Lander, WY – Ranchers and livestock officials say a western Wyoming rancher who has seen more than 20 of his cattle test positive for brucellosis would have much to lose and little to gain by slaughtering his entire herd.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing the rancher to slaughter the animals. If he doesn't do that, Wyoming will lose its federal brucellosis-free status.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Mental Health official in Laramie County has expressed concern over lack of services available for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bill Quinn the Director for Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne says his center is already struggling to provide mental health services for the community. "If we were to see a big influx of veterans coming back and families needing assistance we would be asking the state for additional help in providing staff to offer those services."
Cheyenne, Wy – State employees who practice healthy behavior and get checkups will get some incentive rewards. The state announced a new health care program called Healthier Wy. It is designed to benefit those who practice healthy living. The Governor's Health Policy Advisor Wendy Curran says that the new program focuses on the positive aspects of good health. Employees who opt into the program will need to fill out a form and get it signed by a health provider. Those who commit to healthy activities will get a reduction on their health insurance premium in the year 2010.
Buffalo, Wy – The Attorney General's Office has sued the Johnson County Commission and others seeking to reverse a 2002 county action intended to extinguish a conservation easement on a private ranch east of Buffalo. The state filed its lawsuit in Johnson County District Court this month. It charges that the county commission violated its fiduciary duty to county residents when it voted in 2002 to end the conservation easement on the 1,000-acre Meadowood Ranch. Johnson County hasn't filed a response to the state's lawsuit yet.
Casper, Wy – A federal judge in Wyoming has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the booking company for Cheyenne Frontier Days against an animal rights group. U.S. District Judge William Downes ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit by Omaha, Neb.-based Romeo Entertainment Group was not filed in the correct state. Romeo Entertainment filed the lawsuit after the rock band Matchbox Twenty pulled out of a scheduled performance at this year's Frontier Days. The suit names Illinois-based SHARK, which stands for Showing
Jackson, Wy – The Chief Executive of the Boy Scouts says that the best thing about a project in northwest Wyoming this week is what it does for the scouts. Robert Mazzuca says the fact that over a thousand scouts are building trails and removing fences is certainly useful. But he says projects like this one, do much more.
Laramie, Wyo. – An air quality expert says that the Pinedale area has already violated the federal Clean Air Act because of ozone.
Previous analysis said that no violation had happened yet. University of Colorado ozone expert Jana Milford says she took this year's data and coupled it with the federal government's tougher standard for ozone, which went into effect this year.
She says the Bureau of Land Management should use this information as it decides on its plan for the area.
Laramie, Wy – A wilderness supporter points to a new poll that shows Americans are very supportive of wilderness and roadless areas. The poll conducted by Zogby International finds that nine of ten likely voters surveyed, said that protecting wilderness and public lands is important. Mike Matz of the campaign for america's wilderness says that is why congress is considering so many bills that would protect public lands. Matz notes that more then a dozen bills are being considered by congress this summer including one that would protect the Bridger Teton National Forest