Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Health Department Director Deb Fleming says she's ready to pursue other avenues in health care. Fleming announced Tuesday that she will resign from the department in March after two years on the job. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Fleming said she didn't have anything lined up just yet. Fleming is an expert in aging issues and is a former director of the Health Department's Aging Division. Governor Dave Freudenthal called Fleming, quote "a tremendous director of a challenging department."
Laramie, Wy – The federal government is giving Idaho and Montana more control over the reintroduced wolf population. But Wyoming will have to wait. U-S Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced the new rule Monday. Under the rule, landowners can kill wolves without prior written authority if the animals are harassing livestock or domestic pets. But wolf kills still must be backed up by physical evidence.
Laramie, Wy – The Game and Fish Department's Assistant Wildlife Division Chief says people at a series of public meetings on changes to the Grizzly Bear Management Plan expressed several misconceptions. John Emmerich says many people believe the agency wants to limit things like grazing, snowmobiling and other human activities, but that will not happen.
Laramie, Wy – A celebration of the lives of two prominent wildlife disease experts will be held Wednesday at the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center. Veterinary science professor Beth Williams and her husband, Tom Thorne, will be remembered at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning in the Fine Arts concert hall. Williams and Thorne died last week in a snowy collision on U-S Highway 287 south of the Wyoming-Colorado border. Williams had been a member of the Veterinary Sciences Department
Cheyenne, Wy – The leader of the Wyoming Highway Patrol is Governor Dave Freudenthal's pick as the next director of the state Transportation Department. Colonel John Cox was nominated this morning to become the next WYDOT director. The 49-year-old Cox has spent the past seven years as administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, overseeing some 190 uniformed officers. Cox is a former police chief in Powell, and also worked as a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer, a police division supervisor in Douglas.
Laramie, Wy – Two city council members in Cheyenne are discussing plans to limit smoking in the capital city's restaurants. But Councilmen Don Pierson and Jimmy Valdez disagree on the approach the city should take. Pierson says he'd like to ban smoking in restaurants only, saying Cheyenne isn't ready to take the next step and ban smoking in all public places. Valdez, on the other hand, says the only fair way to approach the issue would be a ban in all public places. Otherwise, he says, the council would be discriminating against restaurants.
Laramie, Wy – The state Division of Criminal Investigation says the first year of Wyoming's Amber Alert system resulted in two activations. On January 27th, D-C-I received a request from Utah to initiate an alert after a noncustodial parent reportedly abducted his five-year-old daughter. The man and the girl were located near Rawlins early the next morning and the girl was safely recovered. And on September 15th, an alert was issued upon a request from Kansas.
Laramie, Wy – A major winter storm is expected to drop heavy snow across central and southern Wyoming late Monday through early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service says an arctic cold front will push south across the state late Monday afternoon and combine with a potent surge of Pacific moisture streaming north into Wyoming ahead of a strong low-pressure center. East-northeasterly winds are likely to create upslope conditions across southern and central Wyoming, resulting in heavy snowfall, especially on eastern slopes.
Yellowstone National Park – Park spokeswoman Cheryl Matthews says the entrance will open tomorrow, New Year's Day, because of recent snow. Snowmobiles and snowcoaches will be allowed on the road between the west entrance and Old Faithful, Madison to Norris and Norris to Canyon. Snowmobile traffic is still prohibited on the road between Mammoth and Norris because of minimal snow coverage. The park's winter season officially began December 15th, but snowmobiles and snowcoaches had only been allowed through the south