Torrington, Wy – The state Department of Agriculture has closed a grain warehouse in Torrington because it did not apply for license renewal. The warehouse is operated by Mountain States Commodities Incorporated. The company's license expired June 30th, according to Roy Reichenbach, who is manager of technical services for the state Department of Agriculture. Reichenbach says each grain warehouse license is renewable upon completion of a state audit, which is done each year.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is among those landowner organizations who will be watching deliberations on a new split estate bill closely. The proposed legislation is trying to address disagreements between surface and mineral landowners. Executive Vice President Ken Hamilton says the key issue for his group is whether landowners are fairly compensated for damages to their land.
Lander, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department figures to play a large role in many of the recommendations of the Governor's Brucellosis Task Force. But brucellosis efforts will not likely be cheap and the agency already is dealing with shrinking revenues. Game and Fish Assistant Chief Fiscal Officer Kathy Frank says the agency has had to do more with less in the past few years and the budget crunch has forced them to put off activities they need to fund.
Lararmie, Wy – Five candidates from around the state that won their parties' nomination may be kept off the ballot in November, this includes one leading state senator. It all happened because of a new law that says all legislative candidates must file a campaign finance report within ten days of the primary election. The deadline was last Friday, and the five candidates in question failed to meet that deadline.
Fremont County – A non profit Fremont county school that provides educational and therapeutic services to children under five with developmental disabilities is getting some desperately needed help. Wyoming.com is donating 15 computers and monitors to Child Development Services of Fremont County. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan reports the Riverton-based company's donation comes at the perfect time
Cheyenne, WY – The U-S Census Bureau reports Wyoming saw a slight increase in poverty rates and in the number of people without health insurance. A new report shows the state's poverty rate moved up six-tenths of a percent from 2001 to 2002. That means nearly 9,700 Wyoming residents lived in poverty. Forty-one percent of those are familes headed by a single female. Deanna Frey of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says those numbers concern her. Frey says state officials are studying the situation and she hopes they act on any recommendations that come out of that study.
New York, NY – An Associated Press survey indicates very few Republican delegates to the party's convention next week in New York want Vice President Dick Cheney to step aside. But about half do have opinions on who should replace him if he did so. Secretary of State Colin Powell and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani top the list with about nine percent each. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was mentioned by seven percent followed by Arizona Senator John McCain with five percent.
Lander, Wy – As the Governor's brucellosis task force is looking at wildlife issues, the potential of population change among elk and bison has frequently come up. At the group's meeting in Lander Friday, there were presentations on how the Wyoming Game and Fish and the National Elk Refuge go about setting population goals. University of Wyoming Agriculture Dean Frank Galey is the Brucellosis task force chairman. Galey says it was important for the task force to know about population because it plays a large role in brucellosis transmission.
Lararmie, Wy – A military plane carrying Vice President Dick Cheney came within almost half a mile of a small private plane over Bridgeport, Connecticut, earlier this month, forcing the pilot to take evasive action. The plane is Air Force Two when the vice president is aboard. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was flying at about seven-thousand-500 feet while en route to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, on August 7th, when an on-board alarm sounded. The alarm warned the pilot to climb to avoid colliding
Lararmie, Wy – The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating a complaint by a University of Wyoming student about access for persons with disabilities. Specifically the allegation is that UW discriminates against people with disabilities because the remodeling of Prexy's Pasture, in the heart of campus, creates problems for mobility impaired persons. The complainant also alleges the remodeling will result in inaccessible parking and routes in the long term.
Cheyenne, Wy – Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal intends to vote for his party's presidential candidate, John Kerry. However, Freudenthal expressed some concern about Kerry's stand on energy. The governor says Kerry doesn't appear to understand the importance of coal as a long-term resource. But Freudenthal says he came down on Kerry's side in part because he doesn't like the Patriot Act, and he is worried about both the budget deficit and future U-S Supreme Court appointments.
Lararmie, Wy – A former state lawmaker and prominent businessman in Laramie pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud Thursday. Terry Guice served in the state legislature for six years, is now vice chairman of the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Board and his family owns the Laramie company Four G's. He is charged with two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and or 20 thousand dollars in fines.
Lander, Wy – Discussion about the Campbell County brucellosis case opened the 7th meeting of the Governor's brucellosis task force today in Lander. This case is significant because it is the first in Wyoming outside the Greater Yellowstone area going as far back as the mid-70's, if not further.
