Kaycee, WY – Two areas near Kaycee are the latest where the Game and Fish Department has found chronic wasting disease. Wildlife Disease Specialist Hank Edwards says this is further evidence that the disease is spreading within the state. But Edwards has a note of caution. He says just because chronic wasting was found on the eastern slope of the Bighorns, doesn't mean it is present there at the same levels as on the eastern slope of the Laramie Range, where CWD has been for decades. Edwards says Game and Fish will try to harvest more deer from the areas near Kaycee.
Gillette, WY – A routine Gillette traffic stop resulted in discovery of 77 cartons of cigarettes and two coin machines, all believed to have been stolen from a self-service laundry. A Gillette officer found the allegedly stolen items in a car that was stopped early Sunday because of a broken taillight. Two teens are expected to be charged with felony burglary.
Laramie, Wy – Human bones found in a gravel pit northeast of Rock Springs belonged to an aboriginal American Indian. The Sweetwater County coroner says it could not be determined whether the bones were prehistoric or from an era that included and followed the first European explorer's presence in the area. The bones, including a skull, were uncovered last Friday by a worker loading gravel. There was no sign of trauma. The nearby Shoshoni and Arapaho tribes will be contacted to see if they want the bones.
Laramie, Wy – A three-point-seven million dollar project to make Interstate 80 safer for motorists has added ten electronic message signs, three live-view cameras and additional lightning at some exits between Cheyenne and Laramie. The lighting and cameras are so good that WyDOT dispatchers can see subtle differences in road conditions. The three new cameras cover most of the area between the Lincoln Monument and Buford -- where a lot of blowing snow tends to occur.
Laramie, Wy – A complaint has been filed contesting the city-wide vote approving of a ban on public smoking in Laramie. The complaint by six Laramie residents was filed last Friday in Albany County District Court. It names the city council and city clerk. It seeks to have the ordinance struck down because of failure to comply with law governing special elections and referendums. The ordinance, which passed by 366 votes in the November second election, prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Laramie, Wy – A spending bill approved by Congress contains millions of dollars for projects in Wyoming. The measure provides two-point-six million dollars to build a new courthouse at Yellowstone, and nearly ten million to restore the Old Faithful Inn, which marked its 100th anniversary this year. Yellowstone also will get a million dollars for snowcoaches, which transport tourists in the winter.
Topic: Congress approved a major spending bill that included funding for highway projects that will improve the state of Wyoming; Guest: Del McOmie, Chief Engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the what the Wyoming Game and Fish Department found with the chronic wasting disease this year.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Plan Cheyenne Project Manager, Matt Ashby about the comprehensive planning process.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge has consolidated lawsuits by the Wyoming Wolf Coalition and the state of Wyoming. The lawsuits aim to force the federal government to accept the state's plan for managing gray wolves once they are off the endangered list. Governor Freudenthal had been concerned the Wolf coalition's efforts would prolong the court battle. But if the consolidation of the lawsuits does not delay court proceedings, Freudenthal says he's O-K with that.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming farmers are helping create an alternative to foreign oil. Some crops are being used in biodiesel. It is made from vegetable oil and can run in any diesel engine. Blue Sun Biodiesel, based in Colorado distributes a blend that is made of 20 percent biodiesel. The director of the company, John Long, says it is available in Colorado and New Mexico, but they want to open pumps in Wyoming.