Cheyenne, Wy – The Ralph Nader campaign has turned in about 8,200 signatures to get the consumer advocate's name placed on the presidential ballot in Wyoming in November. Wyoming law requires the signatures of 3,868 registered voters for a candidate to qualify for the ballot. Nader turned in his signatures to the Wyoming Secretary of State on Monday. The office is now checking those signatures to see whether enough of them belong to registered voters. Nader made the ballot in Wyoming in 2004. He's scheduled to make
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor has not given up in his quest to get tax breaks for homeowners. In a letter to legislators he is asking that they consider what is called the Homestead Tax Exemption. It could provide a tax break for the average homeowner that averages 300 dollars a year. But Freudenthal knows he has some convincing to do.
Laramie, Wyo. – An ecologist from Colorado State University has been named the director of the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.
Ingrid Burke says the Institute can help mediate environmental fights in the state.
"All the environmental issues that are compelling now have science that's engaged and very polar viewpoints associated. And solutions don't fall along the lines of either of the polar viewpoints," she said.
Cody, Wy – A fire burning 40 miles West of Cody has gotten so difficult to fight that a top-level national firefighting team has been called in to help. The gunbarrel fire made a run at nearly 600 houses and buildings late last week and officials have requested a national Type One fire team to come in. It could take over as early as Wednesday. Information officer Randy Moench (Munch) says crews had to do extensive work at The Star Hill Ranch in Park County.
Cheyenne, Wy – Economic development officials say budget problems at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., should not affect the center's plans to build a supercomputer in Cheyenne. The supercomputer project would cost $60 million. About a third of that would come from the state and the other two-thirds from NCAR, where the budget has been strained lately. The NCAR staff is down by more than 100 since last year. That includes some layoffs. Randy Bruns directs economic development group Cheyenne LEADS.
Cody, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is worried that Walleye could threaten Trout in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Four fishermen recently reported catching walleye while trolling for trout in the reservoir just west of Cody. Walleye are good eating, but they're not supposed to be in Buffalo Bill. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department suspects that someone illegally introduced the walleye to the reservoir. Walleye are a top predator species and Game and Fish is concerned that the walleye could harm trout populations - especially the native
Cheyenne, Wy – An online university based in Cheyenne says it has suspended admissions of new students into its degree programs. A statement on the Web site of Warren National University also says the school is not reactivating former students. The statement says this is a time of economic uncertainty, and so the university is focusing its resources on meeting its "current commitments." Warren National did not return phone messages seeking more information Monday. Warren National was known as Kennedy-Western University until it
Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is investigating how a Boy Scout who visited northwest Wyoming became infected with bubonic plague. The 18-year-old was hospitalized but is recovering. Health officials haven't been able to confirm the young man contracted bubonic plague in Wyoming. If he did, it would be the first plague case in a human in Wyoming since 2004. Wyoming has had only five confirmed plague cases since 1978. The young man's identity and hometown haven't been released. He
Riverton, Wyo. – A Riverton mobile home park where a fire killed three small children earlier this month didn't have water in its fire hydrants.
State law doesn't require subdivisions to have functioning fire hydrants.
Firefighters say the absence of water in the hydrants made no difference in their response to the fire. They say they arrived at the fire less than 8 minutes after getting the call and brought more than enough water in their trucks to put the flames out quickly.