Laramie, Wy – A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming. Doctor David Mech has lived near wolves in the arctic, watched them from aircraft in Alaska and observed them in Minnesota and Wyoming. One project he worked on was to see if wolves kill for sport. He says that is an unreasonable assumption because there is documentation that all of wolves' prey animals have killed wolves including deers. Mech says wolves do kill prey and then leave them for some time before coming back to eat them.
Topic: A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming; Guest: Doctor David Mech
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with John Pope and Kim Vincent about Venture West forum in Laramie this week and how they work with those interested in their business or starting a new one. For more information about Venture West visit, www.venturewest.org
Topic: A group of students in Casper will be holding an event this weekend to teach middle and high school students about volunteerism; Guest: Mike Prentice, Natrona County High School student
Cheyenne, Wy – State money will be used in efforts to add new flights from airports in Jackson and Cody. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously to fund the projects today. 300-thousand dollars will help secure Cody to Denver summer service and 125-thousand is for flights next winter from Dallas and Cincinnati to Jackson. In February, the Board chose not to spend any of the state's three million air service fund, and actually seem opposed to playing with the free market.
Cheyenne, Wy – Shoshoni, Riverton, and Washakie County are in line to be the latest recipients of money from the Business Ready Communities program. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors signed off on the three projects today. The State Loan and Investment Board votes on them Monday. Riverton would get one-point-five million dollars for construction of a new building for the Brunton Company, a manufacturer that employs 79 people currently. Without the new building, Brunton would need to relocate.
Laramie, Wy – State officials say the number of dentists in Wyoming is falling and could reach critical levels if more aren't recruited to replace those nearing retirement. Grant Christensen is the new administrator of the Wyoming Department of Health's Dental Division. He says Wyoming particularly needs more dentists to serve its low-income population. Currently, just 25 dentists are providing about 80 percent of the state's Medicaid dental treatment. Pending increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates could help.
Laramie, Wy – Pinedale is having to weigh growth and private property rights versus the welfare of pronghorn antelope. On Monday the town's planning and zoning committee is discussing the annexation of 28 acres for development of 16 lots. The Upper Green River Valley Coalition's Linda Baker says that could cut off crucial habitat from 300 pronghorn that use the corridor. Officials from the Game and Fish Department say that pronghorn herd very well may just die off.
Wyoming – It takes a lot to convince an airline to serve a Wyoming-sized town these days. Airlines are still struggling financially, so they want their revenue guaranteed before starting new service. The Wyoming Business Council considers spending money from the air service enhancement fund Friday. And because airlines are so skittish, all the risk with any venture would be on the state and the community. That risk is higher because airlines still would have control over price, which goes a long way in determining if the service will attract passengers.
Laramie, Wyoming – Several Laramie officials say that City Manager Bonnie Ridley-Kraft is being forced out. The Laramie City council will supposedly address the matter in executive session Tuesday. Ridley-Kraft was hired in August after a short tenure in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she resigned last April because of differences with that city council. Mayor Fred Homer calls rumors of her dismissal nothing but speculation, but admitted that at-will contracts will be addressed Tuesday night in executive session.
Wyoming – This week, the state could be spending up to three million dollars to allow Wyoming airports to add flights to new destinations. The Board of Directors for the Wyoming Business Council will consider proposals for Cody and Jackson on Friday and one for Casper next month. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports there's no guarantee these types of investments are worthwhile.