Casper, Wy – A 34-year-old woman who died Wednesday evening when a shed rolled over on her at a Casper baseball field has been identified as a pilot from Sioux Falls, S.D. Jim Massa told the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls that the woman was his wife, Jennifer Job-Massa. She was a captain for Skywest Airlines and was in Casper for a stopover. Sgt. Richie Randel of the Casper Police Department says the woman's body was found at about 5:30 p.m. when people showed up for a game at the Field of Dreams complex.
Laramie, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says a meeting with Democratic governors and prospective Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama led to discussions about energy and infrastructure.
Freudenthal says the discussion about energy indicated that the issue will continue to evolve with respect to carbon management, the future of the nation's energy supply and questions about transmission.
Laramie, WY – Republican U.S. House candidate Bill Winney says he disagrees with legislation that would protect the Wyoming Range from drilling. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming is currently sponsoring the Wyoming Range Legacy Act, which would allow oil drilling in rural Wyoming.
"I'm not all that thrilled about looking out my window and seeing a drilling rig. At the same time, I am concerned about how many resources we fence off and say no to development," Winney said.
Laramie, WY – A Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives says government-run health care will not improve the country's insurance woes. Candidate Bill Winney says he prefers a system that makes private insurance generally available to everyone.
Winney drew parallels to auto insurance, which allows people of all backgrounds to choose a variety of plans. He says the problem now is that insurance companies can choose who they want to insure.
Laramie, Wy – Reductions in sagebrush habitat are significantly impacting sage grouse populations in the west. Researchers have developed a model that shows where the birds are at risk and for the most part Sage Grouse in Wyoming are ok. But Colorado State and U-S-G-S Researcher Cameron Aldridge says there are areas of the state where sagebrush is being impacted and that could have future ramifications for Sage Grouse. Aldridge says it is something people in the state might want to keep an eye on.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal has picked an Arizona man to be the state's new game and fish director. Steve Ferrell is currently the deputy game and fish director in Arizona and says he comes to the state very familiar with many of the same challenges facing Wyoming. Ferrell calls himself a consensus builder, but says he is confident that if he has to make some tough calls on behalf of Wyoming's wildlife that he will have the support of the Governor and other leaders.
Washington D-C – A conservation group is seeking to halt drilling on a booming natural gas field in western Wyoming through a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership claims the government has reneged on promises to shield deer, sage grouse and other wildlife from energy development in the Pinedale Anticline. That's a geologic formation an hour south of Jackson with an estimated 21 trillion cubic feet of natural gas - one of the largest reserves in the United States.