Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Medical Board issues the most disciplinary actions per 1000 doctors of any state medical board in the country. That information came out in a report done by a national non profit group. The group applauds the Wyoming Medical Board for protecting the public. Board President, Doctor John Babson, says they take pride in that and believes the high rate of disciplinary action is not likely to deter physicians from coming to Wyoming because the number of doctors they deal with is so small.
Washington, DC – The Census Bureau is reporting what many already know about Wyoming, the state's getting older. In fact, the Census Bureau predicts that by 2030, Wyoming will have the second-highest percentage of elderly residents behind only Florida. Wyoming would be one of six states with more than one in four residents 65 or older and one of just ten with more people over 65 than under 18. The Census Bureau projects that Wyoming will still be the nation's least populous state in 2030 with a population of nearly 523,000.
Laramie, Wy – A 45-mile stretch of Interstate 80 was closed as a winterlike storm moved through Wyoming. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports at least two injury accidents in conditions that included blowing and drifting snow and limited visibility. A dispatcher said a three-vehicle collision and a two-vehicle crash occurred in the Arlington area today. I-80 was closed at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon from Arlington to Laramie. The storm, which moved into the state Monday, dumped 15 inches
Yellowstone National Park – The number of snowmobiles entering Yellowstone National Park this winter never came close to the new daily limits for the machines. John Sacklin is a management assistant at Yellowstone. He says poor snow conditions and continued confusion over the rules for snowmobiles likely contributed to the lower turnout. Sacklin says the average number of snowmobiles parkwide in January and February was just 239 a day. The peak day, seen in late February, was about 420 snowmobiles.
Laramie, Wy – The National Education Association and a few school districts around the country have filed suit against the Secretary of Education. The groups are saying that the federal government is violating the No Child Left Behind Act by not paying for everything it mandates.
Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne residents will face normal water restrictions this summer. Board of Public Utilities Water Conservation Specialist Clint Bassett says city reservoirs are at normal levels right now. Still, he says there will be some restrictions as part of Cheyenne's wise water use plan, which has been used to promote efficient water use over the last two years. Cheyenne residents will not be able to water between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm and will be limited to watering their lawns three times a week. Flowers and gardens, though, can be watered any day.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Catholics and Wyoming's Bishop are mostly positive about the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope. The 78 year old Pope is regarded as a centrist, and many Wyoming catholics who were contacted were initially pleased. Pope Benedict the 16th is viewed as one of the leading conservatives of the Catholic Church, but Mary Shirk of Cheyenne thinks that is a good thing. Cheyenne Diocese Bishop David Ricken was interested that an older Pope was chosen.
Evanston, Wy – Authorities in Evanston have identified the two firefighters who were killed battling a residential blaze yesterday (Monday) afternoon. The victims were 23-year-old Jacob Cook -- who had been married only a few weeks -- and 39-year-old Robert Henderson, a married father of three. Both were Evanston residents. They died from injuries suffered in an explosion after they went into a burning town home to attempt a rescue of children reportedly trapped inside. As it turned out, there was nobody inside the building.