Cody, WY – Park County tourism officials are expressing relief now that they know Yellowstone National Park's east gate will not be closed for the month of October. Originally, the road over Sylvan Pass was to be closed for construction this May and October, but the Park Service has decided that neither month-long closure will happen. Gene Bryan is the Executive Director of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. He says after the closure of the East Gate in 2003 because of fire and 2004 because of mudslides, any major shut-down this year would have been too much.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming medical community Tuesday launched a public-awareness campaign to keep the focus on adequate and timely access to health care. Doctor and hospital representatives held a news conference in Cheyenne to kick off the campaign, which will include public forums, advertising and distribution of red wristbands bearing the phrase "Will Care Be There?"
Laramie, Wy – The American Civil Liberties Union might soon mount a legal challenge to a Bureau of Land Management decision to lease Martin's Cove to the Mormon church. Around 200 Mormon handcart pioneers perished in a blizzard at Martin's Cove in 1856. The site in southern Natrona County is considered sacred by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Last year, the B-L-M signed a 25-year lease with church officials, giving the church management control of 933 acres in exchange for annual payments of 16-thousand dollars.
Laramie, Wy – This week in Jackson people from the entire Yellowstone area are gathering to talk about what parts of life in the region they want to preserve for future generations. It is part of the Greater Yellowstone Power of Place Conference. Organizer Jonathan Schechter says they want to establish shared values. The next step is to compile information about those values. Schechter says community leaders may eventually be able to use that research. Schechter says there has never been a cross discipline discussion like this one in the Yellowstone region.
Wyoming – In the years since the 2000 presidential election and the problems in Florida the federal election law has changed quite a bit. Right now Wyoming is working hard to meet the requirements of that law.
One thing that is for sure is voting will be a different experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay gives us a glimpse of the not so distant future
Cheyenne, WY – It's been less then a year since a dormitory fire at Northwest College in Powell, and money is now on the way to prevent a similar occurrence. The budget bill signed by the Governor provides $5 Million to install fire sprinkler systems at every residence hall at the University of Wyoming and at the state's community colleges. Brad Carroll with the State Fire Marshall's Office says the process will be a little quicker at the community colleges, and should be done by the start of the fall semester.
Laramie, WY – The chairman of the University of Wyoming's criminal justice department has been named as the new leader Missouri's social services agency. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt Monday named Gary Sherman as head of the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency oversees the Medicaid health care program, child support, food stamps and other social programs.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is in the process of buying new voting machines. Election law requires the states to provide machines that are accessible for people with disabilities. The two leading companies that make the computer based systems have ties to the Republican Party. Secretary of State, Joe Meyer, says he is aware of this and is working hard to make sure there is nothing wrong with machines that come from these companies. He says a test was done in California that proved the machines from E.S. and S. as well as Diebolt do not pad elections for Republicans.