Wamsutter, WY – Wolves are being blamed for killing several cattle in southern Wyoming. In response, federal officials have authorized killing up to two wolves thought to be responsible. The cattled were killed by one or two wolves near Wamsutter, along Interstate 80. Wamsutter is in the southern extent of the area wolves are thought to be common in Wyoming.
Jackson, WY – A series of earthquakes woke people up, but caused no damage in northwestern Wyoming this morning. The first quake was the strongest, registering a magnitude of 4.7 shortly before one o'clock in the morning. The epicenter was about 19 miles east-northeast of Jackson. The U-S Geological Survey's John Minsch says that was followed by quakes ranging from 3.7 to 4.1 magnitude. The last one came around 2:30 a.m. A Teton County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman says her office got a lot of calls from people awakened by the tremors, but no damage was reported.
Laramie, Wy – Albany County's superintendent of schools says his district is under "fiscal assault" by a proposed school funding formula legislators are considering. Brian Recht says the Albany County School District is expected to lose 300 thousand dollars due to declining enrollment. He says the regional cost adjustment and small schools adjustment would mean even more lost revenue. Recht says declining enrollment led his school board to make the difficult decision of closing an elementary school at the end of this school year.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freduenthal is looking for support of several economic development proposals in his budget. The biggest is an attempt to enhance the Business Ready Communities bill approved by lawmakers last year. The Governor thinks the legislation will be key to Wyoming's future, but he says local government need to know that the program isn't going to just disappear after a couple of years.
Wyoming – Topic: Term limits could effect legislatures but attorneys are planning on challenging the term limit law; Guests: Harriet Hageman, attorney from Cheyenne and Tim Stubson, attorney from Casper
Topic: School Funding Proposal may effect districts across the state of Wyoming, Guest: Brian Recht, Albany County Superintendent
Renny Mackay speaks with Kate Taylor about the graduated drivers license bill
Gillette, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management today (Wednesday) ordered more environmental analysis on 18 planned coal-bed methane wells southwest of Gillette. The Powder River Basin Resource Council has sought more detailed environmental study of the planned drilling. No timetable is set for the additional study, but B-L-M officials say it should be conducted soon.
Cheyenne, WY – The state's consumer advocate believes "Choice Gas" has done little for consumers. K-N Energy has offered the fixed-rate plan saying it allows consumers to keep a locked-in rate and not be subject to the ups and downs of the market. But Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says if customers had not locked in a rate and kept was is called the pass-on rate, they would have spent less on their utility bills to date. Freeman expects that will be the case in the near future. He notes gas companies have made money from the "Choice Gas" program.
Cheyenne, Wy – Two attorneys are trying to get rid of Wyoming's term limits law for legislators and the top five elected officials. Attorney's Harriet Hageman and Tim Stubson are challenging the law approved by voters on behalf of some citizens and a couple of legislators. Hageman thinks they have a great case and says it is likely others may choose to join the suit. She contends that Wyoming amended the consitution the wrong way. They also think that they have a couple of things going for them, such as the U-S Supreme Court throwing out the congressional term limits law.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming has new brucellosis testing rules. The State Livestock Board unanimously adopted the rules Tuesday in response to the recent cases in Sublette County. Under the rules, all female cattle sold for breeding purposes will need a negative brucellosis test within 60 days before change of ownership.
Laramie, Wy – Recent statistics show more kids have type 2 diabetes and some young children are even starting to develop some other health issues that used to be found sedentary adults. A University of Wyoming Professor of Kinesiology and Health,Tami Benham-Deal says a big problem continues to concern what children do with their free time. Instead of playing, many spend a lot of time around the television. Benham-Deal says parents need to make sure their children play and get exercise and children also need to eat smaller portion sizes.