Wheatland, Wy – Will she stay, or will she go? That's the question they're asking in Platte County today (Thursday), after the County Commission voted to accept the resignation of County Attorney Mary Eikenberry. Eikenberry says she withdrew her resignation and that the commission is exceeding its authority. She says she'll report to work tomorrow (Friday), as usual, and that she has no intention of leaving. For months, critics have complained that Eikenberry has dismissed too many cases since she took office in January. Her
Afton, Wy – Afton is the scene of 11 cases of salmonella poisoning. Wyoming health department spokeswoman Kim Deti says a preliminary investigation shows the cases are all associated with a local restaurant. Deti says a restaurant inspection found no problems with cleanliness or food handling. It has been allowed to remain open. And workers who tested negative for the disease have been allowed to return to work.
Sheridan, Wy – It seems that teacher salary increases are making a tremendous difference in the ability of Wyoming school districts to recruit. Officials say that bonuses offered to new teachers and major increases in starting pay for educators have helped Wyoming take teachers away from neighboring states and elsewhere. This has been most noticeable in some of the states smaller school districts where finding teachers had been difficult.
Laramie, Wy – Middle school students from the University of Wyoming lab school are wrapping up work on a year long excavation project. Using a ten thousand dollar grant from the history channel the students have been excavating a site at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Curator Teresa Beyer Sherwood says the students have made some interesting finds. She says it has been an excellent learning experience. The History channel will be in Laramie Friday (today) to premier a documentary that the students put together on the project. The event begins at 12:30 at the Territorial prison.
Laramie, Wy – A coalition of environmental and conservation groups today (Wednesday) asked the federal Department of Interior to reverse last year's approval of 87 coal-bed methane wells in an area of northeastern Wyoming known as Fortification Creek. The groups say the federal government didn't properly assess the effect drilling would have on a herd of prairie elk that live along the creek. The Bureau of Land Management signed off on the drilling permits last September. After an initial appeal was turned down in
Laramie, Wy – Senator Mike Enzi is praising the Senate passage of a bill that gives new powers to the food and drug administration. Enzi was the chief Republican sponsor of the bill and says the bill requires the F-D-A to be more aggressive in keeping food and drugs safe. Enzi says the bill also requires the F-D-A to provide more public notification and says fines will be levied against companies who sell contaminated food. It also sets up pet food guidelines. Enzi is optimistic that the house will pass a similar bill.
Cheyenne, Wy – The number of soldiers in the Wyoming Army National Guard has reached an all-time high. As of today (Wednesday), enlistment had reached 18-hundred and 55 soldiers. That exceeds the previous record of 18-hundred 54 soldiers set in 1983. The number dropped after 1983, but more than 500 soldiers have been added since 2002. Major General Ed Wright is adjutant general for Wyoming. He says that the state is reaching its goals because the people of Wyoming
Cody, Wy – Park county property owners are opening up their tax bills and all of them are seeing increases. County assessor Doug Brandt says fair market values are escalating in the double digits and that's driving up everyone's property taxes. The county is home to prized scenery and ranch lifestyles as well as to mineral development. Brandt says that's attracting real estate investors to buy and sell properties quickly for big profits.