Laramie, Wy – Cheyenne has joined Laramie in banning smoking from all public places, including bars and restaurants. After four hours of testimony and debate last night (Monday), the Cheyenne City Council voted 8-to-2 in favor of the ban. The ordinance will go into effect August 15th unless opponents of the law follow through on their vow to put the smoking ban before voters this fall. Before approving the ordinance, the council amended it to exempt tobacco shops from the ban.
Laramie, Wy – Following the national trend, Wyoming saw an increase in violent crime last year. Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Director Forrest Bright says violent crime in the state was up zero-point-six percent in 2005. According to a report issued yesterday (Monday) by the F-B-I, the overall national increase in violent crime was two-point-five percent. That equates to more than one-point-four million crimes. That's the largest percentage increase since 1991.
Laramie, Wy – The Endangered Species Act has a provision to encourage landowners to help threatened or endangered species. It's called Safe Harbors. And the first agreement in the region involves some private property near Laramie. The landowner allowed scientists to put the nearly extinct Wyoming Toads and tadpoles on the property. Tony Hoch from the Conservation District works with both sides. He says the landowner gets to go about normal activity and is covered from punishment, so if a cow accidently steps on a toad the individual isn't responsible.
Laramie, Wy – A six-year-old girl is safe after she went missing for more than six hours in the Big Horn Mountains. Sheridan County Search and Rescue says the girl's parents reported her missing near the Dead Swede Campground Saturday night. Wearing flashlight helmets, the searchers combed the mountainous, forested area in the dark. The temperature fell below freezing and authorities were worried about the girl possibly being hurt by moose in the area.