Trooper Jeramy Pittsley and Wendy

Trooper Jeramy Pittsley poses with K-9 Wendy.

Wyoming Highway Patrol

Vaccine requirements

Sending your child to school this year? Make sure your student receives the required vaccines. They target polio, whooping cough and tetanus, among other ailments, and they’re intended to make our community safer and protect its most vulnerable members. In Natrona County, students can attend classes on a conditional basis for 30 days without the vaccinations, but beyond that, they are prohibited from going to school. Position your child for good health and academic achievement by checking this off the list now.

Wellness

Gonorrhea is becoming more and more common across Wyoming, and the health department is looking to combat that with more testing, prevention and treatment. Laramie County’s rate is up a stunning 140 percent since a year ago, and Natrona County’s increased by 33 percent. If you’ve had a new sexual partner or multiple partners in the last 60 days, are pregnant, are HIV-positive or fit other risk categories, do yourself a favor and get tested.

Better connections

Casper City Council recently moved forward with some options for bolstering the ways it connects with residents using technology. Plans are in the works to broadcast meetings and work sessions using social media, such as Facebook. Work sessions will also be available to view online. Anything that puts Casper residents in better touch with their elected officials is worth encouraging, and we’re glad leaders plan to take advantage of this important opportunity.

Federal grant

A University of Wyoming project is one of 245 to receive money from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The effort is called “Understanding and Communicating the Role of Elk on the Wind River Indian Reservation” and will explore the two Wind River tribes’ long relationship with the animal and tell others about it.

Happy retirement

Two police dogs are retiring from their jobs with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Combined, Wendy, who was stationed in Cheyenne, and Basil, who was in Rock Springs, have sniffed out more than a half-ton of marijuana, and Wendy found more than 18 pounds of meth during her tenure. Both dogs’ handlers have adopted their former co-workers. We wish them both well and thank them for their service as they enter this new and hopefully more relaxed phase of their lives.

Harvey aid

The Wyomingites and others who have gone to the aid of those devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Houston are heroes who deserve Americans’ thanks — and there is still so much more to be done. If you’d like to help, see page A3 for a list of ways to do so.

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