Laramie, WY – Wyoming's U.S. senators say they will fight a change in the distribution of federal mineral royalties.
President Bush enacted the change with the signing of a spending bill Wednesday. The change increases the federal share of mineral royalties from 50 to 52 percent and decreases the states' share from 50 to 48 percent.
Last fiscal year, federal royalties on coal, oil and natural gas provided more than $927 million for Wyoming. That was far more than any other state, meaning that the change will cost Wyoming more than any other state.
Laramie, WY – The new director of the Northeast Wyoming Economic Development Coalition says she wants to pursue projects that have been gathering cobwebs in the last few months.
Linda Harris's organization represents towns like Newcastle and Sundance in their efforts to develop economically. Harris says she's excited about an idea that would put a shooting range in Hulett, Wyoming in Crook County.
Cheyenne, WY – Sen. John Barrasso has announced that he intends to marry his fiancee Bobbi Brown on New Year's Day in Thermopolis.
Barrasso, R-Wyo., announced his engagement to Brown, a Thermopolis native, this summer. Brown had served as state director for the late Sen. Craig Thomas for nearly 17 years.
Barrasso was selected to succeed Thomas in June by Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Before joining the Senate, Barrasso served as a senator in the Wyoming Legislature and worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper.