Washington D-C – Senator Mike Enzi is not worried about the Presidents Budget, because congress has the final say. The president wants to increase military funding by more than thirty million. To pay for that he wants to drastically cut domestic funding for insurance, education and local law enforcement programs. But Enzi says there's no reason for alarm because Congress gets the final say.
Jackson, Wy – This winter has pounded Western Wyoming with snow. But one of state's busiest airports has actually reduced weather-related cancellations. Weather cancellations at the Jackson Hole Airport this January were down 10 percent compared to 2007. But Airport Director Ray Bishop says this winter has been far harsher than previous seasons. And that keeps runway crews busy. BISHOP: In the month of January they have been out here almost every day with 12-hour shifts, over time, Saturday, Sunday everything.
Washington D-C – Senator John Barrasso was named to an important committee that he hopes will help expand Wyoming's exports overseas. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee leads foreign policy legislation and debate. Barrasso said in a prepared statement that from his new seat, he'll work to lower trade barriers and position Wyoming's energy and other exports in international markets.
Casper, Wy – Casper District Attorney Mike Blonigen has decided to seek the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing his former fiance. 47 year old Donald Lee Rolle is accused of beating and stabbing to death 40 year old Jennifer Randel in November. Her body was eventually found in a pickup truck. Rolle is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping in the case. Police say they had received a call from Randel on November 3rd saying she was being held against her will. A trial date has not been set.
Gillette, WY – The city of Gillette reports that its population grew almost twice as fast in 2007 as it did the year before.
Gillette officials report that the city added more than 3,100 people in 2007, bringing its population to more than 30,600. Gillette's growth rate last year was 11.2 percent, up from 6.2 percent in 2006.
Officials say such rapid growth in Gillette secures its status as the fastest-growing large city in the state.
Laramie, WY – Four delegates selected at the GOP county conventions January 5th promised to support either Fred Thompson or Duncan Hunter at the National Convention in Minneapolis. Both candidates have since dropped out of the race, and now four votes remain up for grabs.
Crook County GOP Chairman Bruce Brown says he is switching his vote from Thompson to Mitt Romney after representatives from the local and national campaign sought his support. He says it was exciting that Crook County had a significant role in the election.
Sheridan, Wy – A sawmill in Sheridan plans to lay off 50 of its 76 workers Wednesday. Officials at Wyoming Sawmills, Inc., blame a slump in housing construction. They say that along with the layoffs, production will be scaled back 80 percent. Company President Ernie Schmidt says that as soon as the economy allows, his company will return to full force and rehire as many of its current employees as it can.