Laramie, Wy – This week a Laramie hiker had an encounter with a mountain Lion in the snowy range mountains. Such stories can strike fear in the minds of those who enjoy the outdoors but Game and Fish spokeswoman Michelle Zitek says it should only make people more aware. Zitek says people should not fear mountain lions, because they are rarely seen. But if people are fearful they should carry pepper spray. Zitek says if someone does get attacked they should fight back and report the incident to the game and fish department.
Cheyenne, Wy – A settlement has been reached on Martin's Cove. Located along the Morman trail in central Wyoming the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sees it as a religious site while others view the area as a historic and recreation site. An agreement was reached that allowed the church to lease some of the property. But that lease was disputed by the American Civil Liberties Union. But this week a settlement has been reached by all parties.
Washington D-C – A bill to make coal mining safer won the endorsement of a key Senate committee today (Wednesday). Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee unanimously backed the bill. The legislation was put together by Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Both lawmakers say they were moved to act after a pair of accidents in January killed 14 West Virginia coal miners. West Virginia Senators Robert C- Byrd and Jay Rockefeller say
Cheyenne, Wy – State officials have approved a long sought after agreement to purchase the St. Mary's school property that is located directly across the street from the capitol. It will give state government a full city block to expand. The state will demolish the current school building and a new St. Mary's school facility will be built in another part of town. Governor Dave Freudenthal says it benefits all the parties involved. The state will trade property worth about one and a half million dollars and will also pay nearly five million for the school property.