Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has appointed a special committee to hear a complaint from a former state representative and other residents of House District 45 who are contesting the election of Republican Matt Greene.
Greene defeated former State Rep. Seth Carson, D-Laramie, in November. Carson claims Greene didn't live in the district for a full year before the vote, as required under the Wyoming Constitution.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The state Game and Fish Department has authorized an extended elk hunting season in northern Wyoming.
Game officials say the extended hunt was authorized on an emergency basis in order to gain a better understanding of the prevalence of brucellosis among the elk herds in Park County. The harvested elk are being tested for the disease.
A herd of cattle and a herd of bison in Park County have been under quarantine after brucellosis was found in some of their animals.
LARAMIE, wyo – US Supreme Court justices heard arguments this morning from Wyoming and Montana attorneys. The case is over water usage.
In a lawsuit filed in 2007 Montana claims that farmers and ranchers in Wyoming are using too much water and violating the Yellowstone River Compact. According to Wyoming Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Michael, the suit alleges that efficient sprinkler systems in Wyoming prevented runoff from returning to the rivers, and reduced flows to Montana.
LARAMIE, wyo – The water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service says the snowpack in the state is the best he's seen in ten years. Lee Hackleman works out of Casper and follows data from mountain ranges across Wyoming. He says the state average is 111 percent of the 30 year average for this time of year. Hackleman says this is great, but that it's only about 50 percent of the seasonal average.
Wyoming – On January first, punishments for drunken driving in the city of Laramie became some of the stiffest in the state. But it's not the first time lawmakers have moved to increase D-U-I penalties. And as Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports, it won't be the last.
Wyoming – Almost 35 percent of Wyoming drivers choose not to wear their seatbelts. In 2010, the state saw an increase of 20 traffic related fatalities and the Wyoming highway patrol says the majority of those deaths were likely due to the fact that someone was not wearing a seatbelt. State highway safety engineer Matt Carlson tells Bob Beck it's an issue that Wyoming has struggled with for some time.
Wyoming – When the legislature meets next week the University of Wyoming will once again be in line for money to enhance the new energy school and research on campus. Former Governor Freudenthal requested the funds for UW in December using a federal source of money that is likely to disappear. U-W President Tom Buchanan is thrilled with the request. During a Cheyenne stop where he stopped to speak with the legislatures appropriations committee.President Buchanan admitted that it continues to be an exciting time at the university.
Wyoming – The vast majority of children in Wyoming that enter the foster care system end back with their parents or another family member. But, a few of these children end up in a situation where the family cannot take them. Experts agree that the best situation for these kids is finding another permanent home and that usually means adoption. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that one outcome that has worked well is for the foster family to make that child a permanent part of their lives.