Casper, WY – The three candidates seeking Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House squared off in a debate in Casper.
Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis and Libertarian W. David Herbert discussed issues including the economic crisis, energy, the Wyoming Range, offshore drilling, Yellowstone National Park and health care.
Laramie, WY – As the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death approaches, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he still thinks passing a hate crimes bill is unnecessary. Some are raising the issue again as they remember the murder of the gay University of Wyoming student.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Gunbarrel fire west of Cody was the largest "beneficial use" fire ever in the Rocky Mountain region. That's a fire that is allowed to burn as a natural means of clearing the forest of dead timber.
The fire, which started in July, is mostly out now, but officials say the eastern flank is still smoldering.
Russell Wenke of Park County Fire District Two says it was a good idea to let miles of the dead trees burn. But the sheer duration of the fire got on people's nerves.
"It was quite a trying thing, but we were very successful," Wenke said.
Laramie, Wy – The Albany County coroner says an autopsy report for slain University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is among numerous autopsy records missing from his office. Coroner Tom Furgeson says he received only a small box of records covering the previous 16 year when he became county coroner in 2006. Furgeson says he doesn't know exactly how many autopsy reports are missing from the office. Former Albany County coroner Julie Heggie, who held the position from 1990 to 2006, says she gave the autopsy reports to the county
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A report by the Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contends that the U.S. Forest Service systematically harasses people who attend Rainbow Family gatherings on public lands.
The ACLU opened an investigation after a clash this summer between Rainbow Family members and Forest Service officers at the group's annual gathering held in western Wyoming.
John Twiss, national head of law enforcement for the Forest Service, says the agency hasn't harassed the group.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis is criticizing her opponent's proposal to bring down fuel prices by suspending the export of domestically produced crude oil and finished petroleum products.
Lummis said in a news release Friday that Democrat Gary Trauner's plan would hurt American jobs and trade by not allowing petroleum jelly, plastic resin and other finished petroleum products to be exported.
Laramie, Wyo. – A prominent reporter and expert in Russian-Georgian politics says the United States has failed in its foreign policy dealings with Russia.
Steve LeVine spoke at the University of Wyoming on Friday. He says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration have wrongly engaged in nanny-diplomacy and finger-wagging with the Russians.
Laramie, Wy – Democratic U.S. House candidate Gary Trauner says Congress might soon have to "hold its nose" and pass a financial bailout bill. Trauner says he hasn't read all of the bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday and won't commit to supporting it. But in a news conference in Cheyenne on Thursday, he said "time is running short." Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis said Thursday that she opposes the bill that has passed the Senate, saying it's loaded with pork-barrel spending.