Casper, Wy – A deal to lease Martin's Cove to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is more than two months behind schedule. The land southwest of Casper is considered sacred by Mormons. It was supposed to be in their hands by the end of March under requirements spelled out in a law signed by President Bush last year. However, poor weather this spring has held up required environmental studies by the Bureau of Land Management. B-L-M officials say the deal won't be complete now until late this summer or early fall.
Laramie, Wy – Some residents of Sweetwater County are considering creating their own town rather than live under the zoning rules of the county. Paul Zancanella is a resident of the Mountain Air Subdivision and is working on the incorporation plan. He says this came about because the county is considering changing some zoning rules. One rule that he says is particularly concerning would not allow rural residents to have large animals on their property.
Laramie, Wy – Obesity levels for Wyoming citizens have doubled over the last 20 years. The impacts are already being felt in health care costs, especially since more state residents are being diagnosed with type-two diabetes. The Past Chair of the Governors Council on Fitness and sport says people need to start changing their lifestyles. Amber Travsky says people need to start moving.
Pinedale, Wy – Wyoming still is not considered a brucellosis-free state, but it seems the outbreak of the disease in Sublette County cattle is over. A second round of brucellosis testing was held over the last two weeks on cattle that came into contact with the originally-infected herd. USDA Veterinarian in Charge of Wyoming Bret Combs oversaw the testing. He says all two-thousand head came back clean, so he no longer worries about this brucellosis outbreak spreading further.
Laramie, Wy – While contaminants have been found in the Yellowstone River Basin, federal officials say they are nothing to be alarmed about. U-S Geological Survey scientists studied the basin for three years and found some things like radon, dissolved minerals, and bacteria in the water, but overall they are pleased. Hydrologist Dave Peterson says the basin is especially good when compared to other areas of the country. Peterson adds there is some human impact, but most impacts come from natural sources.
Cody, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish officials are investigating the third grizzly bear death this month. Officials say a man who says he acted in self defense at his camp southwest of Cody killed an adult male grizzly May 7th. He claims the bear was threatening him while he was searching for horns on Timber Creek. A young adult male grizzly died May 1st at the head of Grass Creek between Meeteetse and Thermopolis. The third bear, which had a radio collar, was killed May 5th by black bear hunters in a case of mistaken identity.
Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the latest Wyoming effort to spur economic development is getting off the ground
Topic: Obesity levels of Wyoming citizens doubled over the last 20 years and the impacts are being felt in healthcare costs and future costs; Guest: Margi McDonald, Chairman of the Governors Council on Fitness and Sports and Amber Travsky
Wyoming – The latest Wyoming effort to spur economic development is getting off the ground. The Business Ready Community Program comes in the wake of a number of failed economic development attempts. Supporters hope this approach will be different and expectations are high. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports some questions have been raised about how the program is being run...