Riverton – In a debate that got feisty at times, Republicans for Wyoming's lone US House seat debated the federal deficit, the overall economy, and health care. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports the challengers to Representative Barbara Cubin were on attack...
Campbell County, WY – Wyoming's brucellosis problem continues to grow. State Veterinarian Jim Logan announced Monday that the disease was found in two Wyoming cows that were to be sold at auction in South Dakota. Logan says this case stands out because the animals are from Campbell County. That's nowhere near the other outbreaks and hundreds of miles from the area where elk and bison are known to carry brucellosis. Logan says there is no connection between this herd and the other infected herds. He also says there's no connection between this herd and the Greater Yellowstone area.
Campbell County – The cattle industry in Wyoming was dealt another blow yesterday with the announcement that brucellosis was discovered in another cattle herd. This new case involves two cows from, of all places, Campbell County. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports
Cheyenne, Wy – While they battle the feds on wolf management, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will start spending some 200-thsouandd dollars in federal money to prepare for future management of wolves. The one time appropriation will be used to study how wolves are impacting big game species. The money must be spent by 2007. Federal officials have denied Wyoming's wolf management plan, after accepting plans from Idaho and Montana. Wyoming has taken the federal government to court over the matter.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – Because he thinks the company is attempting to make drilling painless, the Governor has decided to endorse Questar's plan for year round drilling in the Pinedale Anticline. Governor Dave Freudenthal says his support is contingent on the company trying to reduce the impact of development on residents and wildlife. But their plan gives him hope, so he wrote the Bureau of Land management offering his support.
Jackson, WY – Conservation groups are criticizing the opening of more than 100 thousand acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest for gas leasing. Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance staff attorney Tom Darin says the decision to open the forest to leasing is out of touch with the public's values for its national forests. But forest officials say any drilling proposal would be saddled with stringent environmental regulations. Bridger-Teton Deputy Supervisor Brent Larson also points out that issuing a lease does not necessarily result in drilling.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming officials are moving forward with designs for both a new medium security prison and site location evaluations. The Department of Corrections has hired two firms to move forward with the project. Department Spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says they are anxious to get moving, so they can start working on bringing 550 inmates back to the state. The Wyoming inmates were transferred because of the lack of prison space.
Wyoming – Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House race will face off in the first of this election season's candidate forums, Tuesday, August 3 at 7 pm, on Wyoming Public Television in Primary Focus - Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives. The live debates will be simulcast on Wyoming Public Radio.
Riverton, WY – A loss of potential traditional-aged students has prompted Central Wyoming College officials to consider bringing back women's volleyball in 2005. C-W-C Vice President for Academic Services J.D. Rottweiler says budget concerns led the college to drop men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball in 1991. The Riverton school's only sport currently is rodeo. Rottweiler says officials believe Central Wyoming College can compete instantly in women's vollyeball with local student athletes.
Cheyenne, WY – Last year, some businesses that wanted money from Wyoming to help train employees could not get it. That's because the Workforce Development Training Fund ran out of money in November. Now there is cash available, but businesses seeking the money will have to meet some new requirements. Fund administrators Glenna Campagnaro says those rules were put in place to save money and improve the program. She says they better spell out what kinds of traning activities can be funded.
Casper, Wyoming – A democratic candidate for congress is touting an energy policy that is not totally focused on oil and natural gas. John Henley released a proposed plan that includes conservation, more funding for clean coal technology and similar innovative programs, and a balanced approach. Henley says they must be both concerned about the environment and development.
Washington, D.C. – A National Parks advocacy group says the history of the Plains Indians is not being adquately told at the Fort Laramie National Historic site. The National Parks Conservation Association says the "whole, difficult story" about the U-S government and American Indians must be told at Fort Laramie because it's the place where important parts of the story took place. The group recommends the National Park Service establish relationship with tribes that were affected by the fort, in particular the Ft. Laramie treaties of 1851 and 1868.
