By Elsa Heidorn
By Peter O'Dowd
Lander, WY – The number of West Nile Virus cases in Wyoming has jumped from 35 to 58 in about a week.
The Wyoming Department of Health's Chief of Staff Ginny Mahoney says 19 of those cases are concentrated in the small town of Ethete on the Wind River Reservation just north of Lander.
Mahoney says the health department will ask for help from the Department of Agriculture to see what can be done about better spraying techniques on the reservation.
Laramie, WY – Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter declared a statewide wildfire emergency today.
Otter made the declaration at the request of the state Bureau of Homeland Security because of the growing risk to life and property from uncontrolled wildfires in parts of Idaho.
Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the declaration will reduce bureaucratic red tape for counties seeking help responding to wildfire threats.
The declaration authorizes the use of state government resources to assist in efforts to respond to wildfire threats anywhere in the state.
Laramie, WY – Police in the Texas Panhandle havearrested a man wanted in the strangulation death of a woman who worked at a motel in Rock Springs.
The body of 25-year-old Carrie Sullivan was found Wednesday in a room at the Economy Guest Village. Police say that she'd been raped and strangled.
Monday police in Pampa, Texas, arrested 23-year-old Dawayne Myers.
Rock Springs Police Sergeant Clark Robinson says investigators had been working with Myers' relatives, and that police found Myers by tracing his e-mail.
Myers is charged with first-degree murder.
Laramie, WY – Hybrid elms resistant to Dutch elm disease are being planted around Wyoming, the start of a potential comeback for the devastated species in the state.
Dutch elm disease began wiping out large elms in the United States more than 70 years ago.
Recently, hybrid elms resistant to Dutch elm disease have been developed. Those trees now are being planted in towns like Cheyenne, Powell, Gillette, Douglas and Medicine Bow.
For two years now, the Wyoming State Forestry Division has been distributing hybrid elm saplings on Arbor Day.
By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Education has put on hold its lawsuit against five school districts that have refused to turn over to the state $44 million in local tax revenue.
Instead, the matter is being combined with a lawsuit filed by the five districts - in Pinedale, Big Piney, Gillette, Shoshoni and Kemmerer - and the dispute is headed to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
At issue is a state constitutional amendment approved by voters last fall.
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a private citizen's petition to list the Yellowstone bison as an endangered species.
A Minnesota resident had filed the petition in 1999, concerned that there were no limitations on killing bison that left the park.
The petition came after the winter of 1996-97 when severe weather led to the deaths of over 1,000 bison as they tried to move into winter range outside the park.