Casper, WY – Christmas tree dealers in Casper are having a hard time keeping trees in stock.
Many Casper tree dealers say they've sold out of trees, or expect to sell out soon.
Pete Wildman is Christmas tree chairman of Boy Scout Troop 60. He says he's noticed that there are fewer lots selling trees this year.
The Boy Scouts sold 325 trees this year, the same number as last year.
Wildman says the Boy Scouts were sold out of trees by last Sunday. That's earlier than last year, when the scouts were stillselling trees up until a week before Christmas.
Laramie, WY – Police in Rawlins are urging people to beon the lookout for counterfeit $50 bills.
Rawlins Police Chief Mike Reed says four counterfeit bills have turned up recently at two separate locations in the city. He says he suspects there are more of the bogus bills in circulation.
Reed says that counterfeit $20 bills sometimes show up, but says it's unusual for several bills to show up at the same time.
Three of the four counterfeit $50 bills had the following serial number: AL13653363C.
Laramie, WY – Tests on about 3,000 Montana cattle haveturned up no additional cases of the livestock disease brucellosis, that showed up last May in a herd near Bridger.
Montana livestock officials say some testing will continue; but they say the results announced today offer strong evidence that the brucellosis was limited to a single herd.
Montana cannot have any additional cases of brucellosis for at least two years after the initial infection, or it could lose its federal disease-free status.
Laramie, WY – The town of Green River has reversedcourse and decided to allow smoking in bars, taverns and clubs after all.
The Green River City Council had passed a smoking ordinance on Dec. 4 that banned smoking in all public buildings beginning last week.
Liquor dealers in the city began circulating a petition aimed atoverturning the ban on smoking in bars and clubs.
The Green River City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to reinstate an exemption allowing smoking to continue in bars andclubs. The new, revised ordinance goes into effect Dec. 27.
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Wyoming has signed an agreement with the federal government that will give the state more sway in the process of listing or delisting endangered species.
Governor Dave Freudenthal announced the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will join the US Fish and Wildlife Service when federal decisions are being made on protecting certain animals.
Laramie, WY – A report says public funding would be needed in order for the state to get air service between Wyoming cities and towns.
The Wyoming Intrastate Air Service Concept report found that such service would be too risky for any private company to undertake.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming is among six states that received the lowest score for being prepared for a potential influenza pandemic.
A research group measured each state in ten categories.
The states that got the lowest score were Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Seven states have yet to participate in a federal program to buy antivirals for a potential influenza pandemic. Wyoming is not among them.
The top states in being prepared are Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.
By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – The grocery-store chain Albertson's is leaving the state and selling its eight stores in Wyoming to a company called Supervalu. Supervalu acquired Albertson's last year.
Spokeswoman Christine Wilcox says customers may not notice a change, especially since the stores will keep the Albertson's name.
Wilcox says that Supervalu intends to retain all current Albertson's employees. The transaction will close in late January.
Wyoming – In the first quarter of 2007, four people created nearly 1,200 companies in Wyoming. CJ Baker explains how these companies could hurt Wyoming's Reputation.
Wyoming – A group at the University of Wyoming is looking at the link between how pregnant women eat, and the health of their babies. As Addie Goss reports, sheep can tell us a lot.