Billings, MT – An energy development firm and a conservation group say they've reached an agreement to avoid a lawsuit over coal-bed methane drilling in southern Montana. Fidelity Exploration and Production Company and the Northern Plains Resource Council announced the agreement this week. In part, it calls for improved water quality monitoring over five years on the Tongue River. The two sides say Fidelity also agreed to stop discharging coal-bed methane wastewater in several holding ponds. A judge must still sign off on the agreement.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming water development effort is getting the backing of Governor Dave Freudenthal. The Governor wants to restore money to the water development account and focus on developing a water storage program in the state. Freudenthal says with the states fiscal situation, it is a chance to make the state more proactive in water development.
Lararmie, Wy – An expert is saying the cool and wet weather this summer is the reason for the virtual disappearance of the West Nile Virus, but also says this does not mean the virus is gone for good. Assistant professor of Veterinary Pathology Todd Cornish says the number of human cases of West Nile is down this year in Wyoming. And he says he doesn't believe a big boom is imminent this summer, though he says a small spike in cases is possible if temperatures and mosquito numbers increase. But, Cornish says no matter what it won't be anything like last year.
Athens, Greece – Four years after his astonishing push to gold, Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner of the United States takes bronze at 264 and a-half pounds. Then Gardner also untied his shoes and, with tears on his face, left the shoes in the center of the ring - a traditional sign of retirement. Gardner beat Sajad Barzi of Iran 3-0 in his final match after being upset in the semifinals by Georgi Tsurtsumia of Kazakhstan. After leaving his shoes on the mat, Gardner cried and blew
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's consumer advocate is endorsing the buyout of Cheyenne Light by Black Hills Corporation. X-Cel Energy is proposing to sell the Cheyenne utility to Black Hills. A hearing on the issue was held by the Wyoming Public Service Commission Tuesday. Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says the sale should benefit Cheyenne customers. Freeman says Black Hills is a well run company that invests in low cost energy generation resources. He says the result should be Cheyenne customers seeing lower power costs. Part of the deal would hold down price increases.
Athens, Greece – Defending gold medalist Rulon Gardner was a surprising upset loser this time at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens. The Afton native lost four-to-one in overtime to his Kazakhstan opponent in overtime in the Greco-Roman wrestling semifinals. Gardner will need to win later Wednesday in order to earn a bronze medal. Meanwhile, another Wyoming athlete who grew up in Casper made her bid for gold Tuesday, but came up short. Barb Lindquist of Alta finished ninth in the women's triathlon. She says more than a minute and a half behind the winner from Austria.
Rawlins, Wy – Rawlins officials are trying to put forth a bid for the new state medium security prison. But they are grumbling about a 122 request for proposal application. Ron Kilgore is the Rawlins community development director. He calls the document "jaw-dropping" -- and one that seems to be intended to weed out the communities that aren't really serious about landing the prison. The first phase of the application process -- a functional site analysis -- is due September 24th.
Lararmie, Wy – The federal Environmental Protection Agency put out its list of fish advisories Tuesday. Basically these are warnings for anglers telling them where fish have elevated concentrations of chemicals or dioxins. Each state has flexibility in setting its criteria for this and Wyoming is reporting zero advisories. The Game and Fish Department's Aquatic Habitat Program Manager, Steve Wolff, says they just have not found high levels of any contaminate, though mercury has turned up in a few Wyoming fish.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is one of 28 states that saw a decrease last year in drunk driving deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Wyoming decreased by five, from 67 down to 62 between 2002 and 2003. Nationally drunken driving deaths decreased by three percent. The Director of Injury Prevention Resources of Wyoming, Lori Pozarik believes that ad campaigns and awareness efforts have made an impact. But she also says the decrease in Wyoming is very small, which is why they need to continue awareness efforts.
Athens, Greece – Rulon Gardner is back at the Olympics and picking up where he left off in 2000. The heavyweight from Afton won his firt two matches Tuesday in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Summer Games in Athens. One of those was a victor over a 1996 Olympic Bronze medalist from Bulgaria. Gardner will advance to Wednesday's semifinals if he beats a Polish competitor in his thid match later Tuesday. Gardner's biggest rival from Russia also opened with a victory, but in a different pool.
Laramie, Wy – A survey of Wyoming women shows that the top issues in their community are substance abuse, employment and domestic violence. The statewide survey conducted for the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues also listed Health Care and Child care in the top five. Michelle Aldrich of the Council says they were surprised that substance abuse was listed as number one, but the fact that many women are concerned about employment, was not a surprise. They hope to use the survey to better target womens issues.