Cheyenne, Wy – The legislature is still trying to sort out the details of the bill that would outlaw open containers of alcohol in vehicles. The bill almost died for the session Tuesday, when the House failed to agree with what a conference committee came up with. Representative Jane Warren says the issue was whether Recreational Vehicles should be exempted from the law. After some discussion the House and Senate have appointed a free committee to try and rewrite some of the language in the bill. Warren says it would be a huge disappointment if the bill is killed.
Laramie, Wy – Wednesday the high school in Ethete is going to open a teen health clinic. It is part of a pilot project in six Wyoming school districts to try and improve the health of students and teachers. The school health coordinator in Ethete, Marcy Tepper says the clinic will be staffed with a doctor and a nurse and should be very beneficial. Other districts in the pilot project are working to get more nutritious food to students and increase physical activity. Some are also working on staff wellness projects.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Laramie County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into an agreement with retail-giant Wal-Mart. The company is considering Cheyenne as a site for a new distribution center. Wal-Mart has not officially committed to Cheyenne, but this agreement is the first in several steps toward that commitment. Randy Bruns is the C-E-O of the economic development group in Cheyenne. Because of confidentiality, Bruns still doesn't specifically name Wal-Mart as the company his group is working with, but he says they are getting closer to a deal.
Cheyenne – The Wildlife trust fund has passed the Wyoming House of Representatives and now the debate will begin with Senators who will have to decide if they prefer the house version of the bill. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck says supporters are just happy it is still alive.
Laramie, WY – After less then four hours of deliberation, a jury in Laramie found a former state legislator not guilty of fraud Monday. Terry Guice was accused of setting up a sham company called TLG Supply. The prosecution said TLG was used to defraud a Montana construction company out of over $52,000 for products that were supposedly never delivered to a road construction project. Guice's attorney Michael Krampner believes it was tough for the prosecution to maintain it was a sham company when the evidence showed that items sold by TLG Supply did end up at the jobsite.
Cheyenne, Wy – An attempt to make another major change to the medical review panel failed on a tie vote. The bill, which is set up to weed out frivolous medical malpractice cases, currently allows all evidence from a review panel to be admissible in court. But it also is a three member panel that has a moderate review of cases. Senator Tony Ross tried to amend the House version of the bill onto the Senate bill which has a five member panel and allows a judge to determine if evidence should be allowed. Senator Kit Jennings says that amendment goes too far.
Cheyenne, Wy – Despite some opposition the Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that sets up a wildlife trust fund. The bill as it leaves the House puts 15 million dollars into the trust and only allows 200 thousand dollars to be spent in a year. Several spoke against the bill which prompted Cheyenne Representative Dan Zwonitzer to say the trust fund is a chance to be progressive and save wildlife. Riverton Representative David Miller does not believe the bill helps wildlife as it puts more land in the hands of government.
Laramie, Wy – A study by the Wilderness Society says that wildlife habitat around Pinedale is severely fragmented by roads. Most of the roads are used for natural gas drilling in the area. A wildlife biologist for the Game and Fish Department, Dean Clause, says this is the latest of several studies looking at the way development affects wildlife. He says they show there is a negative impact on elk, deer, pronghorn and sage grouse.