Cheyenne, Wy – Leaders in Cheyenne are hoping more than three dozen city employees will take voluntary retirement packages to help the city save up to $1.5 million next fiscal year. The Cheyenne City Council voted 9-0 Monday to approve retirement packages worth $30,000 for 38 employees, including some police officers. Some council members say they doubt all employees will accept the offer and claim the city must consider other cost-cutting measures. Other options for saving money in the next fiscal year include
Jackson, Wy – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has implemented a new policy that all resort employees must wear helmets when working in the backcountry and in all terrain parks and the halfpipe. The policy came after one of its ski patrollers suffered fatal head injuries in a fall while not wearing a helmet. Over the past eight years, use of helmets by skiers and snowboarders has exploded to record numbers. According to a study by the National Ski Areas Association, helmet usage among skiers and riders nationwide during the 2008-09
Wyoming – This week at least two of Wyoming's city councils met and cut their budgets. The cuts were in response to decreases in the main source of money for local governments sales tax revenue. Also looming for local governments is a decrease in funding from the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports with less money to go around there's more competition between cities and the state.
Wyoming – A group called Organizing for America has started doing listening sessions across the state. The concept is to hear Wyoming residents' thoughts on national policies and empower them to become active in the political process. The Wyoming effort is led by Sheridan resident Bryon Lee .and he is trying to hear what concerns state residents. He speaks with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – A University of Wyoming Professor and graduate student are researching the health effects of the U.S. Military's use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Each of them has personal reasons for getting involved in this research. Diem Pham (dyiem famm) is a graduate student in zoology at U-W. Harold Bergman is a U-W zoology professor. He explains to Addie Goss how the toxic chemical dioxin got into Agent Orange.