Pinedale, WY – There's been a delay in revising the Bureau of Land Management's Pinedale Resource Management Plan. A draft of the RMP was scheduled to be out for public review this summer, but BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator Kellie Roadifer says it won't be ready until the spring. Roadifer says they recognize the importance of this document and the issues that are at stake, but she doesn't think there was any way to avoid the delay. She says the attention being paid to the process was not a factor in the delay.
Douglas, WY – A new study says that Converse County is ideally suited for a zero-emissions power plant proposed by the Bush Administration. The report says the county has sufficient land and water, community support, and a large enough workforce for the FutureGen plant. Unlike traditional coal-fired plants, this facility would remove and sequester carbon dioxide. That gas could then be used for enhanced oil and gas production. The study that touts Converse County for the FutureGen project was funded by the city of Douglas and the Converse Area New Development Organization.
Laramie, Wy – A group opposed to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments concerning medical malpractice, is accusing the other side of having ulterior motives. Shauna Roberts of Citizens for Real Insurance Reform says those who favor the amendments, want them so that liability will be limited in all areas. Roberts says she respects truckers, but thinks they must pay for mistakes and be accountable.
Laramie, Wy – A Sheridan man accused of shooting a teenage girl and stealing her car has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Twenty-two-year-old Stephen Hyatt entered the plea in court Thursday. District Judge John Brackley scheduled a trial for March 28th. Hyatt allegedly forced 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford, of Sheridan, into the passenger side of her car at an intersection July first. After she fled the vehicle, he allegedly shot her three times. He was caught the following night in Ten Sleep.
Laramie, Wy – The sugar beet harvest in the Big Horn Basin of northern Wyoming continues to look good both in terms of yield and sugar content. Sugar content is said to be excellent this time of year, which means more sugar produced and more money for producers. And that is good news to the local economy. The beet business employs 64-hundred people in Wyoming a year, many of them in the Big Horn Basin.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge based out of Cheyenne has struck down the Clinton-era ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Judge Clarence Brimmer says the Clinton ban did not take into account the views of people in Wyoming and violated several federal laws.
Casper, Wy – Secretary of State Joe Meyer thinks state law should punish primary candidates who file financial reports late, but not by removing them from the general election ballot. Meyer met with the Legislature's Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee in Casper yesterday (Thursday). He told the lawmakers that access to the ballot is guaranteed under the Wyoming Constitution. He says that's why he recommended that five successful legislative canddiates who filed financial
Laramie, Wy – The School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming will be renamed after two German philanthropists who have donated three (M) million dollars to the school. U-W President Philip Dubois says the school will be renamed the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources in honor of the Haub family. Erivan Haub is chief executive officer of the Tenglemann Group, a family-owned business with locations in 15 countries. The couple have a summer home in the Pinedale area.
Torrington, Wy – The Goshen County school board has fired the district's business manager after he was found guilty for a scam in which copy machines were paid for but never delivered. A jury in Cheyenne found Robert Childs guilty last Wednesday of three counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud. Prosecutors say Childs struck a deal five years ago with co-defendant Joseph Cherry, Junior, who owned a photocopier business in Cheyenne. Under the deal, Cherry secured financing for 17 copiers that weren't delivered.
Laramie, Wy – Police in Gillette say three boys went to a woman's home Wednesday and made a simple pitch. It went like this: Would she be interested in buying insurance to protect her home from being attacked with eggs and toilet paper on Halloween? The woman called police after the visit. Police Chief Ric Paul says the incident is being investigated. The boys were between the ages of 12 and 15. Their identities are not being released. No word on whether the woman bought a policy.
Laramie, Wy – A U.W. student is taking a proactive approach to getting University of Wyoming students to vote. Hannah Griscom is taking to standing out in front of the Wyoming Union on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the noon hour. She wears a sign saying, "Ask me how to vote on November second" and passes out voting information. The information includes how to find out where voting districts and locations are and how to find out more about the candidates running for public office.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Director of the Equality State Policy Center opposes two constitutional amendments dealing with medical malpractice. Amendment C would set up a review panel, in an effort to weed out frivolous cases. Amendment D would allow legislators to cap non-economic damages. Doctors believe that the amendments could lower malpractice premiums and aid in recruitment and retention of doctors. But Tom Throop says it would only hinder citizens who have been harmed by doctors. He also says it is a big lie to say Doctors have been leaving the state.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Division of Victim Services is focusing on trying to address Domestic Violence in the state. Family Violence Program Manager Lee Ann Stephenson says they are working with a wide range of groups to help train people to better identify the problem, so that it can be addressed. Stephenson believes it is also important that communities understand the problem. Stephenson says children who grow up in abusive homes face a wide range of long term problems. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Laramie, Wy – A proposed bill defining how to pay for leaking landfills around the state has earned the support of a legislative committee. For months, work has been under way to craft a legislative solution to the landfill problems. The result was the bill reviewed Tuesday by the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee in Casper. Dave Finley of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Laramie, Wy – The increase in energy prices has meant more revenue for Wyoming, but in Campbell County it is also accompanied by an increase in rural crime. Sheriff Bill Pownall says especially in the southern part of the county they are seeing more thefts from oil wells. To combat this Pownall is starting a program to get people that work or live in rural areas to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. They're also providing a booklet to interested people. That booklet gives specific directions about what information the police need from witnesses of suspicious activity.
Wyoming – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is taking this high profile opportunity to unveil a new, expanded web site. Aliza Sherman reports that the Internet can be a useful tool for combating domestic violence. Or it can be a dangerous one.
Cheyenne – Debate on Medical Malpractice Constitutional Amendments.
Bob Beck - moderator. Tom Throop of the Equality State Policy Center, Doctor Robert Monger of the Wyoming Medical Society and Insurance Commission Ken Vines are on the panel to talk about Medical Malpractice.
Laramie, WY – A famous trial attorney from Jackson is traveling the state trying to raise opposition to the idea of capping medical malpractice damage awards. Gerry Spence says any cap limites the rights of people in Wyoming. He says he wouldn't even support a cap on non-economic damages or pain and suffering at one million dollars. Spence says if someone's wife is killed and she didn't work outside the home, she doesn't have any economic value under this proposed amendment. Spence says he knows of no Wyoming woman who isn't worth more than a million dollars.
Greybull, WY – Greybull-based Hawkins and Powers Aviation is in financial trouble and is turning to the small northern Wyoming community for help. Co-owner Duane Powers says the company is selling off its assets to creditors and has reduced its workforce from 145 to 60. The company is seeking community support for a one and a half million dollar business grant to build a large airport hanger as well as loans. It also is changing the focus of its business away from firefighting.
Cheyenne, Wy – An advocacy group for people with disabilities says it plans to sue over "dangerous conditions" at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. Protection and Advocacy System cited an attempted suicide last week, a suicide in March and last year's death of a patient who jumped or fell from a State Hospital vehicle on Interstate 80. Protection and Advocacy claims that patients have access to "knives and other weapons" and patients and staff are being assaulted.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Supreme Court Justices say that summaries of proposed constitutional amendments may stay on that ballot this November. The Court rejected a request to insist that the entire wording of the four proposed amendments go before voters. Attorney General Pat Crank and Secretary of State Joe Meyer had strongly objected to the request by three Wyoming citizens, calling it frivolous. But the attorney handling the case, Tim Newcomb strongly disagrees. Newcomb hopes the issue will be addressed in the future because he says the practice of using summaries is wrong.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming Astronomers have discovered a ancient bundle of stars within the Milky Way. U-W Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky says it was a collaborative effort using Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the University's Infrared Observatory. He says the new technology is helping them find new things all the time. Kobulnicky admits that they thought all the clusters had been found.
Gillette, WY – The state is making an effort to resolve the highly contentious issue of coal-bed methane discharge water management in the Powder River Basin. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is developing a new approach to issuing water discharge permits. The initiative is being designed with the hope that ever coal-bed methane permit won't be challenged by environmental groups or landowners when it goes to public notice.
Ft. Washakie, WY – Seventy people are running for the Arapaho Business Council on the Wind River Indian Reservation. That's rougly one of every 100 members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The number also includes five council members seeking re-election. The top 12 candidates from the October 21st Primary will run in the November 18th General Election. Of those, six will be elected to the council. Four voting sites have been set up in Ethete, Thermopolis, Arapahoe and Fort Washakie.
Washington, D-C – Although it is not permanent, Wyoming residents who itemize tax returns will be able to get a tax break. It was part of a massive tax measure approved by congress. The issue was a big one for Representative Barbara Cubin who says she will continue working on the measure to make it last. But Cubin thinks it will save the average Wyoming taxpayer about 500 dollars.