Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's men's and women's basketball teams had season-opening victories last night. The Wyoming men defeated Cal State Bakersfield in Laramie, 84 to 58. The women had a 61 to 54 victory against the Denver Pioneers in Denver.
At the Arena Auditorium in Laramie, the Wyoming Athletics Department honored former Cowboy basketball player and All-American Kenny Sailors by putting up a banner in the arena. Sailors is widely credited with inventing the jump-shot.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is set to discuss rules for sage grouse farming.
This year the legislature directed the commission to adopt rules for sage grouse farming. But in September, the commission asked the Attorney General's Office if it could refrain from doing so. The commission said it believed raising the birds in captivity wouldn't enhance their population. Game and Fish Department biologists also say the space and mating requirements of sage grouse have not been conducive to captive rearing.
Cheyenne, WY – The state veterinarian says all cattle in a Bondurant-area herd have tested negative for brucellosis. Those cattle had been linked to a cow that tested positive for the disease in Nebraska.
Ninety-four animals from the Sublette County ranch tested negative back in September, but the remainder couldn't be tested until last week because they were on summer range.
State veterinarian Walter Cook says the rest of the herd tested negative. He says another two-thousand cattle on the same summer range also tested negative.
Laramie, Wyo. – A wind development model that originated in Wyoming is spreading to other states.
For several years, a division of the Department of Agriculture in Southeast Wyoming has been helping form "wind associations." People who own property in windy area pool their land together, then market it to wind developers.
Brad Haight is a lawyer in Denver who works on wind issues. He says Wyoming's model gave more power to the landowners.
Laramie, Wyo. – A survey of Wyoming teenagers shows that they believe their peers use drugs and alcohol more than they actually do.
In the Department of Health Survey, the biggest gulf between perception and reality surrounded methamphetamines. 99 percent of students reported that they had not used meth in the last 30 days, but nearly half said they believed students in their school were using the drug.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming has seen a tripling of new H-I-V cases. Typically the state will see close to eight new cases, but already 24 cases have been confirmed. Laurie Johnson of the Group Early intervention services says it means that they will have difficulty providing services to all the new cases.