Laramie, Wy – One of the committees screening bills before the state legislature's special session this July is meeting Tuesday. The co chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee, Senator John Schiffer, says they will consider several different plans including some to subsidize doctors. He says this is needed because the high price of medical malpractice insurance is driving some doctors away and keeping others from coming to Wyoming. He says there are various ideas floating around that could bring the price of insurance down or subsidize doctors.
Laramie, Wy – A Republican running for Congress is not a fan of keeping the Bush tax cuts, especially if the budget is not balanced. Marvin Trip Applequist of Farson is challenging incumbent Barbara Cubin. But Applequist is concerned about the current tax cuts. He says it was irresponsible to support tax cuts without budget cuts.
Jackson, WY – Jackson Hole Airport officials are criticizing a federal helicopter base next to the airport, saying it's too grandiose and gaudy. The heli-base is a joint project between the National Park Service and Bridger-Teton National Forest to coordinate and improve search and rescue and firefighting activities. Airport board members charge the federal government exercised a double standard because the orange-tinted brown stain on the building doesn't blen in with natural surroundings. Park Service rules require that standard.
Jackson, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials were forced to euthanize another black bear in the Jackson Hole area last week. The agency had received several reports of the bear getting into bird feeders and garbage around Wilson. Game and Fish Bear Management officer Eric Shorma says the animal was a danger because she lost her fear of humans. Shorma says the second bear to be put down this year is disappointing because everything that causes habituation can be avoided.
Laramie, Wy – A new pipeline should have a major impact on Wyoming's natural gas market. Mark Dolger of the Wyoming Natural Gas Pipeline authority says the Cheyenne Plains Pipeline will send more gas to mid-western markets. Dolger says the authority negotiated to make the pipeline is larger then originally planned. This will allow it to carry more gas. Dolger says the pipeline authority is aggressively pursuing other avenues to increase the states production and exporting of natural gas. The group will use its new bonding authority to develop other projects.
Denver , CO – Wildlife officials say a young grey wolf found dead along Interstate 70 west of Denver wandered some 460 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service released the findings Thursday in a preliminary report. Some people suspected the wolf may have been killed somewhere and brought into Colorado. The the report says the wolf was hit by a vehicle on I-70, and suffered a broken back and ribs. The two year old female wolf was identified by her radio collar and was last detected inside Yellowstone in January.
Jackson, WY – Jackson authorities questioned a man about recent dog poisonings in the Jackson area after he was spotted near a popular trail wearing rubber gloves and carrying a container with brown liquid. Authorities say the man told police he wears rubber gloves because he does push ups along the trail and the brown liquid was ice tea. Police say the man was cooperative and after a search of his car turned up nothing, they let him go.
Laramie, Wy – In an effort to get more Special Education teachers certified, an Institute will be held in Casper next month. The 2nd annual Wyoming Mentorship Academy will also promote best practices for working with students with special needs. Coordinator Lori Kimbrough says the certification problem could be a big issue for the state. Kimbrough says the high caliber training is an alternative way to get teacher certification. The Academy takes place July 21st through the 23rd in Casper. She expects around 200 people to attend