Wyoming – This is the second year of a state program to control the disease brucellosis in wild elk - before it spreads to cattle. Rebecca Huntington checks in with Game and Fish to find out how the program is working.
Laramie, WY – It was a big win for the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team last night as they defeated the Utah Utes 56 to 50. This is the first time Wyoming has come out with a victory against Utah in 16 years. Utah has beaten the Cowgirls in the last 30 consecutive games. Junior guard Jodi Bolerjack agrees the win was well worth the effort and is pleased with how the hard work is paying off. The Cowgirls were led by junior forward Justyna Podziemska and junior guard Dominique Sisk, both scoring 13 points.
Laramie, WY – Former Wyoming House Speaker Randall Luthi has been appointed to the number two spot at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency confirmed today that Luthi has been appointed deputy director by President Bush. Luthi has worked in Washington as an aide to Alan Simpson and Dick Cheney. He's also worked as an attorney for the US Department of the Interior, and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Luthi ran for the Wyoming House in 1994, when he tied with Afton businessman Larry Call.
Cheyenne, WY – The state legislature has reached the halfway mark in its 40 day session. To mark the occasion leaders from both parties held a joint news conference. All said they feel it has been a productive session so far and they say they have gotten along well. As for specifics Speaker Roy Cohee said he felt the bill some considered anti abortion could have broken down the civility. Cohee is a Republican and he says having a surplus of money has improved the cohesion among all lawmakers. Democratic leaders agreed.
Cheyenne, WY – The proposal to create a statewide smoking ban in Wyoming died today. One of the state legislature's committees debated the proposal and then decided not to vote on it because of a lack of support. That essentially kills the chances a ban could pass this year. The American Heart Association's Jan Drury says she wasn't surprised. But, is glad the conversation on a statewide level has started. Most of the opponents of the smoking ban said this is a local issue.