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By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CONTAMINATE WELLS

EPA finishing up Pavillion-area monitoring wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Test water wells are nearly complete in the Pavillion area and should be operational by August. That news comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency, which is better known as the EPA.

Officials of the agency say they’ve almost finished drilling two monitoring wells that will be used for the testing of water pollution in that area of Fremont County. Many residents of the Pavillion area suspect that their well water is contaminated with chemicals that were used in gas drilling.

The locals hoped to learn this month what was found, but that meeting has now been pushed back to August. Agency officials say they need to make certain before they speak that homeowners will have accurate information about any health risks. That assurance comes from EPA spokesman Richard Mylott.

Contamination is suspected in 11 water wells. Tests on the well water began more than a year ago—back in March of 2009, then again in January of this year. Area residents believe that chemicals related to fracking could have polluted their wells. That’s the process of hydraulic fracturing that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to open fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas.

From information provided by The Associated Press

WHOOPING COUGH

Wyo. health agency encourages vaccinations

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Whooping cough cases are on the rise this year in some states. With that though in mind, state health officials are encouraging the use of vaccines.

State health officer Dr. Brent Sherard of the Wyoming Department of Health says whooping cough is a vaccine-preventable disease. He says that while Wyoming is not seeing any unusual whooping cough activity right now, outbreaks of the disease in other states helps to remind us how important vaccines can be.

The state agency reports that eight cases of whooping cough have been reported in the state so far this year, but there were 20 cases reported in 2009.

POLITICAL FORUM

Candidates coming from across the state

Cindy Hill

RIVERTON, Wyo. –

The Riverton Middle School is where you’ll want to be tonight if meeting the candidates running for county and state offices is high on your list. A public forum has been set for 6:30 at the school. That address is 840 Major Ave.

The event was put together by members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. And all candidates running for county and state offices were invited, except those candidates running for governor.

Questions will be allowed from the floor, but only if submitted in a written format. That will all be explained before the event starts.

Again, the candidate forum is set for tonight, at 6:30, at the Riverton Middle School on Major Avenue.

CLICK HERE to listen to Leslie Stratmoen’s interview with Candidate Cindy Hill — July 8, 2010.

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