Sheridan, WY – State legislators continue trying to bring down the high medical malpractice insurance rates paid by Wyoming doctors. Risk retention groups were among the topics discussed Monday by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. Those groups are when doctors band together to form their own malpractice insurance company. The ultimate goal would be to bring down malpractice insurance rates paid in the state. A representative from the Nevada Mutual Insurance Company believes risk retention groups could work in Wyoming, if enough physicians take part.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Highway Patrol released a video Monday that shows the incident leading up to the shooting of a woman by a state trooper. The tape, shot from Trooper Paul Brunner's dashboard, shows the trooper being overpowered by the woman as he was trying to arrest her with audio capturing the two struggling off camera seconds before she was fatally shot. The video was reviewed by The Associated Press. They report that Alyssa Harriet, of Buffalo, appears cordial early in the video, but begins to pull away as Brunner moves in to arrest her on suspicion of drunken driving.
Jackson, WY – The expansion of Teton Village comes before the Teton County Commission for a second time Tuesday, this time with a new twist. The development group behind the expansion says approving their plan might help replace the aerial tram that rises to the top of Rendezvous Mountain about Teton Village and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In recent newspaper ads, Snake River Associates said the expansion could boost the local economy, attracting investment and making it possible to operate a tram.
Gillette, WY – Campbell County officials are in the preliminary stages of planning for a new road along the northern tier of Gillette. The Northern Drive project would cost an estimated seven million dollars and take about four years to build. County Public Works Director Mike Coleman says that part of town currently only has one east-west corridor. He says this is one of numerous road projects to deal with recent growth around Gillette and the resulting traffic congestion problems. He says it will serve as a bypass around town to keep the heavy truck traffic off downtown city streets.
Laramie, Wy – There are at least 14 different hospices in Wyoming. They provide holistic care for dying people. But, if they follow the national trend then they are underused. Dianne Harrington is trying to change that. She works in a Wisconsin hospice and is riding across the country to raise awareness for the service. Harrington is in Wyoming today and said by phone that only 20 percent of people use hospice because many believe that it is only for people dying of cancer, even though that is not true.
Laramie, Wy – The city of Cheyenne is one of five communities from across the country to receive a grant to foster smart growth. The Environmental Protection Agency is paying for several private consultants to advise Cheyenne officials who are working to implant a plan for growth. Matt Ashby a planner in Cheyenne says this will help implement the community's vision for the future. One example is the desire to have fewer suburbs on the edge of town and more neighborhoods where people can live and easily walk to get their hair cut and drop off a letter.
Laramie, Wy – Officials in Yellowstone National Park are scaling back their search for a Boy Scout who fell into the Yellowstone River two weeks ago. Thirteen-year-old Luke Sanburg, of Helena, Montana, was apparently swept into the river on June 24th while camping. An extensive search involving some 250 individuals has failed to turn up any sign of Sanburg. Meanwhile, searches continue for 19-year-old Candace May Kellie, of Belgrade, Montana, and 59-year-old Joseph R. Miller, of Seattle. Kellie's truck was found partially submerged in the Yellowstone