Casper, Wy – Wyoming was once among the leaders in getting children immunized, but those numbers have slipped. Currently about 80 percent of elementary school students have adequate vaccinations, but Public Health officials would like to see those numbers much higher. State Senator Mike Massie thinks that lawmakers may need to get involved, especially in making the shots more affordable.But Massie admits that cost is only part of the problem. He says issues range from busy work schedules to people who are generally opposed to such vaccinations.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Public Radio's reporting of a massive number of elk deaths in southern Wyoming has earned second place in the Best Feature category, in the national reporting competition sponsored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. The PRNDI organization annually presents first- and second-place awards for the best Public Radio News stories in a variety of categories. WPR was honored for its coverage of a mysterious, sudden die-off of some 300 elk in a 50-square-mile area southwest of Rawlins, which baffled wildlife officials for several weeks.
Worland, WY – Public comment has prompted the Bureau of Land Management to revise its environmental assessment of an energy exploration project in northern Park County. Windsor Energy wants to conduct seismic testing in a 47 square-mile area near Clark, where they would use sound waves to measure oil and gas potential. BLM Project Manager Don Ogaard says the public came forward with a lot of well-thought out concerns that need to be taken into account or responded to. Ogaard was not surprised by the level of public comment and interest in this project.
Cheyenne, WY – Laramie County Community College could be adding three instructor positions. The LCCC board of trustees will consider a proposed budget Wednesday that would add instructors for math, communications and a new surgical technology program. The proposal would also double the funding to pay for insurance premiums and increase student fees for athletics. College President Charles Bohlen says the $40 million budget includes a nearly seven percent salary hike to help retain good employees.
Coronado, CA – Mountain West Conference media has picked the Wyoming Cowboys to finish third in the league. UW is coming off a 7-5 campaign last year featuring an upset win over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. This year, media members have the Pokes finishing behind Utah and New Mexico in the league standings. Meanwhile, the pre-season all-conference team is littered with Cowboys. Seven UW players were chosen as the best at their position, including Quarterback Corey Bramlet and defensive back Derrick Martin. The Pokes start the season September 3rd at Florida.
Washington, DC – The advocacy group Refugees International is holding an event this week in Jackson, exploring the world's forgotten humanitarian emergencies. Among the conflicts that will be discussed are the civil wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Northern Uganda. Refugees International President Ken Bacon says the war in the Congo has resulted in 3.5 Million deaths since 1998. Bacon says the civil war in Northern Uganda has been especially brutal.
Laramie, WY – A major donation to the University of Wyoming is expected to be announced this Thursday. UW officials say it will be one of the largest contributions ever received by the school, and that it will give UW a national leadership role in a significant academic program. No other details were given in a news release that was issued Friday. The announcement will follow a special meeting of the board of trustees. The board is selecting a presidential search firm and hearing an update on the expansion of Jacoby Golf Course.
Riverton, WY – The first trail has been designated in the state's new Historic Mine Trail system. The trail marks the history of several gold, iron and uranium mines in central Wyoming. The route travels through South Pass City, Atlantic City, Jeffrey City as well as the Crooks Gap and the Gas Hills areas. State Senator Bob Peck of Riverton says he was inspired to help create the trail system when the curator of the Riverton Museum told him about local schoolchildren having no knowledge of the state's mining history.