Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish is urging motorists to drive more slowly this time of year. That's because it's a peak time for big game migration, and a peak time for wildlife-vehicle collisions. The department's Information Education Specialist Erin Smith says that as vegetation dries up for the winter, animals go down near roads for food where plants stay greener longer. Smith says the best way to prevent a collision is to be watchful and drive slow, especially in the early morning and at night.
Laramie, WY – A group representing highway patrol troopers nationwide says a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper may have been fired for working to create a law enforcement labor organization. Trooper Benjamin Peech was dismissed Oct. 9 after 10 years of service. Department of Transportation officials say there was no link between Peech's firing and his activities as president of the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.
Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to deciding the future of recreation and private land use around Wyoming reservoirs. A public comment period ends today on a proposed rule change that could eliminate private grazing, cabins and boat docks on or near bodies of water like Alcova Reservoir. The bureau's John Lawson says the proposed changes have caught the public's attention, but he stresses that nothing is final yet.
Laramie, WY – School officials in Jackson are praising a proposed development for the amount of affordable housing it would provide - homes that teachers could afford.
The Teton County school board also likes how land in the Teton Meadows development would be set aside for a new elementary school.
All of the units in the development would be deed-restricted. Homeowners would not be allowed to own any other real estate and would have to be year-round residents and full-time employees in Teton County.
Laramie, WY – A state senator says he expects another debate in Wyoming over medical malpractice reform -- this time without focusing on capping damage awards in malpractice cases. State Senator Charlie Scott, of Casper, says caps are proven not to be effective. Scott was among more than 50 people who met in Cheyenne on Monday to discuss ways to reduce medical errors. Several speakers were experts brought by the Wyoming Healthcare Commission to discuss what other states and countries are doing about medical malpractice.
Laramie, WY – State legislative leaders have rejected rules adopted by the Wyoming Business Council for a program that will subsidize housing infrastructure.
The program would provide public money to help developers build sewer lines, water lines and streets for housing projects. The Legislature gave the program a million dollars in funding earlier this year, with the goal of providing more affordable housing in Wyoming.
Casper, Wy – Democrat Gary Trauner is making a second bid for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat. Trauner lost by just over a thousand votes last year against incumbent Republican Barbara Cubin in his first race for statewide office. Trauner is a businessman from the Jackson Hole community of Wilson. Cubin was first elected to the House in 1994. She is serving her seventh two-year term. Cubin hasn't officially announced her plans for next year, but recently said at this point she intends to seek another term.