Cheyenne, WY – The scientist who first classified the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse as a distinct subspecies now believes otherwise. That's according to Governor Dave Freudenthal's office. University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Philip Krutzsch determined in 1954 the Preble's mouse was a distinct subspecies. Freudenthal spokeswoman Lara Azar says Krutzsch now agrees with the findings of a new study commissioned by the State of Wyoming and others. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science study concluded the Preble's mouse is not genetically distinct.
Cheyenne, WY – A study by the National Academy of Sciences is validating the finding there is critical habitat for endangered and threatened species on the Platte River. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation came out with those same findings months ago, but the Academy of Sciences commissioned a study to verify their work. Committee Chairman Will Graf recognizes that saying there is critical habitat on the river in Nebraska will have an impact in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, WY – Gains in construction and government jobs caused Wyoming's unemployment rate to edge downward in March. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from three-point-five percent in February to three-point-four percent last month. Wyoming saw a net increase of 800 jobs, with government adding the most followed by construction. That offset the 200 jobs lost in the manufacturing, natural resources and mining industries. Albany county posted the lowest jobless rate for March at two percent. Fremont county recorded the highest rate at six-point-five percent.
Torrington, WY – A Torrington man announced he is running in the election for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress. Al Hamburg says he will participate in the Democratic primary, even though he was kicked out of the party in 1996. The 72-year-old Hamburg says the Republican party doesn't care for blue collar workers and he'll make job creation and stopping illegal immigration priorities. He was convicted of a felony for forging signatures on a petition to create a new party. However Hamburg says state and local elections officials framed him.
Jackson, Wyoming – A report last week understated the amount of money being fundraised by Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Ladd of Jackson. Wire reports listed Ladd as raising only 25-hundred dollars, but federal reports show Ladd as having fundraised over 15 thousand from individuals. Another ten thousand came from Ladd for a total of 25 thousand. Ladd thinks this shows there is support for his campaign. Ladd says the campaign is very early, and it will take a lot more money for someone to actually win the seat.
Riverton, WY – Riverton airport officials are seeking financial help from Fremont county to pay for much-needed runway improvements. Airport board members and Riverton City Councilors want nearly 200 thousand dollars from the county to make up an anticipated shortfall. A higher than anticipated bid of one-point-five million dollars was submitted on a crosswind taxiway project. Riverton city officials say they can't afford to pay more due to the city's mainstreet reconstruction project coming in over bid. Commissioners are expected to reach a decision on the request by June 30th.
Cheyenne, WY – The Historic Governor's Mansion in Cheyenne is closed until 2005 to allow for major renovation work. Mansion Superintendent Tim White says the last time the mansion had a top to down renovation was in 1937. He says everything from plumbing, heating and electrical systems need updating. White says renovations began last year when the mansion received a new hail-resistant roof and new gutters and downspouts. He says the legislature has appropriated 835 thousand dollars over the last three years for the work.
Laramie, Wy – A brother and sister from southeast Wyoming have won a business competition at the University of Wyoming. Patrick and Amie Zimmerer, of Huntley, topped the Entrepreneurship Competition with their proposal to make wine from state-grown grapes. They were awarded five thousand dollars to start their business this summer. Another five thousand dollars will be made available based on a progress report. Patrick Zimmerer is a third-year law student and the general