Laramie, Wy – Summer is coming, and the Wyoming Health Department is now on the lookout for West Nile virus. Last year, only 12 people in Wyoming were infected by the mosquito-borne virus. Two of those people died. That's down from 393 cases and nine fatalities in 2003. It's also well below the infection rates of Wyoming's neighbors: South Dakota had 229 cases last year, Nebraska had 188, Colorado, 106, Utah 52, Montana 25 and Idaho 13.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's state spelling bee champion is out of the national competition. Fourteen-year-old Kelly Sullivan of Riverton made it through the written round by getting 20 out of 25 words right. The word that tripped her up "cahier" (kaw-YAY'). It's a word for a parliamentary document used in France before the French Revolution. The correct spelling is C-A-H-I-E-R. It was Kelly's first trip to the nation's capital -- and she even got another spelling opportunity while she was there.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming needs to train more workers for the occupations that are in high demand here. That's one finding of the 2006 Workforce Report. It says there are thousands of vacant positions in the state now.
Laramie, Wy – The Sweetwater County coroner has released the name of the 70-year-old New Mexico man that rammed other vehicles and then shot at them last week. The shooting occurred on Interstate 80 near Green River. The man's name is Gary Loyd. Highway Patrol troopers shot and killed him. Loyd was from Albuquerque. The coroner says he died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Tuesday, the patrol released the names of the two troopers involved in the shootout.
Laramie, Wy – A new Park Service study shows air quality is worsening at Yellowstone National Park. The study compiled air-quality trends dating back to 1995 at national parks across the country. One pollutant on the rise in Yellowstone is ground-level ozone. It can cause respiratory problems and threaten plant health. But the Park Service says the levels in Yellowstone don't exceed any national standards and are NOT high enough to pose a risk.
Casper, WY – More than 600 delegates from around the state are expected to attend the Wyoming Republican Party convention in Casper this weekend. Party Chairman Drake Hill says the 2006 convention will stress inclusiveness. Convention activities include debating and voting on a platform and resolutions, and hearing from Republican candidates for statewide and congressional positions. State Democrats held their convention earlier this month.
Laramie, Wy – Seventeen dogs that the Cheyenne Animal Shelter that did not euthanize after an outbreak of canine influenza have recovered from the illness. That has raised questions about whether the shelter made the right decision to put down 42 dogs earlier this month. Tests by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory confirmed that the dogs spared by the shelter did have the flu. Karolyn Middleton is a member of a local group that has opposed the shelter's decision to put down the dogs.
Laramie, Wy – After more than a year and a half of work, the Laramie Faith-Based Assistance Projects is poised to open a facility that will consolidate services and provide temporary housing for the homeless. The center is located in downtown Laramie and will be open as soon as the first week in July. People at the center will have access to phones and Internet-ready computers. It can also be used as a mailing address and will have a play area for children, shower and kitchen.