Billings, MT – A federal wildlife official says the government plans to retreat for now from its attempt to take gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list.
Ed Bangs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the government in the next week plans to withdraw a rule issued this spring. The rule was based on the assertion that the region's approximately 1,500 wolves were recovered fully, opening the way for public hunting of wolves to begin this fall in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Cheyenne, WY – A review by the staff of the Wyoming Legislature says the state Department of Family Services needs to improve how it tracks reported cases of child neglect and abuse.
The nonpartisan Legislative Service Office prepared a detailed report looking at how Family Services tracks abuse and neglect cases. The department received nearly 8,000 reports of neglect and abuse last year.
Laramie, WY – Democratic Senator Mike Massie announced his plan to reform health care for children as advocates rallied across the state today. Massie wants to increase access to the state's children's health insurance program.
The bill would offer benefits to families that make 300 percent of the federal poverty level. That's up from the current law which accepts children in families that make 200 percent of poverty line.
Casper, WY – Legislators today discussed banning smoking in public places across the state. Wyoming is the only western state without a statewide smoking ban. Katherine Hooper from Powell hopes to change that: "From second hand smoke I ended up with cancer on the voice box. So I have no saliva glands. They burned all the glands."
Hooper spoke before the legislative Labor Committee today.
Laramie, Wyo. – A federal judge has thrown out a plan to allow 540 snowmobiles each day in Yellowstone National Park this winter.
U.S District Judge Emmet Sullivan made the decision Monday in Washington, citing environmental concerns. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition was one of six groups that filed a suit against the plan. The coalition's Amy McNamara is celebrating.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is starting a new fundraising campaign. The latest set of priorities includes money for community outreach, athletics and the arts. U-W Foundation President Ben Blalock says that he is hopeful that the new goals will continue to generate support. Blalock says they hope to raise 150 million dollars in the next four years
Laramie, Wy – A University of Wyoming graduate says there has not been torture at the Guantanamo bay prison facility. Military prosecutor Kyndra Rotunda has written a book called Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo trials. Rotunda says that those in the prison facility were properly placed there and she denies that they lack rights 90880 Rotunda Rights :22 out: these hearings In fact, Rotunda argues that detainees get more privileges then many prisoners in the United States.
Gillette, Wy – Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone says her office is suffering under a heavy workload. Stone said the lawyer shortage in her office has caused cases to pile up. There are currently nine lawyers in the office and two vacancies. Stone said some defendants are having to wait several months between court appearances while some prosecutors routinely log 60 to 80 hours a week. The Campbell County Commission in late June approved Stone's request to hire another attorney, but no one has been hired to fill