Gillette, WY – A year-and-a-half effort to recruit general surgeons is paying off for Gillette with two new surgeons establishing practices this year. For more than 13 months, Doctor Sara Hartsaw acted as the only general surgeon in the area. That forced some patients to seek treatment outside Gillette. Hartsaw says the new doctors are already giving her a reprieve in her on-call schedule. Hartsaw says she was on call every night for more than 13 months.
Laramie, Wy – October first marks the first day of hunting for most of the state. With it comes a new regulation for hunters of deer and elk. They must now dispose of carcasses in an approved landfill or leave the head and spinal chord at the site of the kill. The Deputy Director of the Game and Fish Department, Gregg Arthur, says this is to try and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. He adds the regulation only applies for animals shot in an area known to have C-W-D. Arthur says it is a misdemeanor to disobey this new regulation.
Laramie, Wy – The number of conflicts between grizzly bears and people is down this year. The leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, Chuck Schwartz, says a good crop of whitebark pine cones this fall is drawing grizzly bears to higher elevations keeping them away from subdivisions and other human developments. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team reports whitebark pine cones make up 60 to 70 percent of the bears' diet. Schwartz, says next year there should be more cubs born because of the pine cones.
Louisiana – As part of the response to Hurricane Rita, search and rescue teams from FE Warren Air Force base have been flying helicopter missions over parts of Louisiana. Wyoming public Radio's Kristin Espeland is traveling with the air force unit and reports the memory of Katrina is fresh on everyone's mind...
Helicopter search and rescue teams fly over hurricane Rita area
Ellington Air Field, Houston – Helicopter search and rescue teams from FE Warren Air Force base in Cheyenne have been flying over parts of Louisiana hit by hurricane Rita. Wyoming Public Radio's Kristin Espeland is traveling with the air force unit and has this report from Ellington air field in Houston.
Billings, MT – Visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks will cost more next year. Seventeen sites in the National Park Service's Intermountain Region will see certain entrance fee increases. Agency spokesman James Doyle says the new money will be earmarked for such costs as building restrooms or visitor centers, and maintenance of interpretive programs. Doyle says increased visitation has put added strain on services that visitors have come to expect. Most of the revenue from the added fees will stay with the individual parks.
Rock Springs, WY – Sweetwater County United Way wants to learn just how strong the area's demand for child care is. United Way is paying for a survey of local employers and families. The organization hopes to uncover some potential solutions to what is being described as a child care shortage. Amanda Rosenberg is the Executive Director for Sweetwater County United Way. She says they know there is a child care shortage, but are not sure of the scope of the problem. To find that out, United Way has contracted a study from the University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center.
Laramie, Wy – A district judge in Lander dismissed a child endangerment case against a woman whose newborn child tested positive for methamphetamine. The judge says 31-year-old could not be charged with endangering her child by using meth during pregnancy because the state law does not apply to fetuses. Prosecutors say the ruling makes it clear the Legislature must amend the law if the state is to protect unborn children from drugs.
Laramie, Wy – Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play in the death of a Lander woman last week. The body of Ann Wagner was found late Friday in her locked vehicle. Police say she was in the back seat slumped over with no visible injuries and among numerous prescription drug bottles. The exact cause of her death will be determined during an autopsy, but toxicology reports will not be available for several weeks.