Casper, Wy – Wyoming Speaker of the House Roy Cohee is making a historic decision. Traditionally those who have served as speaker of the house have either retired from the legislature or run for another office. But Speaker of the House Roy Cohee has decided that he will try and get re-elected to his house seat. Cohee says he would like to add to the legislatures institutional memory. If elected, it would be Cohee's sixth term representing Casper.
Laramie, Wy – A national effort has kicked off that is attempting to once and for all help longtime smokers quit. Wyoming has joined the Become an EX Campaign that uses web based resources and phone numbers to give smokers the ability to stop smoking. Campaign Spokeswoman Julie Cartright says that in a place like Wyoming help is needed.
Laramie, WY – A state epidemiologist says a recent study of mining communities in West Virginia should not worry people in Wyoming. The study found that West Virginians living near coal mines have higher-than-normal rates of chronic heart, lung, and kidney diseases.
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.