Laramie, WY – The Laramie City Council rejected a proposal last night to relax the city's smoking ban. Councilman Joe Hageman's proposal would have permitted smoking in bars and private clubs, as long as smoking was limited to no more than half of the establishment and each section had its own working ventilation system. But the proposal died on a 5-3 vote.
Laramie, WY – The hot weather continues to bake Wyoming and make wildfires more likely. Red flag warnings were posted Tuesday for in northeastern, central, and southern Wyoming because of high temperatures, low humidity levels, and the potential for dry lightning. The fire danger currently ranges from very high to extreme across much of the state. Rick Ochoa is a Fire Weather Meteorologist for the National Interagency Fire Center. He says areas below about 65-hundred feet have the greatest risk now. He says grass and brush at those elevations have dried out already.
Cheyenne, wy – Those making money from mineral development will be asked to pay for some administrative costs. The Bureau of Land management wants developers who drill on public lands to pay for the paperwork associated with such work. It will be the first fee of its kind according to the B-L-M's Beverly Gorney, who says the fees will be phased in over a five year period. The B-L-M hopes to recover about 24 million dollars with the proposal.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming was once among the leaders in getting children immunized, but those numbers have slipped. Currently about 80 percent of elementary school students have adequate vaccinations, but Public Health officials would like to see those numbers much higher. State Senator Mike Massie thinks that lawmakers may need to get involved, especially in making the shots more affordable.But Massie admits that cost is only part of the problem. He says issues range from busy work schedules to people who are generally opposed to such vaccinations.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Public Radio's reporting of a massive number of elk deaths in southern Wyoming has earned second place in the Best Feature category, in the national reporting competition sponsored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. The PRNDI organization annually presents first- and second-place awards for the best Public Radio News stories in a variety of categories. WPR was honored for its coverage of a mysterious, sudden die-off of some 300 elk in a 50-square-mile area southwest of Rawlins, which baffled wildlife officials for several weeks.
Worland, WY – Public comment has prompted the Bureau of Land Management to revise its environmental assessment of an energy exploration project in northern Park County. Windsor Energy wants to conduct seismic testing in a 47 square-mile area near Clark, where they would use sound waves to measure oil and gas potential. BLM Project Manager Don Ogaard says the public came forward with a lot of well-thought out concerns that need to be taken into account or responded to. Ogaard was not surprised by the level of public comment and interest in this project.
Cheyenne, WY – Laramie County Community College could be adding three instructor positions. The LCCC board of trustees will consider a proposed budget Wednesday that would add instructors for math, communications and a new surgical technology program. The proposal would also double the funding to pay for insurance premiums and increase student fees for athletics. College President Charles Bohlen says the $40 million budget includes a nearly seven percent salary hike to help retain good employees.
Coronado, CA – Mountain West Conference media has picked the Wyoming Cowboys to finish third in the league. UW is coming off a 7-5 campaign last year featuring an upset win over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. This year, media members have the Pokes finishing behind Utah and New Mexico in the league standings. Meanwhile, the pre-season all-conference team is littered with Cowboys. Seven UW players were chosen as the best at their position, including Quarterback Corey Bramlet and defensive back Derrick Martin. The Pokes start the season September 3rd at Florida.