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.
Laramie, Wy – Pinedale is having to weigh growth and private property rights versus the welfare of pronghorn antelope. On Monday the town's planning and zoning committee is discussing the annexation of 28 acres for development of 16 lots. The Upper Green River Valley Coalition's Linda Baker says that could cut off crucial habitat from 300 pronghorn that use the corridor. Officials from the Game and Fish Department say that pronghorn herd very well may just die off.
Wyoming – It takes a lot to convince an airline to serve a Wyoming-sized town these days. Airlines are still struggling financially, so they want their revenue guaranteed before starting new service. The Wyoming Business Council considers spending money from the air service enhancement fund Friday. And because airlines are so skittish, all the risk with any venture would be on the state and the community. That risk is higher because airlines still would have control over price, which goes a long way in determining if the service will attract passengers.
Laramie, Wyoming – Several Laramie officials say that City Manager Bonnie Ridley-Kraft is being forced out. The Laramie City council will supposedly address the matter in executive session Tuesday. Ridley-Kraft was hired in August after a short tenure in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she resigned last April because of differences with that city council. Mayor Fred Homer calls rumors of her dismissal nothing but speculation, but admitted that at-will contracts will be addressed Tuesday night in executive session.
Wyoming – This week, the state could be spending up to three million dollars to allow Wyoming airports to add flights to new destinations. The Board of Directors for the Wyoming Business Council will consider proposals for Cody and Jackson on Friday and one for Casper next month. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports there's no guarantee these types of investments are worthwhile.
Yellowstone National Park, WY – A 50-square mile drainage in Yellowstone National Park has been closed to fishing because of whirling disease. It's not known when fishing will be allowed to resume in the Pelican Creek drainage. The season was to have opened May 29th. Researchers say the closure was prompted by scientists detecting fewer fish than normal in Pelican creek last August. The goal of the closure is twofold: to prevent the whirling disease parasite from spreading to new areas and to help the stream recover.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's State Veterinarian is resigning to return to private practice in Fremont county. Dr. Jim Logan told the Wyoming Livestock Board he will stay on until a replacement is found and trained. The news comes just months after Wyoming lost its' brucellosis-free status. Logan says his resignation will not affect the effort to get that status back. He says he'll stay involved in the issue in order to achieve brucellosis-free status. To get that status back, there can be no more cases of brucellosis found in any Wyoming cattle for a year.
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.