city of laramie

With snow in the forecast, you’re probably not thinking much about mosquitoes. But the Laramie City Council is.

Laramie Beekeeper Helen Coates says last July, after the city sprayed organophosphates--a powerful common insecticide-- on the fields surrounding the city, she found hundreds of dead bees outside her hive. She says the chemical may be the cheapest approach, but it’s the worst for the environment.

“If you go spray, for example, a field of blooming yellow clover, you’re going to kill all the pollinators, probably some birds, it’s toxic to fish, etc.”

Several Albany County schools were closed Tuesday due to an early morning power outage. The University of Wyoming Lab School, Slade Elementary, the Laramie Montessori School, and Laramie High School all canceled because of the lack of power. ACT testing at Laramie High School that was planned for today has been postponed to a later date.

More than seven thousand customers in Laramie lost power. David Eskelsen is a Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson, and says the cause of the outage wasn’t weather related.

The Laramie City Council gave initial approval to a proposed ordinance that would add employment and housing protections for gay and lesbian residents.


This comes after a heavily backed and well funded statewide LGBT anti-discrimination bill died in the state legislature this year.


The author of a book on Mathew Shepard says his death was related to drugs and not his sexual orientation.  Stephen Jimenez writes that Shepard was involved in the Methamphetamine trade and that his horrific murder was the result of a drug deal gone wrong.

He says Shepard's main killer had been using meth which fueled the attack, an assertion that law enforcement authorities say is not true. 

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Today is the last day Ark Regional Services in Laramie will accept glass for recycling.

The organization – which connects intellectually and developmentally disabled people with jobs, education and care – has run a recycling program to help subsidize its operations for 30 years. Although the city also runs a recycling program, the Ark has been the only local entity to recycle glass.

  The city of Laramie is suing the Laramie Boomerang newspaper and a city councilor to get a judge's ruling on whether they're entitled to inspect city personnel records.
     Tuesday's district court lawsuit follows requests by Laramie Councilor Joe Vitale and the newspaper for information related to former Mayor Jodi Guerin's qualifications to serve as city recreation manager.

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A new program will allow Laramie and Cheyenne police officers to help one another during the Jubilee and Frontier Days weekends this month.

The arrangement allows an employee of one city to work in another city as needed. The police departments have decided to pilot the program with a focus on preventing drunk driving during the two popular festivals, beginning this weekend.

Commander Mitchell Cushman of the Laramie Police Department says that while the Cheyenne officers will be actively patrolling for impaired drivers, they will be able to enforce all Laramie laws. 

Laramie has been included on a national list of “playful cities” with policies that promote play among children.

Children today play less than any previous generation, according to a statement from KaBOOM!, a non-profit that helps communities build playgrounds. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics says play is necessary for social, emotional and physical well-being of children.

Laramie has a housing development ordinance that requires new developments to donate to a local parks fund, or set aside space for parks.