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.
Douglas, Wy – The only general surgeon in the town of Douglas, Dr. Robert Ratcliff, plans to move his practice to Casper this fall. Too much time on call and the types of surgeries Ratcliff has been doing are the main reasons for his departure. That's according to Tom Nordwick, administrator of Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Ratcliff is a colon-rectal surgery specialist but has been doing many basic procedures in Douglas. He hopes to shift his attention to more complicated cases after moving his practice to Wyoming
Big Horn, Wy – A Big Horn man needed a little help to fight off a mountain lion this week. The unnamed man was attacked on his property near Little Goose Creek around four in the afternoon. When he spotted the lion, it was ten feet away and eventually charged him. He hit it with a shovel, and shouted for help. A neighbor helped him, and later authorities killed the lion. Game and Fish Spokesman Warren Mischke says people always need to fight back against a Lion.
Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn says Corey Bramlet is his starter. After last Saturday's 31-to-nothing loss to Texas A-and-M, Glenn hinted the quarterback job was open to competition. But now Glenn says Bramlet will start when U-W returns to action September 25th to play Ole Miss at War Memorial Stadium. The coach says he has confidence Bramlet can run the Cowboy offense.
Laramie, Wyoming – Wyoming law enforcement officials are pleased with the results of the states Amber Alert system. It was activated again Wednesday and a motorist did find the car authorities were looking for and a young girl was retrieved. Amber co-ordinator Tim Olsen says it's the second time their has been a statewide alert in the state, and both have led to resolutions. From what he can tell, the media and law enforcement worked well together on this. Olsen is not aware of fine-tuning that needs to be done.
Laramie, WY – Police say a man suspected of killing his ex-wife and abducting their five year old daughter shot himself to death near Laramie Wednesday night. Authorities say the girl is safe. The search for Stormy Shirk began Wednesday morning after her mother was found slain in her Topeka, Kansas home. Police believed her father, 29 year old Justin Shirk, took the girl and they issued an Amber Alert. Investigators believe Shirk was taking the girl to Oregon.