Laramie, WY – Sixty Yellowstone National Park bison were shipped to slaughter Thursday as part of a state and federal effort to keep brucellosis from being transmitted to cattle from bison that roam outside park boundaries.
The contagious disease can cause bison, cattle and elk to abort. In the past two weeks, 290 bison on Yellowstone's northern edge have been captured and sent to slaughter.
Another 49 bison were hazed Thursday from the Stephens Creek area south toward the Roosevelt Arch at Gardiner.
Cheyenne, WY – Community colleges became a focus of debate during discussion on the state budget.
Lawmakers were stingy on additional spending for colleges and in the Senate they rejected over five million new dollars to be stuck into a funding formula for all colleges.
During that discussion there was considerable debate over how colleges should be treated in the future. Senator Gerry Geis of Worland says Colleges are more important now than they have been in the past.
Cheyenne, WY – Those convicted of multiple driving under the influence violations will face a felony on a third conviction under a law being debated in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
The bill raises fines, following a first offense and enhances penalties after that.
Gillette Representative Erin Mercer says people will be guilty of a felony for a third D.U.I. conviction in seven years. She says when they made it a felony following the 4th conviction, it made a difference, and the number of drunk driving cases dropped.
Cheyenne, WY – Two proposals to cut property taxes are emerging from a crowded field of tax relief bills pending in the Wyoming Legislature.
A House bill would establish a property tax refund program for low-income state residents. A Senate bill, meantime, calls for cutting the assessment rates on all industrial and personal property, including residential real estate.
The House has voted to give preliminary approval to its refund program. It's sponsored by the House Revenue Committee.