Cheyenne, WY – Once again Wyoming will not be part of the Power Ball lottery. During final debate in the House on a bill authorizing a state lottery, many got up and pointed out problems that a lottery could bring. Laramie County Representative Pete Anderson says social impacts and negative financial costs would hurt the state. Despite the fact that 40 states have it, he doubts it helps them financially. Bill Sponsor Dave Edwards of Douglas argued in vain that other states would not have it if it was a negative. The bill died on a tie vote.
Rawlins, WY – The Game and Fish Department has not seen a repeat of the massive elk die-off that happened a year ago southwest of Rawlins. It was a year ago Tuesday that the first sick elk was discovered. It's believed that about 500 elk died last winter after eating a lichen that contained some sort of toxic compound. Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what it was in the lichen that caused the problems. Meanwhile, Game and Fish is keeping a close eye on the elk herd and the Red Rim area, specifically.
Laramie, Wy – The manager of Wyoming's program to help people quit using spit tobacco says people in the state use chewing tobacco at nearly twice the national average. Niki Sue Mueller runs the Through with Chew Program. She says a reason for the high use is the ads tobacco companies run. They often use cowboys, rodeo stars and athletes from extreme sports. Next Sunday is the beginning of Through with Chew week. Mueller says 120 dentists from around Wyoming will offer screenings and cleanings for people trying to quit using spit tobacco.
Laramie, Wy – Security exercises are planned at F-E Warren Air Force Base and its surrounding missile sites through February 17th. Air Force officials say the public might see smoke and hear simulated gunfire on the base just west of Cheyenne, but should NOT be alarmed. The troops will be using blank rounds. The exercises will involve a variety of scenarios having to do with the maintenance, operation and security of the Minuteman Three and Peacekeeper missiles.
Laramie, Wy – Construction could being this spring on a self-guided walking trail through the site of the former Heart Mountain Relocation Camp, one of three Wyoming sites where Japanese-Americans were sent during World War Two. Dave Reetz is president of the Heart Mountain Foundation. He says plans are already laid for the walking path -- the foundation is just waiting for approval from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which owns most of the land. The tour would include an information kiosk and eight separate
Topic: Manager of Wyoming's program to help people quit using spit tobacco says people in the state use chewing tobacco at nearly twice the national average; Guest: Niki Sue Mueller runs the Through with Chew Program.
Cheyenne – For years Wyoming officials have discussed the need to attract more young people to the state, or simply to keep those people from leaving. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that the issue remains on the minds of some legislators.
Cheyenne, WY – Two measures to reduce sales tax in Wyoming have died. One proposal would have gotten rid of the tax on food. The other would have lowered the state sales tax from four percent to three percent. Representative Ann Robinson sponsored the plan to get rid of the food tax. She says her bill died because the leadership of the House chose not to bring it up for a vote. Robinson says this makes her angry. Her thinking now is to try a referendum of the people to do the job Robinson says the legislature has not done in the several years she's proposed such a measure.
Cheyenne, WY – The concept an Executive Training Center and a Graduate school of business had its first hearing in the state House of Representatives Monday. The idea is to put the center in Teton County, because of the chance to raise private money for such a facility and because it's the most accessible site by air. The bill that would study the proposal got initial approval, despite some concerns by a Saratoga Representative. Kurt Bucholz thinks that sites other then Teton County should be considered.