Wyoming – The U-S Senate has moved health care to the top of its agenda and Republicans have made Wyoming Senator John Barrasso one of their spokesmen. Barrasso has been opposed to various ideas pushed by Democrats, most notably any effort to set up a government run program. Barrasso does enter into this conversation with a certain amount of expertise or even bias depending on your point of view. The reason is that for many years he was an orthopedic surgeon. He joins Bob Beck.
Wyoming – There is a disagreement between some wind developers and state officials. The tension is over where wind farms may be built. Wyoming leaders say that key sage grouse habitat is off limits to wind for now. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay spoke with Ryan Lance an aide to the governor and has this report
Wyoming – Those who oversee trails in the Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Medicine Bow National Forest say they continue to have problems keeping those with off road vehicles on the trails. Especially near Gillette, damage has been done to vegetation surrounding the trails. So the Forest Service is stepping up efforts to control the damage. They are starting with a public service campaign that will eventually lead to enforcement. The Recreation Manager, Marcia Rose Ritchie, joins Bob Beck
Wyoming – Wyoming officials are fighting to keep Washington from regulating natural gas drilling. They say the state is perfectly capable of taking care of its own natural resources. Critics say drilling companies are polluting water supplies. Eric Niiler has more.
Wyoming – In the first two weeks of this month, there are over 50 officially sanctioned rodeos happening across the U-S and Canada. It's a time known as Cowboy Christmas because there is so much money to be won. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay follows one cowboy who is crisscrossing the west riding bulls and broncs for his living.
Wyoming – We are now joined on the phone by Deb Thomas who is an organizer with the Powder River Basin Resource Council and someone who is actively trying to get some of this legislation passed. She explains to Bob Beck why she and others in Wyoming are so concerned.
Casper, WY – Low seat-belt use in Wyoming is being blamed for the state having the highest occupational fatality rate in the nation.
That's the conclusion by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is reporting to the governor on job safety. Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office requested the analysis to look for ways to reduce the rate.