Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly a third of Wyoming's National Guard members are headed to Kuwait and Iraq for a more than yearlong deployment. The 941 soldiers are from the Wyoming Army Guard's 115th Fires Brigade. They will operate a camp in Kuwait that is a stopping point for troops headed into Iraq. They also will provide protection for convoys and other military forces in Kuwait and Iraq. In April, the Guard members will go to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 90 days of pre-deployment training.
Laramie, WY – Mechanics and small-engine manufactures worry the government's mandate to increase ethanol production will damage lawnmowers, chainsaws and boat motors. Small engines are not designed to run on gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol. Mechanics say the blend can corrode the engine's interior.
Laramie, WY – The long time voice of the Cowboys, Larry Birleffi, died over the weekend. He was 90.
For over 50 years, Birleffi covered the Cowboys as a broadcaster and as a newspaper writer. Former University of Wyoming Athletic Director and Football coach Paul Roach says that Birleffi was the voice of the fan.
Laramie, WY – While some states and large corporations are nervous about their retirement accounts in the declining economy...the State Treasurer says Wyoming workers do not need to worry.
Joe Meyer says the state retirement program was set up to take a financial hit. He recalls that when the stock market crashed in 1987, the state lost 500-million dollars in three weeks. After that, Meyer says they adjusted the fund so that it could better weather a storm.
Laramie, WY – As Congress tries to make a deal to rescue the nation's economy... we asked people in Wyoming what they think about the bailout and how the failures on Wall Street affect their lives. Here are some of their thoughts:
Stephanie Carter: "I feel that the corporations need to be accountable for what they've done. As a small business owner, they're not going to bail me out if go under or give bad information."
Larry Grimm: "It hasn't really affected me much, but I bet it's going to affect my retirement."