Laramie, Wy – The days of handshake deals between County Government and some firefighters is over. Because of a recent ruling by the Wyoming Attorney General, counties cannot fund county fire departments that are not part of Government. Fire Districts are part of a county, but many volunteer fire departments in remote areas don't have the tax base to form such a district. Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling says developing a contract between the county and firefighters gets around the problem.
Washington D-C – A Wyoming labor expert traveled to Washington to help Congress determine how best to prepare for the next big natural disaster, in the wake of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi, chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensons Committee, outlined the challenges ahead in meeting the needs of evacuees by saying they want to be able to help victims support their families. Enzi summoned more than 20 experts in the fields of health, education, and labor for a roundtable, to gather facts and ideas.
Rawlins, Wy – The state Department of Correction has released information detailing inmate-on-inmate assaults at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. The reports show 128 incidents of inmate assaults investigated at the prison from October 2003 to June 2005. But only six were determined to be assaults planned beforehand and two involved home-made weapons. Many of the incidents involved accidental injury during recreation between inmates and others were spontaneous fights.