Cheyenne, WY – The Game and Fish Director says wolves are chasing elk from state feedgrounds in western Wyoming. Terry Cleveland says more than three-thousand elk have been dispersed by wolves over the past several weeks causing crop damage and increasing potential for brucellosis transmission to cattle. Cleveland has sent a letter to the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service asking that the agency remove and relocate the so-called Daniel wolf pack.
Laramie, Wy – Researchers with the National Institutes of Health are having lots of success with a vaccine for West Nile Virus. They recently tested a form of it in mice. Wyoming's West Nile Coordinator, Doctor Terry Creekmore, says it is valid and could improve another vaccine that uses the yellow fever virus. But, Creekmore says this new vaccine is not very far along in the process. The Yellow Fever virus vaccine is the furthest along, but it is still two to three years away from coming on the market.
Laramie, Wy – The mayor of Rawlins is criticizing the process that led to the choice of Torrington over Rawlins and Riverton for the site of a medium-security prison. But Governor Freudenthal is standing by the process. Corrections officials announced last month that they believe the prison should be built in Torrington. It will now be up to state to confirm the site for the 650-bed facility when they meet for this year's legislative session, which begins next Tuesday.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Health Department Director Deb Fleming says she's ready to pursue other avenues in health care. Fleming announced Tuesday that she will resign from the department in March after two years on the job. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Fleming said she didn't have anything lined up just yet. Fleming is an expert in aging issues and is a former director of the Health Department's Aging Division. Governor Dave Freudenthal called Fleming, quote "a tremendous director of a challenging department."
Laramie, Wy – The federal government is giving Idaho and Montana more control over the reintroduced wolf population. But Wyoming will have to wait. U-S Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced the new rule Monday. Under the rule, landowners can kill wolves without prior written authority if the animals are harassing livestock or domestic pets. But wolf kills still must be backed up by physical evidence.
Laramie, Wy – The Game and Fish Department's Assistant Wildlife Division Chief says people at a series of public meetings on changes to the Grizzly Bear Management Plan expressed several misconceptions. John Emmerich says many people believe the agency wants to limit things like grazing, snowmobiling and other human activities, but that will not happen.
Laramie, Wy – A celebration of the lives of two prominent wildlife disease experts will be held Wednesday at the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center. Veterinary science professor Beth Williams and her husband, Tom Thorne, will be remembered at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning in the Fine Arts concert hall. Williams and Thorne died last week in a snowy collision on U-S Highway 287 south of the Wyoming-Colorado border. Williams had been a member of the Veterinary Sciences Department
Cheyenne, Wy – The leader of the Wyoming Highway Patrol is Governor Dave Freudenthal's pick as the next director of the state Transportation Department. Colonel John Cox was nominated this morning to become the next WYDOT director. The 49-year-old Cox has spent the past seven years as administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, overseeing some 190 uniformed officers. Cox is a former police chief in Powell, and also worked as a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer, a police division supervisor in Douglas.
Laramie, Wy – Two city council members in Cheyenne are discussing plans to limit smoking in the capital city's restaurants. But Councilmen Don Pierson and Jimmy Valdez disagree on the approach the city should take. Pierson says he'd like to ban smoking in restaurants only, saying Cheyenne isn't ready to take the next step and ban smoking in all public places. Valdez, on the other hand, says the only fair way to approach the issue would be a ban in all public places. Otherwise, he says, the council would be discriminating against restaurants.