Casper, WY – Wyoming health officials suggest using caution if you're cleaning out that cabin for summer use. Doctor Marty Thone of the Casper/Natrona County Health Department says breathing in deer mice droppings while clearning that closed space could lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. He says there have been a total of four hantavirus cases in Wyoming since 1992. Thone says that may not seem like a lot, but all of the cases have been fatal. He says there's no cure for hantavirus so prevention is the best defense.
Laramie, WY – The Chief Executive Officer of Laramie's Ivinson Memorial Hospital will keep his job following a tense meeting Wednesday night. The Hospital's Board of Trustees met in front of a crowded room and many of those in attendance were not supporters of C-E-O Jeffrey Feike. Feike was called a liar by members of the public and one hospital staff member told trustees Feike asked him to discredit another doctor at the hospital. Feike says the allegations against him are false and he's worked to address various concerns.
Laramie, Wy – The end of summer is the earliest point at which gas prices may come back down to earth. That's according to Roy Turner, the Executive Vice President of the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, a group that represents those who sell gas. Triple-A says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Wyoming is now a dollar-92, 45 cents more then a year ago. Turner expects prices to continue their steady climb in the near future.
Laramie, Wyoming – After trying it out for a couple of years, State officials are looking at doing away with the 3-tiered diploma. Currently, when high school students graduate, they can get one of three types of diplomas. State Superintendent Trent Blankenship says there is not a lot of support for keeping those diplomas, noting that he has heard complaints from districts and parents. He expects legislators will drop the diplomas in favor of a more traditional model. However, Blankenship says districts will still need to be responsible for making sure students are proficient.
Laramie, Wy – Wildfire danger in Wyoming is low for the moment, but there is still some risk, especially when an abandoned campfire is involved. With summer around the corner, public land managers are reminding people about campfire safety. Already this spring, there have been four abandoned campfires found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. One of those escaped its fire ring and fire crews had to be called out to deal with it. Forest Fire Prevention Officer Dean Burnham says campers should always be sure their fire is completely out, whenever leaving a campsite.
Laramie, Wy – Number portability is supposed to happen in Wyoming, but a few companies are asking to be exempt. It allows for you to switch phone companies, but keep the same number. Quest has made the necessary changes, but several Independent companies are asking the Wyoming Public Service commission to exempt them. State Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says some of the companies want more time to get everything in order, and he does not have a problem with them. But he is concerned about those who want a waiver.
Laramie, WY – One Wyoming group has concerns about the lack of candidates seeking legislative seats. There are 76 seats up for election, but only 24 of those races have more than one candidate. Marguerite Herman of the Wyoming League of Women Voters says this is bad for the democratic process. Herman urges people who are willing to run for office to do it, even if it means facing an incumbent. The deadline to run for office in Wyoming is Friday.