Veteran care at the forefront of upcoming meeting
Medical services for veterans in the Platte Valley will be considered at a public meeting later this month. Saratoga’s Platte Valley Clinic has invited representatives from the state office of the Veterans Administration share their assessment of medical services the VA could provide locally. Emma Diercks has more.
Legislation requiring waiting period for abortions passes in House
The Wyoming House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking to terminate a pregnancy in Wyoming. House bill 140 passed on a 36-22 vote. Carbon County’s two representatives came down on either side of the hot-button issue.
The floor debate was emotional at times with House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly of Laramie arguing that unrestricted access to abortions is a fundamental right of health care. Connolly rejected the notion put forward by other house members that a pregnant woman needed “sleep on it” before having the abortion procedure performed.
The Albany County Democrat said HB 140 violates Article 1, Section 38 of the Wyoming constitution that protects citizens from undo government infringement of individual rights.
Representative Bill Henderson, a Laramie Republican, pointed out that 27 other states require waiting periods, some up to 72 hours along. A few even require mandated counseling—something not included in the bill passed Friday. Hendersen urged looking at the two lives involved in the decision, not just the mother’s.
Debate lasted over a half-hour before the bill passed the house on third and final reading. The Carbon County vote was split. Representative Donald Burkhart of Rawlins voted yes. Representative Jerry Paxton of Encampment voted no. Pro-life supporters are heralding Friday’s vote as a victory. House Bill 140 now moves over to the state senate for consideration.
Snowplow hits case of cash that leads to drug bust
On Friday afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Transportation announced a drug bust of a different sort: A WYDOT snowplow recently struck a case full of cash, leading to a felony drug seizure near Elk Mountain. Cali O’Hare reports.
CCHEC expands medical classes and opportunities
The number of students interested in the nursing program at the Carbon County Higher Education Center continues to expand. As a result, the course and class opportunities have also expanded to give students a taste of more in the medical field.
RHS hosting Mr. Outlaw Pageant in support of Special Olympics
To better support its Special Olympic Athletes, Rawlins High School is hosting the first ever Mr. Outlaw Pageant. Cali O’Hare has the details.
Sports: Up and down weekend for the county sports teams
- UW track sets school history.
- Broncos owner Pat Bowlen finally inducted into Pro-Football Hall Of Fame