Casper, Wyo. – A Newcastle refinery is paying to power-wash several homes hit by oil droplets from a spill. The residue settled on some homes and cars after an accidental release from the Wyoming Refining Co. on July 2.
Laramie, Wyo. – A child care advocacy group is planning to tour Wyoming and educate locals on how to expand child care services. Sarah Mikesell Growney with the group Equality Initiatives says her group will try to help communities find solutions to the child care shortage. She says it's a problem that continues to be serious.
Laramie, Wyo. – While Wyoming's congressional delegation is trying to stop the government from regulating the oil and gas industry, a state organizer says some specific regulations are appropriate. At issue is the practice of hydraulic fracturing, when drillers inject water mixed with sand deep underground to break up dense rock and force the natural gas to the surface.
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.