Cheyenne, WY – President Bush's rules for overtime pay are confusing many people around the country. The regulations went into effect a little less than a month ago and Charlie Rando with the Wyoming Department of Employment says he understands how they might cause some problems for employers. He says it's tough being an employer these days with all the rules changes to keep in mind. Rando says the best way to get information about the new rules is to contact the U-S Department of Labor offices in Casper or Salt Lake City.
Casper, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will ask landowners in Campbell County Tuesday for permission to hold a special elk hunt season this fall. The purpose is to test elk around the Rochelle Hills area for brucellosis. That's where two cattle tested positive for the disease. Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says the special hunt is needed because the hunt area where the cattle outbreak occurred is closed this year. Cleveland says landowner permission will be required because many public parcels of land are landlocked by private property.
Laramie, Wy – The investigation into the devastating crash on I-80 last month is over. And the findings do not place the blame with any of the drivers involved. The lead investigator, Lieutenant Kleif Guenther says his work found that in a matter of ten minutes 66 people and 36 vehicles were involved in the chain collision. But, he says no one is at fault though people were traveling too fast for the conditions.
Laramie, Wyoming – A Laramie group believes it has enough signatures to challenge an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places. The focus of the ordinance has been on the outlawing of smoking in restaurants and bars and the committee to protect free choice thinks that should be a business decision. Spokesman Joe Hageman says apparently a lot of non-smokers feel the same way. He says their petitions have a lot of non-smokers on them.
Riverton, WY – A fire apparently started by children playing with fireworks caused over a million dollars of damage south of Riverton over the weekend. The blaze destroyed dozens of cars and recreational vehicles on a sales lot, several outbuildings and thousands of tons of stacked hay. Riverton Fire Marshall Matt Lee says the fire began Saturday afternoon and was fanned by 35 mile an hour winds before fire crews were able to control it Sunday morning. He says crews did a good job of stopping the fire at the edge of Riverton's south side.
Wyoming – Three years ago this week, Clint Haskins drove drunk and ran into eight U-W athletes, killing all of them. Haskins was later sentenced to prison for the crime. Since that time he has spoken to groups, but has had limited media contact. Today he talks about the night of the crash with Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck
Laramie, Wy – Most of the residents of Fremont County and the Wind River Reservation will soon be connected to the rest of the world by fiber optics. The Marketing Director for Dubois Telephone, Bill Guthrie, says this will bring down costs for telephone customers and give Internet users a better connection. He says this will allow schools and businesses to do video streaming. Guthrie says the fiber optic should be operational around the beginning of the New Year. He says it will help attract people that like the area and want to run businesses out of their homes.
Jackson, WY – The Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team took up the sticky issue of elk feedgrounds during its' 8th meeting in Jackson. The majority of the panel was willing to experiment with closing feedgrounds, but there was concern about dramatic loss in elk numbers and impacts to ranchers. One preliminary recommendation calls for the Game and Fish Department to continually evaluate each feedground and look for chances to phase-out or modify them. Task Force Chair and University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Dean Frank Galey likes the recommendation because of its' flexibility.