Gillette, WY – About 350 head of cattle in Campbell county will be tested Friday for brucellosis. The cattle come from a herd from which two cows tested positive for the disease ealier this week. Six other contact herds with about 15 hundred head of cattle will be tested within the next couple of weeks. The two infected Campbell county cows were discovered after a group of 50 cows were sent to a livestock sale in South Dakota.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Energy Department has awarded nearly one-point-two-million dollars in grants to Wyoming to help low-income families weatherize their homes. The agency says poor families spend an average of 14 percent of their income on energy, compared to three-and-a-half percent for the average American family. The Energy Department says that weatherization can reduce energy costs by 218 dollars a year. The money for Wyoming is part of 95-million dollars awarded to 20 states.
Casper, WY – Natrona county voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase November 2nd to raise 11 million dollars to turn a vacant hotel into a new court building. The question on whether the quarter-cent tax would come before voters in November was decided Wednesday night when the Mills Town Council approved putting the issue to voters. The councils in Bar Nunn, Casper and Edgerton earlier backed putting the tax issue on the ballot. If approved by voters, the tax will be in effect about four years.
Beulah, WY – The Vore Buffalo Jump site west of Beulah has been opened to the public for the first time in nearly a decade. The site's foundation has hired employees to explain the archeology and help interpret the site and intepretive signs have been added. The buffalo jump was discovered in the 1970's. Centuries ago, American Indians used the natural sinkhole as a way to trap bison. More than 20 thousand bison were killed over the years. Foundation officials eventually hope to build a visitor's center and make the Vore Buffalo Jump a state historic site.
Gillette, WY – The nation's fourth largest coal producer has sold its American mining operations and formed a new corporation. R-A-G International owns two mines in Campbell county, Eagle Butte and Bell Ayr. Both operations employ 480 people. The three American buyers have formed Foundation Coal. The sale price has not been disclosed, but previous announcements put the figure at close to one billion dollars. No changes are expected in the operation's management.
Laramie, WY – N-C-A-A rules will require that the University of Wyoming football team average 15-thousand fans per home game starting this season. If not, U-W could lose its Division One football status, which in turn could mean the University would have to leave the Mountain West Conference. Athletic Director Gary Barta admits it's a concern, but he has started a campaign to try to average 20 thousand fans per game. Barta says the first objective is obvious: a winning team. But he's working to make sure War Memorial Stadium is the place to be on Saturdays.
Laramie, Wy – On the Republican side of the race for Wyoming's seat in Congress, State Senator Cale Case says he is the candidate who will best protect the constitution. At a press conference Thursday he said incumbent Barbara Cubin has not done a good job upholding citizens' rights.
Cody, WY – The success of summer flights between Cody and Denver apparently has United Airlines ready to sign on for winter service. The consultant for the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization says his group and the airline have agreed to a contract and United should sign it by the end of the week. Rick Wilder says both sides saw summer traffic was better than expected and want to use that momentum to re-establish 12 month service to Denver.