Sheridan, WY – A Sheridan policy committee will hold a November public meeting to release the results of the first part of a study on building a loop road around the city's western edge. The committee is comprised of Sheridan's Mayor, the County Commission Chair and Transportation Department's District Engineer. Mayor Jim Wilson says the study indicates future growth will happen to Sheridan's southern and western side. Wilson says developers on the western side of Sheridan would like to have an answer as to whether a loop road will be built and what route it will take.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming rolled up 559 yards of total offense with better than half of that on the ground as the Cowboys beat up on Air Force Saturday 43 to 26. The Cowboys also got a great performance from Quarterback Corey Bramlet, who bounced back from two sub-par outings. Head Coach Joe Glenn says he challenged the team before the game. He says it was a "do or die" situation and his team played brilliantly. Glenn says they now have to figure out a way to win a game on the road, something the Cowboys have never done in Mountain West Conference play.
Laramie, Wy – A supporter of capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases, admits he's little puzzled why Wyoming is battling high insurance rates for its Doctors. Cato Institute Tort Expert Robert Levy says the reason most insurance rates increase is because juries are paying out too much in medical malpractice cases. But he's surprised its an issue in Wyoming. Statistics show that most payouts in Wyoming don't exceed a million dollars. Levy says if that is the case, he'd have a tough time justifying a cap on damages.
Laramie, WY – 145 Wyoming National Guardsmen deploy for an overseas assignment next Wednesday. The 133rd Engineers Company, based in Laramie, will first go to Fort Lewis, Washington for training before heading to either Iraq or Kuwait. In advance of the deployment, Laramie's Ace Hardware store is donating half of its sales Saturday to the 133rd's family support group. Store Owner Joel Schneider says he wanted to do something for the guard members and their families. Schneider says the family support group can spend the money however they see fit.
Wyoming – Wyoming is facing a public health crisis as malpractice insurance rates soar and specialists stop practicing in the state. Wyoming citizens will vote on a constitutional amendment that would could cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice suits. Bob Beck of Wyoming Public Radio has more....
Gillette, WY – There could be another brucellosis case in Teton county where a single cow was found with the disease earlier this summer. Officials started testing neighboring cattle herds recently and preliminary results indicate two cows may have the disease. The animals were slaughtered to conduct more definitive testing, which should be complete in a couple of weeks. Former State Veterinarian Jim Logan still conducts brucellosis work for the state.
Cheyenne, WY – The U-S Attorney's office has appinted one of its officials to oversee Tuesday's election in Wyoming. Assistant U-S Attorney Jim Anderson will lead efforts in Wyoming under the Justice Department's nationwide Election Day program. Anderson's job will be to look into complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters. He can be reached on Election Day at (307) 772-2124.
Cheyenne, Wy – A letter threatening the life of the governor and containing a powder was opened at a Cheyenne newspaper offices today (Thursday). Three other similar letters, two delivered to the newspaper and one to a local television station, were not opened. Initial tests of the powder released at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle showed no dangerous chemicals but more thorough tests were being conducted. Ten people who were exposed to the powder at the Tribune-Eagle were decontaminated and treated and released from United Medical
Laramie, Wy – Both sides of the smoke free ordinance that will be on Laramie's ballot next week are accusing the other side of using outside money to make their case. Opponents of the ordinance have received around 20-thousand in campaign contributions, while supporters received over 12 thousand. Opponents are critical of outside money from health organizations, but supporters of the smoke-free ordinance point to a 34-hundred dollar contribution from R-J Reynolds and they say tobacco lobbyists have helped them organize.