Cheyenne, WY – The U-S Attorney's office has appinted one of its officials to oversee Tuesday's election in Wyoming. Assistant U-S Attorney Jim Anderson will lead efforts in Wyoming under the Justice Department's nationwide Election Day program. Anderson's job will be to look into complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters. He can be reached on Election Day at (307) 772-2124.
Cheyenne, Wy – A letter threatening the life of the governor and containing a powder was opened at a Cheyenne newspaper offices today (Thursday). Three other similar letters, two delivered to the newspaper and one to a local television station, were not opened. Initial tests of the powder released at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle showed no dangerous chemicals but more thorough tests were being conducted. Ten people who were exposed to the powder at the Tribune-Eagle were decontaminated and treated and released from United Medical
Laramie, Wy – Both sides of the smoke free ordinance that will be on Laramie's ballot next week are accusing the other side of using outside money to make their case. Opponents of the ordinance have received around 20-thousand in campaign contributions, while supporters received over 12 thousand. Opponents are critical of outside money from health organizations, but supporters of the smoke-free ordinance point to a 34-hundred dollar contribution from R-J Reynolds and they say tobacco lobbyists have helped them organize.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming teachers would see a five thousand dollar raise this year and next if the legislature supports a proposal from the Education Coalition. The president of the Wyoming Education Association, Gary McDowell says it would cost 42 million dollars and is needed because in 2002-2003 teacher salaries were 36th in the nation. The coalition is also proposing that the state pay 24 million to cover 85 percent of heath and dental insurance for teachers. McDowell says local districts could pay for more, but teachers should receive the same benefits as state employees.
Jackson, WY – There could be another brucellosis case in Teton County. A single cow was discovered with the disease there this summer and officials recently started testing neighboring cattle herds. That testing, while preliminary, found two more cows that appeared to have brucellosis. The animals were slaughtered to conduct more definitive testing, which should be complete in a couple weeks. Jim Logan, the now-former State Veterinarian who is still doing brucellosis work for the state, says this is obviously not the type of news they want to hear.
Cheyenne, WY – The state School Facilities Commission will stay out of a local fight on where to build a new school in Lincoln County's Star Valley. The local school district has decided to locate a new elementary school in the town of Etna. But a group of Alpine residents has argued against the decision, saying explosive growth in their end of the valley makes Alpine the ideal location for the school. The school board has countered that Etna makes the most sense because it is centrally located.