Wyoming – Few places demonstrate the challenges of rural healthcare as well as Niobrara County. In 2000, the hospital there closed. It reopened in 2005, through community effort and grant support. Four years later, the hospital is finally operating in the black, and it's found itself a full-time doctor. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports.
Wyoming – Between now and 2030, Wyoming's population of people over 85 will grow more than that of almost any other state in the country. That fact comes from a report put out this year by the AARP. With the aging population will come more demand for services. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports, Wyoming's system of care for the elderly is already strained.
Wyoming – There's a new program at the University of Wyoming called the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center, designed to support health care professionals who work with the aging population. Deb Fleming directs the center. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that the state is doing relatively well when it comes to long-term care, but there are reasons for concern.
Wyoming – A clinic has opened in Jackson that's focused on diagnosing and treating memory disorders like Alzheimer's. People with memory loss in Wyoming already struggle to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, and Wyoming's population is aging faster than that of most other states. The new Institute for Cognitive Health in Jackson offers one way to address a growing problem. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss reports.
Cheyenne, WY – The number of youths at Normative Services has declined by two-thirds since a rash of assaults and other problems at the Sheridan juvenile facility.
Normative Services began the year with about 150 youths and now has about 50.
Those who remain include nine youths placed by Wyoming judges. That's down from 39 state-placed youth in February, when the state Department of Family Services gave notice it would terminate its contract with Normative Services.
Bozeman, MT – A significant rise in the number of grizzly bear deaths last year will be a principal topic as bear managers from around the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem gather next week in Bozeman, Montana.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team reported 48 known and probable grizzly deaths, 37 of which could be attributed to human causes. Twenty of those human-caused deaths, or 54 percent, were due to hunter conflicts.
Cheyenne, WY – Government officials are reviewing the state's investment strategy in light of the declining market.
The State Loan and Investment Board met Thursday in Cheyenne and approved changes to the state's investment portfolio. New portfolio targets reduce the percentage of money invested in equities and increase the percentage of alternative income investments, such as certain types of real estate.