Laramie, Wy – Beer could now be on the menu along with burgers and fries at some local fast-food joints and convenience stores in Green River. The City Council has given final approval to an amendment that allows fast-food restaurants and drug and convenience stores to apply for liquor licenses. The city has three retail liquor licenses still available. An unlimited number of restaurant liquor licenses exist. Each request will still require the City Council's approval.
Cheyenne, WY – State officials are urging residents to use pesticides properly and report any missing supplies in light of a recent string of dog poisonings in northwestern Wyoming. At least 21 dogs in Wyoming and Idaho have been sickened or killed since March. The dogs ate hot dogs filled with the insecticide Temik, a granular substance that looks like black table salt. Wyoming Department of Agriculture officials says the insecticide is used to control nematodes in Wyoming's surgar beet fields. Investigators believe the poisoned hot dogs were meant for wolves, not pets.
Laramie – Add an Albany County prosecutor's name to the list of those who want some enhanced drunk driving laws. It stems from an incident that occurred in Laramie last fall. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has the details.
Laramie, Wy – An appeal of a judge's ruling overturning a Clinton-era ban on national forest road-building remains alive following a federal court order. The roadless rule would limit timber harvesting and other development on 58 million acres of remote forest land. Last July, U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer in Wyoming struck down the rule, saying it illegally created wilderness areas and violated other federal laws. Eight conservation groups took the matter to the Denver-based 10th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals.
Laramie, WY – A project to explore for oil and gas in Wyoming's Red Desert has prompted conservation groups to file a legal challenge in federal court in Washington, D.C. Patricia Dowd of the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club says the Bureau of Land Management proposed allowing the use of 62 thousand pound seismic "thumper trucks" to search for oil and gas. Dowd says there are lower impact methods that could be used to protect the Red Lake Dunes fragile landscape.
Laramie, Wy – Add the University of Wyoming to the list of municipalities and organizations seeing higher than expected costs for building projects. Vice President for Planning and Budget, Phil Harris, tells UW trustees bids for the new child care center were 24% higher than anticipated. He says it will require UW to use more of it's federal mineral royalty revenue to complete the child care center. Harris says officials also saw bids two percent higher for a dormitory renovation, but he's not sure why they child care center is 12 times more expensive.