Sheridan, Wy – Conflicts between hunters on foot and sportsmen on all terrain vehicles and off-highway vehicles are on the rise in Wyoming. The SafeRider Institute of Sheridan is proposing a solution. Representatives of SafeRider told the state Game and Fish Commission that the best way to prevent such conflicts is through educating children on the proper use of the vehicles. The commission decided to study whether partnering with SafeRider and other similar organizations would work.
Cheyenne, Wy – There are now five projects that have received grants from the state's Business Ready Community Program. The State Loan and Investment Board gave its approval Monday for proposals made by Washakie County, the town of Shoshoni, and the City of Riverton. The Business Ready Community program is the centerpiece of Governor Freudenthal's economic development plans and he says these are the types of projects he envisioned. Freudenthal says Riverton's plan for a new building for the Brunton Company was something he talked about during his campaign.
Laramie, Wy – New statistics show that Wyoming continues to have the worst gender wage gap in the country. An economist who has studied the issue is hopeful that efforts by the state to get women more non-traditional jobs could close the gap. U-W researcher Anne Alexander says the focus by state officials to specifically get those working two and three jobs into one non-traditional job would help dramatically. But Alexander says helping women start their own businesses is also critical, along with enhanced overall economic development in the state.
Laramie, Wy – A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming. Doctor David Mech has lived near wolves in the arctic, watched them from aircraft in Alaska and observed them in Minnesota and Wyoming. One project he worked on was to see if wolves kill for sport. He says that is an unreasonable assumption because there is documentation that all of wolves' prey animals have killed wolves including deers. Mech says wolves do kill prey and then leave them for some time before coming back to eat them.
Topic: A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming; Guest: Doctor David Mech
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with John Pope and Kim Vincent about Venture West forum in Laramie this week and how they work with those interested in their business or starting a new one. For more information about Venture West visit, www.venturewest.org
Topic: A group of students in Casper will be holding an event this weekend to teach middle and high school students about volunteerism; Guest: Mike Prentice, Natrona County High School student
Cheyenne, Wy – State money will be used in efforts to add new flights from airports in Jackson and Cody. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously to fund the projects today. 300-thousand dollars will help secure Cody to Denver summer service and 125-thousand is for flights next winter from Dallas and Cincinnati to Jackson. In February, the Board chose not to spend any of the state's three million air service fund, and actually seem opposed to playing with the free market.
Cheyenne, Wy – Shoshoni, Riverton, and Washakie County are in line to be the latest recipients of money from the Business Ready Communities program. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors signed off on the three projects today. The State Loan and Investment Board votes on them Monday. Riverton would get one-point-five million dollars for construction of a new building for the Brunton Company, a manufacturer that employs 79 people currently. Without the new building, Brunton would need to relocate.
Laramie, Wy – State officials say the number of dentists in Wyoming is falling and could reach critical levels if more aren't recruited to replace those nearing retirement. Grant Christensen is the new administrator of the Wyoming Department of Health's Dental Division. He says Wyoming particularly needs more dentists to serve its low-income population. Currently, just 25 dentists are providing about 80 percent of the state's Medicaid dental treatment. Pending increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates could help.