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Jan 22, 2013 - The Associated Press
State 10th in pet ownership
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming ranks in the top 10 in the percentage of households with a pet.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Wyoming comes in at No. 10 with 61.8 percent of households owning a pet.
In 2006, which was the last time the AVMA put together the sourcebook, Wyoming ranked fourth with 70.3 percent of households owning a pet.
The survey is conducted by the AVMA every five years.
Vermont is No. 1, followed by New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Maine, Washington, Arkansas, West Virginia, Idaho and then Wyoming.
Rhode Island has the fewest households with a pet.
Laramie cops to wear cameras
LARAMIE -- Laramie police officers will begin wearing video cameras and pocket-sized recorders this year as the department shifts away from vehicle-mounted systems.
Police expect to save $80,000 over the next five years because the new system is cheaper to own and operate.
Police Chief Dale Stalder says one vehicle-mounted system costs $5,000 to $6,000.
Stalder says officer-mounted cameras cost about $1,000, but the city is getting them free in exchange for signing a two-year contract with a vendor for secure online storage at $24,000 a year.
Each camera will have six hours of recording time. Stalder says officers will be required to record all traffic stops and service calls such as house parties and domestic disputes.
Cheyenne eyes rules for guns
CHEYENNE -- Cheyenne city officials are considering new regulations on carrying weapons into city buildings.
Mayor Rick Kaysen said new regulations could clarify gray areas in state laws, which prohibit concealed weapons at government meetings but not open-carry weapons.
Kaysen says the gun question is part of a larger discussion about improving building safety, which he says began before the Connecticut school shootings.
Laramie County Commission Chairman Troy Thompson says county officials aren't considering similar changes.
Thompson has a concealed-carry permit but declined to say whether he carries a firearm at the courthouse. He says that's a personal question and he would rather not have people know.
State law generally prohibits local governments from enacting gun control regulations stricter than state statute.
Resort to build housing
JACKSON -- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort plans to construct five new employee housing buildings.
The development would provide 180 beds for resort employees, many of them potentially foreign workers.
The company housing complex would be built outside the resort.
Resort chief administrative officer Scott Horn said the resort wants to be prepared for when the economy improves and more workers are needed.