Labarge, WY – Exxonmobil is in the process of upgrading its natural gas processing facility near the western Wyoming town of Labarge. The energy giant says it will spend about $400 million environmental improvements. Exxonmobil Spokeswoman Charlotte Howard says they are building a co-generation facility that will make the entire plant self-sustaining in regard to electricity. Howard says this should also reduce overall emissions from the Labarge facility. The co-generation facility that will supply Exxonmobil with its own electricity could also help locally.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is ranked third in the country in terms of state residents passing the General Education Development or G-E-D program. The American Council of Education puts Wyoming's passing rate at 91%. Shellie Stewart of Wyoming's Department of Workforce Services says while that's good news, there are nearly 38 thousand Wyoming workers who could benefit from getting their G-E-D. Stewart says it makes economic sense since people with G-E-D's or high school diplomas earn an average of seven thousand dollars more per year than those who don't.
Laramie, Wy – Several conservation groups announced they have agreed to drop their lawsuit against an energy company. This comes after the Wyoming based groups and Bill Barrett Corporation reached a compromise on how development of natural gas wells should proceed. Bill Barrett Corporation's Duane Zavadil says they sought out the conservationists to try and negotiate and he's glad they did because it much more productive to come to an agreement than to go to court. Zavadil says he was pleasantly surprised at the willingness of conservation groups to compromise.
Laramie, WY – A circuit court judge in Laramie refused to dismiss fraud charges against a former state lawmaker Thursday. Judge Randall Arp found there is sufficient evidence against Terry Guice for the case to move to district court and an arraignment that should happen in about a month. Guice is accused of using a phony company to defraud Oftedal Construction Company out of over $50,000. The prosecution claims Guice has been unable to show he actually obtained the items he supposedly sold to Oftedal.
Cheyenne, WY – A phone company in Chugwater is trying to get a ruling that its' service is competitive. The company reasons that cellular telephone and other services has made it competitive. But Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman opposes the attempt because it would allow the phone provider to be unregulated. Freeman says the available services are nowhere near the point they need to be. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission still has to rule on the issue, but he fears a positive ruling would lead to other companies doing the same thing.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected Russell Henderson's attempt to argue for reduction of his two consecutive life prison sentences. Henderson is one of two men serving time for the murder of Matthew Shepard. The court refused to review a decision by a lower court judge rejecting Henderson's claim that his state-appointed lawyers failed to discuss potential appeals with him. Henderson pleaded guilty to felony murder and kidnapping in the October 1998 murder of Shepard.
Riverton, WY – A debate with the eight major party candidates for Wyoming's seat in the US House will be held on next Tuesday night in Riverton. Separate debates will be held for the five Republican candidates and three Democratic candidates. The debates will air on Wyoming Public Television and will be simulcast on Wyoming Public Radio, starting at 7 pm.
Wyoming – An energy company is seeking to do more drilling year round in an area that is crucial winter habitat for wildlife. Questar Corporation already has permission to operate one drill rig all year, but Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that this time the company is offering to spend a lot of money to try and reduce impacts
Laramie, Wy – The public will have a chance to ask questions about a proposal by Questar to do more all year drilling in crucial winter habitat for big game Thursday. The proposal involves land south of Pinedale. The company wants to use several techniques to reduce the impact on the habitat and on wildlife. Questar's Pinedale General Manager, Ron Hogan says this includes decreasing the ecological footprint by a third and cutting down on the number of vehicle trips into the habitat by up to 25 thousand every year.
Laramie, WY – Entrepreneurs from around Wyoming are gathering in Laramie Thursday to learn how to bring in capital. Well Dog President John Pope says the one day event will be a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs. Pope says several out-of-state investors that have demonstrated a willingness to invest in Wyoming companies will be in attendance. He says those investors will tell participants how to attract their money and what kinds of companies they seek.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal has an invitation to this week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, but he's not attending because he says the timing of it is horrible. Freudenthal says he and his wife, Nancy, have long been committed to support Cheyenne Frontier Days this week. Then on Saturday, they plan to be in Rock Springs for several events including the Red Desert Roundup parade and a cattle drive.
Laramie, Wy – Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke says recent rains have eased this year's wildfire outlook for the West. After a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center today, Clarke says there's still potential for serious fires in California, Washington and in the Sierra range. But she says that overall the season shouldn't be as bad as last year.
Laramie, WY – The Republican candidates for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress almost all agree on the Marriage Protection Act. The U-S House approved the legislature that would keep federal courts from reviewing parts of a law that says states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Incumbent Representative Barbara Cutin voted in favor of the act and opponents Bruce Asay and Jim Altebaumer say they would have too. Altebaumer says marriage should only be between a man and a woman.