Laramie, Wy – Three days after a tornado hit the town of Wright the extent of the damage is more apparent. Clerk-Treasurer, Valerie Kettery, says two people died and 92 mobile homes were destroyed. "Right now," she says, "most of those families affected are staying with friends or in motels." Kettery says in the long term it is hard to tell what will happen because there is not a lot of available housing.
Laramie – After years of struggling to raise money, the University of Wyoming announced an end to a remarkable five year run of fundraising. U-W fund raisers collected 204 million dollars in their DISTINCTION campaign. The goal was 125 million. The money is being used for special faculty, symposiums and facility upgrades. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that to those involved with the campaign, the success is nothing short of amazing
Laramie, Wy – Thirty-one members of the Wyoming Air National Guard have returned home. The unit spent the last two months in the Middle East --providing airlift support for U-S forces in Iraq. The members got back to Cheyenne Thursday afternoon. Mission Commander Colonel Stephen Anderson says the time spent in Kuwait was taxing with the temperature often around 120 degrees. The unit also had to deal with 40 mile an hour winds.
Laramie, Wy – A grizzly bear with a history of killing livestock has been relocated to an area west of Cody. The adult male bear is known to have killed a domestic sheep on public lands in the Upper Green River drainage of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Its new home is five miles east of Yellowstone National Park, in an area of the Shoshone National Forest not used for livestock grazing and within grizzly habitat. In July, three other grizzly bears were relocated from the Bridger-Teton National Forest to Park County.
Laramie, Wy – Rocky Mountain spotted fever is more common than ever in the country, but despite the name it is not a serious problem in Wyoming. An epidemiologist with the state Department of Health, Monica Olkowaski says over the last 15 years in Wyoming there has never been more than eight reported case in a year with no fatalities. The fever is transmitted to humans by ticks so to be cautious Olkowaski says people should remove ticks quickly because they have to be attached to a person for a couple of hours to transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Laramie, Wy – Next week a number of researchers will be on the University of Wyoming campus pitching ways to try and address the Brucellosis problem facing the state. The focus will be on eliminating Brucellosis from Elk and Bison in the Yellowstone area. U-W Ruckelshaus Institute Director Harold Bergman says researchers will be looking for alternatives to the current Brucellosis vaccines. Bergman says over 60 researchers from around the World will be in Laramie sharing ideas.