Cheyenne, WY – Another state is placing import restrictions on Wyoming cattle, following the discovery of brucellosis near Pinedale. Nebraska is now the third state to impose restrictions, joining Colorado and California. Wyoming still has its brucellosis-free status. 3,400 head from herds near the infected cows have all tested negative. If the state were to lose its status, that would subject the state to automatic restrictions for exporting cattle anywhere in the nation.
Cheyenne, Wy – Public health nurses are hopeful about the Governors 22 million dollar pay raise plan. Jo Ann Blevins of the State Health Department says the plan puts nurses on park with similar employees from across the country. Health officials say such disparities are contributing to the nationwide nursing shortage.
Casper, Wy – Two Wyoming legislators say they are pleased with the progress of the state's school funding model, but say that lawmakers also must watch spending. Senators Jim Anderson and Kathryn Sessions both have worked in public schools. Anderson says it cannot be an open ended process, but he thinks changes they have made will improve education. Sessions is hopeful that they are close to wrapping up the funding reform they have been working on for the past few years.
Denver, Co – Researchers are looking to wolves to help control the spread of chronic wasting disease, which some biologists say could invade Yellowstone National Park in coming years. Researchers says wolves could kill off sick animals through their ability to spot vulnerable prey.
Laramie, WY – Airports in Laramie, Riverton, and Rock Springs will not need 10,000 passengers to receive a million dollar grant for airport improvements. That's because in the FAA Reauthorization Bill the President signed this month, the passenger requirement for getting the money was waived. Riverton's airport is expected to meet that requirement, but Laramie and Rock Springs would have come up short. Laramie Airport Manager Jack Skinner says the waiver is a relief because they can now make a critical upgrade to a runway used for bad weather landings.
Wyoming – Topic: Wyoming Children's Action Alliance has release the latest Wyoming kid count fact book which is a county by county statewide study of the well being of Wyoming's children; Guest: Shelly Stewart. Assistant Executive Director of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance
Topic: The Joint Education Committee of the Wyoming legislature will debate a bill that will add 21 million dollars to Wyoming school districts for regional cost adjustments; Guest: Jeff Wasserburger, Joint Education Committee Co-Chair Representative
Cheyenne, WY – There is a lot of good and bad when it comes to kids in the state. That's the assessment in the most recent Wyoming Kids Count Factbook. Shelli Stewart of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says the increased need for public assistance is a concern, but she says the fact that some of those applications are going for children's insurance, or Kid Care, is a plus. Stewart says the state has also seen a decline in teen pregancies, although it's only a slight decline and not as big as decreasing being reported nationally.
Cheyenne, WY – California is the second state to impose restrictions on Wyoming cattle following the discovery of brucellosis in Sublette County. Colorado immediately restricted imports of cattle from a wide area of western Wyoming. Governor Freudenthal's press secretary says the California requirement will be imposed throughout Wyoming and will require all cattle 18 months and older to show a negative brucellosis test within 30 days of entry into California. Exceptions are livestock from a certified brucellosis-free herd and cattle moving directly to slaughter.
Riverton, Wy – Wyoming Public Television officials are disappointed that Governor Freudenthal has slashed their requested budget increase from eight-point-one-(M)-million dollars to 30-thousand-dollars. Dan Schiedel is general manager of Wyoming Public T-V. He told two Fremont County lawmakers this week that the higher amount is needed to complete statewide conversion from an analog signal to a digital one. And he points out that the Legislature has already invested three-(M)-million dollars in the upgrade.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is busy investigating five wolf killings. Enforcement Agent Dominic Domenici worries that people have become less tolerant of wolves. He is calling on the public to solve these cases. But Domenici fears that some people are withholding information because of their general feelings about wolves.