Wheatland, Wy – New figures from the U-S Census Bureau out today (Thursday) show communities in southwest Wyoming are booming. But the same cannot be said to the east where there is no oil and gas development.
Gillette, Wy – A former Gillette police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to a felony drug charge. Twenty-three-year-old Thomas Brent Clark pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss another felony charge of delivery of marijuana and agreed to recommend that he not serve any prison time. Clark was hired by the Gillette Police Department in January and worked there until the middle of March. Prosecutors charge that Clark in February took about a pound of
Washington D-C – As one of the nation's top coal-producers, Wyoming is spending millions of dollars on the development of clean coal technologies. Now the US Congress is considering a bill that would tax consumers to fund such research.
Cheyenne, Wy – Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the bishop of Cheyenne to head the Green Bay diocese in the United States. The Vatican said Wednesday that 55-year-old Monsignor David L. Ricken has been appointed to the Wisconsin post. Ricken is from Kansas and has studied Church law at Rome's prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University.
Washington D-C – Wyoming's chief water administrator says clean coal poses a risk to the nation's ground water supply. Wyoming state government is spending millions of dollars on finding ways to capture and store carbon emissions from burning coal. The most talked about approach is to inject the emissions underground. On a Capitol Hill briefing, Kevin Frederick of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says that would make ground water more vulnerable to contamination.
Cheyenne, – Cheyenne Frontier Days is going green. The Rodeo is teaming with Laramie's Trihydro Corporation to develop a major recycling program at Frontier Park during this year's rodeo. Concessions Chairman Darin Westby says that Frontier Days has been working on recycling for a number of years .including collecting and recycling cardboard to collecting manure and placing it in a local composting facility. Westby says this year their focus is recycling plastic.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the investment the state has made in developing scientific data is the likely the reason the Prebles Meadow Jumping mouse is being de-listed in Wyoming. Freudenthal says he believes the research, which included D-N-A testing benefited Wyoming. He says they are using the same approach on Sage Grouse and other animals that might be listed as endangered. Freudenthal credits the legislature for their funding of the data collection program.