Casper, WY – An effort to create a statewide ban on smoking in Wyoming restaurants seems to have stalled. The legislature's health committee discussed the issue at a meeting in Casper and decided not to support a bill that could have limited where people can smoke. That means the only way such a bill could come up during the legislative session is if an individual lawmaker sponsors it. Representative John Hastert brought the proposal to the committee, but says he won't sponsor a bill on his own.
Cheyenne, Wy – Earlier this month the State Treasurer named a new Chief Investment Officer for Wyoming. Michael Walden Newman is set to take over the position November first. This elicited a critical editorial in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Governor Freudenthal said he was unaware that Walden Newman had a background in investment.
Gillette, WY – Some doubts have been raised about the cattle from Campbell County that were found with brucellosis. A formal review has been requested of test procedures at the South Dakota laboratory where the two cows tested positive this summer. The review comes after bacteria isolated from the infected cattle animals matched that of infected South Dakota bison previously tested.
Cheyenne, Wy – A group calling itself the Wolf Coalition is suing the federal government over its rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan and for the federal governments failure and refusal to properly manage wolves. Attorney Harriet Hageman says the coalition is a group of 27 associations, entities and counties. Among their issues is that the state released a plan for managing wolves around the national parks, but the U-S Fish and Wildlife service has implied that they want wolves to thrive throughout the state. But she contends that was "never the deal".
Laramie, Wy – The governor says a decision by the Northern Arapahoe is forcing him to shut down the Tribal Liaison position in his office after one year. The position requires 25 thousand dollars a year from both tribes and the Northern Arapahoe Business Council decided not to pay its share, saying it had to spend the money to provide social services on the reservation after a contract dispute with the state. Governor Dave Freudenthal says this was not a good decision and he hoped the tribe would not give up on the position after one disagreement.
Jackson, Wyo – A U-S Forest Service employee says two people -- including a Wyoming man -- survived the crash of an airplane that earlier was reported to have claimed five lives. Forest Service employee Ed Lieser says Jodee Hogg of Billings, Montana, and Matthew Ramidge of Jackson Hole, Wyoming walked away from Monday afternoon's crash. They were picked up this afternoon and flown to a Kalispell hospital. Flathead National Forest spokeswoman Denise Germann says Ramidge was then flown to Harborview hospital in Seattle for burn
Casper, WY – The U-S Bureau of Land Management may issue a final decision next month on leasing Martin's Cove the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The site about 55 miles southwest of Casper is considered hallowed ground by the Church. In 1856, a company of Mormon pioneers were trapped by an early winter storm there and many died. Congress has already authorized the lease, but some have questioned the deal.