Wheatland, Wy – A settlement has been reached over odor issues at Wyoming Premium Farms in Wheatland. The Hog operation has been a source of legal action by a couple who have contended that it has violated state odor standards and that the state has done little to enforce the violations. All sides reached a consent decree that will require lots of changes that those involved in the lawsuit hope will address the long running concerns. Department of Environmental Quality Director John Corra says one requirement involves covers over lagoons.
Laramie, Wy – Longtime friends and acquaintances from the Vice President to Law professors said goodbye to Ambassador and former State Senator Dave Nicholas in Laramie. Nicholas died last week from an apparent heart attack.
Laramie, Wy – The attorney representing six citizens opposed to the smoking ban in Laramie has filed a motion to put off the ban until a trial has taken place. A trial to review the election procedures is set for mid May but the prohibition on smoking in businesses is set to go into affect April sixth.
Cheyenne, WY – Nine residents were appointed Tuesday to oversee the newly created Wyoming wildlife trust fund. Governor Freudenthal says the nine board members are the kind of forward thinkers needed to preserve Wyoming's wildlife for future generations. The nine include, three former state legislators Republicans Mike Baker and Delaine Roberts and Democrat Hardy Tate. Others include an attorney, two wildlife biologists, and a Jackson hotel operator.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming President Philip Dubois says the search for his successor could be hindered by the university not having a house for the new president. Dubois built the huge white house in Laramie both as a residence and location for hosting university events. He says the house plays a big part in hosting events and building personal relationships with legislators and donors. He says if the new president has to build his or her own house, it is a hindrance to the university because a year is lost while construction is completed.
Laramie, Wy – The Governor recently created the Wyoming Alliance for Drug-Endangered Children. The state's Attorney General says the goal is to help kids in homes where drugs are used or made. He says he has heard of children living with needles or with chemicals needed to make meth. Judge Gary Hartman, who is part of the alliance, says they hope to improve the process for taking young people out of those situations, ensuring they are healthy and do not contaminate any of the people trying to help them as well.
Laramie, Wy – A new study shows Wyoming teenagers are changing their sexual behavior. The Child Trends study found the state's teen birth rate has dropped almost 50 percent over the last 25 years. In 2002, only about 46 percent of 15 to 19 year olds said they were sexually active. That is down from 49 percent of females and 55 percent of males in the same age group in 1995. And teens who are sexually active say they are taking more precautions against consequences like pregnancy.