Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Community College Commission
has hired a new executive director. It is former Laramie Legislator and Mayor Jim Rose. The former U-W Professor is currently Dean of the Santa Rosa Junior College in California.
Rose begins the job on February 2nd and will earn 97-thousand dollars a year.

Cheyenne, Wy – The executive director of the Cheyenne
City Council has resigned amid an investigation into alleged credit
card fraud.
Maggie Carter's resignation was announced last night following
an executive session by the council.
Council President Floyd Lopez gave no reason for the
resignation.
Carter's office has been sealed since she revealed to Lopez that
she used city credit cards to purchase personal items totaling more
than 500 dollars.
Lopez says Carter told him she mistakenly used the city credit

Laramie, Wy – A spending bill approved by Congress
contains (M) millions of dollars for projects in Wyoming.
The measure provides two-point-six (M) million dollars to build
a new courthouse at Yellowstone, and nearly ten (M) million to
restore the Old Faithful Inn, which marked its 100th anniversary
this year.
Yellowstone also will get a (M) million dollars for snowcoaches,
which transport tourists in the winter.
The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center in Casper will

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming state troopers will increase
patrols on designated roads this coming holiday weekend.
Troopers will be on the lookout for drunken drivers, seat belt
violations and speeders in an effort to make highways safe for
travelers. They will be paying particular attention to Interstate
80.
The effort is part of a nationwide campaign called "Operation
CARE" -- which stands for combined accident reduction effort.

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman about new gas prices and telecommunication issues.

Topic: The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center are providing services for the state; Guests:Burke Grandjean and Bistra Anatechkova of the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.

Kaycee, WY – Two areas near Kaycee are the latest where the Game and Fish Department has found chronic wasting disease. Wildlife Disease Specialist Hank Edwards says this is further evidence that the disease is spreading within the state. But Edwards has a note of caution. He says just because chronic wasting was found on the eastern slope of the Bighorns, doesn't mean it is present there at the same levels as on the eastern slope of the Laramie Range, where CWD has been for decades. Edwards says Game and Fish will try to harvest more deer from the areas near Kaycee.

Gillette, WY – A routine Gillette traffic stop resulted in discovery of 77 cartons of cigarettes and two coin machines, all believed to have been stolen from a self-service laundry. A Gillette officer found the allegedly stolen items in a car that was stopped early Sunday because of a broken taillight. Two teens are expected to be charged with felony burglary.

Laramie, Wy – Human bones found in a gravel pit
northeast of Rock Springs belonged to an aboriginal American
Indian.
The Sweetwater County coroner says it could not be determined
whether the bones were prehistoric or from an era that included and
followed the first European explorer's presence in the area.
The bones, including a skull, were uncovered last Friday by a
worker loading gravel. There was no sign of trauma.
The nearby Shoshoni and Arapaho tribes will be contacted to see
if they want the bones.

Laramie, Wy – A three-point-seven million dollar
project to make Interstate 80 safer for motorists has added ten electronic message signs, three live-view cameras and additional lightning at some exits between Cheyenne and Laramie.
The lighting and cameras are so good that WyDOT dispatchers can see subtle differences in road conditions.
The three new cameras cover most of the area between the Lincoln Monument and Buford -- where a lot of blowing snow tends to occur.

Laramie, Wy – A complaint has been filed contesting the
city-wide vote approving of a ban on public smoking in Laramie.
The complaint by six Laramie residents was filed last Friday in
Albany County District Court. It names the city council and city
clerk.
It seeks to have the ordinance struck down because of failure to
comply with law governing special elections and referendums.
The ordinance, which passed by 366 votes in the November second
election, prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants
and bars.

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