Laramie, Wy – Seatbelt use in Wyoming is well below the national average. While 80-percent of drivers across the country wear seatbelts, a study found Wyoming drivers are around 50 percent. Injury Prevention Resources is trying to increase those numbers with a project that uses women to get people to buckle up. Spokesman Lorrie Pozarik says more men tend to buckle up if a woman is with them. So they are pushing a New Education Program called Buckle Those You Love. It is trying to get women to make men buckle their seatbelts.
Jackson, Wy – The fire danger is growing in western Wyoming. That's according to national forest officials, who say that recent dry weather and the start of fall hunting are raising the risk. Paul Hutta is fire management officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. He says it wouldn't take much for a fire to easily spread, especially in some of the forest's high alpine meadows. Officials says that vigorous undergrowth -- brought on by a wet spring and early summer -- could serve as kindling for a large wildfire.
Laramie, Wy – There is a shortage of the food grizzly bears traditionally eat at this time of year in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Officials from the Shoshone National Forest say this is causing bears to move into areas where people are camping or recreating. This has led to three people being attacked. And Wildlife Biologist, Lynette Otto, says it is possible there will be more this fall, but if people are cautious and keep their camps clear attacks may be avoided.
Washington, DC – Wyoming's congressional delegation is opposing a loan that would allow Turkey to get into the soda ash business. The proposed $50 Million loan would allow Turkey to use American technology and expertise to build a soda ash facility. Representative Barbara Cubin and Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas say the loan would hurt Wyoming's soda ash industry, which is already being squeezed by competition from China.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's new medium security prison will be in one of five places. Proposals asking to be considered were submitted by Rawlins, Torrington, Worland, Riverton, and Lincoln County. Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says the next step is to narrow the list to two or three possible locations. From that short list, the Department of Corrections will recommend one site. Then the legislature has the final say in where to build the prison.
Cheyenne – Every two years a group of senior citizens from around the state comes to Cheyenne and participates in the Silver Haired Legislature. The most recent session took place last week and Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay stopped by to see what issues they dealt with
Cheyenne, Wy – The Silver Haired Legislature held its bi-annual session recently. 34 Wyoming citizens over the age of 60 met to discuss laws they would like to see passed. The group gave its approval to bills that would ban driving while talking on a cell phone, would join a multi state lottery and remove wolves from Wyoming. A former legislator watching the session, John Patton, says these people are making a significant contribution because they are representing their age group and can bring concerns and ideas to state Senators and Representatives.
Laramie, Wy – A group will be meeting this week to discuss the next steps for expanding electric transmission lines from the west. Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman is a member of the group. He remains optimistic that more generation and transmission will occur. Freeman says if it doesn't then, utilities will continue building power plants near places they serve. He believes that will keep prices high, and will not benefit consumers.