. The annual Kids Count report release this morning (Tuesday) shows Wyoming with 37 deaths for every 100,000 children between the ages of one and 14 years. Those numbers rely on 2003 data, and that's a big increase from 27 deaths just three years earlier. On that measure, ranks 49th out of 50 states. Marilyn Patton of the Wyoming Department of Family Services says