Wyoming – Last week Addie Goss reported on a program in Casper for drug addicts in prison. The therapeutic community program, or TC, is designed for men nearing the end of their sentences. They live together for a year, meet in small groups, and try to address the underlying reasons they use drugs. This week we hear from three graduates of the program.
Laramie, WY – An event in Laramie on Veteran's Day (November 11) is aimed at teaching civilians how to talk to returning veterans about their experiences of war. Michelle Worden is a professional counselor in Laramie and she's organizing the event. Worden says veterans she sees as patients only spend a small fraction of their time in her office... and they would benefit from having people in the community reaching out and listening.
Laramie, Wy – Nineteen employees at a federal animal disease lab in Wyoming have been given the option to move with the facility to Kansas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Laboratory is moving to Manhattan, Kan., from Laramie. Michael McGuire of USDA said the decision on whether to follow the lab is up to the individual workers involved. The move is expected to be completed by next August. The lab studies livestock diseases spread by insects and arachnids, such as mosquitoes and ticks.
Douglas, Wy – Converse County residents have voted down a ballot measure to fund a $28.5 million justice center with a 1 cent sales tax. The tax measure was decided by fewer than 200 votes Tuesday of just over 2,200 votes cast. Currently, the Converse County Jail is beyond full capacity, forcing the county to send some inmates to neighboring counties. Every year, the county pays about $500,000 to house inmates elsewhere. Converse County Commissioner Jim Willox says the county will have to evaluate its options.