Archives for February 2017

Abortion Bill Passed

Under another bill passed by the state Senate, Wyoming doctors would have to offer patients seeking an abortion the opportunity to see an ultrasound and/or hear the fetus’ heartbeat. There was no debate as Senators passed the bill on the third of three votes. However, they did remove a requirement in the House bill that a doctor would have to get a signed confidential statement from the patient that she was offered the ultrasound. Because of that change, the measure will go back to the House for review.

Concealed Weapons Bill Passed

Concealed weapons would be allowed in local and state governmental meetings, including the Wyoming Legislature, under a bill passed Monday by the state Senate. The bill goes back to the House with one amendment. The Senate wants to allow the University of Wyoming and community colleges to have the power to decide whether guns would be allowed at government meetings that are held on campus.

Sage Grouse Breeding Approved

Wildlife scientists oppose it, but a bill that would establish a sage grouse captive-breeding program was approved by the state Senate on Monday. The vote was 24 to 6 in favor of the measure that would allow licensed breeders to collect up to 250 eggs from the wild each year to attempt to raise in captivity. Those in favor of the idea say now is the time to raise sage grouse before they go into decline. The scientists say this will have a negative effect on the birds’ population.

Gun Safety Guidelines

New safety guidelines are being proposed for the gunfight shows in Cody. An accident left three spectators wounded during a performance last year. Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker says an onsite safety manager would be responsible for all weapons and blank ammunition used during performances and all performers will be subjected to background checks. Last July, three people, including a 3-year-old child, were wounded by live rounds fired by a performer.

New Safety Guidlines for Cody Gunfights

New safety guidelines could be in place for the Cody gunfight shows. The new rules are in response to an accident that left three spectators wounded during a performance last year.

Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker says an onsite safety manager will be responsible for all weapons and blank ammunition used during performances and all performers will be subjected to background checks.

Last July, three spectators, including a 3-year-old child, were wounded by live rounds fired by a performer. The shows will return this summer if the city council approves the new set of rules.

Lander Hospital Used Unsterile Instruments During Surgeries

The state health department says SageWest hospital in Lander should inform patients who had surgery between December 2013 and October 2016 that they could have been exposed to non-sterile surgical instruments.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports officials with the Health Department say surgeons on several occasions found dried blood and “bone-like fragments” on instruments that were supposed to be sterile.

They add while the risk of infection is low, patients should still be informed they may have been placed at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus. The state says the hospital should offer free blood tests.

Ridesharing Bill Passed

Ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, could soon be legal in Wyoming. On Friday, the State Senate unanimously passed the so-called “Uber bill.” Brian Gebhardt, Uber’s general manager for its Frontier States division, said if the bill continues to progress as expected, Uber could roll out its service in Wyoming as soon as this weekend. The service will be available statewide but drivers, and thus rides, may not be available everywhere.

Sage Grouse Bill Opposition

A bill moving through the Wyoming Legislature that would allow private industry to raise sage grouse using eggs collected in the wild is meeting with opposition from wildlife scientists. The Casper StarTribune reports that the Wyoming Chapter of the WIldlife Society wrote that the measure–quote– “is not supported by leading science on sage-grouse biology and management and has a high likelihood of resulting in a net negative for sage-grouse populations in Wyoming.”

Bew WY Vehicle Plates

You’ll see some different-looking license plates on vehicles in Wyoming this year. If you renew your registration in 2017, you’ll get new plates with a background that features Square Top Mountain in the Wind River Range near Dubois. The idea is to make sure that vehicles are not misidentified outsid of Wyoming. Apparently, there has been some confusion in other states when charging a toll or issuing tickets.

Non-Sterile Surgical Tools

Surgeons at a hospital in Lander on more than one occasion found dried blood and bone-like fragments on surgical instruments that were supposed to be sterile. That’s according to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune. The state health department says SageWest hospital needs to let patients who had survery between December 2013 and October 2016 might be at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus.