DAILY NEWS photos by Susan Lockahrt
Thermopolis Middle School fifth graders learned about fats from Hot Springs County High School students in Becky Martinez’ foods and nutrition class. Above, high schooler Keegan Robbins has Aiden Cox (left) and Noah Hill compare the amount of fat in whole and skim milk as Wyatt McDermott (second from right) and Cadence Steadman are amazed at how much fat is in a cheeseburger. At right, high schooler Andrew Yarbrough helps Cole Christiansen find the total fat in a serving of chips by reading the nutrition label. The high school students learned about fats from Extension Educator Phyllis Lewis before teaching the lessons to the younger students.


Greear supports beer tax repeal,
offers cigarette certification bill

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

CHEYENNE — Wyoming residents may soon drink beer without paying taxes on it. On Thursday, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 49-11 to repeal the state’s beer tax.
House Bill 141 passed third reading and was also received for introduction in the senate Thursday.
State Representative Mike Greear, R-Worland, voted in favor of the beer tax repeal. Greear said he supports the legislation because the revenue is eliminated by the cost of enforcing the tax. The tax has not been increased since 1935, when prohibition was repealed.
Wyoming lawmakers will also hear legislation amending cigarette certification statutes.
HB113 would transfer certification responsibilities from the state fire marshal to the revenue department. Greear called it a cleanup bill.
“It’s one of those things; I’ve been down here long enough. I get asked by certain agencies to bring cleanup bills from time to time.
“The state fire marshal doesn’t do any of that. It’s the department of revenue that goes into the stores (to enforce the tax). They’re the boots on the ground.”
The bill unanimously passed in the revenue committee. Greear should present the bill to the entire house Friday.
The house also endorsed legislation which would allow businesses to deny services on religious grounds. Representative Greear said that he also supports this legislation. Proponents of HB83 argue that the legislation allows businesses to deny services if it goes against their religious beliefs.
“There are some protections that allow people to—based on their religious beliefs—say no.” Greear said support and opposition regarding the bill was largely partisan.
Opponents argue that the legislation opens the door for discrimination.
The legislation must pass second and third readings before moving to the senate.


Some doctors refuse to see
patients with anti-vaccine views

By Alicia Chang
AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.
“Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” the Los Angeles pediatrician said.
It’s a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have “fired” patients who continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism. They hope the strategy will lead parents to change their minds; if that fails, they hope it will at least reduce the risk to other children in the office.
The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation’s second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors’ ethical responsibilities. Most of the measles cases have been traced directly or indirectly to Disneyland in Southern California.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors should bring up the importance of vaccinations during visits but should respect a parent’s wishes unless there’s a significant risk to the child.
“In general, pediatricians should avoid discharging patients from their practices solely because a parent refuses to immunize his or her child,” according to guidelines issued by the group.
However, if the relationship between patient and doctor becomes unworkable, the pediatrics academy says, the doctor may want to encourage the vaccine refuser to go to another physician.
Some mothers who have been dropped by their doctors feel “betrayed and upset,” said Dotty Hagmier, founder of the support group Moms in Charge. She said these parents made up their minds about vaccines after “careful research and diligence to understand the risks versus the benefits for their own children’s circumstances.”
Dropping patients who refuse vaccines has become a hot topic of discussion on SERMO, an online doctor hangout. Some doctors are adamant about not accepting patients who don’t believe in vaccinations, with some saying they don’t want to be responsible for someone’s death from an illness that was preventable.


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Wyoming Trivia

State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William

 

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