Laramie, WY – A wildlife manager says this is the worst year he's seen for bear conflicts in his 12-year career. Many of those conflicts happened when hungry bears got into trash or pet food outside of homes. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Mark Gocke says people should NOT put their trash out the night before pickup.
"Also keeping your bird feeders up and out of reach keeping your petfood in -- those are the biggies that we see throughout the course of the summer," Gocke says.
Laramiie, WY – Wyoming's medical infrastructure is understaffed and under prepared for a surge in the state's population of elderly residents. Deb Flemming is the director of the new gerontology center at the University of Wyoming. She says she would be surprised if the state has more than one or two physicians with a specialty in geriatric medicine. She also says there aren't enough nurses, social workers, and mental health care professionals to meet the needs of older residents.
Laramie, WY – Developers are considering building hotels in Pinedale and then renting the rooms out to gas field workers who need affordable housing. Mindy Crabb of the Sublette County tourism board says she has received about a dozen calls from developers in the last two years who want to build hotels to house workers. Crabb says the county already has enough rooms to meet tourism demand, and the area is at risk of over developing.
Laramie, WY – There's new information on a motel fire in Powell that killed one person Saturday.
The Park County coroner says the victim was 48-year-old Rhonda Cox of Chugwater. Coroner Tim Power says Cox died from smoke inhalation.
More than 60 other people were evacuated from the two-story Super 8 Motel after it caught fire early Saturday.
Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah says the building didn't have sprinklers. Individual fire alarms were in each room, but they did not appear to be very loud. It's unknown if the motel was in violation of fire codes.
Laramie, WY – Two Republican presidential candidates stopped in Wyoming on Sunday. Ron Paul of Texas and Duncan Hunter of California both held rallies in Cheyenne. Paul told supporters that he would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and would downsize the federal government.
Hunter supports the Iraq war effort and enforceable borders. He also thanked the Wyoming National Guard for their help in fighting wildfires in California.