Casper, Wy – Wyoming has new brucellosis testing rules. The State Livestock Board unanimously adopted the rules Tuesday in response to the recent cases in Sublette County. Under the rules, all female cattle sold for breeding purposes will need a negative brucellosis test within 60 days before change of ownership.
Laramie, Wy – Recent statistics show more kids have type 2 diabetes and some young children are even starting to develop some other health issues that used to be found sedentary adults. A University of Wyoming Professor of Kinesiology and Health,Tami Benham-Deal says a big problem continues to concern what children do with their free time. Instead of playing, many spend a lot of time around the television. Benham-Deal says parents need to make sure their children play and get exercise and children also need to eat smaller portion sizes.
Laramie, Wy – A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison was arrested Tuesday morning after a high-speed chase on Interstate 90. Ervin Brown was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol in Billings, Montana, after using a spike strip to flatten two of the tires on his vehicle. He's being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Center on assault, criminal endangerment and eluding a peace officer. Brown, a 41-year-old Michigan native, escaped while on trash detail at Mound Correctional Facility in Detroit late Friday.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Association of Municipalities has been pushing to raise the cap on the main revenue stream where they get funding. They say it is because they have a desperate need for more revenue. But Senator John Schiffer of Kaycee thinks that is a bad idea. Schiffer, who co-chairs the appropriations committee, mainly opposes the move because if the cap were raised, other entities would also get additional money that he says they don't need. Among those, is the legislature.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Farm Bureau President admits her members are scared about what is happening with beef markets following the discovery of Mad Cow Disease in Washington State. Karen Henry says coupled with brucellosis in Wyoming, the whole industry is very nervous especially since the Wyoming cattle industry has been battling a drought. Henry says many have already lost money, and if the foreign markets disappear it will be devastation. She says low prices impact Wyoming worse because the climate keeps farmers and ranchers from diversifying.
Sheridan, Wy – Sheridan's Mayor is not surprisingly behind the Governors push to provide more money to local government. Governor Freudenthal has a proposal that could get 100 million in new dollars to cities, towns and counties. Sheridan Mayor Jim Wilson says the Governor is on the right track because local governments like his have a variety of needs and no other way to raise revenue. He says Sheridan needs upgrade to water and sewer plants, along with replacement of water lines under streets.
Laramie, Wy – A Laramie representative wants to eliminate capital punishment for Juveniles. Democrat Jane Warren has drafted such a bill for next months legislative session. Her bill would increase the age for capital punishment from 16 to 18. Warren says a lot of data supports the idea that the death penalty is NOT an appropriate option for juveniles. Among other things, Warren says the developmental level of people that young is NOT the same as adults.
Laramie, Wy – This past November residents of Jackson voted down a plan to change zoning in the city. The changes would have allowed more dense construction. One of the leading opponents of the Downtown Redevelopment District or D.R.D. was the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Now that group is holding public meetings to talk about growth in Teton County broadly. Program Director Margie Lynch says this discussion is a prerequisite for revisiting the D.R.D. Lynch says they will take the public's comments and draft them into recommendations for local officials.
Casper, WY – The State Livestock Board will consider a new plan for brucellosis testing at a Tuesday meeting in Casper. The possible change would require negative brucellosis test, prior to change of ownership, for cattle that are sold for the purpose of breeding. Breeding cattle do not make up the majority of cows sold from Wyoming, but State Veterinarian Jim Logan says this change would help Wyoming's standing with other states and improve brucellosis surveillance.