Riverton, Wy – The family of a nurse who was murdered at the Wyoming Honor Farm is suing the state. Relatives of Tammy Sue Watts are seeking three-point-eight (M) million dollars. They claim that the state prematurely moved Floyd DeWayne Grady to the Honor Farm from the Wyoming State Penitentiary, where he had been imprisoned on a 1995 rape conviction in Laramie County. The lawsuit also claims that Honor Farm corrections officers were improperly trained and supervised.
Cheyenne, Wy – Among them will be the state Game and Fish agency. Director Terry Cleveland says that his agency used to be able to rely on hunters' license fees for the majority of its income. But Cleveland says that income stream is relatively flat. And now the agency must focus more attention on wildlife conservation projects. For example .Cleveland says the agency will need to ramp up its funding not only to manage grizzly bears if they come off the endangered species list .but also to study nearly 300 species Cleveland says could be at risk.
Laramie, Wy – The courts will likely have to decide if the Bridger Teton National Forest was allowed to increase helicopter skiing in a wilderness study area. The forest started allowing more use this winter. But, a coalition of conservation groups filed suit this week. The coalition wants heli skiing reduced to where it was. Attorney Tim Preso says the helicopters are disturbing animals like big horn sheep and wolverines. The Bridger Teton National Forest is not commenting on the lawsuit. A spokesperson says they have not seen the official suit yet.
Laramie, Wy – The board of the Wyoming Business Council recommended funding five projects to preserve old school or government buildings in Wyoming. Eight communities applied for loans and grants to create community centers out of the buildings. The Community Facilities Program Manager for the Business Council, Shannon Stanfill, says the towns and cities that applied did it partly to preserve buildings and also because they have a need.
Cheyenne, Wy – More than half of Wyoming employers who responded to a recent survey say they're seeing fewer qualified job applicants for non-management positions now than they did five years ago. That's according to a new survey released today (Wednesday) by the A-A-R-P. The A-A-R-P says one of the main reasons for the workers shortage is the aging of the baby boomer generation. The oldest of the boomers, meaning those born between 1946 and 1964, turned 60 this month.
Casper, Wy – A state consultant says a glitch in the state's school-funding formula would cause some of Wyoming's small school districts to be shortchanged. Despite a proposed 140-(M)-million-dollar increase in school funding statewide, districts with combined junior and senior high schools would get less money under the formula. That's because the formula counts such schools as staffed together rather than separately. Allan Odden is a consultant with Picus and Associates, which
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is one of the few states in the nation that spend an adequate amount on smoking prevention. That's the view of the American Lung Association. It says Wyoming is among a group of five states that use a significant amount of money from the tobacco settlement to prevent tobacco use and addiction. Other states have taken the money and put it into other programs.
Teton Village, WY – A consultant says that when Jackson Hole Mountain Resort retires its aerial tram next summer it will damage the local economy to the tune of $18.5 Million a year. Because of potential safety concerns, the resort is retiring the tram. An analysis prepared by BBC Research and Consulting estimates visitation will drop between 10-20%. Resort Communications Director Anna Olson says the tram gives Jackson Hole part of its mystique. She says the loss of the tram will affect skiers' vacation decisions. Olson admits that those who use the tram are small in number.
Laramie, Wy – The flu season in Wyoming is ramping up. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity here is widespread; the highest classification for activity. State Epidemiologist, Tracy Murphy, says this is nothing to worry about because it happens every year and so far they have not seen any significant outbreaks and do monitor conditions at nursing homes, hospitals and other care centers. Murphy says the Department of Health always promotes good hygiene, but he says it is particularly important because exposure to the flu is more likely now.
Laramie, Wy – A traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cheyenne has apparently resulted in the seizure of 34 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck. The Highway Patrol says a trooper pulled over a California man yesterday (Monday) for driving violations. During the stop the trooper allegedly smelled marijuana and called in a sheriff's deputy with a drug-sniffing dog. The dog allegedly signaled the possibility of drugs in the pickup truck. The truck was taken to a Wyoming Department of Transportation