Cheyenne, Wy – One of the latest trends is for young people to abuse cough syrup and other over the counter medications and Wyoming officials are trying to make communities and parents aware. Called Roboing teens and others use the cough syrup to get a high but experts say it is also very dangerous and could lead to death. Federal officials told a group in Cheyenne that there is a misperception that such drugs are safe because they are over the counter. Wyoming Substance Abuse Program Manager Roger McDaniel says there are areas of the state where this is a problem.
Denver, Co – Tickets for three World Series games in Denver will go on sale at noon today, online only, a day after the Colorado Rockies said their computer system was the target of an "external malicious attack." Spokesman Jay Alves (alvz) wouldn't elaborate, but said tickets will go back on sale online at their Web site, and the team has backup plans should the site be hacked again. The Rockies had to suspend sales yesterday because of the attack. Earlier, Alves said the Web site received 8.5 million hits in 90
Jackson, Wyoming – A plan to drill natural gas wells around a subdivision at the base of the Wyoming Range is still moving forward with an environmental study. Steven Rusch of Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production says his company is working with the Bridger-Teton National Forest to complete the study. A draft environmental impact statement should be ready for public comment in the spring, with a final decision expected in the spring of 2009. Plains Exploration has a controlling interest in about 16,000
Casper, Wy – More than a third of students awarded Hathaway Scholarships for the 2006-07 school year lost the scholarship because of failure to maintain certain eligibility requirements. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride presented the statistics from all seven Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming at a Joint Education Committee meeting in Casper. Lawmakers created the scholarship in 2006 to encourage more students to attend college in Wyoming.
Laramie, WY – It's the 30th anniversary of Wyoming's infra-red telescope on Jelm Mountain, west of Laramie. University of Wyoming astronomy professor Chip Kobulnicky says when it was built in 1977, it was the largest infra-red telescope in the world. Since then, many larger telescopes have been built.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal wants state legislators to send a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters next fall that would allow a property tax break for longtime state residents over the age of 65. Freudenthal wrote to legislators today (Thursday) saying that his tax relief proposal is narrowly drafted to try to help older residents hoping to remain in the family home. The governor's proposal calls for giving Wyoming residents who are at least 65 years old and who have lived in their residence for