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.
Newcastle, WY – Federal environmental officials want to know how a refinery accident in Newcastle has affected the health of area residents. The 2002 accident at Wyoming Refinery released 20 tons of powdered silica into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency has asked for a public health assessment of the Newcastle community by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency wants to focus on whether inhaling the powdered silica caused asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung fibrosis and other respiratory ailments.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a plan to expand the habitat of the endangered Wyoming toad by using ranch land. The toads are only found at Mortenson Lake southwest of Laramie. They were put on the endangered species list in 1984. Wildlife biologists say the lake has grown too salty and alkaline due to the drought and might be hindering reintroduction. Under proposed "safe harbor" agreements, ranchers who allow toads to be released on their land would be protected if the toads
Laramie, Wy – The Medical Director of the Cancer Center that's part of Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie says the administration has made a series of mistakes and failures. On top of that doctor Clinton Merrill says the administration instructed employees to discredit him. Merrill says the C-E-O of the hospital is the major cause of the shortfalls at the institution. In response C-E-O, Jeffrey Feike, would only say the hospital has a tremendous staff and offers quality care. There will be a public meeting of the hospital board of trustees Wednesday night at 5:15.
Cheyenne, Wy – A crowded field of Republicans hoping to unseat Representative Barbara Cubin may get a little smaller. State Senator Cale Case says he and Cheyenne attorney Bruce Asay have agreed to meet this summer about the possibility one of them ending their campaigns. Case and Asay are among six Republicans running against Cubin in the primary. Three Democrats and one Libertarian are also campaigning. Cubin has served five terms since first elected in 1994.
Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming Trustees approved the second five year plan governing academic goals for the institution. Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom Buchanan says nearly 100 percent of the first academic plan's goals have been met. He says the second plan continues some of the important goals started under the first document. Buchanan says academic areas such as natural resources, life sciences and energy sciences speak to the heart of U-W's academic mission.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming Schools Superintendent Trent Blankenship admits he would have preferred the state Supreme Court sign off on the legislature's school finance plan for both funding and construction. The court decided against that last month, setting the stage for more lawsuits this year. Blankenship wants education funding out of the court's jurisdiction. He says retaining jurisdiction means lawmakers will be reluctant to fine-tune the funding mechanisms further.