Laramie, WY – A Laramie group is trying to get the city council to pass an ordinance to outlaw smoking in all businesses. The idea has met with opposition from several Laramie bar owners, who believe the idea to go smoke-free should be voluntary. Larry Deal of Smoke-free Laramie says the ordinance is needed because it's a health issue that should not be voluntary. Deal says business owners aren't allowed to voluntarily regulate the amount of asbestos in their air, so he questions why should it be different with second-hand smoke.
Riverton, WY – There will be a Special Session of the Wyoming Legislature starting July 12th. Lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Special Session to address rising medical malpractice insurance rates and the resulting numbers of doctors leaving the state. The vote was 18-10 among Senators and 48-6 in the House. Senate President April Brimmer-Kunz says she hopes lawmakers will use the Special Session to begin to resolve the matter. She doesn't want to create expectations that they can completely solve the problem in just a week.
Cheyenne, WY – A Campbell County man has become the first resident of the state and the third in the nation to contract the West Nile virus this year. The Wyoming West Nile case comes three weeks earlier than the first recorded case in 2003. The Campbell County man developed West Nile fever and is currently recovering. Wyoming State Health Officer Doctor Brent Sherard says the early discovery may portend a serious West Nile virus season in the state this year.
Laramie, WY – A Laramie-based environmental group contends the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse needs continued Endangered Species Act protections. Jeff Kessler of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance also disputes a study cited by the State of Wyoming as evidence why the mouse should be de-listed. Kessler says the Denver Museum of Nature and Science study had a number of problems. He says scientists reviewing the work questioned the study's scientific methods and unsupported conclusions made by the author.
Cheyenne, WY – Citing security concerns, Great Lakes Airlines has been denied the right to start bus service between airport terminals in Laramie and Cheyenne to Denver. The Transportation Security Administration has decided not to approve what would have been a first-of-its-kind service. The T-S-A says there were too many questions about whether the bus would be secure as it traveled to Denver. Great Lakes Vice President for Marketing and Planning Dave Thomas says the decision doesn't make sense to him. He says the airline had a great plan in place to make the bus secure.