Jackson, Wy – About 42 miles of new bike and pedestrian pathways would be built as part of a new 45 (M) million dollar plan the National Park Service devised to improve transportation in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. After considering thousands of public comments on four initial proposals, the Park Service released a plan today (Tuesday) that includes pathways to make the park more accessible and safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The new plan also includes realigning sections of park roadway
Cheyenne, Wy – Children who are under state care are safer. That is the conclusion of a report by a group called the Wyoming Citizen Review panel. But the same report says the state needs to make sure the long term needs of children are taken care of. Department of Family Services Director Roger McDaniel says that is his next priority. The report also says the state needs to do better at protecting a child's cultural heritage and that those who have been removed from their home still have access to their families.
Laramie, Wy – Some Wyoming veterans say they're NOT happy about recent sparring in the gubernatorial race over veterans' issues. Last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray Hunkins said he wanted to add new offices and staff around the state to better serve veterans' needs. He also wants to separate the Wyoming Veterans Commission from the state Military Department, and says he'll oppose a bill that makes the director of the veterans commission an at-will employee who could be hired or fired at the discretion of the governor.
Laramie, Wy – Western Wyoming Community College's trustees are questioning whether to allow the expansion of a campus art exhibit because two of the new pieces contain nudity. The exhibit in the archaeology hallway already houses five paintings, each showing images of famous cave art. Painter Darryl Newton would like to add seven more.
Laramie, Wy – The hot spot for West Nile Virus in the state this year is Fremont County. And Wyoming's top West Nile watcher says the spike in West Nile infections in Fremont County might have something to do with the county's sparse spraying program. Terry Creekmore is Wyoming's West Nile virus coordinator. He says outside of Riverton and Lander, there isn't much spraying in Fremont County. That, combined with the hottest summer in a hundred years in the county, might explain why West Nile cases have spiked in Fremont County.
Laramie, Wy – Idaho big game officials say a number of the farm-raised elk that escaped last month near Yellowstone National Park may never be recovered and probably have already mated with wild elk. A special emergency depredation hunt starts tomorrow along the Idaho-Wyoming border. To protect the wild elk gene pool, Idaho Governor Jim Risch has authorized licensed hunters with valid elk tags to shoot as many of the domesticated elk as they can find.
Laramie, Wy – Concern over the safety of raw spinach has reached the University of Wyoming salad bar. UW officials announced Monday that they are removing spinach and mixed green salads from the salad bar at the campus dining hall. This will continue until questions about spinach safety and E. coli bacteria are resolved. Wyoming is one of 20 states that has been linked to the national E. coli outbreak, which has killed one person and sickened more than 100 others.