SNAP benefits issued early in response to government shutdown

The Wyoming Department of Family Services is issuing February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. Wyoming families eligible for SNAP will receive their benefit by January 20th. Emma Diercks has the story.



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Rawlins City Council approves heart monitor purchase

The Rawlins City Council authorized the purchase of a specialized cardiac monitor to be used by the city’s fire department when responding to medical emergencies. Cali O’Hare has more.



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Legislature passes two opioid abuse prevention bills

By Jim O’Reilly

At the legislature Tuesday, the senate attempted to address the spread of opioid abuse in Wyoming by passing a pair of bills that place controls on the drugs. Passing on the third reading was Senate File 46, an opioid prescription limit bill. The legislation establishes a 14-day supply limit for any opioids prescription. The bill allows for exceptions, including chronic pain, cancer treatment and palliative care. It received overwhelming support.

Among the three voting no was Senate President Drew Perkins. Senator Larry Hicks of Baggs voted with the majority.

Another bill that originated with the state opioid task force also passed. Senate File 47 requires continuing education for medical providers. Senator Fred Baldwin of Lincoln County, who is a physician’s assistant, walked his colleagues through the lengthy bill.

Veterinarians are exempted from many of the stipulations in the bill.

Although some concerns were expressed that the legislation is an unfunded mandate and that medical providers will have to pay for the continuing education classes, the bill passed first reading unanimously on a voice vote.



Encampment Town Council focusing on water and sewer projects

At their first meeting of 2019, the Encampment Town Council focused on needed water and sewer projects that are expected to take place within the next few years. Emma Diercks reports.



New conservation license plates available in Wyoming

Wyoming residents can spruce up their vehicle with a new state license plate. The newly available Wildlife Conservation Plate features a buck mule deer standing tall in a golden field. Cali O’Hare has more.



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