Jackson, WY – Teton county authorities are investigating some suspicious activities in light of the recent dog poisonings in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho. Bridger-Teton National Forest spokesman Jay Anderson says two forest volunteers encountered a man coming out of a wooded area near the popular Cache Creek trailhead Tuesday morning. He says the man was wearing industrial-type rubber gloves and carrying a Mountain Dew bottle with a brown liquid in it.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Highway Patrol will join a nationwide 4th of July crackdown on dangerous drivers. The operation will involve strict enforcement of traffic laws, with emphasis on alcohol and drug-related driving offenses, speeding violations, and promotion and enforcement of safety belt statutes. A patrol official says that all state troopers are expected to work on the holiday to boost visibility and help maintain an efficient movement of traffic. The campaign -- known as Operation CARE -- will last from one
Laramie, Wy – A democrat seeking Wyoming's lone U-S House seat wants to provide help to small businesses. Ted Ladd says if the state ever hopes to keep young people in Wyoming, then small business needs a chance to thrive. "Small businesses are getting bludgened with regulation right now" said Ladd during an appearence on Wyoming Public Radio. Ladd has several solutions for helping small business people, including improving health care. He says that has among the biggest impacts on small business people. Ladd is a businessman from Wilson, Wyoming.
Taos, NM – U-S Interior Secretary Gale Norton says listing the sage grouse as an endangered species could significantly threaten energy production and grazing. Speaking to Western Governors Tuesday, Norton says coal mining, natural gas production, electric transmission corridors and cattle grazing are all in the middle of sagebrush habitat. She says officials must minimize the impacts on sage grouse habitat to help keep the bird from being listed as endangered. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is studying whether or not to list sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species.
Sheridan, Wy – Legislators have wrapped up two days of meetings in Sheridan to prepare for the upcoming Special Session. Four different committees were meeting as one to consider ideas to address the state's rising medical malpractice insurance rates. Representative Colin Simpson is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He says they will likely look at a resolution to cap non economic damages and a medical review panel. Although lawmakers also may consider the Governors proposal of a subsidy to help doctors pay for insurance. Simpson also says insurance reforms are possible.
Laramie, Wy – Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish says they probably will not conduct additional monitoring or studying of Lynx, despite the discovery of a Lynx and its Kittens in the Snowy Range Mountains. The Lynx was released nearly 225 miles away in Colorado nearly four years ago. Game and Fish Biological Services Supervisor Reg Rothwell says the discovery of the species is a surprise but he doubts the agency will do any additional monitoring. He says he will leave that up to Colorado officials instead. The Lynx gave birth to three kittens.
Cheyenne, Wy – The top state and federal endangered species authorities in Wyoming both say they dislike how the Endangered Species Act is applied. Ryan Lance is Governor Freudenthal's endangered species coordinator. He spoke today (Wednesday) at the U-S Bureau of Land Management's National Fluid Minerals Conference in Cheyenne. Lance says environmental groups use the Endangered Species Act to block development. And he says they've succeeded with species like the Preble's meadow jumping mouse affecting development along
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials have released their latest academic plan as they continue to try and move the school forward. U-W President Phil Dubois says they are focusing on some key issues, such as the Graduate programs. He says they are undersubscribed and need attention. Dubois also wants an examination on the curriculum, so that students can finish in four years. He also wants another look at long range enrollment planning. The plan also guides U-W in economic development efforts.