Laramie, Wy – The news that presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry named John Edwards as his running mate went over well with the chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party. Mike Gierau says he's excited about Edwards and that he shares values with the people of the Cowboy State. He cites Edwards' advocacy for cheaper health care and better education. Edwards was in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination but withdrew in March. Republicans say he is too liberal and inexperienced.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – A coalition of more than two dozen county officials and various interest groups have served notice of intent to sue over the federal gray wolf recovery program. The so-called Wolf Coalition intends to seek relief in U-S District Court for alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act because of federal rejection of the Wyoming wolf management plan. The groups also contend the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to properly manage wolves in Wyoming or follow its own recovery plan.
Laramie, WY – Pharmacists in Wyoming have joined a national effort to discourage people from purchasing prescription drugs from on-line suppliers in Canada and elsewhere outside the U-S. Wyoming Pharmacy Association Director Mindy Rasmussen says there is a real danger of health problems with unsanctioned drugs. Rasmussen says just because the drugs are cheaper in Canada doesn't mean the Canadian government has certified those drugs. She says many times on-line operations are simply trying to mislead consumers into buying their products.
Sheridan, WY – A man is in custody in connection with a Friday murder in Sheridan. Stephen Hyatt is accused of commandeering a young woman's car at gunpoint. According to witnesses, 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford tried to get away by jumping from the moving vehicle. But Hyatt allegedly ran after her and shot her in the back. Police says while Ford was on the ground, the suspect shot her again, in the back of the head. Hyatt was found by law enforcement near Ten Sleep, driving Ford's car. A sawed-off shotgun was found in the vehicle.
Moose, WY – Removing a few problem wolves from a pack can dampen a wolf pack's taste for livestock, at least in the short term. That's according to research presented at a public meeting in Grand Teton National Park this past week. Liz Bradley has studied wolf-livestock conflicts and found that wolves generally kill livestock in areas of elk populations. She also says wolf packs that kill cattle have a high probability of killing again, around 68%. But she found that repeat attacks usually didn't occur again for eight months.
Glenwood Springs, CO – Tuesday marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the deadliest wildfires in Colorado history. The Storm King fire surrounded, trapped and killed 14 firefighters in the mountains near Glenwood Springs on July Sixth, 1994. One firefighter who was there says some of his colleagues had misgivings about the assignment. But he says no one wanted to look weak by suggesting they should step back from the flames. Getting around that attitude is now stressed in firefighter training.
Laramie, Wy – Recently Governor Dave Freudenthal floated the idea of a temporary subsidy for doctors to help them pay for rising medical malpractice costs. The Governor sees it as a short term attempt to keep doctors from leaving the state. But some lawmakers and citizens dislike the idea, thinking that doctors are being favored over others who also face rising health insurance costs. Freudenthal understands their concern, but he'd still like to go ahead with the idea, because without doctors, health care could be lost.
Cheyenne, WY – State Schools Superintendent Trent Blankenship is pleased with the progress Wyoming students are making following the latest round of Wy-Cass testing. Blankenship says overall, scores were up among Wyoming's fourth, eighth and 11th graders. But he says there's still room for improvement, especially in 8th grade math. Blankenship says 8th graders improved to 40 percent proficient, but it's still not what education officials would like to see.