Laramie,Wy – Two years after rejecting Wyoming's law for managing wolves the federal government is going to take another look at it. This will be part of a review of the classification of the wolf as an endangered species. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service's wolf recovery coordinator, Ed Bangs, concedes his agency cannot keep politics out of this process. Bangs says if they decide Wyoming's law is good enough, it will be two years before they remove federal protections for wolves. The state of Wyoming asked for this review earlier this summer.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming's cancer control plan features education and plans to better help patients. The plan notes that one of the major problems facing the state is access to health care and suggests ways to provide affordable screening and treatment to more people across the state. Doctor John Barrasso adds that it also focuses on ways to improve cancer patients quality of life. Now that the plan is complete Wyoming Health administrators will seek federal funds to help accomplish their goals.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming fourth and eighth graders are above average. Students in those grades taking tests in math and reading scored higher than the national average this year. The results are from a test used to gauge student abilities across the country. Deputy State Superintendent, Annette Bohling says the Department of Education is proud. Bohling also points out that the gap between the scores of white and native Americans children narrowed this year. Over half of Wyoming students in grades four and eight took this test.
Cheyenne, Wy – Costs for building schools in the state are starting to skyrocket. State officials had thought they would be able to use a specific fund to pay for all new school construction. But Governor Dave Freudenthal says higher then expected construction costs means that he will need to ask the legislature for more money. The higher costs mean more tension between districts and the state over school design. One idea is to have the state set up a standard design for schools.
Washington D-C – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service says it's going to keep working with Wyoming on developing a plan for managing gray wolves. Wolves have flourished since their reintroduction to Yellowstone a decade ago. They are now estimated to number more than 900 in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and those states have been seeking to gain authority from the federal government to manage wolf populations. For that to happen, wolves would need to be removed from endangered species protection.
Jackson, Wy – The Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park says there is no doubt that if bike paths are allowed in forested areas then there is a strong possibility of human-animal encounters. Mary Gibson Scott is responding to comments that the parks proposed transportation plan could be dangerous. Gibson-Scott says there has been concern that roads in the park are not currently wide enough for bike riders so they issued a plan proposing a number of options. But she says Park officials are not keen on bike riders riding through forested areas beyond Jenny Lake.