Laramie, Wy – Wyoming made some key plays in all phases of the game and was able to overcome a two fourth quarter mishaps to beat Mississippi 37-32 Saturday. It was the first time Wyoming has ever beaten an S-E-C team. Josh Barge scored on two big plays. The first was an 87 yard punt return and the second was a 69 yard option pass from fellow receiver Jovon Bouknight, late in the 4th quarter.
Cody, WY – For the first time, the Shoshone National Forest will conduct patrols aimed at ATV drivers that don't follow the rules. Forest Spokesman Gordon Warren says the patrols will start next week in areas where ATV users have been driving into wilderness areas and onto closed roads. Forest Spokesman Gordon Warren says ATV abuse is nothing new, but it's getting worse. He says some violators are blatant about it, driving right past wilderness boundary and road closure signs.
Laramie, Wy – Following the binge drinking deaths at two Colorado Universities U-W trustees were asked to continue focusing on binge drinking at their own campus. First Lady Nancy Freudenthal calls it a public health issue. While commending U-W for having an alcohol policy, she urges them not to stand on written words. However, in the last week, the trustees have received e-mails asking them not to overreact to what happened in Colorado. But Trustee President Kathy Hunt says Wyoming has its own issues. She says a survey of students shows that 46 percent of them binge drink.
Cheyenne, WY – A lawsuit was filed Thursday against the Secretary of State over Wyoming not allowing voter registration drives. Such efforts are popular in other states, but when three Wyoming residents tried to conduct such a drive, their county clerks told them they couldn't. Secretary of State Joe Meyer says Wyoming has never allowed voter registration drives. Meyer says he's not necessarily opposed to such efforts, but the legislature would have to change the law to allow them. Attorney John Robinson believes Meyer's interpretation of the law is too narrow.
Casper, WY – An effort to create a statewide ban on smoking in Wyoming restaurants seems to have stalled. The legislature's health committee discussed the issue at a meeting in Casper and decided not to support a bill that could have limited where people can smoke. That means the only way such a bill could come up during the legislative session is if an individual lawmaker sponsors it. Representative John Hastert brought the proposal to the committee, but says he won't sponsor a bill on his own.
Cheyenne, Wy – Earlier this month the State Treasurer named a new Chief Investment Officer for Wyoming. Michael Walden Newman is set to take over the position November first. This elicited a critical editorial in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Governor Freudenthal said he was unaware that Walden Newman had a background in investment.
Gillette, WY – Some doubts have been raised about the cattle from Campbell County that were found with brucellosis. A formal review has been requested of test procedures at the South Dakota laboratory where the two cows tested positive this summer. The review comes after bacteria isolated from the infected cattle animals matched that of infected South Dakota bison previously tested.
Cheyenne, Wy – A group calling itself the Wolf Coalition is suing the federal government over its rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan and for the federal governments failure and refusal to properly manage wolves. Attorney Harriet Hageman says the coalition is a group of 27 associations, entities and counties. Among their issues is that the state released a plan for managing wolves around the national parks, but the U-S Fish and Wildlife service has implied that they want wolves to thrive throughout the state. But she contends that was "never the deal".