Laramie, WY – The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, John Millin, says uncommitted superdelegates ought to make up their minds and get behind either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama well before the Democratic National Convention.
Millin says there's no hurry before the remaining states hold their caucuses and primaries. He says those eight states and two territories have a right to get their say, just as Wyoming had its say on March 8.
Laramie, WY – April has been proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention month and the Governor is calling on people to speak up if they suspect a child is suffering.
The Executive director of the nonprofit group called Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming is Charlene Smith. She says that Wyoming experiences 800 substantiated cases of child abuse per year, and that eight Wyoming children died from child abuse in 2003. She adds that they believe the actual number of abuse cases in the state reaches 2-thousand a year.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – A booming energy industry has helped Wyoming's average income double over the past decade. In 1996, the average Wyomingite earned about $22,000 a year and the state ranked 33rd for average income. Last year, Wyoming's average income was over $43,000 and the state ranked sixth. U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis figures released this week show that no other state's personal income increased as much over the same period. State economist Wenlin Liu says Wyoming has an abundance of
Laramie, Wy – A Laramie conservation group has filed a petition asking the Medicine Bow National forest to delay logging until a study determines the effects of the Pine Beetle Outbreak. The concern is that logging will remove needed cover for certain species and could put them at risk. Some have suggested that logging would improve forest health, but the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance's Duane Short says the Beetle outbreak has changed that. Short says with the Beetles killing large numbers of Lodgepole Pine logging would harm forest wildlife that lives deep in the forest.
Jackson , Wy – Teton County Commissioners are considering putting a moratorium on large housing developments until a new land-use plan is in place. County Commissioner Hank Phibb says that recently developers have proposed several large subdivisions just before the community decides how it wants the land used.
Denver, Co – A federal appeals court says that a Northern Arapaho man convicted in state court of murder in the 2004 beating death of his infant daughter should be allowed to make a new argument in federal court. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Friday that Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is entitled to make another pitch in federal district court in Wyoming that he shouldn't have been prosecuted by the state. Yellowbear claims that the state lacked jurisdiction over the girl's killing because it occurred in
Cheyenne, Wy – A single mother who once had her kids taken from her has been named this year's National Woman of Triumph award winner. The award honors those who have overcome significant barriers to employment. Cheyenne's Carla Young was in prison three years ago and when she got out Young took a job that paid six dollars and 50-cents an hour. After getting training in Wyoming's Climb program Young has since gotten a job that has more then doubled her salary. She says the best thing is that she provides for her kids in new ways.