Wyoming – A high ranking member of the Department of the Interior recently proposed changes to the way National Parks are run. The plan would have put a higher emphasis on recreation in the Parks including Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this reflects a shift in policy that could impact the parks and communities around them
Laramie, Wy – People in the town of Wright that were affected by the tornado are now eligible for federal assistance. After the President declared the town a disaster the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA Public Affairs Officer, Joe Castel says people can go there to try and figure out what assistance they are eligible for, they can also speak with a crisis counselor and get many questions answered by live FEMA staff members.
Laramie, Wy – The executive director of the Wyoming Health Care Commission says Wyoming residents have a range of views on making more health records available to doctors electronically. But Anne Ladd says electronic health records are going to happen. The commission has been holding a series of meetings with the public and with physicians to talk about electronic health records. Transferring health records by computer can improve efficiency and help cut health-care costs. But it also raises the possibility
Laramie, Wy – It's possible that Wyoming travelers may no longer have to put their lives at risk when they drive to Denver. That's because fans of high speed rail from Cheyenne to Albuquerque are starting to get more support. Bob Briggs of Front Range Commuter Rails says the passage of a sales tax increase to build high speed passenger in the Denver area and up to Longmont, has made it possible for even more service, that could include traveling to Cheyenne. Briggs thinks such a concept could become reality in less then 15 years, depending on funding.
Laramie, Wy – The Salvation Army store in Sheridan has sent three trucks loaded with furniture and appliances to help victims of the August 12th tornado in Wright. The tornado killed two people and destroyed 60 homes. Use of two, 24-foot trucks were donated by Dennis Stewart, of Buffalo, and a smaller truck was lent by Boardwalk Real Estate in Gillette. Insurance for the trucks was provided by Ann Schmidt, a State Farm Insurance agent in Sheridan.
Laramie, Wy – The new head of education in Wyoming, Doctor Jim McBride, has a different vision for the Department of Ed than his predecessor. McBride is filling out the rest of Trent Blankenship's term. Today McBride announced that he is eliminating several managerial positions that Blankenship created. He says a huge yoke has been lifted from the department and morale has improved because of the elimination of a layer of management.
Jackson, Wy – A Scientist says there are still too many unanswered questions concerning the Governments proposal to develop Plutonium 238 at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Washington D-C.says the safety of developing the highly radioactive Plutonium is a huge question mark. He thinks developing better oversight of the Department of Energy efforts is needed.
Laramie, Wy – There will be more Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers on the highways this Labor Day weekend, thanks to a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is part of a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving. Across the country, drunken driving fatalities dropped slightly last year. But in Wyoming, the number increased, from 46 fatalities in 2003, to 51 fatalities in 2004. That means drunken driving is responsible for approximately one in three highway deaths in the state.