Cody, Wy – As a member of the Iraq study group former Wyoming U-S Senator Alan Simpson knew he might have a problem. Simpson thought there was a good chance that the recommendations that the bi-partisan group would make would go against wishes of the Bush administration. Simpson is a long time friend of Vice President Cheney, but Simpson says it was clear that a new approach was needed in Iraq. But he figured he would not have been asked if they did not want his opinion.
Sheridan, Wy – The federal government is funding a study of how Sheridan can expand its arts community. The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development is putting up 25-thousand for the study through the Wyoming Business Council. Susan Bigelow is director of grants and development at Sheridan College. She wrote the application for the grant. Bigelow says the study will look at arts and culture in the area and develop a strategy for how to develop it. Bigelow says she also expects to receive a 34-thousand dollar
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed Joan Evans as director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. Evans replaces Kathy Emmons, who announced last week that she would resign as head of the Workforce Services effective January 15th. Evans is currently the director of the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins. Her appointment to Workforce Services is subject to confirmation by the Wyoming State Senate when the Legislature convenes next month.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming health leaders are trying to convince business people to set up workplace wellness programs in an effort to make people healthier and more productive. Joe Grandpre of the Dept.of Health says such programs will pay off in the long run, and sometimes that discourages some employers. Grandpre says about a third of Wyoming businesses provide workplace wellness programs.
Laramie, WY – An official says a domesticated cow elk from an eastern Idaho hunting preserve will either be destroyed, sterilized or shipped out of state after a second test came back indicating possible red deer hybrid genes. John Chatburn of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says the choice of what to do with the elk will be up to Rex Rammell. In August, as many as 160 elk fled Rammell's Chief Joseph