Laramie, WY – Three more vaccines are available free to all Wyoming children, thanks to expanded coverage under a state program. Any Wyoming child under age 19 can now get vaccinations for diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. Girls can also receive a vaccine for cervical cancer. Wyoming Immunization Program's education and outreach manager Andrea Clement-Johnson says, these vaccines are an important part of getting ready to go back to school.
Evanston, Wy – BP America Production Company announced today (Wednesday) it will close the Whitney Canyon gas plan northeast of Evanston by the end of the year, eliminating about 45 jobs. Christina Verchere is vice president of BP's Western Wyoming Performance Unit. She says production from the gas field that feeds Whitney Canyon has fallen by almost 70 percent since the mid-1980s. And company spokeswoman Paula Barnett says production at the plant is down even more. Verchere says closing the plant would extend the life of the
Greeley, Colorado – A college football player who was attacked by a knife-wielding man broke down in sobs on the stand today in Greeley after re-enacting the assault. University of Northern Colorado starting punter Rafael Mendoza was stabbed in his kicking leg in the attack last Sept. 11 but later returned to the team. The backup punter at the time, Mitch Cozad of Wheatland (Wyoming), is on trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault. Prosecutors allege Cozad stabbed Mendoza
Cheyenne, Wy – The telecommunications industry has undergone a lot of change since the first telecommunication bill passed in 1996. Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says much of it is good news, especially since there does appear to be more competition and services. However, he notes that the cost for those services is not cheap. Freeman says competition should actually bring prices down. He believes the recently passed Wyoming telecommunications law will help bring more services at an affordable cost to consumers. But Freeman says time will tell.
Cheyenne, Wy – Attorey General Pat Crank is resigning next month to go into private law practice in Cheyenne. Crank made the announcement today. He's served four and a half years under Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Crank says he's fortunate to have worked with a gifted leader like Freudenthal, and also credited the staff in his office. Crank says he will start September 2nd at Speight, McCue and Associates in Cheyenne. Lawyer Jack Speight of the firm served as
Greeley, Colorado – A prosecutor says a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter couldn't handle being inferior. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck made his opening statements in the trial of Mitch Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming, that continues today and is expected to last two weeks. Cozad is charged with attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an attack last September on Rafael Mendoza outside Mendoza's apartment.
Cheyenne, Wy – A panel formed to look into how to preserve and improve sage grouse numbers and habitat in Wyoming held its first meeting today (Tuesday) in Cheyenne. The Sage Grouse Implementation Team compiled more than 30 possible recommendations it will discuss and refine over the next eight weeks. They include improved grazing practices, mapping out sage grouse habitat, different drilling practices and improved reclamation. Declining sage grouse numbers throughout the West has
Casper, Wy – As housing prices increase it is getting tougher for people to purchase affordable homes. Earlier this month the Wyoming Community Development Authority increased the purchase price for homes that would qualify for home loans in the state up to 237 thousand dollars. After this move Gillette homebuilder Tom Lang said he would start building homes in that price range. W-C-D-A Vice Chairman Ron Bailey says they were told that it could be as many as 30 new homes.