Wyoming – The Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute meets in August to discuss the workforce shortage. Elsa Partan speaks with organization's leader, Randy Bruns.
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, Wyo. – A political analyst says that yesterday's endorsement of Congressional hopeful Mark Gordon by former US Senator Malcolm Wallop will provide a significant lift for the candidate.
Laramie County Community College political scientist, David Marcum, says the former senator's support will give Gordon some added name recognition as the primary season draws near.
Helena, Mont. – Starbucks Corp. says it will not be closingany stores in Wyoming.
The Seattle-based coffee company identified 600 stores nationwide that it plans to close in a bid to boost its business and weed out unprofitable locations.
Neighboring Idaho is losing two stores. But Wyoming is among a few states that are keeping all of their Starbucks coffee shops.
LAramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming is asking the legislature for 58-million dollars in additional state funding.
The U-W board approved the supplemental budget request in Sheridan yesterday. The bulk of the request is for endowment funds to match private donations.
The request also includes money to buy and improve remote parking lots and shuttle buses.
It also adds 600-thousand dollars to support an internship program with Wyoming businesses.
Billings, Mont. – A federal judge in Montana has orderedthe restoration of endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula granted a preliminary injunction Friday that derails planned public hunts for the predators.
Montana, Idaho and Wyoming all planned hunts in the fall - the first since wolves were wiped out in the region early last century.
Laramie, Wyo. – Former U-S Senator Malcolm Wallop announced he will support Buffalo Rancher Mark Gordon in his bid for Congress.
Wallop is a Republican who served in Washington from 1976 to 1994.
In a press release from the Gordon campaign, he says Gordon has chosen the most practical path on issues from global warming to drilling and oil shale.
Gillette, Wyo. – A former Gillette police officer who pleaded guilty last week to a felony drug charge in Campbell County now faces a new drug charge in Uinta County.
Thomas Brent Clark pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana in Campbell County last week. He has not been sentenced on that charge.
On Wednesday, Clark was charged with a new felony count of marijuana possession in Uinta County, the Gillete News- Recordreports.
Laramie, Wyo. – Standard and Poor's has raised Wyoming's credit rating to one of the strongest in the nation.
State Treasurer Joe Meyer says Wyoming's investment portfolio has grown to about 11-billion dollars and has nearly doubled in the past five years.
Meyers says investment income from the permanent minerals trust fund has been staggering.
By Elsa Partan
Laramie, Wyo. – An expert on wind energy at the University of Wyoming says the country will need an intense investment in technology to meet Al Gore's renewable energy challenge.
Gore said Thursday that the U-S should get one hundred percent of its electricity from sources like wind and solar in ten years.
Jonathan Naughton directs the Wind Energy Research Center at the University of Wyoming.
Cody, Wyo. – Gallatin National Forest officials have evacuated and temporarily closed two campgrounds near Cooke City, after a bear entered a tent and bit a camper.
The Soda Butte and Chief Joseph campgrounds were closed Thursday.
Forest officials say a bear entered a tent at the Soda Butte campground early in the day and bit a camper on his hand and arm.
The camper received emergency medical care and was taken to a Cody, Wyo., hospital, which refused to release information about his condition.