Laramie, Wy – A federal judge ruled yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved too quickly when it removed federal protections for wolves. The decision restores federal protections in most of the country. But, it doesn't apply in Wyoming because wolves were reintroduced here. The Fish and Wildlife Service's Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Ed Bangs, says that means they are classified differently. But, the decision could affect when wolves come off the endangered species list in this area. That has to happen before Wyoming can start managing wolves.
Cheyenne – As the state studied health care reform last summer, the high cost of prescription drugs kept coming up. Tuesday, at a State Senate committee hearing, it came up again. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports most Pharmacists have the issue on their radar screens .
Laramie, Wy – A foundation in Wyoming dedicated to improving education is starting a new effort to help teachers with professional development. The John P. Ellbogen Foundation will help cover the cost of earning National Board Certification. Mary Ellbogen-Garland explains they are focusing on this because her father had a vision that Wyoming could lead the nation in education. He believed National Board Certification is the best way to do this.
Cheyenne – The State Senate Monday gave final approval to a piece of legislation intended on updating Wyoming's annexation laws. Senate File 61 is of particular interest in Cheyenne, where the city and county have made regular court appearances trying to iron out growth issues. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Laramie, Wy – Disagreement remains over what caused at least 325 elk to fall critically ill south of Rawlins nearly a year ago. While assistant state veterinarian Walt Cook blames usnic acid produced by lichen the elk ate, another state veterinarian, Merle Raisbeck, suspects some other toxin in the lichen. The Game and Fish Department estimates that as many as 600 elk died last February and March. The elk became incapacitated, and those that did not die of thirst or predators had to be put down by wildlife agents.
Laramie, Wy – Yampa Valley Medical Center has suspended its air ambulance program until further notice, following the deadly crash of one of its planes in Wyoming nearly three weeks ago. The hospital's Board of Trustees says it will launch a comprehensive review of the program, a 2001 partnership between the hospital and Mountain Flight Service of Steamboat Springs. A Yampa Valley Air Ambulance was en route to Rawlins, Wyoming to pick up and transport a patient to Casper when it crashed January Eleventh near Rawlins.
Cheyenne, Wy – The House Travel Committee has recommended a measure allowing Wyoming to join the multistate Powerball lottery. The vote was eight-to-one to send the measure to the House for further debate. Proponents say that if people don't want to play the lottery, they don't have to. They likened it to a voluntary tax. Republican Representative Kathy Davison, of Kemmerer, was the lone dissenter. She says she's not convinced the majority of state residents want the lottery.
Cheyenne, Wy – After making some changes to how projects will be funded, the Wyoming Senate gave overwhelming support to a bill that could help build more multi-lane highways in the state. Gillette Senator Michael Von Flatern amended the proposal to give the Department of Transportation ten million dollars for planning. The idea is to have them move more quickly on improving some two lane roads.