Laramie, Wy – The scientific community across the nation is still feeling the loss of Beth Williams. She died in a car accident two years ago south of Laramie with her husband. Williams was a leading expert in the field of Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal for deer and elk. Hank Edwards from the Game and Fish Department says other scientists have taken what she did and accomplished a lot because of it.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's General Fund revenues continue to come in ahead of projections. The latest report from the state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group says that deposits to the state's General Fund through November amounted to more than 362 million dollars. That exceeds the state's forecast amount by 42 million dollars. Jim Robinson is senior economist with the state's Economic Analysis Division. He says that Wyoming's mining, trade, construction and manufacturing sectors all continue to register the
Laramie, WY – Scientists say the Western United States could be in for an extended period of fires like those of 2002 and 2006. They've done a study of ocean temperature cycles and wildfires - as seen in about five thousand tree trunks scarred by fire in the past 450 years. The study shows that when the North Atlantic Ocean is warming, the West gets years of major wildfires. And the North Atlantic is at the start of one of those recurring
Laramie, WY – A legislative committee is sponsoring a bill in session that begins next month to allow more Wyoming senior citizens to stay in their own homes. The Joint Interim Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services is sponsoring a bill to expand existing programs to allow elderly state residents to stay out of nursing homes. The bill also would set up pilot projects for adult foster care and other programs. The bill would allocate about 2 million dollars to expand state programs through June 2008.
Laramie, WY – Chronic Wasting Disease has moved farther west in the state. A bull elk captured near the Ferris Mountains north of Rawlins has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The elk was discovered east of Muddy Gap early this month. It marks westernmost point the disease has been found in Wyoming since its discovery more than 30 years ago. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that has been diagnosed in wild deer, elk and moose. Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say they believe the infected elk may be an isolated case.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association says the federal government's latest wolf proposal is unacceptable. The plan would designate a permanent area in northwestern Wyoming where the state could manage wolves as trophy game animals. Jim Magagna is executive vice president of the Stock Growers Association. He says that designating the wolves as protected game animals in the area, as opposed to predators that could be shot on sight, is quote "a deal breaker." The area would stretch from Cody to Meeteetse.
Laramie, WY – Friends and family are calling a Casper teenager's second liver transplant a Christmas miracle. Melissa Berg is a 15-year-old Casper girl. She underwent her second liver transplant earlier this month. Berg was talking with her parents, sending text messages, making phone calls and asking for food the day after her surgery. Berg had been diagnosed in July with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease in which the immune system attacks liver cells. She received her first liver transplant in September but her body rejected it.
Laramie, WY – A Kansas woman died Saturday when her truck rolled on Interstate 80 near Elk Mountain. Her body was thrown into the windshield of an oncoming state snowplow truck. Thirty-seven year-old Tonice S. Joseph of Overland Park, Kansas, was driving westbound on the interstate just before 1 PM Saturday when her 2002 Ford Explorer rolled over in the median. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says that road conditions were icy and that a light snow was falling. During the rollover, both Tonice Joseph and 7 year-old Nadia Joseph were ejected.