Laramie, WY – If you made a New Year's resolution last night, the Wyoming Department of Health wants to help you keep it.
The Department is providing free or low-cost counseling to help Wyomingites quit smoking. They also offer private screenings where people can assess whether their substance use poses a health threat, and their website has resources for improving mental health.
Cheyenne, WY – The state of Wyoming has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate who claims he was beaten and sexually assaulted by another inmate at the state penitentiary in Rawlins.
Both sides have agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential. A federal judge has yet to sign off on the settlement agreement.
The Associated Press is not identifying the plaintiff in the case because it has a policy of not naming victims of sexual assault.
Evanston, WY – People in Evanston are learning to live with an ordinance that went into effect this fall banning smoking in all buildings used by the public.
Since the ban went into effect in September, smokers have been braving subzero cold to smoke on the sidewalks outside bars and restaurants. Pedestrians, meanwhile, are learning to step around the shivering smokers.
John Porter is president of the Chamber of Commerce in Evanston and owner of Porter's Fireworks and Liquor store.
Jackson, WY – Shopping right around Christmas generates some of the biggest sales of the year for some Teton County merchants. This year, holiday snowstorms helped boost sales at local outdoor gear shops.
Steve Romeo, a sales manager at Skinny Skis in Jackson, says sales of winter equipment often spike when it snows. "When the snow starts to fly," he says, "people get excited and dust of the skis in their garage and realize that their stuff might be outdated and need an upgrade."
Green River, WY – The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has named a new executive director.
Walt Gasson, a native of Green River and longtime employee of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is the new executive director of the federation.
The 53-year-old Gasson retired in early December from the game department and was named federation director the next day. The federation has a membership of about 5,500 hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts.
Gasson says he wants to concentrate on building the foundation's membership.